• Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes
    Europe,  Hotels,  Reviews

    Bästishelg på Steam Hotel i Västerås

    För flera månader sedan köpte jag (Yasmin) ett weekendpaket på Steam Hotel i Västerås i födelsedagspresent till en av mina bästa vänner. Det har varit en lång och jobbig väntan – främst för att jag var tvungen att hålla tyst om presenten fram till hennes födelsedag. För ett par år sedan körde vi en s.k. “bästishelg” på Sandhamn och det kändes som att det var hög tid för en repris på samma upplägg (plus att man är väl haxxig nog att ge födelsedagspresenter där man själv är inkluderad?). I lördags var det äntligen dags för avfärd och jag och Svarta Pärlan (min kära Peugot) rullade glatt ut från Kungsholmen för att plocka upp vår reskamrat.

    Mot Västerås!

    Vi kom fram till att allt över en timmes restid kan klassas som en roadtrip och drygt en timme efter att vi lämnat Stockholm körde vi in på området där Steam Hotel ligger. Hotellet tornar upp sig i ett annat rätt rörigt område med ombyggnationer och en skola, men läget (nära Västerås centrum och precis vid vattnet) är grymt. And here is where the magic started to happen… Eller hmm, för att vara ärlig, vi körde en snabbis till Max för kasta i oss en varsin burgare pga den långa roadtripen hade gjort oss hungriga och vem vill checka in på Steam Hotel med hungersnödSteam Hotel We are Nodes EntranceSteam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2 Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2Steam Hotel We are Nodes RestaurantSteam Hotel We are Nodes Sign

    Service med guldkant

    Jag vill bara förtydliga att det här inte är ett samarbete (som en kollega trodde när jag överentusiastiskt berättade om övernattningen på jobbet) men jag är otroligt imponerad av Steam Hotels förmåga att ge kunden det lilla extra. I ett av mina mejl till hotellet nämnde jag att vi skulle fira min kompis 30-årsdag. Vid vår ankomst gratulerar receptionisten i incheckningen min kompis och när vi öppnar dörrarna till vårt fina rummet med havsutsikt så hittar vi en handskriven lapp med en gratulation från hotellet PLUS en ask med choklad! Denna behandling får lätt 5 av 5 toasters som Benjamin skulle säga! Det, i kombination med den maffiga entrén och det fina hotellrummet, gjorde att Steam Hotel i princip redan hade överträffat våra förväntningar 15 minuter in i besöket.

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    Steam Hotels uppvärmda utomhuspool

    Efter att vi installerat oss på det fina rummet så var det dags att skynda sig till Voltage Lounge (spaområdet) och utomhuspoolen som ligger på våning 7! Vi svepte in oss i de gröna badrockarna som låg vikta på sängen och skyndade oss till Voltage. Det ENDA negativa jag kan komma på om hotellet är att väntetiden på hissarna är hiskeligt lång, så vi tog faktiskt trapporna upp. Vi stannade till vid spa-baren för ett glas vitt vin OCH ännu en gratulation (förstår ni, någon har varit smart nog att lägga in en memo på vårt rumsnummer så Michaela kunde inte för en enda sekund glömma att hon var födelsedagsbarn!). Med två kalla glas vitt så var det bara för oss att sjunka ned i det varma vattnet och beundra solnedgången. LIVETSLIV!Steam Hotel Spa We are Nodes 2017

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    Inomhuspool med Zen

    Efter ett par timmar i utomhuspoolen så smet vi in i inomhuspoolen på Voltage Lounge där vi fram till att det är #lifegoals att ha en nice uppvärmd inomhuspool med massor av tända ljus, ett härligt loungeområde samt bastu. Tack för inspon, Steam Hotel! Fick tyvärr inga bilder därifrån utan att behöva störa folk i badandet. Dock inträffade en rätt rolig grej när vi hängde runt i poolen. Ett par i närheten av oss börjar gå längs med poolbotten (kvinnan på alla fyra och mannen sitter alltså på hennes rygg medan hon ”promenerar” fram under vattnet) i några meter innan kvinnan dyker upp vid vattenytan, precis vid ett annat par, som förvånat tittar på dem och utbrister ”Ja, alla gillar vi olika saker?”. Hehe, wtf?

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    Middag på 18:e våningen på Locavore

    Middagen intogs på 18:e våningen på Locavore (deras rooftop-restaurang). Medan vi väntar på maten kommer servitören med två glas champagne från hotellet för att fira Michaelas födelsedag! Medan vi skålar in kvällen så kommer vår första rätt som bestod av bland annat forell, fänkål och äpple, följt av anka till varmrätt, supergott! Tummen upp för både maten och vinet. Under tiden vi åt middag fylldes rooftopbaren på med bådehotellgäster och lokalinvånare, så vi avslutar kvällen med att insupa pulsen vid baren med en sista drink.

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    Pris

    Jag köpte ett paket som innefattade övernattning för två personer, frukostbuffé, två rätters-middag och entré till Voltage Lounge (dvs poolerna och bastun) för 1925 SEK. Det som tillkom var i princip kostnader för dryck. Kostnad för parkering tillkommer också (150 kr blev det för oss från kl 15.00 till 12.00 dagen efter) och ni parkerar utanför Kunskapsskolan som ligger precis bredvid hotellet. Vi är båda supernöjda med både rummet, maten, servicen, spa:et, frukostbuffén och allt däremellan, så utlåtandet lyder: ÅK! Du kommer inte att ångra dig.

    Praktisk information om Steam Hotel

    Adress: Ångkraftsvägen 14, 721 31 Västerås
    Hemsida: www.steamhotel.se

     

  • Europe

    A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

    Written by: Yasmin

    Recently, I (Yasmin) spent an amazing weekend in Palma de Mallorca. The trip was a birthday gift from my boyfriend so I can’t take any credz for the great choice of hotel or destination, that was all him! But what I can do is to sum up our vacation and share our best recommendations with all you Palma enthusiasts (hej alla svenskar!). I noticed that there was an upcoming Palma trip added to our travel community, so I hope our members get some use for this updated Palma guide. A detailed review of the amazing Hotel Saratoga can be found on the blog, but here are some other bits and pieces of what we did during our stay. Also, one of the perks of having a travel blog is that one can read up on the other half of We are Nodes’ previous trip to Palma (read Sheida’s epic Palma guide here). So, we combined lil sis’ best advice with some newly researched restaurants and must-dos, and here’s how we experienced Palma in pictures!

    Hotel Saratoga

    This hotel, with its amazing rooftop pool and terrace, deserves its own blog post, but we spent a great deal of time here. Rooftops is where I find my zen, so we took every chance we got to sneak up for a drink or a swim. Check out the detailed review of the hotel here. Practical information
    Address: Passeig de Mallorca, 6, 07012 Palma
    Phone: +34 971 72 72 40
    Website: http://www.hotelsaratoga.com/en/

    Tahini Sushi Bar in Puerto Portals

    If you fancy Asian fusion food, Tahini is the place to go. You can reserve a table through their website, and the staff will call you up to confirm your booking in advance. Ask for a table in their beautiful outdoor patio. Tahini is located Puerto Portals, a 15-minute drive from Palma city (taxi costs about 20 euros one way). Start off with a nice dinner at Tahini, and continue the evening by strolling around in Puerto Portals, and sneak into any of the nice bars for a drink or two. The food at Tahini is delicious; do not to miss the veal and truffle sushi (24.50 euro), it was to die for! We can also recommend the salmon sashimi (23.50 euro) and salmon tartar (19.00 euro) as starters. Practical information
    Address: 
    Puerto Portals 2
    Phone: +34 971 676 025
    Website: http://www.tahinisushibar.com/

    Puro Beach Palma

    I got strict instructions from by little sister to reserve a sun bed at Puro Beach and spend a full day there. Since I’ve read her detailed guide, I knew that Puro was my type of place. A sunbed by the pool costs 45 euros for a day (remember to be you there before 12.00, otherwise they’ll let your reservation go), and then you spend at least double the amount on snacks, drinks and food during the day. It’s not cheap, but as in many other cases, you pay for the ambiance.

    However, having spent hours at the Saratoga rooftop pool the day before, I compared Puro with Saratoga’s more relaxed setting, and first I felt a bit stressed by the waitors walking up to you all the time, and the scene itself.  But, time flies when you’re at a beach club next to the beautiful ocean, and it was acutally super nice to hang out there the whole day; reading books, drinking rosé wine, eating at their restaurant (the food was really good!) and swimming. On the downside, I was a bit disapointed by the low music volume that day (not sure if there was anything wrong with the speakers), but we would have hoped for more “pumpy” setting when the day turned into evening.

    Practical information
    Address: 
    Pagell 1 Cala Estancia
    Phone: +34 971 744 744
    Website: http://www.purobeach.com/purobeach/purobeach-palma/

    Cala Comtesa beach

    Another one of my sister’s advice was to visit the Cala Comtesa beach in Illetes. Said and done, a 30-minute bus trip with bus #3 for 1,50 euro (one way) later, we stepped out of the bus at the end station Illetes. Here’s the important part; do not follow the people that are walking towards the beach on the left hand side. Follow the street to the right to get to Cala Comtesa. As Sheida mentioned in her blog post, the restaurant at the Cala Comtesa beach is better suited for drinks and snacks rather than food, so bring your own picnic and enjoy a full day at this magical beach. The water is SO CLEAR AND GREEN, and life can’t be anything else than good when being on this nice beach.

    Enjoying the city

    Since one of this trip’s missions was to make me embrace the CarpeYolo-lifestyle, we left a couple evenings and days unplanned to just walk around in the city, sneak into different restaurants for tapas and drinks, eat icecream etc. One highlight was our stop at a restaurant with live music next to the harbour, where we got to join salsa entusiasts on the dance floor. I didn’t catch any photos of that specific happening, but here are some other highlights from our trip:

    Two different risottos to share at tapas bar U-10 on C/ De la Unió. 

    Walking around in Palma and enjoying the nice evening vibe. 

    A well-deserved ice cream stop, see how happy he is!

    Drinks at the Abaco bar on Calle San Juan 1 in Palma city. Even though it’s a classic amongst tourists, it’s still worth a visit. It’s forbidden to take photos, but the interior, with a bunch of flowers, birds and cool furniture, is fun to experience. Try the Amaretto Sour! 

    Check out Sheida’s Palma travel guide if you’re interested in more Palma tips (the Swedish version is found on Travellink: http://blogg.travellink.se/6-parlor-i-palma-de-mallorca/).  Make sure not to miss the detailed review of Hotel Saratoga!

    //Yasmin

  • fairmont vier jahreszeiten hamburg
    Europe,  Restaurants,  Reviews

    Afternoon Tea At Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

    This trip was made in collaboration with Hamburg Tourism and NordicTB.

    With a couple of hours left until my flight back to Stockholm, I (Sheida) decided to go for a walk along the Alster Lake, followed by a traditional Afternoon Tea at the renowned Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Join us as we try their award-winning Afternoon Tea with one of Hamburg’s most well-read tea masters! 

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are Nodes

    A Grand Luxery Hotel in the Heart of Hamburg

    Seeing it was Sunday, freezing, and most of the shops were closed, an afternoon spent in front of an open fire with a warming cup of tea felt like a good idea. During the walking tour the previous day (read our full Hamburg guide here), our guide Tomas Kaiser told us a lot about the coffee and tea export in Hamburg, so I was inspired to go for a tea- tasting or doing some sort of activity involving tea.

    After some research, my choice finally fell on a proper English Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten on Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14. The Wohnhalle, where the Afternoon Tea is served daily between 2.00 pm-6.00 pm, has been awarded with the “Golden Teacup” twice for best regional tea culture amongst high-class gastronomic establishments. Surely, they must know their tea.

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    Enter Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

    If you’ve been to a Fairmont Hotel before, you already know that they are breathtaking, but during Christmas time the atmosphere is magical – and Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg was by no means an exception!

    Since I was a bit early, the friendly staff where kind enough to give me a little private tour of the hotel while waiting for the clock to strike tea time. I was led through a common area into a beautiful hall where the staff were in the midst of preparing the final touches for the annual children’s Teddy Bear Tea, that was about to start later the same afternoon. Every Sunday starting from November 27th to December 19th (2.00 pm- 6 pm), Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten hosts a “Afternoon Tea” for the children where they can enjoy a buffet, participate in various crafting activities, play with all the toys and expect a visit from Santa.

    I must admit, I wouldn’t mind staying there longer… just look at the beautiful floor to ceiling windows with the blue shimmering lights!

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    Afternoon Tea – Christmas Edition

    At two o’ clock I was back in the Wohnhalle; comfortably seated in my armchair and ready for some tea. While overlooking the beautiful view of Inner Alster Lake, and listening to the pleasant sparkles from the fireplace closeby, I was already enjoying my visit. I had the pleasure to be served by a really service-minded, friendly and, above all, knowledgeable tea-master, who was a big reason for why my visit became so memorable and why I so warmly can recommend it to others.

    I decided to go for the traditional Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea (59 euro) which included scones with clotted cream, a variation of savouries, such as roast beef with truffle remoulade, salmon with horseradish, egg salad with cress, cucumber with cream cheese, cakes and biscuits created by created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant and of course lots and lots of tea.

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    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesTo make the tea perfectly steeped the tea master uses a tea sand-timer. 3 minutes for black tea, and 2 minutes for green tea. 

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesScones with clotted cream and jam.

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesThe pastries are created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant which is also located in the hotel (one of Germany’s leading gourmet restaurants and bearer of 2 Michelin stars). 

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesOpera-slice, poppy-fig-slice, blood orange mousse & chestnut biscuit and almond & cranberry cake.

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesAnd last but not least; the savouries! The salmon with horseradish and egg salad with cress were my favorites!

    More that’s going on at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

    Gourmet Restaurant Haerlin has 2 Michelin Stars and has been awarded with several awards such as “German Restaurant of the Year”, “Hamburg’s Best Chef” and “Chef of the Year”.
    – In the autumn 2016, the hotel also opened the new design restaurant NIKKEI NINE that offers innovative Japanese cuisine with Peruvian elements.

    Reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Wohnhalle:
    Open Hours: Monday – Sunday from 2 pm – 6 pm.
    Price: 59 euro or 73 euro with a glass of champagne.

    Reservations for Children’s Teddy Bear Tea:
    T:
    +49 (0)40 34 94 3302
    E-mail: 
    gastronomie.hvj@fairmont.com
    Hours: (only in December) 2 pm-6 pm
    Price: Children over the age of three 50 eur, adults 65 euro, children under the age of three are free of charge.

    If you have any questions, or want to share your Fairmont-experiences, please drop us a comment! And don’t forget to check out our Hamburg video where Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten is featured!

    #ChristmasInHamburg #HolyHamburg

  • Amsterdam,  Hotels

    Hotel Review | Van Der Valk Schiphol, Amsterdam

    Stuck at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, at nine o clock on Sunday evening, with the first flight leaving the next morning is not exactly the ideal situation when you should be at work on Monday morning. Let’s just say that there comes a time for each traveller when the travel plans take unexpected turns. Bad weather conditions, flight delays and technical issues are just some of the external factors that can cause you to have to rearrange your schedule and spend those extra hours at a so called airport hotel. On this late March evening, We Are Nodes didn’t have any other choice but to explode the myth about those airport hotels once and for all:

    Airport Business Hotel – Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4

    After an hour and a half of waiting at the airport, we were finally on the shuttle bus taking us to Hotel Schiphol A4, our stay for the night. Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4 is a partner hotel of the Dutch airline company KLM, meaning this is the place that you must likely will end up on if KLM cancels your Amsterdam-flight. Never having spent the night at an airport hotel before, we must admit that we weren’t exactly thrilled. Checking in to a hotel in the middle of nowhere with no luggage probably isn’t high on any travellers list.

    First impression

    A fifteen to twenty minute drive later, the bus stopped outside of a large building with the hotel sign glowing in the dark. From the outside it didn’t look for much, but as soon as we got in to the hotel lobby we got a pleasant surprise. With a large reception area, friendly and helpful staff and a welcoming interior, we immediately got a warm and positive feeling. This airport hotel didn’t look like anything like the old concrete building with “cell-block” hotel rooms we had pictured in our heads.

    IMG_1952IMG_1956One of the hotel lobbies.

    Late night buffets and early breakfasts

    The first thing we noticed just when were about to stand in line to check-in was that the dinner buffet still was open. Not thinking twice, we decided to skip the queue and hit the buffet instead. Turned out to be a good choice! A wide selection of warm and cold food, desserts, beverages and above all, a serene ambience with lit candles everywhere was exactly what we needed after a really long day. If it wasn’t for the fact that the clock already was past eleven p.m, we would easily have spent a couple of more hours here.

    With an early flight the following morning, we also had time to enjoy the breakfast that opened as early as 05.00 a.m. The perfect way to start the day!IMG_1946

    The Room

    Checking in late turned out to be a good idea as we were given two of the newly built “I Am Superior” rooms and were the first guests to get to sleep in the comfy new Hypnos beds (which were voted bed of the year in 2012!). An other positive thing that struck us was that the rooms at Van Der Valk were quite spacious for thinking European-standards. Besides the large and comfortable twin bed, the I Am Suprior Rooms also had a big balcony, a desk and a sitting area.van der walk schiphol we are nodes IMG_1966IMG_1968 IMG_1961IMG_1965IMG_1992

    The semi open-plan bathroom is a growing trend at many hotels, and while it definitely adds a cool “Ibiza vibe” to the interior it also means that you can forget about privacy.
    In other words, you should be comfortable with your travelling companion if you are planning to share a room. But style goes before functionality right? IMG_1994 IMG_1989 IMG_1991

    Hotel Amneties

    Wellness area: The Schiphol A4 has a large wellness area with both an gym overlooking the garden and an indoor swimming pool with a relaxing area.
    Garden: The perks of not being a hotel in the middle of a city is that there is a big garden where you can do outdoor sports or go for a walk.
    Working spaces and meeting rooms: For the business traveller there are plenty of quiet corners where you can sit and work, or rooms that can be booked to have meetings or seminars.
    Conferences & events: The hotel has a floor area of 2.000 m2 that can be used for fairs, conference rooms and are experienced organizers of weddings and parties.

    Final Words

    For being a four star hotel outside Amsterdam city center, Hotel Van der Valk Schiphol A4 surely blew our expectations! The next time We are Nodes are stuck in Amsterdam, will be more than happy to be back! And hopefully not in such a hurry.

    Hotel Schiphol
    Adress: Rijksweg A 4 Nr.3
    2132 MA Hoofddorp – Schiphol
    Tel: +31 (0) 252 67 53 35
    E-Mail: Website: https://www.hotelschiphol.nl/en/