1.The Sherwood Hotel Taipei:
The Sherwood is located in the Business District of the city. The city center of Taipei was a ten minute taxi ride away. We received a friendly and efficient welcome and always attentive service. Our Junior Suite was more like a real full suite and instead being business like or clubby it was a very comfortable Californian design like what you would find in a resort.
We also had free drinks in the Club Lounge included which was never mentioned before we arrived, a nice unexpected surprise. Eating and drinking were excellent and we enjoyed a variety of international and Chinese cuisine. Oh, and the bathroom came with Bulgari amenities and was fully marbled of course and give the hotels signature " lucky " pineapple cakes a try.
2. The W Istanbul
From the airport with Mercedes limousine, upgrade to a funky designed Spa suite with our own terrace and some fantastic service offerings, this hotel shines in this fabulous city. Located in the Akaretler Section of town slightly away from the main tourist throngs in a fully restored street in which the officers of the Dolmabahçe Palace once lived, a real sense of history and modernity pervades.
We had transportation organized by the hotel for our visit to the Hagia Sophia. The Concierge was one of the best encountered during our travels. We had room service which was spot on incl. Turkish specialties and yes, our suite had a great open plan bathroom and heavenly Bliss amenities.
3. Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol:
A great hotel in the right location to travel further afar. Coming from our plane we could walk straight away to the hotel and received a friendly welcome. Our upgraded Executive room with lounge access was ready even before check-in time. Our room was extremely comfortable and the lounge offers all-day delights from chocolates to Happy Hour drinks.
As mentioned the location is key here, access to the Schiphol Plaza, a large airport based mall with dozens of shops and restaurants plus the direct trains into Amsterdam. In fact nearly any destination in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries can be reached from the train station here, we had a great day trip to Brussels.
4. The Merrion Hotel Dublin:
During Christmas 2011, we stayed at the Merrion Hotel Dublin and received a warm Irish welcome. In our Classic Room we found a large bed, LCD TV, sitting space for two and a fantastic Christmas gift on the coffee table including Merry Christmas greetings, a berry mouse snowman and several other sweets, all decorated in the spirit of the season. There was also a large bottle of water and a welcome note from the hotel manager. We booked for the 25th of December an Afternoon tea in the Drawing rooms which was festive themed.
The services rendered in this hotel from our breakfast to room service and all employees encountered were always warm and welcoming and a special mention belongs to the Courtyard Gardens with a James Joyce sculpture plus the Asprey of London amenities in the fully marbled bathroom, all in the heart of Dublin, opposite the Government buildings.
5. The Park Hyatt Seoul:
We had a remarkable experience largely thanks to our triangle shaped Park Room on the 18th floor with fantastic views over Seoul. The location gives access to the COEX Mall with many shops, restaurants and the business district plus the Bongeunsa temple. The city is easy accessible with the underground train. What we loved about our room was especially the bathtub overlooking the city and the provided Aesop goodies. The bed was comfortable and the interior design outstanding.
The friendliness of the employees was impressive from the check-in to the check-out. We enjoyed the Lounge and had hot chocolate from Ghirardelli. The mini bar deserves special recognition, which was stocked with many diverse juices and rare whiskeys plus special glasses to go with every drink here. This adds up to a memorable stay for the right reasons.