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  • SleepSleep: Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

    Nordic Light

    For our yearly father and daughters trip, we decided to go to Stockholm. My sister and I had heard so many nice stories about it that we loved to see it on our own.

    And were we lucky with the weather at this end of September weekend.

    The fact that the city is surrounded by water gives it an extra dimension. It feels clean, crisp and all the people are beautiful and healthy looking. It furthermore has beautiful streets, shops, musea and good restaurants, what more can you wish for a city trip?

    Finding a good, modern, Swedish design and somewhat affordable hotel that was well located, was not easy. But we found it and we were very happy with our choice.

    The Nordic Light Hotel fulfilled our criteria and boy did I love the breakfast. For sure an extra perk. I could have eaten that all day!

    It has a huge modern lounge, nicely lit and with a welcoming bar. The rooms are pleasant and have a nice bathroom. We took a standard and not the economy room as I had read that the latter were quite small.

    All sights were on walking distance and it is just besides the train leaving for the airport.
    I would for sure book this hotel again.

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    SleepSleep: Hotel Lloyd, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Lloyd hotel

    When looking for a hotel in Amsterdam you do not often think of the Eastern docklands as a location for your stay. This might change if you get to know this area and this hotel, opened in 2004. We have now stayed here three times; last time was a surprise weekend for my birthday.

    The Lloyd is build in a monumental building dating from 1921 by architect Evert Breman. All 117 rooms are different, decorated by famous Dutch designers and range from 1- 5 stars. At first sight the rooms might come across a little strange, last time our bathroom was kind of hidden behind a large wall separator, or the shower is just hanging in the middle of the room. But if you like things to be a bit different and surprising you will quickly feel at home here.

    The breakfast is delicious, served in the large restaurant on the ground floor, high ceilings, gorgeous flowers, free newspapers and wifi.

    This part of Amsterdam is great to explore by foot, visiting the very interesting modern architecture, walking along the banks of the river Ij, shopping and stopping in the many restaurants and bars.
    Within no time you can also reach other parts of the city by tram or bike.

    And last but not least, the beds and duvets are super comfortable! When we wanted a new bed at home, we even bought the same brand, pretending we sleep at the Lloyd every night.

    Lloyd hotel

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    SleepSleep: Les Chambres de Franz, Brussels, Belgium

    Les Chambres de Franz

    Since we do not have a guestroom anymore I’m always in search of nice hotels in my neighbourhood. I tried out a few and earlier this year I found flyers of this B&B place, very close to where I live and go out.

    In July a couple of friends with their two children tried it out and stayed in the room called “Le Studio” and last week my father spent two nights in “Le Grenier” . They were both very enthusiastic.

    The house of Florence and Miguel has got three, modern designed rooms. All are different in size and all very tasteful, spacious, quiet and affordable.

    You have a small boutique hotel feeling with privacy and it is not like (what I dislike of some B&B’s) you are entering someone’s private home.

    The B&B is at an excellent location, both close to my house and a wonderful, eating, drinking and shopping area, so this will be my favourite hotel for any friends or family coming by.

    Next time I hope they will stay at the “La Terrasse”  room so I can also see this third room myself.

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    SleepSleep: Hostal Villaverde, Deià, Mallorca, Spain

    On of our daytrips on the island of Mallorca brought us via some winding roads to Deià. A very small and cute little town where you can walk around and discover new views behind every corner. A romantic small church where we lit a candle for our beloved ones who aren’t here anymore. Adjacent a small graveyard with one of the best panorama’s.

    We happened to past by this little hotel and had a drink on the terrace while enjoying the views of the opposite mountains. It seems very much as if you are alone in this corner of the village.

    I was not able to see and sleep in the rooms but the setting and interior looked so beautiful that based on what I saw, it seems very much worth trying out.

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    SleepSleep: Gecko Beach club, Formentera, Spain

    Dear Spanish friends got married last May and they chose the lovely island of Formentera to celebrate this.

    The wedding took place at this hotel and we were so happy to also stay there for 2 nights.

    From the moment you arrive, it feels like paradise.
    Only 20 rooms (many of them on the ground floor) surrounded by lawn, a pool, lounge beds, comfy chairs, a pool, 2 bars, the see and friendly staff.
    The decoration of the rooms is simple and stylish, with wooden furniture and eye for detail.

    The whole setting breathes tranquility and in case you want to be even more in a holiday mood they also offer all kinds of massages.

    Simply a wonderful place, also to be with children since they can just do a sieste while you are close by and the hotel offers a babysit service in case you need it.

    Formentera does not have an airport but boats part frequently from Ibiza and take you there in approx. 30 minutes.

    It is not cheap but if you manage to go off-season it is reasonable priced and highly recommended for a luxurious break.

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    SleepSleep: Grand Hotel Belle Vue, De Haan, Belgium

    Bellevue

    My colleagues gave me a very nice present for the birth of our daughter: a hotel night for the two of us. A welcome gift for new parents. We could choose between a few hotels and since we hadn’t been so often at the Belgium coast we opted for this one.
    De Haan is a cute little town only about 20 km’s from the more famous Knokke. In winter it is quite calm,  but I can imagine this being a lively, happy place in summer with a very authentic feeling because of some of the beautiful old houses.

    The hotel was only 10 minutes walk from the beach and gives an instant calm, luxury and relaxing atmosphere when you enter. It is very light due to the large windows and the  furniture and art seem to be carefully chosen . We were in the tower room and although it is usually smaller then on the pictures, it was a relaxing and pleasant room with a nice décor and old parquet. Antique pieces are combined with more modern ones.

    I especially liked the morning breakfast in a sunny, open room, yummy things at the buffet and attended by a very friendly lady.
    I decided that I would like to come back here in summer. Going from one seaside town to the other along the dunes by the coast tram, might be a good option.

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