Three Memorable Hotel Stays

There are many hotels we have stayed at more than once. Human beings tend to return to hotels they really liked, and Ruth and I are no exception. The no longer there and inconveniently located Sebel Town House in Sydney, Australia, was our place of residence on several visits. There are also hotels we have stayed in only once, but the visit was excitingly important. Three of them are below.

We were traveling around Poland with 2 of my cousins, Tom and Jan. We were in Warsaw at a 2nd rate hotel. It had a great location but no decent amenities and a lights out policy that irritated us. Ruth and I were there partially to attend a festival. Reading about our tickets on our first night in the city, I learned that we were entitled to a discount at the nearby Sofitel Victoria. The 4 of us moved there. It was a multi-star hotel across the street from The Saxon Gardens, a major Warsaw gathering place. Each morning we had an elegant breakfast with my cousins in this hotel’s excellent dining room. Our rooms were beyond superb.

But there was icing on this hotel cake. The day that Tom & Jan left us, the entire city was celebrating the life of the now deceased Polish Pope, John Paul II. All of Poland idolized this gentle man. We did not know it, but the main celebration of his life was held in The Saxon Gardens. We attended parades and the main ceremony. What seemed like millions of candles were lit as Pope John’s life was streamed on several huge monitors in The Gardens. Our room was on a high floor, so we were accidentally treated to an ongoing show featuring thousands of religious Poles paying tribute to a national hero.

We interrupted a visit to Australia by going to Kyoto, Japan. A Japanese friend helped me plan this trip and dissuaded us from going to Tokyo. Japan was farther than I realized from Australia, but we had 2 enjoyable flights there and back with stops in Hong Kong. We loved our hotel, The Almont, in Kyoto and we loved the city too. The strangely named Almont was a luxurious bargain where Ruth & I had to get used to the young staff bowing every time we approached the front desk. This hotel offered tea ceremonies, close metro stations and attractions, and a traditional Japanese spa. This was a perfect experience, and I highly recommend this hotel.

We would never have booked ourselves into Salta, Argentina’s romantic Solar de la Plaza Hotel because we wouldn’t have known about it, but our son was in Argentina for 2 years and his assistant knew about it and booked us into The Solar for our entire stay. This hotel is in a colonial-style mansion in one of South America’s most vivid cities. This hotel has genuine Mediterranean charm, great rooms, and was close to this cities main attractions. Stay there if you ever get the chance.

Hank

About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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