Progedo a relocation and immigration services company.

I don’t normally endorse service companies, however Progedo is a comapny that i have oersonally used t my complete satifaction. Attaching my name to such a compnay is a pleasure for me.
Progedo is a first class relocation and immigration service company located in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremburg and Stuttgart.
Progedo have corporate and private client base.
They are a first class professional organisation I was introduced to their services and very relieved I was to know them.
I was looking to register my wife as the spouse of an EU citizen and normal route was to go to foreign registration office to for an appointment. On website for this office in wedding area of berlin the first appointment was in three months’ time my wife has only a three-month visa. The alternative was to go and wait outside the offices at around 0600 joining the queue to get entrance at 0800.
We managed to arrive at the office only to find that the people were rude, unhelpful in the extreme we tried to get the required paperwork another way and fortunately found Progedo. We made an appointment to visit their office right opposite the S Bahn station so very convenient.

We met Theresa Walther the branch manager
Who went over what was required in detail and advises us that they dealt with foreign registration at a different business office recently opened. We simply had to send Theresa by email the paperwork that was requested ie, resident address registered at local government office with copy of tenancy agreement, proof of work prospects and earnings, bank statements etc. These forms were then sent in advance to the registration office and we waited to see if any more paperwork was required. Theresa was so very thorough that all paper work was vetted approved, nothing else was required, in less than three weeks we were told to bring passport and photo suitable for passport. Theresa met us at the registration office to take my wife to the office for her appointment, they had a few minutes’ interview with registration officials while they produced her EU residence card.
I cannot recommend enough the professional and friendly service we received. The stress level was negated completely and the whole process was both painless and friendly
Yes, you pay a fee, the fee is fair and not excessive. You are treated with respect by Progedo and Foreign Registrations Office. This is the only way to go, believe me German paperwork is difficult at the best of times, with Progedo everything is smooth and trouble free.
We are so truly delighted this is why I am writing on my blog and forums so that others may benefit from such expertise in their relocation or their immigration matters. Please do contact me if you have any questions or Progedo details below.

Progedo http://www.relocation.de/en/progedo-locations-in-germany/berlin/
PROGEDO Nordeutschland UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co KG
MINDSPACE, Friedrichstraße 68
10117 Berlin, Germany
Fon: +49 (0)178 – 592 39 94
Fax: +49 (0)40 – 84 89 24 04
E-mail: berlin@progedo.de
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Hilton Kyiv

The Hilton Hotels, a 5 star and wonderful contemporary, attractive glass enshrouded building, this magnificent Hotel on one of the main streets in Kyiv stands out and, is a landmark for all to admire. From the moment of my arrival at the door the doorman was there welcoming me to the hotel. Then into the spacious airy bright and comfortable lobby. The lobby is impressive it’s very welcoming and comfortable for meetings with plenty of very comfortable seating. I was here at the hotel before fore the Burns Night celebrations at this hotel. I didn’t stay that time so very much looking forward to my stay.

My bags were out of the car in seconds, I was escorted to the reception. I was greeted by the friendly welcome and genuine smile of the receptionist. I was welcomed with Mr. Finn we have been expecting your arrival.

The porter or bellman took me to my corner room and showed me where everything was.

The porter did something that I have never seen before, he offered to take off the old airline baggage tag off my case, what super service.

I was delighted with my sensational bedroom on the 6th floor with what must surely one of the best scenic floor to ceiling views and almost on top of the hill.

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Executive Bedroom 6th floor

 

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Executive Bedroom spacious and airy

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Executive Bedroom overlooking Taras  Shevchenko Street

 

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Tasty Treats from Management for Executive Floor Guests

 

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One Touch Bedroom Controls

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Executive Bathroom Great Amenities

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Executive Bathroom

 

The hotel offers 24 hour room service, on demand movies on a flat screen tv, minibar, free high speed Wi-Fi, Intelligent Room Technology- one touch room controls, Laundry and Valet Service, Morning Newspaper and Safety Deposit Box. 

I went exploring to the Executive Lounge on the 7th floor has the most amazing panoramic views over one of Kyiv’s most famous streets and a view right over the railway station well worth a visit, a station of the old grand design. Opposite the hotel are the beautiful botanical gardens just right for you morning jog if so desired.

The Executive lounge has breakfast, snacks, drinks served by the attentive lounge hostess and of course special check-in for executive rooms.

There is a spa on the lobby level I did not have time this trip to utilise the facilities however, I spoke to a guest who rated the pool highly, the pool which is free of charge including the well-equipped gym and sauna.

There are good choices for dining

H bar

I have used the H bar on a previous visit, great atmosphere serving fantastic cocktails the bar has a great selection of good whiskeys and other fame alcoholic choices, H bar serves light meals with DJ musical entertainment and showing sports on the panoramic TV, Fast becoming one of the inplaces for a great evening out for locals as well as residents of the hotel. 

Park Kitchen Restaurant with an open plan kitchen where you can see your meals prepared. An exceptional restaurant presided over by International Executive Chef of repute Shota Goderdzishvili the serve breakfast, lunch and dinner until 2200 seven days a week.

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Park Kitchen Restaurant

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International Executive Chef Shota Goderdzishvili

 

I had the pleasure of having breakfast before leaving for the airport with the brilliant, friendly Chef Shota, I found that the service lived up to the reputation created by Chef Shota .

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The Perfectly Cooked English Breakfast

 

 great restaurant as befits a hotel of this quality. A great wine list and a fabulous diverse menu to choose whatever your taste buds fancy. I also took a peek at the Sunday brunch Menu and really felt like staying an extra day to try the extensive choice of dishes offered including fish, shell fish, bbq meats, sushi, with Prosecco as much as you wish to drink all included in the reasonable prices.

Lobby bar and H Terrace look very attractive however that is for my next visit.

Concierge, Guest relations and Front Desk.I found that service in this airy light and beautiful Lobby area had exceeded my expectations

 

Chief Concierge Oleksii Nikitan was a source of information, with good advice, from arranging transportation to airport and to places of interest, what sporting events are playing and the venues, tickets for shows, museum tours and general tours of the beautiful City of Kiev, nothing was too much trouble. I had the same courteous service and smile at the guest service desk, the front desk always anxious to please.

Every one that I spoke to was able to converse very fluently in English which is a great advantage for all English speaking travellers.

My impression of the Hilton Kiev is one that I would recommend to anyone.

The General Manager Mr Hassan Ragab is a fully hands on GM and his attitude of service with a smile is continued throughout the staff at this hotel, a real pleasure to be here.

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Last night i went to a cocktail reception at the new Speakeasy Bar located in Shooters Entertainment centre in Kiev http://shooters.kiev.ua/en/ for sponsors of Burns Night previous and this year on 19th March at the Hilton Hotel the 21st Year of Burns Night in Kyiv.

I had only seen these fantastic photographs before taken my friend Nickolay the only google certified photographer in Ukraine here is the new Speakeasy Bar,

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However as great as the photography undoubted is the experience in walking down the stairs to the bar and going through the entrance was a great and pleasant surprise.2016-01-29 22.08.38

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the Speakeasy Bar and Cocktail Bartender  very charming lady

Inviting, intimate and like many of the original speakeasy bars no windows so total cosy atmosphere and you could be anywhere, there is plenty of space but arranged in such a way that is a very personal place feels like it was just for you.

The  long bar had a mirror backed showcase of some very special whiskies of course being part of the Robert McNeil , Stuart McKenzie complex then you would expect nothing less. The pianist is a delight to listen to playing speakeasy music that everyone would enjoy, and not loud enough to spoil your enjoyment and atmosphere of this special bar.2016-01-29 21.14.53

Of course again as you would rightly expect the waitresses are dressed in their beguiling kilts never did kilts look this good,

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The food was excellent I had the three small burgers, chicken, pork and beef, well they said they were small but infact they were substantial and very tasty.

On looking at my watch I saw that it was close to 0200, you see the atmosphere is so good and since you can’t see outside then time has no bearing and enjoyment continues.

This can be a romantic evening for two, or a party with your friends.

Well done Stuart and Robert you have created a very special rendezvous that I for one shall look forward to my next visit.

OPERA HOTEL KIEV

I have made another two visits to Opera Hotel since the last time I wrote about my fabulous stays at this very warm and friendly hotel.

I do feel that’s it a home away from home so much so that they put me in the same room when I stay.

I am always receive a very friendly greeting on my arrival;It takes around 5 minutes from the car to the room. I first get the feeling I am at home when the doorman followed by the bellboy, the concierge and reception all saying welcome back Mr. Finn. My reservation is ready to sign always.

The welcome is always warm and sincere and due to an excellent management team who believe in a friendly, warm yet professional approach to their guests.

I was in Kyiv on this occasions to attend the Lions Club Presidents Dinner,   a most prestigious dinner the Lions Club also run a Burns Night in Kyiv which is the biggest outside of Edinburgh, this year will be its 21st year, so if you’re in Kyiv and are staying at the Opera Hotel and want a very special evening in the best Scottish Traditions the evening is on 19th March. Look up Burns Night online.  Opera Hotel has always supported Burns Night.

This is an exceptional hotel with a truly exceptional restaurant the Teatro uniquely named for the Opera Hotel is within walking distance to the Opera House, St. Sophia Cathedral and the main shopping streets of Kyiv.

Hotels usually these days have a variety of restaurants to choose from, the Opera Hotel is no exception; they have a very talented newly promoted executive Chef Eric Testa, Eric and his team of chefs have created brilliant new dishes and desserts.

The Teatro Restaurant has to be one of the finest in Kiev; there is the main dining room and the attached cozy, intimate, and warm balcony with the great service you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Teatro restaurant is a soft inviting environment, combining elegance, comfort, with superb service added to the delights of the fresh produce used in its famed preparations

The Breakfast is really everthing that you would expect from a quality hotel of this class.

Cold dishes, juices, cereals, salads, hot dishes with a full English breakfast choices and not to mention the egg menu would be a mistake eggs any way you want them cooked to perfection, Eggs Benedict to die for. EGG MENUthe egg menu

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The Teatro also does a business lunch fantastic value with choice of three courses with salad bar a selection of cold meats and cheeses

Whilst I was in the Opera Hotel I was fortunate enough to be invited with Stuart McKenzie a prominent local business man from Helensburgh in Scotland who has run Burns night here for 21 years this year, Joe Cuddy a longtime friend that was one of the elite cabin crew directors on Concorde to a master class of cookery with Eric Testa the Executive Chef, such a fantastic couple of hours,

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Stuart McKenzie, Joe Cuddy, Master Chef Eric Testa and Fred Finn

The Hotel does run Cooking master classes that guests for a small fee can be made very welcome they usually have a class of 8 to 12 people and this is held in the Teatro restaurant not in the kitchen a space does not permit

The dishes we prepared were

TUNA

Tuna Light grilled yellow fin tuna fillet with new potatoes & asparagus sautéed in duck fact and served with lemon oil & onion chutney.

SALMON

Salmon Gilled fillet of salmon with marinated beetroot, quail eggs, salmon roe & a cannel of potato with Mediterranean vegetables tartar served with a cream of salmon roe and broccoli caramel.

Calamari Carbonara was the third dish

The things we learnt were amazing, how to clean plates with a touch of vinegar, how to cook on greaseproof paper on the grill were among a couple of things, yes our dishes under the watchful eye of Chef Eric were to be commended for the quality, maybe I could have a second career as a chef.it was a thoroughly enjoyable and just shows what you can learn even as a guest of such an hotel.

THE OPERA HOTEL LOBBY

 

In the cozy friendly lobby always bedecked with fresh flowers ,  a great selections’ of cakes are on display to try while also enjoying the great lobby atmosphere and menu which is the same as Bellini’s bar. Try delicious cakes you can buy to take away, choose from Chocolate Noire cake, Cheese cake, Exotic cake, Bourbon vanilla cake, Tiger orange cake or ask them to make one of your own recipe.

I am glad that the Opera Hotel has again won the prestigious trip advisor Travelers’ Choice® 2015 Winner

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The rooms here are all individual, stylish, and have the warm ambience that is prevalent throughout the Opera Hotel.DSC07229 (Medium)

There is plenty of work space in the rooms with a super-fast and free Wi-Fi, or fixed LAN connection.

Bathrooms are beautifully equipped and complimented with Molton Brown English amenities , bathrobes and one  very welcome 5 star courtesy not normally found in many hotels is the basket for your shoes to be cleaned, simply call  the concierge desk and they will  bright and shining by the time you request in the morning.

In the cozy friendly lobby always bedecked with fresh flowers ,  a great selections’ of cakes are on display to try while also enjoying the great lobby atmosphere and menu which is the same as Bellini’s bar. Try delicious cakes you can buy to take away, choose from Chocolate Noire cake, Cheese cake, Exotic cake, Bourbon vanilla cake, Tiger orange cake or ask them to make one of your own recipe.

I am glad that the Opera Hotel has again won the prestigious trip advisor Travelers’ Choice® 2015 Winner

An full of character, established impressive boutique hotel, for the best in comfort and service for the guests

If your travels bring you to the most beautiful City of Kyiv stay at the Opera Hotel you won’t go wrong its fabulous brilliant place to stay you won’t tell me I am wrong.

 

 

 

IMPRESSA HOTEL KIEV

 

 

 

I had really good feelings on going back again to the Impressa hotel, and to suite 101 in particular, on the ground floor right behind reception

Beautiful bedroom great and comfortable king size bed

Attractive well-appointed furnishings in spacious bedroom

Sitting room really great to be here in such stylish surrounds

Sitting room such a comfortable room brilliantly appointed

Fine natural wooden doors to entrance hall of 101

A beautiful suite with great décor and a king size bed full of character and charm. I enclose photos of this room. However all rooms are delightfully individual and to a high standard but, this room has to be my favourite.

The reception staff are always helpful, smiling and anxious to please.

I like the small personal and friendly ambiance of the Impressa Hotel with its Scottish heritage displayed very nicely in the hotel reception, also in the Shooters Restaurants, including the Limoncello Restaurant in Shooter Entertainment Centre/ Night club, now with new speakeasy bar in the centre together with the best disco well, for me anyway.

Impressa Hotel has a new Georgian restaurant located with adjoining door to the reception and it’s here that breakfast is served, I was there when it had just opened and staff were and restaurant all new so, not fair to pass any comment, although breakfast was great.

The Impressa has so much to offer its clients, high speed connected or Wi-Fi internet, excellent reception, concierge and porterage services.

It’s about 6 months since I last stayed here,

It’s a great place to stay small and intimate if you prefer it to the hustle and bustle of the much larger hotels

It’s a 2-minute walk from the Poshtova Ploshcha subway station and the funicular to St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, and a pleasant walk down Andriivs’kyi descent with great souvenirs and many bargains to be had.

 

 

 

LEONARDO HOTEL LONDON-LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT

The Leonardo Hotel Group has opened its first hotel in UK at London’s Heathrow Airport. It is in a super location right opposite to the entrance to Terminals 1-2, and 3 on Bath Road.

On arrival to London Heathrow simply go to the bus pickup sign and catch the HOPPA bus to Leonardo Hotel and for £5 sterling the bus will deliver you and your baggage to the door of the hotel. There is also a public bus service from terminals 1-2-3 stopping at Sipson Way / Blunts Avenue 2 minutes’ walk from hotel.

I have had the great pleasure of staying at the very comfortable hotel on two occasions.

The newly refurbished reception to the hotel is warm and welcoming as is the theme of Leonardo Hotels, I got the feeling that I would be comfortable here.

I was pleasantly surprised by the staff on reception Amanda was the young lady that checked me in on both occasions. Amanda is extremely anxious to attend to your needs in a most smiling and professional manner, the second time I checked Amanda remembered my name.

Check-in was smooth, efficient and I was quickly in the lift on my way to my room.

I had an executive room on the 3rd floor, the room was quite large was well appointed with, with flat screen tv, free Wi-Fi , ironing board with iron, mini bar, coffee and tea facilities together with both sparkling and still bottled water. Bath robes were provided, amenities in the bathroom were also supplemented by a card offering things you may have forgotten, i.e toothpaste, razor, and other items by calling reception and I thought it was a nice touch.

The other feature of the rooms I stayed in on both occasions was the absolute sound proofing considering the closeness of the runways, also for an aircraft spotters, enthusiasts this is a paradise just opposite the take-off and landing runways, with clear views over the airport activity.

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The rooms although comfortable, and good furnishings are due for renovation next year to Leonardo standards which are certainly high and have the travellers needs in mind.

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The Leonardo Hotel does have a spa offering all kinds of beauty and massages,I didn’t have the time to try this feature however here is what is on offer. Maybe next time I can tell you about the spa features

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They is a good lobby area with comfortable seating and bar area, the restaurant is spacious and tables of relevant sizes to seat two or six people comfortably.

I found that Leonardo hotels out a great accent on using fresh produce and food whenever it is possible.

I have had the fish and chips with delightful minted peas on three occasions now and for the very reason they are cooked to perfection, not greasy, chips are moorish, peas delicious great portions and served on slate which is highly attractive. Then comes the toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream it certainly didn’t taste like this when I was at school, if it did I may still be at school.

I found the staff in the restaurant and the bar to both be willing and courteous making it a pleasure to eat here

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The Leonardo way of doing things seems to be a great way for guests and staff alike.

I managed to meet the general manage a lady called Diane McTague also so very keen to make sure of the guests comfort, I met Saar Sharon the CEO of Leonardo Hotels at lunch one day and he told me that the Leonardo Brand would be in other key locations in UK including Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and other destinations in UK.

Leonardo Hotels have a great loyalty plan and for me they are in many cities in Europe with 100 hotels in eight countries. This year alone Leonardo opened hotels in Barcelona, Milan and of course London Heathrow Leonardo hotels for your information

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I was delighted with my stays and would for sure go back again because from the top down the accent is on that rarity where they truly believe customer service is an attitude not a department.Thanks for the welcome and comfortable stay with good food what more can you need.

Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Dreamliner j

Its had the pleasure of flying on the first Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Dreamliner. It has the absolute right name. Dreamliner for sure. Cabin pressure maintained at lower altitude and air input not thru engines, I felt the difference not nearly as much dehydration. In fact this is the best I have felt on a flight since Concorde. The aircraft due to its cabin design does not only look so spacious but entirely pleasing to the eye, and truly comfortable. I liked the feature sherecby the touch of a button you can activate the sunshades or completely darken. We also had the first streaming of a live band back to earth it worked very well. Pictures to follow what an entirely great experience