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Riviera Hotel Macau: Location inconvenient, room felt old

As always, location comes first. The Riviera Hotel is near the Sai Van lake, a bit on the hillside. Whilst some like its rather removed location, I find it inconvenient. Had it been a good relaxing resort-type hotel, the seclusion might work – but not for a utilitarian hotel. The lobby of the hotel screams mainland Chinese, with gold here and dragon there. Smelled a bit that way too. Not surprising, as the hotel doesn’t even have a website and…

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Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit: Great location

I had to visit Bangkok for business and stayed at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit for three nights. The location of the hotel is superb, right next to the BTS Asoke station with footbridge connection from lobby level.  For those who happen to stay here and wish to use the BTS, don’t make my mistake of leaving via ground level exit to climb the stairs at the BTS station in the hot and humid Bangkok weather, as the hotel has direct…

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Marriott Hotel City Centre (Shanghai): Very convenient location, decent restaurants

Again I should begin with the location. Marriott Hotel City Centre is located very close to the west end of the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, a key shopping area in Shanghai. The location was very convenient but the hotel itself is relatively difficult to find, especially if you’re here for the first time. There is only one relatively small sign and the main entrance is on a side street. Tell the taxi driver it’s on Xizang Middle Road and northwards…

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Basil Restaurant: Maybe not traditional Thai, but good enough for me.

I have had dinner at the Basil Restaurant twice during my stay at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Whilst others have commented that the food here is too tame, not spicy enough and modified to suit the taste buds of tourists, the food here was good for me (as a tourist). The satay ruam – mixed grilled satay of chicken, prok and beef served with peanut sauce, was properly grilled, moist and succulent. Well seasoned and flavoursome. The stir fried lobster with cashew…

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