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Indigo lijiang

After having a wonderful stay in the Intercontinental and having a quick 2 day trip to Shangri La staying there at the M-Gallery. We decided to hit back to Lijiang and stay at a the Indigo Lijiang hotel this time. The hotel is located in the old part of the town. So you will be sleeping in an UNESCO heritage site.

Indigo Lijiang Entrance

Indigo Lijiang Entrance

Why should we change Hotel?   I mean we where really happy at the Intercontinental and i am part of the ambassador program.
Well on the internet i had read its one of the most beautiful hotels beside the Intercontinental and the Indigo is themed in the tea horse caravan trail.
So before i came back i quickly went to the Indigo and asked what are the benefits of being an gold ambassador IHG member at this Hotel ?
At first i did not get an answer which was a bit disappointing (but i am sure they were keeping the surprise).

So as soon as we came back from Shangri La and stopped in front of the Hotel with our Jeep.
One of the Hotels staff came to and said “Welcome Mr Tijssens”.
I was just so  amazed by this, i really love it when i get a personal approach, already feeling happy i went inside and decided to check in.

The Lady who was checking us in informed us:”Thank you for being gold ambassador” we upgraded you a couple of levels and gave you our private villa.

I was absolutely stunned. Never had i had such a warm welcome. I have never been in Indigo before but if they are all like this they have a big chance of becoming my favorite Hotels.

Together with her we walked to our villa and even in the road towards the hotel you could see the typical chinese symbols for longevity.  Arriving at our “home” we walked through a small gate and saw our neighbours relaxing on the shared teras. As soon as we opened the door we said wauw this is just beautiful. Everything was decorated in Horse Tea route style. From the Welcome Fruit basket that was shaped like a horse saddle too the subtle leather carpet.  In the beginning i did not even realize there were no beds so was amazed  i turned around and saw that there was a second floor. When going up you could quickly see the round bathtub and beautiful big bed. Als by making use of the natural light of the windows the room was beautifully lighted. you could see right into the old town from the windows.

Indigo Lijiang Bedroom

Indigo Lijiang Bedroom

Indigo Lijiang Bath

Indigo Lijiang Bath

There is no lounge in the hotel and some facilities are shared with the Intercontinental which is just across the street.

As for breakfast there is great choice for Western food, but you can also enjoy the local breakfast which is absolutely delicious.
You just explain what you want and they make it and bring it to your table.  There is really no question too much for the staff.

Together with the Intercontinental Lijiang this is still my favorite Hotel.

 

 

 

Marriott Ottawa Downtown

Our room was on the mid floor in the Marriott Ottawa downtown Since it’s in Dow town i had a not so good experience with a downtown Holiday Inn  hotel in Montreal(night noises) it got me worried that i would not get so much sleep. But when entering the Room i noticed that had isolated the room very good and i could almost hear not noise from the street. It should buy and bring a decibel meter to Dow town hotels.  I was amazed by how big the room was i booked for a double with queen beds for 2 persons.

And i have to say it was the Marriott Downtown in Ottawa was my  best Hotel in my road trip across Canada.

The bed was perfect for me, just in between softness and giving a good back support.  I never had a bed that slept so good. This could also have due to the fact that I slept terrible the night before and had driven a lot  of Kilometers.

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

The light bulb you can see emitted a warm and welcoming light but it also doubled as a wall socket and the Alarm Clock had a USB port in it. These are just some of the small things which have such a nice impact and  you really appreciate.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Although they offered water it was really unclear if you had to pay for it or pay for it when you wanted more water. So this could be a minor suggestion to them. The ice bucket was nicely made but we had to go a floor to get some ice. i am not sure why our floor did not have a an Ice Machine.

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

On of the nice small things they offered is if you stay longer than 1 night and choose to not let them change your clothes they offer you the Choice of getting a $5 Dollar Starbucks gift card or getting 500 Marriott Reward Points.  I  really love the fact the they not only think about the environment but also offer you an extra advantage. Although im not sure this is in every Marriott Hotel or just in the Marriott’s in Ottawa.
Also they offered Breakfast in the Room Service which had approximately the same price as going doing to the restaurant and eating your breakfast there.

They offered a wide range of products which where reasonably price according to a Hotel

 

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

It always nice to see some Bathroom products it lets you think how much a Hotel Chain cares about you.  Marriott offered us a nice choice of Thann products. It consisted of (From left to right )  an aromatherapy conditioner next some shampoo. Then in the middle we got a rice bran oil soap bar with orange and tangerine scents  followed by Aromatic Wood Body lotion and to finish another Aromatherapy Shampoo.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Than Supplies

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Thann Supplies

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

 

 

Road trip across east Canada

Road Trip across Canada Preparation

 

Canada has always been one of the destinations i wanted to visit.
Since i visited China a last year i wanted to travel to more destinations outside Europe. Fortunately i found some ways to keep travel in comfort and keeping it budget friendly.

My flight will be from Brussels to London where i have some time to get a quick breakfast and then off to JFK New York where i can have lunch and then continue my trip to Montreal.  I will fly  to JFK using one of the old Majestic planes the Boeing 747 of British Airways. read about in my post flying British Airways Economy from London Heathrow To JFK.

 

British AIrways Boeing 747

 

Our first Stop is Montreal at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, there we will visited the old city explore some restaurants (perhaps eat some poutine,  it doesn’t look that tasty tough on the internet) and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express in the downtown area.

After that we will travel to Quebec and visit the old city for a night and a day and drive up to Tadoussac where we will stay 2 nights to go and watch the whales.
Then we drive up to the fjord and return in the direction of La Tuque where will spend the night. The next day we wil drive until we reach Ottawa where we will spend the night at the marriott. In Ottawa we only have a short period of time due to the fact of the long driving and need to reach our lodge at algonquin natural parc .  We found a lovely lodge in Huntsville using airbnb (more on that later) and decided to book it.  After visiting the natural parc of algonquin where we hope to see  some wild animals like a Moose, we are driving to Parry sound and explore the region of the lake. Before heading to Toronto we will have one night in Collingwood at the Holiday Inn.  When arriving in Toronto we have all the time to explore some Museums and shops or perhaps some natural parcs. For the last 2 days we will visit the Niagara falls on the Canadian site and then head back to Brussels flying from Montreal to London with the new Boeing 787.

 

 

The Flight from Toronto to London.