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Find Your Seacoast Vacation Dream The Easy Way

Posted in accommodations, apartment, North Carolina, rental
on November 11, 2017

Much time, money and even heartbreak in some cases can be avoided when planning a vacation trip if you have someone, like a rental broker, looking out for your best interests. You would think a travel agency would have these facilities, but sadly, most do not.

However, if you are looking for detailed information for North Carolina coast rentals, then one place to begin with is someplace like Seabreeze Rentals. Websites such as these specialize in localities such as Bald Head Island; however, quality brokers such as these also major on other North Carolina seacoast rental localities.

What makes them different from conventional travel agencies? Let’s examine a few things right now that will help make that vacation time a time to remember.

Knowing Upfront What You’ll Find

Quite frankly, when dealing with a conventional travel agency, you’ll never know what you’ll get. Not so with a superior quality broker.

If you’re looking for a beautiful rental home that offers panoramic views of the ocean, golf course or maritime forests, then check these features out. See if they meet with your expectations–before you get there and sign on the dotted line.

Here’s What You’ll Find

Arrive by ferry, and travel the island by golf cart. You’ll find no cars depleting the pristine landscape along the 14 miles of secluded beaches. If you need some light, then simply look up to the summer sky, and see the brightly lit Milky Way.

If tranquility is your bag, then this is the place to be. You’ll find no nightlife here. Only beautiful beaches to stroll on, serene creek marshes on which to canoe and plenty of protected maritime forests teaming with wildlife and bird life of every kind and color.

If you’re looking for an upscale Bald Head Island Country Club, championship golf course, tennis, children’s playground, croquet grounds, restaurants and lounge, then this may be the place for you and your family.

Cottages, Atlantic Ocean-front homes, 1, 2, or 3-bedroom accommodations with fully loaded conveniences are yours for the asking at Bald Head Island and surrounding areas. Don’t worry, each facility comes complete with WiFi and other standard amenities.

Bald Head Island, an undiscovered treasure; moreover, your seacoast rental broker is the one to best help your dream vacation come to fruition.

A simple website visit or phone call today to anyone of these fabulous rental agencies will put the finishing touch on your vacation plans for you and your family.

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A Luxury Pet Hotel Is Like A Vacation For Your Pet

Everyone needs a vacation now and then, and this includes your dog or cat. Why ask someone to check on your pet when you can leave them at a pet hotel? There are plenty of luxury pet hotels that make your pet feel right at home. Here are some of the services offered for dogs and cats at a pet hotel.


Dog Boarding Services

Club or Signature Suites: You can choose between a Club or Signature Suite for your dog. The suites include a raised orthopedic cot, two play sessions and a bedtime biscuit. There are several additional features for the Signature Suite, such as glass privacy doors and sound-proofed walls. You can view your dog on the community or private web cam.

Daily Care: The staff at the pet hotel makes sure your dog receives the care he needs each day. He is given up to three premium meals and four potty breaks a day. The daily housekeeping creates a clean, safe environment for your dog. You can even add room service to the amenities.

Calming Atmosphere: The staff works hard to create a calming atmosphere for your dog. He is greeted with a friendly voice and soothing background music, and he is always comfortable in the climate-controlled surroundings.

 

Cat Boarding Services

Luxurious Boarding: The cat wing is kept separate from the dog wing to keep all pets happy and safe. You can choose between a standard or window penthouse condo for your cat. The glass fronts make it easy for your cat to explore and become familiar with her surroundings.

Cozy Condos: The condos are separately vented to keep your cat healthy. Every condo can accommodate up to two cats, but your cat only stays with a member of her family. Your cat is sure to enjoy the cozy bedding found in each condo.

Multiple Levels: The cat towers feature several layers for climbing and playing, and there is plenty of room for your cat to take a nap. The lowest level features a private litter box.

Daily Care: Your cat receives the love and attention she needs during her stay at a pet hotel. This includes up to three premium meals a day, and you can ask the staff to stick with her home diet.

Your four-legged friend is always in good hands when you leave them at a luxury pet hotel. You can rest assured that your pet receives the care they need while you are on vacation.

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Review – Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel in Manhattan

Manhattan, my favorite city in the planet. And with that comes the number of times I book my and family’s stay in hotels in the city that never sleeps. And most of the times, my selection narrows down to areas that are walking distance to Times Square or at least near that area.

I have never booked our stay in Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel before. It was actually my husband who found the hotel in one of the famous travel sites. We booked the Junior Suite which is perfect for a small family. We were 3 so the whole room was really big for us.

What I like:

The hotel’s location is perfect. This is the first time we booked along 34th Street at Lexington (Kips Bay). It is walking distance to the Chrysler Building and a kilometer away from Times Square. It also near shops and major department stores.Other famous landmarks are within walking distance like the Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller, and many more.

Check in was fast and so is the checking out. It didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to complete the check in process.

Our room rate include $10 voucher per day per room which is consumable. We could pick up drinks and snacks in their small food kiosk near the concierge that will sum up to $10, any in excess is just billed to our room. How convenient when we get very hungry at night!

The room is huge! Like really huge! Of all the hotels I have been to, this is probably the 2nd or 3rd hotel my family and I have booked in that is really huge. It could pass for a small condominium unit. I kept telling my husband that I could actually live in that hotel and own that room, perhaps just put a partition to make it look like a 1-bedroom unit in a posh condominium.

It has a kitchen complete with gas range and oven, a toaster, a big refrigerator, a kitchen sink and full provisions of cutleries from pots, pans, forks and spoons, plates, saucers, cups, glasses, goblets, knives, bread knife, and even a sponge and dishwashing liquid detergent. I can see that this particular is perfect for business travelers who need to stay in the city for a long period of time as it has complete amenities of an acceptable residential unit.

The bed is huge with plenty of pillows to spare. I slept like a baby that I didn’t even want to go out anymore.

The room is bright with enough natural light seeping in the wide, glass windows.

There’s a big study area that can double as a dining counter as well if you have guests.

The price was right for this type of property. We paid approx. $240 without the daily city tax and another hotel facilities fee that we need to pay per day of stay. The latter 2 were not included in the rate.

The hot water was readily available. It quickly turned hot when you open the faucet in the hot mode.

There’s a pressing board so we managed to freshen up our clothes without having to go to the laundry.

Pets are allowed! Not that I have one at the moment but that is very well appreciated because I love pets and I appreciate properties that give importance to the other members of the family.

Free wifi and the connection was superb!

The sofa was big enough to accommodate another guest and double as another sleeping bed.

The staff are all friendly and helpful.

The  view from our room is ok. We can see a bit of Chrysler Building and the cityscape nearby.

There are plenty of groceries, delis, Duane Read pharmacy nearby.

 

What I don’t like:

The extra hotel facilities fees were $25 per day and I felt that was exorbitant. What facilities did we have to pay for exactly that wasn’t covered by the nightly hotel rate? I wonder.

The air condition unit was broken. It was in heater mode even if we were have set it for cool. I had to call for the technician. It was fixed the same day though. But our first night was a little uncomfortable because we didn’t know the a/c was not working properly until the next day.

 

Facilities:

  • iPod dock
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Gift shop
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • Kitchenette
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
  • Toiletries

 

Nearby attractions:

  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Station
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Penn Station
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Central Park
  • Union Square
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Macy’s

 

My recommendation:  5 out of 5

I feel this hotel is perfect for business travelers and families as they have big suites perfect for such guests. The location is perfect and I can’t complain about it. I only wish the price is not so hefty, not to mention the additional facility fees which I seriously don’t understand. However, those are minor hiccups in our entire stay because I liked the property so much. It’s not so new but it is clean, the bed is comfortable, the whole Junior Suite is huge and view from our room is okay too. I do recommend this hotel.

 

If you’re looking for hotels in Manhattan or in other parts of New York, you may find more hotels from:


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The Best Deals On Hotels

While traveling, you will need to find a motel to stay in unless you know family members in the area who have an extra room that you can use. There are a few tips to keep in mind for getting the best deals on a motel room at places that include Newport Beach Motel and almost any other location in the country. 

The first thing that you want to do is to look online and compare the prices of hotels in the area. If a hotel isn’t to the fullest capacity, especially during a busy time of the year, then it will often reduce the prices of the rooms in order to get each one filled. The same thing goes for the off-season as hotels will lower prices on rooms just to get people in the hotel as it’s usually not busy. Some hotels will compete with each other after finding out that one business offers a lower price for a weekday or a lower price if you pay cash. This gives you the control over how much to pay for the room at times as the hotel needs your business. 

Before booking the hotel, find out the total cost. Most hotels will display the amenities that are included, but there are some that have access to a gym or a spa but won’t include those extras in the price of the hotel. Some of the smaller hotels that don’t advertise on large travel sites might not have all of the popular amenities, but they are often operated by families and offer lower prices on the rooms. 

When you get to the motel, ask about coupons. Most motels will have a small coupon book in the lobby with discounts for restaurants and attractions in the area. This is a way to save money while having fun with the family. Also, ask if you can get a lower price when you get there if you pay cash for the balance of the room. Some hotels don’t want to pay the extra fees associated with using a credit or debit card and enjoy working with cash better.


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Important Lessons I’ve Learned as a Seasonsed Traveller

Posted in accommodations, hotel accommodation, travel tips
on January 7, 2016
As you’ll be aware from my blog, I am a pretty seasoned traveller. I love going abroad and having new experiences. Travel is one of my favourite hobbies and pastimes. And I try to get away as often as I can. Now, there’s no secret formula to the perfect trip away. The more you travel, the more you learn, and this helps you improve the experience the next time around.

And you need to learn these important things for yourself. Now, each person will have a different experience when they take a vacation. So it’s difficult to gauge what issues they might encounter. But I would like to share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned as a seasoned traveller. These can all be applied to any holiday and I hope you will use them to have a more enjoyable time.

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Exchange When You Reach Your Destination

The first thing I’d recommend is to exchange money when you reach your destination. Now, you might want to do some before you get out there. It will depend on your flight time and transfer etc. I like to make sure I have enough money changed up to get a taxi from the airport, get some food, and maybe for emergencies. Other than that I like to leave my money as it is and then change it up when I get there. The reason for this is that you tend to get a better rate by doing it this way. If you’re happier changing everything before you go then do, but otherwise, save some to change when you hit your destination.
Always Choose Apartment Over Hotel

When it comes to accommodation, many people differ on preferences. I have a friend who will only ever stay in hotels. It doesn’t matter where she goes; it has to be a hotel. But, I have found from experience that holiday apartments actually make a more logical choice. I love the freedom and space that I get from staying in short term rentals than in hotels. An apartment gives me the luxury of spending a night in if I want to. And there isn’t the cramped feeling you get with hotel rooms.
Plan What You’re Going to Do Before You Go

If there’s one thing I wish I knew when I first started travelling it’s to plan everything in advance.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve missed out on seeing and doing wonderful things because I’ve got planned it. There are so many things that have passed me by in the past, and I never let it happen anymore. Always research the place you’re going and pick out a list of things you’d like to do. Then you can set about planning out when and where you’re going to do them. This is what I do now so I get to experience everything that a place has to offer.

You can take it from me as an experienced traveller that there are certain lessons to be learned. That means you need to prepare for them in order to get the most out of your holiday experience. Have a look at the suggestions I’ve listed, and bear them in mind. They are all things I have found help me have a more enjoyable vacation.



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Review – Extended Stay America Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey

We booked a night stay at Extended Stay America in Elizabeth, NJ recently during Thanksgiving and Black Friday holidays last November 2014. Most of the hotels in Manhattan during the Thanksgiving period and the few days after that were ridiculously priced. We had to do our Christmas shopping while there were major sales going on so we decided to head straight to New Jersey as soon as we arrived at JFK. This was a last minute decision to travel and I thought I wouldn’t get my leave approved so we booked in haste. Booking here was not a let-down considering there are 2 other hotels just across but they were more expensive.  We actually liked the place.

We booked a Queen Studio non-smoking room for a night via Booking.com with a very good deal. The room has one extra large double bed. The room size is 28 metre sq.

(Parking ground)
(A small lobby but cozy)

The room has the following amenities:

  • Kitchenette – I must say, the hotel was cozy, nice and have that homey feel to it maybe because it has the amenities of a studio-like condo unit.  This is the first time we have ever stayed in a hotel with a kitchenette. That’s right, a fully functional kitchenette complete with a big ref, counter-top stove, microwave oven, a sink and utensils you can request from the concierge.

  • A cable TV
  • A nice small desk next to my bedside table.
  • A square dining table that can seat 4 guests.
  • Air Conditioning/heater during winter
  • Iron and pressing table
  • Seating Area
  • Hot water 
  • En-suite Toilet/Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Free parking 
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending machines for guests
  • Kitchenware which you can customise based on your needs and requested from the front desk
  • Free breakfast-to-go in the lobby

What I like:

  • The room was cozy and really spacious.
  • The bed is ultra-comfortable. I didn’t find it too soft nor hard. For me, it was the right firmness to achieve that good night sleep.
  • The bathroom was spacious.
  • The whole room was clean to my standard.
  • It is located in a very quite area and I cannot hear vehicles at all.
  • The location is superb! It’s walking distance to my favourite outlet mall in New Jersey – Jersey Garden Mall.
  • It is very near IHOP and Ruby Tuesdays so you can grab a meal or dine in when you want to. They are just across the hotel.

  • At the time we booked, pets were allowed but that was subject to change so if you are going to book and you need to take your furry baby with you, please check with the hotel first. Their pet policy may change.
  • Free wi-fi
  • Friendly, fast and efficient staff. We checked in and out in less than 5 minutes. 5 mins. is my standard time to gauge whether a check in/out is fast or not while I was being served. And this was probably lightning fast!
  • Free shuttle to and from the Jersey Garden Mall, just ask from the front desk and you will be assisted
  • Kids aged up to 17 yrs. are free to stay in using the existing bed in the room.

What I don’t like:
Nothing! It’s perfect “home away from home” kind of hotel for me. It has its minor imperfections like a not very clean carpet and a small closet but those can be overlooked considering the comfortable overnight stay we had.

Price:
$129.99 (excluding tax) per room per night for a Queen Studio room thru Booking.com’s great hotel deals

Nearby attractions:
Jersey Garden Mall (walking distance, approximately 15 mins. walk)
New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, approximately 6 miles from the hotel

My recommendations:  5 out of 5

The price, great location, the comfortable stay, the spacious room with kitchenette amenities and friendly staff and the walking distance to my favourite outlet mall in New Jersey are the factors we have considered to highly recommend this property.

Aside from those mentioned above, it is also just a mere 4 miles away from Newark Airport so it is also recommended to both business and leisure travellers. It is accessible too via Interstate 95 if you’re driving by car and by bus transport if you are coming from the Port Authority in Manhattan.

I look forward to book in this property again in the future.

Extended Stay America is a property located in 45 Glimcher Realty Way, Elizabeth, NJ 07201, U.S.A. It is very near Newark Airport so it is a great hotel choice for business, leisure, family and even those with pets.

If you wish to book this property, please check availability and the very competitive rates (subject to change without prior notice) offered in Booking.com. Also, don’t forget to ask about their pet policy before you book as it may change.

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Disclosure:
This hotel review is my personal review. I have paid for this stay and in no way sponsored by the property nor Booking.com. I just love to book via Booking.com because I always find a very competitive rate or great deals when compared to other booking sites. My opinion is 100% mine and may vary from yours.

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Accommodations in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is not one of those places you can bunk easily with comfort for budget travelers unless you don’t mind sleeping in a pod or capsule. I tried convincing myself that I could do it but honestly, much as I want to save money on accommodations in Tokyo, I cannot bear myself to sleep in tiny cubes. I will feel claustrophobic.

I have finalized the accommodations in our Tokyo trip. We’re staying in 3 hotels in a span of 7 days. The first hotel (Dec. 2-3) is a stones throw away from Tokyo Disneyland. I booked overnight there so we don’t have to hassle ourselves catching the subway or metro late at night after our Disney adventure. This hotel is walking distance only and if we need to freshen up, we can always come back later.

The second hotel (Dec. 3-6) is in the heart of Shinjuku. The hotel is attached to the famous Shinjuku station so we won’t have any trouble going around Tokyo using the metro. I got a good deal from Hotels.com for this particular hotel and the review from Tripadvisor is also good. So, we’ll see about that.

Lastly, from Dec. 6-7, we will move to a fine hotel, 5.5 kilometres from Haneda Airport. It is a beautiful hotel with a good view of the Tokyo Bay and the surrounding areas. It is also accessible to a train station which will easily connect us to the central part of Tokyo for last minute shopping and sightseeing. From this hotel, we will take the metro to Haneda Airport.

I will post reviews and photos of the hotels after the trip.

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