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Unique and Stylish Boutique Hotels in Sydney

Boutique Hotels in Sydney are accommodations which provides more personal attention and service unlike regular hotels. These hotels have a character and appeal which is specific and attractive in its own ways. If you are looking for some hip and trendy accommodations, then you will surely like unique hotel.

If you want to get closer to the local people and experience the real part of the city then these hotels are perfect for you. Sydney is a city full of exciting and fast life. This place is one of the most visited cities in Australia due to its attractive and exhilarating lifestyle. This city is famous for itsbusiness, trade, social events, and the various entertainment events.

Guest rooms in this type of hotel may be fitted with telephone, internet, TV and other basic amenities or may have none of these. They basically focus on the comfort and quietness of the atmosphere rather than on the electronic equipments. All of this hotels are small, charming and personal.

They are all exclusive, in architectural fashion, stylish interiors, designer themes and personalized services. While choosing the properties, a common divisor has been a different personality and attention to detail.

Some of the popular hotels in this type are,

  1. The Kirketon Hotel: It has won many awards for being one of the best accommodation options. You will experience elegance in budget in in this hotel. Rooms are hygienic and stylish. This hotel has emerged from the jumble of the earlier times to the simplicity and modernity of current days.
  2. Diamant Hotel: If you are searching for a hotel with style and modern charm for your stay in Sydney, the Diamant may be a nice accommodation choice.
  3. Pacific Road House: This retreat beach house is excellent for those who want a break from the busy lifestyle of the city. The decoration is done in wooden, the bamboo-lined courtyard a pretty touch, but the main attraction is the huge open-plan living area with breath taking views.
  4. Darlinghurst Hotel: It offers apartment style accommodation and basic budge rooms, situated in the widely distributed Darlinghurst area of Sydney, known for its many good restaurants, bars and cafes along with a variety of entertainment events.

These are the few beautiful and nice options for accommodation in Sydney. These hotels considers all practical measures to make your trip safe and memorable. They have various types and styles of rooms which you can easily choose based on what you want.

Thus you may pick from the regular rooms, deluxe rooms and boulevard rooms of the hotel. All these rooms are fully equipped with the basic amenities which facilitate in making your vacation enormously comfortable and relaxing. You can experience the home like feeling in this small unique hotels.

Marbella Apartment Rentals on Costa Del Sol

Marbella Apartment for rentals on Costa del Sol with Aircon, Shared Pool
A self catering rental with views over the sea & golf course
Sleeps up to: 4 (2 bedrooms)

Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf Urb / Development – Marbella Apartment Description:

Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf is perched on the rising land overlooking the golf course with sea views over the Mediterranean which form the backdrop to this idyllic setting. It is located in the exclusive district of Elviria. It is 30 mins from Malaga airport and 20 mins from the millionaire’s paradise port of Puerto Banus, popular for its restaurants and high life. In addition to Santa Maria golf course there are several other renowned golf courses nearby. Close to beaches and the picturesque port of Cabopino.

For families there are many attractions including: Tivoli World, Aqualand, Zoo, cable car. There are tennis courts and bowling in the complex. Elviria La Romana beach is approximately 5 minutes away by car and is one of the best on the coast. During the Summer months there is jet skiing and water skiing along with fun boats for the kids. And for the adults there is Nikki Beach behind the 5* Don Carlos resort boasting it’s infamous beach parties each week through the summer.

Marbella Area:

5 mins drive to beaches and close to the word famous Nikki Beach at 5* Don Carlos Hotel. ‘Funny beach’ for its dodgems, paint ball and other children’s activities 10mins. Golf Santa Maria Golf 5 mins walk. Other Golf Courses within 20min drive.Greenlife Golf. Cabopino Golf. Rio Real Golf. Marbella Golf. Santa Clara. La Cala’s 3 courses. Santana (highly recommended). Cala Nova. El Chaparal Marbella 10 mins. Puerto Banus 15 mins. Malaga 35 mins. Mijas 15 mins. Ronda and Gibraltar-1 hour. Seville, Granada and Cordoba 2/3 hours. Skiing Sierra Nevada Mountains provides excellent skiing facilities in winter months. Close to beaches and the picturesque port of Cabopino. For families there are many attractions including: Tivoli World, Aqualand, Zoo, cable car. There are tennis courts and bowling at Santa Maria GC. Marbella Old Town – Sightseeing and Historical buildings.

A Luxurious Resort on the Costa del Sol famous for Puerto Banus & Orange Square

Located in the South of Spain ( Andalucia Region ) within the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol

Airport: Malaga – 40 km
Alt Airport: Gibraltar

Facilities for this Marbella Apartment Rental:

General: Air conditioning, Heating, Bed Linen Provided, Towels Provided, Lift, Safe
Kitchen: Hob, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Kettle, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances dishwasher, washing machine, iron, George Foreman grill and microwave.
Entertainment: TV, Satellite/Cable, English Channels, DVD Player, HiFi, CD, Radio, Video, Internet. The large 42 inch plasma TV has the benefit of HD Freeview Sat Box with all the facilities of Sky Plus allowing you to record programs whilst you are out. There is also a CD Hi fi system with iPod Docking station so you can play all your own tunes or choose from a selection of CD’s and DVD’s.

Dining Area: Seating for 6.

Marbella Apartment – Accommodation:

2 Bedrooms - Twin Bedrooms (1), Double Bedrooms (1),

2 Bathrooms - 1 Bathroom., 1 Ensuite Bathroom. Both bathrooms fitted with bath, shower, WC and bidet.

Views from this Marbella rental apartment: Sea Views, Mountain View,

Marbella Apartment – Outside Facilities:

This Marbella rental apartment benefits from a Shared Pool, Children’s Pool, Balcony, Parking, Garage, Garden Chairs, Sun Loungers

Leading from the living room is a spacious south west facing balcony with stunning sea & mountain views and to the two continents of Europe and Africa, It is furnished with very modern and comfortable Rattan/Basket furniture. When the sun is out, which is most of the year, it shines on the balcony from early morning to late evening. The large back balcony has table and 6 chairs allowing for alfresco dining and sunbathing area. Several swimming pools may be used by guests with separate shallow pool for babies and toddlers, all pools have sun loungers and parasols for your use. There is a lift from the car park under the building up to 1st floor.

Further Details (for this Apartment in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain)

The apartment is tastefully fitted out with cream leather suite with solid wood dining table and 6 leather chairs. The large 42 inch plasma TV has the benefit of UK Sky Satellite system and a selection of CD’s and DVD’s. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances dishwasher, washing machine, iron, George Foreman grill and microwave. Leading from the living room is a spacious south west facing balcony with stunning sea & mountain views and to the two continents of Europe and Africa, It is furnished with very modern and comfortable Rattan/Basket furniture. When the sun is out, which is most of the year, it shines on the balcony from early morning to late evening. The large back balcony has table and 6 chairs allowing for alfresco dining and sunbathing area. Several swimming pools may be used by guests with separate shallow pool for babies and toddlers, all pools have sun loungers and parasols for your use. There is a lift from the car park under the building up to 1st floor.

The Costa del Sol / Malaga Region: The Costa del Sol is the quickest route to the sun. The best climate in Europe and great beaches that are more accessible thanks to improving infrastructure. There is a rich mixture of cultural & historic sites for those that want to explore along the coastline. For those that want to wine & dine after a hard days sunbathing then there are countless top quality restaurants, trendy bars and discos. For those with families there are many opportunities to try different water and land sporting activities as well as spending a relaxing day on one of the many beaches on the Costa del Sol. You really do have an opportunity to have a wonderful holiday whether it’s peaceful and relaxing, or sporty and hectic you will find what you are looking for on the Costa del Sol.

Marbella / Elviria Area: Elviria is an established part of Marbella and only 30 minutes from Malaga airport. The area has a mixture of apartments, villa’s and large townhouses. Los Lagos de Santa Maria apartments are a 15 minute walk to two commercial centres, where there is a good selection of fine restaurants, bars and shops including two Supermarkets – one open late at night and Sundays. The Elviria La Romana beach is approximately 5 minutes by car or 25 min walk. If you fancy some ten pin bowling or some shopping in fashionable shops and boutiques try La Canada (pronounced Canyada) a huge shopping centre only a 10 minutes from Los Lagos in the Marbella direction. A further 5 – 10 minutes further on and you arrive at the millionaires hang-out in beautiful Puerto Banus for even more great shops, restaurants and fabulous yachts in the port. The Elviria area is a golfers paradise with many fine courses located nearby. Apart from the magnificent 18 hole Santa Maria course.

How to get there: Approximately 30 minutes by car from Malaga Airport. Transfers by local British representative (fluent Spanish) can be arranged in advance for those that do not wish to hire a car. Taxis are also widely available at the airport. Flights to Malaga: Some airlines that fly to Malaga from the UK include Easy Jet Driving directions. Take the AP7/E15 toll road towards Cadiz on leaving the airport (keep right for slip road on). Leave the toll road at the Calahonda exit and take the A7/N340 coast road in the direction of Marbella. Elviria / Santa Maria exit is at the 192 km marker and is the exit after Cabopino and then Las Chapas. Nearby Landmarks: Look out for the tall Don Carlos hotel on the horizon off to the left just after the Las Chapas exit (at night the sign is lit in large blue letters). On seeing this hotel you are only half a mile to the turning.

Rent Marbella Apartment Suitability: All of the Family, Children Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible, Suitable for the Elderly and Infirm, Long Term Rentals Welcome, Car Recommended

Unfortunately pets are not allowed, no smoking is allowed inside the apartment.

Rent apartments in Marbella, Los Lagos de Santa Maria Golf direct from the owners to benefit from sea views, mountain views, and other luxury facilities

Local Activities for all Marbella Apartment Rentals: Cycling, Golf, Horse Riding, MountainBiking, Paragliding, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Wind-Surfing

Consider renting Marbella apartments on the Costa del Sol as a great base to explore this fantastic Coastline. Marbella apartment rentals of many types and sizes at this resort are always available.

Economy Accommodation in Berlin and Travelling Trends in Europe – Key Trends For 2009

After briefly examining the global context of travelling trends and accommodation, the article will focus on growth in economy accommodation. Taking Berlin as a case study, it will highlight different types of economy accommodation, which could be part of key growth areas in 2009. The article does not offer ultimate solutions or remedies to guard against the impact of the recession, but it is does hint at certain safeguards which can be undertaken. This text is aimed at accommodation providers and tourist operators, who may not be aware or have the time to sift through some of the more recent tourism statistics. It offers a general, brief overview and a subjective interpretation of the key Tourism trends from 2008 in relation to Accommodation/lifestyle & budget Travel.

- IMPACT OF RECESSION ON EUROPEAN BUDGET TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION -

We are in the midst of a global recession. The US was hit first followed by parts of Europe. According to UNWTO, The World Tourism Organisation who compiled data from the first 8 months of 2008, published in October 2008, the statistics showed a sharp slowdown in growth of international arrivals in recent months and the IPK (World Travel monitor company) pointed to a possible decline of 0 – 2% in 2009. There is however one region that is still booming, the Middle East, where tourism growth in 2008 was up 17%. We could all relocate our travel businesses there, but for those of us that are operating out of Europe and wanting to stay put, being aware of possible implications of the downturn and recent travel trends, is important in making forecasts and decisions for the future.

There is no doubt that travelling trends are fickle and hard to form long-term forecasts from, but they are not only useful indicators, but sometimes have a major impact on the holiday accommodation industry itself. We know that luxury travel has declined, British Airways suffered a 9% decline of its long haul flights and this could be interpreted as an indicator that luxury accommodation may well also be hit. Indeed, if Mariott International (owner of the Ritz Carlton hotel group) could be taken as a barometer, its third quarter profit in 2008 fell by 28% (The Wall Street Journal digital network). If the prediction of Niel Pedersens, Managing Director of the Supranational Hotels, is right, he foresees that “in 2009 hotel revenues will typically drop 20% with five star market hardest hit” (PricewaterhouseCooper). All of this points to 2009 being a very challenging year for high end travel & accommodation. It is within this context that it maybe important for the luxury hotel & the entire holiday accommodation sector to re-think ways of strengthening and sustaining areas of their profitable business. The more luxury and middle range hotel providers may not only need to make cuts across the board, for example, but also look at ways of holding on to their existing ‘loyalty” customers and make shrewd selective investment decisions. For less high end hoteliers, one method may be to think about ways of re-branding their economy accommodation offers, since it is budget accommodation that many holiday makers are looking for in hard times.

When one looks at the bigger picture, the areas of growth which may arise in the holiday accommodation industry as a whole, may well have an impact even after the recession is over. We do know from the recession of 1993, that budget hotels’ turnover actually continued to grow during the recession (PricewaterhouseCooper). Also, in the slump between 2000-2002 the data extrapolated is that only budget hotels experienced increased growth during this period (PricewaterhouseCooper).

- ECONOMY ACCOMMODATION IN BERLIN QUANTIFIED -

Indeed, economy accommodation and budget travel are real potential growth areas in 2009. Economy accommodation is also the theme for ITB’s 2009 annual tourist industry convention held in Berlin. As previously mentioned it is the city break to Berlin that I am going to use as case study for the purposes of this article, with particular weight given to guests travelling from British shores.

So, how does one classify economy accommodation? One could go by average accommodation price per night, as compiled by the ITB findings from the Pisa report 2009, as a starting point. Since the average expenditure per night is 101 Euros, anything dramatically lower than this figure could be translated as the amount a holiday maker would be prepared to pay for economy accommodation. In Berlin an average four-star hotel double room price is 140 Euros (on-line Berlin Time Out guide) whereas a double room in a Berlin hostel, the traditional economy style accommodation in the Circus Hostel, would cost around 56 Euros, (based on 2 people sharing a double room). And in a 2 star Berlin hotel such as the Ibis Hotel, travellers pay up to 75 Euros per night (based on 2 people sharing a double room). Typically, a budget boutique Berlin hotel, like Arotel, would cost on average approximately 100 Euros (based on 2 people sharing a double room – price quoted as the average amount per night from a 3 day booking from March 13th – 16th 2008)

The traditional style economy accommodation such as the youth hostel is the most popular form of budget accommodation, especially in Berlin. However, other areas to consider for the future growth are more niche style budget accommodation.

-BERLIN HOLIDAY APARTMENTS – EXAMPLE OF NICHE STYLE BUDGET ACCOMMODATION IN BERLIN-

Indeed, niche style accommodation such as branded budget boutique hotels and holiday apartments have become increasingly popular since the 1990′s. These types of accommodation are not only very much in vogue and a more stylish spacious alternative to that of a hotel or hostel, but also great value for money. The holiday apartment is an alternative option to a hotel for a family looking for flexible, spacious accommodation, giving them the option of say preparing their own lunch or evening meal and thereby increasing their spending money. For the business traveller the vacation rental is also a good option. Berlin, for example, is a city that attracts business people associated with the entertainment/media sector rather than say investment bankers. This category of traveller is more likely to be attracted to good value stylish Berlin holiday apartments. Equally, the contemporary holiday apartment, is attractive to the type of couples who would have been used to spending money on say a boutique Berlin hotel. The boutique style holiday apartment is a great alternative as it offers them the charm and design flair that they are looking for at a price that does not tear the purse strings away. Guests looking to stay in a stylish Berlin holiday apartment, studio size, for example, could book through Be-My-Guest and pay 60 Euros per night (based on 2 sharing)

Other niche style budget Berlin accommodation, to look out for in 2009 are guest rooms, bed and breakfasts and ‘pensions’, the latter of which is the name for B&B’s on the Continent. In Berlin the amount of visitors staying in boarding houses rose 20% from 2007 (Visit Berlin statistics). I think especially more British holiday makers would revel in the opportunity in staying in a room in Berlin, especially in a Berliner Bed & Breakfast, or an Inn Berlin. This type of accommodation as well as the Berlin vacation flat, that I have outlined above, would appeal to the culturally curious traveller who wants to experience the real Berlin and get a feel for the neighbourhood, as a local would. Furthermore, if you are staying in a guest room you would also have a chance to chat with the host and appreciate the insider tips that may otherwise have been missed from a guide book or the standard hotel reception information. A typical room in Berlin through Be-My-Guest would set you back around 40 euros (based on 2 sharing)

- OTHER EUROPEAN TRAVELLING TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2009 -

Other travelling trends can also provide the travel industry with indicators as to which areas to consolidate. The UNWTO report mentioned that the youth traveller was one of the fastest-growing segments with the the biggest potential being over 30, for whom the share of youth travellers doubled in the five years from 2002 to 2007. The trend, which is expected to grow, was hinted at showing that youth travel is more about culture and lifestyle than about the age of a person. The trend may have had also had a knock-on effect on economy accommodation. According to the same UNWTO report, the traditional hostel, which is still by far the most popular accommodation choice for youth travel, saw a slight decline, but the budget hotel grew two-fold between the years of 2002 – 2007. Growth of Bed & Breakfasts and self-catering also rose during this period for youth travellers. The report also pointed to a trend in the use of internet for booking holidays. This could well be tied to the growth of youth travellers who are the most internet savvy of the age groups. Indeed the share of on-line bookings, for at least part of a trip, has risen from 19% of total trips abroad in 2003 to 41% in 2008. Another interesting statistic is that there was a 4% increase to 19% amongst those saying they pay attention to friends and relatives when gathering information about a trip, with travel trade as a resource beginning to slide.

The UNWTO report also highlights the fact that in 2008 sun & holiday travel was one of the biggest growth areas with business travel also faring well, however there was stagnation in the amount of city breaks being undertaken. This, as the ITB report surmised, may have been due to the amount of British people cutting back on the amount of second short breaks undertaken. The reduction may have been due to oil prices having gone up, the effects of which were either the reduction of low-cost air-lines or the increase of fares, which coupled with the delays encountered because of new security checks, may have led to a stagnation of people undertaking short breaks. Maybe as a result other forms of budget travel transport such as train & car travel increased significantly in 2008, which is what the report also indicated. The good news is however that oil prices have made a recovery from its high point last year.

In conclusion, according to the information I have gleened, if businesses are firstly aware of the impact of the recession on the tourism industry, focus on their key areas of strengths and weaknesses followed by selective investment and brand re-positioning, there is a good chance that, coupled with the help of governmental policies, they will be able to ride out the recession . It could be that changes made now may become the strengths of the future. But of course, it is important to be equally aware that there are no quick fixes in this game.