Unique stays and favourite quirks

One of the highlights at the start of a hotel stay is when you are shown to a gorgeous room and there’s champagne or chocolates or some such other surprise left as a welcome treat. Nothing says hello and welcome to R&R better than that!

The Chewton Glen and Cliveden House are particularly good at this…

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Unique stays and favourite quirks - Travel with Penelope & Parker - #travellinkup

Round Hill definitely raised the game with a litre bottle of rum as well a bottle of fizz… And this view!

Unique stays and favourite quirks - Travel with Penelope & Parker - #travellinkup

Much as I love these treats, and to collect hotel soaps… For me it is the uniqueness and quirks throughout a property that really make somewhere special….

A treehouse in the Drakensberg on our honeymoon in South Africa

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A private island off the coast of Maine last June where we took in the view (and the wine), read our books and totally relaxed

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Unexpected responsibility for pets (alpacas) that were in a field right next to our little cottage in Dittisham

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Driving through the dust to the most magnificent palace hotel

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Going on a city break and finding a stunning out of town location to stay in

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Swimming in a 100 metre pool and visiting the first hotel I put on my hotel bucket list

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But more than this it is sometimes the simplest things that make somewhere memorable.  And in the past few weeks in my London home away from home that has been none other than the Apex rubber ducks! I am quackers (just generally with 100 hour weeks) about them!Unique stays and favourite quirks - Travel with Penelope & Parker - #travellinkup

The Apex hotel group leave a rubber duck in all rooms for guests to take home! A different one for each hotel! I have lots of the red Fleet Street ducks already, at home and cluttering up my desk at work! When I checked in this time I decided to ask how I could get some others, front of house thought I was quackers… Or did she… When I came back to the hotel the next evening I heard a call of Mrs Parker! Firstly this is impressive – it is a busy London hotel and they know my name. Impressed. Secondly, and far more interestingly, the same lady was thrilled to tell me she had done some research and found me some other duck friends…

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It is such a great idea – it’s a unique bit of fun! The hotel also has an elephant in its elegant courtyard, as well as a cow. I am really not sure why, but it’s a pretty funky bit of Fleet Street! Better still it is 2 minutes from the office, and incredibly peaceful!

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So yes, uniqueness and quirks are what make somewhere memorable for me!

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18 Comments

  1. October 2, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I love getting little presents in the room, such a personal touch!

  2. October 2, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Those ducks would certainly put a smile on my face along with plenty of vino especially putting in 100 hour weeks! Why is Q4 always so manic!? Roll on Christmas!!

  3. Ahila Thillainathan
    October 3, 2016 / 1:01 am

    The rubber ducks are indeed an interesting find in a hotel room! That was lovely of the hotel to find you more duck friends 🙂 #travellinkup

  4. October 3, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Those are pretty cool hotel rooms! Ahhh the luxury!

    • October 4, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Superb treats, luxury is better if it is individual and thoughtful, I don’t enjoy mass-production luxury

    • October 4, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Such a diversion, a bit different to a household dog! We once stayed somewhere in Wales which had a house-sheep

  5. October 7, 2016 / 10:05 am

    I would love to find alpacas outside my hotel! I feel like I need to research hotels so I can have a hotel bucket list now as well after reading about so many amazing places from this link up!

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