Cancellation Charges

April 20th, 2010

With the recent travel chaos travellers plans have been thrown into disarray. While no one books a trip planning to cancel it is nice to know what when a cancellation is required that you are not financially penalised.  EliteRooms.com do not charge any additional cancellation charges in excess of those levied by the hotels.

London for the Early May Bank Holiday

March 15th, 2010

The Early May Bank Holiday takes place on 3rd May 2009. London is a great place to visit for a city break and hopefully the weather in May will make venturing outdoors all the more enjoyable.

Theatre is a popular choice in London due to more Londoners staying and enjoying their city. Furthermore many UK couples and families had chosen London as an Easter short break destination and hotels had seen an influx of European visitors. Theatre was identified as a popular choice with musicals such as Fathom of the Opera, Grease, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! most demanded. See a full list here.

All the major discount airlines fly into one or more of the major London airports. London has a fantastic public transport system and all airports are accessible to central London in less than one hour. For visitors to London from the UK there are plenty of options using the train. By taking your time with accommodation searches it is possible to get top quality accommodation available for approx ÂŁ50 per night in central London. But be sure to book early for the best deals. EliteRooms.com have over 600 hotels in London to choose from.

London is full of things to do. A good way to see the sights is to take the Thames Clipper from Waterloo to Greenwich. This takes in famous sights such as Big Ben, The London Eye and Docklands during this pleasant journey along the Thames. Walking Tours and Open Top Bus Tours are also very popular.

For the shoppers out there Oxford Street and Regent Street provide all the UK and International names such as Top Shop, GAP and Abercrombie (but get there early to avoid the queues!).

For the best in eating out go to www.squaremeal.co.uk which is an independent guide to the best of British Food.

An Easter Break in Rome

March 14th, 2010

If you are looking for an easter city break then why not consider Rome? Italy’s most notable city is crammed full of dramatic landmarks and monuments, famous throughout the world including the Colosseum, Palazzo Farnese, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, Pantheon and not to mention the Vatican, itself. This is a truly captivating city.

We recommend the 4 star Mercure Roma Delta Colosseo if you are looking for really great value for money. This hotel is located right in the heart of Rome and is a perfect base for exploring the city.

Alternatively if you really want to spoil yourself try the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. This luxurious hotel has spectacular panoramic views of Rome and is one of the very best in the city.

Rome is a city where you feel cool just strolling through the streets, catching the sunlight on your face outside a café, or eating a long lunch. It’s a place that almost encourages you to take things easy. Don’t feel like going to a museum? What’s the need when it’s all outside on the streets? Perfect for a lazy Easter Break!

How about an Easter Break in Edinburgh

March 9th, 2010

Have you been thinking about taking a short city break over Easter? Well Edinburgh is the definitely the city to avail of the bank holiday and grab a short city break. Check out the top deals on EliteRooms.com and amazing special offers on the widest range of Edinburgh’s top hotels.

Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. Enjoy a day out at one of Edinburgh’s many events this spring and summer. If it’s worth celebrating, you can be sure there’s a festival in Edinburgh dedicated to it! From ceilidhs and science to ghost, film and food festivals there’s always something going on in the festival city, and that’s just for starters.

Discover world-class museums and galleries, take a tour on an open-top bus or even visit the city’s own zoo. From the world famous Festivals to top-class restaurants and bars, not to mention fabulous shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the City of Edinburgh offers the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary.

If you’re after great value have a look at the Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel. With rooms from only ÂŁ70 this hotel is the perfect base for those on a budget. If you fancy something a little more upmarket but still easy on the pocket then try our personal favourite, the Radisson SAS Hotel Edinburgh. This is a fabulous hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of the city with rooms from only ÂŁ165 this is probably the best option in the city.

The busiest season for tourists in Edinburgh is summer (between July and September) and particularly in August, for the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival, when the city is abuzz with cultural activity. There are also the lively Fringe Festival, Military Tattoo and the Book, Film and Jazz Festivals, which run concurrently with the main event.

A Luxury Short Break in London that won’t break the bank

March 8th, 2010

It is a rare treat in London to find a hotel with a leisure centre that won’t break the bank for a short city break.  The Four Season’s Canary Wharf is a 5 star hotel located just off the Thames in Canary Wharf. Located at Westferry Circus in Canary Wharf, the hotel combines the finest of all that is contemporary with the traditions that are Four Seasons.  The quality needs to be seen to be appreciated and a range of photos is available here.

The hotel will cost approx ÂŁ175 per night on the weekend for a luxury double room, a steal for a hotel of this quality.

While in Canary Wharf why not visit the Gaucho Argentian Restaurant in Canary Wharf where quality steaks and red wine are in plentiful supply. Canary Wharf is on the Jubilee Line and the West End can be reached by underground in about fifteen minutes.

Make it a gift for Mother’s Day on 14th March 2010 and surprise your Mother with 5* luxury in Central London.

The Big Apple, Take A Bite!

March 3rd, 2010

Nowhere else but New York will you find the harmonious blend of multinational, multicultural inhabitants, a city of the world. Residents from some 170-odd foreign countries, speaking over 130 languages, call Gotham home. Like millions of immigrants who came before them, they help make the city what it is today, working among the 20,000 eateries, 10,000 stores and 150 museums scattered about the metropolis. Speaking of museums, the Metropolitan and MoMA are a must. NYC has so much to offer and we advise you catch as much as you possibly can. Take a trip to Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, all of which have their own character and attractions. But let’s not forget Central Park. So when on a New York Break take some time out to take a horse and carriage trip, get your caricature drawn or just have a picnic by the lake and soak it all up. When here it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of this sprawling and bustling city at all.

New York has long been known as the city that never sleeps and this reputation is well and truly deserved. Whether a show on Broadway, a city bar beer or a trendy early hour’s nightclub is your thing, you will surely find plenty to do besides sleep. This city has it all, top restaurants, chic nightlife and remarkable theatre. Of course you need a well located hotel to round the trip off and my recommendations would be as follows:

The 4 star Dylan Hotel is a great boutique hotel located at 52 East 41 Street. The style of the hotel is very contemporary and brings old and new together very effectively. More importantly it’s location is excellent and it is very reasonably priced.

Another option which is always a winner is the Affinia Dumont, also a 4 star hotel and offering similar levels of great value. Probably comes in number 2 against the Dylan for me but a great secondary option to have if the Dylan is unavailable.

Hong Kong – Organised Mayhem!

March 1st, 2010

I was in Hong Kong recently and let me tell you, it is an extremely busy place. It is a landmass of about 1100 square km but somehow more than 7 million inhabitants have managed to squeeze in there. The skyline is what it’s all about here, it really does live up to expectations and you really feel like you’re in Hong Kong when gazing out from a hotel bar or skyscraper restaurant.

Kowloon is the main tourist area and is a great spot to base yourself for a visit. As you will find in many areas of Asia there is some serious quality to be had in accommodation for very reasonable rates. My personal favourites would be the Marriott Courtyard Hong Kong and the stunning Langham Place Hong Kong. Both are top hotels and offer great value for money. They are also both very well located near a host of attractions.

In terms of things to do, there are many smart and fashionable shopping streets, considered comparable to Fifth Avenue or the Champs Elysées. In Yau Ma Tei on Temple Street over 1300 makeshift stalls and carts appear from nowhere for the Night Market, selling everything from electrical goods to incense sticks. An area called Mong Kok is another traders paradise with almost every good imaginable available. Hong Kong’s markets are an unparalleled phenomenon with something for everyone; miss them at your peril.

The city is a bustling mix of old and new culture. Whilst you will find many areas extremely westernised, loud and busy, there is always a decidedly Chinese undertone to the city. Embrace the variety and enjoy one of the world’s truly great cities.

Park Plaza County Hall London

February 3rd, 2010

The Park Plaza County Hall London is a top quality 4* hotel based in central London (between Westminster and Waterloo stations).  It provides visitors with a fantastic base for exploring London with tourist attractions such as Big Ben and The London Eye only a stones throw away.

This 4* hotel has nearly 400 rooms, some of which are studio suites with a separate living area.  A tip for all visitors is to request a room on one of the higher floors facing Big Ben where the views of London are magnificent.  The hotel won’t break the budget either!. For a room for two people in March 2010 it will cost in the region of ÂŁ45 – ÂŁ55 per person sharing.

The food in the hotel is good. However due to its location it is well worth taking a stroll to the West End (approx 20 minutes) to sample some of the top quality eateries London has to offer.

Enjoying Buenos Aires

January 30th, 2010

Buenos Aires is a radiant and cosmopolitan city which ranks right up there with my favourite cities in the world. It is filled with action and things to do. Favourite spots would be Recoleta, La Boca and of course the amazing area of Palermo. Of these 3 Palermo is probably my favourite followed closely by Recoleta. There really is a great vibe to the city especially when you get into the squares, restaurants, cafés and bars of the smaller districts.

My top recommendations for restaurants are mainly centred around Palermo, an exquisite gastronomic area. My favourite is Miranda, located at the corner of Costa Rica and Fitz Roy. The steaks in this place are the best I have ever tasted and it’s very reasonably priced. Closely following Miranda are La Cabrera and Il Ballo del Mattone. La Cabrera is one of the most popular restaurants in Palermo and it is often difficult to get a table without a reservation unless you don’t mind queuing outside with the rest of the last minuters! It is an extremely romantic place with a great ambience. Finally, check out Il Ballo del Mattone, the food is not as high a quality as the other 2 but it has an unbelievable atmosphere and is just so cool that it’s definitely worth a trip. Also they practically give the food away in this place it is so cheap.

For hotels, I would recommend the excellent Caesar Park located conveniently in Recoleta. It is an extremely luxurious hotel with very well appointed rooms and great service…..and of course the location is top notch. Other top spots include the Four Seasons Hotel and the well priced Argenta Towers Hotel which both command prime locations in Buenos Aires.

Finally, my last must-do for you, visit a bar called Antares at Armenia 1447 (between Gorriti and Jose A. Cabrera), Palermo Viejo. It brews it’s own beers and has great atmosphere and character. Boasting no less than seven of it’s own beers it is sure to have something for every palate.

All the craic in Lahinch!

January 27th, 2010

Lahinch is an oft forgotten but cracking little town, cracking for those not up with the Irish-speak means great!! It has developed into a serious surf town over the last few years but has retained its charm in doing so. Walk down the promenade and you will run into numerous “surf schools”, these generally take the form of wetsuits hanging out the back of a van and trailer full of surf boards. You can strip off on the spot grab a suit and a board and be in the freezing sea (it is still Ireland after all!) within minutes. After making the surf submit you can enjoy the lively nightlife.

Here are our thoughts:

Pubs:

  • Finnegan’s – small but great atmosphere and live feel good music on Saturdays
  • Kenny’s – great boozer, alternative (might get a few Rasta hats and girls with hairy armpits but all good) - young crowd. Music too.
  • 19th Hole – not bad pool table
  • O Looney’s – disco bar with a night club on beachfront
  • Cornerstone – Casual bite with biggest steaks you will ever see in these parts!
  • Eugene’s – in Ennystymon (1 mile away from Lahinch) for an evening 2 pints pre getting ready to go out drive down and bring your business card to leave on the wall (great advertising for a “working” weekend!). A must do.
  • Another pub across from Finnegan’s near ATM Foley’s I think smallest boozer ever but novelty of it being so small and ancient and barman is no younger than 95!! 

 Night clubs (if not swaying slightly from previous list)

  • Coach – Much younger, serve cans –  a little rough in my opinion
  • O Looney’s (upstairs of above) - not bad, music may be a bit hardcore for some
  • There is one more nightclub better than these too and very close to them but cant remember the name!! Unsurprising I hear you say, well, it has 2 levels, ask a local or you could hope to be guided by the beer-fairy!

All of the above within about 150 yards of eachother, no joke (except Eugene’s). Ideal for a  pub crawl!!

By the way, the tiny Liscannor is also good craic with some good pubs too so it is worth the 5 minute drive.