Showing posts with label Hotel Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hotel Review. Show all posts

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Afternoon tea at the Amba and visit to Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the Tate

What better way to spend a sunday afternoon than spending time with like minded foodie friends walking around the Tate gallery reminiscing at the Audrey Hepburn exhibition. The Exhibition was a photographic recollection of Audrey Hepburn's life from 1929-1993. The exhibition had more than 70 photographs, vintage magazine  covers and film stills of Audrey Hepburns's life. After spending over an hour at the exhibition we went to the Amba our host for a wonderful afternoon tea.

The Amba hotel is housed in an elegant Grade II listed building beside Trafalgar Square, the 4-star Amba Hotel Charing Cross offers excellent service in historical settings. It is set in London next to charing cross station in the heart of London. Tastefully decorated with vintage look, high ceilings and sweeping staircases the Amba hotel is the perfect location to end a glorious afternoon in London to enjoy afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea means dainty sandwiches and scrumptious cakes served in beautiful teas cups. Amba hotel did full justice to the buffet afternoon tea they served us. Platter after platter of sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries were laid out for a group of hungry bloggers to devour. An array of teas and coffees were served in beautiful floral china and the prosecco flowed all afternoon as if on tap.

You can book and enjoy a proper sit down afternoon tea experience at the Amba hotel  in their terrace restaurant overlooking the strand.

The Amba hotel catered really well for all dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free. The cakes and sandwiches were delicious and the afternoon was really enjoyable.

I was an invited guest to the afternoon tea and the Audrey Hepburn exhibition by Amba hotel. All the views and opinions shared in this post are my own and of my experience of the afternoon. To read more about the after noon you can see the Amba hotels post here.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Urban Village Resort Bournmouth

A few weeks ago I was lucky to win a kids themed sandwich making competition held by Primula spread.
I created three different sandwiches and it was the wise owl one that won the first prize.

The prize was a two night stay at the Urban Village resort of my choice. I chose to visit Bournemouth as I love being by the seaside and there is a Urban Village resort based approximately three miles from Bournemouth beach and town.

It took us approximately two hours to drive to Bournemouth from London, since we were a little early for our three o'clock check in we decided to stop in nearby Boscombe for lunch. We found a lovely vegetarian cafe called The Salad Centre where we had a delicious lunch. After lunch we took a little walk around the town centre before checking into the Urban Village resort. We were given a family room which is large enough for two adults and two children or three adults. The room was clean and comfortable with a double bed and a double sofa bed and free wifi was available too. The bathroom had a shower and wash basin and fluffy white towels were provided. The room  facilities were basic but complimentary tea and coffee was provided, although there was no fridge which would have been useful.

Urban Village Resort also has an indoor swimming pool and spa. Although the spa treatments were not free, they were available to book separately at the spa, which we did for our last day. We spent the afternoon swimming, using the sauna and steam rooms. We were disappointed that the jacuzzi was out of order and we were unable to use it. The changing rooms were acceptable although many of the shower doors did not have locks that worked.

Breakfast was included in our stay. There was a large selection of pastries, fruit, yogurts, cereals and also a full cooked English breakfast with tea, coffee and juice. It was very busy at peak times but the food was continuously refilled so it was not a problem.

Luckily the weather held and we were able to spend a whole day at Bournemouth beach. The beach was clean with powdery sand and deckchairs and sunbeds were available to hire. It is a lovely beach and we had a very relaxing day.

On site at the hotel there was the Verve Bar and Grill and the Victory Pub and Kitchen. Guests could also relax with a coffee in the onsite Starbucks Coffee Shop.In the evening we decided not to dine at the Urban Village restaurant,  instead we sampled the cuisine at a lovely local Indian Restaurant called Signature Spice. The food was tasty and the service was superb.

On our last and final day we treated our selves to  the spa treatments before checking out at eleven am. Sadly the weather turned for the worst and we had to cut short our trip to the nearby town of Poole. However we managed to get a few snaps of the harbour as we drove through.

We thoroughly enjoyed out stay and would definitely consider staying at the Urban Village Resort again.


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