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BRITANNIA HAMPSTEAD, LONDON: WINTER (ONLY) IN LONDON


This is a typical Britannia Hotel. It has reasonable rooms, beds, facilities, good basic breakfast buffet, free newspapers and friendly staff. I have stayed here a few times, but would never dream of staying here from April to October. The rooms are absolute ovens. During the winter, this is a good thing. Stay here in the wrong month and you have no chance. The cheaper rooms are in the basement and have no windows. If you choose the ones under the conference/ball room (south side of the hotel) you will get silence and a good night's sleep. Rooms 19 & 20 are the best ones in the hotel for this. Unless it’s too hot. I learned this the hard way and sweated through the night. I even had my own electric fan. Definitely something to pack for staying in London.

Other than that, this is good value for money. It’s an easy 5-8 minute walk to the Tube, restaurants, shops and pubs. It is also on a quiet street at night. Rooms area bit basic, but with good towels, plenty of water pressure and the basic needs of a hotel room.

At night you can enjoy a reasonable restaurant, good bar and even live sports on TV. The staff are always friendly and anything requested, like an ironing board, arrives promptly. So if you have to work in London or are on a budget during the winter – this is a good hotel.

Stay here in summer and you will fry.



OVERVIEW:

• 121 Bedrooms – all are en-suite
• Free newspapers
• Bar and restaurant
• 7 Meeting rooms and 3 Conference/Meeting/Banqueting rooms
• Wi-Fi (free in common areas, chargeable in the rooms)
• Luggage room
• Pet friendly
• Smoking rooms available

Rooms:
• Standard Rooms have:
- Coffee/tea making facilities
- Bath and shower with toiletries
- TV, telephone, hairdryer, closet, trouser press, free newspaper
- Some single rooms have a balcony and some doubles have a desk/chair
• Executive Rooms have:
- All the same as standard plus a desk and chair
• Studio rooms:
- As above with a double bed
- Additional seating area

Restaurant and Bar:
- Reasonable evening food and the hot breakfast is a Full English buffet
- Bar is fully stocked, has cold draft beers and snacks, wine list
- Lunch only served on Sundays
- Bar open to residents until the last one goes to bed

Car Parking:
- No reservations possible – first come, first served
- Chargeable

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written July 11, 2014
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HARRIS HOTEL - WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND: I SHOULD HAVE STAYED HERE


OK, I should have stayed here. I stayed at the small, and not very quiet/dark, Hotel Hebrides nearby. I decided to go down and have a look at this old world charm and have a beer. After a good look around and a peek in one of the bedrooms, I knew I should have stayed here. In fact I struck up a conversation with one of the guests and he confirmed my suspicions. There are 2 hotels here, and I recommend this one! OK, a bit more about this nice hotel.

The Harris Hotel has been family run and owned for over 100 years. originally called the Tarbert Hotel it was built in 1865 by the 7th Earl of Dunmore. William Cameron took over the lease of the hotel in 1903 and the Cameron family bought the hotel outright in 1948. Today the descending family, the Morrisons run the business today. They keep the original visitor books, dating back to the 1880s. The author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, , signed the visitor book in 1912, and also etched his initials on the dining room window – still visible today.

The hotel has nice thick walls, sits in a lovely garden and even has sea view rooms. A real delight.


ROOMS:
• Standard • Smaller rooms, some with views towards the bay.
• Select • Refurbished rooms, some with views.
• Superior • Larger refurbished rooms, some with views.
• De-lux • Modern, refurbished rooms, with adjoining sitting area. Sea views.

All rooms have flat-screen TV, hair dryers and tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Singles, Adventure Travel, Eco-Tourism
  • Written July 7, 2014
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TRINITY CITY HOTEL: GREAT FOR A DUBLIN CITY BREAK


The hotel lobby is as purple as it looks on their website. Somehow it actually works and the rest of the hotel is very stylish. From the moment I checked in to the time I left, I had excellent service, a good room, a good night’s sleep every night and enjoyable walks around Dublin. They are perfectly located near Grafton and O’Connell Streets, Temple Bar and Trinity College. My room was very modern, had a great décor and my bathroom had everything I needed. Even top brand toiletries. They have a very nice traditional bar, plenty of places to sit and have a quiet drink and the hotel is absolutely silent at night.

A really fantastic hotel for a stay in Dublin and it costs less than comparable hotels.

Please note, the Hotel has been called ‘Trinity Capital’ for years and just recently changed its name.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 195 Non-smoking bedrooms (Superior, Deluxe, Executive Rooms, Georgian and Executive Suites)
• Brilliant location and completely quiet
• Guest library

ROOMS:
• Comfortable beds with luxurious cotton bed linens
• Complimentary WiFi
• Refreshment tray with tea and coffee making facilities
• Work desk, laptop safe, TV, Ironing facilities, Hairdryer

FOOD & DRINK
• Café Cairo Restaurant, serves buffet breakfast and international cuisine at night
• Café Cairo Bar – traditional bar dating to the Georgian era

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Meeting room for 10, LCD Projector & Screen, complimentary WiFi

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written July 1, 2014
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Hilton London Metropole: HILTON REBORN


The Hilton Metropole is a massive 23 floor tower and business conference centre. It used to be ‘dumpy’ at best and a dark, sort of depressing hotel at worst. Since the renovations finished in mid-2013 it is now a very nice hotel to stay in. I should know. I stayed here before and after and my new room rocked. The service even seems better. They have a very quick express CHECK-IN so you get going with your day. I asked for a quiet room on a high floor and I was given a new room that matched my request. I had a nice view, all new furniture and décor, and nice amenities. A quick check of the bed revealed a proper mattress for sleep. Yes! My bathroom was modern and there were some good toiletries. My room even had an ironing board and steam iron. Between that, the well-stocked mini-bar and a nice desk – this was a great room for a business person.

The hotel has everything from a top floor restaurant, a Whiskey lounge, swimming pool and shops. It is a reasonable walk to the Underground and they even have car parking outside of the congestion zone, but it is not cheap.

In terms of service and information, the staff are very switched on and efficient. Any information you need is delivered rapidly and knowledgably. They have several dining options including an Asian fusion restaurant on the rooftop. This and the higher rooms offer great views of London. Sadly this are of London is not that great to look at. There are also dozens of restaurants, pubs and bars within 5 minutes’ walk.

This is an excellent option for conferences. They even have a theatre room that can hold hundreds of people. The only drawback is that the walls in the rooms are thin. I was fortunate to have quiet neighbours. Other than that I had a great night and a very good sleep during my last stay.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Fully renovated hotel
• Free Wi-Fi in public areas and the Executive Lounge (charges for in-room)
• A 10-minute walk to food, drink and shopping in the West End and Oxford Street
• Modern conference facilities for up to 3000 delegates with 42 conference/ meeting rooms
• Fully accessible building, rooms and all facilities
• Full leisure facilities including a pool and gym
• Shopping including a convenience store
• Modern Business Centre
• Full travel/tour/sightseeing/car rental desk
• Foreign Currency Exchange, laundry, luggage store, safe deposit box
• Babysitting Service, children's menus, cribs, high chairs
• Car parking is £35.00 for 24 hours
• ATM – charges apply

ROOMS
All rooms have air conditioning, minibar, desk, coffee/tea facilities, Wi-Fi (charges), safe, satellite TV, bathroom with bathtub/shower and very good mattresses. There are 3 categories of rooms:
• Deluxe Room
• Suites – suite/ apartment, separate living room & dining area, Executive Lounge access
• Executive Rooms - Executive Lounge access with continental breakfast and refreshments
• Superior Family Rooms - the largest double-double rooms in London

FOOD & DRINK
• Rooftop Minako Restaurant and bar – Asian fusion menu on the 23rd floor (closed Sun)
• Fiamma Restaurant – Mediterranean
• Whisky Lounge – with a massive range of single malts
• Sports Bar
• EDG Bar & Lounge in the lobby area

FACILITIES
• Gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room
• Beauty salon, barber shop

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Business Conference facilities (up to 300 people) and all equipment
• Express mailing, secretarial support, multilingual staff
• Delegate rates including catering

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Work Abroad
  • Written June 28, 2014
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WELBY BELSIZE: GREAT BUDGET CHOICE IN LONDON


This is one of several properties owned by the Welby group. These nice folks have been in operation here since 1979 and this is still a family owned business. They are a bit more geared towards weekly rentals, but it’s a good budget option for business. It’s a little faded and worn, but clean. The important thing is that the beds are comfortable and the rooms are quiet. There are longer term residents, but you never hear them. Even the road is quiet. Welby Belsize is located a reasonable walk away from the Welby Belsize tube station (Northern Line). There are some nice restaurants and 2 excellent grocery stores as well as several good drinking options nearby.

The rooms are a bit narrow, but have plenty of extras. There is a good sized refrigerator, electric oven/rings, cutlery, pots, pans, and glasses. There is a workable desk and free Wi-Fi. There is no air-conditioning, but the rooms stay cool in warmer months.

The best things are that the mattresses are excellent and the rooms are quiet. Even the other residents are quiet. You always get a good night’s sleep.

If you are looking for a good, quiet, budget hotel this is a very good option. They are very nice folks and they even left a key for me outside because I arrive very late the first time I stayed with them.

(Prices: Start at £60 a night or £380 a week)



STUDIO FACILITIES:
• Quiet
• En-suite (shower)
• Wi-Fi (charges may apply)
• Double bed or 2 single beds
• Launderette
• Kitchen unit that is fully furnished (pans, cutlery, utensils, etc.)
• Refrigerator/freezer, electric kettle, range top (hob)
• Steam iron, duvets, pillows, bed linen and television
• Towels and toiletries
• Hair dryers available upon request

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Business Travel, Singles
  • Written May 27, 2014
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RADISSON BLU: STAY IN MANCHESTER AIRPORT


I have stayed here several times for business meetings and VT meetings. It’s actually the best way to stay near Manchester Airport, as it’s actually inside the airport in the middle of the 3 terminals. Despite being next to the runway, it is sound-proofed and the rooms are silent at night. They have 4 themes to the rooms and I have stayed in 2 of them. Avoid the ‘Scandinavian’ rooms. The furniture was very low and I picked up a bunch of bruises on my shins. Otherwise I can recommend this hotel for early morning flights (with car parking package) or as a business conference facility that you can reach by car or train.

While you are here, even for meetings, you will enjoy the food. It is excellent and the SUPER BREAKFAST is not to be missed. They even have American breakfast items. The bar is great and they can mix any drink and even have live music. Try and get your boss drunk so they pay the bar bill, it’s not cheap.

All in all, it’s a unique and nice hotel.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Located inside airport in the middle of all 3 terminals
• 360 rooms and suites ( all rooms are quiet)
• Free internet (Wi-Fi and ports in rooms)
• Indoor pool, Gym and SPA
• Excellent food and bar service
• Great views of the runways
• Business Service Centre (07:00 - 19:00), 24-hour room service , Concierge service


ROOMS
All rooms have air conditioning, minibar, free internet, 2 telephones, safe, satellite TV soundproofed windows, modern bathroom with bathtub/shower and firm mattresses.

There are 3 categories of rooms:

- Standard Rooms
* Four distinct design styles (Italian, Scandinavian, Maritime and Oriental themes)
* Approximate room size - 27 m2
* Coffee and tea provisions
* Free pay movies

- Business Class Rooms
• Highest floors with views of the Manchester and Cheshire
• Bathrobe, slippers, Super Breakfast Buffet, newspaper and access to Business Class Lounge.
• Access the Business Lounge between 07:00 - 21:00 (drinks, canapés and light snacks)
• Private Check-in on the ninth floor
• Approximate room size - 27 m2, maximum of 3 guests

- Suites
• There are 6
• Separate lounge and bedroom
• All the amenities as the Business Class Rooms including access to the Business Class Lounge

FOOD & DRINK (looking out over the runways)
• Collage Restaurant (varied from Lobster to pizza)
• “little m” Bar at lobby level (evening live music or DJ)
• Super Breakfast - extensive buffet (Continental, North European, and American cuisine)

LEISURE FACILITIES
• 12-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, solarium
• Fully equipped gym and staff
• Beauty Lounge (services such as facials, manicures, massages and waxing)

TRANSPORT & PARKING PACKAGES
• Next door to the train station inside the airport
• Secure on-site parking for 220 cars £12 a day
Park & Fly Packages available:
• One-night accommodation and 4 days off-site secure car parking
• One-night accommodation and 8 days car parking
• One-night accommodation + 15 days car parking

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Seniors, Luxury Travel, Business Travel
  • Written May 24, 2014
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DOUBLE TREE HILTON - HYDE PARK: FANTASTIC OLD HOTEL - LONDON


This must be the most sold hotel in London. I don’t mean rooms, I mean the hotel. I have stayed here several times and always under a new owner. This is a very good hotel by London standards. Very good. It is currently owned by Hilton Doubletree who have tried to jazz up the hotel and the rooms. The reason that it is such a great place to stay is that it is an older hotel with big rooms that have not been cut in half like so many others. It is also set away from the road and the rooms on the back are absolutely silent at night. Make sure you request a room at the back. They look onto the back of some residential homes.

The rooms I have had have old massive air-conditioning units, but the climate control works. They have always had excellent mattresses and I have no doubt this continues under the Doubletree brand. My rooms have always been large and functional. Plenty of closet space and living space. The bathrooms have large bathtubs and showers with loads of water pressure. They even have an iron and ironing board in the room. There are 2 Tube Stations within 5 minutes walk, so it is a great hotel for pleasure or business.

I have always enjoyed staying here. In the past the décor has been dated, but who cares? I always have a great sleep, a great shower with my coffee in the morning and great service from the staff. This is one of the best hotels for the money in London. No matter who owns it.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Located opposite Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
• All rooms are non-smoking
• Quiet and comfortable
• Near many good restaurants (and several very bad ones)
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas

• £25 for car parking per day !
•Baggage Storage , Concierge Desk, Elevators, Mult-Lingual Staff, Room Service

ROOMS:
All rooms are newly refurbished, have air conditioning, a work desk, mini fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, safe, radio alarm clock and an in-room iron and ironing board (smoother, steam iron or request). Also there is a choice of pillows, good toiletries and nice towels. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Deluxe Rooms also have:
• Located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of London
• King-sized bed and 40-inch LCD TV
• Complimentary WiFi
Suites:
• Offer panoramic views of the beautiful Hyde Park
• Have a separate lounge area with a sofa and coffee table
• Large bathroom with large lit mirror and walk-in shower
• iPod docking station
Accessible Rooms:
• Located on the ground floor
• Accessible bathroom with wet room shower and lowered sink
• 40-inch LCD TV

FOOD & DRINK
• Urban Meadow Restaurant (International Cuisine)
• Grab and Go menu - healthy sandwiches and salads
• Hotel Bar

FACILITIES
• Business Center

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Gay and Lesbian, Business Travel, Family Travel
  • Written May 11, 2014
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BERJAYA EDEN PARK LONDON HOTEL: NOT FIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION (IMO)


When I arrived at the hotel, I though the lobby looked freshly decorated and very nice. The staff were pleasant and had nice uniforms and seemed very helpful. I had been running late at work and just wanted to put my things in my room and o for a meal. I was given a key and told to go down the stairs. The dark, claustrophobic stairs. Into the damp smelling basement through tiny corridors. So small I thought ‘if there was a fire…’. Then I found my room and made the mistake of opening the door. It was small, in need of redecoration and the bathroom just looked scary. I went back up the stairs to ask for another room immediately. No. There were no rooms left. I was the last to check-in. It’s bad when you know you will hate your stay and not be able to sleep properly before work the next day. When I went back in the room I looked at the mattress. Yep, I would have rings on my back from the springs in the bad mattress. Then the bed frame came apart. Nice. The room was tiny, warm and just not nice. The bathroom was really poor. I had a tiny shower ‘tray’ with a dirty old shower curtain. This nasty thing grabbed me like an octopus when I tried to shower the next day. And the water all over the floor was dangerous. Even my flat-pack closet was falling apart.

I tried to sleep.

I finally fell asleep late into the night. Then:

Bang! Crash! Boom!

Yes they were actually staging a live version of River Dance on the laminated floor above my room! OK, actually it was just breakfasts for the whole hotel. Lots of cutlery is dropped in a breakfast room and a lot of people wear boots I can assure you. I couldn’t wait to leave this nasty place.

I recommend you book into another hotel.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 112 rooms on 7 floors – all are en-suite and there is an elevator (tiny)
• Free Wi-Fi ‘connection’
• Breakfast is included
• Eden Bar & Restaurant (specialises in Malaysian dishes, not cheap!)
• Foreign Currency exchange (major currencies only)
• Business Centre with Internet & printing services (charge applies)
• Parking bays available at Queensway Car Park, only 3 minutes’ walk
• Room service

• Parking bays available at Queensway Car Park, 3 minutes’ walk, must pre-book
ROOMS:
• Room Types: Single, Twin, Double, Deluxe Double, Terrace Suite (1) and Eden Suite (1)
• En-suite with a showers tray
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• Desk, TV (remotes probably broken like mine was) and in-room safe

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Disabilities, Seniors
  • Written May 1, 2014
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TOMICH HOTEL - SCOTLAND: THE BEST HOTEL


The Tomich Hotel is the finest hotel in Tomich. OK. Yes, it is the only hotel, but it is still a nice place to stay. I had the privilege of staying her for 3 nights in business. The hotel is able to offer the 4 most important ingredients any hotel can provide: absolute quiet, reasonable mattresses, good food and a nice bar. The hotel is the hub of the village and serves as the social scene. Given that there are less than 20 houses in this picturesque setting, you can have a relaxing and stress-free stay. I paid a little extra for a room with a ‘Jacuzzi’, but I would not necessarily recommend this. The 3 room grades are fairly similar. You can arrange a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate and I would recommend doing so.

The hotel has a nice sort of hunting lodge décor. The Black Pennell Bar downstairs is the life of the area and it is well stocked. In addition to some local and hand-pulled ales, they have a great whiskey assortment. They even give you a tasting chart and they have a great knowledge of single malt whiskies. They have a very good bar menu and the food looked delicious. The Grouse and Claret Restaurant is a cosy and candlelit dining room where the fantastic food is brought from the kitchen next door. I had the chance to thank the Chef personally. I had a range of several special dishes each night and I loved every bite. The Chef buys local produce every day and prepares a new menu every night. I had chicken stuffed with Haggis one night. Not a dish I would normally choose, but the staff recommended this. My meals were always fresh, well presented and devoured with great enjoyment. They even have a good wine list to accompany a really pleasant dining experience.

The 8 bedrooms are fairly modern and have good mattresses. I had plenty of closet space, coffee making facilities and a TV. You don’t get many channels, but you really shouldn’t be spending time in your room given all the sights to see nearby. At night there are no cars around and the other guests are quiet. You really do get absolute silence at night.

Around the hotel you can walk for miles. Interestingly the golden retriever was first bred in Tomich by the 1st Baron Tweedmouth, Dudley Marjoribanks. He purchased the Guisachan Estate in 1854 and then created the current model village of Tomich. He also created the massive Guisachan House and Guisachan Farm, about 1.5 miles from the hotel. Sadly, the last owner, Lady Islington decided to deliberately wreck the palatial house in 1939. You can explore the substantial ruins on a walk to the nearby Ploda Falls. The massive Glen Affric National Nature Reserve is an easy drive away.

If you are looking for a peaceful stay with a top-class 3 star hotel, look no farther. This is a great place to stay and relax. With only 8 rooms, you get a very personalised service. You also need to book in advance as they do fill up.

Closed Christmas and New Years

hotel Overview:
• 8 en-suite rooms with at least a shower, most with a shower and bath
• Completely quiet at night
• Good rooms with coffee/tea making facilities, good mattresses, towels and furniture
• Steam iron and ironing board available
• Black Pennell Bar and Grouse and Claret Restaurant
• Fresh locally sourced food and menus every night, good wine list
• Full range of single malt whiskies
• Miles of countryside you walk to easily
• Wi-fi in the building (not fast)
• Prices include breakfast

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, National/State Park, Family Travel
  • Written April 30, 2014
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GRANGE FITZROVIA HOTEL: NOT A GREAT GRANGE - LONDON


I love Grange Hotels, but I will probably not stay here again. It is a nice hotel. I did have a nice comfortable and quiet sleep. It just isn’t as good as the other Grange Hotels. It’s an ornate Victorian era building and there are some nice Italian Marble and Granite touches. The staff are great, the bar is very beautiful and the whole building is classy. The only faults I found were that my room was absurdly tiny and my TV was never even close to working. I would expect better from Grange.

Other than these matters, I liked my room, bathroom and stay. My room even faced onto the ‘road’ but it was still fairly quiet. If you get a room facing onto the large park, you will never hear a sound.

This is a very good hotel. There are plenty of good dining options nearby and you are close to lots of public transport options.

A good choice, but not an inspired one.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 90 rooms on 4 floors – all are en-suite and there is an elevator
• XX-XXVIII Restaurant (that is its name!)
• Omega Lounge Bar
• Conference and Syndicate rooms
• Free Wi-Fi
• Complimentary newspaper
• 24 hour room service, reception and porterage
• Quiet – very quiet

• Car parking is 50 meters away at NCP Carburton St and is £36 for 24 hours!


ROOMS:
• Room types (in order): Superior, Deluxe, Executive, Family
• All are ensuite and non-smoking
• Well decorated, but tiny
• Great beds and absolutely quiet
• High-speed internet (wired and Wi-Fi)
• Iron and ironing board, trouser press
• Very good toiletries
• Tea/coffee making facilities
• Complimentary newspaper
• In-room movies, TV, satellite and cable channels (not in my room!)

EXECUTIVE ROOMS:
• Air conditioning (some executive rooms only)
• CD/Music centre
• Mini bar

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 27, 2014
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GRAND HÔTEL CRAVAT: GRANDLY EXPENSIVE IN LUXEMBOURG


The Grand Cravat is like most of Luxembourg. It’s nice enough, a little old world and when you find out the cost you have to ask “HOW MUCH!?”. For a single room to cost between 199 € - 390 €, you might be thinking “how big is the Jacuzzi?”. No chance. Instead you are going to see rooms that fit this description from their website: “Tourists and business visitors alike will enjoy the authentic 1960s atmosphere complete with radiant colours, elegant decor and charming English-style furniture, but above all its period tiling and, hiding behind the curtains, its traditional cast iron radiators.” No really.

I have to say in the hotel’s defence, it is very quiet, well situated and the beds are very good. You will get a good night’s sleep. The multi-lingual staff are all very charming and nothing is a problem. There are some interesting parts of the hotel to see as well. I had a nice stay here for 2 nights, but I think you can get much better rooms at this price. Thankfully they do offer promotions and discounts for stays of more than 1 night.

My room looked out over a park and was nice enough. It’s just dated. I had plenty of closet space, coffee and tea in my room and the bathroom was ok. It is a very easy walk to all the main tourist areas and restaurants. I enjoyed my stay for 2 nights, but it definitely is not cheap.

Welcome to Luxembourg.

By the way – the hotel is still owned by the Cravat family – hence the name.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 60 rooms on 6 floors – all are en-suite and there is a small elevator
• Room 666 is available – book early
• The oldest (and probably smallest) elevator in Luxembourg (really)
• Good beds and the hotel is quiet
• The 4th floor offers fully modern rooms
• Le Normandy Restaurant modelled after the legendary French steamship, SS Normandie
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas
• Excellent location
• Wi-Fi

ROOMS
• Room Types: Single, Twin, Double, Junior Suite and Full Suite
• All rooms are ensuite
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• TV, phone
• Wi-Fi

FOOD & DRINK
• “Le Normandy” restaurant - Grand-Ducal cuisine
• “La Taverne” brasserie
• “Le Trianon” bar – ornate French palatial

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• 2 Meeting rooms (10-40 people each)

TRANSPORT
• 8 km from the airport
• 15 minute walk from the railway station

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 20, 2014
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HOTEL INDIGO LONDON TOWER HILL: I WISH I COULD AFFORD THIS IN LONDON


Yes I did stay here. I just didn't pay for it. I had used my favourite Hotel website (Hotels.com) to book another hotel. There was a mistake on the reservation and they asked me where I need to be. I explained I was working in the City (of London) and they found this wonderful Boutique hotel. Wow. From the second I walked into the plain building I knew something was different. I was greeted very warmly and offered everything. Newspaper, business services, gym in the morning, you name it. It was too late for the gym, but I knew these nice people would be as happy to serve customers in the morning as well.

My room was amazing. In fact - it really does look like their website photos. My 4 poster bed was comfy. My Wi-Fi service was excellent. I ironed my clothes (in the room) in my new robe while I watched my nice TV and drank cold beers (ok I brought those in). I did have a nice fridge to raid for some cold drink in the morning.

After a good night’s sleep I set up my espresso machine and went for a shave in my nice bathroom with all sorts of lighted mirrors. My shower was really great and the towels well worth stealing (no I didn't). But I did take some nice toiletries home.

I enjoyed my room so much, I decided to work from the room that morning. I really did not want to leave!

This is a great hotel. It’s hard to believe its part of the InterContinental Hotel group as it definitely does not look like a chain hotel at all. If you want a bit of luxury and comfort near the Tower of London (and City) - this is a great choice.



• All rooms have 4 poster beds, different murals of the area with unique décor
• Stereo and iPod dock
• Espresso machine and coffee/tea facilities
• Complimentary drinks in the fridge
• Quiet
• Iron, board, robes, slippers, good toiletries, cotton balls, etc.
• Safe, goo closet, desk, nice chairs
• Excellent Wi-Fi
• Gym
• Climate control
• Square Mile Kitchen & Lounge (British cuisine)

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 13, 2014
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THE KING JAMES: EXCELLENT FOR BUSINESS - EDINBURGH


Please note: This is now called the ‘The King James’, but is still a Thistle Hotel.
This is a fantastic hotel for business people. I found myself working in Edinburgh right in the middle of the Edinburgh Festival which lasts several weeks. What had been my 5th and last choice hotel turned out to be a gem. I only ask for 2 things in a hotel. A reasonable mattress and quiet. I am not that picky after that really. The Thistle delivered. My room was on the back of the hotel that faces onto essentially nothing. The King James is essentially part of a shopping mall with the odd name of ‘St James Shopping’ and is just a 5 minute walk from the Edinburgh Waverly Train Station and just a few steps from Princess Street. It’s slightly dated looking, but who cares? My room was a reasonable size, had a good bed, an excellent monsoon shower head in the bathroom and even a ceiling fan. Before you get worried about this, don’t worry, the rooms are air-conditioned as well. I just like ceiling fans when I sleep.

The staff greeted me warmly and made sure my 2 requests were met. A quiet room on a high floor. I also found that I would be working within the mall itself in the morning. Time to walk to work….30 seconds. The receptions folks even made sure I had a map and told me the Wi-Fi code would last the whole stay for free (despite a stated charge on their website). My room had everything I needed
And there was even an ice machine near my room. Awesome. The toiletries were ok, towels good, desk functional and enough closet space. The best thing is that I was able to walk to restaurants and pubs and had a very peaceful night’s sleep. A great stay.

Bonus:
The hotel is 5 minutes’ walk to all the open top bus tours and a reasonable walk to all the historical sites. And it’s cheaper than most in the middle of Edinburgh.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
•Short walk to Princes Street, Waverly Train Station, Airport Bus and Open top Bus Tours
•143 rooms and six function rooms
•Bar and Restaurant
• Quiet
• Located inside a shopping mall with a Post Office

ROOMS TYPES:
• Wheelchair Accessible Twin
• Standard Single, Double, Twin
• Deluxe King
• Executive Double, Twin, King
• Junior, Double Suites

ROOM AMENITIES:
•BT WIFI (chargeable)
•Coffee and Tea making facilities
•TV with Freeview, hairdryer, trouser press, in-room safe, toiletries
• Work desk
•Iron & Ironing Board (on request)

FOOD & DRINK
• Craig’s Restaurant - classic Scottish and European dishes
• Hotel bar

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written April 13, 2014
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CASA LUXEMBURG: NO SLEEP IN ROMANIA


Casa Luxembourg prides itself on being an 800 year old hotel offering nice accommodation in the smaller of the 2 adjoining main squares of historic Sibiu. It is – unless they move you into an unadvertised secondary location about 100 meters away and literally in the middle of the stairs leading to the lower town. So while the Piaţa Mica is quiet at night, drunk people hang out in the stairs just outside your window. Given that there is no air-conditioning and the curtains don’t fully cover the windows – you have to sleep in a hot room and listen to then past 3am. And in summertime you get the sun in your windows to wake you up. Oh – and when they empty the rubbish bins in the area – they drag them down the stairs past your window.

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

EVERY STEP !!!! BOOM !

If you want sleep – this is not the hotel for you. Shame really. The rooms are all unique. I had a massive room with a piano in it. The staff are absolutely fantastic. I was always made to feel like family. They even run their own Tourist Information Office so they really are there to help. Also for the SAME price you can stay at a nearby 4-star hotel with air-conditioning and a swimming pool. So sadly, I cannot recommend Casa Luxembourg. It’s in the right place, but they need to either get the sleep concept right or lower their prices. They have all the ingredients, buts it’s not worth it if you want rest and to not have massive headaches and fighting off sleep every day you are here.


HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Located in the heart of Sibiu
• Generally quiet
• Reasonable beds
• They have their own (very good) Tourist Information Office and gift shop
• 3 room types: Single, double and apartments
• Buffet breakfast between 7- 10 a.m.
• Bistro Restaurant in the square and Atrium Classic Café in the stairs leading to the Lower Town
• Paid car parking nearby, but for longer stays they provide free parking
• Car and bicycle rentals
• Safe in reception

SINGLE AND DOUBLE ROOMS:
• Free breakfast
• ‘High speed Internet access’ (bring your own cable)
• Minibar (but not in my room!)
• TV and phone
• Unique décor for each room
• Shower, ‘Separate toilet’ (You would hope so!) and hairdryer
• A down (duck feathers) comforter or duvet when it’s cold
• Fan when it’s hot – no air-conditioning!
• Paper slippers, sewing kit and show shine items

APARTMENTS:
• Have a bathtub

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Gay and Lesbian, Singles, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 6, 2014
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LUXURY INN: MY FAVOURITE B&B IN LONDON


Ok. I have to admit that I decided not to write a tip about this fantastic oasis of peace and tranquillity in central London for 2 years – because I was worried you might book it before I could. They only have 7 rooms! I love this place. I have stayed here at least 4 times that I can easily remember. I have tried to stay here many more times than that. This is just the best. Rarely does an accommodation – especially in London – actually look like the website photos. I booked this gem on hotels.com. Even before I arrived I was telephoned by Rey (who I never met) to make sure I was still coming and if I needed anything. In fact the staff never leave the property until the evening and they keep asking if you need anything. After that – this is your home and they are a phone call away. It really feels like being a guest in someone’s house who just left for the weekend.

When I arrived I was impressed that it looked like the website on the outside, it was on a quiet street and that there were several nice pubs and restaurants nearby.

When James opened the door and took me upstairs – I saw the fantastic communal area. An open plan lounge, dinning room and kitchen with a great desk for the computer. There was fresh fruit for snacks on the table. The espresso machine had dozens of different ‘pellets’ at the ready. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything needed to cook and dish it up.

Then I was shown my room. WOW! A great looking bed with a wonderful mattress. A nice looking room overlooking the Japanese Garden. My bathroom was chic and modern. The closet doors were actually massive mirrors. The TV had zillions of channels and I even had a nice desk. The air-conditioning was just right. James left me and I promptly had a mega nap for an hour. After that a trip to a great restaurant nearby.

The other times I stayed here at the palace, I decided to cook. With a £25 meal allowance from work – you can have a lot of steak, prawns, cheese and red wine for 1 business person. One very happy business person.

I have stayed in both the en-suite and rooms with a shared bathroom. I never had a problem accessing the shared bathroom. I also never seemed to see the other guest or have competition for the computer or TV remote control.

I have enjoyed several nights here cooking for myself, watching the TV and just having a great night in here in central London. I have never had a better evening of tranquillity on business here than I have had staying here.

If you find yourself working in the area – stay here and DIY (Do It Yourself). You will just love it.

Quiet, great beds and a home away from home.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Just 7 rooms ! Book early and often.
• Wonderful modern kitchen you can use, dinning room and TV watching area
• Breakfast is included – with really fresh fruit
• Free espresso machine, coffee and tea 24/7
• Free Wi-Fi and a computer with broadband
• Laundry facilities – a washer and dryer you can use!
• Great beds
• Quiet
• Help with any tickets and tours
• Hair dryers and irons/ironing boards – just ask

• Car parking is only £3 a day! Reserve early !!!!!!

ROOMS:
• Air-conditioned
• Coffee/tea making facilities
• Great TV with many channels
• iPod docking stations
• Free Wi-Fi
• Great beds and bathrooms
• Some rooms share a bathroom
• Access to the garden

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Women's Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written February 10, 2014
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