Baltazár Budapest

Introduction: On top of being an important gastronomic institution where you can spend most of your day, Baltazár is one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Budapest with 11 individually designed luxurious rooms and suites for those connaisseurs who are looking for a 360 degrees experience. A family owned cool design boutique hotel located in the quiet old city area of the city, in the Buda Castle, The unique and cozy design, the friendly staff, the central location and the excellent service makes Baltazar one of the top hotels in Budapest. The hotel is surrended by historic buildings and peaceful streets, while being only 10 minutes away from the city center.


Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Quick check-in early morning before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The size, quiet location and unique design.
What about the food: Very good traditional Hungarian food in their restaurant. I did not have breakfast due to early departure, but enjoyed a good lunch.
What about the rooms: Beautiful, uniquely designed rooms with L'Occitane products and rain showers. The beds are a bit hard, but soft pillows and great comfort.
Number of rooms: 11.
Website: www.baltazarbudapest.com
Type of property: City boutique hotel.
Location: Budapest, Hungary.
Complimentary internet: Yes and very fast.
My overall impression: Great experience.


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The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Introduction: Located on the pristine Dubai shoreline, our luxury resort & spa offers an opportunity to now earn Starpoints® in a tranquil setting with exceptional views over the Arabian Gulf. Impressive neoclassical architecture fills our five-star luxury beach resort in Dubai with charm and inspiration.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The facilities and some of the best rooms at any Westin I've stayed.
What about the food: Very good lunch buffet, but expensive as you would expect in Dubai.
What about the service: I was negatively surprised. It simply wasn't up to Westin's standards. Most staff need a lot more training. I talked to several staff doing my stay and it's fair to say the service must be improved.
What about the rooms: Typical Westin-styled rooms with their ultra-comfortable beds,
Number of rooms: 294.
Website: www.westinminaseyahi.com
Type of property: City resort.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Swimming pool, gym, spa and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes. High speed chargeable though.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.


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Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa


Introduction: Situated on Dubai's World-famous Jumeirah Beach and adjacent to the magnificent Dubai Marina, the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection Dubai occupies one of Dubai's most enchanting beachside locations.


Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: My room was not ready in the morning, but I had complimentary internet and enjoyed the resorts excellent facilities.
What I loved: The beautiful contemporary design and excellent facilities.
What about the food: The breakfast buffet is crowded with people. I am picky with food and especially breakfast. I was disappointed with the selection and quality of food.
What about the service: Professional well-trained front desk staff, but other areas of the hotel such as the spa could be improved.
What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms with freestanding bathtubs and rainshowers. The beds are comfortable, but could be more soft. The lobby is beautiful, but has a strong unplesant smell of perfume. The rooms also have working desks, flatscreen Tv's and balconies with beautiful views.
Number of rooms: 446.
Website: grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com
Type of property: City resort.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym and meeting facilities. There is also a business center, but it's chargeable to just use a computer to surf the web which I find unacceptable. The resort is definitely worth its 5 stars in terms of facilities and none of the facilities feels out-dated.
Complimentary internet: No, only for Marriott Rewards members. You can join this loyalty club for free.
Affiliations: Autograph Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.


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Dushanbe Serena Hotel

Introduction:

The Serena Hotel in Dushanbe Tajikistan sets the benchmark for a deluxe 5 star hotel in the capital city. Located on the Rudaki Avenue, a central location on the main boulevard of the city, the spectacular facade with Tajik motifs adds to the one-of-a-kind landmark.

Situated on an expansive 1.2 hectares of land, Dushanbe Serena Hotel is within walking distance of government offices, diplomatic missions, multinational and state owned companies, tourist attractions such as national and art museums, exhibition centers, cinemas, an opera theatre, and general commercial offices, and institutions. A 10 minute drive from the Dushanbe International Airport, the five-star luxury hotel has been designed and developed as a social and business hub for the residents of Dushanbe as well as the foreigners visiting the capital city for business or for leisure.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

What I loved: The authentic feel and great rooms.
What about the food: The hotel offered me full board, but the buffet could have been better. Sheraton Dushanbe has a lot better food, but Serena is a much more local and authentic experience.
What about the service: The service was better than the best hotels in many 3rd world countries, but more training would certainly improve the experience. Great English by the front desk, but service level was better at the Serena hotels in Islamabad and Kabul.
What about the rooms: A typical Serena with classical authentic rooms. Very similar to their Kabul-property. The rooms have beautifully designed beds that, however, could have been a bit more soft. Separate shower from the bathtub and lovely Penhaligon's products in the bathroom. A plus for the complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar.
Number of rooms: 95.
Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenadushanbe
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Facilities: Fitness Center, Spa, Pool and meeting/business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but very slow.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Rixos Almaty

Introduction: The Rixos Almaty hotel, ideally located in the heart of Almaty, is without a doubt the most luxurious and elegant five-star hotel in Central Asia. The hotel provides a unique combination of coziness and professional service, traditional hospitality and individual attention to every guest.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room. 
What I loved: The building.
What about the service: Friendly service during my short stay.
What about the rooms: Classical rooms with rainshowers and separate jacuzzis.
Number of rooms: 237.
Website: almaty.rixos.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes
My overall impression: Good+ experience.



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The Ritz-Carlton Almaty

Introduction: As you ascend the elevator to our luxury Almaty hotel, located on the top ten floors of the Esentai Tower, your elevated experience begins. The doors open to our beautifully decorated five-star hotel and touching piano music echoes in the air. Relaxed and revived by your new surroundings, you gaze out the window at the breathtaking mountainous landscape, as seen from the highest point in Kazakhstan and ponder what adventures await you below.





Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome from the receptionist. I was offered ginger tea and laundry upon arriving after a long walk in the rain.
What I loved: The views and the outstanding Six Senses Spa.
What about the food: Good breakfast buffet, but high quality imported items was missing.
What about the service: Exceeded my expectations. The reception staff are well-trained and great. Housekeeping must improve and speak a basic English. Attention to details fully comparable with other Ritz-Carlton properties.
What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms fully up to Ritz-Carlton's standards. Separate shower from the bathtub, flatscreen Tv and comfortable bed.
Number of rooms: 145.
Website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Almaty
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Facilities: Gym, swimming pool, Six Senses Spa and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.


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Worldhotel Saltanat Almaty

Introduction: The Worldhotel Saltanat Almaty Hotel, one of the finest Almaty hotels, is located in the historical and cultural heart of the city, just walking distance from the Central State Museum, Republic Square and the Presidential Palace.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.


My Arrival experience: Quick check in. No escort to the room.
What I loved: The contemporary design.
What about the service: Service is basic and limited to one receptionist, at least on weekends when I stayed here.
What about the rooms: Beautiful contemporary rooms with comfortable beds and stand-alone rain showers.
Number of rooms: 60.
Website: www.worldhotelsaltanat.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Facilities: Fitness center and business center.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: World Hotels.


My overall impression: Good+ experience.

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InterContinental Almaty

Introduction: Every modern luxury is here at this Almaty hotel opposite the Presidential Palace in Republic Square. Explore this exciting city in Kazakhstan, including the Zenkov Cathedral. Catering for every taste, the hotel offers four dining options, including the beautifully designed Bosphorus Restaurant.

If relaxation is your aim, enjoy our indoor pool, children’s pool and tennis courts. Explore Koktobe Mountain for the best views of Almaty, or take a short drive to the ski district of Medeu.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Fast check-in. No escort to the room.
What I loved: The views and the to find a good international hotel in a country like Kazakhstan. They have quite a few now, but InterContinental was the first.
What about the service: Friendly English-speaking front desk. Only stayed a night and did not experience any issues.
What about the rooms: The rooms are a bit tired with the shower located in the bathtub. The highlight of the rooms are the magnificent views of Almaty.
Number of rooms: 277.
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.

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Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai

Introduction: Rising 51 storeys above the streets, the Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai immediately catches the eye with its striking metal and glass exterior. The hotel’s location near the bus and metro stations as well as the international airport makes moving throughout the city easy, while its proximity to the Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai World Trade Centre benefits business travellers.

The rooms showcase a wide range of amenities and a clean, modern style accented with vibrant bursts of colour. The on-site restaurants serve a variety of world cuisines, while the bars and nightclub provide places to unwind after a day in Dubai. The Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai also features an expansive outdoor pool area, a health club, shuttle service, meeting rooms, and Spa Zen, which offers a range of treatments for wellness and relaxation.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Fast check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The location and views.
What about the service: Professional well-trained front-desk. Did not experience other areas of the hotel during my short stay.
What about the rooms: A bit different from Radisson Blu hotels, but at same quality. Bathrooms have separate rainshower from the bathtub with a beautiful view of Dubai. I had a issue with passive smoke at this hotel. Keep in mind most rooms are smoking rooms and I would much rather stay at the smoke-free Radisson Blu Residence Marina as a non-smoker.
Number of rooms: 471.
Website: www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dubai
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Swimming pool, spa, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.

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Vida Downtown Dubai

Introduction:Vida is fun, Vida is generous, Vida is business savvy. Vida is a playground to relax and invent, to fuel and connect. Everyone is welcome, and everything is good.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a two-nights stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The unique design in a smoke-free environment.
What about the food: Great food. They have done a great job with their breakfast buffet. Great selection of high-quality food. The lunch and dinner are of high quality as well. I can highly recommend their pizzas with French cheese.
What about the service: Personalized and passionate service from the young staff.
What about the rooms: The standard rooms are small, but beautifully designed. My room had separate shower from the bathtub, working desk, comfortable bed, flatscreen Tv and beautiful view of downtown Dubai.
Number of rooms: 156 rooms.
Website: www.vida-hotels.com
Type of property: Boutique hotel.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Gym, swimming pool and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.


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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Introduction: The enchantment is immediate at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. While the hotel is conveniently located near the airport, golf course and city centre, its lush garden landscapes place it in a serene, faraway world of its own. Exotic sunset views from the hotel’s gazebo

Magnificent views enthrall as you enter. The grand golden-white main building reflects in the swimming pool by the entrance. Your senses are bewitched by the hotel's impressive architecture, with its fine Arabic décor, full of warm tones and organic textures.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm, quick check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The service and especially the Horizon Club.
What about the food: Good breakfast buffet and great food in the executive lounge.
What about the service: Professional and kind service from all staff at the front desk, Horizon Club and the spa.
What about the rooms: Typical Shangri-La design. My room had rainshower separated from the bathtub, comfortable bed, flatscreen Tv, and a beautiful view from the balcony. Only thing I didn't like was the smoke on my floor as smoking is allowed in parts of the lobby area, close to the elevator.
Number of rooms: 213
Website: www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Abu Dhabi.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym, meeting and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.



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Yas Viceroy

Introduction: As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 innovative dining and lounge venues, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. The interiors of this Abu Dhabi resort embody a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum, created with sensuous curves and sleek lines.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

What I loved: This is one of the best large hotels I have stayed. Despite having 499 rooms, the service is professional and personal. The entire Yas Island is just wonderful with lots of things to see and do. Also loved the facilities including beautiful the ESPA spa. A big plus for being entirely smoke-free. I hope many more UAE-hotels will follow shortly as I am not a fan of passive smoke to say the least.
What about the food: Great breakfast and excellent Italien restaurant. I can highly recommend their pizzas made entirely of Italian ingredients according to their Italian chef.
What about the rooms: Beautiful contemporary rooms and suites. I stayed in two different suites and saw the standard rooms during my site inspection. Comfortable beds, separate showers, attention to details and beautiful views of the Formula1-track.
Number of rooms: 499.
Website: www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi
Location: Yas Island, near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Facilities: Fitness Center, Spa and a business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.





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Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan

Introduction: Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is the first property to open in Abu Dhabi under Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana brand. The 5 star property offers 443 splendid rooms and suites with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture, in an alcohol free environment.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

Arrival experience: Khalidiya Palace picked me up at Yas Viceroy in a spotless clean and comfortable car with friendly driver. To my surprise, the car came with complimentary Wi-Fi.
What I loved: The beach and the building.
What about the food: Very good food at their Lebanese restaurant. I have experienced great food with Rotana in the past, especially in Khartoum and this property do a good job as well.
What about the rooms: Comfortable rooms, but with open floors and majority of smoking rooms, it is not recommended for non-smokers. I did not like the passive smoke and many have complained about the same.
Number of rooms: 443.
Website: www.rotana.com
Location: Abu Dhabi.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet?: No, AED95 per day for slow a 0,50 MB connection is unacceptable. Rotana is one of the last hotel brands left to charge for internet.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.


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Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace


Introduction: After its long journey around the globe and conquering the hearts of many nations, the Buddha-Bar concept has finally arrived to Budapest.











Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Long wait before the receptionist was ready to check me in followed by an escort to the room by the bellman.
What I loved: The beautiful old building, the location and the authentic design.
What about the rooms: Interesting rooms, but perhaps a bit too dark for some. My room had a large bathtub with rainshower, while the standard rooms have standalone showers.
Number of rooms: 102.
Website: www.buddhabarhotelbudapest.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Budapest, Hungary.
Facilities: Fitness Center, Spa and a business center (two computers in the lobby)
Complimentary internet: Yes and very fast.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.


My overall impression: Great experience.


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Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest


Introduction: Located right in the pedestrian zone in the heart of Budapest, modern and luxurious Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is just a short walk away from the Danube River and all of the city’s main attractions.

The hotel comprises 349 elegant rooms, including 33 chic suites with spacious bathrooms, high-tech infotainment systems, free Wi-Fi Internet access and full air conditioning. It is proud to pioneer the latest technologies from electric car charging stations to iFace mirror information systems. In Hungary, it remains the first and only member of The Leading Hotels of the World.


Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

What I loved: Parts of the hotel, including the lobby, are recently renovated and looks stunning. The value for money is certainly what I love most. This hotel is cheaper than an average 3-star hotel in London.
What about the rooms: Comfortable with everything you need, but up to Kempinski's best though. The shower is quite bad and located in the bathtub. A stand-alone rainshower would be a much better option. I personally perfer soft beds, but the beds here are quite hard.
Number of rooms: 349.
Website: www.kempinski.com/en/budapest
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Budapest, Hungary.
Facilities: Fitness Center, Spa and a business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: The Leading Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great experience.




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The Stafford London


Introduction: The Stafford provides elegance and charm combined with modern touches and luxurious amenities throughout all its rooms. Here, you can indulge in a truly quintessential English experience.

Offering three contrasting styles of rooms and suites, choose from the elegant Main House, contemporary Mews Suites and charming Carriage House. Each room at The Stafford London is individually decorated and designed with the utmost attention to detail to ensure that your stay is special.



Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome from a Hungarian receptionist before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The classical design, the professional service, and the location.
What about the rooms: Beautiful classical rooms, but the showers are not separate from the bathtubs.
Number of rooms: 105.
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: London.
Facilities: Fitness Center and a business center (a computer in the lobby)
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Mollies Auckland


Introduction: 
Mollies luxury boutique hotel is located just moments from Auckland's CBD in the gracious heritage suburb of St Mary's Bay. Private, spacious and welcoming, Mollies offers elegant accommodation, fine dining and impeccable service in a relaxed and intimate 5-star setting. 

The perfect romantic retreat or private getaway Blending Victorian charm with bold contemporary art and bespoke furnishings, Mollies has earned a reputation as one of New Zealand's top places to stay.

Perfect for that romantic retreat, honeymoon or luxury escape, it also makes a unique alternative to serviced apartments for extended breaks away. Each suite is peaceful and beautifully appointed, with sea, garden or city views. Guests can relax in the lounge and enjoy a cocktail or take a stroll in the leafy grounds. For a change of pace, the designer boutiques and cafes of Ponsonby and Herne Bay are a short walk away.


The above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome from Steve before being escorted to the suite.
What I loved: The extraordinary design, the lovely staff, the breakfast. In short: Everything.
What about the food: A fantastic a la carte breakfast with fresh, organic and mostly local ingredients. The dining concept has changed at Mollies since they left Relais & Châteaux and are now only available upon request.
What about the service: Very personal. The host Steve and his wife Bernadette runs Mollies like a home. The other staff members are very hospitable as well and the service is some of the best I have experienced anywhere in the world.
What about the rooms: Extraordinary suites. All 12 suites are individually designed and close to perfection. Some bathrooms don't have rainshowers, but all have local Nellie Tier products. The mini-bar is complimentary with lots of drinks and snacks. The beds are fantastic, and my room at Mollies is one of the best I've seen in all my travels.
Number of rooms: 12.
Website: www.mollies.co.nz
Type of property: Boutique Hotel.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
Facilities: Library and a small gym.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast by New Zealand standards.
Affiliations: Luxury Lodges of New Zealand. Previously Relais & Châteaux.
My overall impression: Fantastic experience.





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Aga Reef Resort & Spa


Introduction: Did you ever have a dream of a South Pacific Island Paradise with pure natural beauty, colorful friendly people in combination with romance and relaxation. A place were the vibrant colors of the tropics are blending in with the living culture of the island. You just found Samoa. We might not be perfect in everything we do, but what you will experience comes directly from our heart. This is the way we grew up and this is what we like to share with you. Come and be a part of Samoa, come and be a part of Aga Reef Resort and Spa.




The above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: A warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The beautiful, unique location.
What about the food: Basic breakfast, could be better. Full breakfast should be included for all guests, instead of just continental.
What about the service: Wonderful staff, especially the front desk staff that was of extraordinary help to me during my stay.
What about the rooms: Simple, but beautiful. Flatscreen-Tv's, comfortable beds and rainshowers.
Number of rooms: 16.
Website: www.agareefresort.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Samoa.
Complimentary internet: No. No hotels in Samoa offer complimentary internet.
Affiliations: None, but could be a member of organizations like Small Luxury Hotels of the World or Preferred Boutique.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Sinalei Reef Resort

Introduction: Welcome to our world of pure and natural beauty. From the moment you enter the stunning, lush, naturally landscaped surroundings and step under the artisan-carved entrance way, you will know you have discovered a sanctuary like no other. The famous Samoan generosity of spirit and hospitality is proudly displayed to create an environment you will never forget. Sinalei Reef Resort Samoa is a true paradise where the irresistible beauty of nature surrounds you. Come and discover the essence of Samoa, an experience that offers food for your heart and soul.



The above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Long check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The location including the beach.
What about the food: Very good a la carte breakfast. I also enjoyed a good local fish & chips for dinner.
What about the service: Friendly staff, but lots of staff needs a lot more training.
What about the rooms: Simple rooms with outdoor showers as the highlight.
Number of rooms: 29.
Website: www.sinalei.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Samoa.
Complimentary internet: No. No hotels in Samoa offer complimentary internet. One of the only countries in the world and something to be aware of. They advertise free internet on their Tripadvisor page, and I arrived very disappointed to see they find it acceptable to charge for it. We are talking 2015.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.

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Emporium Hotel Brisbane

Introduction: Brisbane’s mark as a city of cosmopolitan savvy was complete with the Emporium Hotel, the first true luxury boutique hotel for the Queensland capital. The hotel is the sole vision of two dedicated property and design-driven Queenslanders, Anthony and Francine John of the Anthony John Group. Together they have conceived, designed, created and delivered a hotel without equal in Queensland.

Built in conjunction with the now pivotal residential and retail precinct, Emporium, in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Once a derelict site, today it represents the heart of inner city lifestyle, famed for its fusion of residential living, retail, restaurants, bars and our luxurious Hotel which opened in June 2007.

The above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Friendly, professional staff made me feel very welcome right from the first moment.
What I loved: The beautiful contemporary rooms with comfortable rooms and Molton Brown products. The hotel is similar to the hotel you find in the Design Hotels-collection, but with better service.
What about the service: Professional front-desk staff. Only experienced friendly, well-trained staff. Front desk felt a bit overstaffed, but rather that than understaffed.
Number of rooms: 102.
Website: www.emporiumhotels.com.au
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Brisbane, Australia.
Facilities: Fitness Center, Business Center and swimming pool.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but slow and limited data. Disappointing and something to be improved
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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