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Just how useful are travel reviews?

July 6th, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 12

I recently had the chance to sample Norwegian Cruise Lines’ latest ship Epic. I’ve just been reading through a fairly mixed bag of reviews of the ship – some saying it couldn’t be better, others quoting specific bad experiences and personal niggles. It’s made me wonder: how useful are travel reviews and do they say more about us than the hotel/ship/airline we’ve reviewed?

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View from the Sha Wellness Clinic | pic Sha Wellness Clinic

Can a wellness clinic make me a new man?

July 6th, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 2

Hands up if you’ve been to my home town – the Midlands’ gem of Nuneaton? If you had you’d know you’re unlikely to find many men open to alternative therapies. When I was invited to the Sha Wellness Clinic, in Valencia, I felt I was a long way from home! The term wellness clinic suggested hallways thick with the smell of disinfectant, medical types in white coats and dormitory beds where lights out was by 9.30pm.

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Are hotels navigating their way to free wifi?

Wifi report could sway hotel bookings

May 1st, 2010 in Free wifi campaign by Sarah Lee 6

I’ve written a few posts on this blog about wifi provision in hotels and in particular about the need for hotels to stop charging exorbitant rates. For me, wifi and in particular the availability of free wifi, has become a decision-maker in choosing my hotel. This week HotelChatter published their annual Hotel Wifi Report for 2010. It makes for fascinating reading.

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Gekko combines technology with great deals to help source your perfect hotel

Check in with Gekko for hotel deals

April 30th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 2

I recently attended a travel bloggers event hosted by Gekko, hotel recommendation engine, and friend of this blog. I was first introduced to Gekko last year and thought it sounded like a good way to find a hotel that’s right up your street. But it’s now added booking partners Expedia, LateRooms, Travel Intelligence and Booking.com to offer up some great rates.

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Save your money for your holiday | pic Dreamstime

Ten sites for great travel deals

March 6th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 4

As with most things, you have to shop around for the best travel deals. In part because the site that offered you a great price on a hotel in New York last year isn’t necessarily going to come up trumps on the same trip again. Also it’s dependent on where you’re going – some sites are specialist in certain destinations.

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Modern design in the Marriott Grosvenor Square's lobby

Nice hotel, no cigar

February 20th, 2010 in Free wifi campaign by Sarah Lee 1

This week this blog was added to hotel recommendation site Gekko’s list of favourite travel blogs. This is already an esteemed list highlighting some of my favourites such as 501 Places, Europe a la Carte and Traveldudes. Gekko takes details of your favourite places to stay then uses your preferences to recommend a hotel you might like in another city.

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Get switched on at a five star hotel

Five five-star riddles

January 29th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 2

So here I am staying in a lovely five star hotel in Tenerife for the BGTW’s AGM. Take a look at La Plantacion del Sur – its very nice. Now before you sit in awe at a slightly spoilt travel journalist spouting about the hardships of staying at a five star hotel, let me say now – this is not a moan. These things are by no means restricted to this hotel, they’re merely five observations of strange features of five star hotels found the world over

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Free wifi at the Orla Copacabana Hotel

Have free wifi? Sell it

January 12th, 2010 in Free wifi campaign by Sarah Lee 0

As I started this post I was convinced of one thing – though travellers want free wifi in hotels, hoteliers themselves don’t see any value in it. I have started a twitter list detailing hotels that offer free wifi and it has grown some, but one major problem is that hotels don’t always promote their service even […]

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Broaden your horizons - luxury travel means smarter travel in 2010. La Herencia Suites, Mexico

Making luxury holidays work for you

January 11th, 2010 in Shared ownership by Sarah Lee 2

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I like luxury accommodation when travelling. Let’s be clear, it’s a holiday not hard time, so I opt for quality accommodation. In this I know I’m by no means alone – the luxury travel market has grown exponentially in recent years and there are more and more […]

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Find hotels with free wifi

Find a free wifi hotel

December 4th, 2009 in Free wifi campaign by Sarah Lee 0

Two weeks ago I posted in support of a growing campaign to see more hotels offer free wifi to guests – you can read that post here. To help people locate a hotel offering guests this basic-level service I started a twitter list. The list is growing and there are a few brands on it, from the exclusive to the budget conscious, offering free wifi across their chain of hotels. Red Carnation, Best Western, Days Inn and City Inn, for example, deserve particular recognition.

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