Our stay in Chelton Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Last week, I travelled with my husband to celebrate his birthday in Belgium. We stayed in 2 hotels during our 4 days’ break. To start with we booked Chelton Hotel.

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Location:
Chelton Hotel is very conveniently located in the centre of the European Quarter, just minutes away from the European Commission and a short 5-minutes’ walk from Schuman metro station.

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Atmosphere:

The hotel has a very informal atmosphere. The staff was friendly and ready to help with their suggestions of places worth visiting whilst in Brussels.

Facilities:

Chelton Hotel has a 24-hours reception, baggage storage room, bar and restaurant and a rooftop terrace. My husband really enjoyed going to the top floor for a cigarette as the terrace had a great panoramic view of Brussels. There were lots of small tables and modern chairs all around it so it is a perfect place to hang-out during the summer for a drink with some friends.

Our breakfast was served at the restaurant downstairs and consisted of a great selection of continental meat and cheese.

I loved the vast selection of the freshly squeezed juices and homemade marmalades-you should definitely try the strawberry one with some pancakes as it was mouth-watering. There was also a selection of cereals and some pastries to satisfy any hungry travellers.

Room:

Our room was large and had a simple, modern décor. Our king-size bed was comfortable and after a long day of sightseeing it was always great to rest in it while watching TV and snacking on some Belgian Chocolate. The room had a large work-table so would be perfect for anyone travelling too Brussels on business if they had to work a bit during the evenings. The bathroom was again very simple but had everything you need-a shower, bath, washbasin, hairdryer etc.

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Overall:

Chelton Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of European Quarter so would be perfect for anyone travelling there on business or for pleasure as it is just a short walk away from Brussel’s main attractions. I would recommend you to visit if you wish to stay in the comfortable, spacious room and you don’t want to break your bank as the rooms are reasonably priced.

All my readers can get 10% discount on their reservations with Chelton Hotel. The code to use for further reservations is « FIRSTCLASSLOUNGE ».

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Pauline

Hotel Gustave in Paris, France

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Paris with one of my best friends, Natasha for a girl’s weekend away to celebrate her birthday. As she hasn’t been to Paris for a while we decided to book Hotel Gustave that is overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Location:
Hotel Gustave is perfectly located on a quiet street just around a corner from the Dupleix metro station. It is served by public transport and located and a short 15 minutes’ walk from the Eiffel Tower. The whole of Paris is within quick and easy reach if you are staying here.

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Atmosphere:

As soon as we entered Hotel Gustave, we were welcomed by a friendly receptionist. He was extremely helpful and assisted us with designing of our ‘sightseeing itinerary’. The reception had a beautiful, modern décor and as soon as we entered we could fully immerse ourselves in our luxurious surroundings. In front of reception, there was a large relaxation area, a bar and terrace.

Rooms and Facilities:

Hotel Gustave has a 24-hours reception. During the afternoons, hotel’s in-house bar opens for a ‘honestly bar’ with a vast selection of alcoholic beverages if you fancy a drink or a bit of socialising in the evening. Other services include:

  • a dry-cleaning service
  • a laundry service,
  • room service.

This beautiful boutique hotel has only 32 rooms and 6 of these rooms offer spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. Our room had a modern and chic design. As Hotel Gustave is located closely to the Eiffel Tower the room décor displayed a wonderful picture of that monument that starts above the beds and ends at the ceiling.

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The room was of a reasonable size and featured a typical Parisian French window offering an exceptional view of the legendary Iron Lady.

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Our king-size bed was extremely comfortable and equipped with an LED flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, direct telephone line, mini-bar, safe and a bathroom with a shower or bath.

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The bathroom had a modern, white décor. It was spacious, clean and bright.

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Overall:

If you like staying at boutique hotels then you should consider hotel Gustave. It would be perfect for your weekend breaks, business trips or holidays in Paris. It is in the heart of the city, has lovely, modern rooms and all facilities you need while away from home.

You can find out some more details on the hotel’s official website:

https://www.hotelgustave.com/en/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Village Hotel Albert Court, Singapore

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So… our honeymoon is over and it’s time to go back to work. I was away on the trip of my lifetime to Asia for 3 weeks and the first place I visited with my husband was Singapore. As it was the first stop on our itinerary and we knew how tired we will be after travelling for almost 22 hours (door-to-door) from London, we decided to stay in the 4-star boutique hotel Village Hotel Albert Court.

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Location:

Village Hotel Albert Court in Singapore is conveniently situated in the Little India quarter within easy reach of the MRT station and buses. The sightseeing bus stop is just around a corner from the hotel so you can start your adventure almost as soon as you arrive in there.

This boutique hotel is a complex of charming cabins housing comfortable and elegantly decorated suites equipped with spacious living rooms, fashionable furnishings and internet access.

Village Hotel Albert Court features a gift shop, Jacuzzi, fitness center, two gourmet restaurants, complimentary parking and a tours and ticket desk.

Service:

The reception desk is open 24 hours. As soon as we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by concierge who took us to the check in desk.

Rooms:

Village Hotel Albert Court has a range of different rooms and suites on offer. WE stayed at the Club Suite room  which was comfortable and elegantly decorated.  Our room was spacious, bright and had fashionable furnishing. It was perfectly equipped with Air Conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar, hospitality tray with coffee and tea making facilities and safe and we also got internet access.

Our bathroom was simple and had a classic white décor.

Facilities:

Village Hotel Albert Court Singapore offers its guests a good quality and provides them with a place to unwind and relax after a full day of sightseeing. You can sip some great cocktails at The Lobby Bar, relax at the Jacuzzi or go to the gym to enjoy your stay even more.

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Breakfast is offered for a surcharge at the main restaurant that is based above the reception from 8 until 11 a.m. and provides a selection of cold and warm dishes to choose from. I wasn’t impressed with our breakfast and I honestly think that it needs to improve and decrease in price…

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Overall experience:

Village Hotel Albert Court is a great, conveniently located boutique hotel  in Singapore. Our room was very spacious g and the facilities were good so I would definitely recommend it. Don’t add on the breakfast though.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://villagehotel-albert-court.h-rez.com/

Address:

180 Albert Street, Singapore, 189971, Singapore

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Pauline

Our stay at Palacio Ca Sa Galesa in Palma De Mallorca

As some of you remember my honeymoon is planned for December and I will be going for the trip of my lifetime to Asia in less than 3 weeks from today. Together with my husband, we decided to go for a couple of mini-moons before so this week I would like to tell you about the hotel we selected for our second mini-moon.

Have you ever dreamt about staying in a Palace or castle? I think that they are extremely romantic and as a grown up Princess I decided that it would be perfect to stay at the 5* boutique hotel – Palacio Ca Sa Galesa with my Prince Charming.

Location:

Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is situated in the historic Old Town center of Palma de Mallorca. It has an ideal location and its roof terrace provides any guests with some great Cathedral views. Palacio Ca SA Galesa is a perfect destination for any luxury seeking travelers all year-round, no matter whether you are going to Palma for a mini-break, shopping or for business. This 5 star boutique hotel is set in a 16th-century building in Palma’s Gothic Quarter. It opened as a hotel slightly over 20 years ago, introducing the idea of city-centre, exclusive hotels based within historic buildings.

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Service:

The reception desk is open 24 hours. As soon as we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by extremely helpful and smiley Azucena. While she was checking us in, she offered for us to sit down in a small area and offered us some champagne or juice. She was very friendly, smiley and professional. As we arrived way to early, we dropped our bags and went shopping. When we arrived back, our room was ready and we were taken for a tour around the hotel.

Rooms:

Palacio Ca Sa Galesa has only 12 rooms (7 suites and 5 doubles) that are unique and named after a famous musician. We stayed at the Junior Suite named after Brahms.

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When we arrived we had a bottle of chamapgne waiting for us in our room which was a great personal touch that made our experience even more special.

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Our room was spacious, bright and stylish. It was perfectly equipped with Air Conditioning and central heating which could be individually regulated from the room and bathroom, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar, hospitality tray with coffee and tea making facilities and safe. The room was equipped with the best equipment available:

  • Multimedia station;
  • Wi-Fi connection to Internet;
  • Alarm call service and alarm clock;
  • Direct telephone line.

Our king-size bed was extremely comfortable and after a day of sightseeing we fell asleep almost immediately. For our additional sleeping comfort we were provided with a pillow menu to help us select our preferable pillow and relax even more…

Our bathroom had a classic décor and a private in-bathtub jacuzzi and shower. There was a selection of natural bath toiletries and salts available to choose from.

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It also had a make-up mirror and heated towel rail. In addition to soft towels we were also provided with some slippers and soft bath gowns which were perfect for lounging in before and after our sightseeing.

Facilities:

Hotel features some original state rooms-the great hall, dinning room, library, sitting room and patio with a pretty fountain.

You can book to have a private dinner in the beautiful, exclusive dinning room.

You can fulfill yourself by admiring its magnificent ceilings and its magnificent wooden doors and luxury furniture that will satisfy even the most demanding guests who appreciate intimate and personalized spaces making their stay an unforgettable experience created to dream.

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Breakfast is offered for a surcharge at the Cafe Ricks from 8 until 11 a.m. and provides a selection of cold and warm dishes to choose from. You can have your breakfast in your own room, on patio or terrace if you wish to.

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Every day from 4 until 6p.m. you can enjoy some complimentary Afternoon Tea with the selection of the best teas from Harrods in the yellow Monet Kitchen.

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In addition hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa has the spa which includes a heated indoor pool, sauna and Roman baths, as well as a hot tub and gym.

You can also pre-book some beauty treatments such as facials or massages at the additional charge.

Another place which you should definitely check if you decide to stay at Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is the terrace.

It was definitely my husband’s favourite place in the hotel. We spent a quite a few romantic hours on the terrace looking out on Mallorca Cathedral and Palma Bay while sipping the champagne and having some small bites to eat.

It was a perfect place to watch a sun-set from.

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Overall experience:

Palacio Ca Sa Galesa represents the charm which fusions the past and present of Palma. There are places which let you escape time, letting you live through unforgetable moments where the best pleasure is to choose and enjoy your favorite things. Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is definitely one of these places and we both really enjoyed our stay at the beautiful and luxurious boutique hotel. It was definitely one of the most unique hotels I have ever stayed in. The location was perfect and service was faultless so I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to travel to Palma. I would love to stay in this magnificent hotel again one day!

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.palaciocasagalesa.com/en

Address:

Carrer Miramar, 8, 07001 Palma de Mallorca

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Pauline

Our stay at Hotel Balmoral in Paris

As our honeymoon is planned for December, we decided to go for a couple of mini-moons before the trip of our lifetime to Asia.

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To start with, we decided to travel to the most romantic city in the world – Paris. We both love staying in centrally located, boutique hotels so the Balmoral Hotel seemed like a perfect choice for our luxurious mini-moon break.

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Location:

Hotel Balmoral is located just one minute away from the Arc De Triomphe and just around a corner Champs Elysées on a quiet street – Rue du Général Lanrezac between the renowned Avenue Carnot and Avenue MacMahon. We couldn’t have dreamt of more ideal location. It is situated in a characteristic Haussman-style street with blocks that were designed as homogeneous architectural wholes dating back to the 19th century.

A couple of years ago, in 2014 Hotel Balmoral was completely renovated by Michel Jouannet who is internationally recognised for his work on revamping the design of hotels, spas, restaurants as well as some work on residences of his VIP clients. I really enjoyed the chic and beautiful décor created by this interior designer that reflected the Parisian elegance.

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Service:

As soon as we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by extremely helpful and smiley Anne-Claire. I have stayed in many hotels but she was definitely one of the friendliest receptionists I’ve ever met and she made us feel at ease – almost like at our own home throughout our stay. Her customer service skills were exceptional. Once we checked in, we walked through a stunning lounge and were taken to our room by a friendly porter who dropped our luggage a couple of minutes later.

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Rooms:

Hotel Balmoral has 50 elegant Bedrooms and Suites as well as 2 Prestige Apartments. We stayed at the Prestige room no. 35 on the 3rd floor.

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Our room was spacious, bright and stylish. It was perfectly equipped with Air-Con, flat-screen TV with 50 satellite channels, minibar, hospitality tray with coffee and tea as well as Nespresso coffee machine and safe.

Above our bed, there was a huge, modern painting by a French artist-Arnaud Franc.

The Room had a lot of storage space and we both had a separate wardrobe to store our clothes in.

Our room featured a typical Parisian French window leading to a mini balcony with drapes and sheers to help us to create a romantic atmosphere at the end of the day and reduce any noise from the street. Our king-size bed was extremely comfortable and after a day of sightseeing we felt asleep almost immediately.

Bathroom:

Our bathroom had a modern décor with a grey and white colour scheme. It had a bath and a double washbasin, which I prised as we didn’t need to fight for sink space. I definitely need to redesign my bathroom in London and get a double washbasin fit in. It also had a make-up mirror and heated towel rail. In addition to soft towels we were also provided with some slippers and bath gowns which were made from the Egyptian cotton-perfect for lounging in before and after our sightseeing.

Facilities:

The reception desk is open 24 hours.The hotel has a huge lobby area leading onto the street and to the garden where you can sit down and relax.

Breakfast is offered for a surcharge and provides a selection of cold and warm dishes to choose from.

During the afternoons and evenings, the breakfast room is transformed into a bar serving a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as some wines, champagne, spirits and beer.

Overall experience:

We both really enjoyed our stay at the beautiful, chic boutique Hotel Balmoral. From day one, we could see that the hotel not only had chic, designer interiors but the service was of great quality. Its original features dating back to 19th century worked perfectly with its  contemporary yet elegant décor. Our room had all that we could ask for and provided us with comfort away from our home. The location was perfect and service was faultless so I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to travel to Paris.

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Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.balmoral-paris-hotel.com/en/

Address:

6 Rue du Général Lanrezac, 75017 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 43 80 30 50

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Pauline

Maison Christian Lacroix rooms at The Mandeville Hotel

Last week, I was invited to attend a launch party of the ‘Deluxe Rivera Rooms’ at The Mandeville hotel.

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It was a great opportunity for all attendees to discover a revamped rooms. According to Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director of Maison Christian Lacrouix, : ‘Bringing the flavour of the French Riviera in the middle of Marylebone is what Mandeville Hotel in London has achieved using our home decor collection ”belle Rives’ for their exquisite new rooms’. During the evening, I had some delicious canapes and enjoyed some delicious cocktails before I went to see the ‘Deluxe Rivera Rooms’.

Rooms:

The fifth floor of this luxury, boutique hotel has been completely transformed in with Christian Lacroix designer fabrics and wallpaper collections to bring the French Rivera to you. The house of Christian Lacroix has been known in Paris and London’s Haute Couture fashion scene for a while now. The newly designed rooms bring together fresh and bold colours using the ‘Belles Rives’ collection.

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I was able to view 4 spectacular rooms:

Jardin Exotique – this amazing room take inspiration from Monaco’s Botanical Garden.

Midnight Blue – my favorite room that brings a sultry and romantic mood with its contrasting interiors.

Jewel Box – a room for any fashion lovers as it features the Cartier jewels stolen in Grace Kelly’s classic film ‘To Catch a Thief’.

Classic Lacroix – is a room that is full of light and creates romantic atmosphere.

Location:

The Mandeville Hotel is located just behind the famous shopping street-Oxford Street. It is 5 minutes away from the Bond Street station and is conveniently situated in the centre of Mayfair.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.mandeville.co.uk/

Hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

 

 

Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

I recently stayed at the Clarion Congress Hotel with my mum for 4 days. The hotel is located 10 min by metro (20min by bus) from the historical centre of Prague in the area of Vysocany. It has great transport links as it is connected to the shopping centre which has a metro station (‘Vysokanska’ – B line) underneath. The shopping mall – ‘Galerie Fenix’ has everything you need if you wish to visit Prague for some retail therapy. The mall has a range of shops selling clothing, pharmacy, supermarket, jewellery shops and restaurants etc.

Reception area

I traveled to the hotel by taxi from the airport which took around 40 min. The reception area was large, looked chic and had a nice lounge with some lovely large leather sofas. From one side of the corridor, the lobby leads to the restaurant and there are lifts leading to the rooms are on the other side. I was welcomed by an amicable receptionists who checked me in and welcomed me to Prague. He also gave me some suggestions of what I should do and where I should visit whilst in Prague with my mum. As my mum was arriving day after, I was also advised about the easiest way to pick her up in the morning. The reception also as a money exchange desk which was convenient as I only had pounds on me so I converted them to the local currency CZK-Czech Koruna .

Room

When I checked in, I decided to quickly go to my room as it was almost midnight and I was sleepy and tired after my flight. My room was located on the 7th floor (executive floor) so I enjoyed some amazing views of Prague from it. Let me tell you about my room… My first impression was that I was staying at the fashionable and spacious room. It had a double bed, chest of drawers at the each side of the table, a nice coffee table and armchairs. Opposite of my bed was a large LCD satellite TV, a work table as well as some coffee and tea making facilities. The Room also had a massive wardrobe and ironing set. Clarion hotel management team left a fruit basket, a welcome drink and mineral water in the room-a lovely gesture. I always appreciate these little touches that make your stay just a little more special. The room was cleaned daily thorough my stay.

Bathroom

Bathroom was modern and stylish. There were also a couple of bathrobes, spa slippers, towels and lots of mini toiletries that smelt divine.

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Overall experience:

I genuinely enjoyed my stay at Clarion Congress Hotel. My room was specious, modern, chic and clean. Staff were, beyond doubt, very friendly and professional. The Hotel has all the facilities you need – restaurant, bar, spa, great transport links with metro underneath and buses leaving from outside. You should check it out if you are planning a trip to Prague anytime soon. I will definitely visit again.


I hope that you find this review beneficial.

If you wish to book a stay at the Clarion then visit their website:

http://www.clarioncongresshotelprague.com/en/conference-hotel-prague