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Review – Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas

 

The last time we were in Las Vegas was 2009. My family and my hubby’s cousin and family stayed in Excalibur Hotel which is situated near the famous MGM Hotel. And after 8 years, here we are again and this time with my dear Auntie.

My husband arranged for this short trip and he booked us in Tuscany Suites and Casino near The Strip. It is reminiscent from those beautiful villas in some Italian village with fine stucco finish. The Tuscany Suites and Casino is exactly that, a beautiful big villa with clusters of other sleeping quarters in a compound.

 

What I like:

The room we have booked is a Junior Suite. The room was very spacious with two full double beds. It is huge!

The big room has a sofa or seating quarters, and a kitchenette with a decent dining table and chairs.

(I took this photo standing from the edge of the bed and the room is really huge!)

 

The sofa doubled as a sleeping bed for my husband.

The welcome note on the TV screen. Not all hotels we have booked in the past, even the most new and modern had welcome notes as you enter.

The beds are super comfortable. I slept like a baby!

Our room has a nice view. I can see the winding alley that leads to other sleeping quarters, the main hotel building, and the pool area.

 

It is a quite hotel.

There are ice vending machines in our floor.

There is an in-house casino.

There is a restaurant, a coffee shop and even a souvenir shop inside the hotel.

There are ample parking spaces for visitors and they are free.

The location is great and there are plenty of souvenir shops nearby.  The Strip is also walking distance from the hotel if you feel like walking.

Free wifi, and fast connection too.

It is very near McCarran Airport.

The food in the Tuscany Gardens restaurant is really good!

The bathroom is clean. The bathroom is very spacious, and the toilet is enclosed.

 

The lobby area and the beautiful passage between sleeping blocks. 

 

What I don’t like:

 

The main hotel and different from the Casino entrance although they are connected. You have to park near the main entrance of the hotel so you don’t have to walk much  towards the concierge, especially if you have luggages. We didn’t realize there were 2 main entrances so we parked in the entrance which was the Casino entrance. We had to carry our luggages back to the car and drive of to the other parking area nearest to the main hotel’s lobby.

There are several building blocks for sleeping quarters. You have to walk outside to reach the main hotel. It’s not a long walk though and passing by the nice alley behind several sleeping quarters is really not that cumbersome. I just thought it would be nice to just have all the sleeping quarters in one area. But hey, this is just my opinion. The whole compound where the Tuscany Suites and Casino is really a quiet and relaxing one.

And before I forget, it didn’t appeal to me that they don’t have any microwave so we could heat our food.

 

Nearby attractions:

Howard Hughes Center
The Bellagio
LINQ Promenade
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Monorail the plies around the Strip
Outlet malls nearby

 

My recommendation: 4 out of 5

I would have given this beautiful, clean, and homey hotel if it wasn’t for the main hotel’s entrance confusion, I would be happy to give this hotel my five star rating.

I highly recommend this property if you are heading to Las Vegas and you want a quiet place to relax, and still have a good time when you want to. The location is perfect for us. You can walk or take a drive to the Strip if you like because it is just around the corner from this hotel.

 

The Tuscany Suites and Casino is located at 255 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169, United States of America.

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Review – Diamond City Hotel in Bangkok

My husband and I had a very quick weekend getaway in Bangkok last December. We have been to Bangkok many times but we love staying near MBK, our favourite shopping complex in Bangkok.

The property we booked for 2 nights and 3 days is the Diamond City Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok. It is 15-20 minutes walk from the hotel to MBK. If you’re feeling very lazy, you could actually take the Ratchatewi line since it is near the BTS to reach Siam Centre, MBK and other shopping malls nearby.

There are nearby convenient stores like 7-11 and other small eateries nearby if you get hungry. The hotel also offers room service as most hotels do in Thailand.

The hotel itself is just ok. It is not a fabulous hotel but rather an old one. It needs a lot of updating since the furniture are worn out and outdated. It is also not a very clean hotel. I saw some small cockroaches in our room and the electrical outlet is not properly fastened on the wall that you could see the wiring inside.

The lighting in the room was ok and sufficient. I also like the fact that our room has a mini balcony.

The room is ok with good working air condition unit and a very fast free wifi connection. There is a mini bar but the refrigerator seems to be malfunctioning even if it was plugged. It wouldn’t get cold.

The bed was big and comfortable but there were patches of lace on some of the bed sheet. I mean, if the bed sheet is seriously torn or has huge holes, rather than patch them up with lace strips here and there which only make the be sheet untidy and very unprofessional, why not throw them or recycle to pillow cases? I felt the sheets weren’t too fresh, maybe because I got turned off with the lace patches in one side of the sheet.

Other amenities in the room are the standard like free water bottles, coffee and tea condiments and toiletries.

The bathroom is large enough but really needs some serious make-over, as the whole hotel does.

The old cabinet inside our room was dirty and dusty. Although there was an extra pillow inside, I didn’t use it because it didn’t look fresh at all.

The free buffet that came with our booking was nice. We had a selection of noodles, chicken, steamed rice, cereals, sausages, eggs, coffee, juice or tea. The hotel also provided free water and coffee for guest for 24/7. A welcome drink of orange juice and some mandarins were provided upon checking in. That was nice of the management to offer.

There is an indoor pool but I didn’t see anyone using the pool. It smelled like chlorine the whole time we were there in the hotel.

(The pool area was just behind the sofa)

Staff are all friendly and courteous. They spoke good English and are always ready with tips for arriving guests on how to navigate Bangkok safely without falling prey to scammers and the tuktuk drivers.

The rate is ok and a real value for money.

Nearby attractions:

Siam Square

MBK Shopping Plaza
Pratunam
Siam Paragon
Jim Thompson House
Madam Tussauds Wax Museum
SEA Life Bangkok Ocean World
Bangkok Arts and Culture

My recommendations:    (2 out of 5)

The staff are all friendly and very willing to help. However, I cannot overlook the fact that it is not a clean hotel with electrical outlet jutting from the wall, some small insects crawling in the bathroom and a serious make-over is already long overdue for this property.

If you are not a fussy traveller who is after value-for-money accommodation, then this one is for you. However, if you have kids or a bit picky with cover all cleanliness then you may want to look for other accommodations nearby.

(This is just outside our room. The area was used as storage of some linens, boxes, and other maintenance supplies/tools.)

Diamond City Hotel is located in 594/23 Soi Payanark ,Rama 6 Road | Thanon Phetchaburi,Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

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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 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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Tiny Home Vacations

Posted in accommodation, lifestyle, tiny home, tiny homes, where to stay
on December 10, 2016

There are times when you might want to take a vacation that is a little out of the ordinary. There are tiny home vacation Austin TX neighborhoods ready for you to visit. These locations have small houses that are ideal for one or two people, possibly a few more if you don’t mind being in a cozy home. This is a new trend in the country that can be fun and exhilarating if you like houses on a smaller scale and vacations where you don’t have to stay in a hotel room all day. 

When you first see the tiny homes that you would stay in on a vacation, you might wonder how everyone will fit inside. Most areas feature homes that are of a different design so that you have a unique experience when it comes to the decorations inside and the layout. There is usually a common area in front of the homes, such as a table and chairs. This is an area where you can gather with other vacationers to talk or enjoy the outdoors when you don’t want to sit inside the home. 

There are a few tips that can help you survive your vacation in a tiny home so that you have a fun experience. Think about the space that you’ll have as most homes are less than 2,000 square feet. You don’t want to pack any more than is necessary as there won’t be a lot of room for extras. Most tiny homes have the toiletries and other things that you would need, so you won’t need to have those with you. Most tiny homes are less expensive to stay in compared to a fancy hotel. The best thing about the tiny home is that you have the space to yourself instead of being next to someone else in a hotel. It’s similar to camping in a tent, but you have a sturdy floor and roof. Some homes have a small bathroom and a kitchen area. There is also a living room as well as a bedroom area. The beds in the home are usually lofts with plenty of overhead space. There are few electrical outlets, so keep this in mind when charging phones and other electronics.

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Benefits of Renting a Villa or Home

Vacation Choices

Before vacation time draws near consider a different option that can be more inviting than staying at a hotel or motel. Many homeowners are offering their homes as vacation rentals. There are several benefits to choosing a private home over other accommodations. 


Benefits of Renting a Villa or Home

Hotels and motels can be rather impersonal and as a result, uninviting. They are basically just a room with beds and a television. Some have mini refrigerators and microwaves for keeping a small amount of food or snacks. A suite will have more room but they are expensive. 

Many people are choosing to rent homes, condos or villas instead. If vacationing with several people it can be less expensive. For large families, vacation rentals by owners can be a comfortable choice. Often homeowners will list their home with a company such as KomfortStay that specializes in connecting homeowners and those who are looking to rent a home for vacation. This provides the opportunity to see photos of the home before making a choice. 

In addition to the ability to see photos of the homes for rent, any available amenities such as cable, wi-fi, a washer and dryer, a Jacuzzi, a pool, and more will be listed. This allows searchers to find the home that is most appealing to them. Nearby restaurants, shopping, and recreation is usually listed as well. 

Choosing a vacation rental also allows vacationers the ability to find a home in the area where they want to spend their vacation time. Some people may only have a week or two weeks vacation while others may have longer. Due to this difference in vacation time homes may be rented on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. 

When looking for a vacation rental in this manner, it is easier to find one that is within a planned budget. Generally in popular areas there are hundreds from which to choose. Keep in mind, early reservations will be necessary in the more popular areas. Most homeowners do charge a security deposit for their protection. This is returned after the vacationer leaves the home and it is inspected to ensure there is no damage. 

As an alternative to staying in a hotel or motel, this can be a choice that also provides more privacy. A home will have private parking, no rowdy guests in the middle of the night, and money can be saved by preparing some meals in rather than eating out the whole time.


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Feodorm Apartment Review in Budapest

Feodorm Apartment is a nice accommodation in the heart of the inner city of Budapest. It is a refurbished apartment with 6 rooms for rent in a residential building located along Bajcsy Zsilinszky utca.

The residential building housing the Feodorm Apartment is just in the corner and is very near Arany Janos Metro Station. There are also nearby food outlets so you will never have to worry about food during your stay.  The building also houses a bakery so whenever my friend and I go out, we can smell the waft of freshly baked goods. It’s so heavenly!

The apartment itself is not bad. The building may be old with antiquated lift to carry you up on the 3rd floor where Feodorm Apartment is but the apartment has been refurbished so everything there is new.

We had to buzz outside the massive door or gate to the building before we could get it. It wasn’t so hard to find because it has a brass number on top of the massive door. Before arriving in Budapest, Feodorm Apartment contacted me to give me instructions on where to find the place and how to get it. We were welcomed with the most friendly and gracious hostess – Hannah. She was the same person who contacted me via email and was very courteous and amiable. I felt so at home in Feodorm right away!

Check out this massive door!

Feodorm does not have any reception area; hence the need to coordinate closely with arrival time so one of the staff can meet you personally to hand the key card and to facilitate the cash payment. Hannah also showed us around the apartment and informed us that we are allowed to bring in food and leave them in the refrigerator as long as they are properly marked. The kitchen is the communal area of the apartment. Each room has their own private bathroom.

The room we booked is a twin room with a view. The view is breath-taking. For 3 nights and 4 days, I had been sleeping and waking to the sight of St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s really beautiful!

The bathroom is very spacious and clean too. It was well-stocked with toiletries and if we ever needed one, we just had to check the cupboard in the kitchen for extra stocks.

The air conditioning unit worked well especially during the day when we had to cool down after a long walk outside the hot and humid weather.

The lighting is sufficient.

The bed is comfortable; however, my friend and I found the beds to be a bit tight like it is good for kids but not adults. The pillow is unusually soft and big. I would have preferred standard sized pillows. The comforter was satiny and soft but it kept falling on the floor when I am already in my deep sleep. I also fell 3 times in my bed because I am a fussy sleeper. I prefer my bed to be big.

The wifi is free and can be accessed all over the apartment.

The whole area is very quiet even if the building is facing the main thoroughfare. There are occasional sirens every now and then but there wasn’t much noise to be heard.

There is no telephone in the apartment nor in our room.

My recommendation:  5 out of 5

I highly recommend this property to family, couple, solo and even group of travellers since this is centrally located with the basic amenities that is enough to give you a relaxing stay.

The location is perfect and the rate via Booking.com is competitive. I paid AED 545 (inclusive of the taxes) for 3 nights for a twin room with a view. Compared to the other 2-3 stars properties I have checked, Feodorm is still cheaper. Aside from that, Tripadvisor and Booking.com users have given this property a very high rating because of its warm hospitality, clean rooms, generous hosts, perfect location and free wifi usage.

I don’t mind staying in this apartment again when I visit Budapest with my family.

I give this property my highest recommendation.

If you are looking for a nice accommodation within reasonable rates and very close to notable touristic landmarks in Budapest, book your stay in Booking.com and choose Feodorm Apartment.

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Copacabana Hotel in Manila – Hotel Review

We needed an affordable accommodation near the SM Mall of Asia last February because it was near the Vikings Venue where we held our daughter’s 18th birthday dinner celebration.

There were other hotels in the vicinity but I needed an apartment with several bedrooms to accommodate my other relatives for the night. It was Copacabana Hotel that got my attention from Booking.com because they offered many room options, including 3 bedroom apartment.

I booked 2 nights in this property (Feb. 12-13). The first night was for a double bedroom and the 2nd night was for 3-bedroom apartment. Both of the rooms were clean and spacious but my husband and I (even our guests) enjoyed the super spacious 3-bedroom apartment that also has a maid’s quarter so it was practically a 4-bedroom apartment, good for more than 10 persons!

2-bedroom (I booked using different booking site)

Here are some photos of the 2-bedroom unit in Copacabana. They are spacious, clean, well-lit, good working air-conditioning unit and large vanity area with sink.

The only thing I find a bit uncomfortable and unhygienic is that there is no wash basin in the bathroom. I had to either use the shower area to wash my hands after using the commode or go to the sink in the vanity area. We were allowed to check in early than usual because the room was already available and that is a plus!

Also, reaching our room in the 11th floor was part lift and part stairs as the lift was only until the 10th floor.

All in all, the room was okay for us. The beds are comfortable. The room is properly lit. The air-con works perfectly. It may need upgrading in terms of technology. It still uses an old type of TV rather than flat screen units.

3-bedroom (with a 4th room for maid’s quarter, I booked using Booking.com)

We had a very wonderful experience in this bedroom type. For one, it is very, very spacious that you can practically ride a bike inside. It is well-lit. The air-con units work perfectly and could even get cold at night. There is a living room area, long dining table for the whole family, 3 bedrooms plus a maid’s quarter, 3 complete bathrooms (1 shared between the 2 rooms), and a fully functioning kitchen area with gas range and other appliances.

We even had a situation towards check-out when I asked my relatives to count the set of towels because I didn’t want to be charged unnecessarily. There were several staff who came to check and re-count and eventually, I was not charged because I seriously didn’t know what happened as we were all busy preparing for our daughter’s 18th birthday party the night before. They were all polite and so professional dealing with the situation.  I was never made to feel uncomfortable and I give my commendations to all of the management and staff of Copacabana for running a great hotel with courteous and professional staff.

The living room and dining area

The master bedroom

The kitchen

The 2nd  room (similar to the 3rd bedroom)

The maid’s room with attached bathroom

Spacious unit

The best part of our stay!

The highlight of the whole stay was the management team’s thoughtfulness. I actually requested from Booking.com if the hotel can provide a surprise birthday cake gift for my daughter as we were there to celebrate her special day. We were pleasantly surprised to see the yummy, chocolate cupcake with a birthday greeting for our daughter in the receiving area.  We were all smiling from ear to ear and really appreciate the gesture. Our daughter loved the surprise and the cupcake!

Nearby attractions/places of interest:
SM MOA
Roxas Boulevard
Manila bay
Malate Church
Manila Zoo
Nearby restaurants and casinos

Price range:
3 bedroom apartment via Booking.com = AED 764 for 1 night

I think this is reasonable considering the number of rooms in 1 unit. I computed the cost of booking separate rooms for 10 adults with 2 small kids to be more expensive than paying for this whole unit. At least with the rate, I only had to pay 1 deposit for the entire unit.

Hotel’s features:

Outdoor pool

Free parking

Room Service
Car Rental
Airport Shuttle (surcharge)
24-Hour Front Desk
Currency Exchange
Tour Desk
Ticket Service
Baggage Storage
Concierge Service
Laundry
Ironing Service
Daily Housekeeping
Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Business Center
Fax/Photocopying
Hair/Beauty Salon

My recommendation: 5 out of 5

My family and I are impressed with the way they handled our special request and when they were searching for the towels that were not in the unit. We were treated with respect. We felt comfortable and very welcomed in their property. The whole staff were courteous and very professional.

The 3-bedroom unit is perfect for a big group of people like my family. I highly recommend this place for everyone. The check out is at 12:00 noon compared to other hotels that is only until 11:00. The property also allows pets. Please check the hotel before you book for any changes on their pet policy.

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Copacabana Hotel is located at 264 EDSA Extension, 1302 Manila, Philippines. It has 141 apartments/rooms. Disclaimer:
I personally booked and paid for this stay. I was not compensated by the property in any way to write this review.

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Palm Plaza Hotel Review in Manila

I booked a double bedroom for a night last Sep. 24-25, 2015 in Palm Plaza Hotel which is near the famous landmarks in Manila like Luneta, Malate, Roxas Blvd. and other places of interest within easy reach.

The hotel is very easy to find. It is located along the stretch of Pedro Gil, very near to Robinson’s Place Manila, Department of Justice, Philippine General Hospital, and the Malate area. You can go to the hotel via public transportations like the railway transit, public jeepneys, buses or taxis plying the route of Manila.

What I like:
Free wifi
Very polite and customer-service oriented staff
Clean rooms
Location
Accessibility via various transportation means
Near malls, churches
Plenty of restaurants and food outlet within walking distance
The price is ok considering it is an old hotel. I still consider the rate within the budget range.

What I don’t like:
Outdated furnitures
Tiled floor which tends to get cold when you don’t have spare slippers to wear around
Slight noise from public transportations and nearby bars
The lights are not enough in the room. I feel it was a bit dark.
No available parking in the hotel. Parking is nearby on other establishment.

Room rate: 
I booked using Booking.com and got a good deal of around Php 1200++ per double bedroom per night without breakfast.

Nearby attractions:
Malate Church
Luneta Park
Intramuros
Roxas Boulevard


My recommendation: 3 out of 5

I am still giving this hotel a good rate because of the friendly, efficient and very courteous staff. Everyone was helpful and we felt at home and secured in their premise. I also like the fact that it offered free wi-fi and the location was fantastic!

I am not sure if this hotel is a good fit for families with younger kids as this location is near the “Red Light District” but not really in that locale. You will find videoke bars and restaurants nearby.

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This hotel has 133 rooms and other usual amenities like air-conditioned rooms, business center, laundry/pressing, room service, etc.
Located at 524 Pedro Gil Corner M. Adriatico Street, Malate, Malate, 1004 Manila, Philippines

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I personally booked and paid for this stay. I was not compensated by the property in any way to write this review.

(All photos are my personal property. Pls. do not use without my permission.)

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