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Chinese New Year: All you need to know…

Chinese New Year: All you need to know..

It’s one of the most colourful events in the calendar, when people take to the streets both in China and across the globe.

Unlike western culture festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration.

The 2017 Chinese New Year begins on January 28th. Celebrations will start on January 27th, New Year’s Eve, and continue for around two weeks – ending on February 2 – and the year will last until February 15, 2018.

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How to celebrate…

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound -involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.

Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day but with modern technology some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

The Chinese Zodiac

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month. This year it’s the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.

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The Personality of the Rooster

People born in the Year of the Rooster are characterised as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. But according to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is believed to be one of the most unlucky years of your life.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented. In addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular with people. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as being seen as vain and arrogant and a tendency to brag about their achievements.

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Strengths: healthy, sporty, self-assured

Weaknesses: a little sensitive, stressed, moody

What sign are you?

Your sign is derived from the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar. The years below are a rough guide, but if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20.

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

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Famous people born under the Rooster sign

Rudyard Kipling, Benjamin Franklin, Prince Philip, Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins, Dolly Parton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono.

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Working out: On the go..

When it comes to getting in shape, most of us start with the best of intentions but soon struggle to stay motivated. Luckily nowadays help is just a click away, thanks to a wealth of new fitness apps to help you stay on track no matter what your fitness goal.

Today’s smartphones have the ability to be a personal trainer, nutrition coach, tracker, GPS and so much more, all within a frame so svelte you can wear it on an armband.

Whether you want to try yoga or want to get abs, pentahotels offer our guests complimentary use of our fully equipped penta gyms during their stay and in our latest blog we take a look at the best fitness apps you’ll want to download to help you keep active during your travels.

Yonder – free; iOS, Android

Whether you’re already an outdoor adventurer or someone who wants to travel more, Yonder helps you find and share outdoor excursions based on where you are and what interests you most. By tapping on categories ranging from backpacking and biking to skiing and swimming, you can check out local options and read up on what fellow “Yonderers” loved most about each experience. Yonder wants to keep you inspired to engage with nature, so it acts like a social platform, encouraging you to read what others have to say and share your own experiences and photos.

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Nike+ Training Club – Free; Android, iOS

The Nike+ Training Club app features workouts designed by professional athletes and celebrities. Workouts focus on strength, endurance, or mobility and offer three levels of difficulty. The app’s audio cues let you focus on the workout instead of the screen; Nike+ Training Club can also be streamed onto a television using Apple TV, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable. After completing a workout, users can share customized photos or posters with the Nike+ community. The app syncs with Nike+ Run Club to keep track of your runs; you can also manually enter activities such as basketball, gym training, or tennis.

7 Minute Superhero Workout – €3; iOS, Android

Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? Seriously? Well, now you can be, or at least you can train like one. This quick-hit work out app transforms your usual sit-up, push-up, jog, repeat sessions into something more entertaining. You’re the pilot of an Iron Man-inspired AEGIS One battlesuit and it’s time to train for the upcoming alien attack. Upper cuts become punches to deflect missiles and crunches become energy harvesting to power your suit. Motion-tracking checks your progress and calorie burn and achievements are rewarded as you work through the game to save the world, again.

My Fitness Pal- Free; Android, iOS

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Sure, no one likes to be a calorie counter. But with My Fitness Pal you don’t have to be—this app will do it for you. It will do it all for you. Simply create a profile (height, age, weight, gender), and then set weight loss and exercise goals. As you go through the day, enter what you eat and drink using the extensive database—yes, even the little bites you sampled at the street market and the app will calculate how many calories you have consumed: and how many you need to burn to meet your weight loss goals. It also simulates various nutrition charts so that you can track your progress. If you want to document your exercise, there’s an entire database for that, too. The app also balances calorie intake against exercise, making it the ultimate on-the-go fitness tracker.

FitStar Personal Trainer – Basic (free) or Premium (€9.99/month or €49.99year); Android and iOS

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FitStar’s Personal Trainer app emphasizes workouts you can do quickly and without a ton of expensive fitnessgear. The app breaks down training into four color-coded workoutstyles: “get lean,” which emphasize cardio; “get strong,” a balance of bodyweight strength-training moves; 10–15-minute “daily dose” workouts; and “freestyle.”

At the core of the app is a patented algorithm that customizes a user’s workouts, so an athlete can move at his own pace and advance as he gets stronger. Rather than solicit a trainer’s opinion, the app adjusts each routine depending on how difficult each exercise is according to how users rate it, from “too easy” to “way more brutal” than expected.

Sworkit- Free, pro £2.29 monthly, Android and iOS

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Circuit training is an appealing idea, but for many people compiling a list of exercises to ensure a comprehensive workout is too much like hard work. Fortunately, SWORKIT has oodles of bodyweight exercises built in to the app, with pre-set routines that let you choose whether you want to focus on strength, cardio, yoga or stretching, and which parts of the body, if not all of it, you want to target.

On-screen animations guide you through every step of your workout, which can be set to last from five minutes to an hour. And once you have become a circuit training buff, you can use the exercise bank to build your own session from scratch.

Now you have no excuses not to work out when you visit us at pentahotels: http://www.pentahotels.com

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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!

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!

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!

Visit http://www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates.

PentaSpotlight: Top 5 UK Family Attractions this Summer

The Summer Holidays are great…at least for kids anyway! 6 weeks (8 if you’re lucky) off school, to do whatever you want, wear whatever you want and ignore the morning alarms (your parents).

However, this summer period isn’t always as idyllic for the parents. Yes, of course it’s great to get some extra time spent with the kids, whilst taking them on excursions and allowing them to experience new things…but yes, we know it can also be draining! There’s only so many times you can go to the local park, and there’s only so many topics to talk about with the other parents!

So, we thought we’d do our best to help you out, offering ideas for great places to take the kids this summer holiday…

Legoland

Legoland

Appreciate the fact that you’re still some years away from having to teach your 17 year old child how to drive, and the stress that comes with it…earning one’s driving license from the Lego City Driving School is a rite of passage for any 5 year old! 80 million Lego bricks and 150 acres of fun, this place is a wonderland for children, and the spectacular intricacies may even be enough to impress your ‘adult’ interior design knowledge.

Tip: This place was designed for U10’s and we believe that it only really caters for children that fall in the bracket…but then again, whatever floats your boat.

Thorpe Park

Now, this one isn’t for U10’s…

Have your kids been naughty and need to be taught a bit of a lesson…allow them to give Stealth or Derren Brown’s Ghost Train a bash and that should be punishment enough. Of course we joke, but this is a fantastic, old school, theme park that is guaranteed fun! There’s so much to do, however it can be completed in a day, meaning that the children will certainly sleep that night.

Tip: To avoid the hefty summer holiday queues, we’d get there ahead of the 9.30am opening time!

Both of these amazing resorts are located very close to our brilliant pentahotel in Reading, so if you’re travelling from far and wide, why not stay with us. Our rooms provide the perfect balance of rest & play, however after the day you’ve got in store…you’ll probably just want rest!

Warwick Castle

So many attractions for children are centred on the future…aliens & Doctor Who seem to have taken over! This place offer you the perfect experience to travel back in time (to be fair, another feature of Doctor Who) in a fun and interactive way…in fact no castle in the country caters better for children than this one! As well as the amazing castle itself, you can experience jousting tournaments, trebuchet launches and the tricky Horrible Histories Maze!

Tip: Amazing for all ages and a real family day out…However The Dungeon Experience is not for the faint-hearted!

This medieval masterpiece is only 30 mins from our pentahotel in Birmingham, so if you’re looking for somewhere to relax after a long day of battle re-enactments, check-in with us! You’ll be anything but bored…

Loch Ness

This is an amazing place to visit...Keep and eye out for Nessie!
This is an amazing place to visit…Remember to keep and eye out for Nessie!

Now this one you’ll all have heard of! It’s a little more outdoorsy, and so will get some fresh air into the lungs of your kids! It’s an amazing walk around the Loch, with incredible backdrops and visuals…Just remember to do the odd, ‘What was that!’ Whilst pointing to the Loch, so the dream of Nessie stays alive!

Tip: Nessie does exist…so keep the kids close at all times.

The Scottish Highlands are well worth a visit, especially Loch Ness, so why not make a trip out of it and stay with us in Inverness! The pentalounge is the perfect place to chill after a long day of walking outdoors.

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village
An amazing day out for the family that’ll teach the kids not to take the internet for granted…

This is an amazing, experiential, day out for all your family…and you can bring your dog! Enjoy unlimited trips on the trams and explore a quaint little village…It’s almost as if you’ve stumbled upon a small town that was never hit by technological advancements, or the internet; and it’s amazingly refreshing.

Tip: Take the gadgets from your kids and let them revel in the past…they may not want them back!

Warrington is only a short drive away, so come and stay with us at our pentahotel…our chic and stylish interior will bring you back to the future!

Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates for your 2016 holiday destination.