London Cityscape against the River Thames
If you're planning a business trip to London, you're probably looking for a healthy combination of convenience and luxury - a close trip to your conferences or meetings, and plenty of hotel accommodations to ensure a smooth stay.
Considering how expensive this city is, these types of hotels can be costly, so a more effective way to save travel cash (not only for your accommodation but for your food and drinks as well) is to get a hotel room a couple of minutes away from the city centre.
This is what The Inspector of the Daily Mail UK did as he opted for a £175-room in the newly-opened hotel chain that originated in Netherlands, namely CitizenM (“An Inspector Calls at… CitizenM, South London”). He found this hotel an “exciting place to stay in a great location” as it is strategically situated at the back of Tate Modern.
Here’s an excerpt from his review:
-- offering trailblazing technology, grown-up service, an easy-going atmosphere and a self confidence that never strays into arrogance. It's quirky, too. You check yourself in at terminals by the door where there is plenty of bright-eyed staff ready to help out if you press the wrong buttons… The whole of the ground floor is open-plan, but cleverly broken up by bookcases, modern sofas, tables and, at its heart, a big bar where you can perch on a stool and order whatever you want 24 hours a day. There's lot of attitude (and art) and yet it's all wonderfully relaxed. Behind the bar there's a hot-and-cold buffet and a fridge stacked with sushi.
So get started with your travel plans to London now by speaking with our travel experts!
"On a trip to Germany, Rick Palmer — iPhone in tow — went about his business and came home to a $2,400 wireless bill. Palmer, an engineer by training who manages the education department at Jive Software in Portland, Oregon, thought he had prepared his cell phone plan to avoid just that sort of problem.”
Has this ever happened to you? It's just one of the many horror stories of travelers overburdened by roaming charges.
Reuters posted a really helpful article to help you avoid the shock of a monster phone bill when you get home from abroad: Traveling abroad or taking a cruise? Avoid huge roaming charges.
FIrst of all, make sure that your phone works abroad - not all phones have that capability. If yours doesn't, consider getting a cheap, pay-as-you-go phone while overseas. They're easy, convenient and won't eat away at your travel budget.
If you do own an unlocked phone, one option is to go to a local cell phone store at your destination and purcahse a new SIM card that has credit on it. Just give your friends and family the temporary number where they can reach you.
Some people also choose to rent a phone - there are plenty of companies to choose from, like CellularAbroad and TravelCell. Look over the prices carefully though so you don't end up spending just as much money.
Remember! Always connect to a wireless network whenever you can! At the airport, hotels, cafes, etc. The internet connection is free and you don't have to worry about network data fees or roaming charges.
If you're using an iPhone, make sure that the data roaming and other automatic data gathering features are turned off. Otherwise without you knowing it, your iPhone can download data that will turn into a huge bill.
Another option is to use Skype or Vonage for your phone calls provided that you're on a wireless network.
Before you go, check our your phone carrier's policies and rates on their website. Here are links to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Familiarize yourself with the policies and decide on your cell strategy so you can travel stress free.
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