Posted on Wednesday the 21st of December, 2011 by kelly

If I could I’d spend a night with …

To round off the year we’ve been asking our customers and Twitter fans what British male from 2011 they would most like to spend a night with. The results are in and they’re interesting to say the least!

We’ve narrowed down the top 5, drumroll please …

1. Chris Moyles

You’ve chosen Radio One’s funny man Chris Moyles as the top British male you’d like to spend a night with. With over 7 million listeners tuning into The Chris Moyles Show every week, Moyles is a firm favourite with the Roomguide customers. As controversial as he is, you all agree that his sharp banter would liven up your evening and he’d be great for a cuddle!

 2. Gary Barlow 

You’d also like to spend the night with Take That star and X Factor judge Gary Barlow. 2011 has been the year for Mr Barlow and he’s now one of the most powerful men in the music industry. Mr Nice from Take That remodelled himself as Mr Nasty this year by taking Mr Cowell’s place as the head judge on The X Factor – but it’s apparent that the whole nation has fallen in love with this man.

3. Ricky Gervais

Comedian Ricky Gervais is at number three. It’s been another successful year for The Office and Extras star with a new series of An Idiot Abroad and a brand new series called Lifes Too Short. You’d like to spend an evening with this man for his sharp and witty humour and although he doesn’t class himself as a sex symbol, our customers disagree!

4. Robbie Savage

The Premier League ‘bad boy’ has been one of the most entertaining people on the box this year as he took to the Strictly Come Dancing stage. Robbie’s thrusting moves have certainly impressed you as he comes in at fourth place! In the words of the man himself, he has gone from being one of the most hated men in Britain to a loveable rogue!

5. Alan Carr

In fifth place, you’d also love to spend a night with stand-up comedian and chat show supremo Alan Carr. It’s been a great year for Alan with his hit tour Spexy Beast and the latest series of Chatty Man which has seen him hang out with the likes of Lady Gaga, Lee Evans, Ricky Gervais and Terry Wogan. There certainly wouldn’t be a dull moment in the evening with this man around!

 

Other bachelors that made the cut were Olly Murs, Vernon Kay, Simon Cowell and Russell Brand.

 
Posted on Wednesday the 31st of August, 2011 by kelly

The World’s Most Unusual Hotels

Staying in a hotel is an important part to any holiday or break you take – you want the beds to be comfy, the bathroom to be clean and the breakfast to be delicious!  But are you tired of the same boring hotels? Why not stay in something completely bizarre?!

We’ve selected 5 quirky and unusual places to stay around the world for when a standard room just isn’t enough!  

Here are some of the striking properties we offer:

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Lapland

Igloo Village

This hotel provides a unique experience in the Saariselkä Fell area of Finnish Lapland. It offers accommodation in glass igloos and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. The igloosare made from thermal glass, keeping guests warm in those Arctic conditions and all are provided with luxury beds, a private toilet and shared shower facilities. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen has 4 restaurants, including 2 in a traditional Laplander hut. Each restaurant serves Lapland specialities such as reindeer and char-grilled salmon. The hotel’s smoke sauna even has its own restaurant, Savusauna. Two other saunas are available which each share a terrace and have a relaxation room with an open fireplace. The nearby ice hole is the perfect place to cool off.

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Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

The stunning Marqués de Riscal is located in Elciego in La Rioja’s Álava province. Designed by Frank Gehry, this unique avant-garde hotel brings a surprise around every corner. As well as free Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants and a fitness centre guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, relaxation area, steam room, Jacuzzi, and traditional foot bath – the pediluvium.  At the top of the hotel there is a rooftop library-lounge and a wine bar. All stylish rooms at the Hotel Marqués de Riscal feature a distinctive zigzag window seat with views of the valley. The hotel also organises wine tours round the Marqués de Riscal vineyards and the Vivanco Museum, Europe’s largest wine museum.

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Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Quinta Real Zacatecas

Quinta Real Zacatecas is built into the grandstand of the restored San Pedro bullfighting ring, which was built in the 19th century and witnessed its last corrida in 1975. This elegant and unique hotel offers accommodation in a warm and historic atmosphere preserving the character its original structure. From the minute you arrive you will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, in traditional Quinta Real style. Rooms are set around the Suites Patio, with its charming fountain and are decorated in classic colonial style, with armoires, antiques and original works of art. Reflecting the grandeur of the region, they set the tone for exploring one of Mexico’s most stunning colonial cities. The restaurant/bar are at the edge of El Ruedo, the bullring that has been converted into a stunning colonial-style patio paved with cobblestones and landscaped with beautiful flowers.

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The Canopy Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary, Tarzali, Queensland, Australia

Canopy Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Canopy offers secluded tree house accommodation and a unique wildlife experience in ancient rainforest on the banks of the Ithaca River. All of the rooms comprise a jacuzzi and a balcony with stunning views. This rainforest sanctuary benefits from many on-site leisure activities including fishing, horse riding and hiking. Guests can also the luxury of a massage in the privacy of their own room! Set in 100 acres of ancient rainforest located on the Cairns Highlands, this accommodation offers guests a choice from ground based or tree house units. This eco rainforest resort blends award winning luxury accommodation with a passion for environmental and wildlife principles. The Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 90-minute drive from Cairns.

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Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino, California

Wigwam Motel

A famous landmark on the historic Route 66, the Wigwam Motel offers individual rooms shaped like tee-pees yet enjoys the modern features of free Wi-Fi, wired internet and television. The mastermind behind this quirky motel was a clever man called Frank Redford, who was heavily influenced by the native Indian culture.  Guests at the Wigwam Motel can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and the hotel’s barbecue facilities. Each of the air-conditioned rooms at the Wigwam Motel include a refrigerator and ironing facilities and some rooms feature beds with wagon-wheel headboards and others offer an extra seating area. The motel is extremely popular with car enthusiasts, families and travellers. Experience a piece of history and stay in a Wigwam!

Book the Wigwam Motel

 
Posted on Friday the 26th of August, 2011 by kelly

Top Haunted Hotels in the UK

For a weekend break with a difference, why not stay in a haunted hotel? If the thought of staying somewhere where you may hear noises in the night and see shadows on the wall excites you, take a look at our top picks!

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh

 

Dalhousie Castle HotelDalhousie Castle and Spa boasts a 4 star rating on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is a medieval castle which has been converted into an award-winning luxury hotel. This beautiful castle is brimming with fantastic features, such as its very own spa, archery and falconry centre, but don’t let this fool you – the hotel is also home to a number of ghosts! The one seen most frequently by staff is that of Lady Catherine who, after conducting an affair with the castle’s 16th century owner, is said to have been imprisoned and starved to death in one of the upstairs rooms by his aggrieved wife. Some of the rooms are located in a 100-year-old lodge detached from the castle and the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Dungeon Restaurant is located in the oldest part of the castle.

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The Holt Hotel, Oxfordshire

The Holt Hotel

Located in scenic rural Oxfordshire, this hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of legendary highwayman Claude du Vall. Guests have often heard heavy footsteps walk the corridors of the hotel and female guests in particular have reported the feeling of being watched. The spirit of this notorious gentleman is said to favour room 3 in particular so if you want to meet the man himself, be sure to ask for it!

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Schooner Hotel, Northumberland

 

Schooner HotelThis 17th-century coaching-inn enjoys the picturesque coastal village of Alnmouth, Northumberland. It has been twice awarded the title of The Most Haunted Hotel in Great Britain and is reputed to have over 60 individual ghosts. Guests frequently report strange noises, electrical devices turning themselves on or off and doors opening and closing on their own accord. The hotel was featured in an episode of the television series Most Haunted and occasionally hosts ghost-themed special events. If you’re too spooked out, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfect for walking the coast and there are several golf courses in the area.

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The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, Wales

The Hand Hotel

Looking out over the River Dee, The Hand Hotel mixes original character with modern comforts of riverside gardens, Wi-Fi, free parking and rooms comprise of an en-suite bathroom, TV and radio and refreshments. Guests at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen have reported the sensation of being followed during their stay, only to turn around to find no-one there! One room is said to contain the spirit of a figure who sits at an organ while another has the spirit of a lady who died in childbirth.

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Dalston Hall, Cumbria

Dalston Hall Hotel

Dalston Hall is a luxurious 15th Century Mansion set in the heart of the beautiful Northern Lake District and has a fascinating history. Guests can expect a venue with a difference, and as witnessed by the GMTV Haunted team, a few ghosts! Lady Jane is said to appear in Tudor dress in the gallery above the manorial hall and the ghost of a handyman has been known to pass workers their tools in the cellar. In room 5 it has been reported that sometimes guests have awoken to find that their bed clothes have been removed and are neatly folded at the bottom of the bed! If this seems too haunting for you, the lavishly furnished rooms and fine dining should make up for it!

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Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland

Tulloch Castle Hotel

Set in the beautiful highlands of Scotland, this is not one for the faint hearted! One guest reported waking up to feel two ghostly girls sitting on his chest. Others have seen shadows at the foot of the bed and experienced nights disturbed by rattling door handles. If all this wasn’t enough, the former castle, dating from the 12th century, also contains secret passages, a secret door and a tunnel to Dingwall Castle! The bedrooms are decorated with period features and all come with their own bathroom. Other facilities include an iron, tea/coffee and satellite TV and if the ghouls haven’t kept you up all night you’ll be on time for a delicious full Scottish breakfast!

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If you stay at any of the hotels above and experience any paranormal activity, send in your spooky stories!