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Christmas Party Games

The holiday season is a time of festive gatherings. Hosting a Christmas party means that your family, friends, neighbours and coworkers will all come together under one roof. With the festive celebration already underway across Europe in our pentahotels we thought we could help you get into the festive spirit during your visit.

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Sometimes everyone from the different parts of your life can use a little help getting comfortable and chatting with one another, which is why we rounded up fun Christmas Party games to help break the ice….

So, we’ve made our list and checked it wide. Here are our favourite Christmas party games for all the good little boys and girls coming to visit us at pentahotels this holiday season and in the spirit of Christmas make sure you give out prizes for the winners!

1. Ugly Sweater Contest

Perhaps nothing represents the spirit of the holidays more than a classic Christmas sweater b who wears it worse?

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Players: As many as you like!

What’s you’ll need: Determine your winner based on who receives the loudest applause and biggest cheer within the group.

How to play: Invite everyone to dress in their best (or worst) holiday sweater and vote on the winner! And what do winners get? Prizes! So make sure you buy them a drink from the bar in the pentalounge!

2. The ABCs of Christmas… 

The General knowledge quiz of Christmas with a twist!

Players: As many as you like!

What you’ll need: A pen and paper and luckily for you their is a pen and notepad in every pentaroom!

How to play: Race to see who can get through the alphabet from A-Z with a festive word for each letter.

3. Candy Cane Relay

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This game is good for sleepovers, for party night in the pentalounge  and any event where you can get your friends in a circle for a bit of fun.

Players: As many as you like!

What you’ll need: Each player will need a candy cane!

How to play: Each player gets a candy cane which they stick in their mouth. The first player gets another cane hooked on the one they already have and they must pass to their teammate without using their hands. The first team to pass the candy cane pass every player wins.

4. Name That Tune…

So, you think you know your Christmas music? If you are a music fan then this music trivia quiz is for you!

Players: As many as you like!

What you’ll need: Your mobile devise, iPad or music devise and a selection of Christmas tune classics.

How to play: Play five seconds of a Christmas carol and have everyone guess what it was!

5. The 12 days of Christmas

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12 shots, 1 song; and prepare yourself for the room spinning violently!

Players: As many as you like!

What you’ll need: Your favourite Christmas jams, a variety of differing strength spirits.

How to play: Line up 12 different shots – one lot of 12 for each person playing – then allocate each shot to different verse or passage within the Christmas song of your choice. Play the song and for each corresponding part, take the shot relevant to the verse. Continue to play until your neighbours starting knocking on your room door for you to turn the noise down!

6. The Santa Hat Game

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For your festive gathering with Santa hats!

Players: As many as you like!

What you’ll need: Get everyone a Christmas hat (you know they’ll secretly love it!)

How to play: Before guest arrive at your party, pin the name of a Christmas character to the top of each one.Ask everyone to put on a hat without peaking at the name. Each person takes their turn asking questions to try to guess their identity.The winner is the first person to guess who he or she is!

Share you moments…

We think that a few games and activities spread throughout your party celebration will put festive fun into your penta party! And remember this festive season to snap some pictures of you and you friends, tag us on social and share your moments with the penta family #pentahotels

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Penta Spotlight: Discovering ‘The Water of Life’

 Discovering ‘The Water of Life’ with pentahotel Inverness

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Whether you’re a whisky enthusiast, or simply just a drinks spirit aficionado, a trip to a distillery is guaranteed to leave you in good spirits.

Whisky or ‘Uisge Beatha’ (meaning ‘Water of Life’) as its commonly known by the local highlanders of Scotland has become one of the Scotland’s best exports and Inverness where you’ll find  our only pentahotel property in Scotland is home to some of the best whisky distilleries in the region.

Speyside in the Scottish Highlands is known internationally for famous whisky distilleries  including Glenfiddich, Macallan and Glenlivet to name just a few and with the added bonus of the magnificent scenery around the stunning Inverness region, visitors will be stunned by its dramatic views and beautiful countryside.

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This Autumn pentahotel in Inverness invite you to come and celebrate Scotland’s most famous tipple with our guide to the top 5 whisky distillers in the area.

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Founded in 1897, the distillery boasts 12 stills and at one time had the largest capacity of any whisky distillery in the world. Friendly guides will welcome you and talk you through the whole distilling process. Visitor Centre and shop.

Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre

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The MacKenzies of Ord feature largely in the development of the distillery. Thomas MacKenzie of Ord inherited the estate in 1820 and set about rejuvenating the area. He leased land for the distillery to be built, as he envisaged an industry where local men could have all-year round employment. It also gave him a ready market for his barley. The distillery was water-powered by 2 large water wheels driven by water from Loch nam Bonnach and Loch nan Eun. Water for mashing was then taken from the Cuckoo Well and added to the whisky’s distinctive character.

Glenmorangie

The Glenmorangie Distillery tour gives you unparalleled access to the distillery and warehouses. With the help of an expert guide you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing – all culminating in a dram or two of your choice!

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The Aberlour Distillery

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs.

Glen Moray

At the Glen Moray distillery you can discover the reality of malt whisky distilling. The delight of Glen Moray is that your tour guide could be one of the distillery craftsmen themselves.

The great advantage of this is the authenticity of the introduction – each guide knows the process of whisky making like the back of their hand. So, at Glen Moray, you will gain an unforgettable insight into how water and barley are transformed into ‘the water of life’.

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Arrange your visit to the distilleries of the Scottish Highlands when you book your accommodation with pentahotels Inverness. Our team can help you prepare and book your whisky tour around the region or simply serve you the best of what our bar has to offer in the pentalounge.

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Shop like a Parisian

Penta Spotlight: Shop like a Parisian

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Right now, fashionistas from across the globe are flocking to Paris. Not only is it the Grand Launch party of our pentahotel at Paris, Charles de Galle but it’s Paris Fashion week!

Fashion designers from the city’s houses influence shapes, colours and fabrics season in and season out; this is a city where clothes are deemed as ‘works of art’ and not just garments. The Paris Fashion Week shows themselves might be off-limits to all but there is plenty of style on the streets of the city for anyone visiting the French capital this Autumn.

It’s fair to say that shopping in Paris can be overwhelming but at Pentahotels we consider ourselves to be fashionable and in our latest blog we would like to give you the lowdown on the stores that you can’t miss next time you find yourself along the seine:

1. The Nose, 20 Rue Bachaumont, 75002

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This stunning boutique sells every perfume that you could ever want. When you enter the store you are asked by staff to fill out a survey, suitably named “the perfume diagnostic”. You will then receive five fragrance recommendations based on your answer. It’s the ultimate shopping experience for anyone who wants to find their scent.

2. Iglaine, 2 Rue de la Grande Truanderie, 75001

Vintage designer clothes without the expensive price tag. This small store will satisfy all of your luxe vintage needs and as long as your whiling to raid the racks of clothes in the store- you might find yourself the ultimate designer bargain. Vintage Chanel, Lacroix, Saint Laurent and second hand Balmain and Mugler are all to be found. If you’re on a tight budget then this is the your place to find an outfit that looks chic but comes cheap.

3. Carine Gilson Lingerie, 18 Rue de Grenelle, 75007

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Here you’ll find the most beautiful, delicate, silky, lace lingerie. After all, you are in France and we believe you should do like the French do: ooze sex appeal! Perhaps this is the shop that you ask your partner if you can borrow their credit card for the day….

4. Babel, 55 Quai de Valmy, 75010

This intimate boutique offers everything from clothing swimwear, accessories, beautiful leather bags, trinkets and gadgets. Everything you find in Babel is French- they have an ethos to support local design and creation. It’s a very quirky store in Paris’s 10th district so if want to channel your inner Parisian look, it’s definitely the store for you…

5. Isabel Marant, 16 Rue de Charonne, 75011

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Discover bohemian elegance at Isabel Marant’s Paris concept store. It’s a famous brand famed for its cool, pared-down Parisian vibe. The designs are in vogue, nonchalant and impossibly chic. The brand is most popular for its shoes, which have been worn by Hollywood stars including Kate Bosworth, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway and Hilary Duff.

Something for the Boys…

WAIT, 9 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003

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Sun, sea, surf and a collection of super cool shades can be found in this Parisian chic meets Californian men’s concept store. Summer might be over but the collection of menswear on offer at this funky store are eco-friendly and are made to last! The shop is also home to the world’s first biodegradable sunglasses designed by the stores owners and made entirely of wood. This seasons Autumn/Winter collection also offer the trendy gentlemen out there something to keep them warm in the cold months ahead.

Shopping in central Paris is easy with pentahotels CDG. Transport is very accessible from the hotel to the airport terminals with a free shuttle to/from pentahotels where you will find a frequent bus service to Paris City Centre. Please visit http://www.aeroville.com for details on transits, destinations and timings.

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Penta Buzz: The Alternative Oktoberfest…

Penta Buzz: The Alternative Oktoberfest

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When people across the world think of ‘beer festivals’ and ‘Germany’, generally they think of Oktoberfest. It’s the largest beer festival in the world, spans over three weeks and held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides, and for those who want to- dress up in traditional Bavarian gear!

But in a country where beer is king – about 5 billion litres are produced annually – it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of similar festivals across Germany devoted to beer and with 13 hotel properties in Germany alone we discover the best of where and when to celebrate throughout the year with pentahotels.

International Beer Festival, Berlin

For a city globally recognised as being trendy, hip and international, it’s not a shocker that its annual beer festival follows suit. Unlike Oktoberfest, who only showcase local beers, the Berliner Bierfest is far more diverse, offering 2,000 different beers from all over the world – from the mainstream to microbrews and craft beer.  The festival is known by many Berliners simply as the ‘Biermeile’ (or Beer Mile) as the beer flows continuously for more than 2 kilometres, who organisers say makes it the longest beer garden in the world. The International Berlin Beer Festival runs for only 3 days annually in August so make sure you book into either of our Berlin pentahotels in Potsdam or Kopenick to be part of it.

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Erlangen Bergkirchweih

Like Oktoberfest, the Erlangen Bergkirchweih, or ‘Berg’ to locals, is a traditional Bavarian beer festival but on a significantly smaller and more authentic scale. For two weeks in May, around one million people descend on the festival. It is the “more cozy” Oktoberfest set underneath the towns beautifully old chestnut trees, decorated with Chinese lanterns where guests can enjoy a cold Festmarzenbier, a beer traditionally brewed in March especially for the festival and served in stoneware tankards, regional specialities and international dishes. Carousels and other fun fair attractions, such as lottery booths and shooting galleries, provide a wide variety of entertainment. While Erlangen is a smaller town, it is very well located given its close proximity to Nuremberg and easy access to our hotel in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt.

Bremen Freimarkt

Moving north to Bremen, or about an hour south west from Hamburg, is the oldest fair in Germany: the Bremen Freimarkt. This annual festival prides itself on having more carnival rides than any other festival alongside its fantastic market where revellers can enjoy all things food, arts, and of course beer! Given its close proximity to the North Sea, fish is the main culinary offering with such delicacies as local herring and smoked eel. While not technically a beer festival, there is enough of an emphasis on German beer to be included here.The Bremen Freimarkt runs from October 14 to 30, 2016.

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A German Beer Tour…

1. Kulmbacher, Bavaria

Dedicated to beer and only beer, the Kulmbacher Bierfest showcases the town’s 4 brew houses in traditional pavilions in the heart of town, where brewery staff hawks their beer along with traditional Bavarian street food.

2. Gäubodenvolksfest, Danube Region

An agricultural festival that first began back in 1812, Gäubodenvolksfest is a 10-day festival in August that showcases beers from the Straubing-Bogen. It also features a Bavarian parade with traditional costumes, horse carriage rides, and of course, beer tastings!

3. Schützenfest, Hanover

The world’s largest celebration for marksman and beer (always a superb combination), runs every year in July. First celebrated in 1529, the fair welcomes 5,000 marksmen, a colorful collection of fair rides, a half dozen beer tents, and a Marksmen’s Parade, a 7.5-mile-long parade consisting of top marksmen, marching bands, floats, and 1.5 million spectators.

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With beer on tap at every pentahotel in Europe, celebrate your love for beer from Birmingham to Berlin in the comfort of the pentalounge. Visit http://www.pentahotels.com

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Escape the City: Asia Edition

Big City life is great and so is the rush and buzz that comes from it! Yet, sometimes it can all just be a bit much to digest, sometimes people just want to be able to escape from the concrete landscape and enjoy a bit of peace and tranquillity.

This can especially be the case when you’re playing tourist and aren’t used to the population density levels and mayhem that exist in Asian cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing!

Don’t worry, we hear you and we have got your back! Where should you go to get away from it all and enjoy a bit of ‘you’time?

The pentalounge is an ideal venue to kick back, relax and chill, within a social and friendly vibe. We serve mouthwatering cocktails and fresh juices as well as good food to satisfy your tastebuds from Caesar Salad to our signature Penta Burger.

But if it’s fresh air and an open space that you’re after then how about you take a stroll around some of the Penta recommended parks when you check into one of our Asia hotel properties during your next visit.

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Fuxing Park

This 10 hectare, French styled park is like a massive garden in the centre of Shanghai. Although designed by the French, it’s got tonnes of typically Chinese elements to remind you where you are in the world!

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It contains pavilions, fountains, flowerbeds and a great lake that’ll encourage you to embrace your inner zen just as much as yoga! This is one of the must-see locations in Shanghai but don’t worry about an overflow of tourists, it’s that big you’ll be able to feel very much at one with your thoughts!

Dongping National Forest Park

This park is a little outside Shanghai city centre, and at the centre of Chongming Island. This place is amazing if you’re looking for some activities to relieve the stresses of the city, for example grass skiing (who knew that was a thing?), rock climbing and it also has a driving range!

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With awesome BBQ facilities, it’s the perfect place for guys to show off their grilling skills, whilst surrounded by nature. Forgotten your meat supplies? No wrries, work up an appetite walking around this epic forest before joining us in the pentalounge for our incredible penta pizza or penta burger!

Beijing

Beihei Park

One of the biggest and most picturesque parks in Beijing and it’s over 1000 years old – It was owned and ruled by four different dynasties! It’s a massive 69 hectares and is filled with pavilions and gardens, so you’ll certainly have things to look at to take your mind off the stress off the city. The real attraction here is the Tibetan White Pagoda Temple, which looks spectacular with its rather chic and ancient décor.

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Make sure you head to the lake and take a boat out…is there anything more relaxing than just bobbing along?

Tuanjiheu Park

This is a spot that is all about the tranquillity! You’ll see Beijing’s elderlies getting their daily fix of tai-chi and frantic office workers busting a gut in vigorous exercise routines (the stresses of the city eh) – it’s a very healthy place to be.

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However, it’s not all go, go, go; you’ll find couples staring deeply into each other’s eyes and families on the lake, enjoying the pedal boats. Much like the pentahotel bedrooms, this park offers the perfect balance of rest and play.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Park

Unlike the others in the list, this place isn’t epic when it comes to acreage but it’s god so much to see! Within the park there’s the amazing flagstaff house; and if you like your Chinese tea of Chinese Antique Porcelain then it’s well worth a trip – you’ll see some of the best exhibits in China!

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From the park you get an incredible perspective of the Hong Kong skyline, with it’s sexy and curvaceous buildings, as well as its sharp and angled sky scrapers. To be able to observe the city from a distance may be just what you need!

Find out more about our hotel locations in Asia and beyond by visiting http://www.pentahotels.com or by following our socials on Instagram @pentahotels

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Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween…

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PentaBuzz: Trick or Treat?

Halloween is celebrated throughout the world, with different traditions, names and beliefs. While typical Halloween activities include trick-or-treating and costume parties, there are a few places around the world where Halloween is so much more than that. From the witch trials in Prague, to a transformed theme park near Wiesbadan in Germany, these Penta ‘hot spots’ around Europe are by far the coolest places to be when October 31st falls.

Some of the events will have you screaming in fear, others will have you partying with thousands of people and others will have you taking part in elaborate costume parades; whatever you decide though, pentahotels promise it will be unforgettable!

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Berlin, Germany
Head to Berlin for the Horror Night at Filmpark Babelsberg

Located just outside of Berlin, the Filmpark Babelsberg is an immense film set/theme park. During Halloween season, their special Horrornächte event will take you into an alternate reality with scenes of Halloween horror, props, actors and performances for the ultimate Halloween movie experience!

For the 7th time, Filmpark Babelsberg invites for its Horror Nights. People get shivered by all kinds of monsters and zombies. Experience your own horror movie. No admission for people under 16 years. Tickets from €19 and events run until 2nd November.

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Prague, Czech Republic
The Biggest Halloween Party in Europe

‘Bloody Sexy Halloween’ is the best Halloween celebration in Prague. Great electronic music, awesome staging and even more incredible fancy dress create the spookiest, naughtiest way to spend Halloween.
Right in the city centre, this exclusive party welcomes local and international DJs to their brand new venue, Prague’s Forum Karlín, as the night continues all the way until 5am in the morning.

Expect spectacular pyrotechnic entertainment, more amazing people than ever before and the most outrageous theming in town. However, if your looking for something less flamboyant Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most Gothic cities. Here you can walk through the foggy, narrow streets of the Old Town, pay a visit to the Museum of Alchemy or take part in a late night Ghost Tour of the city for a Halloween experience to remember!

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Paris, France
Discover Ancient Life Beneath Paris

Located beneath the city of light, in the disused stone mines of the city, are the remains of more than 6 million Parisians, on display for all to see. At the Catacombs of Paris bones were placed there in the 18th century to clear out the fetid mess of the inner-city mass graves that had poisoned the air with their stench due to decades of overuse. The bones were stripped of any partially decayed matter, which was recycled as soap! Ooo-err! Visit http://www.catacombes.paris.fr for details.

Perhaps the catacombs are a little too macabre? For a more light-hearted adventure in Paris during Halloween, why not head over to Disneyland, and see some of your favourite cartoon characters dressed up in festive Halloween garb. Our hotel at Paris CDG Airport is within 10km of the Disneyland Paris resort.

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Inverness, Scotland
Fright Night in the Mystical Scottish Forrests

The history of Scotland’s woods are soaked in mystery, bloodshed and strange goings on. Where better to have a genuine fright night on All Hallow’s Eve! Time to put on your scariest costumes and explore the unmentionable Forest of Frights, stretching 1300 m across two isles in the middle of the River Ness. Watch out for the creepy ‘Wall of Hands’ and meet some well-known characters along the way, including Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood, as you’ve never seen them before.

Horror Nights at Europa Park, Rusk, Germany

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Fearless visitors can be the stars of their very own horror film during Horror Nights – as zombies, killer clowns, and vampires test their bravery and nerves! During the night visitors follow a trail through a darkened section of the theme park, where live actors, disguised and made to scare them, jump out on them! A choice of 5 haunted house form the main attractions plus an exclusive house based on the ‘Escape Room’ await you with all the attendant scary sounds, lighting, effects and visuals. Events run from 21st October- 5th November 2016 and check into our hotels in Wiedsbadan or Trier for nearest proximity to the theme park.

pentahotels have 28 hotel properties worldwide. Visit http://www.pentahotels.com for destinations and hotel room rates and remember when black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

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Best Football Stadiums in Europe

The football season has kicked off and we couldn’t be happier. Weekend’s seemed almost redundant with the lack of football on the TV – thank goodness for the Olympics or we may not have managed to hold out, with the lack of sport.

At the church of penta, football is religion, and you can catch all the live action from Europe’s biggest leagues, in every pentalounge across the continent. The pentalounge offers an extremely friendly and social atmosphere and so this got us thinking; where else is great to watch football in Europe?

Berlin – Olympiastadion

This amazing arena held the World Cup Final in 2006 between France and Italy...
This amazing arena held the World Cup Final in 2006 between France and Italy…

This incredible sporting structure was originally built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics and has witnessed some incredible matches over the years including the 2006 World Cup final! With a capacity of 74,480, the atmosphere is often electric and it has become a fortress for the German national team!

 Manchester – Old Trafford

The theatre of dreams! There’s been some incredible nights at Old Trafford in the past…

This place isn’t labelled the theatre of dreams for nothing. It’s home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world and Manchester United have enjoyed some classic fixtures within the ground. We love this stadium so much we’ve got a box there, where we love to entertain pentapeople throughout the football season!

Liege – Stade de Sclessin

The unique red roof is often raised by the Standard Liege fans...
The unique red roof is often raised by the Standard Liege fans…

Although not as big as the others in terms of capacity, this place could certainly rival them for noise, such is the passion of the Standard Liege fans! It’s an old and classic stadium, meaning that you may not get some of the luxuries of the more modern grounds; instead you get a raw love of football!

Prague – Generali Arena

The home of Sparta Prague...what they lack in stadium capacity, they make up for in noise!
The home of Sparta Prague…what they lack in stadium capacity, they make up for in noise!

 The home of the Czech’s most famous team, Sparta Prague, this place is another golden oldie. The Czech Republic’s stadiums are rather small in terms of size and capacity in comparison to some of the biggest footballing nations with globally renowned domestic leagues. But size isn’t everything! This is a great place to go and watch a match and the team’s receptive fans are extremely welcoming.

Vienna – Ernst Happel Stadium

This amazing stadium hosted the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany...
This amazing stadium hosted the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany…

This massive 55,000 seater stadium hosted 7 games during Euro 2008, including the final between  Germany and Spain. It’s the Austrian national stadium and was named after the legendary Austrian footballer, Ernst Happel. This place has an incredible stadium experience and extremely fluid connections to Vienna city centre, as well as an under-heated pitch!

Visit any of these locations and enjoy an amazing and cultural experience of the beautiful game that’ll have you permanently wedged on the edge of your seat! Join us for a post-match feast in the pentalounge before checking in to one of our chic rooms that provide the perfect balance for rest and play!

Discover pentahotels, you’ll be anything but bored!

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PentaSpotlight: Berlin’s Best Eateries 

Whenever you enter a new city, whether you’re there for business or pleasure, food is always on the mind.
Questions such as, ‘I wonder what the local cuisine is?’ Or ‘I wonder if there’s many nice restaurants near where I’m staying?’ Often cross the mind.

These are of course important questions as enjoying good food is an essential element for a successful trip!

So, we thought we’d help you out in searching for some of the best places to eat in Berlin. This city has got an immense range of places, whether it’s fine dining, typical German food, asian street food, or even a little taste of France!

So where should you go? Ps. We’re staying clear of sausages!

Restaurant Tim Raue

For a fusion feast head to Tim Raue located close to Checkpoint Charlie; it’s where the far east meets west on the borderland of Berlin. The restaurant offers a relaxed style with the front of house staff donning jeans and trainers – an unusual combo for a venue that offers fine dining and seats only 30. If you want to be a real baller, book The Krug Table, where you guessed it, you’ll enjoy a taster menu with Krug Champagne.

Tim Raue's story is a real culinary rags to riches, and his amazing ability is showcased at this restaurant!
Tim Raue’s story is a real culinary rags to riches, and his amazing ability is showcased at this restaurant!

The interior design is chic and relaxed but has a Chinese theme running throughout. This place does michelin standard food and that 6 course unique tasting menu will leave your tastebuds dancing for days!

Glass

If you’re a science and gastronomy fan then this place may be for you! Head chef Gal Ben-Moshe has a playful style of cooking that will have you mind-boggled with the sort of combos he produces!


This place is all about flavour, with surprising but ingenious combinations being delivered on intricately constructed dishes. Fancy your starter to come impaled on a smoking cinnamon stick, or your soup to be adorned with savoury sorbets? Then head on down to Glass for a culinary journey.

3 Minutes Sur Mer

This is one of a number of French restaurants flying the tricolour with pride in Berlin’s Torstrasse. This fun and lively bistro, that was opened next door to its brother, Bendol Sur Mer, has neon signage and an energetic vibe…


The interior is traditionally Parisian; you know, the paper tablecloths with reservation scribbled on them and copper pots lining the open kitchen! Whether you’re seeking a light, impeccably cooked fish dish, or a more gutsy meat dish, pour example – a reduced coq au vin, this place delivers and more!

Not as expensive as the first two restaurant due to it not being a fine dining establishment  but that doesn’t mean less flavour. C’est Magnifique!

Das Lokal

This is a beautifully decorated venue, located in Linienstrasse, containing wooden tables and chairs constructed from wood of the forests that surround the German capital. Food wise, think German staples made with only the most sustainable ingredients.


It’s a popular working lunch location, however their dinners are more lavish with this kitchen being a haven for dishes containing game, again locally sourced from Berlin’s surrounding forests. Germany in a nutshell (well, sort of.)

 

House of Small Wonder

In this place, it’s not all about life’s great wonders, but the little things. It’s brilliantly bright and cutely decorated with lots of wood and plants – with some inspiration taken from Japanese gardens.

This is a place where you could eat brunch all day, everyday! So chilled and relaxing but with a underlying energy, its main dishes are Japanese inspired; another amazing asian venue!

Our pentalounge in Berlin is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy some great food!
Our pentalounge in Berlin is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy some great food!

Our very own pentalounge in Berlin is home to a number of wonderful foods including the pentaburger and pentapizza! Our food is anything but boring – so check-in and eat until you can’t eat no more!

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European Nightlife: 5 Top Clubbing Capitals

Us Europeans, it’s no secret that we love to party – so we thought we would give you some of the continents real hot clubbing hotspots. The places where you’re feet can’t stop tapping and your hands can’t stop clapping – the ultimate clubbing destinations!
Berlin

It wouldn’t really be acceptable to talk about European clubbing havens and omit Berlin…it’s absolutely awesome. The city is techno crazy and whether it’s an abandoned warehouse that looks like something out of Shutter Island, or a chic and intimate venue, you’re bound to have a great night!

Special shout out must go to Berghain…the aforementioned warehouse that can see people partying for days within its walls. It’s a techno aficionado’s dream but it’s not for the faint hearted!


Berghain sets you on an incredible journey that will have the hairs on the back of your neck, permanently pricked! However, if it all gets a bit much and you feel you need some respite from the club scene, come and check in with us…we’ll do our best to bring you back to full health.

London

Of course the English capital is going to be included in this list! All four corners of this epic city have different vibes, whether you’re in Shoreditch, Brixton or on the Kings Road.

Special shout out to Corsica Studios, located under the railway arches of Elephant and Castle…it’s an independent venue that seeks to breed creativity, and specialises in putting in some of the city’s best club nights and one off parties. It’s a special place.

When you go to London, you want to do it right and that usually means going big! Our hotel in Reading, located close to London, has a pentalounge that will act as the perfect party starter… You’ll be anything but bored!

Prague

You just have to include a city that has a 5 story club in its centre…Prague’s nightlife is all encompassing and offers a host of fun, so whether you’re looking for a chilled couple of drinks or an extremely wild one, this city can deliver.


The five floors of Karlovy Lazne are insane, providing it’s loyal club goers with the perfect recipe for a top night.

Kick it off in the ice bar, before heading up to the 80s cheesy pop room, with its multi coloured dance floor; and finish in a sunken dance floor, where you’ll hear a host of electronic anthems.

The biggest club in Central Europe is no mean feat…you’ll want to be at full strength when tackling this beast. Check in with us in Prague and enjoy the perfect balance of rest and play!

Budapest

The amazing island, Hajogyari, that is in the midst of the river Danube, welcomes thousands of party-goers each summer! Once the site of a Roman palace, Hajogyari now plays host to a plathora of nightclubs and bars.

The beautiful old town of Budapeth seems miles away when you indulge in the music scene of Hajogyari! A38, is a three tiered club that is on a Moored boat…very chic and very cool. Certainly a place to visit! All aboard..!

Barcelona

Feet shufflers take note – Ibiza and Marbella may be labelled as Spain’s top venues for the clubbing masses but Spain’s second largest city is certainly worth a visit. Barcelona hosts both Sonar and Primavera; two June based electronic festivals that’ll blow your mind.


When it comes to clubs, Razzmatazz is a cavernous warehouse that has a distinct industrial style (Steele glorious Steele!) It’s sheer size and five rooms means you’re likely to get lost at least once, however you may just end up getting lost in its music…it’s that good.

These are just some of europes best nightlife spots…

Pentahotels have 24 hotel properties in Europe. Our rooms offer the perfect balance for rest and play, so why not paint the town red before diving into bed? You’ll be anything but bored…

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PentaSpotlight: Cafe Culture in Paris

Although predominantly known for being the city of love, the French capital also has a huge love for cafe culture, with coffee and patisseries playing a huge role in the French lifestyle.

There aren’t many better places to enjoy a perfectly perculsted espresso or a deinty but delicious cake or two…in Paris the classic ‘coffee and cake’ is so much more than simply a stomach filler. The French make everything cool.

Discover the incredible variety of commercial and artisan coffee outlets that Paris has to offer and check in with us…our rooms provide the perfect balance for rest and play…of course the ratio of that balance is entirely up to you.

Here’s some of Paris’ cafe culture hot spots:

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La Caféothèque 

The very place where the coffee revolution of Paris kicked off 7 years ago! Located next to an extremely artsy area of the city, this cafe gets a great cosmopolitan crowd through its doors, whilst also attracting hoards of tourists through its picture perfect views of the River Seine!

This cafe is certainly more impressive on the inside than its exterior might suggest, and possesses an extremely intimated, salon-like, feel that’s inviting to both regulars and first time visitors.

The perfect place to enjoy a strong Americano, and dig your teeth into a book…

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Cuillier

Situated in the Galarie Lafayette, thinks for those who love their coffee and are prone to a bit of coffee snobbery…this is the place for you because they really take pride in their coffee. Yes, in recent years the Parisians have taken to Starbucks like a duck to water but the real coffee lover will appreciate the Cullier cafe depth of flavour and richness.

Cafe Aouba

This place is first on the map when it comes to foodie enthusiasts. It’s got everything from a fair trade hot chocolate machine to a bijou espresso machine. Those who are seeking chic designer decor may want to give this one a miss.

Here, it’s all about the coffee! The real centrepiece is the gleaming Faema espresso machine, but words won’t do the coffee it produces justice. It’s a must try.

Fondation Café

A place with Australian foundations; and we all know how much the Aussies love their coffee! Aussie banter + Aussie coffee = a great cafe with a quirky and energetic vibe!

The minimalist, Swedish inspired, dressing inside means you’re attention is constantly on the brilliant coffee being made, that, to their credit has French inspiration I.e. Cafe crèmes, espressos and filters.

The cakes are a dream and we will say now, as keen endorsers of health and lifestyle, this place isn’t good for the hips…yet for the tastebuds it’s incroyable!

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Da Zavola

The French really don’t seem to approve of the Italian style of coffee, and appear  allergic of Italian style bars…thank goodness then, that Da Zavola is a gastronomia cafe where you can taste gourmet wines and specialities in order to get that perfect espresso!

This place is worth a trip, simply for the beautiful Victoria Arduino espresso machine, which is the only one in Paris! Bellisimo!

So why not book a few days in Paris and immerse yourself within the beautiful cafe culture. There’s so many unique establishments to explore! Check in with PentaParis and enjoy a wonderful spa after a long day in the city. We love to encourage relaxation and needless to say, you’ll always find good coffee in the pentalounge during your stay!

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