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The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Hampton’s Kaikoura – Review

This is a B&B review of the Hampton’s Kaikoura – A luxury B&B in Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura was the first stop after visiting the very friendly city of Christchurch. We spotted The Hampton’s Kaikoura on the Booking.com app which is one of my first-calls when booking accommodation online. The pictures looked amazing and the reviews were very positive.

On arriving we met Patrick the owner and he showed us to our room. Wow…. When I saw the room and view on checking in I was blown away. Patrick brought us through the features of the room plus advised us on the route for the local peninsula walk.

The Hampton’s Kaikoura overlooks the coastal front of Kaikoura village, and you have amazing sea views.

The Hampton's Kaikoura, Review, The Room
The Hampton’s Kaikoura – The Room

The room was amazingly comfortable with cable TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities plus fresh home-made cookies. The view as mentioned was amazing and there was a small terrace / veranda outside if you wanted to enjoy the sun. We were there in New Zealand’s winter, so that was not always an option.

The bathroom included a very nice power shower and was well appointed. There was also underfloor heating in the shower which was a very nice feature.

Kaikoura has so much to offer, and with the Hampton’s Kaikoura being so central, you are spoiled for choice. I recommend doing the Kaikoura peninsula walkway, where you can see a huge seal colony. There is also a very good tourist information centre in the middle of the town which has information on the many whale watching excursions you can enjoy from Kaikoiura.

The breakfast at the Hamilton’s was delicious and more than enough for me. Overall a wonderful place to stay and worthy of such praise. Thank you again to our hosts Patrick and Marie Claire.

The Hampton's Kaikoura, Review, View
The Hampton’s Kaikoura – The View from the room

Address:
The Hampton’s
138 Esplanade
KAIKOURA
New Zealand

The Hampton’s, Kaikoura – Location Map:

The Hampton’s, 138 Esplanade, KAIKOURA, New Zealand

The Hampton’s Kaikoura, 138 Esplanade, KAIKOURA, New Zealand

The Hampton’s Kaikoura, Overall Review

Based on the shanemcdonald.ie rating scale which reviews 10 categories and scoring 10 points per category.

Overall Score : 95%

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Overall Score for The Hampton's, Kaikoura

Hotel Review of The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

Hotel Review of The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

On a recent trip to London I was looking for a decent hotel. I knew of 2 very good hotels, the Blakemore Hotel and the Park Plaza Hotel however these were not what I was looking for. I found some excellent TripAdvisor reports for the Grosvenor Hotel and noticed it had a Chinese Restaurant, the Grand Imperial, attached which clinched the deal. So the Grosvenor Hotel was booked and prior to arrival I had a very nice pre-arrival courtesy call which I though was a nice touch.

Grosvenor Hotel History

As with most of the major city railway stations in the UK, back in the day of steam locomotion, hotels were attached to thee stations. The Grosvenor was built by Sir John Kelk’s company. The Grosvenor is very much luxury and lavish and the grandest hotel in London. The Grosvenor opened to the public in 1862 a year after Victoria station opened. The original 1st class railway lounge is now the Reunion cocktail bar. The millionaire and Bellini cocktails here are worth a try.

Grosvenor Hotel Review

On the day of travel we actually arrived very late thanks to a strategically planned Irish airport strike. However we arrived at the Grosvenor just after midnight and had a very pleasant check-in and proceeded to the room.

The room itself was very comfortable and very nicely decorated and also had a small but nice bathroom and comfortable bed. The room overlooked Victoria Station but bring 5 floors up there was no noise apart from a very infrequent station announcement which may have just caught the wind. Overall, you will be guaranteed a very pleasant sleep.

The staff at the Grosvenor Hotel were excellent and the hotel is pristine with a very ornate and impressive foyer.

 

Photo of Grosvenor Hotel London Victoria, Room Photo

I already mentioned the Grand Imperial restaurant but the hotel has a second restaurant called The Brasserie – we tried both restaurants and both are well worth experiencing.  I will be including a review of both restaurants very soon.

The breakfasts are very good and are held in the Brasserie area.  Plenty of choice and no rush with great coffee to get you started for the day.

The Grosvenor Hotel location is great, only a 60 second walk to Victoria station with bus stops outside also. If you are flying into Gatwick then the Gatwick Express will get you direct to Victoria and the Grosvenor Hotel would be ideal for you.

This was a wonderful stay and we will certainly be back.

Grosvenor Hotel, London Victoria – Hotel Information

Hotel Website : https://www.guoman.com/en/london/the-grosvenor.html

Hotel Location 
Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0SJ, England

The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

Bishopstrow House – Hotel Review

Bishopstrow House – Hotel Review

Back in 2015, I booked a 3 night stay at Bishopstrow House as a touch of luxury following 4 days at the Pop-Up Hotel at the Glastonbury Festival. (This post was moved from shanestravelreviews.com to it’s new home here on shanemcdonald.ie)

This luxury hotel is set on 27 acres of beautifully set grounds alongside the River Wylye, The hotel also boasts a boutique spa with an indoor and an outdoor heated swimming pool. There are 32 rooms available and you can dine at the 2 Rosette restaurant. The Hotel actually dates back to 1736 when George II was the monarch of England.

The hotel is easy to find and since we left the Glastonbury festival at 9am we arrived well ahead of check-in but this was not a problem. Bishopstrow House has great staff and our check-in was processed quickly. We were advised that the nearby town of Salisbury was good to visit and we set off for the afternoon to explore the area. When we returned to Bishopstrow House our bags had been brought to our room… and what a room it was. A beautifully decorated room, flat screen TV with multichannel cable and tea/coffee facilities and a lovely bathroom which has Elmsis products which I really like.

Bishopstrow House Hotel Wiltshire UK

The breakfast is normally included in rate is very good with fruit, cereals, juices and a cooked option. The grounds are really nice to walk around and the estate has an old world feel yet being very much classic contemporary in reality. Free WiFi is included and again this is a real plus in my books.

We ate at the Bishopstrow House restaurant and on arrival we were shown to our table and for a change I tried a beef dish which is something I would rarely try, but it was excellent and very well presented.

While staying our 3 nights at Bishopstrow House we also had to opportunity to stay in one of the luxurious private suites. These suites are on two levels with a living & TV area downstairs and bedroom with very extensive bathroom upstairs. These suites are true luxury and if I was coming back I would stay here ahead of the main house – however I am very happy to have stayed at both accommodation options.

Bishopstrow House - Suite

Bishopstrow House – Suite

If you are looking for a luxurious stay in the heart of Wiltshire then staying at Bishopstrow House is well worth it.

Hotel Address: Bishopstrow House, Boreham Road, Warminster BA12 9HH, England

Hotel Website : www.bishopstrow.co.uk

Hotel Map Location:

Bishopstrow House

Bishopstrow House, Boreham Road, Warminster BA12 9HH, England
Hotel Review – Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK

Hotel Review – Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK

Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Hotel Review

In October 2012 Joe Bonamassa played Birmingham, UK and we traveled from Ireland to UK to attend the concert. Having booked the tickets I needed to get some quality accommodation near the NIA venue. I did a quick search and the Hyatt Regency Birmingham came up a few times in the results with good hotel reviews also. I recognized it as I had seen it a few years previous on TV, with some reality TV VIPs exiting limos. Anyway, we were not disappointed … as it turned out we ended up being treated like VIPs.

We were checked in by Mohamed on reception. We were welcomed and he told us he was giving us a nice room and also assisted me in setting me up the Hyatt Loyalty scheme. From the start, this was a very good check-in and we were impressed already.

The hotel room was really nice with a great view of the city looking towards the very funky Birmingham City library. Our room was on the 7th floor and within close proximity to the lifts (but there was no sound from them which was great).

The next morning we availed of breakfast, although this was not included in our rate, we added it on when we arrived as there was an incentive to do so. The breakfast service and layout was excellent and there was a wide selection of hot, cold and if you wish you can have some food prepared to order food. There are also a variety of fruits, breads, juices and cereals.

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham is a very central, well run and very comfortable hotel. It was perfect for us as we were visiting the NIA which is about a five minute walk away.

Many thanks to the Hyatt Regency team for a great stay – we will be back!!

If you are looking for a Hotel in Birmingham check out the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

 

Hyatt Regency, Birmingham – Hotel Location

Hotel Review – Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK

Hotel Review – Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK

This post was moved from shanestravelreviews.com and now resides here at shanemcdonald.ie

The Blakemore Hotel, Hyde Park, London – Hotel Review

The Blakemore Hotel, Hyde Park, London – Hotel Review

One of the hardest things to do it get a decent hotel when you don’t know the area. I was searching for a good hotel in London. After looking at the usual hotel chains I found and booked the Blakemore Hotel Hyde Park London. This hotel booking was done purely on the basis of the Booking.com ratings. At the time of going to post with this review it was 8.1/10 which is very good.

We arrived in London in really bad traffic and ended up getting a tube to Lancaster Gate, and walking the 7 or 8 minutes to the Blakemore. The Blakemore hotel is really nice in the great location on a quiet street.

Blackmore Hotel Lobby and Reception Area

Having arrived tired at the hotel, we found the check in to be very efficient and handled well by a very friendly receptionist.

The Blakemore Hotel Rooms

We got rooms 311 and 312 as we were there as a group of 4. The rooms are very nice, bright, airy, clean (I personally preferred 311, street view) and had excellent air conditioning. The rooms are serviced daily and are done so to a great standard. One point to note – one of the main things we noticed was that the beds are so comfortable you will want to stay there.

The rooms have TV, internet points, a room safe, ironing facilities as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

The Bathrooms in the club rooms are very nice with great product in bathrooms.

Blakemore Rooms - Rooms at the Blakemore Hotel Hyde Park - Hotel Review

Another great point about the Blakemore Hotel is the Free WiFi which is accessible in the rooms also – many hotels have Free WiFi but only in the public areas and not in the rooms.The free WiFi allowed us to plan our day without incuring hefty 3G roaming charges.

The Blakemore Hotel Food

We tried the food in the restaurant and it proved to be very good, from curries to burgers and Caesar salads. The service was excellent and done so with a smile. We then enjoyed the Euro 2012 playoffs in the lounge which is very nice and relaxing.

The Blakemore Hotel, Hyde Park, London : Review Conclusion

I was very impressed by the Blakemore Hotel, the rooms are a perfect size for those looking for a great city break

The location is very good, just opposite Hyde Park and within a 10 minute walk of Bayswater, Queensway and Lancaster Gate tube stations.

I will certainly consider it on my next trip to London and it will be a hotel I will revisit again in the future.

 

Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel Location

Address: 30 Leinster Gardens, London W2 3AN, UK

Blakemore Hotel Hyde Park, London Hotel, UK