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Having spent 12 years in hotels it seemed very apt to share some of my hotel reviews (that is 12 years actually in hotels by the way not 12 years visiting hotels!).

I’ve been travelling for over 30 years now and during that time I think I’ve come to know what makes a great hotel and what doesn’t.

I certainly remember some pretty bad experiences in hotels like that time there was blood on a guests bed sheet, or no slats in the bed base, to finding other guests in their bedrooms. Don’t worry it’s all going into my book!

The most memorable hotel experiences have been a combination of great hotel facilities, a fantastic location and a warm and friendly welcome. I still dream of my wonderful room in the Sofitel at Noosa Heads where I could lay in bed and look out across the most wonderful view. I didn’t want to leave!

Whilst great locations and prices help if the service isn’t very good or you can’t get a good nights sleep or the room is not clean the location and price don’t really matter as much. Generally when I am travelling I am working so a good nights sleep is super important. However, that isn’t always easy given some of the hotel rooms allocated to Tour Manager and Tour Drivers – let’s just say they are not always rooms that guests would get.

Over the years my view of hotels has also changed – I am more willing to spend a little more and have a better location than perhaps I would have done before. I am also much more prepared to complain about a room that isn’t right, whether I am working or not and more willing to complain about things such as noise.

​No matter what I still get excited when staying in a new hotel and love that feeling of opening and the door and seeing what is inside. I still go and explore my new room every time I arrive!

I love being in hotels, which is good given the amount of time I have spent in them and I am fond of a in room buffet or room service as well, although I’m now a big fan of an in room takeaway thanks to services such as Deliveroo!

Most often my stays in hotels have been because of work, initially travelling for business and latterly travelling as a Tour Manager with groups. As such I have stayed in all sorts of rooms that guests wouldn’t normally access, everything from apartments in hotels to staff accommodation and pretty much everything inbetween too.

Travel Reviews – Hotels

Whilst a hotel room isn’t necessarily the focus of any trip a nice hotel room is always good whether you are on holiday or working. Whilst I love a lovely luxurious room with a great view I won’t enjoy it if the room is noisy or light and I can’t get a good nights sleep.

Of course hotel reviews are subjective so I have tried to be open about what I liked and what I didn’t and share anything else relevant to my stay that you might find helpful.​

I have tried to include information that I think others would find useful if they were staying in the hotel too. Information not just about the room and the hotel itself but about the hotel facilities, the local area, any parking or local travel tips or suggestions.

I also try to be realistic in my reviews. I know that not everything is going to be perfect for every stay. Often a sign of a good hotel is how they deal with some sort of issue. However, the basics should always be there such as a clean room with a comfortable bed.

I hope you find the reviews helpful.

Happy travels.​

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