Hotel Reviews


When searching for accommodation we like to check out websites like or other website aggregation tools like Kayak or Trivago.  The benefit to is that you don’t need to pay for every hotel upfront, which means more time to save cash and flexibility to do more research on hotels, locations etc.

Sometimes there is a benefit to booking directly with the hotel via their website or over the phone.  They are more likely to offer free you upgrades if they have not paid a booking agency a commission.

When looking at locations, consider proximity to public transport and the desired attractions.  A hotel right in the heart of the main tourist strip may seem exciting, but may also mean a horrible night’s sleep (in older hotels even 5 storeys up you can hear traffic and drunken fools yelling!)  So would a hotel only 5-10 minute walk away from the ‘bustle’ be more attractive?

It is well worth the effort to research your hotel location and reviews prior to booking. Way up the pro’s and con’s and decide based on all the factors. Sometimes price is not the only factor you should consider. Perhaps you can sacrifice comfort for location and financial gain.  But remember there is always always a trade off when you compromise. No hotel can be all things to all people.

We generally book accommodation within a week or so after booking flights to ensure we have something locked in.  Closer to the date of departure we then check the hotel website to see what deals they have on offer.  If we’ve decided to stay in a different area then there are no penalties for cancellation, but having said that please be sure to read the T&C’s of any website you use.

Sometimes you want to stay in the lap of luxury. Sometimes it is just a bed to rest weary legs.

This is a small selection of our favourite places to stay around the world.

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