Location

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.  It is impossible to rate / review a site with such historical importance and emotional attachment. I can, however, offer some observations and might be helpful: 1) The Dachau concentration camp memorial site is well designed. The rather modern visitors centre is located near the bus stop and is very easy to access. It is also away from the site of the concentration camp and does not intrude or affect the camp itself. The shop…

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Hotel i31 Berlin: Slight hiccups here and there, but in general a pleasant stay.

The location of Hotel i31 is great. Located between the Naturkundemuseum (U-bahn + tram) and Nordbahnhof (S-bahn) both stations are about 5 minutes away and very convenient. Round the corner of Eichendorffstrasse is a small cafe called Oslo Kaffebar where they serve decent coffee, and round the corner to the north on Chausseestrasse is a kebab shop that opens till after 23:00. If you are looking to dine at good restaurants, Rutz Restaurant und Weinbar and Restaurant reinstoff are nearby.…

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Hotel Sonne Fussen: A few minutes walk from the train station

The best thing about Hotel Sonne is its location – only a few minutes walk with luggages from the train station. Despite the normal (and perhaps slightly boring) façade of the building, this is one quirky hotel. The front desk was small, as was the hotel bar which is located to the right of the front desk and features an assortment of mediocre generic cocktails, and beer, which we should have ordered. The hotel itself, however, was bigger than expected,…

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Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper: Great hotel for its price!

To begin with, it’s location. The Adina Apartment Hotel is located 5 blocks away from the Hauptbahnhof (the main train station). Given that these blocks aren’t big, walking time is about 15 minutes. With luggages, one can take the tram like we did, a mere 2 stops from the HB. The room was spacious and clean except for a minor problem – an opened bottle of sparking water was left in the fridge (part of the minibar) which we informed…

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Cafe Ürsus: decent coffee shop in Kowloon City

Cafe Ürsus has, before anything, an interesting name. My two-minute effort on Google yielded no interesting results, but Google translate suggested that it may be Estonian. My suspicion however, is that the intention was to make a smiling face out of the U. Which makes this a happy place and that goes pretty well with the kindergarten-like design for the logo indoor. Interestingly, the indoor design had almost nothing to do with the outside. Where the inside of the shop…

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Viet Kitchen: The food failed to deliver what the price promised

Viet Kitchen is a new Vietnamese restaurant at the ground floor of Nexxus Building next to the Heng Sang Bank HQ. Supposedly the chef is from Chom Chom, another Vietnamese shop on Peel Street, which I haven”t verified. Supposedly food will be good. We visited some two months after Viet Kitchen opened – when the restaurant should be past its initial stage of adjustments. So how did it go? The setting of the restaurant was appealingly casual, with comfortable yet…

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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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