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Best Western Tumwater-Olympia Inn (Tumwater, Washington State USA)

4 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located about half a mile from I-5 in Tumwater. Seattle airport is one hour or 55 miles away. Portland, OR is about 110 miles or 1hr 45 min drive. Its a great place to break up a drive in the middle of Washington for a night coming from Oregon or north Washington state. Within the area are various stores like Fred Meyer, Walmart and lots with fast food places everywhere, KFC is walking distance. Great mexican restaurant nearby. Room The spacious room had a raised high soft king size bed. The bed is comfy with mattress topper but didn't much like the pillows. There are bed side tables with lamps but power sockets are behind the cabinets. However an alarm clock does have a USB socket behind it on one side. The bed faces a large cabinet that has a large TV with full cable, microwave and large refrigerator. There is a working desk with lamp are here are plenty of sockets. There is also a sofa and coffee table, great for eating take-aways and watching TV. The room also includes a large sink that also has hot drinks machines on top. This is the main sink form the bathroom. Since the bathroom is in a small room containing only the toilet and a bath and shower combo. They offer small amenity bottles of their in house brand. An iron and ironing board is also on offer with some clothes hangers. Heating / AC is a large unit but wasn't that noisy. Decor is kind of dull but traditional. Facilities The hotel offers decent speed WIFI. Also two computer are in the lobby. There is breakfast on offer is better than most motel quite decent and includes some scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, plenty of breads and bagels, cereals, yogurts and fruits. Plus a pancake machine, juice dispensers and coffee machine. Its as nice and the room plays the news. They also offer cookies and coffee in reception. For leisure facilities there is a small gym and adjoining room with hot tub. Plenty of free parking is offered. Staff Staff were nice and friendly with quick check-in/out. Breakfast lady was overly enthusiastic and happy. It was fine for one night, comfortable and very clean. Not quite Hampton Suites but a decent product that was good value for money.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 5188 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501, USA/em>
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Van Riper’s Resort (Sekiu, Washington State USA)

3 Case Rating
Location Van Ripers resort motel is in the idyllic fishing village of Sekiu. Located just beyond Olympic national park of which is 30 minutes drive away to the edge of it. Unless your fishing one of the few reasons to be here is if you are enroute to Cape Flattery - amazing spot (45 min drive) of which is the most northern western point in mainland USA. About 1.5hr drive away is Ruby beach, also stunning. Port Angeles, the closest main town with ferry service to Canada is about 1hr 15 drive & Seattle is around 4 hours. There is a diner in the village but not much else except relaxing scenic view of the coast and Vancouver Island. Chilled spot & from the room you can hear the seagulls & enjoy fresh sea air. Room The motel room consisted of two rooms, a simple bedroom with quite a firm smallish queen bed along with one bedside table, lamp & a random chair. Facing bed is a non-flat screen cable TV on wall. The bed was ok but bedding was felt old along with everything else, however it was clean, slept ok but wouldn’t describe the bed as initially comfortable. The other room is a kitchen area with a table for 2. An old style electric oven with utensils and tableware. In addition a microwave, filter coffee pot, a fridge & two sinks - one for kitchen & other to use for bathroom. Bathroom was tiny with simple shower cubicle & toilet. They offer just a small soap. However water was hot and worked well. Since you are in the middle of nowhere & mainly for fishermen who have their boat here, it’s ideal for self catering. Despite the age & lack of amenities in bathroom, the room had a great ambience & character with a somewhat Twin Peak vibe going on. Especially enjoyed listening to the seagulls & sea air thru the bedroom window as I fell asleep. Facilities The motel is simple but does offer adequate working WIFI. The reception is in a store shop where you can buy coffee, some snacks but it is mainly supplies for fishermen & Campers etc. The staff mentioned they can arrange rental boats out but stated the guest mainly bring their own. Plenty of space with free car parking. Staff Staff impressed me with their relaxed and flexible attitude. Despite check in closing at 8, I called them & explained that due to delayed flight & 5 hour drive that I wouldn’t make it until 1130pm. The guy kindly left my room unlocked for me to enter when I arrived & we did the check-in in the morning before I departed. It is unlikely I will stay here again since I saw the nearby sights I had planned. However I would recommend those looking for a cheaper place to stay closer to Neah bay & also Ruby beach. Seems like a great fishing spot as well.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 280 Front St, Sekiu, WA 98381, USA
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FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta (Tangerang, Indonesia)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located less than 10 minutes drive from airport, just off the main airport road. They do organise complimentary shuttle service, but you must book ahead via email at hotel website. To get to airport, they have various times to get there & you book via reception. There is nothing really to walk too outside of hotel. However it's great for needing to be close to airport and avoiding the nightmare of Jakarta traffic. Room The deluxe room was slightly disappointing. It is very large but feels like a former office building made into a hotel. Large but soulless empty space. One feels it needs a rug or something on the hard floors. Since it is quite cold looking and with dull lighting. The queen bed was sufficiently comfortable though and each side there are bed side tables with lamps. However no nearby power sockets, only one against wall below TV. The flat screen TV faces the bed and has 46 channels including HBO, BBC & other international channels. A large glass desk is offered and is suitable for working from. Plus a small coffee table with wooden chairs, luggage rack & large wardrobe also in the room. There is a very small safe, not suitable for laptops. A fridge also exists with some small mini bar items & above a basic kettle hot drinks facility. The bathroom was also spacious but again a little characterless but is was clean. A basic looking shower is offered with a small sample of hotel branded amenities. One of the main gripes with the room, is the old AC unit. Possibly due to size of room, it doesn't get that cold despite cold setting of 21C and is quite noisy. Overall though it is quite good value for an early morning flight but it's quite a bland un-functional bedroom that isn't that comfortable. Facilities Facilities are certainly the highlight of this hotel. WIFI worked well in all areas and is complimentary and secure to two devices per room. Leisure facilities are fun, there is a large indoor pool area that has a hot very large steam room & sauna with large hot or ice cold dipping pools great after the sauna. The area is clean and the changing rooms gives at least men - flip flops, shorts to use and towels with your own locker. It's great, open from 6am until 10pm. There is also a spa with comprehensive menu of reasonably priced massage treatments. I tried the unique Tibetan Steam Bath and was impressed. Other leisure facilities include a karaoke lounge, a hair dresser and a convenience store right in the lobby. There is also a pool table in the bar. Catering includes two 24hr restaurant - Thai & Indonesian cuisine with western meal items. Tried room service which was reasonably priced. Breakfast is complimentary but was quite limited in choices and with unusual items such as Cajun chicken. There is also a cafe patisserie healthy tea place with cakes plus a pool bar. Quite good ambience. Overall impressive facilities are offered here, they are clean but do look quite dated. Staff Staff are an asset to this hotel at the spa and bars. Really friendly, kind and upbeat. Check-in however was a bit inefficient, initially checked me in as someone else but check out was fine. Overall not a great hotel for Jakarta but fine for airport. The facilities are fun and the strongest reason to stay at this hotel.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Jalan Perancis No. 67, Benda, Kota Tangerang, Banten 15125, Indonesia
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Dorsett Mongkok (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

4 Case Rating
Location Dorsett is situated about 5-10 minute walk from the Olympic metro station in Mong Kok. One stop to Kowloon whereby you can connect to all areas of the city. Located on quite a busy road of which there are many small bars, restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores located nearby. The hotel does have a free pick up and drop off service to some locations. Room My room on 12th floor was quite compact but with a view. Large mirrors and glass cabinets make up most off the decor. Not exactly cosy but functional. The firm double bed was harder than expected but does offer flexible reading lights offered on both sides of frame. There is one bedside table with a phone with one local plug socket. Bed faces a small glass cabinet unit in which was ok for shirts but not for full length items such as suits or dresses- since it is short. The unit offers a desk area but quite congested with many items on top of it, such as a kettle, an alarm clock with old iPhone socket charging capabilities & the mobile wifi charging station. There is a refrigerator with some mini bar items. There is also a laptop size easy to use safe & facing the bed is the TV. The TV is a bit grainy but offering 32 channels - these include a good balance of movie channels, international news networks such as BBC, Australian and RT plus many local channels. The bathroom is in a glass unit within room, it is quite small & open though glass is frosted. Exceptionally powerful Shower offers both rain and hose versions. Amenities offered are generous sized personal bottles of shower gel, shampoo & body lotion as well as dental kits. The room also has slippers, and in bedside drawers is a helpful plug adaptor and hair dryer. Room has a decent dial AC unit that worked well and overall room was fine, not say premium but good value for money & for the most part clean. Facilities Free open high speed wifi that worked well. The unique feature of this hotel is the personal hot spot mobile wifi phone unit that can be used out and about with your phone/tablet able to connect to wifi without any restrictions. This helpful android based device also offers a a guide to local restaurants, entertainment and shopping with google maps integrated. A nice item but don't loose it. The hotel does have a restaurant but didn't use. There is a small gym as well. Staff Staff offer a good service at this hotel. Good level of enthusiasm & quite efficient. Overall a decent enough budget Hong Kong hotel that actually offers good value for Kowloon. However it is not that comfortable, cosy or premium but is functional for a short stay business traveller. The mobile wifi unit is a really a great unique amenity and great to travel about the city with without racking up using your own data roaming charges.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 88 Tai Kok Tsui Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
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Hotel Arlberg Stuben (Stuben, Austria)

4 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located in the village of Stuben, not far from the Aldberg tunnel & the S16 road. A good stop when en route to Liechtenstein going west or Innsbruck going east. Liechtenstein is around 1 hour to the border. Innsbruck is about one hour and half away. As with most of Austria, the area is very scenic with mountains and Ski passes all around. A cable car up the mountain is right next door. Room The comfort room costing under fifty euros is exceptional value for money. Large room with a very comfortable king size bed with various pillows. Good lightning either side and easy to access plug sockets. There is a side table with a phone and an oddly placed and unfortunately slightly grainy TV on it. Some chairs and a coffee table with magazines in German plus a decent size wardrobe is offered with a small safe. The toilet is in a separate room in corridor to bathroom. Bathroom is very modern & spacious with a powerful rain shower. Amenities include shampoo and shower gel plus a decent offering of towels. The highlight of the room is a communal balcony with chairs that you can watch the busy road outside. You can also open the windows for fresh alpine air. Very cosy and comfortable room with relaxing ambience though some light road noise outside. Facilities There is free wifi that is secure and worked well. Two restaurants exist - pizza one and the main restaurant. I only used for breakfast and the offering was generous healthy and fresh. Parking is available for free. Leisure facilities include a nice spa area with sauna, steam room and some cardio equipment. Clean and nicely set up but didn't use. Staff Staff are really nice & friendly. Appreciating them waiting for me to arrive at 11pm despite check-in closes at 10pm. Very helpful with directions, plus restaurant staff were welcoming and enthusiastic. Overall cannot fault this hotel, only the TV position could be improved but slept well with the fresh mountain air listening to the road outside.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Stuben 50, 6762 Klösterle, Austria
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Gasthof Pass Lueg Hohe (Golling an der Salzach, Austria)

3 Case Rating
Location Located about 5 minutes outside of the town of Golling, a very scenic town with a famous waterfall and valley. From Salzburg or Berchtesgaden it's around 30 minute drive & under one hour to Hallstatt. Very quiet location, just off a misty mountain road near a picturesque church. Room The room was quite spacious with decor of flowery style Austrian bright decor. Two single beds pushed together to make a double, with quite a soft mattress. Good lighting on bed side tables either side plus plug sockets. A small desk in the corner is offered. Spacious wardrobes. There is also a flat screen but very small TV with various channels from around Europe. Windows can be opened with bars on the outside. Large bathroom is quite modern a with shower cubicle. Minimal amenities just dispenser soap is offered. Facilities The hotel has fast free wifi throughout. There is a restaurant but is not used for dinner, only breakfast. Continental breakfast offering is fairly good, fresh and good selection. There is a sauna and pool, though did not use either. Also a kids play area. Car parking is available and free. There is also a drinks vending machine outside. Staff Staff are welcoming, helpful with informative guide to area. Overall a nice little chalet style hotel with the location being the main reason to stay here. In terms of room comfort - bed is too soft for my liking but the room was cosy. Would stay here again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 82, Paß-Lueg-Straße, 5440 Golling an der Salzach, Austria
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Berggasthaus Wallackhaus (Heiligenblut, Austria)

4 Case Rating
Location Located on the Grossglockner high alpine road, about half way down the route just past the highest point. The hotel is at an altitude of 2400 metres high that with outstanding views and various walking trails. Perfect for those keen to do the Glossglockner road experience and as a result of booking, the hotel emails you a discount to enter the road, twenty five euro plus a free national park card that they register in your name. This gives guests access to free use of cable cars at various places along the route as well as other sights as far away as Kolnbrein Dam in this huge natural park. Room The basic single room was clean with wooden cosy decor offering a mountain view. Single but comfortable bed next to two power sockets but no bed side lights. A small table and chair is offered plus a wardrobe. There is an old non flat screen TV with about 10, all local TV stations in German only. The bathroom is of good size with a shower cubicle and some soap dispenser is offered. One weakness is lighting, only two small lights of which are very dimly lit so can be a quite dark at night, couldn't read etc. Overall the room for under sixty euros a night was good though since the location is perfect and room is quite cosy for a night. Slept beautifully thanks to the fresh cool alpine air coming thru the open window. Facilities Hotel has wifi (limited to 500mb) and this worked fine on top floor. However I didn't really do much on my phone but left it on overnight and by morning had used the allocated 500mb already. There is restaurant and this is where the complimentary continental breakfast is offered. It was fairly good and fresh. All decked out in cabin style and is a nice high mountain spot to dine. I noticed a table football room and next door a relaxation reading room that was quiet with impressive mountain views. Parking is also free with plenty of spaces. Staff Staff are nice and friendly, like majority of Austria. Helpful with road details and quite efficient. I didn't even know about the free National Park Card so was a pleasant surprise at breakfast to be handed this with my name already registered. If not staying at hotel, it costs to have this card. Despite the simplicity of the room, the experience seemed good value for money. The location is the highlight and a unique experience up in the alpine clouds. Highly rate this place and hope to come back. The National Park Card was also a bonus.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Untertauern 20, 9844 Heiligenblut, Austria
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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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