Blog 76: My Top Six Hotels I Have Visited Around The World.

Holidays are a beautiful thing if you can afford it. It is quite cathartic I have realised and for someone who works hard, sometimes it is necessary to relax away from people and things you are familiar with.

Going out there and learn about different culture and tradition I find quite interesting.

Having travelled to few places around the world, I thought it might be interesting to share some of the countries I have visited which are ranked purely on the hospitality I received while out there.

Having been to hotels from the world renowned Dorchester Hotel London to the very basic Wazobia Hotel Lagos, Nigeria it is suffice to say I have a thing or two to share.

So here are my top 6

#6- Hilton Doubletree, North Druid Hills, Atlanta

North Druid Hills is just a stone’s throw from the luxurious Lennox shopping mall surrounded by the opulence of Buckhead.

Doubletree which is operated by Hilton Hotels is located in the Emory area, about 18 miles from the busiest airport on planet earth according to 2015 stats, Hartsfield Jackson International airport.

The hospitality here is good, if you are a guest in the hotel you never have to pay to go anywhere nearby. If you don’t have a car just call the hotel and tell them where you are or want to go and they will take it up from there. Those free freshly baked cookies in reception is probably the best I have tasted so far.

They Say it is a 4* but I give it a 3*

# 5- Novotel Eiffel Tower, Quai De Grenelle, Paris.

This hotel is located between Roland Garros and the Eiffel tower in the very heart of Paris.

It is a few minutes drive to Parc Des Princes stadium and the posh shopping mall called Gallery Lafayette.

The one thing that caught my attention is the extent they will go to be kind.

As soon as we arrived, I didn’t think it was a rainy day but as soon as our taxi pulled up they pulled an umbrella, to shield us from the sun I guess but it wasn’t tropical hot as well.

The scrambled eggs are arguably the best I have had.

They Say it is a 4* and I agree.

# 4- Orient Palace Resort & Spa, Sousse, Tunisia

This is the second biggest hotel/resort I have been to and it’s 2.5 miles from downtown Sousse. Skanès-Monastir international airport is only 13.7 miles away.

Tunisia is allegedly a poor country but there’s absolutely nothing poor about their service at all.

Fantastic food, great service and attentive staff especially Aziza in reception who has that great motherly smile that welcomes you.

Zainab was the lady assigned to make sure our suite was catered to and nothing is too much to ask.

The kindness can be excessive when you tip.

They Say it is a 5* and I agree somewhat. Building has a five start tendency but service is 4*

# 3- (Albatross) Royal Mirage, Agadir, Morocco.

Although not too many good things have been said since Royal Mirage took over this hotel from Pick Albatross but I visited when the hotel was still Pick Albatross.

30 minutes drive from Al Massira international airport, Royal Mirage (Pick Albatross) Agadir is located in the centre of Agadir near the sandy beach.

It has the best animated team I have seen yet, very friendly, helpful and entertaining.

They don’t speak fluent english as their main language is arabic and french but they will go out of their comfort zone to help going as far as bringing someone to translate.

The kindness can be way overboard when you tip.

They Say it is a 4* and I agree.

#2- Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Jumeirah-Marina, Dubai.

This one is a little more pricey and if you can afford it give yourself a treat. There are deals so you can be in luck.

Going there is not the problem cost wise but staying there is as there are deep pocketed individuals everywhere you turn.

The thing I love about them is you would think a place where Venus and Serena Williams stayed during their tournament in Dubai will have their nose up in the air for commoners like myself but that was not the case.

They treated everyone the same and to tell you the level of their level of their hospitality, we arrived and our room wasn’t ready and to compensate for keeping us waiting, we were allocated a mini suite on the 20th floor overlooking The Palm Of Jumeirah beach.

That gave me a peek of how the other half live. Great experience and by far the biggest hotel I have been to and the private beach does the trick.

They Say it is a 5* and I couldn’t agree more.

# 1- Grand Palladium Resort, Lucea, Jamaica

All I can say is Wow! As beautiful as the pictures so are the people of Jamaica and their hospitality.

Anything you want and their answer is NO PROBLEM.

Literally anything. On the day of our departure, A senior figure in the hotel came personally to thank us for staying, now that’s something I have never experienced in all the places I have been.

Her exact words were ‘ You could have been anywhere for you holiday but you choose Jamaica and for that I thank you’.

That was indeed a first and made of departure a poignant experience.

They Say it is a 5* and I couldn’t agree more.

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