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posted a Quick Tip about Raffles Hotel. September 12, 2012
posted in Go Singapore
Raffles Hotel
Where celebrities & visiting head of states usually put up. Not my cup of tea but it's a historical hotel. Monroe & Jackson were once visitors and today, it has the UK royalties as its guests of honor!
posted a Quick Tip about Banyan Tree Bangkok. September 08, 2012
Banyan Tree Bangkok
It would have been in negative territory if not saved by a few of its friendly and hospitable staff!   The hotel is in subpar standard and not well kept. Unfortunately, Banyan Tree precedes its own reputation in the past and that has created a letdown experience.      Too many frustrations during check-in and leave a bitter aftertaste. Other than that, there are something …
posted a Quick Tip about Banyan Tree Macau. July 07, 2011
posted in Go Macau
Banyan Tree Macau
It opens its door to visitors just over a month ago and yet its spa business is thriving so much so you ought to make your appointment before arrival or check-in! By far the most expensive hotel in the newly opened Galaxy World, a gigantic complex comprising of 3 mega hotels, the Banyan Tree, Okura from Japan & the Galaxy very own hotel.      Personally, I prefer Banyan Tree …
posted a Quick Tip about Four Points by Sheraton, Taian. April 11, 2011
posted in Starwood Guests
Four Points by Sheraton, Taian
Hotel is almost brand new, just under 6 months. Easy access to city and access to Mount Tai. Prices are reasonable (at RMB 520++, inclusive of taxes and breakfast) and breakfast is sumptuous. The latest addition to Taishan's many new hotels built in the last 2 years or so. However, some services are still not available, for example, the spa. Otherwise, whatever you can reasonably expect out of Four …
posted a Quick Tip about Sheraton Jinan Hotel. April 11, 2011
posted in Starwood Guests
Sheraton Jinan Hotel
One of the newer and better Sheraton in China. The hotel was less than 2 year old and is reasonably priced. I paid only RMB498 for a night stay (including taxes) and the room is truly spacious. Internet is included in the price but not breakfast. The hotel's Shine Spa is great too. Guests get 20% off body massages. All I paid for a 90 mins. Swedish massage was a mere RMB304! (That's like US$46!)
posted a Quick Tip about Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel (Cotai). April 03, 2011
Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel (Cotai)
Stayed here again some 2 weeks ago. Check-in is darn slow and truly tested my patience. We booked through the phone about half an hour before arrival for a spa package (with rooms included, MOP 2500++) and yet the reception couldn't find the reservation! Concierge, Randy, was great and helpful. Room was spacious and nice as with the Spa services. However, TV and broadband were not working well and …
posted a Quick Tip about Four Seasons Hotel Macau. April 03, 2011
Four Seasons Hotel
Opulent, elegant and massive, Four Seasons Hotel in Macao is one of the most luxurious accommodation in the world's capital of the gaming industry. Like any Four Seasons in the world, FS Macao embodies the finest of living and entertainment. It boasts some 360 guest rooms (over 80 of which are suites) and 5 swimming pools (which I happened to like very much, though I didn't swim when I was …
posted a Quick Tip about Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace. March 13, 2011
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Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace
It may be a Kempinski but it's certainly not your usual standard of Kempinski. The hotel is old and highly expensive although the rooms are spacious. I wouldn't have paid for it again if I do visit Mongolia. There are better choices out there in Ulan Bator, like the Sunjin Grand Hotel which was actually closed when I was there (due to some diplomats visits!). So, if it's good for diplomats, …
posted a Quick Tip about Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. March 12, 2011
posted in Starwood Guests
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Centrally located and hosted the best Thai restaurant (according to some magazine) as well as Spa and fitness center in the Sukhumvit area. I love the Grande Spa here although I stayed at Westin which is across the street (and has its own spa which I'd review later). This particular Sheraton is one of the Luxury Collections stable of hotels. It's not cheap but it's worth the price, according to most …
posted a Quick Tip about Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok. March 12, 2011
posted in Go Thailand
Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok
A reasonably old hotel across from Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit which is more luxurious and has better choices of facilities. Westin has friendly staff but the hotel makes you pay for almost everything, ie. breakfast and internet access!
posted a Quick Tip about Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. March 11, 2011
posted in A | Club
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Good location and services. Breakfast is excellent. Room is a tad small and twin beds are exceptionally small for a 5* hotel!!! Hyper expensive too!
posted a Quick Tip about All Seasons Sathorn Bangkok. March 11, 2011
posted in A | Club
All Seasons Sathorn Bangkok
Great location (next to France & Malaysia Embassy on Sathorn Road; within walking distance to Sala Daeng BTS) and nice room decor. I do not like the feel of the hotel though. Old building with a dorm feel to it. Certainly lacks the hotel quality.
reviewed All Seasons Bangkok Victory Monument. March 11, 2011
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All Seasons Bangkok Victory Monument
This is the first All Seasons by Accor hotels that I'm staying in and reviewing. I must say it has surpassed any expectation I've of it! Coming out of Westin Sukhumvit (a 5* hotel, you know, it's Westin! Review coming soon...) and checking into a "budget" (presumably 3*) hotel can be a daunting experience. But, it is NOT and that's the best news of the day!      …
posted a Quick Tip about Sands Macao Hotel. February 16, 2011
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Sands Macao Hotel
Large suite with 3 TVs and in room spa services. Great view as well as friendly services. Better value than Grand Hyatt. Rooms are very similar to Venetian's layout since it is also part of the group.
posted a Quick Tip about Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel (Cotai). February 16, 2011
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Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel (Cotai)
Grand Hyatt, Crown and Hard Rock Hotels are 3 hotels that comprise the City of Dreams in Macau; newest entertainment and gaming block in Macau. We stayed at Grand Hyatt this week and Sands Macao last weekend. The rooms are much bigger and better for value in Sands Macao although Grand Hyatt is newer. For the same room rate, one gets a suite in Sands Macao while merely a room in Grand Hyatt. Location …
posted a Quick Tip about The Strand. January 31, 2011
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The Strand
An excellent historical hotel in the heart of Yangon. There is a touch of the elegance and the 50s in this hotel. Excellent service & spacious room. If you're around this hotel, make sure you at least try the high-tea here! Yum!
reviewed Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukh.... December 18, 2010
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Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
Since this is the first Four Points by Sheraton that I'm reviewing, I thought I'd give it a background check before I do so. It is not the first Four Points I've stayed nor is it the first Bangkok hotels I've stayed in. Neither is it the best Four Points by Sheraton hotels in the world! My best Four Points hotel experience was in Beijing. Nonetheless, this is the first Four Points …
posted a Quick Tip about Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukh.... December 16, 2010
posted in Starwood Guests
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
A brand new hotel which I'm currently checking in for 3 nights. Great promotional rates for the opening. A mere 1900 thai baht (plus taxes of 17%) per night. Rooms are nice and spacious. Great and friendly staff. Some rooms for improvement with regard to toiletries. Housekeeping forgot to supply shampoo, conditioner and bath gel (or perhaps she thought I have that of my own so no need to replenish). …
posted a Quick Tip about Amanjiwo. November 18, 2010
posted in Go Indonesia
Amanjiwo
Definitely the resort to stay in if you're heading Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Provided that money is of not of great concern! Otherwise, a spa experience at this resort would be excellent too!
posted a Quick Tip about JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong. November 18, 2010
posted in Go Hong Kong
JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
I had stayed here once many years ago and again last weekend since my cousin's wedding was held here. Rooms are on par with other 5* hotels but lack character. Ultra boring as far as I'm concerned. Prices are still high and with the many 4 or 5* new hotels in the area, this is fast becoming an unwise choice! As for my stay, well, my uncle footed the bill, so I've no complaint ;-)
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