Category Archives: Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodation Review – Elmwood Hotel, London

When in London in May I stayed for a week in an Air BnB apartment. The final night however, I decided I would try and find a hotel near St Pancras station. This was because the next morning I had to take the Eurostar to Paris. So I looked around for something suitable and not too expensive. And so it

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The Air BnB Experience – Apartment Rental

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about my experiences with Air BnB in homestay environments. Today I’m writing about the other way you can experience this phenomenon as a guest – renting a whole apartment. I did this last year in Buenos Aires for the first time. My wife and I rented an apartment in the

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Accommodation Review – Marins Park Hotel Ekanterinburg, Russia

After a couple of hostels and a yurt, I found myself in the rather wonderful business hotel ‘Marins Park Hotel’ in Ekanterinburg. Okay, it wasn’t the most amazing stay I’ve ever had, but it ticked all the main boxes and I left feeling pretty satisfied with my stay and choice. I had a basic double room at the hotel on

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The Air BnB Experience – Homestays

Hi all. It’s taken an age but finally I’m getting around to writing about Air Bnb. In the last two trips I’ve used Air BnB five times, twice for homestays and three times to rent apartments. They have been quite different experiences. I’m not sure what took me so long to finally use Air BnB. It’s really a great idea.

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Accommodation Review – Baikaler Hostel

The Baikaler Hostel in Irkutsk, Russia, has a pretty good reputation and I was very glad that I was able to get a room there – especially as there was only one private room in the whole hostel! Apparently it is owned and run by an interesting and friendly character named Jack. Unfortunately for me he was not around for

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A Great Hostel Experience in Ulaan Baatar – Zaya Hostel

And in Mongolia I returned to the ol’ ‘hostel’ experience. Which I have to say, was pretty bally splendid! It’s been a long time since I can say I stayed in a place that was good in so many aspects as ‘Zaya Hostel’, in the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar. Firstly I was met by a friendly driver at the

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Accommodation Review – Jade Garden Hotel, Beijing

Hi folks. Back with another review of a place I stayed, we’re now rolling out the ones from my latest adventure. In Beijing I prebooked through hotels dot com. I’ve finally got to the point where I get a free night and am actually pretty close to another so that’s very exciting. I rifled through so many hotels in Beijing

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