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Apr 5th 2010 5:23PM "In much of Europe for instance, stars are assigned based on random factors such as whether the property has an elevator or includes breakfast, not by factors like building age or cleanliness."
Building age shouldn't really be a consideration, what matters is building condition. Especially in Europe where there are lots of lovely hotels based in old buildings. Personally I'd say inclusion of breakfast was pretty luxurious!
Aug 6th 2009 8:56AM Not remembering that the ROI has the Euro is unimpressive from a travel website!
But aside from that Debenhams department store takes Euros and US Dollars as well as Sterling. They may not advertise it hugely but the POS system has these two as options for tender, as well as travellers' cheques. The exhchange rate is set each day for the whole of the company and from what I remember, is fairly competitive. Everything is priced in Euros as well as pounds for the ROI.
Jul 24th 2009 4:59PM Here in the UK we have service stations on the motorways, some are situated just off the junctions (exits to you) that're there anyway and others have their own exits. Outside of cities there's usually a fairly long distance between junctions, so there's plenty of room for them.
Most service stations consist of a couple of large (free, up to 4 or 5 hours) car parks (one for cars and one for HGVs and coaches), a petrol (gas) station and a large central building. This building typically contains toilets, a couple of fast food outlets, a self-service restaurant, maybe a coffee shop, maybe an arcade, and an overpriced shop selling magazines, sweets, drinks, a few toiletries, maps and assorted junk. Some service stations also have a travelodge/chain hotel attached.
Generally where there's a service station on one side of the motorway there is one on the other (eg Reading West and Reading East on either side of the M4).
I don't know who owns this land, but it seems likely to me that it's owned by the government and rented by the services management chains (Moto, Welcome Break and Roadchef), although they might own them themselves. Needs a bit of investigation.
Jan 21st 2009 4:50PM Is this ok in handbaggage?