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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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!

Four Seasons des Bergues – Geneva

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Hotelchain: Four Seasons
Location: Geneva – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitefourseasons.com/geneva

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Located in the center of beautiful Geneva, Four Seasons hotel des Bergues is an ultra luxurious five star hotel decorated by the renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel was built back in 1834 and is still one of the best hotels Geneva has to offer! Four Seasons is famous for their amazing flowers and interior designs. As soon as you enter the hotel, you will enter a place with eye for attention and details.

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With ‘only’ 115 rooms, this is not a very large hotel and that’s why they are able to provide a personal service to their guests. Right upon arrival, guests are pampered… nothing is asked for too much, really.

Each room is elegant and decorated with high quality materials. In a hotel like this, they really should keep the tradition of the old days. I liked the ‘old fashioned’ themed rooms. With plush king sized beds and the most comfortable sitting areas, you can in room all day long!

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Marble bathrooms are nice and feature oversized bathtubs and walk-in showers. Bulgari toiletries are offered and most of you know that those are my number one toiletries! 🙂

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One of the highlights at Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues is the rooftop spa with heated pool, sauna, steam rooms, etc. In most hotels spa areas are located on one of the lower floors, but here you are able to see the city while relaxing! I was surprised that the area has a totally different styling comparing to the rest of the hotel. It has a contemporary modern feeling which I loved very much! The adjoining fitness center has the most comfortable equipment one could wish for. Several body treatments are available. Trust me, this is the best place to relax and unwind after a day exploring the city!

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Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues has three restaurants. Their signature restaurant Il Lago has been awarded with one Michelin star and the food here truly is outstanding! Located near the spa area is Izumi, a Japanese fusion restaurant.

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Le Bar des Bergues offers inventive and delicious cocktails as well as an all-day dining menu. Again, food is outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed lunch here. Do not forget to try one of the delicious desserts! They are to die for!

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The rooftop of Four Seasons des Bergues is fantastic and offers picture perfect views over Geneva!

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Four Seasons des Bergues is an exceptional five star hotel with an impeccable service – as a Four Seasons hotel should be! Guests are treated as royalty here without being over the top. Every staff member I met was friendly and greeted us with a smile! Highly recommended for a luxurious getaway in Geneva!

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!

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!

Park Hotel Vitznau

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Location: Vitznau – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel superior
Official websiteparkhotel-vitznau.ch

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Genuine, unique and authentic. These are just some of the word I can use to describe my stay at the legendary Park Hotel Vitznau, often rated among Europe’s best hotels. I have hardly ever experienced a hotel with such unparalleled service and character. The hotel itself, their staff and overall facilities made my stay unforgettable… Let me tell you why…

The hotel is located within a huge luxurious lakeside villa near the small village of Vitznau. The views of Lake Lucerne took my breath away. Words cannot describe how beautiful the scenery here is. The surrounding Swiss mountains made me feel small and relaxed at the same time. The surrounding views kind of inspired me, I could sit on their terrace all day long.

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Right upon arrival, I felt the personal service they provide here at Park Hotel Vitznau. After staying at among the best hotels worldwide, I was impressed with the personal touch and service here. Every guest is treated as a true guest where nothing is asked for too much. Lobby area is bright and I appreciated the luxurious but not too formal atmosphere.

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After a very nice check-in, my room keys were handed. For some hotels, check-in is just some administration that has to be done. At Park Hotel Vitznau, they take their time to get to know you and make sure you feel at ease at any moment.

And then it was time to explore our room. At Park Hotel Vitznau there are no regular rooms, just junior suites, suites and residences, each decorated differently with an eye for details. The in room facilities at the rooms are more than what I expect of a luxury five star hotel! For example, the door of our room opened automatically when we approached the room. It is so convenient when you just have the key card in your pocket, you can enter your room without actually using the key. Although I wouldn’t call the room we stayed in a (junior) suite, the room was comfortable and had all the amenities of a five star hotel.

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Large luxurious granite bathroom featured large and amazing jacuzzi bathtub and huge walk-in (rain) shower. As one would expect from an ultra-luxurious hotel like this, plenty of Molton Brown toiletries are provided.

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The use of the minibar is included with a great selection of soft drinks and wine. Other room facilities I liked were the use of an iPad, Blueray player and Nespresso coffee machine.

There’s a lot to do at Park Hotel Vitznau. Be sure to check out their spa facilities with unparallelled lake and mountain views. The indoor and outdoor pools are perfect to relax and enjoy the surrounding areas. Several saunas are available too at no additional charges. The hotel even has its own ice cave with icy walls, very cool and the perfect spot to cool down after a sauna visit!

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For ultimate relaxation, guests can book one of their signature La Prairie treatments. I experienced the La Prairie men‘s facial which was outstanding. The facial began with a detailed consultation of my skin. This facial is specifically tailored to clean and relax the skin. It was also very relaxing as the therapist massaged my legs and arm while I had a facial mask. The therapist and Spa Manager Meryem was a true professional. At the end, she gave me advice and tips to achieve the best possible results.

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The two restaurants at the Park Hotel Vitznau constitute an undeniable lure to all food lovers. Both restaurants have Michelin stars. Restaurant Focus has two Michelin stars and offers a modern Swiss cuisine. Their chef, Nenad Mlinarevic, was named chef of the year by Gault & Millau in 2016! Their other restaurant, PRISMA, has one Michelin star and an outstanding 16/20 score by Gault & Millau. This is where I had dinner and can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.

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The culinary journey I made here was flawless. Every bite of every course was an adventure of flavors and we wanted more of everything! The food was beautifully presented and tasted even better.  From the crispy pork belly with scallop, homemade kimchi and radish to the apricotsorbet with yoghurt, almond and lime, every single dish was divine!

The timing between the courses was perfectly measured which made me feel that we had not eaten that much. The service was very kind, professional and attentive.

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After a wonderful night (the beds are amazing!) we were ready for breakfast. Honestly, it was the best breakfast I have ever experienced at any hotel. There’s a small buffet with a great selection of fresh fruit, pastries, etc. There’s even a small kids buffet with candies (and even Kinder chocolate eggs…). The all included à la carte options are endless and there’s something for everyone including some delicious egg dishes and pancakes. Some highlights for me were the caviar specialties slices of Grand Cru ham and truffle brie. They also serve some more healthy options such as the vegan quinoa-chia pudding with raisons or the avocado with herbal salad, cottage cheese and pumpernickel. I loved the fresh juices, especially the ‘Vital Boost’ with orange, apple, ginger and beetroot.

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I should also highlight the hotel’s wine collection! They have around 35,000 bottles of wine spread over 6 wine cellars. Wine tasting is possible… very impressive collection, unseen!

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Incredible how they were able to exceed my expectations at Park Hotel Vitznau. It’s all about the small things to life by taking the personal service to heart, making my stay here memorable, unique and truly authentic!