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

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