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Pros and cons of staying in Baraquda Hotel in Pattaya

The best things nearby were tons of food, excursions, and drinking establishments. Best Things About the Resort - the landscaping and convenience of shops (more here -

As for the hotel itself... Well, after two weeks at Baraquda Pattaya, I would have to say that the resort itself is satisfactory, but by no means did I consider this a five-star resort. All in all, I got what I needed, and it was a pleasant stay.

Don't get me wrong, we really did have an excellent time; we met a lot of great people and had a ton of laughs. As far as staff goes -- that is, of course, if you can find your poolside waiter -- let’s just say it would've been faster for me to serve myself, with the exception of Tomas, Alma, Edith, two waiters -- one from each restaurant -- and the daytime hostess.

As far as the "all-inclusive" goes, I read some reviews on the website saying everything was not included. I did not find this to be true. We had the pizza, and it was included, which was pretty good. Unless they made an exception for us, everything we ordered was included. We also stuck to the menu. There is a column that says you will be charged this much extra if you order this item if you’re on the meal-and-drink package -- non-readers beware.

My only other gripe with this package is that, if I take part in it, I DO NOT want to have to wait around and sign a check. That’s why I purchased the bracelet for convenience-waiting for the check and signing was annoying and a bit unbearable at times.

Would I return to Pattaya? Absolutely! Loved it! But would I stay for another two weeks being that traveling from New York takes a whole day of your time. Would I stay at this resort again? Probably not, as I expect more from an RCI resort recommendation. They definitely have some things to work on. It really could be a great resort. They definitely have the best spot and views on the beach. Just look at these photos:

By the way, I had read that there was a swim-up bar at this resort. This is not true; there are four pools and two hot tubs, which other reviewers failed to mention. There are two main pools on the upper level and lower levels, with a whale slide kind of connecting them. It’s lots of fun take the ride. Next to the lower pool, under the rocks, is a hot tub also. Next to the poolside bar is a decent-size plunge pool, which is the coldest on the resort and very refreshing. We spent most of our time here. It shares its space a large hot tub, which was excellent. This area is where you'll find the best views. Also, there is a children’s pool located on the other side of the Bella restaurant, a great place for small children or adults looking for a bit more low-key times and privacy.

Like I said earlier, if you don't expect anything, you won't be disappointed. Still, Baraquda Pattaya hotel is a good place to stay if you want to get the best value for the price.

Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt Best Review

Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt is an ideal hotel for staying in Vienna. It doesn’t matter if you travel alone or with your company. Find this hostel on, look at its pictures and you will definitely like it. Firstly, this hostel has a really perfect location. It is situated very close to subway, so you can easily reach all the sights and places you want to visit in Vienna. Another advantage is value for money. The rooms are quite cheap but very comfortable and spacious. There are a small table and chair, so you don’t have to spend all your time on the bed. According to the top 15 reviews, which you can find below this text, the bathrooms are very clean and big enough. There is a nice garden in this hostel, where you can enjoy your time in Vienna. What about the meal, you can buy breakfast there or cook something by yourself. Besides, there is an Aldi just near the hostel. Guests are also delighted with the in-house magnificent bar. Last but not the least is the staff. Everyone is polite, friendly and helpful. Generally, the atmosphere in Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt is homey and cozy. You will not regret of staying here.


Trying Waffles in Park East Hotel Milwaukee

Park East Hotel Milwaukee Wisconsin is a 3-star hotel with a perfect location. It offers all guests a fine accommodation just near the Lake Michigan, which is one of the must-sees in this state. The hotel lies right next to the downtown area, but still in the quiet and peaceful district. So staying in Park East Hotel in Milwaukee you are guaranteed to be in the healthy sleeping environment. The hotel is easy to find and due to its location, walking around the city becomes a true joy. There are many beautiful parks and summerfest grounds near this accommodation as well as the majority of local sites, such as Milwaukee Art Museum, Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and many others. Besides, Park East Hotel Milwaukee Wisconsin is in a walking distance to downtown bars and restaurants. So evenings will not be boring during your stay in this city.

Park East Hotel Milwaukee Inside

Let’s look at the hotel from the inside. Despite on its affordable prices, the rooms are very convenient and feature all necessary amenities. The beds are big and comfortable. Every day the rooms are checked for fresh towels, coffee etc. The fridge and the microwave are a big plus. In the morning you will definitely enjoy a sweeping lake view while having a cup of coffee in the room. According to guests’ reviews, one of the most important advantages of Park East Hotel Milwaukee is its solid continental breakfast that contains varied items offered to your liking: eggs, cheese, omelets, sausages. The local “celebrity” is hotel’s waffle maker. People point out that you will never forget the taste of these delicious waffles. The fantastic roof top patio with its beautiful view over Milwaukee is an ideal fit for romantic evenings. The onsite restaurant serves tasty meals of both American and Indian cuisine. You can try signature drinks in a cozy bar area of the restaurant. Additionally, Park East Hotel in Milwaukee has a modern fitness center and a gym. The hotel staff is very friendly, patient and flexible according to your needs. Park East Hotel Milwaukee Wisconsin is suitable for a business stay as it features all necessary business facilities. In general, this hotel attracts tourists with its perfect and convenient location, clean and comfortable rooms, helpful staff and really pleasant and friendly atmosphere.

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