Category: Western Europe

Preparing for a World Cup

Preparing for a World Cup

So where do footballers go if they want to unwind before a World Cup starts?   Well…  the England players and their families are staying at the exclusive Vale do Lobo golf and beach resort in Portugal’s Algarve, before moving on to their hotel in Germany. This luxury resort has exclusive accommodation and top-of-the-range facilities, […]

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

This year, the Chelsea Flower Show takes place between 23rd and 27th May. The event, held by the Royal Horticultural Society, is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The show  will present an  opportunity to see work from the world’s leading garden designers, including Jinny Blom, Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon and […]

World Cup 2006 - Group E: USA team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group E: USA team hotel

The USA national soccer squad have made a great choice in the form of the  Hotel Park Hyatt, Hamburg. Situated on Hamburg’s famous Mönckebergstraße, this beautiful hotel combines maritime tradition with 21st Century design. The hotel’s impressive health club, Club Olympus Spa & Fitness, has all the latest equipment to ensure the players will be […]

World Cup 2006 - Group E: Ghana team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group E: Ghana team hotel

Directly situated on the banks of the River Main, the Hotel Maritim, Würzburg, will be host to the Ghana national football team for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. The players will enjoy superb views of Marienberg, the local fortress, from the rooms of this 4-star hotel. Fitness facilities within the hotel are a little limited […]

Switzerland bound

Switzerland bound

Just finalised some plans and I’m off to Switzerland for about 10 days next month but, don’t worry… the blog will still receive regular updates during my travels.   And of course, I’ll be telling you all about where I’ve stayed when I get back!   There’s a couple of other trips also in the […]

World Cup 2006 - Group E: Italy team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group E: Italy team hotel

Italy will be one of eight teams lodging in the North Rhine Westphalia. They are going to be staying at Landhaus Milser  in Duisburg. (Druisburg, incidentally, was host to the World Games 2005, the world’s biggest multi-sport event for non-Olympic disciplines.) Leisure facilities at the hotel include whirlpool, tennis courts and gymnasium. Rooms are well […]

World Cup 2006 - Group D: Portugal team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Portugal team hotel

Sporthotel Klosterpforte, Marienfeld will be the home of the Euro 2004 finalists Portugal for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. Owned by the same family for over 50 years, this traditional hotel has developed an excellent reputation.   The 4-star accommodation is set in the Klosterpforte estate, a large area of some 80,000 square metres.   […]

Da Vinci Code tourism?

Da Vinci Code tourism?

It’s the official premiere of the The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou this evening, and many corners of the globe are bracing themselves for Da Vinci Code tourists.   Tours of Paris and the Louvre are the obvious first port of call, with the likes of London, Scotland and Rome also […]

World Cup 2006 - Group D: Angola team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Angola team hotel

The Angolan 2006 World Cup squad will be staying at the  Ring-Hotel Celle  in the romantic town of  Celle. The 5-star hotel has 73 rooms and can sleep up to 130 guests. High quality practice grounds are within jogging distance of the hotel. And, within the hotel, the players will find an exercise room, two […]

Marriott and Emirates partner in World Cup promotions

Marriott and Emirates partner in World Cup promotions

Marriott will partner with Emirates Airline on a number of promotions in conjunction with the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany next month.   As an Official Partner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, Emirates has made 200 match tickets available to support the various promotions being planned by Marriott and the airline. Emirates also […]

World Cup 2006 - Group D: Iran team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Iran team hotel

The Iranian national football squad will decend on the family-run Hotel Schnetzenhausen, Friedrichshafen in Germany next month. The hotel has good sporting facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bikes for rent, finess centre and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. There are 99 double rooms and  32 singles, as well as conference facilities to run […]

Kinmel Hall in North Wales - Wales' next luxury hotel?

Kinmel Hall in North Wales – Wales’ next luxury hotel?

Rumour has it that Kinmel Hall  near Abergele, North Wales, could become a luxury 5-star hotel. However, the buyers will have to get any plans approved by Conwy County Borough Council first since the building only has permission for use as a Christian conference centre right now – the purpose it was bought for over […]

World Cup 2006 - Group D: Mexico team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Mexico team hotel

The Hotel Freizeit Inn  website currently displays the message “Bienvenido México” in  advance of the squad’s  visit for this year’s World Cup. This  Göttingen hotel is privately run and regarded as one of the best conference hotels in Germany with 211 rooms over 5 floors. Of particular interest to the impending  guests will be the […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: The Netherlands team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: The Netherlands team hotel

With the World Cup only a month away now, the Netherlands will soon be staying at the Parkhotel Adler to begin their challenge for the ultimate football glory. And the accommodation should not disappoint. This five-star hotel is situated in the beautiful village of Hinterzarten in the Black Forest and set in a large area […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: Serbia & Montenegro team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: Serbia & Montenegro team hotel

Serbia & Montenegro will soon be staying at the  Hotel Weißenburg, Billerbeck, in preparation for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. The hotel has 90 rooms and  its own  restaurant. To take their minds off football, the players will find the hotel has its own bowling area, swimming pool, sauna, solarium and  spacious sun terrace. The […]