July 28th, 2011
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(Double Room from 293 Euros)
HOTEL DAS TRIEST
This traditional hotel with 72 rooms has been re-designed in the 1996 by Sir Terence Conran resulting in a contemporary, stylish but at the same time inviting place. I really like the location – even though it is only 5 minutes walk from the First Disctrict with all the monuments and sights, sleek bars and fancy shops, it is in the middle of ‘real’ Vienna, with neighbourhood bars and restaurants and odd little shops.
The rooms are generous and nicely designed. I hated the shower though, if you try not to get your hair wet, you end up having to balance the hand-held shower head with one hand while trying to soap your body with the other, flooding the bathroom at the same time.
Room Rates: â€¨Doubles from 293.00 Euros a night which includes breakfast.
Food and Drinks:
The breakfast buffet has everything an Austrian would want. Fresh semmel (Austrian rolls), a choice of home-made jams, a selection of tasty hams and cheeses as well as Apfelstrudel. My American companions enjoyed the freshly cooked eggs. I was not so keen on the buffet closing at 10:00 am sharp, and their selection of English language news papers was poor. Read more... (443 words, 6 images, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
June 5th, 2011
Category Restaurant: Haute Cuisine (Â£Â£Â£Â£)Â
Category Hotel: Â£Â£Â£
What to do when you need a weekend away from it all and everything seems to be against you? The impeding ash cloud prevents you from going abroad and you won’t have much sun in the UK either as the weather forecast predicts rain, rain and more rain.
Thank god there is beautiful Bath, which offers you both, rural and city life (meaning if it rainsÂ you can go shopping ) and of course a huge quantity of spas.
The Royal Crescent in Bath
After a rather unpleasant stay at the Hilton in Bath and some bad food at the Olive Tree, we were lucky to discover The Bath Priory Hotel and Restaurant. This really is an oasis of calm, beauty and good food.
Before you are getting too excited and start booking your next weekend away, let me introduce you to the major disadvantage first: the price. We are talking very special weekend away here…. (unless of course you are an investment banker or married to one)
The Bath Priory Hotel ticked a lot of boxes for me. Member of the Relais & Chateux group, you do get what you pay for. The service is immaculate even though I found it hilarious that the people working there were trying to imitate a French accent, but well, this might be required by Relais & Chateux, who knows.
The hotel from the street side. It’s prettier from the garden side though.
The rooms are generousÂ and charming with a lot of attention to detail (with Molton Brown products – sometimes I am so easy to please). I loved the beautiful, big garden with mature trees and a vast selection of marvelous flowers, most of which I have never seen before. Read more... (938 words, 11 images, estimated 3:45 mins reading time)
March 29th, 2011
I have been posted to South Wales recently and have been living in a town with a name containing a lot of Llllls, that I couldn’t pronounce if my life depended on it, for a couple of weeks now. So you might read some posts on restaurants, hotels and more from outside the capital for the upcoming months before I shall return to my beloved London. Read more... (1214 words, 5 images, estimated 4:51 mins reading time)