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This hotel was real value for money. We were looking for a clean, friendly hotel with a reasonable breakfast & good central location for our next holiday. This was exactly what we got. We had a brilliant deal with Travel Republic for 3 nights starting on New Year’s Eve.

We couldn’t have asked for a better location as it was central to everything – we walked everywhere & didn’t have to use public transport once, although there was a tram stop right outside the hotel. Having said this, we couldn’t hear the trams from inside the hotel.

Our room was kept clean & we had a very nice bathroom with spacious, powerful shower. There was a decent bar & free internet. Breakfast was a selection of cold buffet items or cooked eggs, sausages, etc. If we were to return to Prague we would more than likely stay here again.

We were part of a big group of people who traveled to Edinburgh to spend a couple of nights celebrating a friends 50th birthday. About 16 of us stayed here with others staying at other hotels in the Leith area. Six of us arrived around 12:30 on Saturday. Went in to bar & had a round. Next round they ran out of Guinness & did not know if they would be getting any more?

Rooms very colorful but very basic & very small, not even a small table & chair. No biscuits, limited tea & coffee. Toilet seat loose & sink very slow to drain away. French window to juliet balcony would not shut properly. TV very old style with limited channels. But I must say the bed was very comfortable.

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Lonely Planet author Kate Armstrong heads to Portugal and stumbles across a quaint old chapel to discover the interior walls are built with human skulls! She continues to find more of these chapels that are famously known as The Bone Chapels.

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I’ve just returned from a long weekend package holiday with 3 friends, golfing in Alcaidesa, Spain. Alcaidesa is a purpose built village just 15 minutes drive from Gibraltar and about 90 minutes from Malaga on the Southern tip of Spain and boasts two excellent, but very tough, golf courses.

We flew into Gibraltar airport with Easyjet from London Gatwick on the Friday, returning Monday, and stayed at the Hotel Quercus in Alcaidesa – a small but very comfortable and friendly modern hotel. Although it’s only a €20 cab ride from Gib airport, I’d definately recommend a hire car for several reasons. Firstly, although the Quercus website says it’s only 100m from the golf course, it’s actually about 2km from the clubhouse! Secondly, there are no taxis in Alcaidesa itself and they have to be called in from La Linea (on the Gib border) or San Roque which is about 5-6km away. Also, Alcaidesa itself has very little – a pharmacy and a restaurant/bar about 100m from the hotel and that’s it, so you need a car to go anywhere else.

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We visited Lakeland (Haven Holidays) at Grangeoversands for the first time. We used the touring site which was cheap but a bit of a shambles, it lacked basic management decisions and proper organisation on a day to day basis.
The touring caravans section warden is a really nice bloke who tries hard to make the best of a bad job but he is badly let down by his managers (are there any?)who dont seem to support him in his job at all. Some of the customers would be proud to even reach the proud status of Chav and they no doubt contribute to the feeling of neglect at this place. Spitting in sinks, poo (looked like it) on floor in toilets, a man having a jimmy riddle in broad daylight into a fence outside his tent, loud swearing and rowdiness,kids everywhere running free late at night, clusters of friends huddling caravans together in a territorial manner, caravans and tents straddled all over the field in a mish mash, copious dog logs and the total absence at long periods of any security staff or supervisory staff, are a few of the points I noted, and i wasn’t looking for faults, these things hit me without looking too hard. The field is a shambles and the pitches are allocated on a freeforall basis when the warden is not present which seems to be quite often (is he part time?).Add to this rumours of a caravan raided and items stolen and you have a recipe for anarchy for which Haven will charge you around 40 quid a night for a tent in April. My advice is don’t go there until they shape the place up a bit and allocate pitches clearly and offer some support for customers who seem to just turn up and pitch where ever they wish some of the time. I was asked by 4 separate incoming campers if I was the warden. When I replied no they said ah well we know what to do and proceeded to use any pitch that was available…SHAMBLES!!!!There isn’t even a decent tap to fill up water containers let alone somewhere sensible and hygenic to deposit waste water which is remote (removed from) from fresh water supplies. The staff here are on basic minimum wage and I think they are heroes to make this place work even at 10 percent efficency, Haven should give these people medals for the shambles in which they are expected to work. This could be a first class touring site with a little operational intervention, planning and not much money spent, so come on Haven as well as the new swimming pool spend a few quid on the touring site which could be so fantastic. Some hints for spending are tarmac roads and paths, divide up the touring field into proper designated pitches, have hi vis security patrolling occasionally in daylight hours and after dark, level the touring field and cut the grass now and then, give the warden proper back up and enforcement authority to deal with idiots, ask customers for feedback to target ongoing spending, if you try to improve things the pack them in mentality will disspear and you will attract more happy customers in the long run who will possible buy statics from you!!

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My wife and I, along with my wife’s recently widowed sister stayed for five days at this hotel in March 2009. The hotel is very tatty from the outside and inside is not terrific either. In our bedroom the radiator valves were broken off so the heating could not be controlled. Because we went out every day we did not complain but they looked as if they had been like that for some time and you would expect the maintenance staff to have noticed. Our room was just about acceptable although the single beds were uncomfortable and the pillows too thin for our liking. In our bathroom cobwebs hung from the ceiling behind the door so cleanliness could be improved. My wife’s sister had the adjoining room which was much better overall. On the plus side the food was excellent and the restaurant staff very efficient and helpful, necessary because of the unusual and slightly chaotic help yourself system and I mean help yourself, as you have go and collect everything apart from the cutlery and drinking water. On the plus side when you get used to it it does work quite well. The guests themselves cause problems by causing unnecessary obstructions when, for instance toasting bread and this should be better orgainised. The entertainment was fairly good, including the open to outsiders singles night, and the bar area quite comfortable. Overall it has a holiday camp feeling about it, not quite our cup of tea, but if you like that type of holiday you will probably like the Rainbow

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