Sheraton Grand Hotel Berlin Esplanade

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Hotelchain: Sheraton
Location: Berlin – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: esplanade.de

The Sheraton Berlin Esplanade is a five star hotel located near the historic center of Berlin. It used to be the Grand Hotel Esplanade but is now run by Sheraton for several years. We flew to Berlin and were surprised by how easy it is to get here from the airport to the hotel with public transportation. As soon as you enter the Sheraton Berlin Esplanade you will immediately notice how large this hotel is featuring 394 rooms. The lobby area here is cozy and spacious with several comfortable sitting areas and a fireplace. It was so nice to feel the heat as it was snowing outside!

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Check-in was very good and everything we needed to know about the hotel was told in a professional way. I had a few small requests and every request has been taken care of in very good way.

We stayed in a twin bedroom and although the room wasn’t too large, it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Bathroom featured tub/shower combination, single sink and toilet. There’s a comfy chair in the room which is ideal for reading! The only downside here is the wifi which is chargeable. Free internet is offered in the lobby area though.

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A lot of things to do here! On the main floor, an indoor pool and fitness area can be used at no additional charge. The temperature of the (pool) water was perfect and it never was too crowded when I was there. After swimming or working out, you can relax on the lounge chairs next to the pool. The place was well maintained. Access to the sauna is chargeable, by the way (10 EUR).

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After a great work-out, it was time for dinner! We had dinner at the Ellipse Lounge and enjoyed our dishes! The carpaccio of beef and ceasar’s salad were great. The lady took care of us in a very professional and kind way. Waiting times between the courses were limited and overall quality was very good, thumbs up!

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The Sheraton Berlin Esplanade recently opened a brand new club lounge. We had access to the lounge and liked it very much! It has only been opened for about 2 weeks and appreciated the complimentary light bites and drinks. A small breakfast buffet is presented here during the morning from 7h – 10h30. The breakfast buffet which is offered at the main breakfast restaurant offers more variety but if you are not a big eater the buffet at the club lounge would be fine! At night from 5h30 – 7h30 small appetizers and alcoholic drinks are offered. During the day, soft drinks, water and coffee are offered. I do recommend an upgrade to the club lounge, it is worth the money and truly has a relaxed atmosphere! Great for working or just reading a book …

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A full breakfast buffet is offered at Elements, the breakfast restaurant. Everything you want for a great start of the day can be found here! Great breakfast!

Our stay at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade has been a good one. It offers comfortable rooms and facilities at very fair rates!

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Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof – Ghent

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Hotelchain: Sandton hotels
Location: Ghent – Belgium
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: sandton.eu/sandton-grand-hotel-reylof/en

The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof is rated as one of the best hotels in Ghent, so I was pretty excited to explore this hotel. The hotel is beautifully located in the center of Ghent within walking distance of the most interesting places you need to discover. It was just a 5 minute walk to the Korenmarkt, one of the largest squares in Ghent.

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I was in love with the lobby area, it has this grand feeling which I like very much. The historic building has a great history and they kept the original elements. Check-in staff was professional and handed me the key to my room.

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They have several room types at the Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof and I stayed in one of their deluxe rooms… and luxurious it was, featuring a great bed, sitting area with 2 comfy chairs and a nice bathroom with oversized tub. I also liked the fact that every guest receives 3 candy … which are typical for Ghent. Those small things do make a difference in the overall experience!

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What I liked most of this hotel, was the spa area which is located in a separate building, the coach house. It has a (small) dipping wellness pool and a fitness center. On the top floor you can relax and enjoy the sauna and steam room. There’s a relax area under the wooden roof and soft relaxing lounge music is playing all over the place.

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A part of the Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof has been completely renotaved with a very modern, hip yet stylish atmosphere. The full service restaurant LOF offers gastronomic experiences at affordable prices. Afternoon teas are being served here as well. Fancy a drink afterwards? Go to their bar which is located right at the restaurant. You can even hire the place for a private party, how cool is that?

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The next morning I had breakfast which is served at LOF. It is a buffet style breakfast offering several cold and hot items. Again, there was a relaxed atmosphere here which is something I appreciate especially during the morning.

The Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof is a great hotel with a great history! When you are looking at hotels in the area of Ghent, do not hesitate to book a room in this hotel. The rates are fair and include access to the beautiful spa area, highly recommended!

The Oberoi – Dubai

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Hotelchain: Oberoi Hotels
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitehttp://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-dubai/

The Oberoi Dubai is one of the finest hotels I have ever stayed at in Dubai! It was the first time I stayed at an Oberoi hotel and was truly blown away by the service and overall quality of the property! Located in the business bay area, it is very conveniently located for both business and leisure guests.

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As soon as you enter the hotel, they make you feel welcome! I actually felt “home” after the first night and that means a lot. Every single staff member greeted us with a smile and were happy to fulfill every request we had with a smile. It was really impressive and unseen in any other 5 star property.

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Every room in this Oberoi hotel is spacious. We stayed in a superior deluxe room and at 52 m² it definitely is one of the largest rooms one could find in Dubai. Every guest will be escorted to the room and they explain everything you need to know about the in-room facilities. We liked the small sitting area with comfortable couch and oversized working desk. The bathroom was to die for, so beautiful and oh-so-clean! There’s a butler-service here which is very convenient as you just have to take the phone and make the requests you might have.

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You could never get bored at the Oberoi Dubai, there is so much going on here. The pool is the nicest I have seen in Dubai and it never felt crowded. As soon as you enter the stunning pool area they will bring cold face towels and sun cream for your convenience. It are those small things that make the Oberoi Dubai so unique. Another great feature: the spa area. I thoroughly enjoyed my spa treatment… They take good care of you here and make sure you feel most comfortable and relaxed. Every treatment room even has its own steam shower, very impressive! After the treatment I enjoyed my cup of ginger tea. Do make sure you book a treatment while you’re here, you won’t be sorry!

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There are a few restaurants at the Oberoi Dubai. All looked very different, but always very stylish. As for their signature restaurants, there are 2 options: either Indian food or Japanese/Chinese food. We had dinner at Ananta, the Indian food restaurant. We felt like being in India while seated in this beautiful restaurant. It is one of the top rated restaurants in Dubai and definitely one of the best Indian restaurants in the area. Our menu came with whisky pairing, kind of different and very special. Something you should experience. And once again, the service was top notch.

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After dinner we went off to bed and appreciated the best turn-down service ever experienced! They even unpacked our suitcases and hung up most of our clothes. The room was cleaned (again) and the good night message made it very personal. They are doing such a great job by making the whole Oberoi experience a unique one with a personal approach!

The next morning after a wonderful night, we had breakfast at Nice7One. Again, very classy and stylish and one of the best breakfast ever. It is a buffet style breakfast with several à la carte options, all presented in a very nice way. Not just one of those ordinary breakfasts, having breakfast here is pleasant and relaxing. Do try their cappuccinos, they are delicious!

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I truly am very impressed with the Oberoi Dubai! It is all about perfection here, from the fresh flowers all over the hotel to the most personal approach one could wish for! Our stay at the Oberoi Dubai will be a memory that will last forever! Highly recommended when you are looking for a top luxury hotel in Dubai!

Terhills Hotel – Maasmechelen

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Hotelchain: Different Hotels
Location: Maasmechelen – Belgium
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: differenthotels.com/…otels/terhills-hotel

Ever wanted to sleep in a mine building? The beautiful Terhills hotel is a classy four star hotel in Maasmechelen. The building used to be the former mine building of Eisden. After a multi-million renovation, it now is luxurious four star hotel with all the comfort one could wish for. When you arrive at the Terhills hotel, you will immediately notice the wonderful building and surrounding gardens. It has this magic feeling…

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Entering this hotel is entering a classy place with an eye for details. When I stayed there in January 2016, the Terhills hotel was opened for only 10 months. Everything was brand new and I was in love with the smell throughout the hotel.

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Check-in was very personal and accommodating. No check-in desk here, guests take place in the saloon and are offered a complimentary welcome drink. I nipped of my glass of prosecco while enjoying the stunning décor, wondering how our room will look like …

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We stayed in a comfort room with a view out of the garden in front of the hotel. Although not too large, the room was luxuriously appointed with high class materials and fabrics. To be honest, one of the best beds I have ever slept in. The stunning bathroom featured a large (rain)shower, single sink and toilet. It is all about details here at the Terhills hotel! All the decoration items in the rooms can be bought in the hotel. Very nice room!

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The Terhills hotel has a Michelin rated (*) fine dining restaurant. Unfortunately, we didn’t had the chance to check it out as it was fully booked while we were there, but the restaurant looked amazing and without a doubt, the dishes must be great!

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The location of the hotel is idyllic. The National Park Hoge Kempen is only a few steps away and offers stunning views all over the area.

Also very interesting is the Maasmechelen Village which is directly located next to the Terhills hotel! The designer brand boutiques  surrounded by beautiful countryside and picturesque villages, are just beautiful. The village is huge! There are more than 100 luxurious outlet boutiques offering leading local and international brands at reduced prices all year round. Definitely worth a visit and not only for shopping! We had dinner at Ellis Burger which is located in the village itself and enjoyed our gourmet burgers!

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By the way, we were happily surprised when we found out that the village is open on sundays as well. For more information about Maasmechelen Village, do visit their website: http://www.maasmechelenvillage.com/.

After a day of shopping and enjoying a movie at the movie theater (also located next to the hotel), we went off to bed! As said before, the beds here are great! It feels like sleeping on a cloud…

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The next day we had breakfast in the beautiful decorated restaurant. It was a delicious breakfast with several regional artisan specialities. Definitely worth the extra cost to enjoy your breakfast here!

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The Terhills hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel in a great spot! It was a relaxing getaway and I promise you will feel at ease here… The overall décor and location makes of the Terhills hotel a true jewel!

 

Hilton Schiphol

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Hotelchain: Hilton
Location: Amsterdam airport Schiphol – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel de luxe
Official website: amsterdamairportschiphol.hilton.com

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Directly connected to Schiphol Airport, the brand new Hilton Schiphol truly has everything you would expect from a luxurious airport hotel. When I stayed at this Hilton, it only opened 3 weeks ago. This hotel is huge and has 433 comfortable rooms. When I entered the hotel, I was blown away by the gorgeous lobby. The open-plan atrium is the center of the hotel with a very cozy yet trendy bar and sitting areas. Do visit the lobby at night and look up to the sky, all the small lights look like stars, it is just stunning! By the way, the outfits of the staff members are fun and reminded me immediately that this is Amsterdam 🙂

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Check-in went smoothly and the staff made me feel at ease in seconds. Everything I needed to know has been explained in a very professional, not too formal way.

My room was on the 11th floor and as soon as the elevator door opened, I was “wowed” again by the beautiful and spectacular atrium. Ok, time to check out my room… Rooms at the Hilton Schiphol are very nicely decorated in a contemporary style: strong lines, smooth forms and minimal accessories — with room for rule breaking. I loved the funny shaped garbage bin! Each bathroom has a separate bath tub and shower, single sink and toilet. My room had a view of the airport which was fun! Bed was great, nota bene…

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I had access to the executive lounge and this was one of the best executive lounges I have experienced. Most lounges I have been to, were not that cozy and offered not many advantages. The lounge at the Hilton Schiphol definitely is worth the upgrade! Complimentary soft drinks and snacks throughout the day, alcoholic beverages (including some spirits) and light bites at night… Perfect! On top of that, I appreciated the tranquil atmosphere, comfortable décor and friendliness of the staff.

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After some drinks and snacks, it was time for a work out. The Hilton Schiphol has a full fitness center and spa area. I used the spa area the next day and tell me … is there a better way to start your day in a jacuzzi? The spa area is worth a visit! Besides the jacuzzi, there’s a sauna and steam room as well which can be used at no additional charge. I can imagine that – after a long flight – you will feel reborn after your visit to this spa!

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The next morning I had breakfast at the Bowery Restaurant. The buffet style breakfast was great with excellent choices of both hot and cold dishes. A buffet is also available at the executive lounge. Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner in Bowery Restaurant is also possible and offers a cosmopolitan dining experience and a taste of Dutch culture. Non-hotel guests are also invited and enjoy complimentary parking arrangements!

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The Hilton Schiphol is very conveniently located at the airport of Amsterdam Schiphol. The hotel is directly connected with the airport with a covered walkway and it only takes 5 minutes by foot to the main terminal. Highly recommended!

Hilton The Hague

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Hotelchain: Hilton
Location: The Hague – The Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: www3.hilton.com/…/hilton-the-hague-AMSHHHI

Rated as one of the best hotels in the city, the Hilton The Hague is a high end 5 star property. This impressive hotel is set within the restored buildings of the former Royal Dutch Telecom headquarters. The location is perfect, prominently located in the embassy quarter of the city center and within walking distance of the many shops The Hague has to offer!

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The lobby area is spacious and modern. I loved the interior design throughout this hotel! Quite modern without being over the top and cozy at the same time. We were welcomed with a smile and check-in went smoothly. They handed us a map of the city and told us everything we needed to know about the hotel and facilities.

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We stayed in a one bedroom suite and were impressed with the overall quality and design of the room. The separate bedroom had a large king sized bed and cozy couch. There were 2 large desks and plenty of closets. The bathroom had double sinks, separate bath tub and a 2 persons (rain) shower. The living room had a dining table and small saloon. I loved the décor of the room, very nicely done with warm colors and high quality materials. Other facilities you may expect from a 5 star hotel: Nespresso coffee machine, Bose docking station and toiletries of a good quality.

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We had access to the executive lounge which is located on the 5th floor. Here, guests can enjoy complimentary soft drinks and coffee all day long. During the evening, alcoholic beverages and light bites are offered at no additional charge. Although the lounge wasn’t too large, it was nice sitting there during day and night. It is an intimate space where guests can work or just relax and chat. I do recommend upgrading to the executive lounge as it has a lot of advantages. If you’re not a big eater, you actually don’t have to leave the hotel as there are many (small) food options for you to enjoy so you won’t get hungry.

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The Hilton The Hague has one fine dining restaurant, Pearl. This restaurant is inspired by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s painting ‘Girl with a pearl earring’. Breakfast is served here every day. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with soft and colorful lighting effects. When I was taking pictures here, I looked outside for a second thinking how great it should be to enjoy the dishes outside while watching the boats floating by during summer time. There’s a full bar as well, named Spark.

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The fitness center is up to date and has great equipment with small build-in television screens. Complimentary water is provided. After the work out I had some work to do and enjoyed the business center with computer and printing facilities. I also liked the location of the business center, it was fun watching people walking by while working.

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After a great night, it was time to get up and enjoy breakfast. Since we were staying in a suite with lounge access, we had the option to have breakfast in the lounge or at Pearl, the restaurant I talked about earlier. We choose to have breakfast downstairs and enjoyed every bite. It was a buffet style breakfast with several à la carte options.

No wonder that the Hilton The Hague is known for its service and overall quality. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, 5 stars all the way!

Regent Berlin

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Hotelchain: Regent
Location: Berlin – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: regenthotels.com/EN/Berlin

Rated as one the best hotels in Berlin (and Germany!), the Regent Berlin is a statement here. This grand hotel is located in the center of Berlin and offers classic luxury at the highest level. People walking by the hotel were all looking inside, and no wonder why … the lobby is just gorgeous! There’s marble all over the place and  the Christmas decoration was stunning. Grand chandeliers, some wooden details and the most wonderful staff… what a great start!

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Check-in was very personal, after the administration was done we were taken to our lovely room. Walking through this hotel feels like walking in a castle. The hallways are beautiful… And although the Regent is right in the ‘middle of it all’, you feel like royalty walking through the hallways. It is so quite here… and it feels so exclusive.The large room has been decorated in a very stylish ‘old fashioned’ way, and this is a compliment! The bathroom is one of the nicest I have seen in any five star hotel. Truly amazing, marble all over again, separate tub and shower with great water pressure, oversized sink and separate toilet. The beds were heaven and I had a great night’s sleep!

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After exploring the room, I went working out downstairs in their fitness and spa area. Trust me, the place couldn’t have been cleaner. What a great place for working out and enjoying some me-time in the sauna. Complimentary water and fruit is offered.

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I was here during the festive season and wanted to explore some Christmas markets which are very popular in Germany. I immediately noticed how central located the Regent Berlin is! The “Gendarmenmarkt” literally is only a few steps away.

Their signature restaurant Fischers Fritz has 2 Michelin stars and offers award winning gastronomy to the guests. We had the gourmet breakfast here and honestly it was the best breakfast I have had here in Berlin. There were several à la carte options and a buffet. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service top notch.

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No wonder the Regent is rated as one of the best hotels in Berlin! This place is so wonderful, so classy…so perfect! I would return in a heartbeat!