Dorint Sportresort Winterberg

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Hotelchain: Dorint
Location: Winterberg – Germany
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitehotel-sauerland-winterberg.dorint.com/de

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Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland is a top notch four star hotel located in the gorgeous Sauerland area in Germany. From what I had seen on pictures, this hotel is a jewel and it truly is…

You can’t beat the location. The surrounding areas are just gorgeous. I fell in love with the region the hotel is located in. It is oh so peaceful. Winterberg  is just a short drive from the hotel which is an excellent town for sightseeing and skiing. Right next to the hotel is a ski lift which will take you to Kahler Asten, a small ski area. Very convenient! Also, make sure to explore Rothaargebirge, a stunning nature park located near Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland.

The hotel itself is very stylish and cozy decorated. We were welcomed by the most friendly front desk staff. This is German hospitality and we love it! The lobby area is very nice and make you feel at home in seconds. The authentic atmosphere throughout the hotel is impressive and much appreciated. Although the hotel has been built several years ago, they almost completely renovated the hotel in 2017. It now is an up to date four star hotel with excellent facilities and the most comfortable rooms. It is impressive that being a hotel with 121 rooms, they are still able to provide a personal approach. Very impressive! Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland also has several apartments which can accommodate up to 5 adults.

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The Comfort room we stayed in was absolutely stunning! What a great and cozy room this was! The wooden floors and ceilings add extra coziness. The room had all the facilities I expect from a four star hotel such as the Nespresso coffee machine, a very comfortable bed and the best feature: a cozy sitting area with the most comfortable chairs to relax. Do note that each room is also equipped with a tablet which I found very convenient. I used it a lot during my stay for browsing the web, checking the weather, etc. The balcony with a lovely view was a bonus!

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Bathroom was spacious and featured a great walk-in shower. Fluffy bathrobes and towels are available as well.

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Another highlight is the spa area. Located on the lower floor, this place is perfect for unwinding and relaxing after a day on the ski slopes. The modernized indoor swimming pool is gorgeous and pretty large! Next to the swimming pool is another area for relaxing with a steam room, traditional and infra red sauna. There are also many relaxation areas for chilling. The entire place was very well maintained and it was never too crowded.

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There are several dining options at Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland such as Restaurant Fürst Richard which serves international dishes. Small dishes are available at the bar.

After a wonderful night in our romantic room, we were ready for breakfast. Having breakfast at Château St. Gerlach is something to look forward to! The buffet is very large and the overall quality of the food is outstanding. Salmon, fresh fruit, etc. It is all there.

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I was very impressed with Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland and highly recommend staying there for a sporty getaway. There’s so much to do and I’m sure that during summer season you won’t get bored here either. I will be back for sure!

Hotel Elysée – New York

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Hotelchain: Library Hotel Collection
Location: New York – USA
Classification: 4 star Hotel
Official websiteelyseehotel.com

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Hotel Elysée is one of the best rated hotels in Manhattan, New York. Making part of the Library Hotel Collection, I couldn’t wait to explore and experience the hotel. The location couldn’t be better, it is located in a very interesting spot in Manhattan. 5th avenue is only a few steps away and also Central Park is within walking distance. I truly was blown away by the top notch service and overall quality. From the beginning to the last second, everything felt right here. Again, Hotel Elysée is currently rated as one the best hotels in town and I can easily see why…

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The hotel building is just stunning. Hotel Elysée has been a hotel since 1926. It actually is one the oldest hotels in town. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when entering this hotel. It did feel like entering a small palace … They did keep some of the original constructions such as the wonderful staircase which is absolutely gorgeous. With only 100 rooms, Hotel Elysée is able to offer a personalized service which is pretty unique here in New York.

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Staff was very kind and made us feel welcome. What I liked here was the personal check-in. My key was handed in just seconds. Very professional. Usual hotel services were explained in a very kind way.

Each room at Hotel Elysée is luxuriously appointed and has everything I could wish for. The rooms, even the ‘standard’ rooms are very large with high ceilings and a classy interior. The Deluxe Room I stayed had the most comfortable couch and an oversized working desk. The bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in! It was enormous and the bed linen were of an excellent quality. Our room even had a large balcony offering stunning views over New York. It was great to be able to sit outside and enjoy the winter sun.

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Bathroom featured a bath tub with a wonderful shower and single sinks. Some very nice details I appreciated in particular were the golden touches. Again, it made me feel like staying in a palace. Complimentary fancy toiletries were provided. As usual at any Library Collection Hotel turndown service is provided.

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Hotel Elysée also has a few Presidential Suites. Each decorated in a very elegant and glamorous way. I did visit one and was really impressed!

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The personal approach here is of a high level. Each staff member I met was very kind and professional. You never feel uncomfortable here while staff is serving you. It feels very naturally which means the service level is of an unseen level.

In the afternoon I was pleased to experience the living room at Hotel Elysée. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided here all day long. It is a very nice place to hang out with comfy couches and soft music playing all over the place. The décor is classic and the whole place was very well maintained. Each day – from 5pm to 8pm – it’s wine & cheese o’clock. Complimentary wine and snacks are offered. We enjoyed it very much.

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Breakfast at Hotel Elysée is served in the living room at the second floor. The small buffet breakfast has something to offer for anyone! I really liked their freshly toasted bagels which tasted excellent! Thumbs up!

Hotel Elysée is one of a kind! This gorgeous grand hotel has a prime location and offers high quality accommodation and services! I loved every second of my stay here. Highly recommended!

Springhill Suites by Marriott – New York Manhattan / Times Square South

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Hotelchain: Marriott
Location: New York – USA
Official websitemarriott.com/…/nycsh-springhill-suites-new-york-manhattan-times-square-south

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Located in a very interesting and convenient spot in Manhattan New York, Sprinhill Suites Manhattan Times Square South is one of the newest hotels in town. Making part of the Marriott brand, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations at a very good value compared to other hotels in New York. From the moment we arrived untill the time we left, we felt great. The staff is just wonderful and will do their upmost best to serve you in a fantastic way.

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Upon arrival, everything is explained in a friendly yet professional way. The lobby is just wonderful with plenty of comfortable and trendy sitting areas. It is great to hang out here. We actually met several international guests and it was so fun and interesting to chat about everydays life.

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Our keys were handed in just seconds before we headed to our wonderful room. The King Studio we stayed in had a good size for New Yorks standards and was comfortably appointed. All rooms at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South are brand new and comfortably appointed. Standard amenities are a coffee machine, HD television and a safe. The king sized bed was heavenly! Slept like a baby throughout my stay. I also appreciated the small sitting area which was ideal for reading or browsing on my tablet. Plenty of sockets in the room as well which is rarely the case at most hotels! Loved it!

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Bathroom was great featuring a large walk-in rain shower, single sink and toilet. Every spot in the room was spotlesly clean. Complimentary toiletries are provided in each room.

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A full size fitness center is accessible 24 hours. It is equiped with the latest technology equipment. Love to watch a movie while working out. The build-in screens were a treat. Sprinhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South also a large business center with separate meeting rooms and printing facilities.

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A great advantage of staying here is the complimentary breakfast. That is right, when you book a room at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South, you can start your day with a delicious breakfast. The breakfast room is large, we never encountered any trouble finding a place to sit. It is a buffet style breakfast offering fresh products. The food was delicious and I appreciated the mix of sweet and salt. There’s just something for everybody.

As said before, the location is excellent. The subway is only a few steps away from the hotel and will take you anywhere in the city. Madison Square is reacheable within walking distance.

Our stay at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South was wonderful. From the personal approach to the comfortable rooms and amazing breakfast, the hotel is top notch and I highly recommend to stay at this hotel when you are in Manhattan, New York!

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport

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Hotelchain: Sheraton
Location: Frankfurt – Germany
Classification: 5 star Hotel
Official websitemarriott.com/…/fraas-sheraton-frankfurt-airport-hotel-and-conference-center

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I fly a lot from Frankfurt and on my recent fly to New York from Frankfurt I was looking for a nice airport hotel. The five star Sheraton Frankfurt Airport was the perfect choice! The hotel is directly connected to Terminal 1 which is so convenient and definitely one of the best options when you want to start your holiday right from the moment you arrive at the airport!

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport offers comfortable rooms with all the facilities you will need. Although this isn’t a new hotel, they did a good job renovating this place as you will notice from the moment you step in. The lobby area is quite spacious and bright. Most importantly, the front desk staff was very accommodating and professional. Check-in was very efficient and our keys were handed in just a couple of minutes.

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The recently renovated room we stayed in was very luxurious and offered all the amenities I’d expect from a five star hotel. They all offer comfortable king size beds and an oversized desk which is very convenient when you are travelling for business. What I particularly liked in this room was the overall quality of design and lay out. The new contemporary rooms are mind blowing. Absolutely love love love them!

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Bathroom – again, very nicely decorated –  featured large walk-in (rain)shower and single sink. Everything in the room was very clean. Complimentary toiletries are provided.

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It is great to hang out and chill down in this hotel. I was happy to find out Sheraton Frankfurt Airport has a wellness area. It’s so nice to relax and unwind in a sauna or steam room after or before a long flight. The heated loungers were a treat! If you are into working out, a nice fitness area is at your disposal. Again, the whole place was spotlessly clean!

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I had access to the Sheraton Club Lounge. This Club Lounge has several advantages such as complimentary hot and cold drinks during your stay and small bites throughout the day. At night, a small buffet with appetizers and a selection of alcoholic drinks are available at no additional charges. Upgrading to a room with access to the Club Lounge is actually a pretty good value as breakfast is included as well. Think about it, free drinks, food and a personalized service. I loved it and I’m sure you will too! Do note that the Club Lounge will be renovated in 2020 and will even look better than it does now.

Breakfast at Sheraton Frankfurt Airport is a generous buffet with several international dishes. Freshly prepared omelets, waffles, salmon, etc. It’s all there and I loved the overall quality.

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Believe me, this was the perfect start of our getaway! If you need to catch a plane from Frankfurt Airport, Sheraton Frankfurt Airport is a five star choice! I will definitely return.

 

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf

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Hotelchain: Steigenberger
Location: Düsseldorf – Germany
Classification: 5 star Superior Hotel
Official websitesteigenberger.com/…/steigenberger-parkhotel-duesseldorf

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Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf is known as one of the best hotel in Düsseldorf. 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 Steigenberger hotel chain, the hotel offers a very high quality level. The hotel is located in the heart of the city. Whether you are in Düsseldorf for shopping, sightseeing or businesses purposes, everything is nearby… Very convenient! Düsseldorf’s most prestigious shopping boulevard, the Königsallee is only a few steps away. I stayed in many hotels in Düsseldorf already, but this one definitely has one of the better locations! From the outside, the hotel looks already like a grand hotel.

When I entered the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf, I immediately knew that our stay here would be a great one. The hotel has a great history. Did you know that the hotel opened back in 1902? From then the hotel has been considered the apple of Düsseldorf’s eye with its famous view over the city’s Hofgarten.  The grand lobby is stylish with beautiful art works and furnishings. The Christmas decoration made it even more cozy.

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I also immediately notice the most famous Champagne lounge in town, The “Steigenberger Eck“ which is a very stylish place to hang out.

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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 130 rooms and suites, the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf isn’t a very large hotel which is why they offer a very personal service to each guest. After the wonderful check-in, it was time to explore our room!

Kindy note that the Steigenberg Parkhotel Düsseldorf has begun to renovate their rooms. The Grand Deluxe Room we stayed in was large and ultra luxurious. All rooms here are decorated with high quality materials, but the newly renovated rooms truly are mindblowing! The room actually felt like a large junior suite with an ultra luxurious sitting area, large (gorgeous!) working desk and the most comfortable bed. The lines on the king sized bed were great!

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The marble bathroom was very comfortable featuring an oversized shower. Complimentary toiletries were provided and smelled absolutely amazing! Love those…

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Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf has a wellness 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 Düsseldorf. After the work out, I enjoyed some me-time in the steam room and got totally relaxed in the relaxation area. The place was immaculately clean and staff was, again, very professional and kind.

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The hotel has the best hotel-restaurant in town, Artiste, with its beautiful winter garden. This fine-dining restaurant is the place to be for a delicious dinner. Chef Patrick did inspire us with his creative dishes. For a fine-dining restaurant, the menu is quite large. There are a lot of options to choose from. I started with the scallop ‘Escabeche’ which came with silken tofu and caviar. The Norwegian halibut that followed was to die for, especially with the fried chicken on top of it. You should definitely try this dish yourself. You won’t be disappointed! The ‘Eifler’ venison as a main dish was one of the best I had! Each dish was divine and also great to look at! My partner had the goose menu. That is right, Restaurant Artiste has a goose menu and it is one of a kind. The stuffed goose liver accompanied with parsley root, brioche and pineapple was impressive. I must also highlight the top notch service and wine knowledge of the staff! The live piano music made the evening even more pleasant.

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Speaking of food, having breakfast at Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf 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 sparkling wine is the perfect start of the day!

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf 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!

Four Seasons Des Bergues

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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! We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. We were lucky it was the white truffle season which was served with fresh tagliolini pasta. It was just delicious, as was the whole dinner experience. From the roasted scampi, the swordfish carpaccio and squids to the glazed goat kid with green apple, verbena and lemon sauce. It all was heavenly. The head chef definitely knows how to combine ingredients and flavors. Il Lago deserves its good reputation! Make sure to book your table on time, as it always seems to be pretty busy here.

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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!

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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Hotelchain: Mandarin Oriental
Location: Bangkok – Thailand
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitemandarinoriental.com/bangkok

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The famous Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is the flagship of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Group. The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the first hotel in Thailand and is more than 140 years old, it was built in 1876. Today it is still one of world’s best hotels. Actually, it has been rated as world’s best hotel for 10 years and I can easily understand why. I was so fortunate to stay here and truly was and still am blown away by the service and comfort they provide.

Location

You can’t beat the location, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is located right next to the Chao Phraya River and the most popular tourist sites are nearby. The public boat will take you to the Grand Palace in just about 15 minutes.

This ultra-luxurious five star hotel offers 324 rooms and 44 suites, a world-class spa and several high end restaurants which I will tell you more about later.

As soon as I entered this palace, I noticed the attention to details. The way they combined the elegant Thai style with seductive modern touches is just wonderful. Mandarin Oriental hotels are known for their hospitality and service. Several staff members actually remembered my name. Those are small things, but they make a world difference. Every single staff member I met, greeted me with a smile and took care of every request in a very kind and professional way. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a traditional Thai flower hand garland.

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Rooms/suites

We stayed in a deluxe room and luxurious it definitely was. They decorated the rooms in a very elegant and very classy way. The leather couch was great for watching television. I could have spent here all day long 🙂 The view over the river and Bangkok’s surroundings was great. I watched the long tail boats floating by while enjoying some drinks. This is what a perfect hotel room looks like. Even the marble bathroom was an eye catcher featuring a separate bath tub and walk-in shower. The silk bathrobes were amazing. Another feature I appreciated very much was the in-room interactive entertainment system which allows iPod/MP3 integration. The high quality audio system was of a very good quality. All rooms at the Mandarin Oriental come with Butler Service, always a bonus! Did you know that the Mandarin Oriental has one of the highest staff to guest room ratio in the entire hotel industry (3 staff per guest room)!

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The recently redecorated rooms at the Author’s Wing are very stylish and the Royal Suite which I visited was the best and most luxurious suite I have ever seen, hands down!

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Restaurants/bars

At night we had dinner at Sala Rim Naam offering an authentic Thai cuisine, but first we had some cocktails at the Bamboo bar. It was pretty hard to choose from the extensive cocktail menu but the very knowledgeable bartender gave us some good recommendations.   While we were enjoying the delicious Thai food (I LOVE Thai food!), we were enjoying a classical Thai dance show. We were in Bangkok for just a few days and this was the perfect evening to experience the true Thai tradition and hospitality. I thoroughly likes the Mussamun Nuea, the southern style beef curry with sweet potato and onion. The menu was prepared in an excellent way and service was top notch! Although there’s a smart casual dress code where they kindly request guests to wear elegant attire, the atmosphere was very relaxed and easy going.

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Pool area

The next morning I started my day with a swim in the stunning pool. There are two pools, a wading pool which is perfect for leisure and a 25 metre long pool which is ideal for swimming laps. As soon as I approached the pool area, staff member greeted me and gave me some plush towels and some water. Although the Mandarin Oriental is right in the middle of Bangkok, it felt like a hidden gem here. It was so quiet here… fantastic way to start my day! Beside the pools, a full fitness center is available 24 hrs. They offer complimentary fitness classes… After your work out you can relax in the sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. And if you are into tennis and/or squash, the Mandarin Oriental has two outdoor tennis courts and one squash court.

Spa facilities

If you just want to relax make sure you visit the Spa facilities which are located in a separate building across the river. The spa of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of Asia’s leading spa center offering several beautifully decorated treatment rooms and steam facilities. They even have a few ‘specialty suites’ for couples with private steam showers and vitality pools.

I enjoyed a after-jet-lag treatment and absolutely loved it! After selecting my favorite scent I felt so relaxed and almost fell asleep which is a huge compliment. Just take a look at their spa menu as they offer several kind of treatments.

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Then it was time for breakfast! Breakfast is served at the Riverside Terrace and believe me, having breakfast here with such a stunning view is just awesome! Quality of the food was outstanding! The riverside terrace offers stunning views. I enjoyed the long tail boats passing by. Service was great, never was asked for too much. Do try their home made yoghurt and pastries!

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No wonder the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is well known for its service and overall facilities! The high reputation is well deserved and I can easily understand why this hotel is one of world’s leading hotels! From the personal printed writing paper with your name on it to the fresh flowers all over the room… The Thai hospitality is amazing and I can’t say enough good things about this hotel! Six stars all the way!