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It is a little expensive for what is just an art/sculpture gallery that is a little unorganised. However everyone must see it at least once.
Some of the art work is amazing, It is all very interesting but you must be open minded as prudish people will just turn bright red and want to get out of there.
There is a room that looks at first like a break room for children, with little mushroom seats it seems very out of place and you soon focus on the cartoons on the wall and realise they are anything but innocent (!)
The cartoons playing on the small TV in that room are even more shocking but all in a comedic fashion, great for a giggle with mates.
Would not go with your parents/kids unless you are a very liberal open family!
Also beware of the twisty staircases, which seem to be a Dutch favourite, they are very steep and narrow and there are 4 floors to go up and get back down.
A great photo opportunity area on one of the floors if you dare to sit in the bondage chair or put your head through a cardboard cut out of a slutty girl.
The gift shop is a little disappointing as most of the items in there are just generic tourist stuff and do not relate to the museum at all. Just a couple of comedy sex type toys you get on blackpool front.
Visited February 2013
Just good enough.
Best point is very clean so I'll give it that!
You get a room that is just big enough, a shower toilet sink combi (toilet is practically in the shower which just has a sloping floor with giant plughole in middle and you stand in shower to use sink) with shampoo/shower gel combi with one small loo roll. One towel per double room unless you request more ( think that was chargeable, work picked up tab)
Door card took multiple attempts to get working and was quite flaky, no hairdryer, TV costs more, PCs in reception at a cost, window that couldn't open, didn't see anything resembling aircon and can hear through the walls a little.
Good for one night, any more and you might get claustrophobic and give in to the cost of TV!
The location is right next to a rather scary estate, had police banging on peoples doors and scary looking teenagers roaming about the carpark, seemingly no security.
Stayed July 2012, travelled on business so not sure of cost.
Not far from the city centre but it is right at the bottom of princess street and as we arrived on a Friday night meant we had to walk past a lot of not so nice looking bars and drunkards to get there. I wouldn't want to be alone outside the hotel on a dark night put it that way.
Then you see the hotel and it is a shiny modern beacon in a dismal area looking like paradise haha!
Quick and friendly, always willing to help
Much bigger than expected, the bed was so big and comfy.
2012 stay - The shower was a little cold, but at reception they told us the boiler man was already on the way to fix, and by the next evening the shower was scorching hot.
2013 stay - the shower was fine, but the hose pipe part had a little leak in it so splurted some water in random directions - lol
TV was not freeview but had about 10 channels including some in other languages it also had internet connection points, we did not use these or look into them or the cost but there if you need it.
Hairdryer in the closet with some extra cushions and plenty of plug sockets.
There was a dusty looking aircon machine but we did not try to use it as the window opened and it was quiet enough outside, plus it doesn't get that warm in Manchester in October!
I wanted some larger towels as the ones provided were a little small and only 1 each, and I wanted one for my hair and one for body, they did not have any bigger ones but gave us 2 extra of the ones they did have free of charge.
They have posters everywhere advising if they don't fix something reasonable within 15minutes then you get the effected service for free - seems a good deal to me although no need to use it.
The guy at the front desk printed us a map of Manchester and helped us find which bus to get on to go to our destination, the poor guy had just been screamed at by another customer about the showers being a little cold but he did not let that effect his good mood at all.
They had a secure left luggage room for us to use it was free in 2012 but charged on our second stay here the left luggage room now charges, I think it was £2 an item. However the people behind us got it for free, so maybe you only pay after checkout :S
I only found one spec of dirt in the entire room or hotel, and that was a single hair on the bathroom floor and it might even have been mine or my boyfriends (lol).
The menu for food to room service and in the bar was well priced and looked delicious (burgers, pizza, and paninis and stuff, nothing to fancy!) but we did not have chance to eat in hotel.
Breakfast was adequate for the price, the cooked stuff was just self serve in hot plates and not the best, but plenty of toast, breakfast breads, actimel drinks, activia yoghurts, kelloggs cereals, jams, juice etc.
Watch out if you have late breakfast as the yoghurts get left out by the hot plates and the foil on them was popped up, so I think probably growing some nasty bacteria.
Also the lids on the hot plates are wonky and for us the lid fell off and dropped a pin into the food!
Good hotel GREAT for a budget hotel, will be using again soon if the price stays right :)
Stayed October 2012 and again in October 2013 :)
I got this for my birthday, I had been hinting for wanting a laptop, and I usually hate anything touch screen so was a little unsure what use I would have for a tablet.
I could not have been more wrong, this baby loads fast. Has thousands of free apps from the google play store. Perfect to take on holiday. Practically replaced my PC as I could check my emails, social media and watch videos and play silly games on it.
I became addicted to the silly facebook style games, and it kept me entertained on train/plane journeys. Helped me plan holidays and keep in touch whilst away from home, both here and abroad.
The battery life is about a day unless you watch lots of videos/use bluetooth devices.
I eventually got a bluetooth keyboard for it, so I could chat more easily online, and reply to emails better. I really recommend getting one as it boosts this uses a lot.
Unlike my other android devices this has never crashed, or had any slowdown.
The only negative is that, some apps such as iplayer need flash to run and this does not run flash. I got everything to work in the end with a bit of research and help from a friend with a flash compatible android phone to send me the apks.
The camera is also not great, as there is no flash and it can be a little awkward. It is a fun novelty though.
It takes a few hours to set it all up to suit your preferences then I bet you will never put it down.
If you like sambuca and like anything really sweet this is for you. It has a lovely refreshing kick of raspberry mixed in with the usual sambuca taste.
Can be sipped on it's own as the strong flavour hides the alcohol well, or mixed with lemonade to make a pale pink cocktail like drink.
Like most sambuca and similar drinks, this stuff does get really sticky if you get it on your hands though.
Be really careful when pouring, as it takes a lot to get it off hands and it will ruin clothes, sofas, carpets etc. Solid glass bottle though so no worries about it smashing on your way home.
It is a little expensive, but really worth the price, and makes having a drink before a girls night our, or at a birthday party just that little bit different.
I tried to make jelly shots with this but it did not work, I think due to how sticky it is, so not one for experimenting with!
I picked this up on sale in Japan around 4 years ago as I forgot the charge-pack for my fuji finepix.
I wasn't expecting much for the price but it really did well.
It does really well in most lights other than capturing neon lights/illuminations/fireworks. It holds the exposure for too long so just ends up blurry.
It has a really good flash for taking pictures of your friends at night, just anything gin the background may be a little grey.
It is also very robust, I dropped it down concrete steps and into a puddle and only the top came off, I slotted it back on and everything works apart from the zoom, I can see inside that the pin for it is misaligned so with a lot of care this could probably be fixed too. I have dropped this so many times and just thrown it around my bag and let it get bashed in my pocket and you can't even tell, looks as good as new and still works fine several years later.
It takes batteries rather than a charge pack, and a SD card. Both of which can be got cheap and easy. The USB cable is proprietary but I just use a SD card reader.
The internal memory is very small and only for testing though, only room for 1-5pics depending on the resolution! Only way to get them off is to use the provided cable and software.
I use rechargeable batteries in this and the charge will hold for a full days worth of taking pictures :)
Beware taking video eats up the memory really quickly though, doesnt seem to effect battery much which is good. You also cant have the flash on for video.
8MP is more than high enough for any day to day or holiday snaps for the average user, infact I often switch to 5MP to get more photos (who needs 8MP that makes a huge photo you will never use)
It has many 'auto' option pre-selects or an 'easy auto' option to just do it all for you. Or you can tweak many of the settings manually, ISO, brightness, colour, flash, anti-red eye etc.
I only just got around to trying this product as I always thought it was such a small tub for the price. I found it for half price and decided to give it a try.
I am not regretting it! This product evens out my skin tone, hides redness and spots, most important of all does not cake in the dry areas or make them flake!
Also I just dab a little onto my big flat foundation brush then sweep it all over and get good coverage from just one or two swipes across the pot.
Does an good job of hiding under eye dark circles/bags too if you layer it on a little thicker or combine with a concealer.
It is very rich and thick, so I guess would not work as well on oily skin.
I looked at all of the shades and they have a good variety and non of them look orange, so I think there will be a good match for everyone. I got the palest as I prefer that look and am very pale, dark hair with a lot of red undertones in my hair and skin and the tanned look is terrible on me.
Your freckles and natural face features still show through this, just everything is a little more blended. So do not get if you want to cover up a scar or discolouration spots, it is more just a general evening of tone and brightens up the skin.
Took us a while to find this as after getting off the tram we had to walk in a U shape to reach it, once you know the way it is about a 10minute walk. Takes what seems like ages on the tram to get into the top of the city near the train station etc though.
From the outside it looks like a prison of some kind!
However inside the hotel is really nice.
There is a small room you can smoke in (tobacco only - obviously ;) a couple of vending machines, a waiting area, and a posh looking bar we didn't end up using.
The staff were a little disintereted but fine, the left luggage room was just a walk in cupboard with a shower attached and a door to a laundry room(!?) and very cramped but it did the job so we could explore whilst they got the room ready for check in.
The bedroom was bigger than expected, with plenty of space for cases. The bed was comfy, and the TV had a couple of English channels as well as the Dutch ones.
I can't remember much about the bathroom so that can only mean there was nothing wrong..
It must have been good enough for me to get ready in everyday and apply all my makeup, so space for lots of cosmetic bags :)
Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends