City Breaks

Hobart Accommodation Reservations

Whether you are going on a business trip or a fun-packed vacation you have to ensure that you have a good place to stay while you are there.
There is nothing as irritating as getting to your destination with high hopes and expectations only to be told that the rooms are full, forcing you to start looking afresh for other possible accommodation choices.
This can ruin your whole experience of the trip. To avoid such incidents, you have to make reservations prior to the visit. It guarantees you a nice place to stay and saves you from the last minute rash.
You have to make sure that you make the right choice. See more by checking out Hobart accommodation – Wrest Point. With that said, here are some of the things that you should consider to help you with that.

Hobart Accommodation Reservations

Convenience

This is one of the most important things that you should take into account. The location you choose should be well-suited to your main objective of the trip. For instance, if your plan was to visit a specific place within the city then it would be in order to get reservations of a hotel situated nearby. It allows you to get there with ease hence saving you time and transport money.

Still, if you plan to tour different places within the city then you should stay in a central place from where you can easily get transportation to all other areas. If you are after the beautiful view of city life at night, then you should also go for a place that will enable that. Convenience can be the difference between you arriving late to your business meeting and you getting there on time.

Reputation

The reputation of a guesthouse says all about it. It is based on the level of satisfaction that customers get thus a good reputation can serve as a guarantee of good quality services.

A good name will increase the inward traffic flow of consumer and that’s why hotels will always strive to serve their clients well. You can find out more about a company’s reputation by reading the online reviews written by the customers. However, in the spirit of adventure, one can still decide to try out a new inn. In most cases, you will have an excellent experience owing to the fact that new ventures try to capture customers’ attention and attract others by ensuring that they dispense services in an exemplary manner.

Although, in some cases you might end up settling for a low standard accommodation that has inexperienced management leading to terrible services. Therefore, if you want to be on the safe side you should stick with the more experienced ones that have already earned a good reputation.

Types of services

Before you make your reservation you should ensure that your needs will be fully met by the types of services offered.For example, if you intend to stay there only for a single night and leave early in the morning then a simple deal that doesn’t include meals can do just fine.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay for a full day or more than that then it will do you good to ensure that meals are being provided too. Most will provide at least a bed and breakfast hence the name B & B. If you are traveling using your personal vehicle then you should also consider availability of parking services. If possible, consider going for those that offer a wide range of services.

Available packages

Hobart Accommodation Reservations

This is related to the types of services that they offer. A package contains the types of services that you will enjoy during your stay there and so you should make a well-informed decision.

The packages are different to cater to the diverse needs of various customers. The price also varies depending on the type of package. There are standard packages that contain only the basic features such as meals, bed and shower and then there are more advanced ones offering luxuries like Jacuzzi and room service.

The latter is more expensive than the former. You should go for what you can afford and fits well within your budget to avoid financial strains. Also, lookout for the discounts and special offers that are imposed from time to time.

Amenities

Nowadays, hotels provide more than just the basic accommodation. They have various facilities meant to cater to other needs of the people visiting.  For example, it is common to see at least one recreational facility that will keep people entertained. Thus, you should lookout for such while trying to decide where to make a reservation. 

Even if your trip is strictly business there are still some amenities that can come-in-handy to aid with that. You should also be aware that it varies depending on the firm. Some will charge you extra for the amenities while others provide them free of charge.

Policies

All housing organisations have rules and regulations that you are expected to adhere to while there. This is meant to ensure peaceful co-existence and facilitate efficient delivery of services. You ought to go through the policies to determine whether they are suitable for you or not. For instance, some have a check-out and check-in policy that dictates the time during which you can check-out or check-in.

If such a policy inconveniences, you then you should look for another option that will suit you. Thankfully, there are lots of accommodations in Hobart. Click here to see tips you can use when looking for the best accommodation.

Conclusion

When seeking for accommodation one can be overwhelmed by the multitude of choices. Being such a vital decision to be made, one has to do thorough research and compare several of the options available to be able to make the right choice. The aspects outlined above are some of the most important factors that you should consider before making your reservation. You can also consult your friends to give you their personal recommendations of the great accommodations that they have enjoyed while in Hobart. Remember to plan well prior to your trip to avoid unnecessary hassles.

Visiting Hull, my weekend away!

(Ad) Last weekend I was invited along with some other lovely bloggers to spend the weekend in Hull with the Visit Hull tourist Board. I know what you are thinking, why would you want to for a weekend to Hull?? Well I was pleasantly surprised with the city, so let me tell you all about my weekend visiting Hull. I love visiting cities in the UK, I still have a few more on my list to visit, Bristol, Oxford, Bath to start. Bristol in particular is meant to be a fantastic city to visit, with a wealth of activities, attractions and nightlife that I can’t wait to explore (the restaurants are apparently fantastic as well).

Visiting Hull

Visiting Hull information pack

Sight Seeing Tour

Our weekend started with a sight seeing tour around the city of culture. Over the last few years Hull has been re-generated into the city of culture. Paul our tour guide took us to various different locations all over the city.

smallest window in England

Paul clearly loves his pubs and there are some of the oldest pubs in the country located in Hull, mentioning the various different pubs as we passed them. Also pointing out the smallest window in England, it was also located at a pub!

Fish Tour Hull

During our 1.5 hour tour we walked all over the city, we spotted lots of fish. It was the famous Hull Fish Tour which is an A-Z of fish around the Old Town. You can get a free trail sheet, you then follow it around the city spotting all of the fish. Once complete you can pop to the Hull Tourist Information Centre to get your certificate. Along our walking tour we spotted lots of different fish on the pavements, although we didn’t do the whole tour, it would make for a fun day with the children.

During our tour we went to Zebedee’s Yard, which during the day is used for parking but in the evenings and weekends it turns into an events venue. At the back of the yard is ‘The Last Trip’ memorial, which is a lasting memory of those lost at sea, it’s quite a moving this to see hidden away in Hull.

Queen Victoria Hull

We walked into the Queen Victoria square to see Queen Victoria’s statue looking over the city. I love to see our historical monarchs as statues, it’s great to see Queen Victoria in Hull. She looked stunning against the blue skies we had when visiting Hull.

Museum Quarter Hull

Paul showed us the Museum Quarter which is actually a collection of four different museums. Hull & East Riding Museum, Arctic Corsair, Street Life Museum and Wilberforce Museum. Each of which are completely free to get into, set in lovely grounds, we popped into one of them to see what was on offer. The free museums were really what made me think, Hull would be a great place to visit with the children.

We wondered through the Hepworth Arcade, home to the very first Marks and Spencer Store and Dinesdales joke shop, more independent businesses and apparently a few resident ghosts. Hepworth Arcade is also home to Hothams Gin School and Distillery, which we had a visit planned for later.

Paul took us through the Arcade into Trinity indoor Market, out to see the beauty that is Hull Minster. Our tour ended here at the Minster, before Paul headed off to meet his next group. We headed back into the Trinity Indoor Market to eat.

Trinity Indoor Market

trinity indoor market vegetable stall

Trinity Indoor market is home to a large selection of different food and drink independent retailers. There is a a very varied selection of food vendors to choose from. Greek food, pie and pasties, asian, indian, falafel, pizza cones, coffee and cakes, deli, fruit and veg stalls, sweet, micro brewery and an amazing chocolate shop. So many different things to choose from, it took me a while to make my mind up.

In the end I went with the Asian food, after a bit of wondering round and drawling over the different options. I chatted to the lovely lady at Cheng and Chen about the different food they have on offer and what I should go with. In the end I decided on fried rice, crispy five spice chicken with chilli lime mayo, vegetable spring rolls and prawn crackers. Sounds like so much, but as the prices were reasonable I didn’t think the portions would be anywhere near the size that they were, such amazing value for money. I think the whole group either had Cheng and Chen or Greko.

Asian food

It all looked amazing, I love greek food as well so it was between greek and asian for me. I am pleased I went with Cheng and Chen and it was delicious. I really enjoyed it, the only thing was we should have shared a portion of spring rolls between us all as there was so many for the small price of £3.

Everyone really enjoyed their meals and I also think everyone had some left over as it was very generous sizes.

chocolates trinity indoor market Hull

After we had eaten our lunch we tried a selection of chocolate brownies from Cocoa chocolatier and bakery, which were simply amazing. You didn’t need a whole slice as it was such a rich item, but I probably would have eaten it all…. but I love chocolate!

I have to say I never really eat from ‘street food’ stands. Normally when we visit places we head to a restaurant for food or a bar for a drink. However, visiting the Trinity food hall I really enjoyed it and would happily look at something like this again.

Hull Minster

After lunch we headed into Hull Minster to see their Sistine Chapel exhibition. The Minster is a beautiful building towering over the city, built in the 17th century is England’s largest parish church.

Sistine Chapel exhibition Hull

The Sistine Chapel exhibition is displaying Michelangelo’s art work on large boards both on easels or floor displays. The exhibition allows you to spend time looking at the wonderful artwork in it’s full beauty and also up close. The show stopper from the exhibition is a 6m x 6m of the the Last Judgement and it really is the wow factor, I haven’t visited the Sistine Chapel in Italy but my Hubby has was impressed with the photographs of the exhibition.

If you are heading to Hull then a visit to Hull Minster is worth a visit.

Hotham’s Gin School

Gin School in Hull

Hotham’s Gin School is located in the Hepworth Arcade, I have to say I couldn’t wait to get there and make some gin. Hotham’s Gin School offer various gin school experiences, they do sell out quickly, so if you are thinking about fitting it in during a trip to Hull then make sure you book before you go.

gin school Hull

Our distillery lesson involved drinking gin and tonics, while learning more about the history of gin and the different botanicals you add in to make the different flavours.

I partnered up with the lovely Vicki from Tippytupps, we soon came up with inspiration for our gin, Summer Meadow. We both loved the floral summery tastes and smells so we choose the more floral botanicals and started the distilling process. It was fascinating going through the whole process from start to finish. Our gin went through various different stages, from really strong alcohol levels and changing flavours until our gin was fully distilled and ready for bottling. Sometimes it really didn’t smell or taste that great.

Once finished we had filled a bottle with our Summer Meadow gin and even sealed them up using wax. Labels were added to the bottles, which Vicki kindly wrote as she has beautiful writing. We now just have to wait for two weeks for our gin to be ready for drinking. If the gin tastes as good we hope it will, then we can order another bottle of it, as Hotham’s will brew up another batch specially.

I loved spending time at Hotham’s Gin School and I highly recommend anyone who is a gin lover to book in for a lesson.

Dinner at Ambiente

After the Gin School and feeling slight tipsy we headed for Tapas at Ambiente, in the Fruit Market area of the city. I love Tapas food and I had really high hopes or it.

We were treated to the Luio Chef’s Selection, which was served as a selection of sharing platters. I love sharing platters when you are with close friends or family, however we were sharing with 9 other people that had only met earlier in the day. So you have to be a more aware of how much you are popping on your plate.

The Luio Chef’s Selection has a varied selection of tapas items, bread and dipping oil, rump steak, chicken and seafood paella, tiger prawns, rump steak, pork, sea bream, hallouim and watermelon skewers, bravas (sliced potato). This menu is only available for parties of over 8 people.

I did enjoy the food, for me I couldn’t eat the steak it was cooked rare and I do not eat any rare meat. So that meant the whole dish was out for me. Although there was a lot of paella it was sat at the other end of the table, we had to get up from our seats to go to the other end of the table to get some. It was very nice just not thought out enough. It might have been better serviced in 3 smaller plates rather than 2 larger ones.

Overall I enjoyed my meal at Ambiente’s and I would go back. I probably wouldn’t have the set menu again as I didn’t think it was great value for money. But I do love Tapas food.

Staying over

We stayed at the Double Tree Hilton, which only opened in July this year. You could tell, the interior was fabulous, the designer they used has great taste. The bar area was nice and inviting also not massively over priced as you find in most hotels. I really like Hilton Hotels and they are my go to for overnight stays.

We met at the hotel at 10am, ready for our walking tour of the city. We tried to check in, however we were not able to because check in time was 3pm. Not an issue we handed over our luggage and went on with our day. However one lady in the group was able to check in, but we didn’t think to much more about it.

We didn’t arrive back at our hotel until almost 10.30pm, and we found that there was not enough rooms for us all. Very annoying! The lady on reception was rude and unhelpful. Laura who organised our trip away was able to sort things easily as she offered to share with one of the other girls who she knows well. However if Laura hadn’t be able too, I have no idea what they would have done.

double tree hilton bedroom

The hotel has a night club on the roof, which was very noisey! As I exited the lift I was surprised by the volume of the music, it was as though I had walked into the night club. I got to my room 521 and although I couldn’t sing along to the music I could hear and feel the thud of the music until about 1pm when it either stopped or I managed to fall to sleep! Luckily it was only me in the room, had I had my children with me I would have been even more annoyed than I already was about not having enough rooms and a rude receptionist!

The lady on reception was honestly enough for me not to ever want to return. However the rooms were great, the bathroom was large and well stocked with items to use. The breakfast was good and the company for the stay really was fabulous. So maybe I would go back and hope she wasn’t working!

The Deep

On Sunday morning after breakfast we headed to the Deep. I love The Deep!! Simple as that.

fish at the deep Hull

I have visited a couple of times before with the children and I have always loved going. It’s the perfect place for a rainy day trip, they offer so much for children to see. I love the variety of fish and marine life they have to see. It’s a fascinating place to visit, I actually enjoyed looking around at my own pace but I know how much the children would have loved to be there with me.

Penguins at the deep Hull

Although I don’t really think you would be there for the whole day, but you can spend a good 3 hours wondering around looking at all of the fish and sea life. I actually spent ages watching the penguins playing silly games in and out of the water.

shark at the Deep Hull

I will go back to the Deep again and take the children with me, I really do love it.

The Lion and Key

The Lion and Key Pub in Hull

After our trip to the Deep we headed to The Lion and Key for lunch, which was only a 6 minute walk aways. The Lion and Key was serving pints in 1817 and over the years has gone through some changes it is now back to being a pub and it well known around Hull for it’s great food and ales. Not only is it known for it’s food and drink but also for the ceilings covered in beer mats, along with the walls coverings of various different memorabilia.

Food at the Lion and Key

I was impressed by the selection of food on offer, I choose the battered king prawns and chips. Wow, what a plate full. It was really good. I couldn’t finish it all but the prawns were lovely and the batter was light. Laura who was with us is dairy free and was over the moon to find out she could have the batter. Natalie our vegetarian was more than happy with her chilli.

Everyone’s meals looked good, and they were thoroughly enjoyed. I thought that the prices of the food were reasonable and I would happily go back.

Would I go to Hull again?

In a simple answer yes I would. In fact I have chatted to my hubby about going for the day or even over night with the children. There is just so much to see and do, they would love another visit to the Deep and I would really like to take them to the museum quarter which looked fun and educational. Plus I would love to eat at Greko and I know my Hubby would love too as well.

The other lovelies who I went with have written their reviews if you would like to have a read:-

Hollie – ThirftyMum

Rachel – Out and About Mummy

Nicola – Mummy to Dex

Natalie – Hello Cuppies

Vicki – Tippytupps

Gemma – Family on the go

Mandy – Mandy Charlton Photography

Joanne – Kids Days Out Reviews

 

*This was a paid press trip by Visit Hull, thank you for having me on the trip. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

3 Culture Rich Things To Do When Visiting Rome

With so many tourists visiting Rome each year, it’s easy to follow the masses and fall into the trap of overpriced, tacky and downright dull activities that provide no insight into the true culture and lifestyle of the area. Italy truly has so much to offer, with its sun kissed sky lines and a relaxed, luxurious way of life, so what are you waiting for? Start organising your dream trip to Rome today with these culture rich activities that are guaranteed to help you make the most of your experience!

rome, italy, flowers

Take In The Traditional Architecture

There is such a wealth of traditional architecture all across Rome, but the highly famous sights tend to be absolutely packed out with flocks of people that make the whole thing just a little less beautiful. However, there are some more generally hidden gems that offer just as much tranquility at a much slower pace, in which you can truly take in your surroundings without feeling cramped or rushed. The Trastevere markets lay situated next to the serene Tiber river, and the quiet cobble stones paths offer a much anticipated break from the hustle and bustle. With authentic street food from vendors who have had their skills passed down through several generations guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds, and unique and picturesque stalls selling handmade goods like jewellery and decorations, you’re bound to find something awe inspiring. The roads of Piazza De Spagnia, Piazza navona and Campo De Fiori offering equal amounts of pristine beauty, so take a stroll away from the centre and take in the amazing suburban landscape that’s stood strong and proud for many hundreds of years. 

Fancy A Shopping Trip?

With the likes of Versace, Moschino, Gucci, Valentino and Prada all hailing from Italy, the opportunities to bag some absolute classic pieces are so rife. Via Del Corso can offer some of the best stores in the whole of Italy, and really should not be missed if you’re looking to spend the day browsing the most luxurious brands around. There are hundreds of centres for jewellery lovers and clothes addicts respectively, ensuring that you can be dressed to impress through every day and night of your stay. 

Sample The Delicious Food And Wine 

Much of Italian culture is based upon food, and very often wine. Meals are such an important time of the day, and the restaurants in Rome can bring you some of the most delicious dishes you have ever tried. From the traditional wood fired pizza ovens to the homely osterias sampling century old recipes, there’s a taste for every kind of individual and little chance you will go home with an empty stomach! Attending a wine tour in Italy gives you the chance to explore working ‘vigna’ and taste the most delectable drinks around, these are a definite stop on any respectable tour. 

Try out these 3 activities when you’re next in the beautiful city of Rome to truly take in the culture and traditional way of life. Appreciate the architecture, shop until you drop and then fill your belly with gorgeous food to finish your day with a real treat.