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!

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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…

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.

PentaBuzz: Euro 2016- The FINAL

Euro 2016 is almost at an end (wipe away the tears) and what a championship it’s been!

We’ve seen so many amazing matches that have featured sizzling goals, incredible individual performances and the rise of a few underdogs…the populations of Iceland and Wales will certainly not be forgetting this tournament in a hurry!
The French have hosted a wonderful Euros that although may not always have produced the extremely high quality football that we expected, has provided the crowds and spectators across the world with nail biting matches and a real spirit of competition.

From the group stages through to the Semis, we’ve been treated!

We thought we would give out a few pre final penta awards…

Best Player (so far): Dimitri Payet

Probable Golden Boot Winner: Antoine Griezman

People’s Champion: Entire Iceland Team

Best Match: France Vs Germany (Semi-Final)
Biggest Disappointment: England
However, now it’s down to the nitty gritty, the FINAL….

The French will be playing in from of an expecting home crowd…can they handle the pressure?

On one side we have the hosts, many peoples pre tournament favourites and a team who are getting better and better every time they play.

On the other, we have a rather average side who have shocked many teams by making it to the final; yet they’re talisman and leader just happens to be one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch…so write them off at your own risk.

Ronaldo is Portugal’s talisman and has the potential to single handedly win matches!

It’s all set up to be an electric night…but who will win? The heroic host nation whose victory would create euphoria without France, or the unexpecting underdogs that would be one of the most surprising victors in football history.


Join us for the final; you can catch every second of Sunday’s match LIVE in every pentalounge! Embrace the atmosphere and support your nation…after all Penta Loves Football.

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