Extraordinary and unexpected items stolen from hotels

October 19, 2012

NOTHING is safe when it comes to hotel rooms.

It seems if it is not screwed down it can be taken.

You will not surprise anyone if you take a mini shampoo bottle or a sample of body lotion home with you.

The same goes for food, robes, slippers and towels.

However, sometimes the things guests steal are nothing short of weird.

Booked.net writer Svetlana Malukha charts some of the more unusual things to disappear from hotels and asks the question”why?”

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Renaissance city – Liverpool

October 4, 2012

TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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Choosing a hotel online

September 28, 2012

REGARDLESS of the destination, your choice of hotel can make…or break…your vacation or business trip.

In fact, whether or not your stay is comfortable can impact your entire travel experience.

So how to avoid disappointment?

Finding the best hotel for you can be a challenge, so here are Booked.net‘s hints and tips to finding the best hotel online to suit your needs and your budget.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – London

September 25, 2012

TO walk the streets of London is like being dropped in the center of a movie set, so recognisable are the city’s landmarks.

Despite two millenia of history, in this city the old and the new sit alongside each other in perfect harmony.

One of the world’s truly great cities, from London has it all from its illustrious and colorful history to art and culture, iconic architecture, royalty and an ethnic diversity in part built from its past as the hub of an empire and in part from its present – where its sheer scale draws people like moths to a flame.

From the Tower of London, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square, the list of sites for the average visitor to check off on their list is both exhaustive and exhausting.

In the final of our series Booked.net gives you some tips on how to take in the wealth of London without spending a fortune.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Vienna

September 24, 2012

THIS city’s musical pedigree leads to its quite obvious title as The City of Music.

And what a pedigree it is. Vienna, Austria’s list of musical prodogies include Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Beethoven among others.

But that cultural legacy extends beyond musicians with psycho-analyst Siegmund Freud and painter Gustav Klimpt as among the city’s famous sons.

Boasting one of the most carefully preserved streetscapes in the world, this city is a living-breathing museum and it is this uniformity of architecture that sets the UNESCO recognised former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire apart from other great European cities such as Paris, Rome and London.

So how to take in one of the world’s architectural and cultural gems without burning a hole in your bank balance.

In Booked.net‘s third in this series, we offer you some hints and tips.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Paris

September 21, 2012

IT is known as the “city of love” and as romantic as the atmosphere is, it is the city itself that most people fall head-over-heels in love with.

It has one of the most recognisible skylines in the world, largely because of the beautiful lattice iron Eiffel Tower that dominates it – a potent symbol of both France and it’s home Paris.

But the real love affair with Paris is when you look beyond those oh-so-familiar landmarks and explore its network of backstreets and claim Paris as your own.

But how to enjoy this holiday romance at prices that won’t leave you heartbroken?

In the second in our series on Europe’s great cities on the cheap Booked.net offers some answers.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – Rome

September 20, 2012

EUROPEAN cities can be considered to be the cradle of Western civilisation and contain historical and cultural riches, but sometimes those riches mean visiting those cities can cost a fortune.

Or does it? Believe it or not it is possible to take in all Europe’s most popular (read expensive) cities on a budget.

In this series, Booked.net gives you hint, tips and our picks of how to experience the great cities of Europe without blowing your budget.

So we start with the world’s first large scale city – Rome.

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Bangkok – city of contrasts

August 22, 2012

The Rama VIII Bridge crossing Bangkok’s lifeblood – the Chao Phraya River.

IT’S a steamy, pulsating, heady mix.

A metropolis of more than 10 million people, it is intense, intoxicating, but thoroughly addictive – Bangkok.

Thailand’s capital is one of Asia’s most frenetic cities and a tourist mecca, the large amounts of cash that flows into the city from visitors is as crucial to its survival as the Chao Phraya River that flows through it – bisecting the city.

By night it turns into a hedonistic playground with a well-documented seedy underbelly.

In daylight it is a very different place, perhaps even more fast-paced, but somewhere you will find huge wealth and grinding poverty existing side-by-side.

From glitzy air-conditioned megamalls a stone’s throw from grimy back streets to elaborate Buddhist temples sharing the same space as neon-lit sleazy sex-bars.

Jared Morgan of Booked.net shares some photographs of perhaps one of the most contrasting and confronting cities in the world.

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The Hilton family and the Hilton Hotel “empire”

August 20, 2012

Socialite sisters Paris (left) and Nicky Hilton.

IT’S a story that, turned into a dramatic serial, would rate highly, but would defy credibility.

Yet it’s true.

On the way to building arguably the world’s greatest hotel dynasty, the Hilton family would rise to the highest level of society. Along the way, it is a family that has spawned allegations of rape and rivalry, socialites, starlets and a sex-tape.

The names involved are famous in their own right and include patriarch Conrad Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, sons Nicky and Barron, Elizabeth Taylor, through to great-granddaughters Paris and Nicky Hilton.

It’s quite a story and while the family’s association with Hilton Worldwide has ended, the name lives on.

Booked.net‘s Jared Morgan profiles the family.

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Hotel name fails

August 17, 2012

WHAT’S in a name?

More to the point what were these hoteliers thinking?

When it comes to business the name chosen has numerous branding, marketing, and web implications and therefore needs careful consideration. However, even the best intentions can fall more a little flat when you take into account the multi-lingual world we live in.

Often with hilarious consequences.

What can seem perfectly innocent in one tongue can take on a whole new meaning in another.

In the world of hospitality, subtlety is key and the average English speaker might think twice about spending a few nights in “Bad Hotel”  or “Terrible Hotel Casino”, while  “Porn Hotel” probably only appeals to a certain corner of the market.

We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as Booked.net introduces you to perhaps the 10 worst hotel names in the world.

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