Sunday, 29 May 2016

Artist Residence Brighton - Review

A review of The Artist Residence - Brighton

Last weekend my sister and I packed our bags, headed for the seaside and treated ourselves to a weekend away in Brighton. I've wanted to stay at The Artist Residence hotel for a couple of years so when we were booking our trip I knew we had to stay there. We stayed in one of their cosy double rooms and when we arrived we were not disappointed. The room was lovely and the toiletries were supplied by Bramley who are a brand I really like, I'm always so pleased to see their products in hotels. Any room that is stocked with Tunnock's caramel wafers is bound to be a winner with me, my sister loved that they had nice quality peppermint teas too. As we booked through the hotels website it meant that we were treated to a free breakfast each morning. The menu offered stacked pancakes (which I had both mornings), yoghurt, berries & granola, a mini English breakfast and plenty more! The hotel also has a bar called The Cocktail Shack connected onto it, which had some delicious cocktails on offer. I really wanted to try one called 'Charlie and the cocktail factory' but I just didn't have the time! 

The hotel is beautifully decorated with lots of artwork everywhere, I fell in love with a painting of a hare in the cafe area. I believe they have artists come in and decorate some of the rooms on rotation so the artwork always changes, which I think is such a nice idea. The location of the hotel is super handy too, it's bang in the middle of Regency Square which is practically opposite the West pier and is only a 15 minute walk away from The Lanes and the main Brighton pier. 

Finally, let's talk about the main event, sleeping. I can't fault the bed which had plenty of room for two people (despite how small it looks below) and had wonderfully fluffy pillows. We opened the windows before bed which meant that we were woken up by seagulls in the morning, but what else do you expect from the ultimate seaside town? 

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A review of the CitizenM hotel - Amsterdam

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A mini review of CitizenM – Amsterdam

One of the things that made my trip lovely was my stay at CitizenM Amsterdam. It was easily one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in, I absolutely loved everything about it. I adored that there were photography books in the lobby from some of my favourite artists including David LaChapelle and Tom Ford. They don’t offer room service but there’s 24 hour fridges stocked with treats, beers, soft drinks and a make your own room picnic (!!!) if you do fancy a midnight snack. 
The best thing about the hotel was the bed, it's absolutely massive and literally stretches from wall to wall, it's the perfect place to collapse into after a long day of exploring. What's more, you can use the rooms ipad to catch up on the latest films, during my stay I watched Big Hero 6 and Trainwreck. The ipad in the room also can control the colour of the lights in your room, the temperature of the room and turning off the lights. You never need to leave your bed! Everyone who worked there was extremely helpful and they didn't try and make you spend any extra money at the hotel. On our way home we were even advised to take public transport than to get a really expensive taxi to the airport. I'd really recommend staying at the CitizenM hotel and I'm even thinking of staying in one for my next trip to New York (once I start planning it). 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

My Amsterdam photo diary

Welcome to the most photo heavy blog post of all time! This may even beat my New York photo diary, but I couldn't help myself during my stay in Amsterdam as there's a photo opportunity round every corner. So I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos, as well as give you a little round up of what I got up to. I love writing these sorts of posts as I find them so helpful, when I discover them myself, but it's also a nice way to look back on your holiday. 

Where I ate: 

Sotto Pizza, for a really delicious sour dough pizza and this is where I had a star shaped pizza! Interested? Then keep scrolling.... The Meets Eatery, this was the first place we visited after dropping our bags off at our hotel, CitizenM and I'm so pleased I found it. It's a wonderful little cafe serving lots of raw and vegetarian food, perfect for me! For dinner one evening we tried Bazar, an African & Middle Eastern restaurant, with a fun and lively vibe and huge menu! My favourite thing about this place, was the bright interior, the place was covered in lights and walls of colour! For breakfast and lunch try Bakers & Roasters, for a great veggie breakfast or Coffee & Coconuts (I loved it so much I did a whole blog post). 

Where I shopped: 

Unlike New York, I didn't come on this holiday with the intention of shopping, however one shop which I really feel is worth mentioning is Love Stories. Love Stories is a lingerie brand, which use the most amazing fabrics and basically aim to make you feel super sassy. I fell in love with numerous pieces in there, including a set of pink pyjama's, a 'Love Stories Hotel' dressing gown, and quite frankly every pair of knickers in there! I've included a couple of photos of inside the shop (images 10 & 11), however I do feel quite tempted to do a whole blog post dedicated to Love Stories. You can find the shop at Herengracht 296, 1016 BX, Amsterdam and online!

Where I went:

As soon as my boyfriend and I had agreed that we were going to Amsterdam, I knew that I had to visit the Anne Frank House. I was absolutely obsessed with the book when I was younger, and I'm sure like many other people it inspired me to write a diary. The house is incredible and very moving, at times you have to remind yourself that she actually lived there. We were able to book tickets before, and I would highly recommend that you do, the queues looked quite bonkers when we walked past it one day. They usually put tickets online 2 months in advance. We tried to pack as many things into our little trip as we could so as well as exploring the streets of Amsterdam we also went on the Canal boat tour, ate in De Pijp, shopped in 9 streets and saw a Banksy and Warhol exhibition at Moco Amsterdam. 

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Coffee & Coconuts - Amsterdam

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This time last week I was spending my day walking around the streets of Amsterdam, popping into cute little shops and finding the next place to have a quick stop and I'll be honest, try to connect to the wifi. As a vegetarian I always worry if I'll find somewhere to eat and if there's enough options. I can't believe it's 2016 and sometimes they'll only be 1-2 veggie options on a menu! I had jotted down this cafe/restaurant (Coffee & Coconuts) before I left, and hoped I may stumble across it and one day we did. Not expecting much I was in awe of the building once I stepped inside, the interior had a cool surf shack vibe from everything to the toilets to the menus! My boyfriend and I liked it so much we went two days in a row.

The first night we chose drinks and nibbles as we had lunch pretty late that day, the following afternoon we went back to fuel ourselves before getting ton the plane. I had the avocado and scrambled egg toast, topped with olives and feta. I'm not a huge egg fan, in fact I rarely eat them however these were absolutely delicious and they may have even converted me to eat them more often! I found that there was lots for me to choose from on the menu as well as plenty of delicious cakes at the bar. I would definitely recommend visiting Coffee and Coconuts, if your in the area. It can be found at: Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 LR Amsterdam, Netherlands

I have a couple more Amsterdam posts coming up, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!