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The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa – Hotel Review

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 situated in the heart of the Chilterns. It is located about a 1 hour drive from Luton airport. The Oxfordshire Hotel is a luxury 50 bedroom Hotel and Spa. It also boasts a Championship Golf Course if you are so inclined. This course has hosted some high profile golf tournaments; including the Benson & Hedges International, Andersen Consulting World Championship and Ladies English Open.

The Oxfordshire Hotel : Review

Approaching the Oxfordshire Hotel you drive along a well maintained entrance with the golf course on either side. There is plenty of free car parking and a handy drop off area which should suit everyone. Checking in at the hotel is very quick and done with a smile. We were offered spa and pool times as well as an option to book a time at the restaurant.

The food in the restaurant is superb, very well cooked and plenty to choose from. Whether you are a steak lover or a lover of fruits-de-mer the menu will suit your needs. The restaurant offers fantastic views over the golf course and is lovely at sunset. Service was friendly and efficient. I was very impressed with the depth of flavours in the food.

The rooms were comfortable, spacious and had very good air conditioning. The rooms also had a nice terrace / veranda which was accessed via sliding doors. In room hair dryer and safe for your valuables was good to have also.

Oxfordshire Hotel, Golf and Spa, Oxfordshire, UK - Hotel Review

Room photo at The Oxfordshire Hotel

The Breakfast next morning was varied, hot food was tasty and was actually hot (which some hotels can learn from). I also availed of the delicious fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and muesli which were also on offer.

The hotel is an ideal base for visiting places like the university town of Oxford and the Oxfordshire countryside. You could also enjoy punting on the Thames in Oxford or a visit to the Harry Potter Studios in Watford. If you are interested the village where the Vicar of Dibley was filmed (a small town called Turville) is located near by. There are many other great places, gardens and country houses to visit nearby also.

The Oxfordshire Hotel : Accolades

The Oxfordshire has had some recent accolades including the top 50 places to Stay & Play voted by Golf Monthly magazine, Top Golf Course in the county voted by the Top 100 Golf Courses in England and awarded 4 Bubbles by The Good Spa Guide.

The Oxfordshire Hotel : Conclusion

I did not know what to expect on booking (via booking.com) but was more than happy in the first minute inside the doors. The Oxfordshire is a well serviced, clean and friendly hotel which I have bookmarked and will certainly return to in the future. I had a very enjoyable stay and look forward to returning to the The Oxfordshire Hotel and Spa at some point in the future.

The Oxfordshire Hotel : Contact Details & Map

The Oxfordshire Hotel, Rycote Lane  Milton Common, Oxfordshire OX9 2PU, United Kingdom

The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa

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

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 hotel reviews. It was also just a 15-20 minutes to the music venue, The Rex.

The Elysees Mermoz Hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the Champs Elysee and nearest Metro stop. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby so you are really at the heart of Paris here. The Elysees Mermoz is a very nice, bright and modern hotel with very friendly staff who speak good English, even though I did my very best in French but to a point. (It always takes me a few days to get my French into gear, but the effort is worth it)

The rooms at the Elysees Mermoz Hotel are spacious for Paris (as I have stayed in some Paris hotels which were tiny) and with a very nice compact bathroom. The bathroom featured excellent products and a great power shower.  One of the nice touches was Free WiFi – I feel that in this day and age any hotel these days not offering Free WiFi normally won’t get my business!!

The beds are very comfortable and you will get an excellent sleep here, which is important if you are out all day walking the streets of Paris. We chose not to avail of breakfast on this occasion as we prefer to find local restaurants for a more authentic Parisenne morning experience.

The Hôtel Élysées-Mermoz is certainly a hotel which I will come back to for my next stay in Paris, not only for it’s great central location and friendly staff but also for the comfort and luxury of the accommodation in the heart of Paris.

Elysees Mermoz Hotel – Hotel Information

www.hotel-elyseesmermoz.com/en/
Elysees Mermoz Hotel, 30, rue Jean Mermoz | 75008 Paris | +33 (0)1 42 25 75 30

Elysees Mermoz Hotel

Elysees Mermoz Hotel

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Hotel Review

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Hotel Review

Where is the Fairmont Hotel Singapore located?

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd

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.

The Fairmont Hotel Singapore offers 769 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a collection of 16 distinctive restaurants and bars.

Check In

On check-in we got a complimentary mango juice, which was very welcome after the 11 hour flight from London. Your bags are brought to the room 5 minutes after check-in, with the porters calling me ‘Sir Shane’ (which was nice).

The heat and humidity in Singapore can make you feel quite uncomfortable, but the Fairmont Hotel is very well air conditioned and you feel very comfortable indeed. At no point in the hotel did we feel that the humidity or heat was getting to us.

Our Room

The guest rooms are luxurious with a comfortable bed, luxury bathroom and aromatherapy bath products. Our room came with a balcony and the views are stunning from the tower we were in. From the 22nd floor you have a view of Singapore which looked over Singapore Bay, with stunning views of the Singapore Flyer, the amazing Marina Sands Hotel and views towards the city centre. The featured photo above shows the view by night with the lights of Singapore.

Breakfast

Breakfasts are served in three different restaurants but we found that the Asian Market Café was the best, as it had a large selection of foods from typical continental breakfast fare to Chinese / Asian steamed dumplings (which I had a good few of as they were very tasty).

The breakfasts are an experience to be savoured. You can if you wish go for the normal breakfast, croissants, bagels, breads, cereal but the asian breakfast is very special. It was the first time I tried steamed buns, and I have been hooked ever since.

Other Facilities at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel

In addition, guests of Fairmont Singapore have access to the Willow Stream Spa, one of the largest spa facilities in Asia, offering the best in Spa and Fitness services. The Spa Treatments at the Willow Stream are very reasonable and the facilities and therapists are excellent. I tried the massage, and as you overlook the city from 10 or 20 storeys up, you soon forget your troubles. The massage was excellent and any knots I had were soon eased.

The concierge staff at the hotel were also excellent and most friendly – they helped us book a city tour of Singapore as well as organising for our luggage to be held while we awaited out trip back to the airport. The staff were friendly and very helpful at all times.

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Contact Information

If you intend coming to stay here during a visit to Singapore, the relevant details on contacting the hotel are provided below.

Address: Fairmont Hotel Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560
Phone: +65 6339 7777
Website: http://www.fairmont.com/singapore/

Verdict of the Fairmont Hotel Singapore

I loved my stay at the Fairmont Hotel Singapore, it was comfortable, upmarket, luxurious with great views and great staff. There was nothing about this hotel which I didn’t like. The Fairmont Hotel Singapore is an amazing hotel and would certainly return here on any return to the wonderful city of Singapore.

 

This is my honest opinion of the Fairmont Hotel Singapore and this post was not paid or solicited. The content here is simply my recollection and opinion of a stay at this hotel during a multi-stop personal holiday.
  • Comfort 95% 95%
  • Service 100% 100%
  • Food 98% 98%
  • Spa 94% 94%
  • Pool 90% 90%
  • Would Repeat? 100% 100%
Premier Inn, Dartford – Hotel Review : Kent Hotel Review

Premier Inn, Dartford – Hotel Review : Kent Hotel Review

Having booked tickets to see the excellent Derren Brown in Concert at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre, I was looking for a nice hotel to stay during my visit. The Premier Inn Dartford was a great choice.

On arrival at the Premier Inn Dartford we were welcomed and check-in was quick and painless. The staff were very nice and we had a nice chat with them before heading to the room. The Premier Inn Dartford has 60 rooms, is nicely decorated and located beside a Beacon Beefeater restaurant if you are hungry. The rooms are nicely decorated with air conditioning, spacious bathroom and the most excellent showers. The only problem we found was that if you are looking for some fresh air – the windows do not open which I didn’t like. The beds are very comfortable and a good nights sleep is guaranteed (as per Lenny Henry).

The Premier Inn Dartford is situated close to the Dartford crossing (which is a tolled crossing) enabling easy access north and south. All rooms air conditioned, you get 30 minutes Free WiFi (which is very little and 2 or 3 hours would be nice) and site offers free parking.

This hotel is one which I would return to, the staff are very nice and the stay was enjoyable even if a little short.

Premier Inn – Hotel Location :
Premier Inn, The Bridge Business Park, Halcrow Avenue, Dartford DA1 5PR

Premier Inn Dartford

Premier Inn Dartford, The Bridge Business Park, Halcrow Avenue, Dartford DA1 5PR

Future Inn Hotel Bristol – Bristol Hotel Review

Future Inn Hotel Bristol – Bristol Hotel Review

I visited Bristol in June as part of a trip around the south west of the UK. Bristol was day 2 of the trip, so naturally I didn’t want to leave it to fate. Therefore via the Booking.com app I researched hotels in Bristol. The Future Inn Hotel in Bristol had a good profile and good reviews, so I booked a 2 night stay here.

On arrival in Bristol we found the Future Inn Hotel and having parked in the short-term car park at the rear we checked in.
It was a very efficient and friendly check-in. We were advised as to where the actual car park was (shared with the Cabot centre) and a 3 minute walk back to the hotel. Parking was later validated which was excellent and added to the great value during the stay at the hotel.

The room was very nice, very good air conditioning (which was welcome during the summer of 2013) and nice bathroom with an excellent shower and products. The comfortable room also had a nice street view but very little street noise which was good. No noise either from adjoining rooms or corridor which can often be annoying.

The breakfast was not included in my rate, so at an extra charge I asked that it be charged to the room. It was well worth it; a well organised buffet with very nice food, including a wide selection of cooked meats, pastries, cereals and fruit. Certainly enough to get you started for your day.

There is free WiFi available in public areas in the hotel but alas not in the room – that would have added to the hotel’s features. This was the only down side to the visit, as, for me, Wifi is something I need in a hotel.

Overall a very pleasant and comfortable stay and would certainly return.

Address: Future Inn Hotel, Bond St S, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 3EN, United Kingdom

Location:

Future Inn Hotel, Bond St S, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 3EN, United Kingdom

Future Inn Hotel, Bond St S, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 3EN, United Kingdom