Friday, 19 May 2017

Closest to the City Walls, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

King's Landing for GOT fans

The Grand Old Dame of the Modern City


Stayed October 2016
Written May 2017

City Walls and Monastery


From the Sheraton, I moved to the Hilton which is in Dubrovnik and is located right outside the City Walls.

The proximity allowed me to visit the Old Town easily both in the day and at night.

View from the Gate



Entrance

The hotel is quite small and intimate and the Front Desk is tucked by the side of the entrance.


Hotel Lounge


Corridors

As an elite member, I was thankfully upgraded to a Executive Room with a view of the City Walls from the balcony.


Orange seems to be the dominant colour which is rather unusual but decidedly unique.



The toilet was unfortunately really tiny and cramped. It would perhaps be better without the bathtub.


Hilton Diamond status granted me access to the lounge as well as complimentary breakfast at the restaurant downstairs.




The lounge offers afternoon tea and evening canapes. Some lounges offer quite an insane amount of food during cocktail hours sufficient for dinner, but this wasn't one of them.





Breakfast was not too bad and many of the tour groups leave pretty early and the place clears out for a peaceful meal.









During my stay at the Hilton, I went on day trips to Mostar and Kotor as well, and had fun taking a great number of photos. Being one of the most well-known hotels in the city, tour pickups were not an issue at all.





A short walk from the hotel would bring me to the cable-car station for an elevated view of the Old Walled City of Dubrovnik, with the opportunity for pizza at a famous shop along the way.


One of the surprises was receiving a printed copy of LianHe ZaoBao, the Chinese version of the Singapore newspaper. I much prefer to read the Straits Times in English although I have no problem reading Mandarin, being effectively bilingual.


Turn-down service was fine too, with some additional snacks on the table and a piece of chocolate.




The gym was not very big, but there were hardly any users anyway, so there's lots of space!

Spa and Gym Reception




I didn't have time to explore the spa and indoor pool, but the pictures from the hotel's website look pretty nice!

Credit: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik


Last but not least, remember to go to the top floor to get some pictures of the Old Town!




Happy and Healthy Travels!



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A out-of-town Sheraton Dubrovnik

Always check the location regardless!

Location Location Location

Stayed October 2016
Written May 2017

No Photoshop or enhancing needed!


A short flight from Copenhagen via Athens on Aegean Airlines brought me to Dubrovnik. A ancient walled city now made more famous as King's Landing in the series Game Of Thrones.

For this part of my trip, I stayed the first night at Sheraton Dubrovnik and then Hilton Imperial for the rest.

Despite its name, the Sheraton is not in Dubrovnik but at Mlini, which still a short car ride from the city. And yes, I did know that before booking.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

To stay or not to stay, there is no need to question Radisson Blu Metropol, Helsingborg!

Satisfying the Shakespeare in Me!

A delightful side-trip to Kronborg Castle

Visited in Sep 2016
Written Apr 2017


I was never fond of English Literature and had absolutely no interest in Shakespeare's work, and yet, this trip brought me to the setting of one of his most popular work!

Kronberg Castle is the royal castle in the famous play of Hamlet and is known as Elsinore in the story.

While researching the places to visit in Denmark, the castle appeared as one of the interesting sights and after searching, there were no chain hotels in the town around the castle. Not good for me, I love my upgrades and points!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Getting Lost in the Skies with Park Hyatt Tokyo

Living the High Life in Tokyo

And having my acrophobia acting up


Stayed August 2016
Written March 2017

Gloomy skies hiding Mount Fuji

The Park Hyatt Tokyo has been a favourite of many Hyatt members and it's 'role' in the movie 'Lost in Translation' made it an international hit.

However, I have not watched the movie before so I do not really know what it is about.

The dates that I looked at to stay fell within the Bon Festival and is a long weekend holiday for the Japanese. As such, the prices were very substantial.