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Over the past year I have taken a couple of Bratislava Free Walking Tours for Old Town and the Castle. In part one of my July Bratislava trip report photo essay, I covered parts of Bratislava with a photo essay of a walk from Radisson Blu Carlton Bratislava to the castle and crossing the Danube River to drink beer on the other side.

Walk to Bratislava Castle Slovakia photo essay (Aug 3, 2017).

This post reveals Bratislava Old Town, relatively small, yet gorgeous.

Church of St. Elizabeth, commonly called The Blue Church (1909-1913), constructed in Hungarian Art Nouveau style.

The Blue Church is part of the Free Walking Tour, however, we passed Blue Church on our walk to find BeAbout Burgers, #2 rated of 1,020 Bratislava restaurants on TripAdvisor. We ate there twice. Burgers were good and BeAbout had the cheapest strong beer (14 at 1.69 EUR/0.5l) we found in the city. Standard beer in pubs is labeled 11 or 12; 5% ABV is equivalent to 12.

BeAbout mushroom burger meal 8 EUR.

Šafárikovo námestie (namestie means square)

Pre-WWI architecture around Šafárikovo námestie are some of the most beuatiful buildings in the city.

This square reminded me of Riga, Latvia and the large number of Art Nouveau buildings one sees there.

Eurovea shopping center is the site of Sheraton Bratislava.

With the temperature pushing 35C/95F, even the air conditioned shopping mall was not cool enough with the large skylight ceiling heating up the interior.

Eurovea is beside the Danube River with plenty of riverfront pub cafes outside the shopping mall. We wanted to drink on a party boat like ones we drank on in Prague, however, most of the boats on the Old Town side of the river are botels, boat-hotels. The other side of the Danube from Old Town has most of the party boats, including a brewery boat.

We ended up in a small burger pub at the Danube Stary most bridge with an outdoor patio beneath shade trees for a cooler setting than the less shaded riverbank.

Images of Old Town Bratislava

Hlavné námestie

Tourist booths on Old Town Hlavné námestie offer clothing, souvenirs, and crafts. I think larger retail shops in Old Town offered similar items at lower prices.

Napoleon’s armies invaded the Austrian Empire in 1805 with a major defeat of Austrian and Russian forces at the Battle of Austerlitz (near Brno, CZ) on December 2, 1805. Austria was compelled to surrender with the signing of the Treaty of Pressburg Dec 26, 1805. Bratislava is the city formerly known as Pressburg.

The Treaty of Pressburg in 1805 is arguably the catalyst shifting Central European power from Austria to Prussia and the unification of Germany over the next century.

Old Town Bratislava is loaded with pubs and restaurants and tourist shops.

 

July 2017

San Francisco SFO – Copenhagen, Denmark – Stockholm, Sweden – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Prague, Czechia – Bratislava, Slovakia – London, England – San Francisco SFO (22 days-6 flights-20 hotel nights-6 bus trips)

My July in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Czechia and Slovakia July 5, 2017

SAS flying over San Francisco

Copenhagen, Denmark: Skt. Petri Copenhagen Choice Hotels Ascend Collection

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Loyalty Traveler Lost and Found in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre hotel review

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam design for social living

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam beer, bud and burger joints

Amsterdam and Prague Hotels: 2 stays earned 1 Free Friday Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam and Park Inn Prague

Prague, Czechia: Pickpocket stole my wallet on Prague Airport Bus

Prague, Czechia: Park Inn Prague hotel review

Prague, Czechia: Best Western Hotel Kinsky Garden Prague truly boutique

Prague, Czechia: Hotel review Clarion Prague City reward stay

Prague, Czechia: Vyšehrad, Prague far from the madding crowd

Pilsen, Czechia: Marriott Courtyard Pilsen CZ category 1 reward stay

Pilsen, Czechia: Pilsen Czechia photoessay

Brno, Czechia: Holiday Inn Brno, CZ PointBreaks stay

Brno, Czechia: Brno by beer

Brno, Czechia: Brno Bones in Europe’s Second Largest Ossuary

Czechia: Impressions after 9 days in Czech Republic

Bratislava, Slovakia: Review Radisson Blu Bratislava Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia: Walk to Bratislava Castle Slovakia photo essay

Bratislava, Slovakia: Bratislava Slovakia photo essay part 2

Bratislava, Slovakia: Category 1 Park Inn Danube Bratislava Slovakia opens Oct 1, 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia: Trip Report Regiojet Bus Bratislava to Brno Airport

London, UK: Buyer Beware National Express bus London Stansted to London Heathrow

London, UK: Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow hotel review

Hotel Loyalty: Loyalty? Yes! Loyal? Not so much for my hotel travel

Hotel Loyalty: My two Club Carlson Free Friday Nights posted today

Airline Loyalty: Aegean Silver elite and 17,000 miles to Star Alliance Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Case Study: Hilton HHonors 1. Can you identify the return-on-investment of HHonors program to Hilton in terms of costs/benefits? The HHonors program offers Hilton Hotels and Hilton International the benefits of loyal, repeat customers. For customers, membership into the program was free-of-charge and open to anyone who applied. Simply by staying at a Hilton Hotel or Hilton International property, members earned points, which are redeemable for hotel stays, airline miles and even products and services from other partner companies. The participating hotels themselves paid the costs of these rewards. For example, when a member stayed at a Hilton hotel, the hotel typically paid HHonors $.045 per dollar of the guest’s folio. If a member were to spend $1,000 at a Hilton hotel, the hotel must pay HHonors $45 for the guest to be rewarded 10,000 points for this stay. Then, when a member were to redeem their points for a stay, HHonors reimbursed the hosting hotel an amount above the cost of leaving the room empty but less than the revenue from a paying guest. In trade off for these costs, Hilton Hotels and Hilton International benefited from gaining customers through the HHonors program. In return for contributing to the HHonors program, Hilton is benefiting from a loyal guest following. These members, especially Gold and Diamond members, will continue to stay at hotels within the Hilton family in order to earn both points and miles. These guests also benefit from complimentary upgrades based on availability as well as member perks such as free Internet and breakfast. Members also have the option to customize their member profile so that whenever they stay at a Hilton

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