Staying in Sydney with Style (and Beach): QT Bondi

We’ve just returned from our visit to Sydney, where we spent two nights at QT Bondi, an upmarket boutique apartment hotel just off Bondi Beach (check out our post about the famous Bondi to Coogee Beach Walk) , literally 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. If your room points towards Beach Road, like ours did, then you can spot a glimpse of the beach by sticking your head out from the tiny balcony and looking hard right down Beach Road.     On the photo above of Bondi Beach showing the Iceberg swimming pools in the front, you can see two taller buildings in the back, behind the beach and lawn, one on the very left-hand side, then another tower-like one, slightly further to the right. QT Bondi is directly to the right of the latter one inside the beach-facing building complex (but with no beach-facing rooms of their own, […]

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Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden, Our Review

We had previously stayed at the Noel Arms on more than one occasion and always enjoyed ourselves. We also recently did a sponsored review of the sister hotel just across the street, the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa and their upmarket restaurant, the Fig. Chipping Campden is one of our favourite destinations in the Cotswolds and we try to come for an extended weekend several times a year. This time around, we visited with my wife, Ms B’s, parents, who are currently visiting from Sydney. Upon arrival, the friendly and professional receptionist at this lovely 3-star inn on the Cotswolds Way quickly checked us in and showed us to our room. Our last-minute request to change my wife’s elderly parents’ room so that it is more comfortable and quicker for them to reach from the entrance, was met with a smile and a ‘no problem’. A few minutes later we […]

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Cotswold House Hotel and Spa, Chipping Campden – our Review

We love the Cotswolds and had previously stayed at the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa’s sister hotel, the Noel Arms, just across the street (would also recommend!) and at least a dozen other places in the area. As a basecamp location for hiking tours, walks, or visits to the pretty gardens and other picturesque villages nearby, there is – in our view – no better place than Chipping Campden. And what could be better than staying at a fancy boutique hotel in a beautifully renovated grade-listed Regency building that used to house the Guild of Handicraft when the arts & crafts movement relocated to Campden some 200 years ago. Modern fittings and appliances have been added without any disturbance to the grandeur of the place. The splendid spiralling staircase features in many wedding photos.    The hotel stretches over a number of buildings, including an adjacent one directly on the […]

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