Many cruise companies leave from the Port of Miami to go to the Caribbean or to the Bahamas, which brings many tourists to south Florida. But these tourists are not looking to explore the city. They are simply looking for a place to sleep that is near the harbor, so that they can catch their cruise ship bright and early in the morning. Whether you want to see some of the city or not, finding the best Miami hotels to suit your travel needs can be done online. Many websites give travelers the distances between accommodations listings and common landmarks so that it is easy for travelers to chose rooms that not only have the right price but that are also in the right neighborhood.

Taking a cruise from this city on the southern tip of Florida has become more and more common ever since the demand for cruises has more or less overwhelmed the Cape Canaveral area. Going on a cruise has slowly won over Americans as one of their favorite ways to travel. With all of these people wanting to go on cruises, the boats have to find a place where they can dock long enough to board all of their passengers.

For many travelers, finding Miami hotels where they will be comfortable and get a good nights rest is important. When it comes to certain amenities, the choices become more unique based on each travelers preferences. As such, the only way for you to find accommodations that are ideally suited to you personally is for you to get involved in the search. Travel websites have made this easier and easier to do, because they offer a long list of accommodations on one website. Instead of visiting each lodgings website, you can look at a list of results on a travel website to get an idea of what each place is like. Then, once you have narrowed it down to one or two possible places, you can visit the websites of these few places and make your final decision. It is in this way that travel websites are saving travelers not only money but also time.

Miami hotels vary quite a bit in price, so if the cost of your cruise is wiping out your travel budget, be sure to check out the discount prices listed on travel websites. If price is the most important element for you, this will allow you to see where the cheapest accommodations can be found. Take a look at the rating for quality as well, if offered. While it is possible to find decent and affordable accommodations, it is also possible to end up in below-average accommodations when booking based only on price.

Essen Travel provides efficient search engines that narrow your results with filters such as price and major landmarks.

Introduction:

Middlesbrough is situated on the south bank of the River Tees. It has a long industrial heritage with the coal and iron industries using the river to transport materials, and the shipyards based on the River Tees. The factories and processing plants are still there today. It also has four shopping centres and all the facilities you would expect with a population of about 200,000.

Places of interest:

Middlesbrough is famous for being the birth place of Captain Cook and celebrates this with an award winning museum. Other museums relating to Middlesbroughs history sit comfortably alongside art galleries and the unique Natures World to give visitors a wide selection of places to visit. There is also the Middlesbrough Theatre, an Art Gallery, and a multiplex cinema at Teeside Park.

Nature’s World is a unique visitor attraction, extending to over 25 acres, provides a model for a balanced and sustainable future. Attractions include a traditional composting and organic gardens, a 400m long working River Tees model and a futuristic eco-structure and hydroponicum.

Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum is close to where he was born in 1728. It is an award winning museum showing the life of Captain James Cook and his voyages of discovery. It also houses interactive displays and exciting audio-visual presentations, hands-on experiences, exhibition area, caf and gift shop.

Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre shows Middlesbrough’s Industrial Heritage and the history of this unique bridge. The bridge, opened in 1911, has a middle that acts as a ferry across the Tees.

Dorman Museum is a refurbished museum displaying the history of Middlesbrough from the 19th century, a collection of Middlesbrough and Linthorpe pottery, exhibitions, discovery centre, and cafe.

Middlesbrough Art Gallery combines an art gallery with exhibitions by local artists.

Things to do:

Middlesbrough offers an exciting choice of activities for visitors on day trips or short breaks. Fast gaining a reputation for innovation – it is witnessing a retail explosion with a myriad of designer shopping and fashionable boutiques, as well as retaining the traditional English high street names. In 2005 the town hosted numerous major exciting events – from the multi cultural Mela to the world renowned Tall Ships race.

During the day, Middlesbrough is alive with activity. From the wide open walkways of our four shopping malls to the more traditional shop fronts of Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough blends familiar high street names with the excitement of designer labels and the tradition of covered markets.

The Captain Cook country tour takes in the magnificent scenery of the North Yorkshire moors and coastline, Middlesbrough being the first port of call in this 70 mile tour.

Premiership Middlesbrough Football Club offers regular action at the Riverside stadium to lovers of the beautiful game. Die hard fans can get a glimpse behind the scenes on a stadium tour.

Newham Grange Leisure Farm visitor centre tells the story of the farm from the 17th century to the present day. The farm also has a 19th century veterinary surgery which gives the visitor an opportunity to see some of the medicines and equipment used in the 1890s.

Food & Drink:

Middlesbroughs restaurants feel passionate about quality food and service. Equipped with most of the essential cuisines to titillate any taste bud, the area continues to evolve in culinary terms thus developing into a real multicultural centre for food. A host of pubs in and around the town centre do a great line in food and drink, and many now put on their own entertainment as well.

Etsuko Japanese and Oriental Restaurant is unique to Middlesbrough, serving a vast choice of freshly cooked oriental dishes. It has a semi open kitchen that adds to the overall contemporary feel of the restaurant, where the layout lends itself to a very sociable and distinctly oriental dining experience and atmosphere.

La Terrasse restaurant has a Parisian theme, with an emphasis on quality seafood dishes. The restaurant has an award for the quality and standard of cuisine and service. The cosmopolitan style brasserie serves tempting traditional food with a local perspective alongside the ever-popular carvery.

The White Room exudes a calming and relaxing atmosphere the perfect conditions for an enjoyable meal for two or for a special group occasion. The spacious and unusually designed room is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and fine food.

Hardwick’s is open for Sunday lunch and the weekly menu changes every three weeks, giving diners a wide variety of choice. Dedicated to Gentleman George Hardwick, ex-Middlesbrough FC player, this restaurant is adorned with photographs of George in his playing days.

Nando’s prides itself on excellent value for money and traditional Portuguese hospitality. The speciality is the succulent, Portuguese flame grilled, Peri- Peri chicken served in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Middlesbrough offers a range of visitor accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Available accommodation ranges from three and four star hotels to cosy guest houses and bed & breakfasts.

Hotel Baltimore
Wainstones Hotel
Highfield Hotel
Thistle Middlesbrough

Entertainment

The town has a range of entertainment venues and attractions to suit all tastes and interests. In Middlesbrough you can choose from more than 20 cinema screens, a leading provincial theatre and sophisticated restaurants offering a mouth-watering variety of cuisine. There’s plenty of other activities to choose from – bowling to bingo, classical concerts to disco.

Middlesbrough Theatre, formerly called Middlesbrough Little Theatre, puts on shows of all genres for all generations performed by local and touring casts.

The Purple Onion is the top venue in the Tees Valley, combining superb food in the restaurant with Jazz, Blues and Disco in The Cellar for people of all ages.

Sassari Continental Cafe Restaurant is open all day specialising in authentic Italian food using only the best fresh ingredients and in the evening the upstairs function room hosts theme nights, DJ nights & live bands.

A multiplex cinema at Teeside Park offers a selection of the latest films.

With a huge selection of places to stay, things to do and excellent restaurants and bistros – Middlesbrough is a great choice for a short break!

Japan is a country rich in traditions and picturesque views, especially in Tokyo, where spectacular snow festivals take place on the streets. Hotels in Tokyo, in particular, display great Christmas illuminations during this season of the year. All of them offer special food to their guests and many seasonal activities to enjoy beyond New Year’s Day.

Among the hotels to choose from, you can find the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Dai-Ichi Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, Radisson Miyako Tokyo, and the Royal Park Hotel, just to name a few of the most popular during the winter holidays. One of the best valued hotels is the Tokyo Dome Hotel which has rooms offering impressive views of the city lights starting from the 23rd floor and above. Perhaps the best value you can pay for lodging.

Close in culture and geographical location, Tokyo celebrates the Chinese New Year with a special flavor. Long time rivals, China and Japan tried to stay away from each other in traditions, customs, and habits, but as the world has evolved both countries have to accept the social phenomenon that predominates around the world. Not only is Chinese New Year held in Tokyo’s hotels, homes, and public venues, but also our traditional Christmas and New Year days. Because Japan is a nation open to tourist from around the world, they want to make people feel at home.

The government is also aware of the cultural changes and is proud to offer eight giant Christmas trees for the delight of locals, domestic, and international visitors to Tokyo. This exhibit is part of the Festival of lights running from December 13 to December 25 each year. Tokyo is also spiritual, and outside the shopping and downtown scenery, visitors are invited to the Taoists temples nearby. On the other hand, you can join diverse events, dinners and shows hosted at hotels, or many other activities celebrated only during this day.

On New Years Day, enjoy the special opening of the Imperial Palace Grounds, and the traditional Dezomeshiki parade, including acrobatic stunts performed by Tokyo’s firemen. Since Chinese New Year is also part of the celebrations the stuntmen perform Dragon Dances as well. Pay a visit to the Marunouchi Nakadori Street, where shops and fashion buildings are located and all the trees on the streets are decorated with literally millions of Christmas lights.

During New Years you can also be a witness of an interesting attraction, which is traditional in Japan, called the “Watch-night bell, when the night bell is stroked 108 times at all temples all over the country on New Year’s eve. Japanese traditions speaks of 108 desires that need to be gotten rid of men during the last night of the year, hence a ritual is performed by citizens who want the New Year to bring happiness and wealth.

Fireworks, just like any other country, will symbolize the closing of another eventful year. Thousands of Japanese and tourists gather in the streets of Tokyo counting down to the final seconds awaiting another surprise package of fiery lighting display.

Milton Keynes is a city of contrasts. It combines the fun and enjoyment of city life with plenty of scope for leisure and relaxation. Busy and prosperous, its prime location promises business success and offers the sophistication and innovation to rival any other city. Milton Keynes is famous as a new city, so visitors could be forgiven for assuming that it has no history – nothing is further from the truth. When building the new town in the South East of England there was a unique opportunity to study and record the archaeology and landscape history of over 20,000 acres of countryside.

Places of interest:

Milton Keynes has a vast array of intriguing modern art. Enjoy a fascinating stroll around one of the largest collections of outdoor public art in England.
Most of this art is based in the City Centre, or in Campbell Park.
Milton Keynes Gallery is free to enter. It is the city’s most successful and imposing gallery and presents between 6 and 8 exhibitions a year. These are of contemporary and modern art.

Gullivers Land provides great family entertainment and is a great day out for the younger family. It is aimed at children between the ages of 3 – 13 years and is great value for money.

Xscape is the ultimate entertainment destination in Milton Keynes. It combines a large indoor ‘real snow’ ski slope, an indoor rock climbing wall, a multiplex cinema, a family entertainment centre which includes ten pin bowling, health and fitness centre, bars, restaurants, cafes and lifestyle and fashion retail outlets – all under one roof.

Willen Lakeside Park is the place to go to for a picnic, take part in water sports, jog, attend events or simply sit and watch the world pass by.
The City Discovery Centre was set up in 1987 and adopted the heritage site of Bradwell Abbey as its permanent base in 1992. Bradwell Abbey is the site of a 12th century Benedictine Priory.

Things to do:
For the visitor whose ideal break includes sporting pursuits Milton Keynes has facilities available throughout the city and surrounding areas. For those whose idea of a good time is shopping there is one of the largest covered shopping complexes in Europe.

The cycling in Milton Keynes is top quality; we have a huge network of cycle paths. These pass through beautiful scenery and guarantee an enjoyable bike ride.

Milton Keynes has over 70 Community Buildings in and around the city. These buildings include Community Centres, Meeting Places, Sports Grounds, a Windmill, Golf Courses and Swimming Pools.
Shopping in the city centre is dominated by the centre: It is a glass construction about a half mile in length and is one of the longest under-cover shopping areas in Europe, incorporating over 230 shops from large national stores to smaller specialist shops. It attracts nearly 30 million visitors a year. Within the shopping building there are a number of specialist barrows selling a wide variety of distinctive goods and four days a week there is an open market alongside the building. Being built on ground level with automatically-opening doors and with ample parking around the building, it is also very popular with visitors with disabilities.

Food & Drink:

Milton Keynes is well known for the varying different styles of restaurant. There are American, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai Restaurants, and many more in and around the Theatre District. There are many different places to go out for a drink, either for a night out with the lads, or a quiet evening drink.

Eastern Paradise is in the Wolverton area of Milton Keynes. The contemporary surroundings are pleasant and spacious. You are immediately captured by the bright colours and the art work which has a very east meets west feel, and this is reflected on the menu.

The Swan Inn is in the picturesque village of Cranfield, a few minutes from Milton Keynes centre. The striking interior gives off an atmosphere of a contemporary minimalism. A small but simple Italian menu means that the food is freshly prepared every day. Vegetarian alternatives are available.
La Tasca, the Spanish restaurant is situated in the heart of the Xscape complex. On entering the restaurant you are immediately met by a traditional Spanish setting. Every detail is Spanish, the wooden Spanish tables, the flowers, beautiful pottery adorns the walls, the colour is rustic and to top the atmosphere lovely Spanish music plays in the background and with subtle lighting in the background. The menu comprises all the traditional Spanish dishes that seem so familiar.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Milton Keynes offers the usual variety of accommodation for the visitor in the guise of Hotels, Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast accommodation. What makes it different from most cities is the amount of accommodation to let on a short term basis, usually a minimum of one week. Some of these fully furnished apartments also offer home office facilities for the business traveller.

Campanile Hotel- Milton Keynes
Comfort Inn- Milton Keynes, Formerly The Shires Mo
Best Western Moore Place Hotel
The Cock
Parkside Hotel
Broughton Hotel
Quality Hotel Milton Keynes
Express by Holiday Inn Milton Keynes
Novotel Milton Keynes
Harben House

Entertainment

There is nowhere like Milton Keynes in England. You’ll find great entertainment and unlike other cities not all of it is situated in the centre.
Milton Keynes theatre building uses the most technically advanced equipment available. It is able to accommodate a vast range of productions, from large-scale West End musicals, to smaller, more intimate drama. In addition to bringing a variety of performances to the city, Milton Keynes Theatre provides a focus for the city’s already thriving cultural life.

The National Bowl is UK’s premier open-air concert venue with no permanent seating. It consists of a grass amphitheatre, crescent shaped and gently sloping down to a large flat area in front of the stage allowing excellent viewing of the performance from all parts of the arena.

There are a couple of cinemas in Milton Keynes, which means you always have a choice of venue depending on mood, and there is always something on to see.

Hailed as Comedys Unofficial National Theatre, The Comedy Store will present The Best In Stand Up from around the globe, showcasing the brightest names in comedy talent. The Comedy Store is showcased at Bistro L!VE The location of Milton Keynes makes it accessible by all forms of transport. With the M1 motorway on its doorstep, and the London to Birmingham train line running through it, Milton Keynes is ideal for the local traveller wanting an enjoyable day out. For the international traveller a regular coach service runs to the centre of the city from Luton Airport.

 

Amsterdam’s promise of diversity and wealth make it an excellent choice for living, education, and most especially, business. Its ideal location in the European continent makes it a popular tourist and business destination, playing host to various flourishing industries. If you are visiting Amsterdam to wheel and deal, your best lodging option is a business hotel in Amsterdam.

Business hotels in Amsterdam are for the businessman on the move. They provide both leisure and business facilities perfect for conferences, meetings, or any kind of business travel. Most business hotels in Amsterdam are designed to please, with your convenience as their primary aim.

Location, Location, Location
Because time is always of the essence in business, the best business hotels in Amsterdam are tucked in central locations. This provides you with more mobility, and you don’t end up wasting too much time getting from one place to another. If you are only staying for a day or two in Amsterdam, a business hotel located near the airport is right for you. Because it is not particularly scenic, you don’t get sidetracked into doing other things. Moreover, you don’t have to put up with city traffic. Instead, you can fly out in a hurry as soon as you get your work done.

A Little Thing Called the Internet
Possibly the most important facility that business hotels in Amsterdam can offer is high speed Internet access. Modern businesses rely heavily on the World Wide Web, so it is a must that you can access the Internet everywhere you go.

Some business hotels in Amsterdam provide Internet connection in specific locations or hot spots, such as the lobby, coffee shops, and business centers. More and more business hotels in Amsterdam, however, are offering Internet connection in every room, giving business travelers like you the freedom of staying in touch with the office, as well as your home, right from the comforts of your own hotel room.

Similarly, if you are holding meetings or conferences in business hotels in Amsterdam, it is essential that the function room or conference room be equipped with a high speed Internet connection. This gives presenters a chance to demonstrate products and show reports, fostering better understanding for the attendees. High speed Internet connection also allows you to conduct video conferences, interactive training workshops, and business seminars.

The Customer Is Always Right
Being a businessman, you know exactly how important it is to take care of your customers so naturally, you would expect to be treated the same way. You expect no less than the best customer service in business hotels in Amsterdam. Any lapses, no matter how seemingly insignificant, have the potential to compromise sensitive deals and necessary negotiations. Speed, efficiency, convenience, and an added bit of comfort make transactions and deals go smoothly.

The best business hotels in Amsterdam do their part in fulfilling all your needs, even going the extra mile to satisfy. Some business hotels in Amsterdam provide transportation through shuttles, private cars, and taxis. Staff in the best business hotels in Amsterdam would iron your shirt, find a special tie, and even buy a pair of socks for you. They would find your lost luggage and fix your hairdryer, if they haven’t provided you one already.

After a hard day’s work, even the busiest businessman would want to wind down. Take the time to take advantage of the facilities provided by business hotels in Amsterdam. You can get a relaxing massage at the hotel’s spa, take a dip at the pool, or grab a drink at the bar. Oh yes, businessmen everywhere will find it makes perfect business sense to stay at business hotels in Amsterdam.

 

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic sometimes called – the golden city and one of the most popular cities in Europe. Not so long ago Prague was still under a communist regime making travelling to Prague very difficult. However all that has changed, especially just after the fall of the iron curtain finding accommodation in Prague was very difficult. Nowadays the number of Prague hotels has soared, estimates run into 400 hotels and pensions. Back in the early nineties the quality of the hotels in Prague was questionable but at the moment all international hotel chains have their own hotels in Prague. From very basic to the most luxurious hotels such as the Corinithia Towers Hotel or the Alcron hotel located close to the Wenceslas square, in fact Prague is one of Europes cities with the highest number of five star hotels. When looking for Prague hotels it is not difficult to find a hotel in the city centre most of the hotels lie in the old city and are located close to each other. This is one of the attractive aspects of Prague, as the city is pretty small compared to some other major European cities , it is easy to explore Prague by foot. Getting to Prague is very easy, Prague has an extensive transport system. For transport within the city the most suitable means of transport is the metro which is cheap, safe and reliable. By air Prague can be reached via Ruzyn airport, at Ruzyn Airport you will find the Ramada Airport Hotel Prague. If you arrive in Prague by train you will also find a great number of hotels in the direct neighborhood . For example the luxurious Esplanade Prague hotel which offers you a delightful stay in a beautiful Art Nouveau building. If it is a hotel close to the Prague Castle you are looking for then the 5 star Savoy Hotel could be your best choice. Being member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World this hotel has been the favorite place to stay for many famous persons visiting Prague. So Prague caters to the preferences of many, it is an history city with attraction and landmarks that are all in short reach however offering the atmosphere of a true metropolis. And finding accommodation in Prague will never be difficult, hotels can be found in all sorts and classifications.

If you are traveling to Yosemite National Park for California hotels, it makes sense to shop around online. You can also book your stay at the hotels. In this area of California, you have a choice of fine lodging areas, including the Housekeeping Camp.

Dont worry, the maid will take care of the housekeeping for you. Instead of staying at a hotel, however, you stay in a cabin along Merced River. The benefits are that you can enjoy Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. You have access to a swimming pool, or you can take a dip in along the beach.

If you prefer to stay at a hotel, the Ahwahnee hotel is available at Yosemite National Park. This is one of Californias National Historic Landmarks. This resort-style hotel takes you into North America where you will enjoy pools, massage, spa, Broadband, fishing, tennis, fireplace, TV, and air-conditioned rooms.

Yosemite has a different selection of California hotels. You have a choice of housing, cabins, etc to choose from as well. The Yosemite Pine Arbor Retreat, Porcupine Flat Campground, and the Badger Pass WTHR and Show CNDTN are some of the resorts around this area. You will have tons of fun while you enjoy nature at its best.

Napa also has some fine California hotels. In Napa, you have a choice, which includes the Cedar Gables Inn, La Belle & #201; Poque, Best Western Elm, Churchill Manor, and the Napa River Inn. The Churchill is a bed and breakfast.

 

Scarborough is one of Britains favourite seaside resorts and has been for more than four centuries. Located on the east coast of Yorkshire, Scarborough has always attracted visitors thanks to its beautiful and lengthy sandy beaches, picturesque cliff tops and family-oriented attractions. The location offers spectacular views of the North Sea but is also far more than just another seaside town; there are numerous things to see and do, making it an ideal place to take a break.

When you arrive in Scarborough, youll discover a whole treasure trove of things to see and do during your stay. Whatever your interest, be it history, heritage, sport, nature or art, youll find that Scarborough has it covered. Here are just a few of the places you can visit:

The Rotunda Museum. Suitable for all the family, including young children, this museum has Scarboroughs past completely covered. Come here to find out about the Victorian spa, the fishing port and prehistoric burial sites.

Eden Camp at Malton. Its worth taking the short journey from Scarborough to visit this exciting recreation of wartime Britain. Scenes from the past are reconstructed through a combination of sound, smell, movement and lighting.

Scarborough Light House. Located on Vincent Pier, this lighthouse has been guarding the coast for two hundred years and is known and loved by visitors and town-dwellers alike.

Church of St. Martin-on-the-Hill. This beautiful Victorian church boasts splendid, pre-Raphaelite stained glass, colourful interior decoration and extravagant architecture.

North Bay Miniature Railway. Enjoy the whimsical British phenomenon of the miniature railway as you explore this one from the 1930s, which has tracks of almost a mile in length.

As well as all the places of interest to visit in Scarborough, there are also many different types of things you can do. Scarborough is host to a whole selection of special events and activities all the year round, so you never know what might be on when you come and visit. Some of the things you might choose to do include:

Go shopping! At the Brunswick Shopping Centre, youll discover shops selling many different kinds of goods and products, whether youre looking for childrens clothing or the ideal wedding present.
Take a trip along the coast with Scarborough Pleasure Steamers. Enjoy the finest views of the picturesque Yorkshire coast by travelling on the Regal Lady and Coronia. Trips run whatever the weather.

Enjoy the spectacle of the Water Ski Circus. Youd be cruel to deny your kids the pleasure of a trip to this exhibit, which sees your favourite TV & film characters performing on water skis. Watch out for Batman, Bart Simpson, the Tellytubbies and more.

Go boating at Peasholm Park & Island. Choose from canoes, pedalos or boat trips and enjoy this beautiful park on a relaxing afternoon. Also choose from mini golf, tree walks, and a water ski circus.

Scarborough offers a wide variety of places to eat, each serving its own type of distinctive food. Venues range from that ever-popular Yorkshire speciality, fish and chip shops, to high-class restaurants, plus all the cafes you could wish for. Here is just a selection of some of Scarboroughs quality eateries:

The Red Lea Hotel. Located on the Prince of Wales Terrace, this hotel has a five-star restaurant offering three course meals that change every day. Take your pick from beef, salmon or vegetarian platters, or try something refined like the roast pheasant.

The Magpie Caf. This caf offers a variety of tasty meals, but is especially renowned for its fish and chips. The reason? The fish is always straight from the harbour at Scarborough, meaning youll be in for a fresh-tasting treat.

Mother Hubbards Restaurant. A family-owned eatery for many years, this restaurant also serves up its own special brand of fish and chips, earning it the title of Fish and Chip Shop of the Year on several occasions.

The Hungry Horse. A wide choice of dishes is on offer here, ranging from delicious steaks to bulging burgers, light bites and yummy desserts. You also have the opportunity to wash down your food down with an ice-cold Greene King beer.

The Pizza Place. If youre looking for takeaway food, then this is the place to come. Choose from a variety of pizzas, all served with your own choice of toppings.

If youre looking for somewhere to stay, then youll find yourself spoiled for choice when you come to Scarborough. Every type of accommodation is available in the town, whether youre looking for bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns, or guest houses; there are also many caravans and campsites available for booking. Finally, there are even holiday cottages up for rent if you want total privacy, peace and quiet. Many of the hotels in the town are located on cliff-tops, offering views of the sandy beaches and open sea; others come complete with their own golf courses. Additionally, many of the hotels and guesthouses offer facilities such as swimming pools, television, bars and in-house restaurants.

The Gresham Hotel
The Victoria Hotel
Hotel St Nicholas
Royal Classic Hotel
Granville Lodge Hotel
Chatsworth Hotel
The Crown Spa Hotel
Ashburton Hotel
The Lincoln Hotel
The Skikero Hotel
The Grand Scarborough
Mansion House Hotel

Scarborough has plenty of entertainment up on offer, most of it geared towards the family. One of the towns biggest venues is the Olympia Leisure Family Entertainment Centre, which has everything from fruit machines to childrens adventure play areas, laser dodgems, simulators and the ever-favourite 2p machines. If youre stuck for something to do in an evening, then Scarborough Spa Theatre provides a variety of family entertainment. Alternatively, if youre looking for something that little bit different, Cotton Dale Shooting Ground is on hand if youve always fancied having a go at clay pigeon shooting. Finally, if youre a movie fan, then a trip to the Hollywood Plaza Cinema is a must, as it shows all the latest blockbusters.

As one of Britains best-loved seaside towns, Scarborough has plenty to offer the visitor and tourist. With plenty of attractions and things to do, no matter what the weather, Scarborough is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

San Francisco is a city of great architecture which is engulfed by beautiful fog. San Francisco is located on the west coast of the U.S. at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and includes significant stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay within its boundaries. Several islands are part of the city, notably Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island. It is also well known for the mesmerizing architecture the Golden Gate Bridge.

This particular city is all about life. This city has got it all and is well depicted by the words of Herb Caen, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, “One day if I do go to heaven…I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'” This is the city for you. The city has its roots in its rich traditional culture and with that it is finding its future with the gigantic growth in terms of business & commerce and other such areas.

While in the city you will never think of what to do. With so much attractions like the Alcatraz, the Golden Gate bridge, Almo Square. Te Bay Bridge, beautiful beaches, fisherman’ wharf and the never ending nightlife and events in the city will keep you well occupied throughout the day. If that’s not all, you can stroll through the famous union square doing nothing.

Union Square is the central shopping, hotel and theatre district in this city of California. Its name is derived from the one-block park situated between Post, Geary, Powell and Stockton Streets, but its importance as the largest collection of large department stores, swank boutiques, tourist trinket shops and salons in the Western United States continues to make Union Square a major visitor draw and downtown San Francisco a vital, cosmopolitan place. Grand hotels and small inns, and repertory, off-Broadway and single-act theaters contribute to the area’s dynamic, 24-hour character.

If you are a visitor and want to stay in the Union Square then make prior reservations as this place is having a large number of Grand Hotels and small Inns but they are always flooded with tourists and finding a place at the last minute might be a problem.

The famous hotels in Union Square are Hotel Union Square, Inn at Union Square, Handlery Union Square Hotel, Chancellor Hotel On Union Square, Union Square Plaza Hotel, Union Square Association: Clift Hotel, Hotel Palomar, Maxwell Hotel, Cartwright Hotel, Villa Florence Hotel etc. Apart from the luxury hotels in Union Square you can find a small number of inns which can suit every budget.

The hotels here provide excellent service with delicious food. You can always count on its rich sea food apart from the world’s delicacies which the restaurants here serve. Stay in any hotel in the city would be greatly comfortable and pleasant and the hotels here provide numerous services like airport pickup and drop facilities, swimming pools, spas, health clubs, fine restaurants, and air conditioned rooms. With the mesmerizing city in the background, the hotels here definitely cerate an impression that is equally fascinating.

Lets have a look at the pros and cons of luxury hotels and Serviced Apartments and find out which makes more sense for your next vacation, business trip or leisure trip.

When you plan a vacation or leisure trip, you may automatically think of taking your family (or just yourself) and checking into a luxury hotel. With so many holiday packages out there, it’s easy to get sucked into that frame of thinking. And in the long run, you can often get the best vacation deals by going that way. Still, there are other lodging options you might wish to explore.

Serviced Apartments, for instance, offer many modern amenities and facilities that the majority of luxury hotels do not. Serviced Apartments by www.apartotels.com provides you with fully equipped kitchens with self-catering facilities, single and double bedrooms, lounge area with pullout beds or single beds and attached toilets. You can find serviced apartments in any part of the world and will get the ultimate in privacy for your vacation.

If you prefer to be surrounded by the busy Night Life, Shopping Centers, Museums, Clubs, Theatres, Restaurants, you can find a place of your choice and the local attractions near that Serviced Apartment or Luxury Hotel at www.apartotels.com (perhaps an apartment near Hyde Park or Bridgestreet in London and many other busiest streets of London).

What about families who travel with pets? Is a hotel or a Serviced Apartment more likely to accommodate them? Well, as far as I know, I haven’t seen too many luxury hotels that appreciate even well-mannered dogs peeking out through their lobbies. On the other hand, Serviced Apartments is often the better option to choose for pet owners, because many will accept dogs and cats (with an additional deposit). Do check out at www.apartotels.com to find the serviced apartments providing the facility of keeping pets.

The last thing to be mentioned here is the overall ambiance of Serviced Apartments versus Luxury Hotels. with Luxury Hotels, you get pretty much the same thing no matter which part of the world you visit. This can be good for those who don’t like change, but if you want to stay somewhere that embraces the culture of the local area, you’re more likely to find that in a Serviced Apartment. Serviced Apartments are cozier and friendlier than the starkness of most Hotel Rooms.

Lest you think I am trying to promote Serviced Apartments over hotels, I must admit that there are a few limitations to Serviced Apartments. Firstly, finding just the right place can involve more internet research than simply booking through a website that offers travel package deals. Secondly, most Serviced Apartments don’t come with housekeeping facilities. The premises will be clean when you, but don’t expect anyone to come in and change your sheets every day; although a free weekly housekeeping service is available in most of the Serviced apartments.

As you can see, there are pros and cons for both luxury hotels and Serviced Apartments, I always prefer to live in a Serviced Apartments booked through www.apartotels.com myself (among the reasons are, I really like the at-home environment, its cheap price and self-catering facilities they provide), but each have their advantages depending on your preferences. Make sure you look around and collect all information about your short stay or long stay accommodation before deciding where you want to spend your vacation.
About Apartotels

Apartotels was established in 2004 and since then is operating over more than 3000 serviced apartments which are situated in all the important locations of London, Paris and Europe. The serviced apartments are suitable for a single person to a large family and for all type of businesses for short as well as long term stay.

 

If you are not too concerned about cost, the Harbor View Inn, located in Santa Barbara is one of the finest California hotels to visit. The hotel is off Cabrillo Boulevard. At the hotel, you will enjoy oceanfront views. The amenities include swimming pool, Broadband access, fitness center, air-conditioner, beach, hot tub, TV, Safe in room, balcony and terrace, house cleaner service, free newspaper and more. You can get rooms with refrigerator, iron, coffee maker, and enjoy daily maid service.

The hotel features 94 rooms and is a three-story building. The hotel was built in the mid 1980s. It is one of the first class hotels with resorts, health club, childrens pool, outdoor pool, dry cleaning services, and is close to the beach. The rooms cost $275 per night. If you want a more affordable hotel in California, perhaps a stay at the West Beach Inn will suit your budget. This hotel is $136 per night. The hotel is surrounded by palm trees, and you have a nice oceanfront view.

The hotel offers you a surplus of amenities. The room amenities include air-conditioner, TV, SatelliteCable, safe in room, coffee maker, phone, iron, refrigerator, microwave, and kitchenette and kitchens are available. Free newspapers are available as well and you get daily maid service.

The hotel features include 44 rooms in a third floor building. The hotel was established in 1965, and has family rooms, free parking and breakfast, free local calls, golf course, business center, free High-Speed Internet access, dry cleaning services, pool, handicap conveniences, dining, and more. It is another of the first class California hotels.

Sheffield is a city that is steeped with the history of steelmaking in England. Take a look at any knife and fork and see the inevitable Made in Sheffield sign. Most of the tourists come here especially to be the part of the scenic beauty that surrounds Sheffield. The city is located towards the centre of England in the county of South Yorkshire.

The city was actually the countrys first National City of Sport in 1995. That year triggered an interest of the populace towards sports. Since then the city has an excellent reputation of being one of the prime cities for sport and sporting venues. Be it sports research, sports medicine and sports related engineering, the city has endeavoured to keep no stone unturned in the world of games and sporting expertise.

An estimate of seven million people reside here, within an hours drive. All in all it is a modern multicultural city with a prosperous heritage and a diverse culture. Every day is a day for the city to pave the road to further progress.

Places of interest:

Sheffield is a popular UK destination – a tourists paradise. If you are passionate about arts, someone who likes diversity in culture or someone who swears by exciting nightlife, then you ought to have Sheffield in your mind. Combine these things with excellent shopping locales and eye-soothing scenery and you know you are in the right place.

Chatsworth House – This is one of the treasure houses of England. Chatsworth House is located right at the border of Sheffield and in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It is one place that should never be missed. The spectacular woodland adventure playground, the scenic farmyard or the 105-acre garden with its cascading fountains and maze are breathtaking.

Millennium Galleries – This is just the place where intricate art meets exquisite design. Situated in the heart of the city centre, it has an outstanding impressive metalwork gallery, attracting immense and grand exhibitions from national galleries. It has beautiful works in traditional craftsmanship and contemporary examples. It links directly to the stunning winter garden, which is Europes biggest city centre temperate glasshouse.

Hardwick Hall – Hardwick Hall is a spectacular National Trust Elizabethan home with more glass than wall. You will love the embroideries and tapestries put on display here. Of course, this place has no dearth of gardens and scintillating parkland walks.

Magna – Magna, the UKs first science adventure centre, is an awe-inspiring day out for the family. It is a tribute to the powerful elements of earth, wind, fire and water. You can take controls of a JCB digger, blast water cannons at human targets and also feel the heat of a fire tornado.

Trans-Pennine Trail – You can walk and bike on this regional trail that spans east to west and breezes through Derbyshire and Yorkshire locations.

Things to do:

Hailed as the safe city, you can rest assured that you will feel secure in this city. In fact the city has undertaken a lot of initiatives to keep crime and anti-social behaviour at bay. You can shop till you drop and enjoy the exciting local events.

Shopping – Sheffield is a shopper’s resort. The retail outlets have a lot of variety in the products they offer. The indoor and outdoor markets are always bustling with lively activity. There are trendy shops as well as those that specialize in selling designer brands. Fargate is a famous pedestrian shopping area right in the heart of the city with an emphasis on fashion and trends. The Moor is another broad and famed tree-lined thoroughfare, having over 100 shopping outlets, banks, department stores, cafs and restaurants. It is also famous for its open-air market.

Transport- Sheffield is wonderfully connected to the rest of Britain by road and rail. There is a comprehensive bus network and the efficient Supertram system in the city also. This place is also remarkably close to most of Englands major airports. Leeds Bradford, Nottingham East Midlands, Manchester, Humberside and Birmingham International airports all within about an hour and a half by road. The Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport was the first full-service international airport to be built in the last thirty years. It has flights to major European cities and resorts like Rome, Rhodes, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Belfast. The Supertram, silent and sleek as they come, constitutes one of the most successful urban transport systems in the whole of Europe. The Supertram network is 29 kilometres long. Each tram can carry 250 passengers.

The Nightlife – The nightlife is pretty hep here with the best of DJs and big name artists thronging this city. The place is a regular clubbing haunt. The late-night venues for music and pubbing would be Leadmill and the renowned Gatecrasher One. Those looking for live music could head to Eleven jazz club, Ruskins a contemporary wine bar adjacent to Sheffields Theatres, The Leadmill, The Boardwalk or Trippets Wine Bar to listen to popular live music and bands.

Special events – A city full of vibrant arts, passion for music and literature has a lot of festivals in honour of these pursuits. There is a much acclaimed Childrens Festival, a five-week event involving more than 135 schools, colleges and community groups. There is Lord Mayors Carnival Parade each July, which sparks off a party mood in the minds of the general public. You will see hundreds of people moving their way through the city streets carrying spectacular carnival structures and donning colourful costumes. There is a literature festival called Off the Shelf Literature Festival that has prominent literary figures pouring to the city. One cannot forget Europe Week, a celebration event which grows better with every passing year! It is comprised of a chain of events celebrating Sheffields role as a major European city. The events include the European Youth Parliament, the Taste of Europe continental food market, European Question Time and Opportunity Europe for Business. The famous Lovebytes Digital Arts festival, the longest running event of its kind for celebrating digital innovation in photography and culture, is also celebrated here with grandeur.

Food & Drink:

Sheffield is an incredible place to dine. You can get a sumptous variety of food from all over the world here. Theres the best of Indian, Italian, Cuban, Chinese and seafood restaurants to choose from. There is also no dearth of bars, bistros, cafs, and of course, pubs.

Rutland Arms- Rutland Arms is a beautifully painted award-winning beer joint.

Gastro Pub – Gastro Pub merges the best of a traditional pub with contemporary dining and a wide selection of drinks.

Marco at Milanos in Millhouses Marco has been ranked one of Britains top 10 Italian Restaurants in the Observer Food Monthly magazine in June 2004.

Rafters – This is recommended in most of the food guides in the UK, offering the best of European menu.

The Old Vicarage at Ridgeway – Is the restaurant owned by the award-winning TV chef Tessa Bramley. You can expect to get an innovative mix and taste of modern British dishes.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Whether you want to come here for a long weekend, a business trip, or even spend your honeymoon, you will find that the choice of where to stay may be a difficult one. The hotels and accommodation could be bed and breakfasts, discount hotels, guesthouses, four or five-star luxury hotels and accommodations, etc. The benefits in most of them multi-functional rooms, swimming pools, gyms, saunas, Jacuzzis, and Internet access at a good price.

Hotel Bristol
Rutland Hotel
Cutlers Hotel
Holiday Inn Sheffield
Sheffield Park Hotel
Carlton Park Hotel
The Beauchief Hotel
Staindrop Classic Hotel
Grosvenor House Hotel
Novotel Sheffield
DAYS INN HOTEL Sheffield South
Macdonald St. Paul’s Hotel
The Red Lion Inn

Entertainment:

A ten-minute tram ride from the city centre is Valley Centertainment. This extremely popular development includes a multi-screen cinema, stylised American-type restaurants, a bowling alley, and amusements with the latest video and arcade games. The Valley Centertainment is surrounded by a host of leisure venues including Don Valley Stadium, English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam FM Arena, iceSheffield, and Don Valley Bowl. Sheffield is always on the map for any major UK music tour. Major bands as well as the upcoming ones always love to perform in this city. The 2000 seater City Hall accomodates the biggest names in world entertainment like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake.

Sheffields people are some of the friendliest and most tolerant people in the UK. It is a vibrant city that sends positive vibes to the people and tourists visiting the place. It is a multicultural city as potrayed by the innumerable festivals, variety of cuisines and cultures on display here. Come to Sheffield and get the tour of your life.

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