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Next destination – Private rental vacation home

Planning the next trip to Los Angeles. This time we’re going for the AirBnb experience. Have you tried it? How does a trendy cottage with a little terrace in the mittle of West Hollywood, next to Urth Café sound? Getting close to the best coffe in LA with walking distance to everything. AirBnb is actually the perfect alternative to hotel if you want that genuine experience to get a little bit closer to the core of your destination.  Airbnb list vacation rental homes, really cool site with reviews and a lot of information so that you can feel safe renting a private home. Try it on your next trip, go to site here



New Year in Dubai

Just got home from another stay in Dubai. This time I wanted to spend New Year in Dubai.  To soak in the sun, do a bit of shopping and dine by Burj Khalifa on New Years Eve showed to be a excellent concept. This city never leaves you disappointed, they know how to deliver.

This year Dubai aimed to beat the world record in the biggest fireworks display, lasting about 6 minutes. They did beat the record and we were lucky to get a close up view of the fireworks launching from the world tallest building Burj Khalifa. Wow, I have never seen anything like it.

New Year in Dubai were a magnificent event with a lot to choose from regarding New Year parties, galas and dinners. There’s a lot of events with world renowned artist, beach parties, to luxurious galas and multiple course dinners. We celebrated new year with a seven course dinner att KanPai inside Al Bahar the to get close to the Burj Khalifa event. It was a delicious asian menu with a lot of new year spirit at the venue. Outside they had reserved a special area for the restaurant guests which gave us a perfect view of the fireworks, without the huge crowd outside. Just perfect.  Having spend New Year in a very crowded location such as the Burj Khalifa area, I must say it was very well organized and calm.

Spend your next New Year in the beautiful and luxury Dubai, there’s no better way to celebrate and welcome next year.

Happy New Year!

Checking in at Design Destinations

IMG_0378If you think that a good accommodation isn’t just a important part of your trip, but also a crucial part of the total experience, you’re at the right place. If you think that going out to eat isn’t just a way to cure hunger, but also an experience for all senses, you’ve found your destination. Design Destinations is the place where you will find right on destinations around the world that will blow your mind and senses in the right direction.

How to get a free room upgrade

Many dream about getting that unexpected free upgrade. Getting a free upgrade can sometimes just be luck, we have all about heard of those stories but yet doesn’t seem to be that lucky ourselves. Well, there are some tricks and things to consider to get that free upgrade without relying on just luck. To get a free upgrade is actually a bit of a sport, but most definetly possible if you follow the following bullets:

    • Be nice and pleasant. Many does the mistake by trying to get an upgrade by being demanding. Mostly bad behavior serves bad outcome. Be nice and excited if you want to get that extra luxury treatment, that will result in generosity.
    • Try to be honest. Many times a free upgrade can appear if you simply ask for it. Happily ask by saying “ I’m in a mood for a free upgrade today” and see what happens. If your lucky they think your cheekiness and honesty are refreshing and will give it to you.
    • Check in a bit early. By checking in early your efforts are more likely to succeed because there might sill be a better room available.
    • Talk to the right persons. Some attendants just can’t pull the same strings as others. Identify the right persons at your hotel and work on that relationship. Often the concierge are a good place to start out because their job is to manage your experience.
    • Express your expectations,  happily expressing how amazing you heard this hotel is and how excited you are, you will definitely be in bigger chance of an upgrade just because of your high expectations and social marketing.
    • Celebrating can be the right key. By telling the attendants how excited you are to celebrate your engagement, birthday or any other big occasion, at this amazing hotel,  you might have a good chance on that upgrade.
    • Start tipping right away. Show your appreciation and discretely express your expectations. That will at least give you better service and treatment overall.
    • Pay attention to deviations from the description of the hotel and the actual room you were granted. Often a hotel website will show pictures of their best rooms. If you just were granted an old room that haven’t received that renovation or any other deviation from the description, nicely express that the room wasn’t as expected and express your initial excitement, and kindly ask for a better room. Happy guests are a hotels best marketing.