Category Archives: Accommodation reviews

Reviews of accommodation, hotels and hostels that I have stayed in across the world.

experience Gambia at Hypolink Village

My friends and I arranged a last minute trip to The Gambia, seeking a getaway that would allow us to enjoy a winter sunshine break, with a hotel located close to the beach. Hypolink Village offered exactly what we needed.

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Budget accommodation at Hotel Lucia, Marseille

In Autumn 2013, I visited Marseille with my family to explore the French coastal city whilst also taking advantage of an opportunity to explore the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship.

Travelling in a group of four and seeking an affordable way to stay relatively central to the city, we opted for accommodation at Hotel Lucia, a budget 2-star hotel that feels more like a 3-star.

Located on a main road that’s also home to a clothes and accessories market, it’s very easy to locate (directly opposite Vapiano) and is a short walk from the nearest metro station. Continue reading Budget accommodation at Hotel Lucia, Marseille

A unique experience with the world’s first Jumbo Stay Hostel, Sweden

I was thrilled to recently enjoy a stay at the world’s first hostel built onboard a real Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. Following a complete overhaul and major renovation work with a grand opening in January 2009, the hostel now represents an innovative way to enjoy a unique stay in Stockholm. The airplane, a decommissioned jumbo jet built in 1976, was last operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002. Continue reading A unique experience with the world’s first Jumbo Stay Hostel, Sweden

Intercontinental Geneva: A flawless luxury stay

I was recently invited to visit the Intercontinental Geneva in Switzerland, a true luxury hotel that wholeheartedly merits its five-star rating providing excellent value for money and exemplary customer service.

With the United Nations based a mere 10 minutes away, the hotel regularly receives VIP guests. During our visit, the conference regarding Syrian chemical weapons was underway, therefore security was high however this didn’t interfere with our stay at all. Continue reading Intercontinental Geneva: A flawless luxury stay

Mixed impressions at Alexanderplatz Apartments, Berlin

In August I visited Berlin with several friends for a chance to explore the city in warmer weather, particularly as my previous visit to the city had been during a much colder season!

Having booked the Hotel Amano for the first part of my stay, we then shifted to Alexanderplatz Apartments as we needed somewhere central, reasonably priced and suitable to accommodate the group. Continue reading Mixed impressions at Alexanderplatz Apartments, Berlin

An all-round treat at Hotel Amano, Berlin

Opened in 2009, the Hotel Amano is a fully serviced affordable apartment-style hotel  consisting of 163 rooms that offer stylish and high quality furnishings, not just in the rooms but across the full breadth of the hotel. Every last detail is carefully thought out.

Features of the hotel include bicycle hire at a very reasonable 12 euros per day, pedestrian navigation systems and iPod docking systems for in-room listening.  The hotel also has a popular roof terrace (where you can get a great view of Berlin whilst enjoying the open-air structure) and bar that really comes to life in the evenings. The appropriately named Amano Bar is where the art of cocktails has been truly mastered. Continue reading An all-round treat at Hotel Amano, Berlin

Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

On a recent trip to Brazil, I spent some time travelling around with friends exploring Rio, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. As part of the trip, we would not only be travelling around a lot but also needing to shift between different types of accommodation.

We stayed in everything from hostels and apartments to four-star hotels and pousadas. All of which gave me a good, all-round idea of the types of accommodation available in the country. Take a look at my experiences below outlining each of the places where we stayed.

Definition of a Pousada: According to Hidden Pousadas Brazil,they are always small with up to 40 rooms and the typical amenities that would be expected from a B&B or Inn, just at a more charming level. Continue reading Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

A 5-star stay at Eurostars Hotel, Berlin #byExpedia

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Entrance of Eurostars Hotel

As part of the #byExpedia Berlin Bloggers competition, I had to choose a hotel to accommodate my boyfriend and I for the duration of our stay. Having perused a selection of hotels on the Expedia website, I settled on the Eurostars Hotel, a five-star complex located on Friedrichstrasse; the heart of Berlin and a perfect base from which to explore the city.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we received a warm welcome by the Receptionist who confirmed that our room was ready and all facilities were available except for the hotel pool. Unfortunately it was having its annual service but an alternative pool was available in a nearby hotel. To be honest we didn’t miss it as Berlin is jam-packed with activities to keep you occupied. Continue reading A 5-star stay at Eurostars Hotel, Berlin #byExpedia

A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

imageOn my latest visit to Belgium, I arranged for my friend and I to stay at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre, just a short walk from Grand Place and the many sights to be seen around the local area. We were only staying for one night, so easy access to attractions from a central location was the priority.

First impressions of the hotel were good; we took the metro to the hotel which was a short trip and just a few minutes walk from there to the Bedford Hotel. Despite having limited access to the map on my phone (thanks to T-Mobile deactivating the roaming function), we found the hotel with ease running parallel to the main road, Boulevard Anspach.

As we had arrived earlier than scheduled, we arranged to store our bags whilst we started our sightseeing, returning later to check out our accommodation. Continue reading A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

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Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

On a trip to Paris in mid-2012, we had stayed at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, a mid-range hotel that we enjoyed. On this occasion for new year, we wanted something a little more comfortable.

We were staying for a slightly longer duration of five days over the new year, so sought accommodation with a pool and gym, yet still in a good location near to the metro. Oh, and we didn’t want to break the bank, particularly difficult with it being the holiday season…. in Paris. Luckily,  the Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles made this very easy. Continue reading A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France