King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

 
Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel has one of the best breakfast view in town. We arrived here at night, so, we didn't get to see much. But, in the morning, the breakfast view here was definitely a winner. It’s up on the 7th-floor with a terrace view of the Acropolis. 

Built in the 1930s, King George Hotel comes from an era of old world charm. It’s in such a good spot too, just 2-minutes walk from metro, 1 km from the Parthenon and 2 km from the Acropolis of Athens. 

What I particularly love is that King George Hotel rooms feature antiques, timber floors and marble bathtubs. Although our room was just outside the bustling street of Athens, we had a wonderful nights sleep. 

Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Thank you for having us, King George Hotel in Athens. I have to say this is one of the most memorable breakfast I ever had in Europe.   

An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

 

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens 
3 Vasileos Georgiou Street, Syntagma Square, Athens 105 64, Greece
 

Hotel The Exchange Food Guide : Comfy with Typical Dutch

 
Beautiful, yet unusual rooms at Hotel The Exchange.

Beautiful, yet unusual rooms at Hotel The Exchange.

As you’ll have known, I’ve spent a week in Amsterdam at Hotel The Exchange. Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders) and I managed to find out typical Dutch treats and snacks to share with, in this blog.

Here, I’ve teamed up again with Hotel The Exchange to create this season’s food guide. I’ll be talking about the amazing Dutch eats that are minutes away from Hotel The Exchange. There is such a wide variety to choose from.

Breakfast

It’s a great idea to start off the day at Hotel The Exchange’s Café STOCK. Grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some sun in the outdoor seating area. 

I love Café STOCK, as it’s located on the world renown street in Amsterdam - Damrak street, which is bustling all day long.

For something delicious and Dutch, we ordered Café STOCK’s pancakes with ham and cheese. The combination, is just perfect. I had to try the sweet version with a squeeze of fresh lemon and syrup. It tasted just as yum as the savoury ones!

Dutch pancakes for breakfast at Cafeé STOCK, Hotel The Exchange. 

Dutch pancakes for breakfast at Cafeé STOCK, Hotel The Exchange. 

For those who are planning to visit Amsterdam, it's good to know that Hotel The Exchange is currently offering guests who book their breakfast in advance, their STOCK menu for €13.50 (the usual price is €15.00. ).

This includes coffee or tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, a boiled egg, a croissant and a sandwich.

NOTE:
The STOCK menu does not include the pancakes, so for those who are interested in the other breakfast options please head to this link http://bit.ly/2zfsGyd :)
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Left or right? When in Amsterdam, you have got to try the raw Herring.

Left or right? When in Amsterdam, you have got to try the raw Herring.

Quick Lunch

Now, care to join me on a typical Dutch foodie adventure? 

First stop, we’re going to try some Dutch raw fish (and it has nothing to do with sushi!).

Stubbe Haring is only 7 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. It’s hard to miss the fish stall as you will see many locals surrounding the food vendor, on the Singel Canal.

This is a typical Dutch street food. I found out it’s an old Dutch tradition dating back 600 years! My favourite has got to be the raw herring served in a bun, complete with onions and pickles. It’s called a broodje haring.

Leon of @hungrysydneysiders took the challenge of eating like a Dutchman.

Leon of @hungrysydneysiders took the challenge of eating like a Dutchman.

For the brave and adventurous, I would highly recommend eating like a Dutchman where you’ll eat the raw herring ‘straight up’ by holding it by its tail and slowly eat it.

Stubbe Haring's raw fish was strangely delicious! Soft in texture and it smells fresh and salty. This place is a local (and also a tourist) hotspot, so make sure you don’t arrive too late in the evening, as the fish stalls selling raw Herrings normally close early.

Stubbe Haring, Spui 7

 

Dessert

For those who have never heard of Stroopwafels before, it is to-die-for! It is basically a yummy Dutch waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough. The middle is spread with creamy and buttery caramel syrup. Stroopwafel, when translated into English simply means “Molasses Waffles”.

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These Dutch cookies are best when fresh and I’m taking you to the yummiest in town - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels.

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It is a mouthful to pronounce, isn’t it? Van Wonderen Stroopwafels is just 11 minutes away from Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch dessert place is heaven! The large cookies are made fresh to order with all sorts of colourful toppings - mini marshmallows and M&Ms are my favourites. What I loved about these fresh Stroopwafels is that, it is not too sweet. I can have two of them, anytime!

 

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A Snack From The Wall

If you need a quick snack then your in luck, Just one street away from Hotel The Exchange, is FEBO. What’s a FEBO, you might ask? It truly food on the run, the best way to grab a bight when your in a rush. 

Basically its a hot food vending machine that is refilled every couple of minutes offering fresh and  delicious hot treats. All you need to do is make a choice from the window slots, the range includes Dutch classics -delicious kroket, frikandellen, hamburgers and kaassoufflés. 

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Then, all you need to do is to put the right amount into corresponding window slot and voila, the door opens with your mouth-watering snack ready to eat. My personal favourite has got to be the satay flavoured kroket.

FEBO, Damrak 6

 

THAT'S IT FOR NOW :)

Thank you for reading this post for a foodie adventure in Amsterdam. More to come on what to eat when staying at Hotel The Exchange!

Have a wonderful autumn season all! And for those living in the Southern Hemisphere, happy Spring! 

xom

 

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels is a modern Art Deco hotel that includes a stunning atrium, a glass dome and did I mentioned, a river running through the hotel. It is designed by a well renowned architect, Michel Jaspers, whose concept is all about marrying the old and new, in this case, he used an original 12th century wall.

Located in the heart of Brussels, Radisson Blu Royal is literaly around the corner from the old city. Minutes walk to the De Brouckere metro station and La Monnaie De Munt opera house.

Beautiful interior of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels. 

Beautiful interior of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels. 

 

The breakfast buffet was delicious with a variety of fruits, muesli, cheese, patisserie and cereals to choose from. The highlight was the waffles... They were yum! And there were little cute milk bottles for soy milk lovers too. 

My favourite part of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels has got to me the beautiful interior of the rooms. It's really classy and modern. The bathroom is to-die-for. All decked in faux marble, it's the a selfie's dream come true, hehe. The modern furniture and artwork compliment one another extremely well. And did I mentioned they have the best hotel pillows and doona? it was so soft to sleep on, I could't believe it's the best I ever slept on!

Looking forward to returning to Brussels again. Have a wonderful week guys!

xm

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels 
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
 

Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna

 
Fun roof top at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. Photo by May Leong.

Fun roof top at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. Photo by May Leong.

It was a pleasure staying at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. With U-bahn just minutes away, it's a nice place to stay, for holiday makers. A former Stafa department store, Ruby Marie Hotel is right at the corner of Vienna's popular shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße.

My mister, Leon Korobacz chilling out on the roof top garden. 

My mister, Leon Korobacz chilling out on the roof top garden. 

This boutique hotel is original and fun. It has got the cutest rooftop bar, furnished with colorful deck chairs and potted plants. It was an unforgettable experience, chilling out on the rooftop and dreaming of far off places.

There's a little something for everyone here at Ruby Marie Hotel. My husband, Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders), loves playing guitar, every now and then. When we found out the rooms at Ruby Marie have amplifiers and guitars (you could just rent for free), it was too much fun! We had a little session in our loft room just playing Bob Dylan's classics.

Loving the retro common rooms at Ruby Marie Hotel. Photo by May Leong.

Loving the retro common rooms at Ruby Marie Hotel. Photo by May Leong.

We had the loft room, right on the top floor, with a wonderful terrace view of Vienna's cityscape - from Kahlenberg to the Gloriette in Schönbrunn. The bright, spacious rooms are chic and modern. Think of soft pillows, ultralarge blankets and an extremely comfortable bed.

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And talking about food, we are loving the breakfast buffet at Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna. It is excellent! The fact they use beautiful, fresh and organic produce is a bonus! We couldn't have asked for a lovely stay in Vienna. 

Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna 
Kaiserstraße 2-4, 1070 Wien, Austria
 

Our Stay at Lilla Roberts, Helsinki

 
Delicious Finnish breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts

Delicious Finnish breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts

It was our first time in Finland, as we have never been to Scandinavia before. We were invited to stay at Lilla Roberts in Helsinki. It was a former 20th century power plant converted into a stylish hotel. Just a few minutes walk into the heart of Helsinki.

The rooms are chic, with comfortable beds. We are loving the doona covers (they come in two, his and hers). Plush sitting area with high ceilings and windows.

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Breakfast buffet at Lilla Roberts is a traditional Finnish breakfast filled with smoked salmon, rye bread, quiche, cakes and biscuits. The Scandinavian restaurant is cosy, with indoor plants and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Hotel Lilla Roberts, Roobertinkatu 1-3, 00130 Helsinki
 

Hotel The Exchange Food Guide : Quick and Comfy

 

Back in Holland for the third time, this time, I’ll be spending a week in Amsterdam, exploring the Dutch cafes and bars that are unique to travellers and foodies. 

Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders) and I were all checked in at Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch fashion hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam. Just a few minutes walk from the central train station, it’s close to many awesome cafes and bar. 

The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Here, I’ve teamed up with Hotel The Exchange to create a yummy food guide. Read up to find out all the best places to grab a bite around this fashion hotel. This food guide collaboration will be Quick and Comfy, followed by Comfy with Typical Dutch and Foodie's Delight in the next two months.

Breakfast

Café STOCK is just next to the Hotel The Exchange, smacked in the middle of the busy Damrak street. Pop over from Central Station. It’s a great spot for people watching. I love Café STOCK’s quirky interior of hand illustrated wallpaper and simple furnishing. 

Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

We started off our day with a delicious spread of apple pie, chocolate cake and muffins. The chocolate cake is rich and oozing with dark chocolate. It goes perfectly well with a hot cup of tea. 

Hotel The Exchange is currently having a free breakfast special when guests book on their website. Use the promocode "MORNING!" to receive free Cafe STOCK breakfast on one day of your stay until 1st of November (max for 2 persons).

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Snack

Melly’s Cookie Bar is a great place to grab a quick espresso coffee, and a light snack (cookies, of course). It has a cute mint green colour interior with loads of natural lighting too. Melly’s has a good selection of cookies,  my personal favourite is the Double Chocolate.

A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

It is just a 5 minute walk from Hotel The Exchange, through narrow and quirky lanes to Melly’s, away from the hustle and bustle of the Damrak. It’s a perfect stopover if you need a quick snack to recharge.

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Lunch
De Laatste Kruimel (in Dutch, it means ’The Last Crumble’) is only 10 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. The apple pie, goats cheese quiche and courgette cake with lemon curd are all to-die-for! It’s true to its word, we ate every last crumble of the delicious treats.

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My favourite has got to be the courgette cake (courgette is also known as zucchini to some). Mouth-watering from the moment I had my first bite. This place is a local (and also a tourist) favourite, so be prepared to stand in line or wait for a table. Small and narrow, I’m surprised how many people De Laatste Kruimel could squeeze in sometimes. 

 

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Dinner

Just two streets away from Hotel The Exchange, it takes only 4 minutes to pop over the Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar. This bar also doubles up as a barber shop, great for men who are looking for hipster haircut and a shave.

Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

We’re here at Cut Throat Barber Bar to try their famous Chicken ‘n Red Velvet Waffles. It does not disappoint. On top of that, we also ordered Surf ‘n Turfburger and Spiked Shakes. The Spiked Shakes comes in three yummy milkshake flavours, and we went for Chocolate and Strawberry milkshakes, with a dash of Vodka in it. Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam!

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Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

 

Thank you for reading this blog post. More to come in October and November on what to eat when staying at Hotel The Exchange!

Have a great weekend all!

xom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

 
Honestly, the best roof top pool view of Barcelona. I could stay up here all day. Photo by Leon Korobacz of @hungrysydneysiders.

Honestly, the best roof top pool view of Barcelona. I could stay up here all day. Photo by Leon Korobacz of @hungrysydneysiders.

Grand Hotel Central is located in the heart of Gothic Quarter, Barcelona. It was so central and it is certainly grand. This, I must say, the best roof top pool in Spain! I kid you not. You have to see it to believe it.

I spent every morning and evening up on the rooftop pf Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona. The reflection on the infinity pool is unreal, especially when the sky is clear. The bar is opened to the public till early morning for those who'd love a drink or two while looking over at the cityscape.

We had the best time ever at Grand Hotel Central. Wish we could stay here longer! 

We had the best time ever at Grand Hotel Central. Wish we could stay here longer! 

Our king size bed was the comfiest, with soft pillows and comfortable doona to keep us warm at night. The window in our room actually opens up to the view of Barcelona's famous Gothic Quarter. Popped a little further to the right, and you'll see the Roman walls and the tip of Cathedral of Barcelona. 

Our favourite has got to be breakfast in bed. It was so easy to tick off anything we wanted from the breakfast menu. When our big breakfast arrived early in the morning, we couldn't wait to eat them on the rooftop. It was all peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below us.

Thank you for such a wonderful time, Grand Hotel Central! Everyone there was so nice, friendly and genuinely helpful, we really had a good time. We felt very much welcome and it feels like a one, big family here at Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona. I'd highly recommended it if you're ever in Barcelona, this is the place to stay :)

xo

m

Our comfy King size bed with the view of Gothic Quarter. 

Our comfy King size bed with the view of Gothic Quarter. 

 

Grand Hotel Central 
Via Laietana 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain