Review | Hotel 1913 St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a historic city, famous for its old buildings and churches. There is an array of hotels ranging from budget to the uber-opulent, with Hotel 1913, sitting in the middle ground. It’s a small and boutique hotel, with a very basic check-in. Staff are friendly and attentive, and a bell-boy will escort guests…

Review | LaGare Hotel Milan

LaGare, by Sofitel, is a snazzy hotel situated in the heart of new Milan. It’s probably one of the most chic hotels in the city, with mesmerising coloured lights in the windows and a plush and stylish lobby. The drive-up entrance is pretty ordinary, and there are a fair number of steps to reach the…

Review | The Airport Hotel – Doha Hamad

I can safely say this is the best airport transit hotel I have been to. A TRANSIT hotel, as opposed to a normal AIRPORT hotel, is located within the terminal building, and inside the immigration-sterile area. That way, if you have a long overnight layover, there is no need to clear immigration in the evening,…

Review | Raffles Beijing Hotel

I’d been eagerly awaiting my first stay at a Raffles Hotel, one of the most renowned hotel chains in the world. The boutique hotel started operations with the famous Raffles Singapore, and has since spread to several corners of the globe. Famous for incredible service with a classical touch, the hotel was sure to impress!…

Review | Hyangsan Hotel, North Pyongyang

So as it turns out, North Korea actually does have a pretty decent hotel. It’s located about 2 hours north of Pyongyang in the Myohyang mountainous area. This particular hotel, the Hyangsan, was newly refurbished, and involved an additional charge to stay here as opposed to the standard option. This is the sixth component of…

Review | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

Who wouldn’t like to stay at “Pyongyang’s best hotel”?! One of the few choices for guests to the city, the Koryo is a twin-tower building frequented by diplomats, officials, teachers and delegates, whilst tourists most often stay at the Yanggakdo Hotel. This is the fifth component of the November trip: Singapore Airlines Premium Economy (Sydney –…

Review | Hilton Wangfujing, Beijing

The thing about Hilton Hotels, is that they’re generally hit or miss. Some countries (e.g. Australia, Singapore) have exceptional quality properties, whilst others (namely the USA) have very average or poor quality Hiltons. China, thankfully, is up in the ‘exceptional’ range. This review is the first hotel review in the November trip, which is as…