10 Reasons why we are Perfect for your Vacations

By NH | 17:28

Travelling with NH Hotel Group is more than just a stay. It is about living a 360º experience: different brands, sustainable, awesome locations, great services… Still in doubt? Here are 10 reasons that will definitely convince you.

  • Location


Let’s be honest, one of the most valued factors when choosing your hotel is its location. Luckily, all of our hotels are placed in exceptional spots, with most of them located right in the heart of the city. They are close to the main cultural attractions, as well as within popular neighbourhoods, alongside major sport stadiums, and business travellers will find us nestled in important business districts and next to strategic airports. Easy access and well connected hotels, a good start, no?


  • Different Brands

Are you aware of all four NH Hotel Group brands? Depending on what kind of hotel is required and what type of stay you’re after, we have the perfect place for you.

NH Hotels. Our upscale urban brand. One of its main attributes is the perfect locations you’ll find them in, making NH Hotels the ideal selection for both leisure and business, with a price-quality ratio that is just idyllic.


NH Collection One of our newest brands that populates upper-upscale hotels, famous for their exceptional architecture and history. They are located in beautiful strategic buildings that combine a distinguished elegance with a local touch that holiday makers crave when on the move. Step inside and Feel the Extraordinary.


nhow This fresh brand is the lively sibling to our other concepts and takes cosmopolitan hotels to a new level, on which modernity, quality and design are integral to its attitude. Though only a handful exist, each one has its very own style and creative concept, bursting with personality that enchant all guests


Hesperia. Are you looking for a relaxing experience but one that continues to surprise? Then, you’ll fall in love with our resorts, found in some of the most beautifully vibrant and uplifting locations around the world. From bed to beach, and from sun lounger to sea, they are everything a resort needs to be.


  • Sustainable Eco Hotels

NH Hotel Group is fully aware of the importance and concerned about taking the right steps to care for the environment, offering “sustainable vacations” in a number of our hotels. Many of our hotels are eco-efficient.  using renewable resources and and reducing electricity consumption. Our guests can take part in the initiative by using the bikes provided by some of our hotels to navigate the city, and those using electric cars can charge them at specific points at the hotel, like at NH Collection Barcelona Constanza or NH Zurich Airport.


What’s more, hotels like our NH Danube City, NH Collection Frankfurt City or the NH La Spezia (as well as over 80 others) have already received recognition for their efforts and have been awarded the energy sustainability certificate (ISO). In addition, we have also developed a sustainable way of hosting your meetings and events: if you request so, we will calculate the carbon footprint of your event so that it can be offset through environmental projects all over the world. There’s always a sustainable way for everything!

  • Families

Our hotels are family friendly because we know the importance of spending time with the those you love most, especially when with younger ones. To make a parent’s stay easier and the children’s even more enjoyable, we offer a range of services; such as special, healthy meals and timetables, different entertainment areas and kids corners to play, as well as the possibility of adding extra beds to the rooms.


We have two fun and colourful protagonists called Nico & Hanna that join younger children during their time with us, and are found on special bathroom amenities and activity books.  In addition, we create family-thinking promos for which kids stay free, so you can enjoy your vacations with us and your family with less hassle. 

  • Breakfasts

Who doesn’t love breakfast? If you don’t, then you’ll become one as soon as you try our morning services, combining quality, variety and healthy products each and every day. At NH Hotel Group, we know that a good breakfast builds a better experience.


Local flavours are added to our offer, so depending on where you are, you’ll have the chance of having tasting local products: what about churros and chocolate while in Spain? Or sausages in Germany? Maybe you are in the mood for an English breakfast? For those staying at NH Collection hotels, ask the chef for a personalised breakfast, exactly as you want it! If you were looking for a business breakfast event, we also have what you need. After all, it’s important to start the day with a happy, full stomach?

  • Facilities

Our hotels are more than just a place to sleep and spend the night. That’s why we offer a  wide variety of facilities to complement and enhance your stay. Pools, spas, gyms… everything you could want. In fact, did you know that we use Technogym Equipment in workout spaces? A range of top machines and apparatus to help you keep up your healthy lifestyle when on the move.


We also understand the need to be connected when and where you want, which is why we offer a 24/7 WiFi service, perfect for leisure and business guests alike. Also, there is the option to upgrade the wifi service, just ask a member of our staff. And these are just a couple of the facilities that we have to offer… Did you know that our nhow Berlin has a special musical instrument room service? A great idea, no? There’s so much to enjoy when staying with us, so why not come and discover the rest for yourself!


  • Rooms

We want you to feel as good as possible when you are with us. To commit to this desire, we opt for modern decorated and spacious rooms, in where comfort and quality are a must. Our beds are the best for when you need the perfect rest: mattresses with multielástic system, hypoallergenic filters and Dreamprotect Technology. Because we know that comfort means less to worry about and more to enjoy.


  • Restaurants

Trying local cuisines is a must when travelling, and that’s why we want you to feel and taste the cities through our restaurants. Their gastronomic offer are all part of your experience. Did you know that our restaurants are one of the most valued services by our guests? High quality products, tasty dishes decorated with those all  touches and the best local products that will make those flavours even more memorable.


Furthermore, some of our NH Collection restaurants  include recognised chefs at the head of their kitchens, such as well known Paco Roncero (2* Michelin starred – La Terraza del Casino restaurant), Óscar Velasco ( 2* Michelin starred – Santceloni restaurant) or Christopher Naylor at the 1* Michelin starred Vermeer restaurant in the NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace. And that’s just two examples. Again, when just visit a city when you can taste it.

  • Views / Rooftops


Many of our inviting terraces and rooftops offer amazing views day or night,  complete with forward thinking bars and cosy atmospheres that complement the experience. From our rootps, you’ll get a feel for your city of stay thanks to the amazing cityscapes: the famous Gran Via of Madrid and more from the NH Collection Madrid Suecia, the wonderful coast of Lisbon from NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade, or the beautiful city center of México City at the NH Mexico City Centro Histórico.. Such an unforgettable experience!


  • Inspired by local

We’ve got around 400 hotels in 31 different countries. Thanks to this, guests discover the world with NH Hotel Group. Our NH Collection hotels are located in main capital cities and historical places. We invite all of our guests to be a part of the destination even when stepping into the lobby. Wherever you are, you’ll find the same high quality of stay and service with us. What’s more is that many of our hotels have a story to tell, another reason to experience the world with us.


For example, the NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa dates back to the 16th Century, when it belonged to the Torrigiani family, and it was not until the 19th Century that some hoteliers rented it. Another example is the NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, in Amsterdam, which has a 150-year history that started when it first opened as a coffee house. Under our charge, the essence of its past is immediately evident through its copperplate doors, the perfect doorway to local history. All of these hotels, with their buildings, their decoration and their gastronomy keep that authentic local character of the places they’re in, the essence to which you will be transported.

So, what are you waiting for, come and enjoy a wonderful stay with NH Hotel Group.  

The Most Overlooked Sights in Europe

By NH | 18:35

Last year, Europe was the world’s most-visited continent by tourists. Fan favourites of France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK continue to please travellers year after year. Although these destinations are truly worthy of their popularity, many tourists wishing to avoid the crowds, get off the beaten path, or simply experience something new may find these lesser known sights more to their liking.

Ghent, Belgium

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Ghent, the fourth largest city in Belgium, and is located in the country’s Flemish region. It is a beautiful port city, resting at the intersection of the Scheldt and Lys rivers. During the Middle Ages, Ghent’s location was a pivotal factor (along with its abundance of sheep) in its prosperous wool industry and merchant trade.  

In Ghent, you can experience “typical” Belgian culture with its bicycles and famous Belgian chocolate. You’ll also discover the city’s three famous towers (of St. Nicholas Church, the Belfort, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral) that are always peeking at you, no matter where you go. A must-do in Ghent is the Gravenstreen castle, which features a partial mote and medieval torture museum.

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Poznan, Poland

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Poznan is one of Poland’s oldest, most historical cities, serving as a key trade route between neighbouring countries in medieval times. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, it has undergone intense reconstruction, especially in its old town. One of Poznan’s most iconic spots is Stary Rynek, its immense main square that is encircled by pastel-coloured homes.

The former Polish capital features Poland’s oldest cathedral, the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, which has been reconstructed over the centuries in the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Neo-Classical styles. The city also attracts a large student population (due to its many universities) as well as business travellers (due to its renowned International Trade Fairs).

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Oporto, Portugal

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Portugal is quite well-known among tourists for the stunning beaches in the Algarve region and its bohemian capital, Lisbon. Fewer people venture north to Oporto, Portugal’s second-biggest city, making it the perfect place to escape large crowds. Oporto is a former industrial port, whose growth rested on its trade of Port wine and other goods with Britain.

These days, it is ideal for a romantic getaway. Tourists can tackle the city’s hills in one of its antique trams or relax with a gondola ride down the Douro river. You’ll also want to soak in Oporto’s history by attending a Port distillery tour and tasting. In the evening, there is nothing better than to stroll past the intricate tiled buildings along the riverfront and dine on fresh fish and, of course, more Port wine.

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most overlooked sights europe-andorra

Andorra is a tiny country between France and Spain, with a total population of less than 100,000. It’s strategic location high in the Pyrenees mountains is what has protected it from war for nearly 1,000 years! Although it’s not part of the EU, they do use the Euro as currency, which makes travelling there on your holiday much easier is if it’s a stop off during a Euro tour.

Andorra’s mountain location provides tourists with some of the best skiing, hiking, and mountain-climbing opportunities in existence! But if you’re looking for beaches, you won’t find them in Andorra…Put this country on your list if you enjoy quaint villages, tiny churches, snowy peaks, astounding vistas, and nature of all kinds.  

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Bucharest, Romania

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To foreigners, Romania is mainly known as the land of castles and vampires. But it’s capital city, Bucharest, actually used to be known as “Little Paris”, due to its Parisian-style buildings and cosmopolitan feel. Bucharest is a charming Eastern European city, and surprisingly has one of the largest populations (within city limits) in Europe.

Tourists here will be amazed at the city’s wide boulevards, sprawling parks, and strange mix of utilitarian, art nouveau, and modern architecture. Budapest’s oldest, most iconic street, called Victory Way, ends at their very own Arc de Triomphe (like in Paris!) And the city features the world’s largest Parliament building, constructed under their Communist ruler in the 1980s.

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It’s obvious that there is so much more to see in Europe besides London and Paris! If you’re seeking a spot with less tourists, majestic monuments, and tons of culture, try some of the sights we’ve suggested above. And luckily, one of our outstanding NH Hotels will be able to accommodate you in each of these wonderful cities. It’s never too early to start planning your next city break with NH!

The Best NH-Owned Restaurants

By NH | 16:56

Souvlaki in Greece, Pad Thai noodles in Thailand, tacos in Mexico… There are so many amazing cities around the world, with amazing cuisines! You can’t truly feel a city until you’ve tried its signature dishes. At NH hotels around the world, we combine the best local foods with top chefs and unique recipes for an unforgettable dining experience. This list of destinations and NH restaurants below will make sure you #feeltheplace no matter where you go!


Madrid, Spain – DOMO Restaurant

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Madrid, Spain’s culture capital, is chock full of world-class museums, spectacular parks, and delicious Spanish cuisine. See the greatest works of Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Rafael, and others at Spain’s most famous museum, The Prado. Just a short walk away is Retiro Park where you’ll want to meander through the rose garden, lounge under the tall trees, and row a boat on the lake. For a quick bite, pick up the local favourite, bocadillo de calamares, or squid sandwich.

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Madrid’s NH Collection Abascal is located in the Chamberi neighbourhood of the city, which is well known for its restaurants and tapas bars. However, you won’t need to travel far for amazing food choices. The hotel’s restaurant, DOMO, creates typical Spanish dishes with a modern twist, their best dishes being fresh fish, ceviche, and mushroom risotto. Their greatest wonder, The Box, is a unique plate of 10 gourmet delicacies.

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Guests can enjoy cocktails and bar treats on the stunning outdoor terrace, right in the heart of the city. Our cocktails are the creation of prestigious Spanish mixologist, Diego Cabrera. If you’re not an early riser, not to worry…NH Collection Abascal features an amazing brunch by 2-Michelin-star chef, Paco Roncero. For brunch, you’ll enjoy 13 different dished paired with 3 beverages (created by cocktail master Cabrera, of course!)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The White Room

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Amsterdam is the land of canals, bridges, bicycles, and colourful row houses. Just walking, biking, or boating around is a great way to get to know the city. Tourists in Amsterdam should not miss the Van Gogh museum or the Anne Frank house, which offers a very touching, solemn glimpse into history. For brave travellers (without children), venture into the raunchy Red Light District for some sights that you’ll never forget. And don’t forget to try the fragrant local dish, raw herring.  

At NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Amsterdam’s central Dam Square, you’ll enjoy the creations of 3-Michelin-star chef, Jacob Jan Boerma. His NHThis restaurant, called The White Room (due to its white colour with gold accents), seeks to delight your taste buds with a mix of “every possible flavour”. Each menu is different, but some offerings include steak tartar, fowl, and peppers with citrus vinaigrette.

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Jan Boerma also lends his expertise to the lunch and dinner menus of NH’s Grand Café Krasnapolsky, which offers coffees, speciality teas, homemade pastries, and more. The best part? The Grand Café overlooks the bustling Dam Square, making it easy to people-watch. For a drink, there is no better place than The Tailor Bar, which always pleases guests with cocktails crafted by Tess Posthumus, the World’s Best Female Bartender (2015, 2016).

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Prague, Czech Republic – Il Giardino

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Prague is the star city of Eastern Europe, being one of the first spots in this region to gain huge international popularity. Visitors come to see many spectacular sights: the beautiful Prague Castle overlooking the city from its hilltop; the ornate astronomical clock in the Old Town square; the Charles bridge with its jewellery and art vendors. Plus, there is a plethora of Czech tastes to discover, like palačinky, a type of thin pancake served with jam, fruit, or nuts.

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When travelling to the Czech capital, tourists can stay at NH Prague City, located in the Smichov neighbourhood on the west bank of the Vitava river. A unique feature of this hotel is its split buildings, one of which is located atop Mrazovka Hill (meaning fantastic city views) and accessed by cable car. And NH Hotel Prague City features two restaurants…and two bars!

The Costa Praga restaurant features traditional Czech food as well as international dishes. Located in the hilltop building, our Il Giardino restaurant serves fine Italian food and wine, giving guests a taste of Italy while they’re in Prague. The Tower Lounge Bar can also be found here, its terrace the perfect place to enjoy drinks late into the night. And your stay wouldn’t be complete with a traditional brunch on the terrace, served every Sunday.


No matter where you travel with NH, you’re guaranteed great rooms, service, and fine dining. Our restaurants always offer the best of what locals have to offer, combined with international favourites…and sometimes a Michelin-star chef! Get ready to #feeltheplace you’re headed next with NH hotels and restaurants.

The 20 Best Travel Tips

By NH | 13:41

Travel is by far one of the best things you can experience in life. It tempts the senses with new sights, cultures, tastes, friends, activities, and so much more… Whether you’re about to embark on your very first trip or you’ve voyaged around the world, there is always a new travel hack that will no doubt improve your experience. Even the most seasoned tourists, who no doubt have their own tips and tricks up their sleeve, can learn something from this list of the 20 Best Travel Tips.

  • Organize your carry on. 

There’s nothing worse than being at the boarding gate and frantically searching for your plane ticket. Keep items like your ticket and passport easily accessible.top 20 travel tips 2017-organization

  • Don’t over-pack.

 You’re going on holiday, so you’re bound to pick up new clothes, souvenirs, and gifts. You don’t want to risk not having enough space – so only pack what’s really necessary for your trip.top 20 travel tips 2017-overpacking

  • Mix and match clothes. 

Let’s face it – you don’t need a completely different outfit for each day of your trip. Pair neutral staples (trousers, jackets, shoes) with flashier accessories (scarves, graphic tees, jewellery) to create different looks.top 20 travel tips 2017-clothes

  • Know where your passport is.

Have a go-to spot for your passport so you always know where to find it. There is no panic like “can’t-find-my-passport” panic.top 20 travel tips 2017-passport

  • Zip/tie/lock your bags…seriously.

Tourists inevitably attract the attention of pickpockets and thieves. To avoid any mishaps, make sure your purse or bag is always fully closed. You don’t want someone’s hand slipping in and stealing your phone – or worse, give yourself reason to experience the aforementioned “can’t-find-my-passport” panic!top 20 travel tips 2017-bag

  • Book in-demand attractions in advance… 

Imagine you’re going to Paris. Obviously you’ll want to go up the Eiffel Tower. Having to stand in a long line for hours is completely unappealing and may force you to skip a “must-see” attraction. Booking in advance always pays off.top 20 travel tips 2017-attractions-eiffel tower

  • But leave room for flexibility! 

 You should always have an idea of what you want to see. But having a bit of flexibility in your schedule will allow you to relax, take your time, and take part in more authentic experiences that can’t be pre-planned.top 20 travel tips 2017-flexibility

  • Be flexible when booking, too. 

Having a flexible date/destination can open up your travel to a lot of interesting destinations. And the earlier you book, the greater your chance of having a hotel in a prime location!top 20 travel tips 2017-booking tickets

  • Give someone your contact/travel info. 

For anyone who’s seen the movie 127 Hours, you should know not to travel without telling someone where you’re going.top 20 travel tips 2017-contact info

  • Get a history lesson while you fly with this app. 

The app tracks your location using GPS (even in flight mode) and feeds you fun facts and interesting info about what you’re flying over.top 20 travel tips 2017-flying app

  • Take advantage of airport wifi. 

While some airports offer free wifi, others don’t. Consult this list of wifi passwords at airports worldwide.top 20 travel tips 2017-airport wifi

  • Don’t fly… drive! 

Depending on how close your destination is, car-sharing schemes like BlaBlaCar can be more economical than flying. Train travel is also an option, but its prices often rival that of air travel.top 20 travel tips 2017-driving

  • Check if you need a visa or vaccine. 

You may require a visa to travel to certain countries, so check this in advance to avoid getting denied entry. Also make sure to consult your doctor about what vaccinations to take before travelling – you don’t want to risk getting sick!top 20 travel tips 2017-vaccines

  • Wake up early. 

For an unforgettable view of the sunrise over a new city or to simply avoid long lines, rising early has its benefits. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on your NH hotel’s great buffet breakfast served up at NH.top 20 travel tips 2017-sunrise

  • Don’t rely solely on your credit card. 

Using a credit card can make you lose tracking of spending easily, and some stores and restaurants may not even accept credit. So make sure you always have cash at hand.top 20 travel tips 2017-cash

  • Eat local. 

Sure, nearly every place on Earth has a recognisable fast food chain on the high street, but who wants to eat food you can get at home? Try the local dishes and you might end up discovering a new favourite. At NH Hotels, local dishes are served and some proudly feature Michelin-star chefs.top 20 travel tips 2017-local food

  • Invest in travel insurance. 

Travel insurance isn’t really that much of an investment, but it’s an extra cost that’s totally worth it. No matter if you get sick or injured, have your phone stolen, or the airline loses your luggage, this insurance provides huge peace of mind.top 20 travel tips 2017-travel insurance

  • Learn a little of the local language. 

Locals really appreciate it when tourists at least try to communicate in their language. Even just learning “hello” and “thank you”, along with a few other basics can go a long way.top 20 travel tips 2017-languages

  • Bring an external charger. 

You’re going to take a TON of photos and at some point, the battery of your phone or camera WILL die. Having a portable charger means you won’t miss out on documenting important travel moments.top 20 travel tips 2017-charger

  • Carry copies of important documents. 

Getting your passport or credit card stolen can bring your entire trip to a standstill. Make sure you always have copies of key documents, so that you can more easily navigate the recuperation/cancellation process.top 20 travel tips 2017-documents

Lisbon VS Oporto. Which is better?

By NH Hotels | 17:07

New York City vs. Los Angeles. Madrid vs. Barcelona. Shanghai vs. Beijing. Throughout the world, there are countless famous rivalries between the most popular cities of a country, and Portugal is no different. Lisbon and Oporto are both vying for the title of Portugal’s best city – so which is better?


Look and feel: Portugal’s capital city is the country’s cultural and cosmopolitan heart. Among it’s cobblestone streets and beautifully graffitied walls, you’ll find some of the best museums, restaurants, and shops in all of Europe. Lisbon is a city built upon seven hills, meaning there are endless cool neighbourhoods to explore, like the Alfama old town and bohemian Barrio Alto. As you wander, you’ll also notice the city’s famed tiled buildings, a signature of Portuguese design. All in all, Lisbon is a city of contrasts: it is nostalgic yet modern, grungy yet polished, calm yet full of movement.

The people: Being the capital, Lisbon is definitely the country’s most diverse city. Portugal’s former empire spanned 5 continents in its time, a history that the blend of cultures and ethnicities in Lisbon bears witness to. People here generally speak English and are very welcoming to foreigners and tourists. In the past few years, Lisbon has transformed into a start-up hub, so many entrepreneurs have been enticed by the city.

To see/do:  In downtown Lisbon, you can enjoy world-class museums like the Azulejo Museum (tile & ceramics) and the Museum of Ancient Art (Portuguese art and national treasures). Just a short tram ride away, you’ll find Belém Tower, a 16th century defence tower built to guard the Tajo river. Great food and drink can be found everywhere in the city, and if it’s a night out you’re looking for the best places are to be found in Barrio Alto, the riverfront, and on the docks. In mid-June, Lisbon celebrates the patron saint, St. Anthony, with a sardine festival that puts the entire city on hold for days. And, of course, a trip to the capital isn’t complete without the hike up to St. George’s castle.

City connections: Sintra’s red and yellow castle, with its sprawling woods and gardens, is a great escape for nature lovers. Travel as far west as you can go and you’ll discover Cabo da Roca, the western-most point of Portugal (and thus, Europe). Of course, who can forget about the beaches? The region of Cascais has a number of world-class beaches and surfers flock to the Caparica coast, which hosts numerous surfing competitions throughout the year. In Cascais, you’ll also find Estoril and its famed casino, said to have inspired the James Bond novel, Casino Royale.


Look and feel: In the past, Oporto was known solely as an industrial port bolstered by British trade. These days, its cafés, trams, and colourful facades mark it as a modern, romantic city. It has a more provincial feel than Lisbon, and you’ll encounter less tourists, more quiet but perhaps more quirk. It’s been steadily growing in visibility since 2001, when it was honoured with the title of European Culture Capital. Oporto also boasts two bridges built by Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). And of course, the sweet, red wine Port originates from this city, making it a staple in the city’s bars and restaurants.

The people: The people of Oporto consider themselves to embody the true sense of Portugal. They are known as the warm and simple counterparts to the more sophisticated, “elite” Lisboans. Their nickname is “Tripeiros,” which means animal guts and has an interesting tale to its origins. It is said that during the 15th century, the city of Oporto gave all of their supplies to famous explorer, Henry the Navigator, leaving them with nothing but animal guts to eat.

To see/do: With the much loved tipple Port hailing from this city, there are more wine cellar tours than you’ll ever have time for. Down by the Douro river, hop on a river cruise or gondola for a picturesque ride. While there, stroll through Ribera neighbourhood and dine at one of its many cafés and restaurants. For panoramic views of the city, climb the Tower of Clerics, the highest tower in Portugal and one of the symbols of Oporto. You can also take in a bit of pop culture while in the city – its ornate Lello Bookstore is said to be the inspiration for Flourish and Blotts bookstore in the Harry Potter series. And if you go in late June, you’ll catch Oporto’s festival of St. John, where the city takes part in a variety of strange nightly traditions.

City Connections: If you haven’t had enough wine in Oporto itself, explore the terraced vineyards and rolling hills of the Douro valley. Head to Braga to see the Bom Jesus do Monte church and its baroque white staircase, the Raio palace, and Portugal’s oldest cathedral. Experience the “Venice of Portugal” with Aveiro, a fishing town full of gondola-riddled canals and Art Nouveau buildings. And since it’s Portugal, there’s always a beach nearby. Popular spots include Espinho beach and Esposende beach and dunes.

So which is better: Lisbon or Oporto? Depending on your preferences you may love one and hate the other. For first-timers, Lisbon is the obvious choice. But for people on a second or third trip to Portugal, Oporto cannot be missed.




6 Reasons Why We Travel

By NH | 12:34

You’re probably familiar with the term “wanderlust”, and with that tickling feeling, you get in your stomach before that long awaited trip to one of your dream destinations. It is true, traveling gives us an adrenaline rush to which some become addicted and no wonder! Travelling allows us to experience emotions like nothing else in life can.

Here are some of the reasons many of us pack our bags and hit the road…

  • In the quest for out of this world sights

There are 196 countries in the world today, and over 1.692 cities to be discovered. Each one of them more interesting than the other, with ancient secrets, breathtaking landscapes, and impressive monuments to be beheld by passionate travelers just like you. Which of these have you seen?

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Salinas Grandes, Córdoba

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Parque Nacional Tayrona

  • For the spectacle

Another popular “excuse” to pack your bags and travel far, far away (or maybe not so far), are local, popular celebrations, music festivals, carnivals… Why relax when you could be living large just like the locals. Here are some of our favorites:

Carnaval of Barranquilla
If we asked you to name a big Carnival celebration in South-America, we’re sure your mind would immediately fly away to Brazil, right? But the truth is that Barranquilla, in Colombia, hosts one of the biggest street parties in the world. It takes place each February and lasts 4 days.

One of the most amazing times of the year to visit Germany, besides Christmas and it’s lovely markets, is the period between September 16th and October 3rd, when the notorious Oktoberfest takes place. Many German cities have celebrated this historical festival since the Middle Ages, but the original, often called Wiesn, takes place in Munich. Here’s Oktoberfest in numbers: more than 6 million people around the world join the party every year, over 7.7 million liters are consumed during the two-week festival, plus an impressive total of 140.225 pork sausages!

Amsterdam Gay Pride
Every year, the end of August marks the beginning of a fun and colorful party in Amsterdam. The Gay Pride is a huge celebration where more than a thousand boats and hundreds of thousands people from all over the world, band together to support lesbian, gay, and LGBT rights.

  • To relax and rejuvenate

The benefits of going on vacation are obvious; during a break and as our bodies shut down the stress systems, we feel healthier, happier, and studies show that holidays have a very positive effect on productivity. But where to disconnect? These places are perfect to unwind. One almost feels 4 years younger just by looking at the pictures!

Corales del Rosario Natural Park, Colombia

Mallorca, Spain

Amalfi Coast, Italy

  • Love for adventure

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then you’ve most likely joined the club of those that plan their travels around adrenaline-charged adventures; from scuba-diving or kayaking at the Guatapé Reservoir (also known as “The Hamptons of Medellin”) to paragliding the spectacular skies of Medellin and its surroundings, or trekking the Andes Mountains.

Potrerillos Dam, near Mendoza, Argentina

Guatapé Reservoir, Colombia

Iztaccihuatl Volcano, Mexico

  • The joy of quick getaways

Sometimes we don’t have time to take a long break, or maybe it’s just that we need a short weekend in a new city to get away for a bit, and cross another destination off the “To-Do List”. We love the fact that short getaways are easier to plan, it’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion, and they are kinder on our pockets! These are some of our favorite cities for a weekend mini vacation, Summer or Winter.

London, United Kingdom

Prague, Czech Republic

Rome, Italy

  • Following your Stomach

Have you ever heard of gastronomic wanderlust? Yes, it is a real thing. One of the amazing things we get from traveling is the endless possibilities of discovering and trying new dishes, new ingredients, and new flavor combinations. Gastronomy is, in fact, another great way to travel across centuries of tradition and history in different regions!

Chocolate from Turin, Italy
This Italian city is considered the home of Europe’s best chocolate since the 17th century. Surely you’ve heard of Gianduiotti. No? Time to change that.

Ratatouille from Nice, France
Did you know that this famous dish was born in Nice? If you’ve never tried it, you will absolutely love it after you have a taste of a real and savory Niçois Ratatouille… even those who are not a big fan of Ratatouille end up being the biggest fans.

Pasteis de Nata from Lisbon, Portugal
There are several “must-try” delicacies for you to try when traveling to Lisbon, and one of them is the Pasteis de Nata. This sweet pastry dates back to the 18th Century. The best place to buy them is a very special bakery, the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem. And why is it so special? Their very secret recipe dates back to 200 years!

Now it’s your turn.So tell us, why do you travel?

Your NH Hotel hotel.

The Best Travel Apps You Need In 2017

By NH | 11:43

Some say that the App market is saturated, so, it is very normal to go through two or three apps before you find the one that meets your needs. In this blog post, we’ve done a thorough run-down of the best travel Apps on the market this year, and apps that can be useful during your next adventure. If you’ve got a trip coming up, make sure to update your smartphone with these little gems!


Packing before a trip is, for many of us, one of our least favorite things to do. Well, if that’s the case, or even if you’re a meticulous packing machine, this App will prove itself extremely useful and easy to use. Input the reason for your trip (business or pleasure), the destination, and trip length, and PackPoint will create a customized packing list for you. Say bye to forgetting crucial items!

Circa – World Time and Meeting Planner

Travel so much you don’t know which timezone you’re in anymore? Well designed and very intuitive, Circa is great for anyone working with teams across multiple time zones… for example:

Circa App – Find times that work for everyone! from carbon12 on Vimeo.

Guides by Lonely Planet

Another perfect travel buddy for future trips. Lonely Planet’s app is very easy to use, with great offline maps and offers comprehensive guides of everything you need to do or see in over 38 cities worldwide. Some of its basic features are downloadable guides with maps, bookmarks to save the places you want to see, filter options by price, and notifications for news and updates. Not traveling? This app is great for daydreaming too. Here’s a preview:


This addictive App by Amazon has changed the way we digest books. How? It’s all in the title… you listen to your favorite books whilst on the move; on the plane, in the car, while you’re getting ready for work, doing your grocery shopping… Audible books can be listened to without data or WiFi once you’ve downloaded them, and the App keeps you updated on new releases that might interest you.


Here’s one for travelaholics or those of you embarking on a journey that takes you across the world. This App offers the perfect way to record your journey across the world and makes storing your most treasured memories a breeze. It’s easy to set up and add posts, it includes a travel map, and it works offline. Family and friends won’t miss a single thing of your adventures… but perhaps might make them envious.


Do you rent a car when traveling? Then you’ll be happy to learn about Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation App. It’s maps, voice guide, and GPS are some of its great features, and it is extremely simple to use. We are sure it will become your best friend not only during your travels but also when you get back home!


Not new but still one of the best cheap flights apps out there, this is ideal for planning trips ahead of time, especially thanks to the price breakdown issued on a monthly basis. Skyscanner’s app is free to download and use, and unlike other travel apps, it not only allows you to look for flights, it also provides the traveler with a complete and interesting collection of travel guides, suggestions, and local tips.


Without a doubt, Duolingo is one of the most loved language Apps on the market. Why do we think you should have it? Because it always helps to know some of the basics in the local language of your next travel destination, capisce? Lessons in Duolingo follow a logical order, doing an excellent job of guiding the user through a language, and includes interactive activities that make the learning process even more fun… even for kids.


Available in hundreds of cities worldwide, Sidekix is a personalized travel guide based on your personal interests. Are you interested in art or do you prefer to go shopping? Are you looking for the best cafes and restaurants, or the best nightclubs? This app allows you to discover cities by foot, making sure you visit the coolest places in your chosen destination.


The name pretty much says it all. This is an App for those of us who travel solo and wish to connect with other fellow travelers. SoloTraveller allows you to meet local people, search for nearby popular locations, share your traveling experiences and get in touch with like-minded people in real time.

And just because we love it… Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

One for the kids here. Though not travel orientated, this is too good not to mention. There is an infinite number of engaging, intricate apps specially designed for children but it’s this one that we love most. When on holiday there’s nothing better than taking a moment to stargaze, and what better than with your children. Perfect to get the little ones thinking, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is one of the most recently-released apps in the astronomy category. The app is great for teaching kids about science, space and the Solar System, and can add an extra twist. Here’s a preview:

German Travel Tips: Do’s & Dont’s

By NH | 16:09


When we travel somewhere new, it is important as well as useful, to learn about our destination’s cultural and social norms. This is one of the most basic tips we can give for responsible travel! Lapses in etiquette cannot only be uncomfortable but depending on the situation, they can generate unwanted “trouble”.

So, in order to make your next trip to Germany less bumpy, here are 12 simple rules, plus some extra and curious travel tips, that will ensure a culturally immersive trip to the country of poets and thinkers.

1. Address people with the formal “you”, Sie.

When you talk to strangers, a work colleague ranked in a higher position, the waiter or people you don’t know very well, make sure to address them as Sie. “Du” is only used when speaking to family, friends, or a child.

2. Many establishments don’t accept credit cards.

Make sure you visit the ATM before you start your sightseeing tour!

3. The handshake is the established greeting.

The way people greet each other can change a lot depending on where you are. In France for example, it is customary to kiss cheeks while Tibetan monks stick their tongue outs to great each other. German etiquette is not as innovative; brief and firm handshakes are the way to go for greeting someone in Germany, and as a goodbye, once you leave.

4. Respect the bike lane.

Last year, Germany opened the first stretch of its “bike highway”, a cycle route that will cover, once it’s finished, 100 kilometers between the cities of Duisburg and Hamm. As in any cycle-friendly city, Germans treat bicycles with respect and have designated cycle paths for them to circulate on, and pedestrians may not occupy, walk or remain in them!

5. No jaywalking.

One thing Germans are world-renowned is their devotion to following rules. If you want to avoid stern looks, yelling grannies and even a fine, make sure you cross the street when the little man in the “Ampel” is green.

6.Remove shoes before entering German house.

There are some countries, like Sweden, Finland or Indonesia, where it is common courtesy to take off your shoes when entering someone’s home. The same thing happens in Germany, when visiting someone it is polite to take your shoes off and leave them by the door. Make sure you wear nice socks!

7.The German Spa Experience is different.

Indeed, it might be a little bit different than what you’re used to. If you’re a newbie, know that swimming suits are not allowed for hygienic reasons. Yeap, everyone enters the sauna nude. The idea is to relax and unwind, and Germans are much more comfortable showing skin than other nations but if you’re not so comfortable with the idea, try to go off-peak hours.

nhow Berlin

8. Lost & Found.

People in Deutschland really do look out for one another. Although they don’t brag about it, and that is why, when finding an item that someone could have lost, they hang the item on a tree branch. Curious, isn’t it?

9. No pillow-fights.

According to German law, a pillow can be considered a passive weapon. So think twice before getting into a pillow fight with a German! FYI, Berlin and other German cities celebrate the International Pillow Fight Day every year, an interesting and fun opportunity to make those feathers fly.

10. Play the piano during the day!

If you’re close to a piano at night, make sure you don’t tune it after midnight. Inspiration can wait till the morning, 08:00 am to be more specific. Germans love their silence and the Federal High Court of Justice will be after you if you don’t respect it!

11. Maintain eye contact when toasting.

When drinking beer, schnapps or wine you’ll see people toasting with Prost! or Zum Wohl!. Germans believe that if you don’t look your companions in the eyes when clinking glasses, you’ll be punished with seven years of bad luck. Plus your politeness will be questioned.

12.Don’t point your finger at your head.

This might seem a bit of a weird advice but the fact is that by gesturing that way, you’re basically telling someone they’re crazy.

And last but not least, here’s a small sample of basic German vocabulary and phrases you’ll need to during your trip. Gutte Reise!

Thank you → Danke (pronounced DAHN-kuh)
Please → Bitte (pronounced BIT-tuh)
You’re welcome → Bitte (pronounced BIT-tuh)
Yes → Ja (pronounced yah)
No → Nein (pronounced nine)
Excuse me→ Entschuldigen Sie (pronounced ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)
Good day! → Guten Tag (pronounced GOO-ten tahk)
Goodbye → Auf Wiedersehen (pronounced owf VEE-der-zeen)
My name is → Ich heisse… (pronounced ich HYE-suh)
Do you have…? → Haben Sie (pronounced HAH-ben zee)
A room → Ein Zimmer (eye-n TSIM-air)
A rental car → ein Mietwagen (eye-m MEET-vahgen)

Your hotel in Germany

20 Reasons To Visit Amsterdam This Summer

By NH | 13:10


During the summer, the most popular vacations spots are usually those near a beautiful beach bathed by turquoise waters. Places like Cape Verde, Mexico, or Spain have long been among the most popular choices for a summer retreat, but if you’re looking for different type of vacation this year and are wondering on where to go, we have one idea: the artsy and great city of Amsterdam.

Here are 20 reasons of why you should visit Netherland’s capital this summer:

1. Begijnhof Chapel

Far away from traffic and pollution, you’ll find the beautiful Begijnhof Chapel. Hidden in the famous courtyard that goes by the same name, this century old treasure faces a magnificent garden and can be visited from 8 am to 5 pm. The perfect spot to rest a bit before continuing your sightseeing tour.

2. Hortus Botanicus

Another great place to get away from the hustle and bustle, and a Must-Do in your Amsterdam list, is the small but beautiful Botanical Garden, located nearby the Artis Zoo and Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum. The Hortus heritage goes back over 350 years when it was founded as a place for education and research concerning the world of plants, in order to battle the Black Death.

3. The Cat Cabinet

Meow. Do you like cats? Join the club! This will be an interesting visit for any cat lover, a museum where you can admire different works of art and the main protagonist is, of course, the cat. You’ll even see a few of them wandering around! One of our favorite things of this museum is its relaxed atmosphere and the fact that it is perfect for a family visit.

4. Heineken Experience

Probably one of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam, the Heineken Experience is the perfect activity to enjoy by yourself or with friends alike. Interesting and informative, the tour will take you through Heineken’s old brewery, it includes a beer tasting session and numerous interactive games. Ready to taste Heineken beer like you never did before?

5. Amsterdam Canal Cruise

One of the most memorable ways to discover beautiful Amsterdam is by exploring the city and enjoying the unique views on a boat cruise. It is especially beautiful during the evening! You can book an hour and half candlelit cruise through Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals that will allow you to enjoy the city while is still light, at dusk and then at night. Some of the main sights you’ll pass by include Amsterdam’s Dancing Houses, the Red Light District, and Anne Frank House.

6. Amsterdam Bike Tour

And once you’re already in Amsterdam, you can’t leave without doing as locals do, and pedal through the city’s most beautiful streets. Joining a guided bike tour is an interesting option, but so it is to create a personalized route through Amsterdam’s highlights. If you’ve got two hours, you have plenty of time to take the best views of the old town!

7. Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Every summer, the largest park in Amsterdam, Vondelpark, hosts concerts, performances and movie screenings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a beautiful scenery as a backdrop. The summerlong event is called Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival and performances start between 12.00pm and 14.00h until 16.00h or 17.00h.

8. Eating Amsterdam Tours

As one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Amsterdam offers a great food experience. How does a 4-hour tour, hopping from one restaurant to other, sound? Not only will you enjoy fish, sweets, coffee, beer and probably the best apple pie there is, you’ll also get do something out of the tourist beaten path. Just note that the most recommended tours are the Jordaan Food and Canals Tour, Jordaan Food Tour and the Twilight De Pijp Food Tour.

9. Amsterdam Gay Pride

This summer, from July 28th to August 6th, a huge celebration will take place in Amsterdam. Know what we are talking about? Yes, it is the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017, a celebration of lesbian, gay and LGBT rights. More than a thousand boats join the colorful and music-filled party, with people from all over the world. Out tip: Go early if you want a good seat along the canals, otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the boat parade!

10. Electric Ladyland

Amsterdam is proud of hosting the only museum in the world dedicated to the wonders of fluorescent art. Great to go with kids as well! Marvel the large collections of phosphoric minerals from different parts of the planet. For only 5€, enjoy a fun, informative and relaxed tour!

Photo: Nick Paladino

11. Micropia

We already know that one reason to visit Amsterdam this summer is its museums, like the one mentioned earlier in the article. Other well-known, and definitely worth the visit exhibitions, are the famous Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank House. But why not try something a little bit riskier? Our proposal is a visit to Micropia, the world’s first museums to collect the horrible and wonderful microbes living on and around us.

12. The Hash

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without learning about the history and future of cannabis. And for that, The Hash museum is just the perfect place to go. The visit is very insightful on the plant and its multiple uses, recreational or medical, or even to make clothes! The ticket allows you the entrance to both parts of the museum.

13. Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses

Another museum in our list. This is the largest collection of handbags in the world, with more than 5.000 items and counting. The oldest one dates back to the 16th century and was used to carry mostly Bibles, alms, etc.. The origins of bags and purses, and their evolution is well explained throughout the exhibit, this place is a hidden gem! An unexpected delight settled in a beautiful Herengracht canal house, close to Rembrandtplein.

14. Ets Haim Library

Don’t miss the chance to explore the world’s oldest Jewish Library, founded in the 17th century when Sephardic Jews were establishing its community in Amsterdam. Ets Haim, meaning “Tree of Life”, holds nearly 30.000 printed works dating back to 1484, beautiful chandeliers, and a unique ambiance. No wonder it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list!

15. Pijp

Our favorite hipster neighborhood in Amsterdam, located in its southeastern part, is filled with underground bars, restaurants, cute cafés and cool shops to spend hours at. Some would say this area is the city’s heartbeat. Its diversity makes Pijp one of the best places to buy snacking treats that take you to Morocco, Thailand, Pakistan, China or Spain, it’s special vibe won’t leave you indifferent.

16. Ctaste

We’ve mentioned this restaurant in a previous article but we think it’s worth to insist on it since it offers such a unique dining experience. If you’re bored of traditional restaurants (and we’re not talking about the food), it’s time to try a dinner in the dark… An extraordinary journey of senses!

17. Corpus

Ever imagined a journey through the whole of the human body? Well, it is possible in Amsterdam. Science geeks will love this amazing exhibition, but so will the rest of us! At the museum, you are provided with audio guides in different languages that lead you on an exploring tour of the human body from the inside. You’ll never forget about it!

18. Flirting Workshops

Holidays are always a good moment to enhance existing skills, or learn new ones! Therefore, why note use your vacation to learn the very noble art of flirting? You can choose between different settings: casual, business… Everything is organized and ready for you to discover the fun world or courting.

19. Keukenhof Flower Tour

Amsterdam’s countryside is known for its beauty, with colorful flowers and picturesque windmills everywhere you look. And what makes this activity so special? The fact that you can do the tour on a sidecar motorcycle. That’s an experience of a lifetime!

20. Participate in a Friday Night Skate

A great night out doesn’t necessarily involve going out to the trendiest club. So, what’s an alternative? Every Friday evening, a mass of wheeled Amsterdammers (visitors are welcome) skate their way through the city, leaving from Vondelpark. Got your wheels ready?

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Amsterdam and you should be ashamed if you leave the city without trying at least one of these experiences. So tell us, which one would you choose?

9 jobs that allow you to travel the world

By NH | 13:51


Wouldn’t it be great to combine what we love the most (traveling) with a professional passion? A dream for many, and a reality for others. Many web designers, writers, artists, photographers, and consultants live incredible adventures, jumping from one country to the next and seeing the world. Looking for your next career break? Well, here are some of the jobs that make traveling to infinity and beyond possible.

1. Archeologist

Yeap, that’s right, we’re talking Indiana Jones style living. Whilst many archaeologists are employed at jobs that do not require much travel (museums, historic sites, state government), others who have chosen this career path to enjoy a life that runs close to that of the world’s favorite Archeology professor and adventurer. Ever dreamed of discovering the remains and treasures of Trojan wars? South America, Europe, and the Middle East are full of significant and mysterious dig sites. Unlike Indiana Jones, though, we doubt you’ll have many run-ins with snakes!

Giza Pyramids, Egipt

Stonehenge, England

Chichen Itza, Mexico

2. Wedding Planner

Few jobs are as romantic as that of a Destination Wedding Planner; helping loved up couples prepare their special day, whilst traveling to some of the world’s most unique sites! Picture yourself in Cancun, or Venice… As a destination wedding planner, you’ll need time to wander and scout out the locations, the locals, and their traditions, and live a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. These are some Instagram accounts you can follow for inspiration. Whether they inspire your career or give you cravings for an epic wedding, we don’t know.

3. Pilot

Live the dream! Being a pilot is one of the top jobs for people who like to travel. Why? The benefits are obvious: the expense of traveling is already covered, it is an opportunity to see many different parts of the world, and you get time off to explore them. Plus, everyone knows the glamor associated with this profession! Who wouldn’t love it?

4. Bartender

Remember Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”? Being a bartender is known as one of the most sociable professions, and a different way to get work overseas. Cocktail bartenders, or rather mixologists, are often in high demand: Bali, Australia, San Francisco… Where to? If you’re capable of creating beautiful drinks like these below… Start packing your bags!

5. Freelance Translator

Combining work and travel is also possible as a freelance translator. All you need is a computer, the Internet, and beautiful scenery as your backdrop. Inspiration is practically a given! If you can speak at least two languages, this might be just the perfect career for you. An easy start can be teaching it as a foreign language and working your way up from there.

6. Travelling Fitness Instructor

Resorts all over the world are constantly in search for the best fitness instructors the world (and Instagram) has to offer. Got your ACE Certification? Then you are ready to embark on a new adventure, laced in sweat, red faces, toning tummies and willing people. Whether it is a magnificent cruise ship bound for the French Polynesia or an exclusive resort in the Caribbean.

7. Foreign Services (Diplomat)

Ever thought about becoming a Foreign Service officer? Like any other profession, it has its perks and its drawbacks, but looking at the big picture, you get to work with people from all over the world and the travel opportunities are plenty. Each country has diplomatic representation in a different number of countries, the UK, for example, has over 150. Just be aware that the job won’t be all about Champagne receptions, some work will be required too!



8. Photographer

Nothing better to give you the travel bug than a photographer traveling the world to capture it in all its diverse beauty. The competition is tough, but for those that make it, are guaranteed the perfect nomad life. And who needs travel photographers? Magazines, newspapers, image stock sites such as Shutterstock, Youtube, private clients… As said above, competition is high, but you don’t have to be the best. Take pictures, love every minute of it, be brave and work hard!

9. Vlogging+ Blogging

Another weirdly awesome job is that of a blogger and, the video counterpart, a Vlogger. Sometimes payment will come in the form of money, but often also free hotel stays, free flights, etc… Many people take on blogging as a hobby, but it is a perfectly plausible way make it your only source of income and reach a 6 figure salary.This is one of our favorite (and envied at the same time) blogger this year:

So, as you can see, it is possible to live doing what one loves, to enjoy a life of travel! Remove the barriers of limitations and look through the lens of possibilities instead. Which career is calling you?