Bees are all the buzz in posh London hotel

“Honey, I’m home” has a whole different meaning at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, in London’s Hyde Park district. While all other hotels in the world take great pains to rid themselves of pesky little bugs, this ecology-themed one has installed honey bee hives on its roof housing more than half a million little winged residents.  

There’s no chance the honey bees will need to venture below into the human hotel rooms, because they’ll be tended full time by four bee experts. The roof hives will be surrounded by an array of plants, including flowers, bushes and trees. During the spring and summer season, the honey bees will sip the natural nectar and help pollinate the plants for future growth. During cold weather, the hotel’s bee team will supply hive heating and nectar feeding stations.

Speak Up! Don’t Just Accept Any Dinky Hotel Rooms PDF Print E-mail

Savvy senior travelers have an advantage over younger ones, and should always apply it. As you check in at the front desk, ask for any deals that apply to senior guests. Say you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, military reunion or other important event.

Or, with your craggy senior face and cheerful demeanor, make up a convincing reason for deserving a better and/or cheaper room. Keep your attitude friendly and polite, and if it isn’t the hotel’s busy season, you may be happily surprised with a balcony room and/or discount from the advertised price. And when you get that $500 hot tub suite for $50 a night, don’t forget to tip the friendly desk clerk $10 or so.

Washington DC: Hotel LINE DC Is A Former Church PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys visits to hotels that historically had other identities, such as former jails, palaces and millionaire mansions. The new LINE DC originally was a house of worship, and offers stunning views of nearby city architecture, including the Washington Monument.

Today it features 220 comfy guest rooms with vintage furnishings, six distinctive dining and drinking facilities, and contemporary internet and broadcast outlets. A Rake’s Bar offers products of local distillers and brewers. Other dining and drinking areas include The Cup We All Race 4,  Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English. www.thelinehotel.com/dc

Good Nooze: MSC Cruises Offer Unlimited Booze! PDF Print E-mail

Drinks on Us is a current promotion offered by the cruise line for voyages out of New York City to the Caribbean. They include bottled and draft beers, wines by the glass, various brands of vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, and sodas throughout the cruise. For details, go to www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Assets/MSC-18-095 Drinks On Us flyer_new.pdf

Q: My Spouse Insists I Tear Up My Driver’s License PDF Print E-mail

I just had my 80th birthday and starting plans for our annual road trip from home in Michigan. This year it would be driving to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. However, she says I’ve had it at the wheel. I’m fit, no accidents, go to the gym weekly and see clearly thru glasses. What’s your opinion? PLMcV, Detroit MI

A: If you still feel you can drive the long journey, prove it to your wife. Get a complete physical from your family doctor, and opinion on whether you should do the long road trip. If you get a medical OK, ask your wife to reconsider. If she still objects, for the sake of family harmony, don’t do the driving trip. Suggest a bus or airline package tour to the Grand Canyon.

San Luis Obispo, CA: Come Stay & Get A Hundred Bucks PDF Print E-mail

The city’s Chamber of Commerce will hand $100 to eligible winter travelers who visit through March 31. They can luxuriate on the Pacific Ocean beaches with average winter daily highs of low 70s and nights from mid-40s.

To get the dough, book a two-night stay at a local hotel on the city website, www.slocity.org. With your promotion confirmation number, show booking info and your hotel room key at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Then it’s hello a hundred, San Luis Obispo!


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