Advantages: Comfortable, clean, not far from station or city centre. Very high standard of rooms. Disadvantages: Poor TV reception, terrible tea at breakfast!
...The Mercure chain owns two hotels in Bristol. One is the Brigstow in Welsh Back, a busy area for nightlife right beside the river. The second is the Holland House Hotel and Spa, only five minutes walk from the Brigstow but in a quieter spot on Redcliffe Hill. Choosing the quieter option, I stayed for a Saturday night at the four star Holland House in July 2009.
Advantages: Well located in Duisberg, quite close to the railway station, good comfort level Disadvantages: Quite high priced accomodation
...Hotel Mercure Duisburg City Hotel
A nicely presented hotel from the outside, located in Duisburg City, Germany. The hotel is located on a side street, just around the corner from Starbucks coffee shop and the City Palais Shopping Centre.
My brother and I booked this hotel in January 2011, booked just around 2 months in advance of our stay in Duisburg...
Advantages: Clean, comfortable, handy for trams, good breakfast Disadvantages: Communication issues with staff
...travel a lot and by staying in hostels and private rooms I can cut my costs and make my money go further; besides, an IBIS room looks pretty much the same wherever you go in Europe, whereas staying in the home of a local person gives you a whole new perspective on a country.
So, courtesy of a well known travel website, I had at my disposal two nights accommodation free of charge in a suite in...