on this page we list some of the tips of countries that we do not yet
feature, perhaps it is a great restaurant in Paris or the best hotel in
London. As we do not yet have pages for these individual countries we
felt that we should still share the tips with you and so have
accumulated them all on to this one page.
you have any additions then please do let us know. Perhaps you had
dinner in an amazing
restaurant in New Zealand, or stayed at an amazing yet cheap little
hotel in Colombia, whatever your tip, if you would recommend it to your
closest friends we would like to hear it. We will be adding to this
section all the time so do keep checking back.
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presently have tips on Paris, Cannes,
(by ATT) is a very clean hotel in one of the best locations in Paris.
Located in the 15th arrondissement it is in excellent proximity to the
Eiffel Tower, the metro, excellent shopping and market (Sunday
mornings). The rooms are very small, yet they are clean and to be honest
all you really need. They all come with tiny bathrooms that have shower
and no bath. The area that the hotel finds it self feels like a village
in itself. All this for roughly 400 FFR is a great deal. Tel
: (33-1) 45751223 Fax : (33-1) 45756249
- Hotel De Vigny
(by ATT) is a hotel in Paris in a completely different league. It is
very much a small boutique hotel. As a member of the highly respected
Relais & Chateaux it has to comply with what they call the
4C's to put it simply this hotel has to be very good, and believe us
very good it is. It is a very personalised hotel with a lot of
character. It can be found on La rue de Vigny just of the Champs Elysees.
The rooms are well decorated and even comprise of a Bang & Olufson
television and stereo player, how many hotels can claim that !
- Chicago Pizza Pie
(by ATT) just of the Champs Elysees is a great place for some American
food in an atmosphere that is both lively and very friendly , a great
bar is also at hand and it is an excellent meeting place, and a very
handy place to move on from for the rest of the evening. It will come as
a surprise that a lot of birthday goers come here for the fun of the
place. Suddenly the lights will go dark, the music will be turned up,
and all the waitresses will go around in conga singing..... This is also
happens when there is no birthdays but we will let you discover what
they sing and dance along to. We do sound one word of caution though
there are some women there (well it only happened to us once) who will
entice you to go somewhere else with you, and then well we are not sure
as it never got that far. But we advise that when picking up a lady from
here you use your common sense. 99% of the women are fine, perhaps out
of the hundreds of times that we have enjoyed this bar we fell on a bit
of bad luck. Normally though your inner alarm bells will be ringing if
it sense something may be wrong. It is a great place enjoy it !
France - Internet
Services (by ATT) if you are in
Paris and need to connect to the internet and you must use your own
computer, and your hotel does not fit the bill, in terms of the
telephone network, then you will be faced with tremendous difficulties.
Most Cyber Cafe's work on a network basis which means that you would
need to configure your system appropriately, quite a headache. France
Telecom cannot help. The only place that we could find where you can
connect with your own computer is in the 15 arrondissement, between the
Metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle and Dupleix. Just around the corner from
the Holiday Inn hotel is a small shop called Internet Station, you
cannot miss it as Internet is clearly marked above the door. For just
one franc a minute you can do all the work you need. The telephone
number is 01 - 45 77 58 58 and are open from Monday to Friday from 10:30
- 19:00. Address : 8, rue Violet, Paris.
France - Changing
Money (by ATT) if you have not been to
Paris you may be surprised to find the charges that the bureau de change
charge. If you are changing non European money you should not have to
pay any commission but if you are changing European money, then you will
have to pay. The famous Cheque Point service on the Champs Elysees
wanted a whopping 9.8% and the girl behind the counter actually laughed
when I asked if that were correct. She kindly explained that was why her
company was so rich ! Needless to say we did not change our money there.
You can use other services, such as Thomas Cook or even the Tourism
Office on the Champs, which charge around 2.5% - Make sure that you ask
what the commission is before changing.
France - Refuge
des Fondues - (by ATT) a great
little restaurant that serves fondues. The walls are covered in
graffiti, the wine is served in Baby bottles and there are only
two long tables with you sitting elbow to elbow with your neighbor. It
is very popular and we do advise booking a table, or at least getting
there early. If you are female we do not advise you to wear a short
skirt to this restaurant as you will be asked to step over the table to
get to the other side !
address is 17 rue des Trois Freres, which is not far from the
bottom of Sacre Coeur. Closest Metro is Pigalle.
France - The Louvre - (by
ATT) if you are planning to visit this amazing monument to art the do
try to get there early. The queues especially the weekends can be
frightening. The museum will generally open at 09:30.
France - An Oddity ! -
(by ATT) it is actually illegal in France to have an ashtray on the bar.
Use the floor !
France - Noga
Hilton Cannes (by ATT) is our favourite
main stream and main location property in Cannes. The lobby may be a
deceiving and quite outrageous mix of colour created perhaps by a drug
induced designer but the rooms are simply amazing. The hotel even has a
video machine where you can rent all varieties of films directly from
the machine. In a great location it is very difficult to beat this
Germany - Steglitz
Hotel (by ATT) the only reason that we
mention this hotel is because of its' beds. This hotel has waterbeds,
but not in all the rooms. This means that if it is very busy then you
may find yourself being sea sick in the middle of the night as no normal
rooms were available ! Some people like waterbeds, so whichever if
you want one request one if you don't specify it !
- Hotel Seiyu in Ginza
(by ATT) This is an incredible hotel and our favourite in
Tokyo. All the stars have stayed here including Arnold Shwarzenegger,
Glen Close, the American Athletics team, Oliver Stone, Elizabeth Taylor
and many many more. The beauty with this property is that it is pure
class and does not scream out at you. All the decorations are softly
done, and with only 80 rooms the hotel is never going to be over run
with guests. The personal service, and excellent quality of rooms does
not come cheap however. Rooms go for an average of US$ 600. Who said the
best is cheap ?!
Japan - Hotel
Hankyu International (by ATT) If you
are in need of luxury then this hotel will fill all your requirements,
one of the best hotels in Osaka with excellent views and spacious rooms.
(by ATT) One of the best bars in Singapore, located at the Grand Hyatt,
if you were wondering where the infamous Brannigans has disappeared to
then this is it. They feature excellent bands and the decoration of the
bar is very relaxing. A different crowd from the old Brannigans yet
still as busy. In fact at weekends you want to get there reasonably
early otherwise you will nee to queue - be warned ! We know have
many more Singapore tips and reviews, please use the links to the left.
- Rockies Pizza
(by ATT) If you are travelling for business or pleasure and fell like a
REALLY good pizza. Then give Rockies a call. They have two restaurants
and they do delivery. We especially like the Boson that will cost Sin$
22 for a 12 inch, but they do offer many different alternatives. The
pizza will take around an hour depending at what time you call and
is freshly made. Obviously pizza lovers have different tastes, but
generally speaking we have found this to be one of the best in Asia. Tel
: (65) 468 9188
(by ATT) is an excellent place to wind down after a hard days work or
play and is a must visit for anyone in Singapore. It is very popular
with the locals and also with tourists. It is located next to Raffles
City shopping arcade and opposite the Carlton Hotel, and close to
Raffles Hotel. It has a wonderfully relaxed ambience to it and there are
numerous bars, restaurants and pubs available for you to discover.
(by ATT) This restaurant can be found in the downstairs area of Chijmes
(see above), next to The Jump. It serves excellent International style
food in the cool and relaxing atmosphere air conditioned restaurant or
out on the terraces below the skies. They have excellent wine and their
bread is sumptuous, just make sure you leave enough room for the rest of
- The Jump
(by ATT) formerly known as The China Jump, is a chain of
restaurant/bars, with one in Hong Kong and another in Kuala Lumpur. The
food they serve here both indoors and also on the terrace outside is
very fulfilling and is not for those on a small appetite. The service is
generally friendly. As always you can not smoke inside a restaurant in
Singapore. This changes at 10:30 when the kitchens close and the real
partying begins, They remove a lot of the tables and chairs to create
room for a dance floor, and the music begins. Queues can get very long
here especially at the weekend so try to get there a little earlier.
(by ATT) You may or may not know that you cannot legally take cigarettes
into Singapore. This also means that you cannot buy any from Duty Free
on the way into Singapore, so don't let your Singaporean friends try and
get you to buy them some. If you are caught chances are you will be
fined. You can buy Perfumes and Alcohol at good rates before you go
through customs so it may be wiser to leave your purchases until you get
there. Strangely enough even though Singapore is strict with cigarettes
etc when you are leaving they are for sale in Duty Free at some of the
Cheapest prices in the world. For example 400 Dunhill Red International
will cost you roughly Sin$29 which is the cheapest we have ever found
them anywhere. Read
our full review of Singapore Airport here.
now have an entire section of our website devoted to Singapore,
with many more tips and information.
Korea - JJ's
(by ATT) As always the Grand Hyatt can always be relied upon to have a
great bar. Korea is no exception. JJ's is split into two sections one
more disco relate and the other a cosy (sometimes a little too cosy) bar
where live music will make you party the night away.
Korea - Grand
Hyatt (by ATT) Quite simply the best
hotel in Seoul. They offer the best views, they are even so creative as
to turn their swimming pool (the outdoor one) into an ice skating rink
in winter time. They have great restaurants and as you have read above
the best bar in Seoul.