The less used to tourists they are the friendlier you will find the locals - at worst you will be treated with respect and smiles (addressed to as sir/masta), at best you may be followed down the streets by excited children - think Muhammed Ali in When We Were Kings - who think you're a god or rockstar.
We were greeted warmly at reception and our luggage was carried up to our room by one of the staff. Situated next to reception was the bar and restaurant, which were decorated in warm, dark colours and an ornate staircase, with decorative lighting hanging all the way up, led from the reception up to the bedrooms.
Last month, my Mum and I caught the train from Manchester to Edinburgh for a girls break to celebrate her 65th birthday. After a comfortable journey in first class, taking just over three hours, we arrived in Edinburgh at lunchtime and took a short five minute cab ride to The Chester Residence, where we were staying for two nights.
With little windy streets of cafes, bars and shops and open squares of lush greenery and outdoor bars, El Raval definitely has a laid back and local vibe to it. It is one of the lesser known areas of Barcelona for tourists but we were immediately fond of it and liked the fact it was less touristy and busy.
We were really excited about where we were staying for the night on the fourth day of our Barcelona trip as we were booked into the infamous Hotel Arts. Situated on the beach front at Port Olimpic, Hotel Arts is a tall white skyscraper with a big gold fish sculpture at the front of the hotel, which can't be missed.
The New Forest is a gorgeous part of the world less than two hours drive from London with it's fair share of things to do in and around the National Park; loads of wildlife, National Trust properties, Beaulieu Motor Museum, vineyards, picturesque villages and towns or just walking in the fresh air and admiring the wild ponies! It's also well placed for Bournemouth and its beaches too.