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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Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Victor Idaho USA

Victor Idaho USA

Victor Idaho USA

Our Airbnb in Victor Idaho was in a rustic log cabin, situated along the foothills of the Grand Teton. It was a peaceful location and offered a short 30 minute drive to the Grand Teton National Park, Jackson and Mormon Row. Kara was our gracious host and showed us around and explained how everything worked. She had to go away for the 2 days of our stay so we had the run of the house which was nice as it was like our own hotel room. There we some minor issues, but they were more ours than the cabin. We prefer a private bathroom rather than a shared one. Also, the room we had was upstairs had very little head room.

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Below I have added some pictures of our stay. Here is a link to Kara’s profile on Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15633785

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Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Rock Springs Wyoming USA

Rock Springs Wyoming USA

Rock Springs Wyoming USA

Our Airbnb in Rock Springs Wyoming was our first foray into the Airbnb world and to our surprise we were blown away by the accommodations. Brett’s place was located in a quiet street, it incorporated the bottom floor of the house. It was spacious, newly renovated with lovely fixtures. The 2 private bedrooms were large and comfortable. The private bathroom was like a 5 star hotel bathroom. Brett was a great host, giving us the guided tour when we arrived. He showed us how everything worked and where everything was. We had coffee and tea options, with some snacks, this was much appreciated after a long drive. We can highly recommend Brett’s place to stay if you are ever in the Rock Springs area.

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Below I have added some pictures of our stay. Here is a link to Brett’s profile on Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17191068

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Find Your Flights

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Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Which country music icon was born in the Great Smoky Mountains? Let me give you a couple of hints. They have written many songs, sung by various artists, notably Whitney Huston who had a huge hit with one of them. Sung hit duets with Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson. Has a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hopefully your answer is Dolly Parton. She was born in Pittman Centre, Sevier County in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1946. As well as Dolly Parton, Ben Jones (Cooter from Dukes of Hazard), Johnny Knoxville and Christina Hendricks were all born in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. Dolly Parton once said, A lot of people don’t realise I came out of the Smoky Mountains with a load of songs.”

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The Great Smoky Mountains are situated on the state lines of Tennessee and North Carolina USA. They are a subrange of The Appalachian Mountains and are commonly shortened to the “Smokies”. Eventually, in 1934 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established within the Great Smoky Mountains. In fact, this park is the most visited park in the United States with over a 11 million visitors a year. *“The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog is caused by the vegetation exhaling volatile organic compounds, chemicals that have a high vapor pressure and easily form vapours at normal temperature and pressure”. Additionally, in 2016 the Smokies were devastated by a wildfire that claimed 14 lives and injured 134.

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Surprising Welcome

As a result of a change in our itinerary, thanks to my father in-law. Adding the Great Smoky Mountains turns out to be the best “audible call” we have made this road trip. Consequently, modifying our itinerary we now go via a town called Pigeon Forge. Home to an amazing range of family orientated entertainment, which is total unexpected. In  addition, it is also home to Dollywood and Dollywood Stampede, unfortunately we haven’t time to take in a show. This is only one, of many reasons, we will definitely organise to visit here again and spend time exploring this town.

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However, it obviously is not a secret to Americans as it is incredibly busy. We later find out that this is very normal for this time of year, however it gets busier in summer. In fact, as we get closer to Gatlinburg the amount of people seems to double. Gatlinburg is to be our base for a couple of days and is centrally located to reach many trails and outlooks. Surprisingly, we are also greeted by a black bear foraging on the side of the road. Unfortunately we are unable to get a picture.

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Fall Colours

As Aussies living in Queensland autumn colours is something we don’t see. Consequently, we are amazed by the colours that are on show when we arrive in the Great Smoky Mountains. We have seen movies and TV shows from the USA that show the colours of fall but seeing them close up was truly spectacular. The vivid shades of reds, oranges and yellows blow our minds. As a result, many photographs followed at every vantage point that we stop at. Jaw dropping vistas, stunning water views and picture-perfect vintage cabin scenes are everywhere. Driving along the “Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail” is quickly becoming our favourite destination on this road trip. Looking out over rolling mountains splashed with diverse shades of reds, greens, oranges and yellows is awe inspiring. Images burnt into our memories that will not be forgotten, as well as captured in camera.

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Our next exploration is Cades Cove Loop Road which according to research we may see some wildlife, notably bears. The road leading to this trail is truly breath taking. Winding side by side with Laurel Creek, dropping over small waterfalls and cascading over rocky beds. Trees in the process of changing, providing a canopy of colours of Fall across the road. Driving this trail, we are presented with amazing vista and colours, but unfortunately no bears. The serenity of this gorgeous area is only tainted by the number of vehicles traveling along the trail. Which is ironic, because we are one of those vehicles 😊. I would highly recommend a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains if you have the chance. Ultimately you will be glad you took the time to see this incredible piece of Americas National Parks.

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Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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