THE TOWN: Strasbourg, located in Alsace, is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Its historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre.
For Lonely Planet Strasbourg is “the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany and between a medieval past and a progressive future, it pulls off its act in inimitable Alsatian style.
Tear your gaze away from that mesmerising Gothic cathedral for just a minute and you’ll be roaming the old town’s twisting alleys lined with crooked half-timbered houses à la Grimm; feasting in the cosiest of winstubs (Alsatian taverns) by the canals in Petite France; and marvelling at how a city that does Christmas markets and gingerbread so well can also be home to the glittering EU Quarter and France’s second-largest student population. But that’s Strasbourg for you: all the sweeter for its contradictions and cross-cultural quirks.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
Notre Dame Cathedral
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Vendome. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,7 on Booking and located in front of Strasbourg Train Station and at 10 minutes walking from Petit France, it features a 24-hour lounge bar and offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. The price for a 20 mq2 double or twin room is €82 per night.
Pavillon Régent Petite France. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9,1 on Booking and located in the heart of Strasbourg, just 800 mt from Notre Dame. The rate for a privilege double room with river views is 148€ per night with free Wi-Fi included.
Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa. Amazing 5 stars hotel located in the heart of the Petite France district and rated 8,8 on Booking. It is set in a converted 17th-century mill and offers an on-site restaurant and a wellness centre with a sauna, hammam, hot tub and massage treatments. The hotel’s restaurant “Le Pont Tourant” serves innovative cuisine and the exceptional rooms are with free WiFi. An elegant 26 mq2 classic room costs 183,6€ per night.
THE TOWN: Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is home to a number of famous cultural attractions and from 1992 the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Lonely Planet’s writer explains the reasons why he loves so much this town: “How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague. There’s also wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.”
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:
Old Town Square
St. Vitus Cathedral
Astronomical Clock Tower
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Cloister Inn Hotel. Excellent 3 stars hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking and located 5 min walk away from Charles Bridge, which provides air conditioned rooms, free wifi and free coffee and tea in the lobby. A 25 mq2 double room costs 96€ per night with good breakfast included.
Unitas Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel rated 9.5 on Booking and located at just 244mt from Charles Bridge. It offers safe courtyard parking and air conditioned rooms with free internet, a DVD player and a movie library. The building represents Czech history in a unique way. Built by the Jesuits, it was later transformed into a nunnery, during the Communist period it housed the secret police and finally it was transformed into a hotel. The daily rate for a classic double room is 134€ per night with incredible breakfast included in the price.
Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Located right in the heart of Prague, only 100 m from Wenceslas Square, this wonderful 5-star Art-Deco hotel, first opened in 1932, provides rooms with Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi, pay-per-view channels and a 24-hour room service. It features a well equipped fitness center with sauna and two prestigious gourmet restaurants. The Alcron received the prestigious Michelin Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The price for a standard guest room with marble bathrooms is 185,2€ per night.
Tournament location: Family Circle Tennis Center – 161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492, USA
How to get: Family Circle Tennis Centeris far about 14 miles from Downtown and it’s easily accessible by car with a 22 minutes ride. If you get by car from Charleston International Airport you can take I-526 East to the Daniel Island Exit (#24). Follow to red light (Seven Farms Drive) and turn left. Family Circle Tennis Center is on the right. Total distance is a bit more than 10 miles
Main players: Madison Keys (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Caroline Wozniaki (Dan) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Irina Camelia Begu (Rou)
THE TOWN: Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. It had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure.Lonely Planet writes: “This lovely city will embrace you with the warmth and hospitality of an old and dear friend – who died in the 18th century. We jest, but the cannons, cemeteries and carriage rides do conjure an earlier era. And that historic romanticism, along with the food and Southern graciousness, is what makes Charleston one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South, drawing more than 4.8 million visitors every year.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CHARLESTON:
Arthur Revenal Jr Bridge
The Pineapple Fountain
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hyatt Place Charleston – Historic District. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and located at just 900 mt from the Marion Square. It includes a restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a lounge bar. The price for a king room with breakfast and free wifi connection starts from 190$ per night.
Market Pavilion Hotel. Exceptional **** hotel centrally located in Charleston downtown at 3 minutes walking from Waterfront Park and rated 9,3 on Booking. This structure offers a rooftop pool with mosaic bottom, free WiFi, and daily breakfast as well as 2 on-site restaurants. A luxury king room of 40 mq2 costs 296$ per night with fantastic breakfast buffet included.
The Spectator Hotel. Breathtaking pictures **** hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and situated less than 4 minutes’ walk from the historic Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston. Features include a bar, personalised butler service, and free WiFi in public areas. A luxury traditional king room costs $ 369 per night with unforgettable breakfast include.
Please notice that prices showed don’t include a 13,5% tax.
Tournament Location: Victoria Park – 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How to get: Victoria Park best access is by metro (Tin Hau Station Hing Fat Street Exit-
Causeway Bay Station Gloucester Road Exit). Free entry to the Tennis Stadium for all qualifying matches on 8 and 9 October and all main draw matches on 10 and 11 October (free seats assigned with rule “First Come, First Served”).
Past Winners: 2015 Jelena Jankovic – 2014 Sabine Lisicki
Top Seeded Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Samantha Stosur (Aus) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Caroline Wozniaki (Den) – Wang Qiang (Chn) – Alize Cornet (Fra) – Jelena Jankovic (Srb) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra).
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta in East Asia.The mainland Chinese province of Guangdong borders the territory to the north. With a population of over 7.3 million it ranks as the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state. Hong Kong is one of the world’s most significant financial centres and its currency, Hong Kong dollar is the world’s 13th most traded currency. Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbour, which enables ready access by international cargo ships, and its skyline, with a very high density of skyscrapers
For Lonely Planet’s writer Piera China “‘Hong Kong has a complexity that defies definition. It’s the only place where I can be searching for colonial military relics near the Chinese border, lunching with a Buddhist at a Sikh temple, trying to decipher the aesthetics of Chinese Revival architecture, or splurging on a set of knives – all within five hours – followed by a night of Cantonese opera, karaoke or poetry, anywhere I choose. Hong Kong is so intense…“
TOP THREE ATTRACTIONS IN HONG KONG:
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
The Bauhinia Hotel – Central. Amazing ***hotel located in Sheung Wan’s business area and at just 3,2 km from Times Square. This accomodation has been rated 8.4 on Booking. A superior double room with moder décor and large windows costs 78€ per night with wifi included.
Hotel Stage. Wonderful **** design hotel located the Yau Ma Tei neighborhood in Hong Kong, just 201 m from Temple Street Night Market and 1 km from Kowloon Park. This accomodation, rated 9.2 on booking, features a delicious on site restaurant and offers superior king room at 135€ per night without breakfast or 154€ with breakfast. Free wifi is available in all hotel areas.
The Olympian Hong Kong. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Tai Kok Tsui area, a great choiche for travelers interested in Disneyland and shopping. Rated 9.3 on Booking offers Deluxe Olympian Room at 161€ but we suggest to book anincredible Grand Harbour View Room at 218€ per night. Wifi is free.