Posts Tagged ‘ Hotels ’

Hotel baths

Apr 21st, 2017 | By

Are baths being designed by twenty somethings or fitness trainers who don’t have problems getting into and out of baths?

In defence of Airbnb

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

Following the criticism of Airbnb on this site last week, Kaye Holland flocks to the online marketplace and hospitality service’s defence

What’s hot: January 2017

Jan 1st, 2017 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot in the travel world right now

Buenos Aires’ best accommodation

Mar 9th, 2016 | By

Planning a holiday in Argentina’s charismatic capital? Here are five characterful accommodation options

Airbnb made easy

Jan 17th, 2016 | By

Skint but saddled with an overwhelming desire to travel. Kaye Holland has the answer: Airbnb. Check out this guide to getting the best from the San Francisco site.

What’s hot: January 2016

Dec 31st, 2015 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

What’s hot: May 2014

May 2nd, 2015 | By

Just About Travel reveals what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world right now

Four tips for successful group travel

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Group travel sounds like a great idea in theory – who doesn’t want to see the world (or at least some of it) with their friends and family? In practice, travelling with your nearest and dearest isn’t always a walk in the park – something I can attest to. I recently returned from a fortnight backpacking around Mexico with three friends. What should have been a dream trip turned out to be a disaster as we fell out over food, finance and almost everything under the sun. After seven patience testing days, I decided to salvage the trip by splitting from my ‘friends’ and going solo.

Is it theft or part of the deal?

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

Pocketing the fancy toiletries from your hotel room is an accepted part of your holiday, isn’t it? Not according to a whopping 58 per cent of men

Guests opt for lower quality hotels, as accommodation prices soar during Olympics

Aug 5th, 2012 | By

Overnight stay costs in London have risen considerably during the Summer Olympic Games, with many hotel guests now selecting hotels in a lower star category to save money

Free Wi-fi: should hotels offer it to their customers?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

Another weekend, another wedding… this one was in Cambridge – a bustling market town famous for its bicycles, choristers and one of the most respected universities in the world, if not its affordable accommodation

An opportunity for luxury in France

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

Paris hasn’t been known for its luxury hotels but fast forward to 2012 and it’s all change. Frederic – our Paris correspondent – reports on the slew of sumptuous new sleeps in the French capital

York drops plans to introduce a ‘tourist tax’

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

York won’t be imposing a tax on tourists after council chiefs confirmed they do not have the powers to introduce it.

Can we trust TripAdvisor?

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered TripAdvisor to rewrite some of its marketing claims following complaints by a whole host of hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be “trusted”.

What’s hot: February 2012

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, Spain and skiing holidays both get a big thumbs up, but readers are advised to think twice before booking a bungee jump in Zambia or getting a tattoo in Bali

20 uses for your showercap

Nov 13th, 2011 | By

Planning a mini break this month? Don’t forget to swipe the complimentary showercap, from the hotel bathroom for there’s more to the disposable plastic showercap, than meets the eye. Lyn lets us in on 20 great uses

Hotel Service

Dec 16th, 2009 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

As you might gather, I have been back on the road as we look at the entrants for our 2010 Tourism Awards, (More about that in a few days time,) so I have been staying in hotels again. The current hotel is a fairly old fashioned 3 star hotel, conveniently located right in the centre. You can guess that I chose it because I can easily get to some of the places I want to visit. I certainly didn’t choose it for the food which
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Reduced VAT on Hotel Stays?

Nov 26th, 2009 | By

VAT is charged on nearly everything. And when you stay at a hotel 17.5% is payable by the hotel to the tax coffers. It is a uniform tax payable wherever you are in our countries unlike the United States where taxes vary state by state. But In France, the VAT on visiting attractions is only 5.5% and from the beginning of 2010, Germany will only charge hotels 7% VAT instead of the normal 19%.

Now 40 British M.P’s have signed a motion calling on our government to cut the VAT that accommodation providers and attractions pay.

A Different Hotel Stay

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

I write this rumble kneeling on the floor with my laptop on top of a small chest of drawers pushed up against the television. Why? No chairs in this hotel room so you sit on the bed or the floor. A small problem set against all the benefits. This hotel is small, old and completely untainted by modern hotel management thinking. No massive deference to me, the guest, just ordinary civility.

Breakfast this morning was just that. “Do you want breakfast,” I was asked. No choice just bacon, sausage, mushroom, baked beans, fried egg and toast. Whether I should have some fruit and satisfy those health soothsayers who are warning of my imminent demise didn’t come into it. No choice between white, wholemeal or brown bread. But there was orange juice!

The Mystery of the Disappearing Cheese.

Sep 21st, 2009 | By

This isn’t quite in the league of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple but at least I can say this really happened.

At the moment I am in Australia and just back from 4 days in the southernmost state of Tasmania. (more in the Destinations section of Cd-Traveller shortly). We’d been down to a cheese making farm and decided to bring three different cheeses back to Sydney for the family to try. To keep it cool we had put the cheese in the hotel room fridge (yes I know you shouldn’t use fridges but we all do) along with some bottled water we had bought and some chocolate.

Hotel Basins

Sep 20th, 2009 | By

You can tell I have been staying in hotels quite a bit again. Things are beginning to annoy me.

Take hotel basins or sinks. They feature all sorts of fancy taps and places to put the soap. Some are more pieces of art than the old conventional type of sink being almost to pretty to use. You just stare and admire them.

Eating Breakfast in Hotels

Jul 2nd, 2009 | By

While I am on a bit of a hotel theme (having stayed in 5 in the last three weeks), I have a moan about breakfast in hotels. Not about the food although that varies of course.No, my moan is about the tables. If you go into breakfast on your own or with a partner you are invariably given a table that will only suit two. That’s understandable but, and here’s the moan, why is that that the tables are so small? By the time they
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Miami Beach: Where the Glamorous People Live

Jun 25th, 2009 | By

Being in Miami, I thought I would spend a few days in Miami Beach which is a long strip of land connected by bridges to Miami proper. Obviously this is the beach area and the beaches are gorgeous. Long, long wide strips of sand being lapped or thrashed, depending on the weather, by emerald green seas. Yes it looks that good. I am not exaggerating.