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GLENARTNEY GUEST HOUSE: PAPER WALLS - ISLE OF ARRAN


The Glenartney prides itself on being environmentally friendly. That may explain the paper-thin walls. I did enjoy my stay here, and had several quiet nights’, but you are at the mercy of the guests being quiet. And their dogs. Other than that - this is a beautiful place to stay. You can sit outside in the gardens and look out over Brodick Bay. Inside they have lovely decorated rooms, comfortable beds and warm communal rooms. They even run a fantastic bar in the evenings. I enjoyed sitting in the largest living room, having a cold beer and browsing through the guest library. Everything in Brodick is a healthy 5-10 minute walk away.

Glenartney is dog friendly. Just pay an extra £10 for rover (only one dog per room). I had a fellow flour legged guest and he was very quiet. His owners spoke loudly, but went to bed early.



OVERVIEW:
* Double, twin and single rooms
* 2 beautiful lounges with a library and large TV
* Large in-house bar
* Free Wi-Fi (you can borrow a laptop if you need it)
* Set in beautiful gardens with free car parking and a path leading to nature

ROOMS:
* Wonderful beds (5 star quality!)
* Flat screen TV, Tea and coffee, Hair dryer, Arran Aromatics range of toiletries
* Free wifi in some rooms (in all common areas)

FOOD & DRINK:
* Resident's lounge bar offers Arran beers and whisky, many other beers and spirits
* Hot Breakfast (8.30 -9.30am) earlier cold buffet, packed lunches (order the night before)

FACILITIES:
* Drying room, secure cycle and golf trolley storage, bike wash and repair facilities
* Dog friendly (£10 and one dog per room)
* Free car parking just outside

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Travel with Pets
  • Written December 10, 2014
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DUNADRY HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB: THE SHINING


If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Shining’ with Jack Nicholson, you will have seen a dark and somewhat spooky grand old hotel. The Dunadry is exactly like that, except no ghosts or axe murders. They have beautiful hardwood floors and even exposed timbers in the main reception building. It’s a nice old hotel with a bit of stress on the old part. I was given a room with large double glass doors opening into a nice courtyard. It was hot so I left these doors open all night. No problem – it was nice and quiet. The room itself was a combination of real and musty wood, brick walls and the absolute feel of the 1970’s. I even had an old radio in a wooden console by my bed. I am not complaining, it was just that I felt like I was in a time warp.

My stay was great. I was here for several days and I enjoyed great beer, service, food and even live music from someone wedding reception. The corridors are dark and muted and you do expect to see some bloody and tortured ghost when you turn a corner – but no problems. I had a good bed, large bathtub and lot s of peace and quiet. A very old and historic hotel.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE HOTEL:
The name ‘Dunadry’ is a derivation of the Gaelic words for ‘Middle Fort’ (Dun-Eddery). Red Branch Knights of Ulster and their celebrated hero, Conal Cernach, built 3 forts between the villages of Tara and Dunseverick. In the 1600’s gentleman by the name of Daniel Blow founded a paper mill here. In its heyday the Blow family appointed as court printers to William III and are reputed to have printed the court circulars at the time of the Battle of the Boyne (xxx). The paper mill used water from the river now known as Six Mile Water to power its activities. It was later transformed from paper to linen manufacturing the early 1800’s. By 1920 it had become its own village of more than 20 houses and its own railways station.

The original hotel owners purchased the run-down village in 1957 and the Dunadry Hotel now covers the site of the entire old village. The Mooney family purchased the hotel in 1986 and continue to operate the hotel today.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Completely quiet, great beds, centrally located in Northern Ireland
• Indoor heated swimming pool, Gym, Leisure complex, Angling (Sixmilewater River), Gardens
• Free secure car parking
• WiFi - £3.50 (50 mins), £10.00 (24hrs)

ROOMS:
• Room types: Single, Double, Twin, Family, King Executive Room
• Countryside and garden views available
• Bathtub / bath with shower
• LCD TV, telephone, Tea/coffee making facilities, Trouser press, Vanity area, Hairdryer, desk
• WiFi Internet access throughout the hotel (charges apply)
• All rooms are non-smoking

FOOD & DRINK
• Flax & Beetle Restaurant (In honour the Hotel’s linen heritage) – locally sourced dishes
• Copper Bar – nice (real) fireplace and some of the mill’s original features – buffet lunches

LEISURE FACILITIES:
• Heated pool, Spa Pool & steam room
• Spa Beauty Salon, full treatments, Solarium
• Coffee area to relax & read
• Fully equipped gymnasium and Health bar

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Full delegate packages and equipment for up to 400 people – free Wi-Fi

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel, Road Trip
  • Written September 12, 2014
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BEST WESTERN PREMIER LEYLAND HOTEL (UK): CHARGED £10 TO CHECK OUT !


Dirty rotten BASTARDS! OK. So I did not enjoy my stay here. I should have. I booked this place because I was going to a mega birthday party and this was nearby. I saw they had a gym, although it was so old and tatty as to not be that great. The bed was good. Can’t complain. It was the next day that the staff managed to make sure that this was the worst stay of any Best Western in the world. And yes, I have stayed across the world in Best Westerns for decades and never been charged to check out!

I was leaving on Sunday. A quiet day in any hotel. Check-out time was noon. Fair enough. I was still groggy from too much fun the night before. I saw one of the housekeeping staff in a room nearby and asked if it was ok if I was running late. He explained that he had lots of rooms to do and to just take my time. I set myself a target of 1pm to check-out. I duly arrived at reception, to hand in my key. The lady then told me I had to pay a ‘late check-out fee’ of £10!

I am sorry, but unless you are interfering with a room being turned over on a busy day, this is outrageous. I have NEVER even been asked to pay a fee for ‘late check-out’ anywhere in the world. I have paid once or twice to extend the time, but this was into the evening. This is really stupid and short-sighted. I am now posting a hotel review on the internet and telling you to stay somewhere else.

Believe it or not, they tried to charge me £15 because it was 3 minutes past 1pm!



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
•93 bedrooms with free hospitality trays and toiletries
Charges if you check out late
•Free high speed WIFI
•Superior bedrooms available with added extras
• Four Seasons Restaurant with seasonal locally sourced award winning food
Free car parking

ROOMS:
All rooms have:
•Free internet
•Heated towel rail, bathrobes & complimentary toiletries
•Full blackout window coverings
•Tea & coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV with Freeview, CD player & DVD player (on request)
•Hairdryer, telephone & clock with illuminated display, in room safe, iron & ironing board

FOOD & DRINK
• Four Seasons A La Carte Restaurant (locally sourced ingredients)
• J28 Lounge Bar.
• All you can eat buffet breakfast
FACILITIES
• Heated swimming pool, spa bath, Sauna
• Fitness room (old equipment)
BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Conference Rooms to accommodate 2 to 250 delegates

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Road Trip, Seniors
  • Written September 7, 2014
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FITZPATRICK CASTLE HOTEL: GREAT STAY IN DUBLIN CASTLE


The first time I stayed here, my company chose this hotel for me. The second time I chose the Fitzpatrick Castle. This very peaceful complex is located on Dublin Bay and south of the city of Dublin in very tranquil gardens. The great thing is that the hotel is the last stop on the
Aircoach Route. So you can land at the airport, ride the bus into Dublin for a meeting and then ride the same bus to the Fitzpatrick. So after a long day you can jump into their massive indoor swimming pool, have a drink in the gardens, have a wonderful meal in their ornate dining room, then have a great night’s sleep! This is an absolutely fantastic business option. The only noise I heard were birds singing in the tress when I walked outside.

The rooms are excellent although the décor is a bit on the red side. The beds are very good, have plenty of amenities and you can even get a balcony overlooking Dublin Bay. Excellent in the summer. The bathrooms are modern and you get a lot of very good toiletries. You really can’t go wrong staying here. By the way it’s more of a huge manor house built in the late 1700’s than a castle, but it has plenty of old world charm.

Highly recommended by me.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
•113 Bedrooms and Suites (some have Sea-Views) and Castle Suites
•Large garden to sit or have a drink in
•Fully Equipped Fitness Centre with 20m Swimming Pool
• 2 Bars and 2 very good restaurants
•Wedding & Banqueting suites for up to 500 people
•Conferencing Facilities for up to 600 delegates
•Quiet
• Friendly staff
• Wi-Fi
• Free car parking

ROOMS:
• All are on-suite
• Classic Rooms
- Coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer, trouser press, TV, robes, Wi-Fi
• Seaview Classic Rooms
- Balcony overlooking Dublin Bay
• Executive Rooms
- Desk, plenty of workspace. Also available with 2 large king size beds
• Suites and Castle Suites

FOOD & DRINK
•2 Restaurants PJ’s (international) and The Grill at the Castle
•Library Bar & Lounge
•The Dungeon Bar

FACILITIES
• Gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi
• Business Conference facilities (up to 600 people)

TRANSPORT
• Aircoach from the Airport

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Budget Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 30, 2014
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OAKLANDS HOTEL - CHESTER, ENGLAND: CLOSE ENEOUGH, CHEAP ENEOUGH


Get in there!
Chester, due to its walls and small size, has some very expensive hotels. Oaklands is not one of them. Essentially they have 13 reasonable rooms above a Green King Pub. Book your cheap rooms through Laterooms.com so you do get in there. The beauty of this place is that it is only 7-10 minutes walk to every reasonable venue in the centre of Chester. Its about 5 minutes walk from the train station. You can have a good sized room to throw your stuff into, go downstairs for a pint or 3 and then head off to the restaurants and pubs of Chester.

You also get a TV in your room and coffee making facilities. Not much else, but the beds are good, rooms are clean and it’s actually quiet at night. Yep, no loud thumping music from downstairs. With its nice garden, large restaurant and Sunday Carvery it is more of a family oriented pub – not a disco.

The staff were friendly and I really enjoyed my stay. They also had a nice big free car park. Yes FREE. That’s important here in Chester. They are also 1 block away from a petrol garage. There are loads of restaurants, pubs, off licences and takeaway places between Oaklands and the centre. Plenty. You will not die of thirst or starvation here and out and about.

The pub itself is open:
Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 12pm
Sunday 12 noon - 11pm

They serve pub food and have a children’s menu.

Have a great night out in Chester!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Budget Travel, Beer Tasting
  • Written August 30, 2014
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Acora Hotel Und Wohnen Karlsruhe: GREAT PRICE/LOCATION - KARLSRUHE (GER)


For the price, this is a GREAT hotel. Its is located in the north part of the city in a very quiet neighbourhood. The staff were friendly, my room had more facilities than I imagined, I had my own balcony and the bed was perfect. I got a good night’s sleep, glorious hot showers and my own kitchen to make coffee in. The hotel is modern, spotlessly clean and well decorated. An excellent choice and a good price.

It is about 6-8 city blocks to the centre of town, but it is a very easy flat stroll.



In the rooms are a small and efficient kitchen with a fridge, stove top, utensils, plates, electric kettle and complimentary coffee & tea. They even give you liquid soap to wash the dishes! You know this is a great hotel now. They also offer:
• Satellite TV
• Alarm clock
• Wireless and wired internet
• Private balcony
• Lots of closets and shelves
• Lockable cabinets
• Room service
• Restaurant
• 24 hr reception/wake-up calls

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Singles, Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written August 29, 2014
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HORSLEY PARK – SURREY: $300 AND $15 FOR A ‘FREE’ TRANSFER?


I thought I was booking a great hotel in a great location. I was half right. Horsley is a wonderful and picturesque village. The Hotel is staffed by a bunch of incompetent liars in my humble opinion. I saw this hotel as being set among historic grounds and that is was normally £200 ($300), but was on sale for just £55 ($80)! OK, repeat after me: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. It was. Not good. It seemed to start ok. I noticed that the hotel was a few miles from the train station, but they advertise a FREE shuttle service between the hotel and the train station. OK, let me repeat this – FREE. So I booked the hotel through hotels.com and I even rang the hotel to confirm they had a free shuttle service. On the day, the hotel actually rang me to ask what time I would be there. I guessed, but told them I would be there on a certain train. They reconfirmed my collection. Later I realised I was running late so I rang them and told them the later train time. No problem! They said they would collect me from the train station. Then the train was delayed. So I finally found a staff member on the train and he gave me the revised time. I rang the hotel – no problem.

So then I found myself at the small and deserted Horsey train station in the dark. Within a few minutes I was the only person there. So I waited. And I waited. Then I rang the hotel and they confirmed that the driver was on the way. So I waited. At some point I am thinking – I have had 4 phone calls with them and still no collection.

Then a young man with large silver Mercedes pulled up and opened the back of the car. I greeted him and checked he was my transport to the hotel. He said yes and off we went down dark roads. As we drove along this guy starts telling me all the repairs he has just had to make on the car. I mean detailed work, parts, and especially the prices. He seems to really want to explain how much money he has spent recently on the car. I found this whole arrangement unsettling.

Finally we arrived at the hotel and the guy doesn’t seem to want to open the back of the car so I can get my suitcase out. I am standing there waiting and he says “That will be £10 ($15) please”. I already found this guy smarmy and I kept thinking this is really not right. I told him that we needed to get the case out of the car and he finally opened the car for me. Then he asked for the money again. I said, let’s go to reception and we will get that settled there. He explained that he was in a hurry and needed the money. I kept thinking this guy is trying to scam me. I told him no, I will sort everything in reception. I went the wrong way at first as he had no intention of telling me where reception was. When I did arrive in reception he was right behind me. I asked to check-in after getting 2 people behind the desk to actually pay attention to me. A lady finally started to take my details when the driver asked for the money again. The lady stopped what she was doing. I explained to the driver that I had booked FREE transport to the hotel and in 4 phone calls no one had ever spoken to me about any changes to this arrangement. I then asked the lady top proceed with my check-in and issue my key. She did nothing of the sort. The driver began to whine and I explained that I had not booked him, or contracted him for work and I had no intention of paying him – or the hotel – for a FREE shuttle service. The receptionist then bizarrely joined in. She said I needed to pay! I told her no way and that I wanted to check-in. She and the driver started again with I needed to pay. I finally told the lady that I wanted my key – NOW. Nothing. I asked her to get a manager and a gentleman appeared. He also said that yes, it was £10. No way. I explained again that no one in 4 phone calls had mentioned that my FREE transport had been withdrawn. The manager then started having a 3 –way conversation with the lady and myself. It transpired that the normal driver (and his van) had fallen ill a few hours before. They also explained that hidden somewhere on their website that the FREE transport was not always available!

I explained to all 3 that I had booked on another website, that my reservation made no mention of possible to changes to a FREE service. I even handed them a printed copy of my reservation. Further I challenged them to show me in the website I used about FREE becoming £10. Still nothing happened and still the driver whined.

Finally after 10 full minutes the driver realised he wasn’t getting money from me and said something bizarre like “I am worried about you” and went to leave. I told him that he had nothing to do with me and he could go whine somewhere else. Did I finally get my key? No – not at first. I started to get the idea that they were not actually let me check in. Finally – after asking for about the 10th time, was I finally given my key.

At £200 a night I expected luxury. What I found inside was a very standard looking room from a 3-star hotel. The mattress was slightly below average when I tried it out and it proved to be so all night. The bathroom had the most damaged toilet bowl I have ever seen in a UK hotel. The tile floor also needed to be replaced.

I quickly changed clothes so I could enjoy their advertised gym and indoor swimming pool. When I finally found the ‘gym’ I found a flooded and nasty changing room and the ‘gym’. It was a large shabby room with threadbare carpet and a mixture of old pieces of equipment. After a run I went for the pool. And it was locked. EARLY. Yes, they had decided to shut it more than 30 minutes early that night. Great! So I went back to change for dinner. But guess what? Yes the Restaurant had also closed EARLY! I could sit in the bar and get bar food. No thanks. So I walked down the road and had a bad meal at the restaurant nearby. There must be something in the water here.

The rest of my stay was actually spent exploring the amazing historical grounds. Horsley Towers were erected by the Earl of Lovelace around 1856. His grand Victoria towers and other smaller buildings on the estate are majestic and full of character. They are definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

When I did check out the next morning, the new staff went stiff the second they heard my accent. Always nice to be talked about behind your back. When I asked about my FREE shuttle – they practically turned white. I was polite and they seemed confused by this, but then an older gentleman arrived in uniform. He was the normal driver. He was great. He told me a lot about the history of the property and the hotel. We had a great conversation and I left him with a tip at the train station.

I can highly recommend that businesses DO NOT use this hotel. With some of their advertised prices and odd behaviours, you can do better elsewhere. The UK is full of great old manors and even castles you can host your business events at. Why take a chance at having things close early with a very large group? This is a large hotel in a small village. The only other options are limited, although the nearby Duke of Wellington Pub is excellent.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 24, 2014
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Alex e Angie: A good option in Bergamo, Italy


I never saw Alex or Angie, but they do a great job. I was contacted by them a few days before I arrived and reminded of my stay and asked what time I would arrive. When I arrived at the airport I simply texted them and a young man met me at the door. Everything was explained to me and other services were offered. My room was pleasant, the bed a little firm, and I had plenty of closet space. The best 2 things are that it was 1) Quiet and 2) I never had to wait for one of the bathrooms. Alex and Angie only have 4 'rooms' and 2 good sized bathrooms. It also has a lot of space, including balconies, over 2 floors.

I had everything I needed. A good kitchen, great views from the top floor of the building, towels, great furniture, a ceiling fan, TV, water bottles/snacks in the room and the room was cleaned daily.

In terms of location, its in a great location in the Città Bassa or lower town. Its right across the street from the best shopping area in Bergamo. Its also a 5 minute walk from the Bus and Train stations. There are several grocery stores nearby, bus stops, bars, restaurants and many other things to do.

Security is not an issue. You have to get through a gate, building front door and a strong front door of the accommodation.

Alex and Angie also offer maps, lots of local literature, free Wi-Fi, and can organise any tours or transportation you like. In fact they have a fantastic website you can use for your experiences.

I stayed in 'Nicole' (all their rooms have names) and there are some good photos and descriptions on the website.

All in all - a very good option for this price range.


• Quiet
• Good facilities (kitchen is well stocked, nice living room, dinning room, bathrooms)
• Friendly and helpful
• Excellent location
• Well priced

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Singles, Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written August 23, 2014
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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL: FALLING APART IN IRELAND


I didn’t actually select this hotel. My first choice, The Hillgrove Hotel, decided they didn’t want me and booked me in here. The hotel is massive. In fact, once you leave the lobby – you are thinking ‘industrial hotel’. I dully arrived at room 113 and opened the brown door to reveal a room full of the same sort of pressed wood furniture that all started life as flat-packed stuff. Most of it had been used and or pulled on a little too much. Even part of one of the beds started falling apart. Then – for no reason – the light fell onto the bed. Luckily it wasn’t later in the night. The beds were below average and I found them not very comfortable. The walls and doors were thin and I could hear doors closing and people talking nearby. The thin doors had door closers meaning everyone opening a room door resulted in a loud ‘bang’. Thankfully everyone was quiet at bedtime. The best part was the bathroom with a very nice shower. Overall the room was more like a university dormitory.

I did enjoy the gym and very nice swimming pool while I was here. All the leisure facilities looked like they had not been decorated or repaired for more than a decade. They did the job, but could be better.

The best part of the hotel is the nice bar and Avenue Restaurant. I did very much enjoy my food and drink.

Overall – I would recommend a meal here, but not sleeping here.



OVERVIEW
• 59 rooms, a bit dated, good location, poor beds
• Indoor swimming pool, , gym, sauna, steamroom , Jacuzzi
• Free Wi-Fi and car parking
• Full Irish breakfast included (excellent)
• 2 Restaurants and bar, all very good

ROOMS
• Room types: Standard, Deluxe, Family, Bridal Suite
• Private bathroom with Shower and/or Bath, good toiletries
• Below average beds
• TV, telephone, ironing facilities, Tea/Coffee making facilities

FOOD & DRINK:
• Range Grill – pure Irish steaks
• Avenue Restaurant – great Irish & European food and wonderful Irish Breakfast Buffet

LEISURE FACILITIES:
• 18m swimming pool, gym, sauna, steamroom , Jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub
• Golfing nearby.

BUSINESS FACILITIES:
• Full conference and business facilities for up to 400 delegates

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 23, 2014
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WOODBERRY DOWN HOTEL: PLAY IT RIGHT IN LONDON


Woodberry Down is an interesting choice. I have stayed with them 3 times. They are a ‘budget’ hotel with some interesting extras, but you have to know how to play these guys. The rooms on the front face a road with a bit of traffic. The rooms on the back are absolutely silent. I always put in writing on the reservation that I want a rear-facing room. I then ring the day before and on the day to make sure they hold one of these rooms for me. 3 nights, 3 quiet sleeps!

The rooms are kind of interesting. They have a sort of ‘kitchenette’ with a microwave and a good sized fridge. You also get an electric kettle and tea/coffee. The rooms are not massive, but larger than most in this price range. They also have comfortable beds. Just what you want. Bathrooms are moderns and some have a bath as well as a shower.

The staff are nice enough and the breakfast is a good buffet to start the day. In terms of public transport, you are a 1 minute walk to Mansion House Tube station. There are some nice little restaurants and pubs within a reasonable walking distance.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Free Wi-fi
• Non-smoking
• Buffet breakfast (toast, meat, cheese, fruit, juices)

ROOMS:
• Room types: Double Studio, Twin Studio, Triple Studio, Quad Studio
• En suite
• Kitchenette
• TV (lots of channels), desk, good closet
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• FREE CAR PARKING! (reservation is needed)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Budget Travel, Business Travel
  • Written August 23, 2014
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CLUB QUARTERS, ST. PAULS: BUSINESS CLASS IN LONDON


Just imagine that you have a very nice bedroom inside the First Class Lounge of an airport. Then imagine that when you walk out the door you are standing in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Now you don’t have to imagine, you can just stay here and enjoy it like I did. This is one of the best business ‘hotels’ I have ever stayed in within Europe. They are just excellent. You are greeted in an austere and security conscious reception area, but then you are allowed to go inside and the rest if the facilities are fantastic. My room was slightly small, but had absolutely fantastic facilities. A comfortable bed, a desk better than my one at work, an actual closet, an alarm clock radio with iPod docking station, extra chairs and a small refrigerator. There were some great touches like a smoothing iron and full ironing board, real wooden coat hangers, A TV integrated into the desk and even cordless telephones.

For business people, you could actually work in your room. The desk is excellent, has a business type hone with speaker and conferencing facilities, Wi-Fi and wired internet connections and even a dictionary and thesaurus. I wish my desk at work was this nice!

The bathrooms were a bit dated, but have everything you could need. Large fluffy towels, shaving mirror, great shower and lots of excellent toiletries. If you need any more toiletries, even mouthwash, you can get more from housekeeping.

The facilities available are amazing. Near the elevators they have a machine that will fill cold water in a bottle for you and ice. Great touch on a warm day. They also have full laundry rooms so you can wash your clothes and use a steam iron. You can pop downstairs to the lounge and borrow a book, read today’s newspaper or even play one of their board games. This really is a classy place to stay.

In terms of location, this is one of the best in London. You are a stone’s throw from St. Pauls’s Cathedral and you are in the middle of London. You have everything you could ever need nearby including shopping and great restaurants. If you are working in the City of London, you can walk to work easily.

The best thing for me was that I had a great night’s sleep. The beds are comfortable, the rooms have climate control and you have no ‘neighbours’ at night because you are in the ‘City’. This means absolute silence when you want to sleep. I loved staying here.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Completely secure, quiet and a fantastic location
• Côte Brasserie (“voted Best Value Restaurant in the UK")
• Bar
• Club Living Room with snacks, refreshments, library and newspapers
• Fitness Room and exercise equipment delivered to room
• Self-serve laundry facilities
• Garment storage between visits
• Guest Request Closet – for things you forget like a razor
• Free Wi-Fi
• Excellent location
• iPads loans
• Free bottled water and ice
• Use of computer/printer and universal Charging Stations
• Quiet

• Car parking is £2.50 an HOUR in the day, but only £2.50 overnight/Sundays


ROOMS:
• Climate controlled
• Great beds and bedding
• Awesome work facilities including a desk, business phone and internet
• Bathrooms have great towels, shaving mirror and great toiletries
• Small table and extra chairs
• Full closet with real coat hangers and an ironing board
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• Refrigerator and microwave (just ask reception)
• Kitchenettes available

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Wi-Fi, computer workstations, printing
• Meeting and Event Space up to 110 people and can do full catering

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Business Travel, Work Abroad
  • Written August 19, 2014
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ASHTREE HOUSE HOTEL - PAISLEY: PURE PEACE IN SCOTLAND


I first walked past Ashtree House in 2006 when I was exploring some of the quieter and more beautiful parts of Paisley. It has never changed. Ashtree House is actually 2 large townhouses built during the Georgian Regency Period (1714 to 1837). It is set on a small hill in the Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area. It has nice views over the city of Paisley, yet remains in a tranquil oasis just a short walk to everything the city has to offer. The hotel itself is beautiful inside and you definitely get a personalised service here. I was even offered the loan of an umbrella on a wet day. With only 14 bedrooms, you have an intimate and pleasant experience here. You can even arrange for an evening meal to be served if you wish to stay in the hotel grounds.

My room, or better yet rooms, were wonderful. I was given the key for ‘room 7’ and found it’s actually 2 almost separate bedrooms. My first bedroom even had an original fireplace with a window overlooking the small immaculate garden to the rear. Bedroom 2 gave me views across all of Paisley. My bathroom contained a nice shower and sunken tub. I can assure you that I did have a very nice soak with my excellent toiletries. I also had plenty of closet space and there was a nice coffee/tea tray for me to wake up to in the morning.

My stay? Wonderful. I slept in a very comfortable bed in absolute silence. That is the best part. The second best part? I was able to walk to some lovely pubs and dine in a very nice restaurant just a short walk from this beautiful hotel.

I highly recommend Ashtree House.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Beautiful Georgian architecture with 14 unique rooms
• Large garden to sit or have a drink in or even a BBQ
• Intimate drinks and meals in The Drawing Room Bar and Café
• Breakfast is included
• Free Wi-Fi
• Excellent location
• Airport/Train/Bus pick-up service
• Baggage store
• Quiet
• Non-smoking
• Less than 10 minutes’ walk from the train station
• Ironing facilities
• Business Facilities (desk, Fax, meeting rooms, photocopy/print, Wi-Fi)
• FREE parking on-site
• 2 miles from Glasgow International Airport

ROOMS:
• All are en-suite
• All individually decorated
• Alarm clock, desk/lamp, DVD player, Freeview, hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Wireless internet connection
• Some rooms have a king size bed and a fireplace
• Lovely beds and mattresses with Egyptian cotton sheets

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 16, 2014
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GLASSDRUMMAN LODGE: SOMETHING SPECIAL - IN N. IRELAND


Glassdrumman Lodge is a special place to stay right at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. It is an old manor house that is run to perfection by Graeme and Joan Hall (mother and son) and a few friendly dogs who roam the grounds. When I first pulled up into the grounds I kept thinking ‘wow’. This kept happening. I walked into one of the main rooms and there was a real wood fire burning. They actually have one every night on chilly evening. Everything looked inviting and friendly. Graeme was a perfect host and explained everything. My room, like all the rooms, was named after one of the local mountain peaks – Ben Crom. My bed was good, my window looked out over the mountains and my bathroom was very good. Especially my nice hot bath later.

Dinner is a real treat. They even run a Cooking School here. I had a fresh scallops starter and then a massive steak. All locally sourced of course. I only had a half a bottle of superb red wine as I had work the next day. This went very nicely with locally sourced chees and biscuits. Just absolutely fantastic food and ambiance in the dining room.

I had a great night’s sleep and left on my work travels. I came back a week later and stayed a few more nights. And the rest of my bottle of wine was waiting for me! And a few Irish Whiskeys as well by the fire. They also offer Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and I even worked a full day in the main reception room one day in a nice comfy sofa.

The dining room and its superb menu is open to Non Residents for Dinner at 19:00 - 20:00 by Reservation only.


• Quiet, beautiful, classy
• Award-winning restaurant and cooking classes
• Free Wi-Fi
• Pet Friendly accommodation
• Business services
• Complimentary newspapers in lobby
• Currency exchange, dry cleaning, laundry service
• Library, bar with real fireplace, Luggage storage

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written August 14, 2014
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COPTHORNE NEWCASTLE (UK): NICE, QUIET AND ON THE TYNE


I found myself here on business and it was ok. Had I paid myself I might have gone elsewhere, but it’s reasonable. The hotel is kind of 'middle aged'. Not new and not too old for a complete upgrade. My room was nice with a great view over the River Tyne and my bed and pillows were excellent. The mini bar was cold, the TV worked, the bathroom functional and I had a nice table and chairs overlooking the river. You could easily work from your room.

The gym was old and worn out. It worked ok and the Jacuzzi was hot. Really nice. The pool was ok and the dressing rooms flooded.

The hotel is healthy walk to everything in the city, but just around the corner from the Castle itself and not far from the main train station.

Parking is in a chargeable car park that is not cheap.

Enjoy !



* Great views of the river
* Gym, pool and jacuzzi
* Ok restaurant
* Walkable to town
* Nice, but slightly dated rooms
* Expensive car parking

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Business Travel, Family Travel
  • Written August 11, 2014
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BELL COUR HOTEL & SPA: VICTORIAN VALUE(S) - LONDON


In Victorian times you could expect a large hotel room in a quiet setting and at a good price in London. Sadly that is almost not true in London anymore. Long live Belle Cour! I asked for a quiet non-smoking room at the back of the hotel. What I didn’t realise was that all the rooms seem to fit this description. I had to climb a lot of step, but then I unlocked the door. It looked more like a mini-suite. I had a corridor that open first into my beautiful and brand new bathroom. I could see large white fluffy towels on my large heated towel rack. My modern shower really was awesome in the morning to wake me up. My turn to the left revealed my king sized bed. King sized. And this was just a standard double room. I had a large closet with floor to ceiling mirrored doors. My large flat screen TV was just opposite my bed. A quick check of the mattress and I knew 2 things. One was that I would get a good night’s sleep and the other was that I would go into work later the next morning. I even had a hi-fi, a full ironing board and a steam iron.

I loved my stay at the Belle Cour. This is a hidden gem inside an old (but totally renovated) Victorian building. It is also a 2 minute walk to the massive Victoria train and Tube station. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and late night shop nearby. This is one of the best value for money hotels in London. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended by me. By the way – the SPA is a nail spa – so sorry – no sauna. But of you want to get your nails done ladies……



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Quiet, excellent location, great beds and fully renovated in 2012, non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• All rooms have King sized bed, 40 inch TV, DVD/IPod Docking station, ensuite bathrooms
• Superior and Executive 1&2 bedroom Apartment Suites have full kitchens & washers
• Nail Spa offers a wide selection of nail treatments and designs

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Women's Travel
  • Written August 9, 2014
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