My Girlfriend and I stayed at the Cross Hotel Osaka for 8 nights last November. A previous visit to the city in 2013 had us staying at the quirky Dotonbori Hotel. Our room at the Cross was in the same price range, and in my opinion a much better choice. Here’s why…
I recently flew my first-ever return flight in EVA Air’s Elite (Premium Economy) cabin and had a fantastic experience. Seriously, I think I’ve found my new favourite ride from YYZ to Asia and back.
For the past five years the girlfriend and I have been making our annual trek to Hong Kong exclusively on Cathay Pacific—mostly because of the Marco Polo Gold status via AMEX Platinum, a perk which was finally removed from my account last summer. But that’s not the only reason we wanted to move on from Cathay; on our last CX flight (also in PE) my SO’s IFE screen wouldn’t turn off and had to be taped up with cardboard, and on the flight before that she had hot water spilled on her while taking delivery of an in-flight instant noodle soup.
So for our first experience with EVA Air the proverbial bar was actually set pretty low. But BR did great.
This outstanding Thon property was the perfect way to wrap up our first trip to Norway. Having enduring four nights in a surprisingly busy hotel in the otherwise sleepy city of Bergen (see my previous review of the Scandic Ørnen), the Rosenkrantz was a welcome—and downright classy—relief.
I stayed at the Scandic Ørnen with my girlfriend this past summer. Though the property is modern and clean and the staff friendly enough, if we ever return to Bergen I don’t think we’d stay here again. It’s too far out of the way, and during our four-night stay in August was way too crowded.
The Novotel Century Hong Kong is strategically located for the visitor to Hong Kong. A five-minute walk to the west brings you to the Wan Chai MTR station. Walk ten minutes north and you can catch a ferry across the harbour to Kowloon. Fifteen or twenty minutes on foot to the east will put you smack dab in the middle of Causeway Bay—or walk maybe a block and a half south to get there even quicker on a famous “Ding Ding”.
The girlfriend and I booked an Executive Room for two separate stays in December and January. It may not be the sexiest hotel in town, but it’s certainly a sensible choice.