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Hotels at Manchester Airport With Parking: Long Stay Charges

Hotels at Manchester Airport with parking are worth considering when taking a flight out of this increasingly popular regional hub. Cheap airport parking is hard to come by and hotels have various parking deals built into their offers. When deciding on your travel plans, it is worth calculating the costs involved of finding independent parking and ensuing transfer to the airport, and it may well be that a night in an airport hotel with a parking package is the most cost-effective option.

It is worth checking where the car will be parked to ensure quick getaway on your return, as cars are sometimes securely parked off the premises. Here are the policies and contact details of a few Manchester airport hotels with parking, with the bulk of the information taken from their websites.

Radisson Blu Hotel

Chicago Avenue, Manchester, M90 3RA (tel. 0161 490 5000)

There is a £10 charge for overnight parking for hotel guests, as well as a range of one night accommodation packages under the Stop and Go package. Four Days Stop and Go for example includes one night’s accommodation and three additional parking days from £119, with only a nominal increase for longer stays (£6 for a week, £10 for two weeks and £55 for three weeks).

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Ringway Road, Manchester, M90 3NS (tel. 0871 942 9055)

The Crowne Plaza Hotel offers a solution for cheap airport parking with its Stay & Go Package, which combines accommodation, parking and complimentary hotel transfer. No prices were advertised on the site, so contact the hotel for more information.

Marriott Hotel

Hale Road, Hale Barns, Manchester, WA15 8XW (tel. 0161-9040301)

The Marriott Hotel’s standard parking fees are £2 per hour or £6 a day, although better offers are available through their Park Here Fly programme. The hotel has 450 parking spaces.

Hilton Hotel

Manchester Airport Outwood Lane Ringway, Manchester M90 4WP (tel. 0161 435 3000)

The only parking information available on the Hilton Hotel states that self-parking is available for £10 for 24 hours.

Travelodge Manchester Airport Hotel

Runger Lane,Manchester Airport, M90 5DL (tel. 0871 984 6181)

Britannia Parking Ltd operate the hotel car park on behalf of Travelodge. Parking is charged at £5 for one day, 2 days £10, 3 days £25, 4 days £40. The car park has 100 barrier-controlled car parking spaces available for residents.

Britannia Ashley Hotel

Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham WA15 9SF, (tel. 0871 222 0013)

The Britannia Ashley Hotel offers rooms as accommodation only, or in combination with parking, an 8-day and 15-day parking package with accommodation. Airport transport by coach is also offered both ways, although there is a small charge for this.

Spending some time on some research on hotel prices, parking and airport transfers can save money, as the headline room price does not necessarily include hidden extras.

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The Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, can be reached by bus, train or car. From the bus or train station, it is a short taxi ride to the Shakespeare Hotel. Private car parking is available at the hotel, and street parking (paying) can be found nearby.

The Shakespeare Hotel is next to the Town Hall of Stratford, within walking distance of the theatres and historic places associated with Shakespeare. The 4* hotel offers clients comfortable and atmospheric accommodation, enriching a visit to this cultural town.

The frontage of the hotel immediately draws the visitor in to the Elizabethan era in which Shakespeare lived. The dark beams contrast with the white walls, setting the scene for the 16th century, when the playwright and poet wrote and staged his work.

Accommodation at the Shakespeare Hotel

There are 74 bedrooms in the hotel, reached along a rabbit warren of corridors. Each room has its own individual name of one of Shakespeare’s works or characters, for example ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’. The bedrooms vary in shape, size and character, offering different amenities. Each one has its own modern en-suite bathroom, contrasting with the atmosphere of the bedrooms, some of which have leaded windows. Satellite TV, mini-bar and internet access points are provided.

Meeting rooms of varying sizes are available for groups. Many people visit Stratford as members of a group, which gives the opportunity to run seminars to discuss the plays that are being produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company during the season. Such discussions enhance the experience of watching the play live on stage.

Dining at the Shakespeare Hotel

Othello’s Bar/Brasserie has been recently refurbished, and pre-dinner drinks can be taken there or in the Quill Bar/Lounge. In good weather, drinks are also served on the garden terrace.

The hotel provides early dinners for theatre-goers (plays usually begin at 7.15pm). A three course meal with coffee is served to groups and to individual guests. Later meals are available for clients who do not plan to attend a performance in the evening.

The set menu for groups is varied, offering fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Staff are friendly and well-trained in serving hot food to groups in an efficient but relaxing way.

Things to do in Stratford

Most people visit Stratford in order to attend performances of Shakespeare’s plays in the theatres in the town. In order to learn more about the playwright, visitors can also explore houses associated with him. Through the hotels, group leaders may obtain for their members a free pass to three houses within walking distance of the Shakespeare Hotel.

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Hall’s Croft (Home of Susanna, Shakespeare’s daughter, who married physician Dr John Hall)
  • Nash’s House/New Place (House owned by Thomas Nash, Shakespeare’s granddaughter’s first husband. Adjacent are the foundations of New Place, the house where the playwright died.)

Stratford-upon-Avon is justifiably proud of its gardens, which can be admired when visiting the houses or other significant sites in the town.

The Shakespeare Hotel provides not only central, comfortable accommodation, but also an atmospheric background from with to enjoy the whole Shakespeare experience.

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Spa: Willow Stream is a Canadian Rockies Getaway in Banff Near Calgary

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Visitors to Banff inevitably go looking for the fairy tale castle that is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The lucky ones actually stay there, and the even more fortunate will spend a day or more in the Willow Stream Spa. The day spa is best experienced as part of a relaxing stay in the hotel, but it is not necessary to be a hotel guest to visit the spa. A day at the Willow Stream Spa can be a touch of luxury in an otherwise economical trip.

Complete Menu of Spa Treatments

Travel + Leisure Magazine has rated the Willow Stream at Banff Springs one of the top 25 spas in the U.S. and Canada. Their current “don’t miss” treatment is the “Mountain Stone Treatment, which uses water-heated stones to massage pressure points.”

Spa treatments are a matter of choice, and other visitors prefer a good old-fashioned massage, whether to combat the effects of a hard day’s skiing, or to justify a lengthy dip in the warm mineral bath without actually exercising. As would be expected, there is a comprehensive menu of therapeutic and aesthetic treatments, professionally and courteously delivered by experienced staff.

The Pools and the Location Make the Banff Springs Hotel Spa Special

As good as the available spa services and treatments are, it is the ambience that makes the Banff Springs a choice spa destination.

The spa is its own separate world within the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Guests may lounge in the ladies’, men’s, or co-ed lounges while waiting for treatments. There is a selection of teas and some light snacks (apples, biscuits) on offer, and lunch may be ordered from room service.

The focal point of the Banff Springs Spa is the pool area. A central warm pool filled with mineral water is extremely easy to lie back and float on, seemingly for hours. The mineral salts that make the water so buoyant are not the same as the minerals in the natural Banff Hot Springs, which smell of sulphur. Here in the spa there is no sulphur smell at all, and the water is like silk on the skin.

Around the main pool are three smaller ponds, all indoors, each with its own waterfall. Guests are advised to progress through these, from the very warm one through to the third, which is rather cool. Some guests have been known to cheat and stay in the warm water all day.

View of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

In any weather, the outdoor hot pool is a treat. The warm water makes it enjoyable to linger there admiring the beautiful mountain scenery regardless of the temperature. From the indoor hot pool to the outside one is only a few steps.

Cost and Reservations

As at the date of this article, spa access without treatments is $69.00 per day for hotel guests.

Access is complimentary with most spa services (not salon services).

There is an offer of $539 Canadian per person for one night in the Banff Springs Hotel with breakfast and a spa treatment (including spa access for the day).

The cost of individual treatments varies. Couples rooms are available.

It is advisable to book the spa in advance, particularly if the timing of the treatment and the gender of the service provider are important.

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Haunted Le Pavillon Hotel’s Ghosts: Haunters, an Apparition, Spectral Duo, Phantom Prankster & Old Woman

The Haunted Le Pavillon Hotel, built in 1907, has Italian statues representing peace and prosperity by its front door. There are gleaming crystal chandeliers, fine antiques and an elegant décor that graces the entire building which adjacent to the French Quarter. Recorded EVPs have voices telling people to get out and saying that they see them. There are inexplicable sounds and its ghostly residents.

 

Adda – Pavillon’s Lost Ghost

 

The tearful teenage girl’s apparition, also called Ava, Eva and the Crying Lost Ghost Girl, haunts the main entrance and lobby. It’s said she was killed by a runaway carriage as she was getting ready to board a ship with her family. She has fair skin, brown hair and eyes, carries a clutch purse and wears a long black skirt, shawl and hat that were the fashionable in the mid 1800s.

She paces in the lobby and, sometimes, bumps into people, apologizes and says she’s lost before she abruptly vanishes. Adda has been mistaken for a Mardi Gras celebrant or someone in costume. Those she has bumped into say she feels solid. Some experients have smelled the scent of a rose; others, lilacs.

 

Taxi Drivers’ Encounter Adda, Apparition of Le Pavillon

 

A hotel doorman helped her get into a taxi on a cold rainy night. She asked the driver to take her to the ship passengers’ terminal. She suddenly disappeared when they were a few blocks away from the hotel. The cabbie returned to the hotel and told the doorman what happened. The man said others have had the same experience.

Sometimes, Adda has walked up to people on the sidewalk and asked them if they knew the way to the terminal. A couple reported that, when she asked them the question, they said they were going on a cruise and would share of taxi ride with her, thinking that she was a costumed actress. The three of them entered the cab and she disappeared after they rode a few blocks. The scent of roses lingered in the vehicle.

 

Le Pavillon Hotel’s Ghostly Couple

 

The man is said to have died suddenly, after they went for a walk. She died years later. When seen alone, she’s crying. When they are seen together, the duo appears to be happy as they walk in the halls and on the grounds, holding hands. They’re dressed in clothes of the 1920s. The couple strolls through doors and vanishes into elevators.

He has a dark moustache, smokes a cigar, wears a dark hat and, sometimes, carries a cane or umbrella. The pungent smell of his cigar lingers. The lady, said not to be his wife, wears a light blue long dress, has dark hair and totes a beaded purse. Many people believe her room was on the third floor because, at times, it’s filled with the fragrance of her perfume. His fourth floor room smells of cigars smoke.

 

Man’s Ghost Haunts Le Pavillon Hotel

 

The specter of a happy-looking young long-haired shoeless man, wearing a vibrantly colored shirt, bell bottom pants and a large belt buckle has been sighted in all parts of the hostelry, its parking lot and nearby sidewalk. He’s been seen running through the hotel as if someone was chasing him. He’s been seen walking on the pavement, then vanishing into a wall.

The man is said to play pranks by yanking sheets from beds during the night, moving guests’ belongings or hiding shoes and room keys. Witnesses have seen his reflection in mirrors and his face peering into rooms’ windows from the third floor to higher ones. Security has investigated his hijinks and found no one.

 

Grey Haired Ghost of Le Pavillon Hotel

 

A guest woke around 2:30 AM to seeing an elderly gray-haired woman, attired in a black dress, sitting on the side of his bed. He felt her body’s weight on the bed and against him. Her ice-cold hands stroked his head while she said she would never let him go because he was hers. When he turned on the light, she faded away.

 

Visiting Le Pavillon Hotel

 

The hostelry, a member of Historic Hotels of America, has earned AAA’s four-diamond award since 1996. During New Orleans’ Carnival season’s festivities, it’s an ideal place for celebrants’ lodging because Lundi Gras Festivities and Mardi Gras Parades are nearby. Ghost enthusiasts like it year around because of its specters and paranormal phenomena.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Harald Hoyer from Schwerin, Germany

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La Fonda, Haunted Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The first inn was built on this site soon after 1607, and was used as a courthouse, and often as a place of execution too. The 17th-century hotel has been replaced several times over the last 400 years, and frequented by hunters, outlaws, cardsharps, Civil War soldiers and generals, politicians, movie stars and one president. The current La Fonda dates back to 1922.

Known Deaths

There are some notable deaths recorded here. Judge John P. Slough had a political disagreement with a member of the legislature and called him a liar and a thief. Such an insult was not to be borne and shots were fired. The judge died of his wounds two days later, but seems unaware of this and restlessly paces the hallways. Slough had been expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives for striking another member in temper, and was unpopular during the Civil War and as a judge. His spirit seems sedate in comparison.

Unknown Deaths

In the early days those who were tried here and found guilty were hanged in the lobby. It’s possible that no records survive of their names. Another anonymous death was a man who may have been suspected of cheating at cards in 1857. Whatever he did, it wasn’t liked by the crowd, who lynched him and put him on the end of a rope in the backyard. A little more civilized than stringing him up in the lobby. La Plazuela restaurant, on the ground floor, is built over an old well and the story goes that a travelling salesman became distraught after losing the money he carried for his company. In desperation he jumped into the well. Diners and staff sometimes see this repeated as a ghostly figure appears, walk to the center of the room and jumps through the floor. A figure in a long dark coat or cloak has been seen in hallways and one reviewer of the hotel complained that there was repeated knocking on the door of the room, but no one was there when it was opened. No one visible, anyway

Well Known Living Stay at La Fonda too

La Fonda is the hotel in Spanish, and it surely is The Hotel in Santa Fe. Ernie Pyle, the war journalist, said, “You never met anybody anywhere except at La Fonda.” Robert Oppenheimer would meet physicists here, before taking them to the atomic bomb lab at Los Alamos. Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Robert Duvall and a long list of other stars have been guests at La Fonda. The hotel is known for paintings, décor and furniture.

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The Hacienda Hotel: Old Las Vegas Flair: How Doc Bayley and Dick Taylor Created a Successful Casino

Warren “Doc” Bayley was part of the last generation of casino owners who operated without funding from banks or Wall Street. Bayley was a California hotel operator with a taste for big risks, and in 1955, he found one large enough to suit him.

The National Corporation was building a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip called Lady Luck, but had lost confidence in the project. There was talk that Vegas had too many hotel rooms, and new casinos were doomed to failure. Bayley offered to buy into the project as a partner. He would operate the hotel, National would run the casino. National agreed to the deal but then went under. Bayley pressed ahead, opening the hotel without a casino in June of 1956.

Bayley’s new hotel, renamed the Hacienda, was immediately in danger of bankruptcy. It was kept afloat by other hotels, which sent their overflow guests to the Hacienda since it didn’t have a competing casino. Bayley was at his creative best, paying bills with casino chips when he was out of cash.

In October of 1956, Bayley opened the casino but even then, the Hacienda had financial troubles. It was two miles farther south than other Strip casinos, so it did not benefit from pedestrian traffic. Bayley couldn’t afford top entertainers, so there was no big show to bring gamblers in. The idea that saved the Hacienda came from Bayley’s protégé, 27 year-old hotel manager Richard Taylor.

Bayley sent his lieutenant on an errand to have a Hacienda billboard put up near the highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Taylor couldn’t get a permit for the billboard, but he had a brainstorm while he was there. Seeing that traffic came to a stop at a bottleneck in Victorville, Taylor hired a kid to stand at the corner handing out coupons for the Hacienda.

The program was a success, particularly after Bayley replaced the kid with a pair of long-legged cocktail waitresses. Over a two-year period, the Hacienda averaged renting one hundred rooms a night with Taylor’s coupons from the Victorville intersection. Soon Bayley was flying in gamblers from around the country on a private fleet of DC-4s, and leading the city in occupancy rates.

The Hacienda’s success was short lived. By early 1961, Bayley was flying more people into McCarran Airport with his private airplanes than all major airlines combined. In July of 1962, the Civil Aeronautics Board ruled that Bayley was operating a de facto airline without a license and shut him down.

The timing was bad because Bayley was overextended. In 1959, he had bought the struggling New Frontier casino. Flushed with their success at the Hacienda, Bayley and Taylor thought they could turn the Frontier around quickly, but competition at the center of The Strip was fierce and the Frontier became a money loser that cost the Hacienda team all the momentum they had built.

After Christmas of 1963, Taylor, a devout Mormon, took a job as a stock broker in Palm Springs, California. He disliked raising his children in libertine Las Vegas and jumped at the chance to move away. Taylor later donated his records from the Hacienda to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Those records were the basis for this article.

Doc” Bayley died one year later, Dec. 26, 1964 of a sudden heart attack. When Bayley passed, so did a part of the old Las Vegas tradition of free-wheeling owners. Bayley brought color and inventiveness to Las Vegas, along with a knack for making money. Although the Hacienda passed into other hands, it was never again as profitable or interesting as it was under Doc Bayley.