We found this quiet oasis, close to Ognina, that provided us with an ideal base for visiting Siracusa, the surrounding countryside and beaches. We thoroughly enjoyed the large beautiful garden (including a massive swimming pool) and the relaxed atmosphere - much appreciated after a hard day's sightseeing! The family were delightful and the breakfasts excellent.
You are sent photos of a beautiful modern apartment "newly refurbished" and when you get there you are conducted to a completely different flat filled with cheap and nasty reproduction furniture, artificial flowers and glass tat.
On top of this there is a lovely view from the balcony of major building works in progress in the street opposite. The 'owner' Andrea Scarpi tells you that the 'other flat' is unavailable but still expects you to pay the same price you were quoted for the smart one. The breakfast is not worth having - all long-life products, nothing at all fresh, and three people share coffee from an espresso maker for one. A complete rip off.
We just came back from Rome where we booked an apartment with Rome City Apartments. I'd like to let everybody know this has been for us (we were two family groups) a very positive experience.
We have rented the apartments Helios2 and Mirkos which are located in the same building in Via della Stelletta; one (the Mirkos) is on the first floor and another one (the Helios2) on the second floor. The apartments were pretty new and designed/furnished in a modern/stylish way, and this is quite surprising as they are located in the very centre of Rome where everything is so old and full of history. But at the same time it was really pleasant to stay in those apartments where, honestly, we could see that the owners had put so much attention to details.
We were quite worried to rent apartments as we had always stayed in hotels before but as we have one child of four and the couple we travelled with have two children aged two and four it was a necessity as four hotel rooms would have been out of our budget or, alternatively, in two hotel rooms (one for each family) it would have felt like in the metro during the peak hour. But finally everything went smoothly.
It was a great vacation for us (except for the weather as it has been raining nearly all the time) and, after buying good umbrellas, we have been able to enjoy all the beauties of the city . Also the food is fantastic and we recommend the Quinzi and Gabrielli restaurant that is located in Piazza delle Coppelle, a few metres away from the apartment, where we had a great dinner, although a bit expensive.
If you like saunas, go here. OK, it was humid, but it was really cheap. For a midtown hotel. It was clean and the shared bathroom was ok too. A couple of blocks from Times Square. All good stuff - check out my North American odyssey at writeronthestorm.wordpress.com
At the corner of 6th Ave and 38th street
This is a lovely, clean, airy apartment around 5-10 minutes from Las Ramblas.
It sleeps 2-4 people comfortably and has very good facilities and is also very secure.
The nearest Metro station is Liceu.
There are numerous places to eat in close proximity to the apartment, all of which are excellent and outstanding value.
Ramon, the owner of the property, was a lovely guy and a real pleasure to do business with.
I fully intend on staying at this apartment again when I next visit Barcelona and cannot think of a reason why I would want to stay anywhere else!
Melanie Geenty has created an idyllic haven that offers a fantastic taste of French life combined with fantastically expert pilates teaching. She is the most amazing hostess and pilates teacher.
Accommodation is in a beautifully restored French farmhouse that exudes tranquillity and relaxation. The meals are delicious and superbly prepared using local produce. This is a great opportunity to relax, re-energise and unwind. I can't wait to return!
A combination of the Italian words agriculture and tourism, these farmhouse accommodations are ideal for families of all sizes. And don’t worry about staying on a typical farm, these locales often feature extensive amenities more along the lines of a high-class resort and are an ideal choice for families with children of any age.
The setting is rural, with all the picturesque features you might expect from staying under the Tuscan sun. The condo-style living arrangements come well equipped, with kitchens and living rooms that give families a spacious home base.
Most have swimming pools and you can also find full resort amenities with an onsite restaurant, tennis courts, a fitness centre and myriad other features.
There are more perks that come along with Italian farmhouse living. The owner or manager of the property may live onsite and serve as a point of contact to help your family with anything you need - from planning activities to offering general guidance about the region. Most are conveniently located so your family can sightsee for part of the day, touring neighboring towns and experiencing the local culture and history of Tuscany, and then relax at the pool for the afternoon.
Some Agriturismi offer structured onsite activities such as Italian cooking classes, horseback riding, and wine and/or olive oil tasting. Many properties serve their very own farm-harvested food in an onsite restaurant, so you won’t need to worry about cooking up meals - unless you’d like to showcase your new Italian cooking skills. Some accommodations even offer daily housekeeping, so you’ll be able to focus on the fun stuff.
Unlike the isolation you could expect if your family rented an independent villa, Agriturismi provide a wonderful balance of services and privacy. Well-located throughout Tuscany, it is easy to explore the surrounding areas. Most options are small with family-focused services including babysitting and equipment rental, making it easy to relax and experience the best Tuscany has to offer, both onsite and off.
Gardenstown is a gem of a village with pretty painted cottages surrounded by sandstone cliffs and the north sea. Mitchell's Cottage is on main street just a one-minute walk from the atmospheric local pub Garden Arms. The cottage has just been renovated with a superb dining kitchen, working fire in the sitting room for those cosy nights in and a big shower bath to soak in at the end of the day. If you're exploring Scotland don't miss Gardenstown and Mitchell's Cottage.
A campsite/hostel for nature lovers. Perfect place to start nature walks all over the Tayrona park and its surroundings.
2 km from the main entrance you find a sign Castilletes on your right-hand side. After 200 metres you get to the beach where the campsite is located. On request they supply good information on the park and its surroundings through email.
See their website: www.campingtayrona.com
Two recently renovated apartments, both capable of taking four plus baby. 18 metre swimming pool. Located 10 minutes outside San Ginesio at the village of Santa Maria D'Alto Cielo with stunning views of the Sibillini mountains. The most relaxing place I've ever been to.
This is the real Italy, totally unspoilt by tourism but within easy reach of both the Adriatic riviera and tourist attractions like Assisi and the Frascati caves (outstanding).
The apartments are very well equipped (including DVD and satellite TV) and very clean. Welcome pack on arrival will keep you going until you can get to the shops.
Tolentino is the nearest supermarket, but for smaller shops and the real Italy then visit San Ginesio with has a multitude of local produce and also some fantastic restaurants at, by most standards, ridiculously cheap prices.
Don't forget the suncream - you'll need it.
Nearest airport is Ancona www.casafenice-lemarche.com
This is a great little hotel in a superb location for both (snow-sure) skiing in winter and outdoor activities the rest of the year. Amazing views in all directions. Good home-cooked food and very reasonable prices. They've got a lovely big garden and sunny terrace where you can relax/read/gaze at the stunning mountains across the valley. It's easy to reach from Salzburg, Linz or Graz airports.
We've been there in winter and also on walking holidays in summer and can't decide which we liked better. The village (Bad Mitterndorf) is really unspoilt by tourism - no package tours go there and the atmosphere is really Austrian. It's on the edge of the Austrian Lake District - great for swimming in the hot summers! We just keep on going back for more. Oh, and they've got mountain bikes that guests can use free of charge, too.
A little gem of a riad, family-run by an Italian-Moroccan couple. Beautiful courtyard with luxurious vegetation, it feels like you've travelled back in time, and you forget you're right in the centre of the medina, and 10 minutes away from the Djemaa el Fna. The welcome is warm and homely.
When the owners are around, you get a chance to exchange ideas and hear more about the country. We really enjoyed the extended breakfast under the Berber tent on the roof terrace, looking out on the mountains. Yummy dinners cooked by Latifa (including veggie) when we were too tired to go out. On the whole, we re definitely visiting again.
Really good hostel, comfy beds, free internet, incredibly friendly staff, walking distance from most attractions, free breakfast and it's one of the cheaper hostels in town. I would definitely go back there. Can be difficult to find, up a staircase in the alley next to the billiard hall, follow the pictures of goats.
We found this apartment service online and we can highly recommend it. Located in an old charming building, the apartments are thoroughly renovated to an excellent standard.
The location is also superb, with easy access to the important business districts as well as sights and Zona Rosa, Bogota's main shopping and nightlife area.
A great hostel in Warsaw - a truly unique place. It felt like being immersed in another century. The whole hostel welcomes you with an elegant atmosphere from the late 19th century. Imagine rooms with wooden beds, little lamps and photographs – everything is arranged and decorated with a lot of love. Enjoy discovering historical interior design. My personal favourites were the crochet tea-cloths!
On the other hand I didn’t miss any modern comforts - I had a modern bathroom and was checking my mail every night. Placed in the heart of the city, very near to the medieval Market square, it is also ideally located.
Wodkowica 5 street
An enchantingly atmospheric chateau, unspoilt by renovations, gave us a fabulously relaxing stay in the Dordogne coupled with a well organised range of activities from kayaking to guided walks and hang gliding to horse riding. Lots of supervised activities for the kids and gentler ones for us! Would definitely go again.
Phone +33 (0) 5 55 28 01 92
These two privately owned self-catering lodges are in a private estate right on the shores of Loch Lomond at Rowardennan. Stunning area beneath Ben Lomond with wonderful walking and, if you climb the Ben, you are rewarded with magnificent views.
Rowardennan Hotel is very handy too. Great for launching your own boats which can be moored on guest moorings (for a fee). Jetty and shallow beaches.
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