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Me, myself and I

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Having a passion for hotels and exploring new cultures. Giving advice to future guests is invaluable. In this blog, I will be writing reviews about quality hotels and I will be adding some pictures and videos. I will comment on the overall atmosphere, the architecture and the interior. A hotel is more than just a room to stay in: amenities such as the bar, the restaurant and the spa services are equally important. Everyone has their own opinion, but I will provide you with an objective impression to give you a general and clear idea of what is awaiting you.

Enjoy reading and travelling!

Christophe Delcroix

Christophe.Delcroix@gmail.com

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Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam – Amstel

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Hotelchain: Van der Valk
Location: Amsterdam – Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitevandervalkamsterdam.com

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Located in a very interesting spot in Amsterdam East, Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is a brand new four star hotel. This Van der Valk hotel opened its doors in October 2018 and is a great asset for Amsterdam. Let me first tell you something about the location. Although it is not located in the center of Amsterdam, the center is reachable within 10 minutes as the metrostation Overamstel is only a few minutes away from the hotel and will take you to the city center in just minutes. I liked the area where the hotel is located and because of its height, the hotel offers stunning views over the Amstel and Amsterdam. Very nice!

When I entered the hotel I was wowed by the stunning lobby area. It just looks amazing… A contemporary designed place where it is great to hang out, enjoying a drink and making new friends. I just love the place, it is all about connectivity in a friendly and luxurious environment. I immediately noticed that Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is a pretty large hotel with 206 rooms.

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After a friendly and efficient check-in, I was ready to explore the room. Actually, I didn’t stay at one of their stunning bedrooms, I got the honor to explore and experience their recently opened Penthouse Suite. I was amazed by how beautifully decorated this suite is. The Penthouse Suite at Van der Valk Amsterdam Amstel is extremely large with sitting and dining area and each inch is absolutely stunning! The comfortable lounger was great for relaxing and surfing on my iPad, the large designer desk was excellent for doing some work and the best was among the most comfortable bed I have slept in. I must also highlight the panoramic view over Amsterdam. For an ultra luxurious, decadent and romantic getaway, this definitely is the suite you should book!

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Marble open bathroom both has a huge jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower.

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One of the highlights at Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is their wellness area ‘De Tropen’. This gorgeous spa center is the place to relax and unwind! It offers a traditional Finish sauna, a steam room and infrared sauna. The best feature however is the gorgeous heated outdoor pool. The whole area is well designed and maintained in a very good way. Thumbs up!

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At night I had dinner at Bar Moqum and I must say that the food and service were excellent! It is not just an ordinary hotel bar… I noticed several non hotel guests enjoying a delicious meal here. The menu is varied, from meat to fish, from healthy options to let’s say less healthy but yummy choices, it’s all there and prepared in an excellent way! As a main course I ordered the curry. It came with steamed rice and I enjoyed each bite. As a dessert I tried the Dame Blance which was prepared just the way I like it: the best vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce… mmmmmmm …

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Restaurant Amstelle is their fine dining restaurant which looked pretty amazing. Although I did not eat there myself – based on the pictures and opinions of others – the food must be pretty good!

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After all the eating and drinking, I was happy to find out that there’s a full sized fitness center ADAM.

Breakfast is served at Buffet restaurant ‘t IJ. As usual at any Van der Valk Hotel, the buffet style breakfast offers something for anyone. I particularly liked the smoothies and pancakes! They were so yummie! Do note that this restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner. At night, there’s a large buffet with all kinds of dishes and live cooking. I heard their pizzas are pretty delicious!

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Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Amstel is a top notch four star property which I thoroughly enjoyed. Staff was very professional and kind, interior has been nicely designed and wellness area is among the best I have experienced in Amsterdam! It is not one of those formal luxury hotels, I felt at ease and was treated in a very kind yet professional way. Can’t wait to return!

Radisson Blu Astrid

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Hotelchain: Radisson Blu
Location: Antwerp – Belgium
Classification: 4 star superior hotel
Official websiteradissonblu.com/nl/astridhotel-antwerp

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Radisson Blu Astrid is a great four superior star hotel in the center of Antwerp. You can’t beat the location, you are in the middle of it all. The world famous Central Station of Antwerp is right across the hotel. The main shopping area is only a few minutes away! This is a very convenient location to explore all the major attractions Antwerp has to offer!

The exceptional iconic façade of the hotel is just gorgeous and has been designed by Michael Graves, a famous American architect. Once inside, I was surprised that the hotel has been renovated recently and is totally up to date. It looks like a new hotel. The reception staff was friendly and everything we needed to know about the hotel and its facilities were explained in a very kind way.

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The rooms at Radisson Blu Astrid are of a four star level and offer all the comfort you’d need for an upmost comfortable stay including a Nespresso coffee machine. Again, they are recently renovated and I appreciated the contemporary design and overall lay out. The room I stayed in had a full view over the central station. Just beautiful!

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Bathroom was comfortable and featured a bath tub. Bathrobes were provided. I must also highlight the good quality toiletries. They even provide a deep sleep pillow spray which worked pretty well.

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On the first floor, a full spa center is available. Radisson Blu Astrid offers an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Right next to the pool area is a large fitness facility. The place was very well maintained and towels are provided.

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I love the large bar Made right next to the check in area. Several cozy sitting areas can be found here with plush sofas and amazing drinks at affordable prices! This is the perfect spot to chat with friends and have a great time! They have the best cocktails there, be sure to check out the HAVN gin, a local gin. I’m sure you will love it as much as I did! It was great to find out that a lot of local people were enjoying themselves in the hotel as well. It is the place where local people and guests merge!

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Their Made in Antwerp restaurant offers delightful dishes with a lot of healthy options. Decoration is wonderful and trendy. Very nice!

At night, we thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. The chef definitely knows how to combine ingredients, flavors were amazing! As a starter, the shrimp croquettes with pork bacon were delicious. The Belgian Blue Steak with pommes Anna as a main course was outstanding! And we always have some room for dessert, the signature hazelnut éclair was one of the best I have had in my life! I must mention that each plate was beautifully presented! Service was easy going yet professional – Top!

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Restaurant Windows of Antwerp is the place where they serve breakfast. The large buffet consists of several cheeses, meat, etc. Most of you know I love eggs and they do know how to prepare the eggs just the way I prefer! Thumbs up! Each morning guests can enjoy fresh orange juice which was a bonus!

Besides of Made and Windows of Antwerp, there’s also a Starbucks located in the hotel. Always nice to grab a nice coffee.

Radisson Blu Astrid is a perfect hotel to stay at when visiting Antwerp! Each time I entered the hotel, I felt like coming home which is quite unique! Can’t wait to return to this beautiful place with the most convenient location and accommodating staff.

Hotel Albana Real – Zermatt

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Location: Zermatt – Switzerland
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitehotelalbanareal.com

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Hotel Albana Real is a top notch four star diamond in the middle of Zermatt! This is not your average hotel! The hotel is a hidden gem in this gorgeous town. Inside this wonderful hotel another world is waiting for you! The hotel invites you to cross the line into an extraordinary world where lovely design and service are top priority. I was so surprised… let me tell you why!

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When I entered the hotel I was welcomed with a great smile! I immediately felt at home and noticed the family atmosphere.

I loved my room here! Each room at Hotel Albana Real is unique and all feature the mountain style theme. We stayed in their Real Suite. At 90m², the suite is huge and featured high quality furniture, including a cozy sitting and dining area. The king sized bed was among the best I have experienced. The suite has a prime view over the Matterhorn. I was really impressed. I have been several times to Zermatt and the view of this gorgeous mountain was the very best I have experienced. We even had a full Matterhorn view while we were in bed.

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I must also highlight the amazing (lighted!) jacuzzi bath tub in the bathroom. It was sooooo relaxing to unwind here after a day on the slopes in Zermatt. The separate shower was a bonus!

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I also did visit several other types of rooms. Hotel Albana Real recently renovated their rooms and all looked very comfortable and up to date. A very nice detail: upon check-in, you will find a nice bottle of red wine for you to enjoy! Very nice…

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I recharged myself at the spa center. This is the place to relax, unwind and refresh yourself after an active day in the mountains. The indoor pool is inviting as is the jaccuzi. The sauna and steam room are a treat and feel very exclusive. There’s relaxing music playing all over the place, even inside the sauna there are speakers. Very relaxing! I loved the lay out of the wellness area and the place was very well maintained. So even when the weather is bad, there’s no time of getting bored at Hotel Albana Real. There are so many things to do.

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Another highlight here is Rua Thai. This is the place to be when you are looking for a unique Thai dining experience. The food and service here were top notch! I loved every single bite here. The restaurant is located in a unique setting. It kind of looked like we were in a ship. The maritime theme was noticeable throughout the entire restaurant. Very cool! As for the food, the choices here are endless and there’s something that will suite anyone’s taste. Our dining experience started with a mix of several traditional Thai starters. The fried shrimp and chicken sate were definitely one of my favorites. I immediately appreciated the fresh ingredients the chef used to prepare our dishes. The red curry chicken as a main course was just delicious and not too spicy! Exactly the way I requested. And of course, there’s always room for dessert! The banana split was so yummie! Definitely worth the calories 😊 An extra thank you for the great service!

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Their other restaurant, Fuji of Zermatt, is a wonderful Japanese restaurant. I’m in love with the design of this restaurant. It is a trendy and stylish place. We did order some sushi and loved it! Highly recommended to book a table before you arrive at the hotel as both Asian restaurants were fully booked while we were there. There’s also a bar next to the restaurants with smoking lounge. We ordered drinks here and all were great and reasonably priced. We met some fellow travelers here and had a great chat with other the other guests.

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Hotel Albana Real is located near the slopes of Zermatt. We were there during the winter season and of course we enjoyed the slopes of this gorgeous skiing area. Honestly, it is the best skiing area I have experienced in Switzerland. Of course, the unique views of the Matterhorn are mind blowing, but also the whole area is well connected and ski lifts are up to date and very efficient. There are unique view points from which you can take the most stunning pictures.

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With a total of 360 kilometres of blue, red, black and yellow runs the whole area is huge. For some reason, I always thought the red slopes were pretty tough in Switzerland, they were all ok here. The area is maintained very well here! Nice thing to know: with your ski pass you can even use the trains in the Zermatt area which is pretty convenient. The Gornergrat railway is unique! It takes you from the village centre in Zermatt to Gornergrat (3,089m) in just 33 minutes. From this point you have the most spectacular views over the area.

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There are many restaurants and bars on the slopes where you can relax and order a drink while enjoying the most stunning views.

After a day on the slopes, it was time to go back to the hotel and enjoy the spa facilities. The next morning it was time to enjoy a wonderful breakfast again. Each morning, a full breakfast buffet is waiting for you. They even offer complimentary sparkling wine! There’s an omelet station where the chef prepares your eggs. Again, the food was fresh and service was good!

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Hotel Albana Real is a great four star hotel. I love everything about this hotel … from the location to the gorgeous rooms with all the amenities one could wish for! Highly recommended to book a stay at this family owned (and run) hotel!

Thon Hotel Brussels EU

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Hotelchain: Thon Hotels
Location: Brussels – Belgium
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitethonhotels.com/…gie/brussel/thon-hotel-eu

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One of the most eco-friendly hotels in Brussels and right in the European Quarter of Brussels, the Thon Hotel EU is a perfect choice for both leisure and business travelers! I was excited to stay here as I was so curious about the eco-friendly stuff they are known for…

Recycling bins, use of low-flow water taps in the bathrooms, toilets are equipped with water saving devices and 95% of the lightning in the hotel are LED lamps, that is what I call environment friendly. They even donate left-behind toiletries to the homeless of Brussels. How cool is that? I never heard that before in any hotel! All guests who are staying for 2 or more nights have the option of having their room cleaned up during their stay or, if not, they can donate 5 EUR to charity or they can use the amount at the hotel’s bar or restaurant. They have a very cool totem in the reception area where you can put in a coin and choose for which association you donate the 5 EUR: Birds Bay, Red Cross or Good Planet Belgium.

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Another ‘nice to know’ is that Thon hotels Brussels EU is certified by Safehotels which is the world’s leading hotel safety and security certification company. Rest assure that all guests and team members are treated in a very professional and good way!

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I felt good at the Thon EU Hotel, it is full with bright and flashy colors. Hotel staff was friendly and made me feel at home as soon as I entered the hotel. They have a large public parking located right under the hotel where you can charge your car as they have several electric car chargers. The Reception area is lovely with nice and comfy couches where guests can relax and enjoy a drink. The hotel is quite big, but they will do anything to approach you as a guest and not just a number.

The room I stayed in, a royal suite, had a great size and was ultra luxurious! The suite was equipped with a separate living and dining area. The bedroom even has its private sauna. It felt like a private and exclusive apartment. The bathroom is modern and I was in love with the little duck. Great touch! The suite was immaculately clean! It was like I was the first one staying in the room 🙂
I also appreciated the Nespresso coffee machine and mini bar. Overall, the suite had everything I would expect from a high class hotel.

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After exploring the room, I went to the fitness. It is a duplex fitness center with very up to date equipment. Even if you are not into working out, you can relax in the infrared sauna. Again, the whole place was well maintained.

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Feeling hungry and/or thirsty after your work out? No problem, as the Thon EU Hotel has a full service restaurant “The Twelve” and lounge bar. We had dinner at The Twelve and were really impressed with both food and top notch service! As a starter I ordered the ravioli of foie gras with cepes mushrooms, reduction of Porto and Marsala with pink pepper. The Cod filet with shells and grey shrimps as main course was just delicious … it came with ratte potato mousse, a duo of sauce with white wine and hollandaise. For dessert, I ordered the iced soufflé of chestnut and chocolate, uile of chestnut chocolate and pistachios, persimmon coulis accompanied with meringues. It was heavenly! Oh, and do not forget to try their new Thonner’ke, their own beer … brewed with 100% Belgian hops and natural ingredients, it taste amazingly good!

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There was a relaxed atmosphere throughout the entire hotel, although it is located near a pretty busy road. Breakfast was of a very good quality! I loved the freshly squeezed orange machine. It is a buffet style breakfast with plenty of hot and cold food choices. When you are staying here during the weekend, the buffet is open till 12 noon! Don’t miss the breakfast here! You will love it!

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I do recommend staying at the Thon EU Hotel as it is an up to date four star hotel in a good location… And it does help making this world a better one… Thumbs up!

 

Burj Al Arab – Dubai

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Hotelchain: Jumeirah
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel deluxe (some say world’s only 7 star hotel)
Official websitehttp://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/

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Internationally renowned as world’s most luxurious hotel, I had the opportunity to experience the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is located on a man-made island, 280 meters from the Jumeirah beach. It is the flagship of the Jumeirah hotel group.  Only hotel guests (or guests with a reservation in one of the restaurants) can enter the hotel, so there is no sightseeing here.  This is a good thing, as I saw a number of people at the front gate taking pictures of the hotel.

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Location

Located at Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab is located between Dubai Marina and Business Bay. There’s a holiday vibe around the area.

When I approached the entrance, I was impressed with the height of the hotel… 321 meters above sea level… Trust me, it is HUGE!  As soon as you enter the Burj Al Arab, you will enter in a completely different world.  I truly was blown away… Gold everywhere.  It is reportedly the only 7 star hotel in the world and I can easily understand why.  After taking the escalator — with a huge aquarium – you can look up 200 meters. A lot of looking up!  Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside?  Also, there are dancing fountains all over the place with tons of different programs, so you’ll never get bored when watching!

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The suites

There are no rooms in the Burj al Arab, only suites. Starting at 170m² (1,829 sq. ft.), all of the rooms are duplex suites, each with the highest level of comfort one could wish for.  The Burj has 1600 staff members looking over “only” 202 suites.  So that’s… eight members for each suite? Yep! There is a private check-in and butler service for each suite. No waiting times here at the reception. They explain everything you need to know and will do anything you ask — like making reservations in one of the restaurants, booking day trips to the city, making sure you will get the dessert you want, etc.

Every suite in the Burj Al Arab is beautifully decorated. Although the hotel opened back in 1999, the suites look very up to date and brand new. From the marble entrance with large staircase to the oversized living rooms, you will feel like a king or queen while walking around. They have the world’s most expensive mattresses, which can be adapted to customer needs and preferences. These things are making this hotel truly unique; returning guests are assured they will have a wonderful night.

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The bathrooms are huge — they used Italian marble – and you will be so relaxed after spending some time in the oversized jacuzzi.  Oh, a great thing: did you know that Hermès produced a special edition of perfume for the Burj Al Arab?  That is right, full-size Hermès Burj Al Arab amenities (female + male) are offered to guests at no additional charge. Of course, you could take them home as a souvenir.

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Spa facilities

A full spa – the Talise Spa – is located on one of the top floors. I was not able to take pictures of the spa area, but there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness, etc. Several treatments are offered and after a relaxing massage you can relax in the spa resting area, accessible for guests only, of course. From there, you can look straight down (200 meters!) to the ground level. Very impressive and not recommended when afraid of heights 🙂

Spa treatments are excellent! They exactly know how to make you feel at ease and so relaxed. Just tell them which pressure you prefer and you will enjoy every single minute. The soft music all over the place made it even more relaxing.

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There is also an outdoor pool area — and the Burj has its own beach across the bridge. The recently opened Terrace is stunning! For water fun, there is complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is located across the bridge.

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The famous Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s highlights and one of world’s best hotels… The hotel’s immaculate reputation is well earned and you will be impressed with every aspect of your stay!

Hotel Franq

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Location: Antwerp – Belgium
Classification: 4 star Boutique Hotel
Official websitehotelfranq.com

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Hotel Franq is a top notch four star boutique hotel right in the city center of Antwerp. You really can’t beat its location as it is close to the most important and interesting attractions in Antwerp. For example, the gorgeous Cathedral of Antwerp is only a 4 minute walk away from the hotel. The main shopping area is just a few steps away. It is a very classy and luxurious property and soon as I entered the hotel, I felt at home. The hotel used to be a stately bank building. As they are making part of Relais & Châteaux hotels, so my expectations were high and I’m very happy to say all were met!

The cozy and stylish lobby area made a good first impression of Hotel Franq. There are a lot of designer elements noticeable throughout the entire hotel. From cozy sitting areas to gorgeous art work, this hotel has it all.

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After an efficient check-in, I went upstairs and explored our amazing deluxe room. Our room had a great size and had all the amenities I expect from a high end hotel. It was one of those rooms you do not want to leave because they are so comfortable. The red couch was excellent to relax and I also appreciated the large desk to do some work.

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The bathroom was to die for. It featured a nice large sink and a great walk-in (rain)shower. Trust me, it is one of the best showers one could wish for. Complimentary high quality toiletries are provided. As said before, I appreciated the overall style of the room. The room had all the amenities I expect of a high quality hotel.

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Be sure to check out the fitness facility. As it was a rainy day, I was happy to find out that there’s still a possibility for a work out!

After the shopping, working out and relaxing it was time to check out one of the highlights at Hotel Franq: Restaurant Franq. This contemporary styled restaurant offers a fine dining experience to its guests. The Belgian/French cuisine truly was delicious! I am sure that this is one of the best restaurants in Antwerp. We thoroughly enjoyed their signature The Vault menu. Honestly, each dish not only tasted amazing, the presentation was super beautiful as well. We started with finely chopped scallops that came with Colonnata lard and San Daniele (aged 24 months). The wild rabbit ravioli that followed was heavenly… Incredible how Chef Tim Meuleneire is able to combine flavors and ingredients. The main course – red-legged partridge baked in grape leaves with savoy cabbage, bacon and horn of plenty mushroom was just delicious. And of course, there’s always room for dessert: the parfait of pistachio like a ‘Norvégienne’ was the perfect end of an excellent dinner. Hardly ever have I seen and tasted such an amazingly presented dessert. I must also highlight the excellent and professional service! Make sure you book a table here right when you check in as I can imagine it can get pretty busy here. Can’t say enough good things about this place! Loved loved loved it!

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After a great night in the most wonderful bed, it was time for breakfast. Breakfast at Hotel Franq is served at Restaurant Franq. They serve breakfast right at your table which I like very much. The breakfast itself offers a good variety and the quality of the products is excellent. I especially liked the huge fresh croissants… Also, make sure to check out one of the oldest houses in Antwerp built in 1628. It is making part of the hotel and it can be found right at the end of the hotel’s beautiful terrace.

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Hotel Franq is my favorite hotel in Antwerp! It offers stylish accommodations with a top notch service. Together with its prime locations, it is one of my favorite picks in Antwerp! Highly recommended!

Grand Riviera Princess

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Hotelchain: Princess Resorts
Location: Playa del Carmen – Mexico
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websiteprincess-hotels.com/…/grand-riviera-princess

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Hotel Grand Riviera Princess is a top five star resort located at the Riviera Maya, Mexico. It is among the best all inclusive resorts of the area and I was truly blown away right from the moment I stepped into this hotel. Let me first tell you something more about the location. The resort is not too far from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Both places are pretty nearby. The relaxed and holiday atmosphere are perfect for relaxing… This definitely is the place to be to unwind and have a great time with your family. Whether you are looking for a peaceful environment or an energetic atmosphere, you will find it all here.

Entering Grand Riviera Princess is like entering a world full of luxury and attention to details. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the gorgeous promenade “Avenue of the Gods” with the most beautiful palm trees. This is the main passage through the resort to the beach lined with statues of Mayan gods. Behind every corner, a new surprise is waiting. The surrounding gardens throughout the entire resort are just mind blowing and very well maintained.

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Hotel Grand Riviera Princess has 674 rooms … all of them of a very high standard. Rooms are very spacious, trust me they are huge, that’s why they call their rooms ‘junior suites’ instead! All junior suites are decorated in a very elegant way and offer all the five star amenities I could wish for.

Our junior suite Deluxe came with a spacious sitting area which was great to unwind and the oversized desk is perfect to do some business. The two double beds were perfect! Since this is an all inclusive resort, the in room minibars are included and are stocked daily with water, soft drinks and beer. Our large balcony had great furniture and overlooked the beautiful gardens.

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Bathrooms are very elegant too featuring a separate and very large shower, an amazing jacuzzi bath tub and separate toilet. I love the layout of their junior suites, the rooms are perfect for families! They maintain everything at Grand Princess Riviera in an excellent way. The rooms are cleaned every day and turn down service is provided every night.

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It is impossible to get bored here. This is a beach resort and I thoroughly enjoyed the 12 (!) swimming pools in the resort, including several adults only pools and pools for children. The Caribbean beach area is gorgeous and has plenty of lounge chairs. I appreciated the kind staff that was always willing to help and brought us the drinks and snacks we ordered in just minutes. There is a direct access to the private beach area.

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Also the pool areas are just beautiful. Although the resort was almost fully booked, because of the size of the resort, it never felt really crowded. The pool staff is great and take care of you in a very kind way. On top of that, you will never forget that you’re in a luxurious resort: they are cleaning this place all day long and will makes sure you have the time of your life with your loved ones.

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On top of that I should also mention that there are tons of other things to do, so even if you’re not a beach or pool lover, there’s something for just anyone. A fully equipped fitness facility for example, I love to work out from time to time and the facility has some good equipment for you to enjoy. With all the gorgeous food and drinks thank God they have a fitness centre 😊

Also 6 tennis courts, 2 paddle courts and 1 multi course court which can be used for playing soccer, basketball, etc. are available. Kids won’t get bored at Grand Riviera Princess. They are treated as royalty here! They will love the game room and kids entertainment such as the mini disco club and many other facilities and activities. At night, we thoroughly enjoyed the Grease show! Excellent performance and we loved every second of it!

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As mentioned before, Grand Riviera Princess is an all inclusive resort so most facilities are included in the rate. Very convenient not to worry about extra expenses for food and drinks. Guests can choose from 14 restaurants: 2 international Main Buffet restaurants and 12 a la carte restaurants each with a different cuisine: Italian, Mexican, Asian, Gourmet International, seafood, Spanish and Swiss. I will tell you more about the food and service later. Unfortunately I couldn’t try them all since we were there for 2 full days but all looked pretty nice and very clean.

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La Fleur was our favorite as the food was delicious and presented in a very nice way. The beef tartare was just delicious! Also, the roasted chicken was a treat. I appreciated the elegant decor of this beautiful à la carte restaurant.

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Also La Vaquería, their à la carte steakhouse, was a treat. Here, they will grill your meat and fish the way you want it.

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There are 17 bars within the resort offering great drink menus. The overall quality of the drinks was good! The swim-up bars are excellent for socializing with all the international guests. It’s great to meet people all over the world and having a drink together. It gives you such an amazing feeling not to worry about extra expenses while you are on holiday. Absolutely loved their all inclusive concept!

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Grand Riviera Princess is one of kind and we were sad to leave! This all inclusive resort definitely is one of the best hotels in the area and offer their guests a true five star experience. I can’t wait to return to this jewel!