Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sights on Enjoy Food & Travel 2010


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To make it easier for you, I have compiled all the sights on Enjoy Food & Travel for the year 2010 on this page. Enjoy!!

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  • Almoravid Qoubba , Marrakech (February 16th 2010)
    Close to the impressive Ali ben Youssef Mosque in Marrakech you find the Almoravid Qoubba. It is the oldest building in the city, going back nearly 900 years.

  • Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen (May 27th 2010)
    Whereas most European monarchs live in large palaces in green parks or in compounds hidden behind high fences, the beloved Danish queen Margrete lives in the middle of her people in the beautiful Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

  • Anderbergs tyger, Göteborg (July 19th 2010)
    Anderbergs tyger is one of the most beautiful houses of the Haga district of Göteborg. A blue memorial plaque gives an account of the history of the house

  • Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul (February 23rd 2010)
    The Arasta Bazaar complex was built in the first decades of the 17th century, at the same time as the Blue Mosque.

  • Arche de Triomphe, Brussels (January 26th 2010)
    Close to the headquarters of The European Union, you'll find the Parc Cinquantanaire and the Arch de Triomphe that King Leopold II of Belgium erected at the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Belgian state.

  • Arsenal am Pfaffenteig, Schwerin (May 20th 2010)
    By the Pfaffenteig lake, in the heart of the city of Schwerin you find a large Medieval style building. The Arsenal am Pfaffenteig was built to the local rulers by two famous German architects.

  • Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias (April 14th 2010)
    When standing on the Playa de las Canteras, you can see a striking, square new building with a small dome on the top. This is the Auditorio Alfred Kraus, named after the renowned tenor Alfredo Kraus Trujillo (1927-1999), of Austrian descent and born in this city.
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  • Bab Agnaou, Marrakech (June 9th 2010)
    The Bab Agnaou (Arabic باب اكناو) dates back the 12th century to the era of the Almohad dynasty.

  • Bab Nkob, Marrakech (June 9th 2010)
    Bab Nkob looks old, but is in fact much newer than Bab Aganou.

  • Bereketzade Medresesi Mosque, Istanbul (April 28th 2010)
    As you pass over the Galata Bridge, walking up the steep hill towards the Galata Tower, you find the Beretzkade Medresesi Mosque. This building was built in a turbulent, crucial year in the city's history.
  • Bergen old city hall, Bergen (August 9th 2010)
    Bergen is a city steeped in history. Its old city hall has seen the dawn of five centuries and is an outstanding example of renaissance architecture.

  • Berlaymont Building, Brussels (March 2nd 2010)
    The iconic, cross shaped, Berlaymont Building is the symbol of the European Union and is the main building of the European Commission.

  • Bispealmenneningen, Oslo (March 29th 2010)
    On the corner of Oslo gate and Bispegata you find this blue sign telling a short story from the Medieval city.

  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul (July 26th 2010)
    We had dinner at our hotel the first night we stayed in Istanbul. From the restaurant on top of Hotel Armada we could admire The Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in full flood light, a truly exotic fata morgana on the top of the hill.

  • Bohus Fortress, Kungälv (September 22nd 2010)
    As you drive on the motorway towards Göteborg, you suddenly see impressive stone structure resting on a cliff. It is the remains of Bohus fortress, a 700 year old fortification going back to when this part of Sweden belonged to the Norwegian kingdom.

  • Bunker Hill Monument, Boston MA (January 12th 2010)
    Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston to its end, you end up by the Bunker Hill Monument.
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  • Charlemagne Building, Brussels (March 2nd 2010)
    The Charlemagne Building is a seemingly new, avantgarde building located at 170 Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat. The building is in fact over 40 years old, but it has been given a contemporary facelift in steel and glass.

  • Clough House, Boston MA (March 9th 2010)
    Walking through Boston's North End you find yourself in one of the oldest city areas in the United States with a history going back nearly 400 years.

  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston MA (June 16th 2010)
    By the Freedom Trail, you pass Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the second oldest cemeteries in Boston. It was founded as far back as 1659, and house a number of notable citizen from Boston's old histor
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  • Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie (August 8th 2010)
    This summer my husband and I visited Scotland. After some days in Edinburgh, we rented a car and drove north to explore the highlands. As the road took us higher and higher, we reached Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery for single malt scotch.
  • Deacon Larkin House, Boston MA (April 21st 2010)
    Charlestown is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Boston. If you follow the legendary Freedom Trail, you will end your journey there, at Bunker Hill, the site of the famous battle between the English and the American patriots that took place here in 1775.

  • Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech (September 25th 2010)
    New York has Times Square, London Piccadilly Circus, Brussels its Grand Place. Marrakech has Djemaa el Fna. Here the Mediterranean meets the Sahara.
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  • El Badi Palace, Marrakech (April 7th 2010)
    These are the walls of the El Badi Palace Arabic: قصر البديع‎ - meaning the incomparable palace) in Marrakech, seen sadly from the outside only, as it was closed on the day we were there.

  • European Quarters, Brussels (March 2nd 2010)
    The European Quarter is not the most charming area in Brussels. Still it is the nerve centre of an expanding European Union, and should be on the list of sights for any politically interested visitor in Brussels.
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  • Gothenburg Cathedral, Gothenburg (April 7th 2010)
    In the middle of the oldest part of Göteborg (Gothenburg) you find the city's cathedral. It is the 3rd of its kind on the site and was completed in 1815.

  • Great Mosque of Brussels (January 26th 2010)
    The Great Mosque of Brussels is also found in the park. In 1967, King Baudouin gave a building built in 1880 to King Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia,

  • Göta Coldins Ordenshus, Göteborg (December 28th 2010)
    As we walked through Central Göteborg, I found this house. It belongs to an old secret order of seafarers said to date back to Medieval times, and now only found in Sweden and Finland.
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  • Ishak Pasa hamam, Istanbul (December 9th 2010)
    Just across the street for the small mosque you find a large derelict building.

  • Ishak Pasa Mosque, Istanbul (December 9th 2010)
    The mosque is a very early Ottoman building dates back to 1482, just after the conquest of the city.
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  • Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels (March 2nd 2010)
    The Justus Lipsius Building is named after Justus Lipsius, Joose Lips or Josse Lips (1547 — 1606) - a famous Flemish philologist and humanist.
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  • Kongelige Priviligerede Assistence Huus, Copenhagen (January 5th 2010)
    This beautiful house in Nybrogade in Copenhagen was built by the mayor Wilhelm Bjerregaard in 1728, after the fire that left much of the city in ruins.
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  • Mariakyrkan, Sigtuna (March 18th 2010)
    Sigtuna is the oldest city in Sweden, with a history spanning more than 1000 years. There were many churches in the city, and all except one, are no in ruins. The only church still standing is dedicated to Virgin Mary.

  • Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge MA (August 16th 2010)
    The first image of Boston and the US I have, was the sight of Massachusetts Hall as I ascended the stairs at the Church street exit of Harvard subway station. That was in 1987. Massachusetts Hall is still one my favourite buildings in the Bay area.

  • Memorial plaques for wrecked ships, Scituate MA (November 13th 2010)
    Scituate MA is located by a rough coastline, that has threatened seafarers during centuries. On the small peninsula holding the old lighthouse you find two small memorial plaques telling stories from two of these dramas at sea.

  • Merrimack Masonic Lodge building, Haverhill MA October 16th 2010)
    The Merrimack Lodge goes back as far as 1802, making it the second oldest lodge in this district. St. John's Lodge in Newburyport was founded already in 1766.

  • Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon (January 19th 2010)
    At Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, they have an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. I was captured by the mysterious eyes of Osiris, reminding us of our Mortality.
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  • Old Townhouses of Charlestown, Boston  (December 24th 2010)
    Charlestown is a historically very significant part of Boston. Here you find a unique collection of period architecture and remains of the oldest building in the United States.

  • Old South Meeting House, Boston (October 23rd 2010)
    When you walk down Washington Street in the Downtown Crossing area, you can watch everything from new high rise buildings as well as architecture from the 18th to the 19th century. One of the oldest official buildings in the city is found here.
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  • Parc de Cinquantanaire, Brussels (January 26th 2010)
    Park Cinquantanaire is beautiful in winter, as in summer. All year the lawns are beautifully green, lined with evergreen shrubbery.

  • Polar Circle, Rana Norway (September 9th 2010)
    Passed this monument lately? Did you think it marked the exact spot of the Polar Circle?

  • Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria (January 5th 2010)
    To experience a little of the original Canarian life, a trip to Puerto de Mogán is recommended.
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  • The runic stones of Sigtuna, Sigtuna (Februar 2nd 2010)
    Sigtuna is the oldest, still populated settlement in Sweden. The long dramatic history spans over 1000 years, and has left a rich heritage of historic monuments.
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  • Sigtuna Rådhus, Sigtuna (June 3rd 2010)
    Sigtuna has a long history, but is today a small town, far from its former glory. By Stora Torget (Main square) you find the former City Hall, the smallest in Sweden.

  • Skinny House, Boston (February 16th 2010)
    When I walked the Freedom Trail to its end in September, I stopped at Copps Hill Burial Ground. When I turned around, I looked into this strangely looking wooden building, squeezed between two large red brick buildings.

  • St Lars Kyrkruin, Sigtuna - Sweden (August 2nd 2010)
    St. Lars Kyrkruin is located in downtown Sigtuna. This and other remains of impressive old church buildings are a reminder how important the city was during the early years of what would be today's Sweden.

  • Stoughton Hall, Harvard University (October 19th 2010)
    The architect Charles Bulfinch
    has left behind a rich architectural legacy through a large number of buildings throughout the East Coast of the US, among them US Capitol, the State Houses in Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts and the University Hall at Harvard. Another building designed by him is Stoughton Hall, a dormitory building found at Harvard Yard.

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    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Rating Norwegian Air Shuttle flight Oslo-Trondheim


    I am a regular traveler, and I most often travel with Norwegian Air Shuttle. This rapidly growing Norwegian air carrier offers flights to a large number of domestic and international destinations from all three Nordic capitals. Lately I have traveled Norwegian twice, first Oslo to Trondheim, Norway's third largest city. Here is the latest review of Norwegian Air Shuttle.

    Itinerary
    • DY754 - 12 Nov 2010: Departure 3:35 PM from Oslo Airport - Gardermoen, arriving Værnes Airport. Trondheim 4:35 PM
    • DY761 - 14 Nov 2010: Departure 9:15 PM from Værnes Airport - Trondheim, arriving at Oslo Airport - Gardermoen 10:15 PM.
    Check-in: BBBBB

    Only hand luggage. Electronic self service easy both ways. Then directly to gate.

    Departure: BBBB

    Departure on time both ways.

    Hospitality: BBB


    Nice efficient staff, managing the vessel with efficiency.

    Service: N/A & complementary: N/A

    Neither food nor drinks offered on this short 40 minute domestic flight.

    Comfort: BBB

    Average leg room in front of seat and width of seat, whether you are economy or full price passenger. Knees not touching pouch in the seat ahead. Belt a little too short for slightly overweight passengers.

    Flying time: BBBB

    Flying time within cockpit's estimate both ways.

    Arrival: BBBB

    Arrival a little before schedule.

    Duty free goods: N/A

    Domestic flight. No duty free goods offered.

    Price: BBB

    Price: 1488 NOK (€ 183,21 / $ 244,83). Cheaper tickets will be available if booking early. This price is high compared to experienced travel value.

    Rating the Norwegian Air Shuttle experience: BBBB (3,88 points)

    Average travel value. Good punctuality, less comfortable seating.

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    See takeoff with Norwegian Air Shuttle from Værnes, Trondheim on this film clip posted on YouTube


    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving


    Tonight is Thanksgiving in the US. It is a traditional family occasion with a good turkey dinner and all that follows of side dishes. I, myself will celebrate Thanksgiving with a variation of a traditional turkey dinner tomorrow.

    11 years ago I visited San Francisco and celebrated Thanksgiving there. Tomorrow two friends that lived there that time come for a visit. To remember that special time in our lives, I will prepare a Thanksgiving-ish dinner.

    I bought a 1 1/ lb turkey breast yesterday. Today I will long roast the breast at low temperature for 4-5 hours in a roasting bag. I will prepare stuffing, sweet potato mash, cranberries and gravy as side dishes.

    I do look forward to this meal, and I will give you a whole account of this meal here on Enjoy Food & Travel. In the mean time Enjoy Food & Travel would like to wish all of you gathering around the dinner table tonight a Happy Thanksgiving.

    (Photo: Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner by Alcinoe)

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    How to prepare your Thanksgiving Dinner - see this clip from YouTube

    Saint Stephen's Church, Boston

    Boston's North End is packed with historic monuments. One is Saint Stephens Church, the only church building designed by the famous Charles Bulfinch still standing in Boston.

    Saint Stephen's is today a Roman Catholic church serving the large Italian American community that makes up the majority of those living in the oldest part of the city.

    As most of the buildings here, it is not the first one occupying the site. A few number of memorial plaques tells the long history of the site spanning three centuries. Not many American cities can show such a long continuing use of a city area.

    Here are what the memorial plaques tells us of events and people connected to the site where Saint Stephens Church is standing today. I will let the plaques tell in their own words inscribed on them.

    COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE PLACED BY THE CITY OF BOSTON 1930


    ON THIS SITE WAS ERECTED
    IN 1716
    THE NEW NORTH MEETING HOUSE
    THE SECOND CHURCH
    IN THE NORTH END OF BOSTON
    ENLARGED IN 1730, REBUILT IN 1802
    FROM THE DESIGN OF CHARLES BULFINCH




    ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH

    THE FIRST BUILDING ON THIS SITE WAS
    THE NEW NORTH MEETING HOUSE
    ERECTED IN 1714 AND ENLARGED IN 1730






    AT THE REQUEST OF GENERAL WASHINGTON MARCH 28TH 1776
    IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EVACUATION OF THE CITY OF BOSTON BY THE BRITISH
    THE REVEREND ANDREW ELIOT THEN MINISTER
    PREACHED A SERMON OF THANKSGIVING
    "IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS EXCELLENCY AND A RESPECTABLE AUDIENCE"
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    THE PRESENT BUILDING WAS DESIGNED BY
    CHARLES BULFINCH IN 1802
    AND ITS BELL WAS CAST BY PAUL REVERE
    IT WAS ENLARGED AN REDEDICATED AS
    ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH
    UNDER THE REVEREND GEORGE FOXCROFT HASKINS
    FOUNDER OF "THE HOUSE OF ANGEL GUARDIAN" FOR BOYS

    St. Stephen's Church

    The North End's changing ethnic and religious groups have always had a god friend in St. Stephen's Church. Originally called "New North" (to distinguish it from "Old North"), it was founded by "seventeen substantial mechaniks" as a Congregational parish before the Revolution. It was Unitarian when Charles Bulfinch designed the present building in 1804 and 58 years later when the North End was mostly Irish it was given a new identity and its new name. This is the only Bulfinch church still standing in Boston


    St. Stephen's Church
    Boston, Mass.

    ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY
    July 22, 1890 - January 22, 1995
    Baptized July 23 1890
    A Mass of the Resurrection January 24, 1994
    "..... the most important element in the human life is faith"
    Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
    In the memory of Our Founder - Ace of Clubs

    More buildings designed by Charles Bulfinch on this site

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Greetings from South Korea



    A few of my best friends are currently visiting South Korea. A few days ago, I received this picture taken in front of an old temple.


    Korea is a country very few of us think of when contemplating traveling to a new destination. I will look forward to get an account of what they have experienced during their stay.

    One of the main concerns is safety. The Korean peninsula is not the safest place to be currently, due to the hostility between the Communist North and the democratic South part.

    Enjoy Food & Travel wish them a safe stay and journey home to Europe.


    Uno Chicago Grill, Cambridge MA



    Uno Chicago Grill, Cambridge is part of a chain of restaurants found in 14 states throughout the US. They specialize in American specials as pizza, steaks, pasta, and burgers. I chose one of their new inventions, flat bread pizzas and was not disappointed.

    Total score: BBBB+ (4,44 points)

    • Location: BBBB+
    • Interior & Atmosphere: BBBB
    • Service: BBBBB-
    • Food: BBBBB-
    Uno Chicago Grill is located in Washington Street, at the heart of one the most famous university areas in the world, Harvard University. It is a charming place to be, in a small village in the middle of a major metropolitan area.

    Uno Chicago Grill is one out many at Harvard Square, and it is easy to enjoy all the square has to offer. Take the red line from downtown direction Alewife and leave at Harvard.

    I liked the interior, felt being in a old factory building or basement. Red brick walls, dark chairs and tables neatly decorated with table cloths, and cutlery waiting for the guests to arrive.

    As this was an early lunch, not many were seated, but as time passed more came, and it was obvious that it was a popular place to hang out.

    Good service from the staff, and I was served promptly. I could choose from a large, reasonably priced menu.

    And what would be more tempting than a flat bread, Italian style, pizza. There were many to choose from, and I chose one with meatballs and plenty of garlic, and that was the real stuff.

    It covered the whole plate and when tucking into it I immediately got that Italian sensation, strong aromas of sweet garlic, meatballs with plenty of the same stuff and Italian herbs.

    Moist, but not soggy cheese and great Italian tomato sauce. If this pizza reflects the overall standard, I would not hesitate a minute to recommend it as a place to eat at Harvard.

    Summary

    A reasonably priced, good meal served in the heart of Harvard Square. Nothing much to put your finger one and definitely a place to return to.

    Address:
    Uno Chicago Grill
    22 JFK Street , Harvard Square
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone: +1-617-497-1530
    Fax: +1-617-492-3625

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    More on Uno - see this clip on the chain posted on YouTube


    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Hotel stories on Enjoy Food & Travel 2010


    To make it easier for you, I have compiled all the hotels on Enjoy Food & Travel for the year 2010 on this page. Enjoy!


    Rated Hotels on Enjoy Food & Travel 2010

    1. Stanhope Hotel, Brussels: BBBBB- (4,82 points)When visiting Brussels in December 2010, I stayed at Hotel Stanhope, described as a boutique hotel decorated in English Country style. It certainly deserved all its five star rating, and it was the best hotel I stayed in in 2010.
      Read full review here

    2. Eden Andalou Spa & Resort, Marrakech: BBBBB- (4,68 points)
      Professionally run Resort and Spa Hotel at an unbeatable price. One of my best hotel experiences for years. Several restaurants and bars, pools and beautiful garden - a true garden of Eden.
      Read full review here

    3. Hotel Armada, Istanbul: BBBB+ (4,43 points)
      Terrific location, good service, and a great breakfast buffet was offered at Armada Hotel. Newly decorated and immaculately cleaned and maintained. Armada Hotel is recommended by Enjoy Food & Travel.
      Read full review here

    4. Radisson Blu Hotel Scandinavia, Gøteborg: BBBB+ (4,30 points)
      Still a great hotel in downtown Göteborg. Service in the bar has room for improvement, and I found the beds too hard for my taste. Dust in the room, minor needs maintenance and uncleaned windows led to a lower rating as well.
      Read full review here

    5. Comfort Hotel Trondheim, Trondheim: BBBB (4,03 points)
      Comfort Hotel Trondheim is a brand new hotel in the middle of the city. High tech, modern interior, relatively small rooms at a decent price. The hotel has few facilities and the breakfast could have been better.
      Read full review here

    6. Quality Hotel Grand, Kongsberg: BBBB (3,84 points)
      I looked forward to revisit Quality Hotel Grand in Kongsberg, as I remember it to be a well run hotel. Even though I got a large suite, I am afraid to say that it did not add up to a grand score. There were a few details that spoiled the experience.
      Read full review here

    7. Clarion Hotel Tyholmen, Arendal: BBBB- (3,60 points)
      Prime location in the old part of Arendal and just by the water. We had decent sized room with a view over the Arendal city fjord. Few inhouse facilities offered to paying guests. Clarion Tyholmen Hotel is overpriced compared to what is delivered.
      Read full review here

    8. Thon Hotel Polar, Tromsø: BBB (3,15 points)
      Thon Hotel Polar offers good location and decent service to those of you visiting Tromsø, Norway. My room was small, badly furnished and dated and bath / shower room was in need of serious renovation. Average breakfast and satisfactory for those of you that just want to eat, but it had not that little extra to those of use regarding the first meal of the day as a feast.
      Read full review here
    Other hotel stories on Enjoy Food & Travel 2009
    1. Albergo Chiusarelli Hotel, Siena
      Ten years ago I had my first, and until now only trip to Italy. We started in the Cinque Terre area, then we traveled on to Florence and Siena in Tuscany, and ended up in Bergamo by the Dolomite mountains. After staying in a very spartan room in a 500 year old Florentine Palazzo, we stayed four nights in the cool elegance provided by Albergo Chiusarelli Hotel in Siena.
      Read full story here

    2. Bergen has the most expensive hotels in Scandinavia
      If you want to visit Norway, and need cheap accommodation, avoid Bergen. The capital city of Western Norway is on top of the list of expensive Scandinavian cities if you need a bed for the night.
      Read full story here

    3. Best deal on hotels in Marrakech
      We (i.e. me and two friends) have serious plans to go to Marrakech this winter. This will be my second visit to this beautiful city. I have already started my research on where to stay. Our brief is - top standard, good location, and a (heated) swimming pool at lowest possible price. Unless we choose to revisit the Eden Andalou Spa & Resort, that is!
      Read full story here

    4. Cheap accommodation at Oslo Airport
      Gardermoen Airport Motell is the place for those looking for budget accommodation. If you are willing to share a room you may get a bed here for NOK 225 (37 EUR). You cannot get cheaper than this!
      Read full story here

    5. Cheap accommodation in Oslo, Norway
      Here are a few inexpensive alternatives to the most expensive accommodation in the Norwegian capital.
      Read full story here

    6. Choice group creates historic hotel in Oslo's old central station
      Oslo old central station will reopen as hotel with 160 rooms in 2012. Original window frames and glass will be restored, as well as period furniture and painted commercial posters from the 1880’s.
      Read full story here

    7. COMING DECEMBER 2010: Stanhope Hotel*****, Brussels Belgium
      This December Enjoy Food & Travel will rate Stanhope Hotel, a five star hotel located in Brussels city centre.
      Read full story here

    8. COMING: Riad Libiti Bito, Marrakech
      When revisiting Marrakech, I ended up wondering where to stay on my second visit. The alternatives were, once again to book a resort outside the city, or to choose a classic Riad or guesthouse in the Medina.
      Read full story here

    9. COMING UP DECEMBER 2010: Quality Hotel Grand, Kongsberg, Norway
      As we enter the Christmas holiday season, I will attend a conference at Quality Hotel Grand, located in Kongsberg, a one-hour drive west of Oslo. Stay tuned to find out whether this is a good place to stay in the Silver city.
      Read full story here

    10. COMING UP in June - Clarion Hotel Tyholmen, Arendal, Norway
      It is 30 years since I graduated from college. June 12th I will meet my fellow students to celebrate this anniversary. The banquet will take place at Clarion Hotel Tyholmen in Arendal, my home town. Conveniently I have booked a room there from June 12th to June 13th.
      Read full story here

    11. COMING UP NOVEMBER 2010: Comfort Hotel Trondheim
      Sunday November 14th 2010 is the date of christening of my grand-nephew born earlier this summer. As young Eivinds parents live in Trondheim, I have already booked a room at Comfort Hotel Trondheim, the city's newest hotel.
      Read full story here

    12. Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo City Center opens spring 2010
      The Hilton Group may open its first Doubletree hotel in Oslo this spring. Plans of the new luxury hotel in Oslo has been a well kept secret, but the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten revealed detailed information on the new Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo City Center in its travel section March 2nd.
      Read full story here

    13. Eden Andalou Spa & Resort, Marrakech
      After a long complicated evaluation of hotels in Marrakech, we finally chose to book one week at Eden Andalou Spa & Resort. When browsing the hotel website, I cannot wait to get there.
      Read full story here

    14. First Park Inn Hotel to open in Oslo in January
      German Rezidor group is investing heavily in the Norwegian hotel market. They have taken over as main investor in the Radisson Blu Hotel Group after Scandinavian Airlines. Now they are planning a large number of Park Inn hotels in Norway.
      Read full story here

    15. Losby Gods - a manor house hotel
      Losby Gods is a stately home converted into one of the best hotels in Norway. It is located less than an hour away from Oslo city centre and is a wonderful blend of old and new.
      Read full story here

    16. Marhaba Palace, El Kantaoui Tunisia - a review to share
      Enjoy Food Travel Co-writer Dagfinn Skoglund has just been to a two weeks stay in Tunisia. He stayed at Marhaba Palace in El Kantaoui. He gave feedback on this hotel on tripadvisor a few days ago. He was very content, as he awarded it a full top mark. With his permission I give his review on Marhaba Palace here on Enjoy Food & Travel.
      Read full story here

    17. New hotels at Oslo Airport in 2010
      Three new hotels will be opened close to Oslo Airport 2010, making it easier to find affordable accommodation close to Norway's largest airport.
      Read full story here

    18. New review of Radisson Hotel Scandinavia - Göteborg
      In 2009 Radisson Hotel Scandinavia in Göteborg was awarded the best hotel here on Enjoy Food & Travel. Now we are returning for another stay at this first class hotel in the heart of Göteborg. We'll see whether it will be awarded a top rating in 2010.
      Read full story here

    19. Oslo among 10 most expensive hotel cities worldwide Oslo hotels ranks among the 10 most expensive to stay in. This according to a report on average prices on accommodation around the world issued by the British Hogg Robinson Group.
      Read full story here

    20. Quality Hotel Tønsberg, Norway
      Three years ago I stayed overnight at Quality Hotel Tønsberg. At that point this boat-shaped hotel was brand new. Quality Hotel Tønsberg enjoys an excellent location in downtown Tønsberg with a view of the harbour and within walking distance to the city's restaurants, sights, and shopping area.
      Read full story here

    21. Riad Moulay Siad, Marrakech
      If traveling to Marrakech it is absolutely worth considering to stay in a Riad. These smaller hotels located in the Medina, the old part of the city, has a particular magic. Behind often old, decaying facades you will find beautiful secluded courtyard with rooms on each side.
      Read full story here

    22. Rich Norwegians badly behaved on luxury resorts
      Norwegians have more or less been spared the effects of the ongoing recession. This thanks to riches created by the abundance of oil produced in the North Sea.
      Read full story here


    23. Yasmina and Riad Yacout, Eden Andalou Spa & Resort - Marrakech
      Just outside our room at Eden Andalou Spa & Resort we found two Riads, enclosed open-air spaces.
      Read full story here

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    Rating Comfort Hotel Trondheim, Norway


    Comfort Hotel Trondheim is a brand new hotel in the middle of the city. High tech, modern interior, relatively small rooms at a decent price. The hotel has few facilities and the breakfast could have been better.

    Rating the Comfort Hotel Trondheim experience: BBBB (4,03 points)
    • Location: BBBB+
    • Service: BBBB
    • Room: BBBB+
    • Breakfast: BBBB-
    • Facilities: BBB+
    • Price: BBBB
    Good location - nice staff

    Comfort Hotel Trondheim is located in Krambugata in downtown Trondheim. Leave by the stop by Radisson Blu Hotel, and the hotel is found just a few minutes walk away. Krambugata is a rather plain street but you'll find some of the beautiful building of the city just minute's walk away, including the magnificent Nidaros cathedral.

    The staff at the reception desk offered great service, extending right to stay in my room to a generous time of 6 PM. The staff in the breakfast room struggled to maintain order in the breakfast room during the morning.

    Contemporary Scandinavian interior design




    My single room was on the smaller side, facing an inner courtyard securing peace and quiet during the night. The interior of the entire hotel reflects contemporary Scandinavian interior design. A 4 ft wide bed, a small, narrow and rather impractical desk and a smart flat screen TV placed over it. The bar stool was uncomfortable and it was not properly connected to the base, leaving it unsteady as you tried to balance on top of it.

    There were free WIFI available in the room and throughout the hotel. There was a switch connecting your iPod with a music system, a smart and new gadget hitherto not seen in any other hotel I've visited.

    A generous sized bathroom with a half glass panel dividing the shower area from the sink. This did not work very well as the entire room got wet when taking a shower and you used the towel in order to dry the floor.

    Room and bathroom was well maintained (as it is just a few years old), with no wear and tear. One thing I did not like was the wall-to-wall carpeting found nearly everywhere. This is one main reason for a lower hygienic standard, and I found my room slightly dusty due to the presence of the carpet.

    Boiled bacon for breakfast?


    Breakfast was included in the price, and there was a decent range of different foods to choose from. Cold cheese, meats, patés, as well as hot breakfast. I found the scrambled eggs (mixed with bacon) unappetizing. The eggs were rubbery and partly dry, and the bacon was boiled - strange! I do recommend the hotel to serve the bacon fried, and separated from the eggs. The sausages were immersed in baked beans - another strange way to serve them - and why were meatballs and pasta served for breakfast.

    There were muesli, cereals, fruits, milk and yogurt available for those of you that prefer a healthy alternative as well. The staff was slow to clear the tables, and this made the meal feel a slightly chaotic experience.

    Few inhouse facilities

    The hotel had relatively few extra facilities for guests. Here are what was found and not found in the hotel:
    • Inhouse bar/café in the lobby area
    • No exercise facilities, spa, or pool available
    • Extra PC in the lobby, WI-FI throughout the hotel and rest area
    • Good hygiene and standard. Could be better with wooden or laminate flooring.
    Price: I paid 620 NOK included breakfast. A good bargain in Trondheim.

    Summary:

    A budget hotel located in the middle of Trondheim, Norway. Small, but smart single rooms in Scandinavian design. Breakfast a chaotic experience, avoid the hot breakfast, if you do not like rubbery eggs, steamed bacon and sausages in baked beans. Low in inhouse facilities but a good bargain at only NOK 620 per night.

    Address:
    Comfort Hotel Trondheim
    Krambugata 3, 7011 Trondheim, Norway
    Phone:+47 73 58 88 88
    Fax:+47 73 58 88 81
    E-mail: co.trondheim@choice.no
    See official website here