Ideally situated in the Bo-Kaap area (walking distance from Waterkant, downtown, waterfront and International Convention Centre), this charming guesthouse is owned and managed by Bruce who warmly welcomes you with true hospitality. Rose Lodge offers clean, tastefully decorated and very comfortable rooms. Delicious healthy breakfast is served on the terrace. Bruce was also very helpful in arranging airport transfers and he will gladly assist you with the planning of day trips or any other activities.
Stayed in Budapest two weeks ago and stayed in a lovely self catering apartment. Classical old building but renovated really well, modern, spacious and truly of a 4* hotel equivalent yet €60 per night.
Exceptional value for money and unique accommodation to boot. Worth considering.
Andrassay Utca apartment. Check out www.budarentals.com
Once you book with this family-owned company, Cornish Horizons will offer you first refusal on the same week at the same property the following year. Such a relief for when you find a holiday home you love to return to year in year out - it's like having your very own time share week! And saves having to take pot luck on booking.
19 New Street, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8EA
01841 533 331
It is a residential retreat and martial arts centre, offering guidance and tuition in meditation and martial arts, and where instructors and teachers of martial arts, yoga, pilates, dance or any other activity can take their students for a training camp or retreat. It is an incredible place.
The staff are wonderful, the facilities (I went there on a memorable long weekend of self-defence training for women only, taught by the owner) are superb. The food is local produce prepared in-house, and the welcome is unbelievable.
The owners have assembled a great team of helpers, and they are really good people. The house and gardens are gorgeous and the surroundings are breathtaking. The cost of a stay with them is low, and is great value.
The Metta Centre
Contrada Villa Saline
Penna San Giovanni(MC) 62020
Eco-Hostel in a charming old slate school on a hillside with wonderful woodland valley views. It has a cosy communal lounge with wonderful wood burner which is great for snuggling after a walk up nearby Cadair Idris. Extremely restive for a weekend stay. Good beer, food and company at the Slaters Arms down in the village.
5 miles north of Maccynlleth, just off the A487, not far from the C.A.T.
All I wanted was the five Cs
Cheap – in Venice that’s almost impossible, but this was very reasonable.
Cheerful – fabulous smile from the receptionist on arrival and every time we returned.
Cosy – ask for an attic room at the back so you can spy down into the locals' gardens below, and see the ocean liners berth in the distance. The breakfast room overlooks a local canal.
Clean – room was spotless and cleaned every day.
Convenient – 50 metres from Piazzale Roma bus station and car park, 250 metres from vaporetto number 1 stop, and 5 minutes from the railway station.
Hate to post a negative comment on a suggestions site, but wanted to steer readers away from My Hoa Hotel in Nha Trang. We arrived to learn they'd given away our room, before being told they tried to call us even though we hadn't left a number.
It being Tet (hence us booking in advance) everywhere else was full, so in desperation we asked if there was anywhere they could put us. After saying no, they changed their mind and said they could make up a room, which they did, in a grubby old room in the house/office behind the hotel. We gratefully took it, before asking how much it would be – and were very surprised to hear $40USD, the full room rate. with no luck negotiating this down, we stayed, paid and left the next morning as soon as possible. Finally, arriving back in the UK, we've just found they actually charged us in pounds sterling!
I know this is all just one incident, but if you have a choice of places to stay I thought this might help future visitors.
If you are visiting Seville I would strongly recommend the Murillo Hotel situated in the winding back streets of the Santa Cruz quarter. This hotel is a two-star that deserves to be upgraded, has friendly helpful staff, is clean and is five minutes away from Seville's main attractions. To top it off it has an amazing roof terrace with stunning views of the Cathedral and beyond. Opposite there is a traditional friendly tapas bar that serves reasonably priced food.
Es Petit Hotel in Valldemossa is a wonderful family-run hotel in the Tramuntana. With only eight rooms, each one of them different, it provides the best choice for a relaxing break.
Excellent personal treatment, plus amazing home-made Mallorcan food, and breathtaking views.
Stay at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion if you like quaintness and history, stay at the g Hotel if you prefer hip and contemporary lodging.
Also, tour the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, eat at the Gurney Drive food stalls and sample everything.
Don't try to take out illegal CDs or DVDs. Read The Star. Visit Kek Lok Si temple. Take the cable car, but arrive early: the lines are awful. Walk the canopy walk. Buy a Makansutra food guide. Indulge in a MacWaffle at Red Garden.
Trip report, with photos, at www.travelmusings.net
Trip report, with photos, at www.travelmusings.net
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion:
g Hotel: www.ghotel.com.my/
I’ve just returned from 7 days' vacation in Cape Town, without a doubt a wonderful place to visit. My stay was boosted by the accommodation we scored in the heart of the city thanks to Inthecity.
They provide a number of four and five-star apartments in Cape Town, but because of the favourable pound–rand exchange rate these lets are very affordable. Ours, Jessica, was located next to the Parliament buildings, within earshot of lively Long Street, 15 minutes walk to the V&A waterfront and a 10 minute drive to the golden beaches of Camps Bay.
Our two-bedroom penthouse was furnished to the highest standards, both bedrooms were ensuite and the living area came with a large flat-screen TV and DSTV satellite so we didn’t miss any of the important premiership games.
Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa is a recently fitted-out hotel who are offering Grand National Accommodation packages for 2008. Many hotels in Liverpool are booked up but this one seems to have a number of packages still available.
Shops: There is a small selection of shops in St Andrews, it's a great place for tartan products such as kilts and also for golf products.
Attractions: Golf is the main one but the old cathedral and castle are well worth a visit, they are both located next to each other.
Nightlife: There are no clubs in St Andrews but there is a great selection of bars, The Gin House and Ma Bells are two popular places.
Eating: There is a large selection of fine dining options in St Andrews, but if you are on a budget then The Grill House offers well priced food.
Accommodation: For a small town there is a large selection of five-star hotels, The Old Course and Fairmont are the two best hotels. For those on a tight budget try The St Andrews tourist hostel or one of the many B&Bs.
Zaton is a village in southern Croatia, located on the coast of the eponymous bay, on the Dubrovnik Riviera, 8 km northwest of Dubrovnik, next to the village of Orašac. Chief occupations are farming, viticulture, olive growing and tourism. Zaton is located on the main road (M2, E65).
Zaton has several fine restaurants. It offers possibilities for watersports. An interesting walk uphill to the village of Podbrezje is highly recommended (4.5 km), to visit Mociljska Cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
If you intend on staying in Beijing for a few months, try learning Mandarin at the Hutong School. It is situated in a beautiful courtyard in the middle of a hutong area. They give you all sorts of support, have apartments to stay in, organise trips, it's a great way to live in Beijing!
I loved staying at the Berjaya. Join Dev's night wilderness (twice a week) at the Berjaya. Indulge in 90-minute outdoor massages at The Berjaya ($65 USD). Ride the cable car. Take the island-hopping tour. Try durian (at your own risk). Watch out for the monkeys. Do not carry food, drink, etc. around them.
What a fantastic place... we stayed here for a week and absolutely loved it.
Wonderful host and staff, the owner organised everything for us - restaurants, day trips, hammams, golf. Fatima prepared us several amazing dinners - the quail tagine with apricots and the beef tagine with prunes and almonds are out of this world!
The riad itself is gorgeous, with arches and columns, very clean and tastefully decorated. Was a wonderful escape from the mad bustle of the medina. We stayed in the room on the terrace, so cosy and snug, and with a big comfortable bed that was divine. The roof terrace was precious, hot and sunny, with stunning views of the Atlas mountains.
Can't recommend this riad highly enough for a stay in Marrakech.
29 Derb Bouelilou
Sidi Ben Slimane
+212 11 26 69 98
A beautiful location with the most stunning coastal views. The property is beautifully presented with a lovely large garden for the children and easy access to the beach and coastal paths.
Helford River, Cornwall
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