Having stayed in the Hilton Stansted many times over the years, I was very interested to see if it had changed at all since being taken over by the Novotel chain.
I was immediately impressed as i walked into reception as i saw straight away that the dacor had been revamped as had the furniture. The whole reception had a more luxurious feel about it. The layout is the same with the restaurant and bar being just to the left of reception. The bar area has a larger sofa area and is quite a nice place to relax and enjoy a drink.
Again my room was completely refurbished, it had a new bathroom which was a big improvement in the tired old Hilton ones. A really comfortable bed/mattress and an enormous flat screen tv as wide as the bed. Breakfast is pretty much the same arrangement and transfers cost £3.00 each way and run every 30 minutes.
The Hotel offers deals for room only or hotel and parking, all at competitive prices considering it is classed as a 4 star hotel. I was very impressed with the whole experience and have already booked my second stay due in February. I can certainly recommend to anyone looking for a good quality hotel servicing Stansted airport.
If you own a luxury property in Spain you will know how much time is spent in the outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather and alfresco lifestyle. If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool and terrace space you might like to consider complementing your property with a Luxury Daybed enabling you to relax and unwind. Daybeds are available in various designs and styles and are usually only available from Designer garden furniture manufactures. Ranges are normally designed within Spain and then manufactured in Asia, they are normally finished in Spain to meet strict Spanish industry standards.
How much do they cost ?
Daybeds come in two catagories, entry level and Super Luxury, there is no inbetween. The most affordable Daybed that comes with a two year warranty and choice of cushions is the Kamasutra Daybed, it can be purchased for 1350 Euros, we would categorise the product as a medium range garden furniture product and would be considered the kamasutra as an entry level daybed that is certainly affordable to most holiday home owners.
You can certainly see the difference in design and quality between entry level and high end daybeds. Ranges such as the Romantic Daybed as seen at the top of the page and the Shade Daybed as seen below can be purchased from between 2900Euros to 5500 Euros respectively, delivery to mainland Spain can be arranged between 1-2 weeks. Designs are stunning and beautiful and if money is no object any of the high end daybed ranges will truly take your alfresco living space to a higher level of luxury.
to take a look at more examples of Luxury daybeds and luxury garden furniture available for your property in Spain visit www.Alfrescofurniturespain.com
Due to business commitments I hire cars regularly at Billund, Copenhagen, Stansted and Gatwick Airports, have done for years using all the top car hire companies without any problems. Last year I hired a car at Stansted Airport using a company called Greenmotion, I’d never heard of them before but as they were the cheapest I thought I would give them a try. I arrived at Stansted on a Sunday afternoon and had to get the transfer bus to The Hilton which is where Greenmotion are located. I had my driving licence and car hire voucher as always and of course the credit card used when I booked online. This information is normally all I have ever needed when hiring a car. After being in the queue for 20 minutes I finally got to speak to the sales assistant who’s English was very limited, she asked for my papers which I provided and then asked for my National Insurance number which they needed to my amazement to check if I had a clean driving licence. I’m not sure if it is only me but I have no clue what my NI number is and haven’t set eyes on it since I was about 17, I’m now 48. If I couldn’t give them the number there and then they refused to hire me the car. Bear in mind I had rented a car 4 weeks previously from Hertz and not been asked for an NI number. Luckily, I managed to find an old email with my NI details but I was pretty annoyed by the whole situation. I have since hired cars with Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise and not been asked for it once. So why do Greenmotion need it ?
My second run in with Greenmotion (Can’t believe I booked with them again) was in April 2017, I hired a car at Gatwick for 1 week, had to wait 25 minutes at the bus stop by North Terminal and was then taken to the Green motion office by a driver who complained to me the whole way about how stupid his car rental customers are. The transfer took 10 minutes but seemed a lot longer.
As always their offices are noisy and hectic with a load of pushy sales assistance calling me ‘mate’. After my last booking experience, I had planned ahead and read their T&C’s, apparently now they are asking UK licence holders to log into the DVLA website and obtain a code which is valid for 12 days which again shows them that you have a clean driving licence. The whole process is a complete pain but I had all the paperwork required to hire the car.
The thing that annoyed me this time is that the car I was given was not cleaned properly inside and out and I was then asked to look around the car for scratches and chips on the bodywork, alloys and windscreen. You can imagine how difficult this was with the car not being cleaned properly. I complained to the pushy sales assistant who told me that it was they only car they had spare, he said that if I found more scratches I could call them before 9am the next day. Every car hire company I have used in the UK and Europe have provided me a full list of scratches and marks already on the car and I have then been asked to look for additional marks. Everything about the experience seamed dodgy to me, as I drove away I noticed the car only had a quarter of a tank of petrol left and was not at all full. I immediately called they sales office who apologised and noted it against my rental.
I don’t understand why there are always problems with Greenmotion, I personally think they are unprofessional, their staff are not trained properly and their whole set up gives me the feeling they are trying catch the public out and overcharge with extortionate extra costs and penalties. My advice is that even though Greenmotion may be £15 or £20 cheaper online to hire a car for a week, don’t use them, in the long run it’s not worth it with all the bad service, pushy sales people calling you ‘Mate’ and their un-valeted cars. You will have a much better experience with a reputable car hire company.
Car Hire Copenhagen Airport
Its always nice getting surprises, especially when you are on a boring business trip. On a recent trip to Denmark I was unable to fly into Billund which is located in Jutland, instead my only option was to fly to Copenhagen located on Sjaelland, hire a car and drive 4 hours to Jutland. Having done the drive many times before I wasn’t exactly looking forward it. Denmark is very flat and in the nicest possible way a bit boring. Things have changed at Copenhagen airport, the car collection section has moved, you now have to catch a transfer bus to the car hire dedicated area. the bus is free and takes about 5 minutes. I had hired a ford mondeo or similar style car and was absolutely delighted when the chap behind the counter gave me the keys to a brand new 3 litre Audi A6 estate……happy days.
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If you own a holiday home in the Costa Calida region of Spain you may be interested in purchasing garden furniture for you property. Its not always easy for property owner to know where and how to purchase quality outside furniture especially if you only live in Spain for 4-6 weeks a year. Leroy Merlin and other similar chain stores offer limited options which seam quite expensive for the low quality of product. Alfrescofurniturespain.com are specialists in garden furniture and are located in the Costa Calida region of Spain, they delivery nationally and re-sell mid to high end garden furniture ranges with exceptional design quality and build.
If you are looking Garden Furniture be sure to visit their website at this address www.alfrescofurniturespain.com . Check out their latest 2017 ranges for sofa sets and dining sets.
Here is a quick rant from a client relating to Stansted Airport and the diabolically overpriced rip off that they have experienced twice over this festive season.
22nd December 10PM – parked in Green Zone for 1 hour and 20 minutes waiting for a family member, charged £14.50
2nd January 6am – Parking in Green zone for 35 minutes charged £9.50 (Clearly says £7.50 per hour on pay machine) Not only have i been ripped off but over charged !!!!!!
Drop off zone which allows only minutes for family’s to ‘drop off loved ones and their bags’ £3.00. Why is it so expensive to park ‘short term’ at Stansted Airport, this is simply greed.
Stansted Airport, please provide your public with a good service, don’t rip us off !!
Having booked a weekend break to London to do some sight seeing, my first job was to find a hotel for 2 adults and a 17 year old child. Here came the first problem, according to London Hotels children over 15 years of age are classed as adults, never heard anything more rediculous !! It proved to be very difficult to find a hotel that even offered a room suitable for 3 adults. Luckily i finally found a room at the Travelodge Southwark which seamed value for money compared to the other prices being offered but still cost enough for me to expect an OK standard of quality. This particular Travelodge was 5 minutes walk from the Tate Gallery, Southbank, Borough Market and the Globe. Btw…Was very impressed with Southwark which after lots of investment has become a trendy place to live and visit and has hundreds of restaurants and coffee houses on every corner, it had a really good vibe.
The Hotel – the entrance to the hotel, reception and corridors within the hotel didn’t install me with confidence, they were quite dirty and needed a good hoover throughout. Our room was better than i imagined, quite spacious with borderline comfortable beds. The room was very basic and the air conditioning didn’t work, it had a TV and a hook with 5 hangers, a desk with two chairs and that’s about it. The bathroom was awful, small and to be honest grimy (Not Good). I don’t expect a Travelodge room/bathroom to have lots of facilities but i do expect them to be clean and not falling apart.
The first floor had a breakfast room, which seamed quite popular with guests in the morning, we never tried it as there were dozens of great breakfast options minutes walk away from the hotel. Of course I knew before booking that the Travelodge is a budget hotel, but even so i think the Travelodge being a well known National brand should not let standards slip and i think the management of the Travelodge Southwark have let it slip. For giving the option of three adult rooms i give 10/10 but for the cleanliness and quality of the hotel i give 4/10. Must do better.
Alfrescofurnturespain.com supply Garden Furniture to properties located in the Murcia, Costa Calida and Costa Blanca regions of Spain.
It can be difficult for people owning properties in Spain to know where to buy good quality garden furniture, it can be even harder to accept deliveries especially as owners are not actually at the property for most of the year.
Alfrescofurniturespain.com offer a service whereby property owners can choose and buy garden furniture from the Alfresco website which include extensive ranges of garden sofa sets, dining table and chairs, sun loungers and Spain’s largest range of luxury Daybeds. Once purchased Alfresco will arrange delivery either direct with the property owner or with the owner’s permission, collect a key from a management company or key holder. Alfresco will then deliver and unpack your garden furniture so it is ready and waiting for the clients next visit. If you are looking for a supplier of garden furniture in Murcia visit the Alfrescofurniturespain.com website.
The most popular Garden Sofa Set found in Murcia Spain is the Rattan Wicker effect furniture, rattan furniture is normally long lasting, weather resistant and very easy to clean and maintain. Garden Furniture is abundantly available for sale in Costa Calida from various outlets and at different prices. Our advice if you are wishing to buy Rattan Sofa Sets is to not go for the cheapest option, these are often imported from far and wide, made of poor quality materials and very often will not the wear and tear of a hot summer in Spain.
Alfrescofurniturespain.com offer rattan wicker effect sofa sets that are manufactured in Spain and adhere to strict Spanish manufacturing industry standard regulations. Hevea rattan furniture comes with guarantees and is built to be long lasting, robust, weather resistant and very easy to maintain. Alfresco’s wide range of garden furniture includes Quality Hevea Rattan Sofa Sets & Rattan Dining Sets all available for delivery in the Murcia region of Spain.
Here is a customer review of The Place Hotel Edinburgh sent to us on 23rd October 2016.
Booked the 4 star Place Hotel located in York Place Edinburgh for 3 nights Thursday to Sunday. My partner arranged an early check in which was fine, on arrival we were shown to our room which was underground, tiny, very dark and oppressive, my partner immediately asked if we could change rooms as she didn’t feel comfortable. The hotel staff agreed and sent us to another room which again was down in the dungeons of the hotel but at least has an electric skylight. The new room was still very small and had the smallest double bed I’ve ever seen, more like a sofa bed. Three nights sleeping on this bed was hard work especially as you could feel the springs digging in your back. On the last night I was woken at 3am by the snoring coming from the room next door, the snoring continued until at least 7.30am….not a good night at all in such a small claustrophobic room. Friday morning breakfast was ok, nothing to shout about, I never understand why hotels bake scrambled eggs !!! Saturday morning breakfast was a shamble, no coffee, no bread/toast, no fruit. The young breakfast waiters did their best to help but the whole thing clearly lacked managerial direction.
This is supposed to be a 4-star hotel costing well over £100 per night, in reality it was far from being 4-star quality and the two rooms we experienced were awful. There was a Premier Inn 30 metres down the road, next time I will book the Premier Inn instead as it will be half the price, the bed will be double the size with a good mattress and they won’t run out of coffee and bread in the mornings.
Edinburgh is a great City, if you haven’t been I can fully recommend.