Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan – Seoul Dragon City, Seoul, South Korea

I will start off saying that the Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul in Yongsan was a very good hotel, but it’s a little out of the the main part of the city and in a bit of a wasteland that is being redeveloped.

You get to the hotel along a long elevated walkway from Yongsan station. It’s a bit of a trek but you get used to it. If you have luggage use the lift to get to ground level.

It was only when I arrived that it dawned on me that there were actually 2 different types of Novotel’s in the same building. There’s the standard Novotel hotel but there’s also a Novotel that’s just suites. Probably positioned at longer term guests. I guess I just didn’t pay attention when I booked and I’d booked a room in the Novotel Suites. There are also two other hotels in the same building, an Ibis Styles, as well as a Grand Mercure.

Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan, 용산구 청파로20길 95, Seoul, 04372, South Korea

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Novotel Sydney International Airport, Sydney, Australia

It was a big day for me, I was off on my first trip since COVID hit in 2020!

I had decided to head off to Seoul in South Korea and Taipei in Taiwan to investigate 2 new destinations. To get to Seoul I would need to fly out of Sydney rather than Melbourne, so rather than get a 6am flight from Melbourne to Sydney on the morning of my Seoul flight I decided to fly up the afternoon before and stay close to the airport.

There are a couple of hotels close to Sydney Airport but I chose to stay at the Novotel. It’s close to the airport but not much else, so you’ll also be eating at the hotel if you don’t have a car.

Novotel Sydney International Airport, Sydney International Airport, Sydney, New South Wales 2205, Australia

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Europe 2019 retrospective

For my Europe trip this year I decided to head off to southern France and bypass Paris altogether, and to finish off the trip with a couple of days relaxing in Amsterdam.

Overall the weather was pretty disappointing, most days were cloudy but not too much rain thankfully. Towards the end of May the weather started to get better with one day in Amsterdam being nice and warm (and I even got a bit of a tan!) but I think my next trip would need to be June (but need to avoid all the school holidays).

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Hôtel ibis Styles Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu, Lyon, France

Hôtel ibis Styles Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu is an OK hotel but set in a bit of a wasteland. While the room and hotel in general were fine there’s just nothing, apart from the train station closeby which, when I was there, was surrounded by construction activities.

Hôtel ibis Styles Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu, Lyon, France

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