January 16, 2011

Le Meridien Barcelona…Prime location. Need I say more?

Located right on the Las Ramblas, the main street with plenty going on. This means everything is literally at the doorstep:  the metro, La Boqueria market, many shops, squares, the shore, restaurants and every hot spots except (Sagrada Famelia & Parc Guell).

The room has small  little touches, like the blue light that comes on in the night if you get up. The bathrooms have the large disc shower heads–nice

Front line staff were adequately knowledgeable but gave the impression that “they have to serve” rather than “they want to serve”. The shining star of the team must certainly be Martha at Front Desk. She has plenty of enthusiasm and demonstrated genuine interest and initiative  to help and serve.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

April 15, 2010

Le Meridien Shanghai…location, location, location

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It is in the center of everything, closely located near key shopping areas, and sites such as the Shanghai Museum and Grand Theatre; everything you need, popular bards and restaurants are within walking distance, or a short subway ride away. The famous Bund river is only 5 minutes away.

The hotel has many lifts that can be a bit overwhelming at first – but when you get the swing of it it works just fine. Piped through the elevator sound system are the soft sounds of chirping birds and New Age music.

The superb room has floor to ceiling windows with amazing view of either nanjing road or the people’s park, depending on which side of the hotel your room is in. The room is spotless and very cozy with a sexy all glass-encased bathroom that faced the bedroom and the city skyline. Those might weird some people out, but the modern romantic that I am, I thought it was cool. The room comes with even a huge wall-mounted flatscreen TV and  DVD/CD player.

The fitness center was large, with state-of-the-art machines and a nice vibe.

One bummer that put a negativity into my stay was that the Royal Club Shift Leader, Jackey Zhu, promised to email me a breakdown of the bill within the same day I checked out but 6 days later, there’s still no sign of it. Otherwise, service is friendly and efficient. Clearly, Jackey is their weakest link.

Despite that, this hotel will always be my choice in Shanghai. This is the true truth as I am still saying it as it is…

March 30, 2010

Le Meridien Hotel Budapest…impersonal service at a good location

This headquarters of the Budapest police (read: police station) in the heart of Budapest was converted into the le Meridien Hotel 10 years ago. The style is not modern but the bedrooms and bathrooms are quite spacious. The floor heating is a great thing – heated floors should be obligatory in five star hotels!!!

The hotel is in a great location as it was close to the, Danube river front, Opera House, and St Stephen’s Basilica. The subway station is just around the corner, a few meters away from the hotel. We trained to Vienna from the Keleti Railway Station which was 15 minutes away from the hotel. 

However, the front desk staff, who, though were helpful, exuded the impression that they were just going through the motions and want you out of their faces as quickly as possible. The staff needs more briefing on how to be more out going, friendlier and cordial

This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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