• 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.

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesDuring the holiday season Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten will impress you with their stunning Christmas decorations.

    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:
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    +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

  • Destinations,  Europe

    A Burlesque Dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, Burlesque

    I (Sheida) was surprised that I hadn’t heard of Melt Bar until a friend of mine made dinner reservations there one Friday night a couple of weeks ago. Dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances, in the middle of Stockholm certainly sounded like a refreshing idea instead of the typical dinner out with friends.

    Golden Twenties

    The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! As soon as I entered the restaurant, it felt like being thrown back to the happy 20’s again, the golden age of burlesque.

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    After hanging in my coat and being seated, we started off our evening by ordering Melt Bar’s famous ‘Punch in Crystal’. It is perfect for sharing and therefore a a great option for a larger company. The drink is presented in a lovely diamond cut punch bowl and served in porcelain teacups. We chose to start with a drink called ‘Obsession’ while waiting for our appetizers.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMelt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueObssession – a mixture of passion fruit, lemon, rum and bubbles (price: 149 pp).

    Inspired by the prohibition era in NYC

    Since the theme of Melt Bar is the prohibition era in New York, where alcohol was forbidden (but didn’t stop a great party – as stated on Melt Bar’s website) many of the drinks have a fun touch that will make your dinner experience something out of the ordinary. What about drinking beer in paper bags? Or champagne in teacups? Or having a shot of absinthe? All while enjoying live entertainment (jugglers, dancers, jazz musicians and of course burlesque) throughout the dinner. You don’t necessarily come to Melt Bar for the food – you come here for the good vibe. To experience something different. And we weren’t disappointed.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueAppetizer: Cripsy Mozzarella – fresh cut mozzarella breaded and fried and served with dip. 140 sek.Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMain Course: BBQ smoked beef brisket sandwhich – smoked for 20 hours, sliced and server warm with cheese, bbq sauce, pickles, chips, mac & cheese. 195 sek.Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueDessert: Complimentary Chocholate Truffles. Price: 25 sek. img_3993

    Pop-up Entertainment

    After dinner, some complimentary chocolate truffles and yet another Crystal punch bowl (this time we tried ‘Bootlegger’ consisting of cucumber, apple, lemon, elderflower, mint and gin), we headed downstairs were the show continued. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It surely will be a night to remember and We are Nodes definitely recommends you to go! After all, a little party never killed nobody.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, Burlesque

    Adress: Malmskillnadsgatan 45, Hötorget
    Website: www.meltbar.se
    Tel: 08-644 67 60
    E-mail: delicious@meltbar.se


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  • Destinations,  Europe,  Reviews

    Stockholm Tips: Fishing weekend at the Elle Interior sea cottage

    In recent years, we have developed a family tradition of taking our little brother on a fishing weekend somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. It started a couple of years ago, as a birthday present to our little brother who is a true fishing enthusiast, and we quickly agreed to keep the tradition alive. A mini getaway is the perfect way to soft-start the autumn – and in just 30 minutes from Stockholm by car, you arrive to a completely different world, full of tranquillity.

    Location: The Sea Cottage, Värmdö

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    The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands and Värmdö (or Värmdön) is a municipality in Stockholm’s inner archipelago which is entirely made of islands. Some of the well known and popular islands that belong to Värmdö is Sandhamn, Grinda and Möja, but this time our choice fell on a charming red cottage in Myttinge.

    Judging by the pictures (and the Elle magazine cover), it appeared to be the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. So with a car fully equipped with food, fishing rods and board games, we hit the roads, eager to get away from a hectic Stockholm.

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    An interesting arrival

    Although we had received detailed directions and been told that the cottage was quite secluded, we probably weren’t prepared for how secluded or difficult it would be to find the cottage in pitch darkness, with no road signs or street lights. After driving the wrong way one or two times, we finally found the “big red barn” where we had to park our car and walk the last bit (through a forest!). While we navigated our way through the forest, using our mobile flashlights as our only source of light, it was impossible not to let the mind wander to various horror films.

    IMG_0799IMG_0803The cottage in daylight.

    After a five minute walk, we arrived at the cottage and immediately began making the usual Friday taco. After dinner, we played cards, drank tea and talked for a couple of hours until it was time to hit the bed.

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    ‘The early morning has gold in its mouth’

    The next morning, we woke up with the sun. We opened up the doors that overlooked the ocean to soak in the view and breathe in the fresh island air. With the ocean as our backdrop, we made a big weekend breakfast with lit candles and some relaxing acoustic background music. Unquestionably the best way to start the day!

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    The rest of Saturday was spent outside in the fresh air where we went fishing, barbecued and enjoyed the sun. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a big pike (this time), but apparently Zlatan who also was fishing somewhere in the archipelago had better luck.

    Our evening plans? Sauna bathing and watching horror films.

    IMG_0850Yasmin, the BBQ master.

    And on Sunday, after another long breakfast and a bit of fishing, we packed our bags and said goodbye to the archipelago for this time. It really is amazing what a little bit of vitamin sea and fresh air can do for the soul. Until next time!

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    Book a cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago
    There are many websites where you can rent houses/cottages for a week or a few days. We booked our cottage here (but fritiden.se is another website with more options) and paid 2400 SEK for two nights. A week costs 8000 sek.

    The cottage was equipped with:
    – D
    ouble bed
    – Extra bed
    – 2 hotplates
    – Refrigerator
    – Microwave
    – Shower
    – Sauna
    – Rowboat
    – TV

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    What is your favorite island in the Stockholm archipelago or do you have any recommendations on where we should go next time? Leave a comment!


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  • 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/