A boutique hotel will often provide additional services that guests in large chain hotels wont find.

One of the joys of staying in a boutique hotel is that a range of activities can be arranged for you. Countryside retreats provide a number of options within their own grounds, whilst city and beach hotels have local contacts and can help you to book places or tickets or use facilities, often at a favourable rate.

Sports

Many people choose to take part in sporting activities whilst they are on holiday. Some boutique hotels have golf courses on-site, whilst others can offer tennis, fishing or horse riding. At beach resorts, you can take advantage of water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving. Whether you are a newcomer to these sports, or you have chosen this holiday specifically to indulge in your favourite pursuit, you boutique hotel can help.

Spa

It has become very popular for hotels in this sector to offer spa treatments. It doesnt matter whether the hotel is in a small city building or a large mansion in the countryside, a spa facility of some sort is always welcomed by guests. Some hotels have their own Turkish Baths where you can fully unwind at the end of the day, or refresh yourself at the beginning of one. Some hotels provide cosmetic services and hairdressers, so that you can look your very best before you step out on the terrace. There are boutique hotels that are geared to offer you a full spa experience, where the emphasis of your stay is on treatments and remedies, sending you home totally refreshed and relaxed.

Dining

Although most hotels have dining rooms, not all of them take dining and great food as seriously as the boutique sector. For these hotels, having a great restaurant is a natural extension of having a great hotel and it is often these restaurants and bars that become favoured hangouts for locals as well as guests. With careful attention paid to the menu and the ingredients, hotel owners know that food is an integral part of any hotel experience and that, in many hotels, it often fails to meet expectations. Thats why so many descriptions of boutique hotels include a full review of the food available; its part of the appeal for guests.

Whatever you want to get from your holiday, a boutique hotel can help you to find it. If you want nothing other than peace and relaxation, just ask for the paper and your favourite drink and spend the morning on the terrace just because all these extras are on offer doesnt mean you have to use them its just nice to know theyre there.

 

When you are looking for a place to stay on your vacation, you know all hotels are not made alike. Some hotels are just a place to rest your head at the end of the day and take a shower in the morning. Others are not just a hotel, but also a complete experience. We are going to look at five such locations.

Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa

This hotel is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As soon as you arrive at the lodge you will feel as you have entered another country or another world. The entire attraction has a rustic lodge theme, and in addition to just a place to lay your head at the end of the day, you can take wildlife safaris. In the spring youll see grizzlies and wolves, in the fall in addition to the wolves and grizzlies, you can see elk roaming. Back at the lodge you can take a ride on white water rafts, or take to a trail on horseback. If you want to pamper yourself, select from the offerings at the Body Sage Spa

Blackberry Farm

For relaxing and getting back to nature few hotels can offer the vacation deals that the Blackberry Farm can in the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. This resort is located on 4,200 acres of beautiful property that offers back-to-nature experiences including hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, and canoeing. If you are looking for a little romance to go with your exploration, carriage rides are available through the property. There is even a camp program for the kids. While theyre away, you can be treated like royalty in the resort spa.

The Point Resort

This scenic place to stay is located on Saranac Lake, New York. This locale opens up its door to those with all diets of type, featuring a full kitchen that can meet any dietary restrictions. You will be relaxing in one of four separate buildings – Main Lodge, Guest House, Eagles Nest, and the Boat House, and can divide your time between on-site activities (hiking, horseback riding, badminton) and off-site activities (visits to the Adirondack Mountains and Whiteface Mountain, ice fishing, and ice skating).

The Peninsula

While in Beverly Hills, why not be treated like your name is on the walk of fame. This California resort offers just that. In the middle of the Beverly Hills Elite Homes, The Peninsula offers full spa treatments as well as top-line restaurants, and an easy drive down to Rodeo Drive or to strut your stuff on the streets of Beverly Hills.

The Post Ranch Inn

This getaway is located in Big Sur, California, far from the big city activities. Instead of looking at bright city lights and cars zooming by, your view here is much more relaxing, looking off the cliffs of the California coastline. You can take a walk and enjoy the breath taking view or relax and watch the day go by. While the atmosphere is very laid back and comfortable, you can still be treated like the stars down on rodeo drive, with one of their many spa treatment offerings.

 

Once known for its fishing fleet the city of Hull has in recent years undergone a revitalization that has made it among the UKs most vibrant cities. First chartered more than 700 years ago by Edward I, Hull combines the best features of a bustling port with the amenities of a cosmopolitan city. In the forefront of British defence during World War II, Hull suffered widespread damage and has since undergone extensive rebuilding. A visitor choosing to holiday here will find museums, nightlife, sport and venues to rival any town.

Travellers new to the area may be surprised by the size and variety of the museums and historical sites Hull has to offer. Many are world class and boast renowned exhibits and respected educational facilities.

The Deep. In little more than four years of existence this superb aquarium has seen in excess of two million visitors. Thousands of schools have logged visits as well. Thirty exhibits examine life in the water from streams to the ocean depths. Hundreds of varieties of sea creatures including fourteen species of shark are on display via the deepest marine viewing bay in Europe. With its metal and glass clad point jutting into the harbour, The Deep is unlikely to be overlooked and impossible to forget. Admission is reasonable with family tickets available.

Ferens Art Gallery. Considered one of the best galleries in the provinces, Ferens houses a large collection of Old Masters in addition to a well regarded overview of contemporary British Art. Families will be interested in its childrens gallery. The best of the art worlds travelling exhibits make it here as well.

Hands on History Museum. A delight for the family and history buffs of all ages, this museum is a fine introduction to Victorian times with a specific emphasis on the homes and lives of the people of Hull.

Streetlife Museum. One of the four museums which make up the Museum Quarter on High Street. Travel through two centuries of Hull transportation in this museum whose mission is to document the evolution of Hull transport. Realistic climb about exhibits will both entertain and educate. Wilberforce House, birthplace and home to Hull son, slavery opponent and member of Parliament William Wilberforce, sits adjacent to the Streetlife Museum. Currently undergoing a massive renovation, it will re-open in 2007.

Arctic Corsair. Christened in 1960 and retired in 1987, the Arctic Corsair is the last of a proud tradition of fishing vessels that for centuries were the lifeblood of Hulls economy. Known as a side winder, this proud ship was opened for visitation in 1999 and has logged thousands of eager boarders. Kept as she was when a working fishing trawler, the Artic Corsair is not suitable for disabled visitors or small children. Contact in advance for a guided tour.

After a day of museum exploration a little shopping, easy going sight seeing and just plain relaxation may be in order.

The Princess Quay. Located in Hulls harbour, this unusual shopping centre has a multitude of shops and entertainment spanning three decks. Dining is also available on the quay proper as well as in dockside restaurants.

One World Trading. Shopping with a conscience is the idea behind this fair trade market. Its wide eclectic range of imported goods based on the concept of fair trade offers many one-of-a-kind items.
The Humber Bridge. At one time the longest single span suspension bridge in the world, The Humber Bridge toll way is travelled by more than 100,000 cars a week.

Hull New Theatre. Home to plays, musicals, ballet and spectacular Christmas entertainment, the Hull New Theatre has served the area since 1939.

East Park, West Park, Queens Garden. Hull boasts a wide array of public gardens throughout the city which offer personal recreation, picnic areas, floral exhibits, animal parks and water sports.

Hull offers a fine mix of traditional and modern pubs and restaurants for both the family oriented and the young, single traveller or couple.

Ye Olde White Hart. This historic pub dating from the sixteenth century sits hidden in an alley at the juncture of Bowlalley Lane and Silver Street. Legendary amongst locals the White Hart has undergone a recent rejuvenation with an eye to preserving its roots. A popular addition is the area billed as the citys first all weather beer garden.

The Minerva Hotel. On the pier overlooking the Humber this traditional British pub and hotel offers Tetley cask, other name brand ales and a rotating menu of discriminating brew. Cribbage, dominoes, and big screen sports television make this a pleasant place to while away a few hours. The well served traditional British food, view of the river and family friendly atmosphere are additional reasons to put The Minerva on a visitors agenda.

Venn on Scale Lane. The upscale diner will enjoy this well reviewed fish restaurant which is a Michelin Guide favourite. Reservations recommended.

Old Custom House. Delectable food for a wide variety of palates along with a large and very serviceable wine list are served at this family establishment.

Jaz Caf Bar. Visit this caf in the evening for distinctive food and drink coupled with a revolving schedule of live music from jazz to salsa.

Hull Hotels & accommodation

Pub side hotels, self cater establishments, fine lodgings and estate accommodations are abundant in the area. As is increasingly true throughout the island it is best not to arrive without reservations. Students, business people and world travellers gobble up available rooming spaces well in advance.

The Dorchester
Quality Hotel Royal Hull
Campanile Hotel – Hull
Ramada Hull
Portland Hotel
Best Western Willerby Manor Hotel
Kingston Theatre Hotel

Sport fans and music enthusiasts will not be disappointed in Hull. Hull Arena is the home ice of the Hulls ice hockey team the Stingrays and also plays host to a variety of world name music acts. The 25,000 seat Kingston Communications Centre houses both the League 1 Champion Hull City Football Club and the rugby league club Hull FC as well as numerous other sporting and entertainment events. A second excellent rugby league team, Hull Kingston Rovers, calls Craven Park Home.

True to its history of energy and resilience, Hull has rebounded from the difficult demise of its fishing industry to become a lively port and a thriving centre of commerce and tourism. Take an unusual break from the everyday holiday, visit Hull.

 

What is it about staying in a big hotel that annoys you? Maybe its the impersonal service, or the amount of time you have to queue to check in. Perhaps its the buffet breakfast thats been under hotplates for a while, or the fact that your room looks like every other room youve ever stayed in. Large hotels are great for some occasions, but its worthwhile looking at boutique hotels to regain some enjoyment from your stay.

So what is it about small hotels that enchants you? If youve stayed in a boutique hotel before, then we can make a fairly accurate guess:

The design

Properly designed hotels are so different from regular hotels that you notice the difference as soon as you walk in. The furniture, the artwork, the colours and the flooring all convey a message that this hotel has been designed for a purpose; to make you feel at home.

The attention to detail

The purpose of a boutique hotel is to make your stay comfortable and stress-free. The design includes attention to details that enhance your stay. It could be the fact that you can tailor your own breakfast in the morning, or that your shoes are shined and your laundry done overnight. It may be the fact that your bedroom opens directly onto the beach or the welcome tray thats in your room on arrival. Its the details that make a difference, and boutique hotel owners know it.

The numbers

The main characteristic of a true boutique hotel is the number of rooms. A lower room count means that the hotel is dedicated to ensuring that your stay is as perfect as possible. Too many people to look after often results in poorer service, whereas a higher service-to-guest ratio means that you should never have to worry about asking for anything in fact, staff usually anticipate your needs.

The locations

By their nature, big hotels require big buildings. Boutique hotels can run from small, individual buildings, using their unique architecture and features in the design and layout of the hotel. It means better city centre locations, better views and more interesting interiors. Location is as important when youre choosing a hotel as when youre buying a house, and boutique hotels can usually deliver.

Boutique is small and small is beautiful; particularly when its combined with classic design, detail and service.

Leeds, capitol of Yorkshire, is an often times overlooked holiday delight. Easily accessible by air and auto with a wide variety of recreational and sport activities, Leeds offers fun for the entire family. Golf enthusiasts, art lovers and those who study British history will all find ample diversion within miles of this financial and industrial hub.

Prestigious art galleries and historic homes are to be found in both Leeds proper and within a short driving distance of the city.

Leeds Art Gallery. Dating to 1881, this museum houses French Post Impressionists, Victorian works and a widely hailed collection of modern British artists. The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, outlet for contemporary British craftsmen, shares the space. Free admission for most exhibitions and events.

Henry Moore Institute. Adjacent to the Leeds Art Gallery. A well regarded centre for the display of all types of sculpture, the Institute also conducts distinguished research. Top grade exhibitions make frequent visits. Many collections and tours are free. Advanced booking for groups is advised.

Harewood House. Residence of the Queens cousin, the Earl of Harewood, this home has a fine array of art as well as beautiful formal gardens. The house itself is also open for guided tours. Recent additions include boats on the lake and a childrens playground. Paid admission. Family tickets available.

Temple Newsam. This Tudor-Jacobean manor anchors more than 1,500 acres of park, wood and farm land. The world renowned house and gardens are open to the public for a modest charge. The estate is also the location of one of the worlds largest Rare Breed Farms which shelters nearly four hundred animals.

Royal Armouries Museum. Exhibits including a set of King Henry VIIIs armour are displayed here. Many other instruments of war are on view. Costumed re-enactments and actual jousts take place April through October. Paid admission for some events. Advanced booking advised.

After a day filled with cultural pursuits, a visitor on holiday in Leeds might want to take in a little shopping or a play. Leeds is no slouch in either department.

The Corn Exchange. Originally designed by renowned Yorkshire architect Cuthbert Broderick in 1862 the Exchange was retrofitted in 1990 as a wide ranging shopping centre.

The Victoria Quarter. This upscale centre is a destination in itself as well as Yorkshires premiere shopping experience. Prada, Hugo Boss and more than eighty other stores sit underneath a breathtaking Brian Clarke stained glass ceiling.

Headrow Shopping Centre. Headrow shopping street has managed to retain much of its original architecture while incorporating some of the best shopping in the country. The centre itself boasts the largest sporting goods store in England as well as Yorkshires biggest music shop.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse. This young but internationally respected theatre sees more than 250,000 patrons annually. It has two theatres, a restaurant, and a bar in the real ale tradition and rehearsal facilities.

Northern Ballet Theatre. This distinguished company was founded in 1969 and has experienced a consistent growth in reputation and repertoire.

From a friendly pub to world class restaurants and trendy celebrity clubs, Leeds has it all. A traveller looking for a quiet beer, a family friendly nosh or a fine dining experience will find it in Leeds.

Tetleys Brewery Wharf. Tetleys has been brewing beer in the UK since 1822. Not actually a drinking establishment a tour of its visitor centre built at a cost of nearly 10 million American dollars will give insight into the art of brewing before heading off to a true pub.

Whitelocks. Licensed since 1715 this small pub offers ambience and prize winning brew.

The Angel Inn. For a good price and a good pint in an old fashioned setting with a true beer garden, this pub cant be beaten.

Salvos. A Leeds favourite since it opened in 1976, this Italian restaurant boasts desserts and a robust wine list; recently named one of the UKs Ten Best Pizza Restaurants.

Simply Heathcotes. Located in the Granary Wharf section in a renovated grain house this moderately priced restaurant offers traditional British cooking with both a kiddie menu and a wine list.

Paris Caf Bar. Sandwiches, sides, full dishes, beer, wine, reasonable prices, casual atmosphere; what more could a weary traveller desire?

Leodis. Laid back but totally top drawer, this upscale eatery serves fine food well done with a wine list to match.

Leeds Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodation in Leeds range from friendly and funky self cater establishments to the high end. In between there are numerous mid-level chains. Best not to visit without a reservation; University, sports, financial and cultural concerns keep most lodgings near capacity year round.

Ascot Grange Hotel
Malmaison Hotel Leeds
Express by Holiday Inn Leeds City Centre
Quebecs, The Leeds Boutique Hotel
Golden Lion Hotel
Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel
Comfort Inn Leeds
Merrion Hotel
42 The Calls
The Met Leeds
Highbank Hotel
Harman Suites 1 & 2, Self-Catering Apartments, Nea
Ramada Leeds Parkway Hotel
Ramada Leeds North Hotel
The Butlers Hotel
Village Hotel & Leisure Club Leeds
Craiglands Hotel
Oulton Hall
Haley’s Hotel and Restaurant
Radisson SAS Hotel Leeds
The Queens Leeds – A QHotel
Riva Hotel
Park Plaza Leeds
Novotel Leeds Centre
Crowne Plaza Leeds
Jurys Inn Leeds
Woodlands Hotel
Harewood Arms

Besides culture, sports, shopping and food, what else does Leeds have to offer? Just a wide variety of sporting and entertainment venues, thats what!

Rugby, Football, Cricket. Leeds is an enthusiastic nucleus of professional sports. Two rugby teams, Rhinos and Tykes, are based in Leeds. Football devotees will enjoy a rousing Leeds United Football Club match. Cricket fans should stop by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club where the game has been played since 1890.

Golf. Several excellent courses pepper the Leeds countryside with Alwoodley Golf Club being among the best. Designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie, who would later configure Augusta National and Royal Melbourne, it is one of Leeds best kept secrets.

Millennium Square. As the name suggests, this 12 million American dollar multi-use facility was built to mark the year 2000. During the winter season it hosts the Ice Cube skating rink and notables from entertainers to politicians throughout the year.

Roundhay Park. Situated on 700 acres, Roundhay welcomes sporting events, concerts and fireworks to Roundhay Park Arena. This natural venue has seen crowds of up to 100,000 for artists including the Rolling Stones and Madonna. In addition to the amphitheatre, Roundhay encompasses parks, lakes, woods and gardens and plays host to skaters, bikers, tennis players and golfers. Fishermen troll; its Waterloo Lake.

Anyone making holiday plans should not dismiss spending a few days in Leeds. A true Yorkshire treasure, it has activities for all ages and interests. For an entertaining, educational and relaxing holiday, visit surprising Leeds.

 

Liverpool is, of course, most famous for being the city that spawned The Beatles. But there is much more to this fascinating city’s past than just the Fab Four. Recent years have seen extensive re-development in the city and Liverpool is once again on the up swing in terms of popularity. The docks have been rejuvenated, there is a thriving cultural scene and the city is today renowned all over the UK for its nightlife. Once again on the up, Liverpool is well worth a visit for any visitor.

Places of interest:

WORLD MUSEUM LIVERPOOL continues to be a favourite with locals and visitors alike. From the creepy Bug House and brand-new Aquarium to The Natural History Centre and Treasure House Theatre, families will find enough to keep them coming back for years.

WALKER ART GALLERY is known as the National Gallery of the North. It houses an internationally important collection of art from the 14th to the 20th century. The collection is especially rich in European Old Masters, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite pictures and modern British works.

MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL LIFE Celebrate the unique character of this vibrant city and its contribution to national life in three fascinating galleries – City Lives, The River Room, and City Soldiers. Other galleries include Mersey Culture – from Brookside to the Grand National – Making a Living and Demanding a Voice.

TATE LIVERPOOL is housed in a beautiful converted warehouse; Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London. Home to the National Collection of Modern Art in the North with exhibitions from 1900 to the present day, the Tate holds regular introductory tours, exhibition talks and lectures as well as free family events every Sunday.

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM This award-winning attraction tells the story of Liverpool’s seafaring heritage and the Merchant Navy, from its role in the transatlantic slave trade to obtaining one of the finest collections of shipping records in the UK

THE BEATLES STORY is where you can experience the greatest pop story the world has ever known; in the city where it all began. This multi-award winning attraction tells the personal tales of Liverpools favourite sons, including a full-size replica of the Cavern Club, Abbey Road studios, a walk-through the Yellow Submarine and The White Room. New sections include Paul McCartney: The Solo Years and the Living History Audio Tour featuring the voices of the Fab Fours most influential figures.

Things to do:

Guided tours are a great way to see the city. Taking you to places and visiting attractions, which you might otherwise miss. From the Beatles to Cathedrals, Sports tours and murder mysteries, Liverpool is awash with outstanding tours each guaranteed to make your visit truly memorable. If you want to get the family out and about, and get a dose of history and wildlife at the same time, take a trip along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. You can travel along the canal by boat or cycle or walk the canal path. Croxteth Hall Country Park is an excellent choice for parents who want to give the kids a run around away from the city centre. Or visit Chester Zoo and see lions, tigers and giraffes.

CROXTETH HALL& COUNTRY PARK is one of the major heritage centres of the North West. Visit The Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm (great for kids) and the Victorian Walled Garden. Entrance to the park is free.

CHESTER ZOO offers a fun and stimulating days out for everyone, no matter what age or ability. As well as 500 different species of animals and award-winning gardens, it offers first class facilities that ensure your days out really are as enjoyable as possible.

CAVERN CITY TOURS can organise day trips and weekend packages to suit every Beatle fan. You can even take a trip on the real Magical Mystery Tour. They also present the International Beatle Week Festival in August.

AINTREE RACECOURSE is the beloved home of the Grand National. Aintree Racecourse hosts a range of professional and amateur events throughout the year.

Food & Drink:

Liverpools restaurant scene has blossomed over the past decade with new eateries seemingly popping up overnight. The city’s ethnic diversity has led to a wide range of dining choices when it comes to style. Being home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe has meant a plethora of Chinese restaurants, a significant proportion of which lie in the citys Chinatown. However, one of the most impressive actually looks out over the River Mersey from a marvellous vantage point on Columbus Quay.

Blundell Street Restaurant (near Kings Dock) offers a modern take on the classic Sinatra-era cabaret lounges. International cuisine mixes with the best crooners in town to complete a very lively night out, so if you remember the glory days of the Rat Pack or simply want your meal to go with a swing then this is the place to go.

Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant is where the preparation of food is pure entertainment. Expert chefs flaunt their outstanding skills and creative flair to ensure that every meal is unique.

60 Hope Street has been voted Best Merseyside Restaurant of the Year four times. This haven for European cuisine offers modern dining at a very reasonable price, though you are advised to book early.

Colins Bridewell restaurant is set in an Old Police Station, Colins upstairs dining room is light and airy whilst downstairs, and five original cells offer the ideal venue for a private party.

Liverpool Hotels & Accommodation:

Liverpools extensive range of hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and self-catering accommodation offer a wide range of style and price. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels to medium-priced hotels, family-run bed & breakfasts and self-catering apartments in the city centre.

Park Lodge
The Suites Hotel
Aachen Hotel
Campanile Hotel Liverpool
The Feathers Hotel
Regent Maritime Hotel
Thistle Liverpool
Days Serviced Apartments Liverpool
The Dolby Hotel
Liverpool City Centre Premier Travel Inn
Radisson SAS Liverpool
Hope Street Hotel
Hanover Hotel
The Sir Thomas Hotel
ThrostlesNest Hotel

Entertainment

In a city with such a wealth of musical achievement, you would expect a dazzling, diverse and vibrant nightlife. And that’s exactly what Liverpool offers. Performing arts in Liverpool have a renowned reputation and famous city theatres have hosted performances by writers, directors, actors and actresses who have gone on to become world-famous names in the world of theatre, film and television.

FACT (a centre for Film, Art and Creative Technology) is located in the centre of one of the city’s growing nightlife scene. The specially and strikingly designed building houses cinemas, studios and other venues giving Liverpool another state-of-the-art performing arts venue and creative centre.

ALBERT DOCK WATERFRONT complex contains bars, restaurants and club venues including an award-winning comedy club and other venues popular with soccer stars, local television personalities and other celebrities.
LIVERPOOLEMPIRE THEATRE is the largest two-tier theatre in the UK and still leads the way, with one sell-out performance after another.

LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL is the home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a broad spectrum of rock, jazz, world, contemporary music and comedy. Watch classic films on its unique Walturdaw rising cinema screen.

Liverpool is full of tradition. Music, Maritime and Sporting history dominates this city. Add this to the cultural history on show and the regeneration that has made it the European City of Culture for 2008 this is a city that cannot be missed.

London Hotels Are Located Near More Than Two Dozen Museums

Your London hotel is near a famous museum. It’s almost guaranteed, because London is home to scores of famous museums in a city that is renowned for its history and museums here contain many of the worlds incredible artifacts. They’ve made amends and returned many priceless antiquities to their countries of origin, but London museums are still known the world over for their incredible collections and exhibits. So it is only natural that visitors want to stay close to the array of museums that dot the London landscape. With the help of the Internet, visitors can even coordinate their hotel choice with their museum choices.

Attractions range from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to the lofty British Museum, home of the famed Egyptian Hall and some amazing European sculptors. For a more personal glimpse into the past, a visitor could try the Florence Nightingale Museum, Freud Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum, or Jack the Ripper Walk, which traces the killer’s deadly footsteps. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the jewel of the South Kensington area, which hosts a number of attractions and fine hotels. History buffs will treasure the National Army Museum, National Maritime Museum, and Natural History Museum.

If you like spooky old prisons, you’ve got the Clink Prison Museum, the Tower of London, and the London Dungeon to explore. The art connoisseur will certainly appreciate the Tate Britain Gallery, Tate Modern Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the National Gallery. The Design Museum, Clockmaker’s Museum, London Toy and Model Museum, and Bramah Museum of Tea and Coffee cater to specialized tastes.

Whatever your preference, there’s a first-class London hotel within easy walking distance and numerous tube stations to get a visitor to more distant locations. New booking sites on the Internet allow you to search for a London hotel by neighborhood and proximity to various attractions. A helpful website offers maps, tube station locations, photos, and sightseeing tips to make the most of a trip to London without scouring guidebooks for information. Prices and rankings are important criteria, too, but there’s nothing like the convenience of choosing a hotel by location. Your lodging is important, because it becomes a sanctuary for dinner and respite after a long day of exploring the past. In fact, many London hotels are virtual museums all by themselves, offering a glimpse into Victorian and Elizabethan England.

Don’t stay too long in that lovely hotel room, because London nightlife beckons. Combine a trip to the West End theater district with a stop at the Theatre Museum near Covent Garden. The possibilities are endless, but your stay in London isn’t. So choose a London hotel that allows you to make the most of your time, and keep track of the places you don’t visit for your return trip.

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Exploring The Diverse Supply Of Hotels In The Caribbean

The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) was formed in 1959, as a committeee of the Caribbean Tourist Association. It was intended to promote the Caribbean region, and became an autonomous body in 1962. The Caribbean Hotel Association focused on the tourism market and aspects such as the airlines controlled access, hotel reps controlling communication with travel agencies, and wholesalers which controlled traffic and payments. At that stage, the hotels themselves were not a part of the Association’s operations.

Eventually, it was realized that in order to fix any problems, the entire Caribbean hospitality industry would have to work together, and hence the Caribbean Hotel Association developed and implemented several programs over the years.

Caribbean hotels offer acommodations that suit all tastes and budgets. They offer everything from inns and guesthouses to private villas and luxury resorts. Families have the option of self catering, or full service hotels that offer special meals, programs and activities targetted towards children. There are also resorts that cater towards singles interested in meeting other singles, and small quiet resorts for those seeking solitude, relaxation, peace and serenity.

Another growing trend is eco-tourism, with environmentally friendly resorts springing up throughout the Caribbean. Another grat option are the all-inclusive resorts, where you pay once and forget it. These are high-service activity filled vacation ersorts with something for everyone, from mom and dad, to grandma to baby Jill. Then there are resorts with a thriving nightlife, where you can party until you drop!

The high season in the Caribbean is December through to April, where the weather is at its best with little to no chance of rain. Prices during this time period are much higher, and it can be difficult to find accommodation unless you book well in advance. There is no time like the present, so if a caribbean vacation is in your future plans, the best time to book your caribbean hotel reservation is now! Get ready to add some spice to your life. Your piece of paradise awaits!

 

Budget Hotels In London: For A Sunny Time In A Rain-drenched City

You crawl out of bed at the crack of dawn. Hunger pains hound you. Your dinner last night had only consisted of cabbage soup with a special ingredient: a single potato. Your mouth waters as you dream of a breakfast fit for an English king: eggs, sausages, bacon, baked beans and mushrooms, and fried bread. But you skip breakfast because your cupboards have been bare for months. You put on your drab and tattered clothes, toss on your hat, and then walk outside your rustic house, heading towards the docks.

The First World War and the U.S. stock market crash have sent Great Britain’s economy into a downward spiral. When you get to the docks, the foreman announces that he only needs 10 men to unload the few ships that docked overnight. His head turns from side to side, scanning the sea of tired, nearly hopeless faces in front of him. After quickly pointing and choosing the first nine men, he looks you in the eye for a few seconds. The foreman then raises his arm, ready to point out the last man of the one-day workforce. Is this scene too dismal? Though the Great Depression seems to be an event in ancient history, budget hotels in London remind us of frugality’s value.

Pennies for Rainy Days
Though few of us can truthfully claim to have lived through the Great Depression, we have experienced some of its aspects on a much smaller scale. We have been hungry. We have searched for a job. We have been unable to buy everything our hearts desired. Moreover, we have learned sayings that symbolize the hardships of extreme situations: “A penny saved is a penny earned,” “Save for a rainy day,” and “Waste not, want not.” But how often do we stop to think about those sayings? By checking into one of the budget hotels in London, we can use those pennies saved for other traveling expenses.

Cheap or Frugal?
Does saving make us cheap? Samuel Johnson, one of England’s greatest poets and essayists once wrote, “Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.” In our day-to-day talk, we use the word “cheap” more often than “frugal.” By “cheap,” we often mean that stingy people like Ebenezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol” should enjoy their money a little bit more, or give back to the community. Both “frugal” and “cheap” have very difficult connotations. A frugal person will buy an economy-sized tube of toothpaste from the supermarket to save money for his child’s college education. A cheap person will buy a low-quality toothpaste from a dollar store when he could afford to buy a chain of dollar stores! If you choose one of the premium budget hotels in London, you can spend less and still get the service you deserve.

The Best Budgets
Is it really possible to find affordable yet comfortable lodging during your stay in London, one of Europe’s most expensive cities to live in? Yes! Certain budget hotels in London can accomplish that mission without causing you to holler “Blimey!” after seeing your bill. Such hotels have a friendly staff, a convenient location, and the amenities you want-all at an affordable rate! Nobody can accuse you of being miserly when you stay at one of the best budget hotels in London.

Eras like the Great Depression remind us of the value of being frugal because we do not know when the next “rainy day” will be. However, checking into budget hotels in London with great service and low rates can make all of your days sunny, even in rainy London!

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Torrevieja is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Costa Blanca. The city if located about fifty kilometers from the Alicante airport. There are bus services from the airport to the city. Some of the more expensive Torrevieja hotels will pick you up from the airport.

Finding Torrevieja Hotels

There are several ways to find hotels in Torrevieja. Your travel agent may be a good source of information for hotels on the Costa Blanca. You may get a good deal when you book your airline tickets and hotel at the same time. Call your agent well in advance to get the best deal on the hotel you want.

The internet is another good source of information on hotels. All travel websites may not have the same hotels listed. They also may not have the same prices for each hotel. Comparing prices is a good idea. Search a few travel sites and compare rates to find the best deal.

If you know where you want to stay, you can contact the hotel directly. Call in advance, especially if you will be traveling in the summer. The popular hotels fill up quickly during this time of year. Waiting until the last minute can result in the hotel you want being full.

If you dont know where you want to stay, spend some time reading hotel reviews. You can find these on the internet. Hotels are rated with a number of stars. Good, basic hotels generally have a three star rating. Luxury hotels are often given four or five stars. You will find descriptions and pictures of the hotels on some of these sites.

Read reviews that were written by former guests at each hotel. This will give you a good idea of the quality of the hotel from the point of view of people who have stayed there. These sites also give information about amenities at each hotel, such as pools, restaurants and other services.

Choices in Torrevieja Hotels

Luxury hotels are often given four or five stars in hotel reviews. These are often closer to attractions and beaches. Many have pools, spas, health clubs, dry cleaning service, babysitting service, restaurants and bars on the premises. Staying at one of these hotels is the more expensive option in hotel accommodations.

Smaller hotels are generally located a bit further from the beach and main attractions. These offer less in amenities and services. They are also less expensive than larger hotels. Although they dont offer as much in amenities, these hotels are generally very nice. They offer good, basic accommodations at a reasonable rate.

Golf resorts are popular in this area. The weather is nice enough for golfing all year round. Some resorts offer hotel rooms, while others are built around apartments or villa style accommodations. These resorts offer pro shops, club houses, spas and golf instruction. If you plan to spend a lot of time on the course, you may want to consider this option.

Consider your budget when choosing a hotel for your vacation. How much are you willing to spend on your accommodations? Figure out your overall budget for your trip and how much of the total budget you can afford to spend on hotels.

How long will you be staying in Torrevieja? If you are staying for a short vacation, you may be willing to spend a bit more on your hotel. In this case, splurge a bit on the luxury hotel. If you are staying for a week or longer, you may be more limited in what you can spend.

Where will you be spending your time? Proximity to the beach may be important if you plan to spend most of your time soaking in the sun. Hotels that are located on the beach or close to the beach tend to be more expensive. Consider where you will be spending your time to choose the most convenient hotel in your price range.

 

Condo Hotels in the Philippines: The Hottest Niche in the Philippine Investment Property market

Beth Collingz, PLC International Marketing Director for Pacific Concord Properties Incs Lancaster Brand of Condotels in the Philippines said When the unit owners are not using the condo hotel suite, the unit is put in the managed pool and rented out for them. The buyers have what is considered “hassle free” ownership. The condo hotel unit owners also benefit from having a professional onsite management company to handle to marketing, booking of their room and general expertise that they bring to the table. If a problem should arise with their condo hotel unit, the management company will take care of it instead of the owner having to worry about it. This makes the traditional landlord tenant issues a thing of the past.

The condo hotel buyer sees the benefit to owning a vacation property that also has the potential to produce income for them. The typical condo hotel produces higher levels of income than the traditional vacation home (and less headaches), making it all the more appealing to buyers said Collingz

Developments such as the Lancaster Suites Manila Tower I was sold out in less than 18 months and the building is set for completion Summer 2007. Condo hotels are different from traditional condos because they are sold “turn key”. Clients initially purchase the standard condo unit and then when the time comes for interior fit-out they can avail of the in house Condotel package of furnitures and furnishings for the unit. This means buyers do not have to worry about hiring a designer or contractor to come in to finish out the unit. Everything is included from linens, dishes, pillows etc

Leading the way in the Metro Manila condo hotel market is Pacific Concord Properties Lancaster Brand of condotel investments. Pricing for condo hotels can range anywhere from $43,000s up to $350,000 for Penthouse suites. Of course the pricing depends on location, views and types of finishes.

The Lancaster Suites Manila Tower I development has enjoyed great success for its clientele with property appreciation already reaching 100% for its initial buyers.
Lancaster The Atrium, the latest development by PCPI in Shaw Boulevard, Metro Manila, is currently on preconstruction selling and looks set to sell out within the next few months. Lancaster The Atrium offers clients the choice of Studio, One, Two and Three Bedroom suites that all have kitchen facilities as regular residential condo unit. In addition, Lancaster The Atrium, as with the Lancaster Suites Tower I, offers unit owners and guests an extensive range of services and amenities said Collingz

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