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My Top Five Unusual and Unique Hotels

Posted on April 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you are looking for a holiday with a difference, look no further. Below are five of the quirkiest, most unusual hotels from all over the world. Enjoy your stay!

1. Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel), Canada

This hotel is more than just a holiday destination, it’s a beautiful annual event in itself. Crafted from snow and ice each winter, this amazing hotel even has furniture carved from blocks of ice. 5 weeks out of every winter are taken for the artists and architects to sculpt the building from tons and tons of ice and snow. Each year also has a theme, with 2012’s being ‘Northern Quebec’, in which the art and architectural features are designed and shaped to reflect the artistic vision of that season. Particularly magical is the outdoor Nordic relaxation area with its bubbling spas and saunas, available for guests from 9pm to 9am.

As well as offering places to stay overnight, the hotel holds a number of themed packages which include the ‘Adventure’ weekend and the ‘Romantic Getaway’, where you’ll receive a wintry weekend experience as well as a totally unique hotel room. The package costs are pretty steep, but this is a completely unmissable experience!

2. Jumbo Stay, Sweden

For something truly one-of-a-kind, why not try Jumbo Stay? A jumbo jet converted into a stationary hotel, this offers 27 rooms perfect for aviation enthusiasts or families with children. The vintage aeroplane was fully restored and opened as a budget friendly hotel by owner Oscar Diös in 2008, serving the local area as a striking landmark as well as a tourist destination! In addition to being a unique destination, the choice of rooms in Jumbo Stay is practical and fun; you can sleep in the affordable shared dormitory (a real plane-like experience!), or for a bit of luxury, choose the cock pit suite with amazing panoramic views. Beautifully decorated without losing its aeroplane feel, this is a fabulous, unique choice for all budgets.

3. Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Truly encapsulating both unusual and unique, this beautiful Bolivian hotel is made entirely of salt! The first salt hotel idea came from local man Juan Quesada Valda who wanted to encourage his visitors to feel closer to nature and the surrounding landscape. As well as being totally one-of-a-kind, this destination is also full of most modern luxuries, with sculptures, spa facilities (closed during 2012 for remodelling) and beautiful views of the mountain ranges. There is even a 9 hole golf course also made with salt! A gorgeous hotel with a completely unusual twist.

4. ArkaBarka, Serbia

Situated on the Danube river in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, this hostel is half hotel, half boat. Known as the Floating Hostel, this is a cosmopolitan destination that aims to connect travellers through culture and entertainment as well as offering a unique place to stay. Reasonably priced and very cool, the glass front and balconies offer beautiful views of the river and the city as it floats on the water’s surface. Ideally situated to explore Belgrade, this is a quirky option particularly well-suited to backpackers.

5. Crane Hotel, Netherlands

Last but not least, this is truly a unique hotel. This B&B is an actual, working, converted crane situated on the docks of Harlingen. It only has one (very luxurious!) room, but with fantastic decor and great service from the owners Willem and Carla, this is a very quirky holiday option.

Toronto Hotels – Making the Most of Your Visit to Toronto Canada

Posted on April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Toronto Tourist Venues – See them All if you stay at the right Hotels

Visiting Toronto Canada is a lot easier if you know where the tourist sites are and book a room at a Toronto hotel with a convenient location. There are hotels in downtown Toronto, close to the major tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre SkyDome, Toronto Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Royal Ontario Museum, Air Canada Centre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Eaton Centre Shopping Mall, and Nathan Philips Square. You might well be visiting all of these attractions if you have time. Some hotels are ideally located in the middle of Toronto’s entertainment and tourist district, making it easy to walk or take the Toronto subway system to travel around quickly. If you’re thinking of relying on a car, you should know Toronto’s roadways are congested and rush brings traffic to a crawl.

The Best Toronto Hotels

The best downtown Toronto Hotels are the Delta Chelsea Hotel, Cambridge Suites, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn on King, Hotel Intercontinental, Marriott Hotel Bloor, Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre, Marriott Hotel SkyDome, Metropolitan Hotel, Pantages Theatre, Park Hyatt Hotel, Royal York Hotel, Sheraton Centre, Sutton Place Hotel, and The Grand Hotel. These hotels are known for their comfortable rooms and extraordinary service. Each has its own price range of course and available amenities such as parking, waterslides, and restaurants.

The Marriott Hotel SkyDome is a popular destination because it is located in the famous Toronto SkyDome, now called the Rogers Centre. When the roof of the stadium is opened, it covers the Mariott Hotel. Some of the rooms in the Marriott SkyDome Hotel have views of the field. Rooms are commonly booked when major events are taking place in the SkyDome, such as a music concert, baseball game, football game, or Monster Truck rally. The SkyDome is a magnificent architectural achievement and is a must see for tourists. The SkyDome Hotel staff can direct you to the tours of the stadium. The hard rock café is still located in the SkyDome which is now 20 years old. The restaurant also overlooks the floor of the skydome and getting reservations during baseball and football games and other events may be difficult.

SkyDome Hotel

The Marriott Hotel SkyDome sometimes known as the SkyDome hotel is located near the waterfront near the CN Tower. This area is a little noisier due to its proximity to the Gardiner Expressway, which is an elevated highway that runs past the SkyDome stadium. It is quite far from Casa Loma, Eaton Centre, Nathan Philips Square, and the Royal Ontario Museum and several blocks from the nearest subway stop. If you’re starting out from the Marriott, you’ll have a very long walk to get downtown.

The Marriott Hotel’s 70 rooms come with internet access however there is no hotel pool or waterpark.

For better access to most of Toronto’s top tourist draws, in the heart of the Entertainment district is the Delta Chelsea Hotel. It is the flagship hotel location for what is Canada’s major hotel chain. As one of the largest Toronto hotels, the Chelsea offers more than 200 comfortable rooms and three great restaurants. One of these restaurants is located on the 27th floor with great views for a very different kind of breakfast.

For fun, you and your kids will love Chelsea’s indoor waterpark which has a 4-storey Corkscrew waterslide. It is the only indoor waterslide in downtown Toronto and is definitely a thrill for youngsters.

Toronto Entertainment District is Where you Want to Stay

The Entertainment district of Toronto is an area roughly bordered by Yonge Street to the East to Spadina Ave to the West and King Street on the south to Gerrard Street to the North. Here you’ll find the popular movie theatres such as the Scotia Theatre on Richmond Street west of University Avenue and the top live theatre venues. The Princess of Wales Theatre, Canon Theatre, Diesel Playhouse, and the Royal Alexandra theatre are not far from the Delta Chelsea hotel. Classics such as the Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing plays draw huge audiences throughout the fall and winter seasons. The Chelsea is considered Toronto’s entertainment hotel and you’ll find numerous show biz people and theatre people staying there. Its theatre packages and shopping packages make it ideal

For shopping, the Eaton Centre and the underground PATH system has hundreds of fine shops and boutiques, and restaurants. In winter, you can walk around parts of the entertainment and business districts without going outside. The PATH system has an amazing 27 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Near to the intersection of Yonge Street and Queen Street, you’ll find many large department stores such as The Bay and Sears. The Yonge Street strip is famous for its eclectic and sometimes unusual retail stores.

The area of Bay Street and Adelaide has become the heart of Toronto’s business and financial community. Here, towering skyscrapers house many of Canada’s leading financial services companies. Just northwest of this location is Toronto’s city hall and Nathan Philips Square. The area is well photographed and is the location of Toronto’s New Year’s celebration. If you visit during the winter, there is a large skating rink on the property.

The rest of the downtown Toronto hotels listed above are also well located however some will require you to use the subway or walk 7 to 15 blocks to get to the popular venues such as the Skydome and theatres.

With the low Canadian dollar, Toronto may be the best vacation bargain for American tourists. Search for Toronto hotels on your favorite search engine and find the hotel that suits your budget and is close to the right tourist venues you intend to visit.

How to Find a Cheap Hotel in Canada

Posted on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

A luxury hotel may be what you are after, but what is a tourist to do if that type of pampering is not in their budget? Look for cheaper accommodations. Now, that does not mean giving up comfort or even the amenities you crave. There really is no need to spend a lot of money on your accommodations while visiting Canada. Here are a few tips to explain how to find a cheap hotel in Canada:

  • No matter what part of the country you will be staying in, call the main Tourism Department at 877-BONJOUR for assistance in figuring out how to find a cheap hotel in Canada.
  • Consider staying in a hostel. While most people think of dormitory settings when thinking of a hostel, Canada hostels also offer private rooms and family settings for a discount price of $20 to $40 per night. Of course, if you are not a member of the Guests of Hostel International (HI), you may have to pay a higher rate for a room, so if you will be staying for several days it may be worth the membership price to help you get a cheaper rate.
  • Try a Bed and Breakfast. B&B’s are usually housed in quieter historic homes, offering a more homey and comfortable feel than a traditional hotel at a cheaper price.
  • Book a room at the Inn. Canadian Inns also offer a homier feel and more room than hotels and can be quite inexpensive.
  • When visiting Quebec, book a hotel room along the Cote-de-Beaupre where rooms tend to be much cheaper.
  • In Montreal book a room right in the heart of the city. They are less expensive than hotel rooms in more remote areas.

It isn’t hard to figure out how to find a cheap hotel in Canada. The key is to stay in a metropolitan area and look for hotel accommodations that are less traditional and more unique like an Inn, Hostel or B&B.