Hotel rooms

When I started travelling around the world and recording my adventures on this blog, I made a point of taking photographs of my hotel rooms. Here is a selection of those photographs.

Room 324, Hotel Fenix, Prague...
This is room 324 of the Hotel Fenix, Prague. As hotel rooms go, it's pretty standard so nothing to write home about, but it did the job, was fairly comfortable and as I was only there for one night, it was fine. Well, it would have been fine for longer too. Great hotel and located bang in the centre of town.

Room 841, Hotel Scholl, Schwäbischhall...
Schwäbischhall near Stuttgart in Germany was a wonderfull little town and worth visiting, especially during the festive season. The hotel was a little quirky, but the rooms were excellent and it was a 'boutique' hotel.

Room 316, Messehotel Europe, Stuttgart
This was a good hotel with an excellent breakfast offering and a very pleasant room. Everything worked, including the WiFi and the television.

Burns Art & Culture Hotel, Dusseldorf, room 111.
This is the Burns Art & Culture Hotel in Dusseldorf – and what an amazingly large room! The bed is at the far end on the left; to the right of the shot, beyond that long table, is a kitchenette (four-ring hob, fridge, pots and pans, plates, kitchen cupboards and a microwave, and there's a bathroom and a living area.

Room 417, Ibis World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE
The Ibis World Trade Centre, Dubai, was a very nice hotel and the room was good too. This shot is a bit dark, but that's because of the solitary square window, although it's more the quality of the photography, not the real light in the room, it was a little brighter.

Room 301, Premier Inn, Scunthorpe, UK.
There's not much to choose from in terms of hotels in Scunthorpe and I figured the Premier Inn would be a safe bet. It was fine, as always.

Room 306, Austria Trend Schillerpark, Linz

Not as nice at the Austria Trend Europa in Vienna, but that was probably because it was a rushed trip and I only got to spend a few hours in the hotel. The pic above is room 306 of the Austria Trend Schillerpark hotel.

Room 2084, First Hotel Mayfair, Copenhagen
This is room 2084 of the First Hotel Mayfair in Copenhagen. I was only there for one night before having to fly home due to an SAS pilots' strike, but it was a very good hotel.

Room1411, Austria Trend Europa hotel – perfect in every way.
This is room 1411 of the Austria Trend Europa hotel in Vienna. Very pleasant room and everything worked fine. Also, this hotel was bang in the centre of the city, close to Stephansplatz underground.



This is room 814 of the Hampton Inn, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Miles too big in my opinion, but overall, the hotel was wonderful.

Room 626, Le West-End Hotel, Nice. Very nice!
 This is room 626 of the Le West-End Hotel in Nice, South of France, and very nice it was too. A decent breakfast was on offer – I enjoyed fruit salad, Coco Pops, tea, a pastry and a banana. Perfect.

The Holiday Inn, Abu Dhabi – all round fantastic hotel
I liked the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi for many reasons, mainly its two restaurants and excellent service.

The Arbat House Hotel, Moscow
The Arbat House was a very pleasant hotel with an excellent restaurant and a small, but nice room and while it was a little on the small side, I prefer small rooms to large ones.

Best Western Royal Centre, Brussels
I started staying in Best Westerns to gain points on a loyalty card, but it was taking ages to amass points and in Brussels the two Best Westerns I stayed in (Royal Centre and City Centre) didn't have restaurants. Loyalty schemes are a waste of time in my view.

Marriott Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio
I stayed at the Cleveland Marriott for just one night so I didn't have time to sample the restaurant or enjoy this fantastic hotel.

De Roode Leeuw Hotel in Terborg – an eccentric place
Again I was only here at the De Roode Leeuw for just one night and managed to miss dinner. I think 'dinner' eventually consisted of red wine and peanuts.

Hilton Doubletree, Cleveland, Ohio
Any hotel that offers its guests two free cookies on arrival has to be good and this brilliant Doubletree in Cleveland was easily one of the best hotels I've stayed in... not only because of the free cookies.

El Tropicana Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
The El Tropicana had a Mexican flavour to it and the room was very large and sported its own kitchenette. Breakfast was good and apparently the Rolling Stones once stayed here while on tour of the USA.

Room 315, Holiday Inn, Essen, Germany
Essen's Holiday Inn was a pretty standard hotel but, if I recall, I preferred the restaurant here to the Holiday Inn in Dusseldorf, which is now a Leonardo Hotel. This is room 315.

Grand Majestic Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
The Grand Majestic was a nice hotel and fairly centrally located in a great city, but while it has a grand name, the restaurant was a bit shabby and the breakfast a little downbeat. I ate out every night.

Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California
Irvine's Hyatt Regency was arguably the best hotel I've stayed in. Located in a wonderful part of California just outside of Los Angeles, but far enough away to be pleasant, it offered great service, a great restaurant and a fantastic swimming pool too.

The Grand Hyatt, Montreal
I love Montreal. A great city offering the Bixi bike share scheme and some great shops and restaurants. The Grand Hyatt was nice too, albeit a bit corporate. I think I preferred the Holiday Inn on Sherbrooke.

Hilton, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
I spent just one night in the Hilton, Knoxville, but I think they must have been refurbishing the restaurant as it was closed. I ate out on Market Square. I quite enjoyed Knoxville although I wasn't there long enough to really appreciate it or the hotel.

Premier Inn, St Mary's Gate, Sheffield
The St Mary's Gate Premier Inn in Sheffield offered great views over the city. I was in room 1111 on the 11th floor, it was a clear and sunny day and all was good with the world. I enjoyed breakfast too.

Quality Inn Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Those two lamps didn't have bulbs but the Quality Inn, Pittsburgh was a good hotel even if it didn't have a restaurant. There was a decent Panera Bread outlet downstairs and the hotel staff were very friendly.

The NH Grand Sablon Hotel, Bruxelles
I've stayed in a few hotels in Brussels. Well, actually, two Best Westerns and a Ramada, but the NH Grand Sablon wins the day. I gave it a glowing review on Trip Advisor because of the decent restaurant and service and I'd definitely return as and when the occasion demands.

Ramada Bruxelles
Initially not happy with this hotel. The room was huge, the telephone was faulty and the air con was noisy, but the restaurant made up for everything so top marks for that.

Best Western Nordic Ambiente, Langenhagen, Germany
The Best Western Nordic Ambiente in Langenhagen, Germany, was a nice hotel and, unlike some of the Best Westerns I've experienced in Brussels, it had a restaurant. Langenhagen was quite pleasant too.

Mercure Hotel in Hagen, Germany
The Mercure Hotel Hagen offered a pleasant room and, if I recall, a decent 'business centre' but I wasn't that impressed with the restaurant. There were, however, some nice restaurants within 10 minutes' walk.

Room 207, Friends Hotel, Dusseldorf. A colourful room
 As I write this I'm still sitting in room 207 of the Friends Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany. It's a colourful room and a quirky boutique hotel close to the main railway station and surrounded by 'kebap' restaurants.

Room 107 at the Melia Milano in Milano, Italy
This was a wonderful hotel and while I arrived late – at around 9pm – I still managed to have a wonderful dinner in the luxurious and top-end hotel restaurant. This is room 107 and it was very good.

Room 533, the President Hotel, Istanbul
A pleasant hotel in a good part of town and boasting a tremendous restaurant offering amazing views over Istanbul.

Room 207 of the Eden Palace Hotel, Montreux
It's very difficult to enjoy a hotel if you're only there for one night and not dining in the restaurant. The room was rather nice and another night would have been perfect.

Room 502, Holiday Inn, Los Angeles Airport
I arrived here fairly late and didn't have time for dinner. It was alright, but not brilliant, although it might have been tiredness that made me feel a little depressed. There's not much of a view outside the window either – just a McDonald's. Apparently I was very close to LA gangland but didn't know it at the time. I even went out for a stroll around. Nothing happened.

Room 205, Les Nations Hotel, Geneva
Not a bad hotel and there was a decent bar of chocolate in the fridge, although the view out of the window left a lot to be desired (see hotel views section).



Room 520, the Anker Hotel, Oslo, Norway. A pleasant hotel despite no restaurant, but it forced me to go out and explore and find a decent, candlelit restaurant virtually across the road. The temperature outside was minus 12 degrees, but oddly it didn't feel that cold.

Room 304, Best Western International

Room 304 of the Best Western International in Luxembourg. A nice hotel and with a pleasant view too; great food too. I enjoyed my stay here. The main railway station was across the road.

Room 37, Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Room 37 of the Bruntsfield Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland. I've stayed here many times and enjoyed every visit. The last time I was here I had a great meal in the hotel restaurant too. A great hotel.

Room 210, Grand Hotel Hartlepool on Teesside
You can't beat a hotel that has an Indian restaurant in the basement and that was the deal at the Grand Hotel, Hartlepool. It was a bit of a rushed trip, but I still managed to squeeze out a little bit of leisure time and enjoyed a good curry with a PR colleague prior to my interview the following day. This is room 210 – I'll be putting a review on Trip Advisor.

Room 811, Warwick Allerton Hotel, 701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
I really liked this room. Everything worked except for the telephone, there was an excellent shower, a decent television – not that I watched it – and a full minibar and 'snack draw'.

Room 571, Hotel Galles, Milano
Room 571 of the Best Western Hotel Galles in Milano, Italy. Not a bad hotel. There was a safe behind a framed picture on the wall (not the one you can see). Nice hotel but poor atmosphere in the restaurant.

Room 27, Schellenberg Hotel...
Room 27 of the Schellenberg Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany. I enjoyed a great lunch and dinner here, but the room was effectively a motel room (click here for more).

Room 203, Cutlers Hotel, Sheffield
Room 203 of the Best Western Cutlers Hotel was fine. A huge double bed, a flatscreen television, free WiFi and proper old-fashioned taps in the bathroom.

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