This is a fantastic hotel on the outskirts of Lorca. Hard to find (particularly at 1am!) but well worth it. Breakfast is fantastic, the rooms (only about 40 of them) are lovely and there are two swimming pools set in beautiful gardens. The best thing is hardly any English people seem to stay there! Ask for a room at the rear, overlooking the pool and gardens. Oh, air conditioning too and all for about £70 a night (early July, breakfast extra - about 6 euros).
Stayed in one of the penthouses last week for the tall ships and I must say that there was no better place to view. Literally on the waterfront with huge balconies. Located above the Malmasion hotel.
Above the Malmaison hotel, Princes Dock, Liverpool, L3 1EJ. 0151 734 3675. Nearest Train Station - Moorfields.
Great escape for couples and very good value, worth it for less than 80 euros! We did enjoy our romantic break particularly, for its character and its cosy and friendly ambience. Such a comfort with its authentic patio and fountain or else its sunroof terrace with its Moroccan sofa lounge. Very friendly atmosphere and high care of customer. Ideal location in the medina, just on the doorsteps of the souks and two minutes walk from the central place. Once back to the riad, it is worth requesting a full body massage to conclude your day. Can't wait to plan another relaxing break and enjoy Mouna's cooking, so yummy! Breakfast are very full there. Can't tell more, just try it and book it now. English spoken and British are very welcome.
Hotel Sax Chicago is the most awesome new hotel in the city. It is just off Michigan Avenue and attached to the House of Blues. It has unbelievable technology including the Studio Experience by Microsoft. It's a game room for adults and it's amazing. The only problem is that you may not want to leave the hotel to see the fabulous city of Chicago because the hotel is so much fun. Next time you travel to Chicago, check rates for Hotel Sax and go there if you can. You won't be disappointed.
333 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Azul Marino is like staying at someone's home but with the privacy of a small hotel. Typical of the area, it is understated but very clean and with everything you need for a beach place. The view of the peninsula and lighthouse is amazing. It is run by the owners, which I prefer, and it is easy! Breakfast is served when you are ready, not with some annoying schedule. Just like the rest of Jose Ignacio, it is unpretentious, but a great place in a beautiful setting. Not to mention that is between Marismo and Namm, two of the best restaurants in the whole Punta area, not just Jose Ignacio.
2 km from Jose Ignacio, route 10, km 185
This agritourism (organic farm) is convenient for the Villa del Casale mosaics and other sites. The dinner is fantastic, mainly beautiful fresh produce off the farm. We stayed three nights and had antipasti misto, pasta then a meat dish and salad, followed by dessert and fruit, plus wine. The cooking is extremely high quality. Breakfast included fresh figs straight off the tree. The drawback is that the beautiful swimming pool is open to the local teenagers in the afternoons and there's loud pop/disco music until six! Dinner (including wine) bed and breakfast cost 55 Euros each.
Just outside Piazza Armerina on the road to Caltigirone
Very centrally located near the cool district of SoFo (Sodermalm), this new hostel in Stockholm was a great find. Beds here are very reasonable for the city and the whole place is stylish and modern. There are no bunkbeds - just spacious shared rooms with nice personal touches and comfy beds. The metro is a block away when you want to explore the rest of the city.
Ringvägen 135, Stockholm, 11661
I got a few days off from work and decided to try and find something in Kerry. I found Kenmare Rentals - they own the properties and were great to deal with, the website was good (we booked online) and very easy. We got confirmation straight away.
We stayed in Barr Cill Athat, about two miles from Kenmare, which has views of Kenmare Bay and the mountains. We really enjoyed our stay - we only had one problem with our broadband and we got it fixed within an hour. They have a good selection of properties, and they also own a popular place for eating and drinking (O'Donnabhains). We will be definitely be back.
They have plenty of well-equipped apartments for rent in Budapest downtown. Prices are not very low but still OK and the service is excellent.
I stayed in a flat near Octogon and I had a great time there.
On a recent trip I stayed at this hostel in Copenhagen and it was a great base for exploring the city, as well as one of the most affordable places to stay in this pricey city.
It’s in the perfect location right near Vesterbro, the hip quarter jammed with vintage clothes stores, trendy nightclubs and late-night bars – with an unbeatable view of the city from all the rooms as it's housed in one of Copenhagen’s few tall buildings.
There’s a bar and restaurant on the premises, and a kitchen which is helpful for budget travelers.
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 50, København V, Copenhagen
The hotel Laura in Madrid is a great place for families in the very centre of this wonderful city. Modern and comfortable design, friendly staff and affordable. It's just a B&B so you have to explore the city for food. Go to the Latina district for tapas and avoid the Plaza Mayor for overpriced and badly cooked food.
If you're just in Mumbai for the day, passing through, stay at the Leela. It's a good five-star hotel two minutes from the international airport. Mumbai is a fantastic city but traffic can be a problem so if you don't have to journey into her, don't.
London hotels aren't as stuffy and formal as they used to be and you can find a selection of stylish designer ones in the west end. One Aldwych is great. It has plenty of facilities – business centre, gym, scrummy room service – and some attractive minimalist décor. It also has a lobby bar and pool (quite rare for London). If you're feeling particularly extravagant you can book Suite 410, 500 or the Dome Suite, all of which have private gyms and spectacular views of the London skyline.
Another great West End hotel worth paying a trip to is St Martins Lane. This one was famously designed by Philipp Starck and it has a really brilliant restaurant – Asia de Cuba. Its bar, Light Bar, is where all the beautiful people hang out and the basement houses an exclusive private members club (Bungalow 8).
You'll find Baglioni’s opposite Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. It's no wonder this place is popular with A-list celebrities and other glitterati. The Royal Suite is an extraordinary 2584 square feet and quite possibly the most divine hotel room in London.
For those who love variety and nature, R. B. Gardens at Kew may be the most pleasant destination in London. There's a Travelodge near the garden with great pre-booking offers, which can be booked via online, usually a few weeks in advance.
The number of hotels serving Canary Wharf has doubled in the past year with hotels available to suit all budgets.
Located in London's East End both the Travelodge (www.travelodge.co.uk) and Holiday Inn Express (www.holidayinn.co.uk) serve Canary Wharf via a complimentary 15 minute minibus route (usually morning and evenings only). Prices start from around GBP65 and therefore the hotels make a perfect stop for the budget-conscious traveller.
Advantages - cheap and cheerful. Typically relatively new and situated around the Excel exhibition centre so good for attendees to this and Canary Wharf
Disadvantages - Poorly connected to the City (taxi, bus or DLR are your only options) and not much to do in the evening.
Located across the river in Rotherhithe, the Hilton Docklands is not so much in the Docklands as overlooking. Access to the hotel is by free shuttle bus from the nearby Canada Water station (5 min bus ride). Access to Canary Wharf can be achieved via aforementioned shuttle service to the tube and then one stop on the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf or via the boat service which operated throughout the day from the hotel and stopping at the west side of Canary Wharf.
Advantages - Parking can be included in the room rate, prices start from around GBP90 a night. Can be particularly cheap for weekend breaks if you would like to extend your stay.
Disadvantages - Not well connected. Access via shuttle bus to tube or by boat.
When staying at the super slick and eco-friendly Andaz Hotel (formerly the Great Eastern) in Liverpool, book Urban Gentry - insider tour guides and get a real insight into the fashion (or art) tribes of East London. The hotel also has it's own Reader in Residence to tell you bedtime stories, or read you a precis of the day's news.
Andaz, Liverpool Street
Boutique design hotel off the Ku'damm. Unfortunately we cancelled our romantic break there a month in advance in accordance with all published conditions and have been billed anyway. The staff cite cancellation requirements that are not published anywhere or mentioned in the confirmation email and refuse to show any flexibility.
Guardian article: www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2006/may/21/germany.worldcup2006travelguide.hotels
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