LONDON STYLE with Sketchbooksix

Checked in by John On 03:32 4 Comentários
Hey you all,

Today is time to make a different Post from all the others, a crossover with another amazing blog Sketchbooksix and how we have made it? first of all we've chosen a City, London, after that she made a Post about London Fashion and I've made a Post about a Historic London Hotel!

So I introduce to you a Magnific Hotel from 1889, The Savoy Hotel!

The Savoy Entrance

Here a short brief of the Hotel History!

"Established in 1889, The Savoy was the brainchild of the Gilbert and Sullivan impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte. Originally managed by Swiss hotelier César Ritz and Maitre Chef Auguste Escoffier, the hotel quickly became known for its glittering parties and glitterati guests. Escoffier created dishes for Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry, Dame Nellie Melba and the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, while Ritz instituted the impeccable service, attention to detail and creativity that came to be the hallmark of the hotel. For more than a century, Savoy Court was the stopping point for the Rolls-Royces of royalty, prime ministers and Hollywood stars.
The hotel’s two main design aesthetics, Edwardian and Art Deco, have been carefully brought back to life under the direction of world-renowned designer Pierre Yves Rochon. More than 1000 craftsmen and women, artists and artisans have worked tirelessly to create interiors that are in keeping with the hotel’s original and much-loved spirit."
Strand Entrance with staff 1904

Marilyn Munroe & Laurence Olivier 1956

Coco Chanel

John Wayne & Pageboy
As you can see the Hotel was very known by his Bars and Restaurants, Like the American Bar and the River Restaurant!

American Bar, December 1931
River Restaurant, 1904

The Hotel in December of 2007 had closed his doors for a huge restoration process, that ended this year and now is back to continuing his Legacy! With a new Royal Suite  featuring two bedrooms, a study, sitting room, dining room, master bathroom, dressing room (with a specially ventilated shoe closet) and a master bedroom with a bespoke Savoir bed.

"The legendary River Restaurant sees a contemporary interpretation of Art Deco décor while guests will welcome the reopening of the American Bar, refreshed but intact in spirit. In addition, Savoy Grill will return under the operation of Gordon Ramsay Holdings with Chef Patron, Stuart Gillies and Head Chef, Andy Cook."

New to the hotel will be The Beaufort Bar, a glamorous Art Deco bar built on the hotel’s original cabaret stage that will offer champagne, cocktails and cabaret and Savoy Tea, a bijou teashop selling Savoy tea, accessories and fresh patisserie. Within the Thames Foyer, the re-introduction of a stunning gazebo beneath an ornate glass dome will provide the perfect ambience for afternoon tea.

A perfect place that make guests first priority!

Rendering - Thames Foyer

Rendering - Lobby

Art Deco Deluxe Room

Edwardian Deluxe Room

Edwardian River View Suite 1


Are you convinced already? Don't forget to check Sketchbooksix if you want to see more stuff about LONDON.

I want to thank to The Savoy Hotel for the High Quality photos and the description of their Hotel and to Johanna from Sketchbooksix for her approval to make this parallel Post!

John From Hoteloscopy

The Coming Part III

Checked in by John On 09:08 0 Comentários
Hey all of you!

On the Last Post I've showed you in what Hotel of Barcelona we have stayed for our days of tourism but I didn't show the exact location of the Ayre Rosellon Hotel!

As you can see we were on least of 5 min distance from the subway that can take us to all the places of Barcelona we want to go as you can see here.
So after the Halloween we had 2 days and a morning left to know almost all the city so we had to make some few cuts of places to visit unfortunately! So in the first day we decided to go to the MACBA in the morning and in the afternoon we would go to Montjuic! Personally I didn't enjoy too much the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, just because I was expecting more of it, but still there was a nice Pop art exposition at the time, that it was very enjoyable to see.
Subway going to MACBA (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

On Our Way to MACBA (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

On our way to MACBA 2 (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

A Diana Cam! (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Museum of Contemporary art (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

So after we spent all morning in the MACBA we went to Montjuic to see the Montjuic Castle so we went on the subway and when we arrived we saw that we were a way long up hill distance from the Castle so we catched the Cable Car where we saw a brilliant view to the city! when we arrived there we saw the Castel that is beautiful and we wanted to go to Poble Espanyol! and we decided to go down on our own feet and it took us 1h30 because we became lost in Montjuic but when we found our way It was late and we were very tired so we went to the hotel, and found a nice dinner place for calling off the night.

View from Cable Car (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

View from Cable Car (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Montjuic Castle (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Montjuic Castle (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Montjuic Castle (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

WAY LOST! (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Olympic Stadium (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

Plaza de Espanya (photo taked by johanna of sketchbooksix)

John From Hoteloscopy.


The Coming Back Part II

Checked in by John On 19:40 0 Comentários

First of all thanks to the new followers I hope you've enjoyed mine blog and keep coming!

Halloweeeeen is hereeeee and I'll tell you the rest of my trip to Barcelona last year! As we ended in the last post on PortAventura Halloween it was time to leave that wonderful place and search, see and love the City that brought us there!

So after two days we leaved the perimeter and go to train station with the bags and we where expecting a train in a specific hour that we saw on internet, as we arrive there we saw a little train station and it was a little weird but "oh well, there's nothing we can do" and we seat and waited for the train for two hours passing the time we had on web, so we called to RENFE (Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles) and they've said to us that there was no train for another two hours!
So we were getting back to PortAventura to lunch and as soon as we leaved the station, a train arrives!! We have to run like we never did it before to catch it in time!!
When we were on our way to the city center we were thinking, where the hell we will buy the tickets! we asked to an old lady and she answered to us that was a man selling the tickets inside the train and we only had to wait in our seats!
The truth is the man never showed up and we've ride the bus for free! we've saved 20€ on the trip!
We have baptize it "The Ghost Train".

PortAventura Station (Photo by Sketchbooksix)

The Weird Station (Photo by sketchbooksix)

The Ghost Train (Photo by Sketchbooksix)

After we arrived and have something to eat, we went to buy the 3 days tickets on the subway station because we thought that it was the most cheapest way to see the city so we went and It was time to look for the Hotel, we've made all the reservations on, and despite we had some troubles they've resolved them not as fast as possible, but there was effort and we've appreciated it!

The Hotel we have chosed to stay is called Ayre Hotel Rosellón, it was new, just 2 months old and we loved our stay, it's very well situated, Close to Sagrada Familia! how close? our room had a view to It!

Entrance (photo by sketchbooksix)

Entrance (Photo taked from Google)
Lobby (Photo taked from Google)
Rooftop (Photo taked from Google)

Double Bedroom (Photo taked from Google)

So we ditched the things in our room and we started our tour, we didn't had much time to that day and we were a little tired because of the trip so we went to the gothic district where we saw the amazing Catedral of Barcelona where we lighted up a candle for our grandfathers that are looking for us somewhere, I know they are =)

The Gothic District is so inspiring, I love Goth for me It's one of the most brilliant architecture styles we have!
Here are some photos of the beautiful place to end this post! (All the photos were taked by Johanna from sketchbooksix)

Cya all hope you had a beautiful and frightening Halloween!

John from Hoteloscopy

The Coming Back Part I

Checked in by John On 06:34 1 Comentários

Hey you guys,

Welcome back to the new Hoteloscopy, I've missed the writing I'm honest!

So Halloween night is coming and unfortunately I won't do anything to participate this year, because since Portugal doesn't have the tradition of Halloween, we only have a few parties and It's like all the other ones, so this little introduction takes me to the todays Post.

Last year my girlfriend and I, made a little crazy plans like skip college for three days to go to Barcelona to Halloween!

We went on a Thursday morning and the plan was to go to Portaventura and spend two nights in one of their Hotels! But first the plan of trip! We have arrived on the El Prat airport T1 and we had to catch the bus in a space of 45 min to terminal T2 that was on the other side of the airport, The El Prat airport was HUGE so we had to take a bus shuttle that takes the passagers from terminal to terminal. So we made it and we had some difficulties to found where the bus would stop, we were searching for some board with autocars plana ( on it to see the exact place of the airport terminal the bus would stop. We searched from approximatelly 20 min and the we saw a small paper on a pillar, and it was there!
Shuttle Bus from Terminal 1 (B) to Terminal 2 (A)

So after that search, we had an one peaceful hour of bus ride approximately and what made me surprise was that the bus driver talked to us, in Spanish of course about where we went and as I thought that he would stop the bus on the regular bus stop, he took us to the Entrance of the Hotel! we wasn't expecting that!

As we arrived we were amazed by the theme of the Hotel, It was the first time I went to a Hotel like that, It's called Hotel Gold River and it's a Western Theme Hotel!

Mapa de PortAventura, Hotel Gold River



Hotel Perimeter 1

Hotel Perimeter 2

Building of our Room

Entrance for our Room

On the way to our room



Poster of the Bathroom

For the Bathtub!    

 It's an amazing Hotel! this was the standard room there are apartments and bungalows too! (P.S this next photos aren't mine!)




Breakfast place!

Lucy's Mansion
So It's fair enough if you guys are asking why did he went to PortAventura in Halloween? and the answer it's simple, on Halloween they have more than the regular attractions and rides! First of all they decorate all place with skulls and pumpkins and stuff like only halloween have! Second, theres people dressed like the exorcist or the Frankenstein and scare people in the middle of the park when you least expect it! Also, there are many Halloween Shows and a Restaurant Halloween themed too and principally, they have Horror in Penitence that is a Terror House! Furthermore, on the Halloween Night, they transform the Polynesia Area, into the Forest of Fear (Selva del Miedo)! It's like the most frigthening thing there I have been to! and It takes you 30 min to get out of it!

you can see a little bit of it! not filmed by me!

There's still one pearl of PortAventura Halloween that is called Hotel Burn! It's a Hotel where all of it is halloween themed and in the night, if you want, they enter in your room and scare you!

And that's it for todays Post I leave you some photos of the park decoration!
Halloween Bridge

Entering Stampida (Wooden Coaster)

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