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Colessio Hotel, 33 Spittal St,Stirling, Scotland

bloody scotlandI recently attended the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival in Stirling, Scotland. The talks and events took place mainly in the Albert Halls and the Golden Lion Hotel. However, I chose to stay in the 5* Colessio Hotel. I had been to a meeting at the hotel some years ago and was favourably impressed. It is central, and has a wide variety of health and spa facilities.The Colessio Hotel is part of the Aurora Hotel Collection which is a small but growing portfolio of hotels and lodges in Central Scotland.

I was greeted peasantly at reception and taken up to room 115 by a young lady from reception. I was very hot and was delighted to have the benefit of bottles of mineral water in the room. so I sat and relaxed and drank my mineral water and ate a packet of complimentary cookies, which were very tasty.


However, I became increasingly aware of a draft at my back. I got up to check where t was coming from and found a hole in the window. Not just a crack, a great big hole. Luckily, I had not unpacked. So, before going to my first meeting, I explained the issue and requested a room change from reception.I was told the staff had no idea that the window was borken and was asked what kind of room I would like. I asked for one without a broken window! I was re-roomed to room 118. It met my modest requirements. It was disappointing to note that room 115 was re-let to alternative guests. If I were manager of the Colessio Hotel, that would not be acceptable. The staff certainly knew of the broken wndow when room 115 was re-let to those other guests.colessio-bed

That apart, my stay in the Colessio Hotel was very pleasant. Both rooms 115 and 118 are relatively small, but the main building of the hotel is an old Victorian building is a 9-minute walk from the Stirling Smith Museum & Art Gallery, a 12-minute walk from Stirling Golf Club and a 6-minute walk from The Thistles Shopping Centre. However, the rooms are modern and feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, plus large en suite bathrooms. 


Room 115 is a disabled friendly room with a wet room. The photos here are from room 118.

colessio-bathroomThe staff were courteous and helpful. They could not have been more pleasant. Breakfast in the Colessio Hotel was served as a generous, varied continental buffet. There was also an option of an additional served hot breakfast.

The bar is well staffed and the bartenders are attentive. Evening meals, served in the hotel restaurant are from a wide, varied reasonably priced menu. Several tasty vegetarian choices are on the menu. The reastaurant is pleasant to be in as it features a striking palette of black and white  with designer touches evident throughout.

There is a gym and an indoor pool at the Colessio Hotel, but I did not have time to use them. All in all, the Colessio Hotel is a very nice hotel, but it is not as luxurious as many 5* hotels that I have visited. In none of the others was I offered a room with a broken window.

Valerie Penny




Marriott Hotel Metrocentre, Gateshead, England

marriott outOn a recent shopping trip with my husband and mother, we were heading from my mother’s home to the Metrocentre in Gateshead, England. We had decided to stay over for the few days in the Marriott Hotel that is closest too the shopping mall. It is a modern marriott angelhotel with a glass facade is 0.7 miles from the Metrocentre train station. The iconic Angel of the North sculpture is 6 miles away. The Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre is A1 road and next to the intu Metrocentre shopping and leisure complex, but my goodness, it is difficult to find the way in from the motorway! However, after calling the hotel (although we could see it!) we did find our way.

marriott receptionIt was important that the hotel we chose catered for those with mobility disabilities and had a restaurant on site. We also required adjoining rooms in case my mother needed any help.The Marriott Hotel Metrocentre ticked all the boxes. Our warm, colourful rooms were on the third floor, near to the lifts so access for Mum was relatively easy. The rooms had flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi (for which there is a fee) and work desks, as well as sofabeds, and tea and coffee making equipment. We were delighted with the rooms and the amount of space available in room

Parking at Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre is free. There is a grill restaurant that offers meals including Sunday lunch. However, the bar serving Starbucks coffee as well as drinks, is very small for the size of the hotel. It was not always possible to get a seat. My mother’s mobility makes it impossible for her to stand for any length of time, so, unfortunately, no seats meant no pre-dinner drinks. However, that is a small criticism. Over all the hotel met our needs pool

Indeed, the amenities at the Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre are very good. Although we did not use many of them, the facilities include: an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub, a fitness centre and a sauna, as well as a spa and a hair salon. The staff are also polite and pleasant.We all really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and will use it again.

Valerie Penny

Hilton Shanghai, 250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200040, China

shanghai roomThe last time I went to China with my family we visited Shanghai and opted for adjoining rooms for us and the children. It was a marvellous choice and suited our needs very well. The kids were thrilled to have their own room and we, as parents, were happy the children were secure.

The Hilton Shanghai is a large, central, modern hotel. It has 714 rooms spread over 40 floors. shanghai hitlon outsideOur rooms were one king guest room and one twin guest room on the 28th floor and we had lovely views over the city. The rooms had contemporary design for high-speed internet access and seating area with sofa. The bright and airy room, with large opening windows providing a view of the city. Each room also had a large desk that we could write our journals and postcards on and the children could use to colour and play games in our down time together. Wi-fi is available, but at shanghai vewan additional charge.

This hotel does offer the meeting rooms and business facilities you would expect of a Hilton. However, we were there on vacation and were more interested in the fact that the Hilton Shanghai has a full-service spa featuring beauty services and a hair salon. There is a total of 8 treatment rooms and services include traditional Chinese acupressure massage, anti-aging facials and body therapies for cellulite control. All are performed with European skincare products and natural blends of oils. Waxing, body scrubs, and facials are also among the services offered. The Hilton Shanghai also has an indoor shanghai poolpool and a sauna, both of which we used regularly, fitness facilities, a steam room and a health club that we did not explore. Tthere is also an outdoor tennis court, but we did not have a chance to use this either. We did not use the arcade and game room was very popular, but we did not use it.

We did enjoy the buffet breakfast that was offered daily at a small surcharge. There were also a variety of restaurants, bars snack bars and cafes that were convenient to use when the children were tired and the food always tasty. However, most often we chose to eat out in many of the local restaurants. The standard and variety of food available in the vicinity of the hotel was excellent.

The Hilton Shanghai  put us within a 10-minute drive of Jing An Temple and French Concession, We were also close to the People’s Square, the magnificent Jade Buddhashanghai_huangpu_river_skyline Temple and the marvellous Shanghai Museum. We were able to celebrate my daughter’s birthday by travelling through the exciting Bund Tunnel to the Pudong Tower and having a celebration dinner on the Bund.

This was a wonderful trip and the Hilton Shanghai was in the perfect location for the visit we made. I highly recommend this hotle and would definitely use it again.

Valerie Penny