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Stay Report: Hilton Munich Park (without a trace of human habitation)

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As I am writing this review, I started to regret why I didn’t think twice before I book this Hilton property just to save 30 Euros compared to Hilton Munich Airport, If you are thinking that sounds like worthy to save such amount, just wait til you find out that it would cost around 60 Euros to get there by taxi from Munich airport one way; the cheaper alternative would be a train plus bus journey up to an hour which set you around 12 Euros. I blame myself for this one as I thought surely the executive lounge’s happy hour would compensate for some of burden to allow such money-saving wisdom work.Keeping reading as you will find out what it really takes for Hilton to claim they have a lounge.

Picture from Hilton website on their lobby


Check In:

I am starting to develop a cold motionlessly nice check-in face lately, you know quoting from Jaden Smith: “I am just an icon living”. The fake greetings and smile followed by me handing them my passport, a bunch of procedure welcomes and informative intros to the property, A pair of room keys was handed to me for my room 1125 at the executive floor.

The hotel is nice but the design somewhat looked a bit like a decade ago, it got the space and the fancy touches, but not the charm.

The room I entered was simple and sizeable, although you can start to see some of the furniture starting to have tear and wear.

The room includes many standard amenities like mini bar and safe, but one thing in particular is missing – coffee machine. Was there never a plan to feature such obnoxious accessory or may it be that the hotel has deliberately removed it? I never found out during my stay, but a slight suggestion of the fact that maybe they are preparing to closed down this Hilton property and already started to selling parts to get a head start popped up in my head. It was not until I checked out the executive lounge that have deepened my prediction.

Two bottles of big water was provided, one sparkling one still, that is actually pretty nice compared to other properties, or maybe it’s just because they are closing soon, so might as well empty inventories on a faster paste.

The socket is also well designed so if not in use, you can push it down as it will completely submerged with the desk surface.

A sofa on the side, also a nice touch, it’s actually a very big room, if they don’t out in a side couch, it would be too empty to some extent.

The view outside is supposingly a huge park, however the weather is rather foggy during the time of my stay.

The balcony is somewhat dilapidated, have they thought about having better flooring or maybe put up a set of armchairs?

In front of the hotel building, it’s an office complex but it’s completely quiet, as I was staying there on a Sunday as well as the new year has just ended, probably.


Amenity details:

The mini-bar has a decent selection and the extra space for storing your own stuff is also prepared, nice.


The Toilet:

All of the amenity kits was standard Hilton fashion, but one thing really lower the standards it’s the wall’s ceramic tiles, it’s something you hardly see anymore in many upper class hotels today.

I will give the sink panel a pass, but the feeling of it being a great hotel in the 90s made me feel uncertain whether they are planning to stay in business anymore.


Bottom Line:

As you’ve made it so far to read this article, you might be wondering, where’s the lounge pictures? Glad you asked, I didn’t managed to get any pictures during my visit to the lounge, let me explain the situation here, when I used my room key to open the glass door of the lounge, a lady receptionist was working on the desk, after I said hi and walked pass him to enter the seating and serving area, a Korean family of 4 was taking over the space next to the short counter serving soft drinks, it was fine, they were a happy family, everyone busy drinking and eating and talking. Their kids got stuff dropped everywhere both on the table and the floor, but it’s fine though, who am I to judge others. Other than soft drinks, there was a freezer fridge having clearly wine bottles in it, but a layer of old hard paper covered the majority of the glass door of the freezer, I tried to open it even though I did not want to have wine by then, it was locked, like they are planning to shut down the whole thing.

What about food, you may ask? There was barely any, gummy bears and chips each in a jar was placed next to the drinks, other than that, 3 pastries was plated on the other side of the room, and that’s it. I didn’t bother to take any pictures as first I didn’t want the receptionist lady to raise any suspicion, and also the Korean family must be thinking I have no class if I will take pictures of such things.

The hotel has a very nice infrastructure built up and amazing surroundings if their soft product and furnishing can be updated, unfortunately I fail to see they have such plan in the near future.

So stay score: 3/10, for mainly the hotel is old and deserted, also for lacking any easy and frequent transportation possibilities, also low standard lounge facilities, and …, okay, I am just not going to list everything again.

Have you had any experience that is better at this Hilton property?

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review

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Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat - Courtesy Of IHG

The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.


How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


Check-In

The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.


Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.


The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.


The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.


Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.


Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Ratings

Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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