Monday, September 26, 2011

Secrets and Lies (only without the lies)


Life here at The House has been a bit mad. I’ve been busy making for our table's Melbourne Cup headwear.

And I’d had an idea to take a trip to the UK during October but it didn’t come off as I’d hoped. After considerable to-ing and fro-ing I decided that I would take a trip to the UK ANYWAY. Ya, get me; it’s nothing to do with the Fates. I’m going to make it happen.

I used Late Rooms’ Secret Rooms to book my hotel room. I think I must have been working from home for too many consecutive days because I found this a most exciting experience. The idea is (and there are other websites that do it too) that the hotels don’t want us to know how big a discount they are prepared to offer at late notice. So they remain unidentified until you’ve paid.

You tell the site which city, what dates, how many rooms and people you want and they find the secret deals. You’re presented with a list of unidentified hotels with a couple of hints; they’ll say something like ‘it’s 2.7km from the centre of London’ (in my case) and then they’ll give you a user quote ‘we were delighted with our stay.’ (I’ve yet to see one that said ‘it was a bit skanky’ so you can’t really take much notice of this.) You could do a bit of research on hotel booking sites to see if you can work it out before you book but I wasn’t bothered where I stayed only with t’brass. It was easily inside my budget so I booked it.

TA DA! The big reveal; I am staying at Millenium and Copthorne Hotel at Chelsea Football Club.

Research suggests that I am paying a third of the normal price (yay; result) and that an added bonus to staying here is that I may bump into famous footballers in the lobby.

Yeah, right. I’ll recognize them immediately.

10 comments:

The Expat Wife said...

It's that time of the year again? Hmmm I really should know that considering I am living in Melbourne at the moment!

Jen said...

Bumping into footballers is a bonus?!?

My year used to be defined by the new-school-shoes-in-September thing but now, NOW, it is marked by your hat-making thingy!

Travel Truth 101 said...

Just stumbled across your blog and it brings back so many memories. We lived in BKK a few years back and I was a member of ANZWG - still recovering from Melbourne Cup 2006 function! We're in Germany now and I blog on my travels at http://traveltruth101.blogspot.com/. I love BKK!

Jenny Beattie said...

The Expat Wife, oh yes. Don't tell anyone but I like getting ready for the Cup more than I like the actual cup... There, that's my dirty secret out.

I see that you're definitely moving to Bangkok. It's a fab place to live. Do email me (address on my profile) if you want to ask any questions.

Jen, yes absolutely. Oh alright then, NO; rugby players EVERY time. Oh that's so sweet. I love my making thingies every year.

TT101, thank you. MC 2006 was my very first one. Not surprisingly, it all got a bit messy.

Sue Guiney said...

What a hoot! Just hope it's not too noisy during game time. Can't wait to see you. xo

Jenny Beattie said...

Sue, I'm hoping there won't be a game on while I'm there! OOOOH, I can't wait to catch up with you too. Jxx

Denise said...

I've stayed there twice, it's good. One of the times was a family do and my father in law ended up playing cards in the bar with the Jamaican football team! They were staying there for a world cup qualifying match against Austrailia. (No I don't know why they were playing in London either)

If you like Indian food there is an amazing restaurant just down the road form there called Chutney Marys. Not cheap, but they do a lunch menu for £20 and it is stunning. I'm guessing the equally wondering Blue Elephant (with a stream and trees inside) isn't going to appeal with their Thai food :-)

Denise said...

Or 'equally wonderful' even...

Jenny Beattie said...

Denise, that's great to hear - thank you. And the curry info is most welcome. I LURVE curry. Actually, you would think that I wouldn't eat Thai in the UK wouldn't you? But it's a testament to the greatness of Thai food that I often seek it out because I miss it! What will put me off Blue Elephant is the cost.

Sara Crowley said...

Oh I think that really is exciting! I hope you love it.