I came across the GlocalMe international mobile wifi hotspot while struggling with Internet options for a 10 day trip through Portugal and Spain. I was planning to drive a lot and knew that I needed an internet option to be able to pull up maps and recommendations on the fly. I was not wild about paying my US mobile provider hundreds of dollars for international data so I began researching hotspot options.
Of course, there is the option of getting a SIM card upon landing, but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle, would be going to multiple countries, and wanted to keep my existing setup. Some companies will rent hotspots, but I found that the rates were not particularly affordable and the hotspots promised to work for a few hours at best.
I came across GlocalMe after finding some basic reviews. The device promised to deliver hassle-free internet connectivity wherever there was cellular service, without the need to buy SIM cards or worry about local providers. The rates were great, costing about $30 for a gigabyte of data. Since my recent test, the company debuted a new model, which looks even better!
After getting the device, I tested it out in the US. It was as easy as powering the device on, waiting for about 2-3 minutes until the blue light went steady, then connecting to the wifi signal. The same was true when I got to Spain, I just powered on GlocalMe and the device went through some easy flashing lights and connected to the internet in about 2 minutes.
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I’m loving the Miura Hotel in the Czech village of Čeladná sitting among the incredible Beskydy Mountains with its enchanting, mist-ensconced peaks, and royal ruins. Framing this amazing natural beauty is Richard Kučík’s audaciously designed Miura Hotel, a sharp-sided steel building with high-tech spa treatments and world-class art (original works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst are among those adorning the walls).
The Miura’s facade is built of rusty steel and purple glass, making it look more like an alien spacecraft than a bucolic mountainside retreat. To complement the art galleries complete with giant-like statues by Czech sculptor David Černý, which seem to crawl along the hotel’s walls, the masters at Prague-based architectural practice Labor 13 commissioned special pieces of furniture from European designers. Their slick and unexpected forms appear in the hotel’s public spaces as well as the 44 rooms and suites, inviting guests to slow down and appreciate the building, its art, and the natural world beyond.
All 44 rooms of the Miura Hotel face south with views of the Beskydy mountain countryside. The guestrooms feature furniture by Moroso and Kartell, among other international design houses, but each maintains its own character.
The Miura Restaurant, led by Chef Michael Göth, ranks among the best in Czech gastronomy. Chef Göth’s, menu relies on using of premium ingredients from local farmers from the Beskydy region.
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Planning an upcoming trip to Portugal, I came across the delightful Carmo’s Boutique Hotel in Ponte de Lima, Portugal – what is said to be the oldest town in the country. Carmo’s Boutique Hotel is a fifteen-room, super romantic getaway that should be part of your next trip to Portugal. Not far from Porto and the Douro Valley, the hotel is a perfect point for exploring Portugal’s stunning north.
The gorgeous glass and concrete property melds playfully into the beautiful landscape. Even more interesting, the modern building is decorated in a style more reminiscent of a noble family home than a stark boutique hotel, making for a casual and intimate experience.
Even with just fifteen rooms, Carmo’s Boutique has an elegant restaurant with a strong attention to wine, personal service, and the flavors of the region. The hotel also features a full spa – one of the most unique offerings is a bath in 280 liters of pure goat’s milk! I’m intrigued!
Set among amazing scenery with outdoor terraces, a stunning pool, and a gorgeous town, you really should check this place out.