Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle located at 315 Seneca Street Seattle didn’t have the best reviews but we thought we would give it a chance. It was well priced, centrally located in downtown Seattle and close to transport. Using booking.com we have found to be a terrific way to search and book our hotel accommodation while travelling. Hotel Seattle is within walking distance to shops, the pier and many other tourist locations. The staff are friendly, the room is clean, the pillows, water pressure and hot water all good. There is free Wi-Fi but not in the room unfortunately only in hotel lobby. The chair in the room was incredibly comfortable.

On the downside the whole hotel needed to be renovated. Paint was coming away from the ceiling and walls. The pipes were old and rusty. The hotel would benefit from some noise cancelling features as the traffic could be heard, and was quite loud. Having only one lift to service all floors would cause a problem if the hotel was busy, lucky for us it wasn’t. Also, the bed was extremely soft, with everything falling into the centre. It was also a noisy bed, so when you turned over the whole bed moved and the head board banged against the wall. Very annoying when you turn over as much as I do. Hence, I put a hand towel in between the bed head and wall. Some minor points it didn’t have a safe, microwave, fridge, coffee maker or parking.

Verdict

Although there were a number of issues concerning the Hotel Seattle, overall the positives outweigh the negatives. For the price and location, we would stay here again.

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Three Cats in Chicago

Three Cats in Chicago

Three Cats in Chicago

With a mere 10 days left on our visa and countless miles travelled, three cats, await us in Chicago for our final house sit in the USA. Touching down at Chicago Midway Airport, we now have to decide, how to get to our sit. Will it be via a train, taxi, uber, Lyft or shuttle. After asking questions at several desks, we decide a shuttle will be our best option. However, we will first have to go via downtown Chicago to drop off other passages first. Free tour of Chicago included, yay 😊. The ride into Chicago was awesome, we had great conversation with the other passengers. We were given some useful tips and enjoyed some laughs as well. Americans are such accommodating people, I guess that’s why we love coming here. After an hour ride, we reach our final destination.

We are greeted by a chilly -3 ̊ C, that cuts right through us. Furthermore, we aren’t dress for the conditions, thus the frigid temperature hit us quickly. Our Home Owner had left the key in a padlock which used a dial key lock. Unfortunately, due to the temperature it had frozen and we are unable to turn the dial. Unable to contact the Home Owner, we resort to opening our bags on the sidewalk and change clothes to suit the freezing conditions. At one stage I took off my shirt to put on my thermals, which really showed how cold it was. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, we communicated with the home owner. She advised us to store our bags around on the back patio and head to the local Starbucks. Hot coffee and warm surrounds, who were we to argue 😊.

Meeting the Three Amigos

Anti-climactic to say the least, as our three cats were very shy to begin with. But Ollie didn’t take long to come out of his shell. He was the outgoing of the three cats.

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However, Sasha did come out of his shell as well.

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Charlie was the timid one of them all, by the end he was allowing as to pat him for a brief period of time.

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They all loved to play for periods in the day, chasing the laser dot or the stick with the toy mouse on it. The rest of the day was spent curled up in a warm place sleeping. Identifying each cat took a bit, as they were all the same colouring, with minor distinctions.

Ollie had a white stripe on his nose and he didn’t mind a scratch. Ollie suffers from asthma, so I had to administer his medicine via an inhaler two times a day, that was a first for me.

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Sasha was the big boy out of them all, we did get to cuddle with him a couple of times.

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Charlie, the quietest and could be distinguished by the black tears that would gather in his eyes. While they were a little stand offish, they were lovely cats to look after.

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Chicago

As this was our third visit to Chicago, we didn’t do any sightseeing. However, Chicago has some amazing place to see and things to do. Check out Trip Advisor for a good overview of attractions. If you would like to know more about our house and pet sitting way of life click here.

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Motel 6 St Louis Airport

Motel 6 St Louis Airport

Motel 6 St Louis Airport

Over our years of traveling, we have stayed in many hotels ranging from cheap to very expensive. We are very easy going and can handle most hotel rooms that maybe a bit questionable. I can’t remember ever leaving a hotel, just after checking in, and not staying, even though we had paid for it in advance. However, there is always a first time, and that came at Motel 6 St Louis Airport. Having just completed a seven hour road trip, we arrived at Motel 6 St Louis Airport that we had booked online. Pulling into the car park we both had a sense of what we were about to encounter. The exterior of the motel is in dire need of renovating to say the least. Like wise the car park was scattered with some dubious looking vehicles. Even so, we still checked in only to have our previous thoughts confirmed.

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Walking to our room on the second floor, we decided against the stairs as they looked a bit dodgy. Only to be overwhelmed by the awful smell that was present in the elevator and what looked like a suspect liquid on the floor. Looking back, we should have left then and there. The other rooms looked dodgy from the outside as we walked by, seedy motel rooms, as seen in those tv shows. But no, we opened the door to our room only to be overcome by the strong smell of bleach mixed with cigarette smoke. Finally, looking past the overbearing smell we were confronted with a bed that had a mattress on a wooden board and four legs. A TV on the wall a small desk and 2 bed side tables all of them really old. The floor, sink and bathroom weren’t cleaned properly, and the windows were dirty.

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Moving on

We could hardly breathe due to that smell, even having the windows and doors opened did not help. Looking outside, we did not feel safe, and that was the final straw we packed up and left. Having left, we were now in need of a hotel for the night. Thankfully we have a booking.com account and we were able to find a reasonable priced hotel not too far away.

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West Mersea

West Mersea

West Mersea

Three months and 10500 Kilometres (6500 miles) travelled in the USA, we now head to the United Kingdom. Ahead of us waits the great unknown, new landscapes, different cultures, new people. Will we thrive and survive or wilt and die. Questions that shall ultimately be answered months from now. As the wheels of our Airbus aircraft touch down at Heathrow our thoughts move towards our next house sit at West Mersea. Ahead, for two Aussies, lies two dogs, a cat, a quaint English sea side village and tonnes of questions. How will house sitting differ from country to country? Will we enjoy the UK as much as the States? Only time will tell!!!

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Our Island Stay

West Mersea in Essex lies approximately 160 kms north east of Heathrow Airport and faces the English Channel. Entry is via “The Strood” which is affected by rising tides, blocking this little hamlet for certain periods of time during the day. It is thought to be built on a small Roman settlement and port. In the summertime I can imagine it would be bustling with tourists and locals all trying to claim their little piece of sun and surf. However, we have been greeted with five days of grey skies and rainy days. A pattern that we have been told to be ready for over the next coming months. This will also be our residence for the next five days, accompanied by two Jack Russell’s and one cat.

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Our three little companions for this time are Meg, Lucy and Ellie. Meg and Lucy are typical live wired Jack Russell’s with great personalities. While Ellie though seldomly seen, beside feeding times is a gentle and loveably cat with a beautiful purr. Both Lucy and Meg love their play time and to tell the truth, I love it as well. Wrestling over a stuffed toy or seeing who could win the tug o war with the towel are all fun memories. However, having them snuggle up on your lap for a pat is amazing as well. Pictures are a great way to convey the fun times spent with Ellie, Lucy and Meg. Here are some of my favourites of them.

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My First Published Article

My First Published Article

My First Published Article

When we first started our travel blog it was always my aim to one day have my articles published in magazines. This would be a huge undertaking for me, due to the fact that I have never been a good writer or for that matter speller. Therefore, to reach my goals I would need to improve dramatically in those aspects. Having great ideas in my head did not translate into a well constructed piece of literature, hence my dilemma. Little by little and with plenty of help and perseverance from my patient wife, I believe I have steadily improved. For me, I compare it, to capturing an image, that is well composed that draws the viewer in. As a result of my bumbling and fumbling over the last 6 months I now believe I have progressed to a point where I have been able to construct a half decent bit of reading (i think) :-).

Success

Thus, yesterday was a great day for me as I had my first article published. If you would like to read it please click here.

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