I usually enjoy a wide range of hotels when I am travelling..
If I am travelling alone from place to place I will go for something cheap, with the occasional taste of luxury now and then, while if it’s a leisure break with my wife I like us to enjoy a good hotel.
Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
I’ll start at the top end with one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and that is the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It costs around £100 a night for a standard room but it’s worth it. You are right in the centre of an exciting city, no need for taxis, and there’s am amazing food court just over the road in the Peachtree Centre where you can eat fabulous food from all corners of the world for just a few dollars. The lift is a treat in itself as it takes you up 30 floors with some great altitude views.
Night view from my room in the Hilton, Atlanta
There are five restaurants and two lounges on the property. One is Nikolai’s Roof, which serves French cuisine with a Russian flair on the 30th floor. Be sure to check out the rooms with the best views on the Hilton website and enjoy the pictures below.
We spent a week in November at the Clube Praia da Oura resort at Albufeira. The resort is positioned on the beach with historic Albufeira town a scenic two mile walk away.
It consists of 561 self-catering apartments, all with views 0f the Atlantic or the hotel”s gardens and pools.It has two swimming pools, sauna, bowling green, bars, disco, restaurant and barbecue terrace.
There are walkways down to a small beach and the landscaping of the hotel gives it a pleasant tropical ambience.
Some of the units in the Clube Praia da Oura are a bit outdated but rooms are spacious and comfortable with good catering facilities. It is worth finding out exactly where your room is as some undoubtedly have better balcony views than others.
There is a sister resort just over the road – the Oura-View Beach Club – and then there is a 4-star hotel nearby, the Oura Praia Hotel. All are owned by Petchey Leisure and in November were all offering rooms for between 20 and 30 euros a night on booking.com.
There is a good mix of restaurants between the three complexes and it is certainly worth noting the times of happy hours and taurus horoscope love usually has many love affairs. special evening promotions. The hotel”s two-for-one steak night offers good eating at good value.
The famous Albufeira strip is just a short walk away and in the winter this is a blessing as a lot of bars and restaurants are still open at a quiet time of year.
It’s not guaranteed sunbathing weather although we did get a couple of days on the beach. It is pretty much guaranteed to be mostly mild weather and hordes of German and Dutch visitors drive and fly down to the Algarve at this time of year to beat the winter blues.
The Algarve offers fascinating coastal walks which abound in vibrant colours and there are also hill walks to be enjoyed. You can see what the coast and the weather was like in my separate report on Albufeira.
For a budget break from the cold at this time of year it is hard to beat the Algarve coast of Portugal. There are great connections from the UK to its gateway airport of Faro.
Airport transfers are cheap if you shop around meaning you can spread your net for hotels which are as much as an hour”s drive away. Check out www.cheapesttaxis.com/
It”s not hard to find good family accommodation for around 25 euros a night.