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    Europe,  Hotels

    Review of 4-star Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca

    Written by Yasmin

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

    When I (Yasmin) found out that we were going to Palma and Hotel Saratoga, I started looking up the hotel on Instagram and other social media platforms. First thing spotted; a rooftop! #winning. Also, since I’m a member of the Swedish Facebook group Vi som gillar att resa (an awesome way to get some great travel tips btw!), I noticed that several of the members spoke very highly of the hotel, so I was very excited to check it out upon arrival.

    Pros

    • The location. The hotel is perfectly situated in central Palma, with walking distance to the old town and city center. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel which was around 20-25 euros.
    • The  rooftop – do I need to say more? Perfectly suited for both sunbathing and evening drinks, we took every chance we got to hang out here – it’s just impossible to get enough of the magical view over Palma. The pool closes at 10 PM, and from 7 PM and forward, you order drinks in the bar downstars (adjacent to their Jazz bar).
    • The “event lights” in the hotel rooms. I’ve written about my passion for coloured lightening before, but Hotel Saratoga took it to the next level (scroll down for photos). The rooms were overall a pleasure to stay in!
    • The friendly and service minded staff.

    Cons

    • Lack of bar food at the rooftop bar. Our solution for that necessary afternoon-snack was to buy some tapas from El Corte Inglés and enjoy it on the balcony instead.
    • No possiblity to create your own omelette at the breakfast. Since we’re true breakfast lovers, we like when hotels walk the extra mile, and omelettes or freshly made smoothies or juices could be a way to go. The fried eggs that were served were really good, though!
    • The area around the second pool (on ground floor) could be a bit more exciting. The second pool is partly in shade, and the area next to the pool (below the stairs) wasn’t really used for anything special. I see it as an area with great potential to create something as equally cool as the rooftop. Looking forward to seeing what Hotel Saratoga can make of it!
    • There should be more tables placed in the outdoor area during breakfast.

    Summary: I had a hard time coming up with some cons, since I was so pleased with our stay at the hotel. I give 4-star Hotel Saratoga 5 stars for a perfect hotel experience. Here’s a recap in photos of the rooftop, pool area, breakfast, hotel room. Enjoy!

    The rooftop

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    The rooms at Hotel Saratoga

    Thank you for the nice welcoming, Hotel Saratoga! It’s not everyday you are greeted with some nice olive oil 🙂  Since we tried embracing the Spanish dinner hours, a snack at the hotel room was much needed. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long “hard” day at the beach. There is a El Corte Ingles situated a short walk from the hotel, highly recommended if you want to pick up some tapas on your way back to the hotel.The view from our balcony. Here you can see the pool located on the main floor. 

    The breakfast

    churros hotel saratoga

    This was my favorite part of the breakfast! Spanish Churros with chocolate/nutella. It reminded my of my time in Madrid, we used to eat them all the time! I even had to send a snapshot of them to my friend Bess in NY, whom I got to know in Madrid 🙂

    Hotel Saratoga We are Nodes 2017

    Many thanks for a wonderful stay, Hotel Saratoga!

    Adress: Passeig de Mallorca, 6, 07012 Palma
    Website: http://www.hotel-saratoga.com/

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

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    Activating Zen-mode at the Rooftop Bar at Memmo Alfama, Lisbon

    Written by Yasmin

    We are Nodes Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisbon
    A long-awaited weekend in Lisbon has come to an end! Portugal’s capital has been on my (Yasmin’s) bucket list for a long time, and my expectations were sky high. Spoiler: They were exceeded by far! Here is the first part of our blog series about the hottest weekend destination in Europe right now.

    The official Lisbon energy trip

    The purpose of our Lisbon trip was basically to gather as much positive energy as possible. I got to experience the city with one of my best friends, Linnéa, who was fortunate enough to be there on her third visit. A real highlight of our stay was our Friday afternoon wine-stop at design hotel Memmo Alfama’s rooftop bar, located in the historical Alfama district. The hotel is situated only a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, and is entered through a quiet cross-street. We quickly slipped in to the peaceful oasis, escaping the 30-degree (Celsius) heat.

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    Rooftop bar with a view over Lisbon

    We were certainly not mistaking when we anticipated that the magical view, combined with the chic hotel design and a glass of good wine, would give us the energy boost we had been longing for.

    Gazing out over the heights of Lisbon with the cooling breeze in your neck, and a terrace partly in the shade, with a glass of wine in your hand was the perfect activity to begin our trip with.

    img_3688We are Nodes Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisbon we-are-nodes-with-memmo-alfama-staffThe trendy hotel gets a big plus for its friendly staff. Me(Yasmin, to the left) with my friend Linnéa (to the right) with Diogo, who works at Memmo Alfama and made our visit both memorable and fun!

    We are Nodes Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisbon According to the website, the hotel was considered by wallpaper® magazine as one of the 48 new world’s best urban hotels in 2014, and we clearly see why!

    Practical information about Memmo Alfama

    Address: Travessa Das Merceeiras, 27 -Alfama, Lisboa
    Website: http://www.memmohotels.com/alfama/hotel-overview.html
    Phone number: +351 210 495 660
    Email: alfama@memmohotels.com