Best guest house in Ushguli, open as long as the road is. I'm the English teacher in the village - Europe's highest - and I live there too. Great people and food, comfortable and spacious, very helpful and hospitable.
A superb pair of farm cottages providing beautiful views of the leaning tower. Easy access to Lucca and Pisa with a good train service to Florence.
The cottages have every modern facility you need, including a swimming pool.
The owners live on site and provide a friendly information facility and comprehensive support.
An absolutely brilliant location.
Boule de Neiges is a really great little bar and hotel in the centre of Chamonix town. A great bar, excellent decor and a warm, welcome atmosphere. The Boule de Neiges is run by Brits and all in all is a darn good find for those that want value accommodation close to the ski slopes!
Recommended is the vin chaud, Pete's chicken caesar salad, the house burger, sitting in the sun with a view of Mont Blanc from the upstairs terrace (residents only). Happy hour is a two-minute clomp from the slopes in ski boots.
Hotel Boule de Neiges
362 Rue Joseph Vallot
0844 81 53 530
We have just enjoyed a weekend of wonderful autumn sunshine in this wonderful part of Italy. Halloween was spent dressing up and joining the locals at a disco in the medieval town of Sarnano, Saturday was spent blowing away the cobwebs by hiking along old mule tracks within the awesome Sibillini National Park and on Sunday we all went for lunch at the rifugio or Mountain refuge at Monte Amandola, this is one of a chain of places to eat and stay at high altitude within the park. The food was delicious and included Strozzaprete pasta (literally translated as priest strangler pasta) with a truffle and sausage sauce, meats and home made deserts, coffee and wines and all for €13 a head.
We were staying at lovely Villa San Raffaello a sympathetically restored old Marche farmhouse that has amazing views over medieval Sarnano and the Sibillini Mountains
If you are looking for a catered chalet or self catered apartment in Morzine then we recommend staying with Darren at The Great Escape in Morzine. Quality accommodation, great staff, fantastic food plus the added bonus of superb snow. We will return again and again.
Tel: 00 33 450 722374
Quinta Moitas is a farmhouse set in its very own 3500m2 of land in the little known region of Beiras. I went with my wife, so we had quite a bit of space to ourselves, but it can sleep five and there's nowhere on earth quite like it. Gorgeous. Simple as that.
For self-catering accommodation in Newquay, try booking through Lifestyle Holiday Lettings.
They have a good range of high quality properties to choose from.
They were very friendly and easy to book with. A good service all round.
We got an amazing deal on a short winter break and stayed in a fab place, with views to die for.
Great campsite just north of Alghero old town. It's an easy 20-minute walk along the beach into the city centre/port.
Staff are helpful and the loos and showers are clean and well-maintained (with the added luxury of loo roll!) Oddly, there is a big communal barbecue in the midst of all the showers/loos/sinks etc - looks well-used but I'm not sure about the location!
The campsite has a well-stocked shop, which has fresh bread and pastries every morning, and a bar/pizzeria. There's also direct access onto the beach and a little windsurfing centre which offers lesson and board hire.
We camped here in low season when prices were very reasonable but I think it pretty much doubles in high season, when to be honest it would probably be too crowded (as it's the only campsite in Alghero) to be fun. There's space for camper vans and mobile homes and you can also hire little wooden cabins and breeze-block bungalows (which look very basic but fine).
There are slighly battered outdoor chairs and tables dotted around the campsite, for anyone to use. I suspect that in high season these are the subject of fierce wars of possession but in low season they're fairly easy to find. We preferred setting up our meths stove on the beach and eating there, anyway - definitely recommended.
Wouldn't hesitate to return.
This lovely little family-run hutted camp is a true oasis of calm on the West Bank - perfect for independent-minded souls who want to be close to all the monuments but avoid the brutal commercialism of the mainstream Luxor scene. Your money goes straight to the local economy, not tour companies, and you'll meet friendly local people who can help you arrange any trips and activities for a fraction of the price on the East Bank.
We booked a place with Only Apartments in September this year and it was awful. The place was old and the build quality amateurish; I almost knocked the breakfast bar over when I bumped into it, and the toilet was precariously placed on a ledge between the shower and the sink. We were told we might have to occasionally reset the boiler before having a shower, but this was a frequent issue throughout our stay.
The attitude of the company afterwards was that everything must have been OK if we did not contact them at the time. When booking apartments generally, you should ask up front what the procedures are if anything goes wrong. Pictures are sometimes misleading as well, and I would advise you to have a good look at the place before parting with your cash.
Well-kept three-star place on a quiet street under the Table Mountain, three blocks from Company's Garden and two from Gardens shopping centre.
3A Gordon St., Gardens, 8001
My account of a 2008 tour of the Capes (west, east and south) and critique of South Africa's three-star tier of accommodations may be found at www.pilgrimswanderers.blogspot.com
Durbanesque ambience with museum touches and a convivial host originating from Manchester. Happily planted adjacent to the main gate of Durban's Botanic Garden, and two blocks from a large mall in a 'safe' section. Also three blocks from the flats (now gone) where I lived in 1947 with my American family: the garden's giant ficus trees (still there) seem to have shrunk.
27 St. Thomas Road, Berea
A great place to find cheap accommodation in Tokyo. They have a great hostel in Asakusa overlooking the prettiest fairground I've ever seen, and for longer stays, they have apartments all over the city (we paid £550 for a month for a place in a fab location!)
A small company that offers B&B accommodation and flats to rent. We rented a small central studio flat for 850SKR a day, not bad for Stockholm and with the advantage of being able to cook for ourselves occasionally.
Three bright and well equipped holiday apartments (Houses Cloeps, Goetseels and Sylvius) have been inserted into a wing of a historical Jesuit farmstead on the edge of a village near Leuven, some 20km from Brussels. The location is great for exploring Flanders, and is a good alternative to city flats for academic visitors on a short stay in Leuven. The owner is wonderfully knowledgeable about the area and provided many books and maps to help us.
The west of America has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery I've ever seen. If time is very limited, fly into Vegas and drive down to the Grand Canyon, north rim, via Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park. Not only will you get a taste of life on the road here, I guarantee you'll be blown away by the landscape. You can find motels or lodges on National Park land for little money ($50 (£25) a night will get you a decent place) and all the crappy diner food you could ever want.
Way to stay is an online booking agency with apartments all over Europe. I booked a self-catering apartment in Barcelona recently and received a 25% low season discount. Being able to enjoy a freshly prepared meal is a real benefit of staying in this kind of accommodation.
I was very impressed with this apartment rental company. We were worried about booking an apartment online as we had heard some horror stories, but this company was very professional and the apartment was superb. We had one small problem with the internet not working, which was sorted out the same day. Recommended.
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