Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by CuffLinks28, Aug 3, 2011.
I fear bed bugs, so every hotel is suspect
I'm not really a fan of cockroaches either.
Stayed at the Grand Hyatt in NYC, was not that great.
I like the Park Hyatt chain, the one in Seoul is really quite nice. No restaurants to speak of, so that is a shame, but the room design is good. No shitty art, the bath and bedroom decoration are permanent and mid century-esque, a lot of birch and natural stone. Walk-through closet that goes to the bathroom to open up the room if you feel like it. Aesop toiletries, awesome bed. Worth the money (sometimes can be had for under $200/night if it's off-season, in contrast with love hotels that cost $100-120 anyway)
This was the Conrad Tokyo - a couple good restaurants and lounges, the executive upgrade gets you free breakfast (normally about $50 a head) and in the evening, free flow champagne, wine, beer, and snacks (catered by the restaurants downstairs, so Gordon Ramsay, a two michelin star Chinese place, and then a good Japanese place, in rotation throughout the week) - so the $100/night for two to upgrade is worth it if you have time to enjoy that stuff.
Location wasn't good, there are better situated hotels. Shiodome and Shinbashi are like business districts and are newly redeveloped at that, so many taxi drivers don't even know where it is still.
The art inside was terrible, the carpet and walls were ugly in an American hotel kind of way, but the bathroom was nice. Still don't really understand the see-through bathrooms at all these places. Reminds me of cheap Asian love hotels. I like watching my lady in the bath, but there's definitely a point where it's too much of a good thing...
You're staying in the wrong places
No choice sometimes, their been no Park Hyatt or Peninsula or Hilton or Sofitel or whatever available. There's certainly non of them in Xilinhot.
One place I stayed at, one had to pay extra for a room with a window. No window and it was cheaper.
...and when you pay extra for a window...
...it's not that good sometimes. Village hotel/brothel near Dongguan, Guangdong province.
impolyt...that room looks a little cold for my tastes but I tend to go for super traditional if possible. The see-through bathroom makes sense if there is some spectacular view that you can see from the bathroom. Is that the case?
My usual room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is a little outdated but they're doing a re-haul of the villas now. Excited to see how it changes since I spend so much time here:
Yikes. The window thing I can handle. The roaches? No no no
Have you seen the view from the window I've just added? It's not pretty.
Oh nice!!.... No roaches or bedbugs here I hope.
Just saw that. Damn
It's not all grim in rural China of course. This Xilinhot 'business hotel' is quite good, relatively clean and roach free. One can see my apartment in this picture as well. EDIT: I did stay at a small hotel in Beijing a couple of months ago, called the Shangchao("Designers Hotel"). Which had some rather interesting and strange room decor, designer style I suppose, in keeping with the hotel's name.
This photo of Shangchao Hotel is courtesy of TripAdvisor Although it was very clean, it didn't really like the puke green walls in my bedroom.
My hotel of choice is Intercontinental. As a Royal Ambassador I get multiple level upgrades, late check out, welcome fruit basket, free movie and free minibar for my stay. My second choice is SPG properties followed by Hyatt. I spend roughly 200 nights/yr on the road and belong to many programs and find different perks to each.
I did consulting gigs for Four Seasons and more recently Hyatt so I've got a lot of comped stays that I can bank with both, and they're my typical go to. I prefer boutique or specialty hotels, however and if it's for vacation that's what I do unless I don't know any better in the city.
If you can, stay at the Park Hyatt when you come to Tokyo. Nice use for Hyatt credits.
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