Friday, April 03, 2020

Friday, April 03, 2020

Favorite hotels

Posted by Hippobean at 11:31 PM
In Hippo's travels:

1. Simien Lodge - Ethiopia
Round stone guest huts, with thatch roof, roomy, very comfy beds, good pressure shower with very hot water, powered by solar panels.
Great views of the mountains, small sitting area in front of each hut.
At 3260m, the air was cool and fresh.
Loved this lodge.



2. Renaissance Hotel -
Tel Aviv, Israel
On the Gordon beach, room on the 7th floor, spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the tel aviv promenade all the way to Old Jaffa.
At night the promenade was illuminated and so was the St peter's church on top of the jaffa hill.
Every evening smallLeo and I sat on our room balcony enjoying the view and reminiscing the warm autumn day.



3. Blue Sky Tulum -
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Nicely appointed rooms. Good view of the ocean. Very nice modern bathroom. Good service and on-site restaurant. Had a very pleasant stay there.


4. Riad Imlil - Imlil, Morocco
Riad on the mountain village of Imlil at 1700m, very cold. Like a gothic castle. Rooms were small and dark with stone walls and the doors locked with giant padlocks. All room windows open up to the central corridors that wrapped around inner courtyards, like a maze. Gothic and mysterious. The rooftop terraces showed spectacular views of Atlas mountains all around, small hamlets scattered here and there, and the almost full crepuscular moon above the High Atlas basked in the late afternoon sun. Loved the Night in Imlil.



5. Riad Mimouna -
Essaouira, Morocco
Perched in front of the Atlantic, I could hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks right below my window. The room was tastefully decorated in Moroccan style, the bed sheets and pillow cases freshly laundered and crisp, the bathroom clean and in Moroccan tiles, even the toilet water was scented. Hotel terrace surrounded 320 by the ocean where I had afternoon tea and cake with SmalLeo. Seafood soup and seafood pastilla at the riad restaurant were delicious. Wonderful attentive service. Evening on the terrace with tea and Stuffy listening to the ocean waves and distant sounds of people going about their evening business. This was not one of the Explore hotels. I've decided to experience a real riad, so I had Aziz book it for me for just one night. Best decision I've ever made. Really enjoyed my stay at the riad.





6. Chan-Khan Resort Village - Chiapas, Mexico
Individual habitaciones, table and chairs on the terrace in front, matching curtains and bed covers. Surrounded by trees and stream running through the resort. jungle atmosphere. Pitch dark at night quiet except for the howling monkeys.
Really enjoyed this resort.



7. Nezvizh Palace Hotel - Belarus
Separate building adjacent to the the Nezvizh Palace, with meals taken in the Palace halls. 2nd floor room with windows on angled roof revealing the top of the palace walls, just across from the courtyard. Quiet and dark at night. Although basic, very intimate and quaint.


8. Addi Assri Resort and Spa - Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia
Two pools, beach front open air restaurant, a small shop and spa, individual 2 room buildings scattered in the compound, in front of the beach. The bathrooms were all open air, with sinks inside the room, full complement of toiletries and towels.The bed had mosquito net. but room had no TV. giant padlocks in front of the doors, with a bar on the inside. Front porch with chairs and a table of course. stunning rooms. black sand beach. evening meals in the open air restaurant next to the beach. quiet after dinner evenings with only the sound of waves and the salty smell of the sea. Trees and statues in the resort compound. Very lovely.




9. Margo Otomo Hill View Resort - Kalibaru, Java, Indonesia
Lovely hotel, a big comfy reception and rooms facing a central garden behind an open air restaurant. Porch in front of each room made it ideal for evening gatherings and relaxation after climbing Mtn Ijen. Stuffy and I really enjoyed the front porch, drinking tea and enjoying the sound and the smell of the tropical torrential rain


10. Kampung Lumbung -
Batu, Java, Indonesia
Eco friendly rooms scattered on a hill, connected by meandering narrow paths that gradually wound up and down the hill. The room doors had padlocks on the outside (quite impossible to lock and unlock) and a cross bar on the inside. My room had a balcony facing the Infinity pool. Air was cooler up there. The night was quiet with only the toads croaks to break the silence. I quite liked this unique setting and really enjoyed my stay there.


Bonus:

Hotel Catamaran -
Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Included as favorite only because I was given a cabin facing the river. The cabins themselves are very basic. The hotel itself is shabby with a restaurant that looks like a school cafeteria with lousy food. The pool looked dirty and mozzies infested. But the river view was everything. Sitting next to it reading or enjoying an evening drink with SmalLeo was what made it a bonus to the favorite list.

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