November 17, 2017

Review: Radisson BLU Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

View of the Bosphorus Bridge from the Radisson BLU Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

Date of stay: November 6-7, 2017
Address: Yıldız Mh., Çırağan Cd. No:46, 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Nightly Rate: 484 SEK with breakfast
Room: Upgraded to Deluxe Room
How to get here: From the airport, take M1A and change at Yenikapi Station to Taksim Station with M2. From there, take bus DT1 and get off at Galatasaray Univ. bus stop.

November 16, 2017

Photo Review: AC Hotel Istanbul Macka

AC Hotel Istanbul Macka guest room

Date of stay: November 6-7, 2017
Address: Vişnezade Mahallesi, Süleyman Seba Cd. No:75, 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Nightly Rate: 66 EUR
Room: Guest Room, 1 King
How to get here: From the airport, take M1A and change at Yenikapi Station to Osmanbey Station with M2. From there, take bus 30A and get off at Macka bus stop.

November 15, 2017

Photo Review: Mastercard Business Lounge, Bucharest Airport (OTP)

MasterCard Business Lounge, Henri Coanda International Airport

Location: International Concourse, Mezzanine above gates 7-8
Access: Business Class passengers on airlines like Austrian, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines; Star Alliance Elite members flying on airlines like Austrian, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines; Premium Mastercard card holders (Platinum, World, World Elite and Corporate cards issued in Romania only)
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

Top Attractions in Romania

Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

First visit: November 2017
Photography: Arthur Jeciel

A few weeks ago, I visited Bucharest Romania for the first time and despite the cold weather, I was able to explore and enjoy what the city has to offer. The Old Town is definitely not to be missed with all its al fresco restaurants, old church, museums, etc. I was also able to do the half day tour to Mogosoaia Palace and the Snagov Monastery where you'd find the tomb of Dracula, both of which are highly recommended. In case you are traveling to Bucharest in the future, here are some of my travel tips:

November 13, 2017

Review: Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest Junior Suite

Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest lobby

Date of stay: November 1-2, 2017
Address: 1-3 Episcopiei St., District 1, Bucharest, 010292, Romania
Nightly Rate: 20,000 Hilton points with breakfast (as Diamond member)
Room: Upgraded to Junior Suite 😍😍
How to get here: From the airport, take bus 783 to the city and get off at Piata Romana. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the bus stop. Return ticket is 8.60 lira

November 12, 2017

Review: IBERIA Velazquez VIP Lounge, Madrid T4S (MAD)

IBERIA Velazquez VIP Lounge dining room

Location: Terminal 4S (Non-Schengen), central area beyond shops and restaurants (boarding gates R, S, U)
Access: Iberia Business Plus and Business Class passengers departing on a same-day Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum flight or connecting to a oneword flight in any class of service; Iberia Plus Platinum and Gold members departing on a same-day flight operated by Vueling, Iberia, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional, Air Nostrum, or another oneworld carrier; First class and business class passengers departing on a same-day flight operated by a  oneworld airline; oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members departing on a same-day flight operated by Iberia or another oneworld airline
Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

November 10, 2017

Photoreview: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Frankfurt T1 (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Airport, Canada Room

Location: Terminal 1, departure area B (Non-Schengen), by gate B41, upper level
Access: Air Canada Business class passengers; Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members; Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members departing on any Air Canada flight or a Star Alliance flight; Business Class passengers departing on an international Star Alliance flight; First Class passengers departing on an international Star Alliance flight; Star Alliance Gold Members
Opening hours: Daily, 6am to 10pm