Is the spelling as Guardian spelt it, or Turnovo? Who knows - I saw it spelt both ways many times in the town itself. Anyway, it rocks, it's cooler than Sofia by a country mile. Great view from anywhere in town, great bars, and great restaurants, althought after the free (light) dinner you might just want to have a night in the hostel lounge drinking beer from the fridge and playing cards with the staff... The Hostel Mostel staff go the extra mile to help you out and Eva told us off all the best places, like BaR DaDa, and Bar Scandal. The address was on a road something like Indicko, not all the cabbies know it so phone ahead and get the details.
Just google hostel mostel - they have good web presence!
We cannot praise Riyad Al Moussika enough; the effortless attention to our every wish was discrete and subtle, nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
The lunch every day was excellent. Our last meal was the best Tajine we have ever tasted - it unfortunately has changed our appreciation forever and whenever we choose a Tajine it will be compared less favourable with today's creation.
You must visit the Berber souk at the base of the Atlas mountain. The staff at the Al Moussika will arrange it with a very knowledgeable taxi driver who will outline every interesting site,
including for old rockers like me, " Mick Jaggers" Marrakesh hideaway.
The Library is an oasis of tranquillity with an excellent cross section of reading material in many languages.
Multi channel television and wi-fi in every room.
We chose this Riyad because of the TripAdvisor reviews and once again members were spot on.
Luxury boutique hotel in the Heritage Square part of the city centre, convenient for Cape Quarter, shopping, the bus to the Table Mountain cable car and only 15 minutes walk to the Robben Island ferry. The rooms are all different, some with very original touches. The staff are, in a word, amazing. No request seems to exceed their knowledge and skills, but they are never patronising. Moreover, the hotel has led the regeneration of Heritage Square, transforming a site designated for demolition into a block of gentrification. It's not a cheap option in Cape Town, but I cannot imagine you regretting the cost. Spoil yourself!
Many guides rave about the 164 boutique guest house and it's easy to see why: For 700/1100 Rand per night (single/double) you get huge, stylish rooms with en-suite facilities and cable TV. Breakfast is freshly cooked on demand - impeccable scrambled eggs, for example - and the service manages to be both personable and discreet. There is a small bar for residents and a selection of OK restaurants in walking distance.
Accommodation in St Lucia is either depressingly dull or very much at the bottom of the backpacker category. The exception is the lovingly run Lidiko Lodge, on a quiet section of the main street but with all its 16 stylish chalet-style rooms at the rear so you should get a quiet night's sleep. The owners downsized from legal careers in Pretoria and preside over an excellent staff who look after everything. Accommodation is in large comfortable en-suite double rooms. There is private car parking at the rear. Excellent breakfast is served on the front terrace, accompanied by the St Lucia clan of vervet monkeys. There is even a small range of local crafts on sale. Unbeatable.
t: +27 35 590 1581
Great Salkeld is an ancient village within the Eden Valley, Cumbria. It has a number of historic attractions. There are the remains of the medieval Aikton Castle, then there is St Cuthberts church parts of which date back to 880AD. The church is one of only three in Cumbria to have a defensive Pele tower.
The Eden Valley offers great walking, shooting and fishing.
With Great Salkeld the most convenient accommodation is probably Wetheral Cottages.
Public transport is limited, although the Carlisle to Settle railway line runs through the Valley and stops at Lazonby , about 5 miles away.
The address for the village is here
Great Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9NA
This website provides good aerial views of the village
and this website provides details of the accommodation
Fab C18th house. We stayed in the De Vere room, overlooking the rear gardens. Gorgeously styled room with a four-poster, soft comfy bed and a pristine bathroom. Welcoming and kind hosts - boasts a good chef too who can rustle up a perfectly poached egg!
B&B from £175
01787 247572, www.lavenhamoldrectory.co.uk
My wife and baby daughter found the perfect gem of a place to stay in Barcelona - a boutique apartment instead of a boutique hotel. Felt like our own private suite, with magnificent views of the port, great for sunset drinks! I think the website has various places for short term rents. Owner manager was a very friendly Italian (gay of course, hence so well managed!)
This Riad is definitely the best place i have stayed in. The owner Oliver is very welcoming and friendly and speaks very good English. We stayed for two nights after a trip in the Atlas Mountains where i proposed to my girlfriend. We stayed in the room called Nora which was amazing and very romantic, highly recommended!
All the staff were really helpful, making sure we had evertything we needed, showing us the best places to visit and arranging taxis to and from the airport.
The Riad itself is amazing, and the perfect place to relax after a busy day visiting the sights and shopping in the souks. Each morning we had a lovely breakfast on the roof terrace. We strongly reccommend staying here and loved it so much we are already planning our next trip back!
dar najat,douar graoua five minutes-walk from big square
tel:0021224375085 OR 0021261439221
My wife and I stayed at Riad Al Moussika hotel for four nights in early January, and it was definitely one of the highlights of our journey to Morocco! Our choice of the hotel was made completely on the suggestion of Daniel Jacobs on The Observer, Sunday December 21 2008, and on Trip Advisor reviews: Before arriving, we were wondering if we have made the good choice, but the minute we walked in, we realized that Riyad Al Moussika was beyond all our expectations. We got an amazing room (the green one) with a private terrace and a beautiful loggia in front that overlooked the mature trees garden and the nice swimming pool, and all the Riad was done in very capturing style. The service of the boys was impeccable and the food served by the Chef Cordon bleu, to die for. The Riad itself is very beautiful and authentically Moroccan and we felt very much like home.
Nicolas Inn is a b&b near the Roman Forum. We highly recommend staying here because of the excellent location, friendly service and comfortable rooms. It is run by an Italian and American couple that do a superb job of helping their guests enjoy their stay. I will post other recommendations for restaurants that they passed on to us.
Great hostel in Dubrovnik Old Town. Best location on the Pile Bay: 20m from the beach and only 80m from the historical street Placa. They offer both shared and private rooms.
Marco, the owner, also offers luxury apartments in the city center of Dubrovnik.
We had a family apartment for five which was spotlessly clean, secure, with all amenities.
The staff is very helpful and extremely hospitable.
We had the best recommendations for restaurants, things to do and they also helped us with car rental.
We would definitely stay again the next holiday.
We have just returned from a five-day holiday in Marrakech. Al Moussika was our base to explore the medina and for trips to the coast and to the Atlas mountains. The riyad is a carefully and tastefully restored historical building which offers a quiet retreat after a busy day in the pulsating city. There are only six bedrooms and many additional sitting rooms including a well stocked library and a room with a grand piano. The weather in January was too cold to use the pool in the beautiful courtyard but we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the hamam. Breakfast is of very good quality and the lunches were among the best meals we had in Marrakech. The personnel is competent and very helpful and offers a friendly, personalized service. Restaurants and transportation are suggested on request and promptly organized. We highly recommend this riyad!
You may enter this hostel in Buenos Aires thinking you have just stepped into one of the city’s fancy hotels. Neutral colors, comfy sofas and a fireplace make up the fantastic lounge area and the staff are fantastic. Located in downtown Buenos Aires, close to popular bars, eateries and attractions, this hostel offers a clean, safe environment in which to stay. With a range of spacious dorms, sharing between 4 and 6 people, the modest prices also include free breakfast, towels and bed linen, while other fantastic facilities include Wi-Fi internet, kitchen and currency exchange.
It's a cosy apartment in the city centre where staff and service is excellent. All attractions are within walking distance and master pieces by Leonardo da Vinci is just behind the corner in the Czartoryski Museum.
Krakow, www.golden-apartments.com mobile phone 0048606318295
Just came back home after staying in one of Praha Expert's holiday apartments. Everything was exactly as promised, the airport transfer was on time and the driver very friendly. I even got help directly from the owner of the company, when I wasn't able to make "my" washing machine work - which was because I had made a mistake. Everything with a smile
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US phone: +1 866 781 7022
UK phone: +44 0870 4953677
I've been to Rome three times; the last two times we booked online a 2-bedroom apartment for the whole family next to Piazza Venezia, and the other time next to Termini station. Those guys are specialized in short-term rentals and actually own quite a lot apartments in Rome. Pricewise I must say is not the lowest on the market but quite reasonable for the service we got. Awesome locations, large, sunny and clean apartments, friendly and helpful staff. One vote from me.
I was in charge of booking our anual ski trip this year and Chamonix was a hot favourite for the group with plenty of high skiing and lots of different runs for the styles of skiiers and boarders in our motley crew!
We found Chalet Tisseres www.iceandorange.com via one of the big chalet websites and contacted the owners directly. Renska (nice Dutch lady) who owned and ran the place with her husband Damo gave us a super fully catered deal including airport transfers from Geneva in Switzerland.
We arrived and were blow away by the place. Fantastic rennovated traditional French Chalet with great sized en-suite rooms and the most amazing view up to the aiguile de midi.
The food was simply restaraunt standard with classic French style and international dishes as well. Really enjoyed the scallops and Lamb Tajine.
I'm not a serious wine type but friends in the group who know their wines kept being very surprised as to the quality of wine served with supper. Well though out and balanced with each meal.
The outdoor hot tub is a great addition and the in-house after ski massage service from Ali was just what the doctor ordered. The team arranged all our lessons with a local company who were first class and picked us up and dropped us off at the chalet each day, great personable instructors.
On the chalet night off Damo arranged for us to have a ski doo night above Courmayeur. Blasted up to the Maison Vielle on the back of a ski doo in the dark for some fab local Itlaian food and booze... Definately the highlight of the stay.
All in all the best ski trip we have had in a long time and we are looking to book next year and take the kids along in the group as well.
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