Hotels I’ve Stayed In – Old and New

This week for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge the theme is Old and New.

Over the years we have stayed in a variety of establishments – from two star to five star. It’s not always the five star hotels that are the best, I prefer ones that are a bit quirky and a view is even better.


Named after an American town and in the style of a Portuguese villa but located in Japan! This was a very cute hotel complete with an iron gated elevator. There is also the famous Chapel Bussola with its magnificent spiral staircase and stained glass windows. A sensational place to hold a wedding.

The Hotel Saigon Morin is not located in Saigon but in Hue which is around a three hour drive from Da Nang. Established in 1901 by a French businessman Mr. Morin and built in a French colonial style with a wonderful courtyard inside the hotel. Over the years many famous people stayed here, one was Charlie Chaplin. In the evening they have clips of his old films showing on the wall.

Both of the above hotels are small boutique hotels. The Plantation Hotel had a fantastic swimming pool in the middle of the buildings surrounded by palm trees and our room opened up onto it.

The Belle Rive Hotel in Luang Prabang overlooking the Nam Khan River. We had the bottom left room, complete with our own front door. We loved this hotel and walked over the road in the morning to have breakfast by the river.


The Stones, Bali

We enjoyed our stay at The Stones in Bali, such an opulent hotel. The bath was on the balcony, we never did use it! As you can see there is also a helicopter landing pad on top of the hotel. We stayed here for a week a few years ago when there was an extremely well priced trip from Perth in the local paper.

The Taj Krishna was definitely a five star hotel, complete with excellent service. We stayed here for a week with our two travelling companions, Laurence and Maddy a few years ago and had the best time. The staff here could not do enough to make our stay memorable.

Staying here was part of our road trip across five states. We had a wonderful room overlooking the ocean.


    • It was for a vogue shoot and there were all these glamorous models draped everywhere, I was tempted to offer my services for the more mature look 😂

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  1. What a lovely selection of hotels Alison. I enjoy staying in both heritage and modern hotels for different reasons. We made our first trip to Bali a couple of years and thought that it didn’t really live up to the island paradise it’s made out to be. Funnily enough, after the first day we wished we had caught a plane to Perth instead! We’ll definitely do that next time! Marion.

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    • Thanks Marion, oh that’s a shame about Bali. It really depends on what part of the island you stay on. Well come to Perth when we finally open up and I’ll be your guide

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