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I think my record purchase was a room service burger at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. It started at something like €30, which was bad enough. But once I’d paid the “tray charge” and given a tip, it was something like €45.00. And it came with cold fries and a limp salad.
My favourite deal is the room service full English at the Sheraton Heathrow. Reasonably priced, always good quality and it has to be eaten just before going to bed, thus giving me an extra hour’s sleep in the morning.
Now let’s get onto grievances with mini bars……
Simonin reply to: Grievances with ordering room service?10 Jul 2018
I only use Uber in the UK between LHR hotels and the terminals. I have used them several times in Zagreb, and the cars were dirty and the drivers were frankly fairly useless.
I have also used them in Finland, where the savings are huge and have also found the cars to be dirty, the drivers useless and a lack of language ability (English or Finnish). However, they now no longer operate in Finland, I understand, having “suspended” their operations. Indeed, I once had to direct a driver (on a longish journey from the city centre to Espoonlahti) as he couldn’t read his satnav…. Mind you, the ‘normal’ cab drivers can lack language skills and knowledge in Helsinki as well. I once had a ‘black cab’ driver take me from the Kämp Hotel to Helsinki/Vantaa, and he got lost and we ended up in the cargo area!
On the positive side, I used Uber in Amsterdam a few times a couple of weeks ago. They were absolutely excellent. The drivers were well dressed, they arrived quickly and the cars were spotless. The fares were around 70% or less of what I would have expected to pay in a normal cab – for example, from the Amstel Hotel to Schiphol was around €25.00.
Simonin reply to: UBER scam?27 Jan 2018
I’m also SPG Platinum and agree re the suites – I almost always get an upgrade.
I’m a little puzzled though about your comments re SPG ‘double dipping.’ In the Hilton sense, that means you get HHonors points and also airline mileage. I’m not aware that SPG has ever given mileage and SPG points?
Simonin reply to: Miles or points?17 Nov 2017
Has anyone experienced the same problem as I often do on ba.com (I use Safari).
I start a booking and, when it comes to payment the website effectively freezes.
The second issue is that when I use Manage my Booking to book (and pay for, of course) specific seats, the button is present on the webpage but isn’t “lit” so I can’t actually book seats.
At least one of these two issues arises at least 50% of the time that I use ba.com.
Simonin reply to: BA Website FAIL since yesterday17 Nov 2017
Hilton do still “double dip” and give you points and miles.
However, whereas they used to give you a fixed amount of miles (500 per night in my case), they now give you a number which is proportionate to your spend.
Simonin reply to: Miles or points?14 Nov 2017
GivingupBA – I never took it that was so don’t worry, mate.
I agree – I would never risk anything of value in my baggage. A block of smokes was a £35.00 quid loss – irritating but not a massive deal.
What does get me it this. I’m also a semi-pro musician in a band that does tours in Europe. We use “backlines” provided by the promoters so don’t have to take amps, drums etc with us,but none of us would risk checking in guitars worth many thousands of pounds each. This is a fear of theft, not damage – they are all housed in heavy-duty flight cases. The result is that one of us has to drive to wherever we’re playing in Europe, rather than us all fly. This ends up actually costing us money.
Another irritant due to the fear of theft.
And by the way – very few airlines today will allow you to buy a separate seat for an instrument. Checking in as “Mr F.Stratocaster” or “Mr G.Les Paul” no longer seems permitted….in reply to: Theft from Checked Baggage8 Nov 2017
PerthWA – there are smoking areas at both Birmingham and Newcastle Airports in the UK. Both are accessed through bars and they are physically outside the building on balconies.
As for smoking rooms – as smoker myself, I entirely agree that we should not pollute others. I always have a non-smoking room as it forces me to walk down to the lobby for a puff. Unless, of course, there’s a balcony, the door to the room is airtight and there is no possibility of me polluting the air of people in adjacent rooms. Given that those three factors are almost impossible to find, I inevitably find myself outside the lobby. And I then upset people like Capetonian…..with whom I also sympathise.
I guess we are pariahs and will stay that way…
One thing I have found odd is that in Europe sometimes suites are smoking, whereas the standard rooms aren’t, which is a bit weird.
Hey ho. Safe travels all. Simonin reply to: Smoking rooms29 Oct 2017
Thanks, Uggboy – another excellent review.
I was lucky enough to take my wife to Steirereck for our 25th Wedding Anniversary last August. It was the best dining experience of my life. We had the dinner tasting menu with wine pairing and it was excellent value.
Coupled with amazing service at the wonderful Hotel Bristol, it was a very memorable few days indeed.
Simon1 Apr 2017