Archive for December, 2007

Bath Christmas Markets

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Bath is a stunning city at any time of the year but now is the time to visit if you want to experience Jane Austen’s town in its full splendor. The beautiful walk between the roman baths and the abbey has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland with 123 traditional wooden chalets selling all sorts of unusual Christmas gifts decorations and food items.

Many of the products are sourced locally from small suppliers and local artists in the South West. Whilst in the city you can catch the choirs singing carols at bath abbey and street entertainers will be performing tricks and playing music. Visit the Bath Tourisum website.

Radisson SAS Nice

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

satellite.jpgI’m not a big fan of swimming in the sea. So when I went to Nice this year my only stipulation was that that hotel had a private outdoor pool. I just wanted to chill out in the sun by a pool with a bar close by. Well I quickly discovered that there was lots to see in Nice and the surrounding area so what should have been a few days relaxing turned into a mad rush to see the whole of the cote d azure in four days… I just can’t go to a place and feel like I haven’t seen much of it!

What I did miss out on though was enjoying the facilities of a great hotel. The Radisson SAS Nice is located on Nice’s famous Promenade des Anglais – the road that runs along the sea front. Its a bit further from the town center than many of the other hotels but it offers a bus shuttle service until 6 o’clock (unfortunately after that you have to take a 30 minute walk or get a taxi which can be quite expensive). The hotel makes up for this by being the only residence in the area to offer a rooftop outdoor private pool and restaurant/bar area. The food is great and you can have a lovely evening watching the stars twinkling over the ocean from up high whilst listening to some excellent live music.

The hotel has a gym and some spa facilities – something else which is hard to find in Nice – and bedrooms with balconies overlooking the sea. This is a modern hotel with recently refurbished bedrooms in a vibrant eclectic style…. there was a bright red chili pepper mounted on the wall in our bedroom. You can book a stay at this hotel via lastminute.com

Christmas Time in Brussels

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Grand Place BrusselsI have just returned from a short stay in the quaint city of Brussels and must say Christmas is a perfect time to go. There were cute little Christmas stalls selling all kinds of unique knick-knacks and everyone was warming up by sipping glue vine (mulled wine) and munching on Belgian waffles.

If you do get the chance to visit the city head over to the Grand Place (pictured) when it gets dark, the light display is not to be missed, beautiful buildings are lit up and opera music blasts into the square, a huge Christmas tree is located in the centre so it will really give you that Christmas time feeling.

We took the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and stayed at the Sheraton Brussels for three nights. I was really impressed with the efficiency of the train and amazed at the journey time (now less than 2 hours). The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were slap bang in the middle of everything.

The Sheraton is rated as 5* but to be honest I thought the rooms and bathrooms were more 4*. Although everything was very clean and tidy the rooms are quite outdated and need a bit of an uplift. The hotel itself, restaurants, bars and spa are lovely and we had a very enjoyable stay. The only nuisance I found was because of the fantastic location we could hear a lot of traffic and police cars late into the night.

If you fancy a late deal and a chance to get some Christmas shopping in, get onto lastminute.com to see what’s available.

Mirasierra Suites Hotel and Spa – WOW

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Mirasierra Hotel RoomI took my fiance to Madrid for his birthday and we stayed at the most amazing hotel just outside the city centre. I new the hotel was going to be nice but wasn’t expecting it to be so luxurious. At the time Last Minute were offering a fantastic deal on a 2 night break away and we were able to upgrade to the Juban Executive floor for hardly anything and add breakfast to our stay.

Mirasierra Hotel RoomThe Executive floor is situated at the top of the building, you have great views of the area and all the rooms are huge suites. The floor even has a private reception desk and an executive lounge that serves soft or alcoholic drinks, snacks and cake all day free of charge. We therefore spent very little money outside the hotel!

Mirasierra Hotel RoomAs you can see from the pictures, the rooms are extremely modern, spacious and beautifully decorated. The rooms on the executive floor consist of a kitchen area, lounge with flat screen TV, bedroom and bathroom with separate shower and toilet. If you want a short break away in pure luxury this is definitely a wonderful hotel to visit. Visit the Mirasierra Website for more pictures and information.