The Manor House - A Charming Country Retreat

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The Manor House Country Hotel, Fermanagh's Charming Country Retreat 
Located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, close to the Enniskillen town centre but just far enough away to enjoy the tranquillity of the Lower Lough Erne shores. The hotel itself is quite large with just under 80 rooms yet still feels like a family run homely resort.

As soon as you enter the welcoming gates of the Manor House country hotel you really get a sense of relaxation. Driving past the large green gardens and getting a glimpse of the sun reflecting off the calm Lakeland's. On check in we were greeted by the front desk and even received a friendly call to the room when I clumsily forgot my drone bag at reception.

The hotel has a fairytale feel to it with a charming country house ambience, from the classic fireplaces to the vintage chandeliers, you almost feel like your in a medieval castle. 

The room itself was extremely spacious with a large living area that alone was bigger than my apartment's living room, it actually took much difficulty even getting a picture of the whole room as it was so enormous.  The living area came kitted out with a large TV, fridge, tea & coffee facilities, large table to work on, comfortable sofas and off course an incredible view of the Lakeland.

Leading on from the living area was the cosy bedroom with a sizeable bed that has more than enough room for three people never mind a couple. Looking out from the bed you have a large balcony that has some of the most scenic views we have seen from a hotel, we even managed to take off a drone from the balcony it was that large.

Yet the bedroom or living room wasn't even the best part of this hotel room, in the bathroom, you have two large sinks, a shower and the pièce de résistance the jacuzzi bathtub with a monitor to relax while watching some late night television.

The manor House doesn't just have amazing rooms though, the food is incredible as well. The hotel offers a variety of dining options; their AA Rosette Belleek Restaurant, Cellar Door Bar & Bistro & Watergate Bar. We especially loved the true Irish breakfast that was served up every morning with a smile that starts your day off perfectly.


After you have tickled your taste buds, the Manor country house offers numerous in-house facilities for all your needs, including a complete leisure centre with a large swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, Sauna, fitness suite and Outdoor Hot Tub. Also on offer is a 9 Hole, Par 3 golf course, tennis court, pitch and putt and an option for a luxurious cruise around the Lakelands on the Lady of the Lake Cruiser.

Rating
Overall The Manor House country hotel really is a Northern Irish gem, it truly is a perfect relaxing retreat where you can arrive and not have to leave the comfort of the resort. The food is incredible even in the bar and the facilities are top class. When taking the price into account it really is a first class hotel even for the upgraded suites including breakfast it beats the price of many hotels yet has so much more to offer. The only issue we had was the internet which was slightly slow for our needs but for just scrolling social media or checking your emails it would do the job for most.

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Price: £80-120 a night
Address: John Wesley Rd, Enniskillen BT94 1NY
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Travalo The World- The Refillable Perfume Spray

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 Travalo Refillable Perfume Atomizer Spray
When travelling you want to look and smell the best but there's always one major issue with that; you're limited to what you can bring on a plane. This is where Travalo comes in, they have invented a 5ml easy fill perfume spray that even Ryanair wouldn't have an issue with size wise. 

The Travalo perfume atomizer comes in 4 different models; Classic HD, Milano, Pearl and the Devine. All models come in various colours to match that perfect bag or purse. Made from Aircraft grade aluminum and totally free of glass this little friend is aircraft approved carry-on baggage.

We tested both the Classic HD and the Milano and true to Travalo's claims they really do refill in seconds. On the bottom of each Travalo Perfume atomizer, you will find a fillable hole which fits perfectly on nearly all perfume and aftershave bottles. 

The Innovative Genie-S 'pump to fill' works a charm with just a number of pumps it transfers the fragrance from your unfriendly sized perfume bottle to a handy pocket-sized travel accessory.  


We used the Travalo Milano for a recent trip and it lasted the whole 4 days of the trip and that's even with a generous respraying each morning, noon and night.


The only issue we were worried about was leakage and issues refilling which we've seen with other products like this. But overall we haven't had one leak. We actually found when playing about with the Travalo that not only can you refill again with a different perfume after cleaning but that Travalo has integrated a U-change removable inner vial to change in an instant. 

Verdict
Both the Classic HD and the Milano are not only brilliant for travel but for everyday use in your purse, make-up bag, pocket or in your car. We love the idea of it and think it really is the future, the only issue that comes into question is the price but when you consider how much it costs for a large and smaller travel sized bottle of your favourite spray over time you really can see a massive saving not only in money but in space.

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Where to buy
Buy now for £12.99 and free delivery from Debenhams or Travalo
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Anker Astro E1 - 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger

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Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC etc.

Have you ever been on holiday, in university or out and about and had your phone die? I think we all have and this is where the Anker 5200mAh Ultra Compact Charger comes into play. Weighing only 119g and around the size of a small Candy bar, it's the perfect accessory to have in your purse, pocket or hand luggage to keep your phone charged not once but twice on the move.

Inside the neatly compact box, you will find the Anker portable charger, a micro-USB charging cable to charge it, instructions, an amazing 18-month warranty and a small soft pouch to keep the Anker portable charger safe and undamaged.

Anker is known for quality and this product is no different with a very good build quality, premium battery cells that last and a strong outer casing. In fact, we've had this product on beaches, bikes, aeroplanes, in the rain and in nightclubs around the world and it's as good as the day we first got it.

Built into this Charger is Anker’s PowerIQ technology which dynamically detects and adapts to your device’s unique charging protocol enabling it to charge at full speed.

We also use the Anker Astro E1’s big brother the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh which can charge your phone up to 7 times but is a bit bulkier than the Astro E1, so we prefer the size and durability of the Astro E1 and everyone in the team can’t leave anywhere without one.


Alongside the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh we also use the Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable & Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB which are as attractive as they are durable and will last you for years.

Verdict
The Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger is an essential accessory for anyone. With its simple to use plug and play option that even my mum could use, it's a one size fits all accessory. At such cheap price of £11.99, we would recommend nearly everyone to get one even just to have as an emergency or as a charger for when your little one's tablet dies. 
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Buy now for £11.99 and free delivery from Amazon

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Huawei E5577 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi 4G/LTE

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Huawei E5577 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi 4G/LTE
Whether you travel like Christopher Columbus or only travel once a year this accessory is not just perfect for travelling but for everyday life. The Huawei E5577 allows you to create your own Secure mobile Wi-Fi hotspot or MiFi as its commonly known now.

The E5577 follows the E5 classic design looking a bit like the predecessor models such as E5330, E5573 and E5377. Although the E5577 is thinner, faster and has better mobile capability up to 150mbps download and 50Mbps upload speed. It has been updated by the Huawei E5786 which can get up to 300Mps speed but after comparing the two, very little mobile networks are capable of that speed and you wouldn’t notice much different to say 140Mps to 190Mps.


Out of the box, the E5577 is pretty much ready to go, plug the sim card and battery in and follow the easy step by step guide. No wires, no software just a simple approach to getting the internet anywhere.

In the Box itself, you get the Huawei Mobile wifi either in black or white, a battery, USB Charging Cable, a quick start guide, and a safety information booklet. Separately you will need to buy a data sim from a mobile provider.

When the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 is on, users can see information from the screen such as the network providers, SSID, WiFi key, signal strength, SMS unread, battery status and WiFi connected users. The Huawei E5577 can support up to 10 wireless users to access the internet simultaneously. And one extra one could be connected with USB.

We have used the Huawei Mobile WiFi across Europe, America, and Asia and soon South America and have had no issues with over 14 different sim card providers. Although abroad isn’t the only place you can use them, In the UK we would use the EE or Three Sim card when we are in a coffee shop or somewhere where there may be wifi but it just isn’t fast enough. Just make sure to get an unlocked Huawei MiFi.

The Three 12gb- 12 months sim card is perfect for a low budget travel option due to being able to use it free of charge across Europe, Australia, Indonesia, The USA, Hong Kong and much more, (full list here).

The battery life when using it works for about 5 hours working time and 300 hours standby time. Coupled with a battery pack as it is Micro-USB this device is perfect for hours and hours of the internet when on the go.

If you are a serious traveller or have a weak signal and are thinking of using this device we would advise looking into a TS-9 Antena to boost your signal.

Verdict
Overall the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 is the perfect accessory to travel with if you rely on the internet as in this day and age, roaming abroad can cost a small fortune. The price tag can seem quite high and it may be better to consider the E5330 which has quite a modest price of £29 but only supports 3G.
The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 gets our first class rating and we would highly recommend it.
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Where to buy
Buy now Unlocked for £79.99 and free delivery from Amazon

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Venice Beach Suites & Hotel- A Surfer’s Suite Dream

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Venice Beach Suites & Hotel
Built in the early 1900s, the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is a piece of Venice Beach history, it retains much of its original architectural charm from its lift ‘Betsy’ to its exposed brick walls. It's perfect for low-maintenance tourists looking to explore the area's unique attractions while being right in the thick of the action. Rooms have plenty of charm for a value hotel, and the price is hard to beat for the location.

When we arrived, check-in was simple and the member of staff was very attentive on explaining the hotel's facilities and policies. We then got the famous 100-year-old lift called ‘Betsy’ up to our top floor room.

As soon as you enter the room it was apparent we were in for a treat with the view. Not many hotels offer such a close Beach view like Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, never mind at that affordable price.

In our room, there was a large double bed, A flat screen tv with full cable, two fans, A kitchenette with; a microwave, coffee maker, sink, fridge and a full layout of kitchen utensils. The kitchenette is extremely useful when you want to cook a quick authentic meal without having to break the bank in a nearby restaurant.

The WiFi overall was very good and we had no issues whatsoever, which was a relief as most of the hotels we stayed in on this trip had some internet issues. We easily uploaded videos and streamed films with no issues.

The beach View really makes you get up early and get straight to the sand. We got up bright and early and enjoyed the free coffee at reception and used the complimentary surfboards, towels and beach balls, which can really cost you a bit elsewhere to rent on the boardwalk.


The hotel also offered a brilliant roof-top seating area with some outstanding views during both the day and the evening. We also found out during our stay that they hold a complimentary pizza and beer night every Friday evening which seemed to be very popular with the many guests staying and really added a personal touch that made the hotel stand out from the rest.

Before arrival, we had a feeling it was going to be a bit rowdy during the day and night as many tens of thousands of people walk the Venice Boardwalk every day. Overall the noise was quite contained and the hotel's windows did a good job of controlling the noise. The only issue that we had was although it is one of the best-located hotels during the day, at night many of the local vendors and bars close shop and during the night it becomes slightly exposed with the large homeless population. Needless to say for us this wasn’t an issue and the hotel is overall very secure, but this needs to be mentioned as I know many travellers may have issues with this.

Rating
Overall the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is an excellent hotel for the young demographics and is ideal for most travellers. Although it can be quite rowdy due to its location, but the reason you go to this hotel is the location.
The Venice Beach gets our Economy Plus rating and we hope when we are back in LA to stop by.
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Price: $150-250 a night
Address: 1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Delightful Downtown DoubleTree Hotel

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DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Nestled in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, California, this hotel is an exotic retreat that takes travellers on a Japanese themed adventure. Well located nearby attractions such as the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Dodger Stadium, Bunker Hill and the Staples Centre.

On arrival, we got checked in very quickly and the desk staff were friendly and attentive to all our needs, they even received an Amazon parcel for us before arrival. The lobby itself was very clean and spacious and the Japanese theme really shone through. As with most DoubleTree Hiltons the lobby has that tasty aroma of freshly baked cookies, which you can treat yourself to.

We were only staying for 2 nights as we were coming back from Las Vegas so we opted for the Standard king room, although we got a larger room with two king beds.

Also in the room were complimentary bottles of water and as you guessed it- more cookies. In our room, there was also the standard amenities of a safe, docking station, Flat screen, coffee/tea facilities, Air/con and toiletries. The internet was very fast if your A HHonors Member for the ‘premium internet’. The Standard internet was bearable and was more than enough to check emails and have a scroll through Facebook.

The view from our room was pleasant and overlooked the busing streets of Downtown LA. The area itself is well located to many attractions but there is a strong presence of homelessness if you go a walk, although this doesn’t bother us as we mainly use UBER to get around so not much walking was done. The best bet is to ask reception the best route if you walking by foot more than a couple of blocks or use their complimentary 3-mile radius shuttle service. Another issue with the area also seemed to be the noise at night with cars, trucks and the never ending police sirens even on a very high floor, thankfully we are quite heavy sleepers.

One of our favourite things about this hotel is the peaceful rooftop Kyoto Garden that offers skyline views of the city and really is a unique place in Los Angeles.

The hotel also offers a really impressive array of refreshments whether it be the Starbucks next door, the hotel restaurant which you can also take out, the brilliant breakfast buffet options or the lobby shop.

The hotel also had one of the best room service options we have seen with 5-star food brought straight to your room just in case you’ve had a long day and don’t want to trek to one of the many options for food.

Rating
The Downtown DoubleTree Hilton Hotel is a great affordable hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with very friendly staff and a great list of facilities so overall we give it our Economy Plus rating. The reason we didn't rate it higher is due to the noise and the surrounding area than can put you off.
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Price: £180-250 a night
Address: 120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
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The Eventi - Cutting-Edge Comfort In Chelsea

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The Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel- Cutting-edge Comfort in Chelsea
Perched at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 29th Street on the Avenues of the Americas, this fashionable hotel places travellers in an excellent location. Offering a calming setting away from New York's buzzing city streets, this Kimpton property is perfect for travellers looking to live it up in the city but want a relaxing haven to come back to.

We arrived before check in and the hotel concierge lets us keep our bags at the hotel while we went to explore the wonderful streets of New York. When we got back that evening to check in, there was tea, coffee and cocoa available for guests. Who doesn’t love a cup of hot Cocoa? The main reception itself was very welcoming with cosy leather seating areas to just relax after a long day exploring the avenues of NYC.

When we entered our room it was quite late so we were not expecting an upgrade but, boy did we get one. We hot woke up every morning with the sunrise complimenting New Yorks extraordinary skyline. It really was the perfect wake-up call to get up and explore this never ending city.

The room itself was extremely spacious with enough room to swing several cats. Kitted out with everything you need; a large flat screen tv, iHome docking station, mini bar and desk for working on. At the desk, there was also an Ethernet cable connection although the WiFi speed was more than acceptable for most travellers needs.

The bathroom was a dream, marbled head to toe. Featuring a huge walk-in rain shower, deep soaking tub and double sinks. In usual Kimpton style, the toiletries were high end, the towels were fluffy and the bathrobes were just perfect for a calming easy night. If you're craving a little more luxury, though, book a treatment at the Spa at the Eventi, which offers speciality treatments like "Jet Lag Recovery" and "Rock N Relax" stone massages.

The hospitality doesn’t just stop there, though, The Eventi also offers A wine happy hour between 5-6pm for guests, two distinct on-site restaurants, the family-style L'Amico or the Portuguese Lupulo restaurant and a sprawling veranda on the fifth floor, looking straight down 6th Ave. If you feeling athletic there is also a full-serviced fitness centre that also offers complimentary CoreSentrik classes that combine yoga and pilates.

The Eventi’s dynamite location is just brilliant for getting around the city. Located a 20-minute walk to Union Square (& the ever fantastic Union Square farmers market), 5-minute walk to Herald Square, 10-minute walk to Times Square, & 5 minutes (or less) walk to the 1/2/3 & N/Q/R & 4/5/6 subway lines. It’s also a very easy walk to Penn Station, which is hugely helpful when you’re dragging a suitcase to the train.

Rating
The Eventi Hotel is a real gem in the midst of manhattan with friendly staff, amazing rooms and an all round perfect atmosphere that gets our first class rating.

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Price: £200-300
Address: 851 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States
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Ibiza Rocks Hotel - Party At Your Doorstep

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Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Ibiza Rocks Hotel is the one of the most well known hotels on the Balearic Islands, famous for showing some of the biggest live bands and best DJ’s poolside. Based in the centre of San Antonio and only 300m from the famous sunset strip and beach you’ll have no shortage of entertainment.

From the get-go you will notice this hotel isn’t for you if you want a quite relaxing holiday, on check in you will be given the low down of the events on at Ibiza Rocks and the many other clubs and bars around Ibiza. Although the staff were young and hip they had no shortage of information and were overall quite helpful.

Overall the rooms are kept clean and basic, with a monochrome look with associating pictures of music stars on the walls. The bathroom and shower was very spacious and you get towels provided, but that was about it. The beds although comfortable enough were only provided as two singles, which can be a bit annoying for some couples. Air conditioning and the safe is extra paid daily which can add up to a lot if you’re at Ibiza Rocks for a week or so.

Again you can pay extra if you want a balcony over the stage, the main pool or chill out pool. Think carefully before getting a main stage view as it can get extremely noisy 24/7. We had the joys of being upgraded to a main stage view room and although it was brilliant to have acts such as Craig David, Faithless and Example within view of your bed, it can get very loud morning, noon and night. If you're like us at BeatTheTravelAgent and you’ll be visiting Ibiza’s renowned club scene until the late hours of the morning the last thing you want to hear is a DJ blasting ‘House Every Weekend’ at 10am when your trying to sleep, so be careful when deciding on your room choice.

The hotel itself is specifically targeted towards English tourists, with England flags on the pillows, english speaking staff and english food. The breakfasts although not included is affordable with a good choice to cure that hangover served until late.

Ibiza rocks is never short of entertainment with daily live acts but thats not all it offers, with two large outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi, three bars, two restaurants, a gym, tennis court and supermarket on the grounds. You really don’t have to leave the venue to have a perfect holiday experience.

Rating
Ibiza Rocks hotel is on paper a cheap alternative to other party hotels in Ibiza such as Ushuaia and the Hard Rock hotel, but when you include added charges such as air-con, safe access, breakfast and room upgrades for the full experience it really adds up. The hotel overall isn’t bad but with the constant partying and noise it really is targeted at the young Ibiza goer. Ibiza rocks gets our Economy rating overall.
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Price: £100-140 Per night
Address: Calle Cervantes 27, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Spain (Formerly Club Paraiso Mediterraneo)
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