Grandhotel Hessischer Hof

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Location: Frankfurt – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitegrandhotel-hessischerhof.com

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Grand Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt is known as one of the best hotel in Frankfurt. I just had to explore and experience this hotel myself and I can definitely say that it deserves its good reputation. Making part of the Leading hotels of the World, Grand Hessischer hof offers a very high quality level. The hotel is located in the city center, near the central train station. Whether you are in Frankfurt for shopping, sightseeing or businesses purposes, everything is nearby… Very convenient! Did you know by the way that the nearby famous Frankfurt Messe is the third-largest trade fair in the world? The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is located directly across the trade fair grounds. I stayed in many hotels in Frankfurt already, but this one definitely has one of the better locations!

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When I entered the hotel, I immediately knew that our stay here would be a great one. The hotel has a great history. Did you know that the hotel is owned by the Hessian princely family? The grand lobby is stylish with beautiful art works and furnishings. Staff made us feel welcome right from the beginning. From the comfortable seating areas to the efficient check-in procedure, everything went smoothly and ultra friendly right from the beginning. With a total of 121 rooms and suites, the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof isn’t a very large hotel which is why they offer a very personal service to each guest.

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The superior room we stayed in was large and ultra luxurious. All rooms are decorated with high quality materials. The lines on the king sized bed were great! The room actually felt like a junior suite to me with an entrée, nice couch and large desk. Other highlights in the room are the complimentary minibar and complimentary shoeshine service!

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The marble bathroom was very comfortable featuring bath tub and separate shower. Grand Hessischer Hof’s toiletries were a plus! Love those…

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The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof has a spa area with sauna, steam room and a complete fitness center. Always nice to be able to make use of those facilities after a day in busy Frankfurt. The place was immaculately clean and staff was, again, very professional and kind. In most hotels, fitness centers are located in the basement of the hotel, but at Grand Hessischer Hof you can enjoy impressive panoramic views over Frankfurt. They even have a large terrace overlooking the surrounding areas.

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The hotel offers several dining options such as Jimmy’s Bar. This traditional bar is fun to hang out and is a Frankfurt instituation for more than 50 years with live piano music in the evenings and the most delicious cocktails. This is the place to be for a nice aperitif before enjoying a delicious meal at Restaurant Sèvres which is one the best restaurants in Frankfurt. This is also the place where they serve breakfast. Having breakfast at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is something to look forward to. The extensive buffet truly offers something for just everybody! Some highlights I experienced were the fancy à la carte options (a must try is their cheese-omelette, loved those!) and of course, a glass of champagne is the perfect start of the day!

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Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is one of a kind! I love every aspect of this place. It truly is a ‘grandhotel’ and staying here is a guarantee of a flawless stay in an ultra luxurious environment. You will love it!

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Le Méridien Frankfurt

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Hotelchain
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Location: Frankfurt – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitelemeridienfrankfurt.com

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Le Méridien Frankfurt is a five star hotel in the center of Frankfurt. The hotel is located just a few steps from Frankfurt’s main train station and all major shopping districts are within walking distance. I love the fact that Le Méridien Frankfurt is located within two buildings which obviously are connected to each other. There’s a more traditional building and a contemporary styled building. I visited both sides and must say there both totally different but each with its own charm.

The main areas of the hotel are modern and decorated in a modern yet cozy style. It is great to hang out here and I had the feeling of being at a brand new hotel. Every staff member I met was super friendly and greeted us with a smile! Thumbs up!

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As mentioned before, le Méridien Frankfurt has two different ‘styles’ of rooms. The Chic Palais rooms are located in the historic Palais section. 80 guestrooms are located here and each boast beautiful high ceilings and a warm and intimate ambiance. I recommend those rooms for romantic getaways. The oversized working desk, nice sitting area and comfortable bed look very appealing. Bathrooms feature bathtub, large single sink and toilet.

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The Legacy Wing offers 220 recently renovated rooms. I really like the modern design and layout of the deluxe rooms. They are spacious and offer all the comfort one could wish for. Modern bathrooms have walk-in (rain) showers and oversized sinks.

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The Skyline suite was absolutely mind blowing! It looked like a large city apartment with stunning panoramic views over the skyline of Frankfurt. Beautiful! Marble bathroom was to die for…

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Le Méridien Frankfurt has a fitness center with the latest equipment. The fact that the spa facilities are located on one of the higher floors has a lot of advantages such as the views and outdoor terrace which is the perfect place to cool down after a session in the sauna.

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Definitely a highlight of Le Méridien Frankfurt is their restaurant, Legacy. This restaurant is known for its spare ribs and steaks. We thoroughly enjoyed the overall atmosphere and had a great time here. We started with some signature cocktails followed by the most delicious meal. We started with the smoked juicy spare ribs St. Louis Cut and tender pulled pork. Did you know that their meat rest 24 hours in a barbecue marinade to develop their delicate taste? All I can say is try it yourself, you will love it too! As a main course, we ordered the US Black Angus Filet and loved every single bite. Definitely one of the best steaks I have ever eaten! It came with leaf spinach and steak fries with (of course!) truffle mayonnaise. To finish, we couldn’t resist some dessert which were presented in a very funny way. Loved the presentation! I must highlight the excellent service! Staff was ultra friendly, fun and easy going! Great job!

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Le Méridien is a great five star hotel in Frankfurt which I can totally recommend!

Swiss Luxury Apartments – Geneva

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Location: Geneva – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star aparthotel
Official websiteswiss-luxury-apartments.ch

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Swiss Luxury apartments is a top notch five star apartment hotel right in the center of beautiful Geneva! I flew to Geneva and took a train to the city center. From the Cornavin train station, it is only a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Very conventient! You can’t beat the location! This hotel is located in a historical building and on one of the most central spots in the city. All major attractions are within walking distance. The lake with the majestic waterjet is only 2 minutes away from the hotel. By the way, did you know that they offer complimentary tickets for public transportation? I do recommend you to take the boat to cross the lake. The fountain views are amazing!

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Right upon arrival, we were welcomed by the most accommodating and kind staff! The lobby itself is very appealing and I liked the contemporary design. Swiss Luxury Apartments is a small hotel with 24 apartments but they do offer all the amenities for a most comfortable stay.

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Right next to the lobby area is a comfortable relaxing lounge where guests can unwind and enjoy complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.).

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They offer several types of apartments each with either one, two or three bedrooms. All are pretty spacious and designed in a very stylish way. I should definitely highlight the wine refrigerator and complimentary soft drinks and snacks. That is right, at Swiss Luxury Apartments, they offer local products (honey, chocolate and much more) to their guests to enjoy. Our living room had great couches and a dining table. Once again, more than enough room for all four of us!

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Other things I liked about the rooms were the three televisions and the many possibilities to connect and charge your mobile devices. My favorite feature of the room was the Handy mobile phone which you can take with you wherever you are in Geneva. That is right, you can browse the internet, look for great places to go, etc. Never saw that before at any hotel! I took it with me the whole time I was out! Loved it!

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Each bedroom had a comfortable king sized bed and their own bathroom with bathtub and shower. One bathroom even had its own walk-in shower. Spa toiletries are offered and my mother loved the hairdryer! Although this hotel is an all apartment place, they do offer housekeeping services such as daily cleaning and replacement of towels. The whole place is maintained in an excellent way! By the way, I do need to mention the complimentary laundry services! You can go down and request if they can wash and dry your clothes and within 24 hours, they will bring them back to your room – clean! How amazing is that?

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After a wonderful night (loved the beds), we were ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast. I highly recommend to add breakfast to your stay. There’s no on site restaurant, but they do serve breakfast in your apartment. It contains of several types of bread (including a croissant), typical local Swiss gruyere cheese, sliced grison meat, orange juice, Swiss fruit yoghurt (I ate that together with the cereals – a must try!), a selection of Swiss made jams and fresh fruit. Each apartment has a Nespresso coffee machine, so you can enjoy your cup of coffee while having breakfast.

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Swiss Luxury Apartments is an excellent place to stay while in Geneva! I loved the home away from home facilities such as a small kitchen, living room, etc. I appreciated the easy going atmosphere here at Swiss Luxury Apartments and staff member will do anything to make your stay enjoyable! The gift I got when we left, raclette cheese, was a treat! The high service level was appreciated and I recommend this place for anyone looking for a most comfortable stay in the center of this beautiful city. What a great time we had here at Luxury Suites Geneva!

Kimpton De Witt – Amsterdam

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Hotelchain: Kimpton
Location: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitekimptondewitthotel.com

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam is the first Kimpton hotel in Europe and I heard amazing things about this brand so I was really happy to experience it myself. First of all, you can’t beat the location! Kimpton De Witt is located in the middle of it all, all major attractions Amsterdam has to offer are within walking distance. If you are traveling by train, the central station is only a few steps away. Very convenient!

Although the outside building isn’t really appealing as it was built in the 80’s, I was very surprised with the interior design. The contemporary designed lobby is beautiful and I loved the typical Dutch touches such as the white/blue Delft inspired tiles. The hotel opened in May 2017 and of course everything still looked brand new.

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I appreciated their ‘living room’, filled with cozy sitting areas all over the place. Just stunning! By the way, every night from 5pm-6pm they serve complimentary wine in the living room. The perfect place to meet and chat with international travelers all over the world. Not into wine? All day complimentary tea is available as well. It are those small touches that makes Kimpton De Witt one of the best hotels in Amsterdam!

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Check-in was very efficient and professional. Check-in staff guide their guests to the elevators which is very accommodating and kind.

I stayed in a beautiful decorated deluxe room. The room had a great size and smelled amazing! I should definitely highlight the amazing bed… honestly, one of the best beds I’ve ever slept in! Other things I liked about the room were the small golden blue tooth speaker and designer furniture such as the colorful chair. Even the bird-shaped bedside lights are fun to watch. It’s all about details, right?

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Bathroom, again with the white/blue tiles, featured bathtub with rainshower and single sink. The local Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries were great! Kimpton De Witt loves to work with local products and producers.

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After exploring the room, I went down to explore more about this hotel. I noticed a small city garden right in the middle of the hotel. Just stunning! Too bad the weather wasn’t too great, I can imagine that surfing on my iPad or reading a book here in the middle of the summer would be fantastic! The small garden with swings truly is a hidden gem of this great hotel!

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The House Bar is the main bar of Kimpton De Witt. Amazing how they kept the original elements and combined them with modern contemporary touched and furniture. This is the best place to enjoy fancy cocktails. I liked the overall ambiance. The menu is varied and quality of drinks are good. Make sure to order some typical Dutch specialties like the ‘Bitterballen’.

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Kimpton De Witt has its own on site restaurant, Wyers with an American styled cuisine. The place is beautifully decorated. This is also where they serve breakfast. Did you know that Kimpton De Witt does not offer a buffet style breakfast? That is right, only à la carte options. I liked it, it makes it more personal and it gave this extra little touch to the breakfast. The home made granola with Greek yoghurt and honey was to die for. As a main course I ordered some fried eggs with bacon and loved every single bite! Breakfast at Kimpton De Witt is something to look forward to!

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After breakfast I went down to the gym which has a great size and offers all the necessary equipment. By the way, each guest can rent a bike to explore Amsterdam at no additional cost. Trust me, there’s no better way to explore this beautiful city by bike! Next to the fitness center is a small business center with complimentary printing facilities.

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I love love love Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam! There’s something special about this place and I felt great throughout my stay. Highly recommended!