Posts Tagged ‘Valerie Penny’

Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

Imperial palace outIt was important to find a good restaurant for Mother’s Day. There were various requirements: Mother had to like the food, that excluded Indian, Italian and Mexican restaurants, so Chinese it is. The restaurant had to allow wheel chair access: that ruled out restaurants Kowloon, Rendezvous and Lune Town (reviewed on this site 16 December 2013). However, step forward the Imperial Palace. Imperial Palace inside

The Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland is very close to one of the main Chinese Supermarkets in Edinburgh and is well frequented by patrons of Chinese heritage. The menu at the Imperial Palace is extensive and interesting. Many of the traditional classic dishes you would espect from a Chinese restaurant sit comfortably beside more unusual offerings including Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce and Tofu and Fresh Fish Head Soup Garnished with Colianders.

imperial palace foodWe were a party of five, Mum, my sister and I and ours husbands. We chose a variety of starters. Mum went with chicken wings, my husband with spare ribs and the rest of us chose vegetarian spring rolls. They were all delicious. Our main courses included Mum’s favourite, sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice, my tofu and vegetables with black bean sauce, my husband’s cantonese style duck and my sister and brother-in-law went with special fried rice, deep fried aubergine,  Singapore Thin Egg Noodles and Mixed Vegetable with Pickled Ginger and Pineapple. We all enjoyed our meals very much. The boys managed desert and my mother was encouraged to a little ice cream.imperial palace food 2

The Imperial Palace allows easy wheelchair access. The table we had was round, giving easy opportunity for everyone to chat. The staff are attentive but not intrusive and there is ample parking nearby. We all had a delicious meal at the Imperial Palace and will certainly use this restaurant again.

Valerie Penny

Aparthotel Adagio, Marne la Vallée Val d’Europe, Disneyland, Paris

Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'EuropeWe arranged a family holiday to Disneyland Paris, Just a few days break during the school summer holidays. The Disney hotels themselves seemed expensive and we wanted extra space for the kids so decided on an apartment at Aparthotel Adagio, Marne la Vallée Val d’Europe.

The staff were very Parisian, and that is not a compliment! They were surly and unhelpful. That, would not have been tolerated by the Disney brand. Adagio Val d'Europe

However, the apartment was spacious and spotlessly clean and gave us the space we needed. The Aparthotel Adagio is located close to Disneyland Paris. Ours was a 3 room apartment for up to 6 people. It was very comfortable and fully furnished with a balcony. There was a car park, which we did not use but the heated indoor swimming pool was lovely to relax in. We also found the free shuttle linking the aparthotel and Disneyland very useful.

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Aparthotel Adagio and, weighing up the convenience of staying in a Disney Hotel to the space and cost of the Aparthotel Adagio, we would stay here again.

Valerie Penny

 

On Site Restaurant, Kursunlu Waterfall National Park, Antalya, Turkey

Kursunlu entryThe Kurşunlu Waterfall is located in a National Park just 19 km from Antalya, Turkey at the end of a 7 km road branching off to the north of the Antalya-Serik-Alanya highway at a point 12 km east of Antalya. It is also to the North of ancient ruins of Perge. The Kursunlu Waterfall is little smaller than the Duden Waterfall but much nicer in its natural surrounding. This place offers nice walking possibilities along the river.

All the picnic areas and the walk ways along the Kursunlu waterfall are kept very rural. kursunlu waterfallIt is lovely to walk in the natural areas in this place which is quiet peaceful. It also offers a lovely atmosphere with trees, turtles and birds. On the way to Kursunlu there is scented pine forest. Huge trees offer shade and cool air. The way to the waterfall on the well kept path gives an amazing view to the river bed and natural walk ways and makes everyone forget the walk and steps to the waterfall.   The waterfall is reduced to a mere trickle in the summer months, and was not very impressive when we visited in April.

However, the On Site Restaurant there did provide a welcome and drinks on a hot afternoon. The staff at the On Site Restaurant were not terribly customer focussed but the seats were comfortable. My companions chose beer and wine, but I went with a home-made lemonade. It was cool, refreshing and delicious. Apparently the other drinks slipped down well too.

kursunlu-restaurantMy companions also ordered an assorted mese. Although it took the staff a while to deliver the order, the consensus was that the food was freshly prepared and very tasty.

Access to the On Site Restaurant is feasible for those with some walking impairment, but the steps to the waterfall are not. I was favourably impressed by the condition of public lavatories in Turkey. This was a pleasant visit, but I would not go out of my way to visit here again. The On Site Restaurant was not excellent and there was not much water in the waterfall!

Valerie Penny

 

Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Alexandria Road, Giza, Egypt

cairo-pyramids-hotelThere are several hotels within site of the great pyramids, of which the Cairo Pyramids Hotel is one. It was an enjoyable stay and the view of the pyramids from the pool area is incredible. We were part of a tour group so took a bus from hotel to the pyramid sites, it is not far. Central Cairo is, however, quite a long drive.

cairo pyramids hotel room

Our room was clean and spacious. It was large and attractive, the bathroom was spotless. The air conditioner was running a lot but we feel the heat, so we were fine with that. The bed was comfortable.We found Cairo Pyramids Hotel a relaxing environment. The wifi was not good, but that did not impact our stay particularly.

cairo pyramids dining room

The dining room we used was buffet style and catered to tour groups. Many groups were there all at once, especially in the mornings. While the food selections were adequate, they did veer towards Asian taste. Also the service was slow with as there were only a few waiting staff on duty.

Cairo pyramids pool

The Cairo Pyramids Hotel was clean, spacious and met our expectations of a 4-star hotel. It has a large pool with a swim-up bar. I would give the hotel 4-stars for the view from the pool alone. You can see 2 of the 3 pyramids, a dramatic welcome to our first day in Egypt. I would definitely use this hotel again.

Valerie Penny

 

Felicita Cafe Bar, Ippokratous Square 22, Rhodes, Greece

felicita pythian-temple-of-apollo rhodesMy husband and I had been up to visit the Pythian Temple of Apollo on Rhodes. Then we wandered arond the medieval city at the centre of Rhodes Town and were thoroughly enjoying our visit.

There are so many interesting things to see including the Grand Master’s Palace which now contains a fascinating museum. felicita grand-master-s-palace rhodes

However, we had reached Ippokratous Square in central Rhodes Town and decided we needed to stop for a drink. The square is filled with bars and restaurants serving all different kinds of food. Each of these has callers, enticing you to the restaurant they represent. Felicita is no different. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. There is also a lot of people watching to be done.

Felicita Rhodes

We both chose a cold drink and a hot drink. My husband went with a diet coke and an Americano coffee. I chose a home-made lemonade and a green tea. We did not have anything to eat, but the Felicita was busy serving brunch and lunch to tables full of hungry tourists, all of whom seemed to enjoy their meals. The Felicita is clean and access for disabled people is easy. The staff are busy, but welcoming. They seem more interested in getting people in and out rather than being terribly attentive to any additional requests made after your initial order is submitted, so be quick and decisive!Felicita Rhodes 2

We enjoyed our stop at Felicita Cafe Bar, but it was expensive for what we had. I would probably stop there if I were in Ippokratous Square in Rhodes Town in the future, but I would not specifically seek it out. It is similar to many other facilities nearby and does not stand out from the crowd.

Valerie Penny

The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

scotsman entry

The original 19th century Scotsman building has been converted into a fashionable, 5* boutique hotel. The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers parking off site and limo or car hire for travel around the city. The hotel also offers bicycle hire to tour the city. Edinburgh has many hills, so I would advise against this! scotsman entrance

My husband and I visited The Scotsman Hotel, this month when we met her and a group of friends for a special occasion. It was lovely to visit such a marvellous venue. The entrance and grand marble staircase led us to the bar. Where the group gathered to chat and relax in tasteful surroundings with comfortable chairs. A wide selections of beer, wines and spirits is available.scotsman marble staircase

There are many different styles of room available over the 10 floors of the hotel. As it is an old building the shaes of the rooms are not always regular. This can make the rooms quite restrictive or, on other occasions bright and spacious.scotsman bar

The hotel offers wide choices for breakfast, consistent with providing for an international clientele. The Scotsman Hotel is licenced for weddings to take place there. It also offers several meeting and conference rooms for the business traveller, but there is little offered for the younger holiday maker or children.scotsman room 2

 

The Scotsman Hotel is a beautiful building with unique features. It is situated in the centre of Edinburgh near the Waverley Station, St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle.

scotsman diningroom

However, there are not the fitness facilities or other ancillary services that I enjoy at a hotel. I would not choose this hotel again, altough I know its situation and old world charm will suit many visitors to the city well.scotsman hotel view

Valerie Penny

 

 

 

Best Western Edinburgh South, Braid Hills Hotel, 134 Braid Rd, Edinburgh

braid hills hotel outsideThere are lots of hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland. On a recent visit to the city, to hear a recent gig by our nephew’s band, Thirty-three Connection, my husband and I stayed over after the performance at the Best Western Edinburgh South, Braid Hills Hotel. I remember the hotel from many years ago, and when Best Western took it over, they must have made a large investment in the property to bring it up to date. The result is very interesting. There is a cosy bar, a bright restaurant and a sizeable function suite.braid hills twin

When we booked our room at the Best Western Edinburgh South, Braid Hills Hotel, there was a price difference between rooms to the front of the hotel with views over Braid Burn Park and rooms to the rear of the hotel with no such view. Had we been staying longer, I would have chosen the view. It is lovely. However, my husband and I were only there for one night so we decided not to splash the cash. The website I used showed me a twin room or a double room at the same price. I chose the double room. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at the hotel and found we got both!braid hills double

Downstairs, we walked into the twin room. Going through that into a corridor, we found the hospitality tray in an alcove. and further on was a large en-suite bathroom with a rain-type shower. At the end of the corridor was a fairly steep, but narrow staircase. (I wonder if it originally led to the maid’s room in the old house.) At the top of the staircase was the double bedroom. As we paid by the room, rather than per person, a family could have been very reasonably housed in the accomodation. braid hills bathroom

The Best Western Edinburgh South, Braid Hills Hotel, was spotlessly clean. The staff were polite and helpful and the beds very comfortable. The buffet breafast was fresh and extensive. We thought we had booked a room at the price we aid, but we got a suite. We were very pleasantly surprised. I highly recommend the Best Western Edinburgh South, Braid Hills Hotel. My husband and I enjoyed our stay.braid hills tea place

Valerie Penny