Family Stay at the Hilton Prague

The five star (TTG Travel Awards for six years running) Hilton property, is located at Pobrezni 1, boasts 791 rooms and has a casino n the basement floor.
We chose this hotel since it is only a quick taxi ride from the Old Town area but still somewhat away from the noisy ‘touristy’ areas.It is also centrally located a short walk away from public transportation and next to a mini-mall convenient for purchasing any items, one forgets to pack or needs last minute.
Fellow guests are mainly vacationing families and couples, but there are plenty of business travelers and traveling groups that opt to stay at the property because of its convenient location and multiple amenities.

The hotel is decorated in rich jewel tones and lovely wood furnishings with a large central open atrium in its center.There are several stores and two main restaurants on the property one for light meals and a more elegant restaurant offering traditional Czech cuisine.

Family Stay at the Hilton Prague atrium

 

Our Room

Our family stayed in room 8053 a junior suite on the 8th floor. Our room had an excellent vantage point overlooking the outdoor pool, the train, and the nearby river. We had originally booked a  family room but were told they all faced the noisy central atrium, so the management decided to upgrade us the next day after we experienced a sleepless night.

Our king sized bed had red and white linens as well as numerous pillows. Directly beside the bed, on the wall, was a thermostat so that guests could control the temperature in their rooms. The adjacent room where the boys were sleeping had a single bed and a sofa that opened out into bed. It also had four chairs rather than just one and contained a much larger table than the one in our room.

Family Stay at the Hilton Prague room

The suite like the family room included; wood paneled closets.,hangers, iron, and an ironing board. Near the closet was a full-length mirror, which travelers are sure to find handy. The room also included a desk area complete with a phone, writing materials, a chair, and a lamp and a large flat screen 40′ television.There were several electronic outlets near the desk and another two in other portions of the room, which we found  incredibly helpful for juicing up our various devices.

The suite’s small sitting area contained a large white armchair and a circular, glass tea table. One either side of the bed there were nightstands. One held writing materials and a phone while the other contained a lamp and an alarm clock.
Family Stay at the Hilton Prague lounge

White and black seemed to be the defining bathroom colors. The bathroom had several built in shelves with towels and toiletries as well as the scale, slippers, and plush bathrobes.
Supplies for making coffee provided included bottled water, cups, a coffee pot, and another paraphernalia. There is also a well-stocked mini -bar in the rooms, but travelers should be aware that the items aren’t complimentary.
We loved the showers in both rooms enclosed with transparent Plexiglass, with a raised bottom level, so the water did not escape onto the floor. The kids’ bathroom also had a tub and a fluffy bath mat to go on the floor beside the tub.
An interesting feature was the half flush and flush buttons that operated the toilets at this location, which travelers could reduce their water consumption.

Breakfast

One of the hotel highlights is their plentiful breakfast buffet that can come included in the room package or purchased as an add-on.
The buffet includes a choice of cold cuts, salads, eggs cooked in several different ways and a generous offering of baked goods.
Another option is the executive lounge that boasts a hearty breakfast as well as a lunch snack and evening appetizers with alcoholic beverages.

Family Stay at the Hilton Prague dinner

We visited the property over New Year’s week and enjoyed viewing the city’s fireworks from the rooftop bar that had its ice bar with sculptures and seating.

The hotel also has an indoor pool so that guests who wish to swim during the colder months can easily do so. There is additionally an ATM on the premises, which makes withdrawing money a breeze. (but beware it does come with a hefty service charge)

This Hilton likewise has a state-of-the-art gym and an excellent spa. There is a rock climbing wall during the summer months.
Guests should note that the internet is not free at this location and make their plans accordingly.

Family Stay at the Hilton Prague breakfast

Autism Travel Tips

  • Even if your kid does have any noise sensitivities, you shouldn’t book the ‘family rooms’ facing the atrium since they tend to be on the noisy side.We got a giant whiff of it when we arrived on New Year’s Eve after 31 hours of flight and couldn’t sleep because of the noise. Do your family a favor and ask for a room away from the atrium!
  • The hotel has already provided anti-slip mats in the bathrooms.,so you don’t need to bring your own.
  • The tub has a hand-held shower head for parents and special needs travelers in addition to safety handles on the sides of the shower and near the toilet should travelers need them.

The Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv

 

Located on Tel Aviv‘s crowded tourist beach promenade, The Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel stands out in both quality and service.

The location is perfect for beachgoers trying to decide which beach they should try next, or those adventurous enough to try the unique Tel Aviv water pool, the Gordon Swimming Pool.

Decor

The hotel’s decor in light colors and geometric lines aim only to encompass the city’s Mediterranean vibe and give the public areas an elegant and comfortable feel.

The Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv viewFellow travelers

Most fellow travelers are business people, but that does not mean that the property doesn’t cater to families and special needs travelers as well.

Booking

I booked my stay on points, using the excellent Starwood Preferred Guest website for two nights. I did call the front desk and ask for a quiet, feather-free room.

Our Welcome

I was cordially greeted by the front desk staff and given a choice of points added to my account (250) or free Wi-Fi for the duration of my stay. Since the Wi-Fi fee was high, I chose to take the freebie Wi-Fi.

I wholeheartedly appreciated the bellboy helping me with my carry-on to my room since I had traveled more than 28 hours to get to Tel Aviv.The Guest Room

I was initially assigned a room with a view of the Mediterranean, but as I spent time inside, I realized there was no way I could get used to the city construction sounds coming from the outside (the city is renovating the promenade with construction going on at all hours of day and night.)
The Sheraton Tel Aviv staff proceeded to send a most helpful bell boy to assist me to pack and change my room to a quieter one, incredibly fast.

The next room I was given on the 20th floor (the top floor) was just what I needed to allow me to rest from my transatlantic flight from LAX to Tel Aviv.

Decorated in dark wood tones, it had plenty of shelves for my clothes,  a well stocked mini bar (that I didn’t need to use since I had lounge privileges), and that Sweet Sleeper bed the Sheraton chain is so proud of.
The room also featured a mini living room area with a desk, chair, sofa, and small table. For a complete comfort experience, the room had a huge TV and a Nespresso coffee single cup coffee maker. The room closet is nicely proportioned with a helpful chest of drawers to place any additional luggage items you may need to unpack.

The best surprise

The room safe is HUGE, which can be incredibly useful for families or bloggers sporting multiple electronics.

The room comes with A/C, heating, and lighting controls in both English and Hebrew, and they are right by the bedside to make it easy to manipulate.

The bathroom

The modernized bathroom with a square sink featured the usual tub/shower combo that many traveling families may find very useful. The handheld showerhead is a bonus, but the shower curtain doesn’t prevent the bathroom from getting flooded.

The Sheraton amenity kit is pretty much standardized across the board and includes soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, slippers and the use of bathrobes.
However, what some people don’t know is that the front desk is ready to replenish toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and even hair brushes upon request!

 Safety

The entrance door comes with a lock and latch placed at a higher level than most kids can reach.
The room comes equipped with a balcony, which might be a concern for some parents; however, I was told that parents can request an extra safety lock to make sure their kids can’t open the balcony door!
The bathroom tub had a grab bar as well as a handheld showerhead that parents can use to bath their kidsThe Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv rrom

The Executive Lounge

Probably the number one asset of this hotel (except the pool that was being remodeled during my stay) is its executive lounge.
Their lounge is one of the best stacked and the best service I’ve experienced in the last few years.
The service is continuous and food plentiful – Israeli salads, appetizers, desserts, and several hot main course dishes. During Happy Hour, the staff puts out several juices, alcoholic beverages, and beers for guests to enjoy.

The breakfast

An Israeli breakfast is a true feast for the senses and the one offered at the Sheraton is no exception. Free for SPG members or those booking club rooms, the spread is fantastic, and the restaurant facing the beach front is an excellent choice to start the day.
From white and yellow cheeses, multiple Israeli fresh made salads, to warm local favorites like shakshuka and bourekas, this is the place to start your morning.
The elaborate buffet also offers a made-to-order omelet station, multiple bread choices, and a selection of juices to complement the meal.
Not to be missed are the colorful cut up fruit and dried fruit section, completing the breakfast.

Other amenities

The hotel has a lovely kosher restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, called the Olive Leaf that I have yet to try, as well as a famous spa called Cielo.
Since their rooftop pool was closed for construction, the staff graciously offered me a free alternative coupon for Tel Aviv’s only sea salt outdoor swim pool, the Gordon Swimming Pool, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and highly recommend.

Service

The front desk staff acted very quickly when I complained about the noise in my room (due to city construction) and transferred me to a quieter room immediately.

I had to contact housekeeping and ask them to replenish my towels, and again this was done in a very timely manner.Special thanks extended to  Estie Rreider, the property’s concierge who helped with great tips and suggestions.
The Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv lounge Autism travel tips

Be sure to request a top floor facing the Mediterranean Sea – it is a bit quieter. With that said keep in mind that Tel Aviv is one of those noisy cities that is bustling 24/7.

Bring your anti-slip mat or get one from the nearest ‘super pharm’ on Ben Yehuda Street that is just ten minutes away.

Do your best to access the lounge since it will save you quite a bit of money and running around to procure snacks and drinks for your kid. If you can’t book a club room, ask the front desk about ways to upgrade your current booking with cash or points.

The Frankfurt Sheraton Towers Hotel

 

Travelers at the Sheraton  Towers Frankfurt Airport can choose from 1008 beautiful rooms and suites. This high-rise hotel is conveniently located across the street from the airport, and it is within walking distance of the nearest train station. Staying at this location is an ideal solution for those that have long layovers, or that want to rest before heading on to their next destination. The Sheraton also makes a good stopping point in Europe for families with special needs children who may require breaks between lengthy flights.

 

What Makes It Family Worthy

The hotel offers convenient access to both the airport and the city. with plenty of stores and fast food eateries nearby. In addition, the Sheraton Frankfurt Towers’s quad rooms have a layout which can comfortably accommodate a  four-person family.

perfect for a layover the sheraton airport frankfurt entrance

Special Requests

We emailed the hotel letting them know we needed a quiet, feather free room for our autistic son and it was ready even though we arrived in the early afternoon before official check in time.

Biggest Surprise

Not many properties manage to comprehend the need for a feather free room. However, the  Frankfurt Sheraton Towers has a very attentive housekeeping team that made sure our requests were followed to the letter. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful cake and dessert platter that awaited for us as a gift from the management.

Welcome

Our arrival was incredibly stress-free, and we were quickly checked into the hotel by the efficient front desk staff.

Décor

The public areas were decorated in a 1980’s minimalistic style which felt a bit personal though the lobby was vast with multiple areas to sit comfortable, and regroup if needed.

 Fellow Travelers

The hotel is a favorite with business people and layover travelers who need a comfortable place to stay.

The Room

Rooms at this location were decorated in a lovely uncluttered Scandinavian style that makes the place feel even more spacious than usual.

Our room was outfitted with maple wood furnishings, and the carpets had geometric patterns on them. As is typical of airport hotels, the property featured ample soundproofing and double-paned windows which helped prevent any noise from disturbing our sleep.

Perfect for a Layover- the Frankfurt Sheraton Towers Hotel room

We booked a family quad room and were assigned one on the 7th floor. It came with a queen sized bed and two single beds for the children. The bedding was comfortable, and each of the beds came with its own nightlight. Out of all the hotel rooms we have thus far encountered on our travels, this one holds the record for having the most power outlets.

Our family of four found the two ottomans and two armchairs to be ample seating for either lounging about or watching television. The separate entrance hall included with our suite provided us with excellent closet storage space. The bar area was equipped with a mini-fridge, a coffee maker, and free bottled water. The only problem we noticed during our stay was that the Wi-Fi signal oscillated from weak to non-existent in our room, and this could stand to be improved.

Bathroom

The sizeable bathroom facilities include a large vanity with a double sink, a glass-enclosed shower, and a separate tub with both fixed and handheld showerheads. The elevated shower area prevents accidental bathroom flooding which we found to be a smart idea. Generous toiletries and the additional towels that we requested were provided by the housekeeping staff, as were bathrobes and slippers.

Executive  Lounge

The exceptionally large lounge area had abundant seating and strong Wi-Fi signal. It was, therefore, an excellent spot to check email or surf the web. A variety of provisions were served at this location, so upgrading your stay to include lounge privileges is highly recommended.

For breakfast, the staff supplied a nice spread of cheeses, jams, baked goods, fruits, and mouth-watering cold cuts. There was an omelet station as well.
During the evening, happy hour, salads and hot food items were served in the lounge.
Our personal favorite offering was the hotel’s afternoon dessert display which included mini cakes, fruit tarts, and scrumptious mousse choices.

 Other Facilities

A pool, gym, and spa facilities can be found at this hotel. The Frankfurt Sheraton Towers also contains several bars, and two sit-down restaurants.
For dinner, we paid a visit to the Restaurant Taverne for some onsite fine dining. We were incredibly impressed by the quality of food and the attentive service. Our son enjoyed the complimentary mini ice creams that the maître d had graciously sent to our table.
Perfect for a Layover- the Frankfurt Sheraton Towers Hotel lounge

Autism Travel Tips

The air conditioning unit in the room has a narrow range of options and keeps the temperature at around 73 degrees. However, the hotel staff will provide fans upon request.
Bring your own bath mat to prevent slips in the shower.

 

The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge


Review of The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge room

Marriott Gold Members and those staying in the executive suites have complimentary access to the J W Marriott  Grand Hotel Bucharest Hotel Executive Lounge. Other hotel guests who wish to visit the facility can do so after paying a small upgrade fee.

Review of The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge buffet

Lounge Location & Views

The 8th-floor lounge has excellent views of Bucharest’s skyline and the neighboring People’s Palace. This midsize room also features plenty of seating for guests to use.

First Impression

The incredibly friendly lounge staff is perfectly willing to help with any questions that hotel guests might have. One can’t go wrong with their restaurant and show recommendations.

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Décor

This elegant room is decorated in dark red and tan tones. These colors greatly compliment the dark wood furniture and accents that are used abundantly throughout the hotel.

Review of The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge cakes

Hours of Operation

From 6 am to 10 pm, the staff is on hand to manage requests. However, access to the lounge is not restricted to those times and the facility stays open throughout the night. This makes it easy to obtain both hot and cold beverages whenever one would like them. Guests will notice that the lounge area tends to be especially quiet during the early morning hours and also in the late afternoon. At such times, this spot is a perfect place to unwind with a refreshing beverage.

Review of The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge salads

Service

As far as we could see, the service at this location was exemplary. The buffet area was kept spotless, and dishes were expediently removed from the tables. On multiple occasions, we left some items behind, yet they were set aside so that they could be returned to us as soon as possible. The staff went out of their way to cater to my autistic son’s wishes. In fact, those working here were gracious enough to let us take food back to our room for him when he felt too tired to get dressed and come to the lounge.

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Breakfast & Brunch Provisions

Partaking of the lounge’s excellent breakfast spread is a perfect way to start the morning. A plethora of cereals, nuts, dried fruits, and delicious yogurts are provided for guests along with the obligatory breakfast fare of scrambled eggs, sausages, and bacon. Beverage choices include fruit juices, sodas, water, and various drinks that can be made using the lounge’s specialty coffee machine.

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Multiple platters of Romanian cold cuts are also on the breakfast menu, including the world-famous Sibiu salami. A variety of cheeses, bread, and pastries are likewise part of this tasty repast. We especially enjoyed the creamy Romanian cheese called telemea. It is somewhat similar to feta, and it is a must try item.

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Not many establishments offer such a variety of chopped vegetables for breakfast, and this part of the meal was undoubtedly my favorite. We also appreciated the inclusion of hard boiled eggs on the menu because they’re not considered standard breakfast fare in some places.

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Snacks provided for lounge patrons during the afternoon hours feature tasty mini-cakes, pastries, and fresh fruit. These items are obtainable until happy hour starts at 5:30 pm.

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Happy Hour & Evening Fare

An excellent assortment of sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and cold cuts are served during happy hour. However, guests who want a hot meal should check out the fish and meat entrées that are available at this time. Of course, beverages are typically the focus of happy hour, and there is no shortage of beer or wine at this establishment. Most of the libations on hand come from various parts of Romania, and we highly recommend the local Ursus brew. Those that can’t or don’t wish to indulge will be delighted to learn that sodas and fruit juices are still provided to guests at this time.

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The Family Friendly Sheraton Lisbon, Portugal

The Family Friendly Sheraton Lisbon, Portugal, is a high-rise located in the Saldana area on Rua Latina Coelho, just about a 10-minute cab ride from the airport.
The location is perfect for families away from the hustle of old town, but still near sites such as Edward the Seventh park, multiple restaurants, and the impressive El Cortez Ingles department store where you can replenish anything you forgot to pack!

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal entrance

 

Booking

We booked the rooms on Starwood Preferred Guest’s website with points but did contact the hotel by phone to ask for a quiet, high floor room and feather-free bedding.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal lobby

Decor

The Sheraton Lisbon features 369 fully renovated rooms, including 10 Junior Suites and a Presidential Suite.The hotel’s public places are decorated with a modern minimalist flair with sophisticated use of dark woods, velvet mirrors and glass sheer curtains in metallic browns to complete the trendy picture.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal

Idea to steal for home

The motorized room-darkening roller shades that allow guests to sleep undisturbed at any hour of the day were a wonderful touch we wished to have at home too.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal bathroom

Unique Feature

The glass-walled bathrooms are a unique feature of the property with motorized shades that overlook the room but be pulled down for appropriate privacy.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal glass wall

Our welcome

We were checked in quickly upon our arrival at 6 am and helped with our carry-on luggage to our rooms.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal bar

Our Rooms 

Our clubrooms on the 22nd floor were connecting with two single beds and one king, with impressive views of the city. The Sweet Sleeper beds and the room darkening roller shades provided us with the best sleep we’ve experienced in a hotel in the past year.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal desk

Each room at the Sheraton Lisbon had two-night stands, a functional desk, comfortable office chair, chest of drawers, wall hung TV, and a lounge chair to relax in. Though the décor is rather dark in the room lighting is available for the different areas of the room, and several types of light from track mood lighting to standing lamps.The hardwood flooring is a bonus for asthma and allergy sufferers like us.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal chair

The desk area had several outlets to recharge our electronics and as SPG gold members, we were treated to free Wi-Fi for the duration of our stay for three devices per room in addition to the free Wi-Fi in their public areas.
The room also features a designated area for the mini bar, as well as a single serve coffee maker, and free water bottles.
You will find plush slippers and room bathrobes to use in the same area.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal coffee

The nice surprise

The small port wine bottle with the Portuguese bakery was a wonderful surprise to return to after a full day of sightseeing.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal ammenities

Bathrooms

The shower/tub combination boasts a high-ended showerhead while the sink provides ample countertop space to hold medicines and cosmetics.
We loved the commode/bidet glass separation with an other door for extra privacy. The extensive personal kit included the traditional shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, a shower cap, a shaving kit, a sewing kit, and even a body sponge.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal vanity

Safety features

The Sheraton Lisbon room window cracks open to let fresh air in but not enough for anyone to lean or fall through, the door latch is placed at an optimum height to prevent younger kids from opening the room door and darting out, and the TV is hung on the wall.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal amenity kit

The bathrooms features include grab bars to hold onto when you enter and exit the shower and an SOS rope in case a patron requires emergency assistance.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugallounge

Executive Lounge

The lounge had exquisite views of the city (including Lisbon’s version of Christ the Redeemer) and served light breakfast and different snacks throughout the day. We enjoyed the freshly squeezed citrus and carrot juices offered in the morning, as well as the olive oil sampler at lunch, and the many choices of assorted teas.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal lounge decor

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal lounge fruit

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal drinks
Restaurants

The property has two different restaurants on the property- a one casual downstairs near the lobby called The Lobby Bistro, and one on the roof appropriately named The Panorama Restaurant.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal breakfast

The Sheraton Lisbon’s  downstairs restaurant serves an elaborate breakfast buffet, which includes pastries and baked goods (even some gluten free), and an impressive selection of cold cuts, white and yellow cheeses on a daily basis. The hot foods include eggs, sausages, pancakes, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, and beans.
For those who like fish, there is a smoked salmon and black caviar eggs. Multiple yogurts and cereals, as well as fruits and vegetables, are also offered.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal fish

The buffet offered several juices and even champagne, and a cappuccino maker so you can make your hot beverage. The restaurant offers a salads-dessert fixed price buffet spread as well as soups, sandwiches, and pasta for dinner.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal fruit

After a tiring day of sightseeing, check out The Panorama Bar offering a happy hour with drink and sushi specials, or try the a la carte Portuguese cuisine dinner at the elegant Panorama Restaurant.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal salads

Service

We enjoyed top of the line housekeeping service that catered to our different requests every morning in ten minutes or less from the time of the call.
The front desk staff especially Mr. Pimenta was incredibly careful about cleaning my pants for free after I slipped and fell into a puddle of wood gloss at a neighboring hotel.
Special thanks to Ms. Vanda C.  guest relations manager who helped us with our questions and advice.

 The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal pastries

Autism  Travel Tips

The room might present some challenges to a person that is technologically challenged (like me), so ask the front desk staff to accompany you to the room and explain the different buttons for the shower and shades.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal top bar

The bathroom makeup mirror works as a perfect nightlight that won’t disturb your child’s sleep, especially if they are light sensitive.
The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal restaurant

If your child is temperature sensitive and you need to keep the room at a constant temperature bring a magnetic strip card with you to leave inserted at all times in the electrical entrance slot since the room has one of those mechanisms that requires a card inserted at all times or everything shuts off.

The Family friendly Sheraton Lisbon Portugal piano

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The Family-Friendly Hilton Lima

The Lima Hilton is located in the upscale neighborhood of Miraflores on Avenida La Paz 1099, one of the city’s  gastronomic multiple boulevards.The modern high-rise, eleven miles from the international airport is close by to the beachfront and the Larcomar entertainment Mall in an area filled with restaurants, stores, and public parks kids can play in.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima lamp
Décor

The eleven-story building boasts 207 rooms, including 44 executive rooms, 17 suites and a presidential suite. The hotel’s décor is an eclectic combination of Peruvian motifs with modern twists. The Lobby, public areas, and guest rooms all feature artisan lattice woodwork that complements the earth toned colored furniture creating a welcoming ambiance.

Favorite Item to Take Home

The eye-catching unusually shaped crystal chandeliers in the lobby entrance would be the item to pack and take home!

Fellow Travelers

The hotel seems to be a favorite with business travelers though we encountered several families with kids the week we stayed there.

Before We Arrived

I did call the hotel before our arrival to let them know of our feather allergy and ask for a quiet room for my son with autism.
On both our stays when we first arrived from L.A as well as when we returned from Cusco for an additional night our rooms were ready, feather- free and on a top floor facing a nonbusy street just like we requested.

Our Welcome

Check-in was a breeze. We were warmly welcomed by hotel staff and even treated to a morning cappuccino while the front desk staff was filling the necessary paperwork.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima room

Our Guest Room

The Peruvian woodcarvings that ornate the modern hotel lobby and public areas are continued into the room creating an elegant focal point.

The well-lit room we stayed at on the executive floor was sparkly clean and had two queen sized (perfect for a family of four). It also boasted a nice sized desk with chair, a mini sitting area and a stylish small side table. The glass encased 37’’ HDTV in the wall provided the wow factor and gave the room a futuristic look.
The closet with built in drawers, though on the smaller side was sufficient for our clothes and suitcases.  The room safe supplied was large enough to fit our I- pads and a mini laptop and was placed at a convenient height.

For additional comfort, there was a single-serve coffee maker, free water bottles replenished daily, a snack tray and mini bar fridge stocked with drinks.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima amenities
The Pleasant Surprise

The fast Wi-Fi throughout the hotel with no device limitation made our life comfortable and helped avoid unnecessary bickering about who gets to register their device to the room. The room also came with multiple places to recharge electronics including a quad charging station at the desk.

The Bathroom

The marble tiled bathroom was nicely sized and functional with large countertops to spread our cosmetics and sundries.The dual showerhead system made showering easy and comfortable for all us including my son with autism.

The bathrobes and towels were fluffy and smelled fresh; Housekeeping promptly brought up extra ones every time we requested any.We also enjoyed the supplied toiletries and plush slippers that were restocked on a daily basis. Our personal favorite was the massaging soap (my son took two home) and the mini scissors that are useful and can pass even the TSA inspection.

Safety

We observed multiple safety features throughout the property that were useful for traveling families including much-needed child proof locks on the balcony doors and the requirement of a room key to take the elevators to the different floors.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima bar


The Executive Lounge

The bright, spacious room on the top floor offering light snacks and beverages throughout the day was my kids’ favorite. Decorated in neutral colors, it boasted several eating spots, workstations and even an area with board games.

Though breakfast was offered in the downstairs dining area, we preferred using the lounge since it was more quiet and intimate environment. The ultra-accommodating staff brought additional omelets, pancakes and French toast daily at my kids’ request from the downstairs kitchen.
Special thanks to Ms. Giannuzzi for was incredibly patient and took the time to answer all my son’s questions.

What we especially liked about this lounge was the plethora of food choices served throughout the day along with the fact that they were regularly replenished. The lounge offers continuous service from 6:30 to 11 pm every day with an honor bar between 5 -10 pm.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima pool


Other Amenities

The hotel has a specialty restaurant featuring Peruvian American fusion fare and one of the most mentionable rooftops terraces I seen in the last decade offering hotel patrons stunning views of Lima.

Service

We loved the personalized attention the staff showered upon us and the super-friendly manager who took the time to get to chat and get to know us. We were also grateful for the concierge  Mr. Rivas, who helped in procuring last-minute restaurant reservations as well as recommending sites to see.


Autism Travel Tips

The staff was incredibly patient with our son and even prepared his ‘special’ omelet every morning. We found the saucer shaped lighted mirror helpful not only for bathroom purposes but as a night-light.

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Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel

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Tel Aviv is one of the largest cities in Israel and the perfect destination for families to travel when exploring the Middle East or enjoying the Mediterranean coastline. For families wishing to explore the city, there are over 60 hotels from which to choose. The Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, located on 145 Hayarkon Street, is a sound option for traveling families who want to stay right on the beachfront and enjoy a variety of water sports and activities while visiting the city.
Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel beach

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The five-star hotel contains approximately 246 rooms and is situated right on one of the liveliest beaches in all of the Middle East. The hotel not only is next to many eateries and shops but also within a short drive from the historic Old Jaffa City area. The Hayarkon beachfront promenade is a popular destination for families couples and business travelers.

 

Our Welcome

Since the property’s room occupancy was limited to three persons in a room and we were a family of four we had to book two connecting rooms. As always, we requested a feather free quiet room for our allergies and our son with autism. Upon our arrival after a five-hour flight from London, we were checked in and given the room keys within minutes. Moreover, we were thrilled to see the staff had treated us to a small liquer bottle and chocolates.
Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel chocolates

 

Hotel Decor

For the most part, the hotel was decorated in the warm, neutral colors typically seen in a luxury hotel. Large chandeliers hung in the large open spaced lobby area which boasted comfortable, bright leather seating for guests to relax in. In both the lobby and breakfast areas ceiling to floor large windows gave the spaces a welcoming feel letting in plenty of natural light.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel room

 

Our  Connecting Rooms

We stayed in the newly renovated rooms 401 and 403 on the fourth floor. Our room was decorated in lots of creams and whites. We had wood flooring, perfect for those with allergies.Our room aka the parents’ room had a comfortable king-sized bed with ample pillows along with a small seating area. Our kids’ room separated from ours by a door, featured two twins beds, a chest of drawers, a small sofa, and a work desk.
Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel tv

 

Both rooms had lots of storage space, with the closet in our room boasting a standard safe. Each room also had its own large flat screen TV, perfect when the parents want to watch something different from the kids.Moreover, both rooms also had balconies boasting great views of the surrounding beach areas. We found the balcony incredibly difficult to open with two locks, which was a nice security layer.

The Bathrooms

The Crowne Plaza Suites and rooms had nicely renovated bathrooms. The bathrooms of the rooms we stayed in were decorated in beige and tan hues.The bathrooms had a tub/shower combo with a handheld showerhead, grab bar, and shelf for towels. Furthermore, the tub/shower combos had a partial  glass enclosure. We found plentiful toiletries and hair dryers on each of the sink counters.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel bathroom

Dining

The hotel boasted two on-site restaurants; The Bellisima and The Pacific Bistro & Sushi Bar. At the Bellisma, diners could appreciate lovely sea views from the huge windows while dining on delicious meals. The Pacific Bistro & Sushi Bar served delightful French and Asian fusion cuisine. However, it was only open for dinner. Unfortunately, we only had five days in Israel and took long day trips. Therefore, we didn’t get a chance to try either.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel buffet

 

Our Breakfast

We tried the Crowne Plaza’s Israeli breakfast, and it was one of my personal favorites in Tel Aviv. The breakfast room featured comfortable chairs to sit in and enjoy the beautiful sea views out of the large bay windows.

The selection was plentiful and diverse. For the morning meal, we tried a vast assortment of meats, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. We also saw some salad fixings including radishes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, mushrooms, and lettuce mixes. Several premixed salads and different yogurts were provided as well.We enjoyed their many pastries, cereals, and bread at the buffet. Our drinks options included orange juice, chocolate milk, lemonade, water, teas, and hot coffee.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel breakfast

Amenities

Guests who want to relax or enjoy swimming without going to the beach can enjoy the indoor pool, which is open on a seasonable basis. The hotel provides plenty of other great amenities, such as a spa, gym, sauna, game room, and even a Turkish steam bath. Guests who book the club rooms or suites have free access to the comfortable business lounge. The property offers free bike rentals for guests who wish to exercise during their stay.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel cup

Service

We found the staff attentive and helpful. We wanted to give a special mention to Ami at the concierge desk and Ivo the assistant manager. They both did their best to assist our special needs son and us!

Cost

Pricing starts at $175 a night. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all parts of the hotel. Guests can park their own car for $20 a day or use the valet service for the same price.

Summer Stay at the Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel treat

Autism Travel Tips:

  • We recommend families who deal with allergies request a room with hardwood flooring, which is a valid option at this location.
  • Like many others in Tel Aviv, this hotel has open balconies. Therefore, it might be a good idea to bring a safety lock for the balcony door to prevent children from wandering out on their own. Parents can also request a room without a balcony.
  • Since the beach can be noisy at various times, families who deal with sound sensitivities should ask for the highest floor possible to prevent sounds from reaching their room.
  • Travelers should be aware that, due to Kosher laws, the only meat items offered on the buffet are fish products. On Saturdays, only cold foods are served at breakfast, which might be an issue for children who are used to hot chocolate or freshly cooked eggs in the morning.

 

 

 

 

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Location

The Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is situated on the city’s beachfront promenade within a short walking distance to many favorite tourist attractions like Neve Zedek, Hatahana, and Old Jaffa.

The location is perfect for families since it is close to city parks, multiple restaurants, museums and the Carmel open market.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

The hotel

The impressive 18 floors high rise provides a spectacular unobstructed view of the city’s  rooftops and waterfront.
The lobby area decorated with dark brown woods and metal highlights is spacious with several comfortable sitting areas.

The property offers smoking and non-smoking connecting rooms in their executive and deluxe room categories.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Our Room

Our room,  decorated in warm earth tones was impeccably clean and provided a  comfortable accommodation with a  view of the Mediterranean Sea.

The furniture layout included a king-sized bed, chest of drawers, working desk and a velvet armchair you can relax after a busy touring day. The bathroom, though on the smaller size is efficiently designed utilizing the space well.
We thought the tub-shower combination and the two different shower heads( wall and handheld) would come in handy for parents needing to bath younger kids.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv door

Dan Panorama Door Decor

Never seen before

The hotel room number boldly displayed on each door is a useful way to assist guests find their room and give the hotel corridors a stylish appearance.
Moreover, the bathroom window (with Venetian shade) concept is quite innovative as it lets natural light in and helps parents keep a watchful eye on younger kids while taking a shower.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv bathroom

Dan Panorama bathroom window

Noteworthy room service

The hotel room service was prompt and accommodated me by cooking items not on their regular menu before our early-morning drive (5 AM) to the airport.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv art

Dan Panorama Hotel Art

We liked

The electronic doorbell that helps the guests communicate better with housekeeping with a switch of a button, as well as the five different outlets available in the room to power up our electronics, were nice touches.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv beds

Dan Panorama Room

Take home item

We would have loved the ability to purchase  a box of  Oneg  the hotel’s nightly chocolates to take home

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv flea mart

Jaffa’s outdoor Flea Market

 

Don’t skip breakfast

The atmosphere in the large breakfast room is casual and welcoming to families with kids of all ages but might get a bit crowded during peak hours. Israeli breakfasts are famous for their lavish choices, and this one is no exception.
You can expect to feast on freshly diced salads, marinated fish dishes, eggs and an assortment of white cheeses along some American staples like pancakes and waffles.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv breakfast

Dan Panorama Breakfast White Cheeses

Executive lounge

The business lounge called ‘Traklin’ on the 18th floor is a nicely sized room with ample seating and view of the Tel Aviv shoreline.
I only got a chance to catch a glimpse of the ‘Happy Hour’ spread that included multiple salads, pies, kinds of cheese and desserts.as I was running out ti a meeting.The day I visited they had an incredible grilled vegetable platter with peppers, aubergines and onions that I had shameless portions of.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv happy hour

Grilled vegetables at the Executive Lounge

The Concierge

I was impressed with the hotel concierge and his recommendations for traveling families. He even took the time to put together a list of places to visit in Tel Aviv for different age groups. In the event, he is busy with other guests you can also use the touch screen Tourist information machine in the lobby for quick tips and recommendations for area venues.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv lounge

Peak at the Traklin’s ‘Happy Hour’ spread

You should know

You can also take advantage of the free walking tours ( English and Hebrew) to Neve Zedek and Jaffa given by the hotel on selected days.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv jaffa

St Peter’s Church, Old Jaffa

Danyland

The Dan Hotels’ kids club called Danyland is a well- appointed entertainment venue for kids of all ages. The club free to hotel guests offers unlimited attendance but requires parental supervision for children younger than three years old. The one at the Dan Panorama is composed of two separate rooms with colorful murals and many fun-filled play areas. The first room as you enter looks like a spaceship with PlayStation units for the older kids. The larger room is divided into different parts: a soft block play corner for toddlers, pretend play stations, arts, and craft tables as well as a TV/DVD spot for those wishing to sit and relax.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv daniland

Danyland’s art and crafts tables

Autism travel tips

The rooms have mini balconies that open so be sure to ask for a lock to be provided before you enter the room if you think your child might be tempted to open the door.

If your kid is noise sensitive ask for a high floor during booking to ensure a quieter environment.

The hotel is quite popular with local families on weekends, so you might want to head on to an early breakfast if your kid is uncomfortable with waiting in line.

The Lobby bar and restaurant can provide some gluten free options if you notify them in advance.

Family Fun at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv kids club

Sensory play station at Danyland

Thank you, Dan Hotels for hosting my stay at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.All opinions expressed are my own.

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain

 

 

Over the years, the Westin Palace in Madrid has established itself as one of the city’s top hotels, receiving of numerous travel awards and accolades. Located on the prestigious boulevard Paseo del Prado in front of the world-renowned Prado Museum and across from the Thyssen Museum, the Hotel could not have been any more conveniently situated for sightseeing.

Needless to say, we were excited to be able to stay there and had high expectations for the establishment and the level of service offered. I had requested two feather free connecting rooms–a king-size bed and two singles–on a high floor to minimize our exposure to city traffic and noise and received an e-mail confirmation to that effect from the hotel reservation desk.

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain coppola

Our rooms

Our connecting rooms, 5451 and 5453, on the fifth executive floor, were ready when we checked in, but we had to call housekeeping and remind them about the feather free request that was mishandled.
The rooms were designed in neutral colors and faced a side street away from the city’s noisy traffic.
Both rooms were beautifully furnished with a mahogany dresser, end tables, and chairs, not to mention Westin’s famously heavenly beds. The closet, which boasted multiple drawers and hanging areas, was encased in a mirror façade, as was the short and narrow corridor that led to each room.
The walls were mostly wallpapered, but they also had several areas upholstered in fabric, which was not only aesthetically pleasing but served as somewhat of a noise buffer between the rooms. The sand-colored bathroom, covered in marble tiles, featured ample countertop space and a state-of-the-art dual showerhead.

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain beds

 

Public areas

The hotel’s public areas—from the magnificent staircase to the soft blue velvet sofas in the lobby, shining marble floors to the opulent cupola in the main restaurant—were quite impressive.

Built in over a century ago, the property had its own mini-museum, right by the restaurant, with souvenirs from famous people who have stayed there over the years.
The main restaurant features an elaborate but pricey breakfast buffet (approx. $35) and an opera Sunday brunch (approx. $85).

For budget conscious guests; there is a VIPS (an upscaled AM/PM ) fast food restaurant/mini mart that offers breakfast items for about $3, as well as the quintessential Starbucks.

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain buffet

How the hotel accommodates autistic travelers

When I sat down for a brief chat with a hotel PR person, he told me that his hotel motto is flexibility; they try to accommodate all special needs and take an interest in the growing autistic community in particular.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the hotel staff is very involved in many community-based charities like ALADINA, a children’s cancer hospital, to which they donate a portion of the brunch opera proceeds.

The hotel offers quiet, allergen-free, comfortably large rooms as well as casein/gluten-free foods in their dining room upon request. They even treat man’s best friend kindly: they offer a dog version of their heavenly bed.

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain restaurant

How we liked it

We did encounter several snags during our week-long stay–some were language misunderstandings while others could be attributed to cultural nuances in matters of time and customer service.All in all, we would stay again at the property and recommend the hotel because of the central location and amenities it offers.

 

 

Family Stay at The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo

 

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo is located in the Shirokanedai district in Tokyo, which is well known for it’s lush greenery.

The hotel is also located within walking distance of famous landmarks such as Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Institute for Nature Study, and Platinum Street.

It is also within minutes from Shirokanedai Station (Nanboku Line/Toei Mita Line) and the Shinagawa railroad station. The hotel provides a morning shuttle to Shinagawa until 10 am and then to a subway station that you can go to Shinagawa from via a subway line.

The website describes the hotel as a “Japanese and modern Asian-sensibilities fused with modern Western-style” and promises the familiar comforts of a Sheraton experience.
The hotel offers suites, non-smoking, and Japanese style rooms, all of which come with complimentary high-speed internet and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo front

General Thoughts:

The architecture was pleasant, and the hotel was geared more towards the business traveler than families, although it does not have an executive level.

The Sheraton has three restaurants; a sit -down Chinese venue, a fancy Japanese/French Fusion one that was quite pricey for our American budget and a sandwich and coffee shop in the lobby, where we ended up dining several times. The hotel also featured a spa, gym, and mini Japanese garden to walk through, which is a great attraction for antsy kids.

Location:

The hotel is in a more residential area, but a  convenient location, nonetheless. It is minutes away from many public transportation stations, two 7-11 convenience stores,  three major grocery stores where you could get meals to go and five minutes away from the 100 Yen store (a major favorite with us.)

Families staying at the hotel who want budget friendly meals, with unlimited sodas like in the U.S., should try a food chain called Jonathan’s right around the corner.

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo lobby

There is a kid-friendly park five minutes away if your child needs to let out some  steam or is just profusely jet lagged and wakes up at ungodly hours,
(Note: the park is locked at night).

Price:

The hotel offers specials from time to time, so be sure to check the website first. Otherwise, the standard rate is around $147.00/night and goes up from there depending on the particular dates.

Parking:

Covered self-parking – JPY 1,500 per day

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo entrance

 

Rooms:

The Sheraton has several rooms types available: Suites, Japanese-Style Room, Garden View Room, Starwood Preferred Guest Room, Balcony, and Connecting Rooms.

Be sure to mention allergies especially feathers at booking since Starwood has the “heavenly bed,” which is feather-based (down comforter and pillows).
Also, Make sure you request a non-smoking room at booking if any of your family members suffers from asthma as. Japan, unlike the US, still both smoking and non-smoking rooms available.

Our connecting rooms were spacious for Tokyo standards, and we were upgraded to the 11th floor, with a view of the city.

Our rooms, decorated with dark wood furniture  had comfortable beds.

 

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo beds

The sitting area, with a lounge chair and ottoman had a huge plant that was taking up much-needed space.Also, each room had a desk with a comfortable chair, perfect for anyone who needed to work.

The A/C system and windows were excellent: we did not feel the heat outside, and windows the city sounds out while keeping the chilled air in.

The bathrooms were a decent size and featured japanese (electric ) commodes which we had to unplug after our son with autism became apprehensive thinking he would be electrocuted when using it.

Like many Japanese hotels ,the property supplies slippers, bathrobes, and even kimonos for guests, so guests don’t need to pack any from home.

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo amenity kit

Front Desk/Concierge:


Both the front desk and concierge were fluent in English and provided excellent customer service support.
The front desk volunteered to call the next two hotels on our itinerary and remind them we needed connecting rooms with hypoallergenic bedding while the concierge skillfully arranged our day trips and advised us how to get from place to place using the exceptional Tokyo public transportation system.

Housekeeping:

We benefitted from Impeccable housekeeping, and always received our requested items within 5 minutes.

Special Perks:

  • Great breakfast buffet spread! Our family enjoyed the different dishes offered and liked trying the Japanese breakfast delicacies.
  • Excellent bathroom amenity kit that included not only the regular shampoo and soaps but hair brush, comb, toothbrush, and toothpaste.The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo breakfast


    Autism Travel Tips:

    We found the neighborhood setting calmer and less overwhelming than other neighborhoods for the autistic traveler.
    The hotel is within walking distance to a large train station with the quintessential Mcdonald’s, Starbucks, and Baskin Robbins that will make most kids feel right at home!.

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