Category Archives: Hotel or Restaurant Reviews

It’s become a kind of ritual for me to film just about every hotel room I stay in, and some people find it boring, others quite informative for their holiday, if not family, planning. I do it so as to remember where I’ve been and also as it is something to do when I get there. It helps me do this wandering kind of lifestyle when I have this sort of ritual. So these days I even tend to feel more at home in a room once I’ve caught it on film!

I’ve extended the category to include Restaurants as well as Hotels, and also HTL related posts without video can appear here.

Happy Anniversushi!

Original YT playout date: 29 May 2010
Duration: 5:22

It’s our wedding anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than to get the sushis in? This time from http://www.besuto.pl .

Gochisoosoma!

By the way, Besuto is going strong unlike many of the places that have appeared in my films which now have a mainly memorial character.
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Pizza Hut Fail

Original YT playout date: 24 April 2010
Duration: 3:35

So, some people think I should not use my leverage to complain about bad service, that I am spoiled as so many people do not get any pizza at all, substandard service or not.

To this I say, when I am earning the money I have, I take care to make the people paying happy. So is it that:
a) when I am paying out the money, I also have the right to expect the same attitude shown to me, or
b) I am stupid to try to give value when obviously I cannot expect to get value, I shouldn’t bother bothering when I am doing the service, or
c) I should accept that my role in life is to to my best for others while others just take advantage of me.

In fact, I just renewed my Crowdsignal today so let’s do a poll.

Many thanks if you added your voice to that.

Now here’s what I originally wrote with this clip.

“This is what customers of Pizza Hut can expect in Poland. Orders not fulfilled properly, and complaints answered with promises that are not kept.

Would they get away with this in America? It doesn’t cost any less in Poland, so why don’t they think we deserve an equivalent service for takeouts?

Waiting for an explanation.”
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Bratislava – part 1/3

Original YT playout date: 22 February 2010
Duration: 18:25

Bratislava revisited – this time in HD, and three parts.
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A look at the Kępiński in Geneva

Original YT playout date: 28 July 2009
Duration: 6:38

This is a fine example of what to expect if you book a room in the Geneva Hotel Kępiński. Please note correct, un-westernised spelling.
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The Raging Bull Inn

Original YT playout date: 27 April 2009
Duration: 4:16

Karczma pod lutym turem – Raging Bull Inn, is another place well worth going to.

https://www.facebook.com/Karczma-Pod-Lutym-Turem-188069921234245/ is a fair plug, if you want to visit and find out if it’s still as good today.

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Lost in Lower Silesia, I discover the nectar of Amber

Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 41:12

First the road doesn’t go the way the GPS says. It tries to get me to drive my car right into the Oder river in flood, then I drive along having a bit of a singsong to myself and reciting the world’s longest place name, or whatever that thing is, and then I find a lovely place to eat – Hotel Amber in Olesnica. “”We’ll make sure you come back”” they claim as you go in. They got that right, despite my initial scepticism. I’m going back as soon as I can.

If the pianist was at all disturbed my my singing along to his pieces, he didn’t show it. He simply got on with the show like a professional. It was over too soon though. The soundtrack doesn’t do justice to the quality of play – although I got my better camera out at the end when the Vado ran out and possibly you can hear the quality better in the last third of the film.
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Indian Meal at Nikhil’s Asian Village, Raszyn

Original YT playout date: 18 April 2009
Duration: 16:02

“This was my wife’s choice for our Wedding Anniversary. It’s one of our favourite restaurants, and definitely the best Indian restaurant in Poland.

We tend to eat there a bit, and then get the rest packed up. It does for several meals afterwards!”
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Elena’s birthday

Original YT playout date: 13 April 2009
Duration: 12:48

Here’s a little memento of the party we had for my angelic wife Elena’s recent birthday. We got some of her favorite people and went to one of her favorite places – Kolomyja in Konstancin Jeziorna.
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Eurohotel, Lvov and the “Ancient Village” Restaurant (Ukraine series #9/10)

Original YT playout date: 4 April 2009
Duration: 21:20

Last night in the Ukraine, at least in this series. The “ancient village” was a real treat.
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Krotoszyn

 

Original YT playout date: 21 March 2009
Duration: 1:17

If I remember rightly this is particularly dire, but for the sake of completeness and not having much else ready to upload, I’ll do it…
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Banja Luka

Original YT playout date: 15 March 2009
Duration: 4:32

It’s a restaurant in Warsaw, ul Pulawska 101, where we took Takahiro-san after his wonderful demo of Japanese calligraphy, which you will have seen on my channel.
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Jerusalem Avenue

Original YT playout date: 14 February 2009
Duration: 10:45

It’s Aleje Jerozolimskie in Warsaw, and I’m in a grumpy mood. I’ve wanted to tear the London Steak House apart in a rant for some time. It counts as a blot on the landscape as far as I’m concerned. Why can’t they get this place put under new management?
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