MSC Seaside Aurea Suites (S3)

MSC Seaside – Category S3 – Cabin # 9211
Category S3: Aurea Suite
Cabin # 9211

 

Description:
Aurea Suites have a private bedroom with two single beds that convert to a double bed, spacious wardrobe, and a bathroom with shower/tub combination. The sitting area has a double sofa bed, armchairs, and desk. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your private balcony with seating. Each stateroom also has a television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, mini bar, individual safe, available internet connection, and direct-dial telephone.

 

Occupancy: Can accommodate up to 3 guests in this particular cabin

 

 

Aurea Experience
Includes Fantastica Experience: You get all the same amenities as the Fantastica Experience PLUS more.
Free UNLIMTED Drinks: Unlimited drinks including specialty coffee, wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, and gelato 24 hours a day. Valid for non-premium alcohol.
Free My Choice Dining: Have dinner in a dedicated area of the restaurant any time during dining room hours. No set time, no reservations needed.
Free Spa Service: Relax with a free 60 minute massage per person, up to 2 per stateroom, access to the sauna & steam room for the duration of your cruise, consultation with spa doctor, and welcome cocktail.
Private sundeck access: Access the private and exclusive Top 18 sundeck where you can sunbathe and lounge in a kid-free environment & enjoy a private bar.
Free priority boarding: Save time with priority boarding on the day of embarkation. Priority boarding helps you get on board quicker so you can start your vacation sooner.
Cabin 9211 Extended Balcony

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note: In the event of a complimentary upgrade to this category, the guest will benefit from the stateroom upgrade only, excluding the content of the Experience. Upgrades are stateroom only, and the Experience services will remain the same as category and Experience originally booked.
Size: 302 – 355 sq ft sq ft*
I found the location of the sofa pull-out bed to be very odd, as it was pushed right up to within a foot of the closet, which meant you had to turn sideways to gain access to the sliding closet doors.

 

Gezi Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkey (Hotel Review)

Hotel Review: Gezi Bosphorus Hotel – Istanbul, Turkey (Taksim)

Bosphorus Bridge from Gezi Bosphorus Hotel

Bosphorus View Deluxe room



I’ve now stayed in about 20 different hotels in Istanbul. 

While I don’t proclaim myself to be an expert (yet) – I’m working on that, and maybe I’ll attain Expert Status before I die. I do, however, think I’m getting a good feel for good and bad hotels in the city, and other locations around Turkey.

So this most recent visit to Istanbul, and I’ve stayed in a lovely new hotel located just off Taksim Square called Gezi Bosphorus Hotel.

I cannot say enough good things about this new boutique hotel. From the moment I arrived at 3am in the morning, to the day I departed and they helped me get my bags in the car, I’ve been astounded by the stellar service and comfort levels I experienced at this property.The view from my Deluxe Bosphorus room – Gezi Bosphorus

My bed was as comfy, no I take that back – it was even MORE comfy than my own bed at home. I could LIVE at Gezi forever I think, and I’ve become painfully particular about hotels over the years, so to say I want to “stay” in ANY hotel, is a BIG statement for me to make.

Bed that feels like heaven

  
Breakfast buffet daily was incredible with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, pure honeycombs (nice touch!) and the finest Turkish coffee.
 

Have more questions about Gezi Bosphorus Hotel or Istanbul Hotels? Feel Free to Contact Us. We specialize in Istanbul and Turkey Travel

Basilica Cistern … Sultanahmet, Istanbul Turkey

This has quickly become one of my favorite places in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.

I happened upon this fantastic place when I was strolling out of the Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofya) one day on my way to the Grand Bazaar. It amazed & enchanted me, and I continue to visit this lovely, mysterious place every single time I visit Istanbul.

The first time I entered Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) it was very quiet, before many people had arrived for the day. I was immediately entranced. The low, lilting sounds of the soft music, people’s muted voices, along with the dimly lit walkways simply enhance the visitor experience

The Basilica Cistern, built in 532 A.D., is Istanbul’s largest covered reservoir, and once supplied water to nearby palaces such as the Topkapi Palace and the Great Palace of Constantinople.

The Basilica Cistern is also known as the “Sunken Palace,” and was supplied with water flowing from forests in Belgrade, Serbia, to an excess of 100,000 tons. Inside the Cistern there are a total of 336 columns, in 12 rows of 28 columns.

Several columns exist inside the Cistern that are worth noting:

1) The Peacock Column is supposedly a surviving column from the Arch of Theodosius

2) Medusa Columns: There are also the two columns located at the very end of the Basilica Cistern, whose bases are formed in the shape of the Medusa Head (a female monster from Greek mythology with hair made of snakes. Tales imply to look at her would turn you into stone.)

The Medusa upside down head is found on the base of one column and next to it is another Medusa head laid on its side. Stories abound as to why her head was placed upside down, but many believe that it was done to ward off evil spirits.

I highly recommend a stop by the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) if you are looking for interesting things to do in Istanbul.

Contact Us at World Travel Warehouse, if you need assistance with your Istanbul & Turkey travel plans. We are Turkey specialists. 

Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey (Hotel Review)

Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey (Hotel Review)

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I had the pleasure to visit and spend some time at the lovely Museum Cave hotel in 2010, and also meet the owner, Mr. Omer Tosun at a party in Istanbul. The level of quality experienced at every turn in the Museum Hotel stems from it’s owners attention to detail and perfection.

The location and views over Cappadocia from Museum Cave Hotel are hard to beat, as you can see.
Hotel Review: Museum Cave Hotel - Cappadocia, Turkey

Museum Hotel, located on an approximately 5000m² wide and “unique” area; is composed from the restorations of old ruins and wrecks as saved originally. Museum Hotel, with its each special and different 30 rooms, is also important for being the first luxury boutique hotel in Cappadocia region.

With its unique location, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the majors of the region such as Avanos, Goreme, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley and Mt. Erciyes from all its rooms, Restaurant, Terrace and Bars. Being aimed at to serve the best service to our eminent guests from the very first day, Museum Hotel is the primary choice of the big part of elite guests that are visiting the region.

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Museum Hotel is a unique boutique complex in all sense. With its totally personalized reservation system, unique location, each different and special luxurious suites, excellent service quality, the most upscale a la carte restaurant Lil’a where you can taste the local foods that tend to be forgotten, private wellness services in room, unique concept of “Museum” and detailed and magical atmosphere that will bring you to thousands of years ago, Museum Hotel is, with just one word; ‘unique’.

L'ila Restaurant Cappadocia Museum Hotel

As you can see, each accommodation is furnished to highlight the unique features of each of the cave and non-cave rooms, as per each client’s preferences.

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Another lovely aspect of the rooms were the modern and upscale en-suite fixtures, including a double Jacuzzi bath for those considering a honeymoon stay.

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For potential meeting planners looking for a superb venue in the Cappadocia region, the Museum hotel can accommodate your group’s meeting and break-out room needs easily.

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Please feel free to contact us for your booking needs in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. We are Turkey trip professionals, with many trips to Turkey under our belts!

Luxury for Less in Las Vegas

Budget Travel
By Andrew Lincoln, May 2009 issue

A man who works at a casino was sitting next to me in a restaurant not long ago. He had a watch that looked like a hubcap from a Bentley, except that it had diamonds on it. He’d worked for Bellagio, the hotel-casino that helped reinvent Las Vegas as a luxury destination for the masses in 1998. He’d worked for MGM Grand. He’d worked for Wynn. He would be going to Las Vegas in a week, he said, and he would be staying in a room that was 900 square feet, where you could talk on the phone and watch a flat-screen TV while you were in the Jacuzzi. The kind of room that even on discount websites goes for $900. Only he would be paying, if things went according to his plan, no more than $200 a night. And what was his secret? I asked. Because people who tell you stuff like this are usually dying for you to ask what their secret is.

“The thing people don’t realize,” he said, lifting his glass of pinot noir, “is that if you want a better price on a room in Vegas, all you have to do is ask. So I’m planning to negotiate. In Las Vegas, you just can’t be afraid to ask.”

Link to full article: http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2009/04/03/AR2009040302940.html