I hope LL is adding some luxury hotels for Australia. We, my niece and 4 friends are planning a 3-week trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2016. It would be nice if we could select some hotels from Luxury Link.
We have just returned from London and I would agree London is definitely not for those on a shoestring budget.
The dollar-pound exchange rate is certainly one of the worst one I would say, and the hotel prices are out of sight. Nonetheless, we had a wonderful time in London.
All the London Museums are free of charge. If you are a fan of art museums, this can represent a good junk of your budget. Walking along the Thames River is enjoyable and costs nothing, but taking the Grand Roux is setting you back 30 Pounds per person. Walking through Hyde Park was nice and there a many small restaurants for a quick bite or cup of coffee, and watching The Queen's Guard change at Buckingham Palace was interesting. Taking a stroll through Harrods was fun.
We also took a trip out to Maritime Greenwich which is Internationally recognised as the home of time, Greenwich is also where to find the Prime Meridian of the World. Every place on Earth is measured from here.
The National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Market and Cutty Sark dominate central Greenwich and the view across London from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park is outstanding, and best of all its all free.
So yes, London prices are not for the faint-hearted, but you can find things to do that do not break the bank.
I wish we had had your link to the budget-friendly places before we went, but we ate quite well in some of the small old pubs but also found some outstanding French restaurants which were fun to splurge.
Originally Posted by LL_Travelfan
can't see the appeal of laying on hot slab of marble, in a room filled with naked mean while some dude rubs suds all over me.
No, no you are not laying on a hot slab of marble in a room filled with men (or do you mean mean men?). You are in there all by yourself and being scrubbed down is quite pleasant, including the cold water bucket at the end to wake you up! You should try it once, you just might like it.
Actually,many hammams in Istanbul are NOT private, LL. But no one is totally naked--men and women have to wear bottoms. Many young girls (mostly Asian at our hammam) wore full swimsuits. Never once did we have a bucket of cold water--just warm and it was my second hammam experience. The first was in Fez. It was a small hammam in the hotel and that one WAS private and I shared it with my husband.
We liked the location of the Liaison. We really liked the location of The Fairmont. Would love to have that offered again!
Madison - yes - not the best location but a nice hotel - Liason is a better location
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