Monday, December 28, 2009

room with a view

our post yesterday got us thinking if this is the worst hotel view we've ever had. so we backtracked and looked at our past travel photos. sometimes the hotel room (or even the entire hotel) can be the most bare-bones there is, but the view is awesome; on the other hand, the room can be huge and luxurious, but the view is yucky; and sometimes it's just the luck of the draw and they give you the room with the fabulous ocean or mountain view, or the one that faces the next building. here are some memorable views we've been given (and some not in a good way hehe):

BALCONY VIEW:
four seasons in chiang mai, thailand. there was a little rice paddy, pond, and albino carabao right outside

hong kong disneyland hotel. this hotel was so clean and mabango. like living in a disney fantasy

fairways & bluewater resort golf & country club in newcoast, boracay

fiesta resort in guam

shangri-la's mactan resort & spa in cebu. one of our favorite hotels. plus it's got chi spa :-)

palm beach resort in san juan, batangas. a private resort that's close to our heart

intercontinental madrid in spain. this portion of the hotel was enclosed with the pool down below. there must be something ugly behind those high walls

the manor at camp john hay, baguio city. always ask for the garden view—reminds us of the baguio of our childhood

CITY SKYLINE VIEW:
radisson plaza xing guo hotel in shanghai, china. this is located within the french quarter. beautifully landscaped

quincy in singapore, our new favorite hotel! included in the price is free everything—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks; pick-up at the airport; wi-fi everywhere; mini-bar, which is replenished daily; two pieces of dry cleaning a day; and it's only a three-minute walk to orchard road!

hotel nikko kuala lumpur in malaysia

moana surfrider in waikiki beach, hawaii. we felt so bad we weren't given the spacious suite with the gorgeous ocean view :-(

edsa shangri-la. we stayed at the spa suite, which has direct access to chi spa

waterfront hotel & casino in cebu city. this is the one that looks like a castle from afar

siam city hotel in bangkok, thailand with a view of baiyoke tower, the country's tallest building

POOL VIEW:
hotel yak & yeti (yes, that's the name, we kid you not!) in kathmandu, nepal

chaweng regent beach resort in koh samui, thailand. not so nice when your pool view is from the ground floor

hong kong disneyland hotel

hotel vida in clark, pampanga

STREET VIEW:
intercontinental madrid in spain. what's better: a balcony with no view or just a window with a nice view?

silk suite hotel, a cheap but clean and decent hotel in bangkok, thailand. at least you know you can get a cab any time

pines view hotel in baguio city. the supposed view is half nice (background), half not-so-nice (foreground—so ignore that part)

NJV athens plaza in athens, greece. there was a demonstration going on!

hotel le jardins de paris in saint-germain-de-prés district in paris, france

more tomorrow: beautiful nature views and some not-so-nice views!

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