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Filokypros Eveleos Country House (Tochni, Cyprus)

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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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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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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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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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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Liechtenstein – Schloss Vaduz Castle (Vaduz)

Holland – Scheveningen Beach (Scheveningen, The Hague)

Germany – Zugspitze Summit (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

Germany – King Charles Cavaliar Spaniel Dog (Berchtesgaden)

Germany – Kehlsteinhaus Eagles Nest (Berchtesgaden)

Germany – Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle (Hohenschwangau)

Austria – High Alpine Road Motorbike (Zell-Am-See)

Austria – Maltatal (Maltatal)

Austria – Kolnbrein Dam (Malta)

Austria – Innsbruck City (Innsbruck)

Austria – Helliegenblut Winter (Helliegenblut)

Austria – Cow (Helliegenblut)

Austria – Hallstatt River Side (Hallstatt)

Austria – Grossglockner Mountain (Hochalpenstrasse)

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