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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hotel Review : Marriott Clearwater Florida - Why I will NEVER go back

stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK

stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK
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"Located  footsteps away from the beautiful Sand Key Beach, sits the luxurious Marriott hotel" . This hotels key location is what drew me in originally. It's close enough to a quiet beach for my daytime relaxation , but only 5 mins away to the main Clearwater beach where all the night time action resides. It makes the perfect getaway for the family possible... or does it? 

My experience at Mariott was not what I expected

September 2016 

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Initially arriving at the hotel I was displeased with the amount of construction going on . Despite the sweltering heat, I was already a little bothered from the 40 minute drive from the airport. so to arrive at the hotel to find that there was ongoing repairs during our stay, without prior notice that this was going to be happening, did not sit well with me . 
I stayed in a family room as I was sharing with my daughter, mother and cousin. The first room they put us in, was a room that had not been upgraded, despite the fact that the hotel was mostly empty as it was off season and the upgraded rooms were the same price.  When entering the room the room had not been fully cleaned  as the fridge had leftover food that did not smell too pretty . Of course I let the front desk know about this and asked to be switched to a room I knew was clean. They were more than happy to accommodate, and they switched us to another non-upgraded room. However, this time the issue was with the door. It did not lock . At this point I was very dissatisfied with the hotel and was ready to complain. I honestly just wanted to relax , get out of the heat and start my vacation . I let the downstairs  desk know and I asked again could they have someone to resolve the issue . 
Someone came and spent roughly 20 minutes fixing the door (which I personally feel I should not have had to go through at all). I then looked in the closet to find a completely rusted ironing board  (that I needed to use as we were going out and all my clothes were crushed). The living room and the bedroom connected by a door in the center of the room which seemed to get stuck shut.  After noticing this I was incredibly upset,  so I expressed my concern and asked if we would be moved to a room that had no issues. In which then they finally moved us to a room that had been upgraded.
stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK
Source-Marriott Hotel.com


stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK
Source-Marriott Hotel.com


stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK
Source-Marriott Hotel.com

I did not let that damper my vacation  as the rest of the time spent in this hotel was almost wonderful. I say almost because on the second night there they had a fire drill at 2AM which caused the entire hotel to be evacuated.
I honestly could not make this up if I tried . The entire hotel was standing outside in the sweltering humid heat car park of the hotel. The hotel had nothing to say about this inconvenience we just had to "deal" with it . I had a 4 yr old and a 2 yr  old that had to be dragged out of their sleep for a fire drill. After speaking to other guests they had mentioned it had happened to them two nights prior, We were not pleased at all.



stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK


 MY VIEW FROM THE ROOM 

stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK

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The next morning we head out for some pool time . The pool was breathtaking, perfect for Instagram photos  and  it attached onto the short boardwalk of stores next to the hotel . There's even a Dunkin Donuts less than a foot away, which made my mornings perfect. The poolside bar was great, but I spend more of my money getting drinks in the restaurants nearby during the evening. 



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I had rented a car during my visit, and parking was free in the lot , which was great! 
The main Clearwater beach is where I got my beach fix, but Sand Key is literally across the street . I preferred to go to Clearwater because it was much livelier and had more child friendly activities. Plus with Clearwater beach being right in the action of everything , it made me feel like I was enjoying a true family vacation. 
I did not experience the restaurant cafe, however I did take full advantage of the snack shop . They brewed quality Starbucks coffee and Tea, and you already know i'm a coffee junkie so it was a match made in heaven.

Aside from the ongoing daily construction they seemed to have a pet parrot in lobby,  although beautiful to look at, the screeching noise of the bird constantly through out the day was completely unnecessary and irritating to say the least.

On the third morning we ordered room service , I was very specific about what I wanted and repeated my order 3 times to the person on the phone , yet they brought me the wrong meal and overcharged me . I let the front desk know in which they were happy to remove the charges from the room bill.
stealstylist.com HOTEL REVIEW : MARRIOTT CLEARWATER FLORIDA - WHY I WILL NEVER GO BACK

There were no kids activities or anything of the sort  during our stay , but i'm assuming that was due to it being off-season. I didn't mind as we already had things planned at the beach .


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Overall my experience at the Marriott Clearwarter beach was DISSATISFYING, It's a shame as I love Marriott hotels have stayed in plenty in the past. I would never return to this particular location for a family vacation.


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It's sad that i'm writing a review that is less than positive , however aside from the several hiccups, I enjoyed my time in the beautiful Tampa Florida and will for sure be returning to the city.


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Friday, 23 June 2017

3 Summer Frozen Cocktail Recipes You Need in Your Life



MIX IT UP THIS SUMMER WITH ECHO FALLS FROZEN ROSE COCKTAILS 

It's been a sweltering week of heat here in England this week ,  an the evenings have been insanely long and humid. All I want to do is lay out in the sun and sip on a refreshing cocktail, close my eyes and pretend I'm on vacation (don't pretend like you haven't done it too !)


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When it comes to drinks , honestly I'm a noob. I feel that sipping Cocktails in the summer comes hand in hand with my single young travel obsessed personality!  

Echo Falls has created the coolest drink of the season to quench out thirst in the incredible British heat! (I never thought I'd use British and heat in the same sentence)
 

Introducing Echo Falls range of Frosé Cocktails! Partnering with one of London’s leading expert Mixologists, Clotilde Lataille, Echo Falls’ three delicious, blended Frosé cocktail recipes are perfect for those looking for a tipple to enjoy in the summer heat. Created using the Echo Falls White Zinfandel, the ideal rosé for your blended summer cocktail with flavours of strawberries and peachy aromas, the three distinct cocktails are packed with bursts of flavour including refreshing lychee, sweet strawberries and zingy lemon.

So whether you’re looking to impress at your next garden BBQ or you simply want to try the go-to drink of the summer, Echo Falls has got you covered with its White Zinfandel and innovative cocktail creations.

This summer sees Californian wine brand Echo Falls transform the face of its wine labels, attributing each wine to a fun and lively persona. The new packaging will see a spectrum of colour introduced across the front of its label to distinguish the flavours and reflect the grape variety so you spend less time in the supermarket reading labels and more time at home enjoying a glass.

SO HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE SUMMER FROSE COCKTAILS?

 


Lively Lychee
75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel
50ml Lychee Juice
2.5ml or 1/2 tsp orange water
50ml Honey water (1 part honey for 1 part water or 25ml/2 tsp of honey)
25ml Monin sugar syrup
10 ice cubes, blended for 15 to 20seconds
Garnish with an edible flower / dry rose petals

 


Berry Fun
75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel
4 Strawberries
4 raspberries
50ml of cold Jasmine Tea or Infuse some jasmine tea for 4mins inboiling water then let it cool down in the fridge
75ml of Monin Sugar Syrup10 ice cubes, blended for 15 - 20 seconds
Garnish with a Strawberry    

 


Lemon Scream
75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel
1 small scoop of lemon Ice cream
50ml Coriander syrup or add 2tsp of ground coriander into a bottle of Monin sugar syrup
10 ice cubes, blended for 15 - 20 seconds
Garnish with a lemon wheel

Echo Falls White Zinfandel is priced at RRP £6 and available at supermarkets and off licences nationwide

Looks like I'm off to the supermarket for some White Zinfandel! It's only £6 and you can make three awesome cocktails plus many more! How can I resist ! What drink will you be making this summer?  

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How to make the perfect summer Pimms- Tips from Bohemias head chef Steve Smith

Tips for the perfect Summer Pimms- Stealstylist.com

How To Make The Perfect Summer Pimms

Summer in England has approached faster than we thought!  It’s time for the perfect BBQs , fun in the sun, family time and of course Drinks! In true English style you should celebrate with a refreshing jug of Pimms!
The quintessentially English beverage boasts a recognizable tawny colour and a delicious blend of citrus fruits, offering a familiar taste of summer.
But how can we make the perfect jug with an effortless taste?

Bohemia’s Head Chef Steve Smith has provided a round-up of top tips to ensure you’re serving the perfect party Pimms this sunny season.


  • 1.    Fruit Fusion

Don’t overload your Pimms with fruit. Instead, pick a few strong flavours that complement each other. An unusual flavour combination that works well is Pomegranate and Basil. Alternatively, take your Pimms to super food heights with the quirky addition of trendy Acai berries.

  • 2.    Herbal Remedy

If you’re using herbs such as basil and mint, crush the leaves before adding them to your drink. This will maximise the aroma and leave your Pimms perfectly seasoned.

  • 3.     Cue the Cranberry

Those with a sweet tooth might like to add a splash of cranberry juice, or opt for flavoured lemonade for an extra boost.

  • 4.    Ice, Ice, Baby

Get creative with your ice by freezing flowers into your ice cube tray. However, try to limit the ice to a few cubes to ensure the Pimms isn’t too diluted by the time it comes to drinking it!

  • 5.     Sugar-coat it

Sprinkle a little lemon juice and sugar over the fruit before you add them to your drink. Let the fruit pieces stand for ten minutes so they macerate and then add them to the liquid at the last minute, to save them from going soggy.

ABOUT BOHEMIA BAR & RESTAURANT


STEVE SMITH , HEAD CHEF AT BOHEMIA

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 15 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus.

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands

For reservations please call: 01534 880 588 or visit www.bohemiajersey.com
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National Picnic Week - Picnic in Style with Posh Hampers

National Picnic Week - Picnic in Style with Posh Hampers at Arch London - stealstylist.com


As you may not know , this week is national picnic week . Family's across the U.K. Travel to the finest locations to spend lots time together having a good old fashioned picnic.  The Arch London , wants your experience to be that much more rewarding by offering its very own take-away picnic hampers for the summer. With a trip to London being less that 2 hours away by train , how could I resist?

National Picnic Week - Picnic in Style with Posh Hampers at Arch London - stealstylist.com


I love to travel and would love to visit this 5* Hotel. It's located literally a stone throw away from the infamous Hyde Park, which is the perfect location to Picnic. Why would you want to bring warm sandwiches from home when you can grab The Arch London's Picnic hamper . It includes  a chilled bottle of Camel Valley English sparking wine; Homemade seasalt, lemon and sage crisps, English Cheddar with apple and raisin chutney on sun blushed tomato bread; Smoked salmon sandwiches with lemon butter and cracked black pepper; Coronation chicken salad; Jersey Royal potato salad; Raspberry and pistachio trifle; and Battenburg. (INSERT SHOCKED AND HUNGRY FACE HERE ) You get to taste Hunter 486 restaurant’s critically acclaimed Best of British inspired menu for only £95.

Its perfect for a cute romantic getaway date, proposal , or in my case a getaway family weekend with my daughter. It comes in an Instagram worthy posh hamper  that will make you not want to eat your food, in worry that you will mess up the aesthetic!

You would have to collect and return your hamper the same day unless agreed otherwise.


ABOUT HUNTER 365 RESTAURANT


Hunter 486 restaurant within The Arch London is named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone. Developed by Head Chef Gary Durrant, the menu at Hunter 486 is inspired by ‘Best of British’ recipes using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The crowning glory of the
new menu is the use of the stone oven. As it operates at a very high heat, meat and fish are produced with astonishingly succulent results.
The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com

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So what will you be doing during this National picnic week? 

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