While 25 Hours Hotel Das Tours, Dusseldorf was warm, cozy & furnished in German-French vintage style, Art’otel Cologne by Park Plaza on the other hand showcased modern, minimalist and stylish design.
Getting to Art’otel Cologne by Park Plaza was rather convenient as it only took less than 10 minutes by bus 133 from Cologne Hauptbahnhof Main Train Station. Being located along the Rheinauhafen district, the Old Town and a museum was just few minutes walk away. Not forgetting the Lindt Chocolate Museum which was about 3 minutes walk across the Rhine River. Continue reading “Hotel Review – Art’otel Cologne by Park Plaza, Germany”
After the dreadful 13 hours ride in a direct flight aircraft, the first thing most of us would like to do would be to check in into the hotel room. With the freezing weather and the sky was about to turn dark for nightfall, I was thankful 25 Hours Hotel Dusseldorf was about 5 mins walk from Wehrhahn Station.
The interior was pretty much German-French inspired with retro/vintage furnishings as well as the metal frames of Eiffel Tower. A large Christmas tree was set up and there were fresh flowers and trinkets on sale due to festive seasons. For those whom would love to chill, coffee and cakes are available at the lobby’s mini Café La Tour. Continue reading “Hotel Review – 25 Hours Hotel Das Tour, Dusseldorf, Germany”
It was Day 11 of my Germany-France trip and having visited the famous Cologne Cathedral + plenty of shopping the day before, it was time to make a trip to a place that makes me smile and hungry at the same time.
Lindt Chocolate Museum, also known as “Schokoladen Museum” was added on to my place-to-go list since I am a sucker for anything chocolate. I sure was glad the location was just about 5 mins walk from Art Otel Cologne, the place I was lodging.
Greeted by 3 Lindt “Chocolate Bears” at the entrance, I couldn’t helped but to take a picture with them. The place sure was huge inside! I was already eyeing the retail store as well the chocolate themed café even before I had gotten my tickets to enter. Continue reading “Lindt Chocolate Museum, Cologne”
I had a staycation with mum over the weekends at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, nestled in the heart of the central business district. I was rather surprised at first since I wasn’t expecting to find a luxury hotel around Tanjong Pagar, especially directly above the MRT station.
The hotel was rather elegant to begin with, as my mum and I stepped in, making our way towards Racines, a French and local Chinese restaurant for lunch before checking in. Chilled soup and bread was served as we waited for our mains to arrive.
My mum ordered the braised Ee-fu noodles with scallops, XO sauce, mushroom and chives ($24.00). It was really savoury and tasty. Sad to say the Squid dish ($28.00) that I had ordered was really disappointing. Tough squid stuffed with glutinous rice and the portion was really small and unfulfilling.
After the meal, we headed to the twin-bed room to take a look around. Pretty cosy with a view overlooking rows of shophouses. My eye lit up as soon as I caught sight of a bath tub. Yes I did soak in it for an hour or so around 2am in the morning as well as the next day before checking out.
The hotel provide a welcome drink which could be claimed anytime during the stay from 1864 bar. My mum and I both picked the mocktail of blended mint leaves and lychee. Refreshing drink to go with some complimentary snacks.
I did use the hotel facilities such as the gym that night as well as sitting by the swimming pool the following morning. I did not enter the pool since it was too small for laps anyway. Too bad there wasn’t any sauna or steam room available in the toilets.
It was definitely as nice staycation as I got to spend time with mum and to relax.
It was meant to be a short getaway and I rushed over to the airport after taking half day leave that Friday. The air ticket to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was almost twice the usual price since it was a few days before Malaysia’s election day.
I met up with my friends in Royale Chulan The Curve, the place where I would be staying for 2 nights. Due to the horrible traffic jam, it took about one and the half hours to reach my destination.
I should have taken to KL Central via train and alighted at SBK08 – MRT Mutiara Damansara. It would probably be much faster and cheaper too.
This was more of a eat, sleep, chill on bed weekends trip. Did not snap much pictures at all since I was in my ”nua” mode. I even forgotten to taken pictures of the room itself. Breakfast was provided and we settled our meals in a German and Vietnamese restaurant, as well as occasional snacks we could grab.
Besides The Curve Shopping Centre of few storeys high, an underpass of food outlets that links to IKEA, I did not explore much. I probably only grabbed a few bars of Valrhona chocolate, hair dye and other random stuff which I thought was priced better as compared to Singapore.
Definitely a good place to eat, sleep and chill, provided that you are familiar with the place. I should perhaps learn Malay since I kept having people speaking to me in the language I could not understand. More short weekends getaways and staycations in future!