Hotels

Mondrian SOHO – NYC

[one_half] 9 Crosby St
New York, NY 10013

(212) 389-1000

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $375 USD per night 

Booked ViaJetsetter

Reviews:
TripAdvisor
Yelp
NY Times
Fodor’s

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When we come to New York, we spend a majority of our time in SOHO, East and West Village, Tribeca or the Lower East Side. We’ve stayed many different places, but the Mondrian SOHO is the perfect location if you’re planning on spending time in any of these areas.

Location:
The Mondrian sits on Crosby Street which is a relatively quiet street. If that’s possible in NYC. As you approach the hotel, it’s impossible to miss as it has a large greenery covered arched walkway at it’s entrance. It seems like thousands of people stop here everyday to get their photo taken in front of it.  Check in is actually on the second floor, above the bar.  It’s accessed by either elevator or stairs.  Doorman service is primarily on the Crosby Street side of the hotel, although you can also enter on Lafayette.

It’s an easy walk to anywhere in SOHO and Chinatown from here, as well as to the East or West Village.  Within a block or two, there’s great restaurants, bars and shopping.

Rooms:
Rooms here face either Crosby Street or Lafayette Street which is on the opposite side of the hotel. Rooms on the Lafayette Street side tend to be quieter as there’s less traffic and the hotel sits further off the street. There are only about 12 rooms per floor, so traffic in the halls is somewhat limited.

We stayed in a one bedroom suite. Rooms at the Mondrian are typical NYC sized, so don’t expect a lot of space. But of course you’re in New York, so who spends any time in their rooms anyway? Bathrooms are on the small side, but the shower has ample room and large windows. No tubs in most rooms here. Sinks sit outside the bathroom area. The one bedrooms suite has a small sitting area with decent sized sectional that’s mostly separated from the sleeping area. There’s a small closet, with just enough room to get around both sides of a king bed.  You gotta love blue, because that’s the theme at the Mondrian SOHO, but it’s tastefully done.  Rooms are well furnished.

Facilities & Service:
The service here was very good.  We had a sink issue in the bathroom that took a couple of calls to resolve, but it did get resolved.  There’s a separate concierge desk for local information.  Housekeeping did a great job of keeping the room spotless and at leaving extra towels when asked.

The beautiful glass covered restaurant sits on the first floor in front of the hotel.  Resembling a large greenhouse, it’s chandeliers and front patio are exceptional.  We dined in for breakfast one morning and the food and service were great.  The breakfast menu is a bit short on selection, but you’ll easily find something that fits your needs.  There’s a crude and cocktail bar on the first level as well, where we had very good drinks and appetizers.  We didn’t get a chance to check out the rooftop bar, but we will on the next trip.

Pros: Location and comfy rooms are the hallmark of the Mondrian SOHO.

Cons:  You will spend a bit more here, but it’s the location that makes this an easy choice.

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Ambassador Transit Hotel

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Terminals 1,2 and 3
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore 
+65 6 507 9797

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at around $60 USD for 6 hours

Reviews:

TripAdvisor

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We’ve stayed at the Ambassador Transit Hotel in Singapore too many times to count.  It’s absolutely perfect for what it is.  A place to sleep for a few hours, shower and move on to your next flight.

Location:
Ambassador Transit Hotels are located in each of Singapore Changi’s three terminals.  All are located on the upper level (Level 3) above the terminal concourses and gates.  Signs are posted in each terminal throughout the airport and the locations are easy to find.  Remember this hotel is located IN the airport behind security.  You do NOT clear customs and you DO NOT go to luggage pickup.

Rooms:
Rooms here are very basic.  This is not the Ritz Carlton, but it’s not a hostel either.  Beds are pretty comfortable and rooms are a bit on the small side.  Surprisingly for being in an airport, rooms are pretty darn quiet.  Quieter than most city hotels, actually.  There’s a small desk in most rooms and an ensuite bath, toilet and shower (unless you choose a basic room with a shared bath).  Other furnishings are basic, but rooms do have a TV and internet connection available.  Terminal 3 is the newest version of the Ambassador.  If you’re looking for something more upscale, try the Crowne Plaza outside of the airport.

Facilities & Service:
Service here is very friendly and efficient.  It’s bare bones, so don’t expect room service or any other facilities.  This is pretty basic.  But remember, you’re in Changi Airport, one of best airports in the world.  There’s a swimming pool, sauna, workout room, countless shops, a theatre showing current movies, and much, much more.

Pros: The perfect place to freshen up and catch a nap while in transit in Singapore.

Cons:  This is a VERY POPULAR solution for transiting passengers in Singapore, one of the busiest airports in Asia.  Reservations are STRONGLY ADVISED at least two to three months in advance.

[box type=”warning” align=”aligncenter” ]The Ambassador sits behind security at Changi near the gates. You WILL NOT be able to get your luggage. Make sure you have what you need in your carry-on as you transit Singapore.[/box]

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Thon Cecil Hotel – Oslo

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Stortingsgata 8
0161 Oslo, Norway 
+47 23 31 48 00

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $175 USD per night 

Booked Via: Thon Hotels Website

Reviews:
TripAdvisor

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Oslo can be a tough city to find reasonably priced, great accommodation. Would we stay at the Thon Cecil Hotel Oslo again? Probably. Next time though, our pick would probably be the Hotel Saga. While it’s located a few blocks outside of the core downtown area, the hotel looked very nice as we passed by one evening. If money is no object, The Thief would also be worth a try, based upon some of the spectacular reviews.

Location:
Location, location, location.  Thon Cecil Hotel Oslo is the perfect centrally located Oslo hotel. While there are several other Thon hotels in the downtown core (Sentrum) of Oslo , we found the Cecil to be one of the more updated Thon hotels.  The Thon Cecil is located less than a block off of the main square in Oslo. You’re within a block of Parliament, less than five blocks to the National Theatre, Culture Museum, City Hall, waterfront and more.  Public transportation is close by (bus or metro) and most things are an easy walk to almost anywhere.

Rooms:
Standard rooms at Thon Cecil Hotel Oslo are on the small side, even by European standards. They’re basic, with smaller sized beds, a TV, small desk area and complimentary internet.  Closet space is a at a minimum, but an iron and ironing board are included in the room. Bathrooms are simple, with a single sink, toilet and smallish shower.  All rooms are non-smoking. The most disappointing item was the lack of a safe in the room for valuables.

Rooms overall were very clean. Ventilation in the rooms isn’t the best. During periods of extremely warm or cool weather, may result in the room being a bit stuffy or cool. Individual control over heat and cold are not possible in the rooms. Rooms facing the interior atrium have limited opening windows. If you want to control the temperature in your room, ask for a room on the street side of the building. The street in front of the hotel has a small amount of traffic, so street noise is reasonable.

Two elevators handle all of the traffic for the 111 room hotel, which means during busy times, you may wait a bit longer than normal to access your room. If you get a room on the second or third floor, it’s an easy walk up the stairs.

Facilities & Service:
Service here is very friendly  and the staff is attentive and knowledgeable about the area. There is a computer and printer available for guest use in the in the lobby, as well as a Nespresso coffee machine.  While the hotel does not have a restaurant, a nice European style breakfast with both hot and cold food is available on the second floor in the hotel atrium each morning. They’ll even pack a take away lunch for you if you ask.

Pros: Location, location.  Easy access to everything in Oslo Sentrum.  Clean rooms, great staff.

Cons:  As the seasons change, finding adequate heating or cooling in your room can be a challenge.

 

Hotel Corque – Solvang, CA

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400 Alisal Road
Solvang, California 93464
(800) 624-5572

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $219 USD per night 

Booked Via: Hotel Corque

Reviews:
TripAdvisor

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Hotel Corque is one of the nicer hotels in the Solvang area.  Owned by the Santa Ynez band of the Chumash indian tribe, the hotel is modern, quiet, with a great location.  It’s a perfect hub for your visit to wine country.

Location:
Hotel Corque is on one end of Solvang, on Alisal Rd, right off Route 246.  The hotel sits directly behind the Santa Ynez Mission.  It’s easy to walk from the hotel to anywhere in Solvang and has easy access to the main route in and out of town.

Rooms:
Rooms here are fairly nice and very clean.  They aren’t overly special, but are large in size and nicely furnished.  Rooms facing the poolside courtyard have sliding glass doors and a nice sized deck.  Rooms facing the street are windows only, with no patios.  Beds were comfy and the rooms quiet.  Bathrooms were fairly large with double sinks.  A nice touch is that the sinks were separated, one on each side of the bathroom.  That made it easy for two people to get ready at the same time.  Housekeeping did a great job of cleaning the room each day and keeping bathrooms stocked with plenty of towels.

Facilities & Service:
The hotel has a large pool, with a newly constructed cabanas.  The pool is good sized with a large concrete area surround that has lounge chairs.  There’s also an in-ground spa that holds up to 10 people.  Valet parking is available, however the hotel parking lot wraps around the hotel, so you’re never far from an entrance door.  There’s a complimentary shuttle that runs to the Chumash Casino multiple times an hour.  The lobby has a large fireplace with plenty of seating area that’s a nice way to warm up on a cool, central California day.

All of the hotel staff here is very pleasant.  Check in was quick and efficient and the front desk staff and concierge are very familiar with the surrounding area.

Next door to the hotel is Root 246, a great restaurant and bar.  Our review of that is here.

Pros: One of the nicer places to stay in Solvang.  Close proximity to the towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton and Lompoc, along with all of the associated wineries makes this a perfect location.

Cons: Based upon the time of year when you stay, rates can be a bit on the high side for the quality of the hotel.  But, it beats staying in Santa Barbara if wine country is your thing.

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Hilton Reykjavik Nordica – Reykjavik

[one_half] Suðurlandsbraut 2,
Reykjavík, Iceland

+35 4 444 5000

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $232 USD per night 

Booked Via: Icelandair

Reviews:
TripAdvisor

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The Hilton Nordica is one of the nicer hotels in Reykjavik and receives generally high marks on most travel review websites. The hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating, more so than at most Hilton outposts.

Location:
The Hilton Nordica is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, about 1.5 miles from the city center.  The Hilton sits right on the local bus line, so it’s an easy 5 minute trip to the city center, or a 20-25 minute easy walk.

Rooms:
Rooms here are of a typical modern “Scandinavian minimalist” style. Each bed has multiple pillows as well as a nice down duvet to keep you warm during the chilly Icelandic nights. Each room has large picture windows that run the length of the room, so you can take advantage of the sun if it peeks out during your stay.

Oversized rooms (called “Plus” rooms) are located on the ends of each floor. These rooms run the entire width of the hotel and feature two queen beds plus a single. If you like lots of room to stretch out, ask for one of these rooms. Another advantage is that they have windows facing both directions. One drawback to these rooms is that Wi-fi access is spotty, due to being the farthest distance from the hotspot.

Large wardrobes and safes are included in each room, as well as a desk with working area. There are club level floors at the hotel on floors 8 and 9. Club access is by keycard and features mini-breakfast as well as drinks and small snacks throughout the day.

One of the best things about this hotel is that one side has almost unobstructed views of Mt Elsa from one side. If you love a great view, make sure to ask for a room on this side of the hotel. If you’re not fortunate to get a room on that side, there are “sitting lounges” on each floor in the center, where you can enjoy the view from floor to ceiling windows. There’s even a map on each floor that identifies all of the mountains and glaciers you can see.  You’ll want to check out the view from the top of the circular stair case from the 9th floor.

Facilities & Service:
The Hilton Nordica is one of the nicer hotels in Reykjavik and receives generally high marks on most travel review websites. The hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating, more so than at most Hilton outposts.

There’s a large bar area, as well as a restaurant and small gift shop on site. A small snack and coffee bar is located right by the check-in desk to purchase small snacks at any time of day.  The Hilton provides a free multi-use bus pass that you can use during your stay to visit central Reykjavik or any of the surrounding areas. The bus stop sits directly across from the hotel. You can also walk about 20 minutes to the city center on a wide walking path.

Special Things to Know:
Being one of the more popular hotels in Reykjavik, it is hard to get early check-in or late check-out, unless arranged for far in advance of your trip. The restaurant here has one of the most popular Sunday brunches in town, so if you have an interest in that, make your reservations long before you arrive, especially during high season.

About 5-10 minutes walk from the hotel, just across the street likes the Laugardalslaug Thermal Pools and Sports complex.  Here’s you’ll find the a wide variety of hot thermal pools where you can relax.  It’s much cheaper than the Blue Lagoon and close enough you can visit everyday.  The hotel will supply extra towels, so you an save yourself an extra charge at the pool complex.

For some of the best rates at the Hilton Nordica, check packages on the Icelandair website. Many times, you can find airfare and lodging packages that can make your stay in Reykjavik, almost free. You can also find special rates on Travelzoo from time to time.

Pros: One of the nicer hotels in Reykjavik with great service and modern rooms.

Cons: A bit far from the city centre, but is easily overcome by bus lines and leisurely walk during nice weather.

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Parc 55 – San Francisco

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55 Cyril Magnin St
 San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 392-8000

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $249 USD per night 

Booked Via: Jet Lux Inc.

Reviews:
TripAdvisor

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Parc 55 is all about location, location, location.  That’s not to say that’s all it has going for it, because it’s not.  But if you’re looking for convenience, this is your place.  We’ve stayed here a couple of times and it’s a great fit for personal or business travel.

Location:
Parc 55 is just steps from the Powell Street BART station.  Literally, steps.  From the time you get off the BART, to the time you walk through the hotel door is less than five minutes.  It’s also less than a 5 minute walk to Union Square or to the edge of SOMA (South of Market).  You just can’t beat the location.

Rooms:
You’re definitely better off here with rooms on higher floors as the first 5-10 floors can get a lot of street noise, even if the windows are closed.  The Parc 55 also has some unique “semi-corner” rooms, with a bit of extra space, but bathrooms at odd angles.  During our stay, we had one of these rooms.

Rooms are well appointed.  There’s a large desk and plenty of outlets around the room.  They also have outlets near the bed, so it’s easy to work on your laptop or iPad without having to it at the desk.  You have plenty of pillows to choose from on the bed, as well as an easy to use alarm clock.  The bathrooms in the “semi-corner” rooms are larger than most.

Facilities & Service:
Service at the Parc 55 was very good.  The front desk check in was quick and the concierge and bell desk staff were very helpful.  Because of the location of the hotel on a busy corner, it can sometimes be difficult to hail a cab.  The Parc 55 staff jumped to the task and took the pain out of the process.

Fitness facilities here have recently been upgraded.  While we didn’t have a chance to check them out, a look at their website will give you an idea of what to expect.  There’s a bar and restaurant located near the main lobby on the second floor.  It’s packed both morning and night.

Pros: Location, location.  Great for business or personal travel.  Comfortable rooms.

Cons: Lower floor rooms can pickup quite a bit of noise from the street, depending upon which side of the hotel you’re staying on.

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Wangz Hotel – Singapore

 [one_half]231 Outram Rd, 
Singapore 169040

+65 6595 1388

Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $219 USD per night 

Booked Via: Wangz

Reviews: 
TripAdvisor

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Wangz Hotel is a phenomenal place to stay in the Tiong Bahru neighborhood of Singapore.  Wangz deserves the rating it gets on all of the various travel sites and we had a flawless experience here. We know you will to.

Location: 
Wangz is located just a short 5 minute walk from the Outram MRT station, it’s accessible from just about anywhere in Singapore.  If you’re traveling by cab, it’s a short 15-20 minute ride from Changi Airport and will cost you around $30 SGD.   It’s also directly across from Singapore General Hospital.  You can’t miss Wangz. It’s the only tall cylindrical mesh encased building in the neighborhood. The Tiong Bahru neighborhood is one of the trendier neighborhoods in Singapore.  You’ll find great restaurants, shops and other local finds close by.

Rooms:
There are several styles of rooms to pick from at Wangz, each varying in size and design. We opted for the Canopy Room, which was good sized and had a killer bathroom. The bathroom is a large and rectangular, running the length of the entire room. Taking up half the bathroom is the wet area, which has a large soaker bath tub and extremely spacious shower area. A large floor to ceiling picture window is in there as well. You can shower or take a bath while looking out onto the Singapore skyline. Remember that the building has a metal mesh exterior, so you can see out, but those outside can’t see in.

There’s ample area to work with a large desk, decent closet space for clothes, iHome stereo that allows you to play your iPod through pre-wired speakers in the room and a small refrigerator. Each day you get 2 items from the mini-bar, in addition to 2 bottles of water at no charge.

Facilities & Service: 
Wangz has  a small cafe/restaurant in the lobby that serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant that serves dinner from 5PM onwards. The views from the rooftop bar are very good and you can see for a good distance across the Singapore skyline.  The complimentary breakfast buffet has a couple of hot items, along with plenty of pastries, fruit, cereals, meats and other items. They’ll also make you eggs anyway you like.  The hotel has a tiny parking garage, so if for some reason your driving, you’ll want to call ahead to make sure they have a space for you.

The people here were great. Check in and check out was done in just a minute or two and they know not only the neighborhood well, but also most parts of Singapore. If you want recommendations of any type, especially those places where “the locals go”, they’ll point you the right direction.

Pros: A great boutique hotel in the perfect neighborhood in Singapore.  Rooms and service were five star.

Cons: At least 10-15 minutes MRT ride to the major attractions of Singapore, although it’s not really a con.

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Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels

Mr & Mrs Smith hotels has a great selection of boutique hotels located across six continents.  With unique properties in unique places, it’s worth your while to check them out.  You can select hotels by location and by type.  Mr & Mrs Smith has extensive details on each property, with gorgeous photos as well as reviews.

At Mr & Mrs Smith you can purchase different levels of membership which get you various perks, basic membership, “Blacksmith” is free.  We recently made our first booking with Mr & Mrs Smith at Song Saa in Cambodia.  The deal was phenomenal at 50% off for the entire stay.  No other website was able to match this deal.  And, as a Mr & Mrs Smith extra, we receive a free spa treatment each.

Booking here is easy.  And, you also get “cash back” on every booking.  Based upon the level of membership you have, you can earn between 1-3%.  Here’s a video clip that explains a bit more about Mr & Mrs Smith.

You can download the Mr & Mrs Smith hotels iPhone app from the app store here.

Hotel Cervo - Zermatt

Hotel Cervo – Zermatt

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Riedweg 156,
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

+41 27 968 12 12

Hotel Website

Design Hotel Website

Rate: Starts at $349 USD per night
Our Rate:  Special Seasonal Package Rate for Multi Night Stay

Booked Via: Hotel Cervo

Reviews: 
TripAdvisor

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Hotel Cervo is one of the top hotels in Zermatt.  It’s location is perfect, the rooms are exquisite and the staff, phenomenal.

Location: 
Hotel Cervo is located towards the south end of town, right at the Sunnegga lift train.  The ski run empties out right in front of the hotel as well.  It’s super convenient.  If you’re skiing or mountain biking, you’re less than 5 minutes to the ski train.  You can be in the center of Zermatt in less than 15 minutes, to the train station in 10.  Walking is simple and easy, although you can also take a taxi.  Expect to pay around 10 -20 CHF during peak times one way for a taxi ride into town.  It’s slightly cheaper to catch the taxi in front of the Sunnegga ticket office.  Taxi’s tend to take advantage of the fact that you’re staying at the Hotel Cervo.

Rooms:
Rooms at Hotel Cervo are amazing.  Rooms are spread out amongst five chalets across the property.  Each chalet has 4-5 floors.  On the lowest floor on the least expensive rooms, as well as the wellness area consisting of a spa treatment room, relaxation area, steam room, sauna, bucket shower and outdoor jacuzzi.  There are around 7 rooms per chalet, with the better rooms being on the upper floors.  For the best, completely unobstructed views of the Matterhorn and Zermatt, you’re best bets are either the Owner’s Lodge or Chalet 5.  All chalets have views of the Matterhorn, but can be somewhat obstructed by trees, especially during warm months.

During our stay, we had the fortune of being able to stay in the Owner’s Lodge for one night and a Junior Suite for the following four nights. 

Hotel Cervo Owner's Lodge
Looking from the living room of the Owner’s Lodge into the kitchen and out onto the west deck.

The Owner’s Lodge is unbelievable.  It shares it’s own chalet building with the Spa Suite.  You can rent out both rooms and have an entire building to yourself.  The Owner’s Lodge portion of the building has an elevator that accesses all four floors.  Stairs are also available.  Regular bedrooms are located on various levels, with the mater bedroom and bath on the top floor.  There’s also a small game room on this floor as well.  The master bedroom is outfitted with a king size Hasten’s bed and a large deck with wide open views of the Matterhorn.  The master bath has a large soaking tub, two person sauna, and large shower.  The same deck in the bedroom wraps to the bathroom with the awesome views.  One floor down is a large, full size kitchen with all appliances, including an espresso maker.  There’s a small office area with another large patio/deck facing the Matterhorn.  Outside on that deck is your own private jacuzzi.  There’s a dining room for 12 and large living room with premium sound system and large flat screen television.  You could live here.  And live comfortably.

Hotel Cervo Junior Suite
The bedroom in the Junior Suite at Hotel Cervo.

The Junior Suite is also nice.  They’re located in almost every chalet.  The have large decks on two sides and face the Matterhorn.  The bedrooms are good sized, with king size beds, a TV and plenty of underbed storage for ski clothing, etc.  There’s a double-sided fireplace between the bedroom and living room.  The living room is also large, with a large sectional, espresso machine and huge closet that can store all of the clothing and gear you can throw at it.  A large safe for valuables is also included.  In the bathroom, there’s a soaking tub, single sink, separate water closet and another large closet for hanging things, as well as storage drawers.  Oh, and the most important thing, radiant heated floors are throughout the entire room.

Rooms are cleaned daily, followed by turn down service in the late afternoon/early evening.  Towels are refreshed, curtains drawn and the bed turned down.  You also get a small gift each day, along with a list of events and weather coming up on the following day.

Facilities & Service: 
Facilities at Hotel Cervo are everything you could want.  A great, well respected restaurant helmed by the owner’s wife.  Reservations are required, even if you’re a guest during high season.  Breakfast is also served here as well.  A large year-round bar area outside, both slope side and above that on the patio.  Large wool blankets, pillows and a large fireplace keep you warm, even in the coldest of weather.  There’s a small inside lounge as well, with a separate small bar area.  You can order tapas as well as drinks in any of the bar locations.

If you’re here to ski or bike, there’s a large heated storage room that secured by card key to keep your gear.  

As mentioned above, there’s a wellness area on the lower floor of each chalet.  It’s open from 3:30-11PM daily.  Massages and spa treatments can be arranged as needed.  Since each chalet has its own wellness area, you’re never fighting for the jacuzzi, sauna or relaxation area.  We hardly ever saw anyone in the area every night we were there and the hotel was booked to capacity.

Staff here are amazing.  Nothing is too much trouble. They’ll handle anything you need.  And I mean anything. The hotel is allowed to sell lift tickets, so you can avoid any lines at the ticket office.  They’ll make reservations at other spots in town to eat as well. Daniel, the owner, spoke with us several times during our stay to make sure everything was satisfactory.

Pros: Everything.  Your right on the ski run, as well as 5 minutes from the ski train.

Cons: None, really.  Other than this is one of the most popular places in Zermatt.  You need to reserve months in advance if you want your choice of room.  It would also be nice if the wellness area opened earlier, especially for those days when you didn’t choose to ski. 

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You can see more photos of Hotel Cervo and Zermatt by clicking here.

[box type=”info” ]Hotel Cervo runs special packages in summer and winter that are inclusive of skiing, biking, etc.[/box]

Yotel London Heathrow – London, UK

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Arrivals Mezzanine Landside 
Terminal 4 
London Heathrow Airport 
Hounslow

Middlesex UK
TW6 3XA

+44 207 100 1100

Hotel Website

Rate: $50 Single 4 Hours
Our Rate:  FREE – Airline Discount

Booked Via: United Airlines

Reviews: 
TripAdvisor

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We happened upon the Yotel London Heathrow, completely by accident.  United Airlines offers a free two hour stay at the Yotel on certain flights arriving at LHR Terminal 4.  We had a five hour layover on our way to North Africa, so we took advantage of the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Heathrow and rest for a couple of hours.

Location:
Yotel is located in Terminal 4.  To find Yotel, you immediately turn to your left after you pick up your bags and exit the UK Customs area.  You’ll see a large escalator at the end of the hall.  Follow the hotel signs to the top of the escalator and make a left at the restaurant.  Directly ahead, you’ll find the entrance to Yotel. Yotel also has locations at Gatwick, Amersterdam Schipol and New York Time Square.

Rooms:
Yotel is basically a small collection of “pods” where you can spend a few hours napping, relaxing and freshening up.  Pods are staggered along the hallway, some a couple of steps up, some a couple of steps down, to maximize space efficiency.  Most pods are 1 person pods, however, they do have a few “2 person” pods as well.   Since each pod is fairly limited in size (think 8 feet wide by about 9 feet long) you could fit 2 people in a small pod, but it would be tight.

Inside each pod is a single sized bed, that’s really pretty comfortable.  There’s a TV that gets 8-10 channels (mostly BBC and ITV), a small collapsible table, electrical outlets, internet connection, toilet, sink and shower.  You can also choose you’re style of “mood lighting”, from a serene purple, to calming yellow or basic white.  You can also shut lights off altogether.  

The pods are amazingly quiet and amazingly work very well for a short rest or just simply to relax and shower after a long international flight.  You can book the Yotel for overnight stays as well.  

Facilities: 
Yotel has no facilities to speak of, however, they do offer coffee, tea and a select group of snacks via a room service menu.  Free internet is included during your stay and there is a TV with limited cable stations in each pod. 

Yotel is a great alternative to more expensive hotels near or around Heathrow if you’re only going to stay over for a short amount of time.  

[box type=”note” ]See if your airline offers discounts or free stays at Yotel when booking your Business or First Class ticket.[/box]