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Tune Hotel KLIA 2 (Sepang, Malaysia)

3 Case Rating
Location Tune is quite a hassle to find when in you are land after 22 hours of flying in KL main terminal. Since the Tune is located in KLIA 2 , the terminal where the low cost carriers leave from and this hotel is part of Air Asia. To get there if your coming in on a standard airline at KL terminal 1, you need to pay 5 Ringits for return ticket by train that runs every 15-20 minutes but takes only 3 minutes to get to KLIA2. Then it took me much time to figure out how to get to level 1, but once there you have a 5 minute covered walk to hotel. As your right by airport plus 7/11 is literally next door as is a cafe. To get food is no issue. If you do return the 5 minute walk to the airport , there are many places to eat. There are many places to eat, mostky fast food but all kinds & places to shop like H&M as well as including pharmacies etc. Room Room first impression can only be described as Air Asia without the beautiful cabin crew to look at. Very red, white badly painted tired looking walls. Scrapes here and there & a sense a million people have stayed in the same room before you. However value for money is good especially for Air Asia flights & other low cost airlines as your on the door stop of the terminal. To be fair it did have some degree of functionality. The large bed was adequately comfortable a bit firm but did offer a adequate simple workable bed side desk with international plug- easy to do work. Other side is a bedside table with a laptop size safe inside. A fan is available overhead as is AC digitally controlled by key card slot at door. TV Faces you but no guide There are 18 channels, local , Chinese, News like BBC, National Geographic etc- all worked well and a jazz music radio channel is also offered. There is a open hanging wardrobe with about 5 coat hangers, with a fold out luggage rack below. Decor is very plane as well as large mirror above bed and by door. The bathroom is very small- offering a open shower cubicle with Tune branded shampoo and soap only , plus some quite thin towels. Overall the room was well used and tired. I had to change rooms initially as first one stank of smoke despite non smoking and 2nd one the light bulb didn't work in bathroom, but staff did change it. In terms of value for money- for Europeans this is the IBIS version of Asia but just not as well thought out, the Tune feels like crush attempt at creating a factory of rooms with bad paint jobs and lacks of maintenance. Facilities They offer free WIFI for 2 devices only, it was at times fast and other times very slow. Next door is a cafe and there is also a 7/11 within the building for your conveniences. The lobby has much seating. I don't think they offer any other facilities since no signage or information to indicate otherwise. The lifts are also painfully slow to wait since so many people stay here. Staff Staff were kind enough to resolve issues I experienced but failed to wake me after numerous requests for a wake up call. They do this by knocking on door, but luckily i actually woke up naturally when I was suppose to- since no clock or phone is in room. Check-in/check out though was smooth. Overall if I was staying between flights and flying into the normal Terminal 1- where all scheduled airlines fly to then I wouldn't stay at Tune. Tune is for Air Asia passengers or those using Terminal 2. When it states 15 minutes from airport on hotels.com when in reality it means from Terminal 2, which the majority of overnight passengers would not be using- therefore it is quite a hassle and somewhere i wouldn't choose to stay again unless i had to use Air Asia between flights.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Jln Klia 2/2, 64000 Klia, Selangor, Malaysia
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Capsule Hotel Rex Inn (Kawasaki, Japan)

“2
Location This capsule hotel is located very central to the city of Kawasaki entertainment area - many pachinko places (the Japanese version of fruit machines), bars and restaurants plus across the road is a huge mall. From HND airport it takes about 15 minutes on the Keikyu Main Line, if direct. The station is Keikyū Kawasaki Station in which is about 10 minutes or so walk from the capsule hotel. As you exit into Kawasaki, you come out by a taxi stand, cross the main road and walk right for about 500 metres you will find it. The hotel is opposite a hospital if you need to ask for directions. Capsule This was my first experience in staying in a plastic capsule, mine did not have a TV but a fan. This I thought is a good idea as i can't sleep if i am too hot, but when the shutter is down it simply circulates the warm air because of lack of ventilation, though a very small and weak AC vent. In terms of space there is a small side table on one side of the wall, ideal only for a phone or small book. There is also a plug socket right next to your head! Plus a unit for dimming light and alarm clock radio. Since capsules are not allowed to be locked there is a small wooden shutter to pull down for privacy but even with fan on I felt very hot. The bedding is quite hard and the pillow was unusually hard, as it was a traditional Japanese rice pillow. My capsule was on the top row, with small steps to get down between capsules. Going to the toilet in the middle of the night is quite a challenge since it is hard to see the steps and jumping down would be noisy; likely to wake other guests. The system at the hotel works that you leave your luggage in a locker two floors up, they provide towels for the spa and a t-shirt & shorts as pyjamas. Be wary the lockers are quite small so my bag, which is the largest you can use for carry on, was hard to fit in. You cannot leave items inside your capsule unattended since they are not lockable and to avoid repeating journeys you should grab what you need with you for sleeping in one shot. I brought my laptop in the aim to do some work but it simply is too uncomfortable to use with the size of the capsule - it was ok to sleep with laptop on side against wall but I wouldn't recommending bringing much. I am not claustrophobic but definitely don't go if you are. My other advice is to bring ear plugs but if not, the hotel does sell them in the lobby shop. My whole floor of 30+ capsules seemed full and some loud snoring can make it hard to sleep. Though its excellent value for money the sleep comfort factor was not great, I simply felt too hot after about 5 hours of sleep and even after opening the shutters felt hot but it was an experience that needed to be done. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI that worked in most places of the hotel. On every floor of the 8 storey building is a small room with sofa and TV and ever other floor has a dedicated well ventilated smoking room. The locker room have Pachinko machines (fruit machines) plus massage chairs and even washing and drying machines. Each floor also has a toilet with 2-3 washlets but for showers, its all very communal on the top floor at the traditional Japanese spa. There is a hot dry sauna with a TV inside, three pools, one freezing, great after the sauna, and others are hot with one of the two outside. For new comer westerners, be aware its all very naturist. There are many sinks around the room with showers and small seats, which offer free toothbrushes and razors, shaving gel and full large bottle of shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap. On one of the floors is a cafe that serves simple Japanese food plus vending machines. On the same room are a line of reclinable chairs in front of TV's for relaxing after a hot sauna and an area with desks to work from with a mini library, mostly manga. On the ground floor pre-reception are shoe lockers since you cannot bring your own shoes in, resulting in everyone walking around bare foot or in their own slippers. There is a small snack shop as well as items like ear plugs. Staff The staff are polite enough though they don't speak much English. The Rex Inn is really for Japanese business men sleeping off a hangover or staying at a cheaper place. Its not that foreigner friendly, there is no guide or much information given when checking in. I did feel a bit alien here since I seemed to be the only non-Japanese. However considering the guests are all in close proximity, no-one talks to each other so I guess this is cultural. However, for £22 it was very reasonable and alongside the spa offered good value for money. I doubt I will stay at here again if I was in need of a decent rest.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 6-8 Ogawacho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki 210-0023, Kanagawa
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Paradise Bay Resort (Oahu, Hawaii)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located in the Kahaluu Bay Area. It is around 40 minutes drive from HNL airport and around 45-1hr drive from Wakiki. It is just located of the Kamehameha highway which is the main road up to the north shore where in my opinion are the best beaches in Oahu. Nearby around 10 min drive is a the town of Kahaluu where you will find shopping outlets such as of Macy, Sears, etc. The hotel is located on a lagoon that is not a beach and low non-moving water so for beaches you will need a car. However the location is very idyllic and relaxing. Room The room was basically a one bedroom apartment offering three rooms plus a balcony with seating. The living room offers a large sofa, old wooden style but comfortable with a lounge glass table plus a high table with stools presumably for dining. On top they offer a free large bottle of water - but don't take it home otherwise it will cost you $25. However they also offer a complimentary eco friendly branded bag, perfect for the beach. Plus delicious Hawaiian macadamia nut chocolates plus large decaf and regular coffee but no tea. The room offers a large wooden TV cabinet with a medium sized TV offering time warner cable. There is a large wardrobe with an ironing board, iron and huge set of drawers. There is an overhead fan and the room is dimly lit giving a romantic feel for both dining & relaxing on the sofa. The next smallish room is a full functional kitchen offering electric stoves, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and medium size refrigerator. All with pans and plenty tableware/cutlery for 4 people. The bedroom is spacious offering a soft and comfortable king size bed with clean soft linen. Bed side drawers & lamp on each side, one with a alarm clock that offers the old style iPhone/iPod plug, which I doubt is used much. There is no phone in the room or TV. Another large set of drawers is offered and in front of bed is large sliding door wardrobe with at least 10 coat hangers. Two branded robes are also offered and luggage rack. Sliding doors in bedroom lead to the balcony with my room - 15 a view of foliage. Though heard other rooms do generally offer views. Two chairs are offered. The bedroom also has an Separate AC unit - old style which unfortunately blows to one side of the bed. Though there is an overhead fan. The bathroom is quite simple with the typical motel shower bath combo. Worked well but shower head is covered in limescale. Amenities include dispenser shampoo/body wash & conditioner plus body lotion, all hotel branded. Overall the room is self catering apartment, cosy & romantic for a one looking for simple cosy than luxury or anything innovative. There is no safe and no working desk but this is really for couples or friends on leisure travel. Overall a spacious apartment just quite an old creaky wooden property. Facilities The hotel offers free parking something hard to find in Oahu at any hotel that is less than $500 a night. Rooms are set up in 4 or 5 buildings so you park according to your building. Free wifi is also offered, which worked adequately until abut 11pm then simply couldn't even load my email but then worked fine at 530am next morning. This is a self catering hotel but they do offer free breakfast but had too leave too early to catch a flight to try it. There is a small pool with jacuzzi & sun loungers. Also on floating docks to sit & enjoy your drinks. Plus a barbecue. They also have a dog garden as well as the hotel is animal friendly. In addition because of the $30 resort fee (everywhere charges this) they do offer free beach towels, kayaks and snorkel rental. Various activities are offered thru the week. Dinner is only offered 3 nights a weeks but includes a set menu of various courses and includes Hawaiian entertainment at $40. There is no bar unless it's a dinner night. However in the sheet guide they give you, staff can arrange any activities etc. Staff Staff are the highlight, they were very helpful and hospitable. The only issue that I experienced was that they double charged me the resort fee and after numereous phone calls and emails they eventually refunded me. Other than that though, they were friendly staff.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 47-039 Lihikai Dr, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii
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BEST WESTERN Pine Tree Motel (Chino, California)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located on the central avenue in Chino, which is an area south of the mountains, full of large US parking lots with variety of shops & fast food restaurants. There is a taco place nearby, CVS pharmacy, food market across the road etc. The main freeways of Intetstate 10 & route 60 are 5 min drive to hotel. Downtown LA is over an hour drive away with LAX & the beach 1.5 hrs drive. Mt. Baldy is about 45 minutes away. Room My ground level room offered a direct car parking space outside which was most convenient. Inside a compact room was presented very clean, decor of a brick wall behind the beds & white paint colours which had a warm cosy ranch motel feel. Two large comfortable, expect soft, double beds with a bedside table in the middle that had an alarm clock & lamp in the centre, with one side of the beds offering two plug sockets. The other had a built in AC/heating unit which was less than a foot away from the bed- this was a bit too close. Large windows that had white black out blinds was also next to this bed. Two random chairs are offered in the room in odd positions but only where space allowed since a large desk, plus large unit of drawers & medium size fridge is offered below a decent size Samsung TV that faces the beds. The TV offered well over 60 channels of a decent typical premium cable selection. The desk had a phone, lamp & small coffee machine, no tea so really only desirable for coffee lovers since it's the filter kind. The hall way to the bathroom offered a wardrobe with two portable luggage racks, iron & board plus an easy to use safe suitable for a 13' laptop & tablets. The bathroom was quite poky, small but nonetheless clean with bath/shower combo, amenities were slim offering only mini bottle shampoo & soap, plus a soap face bar. There were some old ceiling heat lamps with a timer on the side- quite unique. Overall the room is OK functional clean better than your average motel and they offer two complimentary water bottles. Facilities There was free secure wifi that worked well with multiple devices. Catering facilities included some vending machines outside and there is a small room that offered complimentary breakfast which consists of cereals and breads etc, it was ok but very small bagels. You are not allowed to take to rooms as signage says so strongly. Leisure facilities included a swimming pool open from 9am-9pm. Parking is also free. Staff There was very much minimal interaction from staff as i arrived late and had to deal through a blacked out window like at the bank, this is because the office closes after dusk. Staff was friendly enough and explained clearly some local food options in the area at 11pm. Overall the motel was above average and reasonably priced under $100. Room was comfortable and functional with decent enough WIFI, jus bathroom amenities were poor.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 12018 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710, USA
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Wingate by Wyndham Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, Texas)

3 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located just off the main noisy highway enroute to airport, other than a few other motel type places there is nothing in the vicinity. About 10-15minute walk gets you to a gas station where you'll find a Burger King. There is a complimentary hotel bus which you need to call to pick you up either at airport terminals or main rental car centre. It's very unpredictable as to when it arrives as its shared with another hotel and is branded as that hotel 'home wood suites'. They may say 10 minutes every time you call but in reality we waited most times up to 45 minutes. It leave the hotel though on the hour every hour. Room The large room was spacious & functional for those on a budget. The large bed was of adequate comfort but small square pillows were odd & was pleased to have my own travel pillow. Either side of bed were bedside tables & small lamps on top. Behind the table though were plug sockets but not so assessable (you have to pull put table). The room offered a wide arm chair that was comfortable enough to watch TV. This faces the bed on top of an empty set of drawers. Cable TV offered some 22 cable the typical US networks. A large wide wooden desk is offered of which a helpful power plug unit is on top of which 2 USB & 2 US plugs are on it. The was also a lamp with LAN connection and phone with a comfortable office style chair resulting in a decent work station. The room offered a cupboard that had a iron & ironing board in it & lap top size easy to use safe- plus many clothes hangers. A mini kitchen is offered next to bathroom with a medium size empty refrigerator, sink , coffee maker plus a few teas. The bathroom was of typical motel US standard - simple design bath / shower combo but with slight limescale offered on the shower head. They did offer some mini branded amenities of facial soap, shampoo & conditioner, body lotion branded as mineral fusion. Hair dryer & plenty of towels. Overall the room is definitely functional, but lacking much real ascetically pleasing comfort The decor reminded me of a retirement home, a little dull but is adequate .The main issue is the built in AC/heater it is noisy and just comes on randomly. There is though a fan above the bed. The walls are thin so you can hear all your neighbours activities. Facilities There is free wifi in which has many open routers but I initially was on 3rd floor & experienced issues. However once moving to first floor it worked fine. Catering facilities include a free breakfast of which a simple buffet of waffle making, bacon, scrambled egg plus plenty of cereals, bagels , fruit & breads are offered. Overall adequate but the polystyrene plates are a bit tacky. Food was of ok standard. For other catering options, a room service menu consists of delivery from a Chinese reataurant nearby but also Pizza Hut, Papa Johns & Dominos do deliver. Leisure facilities include a small pool, more dipping than doing a work out. A very basic small gym and a small convenience store next to reception that offers food for your microwave, cold snacks & bathroom products as well as basic medicine for colds & heartburn etc. Business facilities include one computer with a printer but it did not work the entire time I was there- at least to connect to Internet. There is also a small meeting room and also parking is free if you are a guest. The parking is also rented out to travelling passengers so can be full. Overall though basic a full set of facilities are offered. Staff Staff are really nice, helpful with any request with check-in/out being a smooth process with no issues. Overall this is a budget hotel, but it offers better than a motel, fairly comfortable for cheap budget option near to IAH airport. For less than $70 it was fine but by no means offers anything innovative or enhanced.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 1330 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77032, United States
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Bounty Island Resort (Bounty Island, Fiji)

4 Case Rating
Location Bounty Island takes about 35 minutes by South Sea Cruise (that goes 2-3times a day) though believe another service does go there from the Danaree port not far from Nadi (30 minutes) It is a small island that the whole resort owns, you can loose yourself in the small jungle or walk around the island in 20 minutes. Perfect for finding your own private time with yourself or loved one on the nice beach that surrounds the island. Room The room called a Tree house was simple but reasonably priced. A wooden hut with shutters & mosquito nets surrounding it. I didn't upgrade to next level that offers A/C and is a cement building on the beach. There is also a lower level bunkbed dormitory. The room offer quite a hard bed, not great comfort but this is a modest resort- above is a ceiling fan which was ok. There are no bed side tables, just a fridge on a stool & kettle with tea & freeze dry coffee-they include milk but no water (though they offer top ups of your bottles from the filtered water at the bar). A large blanket is offered as well as a small stool level table in corner- other than that it is bare. The bathroom is of good size with shower that had decent hot water with amenities of mini bottle of soap & conditioner. Overall the room/hut is very simple. For Fiji islands the price was good as some comparisons only offer shared bathroom. This was around US$65, but you can upgrade to a better room for double that or half the price for dormitory. There is no TV only at the bar but at a paradise place like this there is no need. Facilities The resort charges you a set fee of $85 for the full board service, there is no option & all of the Fiji island resort's do this, since there is no other options as to where to eat. For breakfast & lunch there is a buffet which has vegetarian options spinach dishes etc & meat such as curry for lunch or sausages for breakfast. For dinner you get 3 course ala carte with the choices when I was there being fish or lamb curry. Fish was good, you get soup for starters & fruit/ice cream for desert. Overall the food was ok. There is no drinks included except tea or coffee. There is a bar though that serves cocktails. In terms of WIFI- it is quite expensive. About FJ $8 one hour or $25 for 24 hours. It also only can only be used by the bar/pool & restaurant- not from any room. It's work ok & understand they need to charge since it's done via satellite. Leisure facilities include a pool, 2 volleyball places, 1 on beach & 1 in a field, a boat shop that offers free kayaks both single & two person. Free snorkelling & also surf boards for paddling. You can also rent jet skis for around 20 minutes it is FJ$115- quite expensive. Snorkelling wise it is ok- not incredibly impressive as quite a bit of coral is damaged but I still saw some big 3 foot fish - the sea is clean & it's nice and clear. The kayaks are also good & I circled the island for excersise in 25 minutes. The hotel offers many sun loungers under wooden huts - very relaxing to have a sleep. the bar has some activities at night. It seemed at night there was two options- those that wanna hang out with the staff & drink a kava ceremony (me) very nice or the younger crowd whom wanna dance & party with alcohol. This island also offers massage facilities, a jungle walk through the middle of the island & also a turtle pond- where they save the babies for a year before putting back in sea (as survival rate is low for new borns in sea). Staff Staff are the highlight, some of the nicest people I have ever met & hanged out they make you feel like a family member, they are so welcoming use your name all the time, despite I kept forgetting theirs. There is true 5 star Fijian hospitality offered at this resort. Overall the resort is so chilled, clean with something to do each day, the room is simple but it is reasonable. I highly recommend this resort of it staff and if you have a few days off and need to be close to Nadi like myself. There is better resorts further out for snorkelling etc but this only 30 minutes. I was there during Cyclone Winston in which we all had to evacuate the next day, staff handled this well and i was glad i stayed so close as the sea was extremely choppy with an unpleasant ride back to the port at Nadi.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Bounty Island Resort, Bounty Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
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Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments (Auckland, New Zealand)

3 Case Rating
Location Located in the city centre of Auckland. From Airport to save expensive taxi money, take the Skybus to stop 5 on Queen's street (40 minutes) and apartment is walk up hill about 5-7 minutes on opposite street (Shortland St). It costs about NZ$16 one way. Queen street is a major shopping street and the famous Sky Tower & Queen's Wharf are less than 10 minutes walk away. There is a convenience store/post office/car hire (Euro car) & car parking right next to the apartment building and down hill some restaurants, bars plus many shops of all varieties. Hill is not too steep but would recommend a taxi if you have heavy bags. Apartment The Apartment was a little weak overall when say compared to Meriton apartments in Australia. The main issue is that perhaps Auckland is not always so hot but in January it was so hot- there is no A/C or FAN only a heater unit. So it was very hot & uncomfortable in the room. Probably just time of year. The apartment consists of a long corridor after opening door, with first room being bathroom- small poky room with shower cubicle & some unbranded amenities but plenty of towels. Then corridor continues into open plan inlet room, which makes up the bed room. A double bed comfortable with 3 pillows. Small lamp and unplugged alarm clock. A simple set of drawers and wardrobe containing an ironing board, iron & 5 hangers only- no safe. Plugs accessibility was poor in this area unless you unplug alarm clock. A sort of ask exists above drawers next to phone but no seat or plugs. Back to corridor leads to open plan kitchen/living room. The kitchen offers a washing machine that worked well (they provide some sachet detergent), a microwave, medium size refrigerator, electric stove and oven- quite modern. Plus a kettle, coffee & tea's plus a toaster. Utensils, pans are all provided of good standard. Table & Glassware is for 3 people. There is also a small living room table with three seats. The room provides a sofa which faces a small 15" Tv whereby full cable channels from all over the world are offered. There is a balcony that provides some nice view of the harbour and offers one seat, I was on floor 14 so nice view of wharf Overall the main issue of the apartment is the lack of attentive detail to cleanliness, scrapes on walls and dirty cracked sofa. I dropped key between cushion and it was disgusting - full of crumbs, hair, fluff, yuk- filthy and not a clean sofa at all. Also the lack of A/C or even basic fan made the room uncomfortably hot at night. Facilities There is WIFI which was adequate but initially chargeable but staff just handed me a password to make it free after I showed them my Expedia booking, it was quite secure- perhaps because I already pre-paid booking on line- but they could of mentioned this when I checked in. There is no leisure or catering facilities. Staff Staff were ok, not much explanation- just hand you key, sign a form and of you go. I had to return to office get WIFI password. Overall its a good location if you need to be in central Auckland, cheaper than all neighbouring hotels and the benefit of having an apartment is you can clean your clothes and cook your food. Other than that, it was not clean- specifically sofa- very bland room- no pictures but balcony did offer nice view of Wharf. Dependant on price, as Auckland is not cheap, I would try to find elsewhere.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 8 Bankside St, Auckland, 1001, New Zealand
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Upper Room Hotel (Berlin, Germany)

3 Case Rating
Location Located in the South West of Berlin in Charlottenburg. Right next to Berlin Zoo but also many shops such as Nike, H &M and large department stores are closeby. Transportation links include S-Bahn station of Zoologischer Garten which say to Alexander Platz takes about 15-20 minutes.There is also a bus station where the X9 goes to Berlin Tegal airport every 15 minutes, it takes around 20 minutes depending on traffic. For Taxi it costs just under €20 from TXL airport. Room Room was struggle to get to with heavy luggage- if you are given rooms 200-300 you have to go up a narrow spiral stair case, which with a large heavy case is hard work. The room at the end of corridor, offered 5 beds. Two singles next to each other fairly comfortable low lying beds and 3 beds in an adjoining room- more of a family room. The adjoining room with 3 single beds is where the wardrobe is, which contains a small safe, iron and ironing board is but overall the wardrobe is very small for 5 guests. This room is also where the TV is located which you can only watch by sitting in certain beds unless you sit on the floor, which is quite stained. Mostly German cable with CNN & BBC News channels as only English options. Each bed offers a small lamp and the roof slanted ceiling offers windows for fresh air. This room also offers a cupboard unit below the TV that has offers an empty refrigerator. The main room with the two beds together offers a kitchen unit with oven and stove's- all electric, sink and microwave. This is also where some plates and pans are offered. There are also two small arm chairs by the window and a dining table but with two chairs only - so in total if 5 guest are in this room, not all can eat by the table- 1 seat is missing etc. On top of the table is a filter coffee machine and kettle but no teas or coffee is offered. The bathroom is modern small with combined bath and shower, it offers a bidet and amenities are restricted to IBIS style fixed shampoo or moisturising hand wash by the sink. Nothing else. Overall the carpet was rather stained and the decor is quite plain. It feels rather 1990's. No pictures and quite dull. However it was spacious. There are some plugs offered here and there but not that close to bed's unless you unplug the lamps. The large old style radiators are offered & dod warm up the room well and one unit AC is above. Facilities Facilities offered include secure WIFI but at times the server drops. Other times it is quite fast. Hit and miss basically but it is free. There is a bar at reception but no staff where there when I arrived it has about 4 stools and is right next to reception. The highlight is definitely the breakfast room which has a nice selection of breads, meats, cheese, sausage, scrambled egg even green beans, various yogurts and cereals and overall a nice selection for this quaint hotel. Staff Staff are ok, not that helpful. After taking suit case upstairs and coming down for my small bag was asked if I needed any help in a rather unenthusiastic manner. They are somewhat helpful with directions but not exactly a warm service. Overall for the price it was ok and location is fairly good, saying that I would say the difficulty of getting up the stairs puts me off staying here again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Rankestraße 3, 10789 Berlin, Germany
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Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions (Negombo, Sri-Lanka)

4 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located on the main street in Negombo beach on the opposite side of the beach. The beach is about 5 minutes walk though and the street itself 5-10 minutes walk offers many souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and general beach type stores. The sister hotel Jet wing offers a huge pool is about 10 minutes walk away, you can use the facilities there as the hotel pool is quite small. From the main airport it takes about 10-20minutes drive and Colombo city I am told is over 1 hour drive away. Room The room, 205, was located on the top floor on what looks like a newly built area. It is quite a narrow stair case but porters were helpful. The room was spacious, very wooden with an entrance area offering a sofa and then the bed on a raised level. The room itself was a non A/C room type with only overhead fan offered above the comfortable double bed- also covered by a mosquito net. There is no bedside tables though but light switches and plugs are nearby. A table and wardrobe are closeby, plus a luggage rack. The wardrobe offers an easy to use laptop safe. The table offers a mirror, 2 glass bottles of water and a telephone. There is a luggage rack as well. No TV was offered but its a very relaxing place so it was not needed. No mini bar either. Also no bedside table and plugs are only offered by the table. The non AC room was not actually hot due to the airy design of tall wooden roofing. The over bed fan worked fine with different settings. The bathroom was spacious offering a cubicle shower and some basic hotel amenities. Surrounding the room are doors that lead to the narrow balcony but there is raised square wooden floor- great for meditating or yoga. Overall a nice room in which was most suitable for this holistic style hotel retreat. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI hotel wide that worked well. There is a restaurant that offers very tasty and healthy food- they offer an interesting concept with breakfast that they select the juice based on your body size. Plus some vegetarian dishes and also local dishes. Good standard of food. There is a small pool nearby that is more for relaxing than doing laps. There is though a sister Jet wing hotel about 10 minutes walk away that you can use their pool- which is very long and spacious right on the beach. The highlight of this hotel though is the Ayurveda Spa facility- here they offer multiple massage types following a consultation with the in-house doctor. It costs $35 but the treatment is vey traditional in a simple building but one of the best massages ever had healing a stiff back within the 45 min time frame. They also use steam as well. The retreat itself also offer services for guests staying for 7 days, such as weight loss diet, detox etc.. where you get treatment everyday, yoga and specific meals designated for you at the restaurant. It great get away, detox, eat healthy and get away from it all. Staff Staff are very nice in all area, spa, restaurant and reception offering welcoming & relaxed Sri Lankan hospitality. Overall a very nice hotel that is reasonably priced that offers a relaxing grounds of garden and nice staff. The SPA is the highlight.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Porutota Road, Ethukale, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
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Chillout Flat Bed & Breakfast (Mexico City)

4 Case Rating
Location The perfect location for tourism- Centro historical. 30 sec walk to street Cinco de Mayo & 1 min to the main shopping street - Francisco I Madero. About 5-10min walk to Zocalo square where all the sights are or 10 minute walk to Latino Tower where you can go up & see how vast this city is. From airport, taxi cost about 225 peso direct from a stand & should take 45 minutes daytime or 20 minutes early morning pre-rush hour. There is also a metro very close by but did not use. It is located in a general old authentic Mexican classical apartment building called Santa Clara. Room The room 'Satsanga' was all ready when I arrived at 11am- though you must let the lovely owner know as sometime check-in won't be open until 2pm- though they will hold your luggage. The room was large & spacious with a super comfortable bed, bed side tables either side with homely lamps & US plugs are available on a cord on the floor one side of bed. At the end of bed is a small luggage rack. In the room is a small sofa & small table (built into wall) - there is no TV or A/C but I noticed Fan's are available in a cupboard in the bathroom. The bathroom is spacious with combination shower & bath, they did offer some towels plus small unbranded shampoo & shower gel. Overall room was comfortable & despite no TV was very homely, cosy with staying with a family type feel. Facilities There is WIFI- open & worked fast- multiple devices. Outside of room is a communal living room that has a TV, sofa, table etc. It has a Hindu Yoga type theme but authentic Mexican with colourful decor. They also offer a basket of free mini Apple looking fruits, which were delicious. The whole apartment was very safe & secure with locked gates in the apartment building. Staff Staff were the highlight, the owner or lady that work in the office was super nice & helpful. She spoke English perfectly, helped me with restaurant, tourist sight recommendations using a map. Always welcoming and very kind, gracious lady. She & possibly her daughter offered an authentic warm Mexican welcome, relaxed & kind. I was only at this place for one night & has to leave very early next morning so did not experience the breakfast. Overall I highly reccomend first time visitors or tourist wanting to be in heart of historical district, that like a more personal approach to service rather the typical hotel atmosphere. I look forward to staying here again on my next visit to Mexico.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Bolívar 8, Cuauhtémoc, Centro Histórico, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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InterCityHotel Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located within 60 metres of the side entrance of the main train station. It takes about 10-15 minutes from FRA airport by train at a cost of under 5 Euro's. The area is quiet & despite what reviewers say, the red light & sm/crack heads are not on the street outside but within 2-3 blocks away. Below the station during the evening feels a bit shady but SOS button's are there anyway. The station itself has many food outlets. even supermarket & pharmacy. A noticeable 24 hour bar faces you as you walk out of station (hotel side), therefore perfect for alcoholics. Room My room was changed three times. All I wanted was a double bed with working WIFI as I tend to fall out of single beds. Changed because of WIFI and single bed issues. Eventually I settled on the 6th floor near the elevator, fine but with broken safe. The bed itself is quite firm & comes with a generous one pillow but you get a free mini Haribo sweets on that pillow conveniently next to a feedback of hotel form. Either side of bed are reading lamps & bed side tables, one with a euro plug socket & other, a telephone. Facing the bed is a fold out luggage rack. On the right a wardrobe exists, with a broken safe (see staff section) a few coat hanger but low & behold a towel rope & slippers. On the left is a small desk, like child size but still all the hardcore business is done in Frankfurt, there is room to work next to plugs. The large TV faces the bed & looking at helpful guide includes 107 channels & 174 radio channels. These are from all over Europe & Middle East such as Dubai TV, Japan, Russia & I even noticed Afghanistan TV, which I never seen before but expect they have a big Afghan Clientele to cater probably replacing any Greek's since no Greek TV was noticed. There are selection of magazines offered - all German & all for the lady. Mini bar is offered - only drinks & kettle to make tea or coffee. The bathroom offers a shower cubicle & is quite small. The towels are perfect size for dwarfs & children, for rest of us great to dry hai but to small for the body- all presented with lovely yellow stain. A sign warns (if one is actually able to figure out how to make ) a 'steam bath' and causes a fire alarm to go off & a fee will arise from calling the fire brigade. They also offer two mini bottles of 'headspace' branded (to help you relax after trying to figure how to make a steam bath using just a sink) shower gel & body lotion. Hair dryer as well. There is a heater unit & generally room was hot. It overall feels like a 'dull' Ibis hotel with some marks on walls but had a somewhat cosy feel. Facilities WIFI is free & secure but only one device- experienced many problems, having had to change rooms to be close to 'router' as it basically drops frequently. So frustrating, but luckily a 24 hour bar is closeby. The hotel offers a small bar & lounge area with a computer- great to wait till 3pm if you wish not to pay 50 Euros (no flexibility by the way even if rooms are available). There is a breakfast room on basement but did not use. There is a gym- 1 running machine & 1 bike, some weighs on top floor. This is also where the Sauna facilities are located, both Dry & Finish are offered but only between the hours of 5pm-11pm. Many signs suggest paying 5 Euro for a towel & robe, which might explain the towel in room being dwarf size. Staff Staff are either incompetent or moody- don't expect a smile. If you arrive before 3pm then you must pay an extra 50€ to get to you room- no flexibility, I paid as arrived at 8pm and told even at 1pm will not be able to get room. Only an Asian gentlemen was friendly at check-in but same time a little incompetent- asked for room with dbl bed, told fine- given single bed & told wifi is for two devices when in fact it is for 1 only. When Wifi did not work & I called reception I was blamed & moaned at for using 2 devices. After further issues, a kind brunette at reception moved me to a room closer to router but unfortunately the safe did not work. I went to reception & was told 'is the safe really important to you' well when you are carrying a watch worth more than car then yes. He said he will come 4 hours later as was busy, I asked if it can be any sooner since it was 3pm and needed to go out, he said maybe 30 minutes later when other staff are at reception. So I returned to reception 30 minutes later & was clearly ignored by the same gentlemen with the strange hair cut. Therefore I risked walking the station & thankfully did not get mugged by a smackhead. I also visited the gym & sauna area & took a look out of the window of the view. A very tall German staff member grumbled in German to me like I was entering Berghain. So overall staff service was very poor & unfriendly. Also check-in very in efficient for checking out- there is no separate lane despite two desks. Overall would not stay here again when back in Frankfurt- understand it is a budget hotel for the commuter but lacks any character, cold staff & full of rules on walls like your at school. The push for the 50€ pre-3pm check in (when room's was available) was definitely a money maker for those that arrive early. That & rude staff will make me avoid the Intercity hotel in future. Ibis is better.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Poststraße 8, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Capodichino International Hotel (Naples, Italy)

“2
Location Located about 10 min's walk or 300 or so metres. Just follow road in front of airport straight until you get to second roundabout and turn right, walk to the end , then turn left. You will see a pizza place and roads signs show hotel. The area at 11pm definitely felt sketchy, walking past a needle bin etc. Hotel has door bell to vet undesirables an huge fence so is safe. It is close to airport. Wouldn't recommend walking with large bags, pavements are sometimes quite thin. There seems to be the odd shop, restaurant but not much else. Hotel is right next to major highway and despite the double glazing you can hear the cars through the night. Room Room 94 had obviously been recently renovated as the main hotel corridors had unsightly building materials everywhere. The room is oddly shaped, though spacious but poorly thought out. Bed is very firm double bed but no bed side tables, instead a shelf behind with two side light, but you can not reach them lying down and have to get out of bed to get turn them off. There are plugs there though each side. Plus a safe but no key to open it or clock, a telephone does exist though for wake up calls. A luggage rack faces bed as does a TV high on the wall, which has many channels but only non Italian is a French Channel that i could find after going through about a 100 channels. A desk also faces bed with a unusual ladies dressing table chairs, covered in fabric, plug sockets exist and also a table lamp with kettle and tea and coffee. A mini bar is underneath and has a prosecco, beer, 2 waters and a soda but no price list. There is a sort of mini hall way by door which has the large wardrobe though empty and a central AC unit oddly above but it does not face the bed so found it hard to cool the room quickly. You cannot open the windows either. The bathroom is quite spacious and offers a bath tub with hand held shower cord and some screens- shower is of good pressure. Amenities include a razor, toothbrush, hairdryer and some sachets of soap and shower gel. Overall the room was rather clinical and at the same time strange colours of curtain and bedding in contrast to wall colours, a nice photo of naples bay is above the bed though, but would be nice to look at it when lying in bed. Other than that I like to turn off lights without getting out of bed but no chance in this room, also a A/C facing the bed in heat of naples would be better thought out. There is also no hotel guide, tv guide or any information. Facilities WIFI is free and worked fine but the password is on back of the key-which powers room- so you have to pull out to get- why not have a sign in the room etc?, there is a small pool outside but did not use this. Breakfast is complimentary and is quite nice, warm sweet chocolate or cream croissants are offered. There are no lift's either in the adjoining building that I stayed at. Staff Staff at check-in was ok, spoke English well and quite clear with instructions- in the morning staff was pleasant and did invite me for breakfast during check-out. Overall it was over priced for so called 4 star hotel which is more like 3 star. The noise of the road is heard though you will sleep. Also the AC is slow to cool down the boiling room at 11pm which took over an hour. The bed is also very firm and woke up with back ache. Yes its close to the airport but walking is not that comfortable and as mentioned road is busy outside and noisy.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Viale Comandante Umberto Maddalena, 35, 80144 Napoli, Italy
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Hotel Cavour (Olbia, Sardinia, Italy)

4 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located right in central area of Olbia down a nice cobbled side street. From the airport its cost about 23 Euro by car or 1 euro by bus number 10- which stops around the corner next to a square. The beach is about 10-15 minutes away by bus number 4. The immediate area has a Italian town feel, elegant architecture with cobble stone streets with bars, restaurants, & shop are all close by. However it was not noisy at night. Room Room on 3rd floor had a old fashioned romantic feel to it. The decor was light pink colours both on walls and the wooden furniture. The double bed offered was fairly tough & fully furm but slept ok. There are bed side tables either side that have small delicate lamps connected to power plugs above the table. No clocks. A side on view on wall is a full mirror that faces the bed. In front facing bed is a desk with a smallish TV on it with all local channels. The desk is of ok size & one is able to work on say a lap top from though you would have to remove the nearby tv plugs to get power. Under the desk has a mini but empty refrigerator offered. The room also offers a wooden luggage table & wooden wardrobes that contain a thick blanket & extra pillow but no safe. The bathroom was quite small & contained a shower cubicle but also a bidet. Shower pressure was a little weak but water was hot. Amenities include two simple sachets of soap & shampoo gel sachet. The room offers a remote control AC unit that worked well in the summer but also the window open has some nice fresh sea air. Overall the room was simple but very clean & the mellow colours made it quite relaxing, the only issue for some, might be the bed is very firm. Facilities The hotel offers free wifi secure password to multiple devices, it worked well. The hotel offers breakfast free for all guests the selection is all continental & so no hot food is available but a decent selection of cereals, breads & cakes is offered. Staff Only one staff out of 4, I met spoke English who was at reception. However the others I interacted with were able to get by using google translate. They seemed pleasant enough & the female english speaking reception staff was helpful with advising me how take bus to the airport. Overall for 40 euros a night the hotel was good value for money with free wifi & breakfast. Its in the centre which is a nice location if being close to the beach is not important. I would come again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Via Cavour, 22, 07026 Olbia OT, Italy
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Days Inn – Toronto East Beaches (Toronto, Canada)

3 Case Rating
Location Located in the eastern side of Toronto, where kew beaches is located and some parks. From Pearson airport, driving takes around 1+ hours depending on traffic. To get to downtown driving takes about 10-15 minutes. You can find parking in downtown area for around $10-20cad. Public transport is close to hotel (opposite side of street) via a Street car and metro & told it will take around 30 minutes from outside hotel to Union Station. Obviously cheaper but don't be put off by parking in Toronto- had no issues on Saturday holiday weekend in the early evening. In the immediate area across the road is a Cinema, and down street are a few fast food joints including a great Burger place called Burger Priest, but also Sushi, Indian and Italian places within walking distance. Irish pub next door and some convenience stores. Initially it does look a bit shady with a adult Sex store and western union by main crossroads, plus judging by reception- not opening door at night unless they see a Day's inn room card- I expect the area is fairly dodgy at night and they have had some bad experiences. However the beach was quite nice which is about 15minutes walk away through a general city park. Beach area has nice walk ways and sand, lake is cleanish. For the price and if you need free parking it is the cheapest option closest to the city. Room Room was ok, did not expect much for a Day's inn but actually better than expected. The tall ceiling room offers a huge king size bed, large fridge (though empty) a dining table and chairs, large TV on a set of drawers and a small wooden desk. Everything very wooden and bland with simple lamp lighting. An AC/Heater unit by window is used and worked well in cooling down the room during the 30 degree heat outside. An alarm clock is offered, telephone and one of the lamps by desk has power point on it, otherwise local sockets are closeby. The TV has mainly local US and Canadian TV- some international etc, though a few Spanish speaking channels but it worked ok. There is an open wardrobe by reception which includes a mobile luggage rack, ironing board and iron with some coat hangers. The bathroom is of adequate size and includes a bath/shower combo. The shower head looked a bit scaly but has a massage function version and worked well. Small bottle shampoo, conditioner and body lotion is offered plus a body soap - all unknown brand but decent enough plus more than enough towels. The bathroom is also where they have placed the coffee machine. Noticeable item missing is the safe which concerned me. Important items I felt had to take with me and lock in car rather than leave in room. One disturbing find was a dried blood stains on mattress in top corner as the sheets are quite loose on the bed, so accidentally saw this when moving my pillow hopefully from a nose bleed but still an uncomfortable sight to come across. Overall the rate was over priced but it was Labour day weekend and I needed free parking- whilst I could of found a more premium branded hotel & cheaper at the airport with parking & pool, it was interesting to stay closer to the city and feel a bit of the Toronto suburb vibe. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI that is secure for multiple devices with a fairly complex password - it was one of the first hotels of over a 100 I have stayed at that has a huge disclaimer when you sign in that includes "Internet provider is an "AS IS" / "AS AVAILABLE" basis" i guess they had some previous bad complaints. It is a bit slow and does drop frequently but is ok late at night. Breakfast is provided free of charge & is US motel style- offers a bagel, 2 kinds of toast, 2 kinds of cereal, 3 muffins, 3 yogurts and some fruit- its ok, all fresh and a toaster is provided. Parking is free and was the most attractive aspect of this hotel for me, since I hired a car for a few days. It is quite a small car park though but I think there is space for every car- if not round the corner there might be. It seems secure with barrier upon entry but back drive out is not and goes straight on to a side road without barrier. Technically you could drive in from back. Staff Staff are a mixed bag- front desk are about as enthusiastic and welcoming as airport security. I got a distinct atmosphere they have had some bad guests before (used to work in hotel business) and so check-in male staff seem suspicious of anyone, certainly not a warm welcome, not rude but just lacked any smile or any effort in my experience. It is of course a 2.5 star hotel so not comparing to 5 star but I felt it was always best avoiding asking front desk for any questions/ advice etc. When I mentioned parking in downtown was told, it will be at least 25 dollars & not worth it- not the case there are places especially in downtown (John st & Richmond West - area, google it) is $5 - $10 6pm-6am. Others were $15 set rate. On the other hand house keeping staff are very nice and welcoming- always saying how are you, hope you have a nice day etc- the ladies are a stark contrast in their effort to customer service when compared to the male front desk staff. They offer a lot more effort to acknowledge you & wish you a good day- when just walking past. Overall for the hot summer months where one want to be near the beaches and downtown with free parking this is the place. However I am not sure on their standard rate but for the labour day weekend- it was way overpriced. I could of stayed at Hilton Garden Inn (4-5 star) near airport for about $50 less and just drive to beaches etc. So unlikely I will stay here again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 1684 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G6, Canada
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The Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles Airport (Los Angeles, California)

“2
Location The hotel is located within the airport, adjoined to the airport car park Quikpark. It takes about 5-10 minutes to get from airport, depending on the time of day and terminal. They offer a free shuttle- a purple bus called Quikpark. It goes every 15 minutes 24 hours a day. There isn't anything within walking distance of hotel to go to since the main roads to airport surround hotel. It's probably one of the closest hotel's to actual airport. Room Room was disappointing for the price paid because of the condition, scrapes on one of the walls, as well as bath. The window was also covered in plastic due to some refurbishments happening so no view. Besides this a king size bed with one bed side table is offered, it is quite comfortable Hyatt bed- though nothing on Sheraton and Sofitel. Simple lamp and alarm clock. Facing the bed is a large simple desk - ok for working but not if you need more than one plug socket. The chair though is quite comfortable. A large fridge exists but nothing in it- despite mandatory $75 deposit. A small coffee machine is offered but no bottle water. There is a large LG TV which offered plenty of choices of US cable, but hotel fails to offer any kind of TV guide- in fact there was not even a directory in the room- only an in room dining menu. A decent luggage rack and mirror is next along. There is a large wardrobe but sliding the door open, grinds hard against the bottom- in need of some maintenance. There is a ironing board but don't expect a safe. The bathroom is even more simple and quite ugly because the combo bath tub/shower has paint coming off the enamel. They do offer some SPA amenities which includes tubs of Shampoo, Conditioner and Body lotion- but only a soap for showering, if your like me and don't like soap because of how it dries you up- then bring your own shower gel. They did surprisingly include a medium size tube of Colgate Total (biggest toothpaste I have seen in any hotel) but no toothbrush. There is a controllable AC on wall- just dials. It worked ok. There were some plus near the bed. My stay was short late arrival/early departure but I needed the rest between transit flights. Overall the room felt uncomfortable- especially as the windows were covered, I know this is temporary due to refurbishments but still they should warn you at reception incase you suffer claustrophobia. The price paid ($200) they at least could offer a bottle of water for coffee machine and the room was in worse state than some Day's inn I've stayed at- it needs a coat of paint on walls and in bath, plus the track on the wardrobe needs to be fixed. Also surprised a safe is not offered. Would not stay here again. Facilities There is free WIFI - no password but multiple devices, that did work well. There is a restaurant, 24 hours room service and a cafe/bar (that looks very much like a bar at the airport) with some sandwiches/soft drinks in open fridge. Food to be fair was quite nice- they do a good Chicken Quesadilla. I think they may offer star bucks coffees. There is no leisure facilities that I noticed but without a hotel directory in room, who know what the hotel offers. Staff Staff at reception did offer a quick check-in but very scripted robotic dialogue. Staff at the bar were much more upbeat and personal. For value for money this was one of the most disappointing hotels I have stayed at, and should have stayed a bit further out and saved some of money. There are much cheaper but better hotels only a mile down the road also with frequent bus services. This hotel just has the Hyatt associated name which is what makes it attractive but at the same time more disappointing.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States
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Best Western Gobi’s Kelso (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

3 Case Rating
Location About 30 minutes drive & about 25,000mnt by taxi to airport. 10 minutes walk is main city railway station, of which hotel offers free transport to/from. The main city centre such as Chinggis square/Peace avenue is about 5-10 minutes by taxi depending on traffic and about 6000mnt by taxi. Within the area is a few supermarkets, pharmacy and pub. A very residential apartment complex area but was quiet at night. Room Nice size room in conservative furniture but clean offering a king size bed, quite firm though but nice bed frame, two of the four pillows have rice inside or beads- but comfortable. Bedside lamps on each of the bed side tables and modern alarm clock that projects clock to ceiling (if you touch it so don't worry not on all the time). One plugs is located close by the bed by sacrificing a bed side lamp. The room offers a nice wooden desk to work from and some international plug socket exists plus a simple chair to work from. There is also a kettle on top with tea/coffee making facilities. A TV is located above which is fairly confusing to use without instructions as two remotes required but once figured out (instruction in the brown folder) it does have plenty of channels from Mongolia, Russia, US, France, China, Italy etc even Turkmenistan. There are also two arm chairs in the room. A nice size wooden luggage rack is offered by entrance with a small fridge underneath that includes some soft drinks and chocolate bar. There are large wardrobes in which include a large laptop size safe, iron and ironing board. The bathroom is quite compact and offers a shower in a circular cubicle with full hotel branded amenities including toothbrushes. Toilet rolls are a bit slim but they do give you three. A separate remote control A/C unit exists and works well plus central heating radiators for winter. Overall room was nice, clean and comfortable and excellent value for money for UB. Facilities WIFI is secure and can be used for multiple devices, worked well without any issues. The hotel has a pub/restaurant but did not use this. Left too early before breakfast started (8am onwards) but staff did offer, during check-in, a takeaway compact breakfast but declined. According to directory there is a fitness room, billiards room and business centre but did not use/see. Staff Staff very nice, a lady at reception spoke English very well. I was sick with food poisoning and staff did assist me by coming to nearby pharmacy and helping me getting right medicine, since pharmacist did not speak English. Overall very helpful and every time i came in and out, staff acknowledge you. More personal service than at 5 Star blue sky that i just stayed at prior. For the value, this hotel is excellent and for my 3 days in UB, I wished this hotel was available over the weekend as its half the price of Blue sky which although is nice & better located, Best western is better value for money. It gets 5 stars because of this and how kind the staff were.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Bayangol 4th khoroo, Jasrai Street 27/1, Ulaanbaatar 16051, Mongolia
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Hotel Welcome Inn (Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland)

4 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located less than 5-10 minutes drive from ZUR airport. Very close, there is a free shuttle bus that operates every 20-30 minutes depending on time of day. In the immediate vicinity is the pleasant town of Kloten, where there are some cafes, bakery, Italian, Swiss and Chinese restaurants. Plus a mini mart, petrol and train station. All walking distance from hotel. It takes around 15 minutes into centre of Zurich by train. Room Room was spacious, functional, continental room offering a double bed. Quite firm but of adequate comfort. A Swiss plug and lights sockets remain on middle of bed back stand, so easy to turn of lights and charge mobile phone. There are flexible reading lights either side with bed side tables. The room offers a corner desk unit - adequate for working on a laptop with lamp and also a upright arm chair. There is a medium sized TV that has over 160 TV and Radio channels from all over Europe, though some do not work. The room also offers a mini bar fridge built into the wall and a small safe- not large enough for small laptop but ok for passports, wallets, phones etc. The mini bar has mainly drinks but also some nice chocolate. There is an open wardrobe (like Ibis) with convenient luggage rack below as well as tall mirror on the wall. When you arrive they provide one free bottle of water and a mini chocolate on the bed. There are two separate rooms; a toilet room with sink and a shower room, also with a sink. Fixed bottle body shampoo are only offered- nothing else but plenty of towels. Shower worked well and is fairly hot water. Overall for a transit stay near ZUR the room was functional in every way, just not innovative or luxurious. There is no AC but windows can be opened and a built in fan/heater in built into the ceiling, controllable in the room, the only issue in hot summer is this (if you plan to be in room during day), but they do have signage that suggests they offer fans on request. Facilities WIFI is free, secure with a code and available for over 2 devices- it is patchy, at times very slow and having to re-login frequently, other times it is ok. The hotel offers a ironing room - this is the only place you can do ironing and it appears many air crew stay here so useful for them. There is also a restaurant (which has traditional food, like Swiss dishes and a burger etc) and also a breakfast buffet area, which both did not use, it seemed quite expensive but Switzerland is. However in the lobby area there are two desk top computers and printer, a tea and coffee machine, water from a dispenser and they also offer free apples. There are no leisure facilities in this hotel but the guide suggest their sister hotels are within walking distance and offer a gym, plus a public swimming pool is in the town. It appears you can buy souvenirs like Swiss Army knives in the lobby as displayed in glass cabinets. Staff Staff are very nice and helpful, especially with train times etc and they go out their way to assist you. Check-in & Check out was very smooth and would certainly stay here again as good value for money for Switzerland.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Holbergstrasse 1, 8302 Kloten, Switzerland
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3Mosta Boutique Hotel (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

4 Case Rating
Location Located just off a side street in quiet area that is less than 150 metres walk from Church of Saviour on Blood. Just beyond this impressive looking Church about another 100 metres is the main street of Nevsky ProspectStreet- everything is on it (banks, restaurants, shops and metro) plus as you enter the road from Church of the Saviour on Blood you face Kazan Cathedral, another impressive building. About 10-15 minute walk you will come across Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor. Very impressive and worth taking a trip to the roof as much as inside. In the immediate area I just noticed a Georgian restaurant just down road and also near the Church of Saviour blood is some bars that include Jamie Oliver's own restaurant, there all within a few minutes walk of hotel. Room Room on the 2nd floor was quite traditional but not dated, it lacked anything innovative but felt very much the boutique vibe of St, Petersburg with its wooden floor, furnishings and green walls, traditional feel but clean and not dated. Room was adequately spacious for a couple and offered a double bed with a decorative wooden headboard, the bed was clean and comfortable- I slept very well. The bed offers plug sockets close by plus telephone on one side and reading lamps each side. On top of bed was also a soft blanket. It was quite warm in July, so I used this as an alternative to duvet when sleeping. The room also had a coffee table with two chairs- again more traditional than innovative or functional, since chairs were really for perhaps working on a computer or eating food on etc, wouldn't say for relaxing and watching TV. Thick curtains were behind where the window was which did block out the early light in the summer. (it gets light at 3am). One of the more impressive items when compared to other hotels in the bed room was the large impressive wooden wardrobe and sort of pigeon holes plenty of room for a couple here for a week (though I only stayed a night). This large wooden wardrobe also includes a empty fridge since no mini bar is offered. There is also no safe in this hotel room. However a standard metal luggage rack is offered though its small if you have big bag, some coat hangers next to mirrors in corridor and also slippers presented in plastic. In addition, there is a large modern LCD TV that faces the bed, a brief scan on it had BBC news, some French and German channels and obviously Russian TV. The bathroom was clean, modern and offered a shower cubicle with overhead shower and also detachable one. The overhead showered did look like it needs a clean of the limescale but the detachable one worked well. Whilst towels are plentiful amenities are a little poor, only small annoying sachets - body wash and shampoo, but irritating to open when your trying to shower. They should consider some fixed bottles by the showers and body lotion. Overall the bedroom was presented clean and was comfortable to sleep at night. Euro Plugs are plentiful which helps when one is charging alot at the same time, the room could do with a safe as very few hotels these days don't have one- even low end 2 stars in Asia. I also think they should consider improving the bathroom amenities and loose the slippers. I didn't use them and can't imagine many people do, obviously big hotel brands offer these but it tends to be more for walking through the large hotel to the pool- which this hotel does not have. Perhaps in Winter they are more popular. Facilities The hotels offer unsecured WIFI which can be used for multiple devices, it was actually exceptionally fast, since I had to download a 5 GB file for work which it did in a few hours. There is a roof terrace on the top floor up a flight of stairs. I guess it is where people in summer go to smoke since ash trays were there, it was quite nice to see the Church of the Saviour on Blood but the roof top is just for a quick look, no chairs or anything to hang out there etc as its quite small area. There is also a shop by reception that has some traditional Russian souvenirs like the dolls. It looked nice, they had some soft drinks in a nearby fridge and some seating in the lobby. For catering there is only the buffet breakfast which is charged at 400 Rub. it was a bit hit and miss, the food offered included ravioli that was hard, some meats and bread but they were ok. It was rather simple but at that price it was good, though would probably instead try one of the local Russian bakeries nearby as they looked nicer options. However saying that if it is winter, I can imagine this is a great spot to enjoy breakfast and look at the view of the famous Church. The hotel also offer a taxi service which I used both ways to Pulkovo Airport, it is around 1200 rub each way and they meet you with a sign. The taxi service is better option than using public transport or getting ripped off at the airport ones. Avoid all gypsy cabs. Staff Staff at this hotel were actually one of best/helpful/welcoming staff I have experienced outside of Asia. Not only are the reception girls very helpful with walking routes and sights- enthusiastic with any questions and welcoming but also all are very beautiful as per Russian women. I was only at hotel for one short night and yet they provided a great walk around map which showed practically all the major sights in the city centre. It was very helpful. Email communication is also superb especially as within a few hours of booking room, even on external sights like Expedia, the hotel personally email you and explain the transfer taxis, plus send you a thank you email for staying with them. Overall 5 stars to the staff. The taxi driver was also very nice, spoke English well and en route from Airport, he explained alot of the sights as we drove past them. I think this hotel is perfectly positioned for the tourist to see the sights of Saint P. It was reasonable and again staff are very nice. Whilst no safe is provided and rubbish bathroom amenities are, it still met a good standard of value for money for priced paid for room, it is quiet but close to everything by foot, the bed is comfortable & WIFI is excellent. I would stay here again due to its position & staff. So long you like to walk there is really no need for metro or taxis in terms of the main city centre sights, all walking distance. 4/5 only because of no safe and the bathroom amenities.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] nab. Reki Moyki, 3, St Petersburg, Russia, 191186
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Delmon International Hotel (Manama, Bahrain)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located in the centre of the city about 15 minutes from airport. Within walking distance is the Bab Al Bahrain Souk, which offers all kinds of shops, banks, massage places Arab, Indian and Thai restaurants including fast food places like KFC. Plus a little further is the Bahrain Financial Harbour Building and the impressive Bahrain World Trade Centre which has the boutique mall. Also next to hotel is the highway to KSA. Overall good location that was quiet but was there during ramadan. Room Room was very spacious & seemed like a kind of mini suite due to large sofa and seat. Likely because I complained being given a stinky smoking room originally which I requested non smoking to in my booking. The bed was king size and quite comfortable that offered two bed side tables and lamps with telephone plus alarm clock. UK plugs are within easy reach. Facing the bed is a luggage rack and large Samsung flat screen TV (the only evidence we are in 2015 in the room) channels offered include a good variety of Arab, American movies and CNN & BBC programs. The room has a desk or rather a dressing table with mirrors all around ideal for ladies working with make-up, rather than a business desk to work from. A cabinet next to the sofa seating and coffee table, offered a tea making facility and has a fan on top. There is a large minibar with lots of miniatures alcohol bottles and some soft drinks but no snacks. There is some mirror wardrobes where there is a safe from the 1980's that requires a key only, it is quite small- a mini iPad would fit but not a small laptop. The room also offers a long balcony but with no seats and floor is covered in dust, there is really no point to go out unless you wish to see the outside street to check the shops are open. The bathroom is slightly raised and so would not be suitable for disabled since a high step is at entrance. There was a shower bath combo, with sink, bidet and toilet that although clean, fixtures very much looked dated. Shower head for instance had only part of it working. Some hotel branded amenities such as shower gel, shampoo, dental and shaver sets are offered and towels but no complimentary drinking water - You are advised not to use Bahrain tap water on international travel advice websites so poor of the hotel not to offer one bottle of water for free. Overall the room was quite comfortable, had some authentic decor with some nice 'Antique looking" furniture pieces but felt extremely dated. It was spacious though and comfortable except the bathroom could do with a new shower head. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI unlimited and worked ok. You need a different password for each area of the hotel, staff fail to explain this at a check-in and so constantly you have to ask reception when say you are at the pool, restaurant or in room. There is one coffee shop, catering facility that was open during Ramadam. It was a buffet for all meals, food was ok- nothing special tried both Indian and western but the restaurant was quite interesting decor with TV maybe from 1970 was in there, was great to see. There was also a smokey other room that had some pool tables and a stage- not sure if this was a club bar but was really being used as a smoking room when I was there. Outside of Ramadam there are 4 clubs I believe, one called Diggers is for westerners apparently Pilipino female singers are there, One is Arabic, One Is Pakistan themed and another is possibly a restaurant -again all were closed during Ramadam. Though main buffet is open during day as is room service. There is also a lounge area by reception that has some sofas and plays BBC news. There is a pool, with about 4 beds- pretty much filthy area that has had no care for years. Pool itself was ok and swimmable. There is a also a gym- again back to 1980's in terms of equipment, a sauna and steam room also exists plus Jacuzzi but did not use. There is apparently massage facilities but got the impression it was a bit 'word of mouth' girl can come to your room etc..which explains after check-in seeing the concierge with Philipino girls knocking on doors, that did not look like they were in massage outfits. Staff Staff are a mixed bag. Made booking about 30 hours before I arrived and called hotel to arrange airport pick up, which was all confirmed on phone but arriving at airport no-one was there- with driver saying he had been given no information. Then upon arrival, they just gave me a room taking passport but did not have any of the hotel.com booking confirmation or aware of it- which was concerning but night shift staff clearly do not communicate with day shift staff so they never told. Next day they were aware. Restaurant manager seemed a bit unwelcoming and staff in gym/pool area did not know whether I was a hotel guest or not. They did not wear any hotel uniform to identify themselves either. The concierge seems to not really know much when asked about Fort just said Taxi round corner. However the driver who picked me up Soloman was nice and chatty, the Philipino girl at reception was also ok but lacked any details with check-in such as mentioning breakfast or WIFI. Overall I slept well due to no clubs open downstairs. I got a good deal at this hotel £100 for 2 nights which was reduced rate since it was ramadan but comparing what you get for same rate in UAE or Qatar- it was a poor standard of hotel, however all other hotels seemed quite expensive so perhaps Bahrain prices are higher than the average in area. However if I came back I would look for alternative as it seemed tired, dirty in some areas with some incompetent staff. It seemed more a male only hotel for partying Arabs to visit at the weekend with a mild seedy feel from what I saw in hotel corridors.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Manama, Bahrain
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Surfer Beach Hotel (Pacific Beach, San Diego, USA)

3 Case Rating
Location Located right on the Pacific Beach in heart of everything. I drove from LAX took 3 hours. There is restaurants, bars fast food joints, souvenir shops, surfer schools all in immediate area. The beach which is right on hotel (just a walk way in between) is much like South Beach, Miami, wide clean and sandy but cold water (in June). Perfect location for beach go-ers but was quiet at night. Room Room on second floor had side on sea view balcony with some chairs that also overlooks the pool, it was nice as corner of building but did not request sea view. The room was decent size, very soft bed, but comfortable and slept well. Bedside tables offers some plugs behind so long you detach the lamps, there is also a alarm clock and phone. A small pointless circular coffee table exists but no chair. The bed faces a large TV with 31 US cable channels. decor is quite bland but for the price is ok. Room was clean but dated. The bathroom is upon entry with a dark side shower room and toilet with entrance combined with large sink top and medium sized fridge below. They offers some small bottle amenities but no mini bar. Overall the room was nice but unfortunately had an incident where someone tried to break into the room at 5am, i got woken up by noise in the bathroom. I made a loud noise & heard them running off. They did not get in room, but noticed the window was open so they attempted to. The hotel in general is like a motel and easy for outsiders to access the main exterior walk ways for rooms. Hopefully an isolated incident as PB seems safe to me, but just make sure your bathroom window is closed securely as mine was not locked. They do have security but its for a whole complex not juts hotel so not much presence at hotel at night. I was too tired to call reception to report but told them in the morning and they apologised. Sleep quality therefore was poor due to that incident. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI which works well for multiple devices and is secure with password. Their is a medium sized pool but did not use. No catering facilities but plenty outside places though a room service menu does exist. Parking is available at $15 a day, but there is a space outside of check-in area (between red and white line- its a sole place but its free, though probably because I checked in after midnight). Staff Staff are very nice and informative, as this is like a 2-3star beach hotel, one cannot expect much but staff here were really nice and helpful with local area info etc. This hotels was the most reasonably priced hotel right in the heart of it on the beach at time of booking, i would recommend for those that do not wanna splurge. Though make sure you keep valuable in car as no safe in room & lock windows.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 711 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109, United States
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