PEr FYI

March 10, 2013

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, New York City…like Disneyland for shopaholics!

An outdoor (so wrap up in winter) village with more than 220 freestanding “high end” names. Stores include a mega-Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Nike, Nine West, Michael Kors, Longchamps, Bose, Swarovski, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Toryburch and so many more that it’s staggering. Be prepared to spend the whole day here and have an early night as you will be tired. Better wear comfy sneakers there will be alot of walking to do. I walked around for 7+ hours going thru various stores that I was interested but most of them were disappointment.   Items looked cheap.  I am not sure if they have the 2nd grade items or all tourists got the good stuff.   I didn’t get as much as when I was in Vegas. Remember you do have to pay sales tax.

I’d signed up online as a VIP member (sign up is free!) and printed our my free coupons prior to arriving  in New York.  These coupons offer more discounts than the VIP coupon book which you can pick up at Woodbury! None of my coupons were use, by the way. And get a copy of those handy maps and store listings while you are there.  Woodbury Premium Outlets occupies a large area, this is very useful to locate the store you want.

The food court is very basic eats, nothing exciting. Although I go there to shop not to eat.

As to be expected, outlets are hit or miss.  Maybe I’ve just missed on my visit here but I would say…for the shopaholics… it is like Disneyland! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

January 15, 2011

W Istanbul…funky decor but not so good location

Filed under: hotel, Turkey — Tags: , , , , , , , — PEr @ 2:36 pm

Location-wise, this hotel is not so great. It’s a bit of a walk to the tram stop and that’s not much of good eateries in its immediate vicinity. If you are looking for a hotel with a good view of Istanbul, this isn’t the hotel for you.

The decor coupled with the soft mood lighting is very trendy and and there’s funky lounge music everywhere you go (which can be quite disturbing after a while). The staff wear sharp black suits like those in a downtown bar.

The room was as sexy as the lobby with a mega-huge flat-screen TV mounted behind black mirrors, an iPod and Bose music system which sat on the bedside table. Lighting comes in five atmospheric mood settings.  There was, however, no bath (aw shucks!). There was a marble shower area with two showers – a rain-shower and a hand-held one.

The gym is small and windowless. Wifi-is free in the lobby of the hotel. Problems occured and  I had to summon engineering to fix it at 1am. at times the service doesn’t match the product. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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