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Reviews of hotels, guest houses and hostels to stay in (or away from)

Day 19: Kokumin-shukusha Tosa

View from Mt. Chausu

Waking with the sunrise at 5am this morning I shuffled out of my sleeping bag to conduct the usual temple rituals before bidding farewell to Kiyotaki-ji (清滝寺 – 35) around 7am. Read more

A Week in Tokyo Part 1 – Kōenji & Kichijōji

Asahi Lanterns in Tokyo

At the end of last month I spent a week in Tokyo (including day trips to Yokohama and Kamakura) which was part-holiday, part-investigation for things I hope to talk about soon, but for now I thought I’d start a new series to share some of my stories and photos which I’ve spent the last week editing… Read more

Domus Mercury Minimalist Eco Living

Domus Mercury Serviced Apartment in Tin Hua, Hong Kong

Last weekend I finally moved out of the airport hotel and into a serviced apartment on Hong Kong Island where I’ll be for the next month until I find something more permanent. Having surveyed the options available there were clearly some tradeoffs to be made on the location vs price front but in the end I found somewhere pretty good. Read more

9 hours Designer Capsule Hotel

9hours Capsule Hotel in Kyoto

I’ve been lucky enough to stay at some very nice hotels over the past couple of years but in Japan I was on a tight budget and determined to try something a little different. Originally created for businessmen who worked too late to catch the last train home, capsule hotels (カプセルホテル) have developed as an economical alternative to normal hotels in a country where space comes at a premium. Read more

Le Royal Méridien Presidential Suite

Dragon on Desk

Sometimes in life you have to pinch yourself to check what you’re experiencing is real. I had one such moment last weekend when I had the chance to visit the Presidential Suite of Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai. It just so happened to coincide with my birthday so was a pretty special occasion. Read on for the gory details. Read more

Hotel Éclat – Taipei

Hotel Éclat

Last weekend I took a short trip to Taiwan, a mere 1.5 hours away from Hong Kong but in many respects a world apart from the mainland (depending on who you ask). Arriving Thursday evening in Taipei my first stop was Hotel Éclat, a stone’s throw away from Daan MTR station. As far as posh places I’ve stayed in without paying go (12) this probably tops the list for style and sheer exuberance. Read more