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A room with a view is so 1985…these days hotels need to offer something more to stand out from the crowd. Some offer a free giraffe with every room; some include a string quartet in each minibar. Others do their best to provide fetching views from not only their boudoirs and balconies, but also from their bathrooms. Here’s a list of some of the most stunning.
Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai
In this digital age of tap-dancing robots, downloadable viagra and virtual nutrition, which traveller still lugs 5kg worth of guidebooks and dictionaries around with them? These days all you need is a smartphone and a wi-fi connection and you can have the entire Lonely Planet back catalogue at your fingertips.
The marketplace is saturated with applications covering everything from best rated local pizzas to typical weather patterns in McMurdo Sound, but which ones are worth bothering with? To amuse you while you consider this conundrum, our very own hot stepping reporter Sandrine has hashed together a shortlist of the most interesting applications that are sure to delight globetrotters galore.
With this software you can locate some local cuisine, find a nearby toilet to throw it back up in, and then connect with a new friend and tell them all about it. Wow, the wonder of technology really helps to bring us all closer together.
Do you think you’ll be taking any of these with you on your next trip?
Following on from our post on funny hotel names, we’ve been looking for some amusing signs that are found in hotels. Whether you’ve taken a suite at New Hangover Hotel,
Why do we love rollercoasters? They scare us out of our wits, they threaten to kill us, and they even make some of us lose control of our bodily functions. But it’s the rush we crave. The building anticipation; the doubts, the regrets, and then the drop.
The twists, the falls, the loops, the turns. The screams and the thrills. Round the next corner we might all die but right at this moment we feel a million times more alive than we did ten seconds ago.
And as we come to a standstill we’re triumphant to have made it through unscathed. We’re the Chuck Norris of the theme park world; we looked death in the face and had a decent chortle. Now we feel hungry and want a hamburger.
Here’s a rundown of some of the world’s most impressive rollercoasters. Be warned: some of these videos are pretty realistic.
Some people like to patronise chain hotels because they offer a standard level of accommodation. It can be reassuring to know what level of service and facilities to expect when you stay in a Hilton or a Holiday Inn. Conversely, if you stray off the beaten path you’re forfeiting the kind of reassurance that comes with brand standards.
However, sometimes taking a risk can pay dividends. Take the following hotels, for example; if names are anything to go by, what kind of fun extras might they offer?
A little introduction:
My name is Anne Swinkels and I am eleven years old. Four years ago a tumor was discovered in my brain; luckily, the tumor has now been removed. I am happy to report that I feel better. I wanted to do something back for the fight against cancer so I signed up for the Alp d’Huzes (explanation in the following paragraphs). While most people cycle the mountain, that day I will do it on foot, since I can’t cycle for that long just yet. Because of the operation I have some problems with my stability and my legs become tired much faster than they should. I will walk the mountain together with my mother and I also hope that we can make it all the way to the top. This will be a huge challenge for me! Easytobook.com is supporting me with this challenge.
The presence of water makes life possible on our planet. The medium for all of the chemical reactions that occur in our body, water impacts our lives on a microscopic level. Freezing in enormous rivers, water has carved the landscape of our planet; falling in torrents and crashing in tsunamis, it is an ever-present reminder of our vulnerability on a macroscopic level.
What better way to celebrate this essential component of life than to squirt it out of tubes, colour it with lights and choreograph it to music? Most of us love to get wet, and most of us also love to witness the awesome dynamics of water. To satisfy this desire, we’ve decided to compile a list of some stunning fountains throughout the world.
The beautiful, bountiful and the bizarre can be found here; some famous, some not quite so. Have a sneaky peeky and see if you recognise any of these awesome creations.
1. Peterhof Fountain, Saint Petersburg, Russia
We all love to travel for our various different reasons. One of these reasons is of course to relax, and where better to relax than in or beside a fine hotel pool! Hotels understood that when they made their pool look irresistible the guests would swarm in, so there are some real gems to find all over the world. Now every hotel pool suits a different purpose. You have these huge pools for the whole family and for the kids to play in, and on the other hand you have smaller pools with the best views amongst the must surreal landscapes. Whatever your needs, the hotel pool image you see in the various magazines or on websites is often something that can make or break the deal.
We made a top list of the most amazing hotel pools to show you some of the best ones around the world.
Banyan Tree resort, Mahe Island Seychelles
The pool of the Banyan Tree resort is a so-called ‘infinity pool’. This means it looks like the pool’s edges look as if they don’t exist, the water just stops… The hotel is very private and so is perfect for honeymooners. Every room in this hotel even has its own private pool!
Most people have probably witnessed the art of hotel towel folding. You enter your room after a nice day at the beach and on the bed you find a sculpture; most likely of a swan, but if you are lucky you will have a cleaner who was extremely creative. You can influence your cleaner by leaving them a tip. Often this results in your cleaner being very creative with his or her towel folding. A tip is best left on the bed. Just tidy your bed a little and lay the money in plain sight. A simple trick is putting the money in a cup from the bathroom in the middle of the bed. Not all cleaners will immediately leave your towel in an artistic form, since it is not easy and your cleaner needs to master the art. However, we do think that a small tip for the cleaners is always in place.
A quick browse through any Online Travel Agent hotel listings quickly reveals that most hotels offer the same standard facilities – wireless Internet access, fitness centre, restaurant – and for good reason.
However, how is a hotel going to stand out from the other 99,999 hotels that are all ‘nestled in the heart of [insert city], a stone’s throw from [insert attraction], offering Internet, , a bubble bath, [another random facility]…’? Well, perhaps a property could offer rooms inside a Trojan Horse replica, or be built in the style of an ocean liner, or have featured in our Strange Hotel Design report…or perhaps they could look like this:
1. Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang North Korea