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230 Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 1AY
Certes, le but d'un Travelodge est vous avez toujours la même expérience où que vous soyez. Pas avec celui-ci, qui est assez mauvais et ne vaut certainement pas les 51 £ que j'ai payé pour une nuit. L'ascenseur n'a pas vraiment l'air de pouvoir vous emmener jusqu'au huitième étage, où vous êtes accueillis dans un puzzle énigmatique, sous forme de signes pointant vers votre chambre, mais ou il manque environ la moitié de ses numéros. Leur système de location de matériel de repassage à leurs "clients" est encore plus énigmatique, qui a été soigneusement conçu pour veiller à ce que a) ils n'y ait jamais de fers, et b) ils n'aient absolument aucune idée de où ils sont ou quand ils pourraient être renvoyés , de sorte que c) vous allez travailler avec une chemise très froissée. Pas bon. Même pour un hébergement très simple, je suis sûr que vous pouvez faire beaucoup mieux. Et pour les voyageurs d'affaires, c'est vraiment pas ça.
50 Avenue des Gobelins, Paris
If you like lime green, bright pink, faux-fur walls and free Internet, then this is the definitely place for you!
It’s about 15 minutes walk from the real “going out” part of the lively Latin Quarter, and just a few minutes walk from Place d’Italie, where there are a few reasonable cafes and restaurants and the nearest metro station. Rather than going for the hostel breakfast, I’d recommend grabbing a delicious pastry in one of these cafes. And unless you’re really into robotic arms and whirring machines, I’d avoid the coffee machine in the hostel, which churns out shockingly bad coffee given the city you’re in.
We stayed in a 4-bedroom dorm with an en-suite bathroom. Although predictably small, it was very clean and perfectly comfortable. The bunks were modern and good quality, the shower was powerful and hot and the double-glazing cut out any noise from the reasonably busy street below very effectively.
Multi-lingual staff, free use of computers in the lobby, and free wi-fi throughout make this a winner!
76 Avenue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris
Pizza with fried egg on it! This seems to be their speciality and it is genius, giving you a good focal point in the centre of your pizza as well as something to dip the crust in. I like it.
I also like the fact that they serve you really, really fast, the pizza bases are super-thin, and they have a cat who appears to own one of the tables by the door (don’t worry, they’d taken the tablecloth off and I don’t think they serve diners at this table!)
It’s not often you’d go to the same restaurant twice during a one-week stay in Paris, but this exactly what we did, and I think that speaks for the quality of this place.
For those who like places and prices - it’s just on the edge of Place d’Italie, and a generous pizza plus wine should set you back about €25.
Brindley Place Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2HL
With giant flames threatening your eyebrows and chefs who have clearly been trained in the performing arts, Teppan-Yaki is not just a superb culinary experience, but great entertainment as well.
Among the dishes (most of which are cooked at your table right in front of your eyes) is a range of beautifully fresh fried fish, crispy lightly-battered vegetable and prawn tempura and very tempting-looking seared beef. I opted for a deluxe sushi slab, which included about 5 different types of fish sushi, 3 mixed rolls and 2 scary-looking bright orange fish-roe sushi rolls. Of course, a dangerously generous blob of wasabi accompanied it all.
The flare of the chefs, excellent quality food and high standard of service definitely make this a place that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Nerudova 40, Praha
As far as I know, this is the only restaurant that both I and Christina Aguilera have both been too.
I would describe this as an over-the-top Texan-style cocktail bar with an inexplicably great view over Prague. With way too much cow-print seating and expansive mirrors over all of the tables, it feels a bit more like a love hotel than a restaurant.
They do make a very good Mojito though.
Pařížská 20, Praha 1, Praha
When you think of cafe society in Prague, this is exactly the kind of place you imagine.
It’s authentically Italian, the coffee is unbelievably good, and the perfect-looking deserts, are, in fact, perfect.
Just to complete the experience, there were two young women at the next table posing with cappuccinos and ridiculously small dogs.
Václavské naměstí 45, Praha 1, 110 00 Praha
If you are a slightly desperate tourist, perfectly happy to pay over the odds for sub-standard food and service, then you might well enjoy this place.
We kind of stumbled upon it thinking we might get a truly superb meal for a cheap (but not for Prague) price. Instead, we got a very mediocre meal for an expensive for Prague price.
I had some traditional czech steak in cream sauce (svickova) with dumplings, which to be honest you can’t really go wrong with and was alright.
Laura was less fortunate. She ordered steak with BBQ sauce. What she got was a chewy piece of meat with a small splattering of sauce, indicating that perhaps the thought of including the sauce had entered the chef’s mind just for the briefest of moments, but he really hadn’t actually committed to the action. Just a hesitant sneeze of barbecue sauce, not really what was hoped for.
There were some jolly tourists in the place though, clearly if you have enough wine you don’t mind everything else.
Francouzska 76, 10100 Praha
After only a few days in Prague I found myself actually planning each day around being sat at the bar in this hostel, ready for happy hour at 7pm - and my 60p pint of refreshing Budvar. Which is ridiculous really, given that beer is universally cheap in Prague anyway. But this was just so ludicrously cheap, and the bar is pretty swish, with fun and friendly staff and a really good ambience to it.
Overall, the hostel is a pretty classy joint, very modern-looking and spotlessly clean throughout with splashes of colourful artwork bringing life to the place. We opted for the luxury of a spacious private twin room with use of the shared bathrooms, which had those great rain-style showers in them.
I’d also recommend the breakfast that they offer - a selection of rustic bread, two kinds of scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, fruit, cereal, yoghurt, juice and coffee. Sets you up for a hard day’s sightseeing! If you are a bit of a coffee fiend I’d recommend their lattes over the slightly stale coffee that’s included. By contrast, the freshly-made coffee is excellent.
The hostel is in a quiet neighbourhood, a quick 5-minute tram journey from the metro or 5 more minutes into the historic centre. Perfect.
So if you’re on a budget but looking for somewhere a little more luxurious with a great atmosphere, then this is your place!
The Beachy Head Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7YA
After the long walk up from Eastbourne pier to be impressed by the cliffs, this was a very welcome spot for an authentic pub lunch.
For a place of this size it still manages to retain the warm ambience of a typical English pub with rustic wooden beams separating the seating areas, a couple decent real ales on tap and a good selection of traditional pub fare.
We all went for the fish and chips, which was served in whopping great portions. Very tasty with good crispy batter (this is the most important thing with fish and chips!). One touch I liked was the waiter offering us a vast tray of different sauces, of which the excellent tartar sauce was the perfect accompaniment to the fish. Much better than those annoying little sachets!
The service was impressively quick considering we were a large group, the staff were helpful and friendly and the price reasonable (£6.95 for a big portion) considering the prime location for attracting tourists.
26 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RG
In California they know how to do burritos - BIG, meaty, packed with filling monsters of burritos that are bursting with delicious marinated beef or chicken, spicy beans, sour cream, fresh guacamole and salad.
This is what Mexicali have brought to London, and if you are hungry for a giant portion of authentic and fresh Californian / Mexican fusion food then this is the place for you.
At about £5-6 for a burrito plus nachos it’s not the cheapest place for takeaway, but it is all fresh and is a very fulfilling meal - Mexican sizzle served with Californian efficiency!
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