Stanhope Brussels

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Hotelchain: Thon hotels
Location: Brussels – Belgium
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitethonhotels.be/…gie/brussel/stanhope-hotel

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OK, let me tell you a little secret: if you are looking for a hidden gem right in the middle of Brussels… Stop looking! I found it for you! the Stanhope hotel is the place to stay at! This five star hotel is located within walking distance of several cultural highlights in Brussels. By the way, the Stanhope hotel was the first five star hotel in Brussels and still is an up to date hotel while they kept the original elements of the building. When I entered the hotel, it felt like entering a palace…

The lobby are is bright and spacious. I could spend hours here, reading a book or browsing on my iPad. It is such a relaxing area where guests can enjoy a drink in the authentic library bar. Check-in was a breeze and I was warmly welcomed with a smile. I was so ready to explore this hotel! J

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Firstly I was wowed by the elevator which looks like a mini library with several books showing names of former workers who used to work at the Stanhope hotel. And this is just one of the special touches at the Stanhope hotel. After every corner a new surprise is waiting. It truly is a magical place with a lot of history. Some parts of the hotel are classified.

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I stayed in a gorgeous room. Actually, the most luxurious hotel room I stayed at in Brussels. It was decorated by interior designer Pieter Porters with the motto “more is more”. The room itself felt more like a small fancy New York apartment to me. The adjoining dressing room was very convenient. Other five star amenities: Nespresso coffee machine, bathrobes and good quality toiletries. They seriously think about the environment protection here and the hotel is awarded with both the eco-dynamic enterprise and Green Key label. They encourage guests to reduce waste and energy consumption which is great!

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Later that night we had dinner at their signature restaurant Brighton, labeled by Michelin with 3 red forks. It is like going back in time, the décor is classy and sophisticated. The three course menu was delicious! As a starter I had the Roma tomatoes and mozzarella ‘di buffala’ with a coulis of pesto with rocket salad. The grilled lamb chops that followed were to die for! Service was flawless! The overall quality of the food was great and I definitely recommend you to have dinner here. You won’t be sorry!

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The next morning, I worked out at the intimate fitness center. Although not too large, it has high quality equipment which is ideal to start your day! There’s a sauna as well. Great for relaxing after a busy day.

And then I was totally ready to enjoy the most wonderful breakfast. Breakfast at the Stanhope hotel is not just an ordinary breakfast, it is an impressive buffet with several cold and hot items. I appreciated the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. It was the perfect start of the day! Again, products were of a great quality and I noticed the fact that there were no individual portions to avoid food and plastic waste. If the weather permits, you can even sit outside peacefully!

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The Stanhope hotel has amazed me and not only for its gorgeous rooms. There is so much more to do in this hotel. Also, several up to date meeting rooms are available. Most rooms look different from each other but all of them are decorated in a very nice and comfortable way! Five stars all the way!

 

Crowne Plaza The Hague

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Hotelchain: Crowne Plaza
Location: The Hague – The Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websiteihg.com/…nl/nl/den-haag/dnhpr/hoteldetail

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The Crowne Plaza The Hague is a five star hotel perfectly located between the city center of The Hague and the beach of Scheveningen. Both are just a few km away. I have had great experiences with the Crowne Plaza chain and this one didn’t disappoint at all! As soon as I approached the hotel, I saw 2 towers which are connected together. The new tower opened a few years ago and still looks brand new!

The lobby area has a cool vibe with up to date furniture, cool lightning and the most welcomed staff. ‘How was your journey?’, ‘Thank you for being an IHG member, here are some cookies’, etc. I love those small things and they do make a huge difference. Initially I was booked in a twin room, but at check-in I requested a king sized bed which was fulfilled with a smile and a heartbeat.

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The club room I stayed in was very comfortable and spacious with a great view of a stunning garden. As every Crowne Plaza, they offer their dedicated sleep program called Sleep Advantage with complimentary products to assure a great night’s rest. And they worked! I slept very well. Bathrooms are great featuring a large shower and bath tub. When staying in one the club rooms, all minibar items are free of charge. Great value as it also includes sparkling wine, some yummy bites and fancy red wine.

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After exploring the beautiful room, I went down to see the spa area which is called the Promenade Health Club & Spa. When the doors of the elevator opened, I immediately felt the relaxing atmosphere here. The place is huge with 900m² and features an indoor swimming pool, large fitness area and sauna/steam room area. When staying at the hotel, access is free and I highly recommend spending some you-time here! You will love it! I appreciated the opening hours as well, the pool for example is opened from 6:30am – 10:30pm every day. I love having a swim before heading to bed and in the morning before breakfast. The spa definitely is one of the highlights of the Crowne Plaza The Hague!

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At night, I had a drink with the lovely management trainee of the hotel and looking at the menu, the prices are pretty fair here! 7,5 EUR for a cocktail in a five star hotel is cheap and trust me, they’re good! Again, a very nice atmosphere with some soft lounge music playing all over the place. A full service restaurant, Brasserie Brut, is located right next to the bar, offering a great variety of dishes at reasonable rates. No need to go out for dinner!

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The Crowne Plaza The Hague is one of the better five star properties in the area! What truly makes this hotel unique is the service they provide. They will do everything to make your hotel stay smooth and perfect. This hotel is a good choice whether you are looking for a business hotel or leisure, it will please anyone! Highly recommended and I would return in a heartbeat!

Vienna Magic Circus – Disneyland Paris

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Hotelchain: Vienna House hotels
Location: Magny-le-Hongre – France
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: http://www.viennahouse.com/en/magic-circus-paris/the-hotel/overview.html

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Close to the magical Disneyland Paris resort, I was so pleased to experience the Magic Circus Hotel! This hotel definitely is a great alternative to the Disney Hotels as it is still conveniently located near the Disney parks. With the large ‘pink bus’ it is only 10 minutes away.

The Vienna Magic Circus hotel is right next to the Vienna Dream Castle hotel. Both hotels look amazing and are the best four star hotels in the direct Disney area. As soon as you enter the red tent, a magical world is waiting for you! Large horses, happy colors and fun music made us smile immediately!

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What makes this hotel truly unique is the space… the large lobby area is the perfect place to hang out with your kids! They can play and actually be kids throughout the place without bothering other guests. There’s a small Disney shop in the lobby area as well as several play areas and a bar. Check-in was great. We arrived pretty early around 10am and our room was already cleaned. All the information we needed to know about the hotel and Disney parks were given in a very friendly yet professional way. Thumbs up!

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The room we stayed in was great! The kids absolutely loved the bunk beds and could make their own little space with the curtains! The king sized bed was great as well. We had connecting rooms and all of us agreed that there was enough space for all of us, even closet space. The bath room had a bath tub, single sink and toilet. I loved the Occitane toiletries, there even was a hand creme. Another bonus: 2 televisions! The kids loved having their own television and watched a movie before they were going to sleep. The circus theme is noticeable throughout the room and kids (but not only kids J) will love the rooms at the Vienna Magic Circus hotel!

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As you can imagine, there are a lot of fun things to do here! First of all, the Disney parks are close by. There’s a large pink bus who will bring you to the parks in just 10 minutes. They will drop you off at the train station at the Disneyland Resort and within 7 minutes (I timed J) of walking you will reach the entrances of the parks. We never had to wait long as there’s a bus every 15-20 minutes from/to the hotel. After spending a day at the Disney parks, it is great to relax and enjoy the indoor swimming pool. Although the hotel was fully booked, it never felt crowded at the pool. It has a nice size and temperature of the water was good. There’s a large kids play pool as well and several loungers on which parents can look after their little ones. A fitness center is available as well and several beauty treatments are offered at reasonable prices.

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At night, we had dinner at restaurant Etoile. The buffet which was priced at 29,50 EUR was great value for money especially with the one adult = one kid for free promotion which was going on while we were there. Especially the dessert buffet was delicious! Do try the brownies… you will love them! Breakfast is served here as well and the buffet style breakfast was very good! The choices are endless and the kids (and not only kids) loved the pancake station where pancakes are prepared right in front of you.

Once again, do considerate this hotel as an alternative to the official Disney Hotels. The Magic Circus hotel is a four star hotel with top notch accommodations and friendly staff. Highly recommended!

Adlon Kempinski – Berlin

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Hotelchain: Kempinski
Location: Berlin – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: kempinski.com/…berlin/hotel-adlon/welcome

The famous and world known Adlon Kempinski is without a doubt one of the best hotels Berlin has to offer and I was lucky enough to explore and experience this five star hotel! First of all, you can’t beat the location, it literally is just a few steps away from the Brandenburg Gate. As a member of the ‘Leading hotels of the world’,  I knew a stay at this hotel would be one I will remember for a lifetime!

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The Adlon truly is a hotel with a great tradition which opened in 1907. It was almost completely destroyed during World War 2. The current hotel opened back in 1997 and has undergone several renovations over the last couple of years. The entrance is spectacular and the gorgeous lobby has played host to several world famous stars. It is all about details here, everything is done with style and eye for details.

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At check-in I was told that a great suite was awaiting me and luxurious it was! The suite we stayed in had a direct full view of the Brandenburg Gate and was one of the nicest rooms I have ever seen. Even the entrance of the suite was just out of this world. The suite had a large sitting area, gorgeous bathroom and the best beds one could wish for. The toiletries were of a very good quality and we had plenty. By the way, I took a bath at night and could see the Brandenburg Gate… So nice! So relaxing!

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The Adlon Kempinski has several fine dining restaurants, the ‘Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer’ even has 2 Michelin stars and has full views of the Brandenburg Gate. Restaurant Quarré offers international cuisine with regional ingredients. This brasserie-style restaurant offers specialities with a French touch. If you fancy a more Mediterranean cuisine, you will like ‘Le petit Felix’. We had dinner at Sra Bua by Tim Raue. It is a Japanese-Thai cuisine with a European flair. As exotic and edgy as its name, the dishes are exciting and combine the complexity of Asian flavours. The 6 course menu was amazing! The concept at Sra Bua is sharing. Every single dish we tasted was divine! The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste and was served by very professional staff. The waiters were very knowledgeable about each dish, even about the wines. I found the food quite innovative and sophisticated. Loved it and I highly recommend eating here!

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The Adlon Spa is run by Resense and offers beauty experiences in a luxurious setting. I visited private spa suites and was surprised by how nicely designed they were. It is perfectly designed for those who wish to achieve maximum relaxation. Kindly note that additional charges apply here. Guests, however, can use the sauna, steam room and amazingly designed indoor pool at no additional charge. One special mention is the tranquil atmosphere in the spa area. Although the Adlon is a very large hotel, I truly appreciated the tranquility and relaxation here. A full fitness center is available too.

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After a great night’s sleep, we went down to enjoy the most delicious Gourmet Breakfast buffet one could wish for! It is served at the Bel Etage, the ‘heart’ of the Adlon Hotel and offers great views of the grand lobby area. The buffet was one of the largest I have seen and the overall quality of the food was outstanding! Again, service was top notch!

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No wonder the Adlon Kempinski is known for its service and luxurious accommodations! This hotel is superb in every way and will meet the expectations of the most discerning travelers! Cheers!

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Marriott Amsterdam

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Hotelchain: Marriott
Location: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitemarriott.com/…/amsnt-amsterdam-marriott-hotel

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The Marriott Amsterdam is a centrally located five star property in Amsterdam. The hotel is pretty large and from the outside you wouldn’t tell the interior is that beautiful. As soon as you enter the Marriott Amsterdam you will enter a world of luxury and attention to detail! I was greeted with a smile and at check-in I was warmly welcommed.

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The room we stayed in was a recently renovated junior suite. I was (and still am) in love with the new rooms. They are of a true five star level and offer great amenities. The small couch was great for relaxing and watching television… And talking about the television, it actually was the best television I have ever watched at any hotel, including a Netflix account! Bathroom was great and had a walk-in shower and oversized sink.

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One highlight of the Marriott Amsterdam is the Midtown Grill, their signature steak restaurant. Without doubt, the best steak ever! First of all, they showed us the different kinds of steaks with great pleasure. We had the t-bone and mignon steak and honestly, my mother and I both were in heaven. The meat was prepared in such an excellent way that we actually couldn’t believe the taste. No wonder it is that famous in Amsterdam. Oh, and do order the Oreo Cheesecake afterwards! You won’t be disappointed! A special thanks to our waiter Rodriggos to make our evening unforgettable!

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Next to Midtown Grill is the fitness center. The gym is larger than an average fitness center and offers great and up to date equipment for your convenience.

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The next morning we had breakfast which is served at Midtown Grill. The buffet style breakfast is excellent and guests can enjoy several hot and cold dishes including some à la carte egg preparations. If you have lounge access, you can enjoy breakfast at the club lounge as well. During the day, complimentary soft and hot drinks are offered. At night, you can enjoy small bites such as cheese, crackers and other snacks at no additional charge. Also, wine and beers are included. Definitely worth an upgrade to the club lounge!

I’m a fan of the Marriott Amsterdam! The hotel is up to date and offers great rooms and facilities. Service is great. Five stars all the way!

Bilderberg Parkhotel – Rotterdam

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Hotelchain: Bilderberg
Location: Rotterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitebilderberg.nl/…terdam/parkhotel-rotterdam

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The Bilderberg Parkhotel is a four star hotel near the city center of Rotterdam. I got a chance to explore this beautiful hotel and was surprised… Let me tell you why!

First of all, check-in was great! They shaked hands, first time i experienced this but appreciated it very much. The personal yet professional approach is a great start. The keys were handed in just seconds and they explained everything we needed to know in a very kind way.

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The deluxe room we stayed in was comfortably appointed. Actually, all the rooms will be renovated within the near future. The up to date decor in our room was nice, they used warm colors. The bed was fantastic! Bathroom had a nice walk-in (rain)shower, single sink and toilet. There’s even a possibility to connect your smartphone with the in-room speakers so you can listen to your favorite music. Loved that!

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We had lunch at The Park, their signature restaurant with chef Erik van Loo rated with 2 Michelin stars. The 3 course menu was delicious… We started with salmon, the main course was Shellfish. Every single bite was just outstanding. We couldn’t believe how they are able to combine several ingredients in such  excellent way! Above that, the restaurant itself is beautifully and very tastefully decorated with attention to details. Just make sure you book your table as soon as you check in!

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Breakfast is served at The Park as well. It was a nice breakfast with mostly healthy options which was great!

The fitness center is located on -1 and is perfect to start your day in an active way. If you are not into working out, you can use the sauna. All of this at no additional charges.

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The Bilderberg Parkhotel is one of the better fout star hotels in Rotterdam! The lovely staff will make sure you have a good time while staying there! Shopping area and the grand market hall (be sure to visit) are all within walking distance. Thumbs up all the way!