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Sheltered Nook On Tillamook Bay (Bay City, Oregon USA)

4 Case Rating
Location Sheltered Hook is in bay city right on Oregon coast about 77 miles west of Portland, thru the stunning Tillamook forest. Small coastal town within a bay with fresh sea air. The famous Cannon Beach is only about 30 minutes drive up the coast. The small town of Bay city has a handful of restaurants and bars. 101 route north is one of the most picturesque coastal roads in the world and runs thru here. Room Wanted to experience the popular Oregon concept of a tiny house for one night. They have some in Portland but double the price and heard the Oregon coast is better place to go. The tiny cabins at Sheltered Nook is so cosy & functional. Far better than staying in any hotel & far cheaper. As you enter the home, there is a small veranda that accommodates a decent gas barbecue & two outside seating for eating. It is covered and cosy at night for smokers displaying the lighted coloured bulbs at each house. Inside is initially an open plan kitchen & living room with small stair case leading to two double beds upstairs. Very low ceiling but does have some cosy windows behind your pillow. There are plenty of sockets & lights. The living room has a sofa & arm chair with a nice warm soft blanket. It that faces this really nice visual fireplace heater, creating a mellow ambience. TV is cable with plenty of channels, DVD player is also offered with plenty of DVD’s on offer for free to rent at reception. There is also a table to pull out when dining for 2. The full stocked kitchen offers an oven, microwave, huge fridge & a decent coffee pod machine, with creamers, milks and was really nice. Also a kettle for tea lovers. Inside the refrigerator they include a breakfast basket containing an apple, homemade egg bake to heat up, yogurt & a pastry. Quite tasty and generous of them given the rate they charge. The main bed room is at the back & has a super comfy bed thanks to premium mattress topper & decent quality bedding. Flexi-reading lights, sockets & bedside table either side. Overhead fan & electric heaters that worked well. It is quite a small room that the large kind size bed take up most of it. Bathroom has a shower that worked well and they offer small bottle shampoo & body lotions with plenty of towels. It’s all in wooden decor & really has all the amenities that one would expect at your own home. Loved it very much and would certainly come back. Especially enjoyed relaxing at night watching the digital fire place. It is also secure with a peronsalised pin code access to each home. Facilities They offer free parking & have a super fast free WiFi. Each box is within each home. The reception as mentioned has DVD's and some other drink items available. Staff Staff couldn’t be more welcoming with personal explanation of home & area. They were really helpful. Overall a very nice concept & very reasonably priced for what you get.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Xinzheng, Zhengzhou, China
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Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan (Seoul, South Korea)

5 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located in the area of Yongsan, not far from the centre of Seoul. It is two stops by train to Seoul main train station. For Incheon airport it takes by taxi around 1.5hours, but they do offer a bus service outside hotel that costs around 12k Won & takes same time. This hotel is located alongside many others such as Mercure and Novotel inside the Seoul Dragon City- a sort of small mall of which is on level 2 of the hotel. Brand new complex. Within walking distance is the Electronic centre of Seoul, told it was the cheapest place to buy everything electrical. There is also shops & restaurants in the vicinity. Room The room was fun - themed with the retro game Space invader as shown the back wall. Very colourful energising decor and brand new and spotless since hotel only opened on October 1st this year. It is quite a small room in terms of Asian standards but not poky like Japan. A very comfortable bed with a nice soft mattres topper and premium bedding. Slept very well. Conveniently either side are touch button light controls on small bed side tables with the bed frame offering in built flexi-reading lamps. USB sockets and international plugs are also both sides. Facing the bed is a large SamsungTV with over 40 DTV channels, these include mostly news, sport, kids and drama from Korea but international TV from Russia, Germany, Japan, Middle east and China. There are some English language TV such as Euro news, Fox & some US movie channels. There is a small working desk and lamp- plenty of plugs, a small coffee table and stool. The bathroom is somewhat open plan but with frosted glass cubicles for the shower and toilet. The wash-let toilet is high tech. Shower works well with rain and detachable head. Full set of amenities that includes generous tubes from Derma centric spa, plus dental kits etc. The sink is on a unit within room with plenty of mirrors that had a kettle and plenty of sachets on top. Below is a laptop size safe, a mini fridge with two complimentary bottles of water offered. There is also a tall wardrobe, behind a mirror so quite hidden but there are robes & slippers offered. Digital AC worked well and the room offered a fantastic view of the city landscape of Seoul. Overall a very nice room and most certainly the best IBIS product I have seen in the world. Facilities The hotel offers no password fast WIFI that worked very well for multiple devices. There is a large dining room with an extensive buffet for breakfast. I must say I was very impressed with the standard of food, a lot of offer both hot and cold, Asian and Western with the quality of food being very of a high standard and far better breakfast than hotel's I have stayed at in neighbouring China or Japan. There is also a very colourful bar in the lobby. As mentioned the second floor is a mini sort of mall with clothing shops, hair dressers, pharmacies and other vendors. There is a gym in which has really only cardio equipment, its seems not complete as in a large room but mostly empty but still plenty of cardio machines on offer. The hotel also offers the standard Korean Sauna with hot and cold baths. Very clean and nice. Separate sauna rooms for men and women. Staff The staff are approachable and nice, the reception lady was exceptional helpful with directions for Lotte tower. Check-in and Check out was also smooth. The standard of service was very good. The hotel is very new, very clean and fun- more family than luxury but it is by far the best Ibis hotel I have ever stayed at. Nice room, very high standard of breakfast and pleasant staff, will certainly return again if I return to Seoul.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] South Korea, Seoul, Yongsan-gu, 청파로20길 95
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Filokypros Eveleos Country House (Tochni, Cyprus)

“2
Location Eveleos Country House is located in the countryside. In a picturesque old village with some nice views over the countryside. Limassol city itself is about 25 min drive. Closest beach called Governor is about 10minutes drive. It’s an ok beach, grey sand and power station close by but clear sea. However Ayia Napa area is better (white sand, nicer beaches and landscape) and that is about 1 hour drive. The local airport of Larnaca is about 30 minutes drive away. It’s really a location where a car is essential. The village does have a taverna but didn’t visit. Small old kind of Greek village, looks picturesque but little of anything after about half an hour walk around it. Room The room has some very good points but also major weaknesses. The family villa is a self catering with a kitchen & living room set up with a separate bedroom & bathroom. The living room has a real authentic Cyprus character about it, wooden furnishings and ceiling with stone kitchen unit etc and it is quite cosy. Clean & decent electric stove, oven with pans & plenty of plates, kitchen & tableware. There is a kettle & coffee brewer but no filters offered or unsure how to use it since there is no explanation how to use anything in this hotel. However they kindly provide a loaf of bread, some small butters in the fridge, eggs & bottle of water. This is what your breakfast is. A nice wooden table for two to eat from, small simple sofa (can be folded out into a bed) & coffee table. The decor is nice with an old rural feel. They even provide candles, mosquito plugs, some books & playing cards in the drawers. The TV however is old & has a separate satellite unit - after an hour of trying to understand how to use it, I gave up. Since no details of how to use the remotes is offered. Shame as I like to check out local TV but actually I think from talking to other guests, its just decoration and has no use. They all had same issue. The bedroom is quite nice with a four poster firm bed but the bedding is disappointing with scratchy un-soft sheets. Lamps and plug sockets close by. Plus a desk & old nice wardrobe with a small safe. AC unit is offered in both rooms. The bathroom is a combined bath & shower but water was not that hot. Bring Your Own amenities since they offer nothing to shower with, only soap dispenser for hands which was not nice to shower with and at the price I didn’t expect to bring any body soap. I mean even cheap old rubbish ibis hotels in Europe offers shower gel dispenser in addition to hand soap but not here. Whilst the room essentially looks great, cleanliness is an issue. Whilst I never have noticed cob webs in any of the 200+ places I have stayed at, this room was very noticeable. Cob webs in every corner and ceiling noticeable when your showering or at the desk. I have arachnophobia so didn't sleep well. Plus plenty of insects in room & generally didn't give a great impression. For the price paid, given that it’s not at the beach and eighty pounds a night, I think they could be a little more effort to cleanliness & include at least a soap for showering! Facilities WiFi was good & worked well. There is a nice infinity pool which was busy during day & on my visit was two older men in thongs - not a pleasant sight! Obviously car parking is offered & the bread and eggs is in your room is basically the breakfast offering. Staff Following so many reviews from 1-5 star accommodations, this is the first place where there is no staff. When I arrived a neighbour pointed out the letters on the door with guest names. This explains WiFi password but lacking in detail as to where the room is. Ended up walking around the building asking other hotel guests since directions confused me. I would suggest a map! They do offer a number to call though. However during whole stay arriving and leaving at lunchtime there was no staff presence at all. Overall the room has an authentic character & choose it based on reviews but disappointed because basically no tv works, room is full of cobwebs, Scratchy bedding & no decent soap to shower with, plus no staff to talk to. Perhaps I am being too picky but still at the rate they charge, one can get a hotel by the beach etc .. whereby you wouldn’t need to hire a car!
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 14, Plakas str, Tochni 7740, Cyprus
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Sunrise Inn Villas and Suites (Anacortes, Washington State USA)

4 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located in Anacortes. Stayed here to be half way to Vancouver airport (2hour drive) from Olympic National park. Seattle is about 1.5 hours south and Everett about an hour. Noticed some shops, bar and fast food places less than 10 minutes walk away. The hotel is on a side road in a quiet residential area. Its in a scenic area with the coast close by. Room The room was very cosy and comfortable. Can be described as more or less like or better than a Hamptons inn or similar standard of brand but with a sort of warm cosy comfortable & boutique feel. The bed was exceptionally comfortable especially the premium soft bedding & high quality mattress topper, better than some five stars I have stayed at. Either side is a bed side table with lamp that has helpful power sockets on it, plus a telephone and a clock radio. Facing bed is a flat screen TV with full cable channels. Below is a microwave & to the side an AC unit. A Large desk is offered, convenient to work on a laptop from and also has a large mirror for those that need this. There is also a wardrobe with handy ironing board and iron. Next to desk is a large fridge and above is some small hot drink facilities. There is also a comfy modern arm chair and stool. Great for watching TV & better chair than you find in a lot of hotels these days. Bathroom was of decent size with a large oval (could fit two) bath combined with a shower. The hotel offers a full set of amenities and decent towels. Overall the room was exceptionally comfortable, the management clearly make a lot effort in the quality and detail for their guests. Facilities The hotel offers fast WIFI and worked fine. Breakfast is included and they offer bagels, muffins, a pancake machine, fruits, yogurts and spreads. It tasted nice and fresh but simple. They also offer a vending machine for snacks and drinks. Public computer is offered for those without a personal machine. Parking is also free and if your lucky you can park outside your room, otherwise less than a minute walk. Staff Lady at check-in was very kind when I called her to confirm I wont be able to make the 9pm check-in closing time as described by an popular hotel booking website that I booked with. She actually is there until 10pm and I fortunately made it but otherwise she mentioned arrangements can be made via a secure key pick up system. Overall the room is very comfortable and slept well, cannot fault anything wrong with it. If I find myself in Anacortes again, I will surely choose this hotel as it is reasonably priced for the quality of comfort you get.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 905 20th St, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA
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Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)

4 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located about 2km from IST airport. Its right at the end of the runway next to main highway. They do operate a shuttle of which is suppose to leave international arrivals terminal from airport at 30 past every hour but where to locate bus at this time is very difficult. There is no specific spot that it stops at and the mini bus looks much like all the others that drive thru airport. I stayed at hotel 4 days coming from airport every day and never was able to find it. Taxi's here can be the worst in the world and seem unimpressed when you want to go to this hotel, since its close- so they try and rip you off. They should charge no more than twenty lira but expect sixty and above and they can be very rude. Recommend Turkish Uber called Bitaksi an app for smart phones that is very easy use. With that it is about 12-15L and you should look out for the registration seen on app, it is the same yellow taxi but they can't overcharge. Getting to airport is fine since the hotel shuttle goes on the hour. To get to old town or main touristic district, it can take up to 1.5 hours or 40 minutes depending on traffic. Within area is a few Kebab restaurants in a town behind hotel or by the gas station, 50 metres from hotel. Room What they call the business class room was in a long room with bed at the end. It was spacious. Large king size bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows & each side are reading spot lights in addition to lamps. Euro two pin plugs are also located there and switches for all lights. No alarm clock. The long rectangular room had a wooden desk, mirror and TV to one side. TV has about 30 channels that includes BBC, CCTV, RTL and National Geographic. Two comfy armchairs, one with stool and coffee table is offered. Large wardrobe cabinet with a nesexpreso coffee machine and 2 pods plus two bottle of water are included. A laptop size safe, robe and slippers inside. On wall is a trouser press combined with ironing board. The bathroom offered a combination of a bath & shower in one. Mini bottle amenities of body lotion, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner but no dental kit. Overall room was clean but dull colours but with good working digital AC and was comfortable. It was just a bit noisy with constant plane noise thru the night. Once your asleep its ok and they do provide ear plugs. Plus black out drapes. Facilities Hotel provides free wifi with room credentials not sure how many devices but worked with two for me. Catering includes a lobby bar and separate restaurant. This is where breakfast is at and though they have a large selection both western and turkish, hot food is a but disappointing quality wise. However breads and cheeses are good. Leisure facilities include a modern gym. They did have a swimming pool but its closed for the near future. Business facilities include a business centre, plus in lobby is a large room full of computers and printer. The hotel has large conference facilities. There is also a shop with souvenirs, magazines and snacks. Staff Staff are ok, check-in was fast and polite. Restaurant staff can be a bit lazy, of 4 days I stayed 2 I got offered coffee at breakfast, no self service facility and twice staff just hang out on phone at the entrance during non busy times. Overall great for airport but those who are noise sensitive maybe consider elsewhere because you are literarily end of runway here with take-offs frequently thru the night. However it was good value for money. There is no point to stay here if you plan to do tourism stuff in old town.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Kartaltepe Mahallesi, E-5 Karayolu No:20, 34295 Küçükçekmece/İstanbul, Turkey
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Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel (Boracay, Philippines)

4 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located on Station 3 - the quieter end of White Beach. The main clubs, bars, restaurant are all about 10-15 min walk at Station 2, though some are closer. For transportation - I used hotels own My Boracay guide to get to hotel from Caticlan Airport & is six hundred peso's. Very well organised pick up from airport via private bus, shared boat, private bus & small walk. Staff will carry your bags. It is worth it as there are many fixers trying to rip you off at the boat terminal. They also offer a private boat but costs nearly two thousand peso. I would suggest only if you have a family or group. The location is very chilled directly on the beach with complimentary chairs & towels. The odd local does come & try to sell you boat tour but it is done so politely & not pushy. The sea water is colourful but don’t expect to see any fish since many boats off shore nearby. In close proximity is some convenience stores & restaurants. I highly recommend Sunny Side up, 5 minutes walk away for a top breakfast. Room My room was a superior deluxe located upstairs near reception. Very comfortable room & this is what you pay for since the hotel does not offer breakfast or a pool. Large queen bed had nice soft mattress topper & soft pillows of which you can select different ones from a pillow menu. Either side are personal reading lights & large lamps, though one was stained. Light controls include a dimmer function. In addition to a phone there is an alarm clock with apple lightning cable charging capabilities but it was broken with wrong time displaying. Facing the bed is a large TV with about 150 channels at least via cable with viewing for every nationality including Sudanese! However controls are confusing since you need two controls, with no instructions or explanation meaning a call to housekeeping to come and explain. There is a large desk with mirror, kettle & mini bar items in fridge. They offer a nice chocolate bar but be wary its nearly 5 euros. A wardrobe contains a laptop size safe, a robe & slippers but no flip flops in which most beach hotels in Asia of this standard offer. The bathroom is modern & boutique with nice water flow tap & shower cubicle but does take a while to get warm. Amenities are a mix of hotel brands bottles, dental kits but also Dove shower dispenser & Dutch brand Rituals hand soap. The room is carpeted in which is initially odd for a beach room but it does collect sand well. AC is good but only issue I had is that it is not very 'beachy' because the window is frosted and tiny & therefore slightly claustrophobic. Obviously you wanna be at the beach, but when it rains it can be a little depressing just being in the room due to lack of natural light. Facilities The hotel offer WIFI & whilst slow at times it works fine for FB or emails. There is a restaurant / bar in reception but the food is not that memorable compared to other restaurants & is kind of pricey. They don't include breakfast in any room rate & one should therefore consider the additional expense of your staying for a week or more, since most hotels on the island do offer breakfast. The beach is nice & they do offer chairs & towels. But since the chairs are fixed curved upright, I found them a bit uncomfortable for more than an hour. Also the layout of the chairs means sun will not come over you, since you are under palm trees until about 12pm. However view is fantastic especially for sunset. Staff Staff are generally nice but not particularly special that others have described. If you have been around Asia & Philippines in particular, hotel staff are nice everywhere. I found the reception girls a little lazy and somewhat rude unenthusiastic when it came to tours, despite at the tour desk. After researching many hotels in Boracay & deciding on this hotel - I was a little disappointed. I found the vibe a little pretentious (talking about fellow Europeans as opposed to staff). If you are deciding and a room is important to you then it's a great place to stay but for the price you can get breakfast included & also a swimming pool included at the some great other hotels on this island. Perhaps I had too higher expectations reading other reviews but I would say it's feels a little over priced & underwhelmed.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] White Beach Path, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
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Park Inn by Radisson Davao (Davao City, Philippines)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located around 10 minutes drive from airport. To the centre of Davao it is around 15 min by taxi. The location is right next to a large mall and has a dedicated walkway tunnel to get to it. There are various fast food places & shops in the mall. However lacking any interesting stores or places to eat. Room The room was superior on the highest floor. It was a more spacious room that included a large king size bed that was quite firm. Either side bed side tables and one local plug socket. Reading lamps above plus a telephone and an alarm clock. Facing the bed is a large TV in which has limited cable channels with many channels on system but unable to access since they were not tuned in or someone forgot to pay bill. The room also offered a small sofa, large desk and chair, a mini bar fridge with items such as kit kats and drinks. Within the wardrobe is a laptop size safe and includes a robe and complimentary slippers. The bathroom was spacious but the shower cubicle is quite filthy and has dispenser dove soap as well as small amenity items. They include two complimentary bottles of water. I was presented with a room with no towels and had to call housekeeping with no apology offered. Overall the room has Park Inn decor with the signature nice lighting but unfortunately there were noticeable scrapes on the walls, poor paint job in some areas especially the bathroom and in generally disappointing in comparison to other Park Inn I have stayed at. It is ok value for money though and the room is functional for the business traveller but the room is not luxurious. Facilities The hotels offers secure WIFI for free and generally worked ok. There is a restaurant in the lobby but I didn't use. Breakfast though was provided and was quite nice. A pool is offered and gym but again didn't use. Parking is available. Staff Staff as everywhere in the Philippines are very nice and welcoming and had no complaints about the service.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] J.P. Laurel Avenue next to SM Lanang Premier Mal, Agdao, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur, Philippines
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Belmont Hotel Manila (Pasay City, Philippines)

4 Case Rating
Location Belmont Hotel Manilla is located just across from Terminal 3, walking distance. Coming from Terminal 2 it is quite a hassle with a group hotel bus going every hour but it stops at every single hotel enroute & can take up to one hour & half from airport - since hotel is last stop. If coming from T2, use Grab App instead of taxi since costs about 250 peso, taxi is 800 peso. Within the very safe area though is a large premium retail shopping mall with large casino & many restaurants and is less than 10 minute walk. Also McDonald's and a massage spa is less than 3 min walk away. Room Room was quite nice of good size with a comfortable queen sized bed & plenty of comfortable pillows, slept very well. Each side are handy international plug sockets above bedside tables and these each have mellow lamps. Facing bed is a TV and plays full cable channels that includes CNN, Fox movies, Al Jazera, BBC, CCTV, TV5monde, Korean, German and Japanese in addition to local channels. There is a small desk with a small mini bar fridge and a kettle - they have two complimentary bottles of water. There is also a stool and comfortable arm chair to watch TV or rest. Open wardrobes are offered with a laptop size safe, complimentary slippers & robe. AC is dial style and worked well, not to noisy. The bathroom is small & poky and has a large window to bed room from the shower cubicle though a pull down blind is possible. However shower was powerful & hot. Full hotel branded amenities of mini bottles of shower gel, body lotion and dental kits. Overall room is functional and comfortable presented spotlessly clean. Facilities The hotel offers free secure wifi for multiple devices. It's a bit slow & does drop frequently but it's ok for say emails. Catering includes a cafe restaurant downstairs and a bar on the roof. The bar is next to a swimming pool & is quite relaxing in the evening for cocktails. Despite being outside smokers cannot smoke there due to new government regulations. There is also a smallish gym with cardio equipment, sauna & business centre. Within the building but outside is a Starbucks, another restaurant and a Lawson convenience store. Staff Staff are really friendly and upbeat. They always acknowledge you and ask how your doing - a big good morning was offered by all. Service is overall very good. Overall would stay here again when in transiting thru Manila airport. The room was comfortable and the area has things to walk to and is very safe.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City, 1309 Metro Manila, Philippines
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Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage (Tokyo, Japan)

5 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located about 1 min walk from Oshiage station. This connects via the access express train from Narita and Haneda airports and takes less than one hour from each. Tokyo station is about 10 minutes away. Tokyo Skytree and shopping mall is only a few minutes walk from hotel. There are many shops, restaurants and some bars in close vicinity. A large supermarket is on ground floor of hotel. Overall a great location. Room The room on the top floor was of good size (for Japan), spotlessly clean, new with sophisticated decor with an air of premium ambiance. Very comfortable double bed especially the pillows. Easy to access plug sockets and light controls with dimmer functions all located on a handy ledge built into frame. Convenient place for a phone. Large TV faces bed and is multi-functional with even free VOD with both western & foreign movies, a nice extra to offer since most hotels in Japan charge. A modern desk is offered with a helpful plug adaptor with cables for all phones. A air purifier machine is on top of desk along with telephone and personal mirror. There is a small chair & coffee table plus cabinet with an empty fridge and some glasses. Amenities offered include a small water in the shape of the Tokyo skytree & not to take away hotel branded pyjamas. The room also has a window with a view that has a door can be slightly opened for fresh air. There is also a laptop size safe, trouser press with iron and ironing board. The bathroom is typical Japanese style with short deep bath and combined shower that worked well. Full set of amenities such as razor and toothbrush plus a shampoo shower gel by the brand - global environmental protection project, in which they also sell products at reception. Overall a very comfortable & functional premium business hotel room in Tokyo. Facilities The hotel offers free high speed wifi. There is a restaurant near the lobby but did not use. Smoking room, touch screen computers, laundry and various vending machines are in the hotel on various floors. Staff Staff very friendly and efficient. However you cannot check in before 2pm for free. You have pay thousand yen per hour from 11am & staff would not budge on this. Appears to be the policy of the Richmond hotels. However check-in and check-out was efficient and polite. I definitely would stay here again, loved the location and room was very comfortable.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 1 Chome-10-3 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 131-0045, Japan
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Bastion Hotel Eindhoven (Eindhoven, Holland)

3 Case Rating
Location The bastion Eindhoven is located about 2.5 miles from the Eindhoven city centre, about one hour walk away. Brand new hotel in a pretty dull business park but close to the major highways. There is nothing to walk to as the area is mostly residential, just a supermarket down the road. The hotel was visited in June 2017, and was brand new. Room My room was on the first floor. I requested a higher floor due to building site below but told was only 1st floor operating as hotel was only 6 days old. However the room was quite spacious & due to being new was very fresh and clean. Two twin beds with small tables either side. Lighting good with lamps & flexi reading lights attached to bed frame. Plus a back wall light that creates a good mellow atmosphere. There is a old Dutch photo picture behind bed that looks a little haunting with people at the turn of the century. TV faces bed, nice flat screen with various channels from region including BBC tv. Small magimix expresso machine on slim desk in front. A relaxing arm chair with foot stall is to the side. Open wardrobes and small safe is offered but not sufficient for a small laptop. The bathroom is quite spacious with a powerful shower. The hotel only offers a small tube of shampoo simple hotel brand. Towels are quite thin as well. Overall room is comfortable and new but AC was not working despite digital display so felt warm throughout my stay in Summer, plus windows cannot be opened. Being new the main door awkwardly screamed like a dying cat every time you close it creating quite an embarrsing noise heard loudly down corridor. It's a business hotel room but is not that functional, not enough desk space to work on a computer etc. Facilities The brand new hotel is still being built, the car park has not even been properly finished. Lots of building mess gets on your shoes and resulting in dirty public areas. Obviously this will be resolved but perhaps they opened too early. Free working WIFI in which worked well. There is a bar and restaurant. Breakfast is fourteen euros in which I felt was extortionate compared to other hotels I have stayed at on his trip so didn't try. They also have a smoking lounge, a pool table, a sort of gym offering only two cardio machines. A pricey vending machine for drinks is offered in lobby where a bottle of water costs nearly three euros. Staff Reception staff were mixed, male staff welcome was little unenthusiastic. When asked how far to walk to city, simply told I have no idea I don't live here. One expects staff to know basic knowledge of how far the centre of city is. The housekeeping staff are also poorly skilled. Both days got woken up at 8am. First by staff simply walking in room (they don't have any Do not disturb signs on doors) then 2nd day by shouting down the corridor and hoovering. So one doesn't need an alarm clock! Saying that female staff on check-out was concerned about how my stay was and seemed to care by noting these issues down.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Laan van Diepenvoorde 30, 5582 LA Waalre, Netherlands
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Landgasthof Pension Walzl (Lans, Austria)

4 Case Rating
Location Located about 7km up the less high mountain side from Innsbruck valley. Quiet and idyllic small Austrian village on side of hill near forest. Very nice spot. Room The comfort room was very cosy. Decor had a boutique slightly scandinavian wooden finish with beige colours and scenic pictures. The double bed had warm soft & comfortable bedding with plenty of decent light options on either side to create a nice ambiance. Suitable bed side tables with convienient plug sockets. Smallish TV with around 20 channels from the region but also BBC world service directly faces the bed. The is a wooden desk and phone plus a luggage rack. Large wooden wardrobes include a laptop size safe but the room offers no refrigerator. Outside is the highlight, a cosy chalet style private balcony that offers an idyllic mountain view. Seating and a table of which is great for a drink in the evening or smokers, not needing to leave room. Weakness is no fan or AC and during my visit in the summer, room was quite warm. However slept well thanks to leaving the balcony door open all night allowing fresh alpine air and waking to the morning birds. The bathroom is smallish and includes a good working shower plus amenities of small local brand of body lotion, shampoo and vanity kit. Plenty of towels. The room also includes a pair of slippers but no robe. Overall a very nice room but does get warm during the day. Facilities The hotel offers a traditional Austrian wooden bar and restaurant. Breakfast was a fairly good offering with a nice selection of continental breakfast offerings that including decent breads, cheese and meats. WIFI is free and available throughout. There is also a small kids area both inside and out. Parking was limited but still available for free. Staff Staff are really nice and welcoming. Helpful with information with a warm approach to guests is offered. I would certainly return to this hotel if I return to Innsbruck. Very clean and comfortable, relaxing ambience from the boutique chalet style decor. Balcony and bed are the highlight. Only thing is how hot room gets in day time, they should at least provide fans.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Dorfstraße 56, 6072 Lans, Austria
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Fusion Suites Danang Beach (Da Nang, Vietnam)

5 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located right on Da Nang beach of which is right across the road. Situated in a quieter area area of the beach hotels. From Da Nang airport it takes about 20 minutes by taxi costs around 10 dollars. Within area are the odd fish restaurants but is not really near a major night life area. However across street on beach is a water sport facility such as hire of Jet Ski or Parasailing and costs about twenty five dollars for use. Room Upgraded to large suite corner of building room on the 12th floor, after some having issues with the air conditioner system in another lower grade room. The main room offers a large living room, bedroom and kitchen all in open plan design with a separate side room with bunk beds for say kids or other guests. Living room area offers a table with seating for four people with modern kitchen equipment such with electric stoves, large fridge, microwave, kettle, sink and various tableware items suitable for self catering. The bed is in the centre of the room and is very comfortable with easily accessible light dimmer switches, located on the side of bed. However there are no bedside tables and no plug sockets close by, so not so convenient for placing drinks or charging phones etc. In fact plug sockets are quite limited in this room as only by kitchen and close to window in living room area. On one side of the bed are large mirrors and a small bench seating offering large drawers underneath. Each side if the bench are open wardrobes for each person, but they only provide 2 coat hangers each of which seemed limited. At the end of the bed is the living room area and offers two arm chairs with a comfortable corner design sofa. These face the flat screen TV that offers 54 Channels of which 25 are international that include HBO, BBC, National Geographic etc. A large bathroom exists with both shower and bath tub offering large bottle shower gel, body lotion and shampoo. As well as dental kits and other items. Water is not that hot but Da Nang is very hot. There is a digital AC system and this had some initial problem due to some power outages before my stay but worked ok. The room is finished in contemporary light coloured decor and is very clean and boutique in design. The highlight of the room is the remote-controlled blinds that face the sea and the side view of beach road. I left these open at night and found it very relaxing to watch the city lights as well as waking up to sunrise with the ocean in front of you. Overall a very nice room and suitable for those that like self-catering and enjoy a splendid view of the coast. Facilities The hotel offers open WIFI in all areas including the pool located across the road and it is generally fast but does drop a bit in the room. There is a cafe downstairs and where the breakfast buffet is served. There is quite a good selection of items with made to order eggs and this is included with room rates. There is also a roof top bar but never visited it. The pool, as mentioned, is across the road and is of nice size and design right on the beach with decent amount of sun loungers, there is also a convenient pool bar with reasonably and decent snack food and drink items. On the 2nd floor is a small gym and yoga studio. Also this is where the SPA area is and it is expensive compared to street places but the quality of the massage was good. Staff The staff are meeting a five star standard of service at this hotel. I had an issue with room being presented very hot and not cooling down that quickly so complaining to one of the front desk staff, he came and offered me a choice of 3 more premium upgraded different rooms and even gave me a fan to borrow for the night. Issues do occur in hotels but this hotel did go out of their way to make the guest happy. I also found staff to be very friendly and helpful with advice for tourism places including in the cafe with general restaurant staff. Overall as normal in Vietnam the service is very high standard and thus contributed as to why I gave this review a high rating.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Võ Nguyên Giáp, Mân Thái, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
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Lasenta Boutique Hotel Hoian (Hoi An, Vietnam)

5 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located just outside (2km) of Hoi An. It's a good 10-15min easy flat road cycle ride (they rent bikes for free) to the centre. They also offer a free shuttle at specific times to both the centre and the local beach where they have a restaurant. Close-by hotel are a few coffeeshops, restaurants and bar. Room The 7th floor boutique suite is quite a spacious room with a high roof ceiling & balcony. The soft comfortable double bed is in the centre of the room and has bed side tables with warm mellow lamps either side with plug sockets. The bed faces a large double door leading to a balcony with a view of the city. Behind the bed is a desk area, some seats and the mini bar with another window that faces the rice paddies on other side of hotel thru the exterior corridor. To the right hand side of bed is a sofa, separate chair with a coffee table plus a large wardrobe containing an easy to use lap top size safe & soft towel robes. There is also a luggage rack with very comfortable flip flops to use but not take away. To the left of bed is a dressing up table with mirror The TV is located on the side of bed, of which can be moved between bed or sofa, on offer is 40 channels. These include international satellite TV from NHK, FOX to Discovery etc. The open plan bathroom offers two sinks with a separate room for toilet and the very comfortable bath and separate shower. A nice view of city and surrounding area is seen from the modern bath but the window is not tinted so be wary. Amenities are all hotel branded mini bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion plus dental and shaver kits. The AC worked well and is digital. Overall a very nice comfortable and cosy room. Facilities The hotel offers open wifi and works fast for multiple devices. Catering options include a restaurant on ground level and this is where breakfast and dinner is served. Breakfast has some good options and food tasted good especially local dish Cam Lau. Dinner I didn't have because they have a set menu but it's a minimum of two people to have it of which means single guests either pay double or go elsewhere like I did. There is also a bar on the pool level & room service of which is mostly western comfort food. The pool is really nice with sun loungers that has a very picturesque setting facing the rice paddies across the street. There is also a gym and on ground level is the spa. The spa is reasonably priced with good skilled staff. I had a traditional Vietnamese and it was incredible. There is also a clothes shop, an area for kids and some computers to use. Hotel offers free bicycle hire of which is a great way to explore this historic city. Overall very nice offering of facilities. Staff Staff are very friendly and enthusiastic in all area and offers a great service with a smile. I loved the Lasenta and if I'm back in Hoi An again, I will surely stay there again. Reasonably priced and it's actually nice to be slightly out of the town centre in a quieter area since it is a very busy in city centre with tourists.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 57 Lý Thường Kiệt, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
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Scenic Hotel Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)

4 Case Rating
Location Located on Queens st. right in centre of downtown Auckland. Comedy clubs, restaurants, bars, cinema and shops - all right outside. From the airport it takes 30-40 min. A convenient sky bus to airport, stops right outside and costs about 32NZD return. Room Room on the top floor was cosy and of good size offering a kitchenette with sink and microwave plus plates and glasses. There is also a kettle and generous selection of tea & coffee. Two arm chairs, coffee table and also a small desk table is offered. A large TV on a movable table is offered with 9 cable channels. It doesn't however face the bed unless you move the table it's on (room 813). The smallish double bed was comfy and offered small bedside tables with lamps. Local plug sockets available on one side. A large wardrobe faces the bed and contains a ironing board, umbrella and laptop size safe. The small bathroom has a shower cubicle with small bottle amenities from a local organic brand. There is digital AC and the room was quiet. Overall a decent cost effective room in centre of Auckland. Facilities The hotel offers free fast wifi for multiple devices. There are two Apple computers in lobby but they charge for internet use. There is a cafe/bar/restaurant in which a buffet breakfast is offered but at a fee. There is also happy hour lunch and dinner for drinks. Food is ok but quite pricey for what it is. Guest laundry machine is offered with complimentary powder in the room. Staff Staff are very accommodating at check-in. Welcoming and managed to find me a room earlier than check-in starts which was nice. The staff in cafe are a bit slow and not as warm. Overall Auckland is expensive for accommodation close to centre, whilst Scenic is not a five star hotel it offers a cosy reasonable priced room with the location being the benefit, especially for Skybus stop for transport to/from airport.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 380 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
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Meitetsu Inn Hamamatsucho (Tokyo, Japan)

4 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located down a side street in the Daimon area of Tokyo. Quite easy to find from Daimon station around 5 minutes walk away. The area is fairly good place to be in Tokyo, many bars, restaurants and shops nearby plus the impressive Tokyo tower is 15 minutes walk away which is close to an interesting temple called Zoijoji. Room The smallish room was the most modern & innovative I've stayed at so far in Tokyo. A very comfortable twin bed, slumberland branded with two pillows one of which had some kind of rice seeds. Slept well. To the side of the bed is convenient switch to control the light including a dial dinner option. There is a desk below with a large safe , small fridge & cupboard with a kettle inside. There is an impressive tablet on the counter top that offers a menu of the hotel guide, local area guide - such as restaurants, attractions all very helpful. Plus a entertainment guide with a you tube for music, cartons, even mediation videos. Overall very helpful. There is also a very helpful plug that offers every kind of adaptor for charging your phones or tablets, everything from iPhone, Samsung, Blackberry and Nokia etc. The desks had two US plugs and a phone with a large mirror and comfortable circular chair for working. At the end of the bed there is a large TV - though no guide is offered and therefore TV was only in Japanese, however Netflix is offered at a charge. The room offers a trouser press, slippers and open wardrobe. The bathroom has the standard combined shower & bath. Shower gel, shampoo & conditioner in large bottles. A razor, toothbrush, comb & body towel? Plus a shower toilet is offered. In addition the room offers some kind of air humidifier/purifier not entirely sure what it was but looked innovative. Overall a clean and comfortable room with nice window modern decor and has a degree of being cosy though it is small. Facilities The hotels offers free WIFI which worked fast on my macbook but kept dropping on my iPhone. There is a 24 hour family mart adjoined to the hotel but no other facilities are offered. Staff Staff spoke some English and were efficient with check-in as requested offering me a room on high floor. They also gave me a umbrella to borrow to walk to Tokyo Tower during the rain. Overall a decent hotel in a good location with a clean cosy room and free WIFI.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 1-19-14 Hamamatsucho, Minato 105-0013, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Narita Excel Hotel (Tokyu, Japan)

4 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located near all major hotels off the main road to Narita airport. There is a coach every 30 min - 1 hour (depending on time of day) back & forth from airport. The hotel claims to be 30 minutes walk to the town of Narita, though a shuttle bus to the town is offers but unsure of frequency. It is a little too far to walk after a long flight. Within vicinity though is a 7/11 convenience store around 10 minutes from the hotel, if like me you awoke after 10pm and are in need of food, this was handy as only food option since all catering outlets are closed after about 10:30pm. Room My room was located in annex building on the top (11th floor). It offered a great view of Narita airport runway in the distance. The room offered a small double bed which was soft and comfortable but no pillow menu. Next to bed is the typical 80's switch alarm clock but also controls of light switch. There is also a two but small person sofa and table. Facing the bed is a luggage rack, a wooden desk with mirror and large TV that offers some English channels such as fox new, BBC and CNN in addition to local channels. A DVD player is also offered. Below is a small refrigerator but small was offered but empty and a Japanese digital kettle. In corridor is an open wardrobe with about six coat hangers plus slippers & pyjamas are offered as amenities. There is also an air purifier unit and digital AC is offered but I preferred the Windows slightly open. The bathroom is standard small Japanese style but with a dated bidet and deep small bath shower combo. Large bottle amenities are offered with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel. No body lotion so bring your own if you have a long flight & tend to dry out. There is a basket though with dental, shaver, hair brush, shower cap & vanity kits offered. Plus a hair dryer. Generally the room was comfortable and more international standard than some other if the Japanese brands. Facilities The hotel is 4.5 star hotel in terms of facilities. 4.5 star because it's not in particular of a 5 star standard. Catering includes 3 outlets: a general restaurant, Japanese dining and Chinese dining. All of which are closed by 10pm. There is though a lounge bar in which is open until 1130pm. Room service is also available but a fairly small menu is offered and is only until 11pm Leisure facilities are fairly good though simple. They offer a good long indoor pool that is great for laps. There is also an outdoor pool in which is more for cooling down when the daytime is hot than for exercise. There is a gym of mostly cardio equipment but adequate equipment is offered. A tennis court was also noticed. In addition is a typical and separate male and female Japanese sauna which also offers cooling pools- quite a nice facility with chairs to relax after the hot sauna and washing amenities such as mirror tables to leave all refreshed etc. Other facilities include some chargeable foot and massage chairs plus a massage spa that offered various Hawaiian lomi lomi massage types. A nice Japanese garden is also on site, quite nice for a short walk thru. A small shop is offered and a flower shop plus a bridal banquet salon ,in addition some vending machines exist. In terms of business facilities, there are various banquet halls though more aimed towards wedding it seems than conferences plus a very small business centre that offers two windows based computers and a printer- all chargeable at 100 Yen for 10 minutes. Since no smoking is unusually not allowed outside on site premise, they offer an inside smoking room which was well ventilated but no seating. Staff Staff as always in Japan are very efficient. Check in/out was fast and as I made a request thru hotels.com - the top floor room was offered. This hotels takes special requests seriously. I did loose my iPhone cable on the flight and asked if I could borrow one with leaving my passport or credit as deposit but hotel were very reluctant though they will take phone and charge it for you. Overall this hotel appears to be an air crew hotel plus airlines use for passengers to stay following flight disturbances. This Japanese hotel has good facilities and room was spacious when comparison to equivalent Japanese though not quite the comfort of the nearby Ramada. Though saying that it is good value for catching flights at Narita. One criticism for an international airport is lack of food options when waking up late since everyone is jet lagged and sleeps at different times, room service should be 24 hours. They seem to keep the restaurant open for disrupted airline passengers but not for full paying guests.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 31 Oyama, Narita 286-0131, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyu, Japan
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citizenM Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam, Holland)

5 Case Rating
Location Around a 5 minutes walk from arrivals at Schipol airport. It is well signposted once outside of arrival hall 4 with covered walkways. Trains at Schipol take 10minutes to Amsterdam Central station and 30 minutes to Rotterdam. Room Room is awesome. Blown away by the innovative concept of the room. A huge bed lies at the end of the smallish room where digital blinds & black out screens are used. Sound proof windows. The room offers a mini iPad with a charging stand. Here you control everything, the large TV that faces the bed which offer many TV networks and over 30 or more pre-programmed hollywood movies. Next to the bed is a desk which is also has the bed side table that offers ability to work on computer and this is where the hotel offer two free bottles of water. There is convenient plug socket on the side of bed plus a large pull out drawer to place hand luggage or clothing. There are two circular pods that offer mood lightning in each - any colour you wish that you select from the IPad plus specific mood such as romance, movie, party, business (lights and TV do a show etc)- creates a nice ambience for whatever mood takes you.A curtain can be pulled aside from bed to the the two pods. One is a shower in which operates once doors are closed, rain shower and separate head is offered. Amenities include two large bottles of shampoo or shower gel. All works fine and water leaks into floor due to efficient drainage system. The other pod is the toilet that frosted glass for privacy if you are with someone. There is a sink inside room and a shelf with both Euro and UK plugs easy to place your bathroom products. An open wardrobe is located by door with coat hangers plus a safe below that could fit some small items. Overall the room is superb for an overnight stay between flights and beats the expensive prices of city centre. However things can go wrong if your iPad is dead. So highly recommend leaving it in the dock. Facilities The hotel operates a remote check in system via self service machines, it's very much like checking into a flight but without having to provide ID etc. You can select which side of building you want and add on extras such as breakfast or late check out. Staff are there though to help. The hotel has free very fast wifi. Able to download a 300mb file within 10 minutes. This is open non- secure so multiple devices can be used throughout the hotel. Business facilities include 4 Apple Mac computers and some meeting rooms. Catering includes a large bar and coffeeshop with food options. Self service canteen style. Breakfast is quite nice and healthy but a good selection of hot (scrambled egg, boiled egg, tomatoes) and cold (muesli, yogurts, fruit, cheese, salmon etc). There is also a shop that has really cool items everything from mini cocktail sets, 'lovers kit", phone cables note pads even colour changing umbrellas- all very boutique and interesting art. There is also lot of lounge seating which i notice people sit on computers and work from. Plus outside seating for those that smoke. Also for those needing to Iron, there is a dedicate room for ironing. Staff Staff are really friendly and chilled out, I managed to be able to check-in at 830am without a fee which was great after a flight from China. They even offered me any free drink from the bar. I had some issues in the evening , the iPad dock wasn't charging and the toilet was making a lot of noise - all were resolved and managed well with manager without even requesting offering me a free breakfast & late check out. Despite the issues I give them 5 stars because of the commitment the staff have to customer service & the fact the room is simply awesome and better than staying in crazy Amsterdam on a Saturday night. Will definitely come again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Jan Plezierweg 2, 1118 BB Schiphol, The Netherlands
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Samed Grand View Resort (Ko Samet, Thailand)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located on Koh Samet party beach called Saikaew Beach. The beach has various restaurants & bars. It is a busy beach more for younger people with some party bars but light tamed- not like Koh Phan Ghan etc. Beach itself has powedery white sand & is clean. Sea is ok but the odd floating rubbish is quite frequent. Many boats are there as parasailing is offered. It's not the most chilled place but not a major party place just at nights some bars have loud music & fire shows. This hotel is one of them. During the day, it is relaxing with deck chairs but at night quite loud until about 12-1. To get here you there is a direct speed boat from Ban phae pier (300 each way) - it is quite bumpy but fast (20 min) with direct drop off outside your hotel. You just have to jump in sea, but its o your bags won't get wet as assistance is offered. Otherwise a ferry service is 50 baht, which is slower & drops off at the pier on Koh Samet-about 1-2km from hotel. From Bangkok to pier in main land to get speedboat expect 2-3 hours to get there by taxi (cost 2-2500 baht one way) but tourist buses are cheaper & available. Room The booking was for twin beds - but which hotels.com state only Thai cottages (the most expenses product) offer twin beds. However when you arrive at these cottage certainly do not offer twin beds. Only deluxe rooms do. I did see the cottage - very traditional Thai wood work design nice & cosy with a covered porch- perfect for a romantic couple but not for two friends. As we complained we needed twin beds as requested- hotel provided the cheaper deluxe room in main building. This room is like a duplex. As you enter the bathroom is presented on ground floor- large room with glass front offers shower & toilet in same room- overhead and separate shower head- be careful not to get water on toilet paper as toilet is next to shower. Large sink with hotel branded amenities of generous size - shampoo, body lotion & shampoo & soap, dental kit and vanity as well are offered Large mirror & wooden chair. To side is a wooden staircase which takes youup to the industrial clinical characterless room with two twin bed - quite hard beds. Each bed offers a bedside table with two twin pin US plugs - though one is occupied with a mosquito plug. There is oddly a window on wall where you can see into other people's room- so remember to close curtains. Facing the bed is a very poor TV - all crackly offering some channels some times but mostly crackly, some times channels are not working. We found only English speaking channel was NHK Japan (but in English) & a Korean Channel. All else is in Thai & very basic no movie channels. To the left corner is a cupboard unit with a mini bar full of beers & soft drinks in a fridge , coffee machine along with salt & sweet snacks. In addition on top is a large safe suitable for large laptops & everything else- somewhat easy to use. There is no wardrobe in room 18 which is why my review is so bad - we had to put our clothes on the floor, which for $100 is totally unacceptable. (however noticed other rooms had wardrobes). The highlight of the room was the large balcony with two chairs & is great for smokers. Overall the room is a terrible product, especially for price. Even 2 stars have wardrobes. There is also no ironing board. There is no hotel guide & beds are hard. There is also a basic A/C unit that is kind of noisey. You have to put clothes on floor which was totally unacceptable- they do have only coat hangers (2 ) I noticed was in balcony for wet clothes.I wouldn't hang up normal clothes up there as it will fade in the powerful sun. Overall the room for the price was terrible- avoid room 18 unless you like to put all your clothes on the floor as no wardrobe is offered. Facilities Catering - the hotels offers a main restaurant in which complimentary breakfast is offered. Service omelette station which also has fried eggs, pancakes , French toast , bacon rashes- all pre made. Buffet items include various breads & got foods of Asian dish such as sweet & sour pork, fried rice, fish dishes etc-they were quite nice. Some fruit is also offered. Food is actually ok but the eggs are luke warm unless you demand the chef cooks it again, she does but just cooks and leaves it there- they are heart shaped though. They also offer dinner there but did not try this. Other outlets include a neon bar(finale bar) which plays load music and offers comfy bean bags on beach. Another beach bar is opposite the neon bar that does sell Thai to western food. Pad Thai was particularly tasty. Fresh coconuts & cocktails are offered in both. Lesuire facilities include a pool table, darts & table football- at the bars. No pool but bar is directly on sea. This is where they gave an impressive fire show at 9pm at night. This bar, finale bar, has a more Bangkok boutique feel to it but dependant on the music it can be terrible or good- depends if you like banging terrible EDM music like David Guetta. Lying on the bean bags though are very easy to fall asleep to. There is some toilets & washrooms on site so you don't have to go back to your room. Inside the main building I noticed a book shelf library area. No gym, and I did not see any spa. There are no business facilities except free wifi in which frustratingly drops frequently. When it works it is ok and is secure for multiple devices. Staff Staff couldnt be more incompetent, there was no details about room at check-in and because we wanted twin beds- it seemed to obviously inconvenience them. On our 2nd day they demanded we came to reception at 6pm stating we were suppose to check out- but after showing email they agreed it was next day - no apology though, just rude & woke my friend to do this. The bar servers were only nice staff but still hit & miss. There is certainly we couldn't careless attitude & staff never smile. Check in they explained very few details. Overall for 3 nights at $320- it's a complete rip off of what is a distinctional 2 star hotel. There is nothing very strong about this hotel other than its clean. However my experience was negative & certainly hope to never stay here again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 95/2 Moo 2, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
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Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel Terminal 1 (Changi Airport, Singapore)

4 Case Rating
Location Located on first floor in terminal 1 upstairs. It is near transfer area D. Quite easy to find due to good signage as its in the worlds best airport - everything and anything you need is at this airport but for longer transits this is a reasonably priced transit hotel to get some rest. Room The room was spotlessly clean, modern & functional. Wooden floor and fabric walls in light & brown colours with dim-able spot lighting creating a relaxing ambiance. Two single sized comfortable beds  were offered with a table in between containting easily assessible international plug sockets. In addition flexible spotlights are conveniently placed on each bed corner, great for reading. The room also included an arm chair, small side table & large desk with 3 pin plug socket plus a telephone. Perfect for both the business traveller that needs to get on with some work & can't sleep and those that just need rest. Directly facing the beds and above the desk is a very clear LG new flat screen TV.  Such channels  offered include  BBC, RT, BHK, CCTV, CNBC, history, HBO, Nat Geo, carton , sports & movie channels. Asian channels as well. A Luggage rack and open wardrobe is also presented next to the TV with a few coat hangers. There are no windows in my particular room, just wooden shutters.  Temperature was good as  personal digital touch screen A/C is offered. The bathroom was very new & clean with a large shower cubicle.  Overhead rain shower & separate detachable shower head that included amenities of  fixed wall unbranded bottle of combined shampoo & shower gel. However opening a drawer near the sink included a full convenient set of items such as hotel branded dental kits, comb, shower cap & vanity box. Plus two sets of slippers. The towels were thick of decent standard and easily accessible hair dryer close to the large mirror. In terms of noise, unfortunately some work was being carried out at the airport during my stay. Staff did explain this at check-in but it was very noisy in the middle of the night so bad that I could hear drilling through the walls. Despite the warning I think the hotel should of considered offering guests some ear plugs, which of little cost during this inconvenient period. Facilities WIFI is free upon registration of your passport or phone for 2 devices or more - worked fast but it is the same as the standard  free WIFI available airport code. The main highlight of the Aerotel is the swimming pool,  this is the only airport in the world to offer a swimming pool as non guest can also use  this facility at a cost of SQ$17 for 3 hours. The pool is of medium size, which is great for a dip in this humid city but maybe not suitable for laps. There is also a jacuzzi next to it but plenty of sun loungers. The deck does offer a nice view of  the airport apron and runway. This is also the only hotel catering facility is which is the pool bar offering light meals and cocktails. Other leisure facilities include a small gym, mostly cardio equipment and a library room is also for guests. Staff Check-in staff were unfortunately the weakness at this hotel. At check-in, they failed to explain the pool to me or any details only that I have 6 hours within the pre-paid agreed rate. However I decided to stay an extra hour with increased rate confirmed to me. However at check-out a different staff member tried to charge me two more hours for no reason. I found this staff member whom claims was the manager to be quite rude as I hadn't gone over my time but he simply argued that previous staff member told him to charge me for 2 hours for no apparent reason. In the end I had to argue to get this resolved but it was not pleasant lasting impression. Overall the room was comfortable of reasonable value but  was spoilt unfortunately the airport middle of the night building work, though this was explained as a warning. The hotel should consider  offering ear plugs. Customer service is also evasive.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819642
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Hyatt Regency Austin (Austin, Texas)

4 Case Rating
Location Very good location for views of city on opposite side of river. However this side of river doesn't offer vey much other than other hotels and a small park. To say walk across River to Congress street and then 6th street- about 20-40minutes etc. It has great view but area where hotel is does not offer much outside of hotel facilities etc. Room The King room on the 8th floor was very nice, spacious, comfortable and functional. The king size bed was very comfortable to sleep in, each side is a bed side table with plug sockets built into it, on side has a iPhone 4 socket alarm clock though you have headphone port & USB input so not an issues if you wish to listen to your music and have any phone. Handsfree telephone on other side. Above each bedside table is 2 kinds of light options that include a pull out moveable bar light that you can point to say bed for reading and whatever, plus a grill lighting unit above- more for decor than functionaility. There is also a bed bannister back light and lights up. On the right hand side of room is a leather love seat, one to sit upright but no pillows so not good for lying down. There is a nice mellow lamp nearby. Facing the bed is a long unit that offers a huge TV with 48 channels- its new but not set up to say view your bill or even look at a tv guide despite working remote i struggled to do this. Next along from TV is a working desk, another phone and lamp. Good set of US plugs and USB sockets are nearby. The room is spacious, very clean and offers a dated digital control until. Decor is very nice though with a really cool picture above bed of music instruments including a 1210 turntable- i wanted it!! The corridor leading to bathroom is where the coffee machine is- all star bucks branded items but only earl grey tea was offered. 2 bottles of Aquafina are above in which I assume are free since no signage says otherwise, but same time Hyatt Regency in Houston- they were not complimentary. Below is an empty and not so cold fridge. There is also a wardrobe with a iron, ironing board and easy-to-use laptop size safe with some coat hangers. Two robes are offered but the much needed shoe polish cloth (offered in Houston Regency was not offered here). However a pull out luggage rack is stowed in there but i just used the sofa as I did not realised this until later. The bathroom is opposite after opening a private sliding wooden door with washroom and glass door spacious shower but only fixed head above. Amenities included a large bottle of Kemet MD shampoo, small conditioner and body lotion- plus soaps and vanity box. Overall very clean and nice mirrors offered. The room is very comfortable, functional but no interactive TV was set up as yet and alarm clock could do with lighting slot for apple users- who uses old connector? Facilities WIFI is free for standard one- open unsecure no password for multiple devices. . Catering facilities include a bistro which is where the breakfast buffet is held- it is ok for $20.Omlet station, scrambled eggs, bacon- even tortillas and tacos with salsa. Plenty of fruit and cereals. There is a sushi bar downstairs and also a large bar- that offers an outside area. the large bar is quite nice and you can see whole of interior of hotel when upstairs. There is also a star bucks inside near lobby. Leisure Facilities include an outdoor pool, which I didn't use as it was too cold in the morning. There is also a modern gym with screens on cardio equipment i think to watch TV etc. In addition there is a small shop near reception for the odd postcard, drink, chocolates andover the counter convenient type items like sachets for pain killers etc. Business facilities include a business centre, 2 computers and a printer plus what looks like large meeting rooms and conference facilities. Parking is available at hotel at a full day cost of $23. Overall facilities are ok, but shame pool was not heated - I guess i was there a rare time when Austin was not hot enough to swim etc. Staff Staff at reception are really nice and enthusiastic , I got comped parking as arrived late and left early, which was nice. Bar tenders were really nice explained Uber to me and got me a discount which was very kind. You do also get a free drink voucher when you check-in at least my package did. Breakfast staff are ok, reception at breakfast is friendly enough but actual staff are quite pushy with getting their receipt signed when I hadn't fully finished meal. I explained it was in my package but had to full it in anyway with tip box- i mean i need to tip for tea brought to me as all other items i got myself. Overall a very comfortable room but inconsistent with amenities offered at regency in Houston such as mitts and shoe cleaning cloth plus TV was not interactive to see bill. Staff for the most part were super nice. Hotel also does has some decent facilities. I would stay here again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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