Get Romantic Experience On Your Hotel

Also what I like about Poltava the most, as a young man, is Poltava ladies who are, possibly, the prettiest ladies in the world with long blond hair, sunny smiles and hot shapes. However, for me as for a foreigner, it was a real challenge to book a hotel room as I have found a very little information about hotels Poltava in the internet and the majority of them did not speak English. I also found several travel agencies which offered hotel reservation services but I was pretty confused about their 100% prepayment for hotel reservation as Ukraine was a strange country for me and I was afraid to lose my money due to a lot of fraud cases that happened time to time in the internet with all those fake companies.

However, finally I have reserved a nice hotel and spend a beautiful time in Poltava! Now I will try to tell you about all pros and contras of hotel reservation!

Firstly, I would like to start with discussion about what option is better to choose to reserve a hotel room in Poltava: directly or through travel agent? It is a very contradictory question as in case with agents you should provide a full deposit for reservation. Usually you can pay via Visa, MasterCard online or through PayPal which very convenient.

And in case if you reserve hotel directly from the hotel you can pay either upon your check in or just with a money transfer to their bank account. PayPal as well as Visa/Mastercard are not acceptable, only bank transfer which is very time consuming and inconvenient as you have to covert dollars/euros to hryvyas as hotel accept only hryvnyas (national currency of Ukraine). Also you should pay attention that all hotels in Poltava guarantee 100% reservation of hotel room only in case of 100% prepayment which means if they have a client which complies with their prepayment conditions they will give their preferences to him and when you finally come to Poltava you can find that you have no room available at this moment or available but of superior category which is much more expensive. When I examined this issue I found some posts of a guy who reserved a hotel room directly from the hotel as he spoke bad Russian which was enough for reservation but when he came to Poltava he found no reservation for him and had to live in deluxe suite which was only available at that time for 3 days until a standard room was available again, which was twice expensive for him! Therefore, in this case I will personally recommend you to use travel agent and make sure that this agent is a local one as I had a lot of problems with agents which were located in other cities than a hotel.

Another issue is which hotel to choose while traveling to Poltava. To start with, there are two main hotels in Poltava which are both very nice and both have 4 stars. Their names are Palazzo hotel and Gallery hotel. They are both centrally located, both have very comfortable and modern rooms. The initial price for their rooms starts from $70, therefore, if you budget is enough for these hotels I would recommend you to book one of them as they are really the best in Poltava! Another category of Poltava hotels consists of small private hotels which are very nice in general and are worthy of every penny! These are the following hotels: hotel ‘Gold’, hotel ‘Tourist’, hotel ‘Yavir’. I have personally stayed in Gold hotel and I should say that I really enjoyed staying there: a large room, luxury leather furniture, a/c, king-size bed, cozy location (park zone) and all this for U.S.$ 50 per a night! A big advantage of this hotel is that you pay for a room but not for a number of persons, therefore, you can live their 2 or 3 people and price will be the same!

If you are a budget traveler, I would recommend you to take Yavir hotel as you can rent a nice room per 1 person just for $27 per a night! It is, probably, the best price/quality ratio hotel in Poltava!

And the final question is how to reserve any hotel in Poltava. I have examined more than 10 travel agents which offered hotel reservation and finally gave my preference to Travel agency ‘Welcome to Poltava’. Firstly, it is a local agency which means that you will have no problem in case of any force majeure; secondly, their rates are the best comparing to other travel agents; thirdly, I have found them very helpful as they showed me top interesting place in Poltava, gave a lot of valuable tips and even introduced to some local girls with whom (Lena) I still have a romance!

Also these guys picked me up at Kiev Borispol Airport and transferred me with all my baggage to Poltava!

So if you decide to travel to Poltava my recommendation is Travel Agency ‘Welcome to Poltava’

Have a good time and Bon Voyage!

Between Luxury and Budget Hotel

A hotel is defined as “an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis.” (See 1.)

In the early years of the hotel, accommodations were very basic, usually a room that has a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand. These days, most rooms are equipped with modern facilities. In addition to bathrooms, there is air conditioning, a telephone, television, Wi-Fi (internet connectivity), and a mini-bar with snacks and drinks.

Hotel accommodations throughout the years have changed dramatically. There are several different types of hotels to suit almost every individual’s tastes, needs and most importantly, budget. The two main types of hotels are luxury hotels and budget hotels. Although both have similar basic amenities, these two types of hotels have significant differences:

Budget Hotels

As the name suggests, these hotels were established for people who have a small budget and therefore want to spend as little as possible. The rooms in these hotels usually have the basic facilities such as a bed and washing facilities and most of them have communal toilets. Most budget hotels are older. They are clean but not as fancy as luxury hotels. Some of these budget hotels are equipped with worn fixtures and they do not offer anything free except maybe a simple breakfast or newspaper which is sometimes included in the price that they charge.

Rates for budget hotels vary greatly depending on the location. In Los Angeles alone, budget hotels can charge anywhere from $45 to $119 per day.

Luxury Hotels

Luxury Hotels are for people who are used to lavish lifestyles. The employees at these hotels are specially trained to cater to everything that the guests need. They aim to provide their guests with all the luxuries they desire during their stay. These hotels were built in such a way that their guests’ stay is absolutely as stress free as possible. In addition to basic amenities in luxurious rooms, these hotels are usually equipped with spas that offer massages, gyms that have the latest exercise equipment, beauty centres that offer a wide range of beauty treatments, swimming pools, in house bars and restaurants and laundry service.

These services of course come with a much higher price compared to budget hotels. Other services that you can have in luxury hotels are free room service, free newspapers and even better channel selections on your television. You even get to use robes and slippers while staying in these hotels.

As with budget hotels, rates for luxury hotels vary greatly depending on the location. Luxury Hotels in London charge anywhere from 240 to 525 pound sterling per day.

There is truth in the saying “You get what you pay for.” So, for people who have the money to splurge on expensive hotel accommodations, staying in a luxury hotel would be best if they would like to have the best service that money can buy. But for people who have a limited budget but need a place to stay while they are away from home, they are better off staying at budget hotels.

For travellers who wish to get reservations way ahead of time, in the hotel of their choice, they can go online and check out the websites of different hotels all over the world.

 

Signs Of Perfect Hotel

– Choosing between independent hotels, big chains, heritage hotels & homestays –

Travelling in India is fun but challenging. And finding the right hotel for your family is even more so. I have always been curious about the ‘right fit’ that each traveller seeks for their hotel stays. Is it the location, the luxury quotient and great food? Or is it an intimate atmosphere, efficient service, outdoor activities and places to explore? My conclusion is that, as with many other things in India, perhaps the search for the perfect family hotel also defies a logical decision-making process.

Travelling as adults is relatively straight forward. We are more flexible. Add a few kids into the equation and it is a very different story, especially when it’s a long, arduous journey.

As with so many things with today’s India, the tourism sector has seen rapid expansion over the past decade and there are now far more hotel options than previously. No longer are the only choices seriously high-end chain hotels (think the Oberois) grotty, over-priced mid-range hotels, or scruffy back-packer haunts. Added to these are ‘heritage hotels’, decent independent luxury hotels, and homestays.

But is it possible to define which of these would make an ideal hotel for families with children?

Of course, the location is pretty critical. That is the ease of getting there, as well as its location in relation to planned activities. A well-located hotel can save you many hours on India’s sometimes dreadful roads where pit stops are few and far between, thus resulting in less, “Are we there yet?” questions from the children.

Food – As Indian eating times, as well as the actual food, often differ to that of Western children, the whole issue of feeding the troops can be a major cause for heartburn for parents particularly with younger children. However, it is possible to find hotels for children that serve child-friendly food (even if from a limited menu) at a time when the kids want it. It has to be said that hotels that have specific kids menus and high chairs are harder to find.

Facilities – Lots of space to run around and be active, along with a pool is an obvious requirement for families. Proper babysitting facilities, which allow parents to enjoy their evening as much as their children enjoyed their day, are a serious bonus. A special kid’s camp or day care activities are still pretty rare.

Extra beds – This little add-on can drive up costs quite considerably, along with the annoyance factor of the extra bed(s) never being in the room when you arrive. However, there are hotels that charge a reasonable charge for extra beds and have rooms that can comfortably accommodate two extra beds. In my experience, it is worth asking and asking again how the system works in ‘that hotel’.

Safety & interconnecting rooms – With a larger family or with older children, some parents prefer to have their kids in an adjacent room, but directly accessible. However, outside of the larger chain hotels, very few independent hotels have interconnecting rooms. The tricky part here remains that of getting a hotel to commit to reserving them for you. A suite may not always be available or affordable.

Of course, this all begs the question, do such hotels exist that meet the above criteria and what type of hotel are you best considering? The independent hotels (boutique or otherwise) offer the most interesting opportunities to discover the real India. These are usually built and run by an individual or family, but are full service hotels. And these are many a time, your best options in less developed and remote destinations. However, they come with a question mark – are they as good as they say they are? Independent hotels that are well located, provide a feeling of safety, comfort and familiarity from the moment you arrive, that have extra beds in place and does not charge a fortune for them and will serve child friendly food at any given time. They do exist, and finding them can be delightful even if there are not enough of them. Developed tourist areas in Rajasthan, Kerala & Goa offer a better chance to find such hotels.

Some of them are

Flameback Lodges, Kollam – Private cottages, away from all activity and each room offers a fabulous view of the private lake. Flameback really is a home tucked away in the midst of the jungle.

Red Earth, Kabini – Soak in the serenity and the sounds of the jungle at the Red Earth Kabini. Situated close to the Kabini dam, across the Kapila River, the resort is surrounded on two sides by water. Cottages are spacious and space for the kids to run around.

Marari Beach – Far from the madding crowd, and distant from the world of trendy hotspots and beach raves, Marari’s lietmotifs are space and silence. A stretch of virgin white sandy beach with clear blue waters is amazing to play in.

As the independent family friendly hotels are relatively unknown, many travellers tend to choose the tried and tested option of larger chain hotels. Big chain hotels trump others in consistency, better trained staff and rewards. However, they do disappoint when it comes to delivering authentic experiences in India.

Notable exceptions here however would be hotels in Rajasthan. Like the:

Bungalow on the beach, Tranquebar – Built in the 17th century, the Bungalow offers a living history. It still retains the charming essence of the years gone before and of course the beaches. It offers its guests a chance to immerse themselves in the simple way of life.

Fragrant Nature, Kollam – Fragrant Nature Resort lies on the undiscovered shores of Lake Mala in southern Kerala near Kollam (Quilon). The resort’s cottages blend with the secluded beauty of the natural surroundings. The resort is also about the excellent food and the leisure and cultural activities.

Vivenda dos Palhacos, Goa – Vivenda dos PalhaƧos is a distinct home with a sprinkling of everything Goan. A modest Portuguese Mansion, built in 1929, greets visitors from the front. An older, Hindu house, made from thick rammed earth walls, is tucked behind. The aesthetically decorated rooms reflect warmth and welcome.

And how do the heritage hotels fare? They can range from the small and quirky to the majestic. Well run heritage hotels are fascinating, but probably not a great fit for families – think safety, more objects to break, narrow stairs etc. However these hotels offer a great opportunity to stay in & experience a “piece of history”. Outside of the popular Rajasthan heritage circuit, there are some lovely heritage hotels to be discovered in the south – in places like Tranquebar, Pondicherry, Fort Kochi, Madurai & Coimbatore.

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur – One of India’s first heritage hotels, it was built exclusively for the younger brother of the Maharaja in the serene desert of Rajasthan. Decades later, the Haveli has been opened as the perfect way to experience the legacy and get a taste of this royal luxury.

Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur – Built in the 18th century the Haveli opened its doors after 150 years as boutique hotel. Sprawled over 100,000 square feet, complete with rambling lawns, serene courtyards, plush interiors and stately living areas offering an escape from the mundane with exceptional hospitality perfected over generations.

Homestays, the Indian equivalent of a Bed & Breakfast have come a long way over the last few years – however the service offering varies widely. And the interpretation of a home stay can vary. Do the hosts stay in house? Or do they stay in a separate annexe or not at all? Is the food really home cooked and authentic or just general fare? The comforts and amenities vary widely as well. A coffee estate homestay can be a whole different experience to one in a city – in terms of space, service levels and facilities. Research and recommendations will play a bigger role in selecting an ideal homestay. Locating them on arrival can also be difficult as the typical Indian way of asking locals for directions may not produce results – they may not always be aware of smaller homestays. The biggest advantage with homestays, however, is when you find great hosts who are not only knowledgeable, but also are passionate about food and service. Homestays of course are also likely to be inexpensive in comparison to the others.