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King Suite in Seattle – Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle, USA

Video about our luxury King Suite in Seattle at Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle.

Luxury King Suite in Downtown Seattle

We spent three nights in the “Luxury King Suite” at Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle. In no time it was the third time we spent in a Hyatt hotel. 

Why the small details make a stay perfect, we had to find out at the “check-in”.
To be fair we have to mention at this point that the check-in time was 16.00 o’clock. However, we were very tired from the journey and we would not have been unhappy if we could have checked in earlier. After all, we had booked one of the “more expensive rooms” and therefore asked friendly at the check-in at 11.00 a.m. whether there was the possibility that we could enter the room earlier. We were not denied our wish. They would look and then contact us immediately. Shortly after 2 p.m. (3 hours later) we went back to the hotel – maybe they couldn’t reach us on the Swiss telephone number – and our wish was taken up again. So we went for another coffee and came back at about 15.30 o’clock. We asked again briefly. Unfortunately we had to wait another 25 minutes in the lobby before we could finally – 5 minutes before 16.00 o’clock – enter the room…

We did not receive an apology or a little goodie. It is the small details that make a stay perfect. We don’t have to say so much about the hotel, you can see it in the photos and the many good reviews. It is a top hotel. Maybe the employees at the reception simply had a bad day – there are also some of us now and then ;-). In this sense this review should help to improve the service.

Location

Hyatt at Olive 8 is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Seattle. Featuring an indoor swimming pool with a city view, the hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from the University of Washington. Pike Place Fish Market and the Space Needle are within a 20 minutes’ walk of Hyatt at Olive 8. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive from Hyatt at Olive 8. A full-service spa, a sauna and a fitness center is also featured. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Room

The luxury Suite room features plush pillows, down blankets, and a king pillow top mattress. It features a vanity TV with Bose speakers and an iHome stereo with an iPod docking station. A private parlor, lounge chair, and an in-room coffee and tea maker is offered. The private bathroom includes a glass walk-in shower, bathtub, and Portico bath products.


Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon, Alaska, USA

Video about our room at Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon.

It is real…!!! You have to come to Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge…

Our summer vacation took us for five days to Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon, USA. We booked the absolute feel-good package with full board and excursions. This package cost a lot of money, but… 

Conclusion: 

…the conclusion is clear and very simple: the entire Alaska’s Gold Creek Lodge team ensures a smooth stay that offers lots of adventure, comfortable and beautiful accommodation and very tasty food. It is truly a dream that we could come here. The trip was worth every penny! We can only recommend a visit to Gold Creek Lodge! Many thanks to Kat, Shag, AJ, Hunter, Tony, Chad, Trinity, Ted – you were wonderful!!! 

Important notice before arrival:

The airline Penair and RavnAir operate with very small aircraft (Saab 2000). So, it can happen that not all of the checked baggage comes with the plane. We therefore recommend all visitors to King Salmon to take at least one night (or two nights) of all necessary toiletries, medical supplies and clothing with them to avoid any surprises. We didn’t receive both suitcases until the second day late in the evening… Unfortunately, the airport staff didn’t tell us. 

Infrastructure: 

The infrastructure of the lodge, i.e. the main building, the cabins as well as the yurts were very modern and in a super condition. The complex is rounded off with a small jetty on the Neknek River. The main building is located about 400 meters from the river and is the central meeting point for breakfast and dinner as well as cozy get-togethers. 

We had a full board booking and each received a very tasty lunch package (snacks, sandwiches and drinks). The main room in the building is beautiful and very cozy. On the walls hang trophies of captured animals and cozy sitting areas invite you to stay. A selection of DVDs that can be taken to the room and various books are available to the guests to kill any “boring” hours. In addition, a fire can be lit at the fireplace in front of the lodge in the evening, if desired, of course only in good weather. There is also a small gift shop where you can buy jackets, sweaters and other souvenir items marked with the Gold Creek Lodge logo. 
At the river there is a viewing platform where you can observe wild animals. A jetty serve as a starting point for fish trips. 

Room: 

We had booked a private cabin and when we moved in, we immediately felt very comfortable. The cozy wooden construction is simple and functional. A comfortable bed, an oven for cold nights, a TV with DVD player and a coffee machine can be found in the room. The small bathroom has a shower and of course a toilet. A small balcony with a view of the greenery rounded off our room infrastructure. 

Eating: 

Before our stay at the lodge we were on the road with a well-known cruise company and were unfortunately gastronomically disappointed. 
But in the Gold Creek Lodge we were more than positively surprised. All meals changed daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were always excellent. The cooking crew around Trinity did an excellent job and conjured up wonderful meals on the table! 

Small criticism points about the lodge:

The Luggage-Gate was annoying because we didn’t have any spare clothes or urgently needed toiletries with us. A pre-information of the hosts could have helped. A clothes rack or a small cupboard in the cabin for the clothes would be helpful. 

Information about the Excursions: 

We have booked the feel-good package with all excursions. The assigned companions were always very attentive, friendly and read all your wishes from their lips. They always had the lunch package and all drinks with them. They also took along the most important utensils such as sun cream, insect spray, pain pills and emergency pharmacy. You really didn’t have to worry about anything! 

Fish Excursion: 

We were fishing with Shag and AJ. The early bird catches the fish. That’s why we started at 7.00 a.m. – rather too late. We went up the river by boat for about 20 minutes and tried our luck at a well-known spot with current rapids. Unfortunately, without success. We tried fly fishing and conventional fishing, but the fish just didn’t want to bite. For this reason, we stopped the exercise and drove up the river for another 20 minutes to fish for pike. At a suitable spot we had more luck. We made several successful attempts and caught about 8 pike. There were some nice big specimens. After lunch we tried to fish for rainbow trout for a few minutes before we went up further. Unfortunately, we were not lucky anymore. In addition, a strong thunderstorm came up and we had to stop the exercise because of the safety (lightning). After we took cover for about 45 minutes it was time to go back to the lodge. 

During the whole stay we felt very comfortable with Shag and AJ. They did not only equip us with the best materials (clothes, fishing etc.), but they also supported us in successful fishing attempts to get the fish in and to capture these memorable moments with photos and videos. It is an adventure such as a fish trip and highly recommended. Time flies by and the two gentlemen entertain you very well. 

Katmai National Park – Broke Falls:

The Katmai National Park and Broke Falls, about 50 kilometers away, are famous for the many bears that wait at the waterfall during the salmon return to eat enough winter bacon. In 1912 the national park became famous for a volcanic eruption that formed the Valley of 10’000 Smokes. 

Our tour started with a highlight, namely the trip was made by seaplane. The 20-minute flight in the small plane was very pleasant. You can see the beautiful landscapes from above. Arriving at the national park you first have to go to the bear school, because during the bear season (from the end of June to September) there are a lot of bears on the way. They are used to humans, but in order to have unpleasant experiences, one goes to acquire a bear etiquette. 

Unfortunately, no bears were seen during our stay. This act of the beauty of the park did not stop us. We hiked up to a viewpoint and enjoyed the calm before the storm (low season). Hunter and Tony took good care of us and we were able to exchange exciting conversations with them. 

Valley of 10’000 Smokes:

On another day we were flown back to the national park by floatplane. From there the tour started to the valley where the volcanic eruption of the Novarupta in 1912 left a huge devastation in the form of an incredible ash avalanche. The valley was covered with 100 km2 of ash. A river has eaten its way through the ashes over the last 100 years, forming a beautiful canyon. The trip by van into the valley takes about 1 1/2 hours and is 23 miles long. During the trip to the starting point – visitor center – the bus stops three times and we tell the exciting story of the volcanic eruption in 1912. Once you arrive at the visitor center at the top, you have an incredible panoramic view of the valley and the mountains, which are sleeping volcanoes. After lunch you can walk down to the river. The walk takes about 35 minutes to go down and about 60 minutes to go up. In some places the canyon is up to 200 meters high, i.e. the ash layer is that high. 

ATV Tour: 

On the third day of our stay we went on an ATV tour that led us to the hinterland of Alaska. The modern ATV-vehicles passed through even in very rough terrain without any problems. We used regular stops to look for wild animals. The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful. The incredible vastness and untouched spots of the Alaska hinterland were very impressive. Chad and Tony took good care of us and we could exchange exciting conversations with them. 

General feedback on the tours:

We can recommend all tours. The guides, led by Shag Trent, have always made every effort to provide the best possible experience for the guests. However, we liked fishing best because it brought the most action.


Hyatt Regency Dallas, Texas, USA

Video about our room at Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Great location and good view

We had booked a king bed room at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, USA. On arrival we were offered an upgrade for a small fee. 

The room (Room No. 2067) was on the 20th floor with city view and was very modern. Probably it underwent a renovation a few months ago. It had all necessary comforts in the shower or in the room. A safe, an iron incl. board were even available. Probably only in certain room categories. 
The view was excellent. You could see the whole city including the sights at Elm Street from your room. 

The breakfast buffet was generous and also had an a la carte menu. In the shop in the entrance floor you can buy little stuff like coffee, drinks, food and so one 24/7.

The hotel is at the heart of it all, located in Downtown Dallas next to Reunion Tower and just minutes from many tourist attractions.


New Orleans Marriott, Louisiana, USA

Video about our room at New Orleans Marriott.

Perfectly located… but never go there while its Mardi Gras

After our Caribbean cruise we spent some days in New Orleans and spent the night in the Marriott. This is very centrally located and within a few minutes walk you can reach all the highlights of New Orleans such as the famous Bourbon Street. Unfortunately we didn’t like the stay so much, because there were simply too many people who got excessively drunk and celebrated Mardi Gras. We also like to go to parties and drink a glass every now and then, but this senseless mass drunkenness was no longer funny…
…but now to the review.

Hotel infrastructure:

The infrastructure of the hotel was good. You could see here and there that the building has already been on the hump for several years. We had a room with club lounge access and could enjoy the amenities of this lounge on the ground floor. In the lobby area there was a big hotel bar, a Starbucks and of course the reception.

Room:

Our Club king bed room (Room No. 2409) was on the 20th floor and was very small. It contained our booked King-Bed, a small bathroom and a sitting area. But there was nothing more to be found. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean. The shower worked perfectly and you could meet your hygiene needs. 

Club Lounge:

As a club room guest we were allowed to use the lounge on the ground floor. It offered breakfast at certain times, but during our visit the lounge was overcrowded anyway. Due to the Mardi Gras the hotel was fully booked and the lounge was always full. The breakfast was quite ok. There was a relatively large selection and you could order fresh omelettes. 

Conclusion:

The stay would probably have been much more pleasant if we hadn’t been there while it was Mardi Gras. The price/performance ratio was probably too high, which was then offered to us…


Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City, USA

Video about our room at Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City.

Beautiful suite for our overnight stay…

On our trip to Dallas we stopped in Bossier City and stayed overnight at the Margaritaville Resort Casino. 

Hotel infrastructure:

The infrastructure of the hotel was very good. Although it must have been built some years ago, the infrastructure was very well maintained and modern. The hotel has 5 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a casino. Additionally, an outdoor pool, 2 bars/lounges, and a fitness center are onsite.
Situated on the boardwalk, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red River District and Louisiana Boardwalk. Shreveport Convention Center is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

Rooms:

Our room – a very nice Luxury King Suite, Room No. 1729 – was on the 18th floor and offered a wonderful view over Bossier City/Shreveport, USA. It was actually much too big for the one night we booked. Probably the hotel owners hoped that we would go to the casino and leave “more money”. It had a small living room and its own sleeping area. The bed was very comfortable. The spacious bathroom was very clean. The shower worked perfectly. There was also an iron to iron his shirt before visiting the casino.

Conclusion:

For a longer stay we can also recommend the Margaritaville Resort, but you probably have to be a player, because there is not much to see around Bossier City/Shreveport…


TownePlace Suites by Marriott Slidell, Louisiana, USA

Video about our room at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Slidell.

Comfortable short stay

Before our Caribbean cruise from New Orleans we spent one night in the TownePlace Suites. Since the hotels in the city were already overcrowded with visitors of the Mardi Gras – especially overpriced – we used a sleeping opportunity outside the city (approx. 30 min. driving time).

Hotel infrastructure:

The infrastructure of the hotel was in order. A beautiful entrance with a small cosy lobby/restaurant area where breakfast is served. 

Room:

Our One Bedroom Suite (Room No. 424) was very large and spacious. For one night more than enough space. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean. The shower worked perfectly and you could meet your hygiene needs. 

Conclusion:

For a short stay (1-2 nights) the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Slidell, USA is more than suitable and can be recommended.


Holiday Inn Tallahassee E Capitol, Florida

Video about our room at Holiday Inn Tallahassee E Capitol.

Efficient would have been different

On our way from Tampa to New Orleans (USA) we spent one night at the Holiday Inn, Tallahassee, USA. Basically the overnight stay was good. The room was clean and good for the price we paid. We stayed in a king bed room, Room No. 405.

Unfortunately the check-in was not so great. We were very tired after a 9-hour overseas flight and after a 4-hour car ride and just wanted to go to sleep.
When we arrived at the reception around 9.30 pm with our suitcases, we waited for a conversation of a guest with the reception lady. After about three minutes we realized that the two ladies were chatting and telling each other stories. After another 5 minutes I interrupted the ladies and asked them that I could finally check in. 

We would have expected that the lady at the reception would have reacted differently, because you could obviously seen that we were very tired. This is a suggestion for the next guests who arrive and look very tired 😉



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