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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Hotels in Scotland

The local tourist offices do have some information on what is on, unfortunately by the time you get to Scotland unless you are booking your accommodation as you find it, then your chance of success is limited.

At the web site [http://travelhotelsscotland.tripod.com] you can find information on hotels around Scotland that have live music and the contact details also.

On the Travel Hotels Scotland web site you can easily plan your journey around Scotland so that you can enjoy an evening of Scottish entertainment.

In Scotland it is not normal to have to pay an entry fee for bar and hotel music so all you have to do is check the starting time and get their at least thirty minutes before staring time to be sure of a seat.

Most bars and hotels also do bar meals to three course spreads of Scottish, European and dishes from around the world. It is also often possible to book your meal time in advance at the venue, ensuring your seat at the same time for the nights entertainment.

Most acts are from solo to trio’s although occasionally you may find bigger bands performing in local theatres and halls.

Performance time is usually around 9pm start and this is worth noting because in Scotland evening meals are eaten between 5pm and 8pm,
Many visitors to Scotland come from cultures that do not eat evening meals until around 9pm and unfortunately most bars do not serve food after 8 to 9pm.

Restaurants will still be open but not in hotels so you will have to eat away from the entertainment. Scottish restaurants do not normally have live entertainment.

One word of note if you are sitting in a bar listening to the free music, it is not looked upon favourably if you do not purchase something to drink. The music is free in the hope that sales at the bar will cover the cost of the band. It does not have to be alcohol that is purchased, soft drinks, tea and coffee all make the bar profit even mineral water.

The music on the night can be suitable for sitting listening to as you relax after your day of travel. Take note however if you see the word ceilidh on the poster advertising the music night because this usually means energetic and happy dancing to Scottish Dance music, a great fun filled evening.

Most music nights you will find will be on Thursday to Sunday although with careful planning you may find some midweek concerts. It is also possible for the visitor with a car to move around Scotland and get free music every night.

It is also expected for the audience to participate in the evening by singing along, clapping hands and stamping feet in time with the music. Also welcome is requests for the band to sing Scottish songs you like, the bands will want to play your request if they can because they know they have a happy customer.

One type of request not to ask for is songs from the pop world etc, to ask this from Scottish traditional performers will possibly result in you becoming an unintentional tool for the nights entertainment.

In the last fifteen or twenty minutes before closing you will often hear the cry from the bar staff Last orders, this is your last time to order a drink before closing. If a shout is not heard you may hear a bell tolling or some other weird noise that culminates in everyone making a last mad rush for the bar, that will be your signal.

When you are planning your music stops it can be useful to check out the price of staying in the hotel the music is on. There are good reasons for this the first one being if you have too much to drink, you only have to make your way to your room. On the other hand if you are still feeling lively sometimes you may find your self in the middle of what is called a -lock in- and that’s when the doors are locked after closing time, the curtains are closed and the night goes on in secret.

If you are in a bar in Scotland and get into the company of others and they offer to buy you a drink, if you accept it is custom to buy them one back next round. Be careful the locals are used to drinking the local beers and spirits faster than you will be, better not to get into rounds as you will most likely be feeling very bad the next morning.

Bearing all this in mind if you feel you are ready to start planning your Scottish Holiday go ahead and enjoy with the added benefit of knowing that in the morning you are going to wake up to see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
You can start your planning at my web site Travel Hotels Scotland and after that you will know how to organise the rest of your trip.
Happy holidays.

Info of Bangkok Hotels

1. 8,000-9,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– THE ORIENTAL HOTEL – One of the world’s premier hotels. The oldest hotel in Bangkok on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Nice colonial-style architecture. Not in the city center though.

2. 7,000-8,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– THE PENINSULA BANGKOK HOTEL – High reviews, world awards. On the bank of the Chao Phraya River, but on the farther island. Free hotel’s shuttle boat service takes you to BTS skytrain.

– SUKOTHAI HOTEL – Beautiful contemporary Thai architecture in beautiful landscaped garden. A bit far from shopping areas but worth the beauty.

– FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK – Right in front of BTS skytrain. The name guarantees the luxury. Close to most shopping malls.

3. 6,000-7,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– GRAND HYATT ERAWAN – Stunning garden spa. Very close to BTS skytrain. High-end shopping right below the hotel and just across the street.

– THE BANYAN TREE BANGKOK – One of the newest hotels in Bangkok. The tallest hotel building in Bangkok. Exceptional spa and massage.

4. 5,000-6,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– SHERATON GRANDE SUKUMVIT – Beautiful Thai/Bali style swimming pool garden with soothing underwater music. Right at BTS skytrain.

– SHANGRI-LA HOTEL – On the bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Nice pool, nice view. But don’t try the hotel’s Angelini Italian restaurant though.

5. 4,000-5,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– CONRAD HOTEL BANGKOK – Contemporary hotel for modern lifestyle. A bit of walking to do to get to BTS skytrain. Traffic is always horrible right in front of the hotel.

– PLAZA ATHENEE HOTEL – Nice and close to BTS skytrain. But the hotel’s name might cause pronunciation problem between you and local taxi driver. Bring the hotel’s business card and the road name in Thai with you.

6. 3,000-4,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA – Right on the bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Very much like a secluded and relaxing resort. Not in the city center, but free shuttle boat to BTS station makes it all fine.

– NAI LERT PARK, RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL HOTEL – Lush garden with peaceful atmosphere. Within walking distance from BTS skytrain and shopping malls.

– TRIPLE TWO SILOM HOTEL – Nice boutique hotel with contemporary Asian design. At night, enjoy Silom Road’s street market.

7. 2,000-3,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– PATUMWAN PRINCESS HOTEL – Great location, but always under renovation. Right inside MBK Shopping Center. Try the hotel’s Japanese+Korean buffet lunch at Konju restaurant, only $25/person.

– SOFITEL SILOM – Cozy boutique hotel in Bangkok. Few steps off the night market on Silom road. Near BTS skytrain.

Hostels in Germany

Getting to know each other and intercultural meetings are motivating again and again not only grades, groups of children and young people, but also families, seminar organizers and many interested single travellers to consciously experience their spare time in a youth hostel.

Tolerance towards the other one, the helpfulness, open dialogue, and a strong environmental awareness make the hostels in Germany for its guests an unusual and experience-rich destination.

Beside small cosy old buildings or the experience in castles and residences you also find many houses in scenic delightful environments as well as in large cities.

At first sight it has even the appearance at some, that it would be a 5-star luxury hotel. But after all if you ask for the conditions you experience that you have been landed in a fantastically beautiful youth hostel and will feel at ease in the time of your stay.

Whatever you are looking for – whether conference atmosphere, sport possibilities, school experiences without classroom, or a particularly for families coordinated equipment – with the hostels in Germany you’ll find the fitting for you.

By the way, between youth hostels and schools exists a long active tradition.

Anyhow, it is important for them that they do not only offer touristic attractions. The youth hostels above all attach also importance to obtain conscious travel. The social, economic and ecological consequences of a blind mass tourism are very conscious to them. Therefore, you will still get expert consultation and insider knowledge, and all this free of charge. Fits somehow to my website concept 😉

Good. Most hostels in Germany are located at places, from which you can discover a lot of beautiful things. Whether it is on a mountain from which you have a fantastic view, or in the country, where you can get to know the very German life, or in the middle of a city, where you can admire the attractive and historical points of interest.

There are even youth hostels with extensive wellness supply! By some I am inclined to call them Secret Resorts. (More about Secret Resorts and how to find them in my specific 4-part article or on my website)

If you however attach great importance to comfort, you should better book your accommodation in a hotel. In the youth hostels often no or little service is offered. Service you usually get in hotels.

Moreover, in Bavaria are lodgings which offer overnight stays only for humans up to 26 years. That is, they proverbially concentrate on the youth. You will find however sufficient others in which is also offered a cosy bed to adults.

Today we have youth hostels in the whole world (I even had the time of my life in the hostel of New York City!). You will however see, feel, and smell that the origin of hostels was developed in Germany.

Great Orlando Hotel

Another Orlando Hotel you may consider is the Wyndham Palace Resort. This hotel is located on a 27 acre separate island. It has 3 heated pools, a sauna, hot tubs, 2 playgrounds, volleyball courts, tennis courts, a hair salon, and a 24 hour fitness center. It is conveniently located within walking distance of Downtown Disney. It has competitive pricing between $89 and $99 and kids get to stay for free.

A very popular Orlando hotel is called the Westlakes resort. This is a 4 star hotel located on 110 acres with over a mile of lakefront. They offer 1 to 4 bedroom suites. Each suite comes with its own kitchen, whirlpool tub, washer and dryer, screened porch, and balcony. This hotel has several pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, Jacuzzis, shuffle board, and a top of the line gym. They even have a 10,000 square foot health spa and 6 restaurants to serve you. Staying here will cost you between $78 and $325.

The last Orlando hotel you might enjoy is the Clarion Hotel Universal. It is located half a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. They offer a free shuttle to Universal Studios Orlando and to Seaworld. All rooms come with a free security safe and coffee. The prices vary by season so you will have to check periodically.

Finding the perfect Orlando hotel can be a tricky endeavor. The above listed hotels are said to be the best and are all conveniently located near world famous attractions. Before choosing which hotel you stay at, try to decide which one offers you the most convenience for the attractions you wish too see. Also decide which amenities are the most interesting for you. If you have kids, be sure to pick a hotel that will be fun for them. With a little thought and a little patience, you will find the perfect Orlando hotel.