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Stay Report: Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam

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I was on my last minute brainstorm of finding a place for my layover night in Amsterdam, than I just realised the nearly sold bride-Carlson Rezidor.

The hotel was categorised a 4 star hotel, but the majority of the reviews says the opposite !

But as the most joy able fun practice I have had with my room request, it’s worth the try.(I will tell this again in a new post as well)

When I have checked in for the room though the app, they always have a section you can write around 50 characters to describe your special request, as I was a Club Carlson Gold member,I am ought to get a welcome gift very time I stay with them, but for some ridiculous reasons, they always forgot just like in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, always…

It’s a good thing that they have been bought the Chinese HNA group which is operating the only 5 star airline in Mainland China,I am certainly seeking for more improvements to be done, so back to the topic,I wrote on the request section that I would like to have my welcome gift as a fruit plate with a pic of Kendall J;Yes you are right,I didn’t even got to finish it.This is inspired by a recent phenomenon by another people on the internet whose name i don’t recall.

By the time I checked in at the front desk around 23:30,There was 3 guys giggling which I completely had no clue during that time, but when I was in the room, the first thing caught my air is the air-kissing Kendall Jenner, Omg she is my fav always, so is Park Plaza Vondelpark now. Haha, Just Kidding, I am serious reviewer. Hmm…

Most importantly, the product at hand:The rooms are not to say —Tiny, definitely not a 4 star standard, and it’s like less than 10 sq meters.

This is more like an economical motel or Airbnb ?

The bed looks like something is hiding under it, after I touch the duvet then I found out that is the inner layer has such an unequal distribution pattern, but all well.

Here you can see the shower and the toilet with decent amount of space, but the sink is place outside, so in conclusion, no dry wet separation at all inside the room, or do they even care?

Shower and toilet

The sink area

The amenities they have is middle range as well.


Overview:

The price for this Carlson Rezidor property is not high at all compare to other same range hotels in Amsterdam, but it’s considerably at the outer circle of the real centrum of Amsterdam, but not far from the Van Gogh Museum and it’s very quiet and nice,(residence area around it)but not far away from anything else you wanna do.

It’s definitely not worth using so much points on something like this unless you are desperate in some sorts like me.

The staff is kind and nice or (gossipy which I don’t really mind),the soft power is indeed at some professional level but they do need to renovate soon or maybe just lower the range for this property so the customers can truly feel worthy.

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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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