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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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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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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 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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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.

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

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Everything Furnished

Posted in apartment, furnished accommodation, lifestyle
on December 30, 2014

If you don’t have a lot of furniture before moving into an apartment, then a furnished apartment would be something to look into. There are some that include everything that you will need in order to live comfortably in the apartment, and there are some that only have the basics, like the appliances that you will need. These include the refrigerator and the stove. Some might have a dishwasher and microwave. 

Furnished apartments often have a couch and chair, an end table, kitchen table and possibly a bed. These are ideal for a family starting out or a college student who might not have a lot of money to spend on extra pieces of furniture. The furniture is sometimes new as the apartment complex will replace what was in the unit after someone else moves out. You won’t have to move large pieces of furniture into this kind of apartment, making it easier if you don’t have anyone available to help you. There is no need to hire a moving company, which will save you money that can be spent on your deposits for electricity or on the essentials that you need for the home. A furnished apartment is something that is convenient for those who only need housing for a short amount of time. This might be someone who is in a city for business or someone who is taking a few classes at a college. Most complexes with a website let you click here for pictures.

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