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A weekend at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

A friend and I decided it was time for a treat so we settled on a weekend at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.  I made the booking online, two nights bed and breakfast and requested a twin room.  The website makes it clear that any “preferences” cannot be guaranteed and confirmation should be sought directly with the hotel.  After making the booking I emailed the hotel to request confirmation that we would be allocated a twin room.  I received no response to this email so rang the hotel instead.  I spoke with a nice gentleman who checked availability for the nights we were to stay and who confirmed to me that he had allocated us the required room. We arrived at reception and were told that although we had indicated a preference for a twin room that there were none available and that we would have had to have rang in advance to “guarantee” one of these rooms.  Apparently there was no log of my call and the man on reception gave the impression he …

A (dangerous) walk with Cheetahs!

I love cats. My last trip (Nov 2010) to South Africa included a 4 night stay along the Garden Route – 1 night in Storms River and 3 in Plettenberg Bay, a thoroughly beautiful section of the Garden Route.  When I discovered a wildcat sanctuary close to Plettenberg Bay, Tenikwa, I knew I had to visit and booked a Sunrise Walk with Cheetahs for myself and my friend.  I was really looking forward to this activity as one of the highlights of an overall 16 day trip to South Africa. We arrived early on a beautiful sunny morning and after a cup of tea were led out to walk the cheetahs.  There were two guides, two cheetahs and a group of about 7 tourists in all. The male cheetah, Chester, appeared a bit agitated from the outset and took a paw swipe at one of the guides early on, but this was laughed off by them with a gentle chastise. The female cheetah was much more placid and we enjoyed walking her (on a lead) and …

A weekend in Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

Over the years, I have overnighted in many places and stayed in every type of accommodation imaginable from an open hut in Botswana, to a tent in the Okavango Delta to horrible and nice B & B’s and Hotels of all grades and quality.  I also read a lot of other people’s experiences and have therefore my own list of places I would love to stay.  Hayfield Manor in Cork City featured on this list (www.hayfieldmanor.ie). An opportunity to stay there arose two weekends ago and I jumped at it and boy am I so glad that I did.  A friend and myself booked in for a two night stay with one evening meal in their very elegant Orchids Restaurant and we also booked a treatment each in their Beautique Spa. From the moment we arrived, we were hooked.  I arrived first, travelling from Galway, and felt very welcome from the moment I walked though the door.  No waiting to check in, was offered some lovely chocolates and bookings for dinner and treatments were swiftly confirmed.  …