How to find the right hotel?
If Skyteam is a true ally in flight search, then the service booking.com (Aeroflot partner) always helps me to make the right choice for hotels. Since 2012, I have made more than 210 bookings for travel around the world without so many “surprises”.
But let’s start from Moscow and the most comfortable hotels for me. In the first place I find myself with the Radisson Blu inside the Sheremetyevo airport, with its Club Carlson loyalty card. Since I always travel with a lot of luggage, the Radisson Blu is ideal to be free from suitcases and travel around Moscow without difficulty. This is for fast business travel. Often I stayed at the Novotel Moscow City, convenient for the location and for the possibility, in case of emergency, to also use the metro.
I have often used in the past the Sheraton Palace Hotel in Tverskaya and also the Peter I in Neglinnaya (even if a bit dated), but the most convenient as location and value for money is the Marriott Royal Aurora. But these are reviews of the past, since I now live in Rostov-on-Don and my visits to Moscow are much faster and more targeted, for me the most comfortable is the Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo without discussion.
Recently, we have often stayed in a nice hotel in Nebug, the «LAVICON Hotel Collection» which is located not far away from a construction site that we follow meticulously in the village of Olginka. In St. Petersburg, however, we feel at home at Domina St. Petersburg, owned by a well-known Italian businessman who emigrated to Estonia a long time ago.
Since I no longer live in Italy, I often have to go to Milan and Rome and my choice falls on the Starhotel chain in Milan with the Rosa Grand Hotel, in the center (Piazza Fontana), or on the Starhotel Ritz if I arrive by car (Porta Venice). Always if it’s a business trip. But absolutely unforgettable the hotel “Four Seasons” on Via del Gesù.
In Rome, however, the Starhotel Metropol has seen me as a regular customer for over 20 years and I have never wanted to change. Starhotel Metropol is located near Termini station and, importantly, the hotel has a convenient Parking.
Venice is always very chaotic, full of tourists and extremely expensive. For this reason, I have always preferred to stay in Mestre at the hotel NH Laguna Palace where you can park the car and easily get to Venice with a speed boat service.
Another frequent destination is Mexico City, where the hotel Marriott Reforma, it is convenient for many factors, including the kitchen… but this is another chapter that I will write about it later in another interesting article. In general, in Mexico you can find a large variety of hotel chains with a high level service always delivered by attentive and friendly staff (and always looking for tips).
After having reviewed my previous reservations in the booking.com service, I can recommend some good hotels like the “Novotel Bauhiniaa” Shenzhen – China, “La Gioconda Boutique Hotel” in Odessa – Ukraine, “Swissotel” in Tallinn – Estonia, the «Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel» Riga – Latvia and, of course, the «Radisson Blu Hotel» hotel in Lisbon – Portugal.
In the past I have been to several hotels in Rostov, such as the “Plaza Congress Hotel”, “Residentsiya” (Izvolte) Hotel and the “Mercure” hotel which, in my opinion, is the best in terms of price / quality / location, as well as for some personal and sentimental reasons.
Not too long ago, the “Radisson Blu Hotel” opened on the banks of the Don River. They opened it 10 years ago and closed it immediately (I do not know the reason). And even if I live in Rostov, I hope I can find a good reason to stay at this hotel for one night. Moreover, it is 650 meters from our office …