For a short two nights stay in Hamburg in late summer last year I booked the INNSIDE by Melia Hamburg Hafen due to the reasonable price tag and it being a new hotel in a central location that I thought would be nice to check out.
From the pictures I could see that this hotel is following a very basic, northern sleek style, which I usually like. While the style was as expected everything else was unfortunately quite unpleasant.
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After returning from a trip to Europe in September thanks to the cheap Qatar Airways fare sale ex Ho Chi Minh City I needed a room for one night before taking my flight back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this time hopefully in a slightly more modern plane than the outbound flight.
Normally the Pullman Saigon Central is my go-to place in Ho Chi Minh City, it is easily one of the best Pullmans out there and I have stayed countless times at this property. For the date I was in Saigon tho it turned out to be outrageously expensive and I decided to branch out into a non chain property this time.
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I recently returned to the beautiful city of Munich in Germany and needed a hotel. On my last stay I booked the Novotel Munich City Arnulfpark and was very positively surprised. I also noticed that the building hosts an Ibis hotel as well, which takes up one half of the property.
As this was just a one night stay and Ibis hotels are very ‘upscale’ for the 3-stars category I decided to shake things up a bit and see how this hotel would compare to the Novotel.
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For a quick business trip I recently had to spend two nights in Shanghai where I had the chance to spend two nights at the former Grand Mercure Shanghai Central that just recently rebranded to the Pullman Shanghai Jing’an, named after the area it is located in.
While this was just a short stay and I partially paid by points I do like and prefer the Pullman brand in general so I had a certain expectation in terms of style and service. I left Shanghai with somewhat mixed feelings about this property, that does not really fit into the Pullman brand as of now.
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For a long weekend in April I decided to explore Johor Bahru since I haven’t been there, despite living in Malaysia for years, as well as spending a day in Singapore which is right next to Johor Bahru town.
Johor Bahru does not have that many hotels especially if you are looking for something more upscale. The only chain hotel I found was the DoubleTree by Hilton which was somewhat pricey for a town like Johor and since I am not a member anyway I decided it wasn’t worth the money. Instead I went with the 4 star Amerin Hotel, which I booked through AirAsiaGo, that is located a short drive of 10 minutes away from Johor town.
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Over a long weekend in April 2017 I spent a night in Singapore after my short trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. As it was just one night and I did not need anything fancy I decided to go for the cheapest 5 star option Accor Hotels had on offer for that night, which ended up being the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy.
I paid a part of the rate with points which gave me a rather unpleasant experience before at the Pullman Riga Old Town which really made me feel anything but welcome, while later resolved I assume at least partially the unpleasant service was due to my “lack of spending” at that property.
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Since I am a frequent visitor to Ho Chi Minh City, very much like Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, I do have a favourite hotel in Vietnams biggest city where I spend most of my stays at.
The Pullman Saigon was opened just a few years ago, hence it is one of the most modern hotels in the city and located in the CBD at the border of district 1, still close to the center but also convenient to go in the surrounding districts.
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Over the years I have stayed countless times at the Pullman Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, it was and is my go-to hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the times at which I am not living full time in the city.
While I have stayed at multiple room types here this review will focus on the suite rooms to which I received several upgrades as part of my Accor Le Club platinum membership.
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Over a look weekend in late 2016 I used my chance to explore more of Accors rather small food print in Malaysia and drove down to Melaka, one of Malaysias biggest cities and a short 90 minutes drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Melaka is a famous place for food but does not necessarily feature a beautiful scenery or any notable activities, besides some museums and an ancient church. While it is next to the ocean there are no real beaches and you can’t at all go for a beach vacation due to the polluted waters.
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During my summer trip to Germany in 2015 I spent one night in the Pullman Dresden Newa, which is a 4-star property centrally located in Dresden. Due to it’s central location in the historic part of the city the Pullman is a good base for both shopping and sightseeing.
Right opposite the Pullman Accor also built a much larger Ibis that features a solid 3-star product, to offer a more budget friendly option to travellers looking for the same central location as the Pullman.
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