In 2011, the Bond Place Hotel was totally overhauled to give it a modern, stylish look. Whether you are staying here for work or pleasure, you are guaranteed to be given the ultimate in friendly service. Smoking is not allowed in any of the bedrooms, which are equipped with spa bathrooms and flat screen televisions. One also has the option to upgrade to a suite, junior suite or business class room. Not only this, but the Bond Place Hotel offers an up to date gym, modern reception and conference rooms. An airport shuttle service will drop you off right on the hotel’s doorstep. It is perfectly located in Downtown Toronto, where Dundas and Yonge Squares meet. Hence the Eaton Centre and Toronto Theatre District are only a stone’s throw away, in addition to a host of great restaurants.
The Comfort Hotel Downtown is located in Toronto’s vibrant Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, so it is near many of the city’s prime tourist attractions, as well as unique stores and galleries. Its proximity to Downtown Toronto’s Financial District, in addition to its spacious meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 100 persons, means it is also a perfect base for the working visitor. The hotel’s 113 stylish guestrooms have all the modern conveniences one could ask for, and the excellent restaurant provides room service. Not far from the Comfort Hotel Downtown are Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall.
The Boston Harbour Hotel is located at Rowes Wharf, one of the oldest in the United States. Situated where a battery from the 1600s once stood, this arched structure is at once part of history and part of the regeneration of the Wharf. All around are fine dining restaurants and unique shops, ensuring that your stay in this area of Boston will be an enjoyable and memorable one. Of course, a hotel cannot merely rely on a great location; it must provide the service too, which the Boston Harbour Hotel does in spades.
Built to replace its predecessor, the Langham Grand Hotel, the Langham has continued the tradition of providing a warm welcome and friendly service at all times. It combines this perfectly with the sophistication that one would expect in what used to be the Federal Reserve Bank. As a result, it is a welcome luxurious retreat from the hustle and bustle that inevitably comes with such a central location. The hotel is located right in the heart of Boston’s cultural and economic centre.
Las Palmas is the capital city of Gran Canaria. It is found to the north east of the island; this is a particularly beautiful area, set amongst two scenic coves. In between these coves are the Playa de Las Alcaravaneras and Playa de Las Canteras beaches; two perfect spots for soaking up the rays and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. The city of Real de Las Palmas was first established in the late 15th century. Hence it also is a city of substance, with its own long established culture and local economies before it became popular with tourists. As the settlement grew, it split into two districts, Triana and Vegueta. These were located on the left and right banks respectively of the Barranco de Guiniguada. Nowadays, the Calle Juan de Quesada, a modern day main road, forms the border between both of these areas. Vegueta is the ‘Old Town’ of Las Palmas, and since 1990 has been officially recognised by UNESCO as a place of great cultural and historical importance.
For about four centuries, the population of Las Palmas mainly remained within the walls of Triana and Vegueta. During the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s, these two districts, as well as some humble immigrant and fishing districts and San José, together formed the city. However, in the 1800s, when Puerto de la Luz harbour was built, Las Palmas began to grow northwards, following the coast. It was at this time that Arenales, Alcaravaneras, La Isleta, Santa Catalina and Ciudad Jardín districts came into being.
The Hilton Chambers, in the fashionable Northern Quarter of Manchester City, is a hostel that tricks you into thinking it’s a hotel. It may have all the atmosphere and camaraderie that comes with a hostel, as well as a fully equipped, modern kitchen. However, its mainly private en suite rooms, which house anything from two up to ten guests, are stylishly decorated and offer unlimited WI-FI. Free luggage storage and a barbeque terrace outside are also available, ensuring that this hostel cum hotel has set the bar as high as it can go when it comes to standards of service for budget accommodation.
Hatters Hostel is right in the centre of Manchester, meaning it is at the heart of all the action and where it‘s at. It is ideal for groups travelling with each other, as the majority of rooms are dorms with shared bathrooms, and there is a spacious communal area for hanging out. Here, two things are guaranteed above all others – fun and great service with a smile. Together, these have ensured that The Hatters is one of the most popular hostels in the city. Its staff take pride in being fountains of knowledge about the best places to eat, the best places to hang out and events that are going on during the few days or so of your stay. Chances are, these are just a short walk away from the hostel, due to its great location. Buses, trams and railway lines are only 5 minutes down the road.
The Hong Kong Flower Show at Victoria Park is running from 9am to 9pm every day, from the 16th to the 25th of March 2012. Come along and savour the sweet fragrances of the blooms on show. The displays consist of houseplants, magnificent bouquets and a variety of garden designs, as well as photography and sketch displays. Contestants travel from all over the world to compete in the show, which this year has taken Floral Delights as its theme. The theme flower is the hyacinth. A wide variety of plants and flowers as well as gardening products will be on sale from the stalls. The specialist knowledge offered by the people working here will be invaluable for anyone with an interest in flowers and gardening. Feel free to pick their brains! Tickets are available at the onsite ticket booth at HK$14 for an adult ticket, or HK$7 for a concession.
Entertainment Expo Hong Kong 2012 begins on the 19th of March and continues for four weeks up to the 15th of April. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the great innovations being made in Hong Kong’s movie, television, music and digital entertainment industries. Presentation ceremonies honouring the brightest and best in the industry will be hosted during the month at the Hong Kong Film Awards, which forms part of the Expo. No doubt this is also the time when a large number of films will either be given the green light or stopped in their tracks.
The 4 star Best Western Hotel Cristal is a perfect base for either the working or pleasure traveller. This is because its location just down the road from the Central Station means guests can easily access both Munich Airport and the Trade Fair. Its location in the heart of the city makes it perfect for shoppers and sightseers alike, with attractions like the Oktoberfest, the Marienplatz, Pinakothek art galleries (both old and new), the Hofbräuhaus and a host of museums all on its doorstep.
Fans of the colour blue will love the 3 star Hotel Belle Blue. As its name would suggest, blue is the main colour theme across its 30 unique and luxurious guestrooms. In less skilful hands, this idea may have resulted in gaudiness, but the hotel’s expert interior designers ensured that the utmost in good taste and contemporary style remained a priority throughout the hotel. Of course, there is more to this hotel than merely what is inside; it boasts an enviable location in the heart of Munich which also is removed from the noise that such a location normally brings. Hence, while many of the prime attractions of the city are within walking distance, one is still assured a good night’s sleep.
The 5 star Dorchester Hotel sits in what must be the most enviable location in London, at the centre of Mayfair and just across the road from Hyde Park‘s manicured loveliness. This has always been the ‘It’ hotel of socialites down through the years, as it is renowned for its exceptionally high standards of service. Its sumptuous décor transports one back to the sophistication of the 1930s, while never compromising on the modern luxuries and facilities that ensure its continued popularity. It provides ample, gorgeously decorated guestrooms and suites while the recently renovated Dorchester Spa will help you to relax and unwind with afternoon tea. There is also a choice of on site bars and restaurants to choose from, such as Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Grill and The Promenade.
At the 4 star Kenilworth, the priority is to make its customers feel like royalty, with first class service from the minute you walk through the door. The hotel’s ambience is influenced by its Chinese and Cambodian objet d’art and bouquets of exotic blooms. Meanwhile, the guestrooms exude luxury; each is slightly different from the next, with wardrobes and beds made from African walnut, curtains made from silk and Dixon Turner pictures. The Sicilian Carrara marble en suite bathrooms offer Jacob Delafon accessories. Continue reading
The Gran Hotel La Florida has to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Barcelona. It is not the most central of hotels, however, being approximately a 20 minute drive from the centre of the city. However, this distance gives it a very tranquil feel. Some hotels trade location for quality of service and facilities, but you will certainly not find any compromise here. Guests are treated to exceptionally spacious bedrooms that have been designed by a range of esteemed artists, as well as very large indoor and outdoor swimming pools. It has been refurbished in the past year and provides gorgeous views of Barcelona. A room with a view will greatly add to your experience here.
The Hotel Omm is very popular with foreign as well as home grown clientele. This is due to the vibrant atmosphere, renowned on site restaurant, Le Moo, its regularly frequented night club, Ommsession, and the 50s themed cocktail bar. It location on the corner of Passeig the Gracia also helps; it is near La Pedrera de Gaudi, which can be viewed from its roof terrace. It is on this terrace that one will find the swimming pool. A sumptuous spa and revamped hairdressers are also available.
The 5 star Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris is the ultimate in Parisian chic. If you like to be treated like royalty, look no further than this luxurious hotel, which is home to a Dior Institute spa. To add to its prestige, it is also located on the suitably upmarket Avenue Montaigne, which is only 5 minutes on foot from Avenue Champs Elysées. Here, fine dining is of paramount importance, with a cocktail bar and a choice of 5 restaurants which serve American, French and Japanese dishes, as well as seasonal specialities. The sumptuous rooms come complete with marble bathrooms, plasma televisions, a comprehensive mini bar and a variety of pillows to choose from.
The Hotel Keppler is an elegant 4 star hotel which can be found only 400 metres away from the grandeur of the Champs Elysées and 450 metres from the George V Metro Station. Hence, one has the choice of a room from which they can admire the magnificent Eiffel Tower, or look out on the attractive gardens which are part of the grounds of this Haussmannian building, dating from the 1800s. A range of conveniences are available here, such as a gym with sauna, 24-hour reception, airport shuttle service, tour desk, ticket service and iPod docking station. Afternoon tea is also available during the day.
The 3 star Le Fabe Hotel is ideally situated in the vibrant Montparnasse neighbourhood, just 280 metres away from the Pernety Metro Station. 1.6 miles from the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre and just under a mile from the Bourdelle Museum. Its bedrooms ensure a quiet night’s sleep, as they are soundproofed, and an enjoyable stay as they are equipped with beautiful paintings, flat screen televisions, mini bar, coffee maker, radio, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The yellow pavement (zhaltite paveta), located in the city centre, is a very well known walking route for tourists in Sofia. Walking its length (approximately one mile) will take you past a host of landmarks in the city, as it begins at the President’s office and passes by the Archaeological Museum, former Communist Party House and the National Bank. It then follows the route that will take you to the National Art Gallery, National Ethnological Museum and Grand Hotel. This hotel has a very interesting café which is modelled on those one would find in Vienna. Once you are finished sightseeing here, the yellow pavement continues on to the Russian Church and the Military Club (Voenen Klub). The latter is a hotspot for bars and restaurants, which are to be found near the very pretty Italian and Austrian embassies and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It ends at Parliament Square (Narodno Sabranie) and Yablaski House. Beside the crossroads is Sofia University and the metro station, where the Sofia Tourist Information Centre is to be found.
Alexander Nevski Cathedral and St. Sofia Church are located on the highest point in Sofia. With its golden dome, the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, where Orthodox Christians worship, truly is a sight to behold. It is amongst Europe’s largest Orthodox Christian buildings. Underground is a crypt which houses the Iconographic Museum. The St. Sofia Church is nearby – the namesake of the capital. This basilica is situated in a garden where the St. George monument and Ivan Vazov monument are to be found. Walk behind St. Sofia Church and you will find Moscovska Street. This street is unique in having some of the most attractive buildings in the city. They used to be the residences of the upper classes but nowadays they operate as eateries and a range of other businesses. The International Art Gallery is also on this street.