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.

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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Pomeranian Interlude


Original YT playout date: 19 December 2008
Duration: 10:47

Here’s the rest of the Pomeranian footage that you saw something of in the Walcz video recently, this time off the Vado. The fine meal we had in great company in the Hunting Palace hotel in Świdwin. I can tell you that Pomerania is a fine part of the world. I always like going there.
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Take This Walcz


Original YT playout date: 13 December 2008
Duration: 33:50

Walcz (pronounced “vouch”) is the name of a pleasant Pomeranian town derived from the Kashubian word Wolcz and once called Deutsch Krone.

From there, we drive on to observe some more of the idyll that is the golden Polish autumn in the rolling forest roads of Pomerania.

The precise co-ordinates of the lovely woodland restaurant shown here are as follows:

geo:lat=53.422141645164224
geo:lon=16.387996673583984

I definitely recommend it.
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Qubus Katowice


Original YT playout date: 22 November 2008
Duration: 11:48

I take an “arty farty” film in Qubus hotel in Katowice. This shows the room in my usual format, as well as a bit of panorama from the windows. But also there’s an experimental part you might like…
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