Romantic Downton Abbey Hotels

How to live a weekend like the Crawleys of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Hotels

Walking down a high street shortly before Valentines day jewelry shops are filled with husbands, and boyfriends seeking that perfect last minute gift. Save the stress of last minute shopping and disappointed hearts by booking a romantic weekend getaway.

Downton Abbey, the period piece drama which follows the lives of the upstairs aristocratic Crawley family and their downstairs servants, has been one of the highest rated programmes on television, particularly with women. In the US and UK Downton Abbey mania is in full swing. Searches for the fictional manor house have increased over 100% when a new series premieres in the respective countries. Particularly in the US has seen a spike in January of 2012 and 2013 for castle hotels and English manor house hotels to coincide with the PBS premieres of the series.

Here’s a hint gift givers; this Valentine’s Day put down that bouquet of flowers from the neighborhood petrol station and book a romantic getaway weekend to the countryside and live it up like Downton Abbey, its what your partner wants.

Whether canopy beds showered in rose petals or a luxury hot tub complete with champagne cooling bedside, certain country manor homes have the romance “know how” when it comes pleasing their guests.


Welcome, 2013! Share your Dreams and Win the Trip of a Lifetime with idream itravel!

In 2013 our new year resolution is to help you make your dreams come true. We teamed up with the idream itravel team to find out what countries and places people dreamed of visiting and what it meant to them to make those dreams come true. The result? A 3-minute roller coaster of emotions which makes it clear that travel means being alive. Visit idream itravel and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime.

What you can win:

  • €2013 to help you kick-start your round the world trip in 2013 and 10 nights in 5 hotels in 5 of the most exciting European cities.And if you run a blog or a website, you will also have the chance to win 12 additional nights in 6 other cities. Bloggers click here to take part.

Just head over to the idream itravel to learn more.

Visiting Manchester for Football Season

With the start of the football season what better place to catch some Premier League action then Manchester. In Manchester, football is so popular that it is a way of life. The city boasts over 900 teams and 74 leagues, ensuring a high percentage of football fanatics.


London Insider Tips


London is of course known for its culture, nightlife and shopping. With the city playing host to this years’ Olympic Games visitors are flocking to famous attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Hyde Park. Here at the blog, we have put together some London insider tips for London connoisseurs, explorers and travelers who wish to experience London off the beaten path.


Dream, Travel, Live! – Your dreams are about to come true!

How would you like to leave it all behind and stroll along romantic Parisian streets, explore historic Rome, enjoy post-Olympic London, discover vibrant and friendly Madrid or find out the secrets of open-minded and cosmopolitan Berlin?… With the new iDream iTravel community – sponsored by – dreams really do come true!

We are running a contest along with the iDream iTravel team where you will soon have the possibility to win:

5 hotel stays in 5 different European cities of your choice plus €2500 spending money!

But first things first. If you go to the iDream iTravel facebook page now, you’ll be able to win:

  • Two hotel stays in two European cities of your choice plus €400 spending money.

  • How?

    Head over to the iDream iTravel facebook page and follow these simple steps:

    1. Like your favorite photo.

    2. Leave a comment in the box.

    3. Add a comment and share it with your friends.

    If you like the iDream iTravel page by August 3rd 2012, you’ll automatically be entered to win:

    One hotel stay in a European city and €200 spending money

    …and, remember, if you stay tuned and keep checking back and sharing your dreams with the community, you can become the lucky winner of 5 hotel stays in 5 different European cities of your choice plus €2500!

    So, what are you waiting for? Let us know what your dreams are, let us know why you travel and win!

    Please, make sure you read the terms and conditions.

    Image Credits:

    Eiffel Tower: Photoy by

    Update: Escape from London- We Have a Winner!


    We are happy to announce the winners of our Escape from London Sweepstakes!!!

    The lucky winners will be able to escape the madness of the games this summer with their shiny new prizes.

    Do Not Disturb Campaign – And the Winner is…

    Our humble attempt to raise awareness on the environmental impact created by hotel guests has been a success! Besides the social media love on twitter, facebook and pinterest our campaign and infographic made it to important websites such as gadling and the International Eco-tourism Society.

    We also received your pictures showing that you cared about your environmental impact and, as promised, we have selected a winner to enjoy a hotel stay in a certified green hotel. We are happy to announce @GlbetrotterGrls as the lucky winners of our campaign’s competition!

    We would also like to thank the following people for helping us spread the word:

  • @foxnomad
  • @Kenkaminesky
  • Wildjunket
  • BeersandBeans
  • Ayako Ezaki from
  • Thanks again for participating and for helping us make the campaign a success. The Future of hotels is green!

    Escape from London First Prize: Hotel Silken Puerta America Madrid

    If you are still on the fence about whether you should stay or you should escape the wild hordes of tourists who will be flooding the country’s capital, keep on reading: this might help you make up your mind.

    The lucky winners of our contest’s first prize will have the chance to stay at the Silken Puerta America in Madrid. The hotel was chosen by our readers as one of the world’s ten most amazing and unusual hotels.

    Since an image can sometimes say much more than a thousand words, let us take a phototour of all twelve floors and their designers.


    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    As the tourist hordes descend upon London for the games it’s time to make the most important decision of your living in London life….

    Should you stay or should you go now?


    The Future of Hotels is Green

    The average hotel stay can be a huge drain on the environment; from wasteful long showers and blasting air conditioning to the unnecessary luxury of a daily linen service.

    The bill left upon check out is a hefty one. Hotels contribute 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually due to uninformed guests and wasteful policies.

    Through a few simple steps, hotel guests can greatly minimize the environmental burden of an overnight stay.

    The hotel industry has started to clean up its act through eco-friendly policies, but what would happen if all hotels in America implemented similar measures to reduce their carbon footprint?

    The Future of Hotels is Green

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    Get Involved and Make a Difference

    Join our “Do Not Disturb” campaign to take accountability for your environmental impact during your next hotel stay by opting out of housekeeping.

    Leaving the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel door will help save over 6,000 gallons of water per month in the average 150-room hotel and reduce your carbon footprint.

    Follow these simple steps:

    1. From April 12th to June 30th hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel room door.

    2. Take a picture of your action and upload it to one or more of the campaign’s social media channels:

    Facebook, telling us where you stayed or tips for a green stay on our wall then share it with your friends. You may even post on the Facebook page

    Twitter, upload your picture under the hash tag #donotdisturbcampaign, let us know @dontdisturbsign and motivate your followers to take action.

    Pinterest, upload your picture, repin other donotdisturb photos and take part in the movement.

    Interact with our Linkedin community and start a conversation with your network.

    Join our circles on Google+ and share the campaign with family and friends.

    3. Tweet your favorite celebrity, a politician or a frequent traveler asking them to join the movement. These people spend a lot of time in hotels and can make a huge impact.

    By following these simple steps you will help spread the word and save the environment to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. As an added bonus one participant in the “Do Not Disturb” campaign will be chosen at random to receive a complimentary stay in a certified green hotel. See Terms and Conditions.

    Share your own tips on making your hotel stays greener in the comments section below.

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