I thought I would post a few quick thoughts on the hotels I stayed in recently. Hotels in Europe can be quite expensive and vary greatly in quality and service.
Note that the Canadian dollar prices have been calculated on Oanda using the daily exchange rates plus the typical credit card rate of +2%.
Which is the winning hotel? Check it out below!
Nippon Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Price: €110 EUR / night = $176 CAD
Included: Everything! Delicious Turkish breakfast buffet, wireless internet, fitness centre (not that I use it!); business centre
Location: Taksim - walking distance to many appointments as well as restaurants and transit and shopping. This hotel is located in the heart of the old city and tourist area of Istanbul.
Comment: Very comfortable; friendly, helpful service; clean and modern.
Crowne Plaza, Berlin, Germany
Price: €149 EUR / night = $234 CAD
Included: Tasty buffet breakfast; internet additional €12 EUR / day = $19 CAD; business centre, fitness centre and swimming pool all at extra cost
Location: Berlin city centre, walking distance to conference hotel, shopping, restaurants
Comment: Comfortable enough but very, typical European small rooms, unfriendly staff and no doorman to help with luggage or hailing a cab. For more Euros than most people want to spend, I expect better service and at least a smile. But I've learned, expect less in Germany.
Hotel Sternen, Zurich, Switzerland
Price: €76 EUR / night = $120 CAD
Included: Nothing, internet additional €17 EUR / day = $27 CAD
Location: Zurich North, convenient to my appointments as well as good access to airport and trains; nice restaurants nearby but limited shopping.
Comment: Comfortable small boutique hotel offering friendly service and clean, basic, super-modern but non-luxurious rooms (think Ikea style). Considering the low price, this is an excellent option; I've stayed here before and will stay here again. Much better value and far more comfortable than the Swissotel up the street.
WINNER: For "a stylish stay"...Nippon Hotel for sure!!