Hotel Flora, Venice, Italy

Hotel Flora offers a convenient place to stay in Venice, Italy. You’ll be only a few minutes (as in 2 minutes) walk from the water bus stop. With hand luggage, it’s easy, so pack light. Then down a narrow alley, you’ll find the door:

DSC_3521A basic room is all you need here. It’s comfortable and well appointed:

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Bathroom was a little small but worked perfectly:

DSC_3518In the lounge on the ground floor, they serve a great breakfast, so go with that option when making your reservation:

RCj1D9qiQ5qKklQ1l%sh8gAnd there’s also this tiny bar, where I had a nice drink and some time to sit and chat:

DSC_3604Very friendly and competent service here. They arranged for a water taxi to take me back to the airport and it was spot on time. This is a good value in Venice. Linger and enjoy.

Hotel Villa Soro, San Sebastian, Spain

A cultural hot spot in Spain, San Sebastian has some fantastic lodgings. I had  the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Villa Soro recently, which is a handsome building along a popular boulevard.

DSC_2605.JPGInside this manor, you’ll find a number of comfortable spaces, such as this lounge, complete with fresh flowers.

DSC_2608The flowers are a wonderful touch, making a beautiful space that much more appealing. Here’s a look at the annex, where there are more guest rooms:

DSC_2614.JPGAnd a look at a typical guest room there:

DSC_2596.JPGAnd the bathroom:

DSC_2598Which of course is stocked with quality toiletries:

DSC_2599In my next post, I show photos of the common areas, lounges and such at this excellent hotel. Then a final post for the breakfast. Stay tuned! There will be two more posts about the Hotel Villa Soro.

Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain

Staying at Hacienda Zorita is like having your own country estate. The hotel grounds extend from river to field to a complex of buildings that was once a convent.

Main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

There are several different types of rooms, including suites and villas that give you even more privacy. I stayed in a standard room, which you see next:

Standard room at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Standard room at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

A spacious bathroom made this room even more comfortable.

Bathroom in standard room at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Bathroom in standard room at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

There was also a terrace where you could relax in the sun or the shade, depending upon the time of day.

Terrace of standard room Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Terrace of standard room Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Also in the main building, you’ll find several comfortable lounges such as this one:

Lounge in main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Lounge in main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

And a small bar for a glass of sherry or other beverage of your choice:

Bar in main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Bar in main building at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Back outside, you’ll find two swimming pools like this one:

Swimming pool at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Swimming pool at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

And finally, there is a wonderful restaurant on site where we enjoyed a delicious chef’s menu.

Restaurant at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Restaurant at Hacienda Zorita, Valverdón, Spain.

Hacienda Zorita is located about 20 minutes driving from Salamanca, yet it feels like you are a world away. For business or pleasure, you’ll be away from it all here while still being close to enough to what you want.

British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport

British Airways operates a very pleasant lounge at Gatwick Airport. Here you can relax, do some business, and have a snack. As per my usual habit, let’s start with the snacks as I found them one recent morning. There’s a sort of breakfast bar that you see here:

Breakfast foods at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Breakfast foods at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

At another counter there was a selection of breakfast pastry shown in the next photo.

Breakfast pastry in the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Breakfast pastry in the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Then there was the well-stocked and help-yourself bar shown here:

Bar at British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Bar at British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

If you prefer coffee or tea, simply make your selection at one of these machines:

 

Coffee and tea makers in the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Coffee and tea makers in the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Additionally, you’ll find a nice selection of beer and soft drinks in coolers:

Beer and soft drinks at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Beer and soft drinks at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Finally, and on a more serious note, there are computers and a copy machine for those who need to get a bit of work done or connect with the outside world.

Computer stations at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

Computer stations at the British Airways Lounge, Gatwick Airport.

A well run lounge like this makes travel much easier and enjoyable. Avail yourself of such facilities at every opportunity.