Author Archives: Pat Richardson

About Pat Richardson

I'm a writer and journalist specialising in travel, and now work on a freelance basis, after 16 years as Travel Editor on a weekly women's magazine. The job (and yes, it is the best in the world!) has taken me to nearly 70 countries and hundreds of cities; I've taken numerous cruises, stayed in countless hotels, criss-crossed much of Europe by train, flown with most major airlines and many smaller ones. Hotelsthatwerenot.com is based on my personal passion for hotels that were not originally hotels. I'll be blogging about hotels, destinations and travelling - and how to get more from all three. I hope you'll join me.

MY RESTAURANT ORDER? HERE IT IS…

Well, actually, I’ve not decided exactly what I’m going to eat yet. But I do know what I want – and don’t want – in a restaurant. And it applies whether that restaurant is part of a hotel, or not. … Continue reading

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ANYTHING LESS THAN SPOTLESS JUST WON’T WASH

Whether you turn a key or use a card to do it, opening the door to your hotel room for the first time should be a moment to savour – and will be, if that room finds favour. And it … Continue reading

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WELCOME IS NOT JUST A WORD – IT’S AN ATTITUDE

When it comes to what we, as guests, want from a hotel, the list is long, and our expectations are, and should be, high. (Call me hard to please and I’m happy: because if I weren’t, I wouldn’t be doing … Continue reading

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COFFEE, MADAM? YES, PLEASE. COULD I HAVE A… …LOT MORE CHOICE, IF YOU DON’T MIND!

A lot of good restaurants are missing a trick. Do, please, wake up and smell the coffee! Continue reading

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GETTING THE GOODNIGHT JUST RIGHT

What every hotel guest wants at the end of the day is a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

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I’M HAPPY TO PAY – BUT DON’T KEEP CHARGING ME!

I am happy to pay for what I have and use – but please, work out the cost, take it up-front, and don’t keep charging me more. Continue reading

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SAT-NAV? I PREFER PAT-NAV!

I certainly want to know where I am going – and how to get there – but I also want to use my brain. ‘Use it or lose it’, they say, and I believe it. Continue reading

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YOUR HOTEL WAKE-UP CALL… IS THE DEPARTING GUEST IN THE ROOM NEXT DOOR!

The dawn chorus was never meant to sound like this. And it doesn’t need to. Continue reading

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CAN I TAKE THE TOILETRIES?

One way and another, I can answer a lot of questions about hotels – and what am I most often asked? “Is it okay to take the toiletries?” Continue reading

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