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Hottest Hotel Deals – Edition #3 – August

Posted August 1, 2010 by BookingBuddy

The long, hot summer days of August are just perfect for a holiday. Haven’t booked anything yet? Don’t worry, we’ve been searching for some great deals for you, both at home and abroad.


40% off at Bristol Hotel, San Diego

This elegant boutique hotel is located in San Diego’s hip downtown area. They’re having a great sale now, and you’ll save up to 40% off the price of your room. (Found on Check availability.) 

30% off at Sultan Saba Hotel, Istanbul

With its great location in Sultanahmet, this hotel places you only a few minutes away from the sights of Istanbul. Book your stay before October 31st 2010 to benefit from 30% off the prices, as well as a free buffet breakfast. (Found on Check availability.)

40% off at Habana Libre Hotel, Miami Beach

Escape from the brash, noisy crowds on the beach and indulge in old-world charm at this beautiful hotel minutes away from South Beach. Take advantage of the summer sale to enjoy 40% off your stay. (Found on Check availability.)

30% off at Marriott Hotel, Sydney

You’ll be right in the centre of Sydney’s shopping and entertainment district when you stay at the Marriott Hotel. Book now to enjoy 30% off your bill. (Found on Check availability.)

15% off at Clarion Hotel, Cork

This charming hotel in located in the centre of Cork, near attractions such as Shandon’s Bells and the City Hall. Stay two nights and get 15% off your bill. (Found on Check availability.)

Raise A Toast To St. Patrick

Posted March 17, 2010 by BookingBuddy

St-pattys-day-beer It’s time to put your best green foot forward and celebrate with a brew as St. Patrick’s Day rolls around once again. While green may be the traditional colour for this day, it’s not the most appetising colour for a pint of beer (and just think what all that food colouring is doing to your insides). Treat yourself to some real Irish beer instead, either at a pub, or better still, visit the brewery to try a pint straight from the tap.

– This thick, foamy stout is possibly the most famous beer to flow from Dublin. The original brewery at St. James’s Gate has been pumping out countless pints of the stuff since 1759, and is still going strong to this day. Fans of the beer can also take a peek into the manufacturing process at the Storehouse, a seven-story museum dedicated to Guinness.

– Marketed as “ Ireland’s Oldest Ale”, this red ale comes from the scenic city of Kilkenny. The brewery – St. Francis Abbey Brewery – stands on the ruins of a Franciscan abbey, and records show that monks have been producing ale on the site since the 14th century. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Smithwick’s brand, and the brewery is planning some events to celebrate the momentous birthday.

Murphy’s Irish Stout
– This sweet, milky stout comes from picturesque County Cork, and although it may not be as famous as Guinness, it certainly has its fair share of fans. Murphy’s also sponsors ‘Little Big Nights Out’, with lots of free gigs, festivals and delicious food in various venues around Cork.


City Breaks In Cork – Cork Hotels

Posted August 14, 2009 by BookingBuddy

BN4925_17-FB Bag yourself a cheap flight to Cork the next time you need a short break. A sunny and cosmopolitan city, it’s the perfect place for a holiday. With lots of lovely buildings, some dating from as far back as the Medieval period, you’ll have a great time just walking slowly through the city.

Clarion Hotel – Located right beside the River Lee, you’ll be able to enjoy calming river views from your room. If your stomach’s grumbling and you feel like staying in, take your pick from the three in-house restaurants, all guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds. The hotel is only a couple of minutes from the centre of town, so you won’t have fair to go when your feet get tired from exploring the city’s nooks and crannies. Room rates start from around £100.

The English Market – If you’d like to see what the people of Cork eat, then head for the English Market on Princes Street. The present building dates all the way back to 1786, although it’s origins can be traced back even further, to 1610. Besides offering a veritable cornucopia of produce from all over the world, you’ll be able to find local delicacies such as drisheen (a kind of black pudding) and crubeen (pigs trotters). Cheese lovers will be spoilt for choice with some of the best selections available.

Farmgate Café and Restaurant – Your food won’t come any fresher than this – situated in a gallery right above the English Market, the Farmgate purchases almost all their ingredients from the stalls below them. The dishes change daily, depending on the availability of ingredients from the market. Their chowder comes highly recommended, made with fresh fish from the fishmongers. If you’re the adventurous type, be sure to try their renditions of local delicacies such as tripe or drisheen.

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Hotels In Cork - City Breaks

Posted May 18, 2009 by BookingBuddy

2114078287_8ebf45acce_o If you’re thinking of going somewhere for a break during the next long weekend, why not look for cheap flights to Cork? Although small in size, the city is rich in history and culture, and provides ample entertainment for travellers. Here we recommend three hotels for you to stay in while you’re exploring the city.

Splurge – Hayfield Manor

Set in two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve escaped to a rural little hideaway in the country. However, don’t let the stillness here fool you, as the bustling student hub of University College Cork (UCC) is right beside the grounds of the hotel, and the city centre is only 15 minutes away by foot.
This is the perfect base for those of you wanting to take in Cork’s sights yet still be able to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life at night. If you’re looking to be pampered, simply retreat to their spa and indulge in a range of revitalising treatments.

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Midrange – Maldron Hotel

If you’re one of those people who like to be in the thick of the action, then this place is perfect for you. Centrally located beside the famous Shandon Bells, it is only a quick walk to Patrick’s Street, the city’s main street. From there, it is only a short hop to the historic English Market for some tasty fresh food. When all that eating has made your belt a little too tight, you can always head back to the hotel’s fully-equipped gym to work it all off.

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Budget – Lotamore House

This charming Georgian hotel is perfect for those of you in search of an idyllic retreat. Located about 15 minutes drive from Cork’s city centre, this guesthouse is a gateway to the countryside. Each room is decked out with antique furnishings, a fair cry from the Ikea-stylings of most modern day chain hotels. With only 20 guestrooms, you’ll never feel like you’re competing for space with the other guests.

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Have you got any recommendations for accommodation in Cork? If so, we’d love to hear them, please leave us a comment.


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