Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary

During winter, many people chose to go to the beach or to some paradise location. The truth is, it’s difficult to find a cozy place in a winter breeze, specially if you want to enjoy a spa, nice restaurants and a comfy room. Fortunately, we found an amazing Hotel in Eastern Europe for a romantic weekend escape: The Corinthia Hotel in Budapest.

First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains among the grandest in the city. Recently renovated, to be a fine distinguished hotel with an original 19th century spa, two restaurants, the biggest meeting room in the city and lovely staff at your service the full day.

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At The Corinthia Hotel you’ll find two great restaurants, two bars, meeting rooms and a wonderful Spa.

I have to add that their breakfast is great! There is a whole buffet with juices, sweets, cereals and even a cook that will make an amazing omelette for you in no time. Both restaurants were amazing and easy to encounter.

We had the opportunity to experience both restaurants and we absolutely loved them.

The Rickshaw:

This restaurant offers a wide range of Oriental Fusion dishes in a moody atmosphere ideal for a romantic dinner or a chill night with friends. I recommend you start the night with Rickshaw golden platter.

 

It’s a dish with Duck spring rolls, beef satay, prawn- and pineapple skewers, prawn cake, feta spring roll, BBQ pork chops, sweet chili sauce, soy-coriander sauce, peanut dip and tomato-ginger salsa. Excellent for a starter.

Also, one of the waiters was extremely kind to us and introduced us to the wide variety of beers they had. My favorite was an Asian one called Asahi. I also tried the Hungarian one but, I believe I prefer the Asian on this occasion.😊

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The Brasserie & Atrium:

This restaurant offers the very best of international and Hungarian cuisine. Don’t even think about it and order the famous Hungarian Goulash Soup. This famous local dish blends potatoes, meat and vegetables in a nice stew. 

If any of these two restaurants hasn’t content your stomach yet, you can visit one of the two additional bars, and get surprised by an amazing cocktail menu.

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The Spa:

One of the most famous facilities at the Corinthia Hotel has to be the Spa. As mentioned before, this Spa is original from the 19th century and it is  one of the greatest spas in Budapest.

As you might know, there are numerous thermal springs running underneath Budapest, and that is why it is known for its thermal baths.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

If you visit Budapest during winter period, this spa will be heaven when you go back to the hotel!

One of its features is the central pool with 28ºC, perfect for a first swim during winter days. Along the side you’ll find 2 Jacuzzis, one at 32ºC and the other at 37ºC.

Apart, you have a steam bath, saunas, temperature showers and a relaxing area. We absolutely loved this place!

Meetings & Events:

Although we didn’t have the chance to experience the different meeting rooms they have, we have to say we did see a big convention and the rooms seemed very big. 

Location

One of the most convenient aspects of the Corinthia Hotel is its location. It is right in the city center, close to any public transport and to the main sites of the city.

To go to Fisherman Bastion, we grabbed a bus and in 10 minutes we were there. The bus stop is 2 min away walking distance.

Only 18 kms. Away from the airport, which is around 30 mins. by car or 50 min. by public transport. If you want to get to your hotel faster, I recommend you buy a BUDAPEST CARD.

Also, it allows you to visit many museums, thermal baths and other great sites in the city, for free!

Even more, it allows to use the whole public transport and get an airport transfer to and from your hotel.

If you want more details on the BUDAPEST CARD visit their site here.

Rooms

We stayed at a Deluxe King room, which is pretty spacious and has a mini lounge area with a two seat sofa and a desk. In terms of rates, this room is rated quite decent for all the services you can find at the hotel.

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For your reference, we travelled to Budapest during January, which is a cold month and also, a low touristic period of the year. So maybe the rates change during the year (i’m sure they do, actually).

The room was very clean at all times. The staff in charge of the cleaning was very kind and gave us free toiletries every day.

If you get an interior room like ours you will have this view out your window. One day, we even got to listen to a classical music rehearsal in the middle of the hall!

Anyway, we truly recommend this unique hotel for a romantic weekend escape to the eastern side of Europe. There are a lot of things to visit, great restaurants, super friendly atmosphere and unique photo spots for the gram 😉

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See you around and thank you for reading!

Hugs,

Ivan

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Best Places To See in Vietnam


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Best Places To See In Vietnam

Lonely Planet PathfindersWelcome back to my Blog! On this blog post I’m going to let you know the Best Places to see in Vietnam. Of course I’m going to miss somethings, Vietnam has so much diversity that even in a 3 week trip it is difficult to chose what to visit.

If you do a trip like this, its probably worth investing in a travel guide. I always recommend to most complete one that will give you all the information you need to plan your trip. Lonely Planet’s Vietnam Guide is great!

The Trip to Vietnam

When you think of Vietnam, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Rice fields? Conical hats? and maybe lots of motorcycles?  Yes, I thought the same before going there, but to our surprise, Vietnam was the ultimate paradise to do tourism in many different ambients.

Before I get started, let me tell you that we travelled to Vietnam in August, which is the last month of the rainy season. Although the climate is more relevant in the South than in the North, you might want to consider this alternative, cause things can get pretty cheap as its low season.

Our 3 week route included: 

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Hoi An
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay 
  • Phu Quoc 

We landed in Ho Chi Minh city, or Saigon as the locals call it.

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, was the name of the President of Vietnam who led the war against the Americans and the south Vietnamese. After the war in 1975, the city of Saigon in the south, was re-named to Ho Chi Minh City. But, if you talk to the locals, they will tell you they live in Saigon as they were fighting the North Vietnamese with the Americans.

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This important part of Vietnam’s history, has an impact on tourism as you can imagine. In Ho Chi Minh, there are many museums dedicated to that era. War museums that illustrate the view of the people from the south. 

We visited a Museum called War Remnants Museum. In this museum you will find tanks, guns, planes and lots of pictures showing the disaster…definitely one of the best places to see in Vietnam.

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Another place that is worth the visit, is the Independence Palace. This is one of the most iconic sites in Ho Chi Minh city, and its amongst the top 10 cultural sites to visit in Vietnam. 

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After you’ve explored the city, ate great Viet food, you might want to enjoy a great cocktail at the best rooftop, The View Rooftop Bar. This place is amazing to get a full view of the city, and the barman’s there are very experienced!

Where to sleep in Ho Chi Minh?

If this is your first stop in Vietnam, and you’re a bit scared of the hygiene you’re going to find, I recommend you start off in a decent hotel, while you get used to the Vietnamese life.

Infinity Edge Pool View Hotel, Ho Chi Minh, is the place where we stayed for 3 days. The name of this hotel says it all! It has an amazing infinity pool with views over the city, and a good gym too. Food is continental, so you don’t have worry. But, it’s best if you stroll around the hotel and find a local place to save some bucks 😉

If the price doesn’t fit you, here are other suggestions you can explore:

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Hoi An

From Ho Chi Minh we grabbed a plane to Da Nang, it is the closest airport to the beautiful city of Hoi An. It’s only an hour away and the local airlines are very cheap.

Hoi An is a city with over 120.000 people living there and a UNESCO site. The city has the biggest seaport of South East Asia. The river practically splits the city in two, which makes it even more photogenic.

In Hoi An there is great gastronomy with lots of options to choose from. There are a bunch of little restaurants next to the river that offer from Viet food to fresh Italian Pizzas. But one thing you have to visit is the Night Market. 

The Night Market in Hoi An, is a complete feast for your senses. Lots of different smells, nice art craft jewelries, traditional lanterns and many more! Dedicate 2 hours in the afternoon and then go have dinner to one of the cute restaurants next to the river.

Hoi An

Only 10 min away from Hoi An by car/uber (Grab in Vietnam) you’ll get to the Beach of An Bang. It’s where locals and tourist go to the beach so, if you want to avoid crowds, it’s best if you consider going there early morning.

The old town of Hoi An is one of the prettiest places we saw in Vietnam. Little streets where you blend in with traditional houses, local shops and the daily activity of a typical South east Asian town.

Where to sleep in Hoi An?

Royal Hoi An, Mgallery By Sofitel

Hoi An is the typical Vietnamese town with lots of tourists and local markets to visit. With all that crowd in the streets, if you’re looking for a relaxing hotel, with 2 pools and french-viet cuisine, this is the place!

 

Located along Thu Bon River and just a short stroll away from the ancient town of Hoi An, a World Heritage Site, Hotel Royal Hoi An, MGallery by Sofitel is truly a perfect place to experience a refined luxurious sojourn.

Hoi An is home to an abundance of marvels such as Japanese Bridge, pristine An Bang Beach, Ancient Town, Tra Que Vegetables & Thanh Ha Pottery Villages. Be adventurous & partake in a Vespa tour, photography excursions or the world of rich cuisines.

La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa

What could be more relaxing than spending your afternoon at the pool after a long day of walking, sight-seeing and big noodle cups? This amazing hotel has you covered in every little detail you’re thinking of, to make your days feel like a king – queen!

This hotel is not like the massive resorts you have in mind, it’s more like a big boutique hotel, with all the little details taken care of. My favorite part was the black stone pool and the excellent bloody marys they prepare!

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Hanoi

Hanoi! The city that never sleeps (literally). The capital of Vietnam and an explosion of culture! We had lots of fun in this city. Night life here is so intense, you’ll blend in with the locals without even noticing 🙂

As you can imagine, Hanoi is an over populated city with an intense activity all day long. Many people say that if you survive driving in Hanoi, you’ll survive anywhere in the world. 

We decided to split our time in two different type of activities: cultural sites and fun.

One of the top sites you have to visit is the Imperial Citadell of Thang Long. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing 40 metres high, the central flag tower is the most recognizable feature of the Imperial Citadel and is often used as a symbol of Hanoi. 

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, as you’ve probably guessed, is a huge monument dedicated to the General that led the independence of Vietnam and the unification of the south and the north during the famous vietnam war. It’s worth seeing given the size of this place and the military avenues around it.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of its kind! It’s the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Although it’s now set on an islet within West Lake, the pagoda was originally located on banks of Red River before its relocated in 1615 due to the river’s encroachment.

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The Hanoi Opera House is amongst the best things things to see in Vietnam given its Parisian architecture and the ivory colored columns. A must visit in Hanoi for a quick snap shot!

These are some of the top places we visited in Hanoi and we loved it! After all this hustle, you might want to experience Hanoi’s night life.

The old quarter in Hanoi offers many possibilities for a great time. Big discos or small bars with very competitive prices, your choice.

We picked a place called 1900’s. The music was good, the ambient was incredible and the drinks weren’t too expensive.

Where to sleep in Hanoi?

In Hanoi there are a lot of options to choose from, but we decided to blend a bit more with the local culture and other travelers and we stayed at the best hostel of Hanoi.

Cocoon Inn Hostel, Hanoi

This hostel is in the middle of Hanoi and really close to everything. You might feel you’re in the center of humanity at some point, but you’re just in the city center of the most crowded city in Vietnam.

Great people there, great atmosphere, great attention and lots of opportunities to explore! My favorite place in Hanoi!

From Hanoi, we went to Halong Bay. There is a 3 hour ride by bus but it’s really comfy!

Halong Bay

This place is definitely one of the best places to visit in Vietnam, and a must! Ha long Bay is part of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World by UNESCO. Over 1900 little islands, most of then inhabited given the singularity of the natural formations, this place will leave you speechless.

Probably, most pictures you’ve seen of Vietnam have a front cover with a Ha Long Bay photo. One of the best places to see in Vietnam for sure! When we were in Hanoi, we heard many people doubting about visit this place or not. Don’t make the same mistake…VISIT HA LONG BAY!

We went on a party cruise called Oasis Bay Party Cruise. For us, the best option if you’re looking to meet great people and have lots of fun. 

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On board there are several activities you can do: swim on a jacuzzi, do beer yoga, learn Viet cooking style and of course, party!!

The cruise takes you on a 2 night 3 day tour. The first night you spend it traveling to Halong Bay, and the second night we stopped at the Freedom Island! A little island that you can go kayaking, listed to music, do water sports, play volley…lot and lots of fun!!

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Believe me, this experience will change your life. You’ll meet amazing people and you’ll have great memories.

I recommend you book this cruise at the Cocoon Inn Hostel in Hanoi. There are some scams around and it’s best if you hire a trusted company like Oasis Bay Cruises.

In case you want to explore other cruises in Halong Bay:

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Back to Hanoi, we flew to Phu Quoc Island in the south for our last visit.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is one of the best places to see in Vietnam! Those places, that once you see it, you’ll think twice if you’re dreaming. White sand beaches, palm trees, amazing resorts and the smell that something great is going to happen.

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The tourism in Phu Quoc is very high all year long, but, during the months of July and August its like rain season, so the tourism lowers a bit. We went there in August and we only saw rain 1 day. Even though, I still think Phu Quoc is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

During the Vietnam War, Phu Quoc used to be used to hold prisoners of war. Due to this reason, there is a prison museum you can visit, it’s called The Coconut Prison. It’s quite impactful to see how the prisoners use to live and all the installations. Also, some prisoners escaped through a tunnel which can be seen. The entrance is free, so it’s worth the visit.

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Another great thing to visit is Ham Ninh Fishing Village. A town where fisherman trade their fish and select it for the best bid. The fisherman are also known to dive for pearls or sea cucumbers. Recently, due to the increment of tourism, they even hand-craft fishermen ornaments for tourists.

Looking for a relaxing beach? Bai Sao is definitely the one! White sand, palm trees, and even an instagrammable spot with a swing hanging from a palm tree.

Where to sleep in Phu Quoc?

Depends if you visit Phu Quoc as a backpacker or as a luxe traveler, in Phu Quoc there is room for both types of tourism.

In our case, we decided to fully relax after our long journey through Vietnam. Consequently, we chose two of the most amazing resorts I’ve ever been to.

 

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery by Sofitel

This amazing hotel, is a unique Oasis in this paradise island. If you’re looking for something premium with excellence attention and service, this is your place.

La Veranda Phu Quoc

Also, it is so unique, I wrote another post talking about it!

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Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc

With a dedication to providing outstanding hospitality, Salinda Resort is a five-star boutique resort, located on the prime location on Phu Quoc Island with stunning views on romantic sunsets.

The resort features 121 luxury rooms, suites and villas designed in contemporary style with added local touch that creates an almost seamless transition from the inside out, all whilst being surrounded by the elegance and simplicity of the island’s natural environment. Surrender to the allure of island life at Salinda Resort!

Alright folks, this was it on this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment box below. 

Most importantly, it would be great to know what you think to help me improve on future posts!

Another tip, I recommend that you go during mid season: June, September. Tourism is not too high during these months and you’ll be able to explore everything without crowds.

Finally, if you want to keep the budget low, you can book hostels the same day, with no need to rush in advance. Or even home-stays really cheap (2$/night). In 3 weeks I spent around 500$ and I went “All-In” on drinks, you know what I mean 😉

On my next post I’m going to talk about the most amazing experience I had in Ha Long Bay!

Thanks for reading,

Cheers,

Ivan

“Traveling to Find Cool Cultures”

La Veranda Resort – Phu Quoc

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La Veranda Resort – Phu Quoc

Welcome back dear readers! Today I’m going to talk about the beautiful hotel La Veranda Resort, in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.Many travelers come to Vietnam and decide to go either from South to North or the other way around. In our case, we went from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi ad then flew back down to Phu Quoc Island.

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La Veranda Resort – Phu Quoc

La Veranda offers 3 different ambients where to enjoy your meals

The Pepper Tree restaurant is a fusion between Vietnamese and French gourmet cuisine. Fragrant Phu Quôc Pepper and the island’s prized angy fish sauce inspire an artful blend of authentic local and French cuisine – enjoyed with spectacular ocean views.Don’t forget to taste my favs:

Tomato Tartar, Earth Parfums and the Vegetables Roulaf!

Le Jardin, here you can relax in the casual lawn setting or beach deckand indulge in all-day al fresco dining, offering Mediterranean and Western favourites, Vietnamese classics and sumptuous themed buffets.And the glorious

Le Bar, A place to enjoy the best cocktails with a nice breeze coming from the ocean and live music from 8 to 10 pm that will pump you up!!La Veranda Resort - Phu QuocIf all this excitement hasn’t get you considering booking a trip to Phu Quoc yet wait to see what activities you can do at La Veranda!

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La Veranda offers a guided tour through the island that takes you some amazing scenes like the Fish market! A typical location where all the fish men gather to collect and sell all the fish caught during the day.

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After a 4 hour tour, you can do a cooking class at La Veranda with the amazing chef Sin! He will make you discover the best about the Vietnamese cuisine and after that, you’ll taste everything! We prepared amazing Vietnamese dishes that surprised us a lot!

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There are so many different sauces and spices that you can use. But the one I remember the most, is the famous Fish sauce they use for almost everything. It’s produced in the island, and you can visit their factory as well. Although i recommend you avoid going there if you have a weak stomach 🙂

Not to mention that before you do the cooking class, it’s best if you don’t have a strong breakfast. Chef Sin will feed you till you have to un-button your trousers haha!   

It’s time to start talking about the beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc! At La Veranda you can take a shuttle to the most known beach in Phu Quoc, Bai Sao! This white sand beach is mostly known for an instagrammable spot with a swing, yes, we took the shot also 🙂

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Bai Sao Beach

This beach is mostly known to have a huge population of starfish under it’s waters. However, we went there during rainy season and we didn’t see any.La Veranda has it’s private beach also, which we enjoyed drinking cocktails and viewing those amazing sunsets!

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 is definitely a place to come back! Our days in Phu Quoc seemed to last forever, but days were going by so fast!

Alright folks this was it! What did you think about this hotel?

Please leave a comment and stay tunned for the coming posts about Vietnam! If you like how I edited my photos, you can buy my Lightroom Presets for Mobile. They come with an easy to use and installation guide that will take your social media game to the next level!

You can also follow my adventures on my Instagram: @acecoolture

Thank you for reading and see you around!

Ivan

“Traveling to find Cool Cultures”

Best Rooftop Bars in Barcelona

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Best Rooftop Bars in Barcelona

What is the best thing to do on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon? Where can you go that is less touristic in Barcelona? How can you view the city from above? Think no more, here I bring you the best rooftop bars in Barcelona!

There are so many possibilities at the rooftop bars. Enjoy a brunch, a nice cocktail, a great swiming pool or a romantic dinner.

The cream of the top in the city are these incredible rooftops. Barcelona is characteristic for it’s simplicity, modernism, great food and also, it’s typical mediterranean culture.

Our culture is based on people that socialize a lot. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you do in life. Social gathering happens every day in Barcelona. And yes, some of these happen in our rooftops.

Sunset is the best time to visit the rooftop bars

The thing is that, most of these rooftop bars are managed by hotels. Therefore, morning hours are usually closed for private customers.

There are a few that are starting to open around 12:00 at noon. They offer a Brunch service an even a chill out DJ. But that is not common, yet.

I really recommend you visit the rooftop bars during the previous sunset hours: 17:00 – 21:00. If you go at peak hours, the chances are that you will not have the a place, given their capacity (between 40 to 100 persons at a time).

Now, many people have asked me this question several times: Which is the best rooftop in Barcelona? And my answer has always been the same: Best rooftop for what?

In order to judge properly, I’ve decided to stablish a ranking based on:

City Views, Food & Drinks, Instalations & Service

Also, given I am a well recognized writer in TripAdvisor I will check out each rating and write it underneath.

Oh, sorry, almost forgot! There isn’t a dress code to visit any rooftops in Barcelona, but, some recommend you look fresh and not like you just came from the beach with your sandals and so on.

Dress fresh!

Okay, here we go! Where are the best rooftop bars in Barcelona?

On number 1 position I’m gonna have to pick: HOTEL 1898.

Hotel 1898

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This amazing city view of Montjuic and the west part of the city is incredibly stunning. Hotel 1898 has the best rooftops in Barcelona, as well as one of the best hotels.

La Isabella is the name of the rooftop. It’s split in different areas, the pool, the lounge area with outdoor beds and the restaurant facing the cathedral.

This hotel is located in El Raval district, it is very accesible from Las Ramblas. It has a unique decoration style, kind of like a french modernist style (i’m not specialist in interiorism, but I just say of what it reminds me, hehe).

The city views are almost 360º. I say almost, because the bar ocupies a spot that slightly covers a bit of the northern view. However, the views are stunning!

The cocktails are incredible, but the best here is the food. Very mediterranean style dishes, with incredible views. Prices are a bit high, but it is worth it. Very romantic place!

The waiters, barmans, cooks are great! Good detail of attention and perfect recommendations!

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Hotel 1898 - La Rambla, 109, Barcelona

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Metro: L3, Liceu

TripAdvisor rating: 4,5/5

Hotel Grand Central

Now this has an amazing infinity pool! What a views! Hotel Grand Central is located in the Gothic Quarter district near the Cathedral and is also boundries with the well-known district of El Born.

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Hotel Grand Central has one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona, for various reasons. The city view is incredible. Sunsets here make you feel like if there was no tomorrow. You can spot many known buildings like, Agbar Tower, Hotel Arts and the Cathedral.

In their food menu, there are lots of good tapas to share. All of them with a Mediterranean feel. My favourite has to be: Cherries, black lobster and fresh cheese gazpacho soup!

The sky bar or city bar as they call it, is not very big. You can fit 43 persons max and there are just a few tables where you can sit and lunch or dinner. Then there are the pool hammocks and the tall chairs by the bar. Overall, seems quite exclusive, and quiet, which is what is meant to be.

The service is pretty decent, the waiters pay a lot of attention to you. Also, the dedicated barman is very professional.

The only “but” I would put in this hotel is the entrance fee at the rooftop bar, 20€!

Grand Hotel Central – Via Laietana, 30, Barcelona

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Metro: L1 Urquinaona

TripAdvisor rating:  4,5/5

Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

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This is one of my favourites! Located in the center of Barcelona, right in Plaça Catalunya, this unique hotel offers great city center views!

The rooftop bar at the Iberostar Hotel is open and free for everyone! Off course it will depend on the number of people up there, which I think has a limit of around 80 persons.

As you can see on the photo above, the city views are incredible. From up there, you can see Plaça Catalunya in it’s totality, and the left corner you can see La Sagrada Familia also! it’s beautiful.

The food you can order almost any kind of typical tapas like bravas, olives, or clams. As per the cocktails, I have to recommend the Bloody Mary. It is quite a typical cocktail, but this one was very smooth and very well balanced!

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The infinity pool over the city is so breath taking that makes you dive in right away! I guess this option isn’t available unless you are hosted in the hotel 🙂

The service of the rooftop bar was incredible. There was a waiter who even offered us to take pictures of us 2.

Also, he pointed out the best photo spots and was very kind explaining things from the hotel.

Iberostar Paseo de Gracia РPla̤a Catalunya, 10, Barcelona

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Metro Station: L1, L3, Plaça Catalunya

TripAdvisor rating: 4,5/5

Almanac Hotel

Almanac Hotel has been rated by VOGUE as the best rooftop in Barcelona. I have to say, I never knew of this hotel until I went just a couple days ago. I believe the Almanac Hotel has one of the best decorations I’ve seen lately.

The rooftop is structured by an indoor bar with lots of accomodation, and then the terrace with a huge area with outdoor sofas.

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Nicolas, the Hotel Manager was so nice with his attention that he even took us around for a mini tour in the Hotel.

They have an amazing restaurant in the bottom floor as well with great Mediterranean food deals.

Cocktails are one of their best tools to attract people, as they have a dedicated barman with lots of experience behind the bar.

The city views are great. This is very close to Paseo de Gracia and once you’re above, you can spot La Sagrada familia and also the famous Agbar Tower.

One of the best indeed!

Hotel Almanac - Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619, Barcelona

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Metro: L1, Catalunya

TripAdvisor rating: 5,0/5

Hotel Mandarin Oriental

Hotel Manadarin Oriental is located in the very center of Barcelona, right at the concurred Paseo de Gracia.

This rooftop is one of the most elegant rooftops to visit. The views are incredible, as you can see the north part of the city and the views at Paseo de Gracia.

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The service at the hotel is outstanding. That day, it rained and many rooftops close for the whole day as they need to put away all the amenities. But, the staff at Manadarin Oriental, allowed us to go up and we were on our own.

I couldn’t have a taste of the cocktails given the situation, but, I saw the cocktail list and it looked incredible!

The views from above are the best. You almost have a 360 view from Barcelona. The ambient is so relaxing with the pool and the hammocks, that you will feel in heaven!

Hotel Manadarin Oriental - Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, Barcelona

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Metro: L1, Catalunya

TripAdvisor Rating: 4,5/5

Hotel Royal

Hotel Royal is located at Paseo de Gracia as well, and they have a very distinguished rooftop, with a glass cover. Which seems great if the weather isn’t promising.

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The ambient is very chilled with a dominant view of the city all around the Hotel. You can spot La Sagrada Familia, Hotel W and Agbar tower easily.

But the best comes behind the bar. A dedicated barman creates refreshing cocktails like this Expresso Martini…

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Also, the barman recommended to try the “Royal Sangria”. Apparently, they have their own recipe which includes peach and melon liquer!!

The instalations are very nice, but don’t expect to find a pool up there. The lounge-type rooftop offers a good and relaxed ambient.

Hotel Royal Paseo de Grácia - Passeig de Gràcia, 84, Barcelona

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Metro: L1, Catalunya

TripAdvisor rating: 4,5/5

Hotel Arts

Hotel Arts is located in front of the sea and it is one of the twin towers you can spot in Barcelona’s skyline.

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My cloudy day and rain was too poor to take good shots, so I borrowed this one from the hotel!

Hotel Arts is one of the most popular hotels for rich & famous people. Their rooftop is located in the 3rd floor, which is also where the 1 Michellin star restaurant and chef, Sergi Arola, are.

The pool can be enjoyed only by guests, but you can acces to the restaurant and enjoy a fabulous mediterranean meal!

It is a bit expensive in general, but, the views and the service are definetly worth it!!

Hotels Arts - Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, Barcelona

Google Maps

Metro: L1, Marina, or bus

TripAdvisor rating: 4,4/5

H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel

H10 Montcada, is a fabulous hotel located right next to the iconic Cathedral of Barcelona.

The sunset rooftop bar is perfect if you’d like to enjoy the views and great cocktails. Also, they have a Jacuzzi facing the sea, which makes it very appealing if you are hosted there.

Rooftop Bars

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Again, my cloudy day didn’t allow me to take good photos. But the hotel has provided these wonderful photos!

The staff are very kind and a very professional barman takes care of you from the very begining.

This hotel is located at the Barri Gothic. With many different sites around the hotel, it is perfect to make a stop and enjoy the views from above!

I really recommend a Gin Mare Gin tonic to get the full Mediterreanan experience!

H10 Montcada - Via Laietana, 24, Barcelona

Google Maps

Metro: L1, Urquinanona

TripAdvisor rating: 4,5/5

Hotel Ohla

Hotel Ohla, is located right at the edge of Barri Gothic, at the end of Via Laietana. This incredible hotel has a very “Chic” rooftop, with a glass viewed pool.

Rooftop Bars

*image property of the Hotel

Again, my cloudy day didn’t allow me to take decent photos of the hotel, but I have to say I was very impressed by the views and they way the rooftop is structured.

Completly facing the city and the Cathedral, you can enjoy a beautiful view, while drinking a nice and refreshing signature cocktails.

Also, they can offer you a list of Mediterranean tapas that will complete your experince and you won’t want to leave!

The elegant design of the rooftop is in line with the modernist architecture of the city, and also contrasts with the neo clasical architecture of the front.

Hotel Ohla Barcelona - Via Laietana, 49, Barcelona

Google Maps

Metro: L1, Urquinaona

TripAdvisor rating: 4,5/5

Hotel Ayre Rosello

Hotel Ayre Roselló, is a unique and modern hotel located in the very heart of Eixample quarter.

The most impressive part of this hotel, is the magnificient views of the gorgeous Basilica de La Sagrada Familia.

rooftop bars

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Hotel Barceló Raval

Hotel Barceló Raval, is a modern hotel located in the District of El Raval. This district is really close to some of the most touristic places in Barcelona, such as Las Ramblas, La Boqueria and the popular Liceu theathre.

Their rooftop is the biggest 360 rooftop in Barcelona and the views are spectacular!

Rooftop Bars

In terms of food and drinks, you have a very nice tapas menu with lots of mediterranean food options!

The cocktails are great, although they seem basic in terms of diversity. The typical mojito, gin tonic and a few more.

I really recommend this rooftop bar, if you want to see a 360 view of the city!

Alright folks! this is it. I hope you have enjoyed the reading and if you did, please leave a comment below!

 

Also, I would like to recommend the best way to move around Barcelona is by E-Scooter!

Now you can do so with ECOOLTRA simply download the app for iOS and Android and enjoy 30 min free with my code: TGFJK

 

In case you haven’t read my previous post…here is a link to the most beautiful food markets in Barcelona

THE BEST FOOD MARKETS IN BARCELONA

Also, you can follow my adventures on Instagram: ACECOOLTURE

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Best Places to go in Cuba


Best Places to go in Cuba

Best Places to go in Cuba

When you think of Cuba, we all have one image in mind…mojitos and wild salsa dance 🙂 At least I do!

I visited Cuba in December and I was really excited as it was my first sponsored trip as photographer / Instagramer. I wasn’t sure if I was going to deliver what they expected from me.

However, before I went, I read 100 blogs about photography in Cuba and I found a common thing in all of them: Light.

Light on earth can change depending on the latitude you’re in, and that is exactly what I read from these blogs. Light in Cuba is very unique during Sunrise and Sunset. What they call “Golden Hour” might have been named, maybe, after contemplating the light in Cuba.

So there I was, trying to capture the best Cuban light to inspire readers from around the world with my photos.

My first stop was La Habana. There you will see the typical colonial buildings from the Hispanic era, and old cars from the 50’s and the 60’s, since the US blocked the commerce back then, and they have been restoring these cars during the past 60 years.

I tried to capture both things, a colonial building with an old colorful car. I guess you can judge yourself if I did a good job 🙂

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Best photo spots in Cuba
Habana

After La Habana, they brought me to Cienfuegos. A colonial French city with beautiful buildings and an awesome sea shore. Here I wanted to capture those old cars in front of a different arquitecture and also, some sunset shots in front of the vast sea shore.

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Next to Cienfuegos, almost an hour away, there is the most ancient colonial city in Central America, Trinidad.

Trinidad has such a beauty, that it makes you think you are actually living like they did in the 1700’s. The Spanish colony back then, had a single idea of arquitecture, based on the romans and the French. Trinidad is a fusion between these 2 styles of arquitecture, and in the middle, you find the active Cuban society. Unique.

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Last stop, was the lost valley of Viñales!

Viñales is known in Cuba to be the region with the most tobacco plants in the island. The valley of Viñales is a vast region where you can only see tobacco plants surrounded by big mountains that create this amazing valley. Capturing the agriculture life there was incredible. They still use cows to help them bring the plants before they are processed.

My idea was to capture this vivid life during sunset, and also, to capture the singularity of the colors there.

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I hope you enjoy the pictures I took and I hope you get an idea of how inspiring it is the light in Cuba!

In case you haven’t read my previous posts from Cuba:

10 Day Tour through Cuba

BEST PHOTO SPOT IN CUBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, if you’d like to edit photos like me, in just ONE CLICK, have a look at my Lightroom Presets for Mobile!