Hotel views

Whenever I stay in a hotel I like to take a photograph of the view from the hotel room window. Believe me, most of the time the view is extremely disappointing. Here's a few examples.

The view from room 211, Mercure City Center, Dusseldorf
A pleasant hotel located very close to my all-time favourite restaurant, Da Bruno. I mean it's under four minutes on foot, you can't get better than that!

View from room 602, Bohem Art Hotel, Budapest
A nice hotel down a quiet side street close to the Danube. No restaurant here, but they do serve breakfast. This is common. Haven't been to Budapest since 2007 (it's now March 2017) so 10 years.

The view from Room 324 of the Hotel Fenix, Prague
This is the view from Room 324 of the Hotel Fenix, Prague. It was a reasonably decent sort of place, bang in the middle of the city.

View from room 117 Grand Majestic Plaza Palace, Prague
This was a very pleasant hotel in Prague, Czech Republic, but the view, while not that bad, left a lot to be desired. Still, you can't have everything.

View from room 841, Hotel Scholl...

This was a wonderful 'boutique' hotel in a place called Schwabischhall, a chocolate box town in Germany. I liked the quirky hotel but wasn't keen on the breakfasts – everything lacked sweetness – and the photo above is the view from Room 841 at the very top of the hotel.

View from room 317, Messehotel Stuttgart
This was a really nice hotel with a decent room and a not so decent view, but everything else was fine; the WiFi worked, the breakfast was good, so nothing to complain about.

View from Room 301, Premier Inn, Scunthorpe.
This is the view from room 301 of the Premier Inn, Scunthorpe. It was alright and a darn sight better than the other hotels in town.

View from Ibis Dubai, World Trade Center.
The above shot is the view from room 417 of the Ibis World Trade Center, Dubai. A pleasant hotel, but sadly I won't get a chance to sample the restaurant as I'm rushing around doing 'stuff'.

View from room 306 Austria Trend Schillerpark, Linz.

Linz was quite a nice place. I managed a walk around after breakfast, but didn't have much in the way of time. The pic above is the view from room 306 of the Austria Trend Schillerpark hotel.

The view from room 2084, First Hotel Mayfair, Copenhagen
View from room 2084 of the First Mayfair Hotel in Copenhagen. I was only there for one night due to a pilots' strike at SAS, but the hotel was excellent.

The view from room 1411, Austria Trend Europa, Vienna
This is the view from room 1411, Austria Trend Europa hotel in Vienna. The hotel was ideally located in the midst of the city's shopping district and close to Stephansplatz underground station.

View from room 814, Hampton Inn, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
This (above) is the view from room 814 of the Hampton Inn in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. It was a nice hotel, although I thought the room was miles too big. Still, quite a funny view!

The view from room 507, Hotel Banke, Paris – a truly amazing hotel

 This is room 507 of the Hotel Banke, Paris. There's only really two hotels that I can say I was really impressed by (so far that is!). One is the Hotel Banke and the other the Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California.

The view from room 626, Le West-End Hotel, Nice, France
 This is the view from room 626 of the Le West-End Hotel in Nice, South of France. As it goes, it's one of the better views I've experienced on my travels.

Room 203, Cutlers Hotel, Sheffield
This is the view from the Best Western Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield. A nice hotel, but I wasn't impressed by the breakfast room or the breakfast offering.

Room 1601, Holiday Inn, Midtown, Montreal
Here's the view from Room 1601 of the Holiday Inn, Midtown, Montreal. A nice hotel, I thought, although initially I felt the reception area looked a bit rough and ready.

View from Room 27, Schellenberg Hotel
This rather inspiring view from Room 27 of the Schellenberg Hotel, Dusseldorf. Shame really as the hotel is located on the Rhine (or Rhein as they spell it in Germany.

View from room 571, Hotel Galles, Milano

 This is the view from room 571 of the Best Western Hotel Galles close to the Lima metro station in Milano. In many ways it's the best view of the lot, reflecting as it does a typical Italian scene. Nice hotel too.

Room 210, Best Western Nordic Ambiente, Langenhagen.
This view from room 210 the Best Western Nordic Ambiente in Langenhagen, Germany, was one of the better views I've experienced.

View from room 656, Sofitel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a pretty glamourous place and the Sofitel Copacabana is right on the beach, but this is the view from room 656 – there's a nice building site to look at and, of course, straight across from my room, more hotel rooms.

Room 304 Best Western International, Luxembourg
As it goes, not a bad view. This from room 304 of the Best Western International Hotel in Luxembourg and right opposite the main railway station.

Room 418, the Hilton Doubltree, Cleveland, Ohio
The Hilton Doubletree in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, is one of the best hotels I've stayed in of late and the view really ain't bad when you think about it. This is the view from room 418.

View from the Best Western Leidse Square, Amsterdam
I was staying in what amounted to a prison cell, a tiny room. I think it was room 356 (room 357 is miles better) and this was the view from my hotel window.

View from room 334 of the NH Hotel Grand Sablon, Bruxelles
This was a fantastic hotel with great service, great food, an even greater waiter and a decent room. All that was lacking was a decent view, but you can't have everything. This view from room 334.

View from room 530 of the Mercure Hotel, Hagen, Germany
Hagen was a fairly nice place and so was the Mercure Hotel. The hotel was located on a hill and was a fairly tall building so my room – room 530 – offered this splendid view of (ahem) the tops of some trees.

From room 37 of the Bruntsfield Hotel, Edinburgh
The Bruntsfield Hotel in Edinburgh is a fantastic hotel with a decent restaurant. I've stayed here many times in the past and was glad to go back recently even if it was to be close to a conference I was attending in Edinburgh. This is the view from room 37.

View from room 404, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
I loved the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, mainly because of the amazingly good service and the restaurants, especially the Silk Route Restaurant. This view from room 404 was more impressive than most as there was so much sand everywhere. Great place and extremely hot. It was gone 7pm before I took a dip in the pool.

The view from room 207 of the Friends Hotel, Dusseldorf.
 I stayed at the Friends Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany in mid-June 2015 and it's nice, but this is the view from the hotel window. If you enlarge the photograph you might be able to spot the Buddha staring back at you.

Room 107, Melia Milano, Milano, Italia
Nice hotel, great restaurant and a great Italian city, but the view from room 107 on a cloudy, drizzly day was not very inspiring. Still, you can't have it all.

View from room 606 of the Quality Inn, Pittsburgh, Penn.
I liked this hotel as there was a decent Panera Bread outlet underneath it where I enjoyed my first ever 'Bear's Claw'. Fantastic. The hotel was reasonable, but not in any way 'top end', although the staff were very friendly. That tall building you can see is known locally as the 'cathedral of learning'. It's real name is Pittsburgh University.

Room 205 of Les Nations Hotel, Geneva
An uninspiring view if ever there was one! This is Les Nations Hotel in Geneva.

The view from room 502, Holiday Inn, LA Airport
This is the view from room 502 of the Los Angeles airport (LAX as its know locally) Holiday Inn. That's a McDonald's you can see below and apparently 'gangland' was close-by. I think I inadvertently sauntered into it, but nothing untoward happened and I didn't end up with a holdall of firearms like in Falling Down.

Room 508, Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California
This was arguably the best hotel in the best location. I loved it. The Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California, had everything: decent staff, decent food, a decent pool and a decent room with this view. Perfect. Oh, I'd love to go back there!

Room 520,  Anker Hotel, Oslo, Norway
This view from the Anker Hotel in Oslo, Norway, room 520. A memorable trip as it was minus 12 degrees outside and I was wearing a pair of Dr. Marten's without any tread on the soles. Fortunately, I didn't slip and I remember reading Owen Jones' Chavs in a restaurant a short distance from the hotel.

View from room 1101, Sheffield Premier Inn
This shot was taken from room 1101 of the St Mary's Gate Premier Inn in Sheffield. All Premier Inns are good places, especially if, like me, you enjoy a decent breakfast. Room 1101 offers this great view and it was a large room with a sink in the room.

Room 407, Friends Hotel, Dusseldorf
View from room 407 of the Friends Hotel in Dusseldorf. The last time I stayed here in June I was in room 2007 (scroll up to see a photo of the view from room 207). This time, in September 2015, I was two floors higher in room 407. I preferred 207, which was bigger, but this is a great hotel and I'll be staying again in the not-too-distant future. The reason the view is obscured is that those black strips of material are, in fact, some kind of 'curtain',  albeit a quirky version of curtains. It's impossible to draw these curtains back so, unless I held various strands aside, this is the view from the window.

Room 704, Best Western Royal Centre, Brussels
Not a brilliant hotel, mainly because there was no restaurant, but what the hell, it was a bed for the night, there was a decent hotel and I was happy. But this, my friends, is the view from room 704.

Room 535, Hyatt Regency, Montreal – corporate but nice
I love Montreal. It's a great city for cycling and they have Bixi Bikes, which I've used every time I've been in this great Canadian city. I love Montreal and I love the Hyatt Regency too.

Room 1001, Best Western, Old Salata Street, Doha, Qatar.
The Best Western hotel on Old Salata Street, Doha, was pleasant enough even it peering out of the window made me feel a bit like John Simpson. All I needed was that white jacket. This is the view from room 1001.

El Tropicano Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Very Mexican.
 I can't remember the room number, and the blog posts relating to this Mexican-flavoured hotel in San Antonio, Texas, mention nothing so you'll have to take my word for it and say that this shot is the view from my hotel window. Great hotel!

View from room 1317, Knoxville Hilton, Tennessee, USA
I remember it was a little chilly in Knoxville, home of Quentin Tarantino AND Johnny Knoxville, and the view from room 1317 of the Knoxville Hilton was a little uninspiring. Still, Knoxville was great and I went from here to LA, via Detroit!

View from room 210, Grand Hotel Hartlepool
This is the stunning view from room 210 of the Grand Hotel, Hartlepool. Wonderful isn't it? Still, while the view wasn't so great the restaurant was excellent. Yes, folks, the Grand Hotel Hartlepool has Mumbai, an Indian restaurant, in the basement.

Room 811, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago
 The Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago is quite nice and very centrally located in the downtown area. This rather interesting view was taken from room 811.

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