The Cameron House just got a new lease on life. The stunning 15th century chateau, located along Scotland’s Loch Lomond, was recently bought by AHG (the same company that brings us the city wide boutique hotels Malmaison and Hotel du Vin) as part of their De Vere group.
The 96 room house just got one hell of a makeover that includes the opening of a brand new wing called the Colquhoun House. Colquhoun just recently opened, on May 1 to be exact, with six suites and 30 more bedrooms. They’ve also made the leap into today’s technology by adding flat screen televisions, More >
To celebrate AA’s 100th year of service, the B&B Awards will be all ‘champagne wishes and caviar dreams’ so to speak in the new Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, a hotel that is sure to see an award in its near future.
This year, top honors go to the following three establishments, who are also the shortlist for B&B of the Year:
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If you travel to Germany in the next few years, you may be hardpressed to find a hotel room. This isn’t for a bad reason. It’s simply because two out of every ten hotels in Germany plan on refurbishing to the highest, most modernized standards that they can muster. So that’s a good thing.
Where did this renovation whirlwind stem from? For starters, hotels have been paying close attention to guests’ wishes, which included clean and well designed rooms. Not to mention, that decline since the smoking ban in restaurants.
In response, many German hotels are upping their ante by providing their More >
Nearly £220m has been spent on the place in the last decade. The fruits of labor have recently been blossoming. Another addition golf course, the Royal Birkdale set to open this year, brings the “Golf Coast” total to seven. Sea lovers will be delighted at the new water sports building and twin totems. Kiddies will be screaming their joys atop thrill rides at the £45m Eden Project, an indoor-outdoor theme park. More >
Most of us have had a friend or two who up and quits their home life to travel the world. Although we want to join them, most times our nagging senses take hold of us and tell us it just isn’t possible. Yet, it is possible and you can have the best of both worlds. Don’t let responsibilities dampen your travel dreams. Put your sensibility aside and take on some penny-pinching ways so maybe next time you’ll be able to say to that traveling fool “Hey, mind if I come too?”
1. Where are you living? If you really want to More >
Venice has seen an overwhelming amount of tourists for decades now. The city is so crowded that even locals have a difficult time finding breathing room; so much so that the live-in population has continued to dwindle in recent years.
In response, Venice officials have set up a series of guidelines for tourists to follow in St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), also known as “the drawing room of Europe.” These new rules will be enforced by non-other than the, get this… decency patrol.
Yes, you heard correct. The decency patrol wants to keep Venice neat and tidy from every angle, including More >
It’s no secret to seasoned traveler’s that the best way to see the sites and get great bargains is to do as the locals do. Whether you want to shop, eat or site see, find a European local and latch on!
Kick off your people watch by standing out of the way on the sidewalk along your hotel. Observe until you see a surefire local and see where they go. If they duck into a restaurant or shop, keep it in mind for later and then quit following and explore the surrounding area, which is sure to be low key neighborhood.
If More >
So you can now get to your destination cheaply after seeing our Top 10 Tips to Cut Travel Costs. But what about the post travel part, after you’ve arrived and your ready to go, go, go? Here are 10 more tips on saving when you finally reach your vacation destination.
1. Stay in One Place: Many times we try to squeeze it all in, so to speak, and visit not only the city we’re staying in but nearby metros too. These vacations often lead to stress, missing out on important sites and events, not to mention add hundreds to your bill. More >
1. Cut out Cookies: No, we aren’t talking those gooey goodies. We’re talking the files stored in your Internet Browser that record you’re every move. Unlucky for you, these little blighters allow websites to know where you went and how much you spent right down to the last penny. What this means is that if you purchase a plane ticket for $100 from Paris to St. Tropez and go back to the same site for the return ticket, the website could check out your history and raise your next quote.
2. AAA All the Way: If you are an American and More >
Many travelers stay in hostels or budget hotels, especially young ones. They also remain extremely unprotected in most cases. Take for example the horrific July 2000 fire at Childers hostel in Australia that tragically took the lives of 15 young travelers.
In an effort to stop these types of misfortunes from happening to others, UK based company, FlareBrands Limited is now offering the 3-in-1 FlareSafe. This tiny device fits easily in any backpack yet provides powerful smoke detection, flash light power and a sonic alarm.
The LED flashlight comes with three settings. The full-beam produces an astounding 20 meter beam for 10 More >