W Bangkok

Introduction: Play, relax, indulge, and revel amid jet-setters, fashionistas, exotic designs, mystical elements, and up-and-coming artists in an innovative spectrum where fashion meets culture. Located in North Sathorn road is the W Bangkok, a stylish icon of Asian chic. Welcome to the new playground of jet setters and fashionistas.

Unwind in 403 spacious guest rooms and suites amid inspiring designs, motifs, fabrics and custom furnishing. Relax and recharge with every comfort and amenity you’ve ever dreamed of: 24-hour concierge, AWAY® Spa, FIT gym, WET® Deck, WIRED® Business Center, W The Store, Whatever/Whenever® service and more.

Savor from laid back indulgences in the W Lounge to inspired bites at The Kitchen Table and The Kitchen Pantry to singular sips at W Terrace or WOOBAR®, we fuse colorful cuisine with dynamic settings for an avant-garde experience.

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 several staff members before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: That I couldn't fault anything. A W experience exactly as expected. It's not my favourite hotel brand, but it's very different from your typical hotel experience and I like it.
What about the food: Great breakfast buffet. A lot better than in W Beijing a few weeks ago, just to compare.
What about the service: Great attentive service everywhere in the world. Well-trained front desk and no language barrier. Easy to communicate with all staff including housekeeping. One of the best W city hotels I have stayed.
What about the rooms: Ultra contemporary rooms as expected. My Studio Suite had the ultra-comfortable W Signature bed, Bliss products, rain shower and freestanding bathtub with beautiful views of Bangkok.
Number of rooms: 407.
Website: www.whotelbangkok.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and meeting/business facilities.
Complimentary internet: No. Guest can choice from a chargeable 5 MB/S and 20 MB/S-connection.
My overall impression: Great experience.





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Amari Vogue Krabi

Introduction:Imagine opening your door and stepping out into a tropical paradise, where the horizon merges with the sea and every sunrise is a burst of colour. Amari invites you to Krabi, one of Southern Thailand’s most beautiful beach destinations.

Situated on the sandy white shores of Tub Kaek Beach beside the tranquil blue of the Andaman Sea, Amari Vogue Resort is an intimate 57-room resort with elegant Lanna-inspired architecture in beautiful garden setting.

The hotel boasts comfortable accommodation suitable for any holiday, from romantic weekend getaways to family vacations, including the indulgent Spa Suites and Ocean Villas for a truly exceptional holiday experience.

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 with a cold drink and exotic lemongrass drink before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: Their Italian restaurant, Bellini.
What about the food: I checked out very early in the morning and can't comment on the breakfast, but their Italian restaurant, Bellini is one of the best in any Asian resort I've stayed. I enjoyed a great pizza with Italian ingredients. The service was attentive and quick.
What about the service: Mostly good. Some staff could need more training, but overall good and satisfied keeping the low summer rates in mind.
What about the rooms: This is the downside. The standard rooms are a bit too basic, despite having updated them a bit, like replacing the Tv's in recent years. The flatscreen Tv's and separate jacuzzi tubs are nice, but there are no rainshower, unimpressive products, and with an overall quite basic feel. This is from someone that has stayed in 1,000+ luxury hotels, but if you only travel once a year and rarely stay in luxury hotels, you will most probably be very satisfied.
Number of rooms: 57.
Website: www.amari.com/vogue
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Krabi, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, gym and swimming pool. All guest receive 15-minutes complimentary head and shoulder massage.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but around 1 MB/S isn't much and also experienced a few connection problems.
My overall impression: Good+ experience. I liked this resort and was very impressed with their Italian restaurant. The rooms, the beach and smoking allowed on the balcony are the downsides. I would still give it good+ as the resort is up to good standard with a nice spa, great staff, a high priority on good and great value for money in the summer.





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Pimalai Resort & Spa

Introduction:The first time you felt soft, warm sand between your toes or discovered that intoxicating scent of luscious greenery?

At Pimalai, rekindle your love for nature amidst lush tropical forests and the endless Andaman waters. Discover Koh Lanta’s best kept secret, nestled within the solitude and serenity of surrounding mountains.

The name "Pimalai" is derived from ancient Sanskrit, meaning, "a little patch of Heaven". True to its name, Pimalai brings you the perfect combination of nature and luxury, but one of a different kind - the luxury of being in a unique and exclusive environment, without the fuss that comes with it; the luxury of experiencing an out of the beaten track destination, and the luxury of being pampered by friendly island natives who not only perform their duties, but give you that little extra something that makes all the difference.

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. Picked up from the pier and the car arrived at my villa for in-villa check in.
What I loved: The villas and quiet location.
What about the food: Good Thai food for dinner. I especially enjoyed the local Tom Yum Goong Prawn soup. The breakfast had a nice selection of food, but lacked high quality of ingredients like many resorts in Asia.
What about the service: Very kind service from the smiling staff. Good attention to details and nice welcome amenities (cookies and exotic fruits.). Some details could be better like missing bathsalt in the bathroom. The mini-bar is chargeable, but they do provide 10 bottles of complimentary cold local water.
What about the rooms: I stayed in one of their pool villas with private swimming pool, comfortable bed, relatively good Wi-Fi, separate rainshower and a bathtub. Beautiful views and special feel to it.
Number of rooms: 121.
Website: www.pimalai.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool and gym.
Complimentary internet: Yes, some connection problems at time, but relatively fast for a resort.
Affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great+ experience. I loved it. Pimalai does a great job with beautiful villas and kind service. Well-managed and run professionally. There are details that could be better, but overall a lovely experience with excellent value for money, especially in the summer.



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Twinpalms Phuket


Introduction:A tranquil and secluded escape just metres from Surin Beach, Twinpalms Phuket Hotel Resort is set in a magical, water garden landscape. Contemporary and stylish, this privately-owned resort has a hip, restaurant and bar, a fabulous beach club, a world-class spa, all delivered with thoughtful and attentive service.

Blissfully sleek and minimalist rooms and suites at Twinpalms Phuket feature a private terrace with a view of the lagoon. This place has a totally unhurried and chilled-out ambiance where the only energy you need to expend is lying by the pool or sitting on a stretch of golden tropical sand.

It takes just a little more stamina to charter the resort’s Twinpalms One yacht for an island hopping sea cruise discovering deserted beaches and diving sites. A visit to the spa is a real treat where the four-hour ‘Dawn to Dusk’ treatment provides the ultimate in pampering after which you will emerge positively glowing.

Above information is how the hotel is presented on SLH.com as they don't present themselves on their website

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

My arrival experience: Warm welcome with a drink and towel before being escorted to the room.
What surprised me: The food was better than expected. The rest was pretty much as expected.
What about the food: Surprisingly good food. Both the local Thai food and the western food was of good quality. I stayed at Zeavola, another SLH-property on the following day, where the GM told me Twinpalms is known for their good food. Definitely another good reason to select Twinpalms in Phuket.
What about the service: The service met my expectatons, without being extraordinary. Kind service from smiling staff, but some could need more training. More attention to details such as bath salt at the bathtub could be a way to improve the experience.
What about the rooms: Contemporary and minimalistic rooms with separate rain showers, bath tubs, comfortable beds and flatscreen Tv's. Directly access to the public swimming pool from the room.
Number of rooms: 97.
Website: www.twinpalms-phuket.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Phuket, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes. Medium speed.
My overall impression: Great experience. A resort up to Small Luxury Hotels of the World's standards. Great value for money in low season and a definitely good choice in Phuket for the price. There are better resorts in Phuket, but you will have to pay a lot more.



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W Beijing Chang'an

Introduction:Steps from the mystical Forbidden City, vibrant Silk Market, and famed Tiananmen Square, W Beijing – Chang'an lights up bustling downtown's exclusive Diplomatic District with a potent remix of high style, exhilarating history, and pulsating nightlife.

Recharge at FIT gym, refresh in our heated indoor pool, Wet®, and recoup at AWAY® Spa. Then savor vibrant spices in our destination restaurants, including Yen, which serves up innovative Chinese cuisine, while the W / Lounge remixes cocktails with live DJs.

Luxe enough for ancient royals but updated with cutting-edge treasures, our 349 bold guest rooms offer iconic city views, signature W beds, and fully wired technology. Munchie Boxes, Bliss® Spa amenities, and top entertainment ensure imperial indulgence.

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 ultra contemporary design.
What about the food: The breakfast buffet is OK, while the lunch has a good selection of local and international food. I enjoyed great Italian pasta for lunch, before leaving for The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street.
What about the service: Professional service from the front desk and attentive service at the restaurant. Attention to details, spotless clean rooms and a beautiful welcome amenity impressed me a lot. Definitely one of the better W hotels when it comes to both service and design.
What about the rooms: Ultra contemporary rooms, exactly as expected from a W. The soft, comfortable W Signature bed, the separate rainshower, the lovely Bliss products and a huge bathtub next to the bed.
Number of rooms: 349.
Website: www.whotels.com/beijing
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Beijing, China.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Great experience.


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Rosewood Beijing


Introduction: Rosewood Beijing now open as the first China property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, taking contemporary sophistication to new heights. This five-star hotel in Beijing features one-of-a-kind luxury that reflects the capital city’s compelling culture, history and geography.

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 lounge.
What I loved: The design, service, and the service including lounge. A wonderful city hotel. My new favourite in Beijing.
What about the food: Great food at the Executive Lounge and Voss bottled water.
What about the service: Great and professional service from the well-trained staff. Great English level in the key positions of the hotel combined with a few foreigners to raise the bar.
What about the rooms: Spotless clean rooms in a beautiful design with comfortable beds, separate rainshowers, bathtubs with bathsalt, and complimentary Voss bottled waters.
Number of rooms: 283.
Website: www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/beijing
Type of property: City.
Location: Beijing, China.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast, plus some sites far unblocked.
Affiliations: Tablet Hotels.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.




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Hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig

Introduction: In the heart of the fascinating art and cultural city of Leipzig, the 5-star superior Hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig welcomes its guests since over 100 years with its timeless elegance and service at the highest level. Also, the location is outstanding: as our hotel is located in the heart of Leipzig's city center and just five minutes walk from the Central Station, many opportunities for shopping and sightseeing are located within walking distance or can be reached by public transportation.

The Hotel Fürstenhof offers the perfect setting for every occasion. Whether private or corporate celebration, the Serpentine hall, built in 1865, is always an extraordinary setting. Combined with state-of-the-art technology, exceptional flower arrangements and our exquisite and personal service, your event is in safe hands with us.

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

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

My arrival experience: Warm welcome from the General Manager, Jörg Müller, before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: Many things. Mostly, the staff and their fine dining restaurant.
What about the food: Fantastic evening at their Villers Restaurant. I am surprised it does not have a Michelin-star. The General Manager told me it was a matter of priorities. He wants to give the guest excellent value and fantastic food but getting a Michelin star is not a goal. The best thing on the menu is the dish in the picture above. Salmon freshly imported from the Faroe Islands.
What about the service: Great service from the wonderful staff. Always smiling and ready to help. The property only has 92 rooms, which is unusual for a hotel of its kind. Staff have time to talk and at times, it felt like I was the only guest. The lobby is very quiet and not full of non-guest like most other historical city hotels in Europe.
What about the rooms: Classical rooms, without being outdated. Beautiful bathrooms with Molton Brown products and separate shower from the bathtub.
Number of rooms: 92.
Website: www.hotelfuerstenhofleipzig.com
Type of property: Classical city hotel.
Location: Leipzig, Germany.
Facilities: Spa, Swimming pool, gym and meeting/business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes, speed at around 1 Mbps. Good enough for video and Skype.
Affiliations: Luxury Collection.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.



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Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte

Introduction: COSMO Hotel Berlin Mitte combines smooth luxury with personal service. 84 rooms and suites in contemporary design offer functional comfort and superb views over the ever transforming metropolis of Berlin. The COSMO Hotel Berlin Mitte is your connection to the city. The hippest fashion stores are only a stone's throw away. At night you dine with the locals in the best restaurants in town or sip on cool cocktails in Berlin's hottest bars and clubs. At scent restaurant Executive Chef Ottmar Pohl-Hoffbauer welcomes his guests with sustainable and organic dishes from the region. Here one can enjoy views over the adjoining park in a sleek ambience.

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 value for money. It's one of the cheapest members of Design Hotels.
What about the service: I talked to five different staff members. ...
What about the rooms: Contemporary and a bit like some of the hotels in the Design Hotels-collection. That being said, it is one of the cheapest hotels in the Design Hotels-collection and you get what you pay for. Comfortable bed, flatscreen Tv, but no separate shower from the bathtub.
Number of rooms: 84.
Website: www.cosmo-hotel.de
Type of property: Design hotel.
Location: Berlin.
Complimentary internet: No. Despite listening free of charge internet on Tripadvisor, it is only offered free of charge in the lobby. Other hotels that only offer free internet in the lobby, don't list it as free of charge on Tripadvisor, and I would recommend the hotel to change it to avoid disappointments. Must be the only member of Design Hotels to charge for in-room internet. I had room 101, and the internet wasn't working. On a small area of the room, I was able to reach the free wi-fi signal from the lobby. Very disappointing experience and not what I expected from a member of Design Hotels.
Affiliations: Design Hotels.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.

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InterContinental Berlin

Introduction: Located at the crossroad of Berlin Mitte and City West, the hotel reflects the dynamics of the German capital with its modern interior and events. The hotel features 558 rooms and suites, a fitness centre, indoor pool, a variety of restaurants and bars, and 45 event rooms spreading over 6,200 square metres. Centrally located, the hotel impresses with comfort and flexibility. Whether you are visiting us for a conference or planning a city trip, we are looking forward to meeting you.




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: Professional service and beautiful contemporary rooms. An InterContinental Hotel as expected.
What about the food: Limited breakfast buffet in the club lounge. Good lunch buffet though.
What about the service: Professional service from the well-trained staff as expected in a European InterContinental hotel.
What about the rooms: Beautiful contemporary rooms including the bathrooms with separate rainshowers from the bathtubs. Beds are a bit hard.
Number of rooms: 558.
Website: www.berlin.intercontinental.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Berlin.
Facilities: Spa, Swimming pool, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

Introduction: The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is as diverse as the big city itself. It is located in the City West and is as wild as a jungle. The hotel showcases cosmopolitan Berlin at its location in the listed Bikini-Haus building between the Berlin Zoo and Breitscheidplatz designer Werner Aisslinger and his team created a hotel world playing with the contrasts of nature and culture. The hotel is popular not only among its own guests, thanks to the restaurant and bar on the top floor with a 360° rooftop terrace and first-class views of the city and the Berlin Zoo.




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

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

My arrival experience: Warm and super fast check-in. No escort to the room.
What I loved: Almost everything. 25hours Hotel Bikini is a unique hotel experience and concept unlike any other. The design, the complimentary internet, mini and bike rentals are all impressive details and I can't wait to experience more 25hours-hotels in the future.
What about the service: Friendly young receptionists. Fast check-in and check-out. Very helpful and fast replies to all requests.
What about the rooms: Uniquely designed rooms with comfortable beds, fantastic showers, many small design features and a fantastic product called “Stop the water while using me”.
Number of rooms: 149.
Website: www.25hours-hotels.com
Type of property: Boutique hotel.
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Design Hotels.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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Das Stue Berlin

Introduction: Welcome to Berlin's first luxury boutique hotel. Situated in the diplomatic district, the Das Stue hotel is right in the centre of Germany's capital. Nestled in the lush Tiergarten park and adjacent to the Zoo, it is only a short drive from all the shopping, art & entertainment hot spots in both East and West Berlin.







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 kind receptionist before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The design, service, staff and the size of the hotel.
What about the food: Great breakfast buffet including Italian yogurt, Corny bars and a large collection of tea. I unfortunately didn't get the chance to experience their Michelin-starred restaurant, but I'm sure it would be only another reason to select Das Stue as your hotel in Berlin.
What about the service: Great personalized service from the kind receptionists. It makes a difference only having 78 rooms.
What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms with a unique design. Great stand-alone rainshower and comfortable bed in a smoke-free environment.
Number of rooms: 78.
Website: www.das-stue.com
Type of property: Design Hotel.
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Facilities: Swimming pool, gym, spa and business center.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but unfortunately a bit slow. Between 0.50 Mbps and 1.80 Mbps during my stay according to Speedtests.
Affiliations: Design Hotels.
Final notes: This is a special hotel experience excellent service. I have decided to rank it Great+, despite of the slow internet and missing welcome amenities. This is my favourite in Berlin and one of the best hotels in Design Hotels' collection.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.




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Grand Hyatt Berlin

Introduction: The luxurious Grand Hyatt Berlin is located in the newly created city centre at Potsdamer Platz, in Berlin Mitte. Our five-star hotel in the heart of the capital is an ideal starting point for city sightseeing tours. The Tiergarten Park, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate are in immediate proximity and directly opposite is the Philharmonic Hall and the Culture Forum. Enjoy the shopping at the Potsdamer Platz arcades, or spend an extravagant afternoon at the famous KaDeWe.





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 before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The rooms.
What about the service: Professional service from the well-trained staff.
What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms similar to some of the Park Hyatt properties I have stayed. Very impressed with the rooms with its comfortable beds, free standing shower and June Jacobs products. Definitely the best rooms I have seen at any Grand Hyatt hotel.
Number of rooms: 342.
Website: www.berlin.grand.hyatt.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
My overall impression: Great experience.
Final notes:
+ For the rooms, complimentary fast internet and professional service.
- For the size of the hotel, not being smoke-free, and the food at the club lounge.

A beautiful club lounge.

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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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