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Welcome to Shane’s Travel Blog

I setup Shane’s Travel Blog because I really enjoy traveling. I have many stories and reviews of Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Trips and much more from around the world. Originally I had many of these on my other site, shanestravelreviews.com but I decided to take the travel blog back on to my main website.

I’ll be posting some new Travel blog posts in the coming months ; hotel and restaurant reviews, pictures, hopefully a few videos, travel tips and more from my travels in Ireland and abroad.

 

My Travel Blog Posts

Dog Friendly Hotels along Englands South Coast

If you own a dog then you will understand that traveling with a dog can have its own challenges. The main one being can I find dog friendly hotels in that area which is actually a dog friendly hotel and not just dog tolerant hotel (which we had experience...

My Top 3 Pub Hotels in England

These are my Top 3 Pub Hotels in England. If you are traveling around the UK you might consider the many excellent Pub Hotels in England – all with great food and great rooms.

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

This is a B&B review of the Hampton’s Kaikoura 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.

La Frontiere, Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne, New Zealand

Staying at La Frontiere Gisborne If you intend visiting Gisborne when in New Zealand then I highly recommend La Frontiere Gisborne, a luxurious modern self-contained studio, set on an avocado orchard and farmland, and is about 5 mins drive to Gisborne...

Hotel Review of The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London

The Grosvenor Hotel has excellent staff ad a Chinese Restaurant, the Grand Imperial. So I booked The Grosvenor Hotel and prior to arrival I had a very nice pre-arrival courtesy call which I though was a nice touch. This is my Hotel Review and photo gallery of The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London.

Bishopstrow House – Hotel Review

Bishopstrow House Hotel has great staff and is a wonderful hotel. We were advised that the nearby town of Salisbury was good to visit and we set off for the afternoon to explore the area. If you are looking for a luxurious stay in the heart of Wiltshire then Bishopstrow House is well worth it.

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...

PopUp Hotel Glastonbury – Luxury Glamping at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival Glamping Accommodation The Pop-Up Hotel, Glastonbury Festival We went to the Glastonbury Festival 2013 but went with one thing in mind … we were not slumming it, we had luxury glamping in mind. We found the Pop-up Hotel online and saw...

Inside Loftus Hall. The Loftus Hall Tour – Visit Irelands Most Haunted House

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe that the devil himself visited Loftus Hall? Did you know the Devil exited through the roof of Loftus hall and that hole in the roof cannot be repaired? Loftus Hall - Ireland's Most Haunted House If not, (or even if...

Top 15 most annoying things about some hotels

I really enjoy checking into hotels and having a good stay. Finding that everything is as you like it is important. It’s your home away from home for a few days, so you want a relaxing time and some time to enjoy the facilities of your chosen hotel....

The Blakemore Hotel, Hyde Park, London – Hotel Review

Blakemore Hotel Hyde Park London, Hotel ReviewOne 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...

The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa – Hotel Review

A while back I went to the UK and stayed at the The Oxfordshire Hotel and Spa, which as you guessed is situated in the heart of Oxfordshire (so it's not just a clever name) The Oxfordshire Hotel, Golf Hotel and Spa The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa is...

Travel Packing Checklist | What To Pack for Holiday & Vacation – Pack like a Pro

Packing for vacation? Take a look at this travel packing list so you pack the important items for your vacation or holiday. The holiday and vacation packing checklist is all you need, whether this is your first vacation or you’re a seasoned globetrotter....

Hotel Review of Elysees Mermoz Hotel, 30 Rue Jean Mermoz, Paris

There seems to be a Joe Bonamassa theme about some of our hotel visits and this one is another. This time we were going to the Paris concert in April 2012 and booked the Hôtel Élysées-Mermoz or Elysees Mermoz Hotel based on good Booking.com scores and...

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square – Christchurch, New Zealand Hotel Review

Having flown 12 hours from Hong Kong to Sydney in business class with Cathay Pacific, we arrived at Sydney airport for an unavoidable 8 hour layover before flying to Christchurch. Unfortunately our flight was delayed by about 90 minutes and we didn’t...

Novotel Century Hong Kong – Hotel Review of the Novotel Century Hong Kong

Novotel Century Hong Kong Hotel Review The Novotel Century Hong Kong is a hotel we stayed in back in 2010 en-route to New Zealand. We decided to return in 2014 based on our past stay there and again this year in December 2017 when we visited for a 7 day...

Premium Economy on Virgin Atlantic – London to Hong Kong Review

Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Review - London to Hong Kong I have been to Hong Kong on 3 previous occasions. In 2002 I went with British Airways in Economy class. On the next occasion in 2010 I flew Qantas but went in Premium Economy. In 2011 I flew with...

Hotel on Davenport, Hotel Review – Tauranga, New Zealand

Hotel on Davenport, Tauranga, New Zealand - Hotel ReviewHotel on Davenport was booked as our 2nd last stop in New Zealand. The area around Tauranga is wonderful and we should have spent a bit more time here and also around Mount Maunganui which is very...

Avon Valley Railway, Steam Railway near Bristol – Attraction Review

While you are in Bristol there are a good selection of destinations and attractions you can reach. One of these is the Avon Valley Railway located at Bitton. The Avon Valley Railway is a 3 mile long heritage railway based at Bitton station in South...

Looking for a hotel in Niagara Falls? Sheraton on the Falls – Hotel Review

Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Hotel Review If you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls then you are probably searching the web looking for independent review of hotels, to help make your mind up. You are probably searching for Good Hotels in...

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Hotel Review

The Fairmont Hotel Singapore is ideally located in a central part of town, only 15 minutes walk from the bustling Clarke Quay. It’s central location means that it is situated very close to all major entertainment and shopping districts, plus, there is even a multi-storey shopping mall within the Fairmont Hotel complex.

Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore is an amazing city to visit and in this post I have outlined some of the Things to Do in Singapore. Ride the Singapore Flyer One of the icons of Singapore is the Singapore Flyer - you can see it from all the major areas and if you are staying in Singapore,...

A Day in London – Travel Guide

I recently had a full day in London with no plans other than to explore areas I had not been to before. The city is a wonderful spot to visit and I have been there about 23/24 times before (not really sure to be honest).This time I wanted to see parts of the city I...

Top things to do in Stockholm, Sweden

Things to do in Stockholm, Sweden I visited Stockholm in October 2016, it was my first time there and there are some highlights you should not miss. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is part of a Baltic archipelago which has about 24,000 islands. Stockholm itself only...

Cathay Pacific Business Class – Hong Kong to Sydney

Cathay Pacific Business Class - Review In a previous post I mentioned how great Cathay's Premium Economy was during our flight from London to Hong Kong. It was my intention that I would review the Hong Kong to Sydney leg. On arrival at gate 71 in HKG our...

Intercontinental Yorkville, Toronto, Canada Hotel Review

The Intercontinental Yorkville was a hotel I had chosen via TripAdvisor for it’s good hotel reviews, and it did not disappoint.Intercontinental Yorkville, Toronto, OntarioThe Intercontinental Yorkville has an excellent location and on arrival enjoyed a...

Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London – Hotel Review

Every year I head to London with Friends and have done so for the past few years, with 2015 being the 5th year. Initially we stayed in budget hotels and quickly found that for a few extra pound per night we could stay in a very nice and comfortable hotel....

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Review & Experience

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Review This was our first flight with Cathay Pacific since 2010 and our first in their Premium Economy service. We initially flew to New Zealand in 2010 in Economy and only later found out about Cathay Pacific Premium...

Why Premium Economy is now my first option for long distance flights

Why Premium Economy is now my first option for long distance flightsI enjoy a regular long haul holiday, in the past heading to places like Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. All these flights are quite a long distance, over 11 hours on...

Pre-flight Airline Safety Announcements (Should the Truth be included?)

Everyone knows the pre-flight airline safety announcements.... What you should and should not do on the flight, as well as what to do in an emergency. But would it not be better if the truth was thrown in also for a more realistic airline safety announcements. As a...

Travel Blog Timeline

2010 New Zealand

2011 New Zealand

2012 Canada

2013 Glastonbury & UK

2014 New Zealand

2015 Glastonbury & UK

2016 Glastonbury & UK, Sweden

2017 UK, Bulgaria, Hong Kong

2018 UK

About My Travel Blog Reviews

You might notice that my reviews are fairly positive, basically because I am not going to post reviews of places I didn’t like. All the reviews here are of places which I have personally been and they are my honest opinions based on the time spent at these locations.

These are my honest opinions of places I have visited. I have not been compensated for reviews, and my opinions remain my own. I really enjoy sharing my travels and experiences but none of my travels are sponsored – therefore it is 100% independent. If I’m not happy with somewhere I have visited it just won’t end up here … this blog has the best of the best locations only. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy my travel blog.

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