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Stay Report: The May Fair Hotel London

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Today is the day ! I’ve heard so much about this property before coming here, and after walking around the neighbourhood, it surely hasn’t disappointed me. So as I have wrote in previous post, The May Fair Hotel in London could be the best choice for redeeming Club Carlson gold points, and here’s a video on that post you can check out about the “advertised” amenities (The Best Hotel to Redeem Club Carlson Gold Points – The May Fair Hotel London).

First thing first, the hotel is at such a preppy neighbourhood, and the amount of high-end shops and fine-dinning restaurants within walking distance is just such a high-value perk I couldn’t possibly resist.

It is said that they are the official partner hotel for London film festival and that’s why they has a private screening room at the basement, although they don’t really let anyone staying at the hotel use it,I guess you can consider it a default benefit ?

The front desk was friendly and very welcoming upon checking-in, and they thanked me for being loyal to the Club Carlson loyalty program, but it’s truly standard nowadays for them to do so.The picture below shows the small lobby outside the elevator and you can tell they’ve choose to go with such a imperial decor style, it’s like a mix of ancient Oriental and traditional English.

This is the deluxe room I’ve got which is probably the second lowest rank in the property, I couldn’t really complain too much and the room is indeed bright and spacious enough.

One little thing here is that, if they really wanna attract Asian tourists here, the superstition is that it is very very bad to sleep on the bed that is facing a mirror, you would be likely to see a ghost at the middle of the night if you woke up. 😛 (I’m not kidding, especially for middle-aged people from Asia)

The thing I liked the most about the room is the shape of it, it’s very simple square, also according to superstition, guests who stayed here would likely to be as noble as the emperor since he is as honorable as the body of a oriental dragon. (hahaha, I don’t know what has gotten into me in this part.)

The bed is big and spacious, if you pay attention to the dark wooden furniture that shaped like a enclosed basket, it has been glued onto the desk, such cheap move in my opinion as people who pay around 600 dollar for staying here for one night would take that weird shape thing with them? But the overall design is indeed very Chinese, I actually began to like it.

The bathroom is also a bright and spacious, and guess what, it has a window, so that’s actually very nice to be with, as most hotels today would let the bathroom windowless and all you hear would be the sound of air ventilation working so hard in the middle of the night. Quiet a nut-job to put up with if you get what I mean.

They also put some cotton balls there, I guess is for ladies to remove their make up with, the overall amenities is decent but not too over the top luxurious, I guess you can call it elegant then.

The mini-bar selection is also decent, certainly better than many other Radisson Blu properties though.


I am not sure if you can say it’s really worth it to spend that 70,000 Club Carlson gold points on it, but for the market value, it is indeed the best way to use it, and there’s no surcharge on award booking with them, so that’s kind of nice. The experience is overall pleasant but I wouldn’t say it’s full of surprises. I guess that’s why all those celebrities decided to stay here – due to the amount of privacy you get.

Share your opinions about this review, the weather in London isn’t always this nice.

Until next time !

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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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