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View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Location Berwick-upon-Tweed is a tiny town just into the English side of the Scottish border and this traditional B&B is right in the middle of it. Or rather to just one side as the car park (and our room) looked out to the stunning Berwick Bridge over the River Tweed. Parking Included on site and […]

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View from the Room: Hilton Garden Inn, Aberdeen

View from the Room: Hilton Garden Inn, Aberdeen

Location Incredibly central, next door to John Lewis, which, as it happens is the only ugly building in this fine Granite City. From here you can walk everywhere and even the beach is only about 25 minutes’ walk. Parking There is very limited parking and if you grab a spot, it stays yours for the […]

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When Airbnb replaces a hotel

When Airbnb replaces a hotel

I’ve been an advocate of the Airbnb lifestyle from before it was conceived. From my very first international adventure to New York way back in 1989, I wanted to experience the city like the locals. So I found an apartment via the Sunday Times small ads to stay in and I went back there next […]

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View from the Room: Stirling Highland Hotel

View from the Room: Stirling Highland Hotel

“Not many schools get turned into hotels, but not many hotels have an astronomical observatory on their roof’” This is one of those dream-come-true moments. Tucked away below the castle, we stopped by this grand hotel a few years ago when in an effort to get away from the dullness of staying in Fort William. […]

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View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

This is the hotel we chose after what we expected to be a glorious overnight train journey from Montreal. That trip in itself surpassed our expectations but it was still lovely to have all this space after being on a train – even one with wonderful observation decks and  a delightful restaurant carriage. Location – […]

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View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

This year’s birthday hotel! The attraction to this hotel that kicked off my month-long birthday celebrations, other than it looking scrumptiously comfortable, is that breakfast arrives in a bag each morning. Storage Drawers –  two on each bedside and lots of shelving plus two cupboards. Hangers – 18 including two soft ones. Two single open wardrobes […]

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View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

  I only found out a few days in that this is the oldest hotel in the city, and possibly the prettiest. Location In this quiet city, staying where the action is seems to have little effect on a good nights sleep. No buses come right into the centre of the old town but it […]

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View from the Room: Novotel Hong Kong

View from the Room: Novotel Hong Kong

For my first trip to this continent, my expectation is of excellent service and comfortable surroundings.  There were many hotels that boasted good views but wit smaller rooms. As we were there for a week, we decided to go for space rather than view and stay in the ‘Chinese side’, Kowloon. Location In this relentless city […]

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View from the Room: Ten Hill Place Hotel, Edinburgh

View from the Room: Ten Hill Place Hotel, Edinburgh

April 2016 My annual visit to Scotland, this my 4th to Edinburgh. Location – the hotel is well placed to be able to walk to the centre of town in about ten minutes along a busy commercial street and also just a few minutes from the stunning  Quarter Mile development Style/character – made by converting a row […]

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View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton

View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton

Stayed: February 2016 Location About 15-20 minutes’ walk from the central area but easy to find – just straight down one road. Style/character Old build (1960s?) but modernised so everything worked. Service Nice welcome, incredible quick check in, just say your name and (old style) key is handed over. Room This is an old building […]

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