We booked our chalet in Morzine with Chaletbook for half term 2008. The accommodation was great and the guys at Chaletbook were very helpful. We will be booking with them again this year.
phone number: 08456806802
I stayed there for a week with friend and we had so much fun. The atmosphere is great - party all the time! The staff are helpful and friendly and they have a good location in Copacabana, very close to the beach. I loved it and would back for sure.
Clink in King’s Cross is one of the most interesting hostels I’ve stayed at and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay somewhere different. It’s a very cool building, as it has been converted from a courthouse, and they have even kept some of the courtrooms intact, which is pretty cool.
It’s really centrally located in London and the staff were helpful and friendly. Breakfast was included in the price and fares much better than other places I’ve stayed at! All in all, a great stay and modestly priced too for a hostel in London.
I travelled around Argentina for three and a half months and found a wonderful hostel in the San Cristobel/Boedo area of Buenos Aires. It's called the 'Elefante Rosa' - it's small and feels as much a modern, boutique hotel as it does a backpackers hostel.
It's a beautifully restored old Buenos Aires house and is two minutes' walk from the tube (subte) station. The 'centre' of town is only 10 minutes away and San Telmo is just a short bus ride down the road. San Cristobel itself is an authentic Buenos Aires barrio where it's good to get away from the mass of tourists in Palermo and San Telmo. The owners are really friendly and helpful too.
alberti 1191, Buenos Aires
054 4941 7255
Station - Jujuy or Humberto I
Riad Maizie is a beautiful calm oasis right in the heart of Marrakech. Reached through a maze of alleyways, but only seven or so minutes' walk from the main square, it's set on three floors (the top one being a fabulous sun terrace) around a cool tiled courtyard.
Our accommodation was fabulous - comfortable and spacious, and the whole place is ideal as a base from which to see the sights, or for day-long lounging - our favourite hobby. Our host, James, was the most charming, knowedgeable and helpful person, and his team were also lovely - helpful and eager to please. We may well have exasperated James a wee bit with our lack of sightseeing ambition, but it never showed and a plentiful supply of teas, coffees, cooling drinks and interesting chat was always on offer.
This is a great place for a holiday - we spent six days there, but I think you can book for shorter breaks - or, of course, for longer! Warmly recommended.
My tip is not to book this hotel. On the website it looks quite charming and the area near Place de Clichy metro is great and lively with lots of brasseries. But the hotel had ropey-worn carpets, tatty old furniture, noisy water pipes when the room upstairs flushed the loo and the hallway stank of stale tobacco. The beds were comfy and clean though, and it was only €90 for a triple room, so maybe I shouldn't complain and ask myself “what did I expect?”
Rue de batignoles, Paris 18
This is a fantastic hotel and bistro in Cambridge city centre. Literally jaw-dropping rooms with roll top baths, plasma TV and gorgeous smellies. If you cannot get romantic here, then frankly give it up.
The restaurant has a great menu and the food manages to be both unfussy and adventurous. On the first night we were too late to get a table as it was so popular but thirty minutes later they rang to say someone had cancelled which is just brilliant attention to detail. The guy who took us through the 24 cheeses on the cheeseboard was brilliant, the sommelier was excellent and the cosy bar downstairs was the perfect lazy place to go after dinner.
Cambridge itself is quaint, gorgeous, and a delight to walk around, particularly in view of all the colleges, history, parks, river and the shops! The best bit is it was only 50 minutes on a fast train from Kings Cross making it a perfect weekend destination.
It is rare to find a hotel that gets so much right, but this one really does.
Ca'n Reus is a really nice small boutique hotel in the village of Fornalutx. The hotel is in a wonderful old building. The rooms are small but perfectly formed and there is a wonderful lounge on the first floor with a roaring open fire (we went in November). The rooms look out over an orange grove and up into the mountains. Excellent breakfast and friendly, unfussy service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it....
Ca'n Reus Hotel
Carrer de l´Auba 26
T:+34 971 631 174
A very stylish hotel if you're willing to splash out. Think white box with glass walls inside the shell of an ancient farmhouse. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but you're in a glorious clifftop location with amazing grounds. There is a great pool and outdoor hot-tubs with views over the sea. The breakfast is amazing and the dinner tasty though not exactly value for money.
Carretera Artà-Canyamel Km 8
Finca Torre Canyamel
T. 0034 971 81 61 10
F. 0034 971 81 61 11
Don't let your wheelchair prevent you from enjoying Thailand. Bangkok has cheap taxis and flat access can be found. In Phuket, use the backpacker's hostel in Chalong. It has ramps and friendly staff available to help!
Hostelling International Thailand
Le Pietre is a small, but perfectly formed, B&B and apartment set deep in the countryside of Northern Lazio just a few minutes drive from Lake Bolsena.
We stayed in the apartment and when not out and about visiting the local towns and villages, we happily whiled away the hours by the pool - very relaxing. The hosts were great; welcoming and informal, there when you needed them but otherwise allowing us the privacy to enjoy the place as if it were our own.
We found ourselves here more by accident than design, just passing through and decided to stop here for a few days. I'm not sure whether this is true or not, but we did wonder if the area maybe relatively unknown to UK travellers - at least when compared to its neighbour, Tuscany. But there were many interesting places from attractive fishing towns, Etruscan archaeological sites, natural hot-springs (also very relaxing) and some great vineyards. Getting to places slightly further a field was also easy - the religiously-significant, and beautiful, town of Orvieto and the Maremma area of southern Tuscany both within an hour's drive.
Getting there was easy too - from Rome less than two hours by car.
Le Pietre, Strada Campo Delle Rose 2
(Near Marta) Viterbo 01100, Italy
We visited Iceland earlier this year as an add-on to a visit to the USA - it really added an extra dimension to our trip.
We flew Iceland Air from Heathrow to Keflavik and then on to Boston.
Travelling via Iceland made the US security rules less stressful because there were fewer people for them to process.
On the way back we broke our journey for three nights to get a feel for Iceland. My top money saving and added convenience tip would be to go for hostels. By doing it this way you can also get a good deal on your car. We booked through hostels.is.
Tell them which hostels you want to stay at and what size car you want and they book everything for you. When you get to the airport, go to the car rental desk and the attendant will also give you an envelope from the YHA with your
accommodation vouchers in and off you go!
If you drive in Iceland be prepared for variable road surfaces outside the built-up areas.
Trogir is situated in the centre of Dalmatia, on the eastern coastline of Adriatic Sea. The heart of Trogir is a small islet lying between the gentle hills on the mainland and the coast of the Island of Ciovo. It is a small town of 120,00 but the airport of Split is only 3km away. Trogir gets the mild Mediterranean climate – about 30C in summer - and is actually a real treasure if you fancy avoiding the other touristy destinations in Croatia.
Places to visit I’d suggest are: St. Lovre’s cathedral, Kamerlengo fortress and the Berislavic palace.
We've just spent four nights at Five Acre View and it was simply wonderful. A big kitchen/communal area, a sun trap garden with views to die for and recently refurbished rooms (also with the view).
Very family orientated, dogs welcome (they get a sausage each for breakfast) it is the perfect place to explore the North York Moors.
Guesthouse run by a sweet and friendly lady called Catherine. Rooms are colourful, clean and spacious.
A delightful breakfast is provided. Catherine will go out of her way to make her home your home.
Pitchounette et Olives
11, bld Tellen - 13007 Marseille
00 33 (0) 04 91 54 38 35
This hotel is located in the northern region of Paris, near all the concert venues and the famous Montmartre.
Despite the fact it's in a very lively area, the street the hotel is in is very quiet and you will be able to fall asleep after attending a concert.
Podere La Serra is a really special villa in Northern Tuscany, I stayed there last year and had the most fantastic break. The house sleeps 10-12 people and we had a family get together there - it is absolutely wonderful and I will certainly be going back. The house is beautifully decorated with handmade furniture, it's really well set up for big groups with two kitchens and two living rooms. The interior is stunning - traditional stone walls, huge chestnut beams, vaulted archways and a wonderful log fire in the living room. We loved the infinity pool, which is filled with natural spring water from the villa's well. The whole place is fantastically high spec and we couldn't fault it at all, the owners are English and live just 10 minutes drive away, they were on hand to sort out a jazz band for us on the terrace and pizza chefs - all sorts! We visited Pisa (1 hr), Lucca (45 mins) and the Cinque Terre (45 mins) and we're thinking of returning for the ski season as Cereto is only 45 minutes away. The real knock out thing about this gorgeous place is the view of the Apuane mountains, which is just spectacular. The villa has unbelievable panoramic views and we were happy just sitting out on the terrace with a glass of wine gazing at the tuscan hills. We also found a really excellent local restaurant called 'Malliano's', just 30 minutes stroll round the corner through the sweet little villages. Altogether a wonderful place.
I'd recommend this place because I enjoy unique hotels. The owner of the hotel, an artist, designed/decorated each room differently and some are downright bizarre: the room with the coffins, padded cell, mirror room, Grandma's, Symbol Room. I enjoyed my tranquil Temple room.
The hotel is located in just off of Ku'damm in Charlottenburg.
Clean, cheap and basic accommodation within the town centre just next to the Cours St-Louis. Perfect for those on a budget just wanting a base and roof over their head in the evening. Double room was €40 a night with a breakfast of coffee, croisants, bread and jams, included.
0442 381177 Centre Historique
69 boulevard Carnot, 13100 AIX en Provence, France
+33 4 42 38 11 77
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