Hotel Giant is the latest in a long line of "fly on the wall" sims. This time you have to create the perfect hotel within your budget, monitor your customers'...... more
Hotel Giant is the latest in a long line of "fly on the wall" sims. This time you have to create the perfect hotel within your budget, monitor your customers' wishes and complaints, make sure that your staff provide maximum service and rake in enough profit to expand your empire. You can do this through any of the three campaigns provided: the tutorial, which takes you through the basics of hotel management; the Hotel Giant campaign, which takes you from buffoon to tycoon in 18 stages; or the random campaign, which is a series of stand-alone challenges to test your mettle. There is also a kind of sandbox mode that lets you set your own goals and objectives. First, choose where to build your five-star establishment, urban, suburban or resort locales. This choice will govern the kind of facilities that you offer in your hotel. Urban areas will need better business facilities, whereas resort locations will need more fun in the sun. Each hotel has a specific number of floors and it's up to you to decide how to kit them out; options include the necessary, such as guest rooms and a lobby area, to the optional, such as games rooms and a library. Design aspects aside, the most important part of Hotel Giant is the customer service. Once you have opened your doors to Joe public, you can "spy" on your residents to see what the like and dislike about your hotel in an effort to improve their experience. The way you do this is via a follow-cam, which allows you to stalk your customers to see which areas of the hotel, they most like frequenting. In practice, though your sims tend to behave in rather eccentric ways and you can find yourself following an obsessive compulsive who spends their entire stay at the hotel repeatedly taking showers. Moreover, the goals are a tad on the uninspiring side; unlike other sims such as Theme Hospital, where the missions are quirky and engaging, Hotel Giant errs on the side of the business sim. This is still an entertaining and engaging sim, however, and might tempt people away from Maxis' Sims franchise--even if it is just until the next add-on pack is released. --Emma Turner
Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. 7 years after Raccoon City, Claire Redfield...... more
Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. 7 years after Raccoon City, Claire Redfield returns to investigate reports of an infected man attacking several other people. Meanwhile, Leon S. Kennedy is sent to the city after a passenger plane crashes into the lobby of a hotel. Together they are ordered to track down an unknown terrorist who is threatening to spread the T-Virus unless the government release details of what really went on in Raccoon City all those years ago. Reunited, the duo, along with an ex-SWAT police officer, Angela Miller, are forced to repel a new legion of zombies, find survivors in the airport and to nullify the terrorist threat before the virus is spread through every major city on the planet. Unfortunately, they only have 4 hours.
Customer Favourite Pembridge Gardens Budget Rooms is a summer-only residence, which provides travellers over 18 with an affordable way to stay in Notting Hill....... more
Customer Favourite Pembridge Gardens Budget Rooms is a summer-only residence, which provides travellers over 18 with an affordable way to stay in Notting Hill. The popular local area has plenty to see and do and this London budget accommodation makes an ideal base.
Limits door openings in residences, hotels and motels. U.L. Listed Residential Security Device meeting Grade 2 Impact Rating requirements. Tamper resistant...... more
Limits door openings in residences, hotels and motels. U.L. Listed Residential Security Device meeting Grade 2 Impact Rating requirements. Tamper resistant design for enhanced security. Solid base encases arm to hinder attempts to disarm by prying. U.S. P
Many were iffy about Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close (available on video) and The End of Violence (also available on video), but those films have a lot going for...... more
Many were iffy about Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close (available on video) and The End of Violence (also available on video), but those films have a lot going for them. The Million Dollar Hotel is the director's true "disasterpiece". The story, co-authored by U2's Bono, is fit only for Bonio dog biscuits, and lead-performer Jeremy Davies is as annoying as anyone ever has been on screen. Spiky-haired semi-cracked Tom-Tom (Davies) takes a running jump off the top of the eponymous refuge for Los Angeles deadbeats, then flashes back to the aftermath of the last fatal fall from the hotel, taken by his junkie friend (played by Tim Roth in a climactic flashback). The hotel is shaken up by the arrival of FBI Special Agent Detective Skinner (Mel Gibson), a maniac in a back-brace who turns out to have had a functional third arm amputated. Other resident weirdoes include saintly slut and bibliophile Milla Jovovich, bogus-Indian artist Jimmy Smits, mad hooker Amanda Plummer and bogus Liverpudlian Peter Stormare (who claims to be a lost Beatle). Just when you think it can't get worse, Julian Sands shows up. Ugly, hectoring and trite. --Kim Newman
Best Exotic Marigold HotelA group of British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than...... more
Best Exotic Marigold HotelA group of British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements they are forever transformed by their shared experiences discovering that life and love can begin again when you begin to let go of the past. From the Director of Shakespeare In Love and featuring an all-star British cast The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming life affirming comedy drama about life love and new beginnings... Slumdog MillionaireToday is the biggest day in Jamal Malik's life. A Penniless eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai he's one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night suddenly he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal's story the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamal's incredible past from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out... The result is the sweeping stylish intoxicatingly human experience of Slumdog Milliomaire the new film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting Shallow Grave Millions 28 Days Later Sunshine). Part exhilarating love story part eye-catching journey into the underbelly of the so-called maximum city of Mumbai part stirring tale of an Everyman's triumph against a harsh cynical w
Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors - Alain Stella
A unique glimpse inside a world of luxury, tradition, and splendor. Many historic homes in Paris serve as residences to foreign ambassadors; these historical...... more
A unique glimpse inside a world of luxury, tradition, and splendor. Many historic homes in Paris serve as residences to foreign ambassadors; these historical sites are closed to the general public. From a seventeenth-century hotel particulier, to a Belle Epoque palace, to a distinctively contemporary setting, each residence rivals the next in its beauty, art collection, and period furniture set against a backdrop of accomplished refinement. Alain Stella invites us over the threshold inside the most prestigious chancelleries and ambassador residences in Paris - from China and Peru to Egypt and Poland. Tapestries inspired by Goya's drawings grace the lavish salons at the Spanish residence. Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand created a minimalist interior at the Japanese residence that evokes the refined style of a traditional Japanese home. The palace of Eugene de Beauharnais - home to the German ambassadors since 1818 - retains its elaborate Empire style, intact since the time of...
Advantages: Cheap, clean, comfortable, nice breakfast and staff, easy to visit all of Paris Disadvantages: None
...This week we had a 2 night break to Paris; we stayed in the Hotel Residence Monge.
I found the hotel on the internet through Parishotels.com. I then used various review sites to find out what others thought.
The hotel is situated in the 5th arrondissement, walking distance to Notre Dame. It was a nice area to walk around in; plenty of lovely restaurants, bars and shops only 5 minutes...
Advantages: Good performances from Swank and Morgan, some good scary moments Disadvantages: Limited number of ideas, silly developments, not consistent enough
...? theme of ?The Resident.? Creaky doors, odd noises, unsteady floors, a creepy next door neighbour are the least of Juliet?s (Swank) problems when she moves into her new, spacious New York flat that has as great view and its pricing suggests that it?s too good to be true. It is in fact, since Juliet is very soon stalked by her psychologically troubled landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Whenever she...
Advantages: excellent location and breakfast Disadvantages: rooms could have been a little bit better
...Lindner Hotel Dom Residence
I love to go on little city breaks; especially in Europe you got some beautiful cities like Paris, Barcelona and even London. When you are lucky you can find some really cheap flights to some cities I never been, but always sounds interesting. So this time I went to a city in Germany who's famous for it's cathedral: Cologne. During this short break to Cologne I...