June 16, 2017

Review: Hilton Innsbruck, King Panorama Mountain View Suite

Hilton Innsbruck lobby

Date of stay: June 5-6, 2017
Address: Salurner Strasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck
Nightly Rate: € 122.75
Room: Double Queen Guest Room with Mountain View, upgraded to King Panorama Mountain View Suite 😍
Room Area: 40 sq. m.
Highest floor: 14th floor
How to get here: From Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, the hotel is just a few minutes walk.

June 15, 2017

Photo Review: Kobe Portopia Hotel, Junior Suite

Kobe Portopia Hotel Junior Suite living room

Address: 10-1, 6 Chome, Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0046
Room: Junior Suite, South Resort Floor South Building
Room Area: 60 sq.m.

June 12, 2017

2 Days in Munich

Inside the Munich Residence

Last week, Mike and I visited the beautiful city of Munich, the capital of Bavaria. We spent two nights there (staying both at the Hilton Munich City and Hilton Munich Park) which gave us enough time to explore the city. I guess most people think of Munich as the Oktoberfest place and the producer of the luxury car BMW but aside from that, it's is also rich in culture and history. In case you are planning to visit Munich in the future, here are some travel tips:

June 10, 2017

Review: Hilton Munich Park

Hilton Munich Park lobby

Date of stay: June 4-5, 2017
Address: Am Tucherpark 7, 80538 Munich
Nightly Rate: € 122.60
Room: Twin Guest Room, upgraded to King Executive Room
Executive Floors: 11th, 12th and 14th floors
Highest floor: 14th floor (no 13th floor, 2 conference rooms on the 15th floor)
How to get here: From Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), take tram line 18 in the direction of Effnerplatz/St. Emmeram and exit at Tivolistrasse. The hotel is a few minutes walk from there.

June 7, 2017

Review: Hilton Munich City, Twin Junior Suite

Hilton Munich City Twin Junior Suite

Date of stay: June 3-4, 2017
Address: Rosenheimer Strasse 15, 81667 Munich
Nightly Rate: € 113.78
Room: Twin Guest Room, upgraded to Twin Junior Suite 😍
Executive Floors: 4th and 5th floors
Highest floor: 5th floor
How to get here: From Munich Airport, take the S-bahn 8 and get off at Rosenheimer Platz Station (last cart). Follow the sign to Hilton Hotel and take the elevator up to the lobby.

May 23, 2017

2 Days in Barcelona

Park Guell, one of the major works of Gaudi in Barcelona

Last week, Mike and I spent two nights in Barcelona where we were able to visit a few of the many attractions in this beautiful Catalan city. My first visit to Barcelona happened a few years ago, although it was just a quick city tour as part of Singelresor's week-long trip to Costa Brava. This time, I was able to visit Gaudi's famous "La Pedrera" and Park Guell among others. In case you are planning a visit to Barcelona, here are some of the tourist attractions we've been to and which I'd highly recommend to all my fellow travelers.

May 19, 2017

Review: Hilton Barcelona

Hilton Barcelona guest room

Date of stay: May 16-17, 2017
Address:  Avenida Diagonal, 589-591, Barcelona 08014
Nightly Rate: € 205.28
Room: Twin Guest Room
Highest floor: 11th floor
How to get here: From the Airport, take the R2 Nord Renfe and get off at Estacio Sants and change to the Metro L3 and get off at Maria Cristina Station. The hotel is a few minutes walk from here.

May 18, 2017

Review: Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

Date of stay: May 15-16, 2017
Address: Passeig del Taulat 262-264, Barcelona, 08019
Nightly Rate: € 190.67
Room: Booked Twin Guest Room, upgraded to Twin Executive Room 👍
Executive Floors: 19th floor to 23rd floor, highest floor is 23
How to get here: From the airport, take the R2 Nord Renfe to Passeig de Gracia and change to the Metro L4 and get off at El Maresme Station. The hotel is a few minutes walk from here.

Top Attractions in Norway

Me during our fjord cruise in 2010

First visit: November 2003
Places visited: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Rjukan, Gjovik
Photography: Arthur Jeciel & Michael Pannagel

I have visited Norway a few times in the past and was fortunate enough to have toured a bit of Oslo and Bergen which for me are both fantastic cities. A stroll in Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Hanseatic commercial buildings and taking a cruise to gaze at the magnificent fjords are two things you should do when in Bergen. When in Oslo, the modern architecture of the Opera House and the sculptures in the Vigeland Park are just as as unmissable 😍 I yet have to visit the Heddal Stave Church in Notodden (the largest stave church in Norway) and the Pulpit Rock in Ryfylke, but for now, here are some of my travel tips when visiting Oslo and Bergen:

May 3, 2017

Review: La Valette Club, Malta Airport (MLA)

La Valette Club, Malta Airport

Date of visit: April 27, 2017

Location: After security, take the elevator to Level 3
Access: Business Class passengers & Elite members flying on Air Malta, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, SWISS, British Airways, Finnair and Czech Airways; card holders of Lounge Club, Diners Club, HSBC, etc.
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours