Le Méridien Hamburg

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Hotelchain
: Méridien
Location: Hamburg– Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitelemeridienhamburg.com

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Le Méridien Hamburg is a hotel located near the city center of Hamburg. It was the first time I stayed at a Méridien hotel and was very curious and excited to check out this hotel. This five star hotel has it all … from the luxurious rooms to the roof top restaurant and bar with the most amazing views of the Aussen Alster lake. Right from the beginning, I knew that this hotel stay would be flawless. The lobby area is just stunning and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. What a great start at this Méridien hotel!

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The room we stayed in was luxurious and had all the amenities we needed for a comfortable hotel stay: a very comfortable couch, working desk and a wonderful bathroom with separate walk-in shower and bath tub. The room was very cozy and I loved the lighted backside of the beds. Great touch! The Nespresso machine and bathrobes made my stay even more pleasant. I do need to mention that the beds are of a great quality. It was lovely to spend time in this room…

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For me, one of the top features of Le Méridien Hamburg is their restaurant Heritage which is located on the top floor of the hotel. It offers the most stunning views over the lake.  The first night while we were in Hamburg we had dinner and I can honestly say that they served me one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Right from the beginning to the end, our restaurant experience was flawfless, food was outstanding and service was excellent. The sommelier did a great job, providing us with the right wines with the right dishes. The chef uses excellent ingredients and every dish looked like a painting. And having such a good dinner with such an incredible view … we were in heaven!

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After an evening walk, we took the panoramic elevator (be sure to check that one out J) and have a drink at the bar. It was the perfect way to end our beautiful day.

Another great thing about this hotel is the spa area with a large indoor pool, sauna and steam room. It is a great place to relax and unwind. Next to the spa area is a large fitness facility equipped with up to date equipment. Again, service was excellent and nothing was asked for too much! Loved it! Bath robes can be found in the room!

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After spending several nights here, we always looked forward to having breakfast in the restaurant upstairs. Le Méridien Hamburg offers a fantastic breakfast buffet to their guests. Anything you want is there and even requested beans in tomato sauce which they served in just minutes. The sparkling wine is a bonus, by the way!

Be sure to check out their new bar downstairs, Latitude. I really liked the hip and trendy atmosphere!

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I LOVED our stay at Le Méridien Hamburg and am not surprised that it is rated as one of the best five star hotels in the city. I would rate every facility here with five stars, from the rooms to the most wonderful staff one could wish for! Excellent choice when you are in Hamburg!

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Airport hotel: Holiday Inn Brussels Airport

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Hotelchain: Holiday Inn
Location: Brussels airport
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websiteihg.com/…nl/nl/brussels/bruap/hoteldetail

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Holiday Inn Brussels Airport is a four star hotel near Brussels Airport. It actually was one of the first hotels built in the direct area of the airport. Today, it still is one of the better options to stay when you are flying from/to Brussels. The hotel offers a free shuttle from/to the airport in the morning and afternoon, very convenient.

Although the hotel has its age, they are completely renovated the entire hotel. When I entered the hotel I was happy to find out a totally up to date and nicely decorated lobby area. I immediately noticed there’s no standard front desk here… Guests can check-in at one of the check-in counters by themselves. It’s pretty easy as you just have to enter the first three letters of your surname and the system finds your reservation automatically.

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The rooms at the Holiday Inn Brussels Airport have all the amenities I expect from a four star hotel. I stayed in an executive room and was pleased with the room. The Nespresso coffee machine was a bonus! Did you know that all executive rooms have a complimentary mini bar? That is right, I definitely recommend you to upgrade your ‘standard’ room to an executive room as there are several interesting services included such as the free minibar and more spacious room. Bathrobes can be found in the bathroom for your convenience. I also appreciated the pillow menu.

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After inspecting the room, I went down to explore the wellness area of the hotel. There’s a large indoor pool with an adjoining jacuzzi. Right next to the pool, is a traditional sauna and steam room. This area definitely is one of the highlights of the Holiday Inn Brussels Airport, it is great to relax and unwind here after a flight.

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The onsite restaurant Kreative Kuisine is large and offers a varied menu. The food was outstanding and service was very efficient. I enjoyed a carrot soup and tried one of their burgers… I must tell I enjoyed every singly bite. The Dame Blanche with Chocotof chocolate sauce was to die for. Do not look for another restaurant in the area, but be sure to book your table here! You won’t regret 🙂

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I’m a fan of this Holiday Inn’s SKOJ concept which means ‘fun’ in Swedish. There’s an informal yet professional atmosphere in the hotel and everyone will make you feel at ease here. Especially the breakfast lady in the morning made our day! She was lovely and made sure we were doing just fine. The breakfast buffet was excellent by the way and once again I liked the décor of the restaurant and presentation of the food.

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The Holiday Inn Brussels Airport is a good four star hotel with great facilities and an excellent restaurant. Definitely one of the better hotels in the area! Highly recommended!