Friday, 28 August 2015

Hotel and Inn Review: Azimut Vienna Delta Hotel (Vienna, Austria)

Date of Stay: August 28-31, 2015

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: *******
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: ******
Other Amenities: ******
Value for Money: ********

Azimut Vienna Delta Hotel

24-hour Front Desk
The 7-storey, 4-star  Azimut Vienna Delta Hotel is located next to the Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station, a 5-7-min. walk).

Built in 2006, it offers 180 non-smoking rooms (155 standard double, 17  superior double, 7 standard triple and 1 junior suite). 
Cozy and comfortable, the rooms are furnished with flat-screen satellite TV, climate controlled airconditioning, work desks, laptop-compatible in-room safes, blackout curtains/drapes and private ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold showers and hairdryers. 

Upgraded rooms have balconies while suites have separate living rooms. Rollaway/extra beds and hypo-allergenic bedding are available. Infant beds/cribs are offered for free.    One pet is allowed inside the room for an extra charge of EUR 8 per night.
Hotel lobby

Bar
Lounge
The hotel also has a contemporary and cozy bar/lounge, elevator, 2 meeting rooms (up to 12 pax), safety deposit boxes, basement parking, computer station, heating, coffee/tea in the lobby facilities for disabled guests, and luggage storage. 

Buffet breakfasts are available (for a surcharge) and are served each morning between 6:30 AM and 10 AM. The friendly, multilingual professional staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide tour/ticket assistance, express check-in and express check-out.  Services offered include banquet facilities, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, packed lunches, concierge service, a tour desk, daily housekeeping, fax/photocopying, ticket service, airport drop-off service  (surcharge) and free  wi-fi internet access in all the rooms and some public areas.  


Located near the Wiedner Gürtel and the Südtiroler Platz in the heart of Vienna, it is 1.2 kms. (0.8 mi.) from Belvedere Palace , 2.3 kms. (1.5 mi.) from the Secession Bldg., 2.5 kms. from the Vienna Opera House, 2.7 kms. (1.7 mi.) from the Albertina and 2.8 kms. (1.8 mi.) from the Austrian National Library.  

The hotel is just minutes walk to the subway, where 4 subway stops (Stephanplatz Metro Stop) leads you to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Just around the corner is the "Favoriten Strasse," a unique pedestrian area with international shops and cozy local boutiques and a great choice for travelers interested in monuments, sightseeing and city walks. For those interested in journeying to Bratislava (Slovak Republic), it's a 10 minute walk to the Sudbahnhof.

Azimut Vienna Delta Hotel: 8, Sonnwendgasse, Vienna, Austria, 1100 Tel.: +43 -1-961 64 00. Toll Free: ‎1 800 1 114 2079 (Philippines), +64-9985-3513 (from abroad)‎

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Hotel and Inn Review: Hotel Garni Evido Salzburg City Center (Salzburg, Austria)


Date of Stay: August 26-28, 2015

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: ******
Room Comfort: ******
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: *******

Hotel Garni Evido Salzburg City Center

Hotel entrance
(photo: www.bookings.com)
This centrally located and easily accessible, 3-star and family-run hotel, opened in May 2008, is located not far away from the center of Old Town Salzburg.  

Its location is a plus as it is near the Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (central train station, a 1-min. walk) and the Salzburg Congress Convention Center but it may be hard to find (it’s behind a 24-hour gas station) as it had no sign whatsoever in front of the building where it is located.

Their 20 clean and comfortable en-suite rooms (single, double or twin, triple, family and superior double), all on the second  floor of the building, can only be accessed by stairs (not good news for old people or those with heavy luggage).  They had a lift but it wasn’t working. The rooms are all sound-proof (when the windows are closed) and non-smoking but have no airconditioning (you have to open the windows for fresh air). 




Double or twin room (photo: www.bookings.com)

www.bookings.com
www.bookings.com
They have private bathrooms fitted with a hairdryer (bring your own shampoo, soap etc. as the bathroom only has a commercial soap dispenser), a flat-screen LCD TV, a desk and an in-room safe.  Free Wi-Fi is available throughout but you have to request for the code from reception.

They advertise as having a 24-hour front desk but the manager is oftentimes not around. Breakfast, included in the room price, is served at 7:30 AM.  Buffet breakfast consists of rolls, bread, hard boiled eggs, ham, cheese, cereal (granola) with yogurt and/or milk, plus coffee, hot chocolate and juice from a machine dispenser. 

Breakfast area (photo: www.bookings.com)

In the vicinity of the Evido Hotel, there are many restaurants and cafes plus a shopping complex (Forum 1). The Old Town can be reached in a 15-minute walk, and the closest stops of the public transportation service are a 3-minute walk away. 

They offer currency exchange, tours , ticket service , baggage storage, car rental  and express check in/check out. Salzburg cards and free maps are available at the hotel. 

The hotel is located 0.6 kms. from the Mirabell Palace, 4 kms. from Salzburg Airport and 0.2 kms. from the Kiesel Bus Station.



Hotel Garni Evido Salzburg City Center: Saint-Julien-Straße 33, Elisabeth-Vorstadt, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. Tel: +43 662 875400. E-mail: info@evido.at.  Website: www.evido.at.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Hotel and Inn Review: Ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10th (Paris, France)

Date of Stay: August 23-26, 2015

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: *******
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: ******
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: ********
Value for Money: *******

Ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10th

The economy-class (3-star), 7-storey  Ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10th hotel, located at the 10th arrondissement  in north-east Paris, is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, monuments and museums.  Built in 1988, this straightforward budget hotel was renovated in 2001.
This inviting, modern and cozy hotel has 112 air-conditioned rooms (10 of them connecting and 31 non-smoking) with comfortable beds, flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom (with bathtub and hair dryer), NDD/IDD phone, writing desk, RJ 45 outlet and high-speed and wireless WIFI Internet access, including 4 adapted for disabled persons. Rates: US$155-178.


Front Desk
Hotel lobby

Bar
It also has 2 meeting rooms, a bar, snacks 24/24, business center, public covered parking and public outdoor pay parking, 24-hour front desk and an elevator.  They also offer babysitting/child care, car rental, daily maid service and laundry/dry cleaning service.  Luggage storage is also at your disposal. 

Buffet breakfast, served from 6:30 AM to 10 AM, includes freshly baked breads, pastries and madeleines, a wide range of fruit, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, regional products, cereal etc. Gluten-free products are served on request.

They accept Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards. Earliest check in and latest check out: 12 noon.
The hotel is located 2 km from the Sacré Coeur basilica; 25 kms. from Charles de Gaulle International Airport, 5 kms. from the Arc de Triumphe and Musee de Orsay; 4 kms. from the Nore Dame Cathedral, 3.5 kms. from the Louvre Museum; 6 kms. from the Invalides and Eiffel Tower;  and 30 kms. from the Chateau de Versailles. 

The Gare de l'Est Train Station is located just 183 m. (a 2-min. walk) from the hotel.  Place de la République is only a 15-minute walk away. The Gare de l'Est Metro entrance is just mins. away.  It is also 10 mins. away from the Eurostar terminal, near the famous Montmarte.



Ibis Paris Gare de l'Est 10th: 6, Rue St Laurent 75010 Paris, France.  Tel. (+33)1/40380505. Fax: (+33)1/42057116.  Toll Free: 800-221-4542. E-mail: h2023gm@accor.com. Website: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2023-ibis-paris-gare-de-l-est-10th/index.shtml.  GPS: N 48° 52' 31.58'' E 2° 21' 30.44”

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Restaurant Review: La Bucherie Restaurant (Paris, France)


La Bucherie Restaurant

After our morning tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, we all decided to have a late breakfast at the nearby La Bucherie Restaurant.  The restaurant had pretty good, interesting and reasonably priced (for Paris) food, with good-sized portions.  

The menu had English translations.  The charming English speaking staff, who warmly welcomed us, was very friendly and the service was fast.

Their breakfast options ranged from an expresso coffee and a croissant pastry, to an "English" option (which had baked beans, bratwurst butter, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms toast and eggs, 9€50) and a “French" option (croissant or baguettes; jam, butter or Nutella; cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate and orange juice, 8€90). The full breakfast, consisting of a big omelet, two croissants, baguette, orange juice and a coffee, is 12€.



Even in the cold early morning or evenings, its outdoor terrace is really cozy as it is cleverly enclosed and they had heaters. The location, in the center of Paris, next to the train station plus the Notre Dame Cathedral, was perfect.


La Bucherie Restaurant: 41 Rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris, France. Tel: +33 1 43 54 24 52