Fredricks Hotel Restaurant & Spa

We booked an overnight stay here via Secret Escapes having had good previous experiences at other hotels and I can honestly say that this hotel will be added to the list. Very easy to find being just 10 – 15 mins from M4 which was one of the attractions when we decided to choose this hotel. On arrival we received a lovely friendly welcome from the young girl at reception which is always nice and she then told us that we’d been given a room upgrade to a Suite. We then arrived at our suite which to be honest was huge. The bedroom area had a large bed , two comfortable chairs and a dressing table yet still plenty of room. A long hallway passing the wardrobes led you to a large and very spacious bathroom with a walk in shower and a bath the size of a swimming pool. The other pleasing thing was that everywhere was very clean and tidy. BEDROOM SUITE 1




Once unpacked we decided to have a look round the hotel and garden. The first thing you notice is that everywhere is very clean and well looked after. We didn’t use the spa area but it did seem very popular with the other guests although no one seemed to want to use the heated outside pool but then it was a cold day. So may have to revisit as it did look a nice plan to relax


After finishing our little tour we thought as it was too late for lunch that we’d have afternoon tea but unfortunately this was fully booked so we ended up in the bar area to have something of the bar menu only to be told that the only food on offer after 2pm is sandwiches. This turned out to be the only slight downside to the stay especially as the sandwiches we ordered were ok but not great. After chilling out in our suite for a couple of hours we then got ready for the evening which started with a pre dinner drink at the bar where they also have an extensive choice of Gin plus a a great local Rebellion IPA & Lager from Marlow. Now it was time for dinner in a lovely spacious restaurant and this also turned out to be a delightful experience with good food & very friendly service especially from our waitress Thalia. We started with a Ham & Leek Terrine and a delightful Flaked Trout with Apple. This was followed by our main courses of a fabulous Braised Shin of Beef & a Wild Mushroom Risotto . Then to finish it was time for desserts a Chocolate & Baileys Tart , a Vanilla Creme Brûlée & a deconstructed Peanut Butter Cheesecake which was ok but personally why would you want to do that to a Cheesecake. Anyway this brought an end to a lovely meal where we finished with a coffee in the bar.




This brought us to the morning and after a lovely nights rest it was time for breakfast which was a buffet with a great selection of hot & cold food which was constantly being refreshed and even if you required anything else it was not considered a problem


We then checked out bringing an end to a relaxing overnight stay to which I would definitely recommend as it’s in a ideal location for access to motorways. It’s also a good place for all types of functions and a great place to relax with the friendly staff taking good care of anything you need

#Maidenhead #Bucks


Hilton Hotel Resort and Spa 

So this was our 6th visit to San Diego and this was the first time we returned to a hotel that we had previously stayed & to be honest it wasn’t a difficult choice. The hotel is in a fantastic location that is the Mission Bay Area that overlooks Fiesta Island & Seaworld San Diego plus perfect for accessibility to location amenities and main highways. But the main reason we decided to return was the relaxing & friendliness feel this hotel offers . Every member of staff from the cleaner , reception . Waiters/Waitresses and the management are very friendly & professional and nothing is to much trouble so that your stay is a memorable one . On this occasion our room was situated on the 5th floor in the Tower which was perfect as it gave you a amazing view of the hotel skyline and a lovely view of the bay . The room was huge with two large double beds and an abundance of room around them . Another reason for staying here is the large pool and area around the pool including Frescos Pool Bar for delicious Smoothies and great lunches . There are plenty of sun beds and also Cabanas that you can hire it also has a couple of fire pits so that you can sit around the pool in the evening. Now onto the food they have a delightful little coffee shop called Aroma where you can choose from a great selection of coffee & teas plus a lovely selection of snacks and if you like a sweet coffee may I suggest the Almond Joy for me it was heaven . They have a nice bar called the Olive Lounge for inside & outside food & drinks and I have to say the food was excellent . They also have a Fine Dining restaurant the Acqua and although we didn’t actually dine there we did manage to sample a couple of the dishes and they were fantastic . Looking forward to returning to San Diego soon and would have to say that this hotel would be top of the list of where to stay so yes if of staying in San Diego then I would highly recommend this hotel

#MissionBay #SanDiego #California

Crown Inn Amersham 

Having stayed here for a night in February we was really looking forward to spending two nights here to celebrate our Anniversary at the end of June especially as the hotel had already told us which room we were allocated and it was a lovely room with lots of space right on the courtyard itself. It really was a fantastic room with a huge bath in the bedroom plus a large walk in shower in the bathroom. All the staff were once again so,very friendly which is also another great reason to stay here . The hotel is in a great location with a great variety of interests in the area as well as some amazing cafes & restaurants in the town itself i.e. Vs Kitchen , Grocer 91 and the fantastic restaurant The Artichoke. So a big thank you to the hotel for there amazing hospitality and looking forward to staying here again 

#hospitality #hotel #amersham 

Hotel Excelsior Le Terrazze

A fantastic little hotel in a great location on Lake Garda I think is the best way to start. Now let me begin this was our 3rd visit to this hotel and I will now tell you why . Set just a short walk from the town of Garda it has amazing views of the lake . A warm and  friendly Italian welcome is assured not just by the reception team but everyone from management to cleaners . They have rooms overlooking the lake and even our view from our side lake view was stunning . Every section of this hotel is run so professionally & without any fuss whatsoever from the restaurant which well organised by manager Vito and his team of young waitresses who are so friendly & professional to say the least. The food in the restaurant is absolutely amazing and truly Italian from the amazing Salad Bar to the 3 Course Al a carte served at your table . Onto the bar which is at the front of the hotel and ideal for a pre dinner drink as you can sit outside and enjoy the view and great service from Michela and also a nice place to relax after your evening meal . The hotel also treats it’s guests to a regular Afternoon Tea & cakes a great way relax after a day sightseeing round the lake or if you’ve just been lazing around the pool before the evenings festivities which all adds to the true friendly Italian nature of this hotel. As I said at the beginning it’s in a great location where the ferry port is only a couple of minutes walk away and th bus station only a few minutes further . I would definitely recommend this hotel and will be returning as soon as I can 🇮🇹#LakeGarda #Garda #Italy

Taplow House Hotel & Restaurant 

A really delightful overnight stay at Taplow Hotel situated in the lovely countryside in Buckinghamshire and only a short drive to Windsor. A nice friendly welcome on our arrival then shown to our room which overlooked the beautiful gardens . After quickly unpacking we were able to sit outside and enjoy our complimentary Cream Tea to which the Scones were amazing.After Tea had a little walk around before enjoying a refreshing drink on the patio before retiring to our room to get ready for dinner. Decided to come down a bit earlier for dinner as it was such a lovely day and have an aperitif out on the patio while looking at the Menu. The food I have to say was really good we started with a fantastic selection of Bread before enjoying our starters the Beef Tartare & Ham Hock Terrine then onto the mains of Cod Fillet with Samphire & Chips and my Lamb Loin with Boulangere Potatoes so now desserts of Olive Oil Cake and a deconstructed Rhubarb Crumble we decided to have our Coffees in the comfort of the Berry’s Bar where we stayed to enjoy a couple of G&T’s After enjoying a comfortable nights sleep it was time for breakfast in a lovely room overlooking the grounds. There was plenty of choice but we opted for the Full English which was very good I have to say it was a lovely relaxing afternoon , evening & morning and made all the better by the warm  and friendly manner from every member of staff and would definitely consider staying here again . 

Claridges Hotel 

Always love our annual stays at Claridges and like to pop a couple of times throughout the year to say hello to there amazing staff who never seem to forget you which I find unbelievable but then that’s why it’s such a fantastic 5 Star luxury hotel. So yesterday we went for Afternoon Tea and in true Claridges style it was outstanding. Starting with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne while we decided which tea to have from the extensive menu . Then the sandwiches arrive and the feast begins we had Two servings ( but you can have more ) then come the cakes and they were the best we’ve ever known from amazing Hazelnut Choix, Passion Fruit Macaroons & Cherry & Dark Chocolate cake these were served alongside the always fantastic homemade Fruit & Plain Scones . The service from every member of staff is just exceptional. To me it’s the best Afternoon Tea set in the the Foyer & Reading Room which is just the most delightful area to enjoy & feel so relaxed and course very full. We followed this by retiring to Claridges Bar for a couple of Gin & Tonic’s while we let our little tummies rest and again the staff in the bar are so friendly making it such a pleasure to visit for a cocktail or two . Look forward to visiting again soon before our yearly stay