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Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Krakow Hotel & Convention Center

Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Krakow Hotel Introduction We decided to take a little family vacation with my mom included, and I ended up booking two Executive rooms in DoubleTree Hilton Krakow, Poland for 5 nights in June. None of us had been to Poland before and I had heard positive comments about Krakow. The DoubleTree Hilton is a new hotel and from the photos the pool area looked really nice and I thought it would be the most important factor for our daughter who's keen on swimming.
We arrived by taxi from the airport after about 2 hours' direct Finnair flight from Helsinki. The taxi took about 30mins and brought us to the front of the hotel. Curiously there is also a Hampton by Hilton Krakow, which is next to the DoubleTree.

Lobby and check-in From the outside the hotel looks a bit...dull, I guess. But once you enter, the experience transforms. At least it happened to us. The lobby is very light, there is open space and although not luxurious, it's neat, nice and funct…

Qatar Airways Business Class sale

Qatar Airways has just launched another global business class sale (2 for 1), and now that they've started flying from Finland, there are a few quite good deals from: 
Helsinki:Bangkok (BKK) from 2139€ = 1070€ /pp Phuket (HKT) from 2259€

*Other interesting deals from Scandinavia include these: Stockholm, Sweden:Krabi (KBV) from 20519 SEK Kuala Lumpur (KUL) from 22519 SEK Singapore (SIN) from 23459 SEK

Oslo, Norway:Bangkok (BKK) from 20999 NOK Singapore (SIN) from 24019 NOK Cape Town (CPT) from 24659 NOK Maldives (MLE) from 24759 NOK

Copenhagen, Denmark:Bangkok (BKK) from 20019 DKK Bali/Denpasar (DPS) from 24699 DKK Phuket (HKT) from 20999 DKK Melbourne (MEL) from 21895 DKK Singapore (SIN) from 21519 DKK Krabi (KBV) from 22459 DKK Kuala Lumpur (KUL) from 23619 DKK

Other points  to consider with the sale: Qatar Airways claims it's a "two for price of one", but actually the starting price for one here is a bit higher that can usually be found on their website, so I would approach s…

Review: Restaurant Pegasus, Tallinn

Review: Restaurant Pegasus, Tallinn

Before leaving to Tallinn I made a few bookings to different restaurants, and this one was called Pegasus. It's located in the Old Town and we hadn't been there before so we wanted to give it a try since the reviews in Tripadvisor were quite solid.
We were running a bit tight on our schedule since we enjoyed the Hilton Tallinn Park's lovely SPA for quite a while, so we used an app called Taxify to get a ride from the hotel to the Old Town. It was easy and affordable! 
The building itself isn't one of the prettiest in this part of the city but we weren't going to sit outside and look at it :) Otherwise the area is quite lovely!

We were escorted to the 2nd floor and to our table by the window overlooking Niguliste kirik (St. Nicholas' Church).
Menus were brought and we were thrilled to find so many interesting dishes.
First we were served complimentary house bread, which was warm, succulent and looked amazing. It was basically w…

Review: Hilton Tallinn Park

Review: Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel
Introduction This is my personal review of Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel.

A little autumn break was due so we decided to take a little family vacation in Tallinn, Estonia and try the new Hilton Tallinn Park, of which we had heard praise from my colleagues. I booked a four night stay in a King Deluxe Room with a view for three persons. 
We took a boat trip in a completely packed Tallink Silja SuperStar on a beautiful, sunny Wednesday morning and arrived on time in Tallinn. The disembarkation took quite a while and it was a longish walk before entering the terminal. Outside were taxis and we took one to take us into the hotel.

Lobby and check-in When you step in to the hotel, the first view is quite fabulous. The lobby is gorgeous and modern with a high ceiling and dark, beige and golden colors. In the middle there is a bar which looked awesome and seemed to invite clients at all times of day. We were immediately impressed. A nice photo on the Hilton web…

Review: Hilton Strand Hotel, Helsinki

Review: Hilton Strand Hotel Helsinki
Introduction, booking and room To celebrate my 36th birthday I booked a King bed room @Hilton Helsinki Strand for our family of three via Hilton App only about two hours before arriving. After about an hour I made a check-in via the app and saw that we were upgraded to an Executive Room on the 7th floor. There seemed to be only one room to choose so we ended up in room 737, which is a good number for an aviation enthusiast ;)

Room keys were swiftly in my hand as there was nobody on the counter before us. Room was quite spacious and immaculately clean although view was not the best in this case since we were facing an opposite building. Two bottles of water and some candy were waiting as a little extra for a Gold member. The sofa wasn't done to serve as an extra bed yet. The room itself is quite modern and there are power and USB outlets.

The usual - good - Peter Thomas Roth bathroom amenities.

Executive Lounge After unpacking we walked to the …