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Wellington Hotel, New York City 26/10/2007

Great Location...Dated Hotel...

Wellington Hotel, New York City We booked up The Wellington Hotel for Seven Nights on the Alpharooms website (cheapest we could find) for two people it came to £920; which is a good price for a week in a mid-range hotel in NYC. Most of the reviews read favourably, indicating that the main advantage of staying here was its location on 7th Ave/55th St. Upon entering the Hotel we were greeted with a HUGE grand looking chandelier, lighting up the reception area. The staff were pleasant and helpful when checking us in, upgrading us to a Queen Room instead of the Double we'd previously booked, without us even having to ask! Our room was located on the 9th floor (923 if you're interested!) But upon entering the lifts to head up to our room we got an inkling as to what was in store. It's a very tired, old hotel in desperate need of a makeover. The elevators are very slow (you can be waiting an age at busy times). The room we were allocated was clean and tidy, but felt dark and pretty uninviting. Old carpets that were frayed at the edges and old furniture that was a little cheap and rickety decorated the small space. There're no tea/coffee facilities in the room, which I missed after a long day out walking the streets of Manhattan. No safety deposit box in the rooms either, and not a great deal of space/storage generally. It was fine for a base in the city as you don't plan on spending a lot of time in your room, and we really couldn't fault the location (About 4 blocks down from Central Park and about 9 blocks ...

Cookworks Power Hand Mixer (Argos) 01/06/2007

Cheap..But CERTAINLY not Cheerful!

Cookworks Power Hand Mixer (Argos) Avoid this Hand Mixer at ALL costs! Spend a bit more to ensure quality. I'm an "up and coming" wannabe chef (!) and thought I'd start out small and cheap with my hand mixers. Only needed it to whisk up cake mixtures etc initially, so thought this would be perfect for the task at hand. Upon first use however it is pretty easily understandable why this mixer is SO ridiculously cheap! It even warns you not to use the Turbo Button for more than 30 seconds! Although there are five variable speeds for blending, they don't appear to do much. There is only really One Speed setting. The others just make the mixer get more high pitched and whiney, with no apparant change in whisk speed! All the underside of the mixer (Where the blades push up into) is open and the motor is clearly visible..Which is a worry if food mixtures find their way inside. Impossible to clean in there. Upon useage also, I noticed that there was a spark visible whenever the mixer was turned on..!? Scarey! I used this mixer a total of two times (FROM NEW) before it finally gave up the ghost and stopped working..For good..! I couldn't even be bothered to take it back to Argos for a refund..Hardly worth the petrol costs to drive back into Birmingham for the £4.79 refund! Ended up just throwing it away. All in all it IS a cheap mixer..VERY cheap..And if it was a bit more reliable it would be well worth the money. But for one/two uses..It's kinda not worth it. Go for a more expensive model. Treat ...

Hoxton Hotel, London 06/03/2007

Fantastic Hotel and a Great Price...

Hoxton Hotel, London Budget doesn't have to be boring is The Hoxton's philosophy, with its clean contemporary designs and high quality finishes. It opened in September 2006 to rave reviews and has been booked out ever since. The hotel is owned and run by Sinclair Beecham, the founder of Pret A Manger. We booked this hotel up online after a recommendation from a friend and upon arriving could tell we'd not be disappointed. The entrance/reception/bar/restaurant area was very welcoming with huge overhead modern sculptural lighting (5-6 large paper eagles in various stages of flight) and two large open fireplaces surrounded by comfy/stylish seating. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and we had no problems checking in. The orange/red flourescent lit corridors were very impressive and quite oppulent. And upon entering our room we were Very Pleased with what we found. A VERY stylish, well designed hotel room. Complete with Plasma Screen, Coffee/Tea/Kettle, Hairdryer/Mirror, all cleverly designed into a purpose built unit. A corner chaise longue. And a very comfy bed adorned with thee big cushions (each labelled "Rock", "Scissor, "Paper") The wall had a London Scene Mural almost plastered into it, again Very Stylish and Very Impressive. Each room has two small safes to store your valuables, a mini-fridge (with complementary bottled water and milk) and air conditioning. Only down side possibly being a lack of storage for clothes. Bathroom was well equipped too, with Large Shower cubicle and ...

Affinia 50, New York City 26/09/2005

Great Base For A Week In New York...

Affinia 50, New York City After having bad experiences with booking hotels online before (see my review West End Studios, New York), I ensured I did my research before booking this time. I searched many review sites on the internet and all sites gave the Affinia 50 in New York top marks. So I had no hesitations reserving a suite. We were travelling to New York as a surprise trip for my brothers 30th Birthday, and on the advise of a review, I mailed prior to departure asking if they could ensure us a room with a view..This unfortunately was not attained, but we were offered another room if we wished to change. And a bottle of wine was sent up for us as a gesture. Greatly appreciated! We ended up staying put, as our original room had a better layout (and was bigger!) The hotel itself is in a superb location (on 51st/Lexington), in a nice area (East Midtown) with a Subway Station one block up, and the majority of attractions within easy reach. The lobby area is very welcoming with a large water feature and the staff are only to eager to help all residents. Our apartment "suite" was perfect for the five of us. We were situated on the 11th floor (Room 1103) on a corner plot, which didn't have the greatest views, unfortunately. Included was a stylish, spacious living/dining area with huge TV, study area and sofa bed; a well appointed, although slightly dated kitchen (with coffee machine, dishwasher, toaster); a stylish bathroom (towels changed daily) and a bedroom complete with another huge TV ...

The Emperors Crown, Perth 03/05/2005

Fantastic Base For Our Week In Perth

The Emperors Crown, Perth We found this place in a local accommodation guide literally by chance, and thought we'd give it a try as we'd arrived in Perth and had nowhere to stay. After chatting to the friendly New Zealand girl on reception over the phone, and having had the price quoted to us, we decided to check it out. The reception is supposed to be permanently manned, but if no one is there, they're only a phone call away and the front door has a coded lock to keep away any uninvited guests. Although not situated in the most picturesque of areas, the Emperors Crown is a gem of a find, and it's only a short walk to the free Cat Bus stops and Perth Central Railway Station. The building was only about 8 months old when we stayed there, so everything was still virtually brand new. The interior is pretty funky, having big open spaces, loads of sofas and great decor. A useful Internet area ($5 for 2.5 hours) with card readers and a scanner for forwarding those all-important holiday snaps back home. A fully fitted caterers kitchen for general use, and a dining area. A TV room complete with huge plasma screen and DVD player (with selected DVD hire available). A laundry. Two outdoor communal areas (one smoking/one non-smoking). And a cafe located right next door for breakfast in the mornings. The rooms are great; spotlessly clean and feel brand new, with a choice of dormitory, double or triple rooms. Ours had a bunk bed and a double bed, a fridge, TV and DVD player, remote controlled air ...

Pearl Drops Whitening Toothpaste 11/05/2004

Recommended or Not Recommended?

Pearl Drops Whitening Toothpaste I’ve read a few reviews for this product on Ciao!, some say that it’s recommended by dentists, some say that it isn’t. So, when I went for a routine check up at my local I decided to get the low-down on Pearl Drops. I asked my dentist, Mr. Horton, if he recommended the product, he told me straightaway “no!” He said that, while initially you may get a slight improvement, that you are in fact brushing away the enamel on your teeth, as Pearl Drops are quite an abrasive mixture. That’s how they claim to whiten your teeth, as they strip the top discoloured layer off revealing a fresh layer of enamel underneath. He said that your teeth are darker inside, so eventually, when you continue brushing more and more of the enamel off, that your teeth will go DARKER! And the only real way to improve the colour of your teeth is to have them bleached which will cost around £300 and has to be done every couple of years. So there you go, professional advice! I’d been using them for about a month before I visited my dentist. I decided to give them a go after the very convincing advertisement (Money back if you’re not satisfied). Plus I wanted to have a go of the supplied Tooth Whitening Guide to measure just how bad my teeth were! So I took the plunge and parted with my £3.99, for a 50ml bottle. Nice packaging of the product and a nice user-friendly bottle. The taste, I found, wasn’t as refreshing as your average toothpaste but it ...

Comfort Inn (442 West 36th Street) 26/04/2004

Perfect for our Ten Day stay in NYC

Comfort Inn (442 West 36th Street) After originally booking up and arriving at West End Studios, and being faced with what can only be described as a bomb-site of a hotel room, we immediately checkout out and hauled our suitcases (through the rain!) downtown to try and find a hotel that would put us up for our ten day stay. After trying a few and being turned away we eventually arrived at a Comfort Inn, they unfortunately had no room at the Inn (!) but told us of another Comfort Inn within walking distance. So again, we set off in the rain with suitcases in tow and finally arrived at our Comfort Inn on 36th Street/9th Avenue. The staff were SO helpful. They were very understanding of our plight and I think took pity on us! (Well, we did look like drowned rats by now!) They provided the three of us with a room and extra bedding to accommodate us. The free breakfast the following morning was very welcome. Although it was only a choice cereal, breads, bagels, fruit and preserves it set us up for the rest of the day and on our return there was always tea/coffee facilities available in the lobby. (We even made up our own packed lunches from the breakfast selection each day to take with us!) Half way through our stay we had to be moved to another room, as our original room had been booked out for a couple of nights, but we were then reinstated to the previous room (which had a fantastic view of the city at night) for the remainder of our stay. Although the rooms weren’t huge, they were fine for us to use as a ...

West End Studios 23/04/2004

Stay Away From Here..You've Been Warned !!

West End Studios I chose this hotel as an alternative to a hostel, as we'd have our own room..But have to share a bathroom, which I thought would be OK. It cost us about £600 for ten nights, booked online with CheepHotels. Got there and all seemed OK until we got to our room. It was TINY with a three-quarter bed and a rickety bunk-bed. A small broken sink, a dodgy TV and an old fridge. The door didn't lock properly and you could see through the gap when it was closed. One of the window panes was missing and boarded up with cardboard. No hairdryer, no iron. It just felt REALLY dirty being in there.Consequently we checked out STRAIGHT AWAY and found a room at a Comfort Inn further downtown..Which was perfect and included a Free Breakfast. We had to pay £117 Cancellation Fee but got the remainder of the balance refunded, fortunately. The guy on reception acted like he had people complaining about the state of the place all the time ! We spoke to some foreign travellers there and they told us that they'd checked in the previous night and after pulling back the bedcolthes found HAIR in the beds ! After complaining to the staff downstairs were told to remake the beds themselves !DO NOT believe the description for this hotel and DO NOT read anything into the photographs shown on the websites. STAY WELL AWAY FROM THIS HOTEL ...! BE WARNED ...!
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