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Back after decorating,work and holiday. Still convinced that the 3 Rs make this site work - Read, Rate and Review. Trying to catch up with doing the 3 Rs as much as possible. Very grateful for all the Reads and Rates of my Reviews from others on Ciao.

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Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, Bolton 14/09/2017

TWO FOR ONE AT HOLIDAY INN BOLTON CENTRE!

Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, Bolton <<<<<<>>>>>>> Having booked flights from Liverpool to Barcelona and a corresponding night near the airport in mid-June, we realised that, as my husband’s finished work lunchtime the day before, we could squeeze another night out of our short break. So we looked for reasonably priced places to stay between the Midlands and Liverpool. As luck would have it, Holiday Inn Bolton Centre appeared on a list of points breaks, so no money needed to change hands and we could cash in some IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) points for our stay. That was the clincher and dispensed with all my southern husband’s reluctance to go to my old schooldays’ haunt of Bolton. We had stayed here over three years ago and, recalling the leisure facilities, I was looking forward to a dip in the basement pool. <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> Address: Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, 1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, BL1 2EW Telephone: 01204 879988 As the postcode and name suggest, Holiday Inn Bolton Centre is centrally located, a 7 minute walk from Bolton Town Hall and within 5 minutes of the shopping centre. To put it in its broader north western context, the hotel is 13.7 miles south and slightly east of Blackburn, 17.6 miles west of Rochdale, 12.6 miles north west of Manchester and 36.9 miles north east of Liverpool. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>> (Please feel free to skip this section, although I am aware it's of interest to some.) I’m sure thoughts of opening a Holiday Inn in Bolton ...

The Spinning Mule, Bolton 07/09/2017

WHATEVER THE WEATHER, THIS WETHERSPOONS FITS THE BILL.

The Spinning Mule, Bolton THE SPINNING MULE, BOLTON. <<<<<<<<<<<<< WHY HERE?>>>>>>>>>>>>>> > Breaking a journey from the East Midlands to Liverpool and persuaded by a good offer for a night in a hotel, we found ourselves back in my old secondary school haunt of Bolton. From past experience, the delights of Bolton are wasted on my husband from the south, so our original plan was to find somewhere to eat enroute and not have to venture outside the hotel. But, as with many of our best laid plans, it didn’t quite work out due to a combination of roadworks, heavy traffic and the fact that reasonably priced eating places are not too easy to find by a motorway. Reluctant to divert to find somewhere, we ploughed on to Bolton, which I inauspiciously drove into in the midst of a deluge that was so heavy I was forced to pull over or risk a collision with something else. If I’m on an expenses budget then I’m happy enough to pay what I consider to be inflated prices for mediocre meals in hotels. but, if we’re picking up the tab, then that’s entirely another matter. Logging onto the hotel wi-fi via my smart phone (how did we ever cope in the dark pre-internet days?) I did a quick search for all the usual reasonably priced brands and found The Spinning Mule, Wetherspoons within easy walking distance of the hotel. I wouldn’t describe myself as a Wetherspoons ‘regular’ by any stretch, but in the past their offering of reasonably priced meals and the all-important drinks often in town/city centre locations have ...

Express By Holiday Inn John Lennon Airport, Liverpool 25/08/2017

HANDLE WITH CARE-HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LIVERPOOL AIRPORT.

Express By Holiday Inn John Lennon Airport, Liverpool (Please note no disrespect meant at all to John Lennon but I couldn't fit the full product name,Holiday Inn Express John Lennon Airport Liverpool, in my title.) <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> Having searched for cheap flights to visit our niece in Barcelona in mid June, my husband found that the best deal was to be had from John Lennon Airport Liverpool. As the flight was early in the morning, we looked for somewhere nearby to stay. Holiday Inn Express John Lennon Airport, Liverpool fitted the bill. It was 5 minutes by taxi from the airport, we could park our car at the hotel and we could use IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) points for our stay. An added bonus of a stay here for us was the opportunity to spend the day before our flight visiting Liverpool. By making use of free parking at Liverpool South Parkway and taking a train into Liverpool I was amazed at how easy this was to do. Not having been there for over 30 years I thoroughly appreciated this, but then that sounds like another review opportunity. <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> Address: Holiday Inn Express John Lennon Airport Speke Hall Avenue No 1 Speke, Liverpool L24 1UX Telephone: 0151 448 2000 Holiday Inn Express John Lennon Airport Liverpool is, as the name suggests, conveniently located for John Lennon airportLiverpool airport, which is 5 minutes south east of the hotel by car (1.3 miles). Liverpool is 8.1miles north west of the hotel, Manchester is 32.2 miles east and slightly north, Chester ...

The White Rose Harvester, Leeds 08/08/2017

'CHARRED', NOT 'CHARGRILLED' AT THE WHITE ROSE HARVESTER LEEDS.

The White Rose Harvester, Leeds <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> Why indeed? We had been helping our daughter assemble Ikea flat pack furniture in her new place (a saga in itself!). By way of a ‘thank you’ and, as we were all in need of food at the end of the day, she decided to take us plus her sister and brother-in-law to the local Harvester. As a family, in the past, we have often dined at Harvester restaurants, especially appreciating the all you can eat salad bar. <<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>> Address: The White Rose Wide lane, Morley, Leeds WEST YORKSHIRE UK LS27 8PL Telephone: 0113 252 2730 As the name “The White Rose” suggests, this Harvester is in a strongly Yorkshire location (written with some hesitation by someone who was born the other side of the Pennines!) Regional loyalties aside, The White Rose Harvester is easily accessible by road, on the eastern edge of Morley and to the west of the dual carriageway section of the A653. It is 5.9 miles south and slightly west of Leeds city centre. It lies just over a mile south of The White Rose shopping centre and a mile north of M62 junction 28. It is 58.1 miles west of Hull, 32.8 miles north of Sheffield and 14.4 miles east of Halifax. <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>> Founded in 1983, the Harvester restaurant brand has been a staple family restaurant brand in the UK for many years now. It specialises in flame grilled food, spit roasted chicken and all you can eat (or more politely put) help yourself salad carts. Back in the early ...

Vytronix VTBC01 25/05/2017

CLEANING UP WITH THE VYTRONIX CYCLONIC VACUUM CLEANER VTBC01.

Vytronix VTBC01 <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> I always have good intentions, when it comes to replacing household appliances, of shopping around and spending a little more to get a higher quality product, which will work a little better and last longer. Admittedly I knew my vacuum cleaner was on its last legs (or should I say suction, not that this was very strong towards the end!), but there always seemed to be more pressing requirements on my time than researching a replacement. Eventually, with the pending arrival of my daughter’s chocolate labrador for a two week holiday, I had to give in and start the search quickly for a replacement vacuum cleaner. Time and economy being of the essence, I checked out the Amazon site, as I had a gift card balance there and found the Vytronix cyclonic vacuum cleaner VTBC01 model on sale at £36.99. Although reviews were generally okay (you always get the odd complainer I reasoned) I was a little wary of an online purchase, having bought a microwave from Amazon, which then developed a dodgy door catch, but which I still have, as the returns process was such a hassle. So my next port of call was Asda to see if they had any vacuum cleaners to compete on specifications and price, as I was doing a regular shop there and I knew from experience that returns were relatively easy. Unfortunately, vacuum cleaners in Asda proved to be more expensive and the lure of the gift card balance pulled me back to Amazon, where, after a few clicks the Vytronix ...

Asda George HOME 1.7L 18/05/2017

BY GEORGE HOME! IT'S A 1.7L CORDLESS KETTLE!

Asda George HOME 1.7L <<<<<<<>>>>>>> In common with many UK households, one of the most important small appliances we have is the kettle. The cause of many a power surge on the National grid, as we all put our kettles on in the ad break during popular TV shows and my ‘go to’ appliance first thing in the morning. Working from home, I have to admit to making good use of the household kettle for the all important tea and coffee breaks through the day, not to mention when entertaining friends. Despite the welcome addition to our household of a Nespresso machine over 2 years ago, the trusty kettle still retains its place at the top of the pecking order. Sadly, a few weeks ago, after several years of use and I wouldn’t like to estimate the countless number of boil ups, our last cordless kettle, from Argos, developed a faulty switch and became less than reliable, so we set about looking for a new one. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> Living in a village, several miles away from shops of any decent size, for many the internet would be the first port of call. Having had the odd bad experience with electrical items bought on the internet not working well and the hassle of returning them, I preferred the old fashioned instore experience. But I was reluctant to make a special trip, so waited until the next opportunity. Whenever I think of replacing a small appliance, like a kettle, iron or vacuum cleaner, I always have good intentions of doing some research, shopping around ...

Brewers Fayre Bedford South, Bedford 12/05/2017

MIXED FARE AT BREWERS FAYRE BEDFORD SOUTH.

Brewers Fayre Bedford South, Bedford <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> We were visiting our son and daughter-in-law for the weekend in Bedford and our son suggested going to Brewers Fayre Bedford South for Sunday lunch. He had a 40% off voucher to use (of which more later) which was a big incentive, as eating out on a Sunday lunchtime can be pricey. Having gone to church with them in Bedford, it was never going to be an early lunch and he was able to reserve a table at Brewers Fayre Bedford South for 2.00pm. The location just outside Bedford on the A428/A421 suited us, as it was en route to the M1. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> Address: Brewers Fayre Bedford South (A421), Marsh Leys, Kempston MK42 7DN Telephone: 01234 844046 Brewers Fayre Bedford South is located 6.7 miles south west of Bedford near the A421 and A428. It is 8.5 miles along the A421 from junction 13 of the M1. The A421 runs from the A1, Black cat roundabout to the A43 near Brackley. The A428 runs from Cambridge via Bedford and Northampton to Coventry. The restaurant is 21.7 miles north of Luton, 15.4 miles east and slightly north of Milton Keynes. It is 39.5 miles south and slightly west of Peterborough and 32.2 miles west and slightly south of Cambridge. <<<<<>>>>>>> (Please feel free to skip this section, but I am aware that this is of interest to some.) The first Brewers Fayre restaurant dates back to 1979 near Preston and was opened by Whitbread, which traces its history back in turn to 1742, when it was founded as a ...

Holiday Inn Northampton West, Northampton 04/05/2017

REFURBISHED AND READY FOR BUSINESS, HOLIDAY INN NORTHAMPTON WEST.

Holiday Inn Northampton West, Northampton <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> At the end of January, Holiday Inn Northampton West featured on a list of points break hotels released by the InterContinental Hotel Group, which could be booked for 5000 IHG rewards points per night on a room only basis. Lists are getting shorter and it is much harder now to find a hotel that fits our location requirements. But, as we have family in Bedfordshire and we were due to visit, we decided that a couple of nights here in April would work well. Reading up on hotel reviews, my husband thought that Holiday Inn Northampton West was being showcased after its recent refurbishment. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>> Address: Holiday Inn Northampton West High Street, Flore, NORTHAMPTON NN7 4LP Telephone: 0871 942 9033 Holiday Inn Northampton West is said on the internet to be located 100 minutes from M1, junction 16. Although I was sceptical at first (as ever) we found this was accurate timing from the northbound exit. It is located by the side of the A45, just before the small village of Flore. The hotel is 6.8 miles west of Northampton, 38.5 miles north west of Luton, 69.1 miles west of Worcester and 34.9 miles south of Leicester. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>> (Please skip this section if you like, although I am aware that it is of interest to some.) The first Holiday Inn was opened in 1952 by Kemmons Wilson in Memphis, USA. The name came about as a joke by the architect, Eddie Bluestein, and was taken from the Christmas themed ...

The Wentworth, Barnsley 21/04/2017

THE WENTWORTH BREWER'S FAYRE BARNSLEY - DEFINITELY WORTH A TRY.

The Wentworth, Barnsley <<<<<<<<>>>>>>> After checking out of a hotel near Barnsley recently, we realised that we would need to grab a meal on our way south. We had previously been to Taybarns at Tankersley near Barnsley, which was only a few miles away. It was a very reasonably priced all you can eat buffet restaurant. Now I have a bit of a reputation for buffets in our family. I blame it on my northern upbringing and restricted portion sizes as a child. The majority of the time I’m into healthy eating and reasonable portion sizes, but show me a buffet and the temptation is too much. I just have to test everything and even when I try to be restrained I often seem to end up with the biggest plate full. It’s not for no reason that I have the family record for eating the most slices of pizza at Pizza Hut! So it was on this particular day that I looked forward to the Taybarns buffet, especially the chocolate gateau with chocolate sauce and ice cream. Sadly I was to be disappointed. Thanks to a quick check on the website I was sorry to discover that Taybarns had been closed, and worse, all the Taybarns in the country had been shut. In the past we had visited one in Coventry and another in the North east. But Alas poor Taybarns, they are no more! Taybarns restaurants have now reverted back to the Brewers Fayre brand. All was not lost for us, as we joined the Brewe’s Fayre Bonus Club several years ago and we happened to have a couple of vouchers with us; one for a free main meal for my ...

Holiday Inn, Barnsley 08/04/2017

IT'S A FAR CRY FROM A BARN AT BARNSLEY HOLIDAY INN M1, JCT37.

Holiday Inn, Barnsley <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>> My husband had a few days off around his birthday in February, so we waited for the release of Holiday Inn points breaks hotels towards the end of January to see where we could stay using our points. The list of hotels for 5000 IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) points has got shorter over the years, so it was a bit of a gamble. Having stayed at Holiday Inn Barnsley M1, Jct37 several years ago, we were pleased to see it on the list and, even better, half our family now live in Yorkshire, so it was a no brainer and we booked to stay there for three nights. <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> Address: Barnsley Road Dodworth Barnsley S75 3JT Telephone: 01226 299571 Holiday Inn Barnsley is handily located 0.4 miles west of M1, junction 37, in the village of Dodworth. The hotel is 2.1 miles west of Barnsley, which is on the other side of the motorway. Holiday Inn Barnsley is 14.9 miles north of Sheffield, 33.7 miles west of Manchester, 22 miles south of Leeds and 30 miles west of Doncaster. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> The Holiday Inn brand has come a long way since the first hotel was opened by Kemmons Wilson in Memphis, USA, in 1952. The Holiday Inn name came about as a joke by the architect and takes its origins from the Christmas themed film, “Holiday Inn” of 1942, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. In partnership with Wallace E. Johnson, Kemmons Wilson took the brand through a phase of rapid expansion. By 1959 there were 100 ...

Hotel Ibis Faro 30/03/2017

YOU CAN'T GO FAR WRONG AT HOTEL IBIS FARO ALGARVE.

Hotel Ibis Faro <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> We had booked a morning flight back to the UK in early February and needed somewhere near Faro airport, Portugal, to stay. At around 2.9 km from the airport, Hotel ibis Faro Algarve, is one of the nearer hotels and having stayed there twice previously, once with two teenagers in tow, we were fairly confident that it would do the job for a quick overnight stay. An added bonus was that it looked like it had been refurbished since our last stay nearly three years ago. <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>> Address: Hotel ibis Faro Algarve, R. Poe. Antonio Aleixo 204, 8005 – 174 Faro, Portugal Telephone: +351 289 893 800 Hotel ibis Faro Algarve is located 4.9km north west of Faro, the regional capital of the Algarve. This is the coastal region stretching along Portugal’s southern coast and popular with holidaymakers for many years. Faro itself lies on the edge of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a lagoon area with a system of barrier islands, which stretches along the coast to the east. To the west lie the beaches of the tourist resorts and the rocky Atlantic coastline with its cave formations and picturesque views. Vila Real de Santo Antonio, on the Guadiana river, which marks the Spanish/Portuguese border is 63.3 km east and slightly north of Hotel ibis Faro Algarve. Albufeira, a popular holiday resort, is 42.7 km west and slightly north of the hotel. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is 275km to the north west. ...

Holiday Inn Algarve, Armacao de Pera 22/03/2017

A ROOM WITH HALF A VIEW AT HOLIDAY INN ALGARVE.

Holiday Inn Algarve, Armacao de Pera (But it was a cracking view!) <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>> My husband can’t take leave over the Christmas period and we’re not great fans of the English winter, so we often head off in search of warmer climes in January-February. While searching for a good deal online a review of the “best value hotel” in Europe grabbed his attention. Reading on he was very taken with the description of Holiday Inn Algarve, and even more taken with the price. In past winter breaks we have chosen local branded hotels on the continent, but the write up and prices were too tempting to resist and we booked in for 6 nights at the end of January running into February. <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> Address: Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera, Avenida Marginal, Armacao de Pera, 8365-909 Algarve PORTUGAL Telephone: +351 282 320 260 Holiday Inn Algarve is, as the name suggests, located on the southern coast of Portugal, the Algarve. It is 53km west of the airport at the regional capital, Faro. The popular holiday resort of Albufeira lies 15.2km to the east of the hotel and Lagos is 49.6km beyond the hotel to the west. The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is 264 km to the north and slightly west of Holiday Inn Algarve. Holiday Inn Algarvel is located immediately above the sandy beach on the western edge of Armacao de Pera. Old photographs of the hotel in the lobby show that when it was built in the 1960s it was outside the boundary of the former fishing village, but as the years have gone by, so ...

Holiday Inn Bristol Airport, Bristol 14/03/2017

THE PLAIN TRUTH ABOUT A STOP-OVER AT HOLIDAY INN BRISTOL AIRPORT.

Holiday Inn Bristol Airport, Bristol <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> My husband was looking for cheap flights from the UK to Faro, Portugal and found some at the end of January from Bristol. As often seems the case with us, Bristol is not our nearest airport and as the flight was early in the morning, we needed somewhere to stay. At the time of booking there was no on site hotel at Bristol airport, but there was a Holiday Inn Bristol Airport, which we could book using Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) Rewards points. It made a significant dent in the points bank, but at least no money changed hands. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>> Address: Bridgwater Road, A38, BRISTOL BS40 5RB Telephone: 01934 861123 Holiday Inn Bristol Airport is 3.2 miles South-west of Bristol airport. As the postcode suggests it is a fair way south west of the centre of Bristol at 11.5 miles. The hotel is 21.8 miles west of Bath, 67.7 miles north east of Exeter and 12.1 miles east of Weston-super-Mare. Driving south west from the airport the hotel is on the right hand side. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>> Holiday Inn has come a long way since its early beginnings as a hotel opened by Kemmons Wilson in 1952 in Memphis. Its name came about as a joke by Eddie Bluestein, the architect, and was taken from the 1942 Christmas themed film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, “Holiday Inn”. In partnership with Wallace E. Johnson, Wilson went on to build more Holiday Inns. In 1968, after a period of rapid expansion the 1000th Holiday Inn ...

Holiday Inn Express Kettering, Kettering 06/03/2017

WELL CATERED FOR IN HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KETTERING.

Holiday Inn Express Kettering, Kettering <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>> Whilst planning a few days meeting up with family in the South and Midlands in early December, we noticed Holiday Inn Express Kettering had come up as a points break. Having had a good experience staying here previously in September 2015, we were keen to try it again. It was well positioned for breaking our journey and we could use points rather than cash to pay for it. After all who wants to get back late at night to a cold house when a warm hotel room is on offer with breakfast thrown in? <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> Address: Holiday Inn Express – Kettering, Rockingham Road, Kettering NN14 1UD Telephone: 01536 210210 Holiday Inn Express Kettering is by the southbound carriageway of the A43, 2.6 miles north of the centre of Kettering. It is 16.6 miles north east of Northampton from where it takes its postcode. Located in the south of the East Midlands, Holiday Inn Express Kettering is 39.5 miles east of Coventry, 64.5 miles south and a little east of Nottingham, 109 miles west and slightly south of Norwich and 83.5 miles north and a little west of London. Travelling from the south we could see the recognisable Holiday inn Express branding but managed to miss the turning in the dark for the hotel and drove several miles up to the next roundabout to double back only to miss the exit on the southbound carriageway. At our second attempt and when patience was wearing thin we took a left off the northbound carriageway towards North ...

Hotel Amic Horizonte, Palma de Majorca 25/02/2017

EXPLORE NEW HORIZONS AT HOTEL AMIC HORIZONTE.

Hotel Amic Horizonte, Palma de Majorca <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>> We like to grab some last minute sun before the winter sets in. As we are no longer restricted to school holidays, we tend to head away when the prices drop at the end of the Autumn half term. So it was that we found ourselves looking for cheap flights leaving at the end of October. With the added incentive of Ryanair vouchers received as a birthday present, my husband found reasonably priced flights from Stansted to Palma, Mallorca. Whilst I accept that Ryanair is not everybody’s airline of choice, in our experience it serves its purpose and the are competitive. Having sorted the transport, my husband’s research turned to hotels and having decided that Hotel Amic Horizonte, Palma de Mallorca, within easy travelling distance of the airport, would do the job, he booked us in for a week half board. <<<<<<>>>>>>> Address: Hotel Amic Horizonte, Carrer de Vista Alegre, 1, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears, SPAIN Telephone : +34 902 40 06 61 The Balearic Islands, consisting of Mallorca (the biggest), Menorca and Ibiza lie in the Mediterranean Sea to the east of the Spanish mainland. Palma is the capital on Mallorca. Palma is roughly 280 km south of Barcelona, 470km west of the coast of Sardinia, 290 km north of Algiers, Algeria and 300km east of Valencia. Hotel Amic Horizonte, Palma is located on the other side of the capital, 13.3 km from the airport, around 20 minutes by taxi. The airport is further round the bay to the east and the ...
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