We’re recently back from 10 days in Malta. We spent all of this based in one hotel, which, if not the longest time we’ve ever spent in one hotel on holiday is certainly the longest for a great many years. The hotel dynamic is an interesting one, as the faces you start to see on a daily basis become part of the experience, yet at the same time nothing more than the most fleeting of acquaintances is established.
So it was with our stay. The earlier part of our stay was spent relaxing, especially around the pool, and it didn’t take long for some of the regulars to become known. We never knew the names of any of them – aside from the occasional poorly behaved child whose name was shouted in exasperation – so it became normal to use epithets for these selection of characters.
The Kojak Brothers were perhaps the most distinctive poolside faces, comprising Kojak himself with his penchant for iridescent shorts and glamorous wife, and his brother, similarly bald with a less glamorous wife in-tow.
The mule has just returned from five days in Belgium. We chose Bruges as our base and enjoyed four nights in Hotel Oud Huis Amsterdam, situated in a historic building overlooking one of the city’s trademark canals. We first eyed up the hotel as one of the many options offered by Eurostar in its train + hotel deals. There’s no shortage of hotel options for Bruges, however the sumptuous looking yet traditional surrounds of Oud Huis Amsterdam (henceforth OHA) won us over.
We had done our bit of research first, however, and noticed that the recent reviews on TripAdvisor were all glowing. This was very much our experience too. Our room was located in what appeared to be a relatively new extension added to the first floor, yet still part of the main building with views over the canal. The room was spacious, offering a blend of tradition, modernity and comfort that worked very successfully. Wooden beams sat aside glass tables and comfortable chairs in an ensemble that seemed inspired yet effortless. The tiled bathroom appeared at once to be clean and nicely appointed, with a stone style finish that retained an air not out of keeping with the rest of the room.