Hotel comprising separate chalets huddled on a hill with spectacular mountain views. Run by Sita and her husband with real affection and friendliness. They can organise treks (the hotel has been used by Everest teams) and will ply you with good local food and ensure you get up in time to catch the mind-blowing sunrises.
The Fort Resort - Nagarkot (City Office)
P O Box 3004, Lazimpat, KTM
Tel: 977 1 4432 960 / 4432 964 fax: 977 1 4432 958
Expensive but stylish, modern hotel in a quiet but well connected, residential location close to the ancient heart of the city. The view over the Colosseum from the breakfast room is breathtaking and all of the major sites of Ancient Rome are within a five minute walk.
Via Capo d'Africa, nearest station is the Colosseum
Burpham is just like you always imagined an English village to be: thatched cottages, sweeping Downland views, Norman Church, old pub. In addition it overlooks the stunning vista of Arundel castle and the Arun Valley. Burpham Country House offers a relaxed house party atmosphere where guests can chat in the georgian lounge or the country garden, or dine in the large conservatory. It is ideal for walkers, as you can park and walk straight onto the Downs. They are getting great feedback for their newly launched restaurant, which offers modern English cuisine and an extensive wine list in an old-world ambience, from £20 for two courses.
Tel 01903 882160
Chuncheon, The City of Lakes, is a typical Korean city with a host of beautiful scenery surrounding it.
I enjoyed a visit to the park near Soyang lake, which is an artificial lake created by a large dam. You can catch a boat (be sure to have your alien card/passport details) and then take a short hike up to a temple.
There is a slightly hidden trail past the temple where you can walk up the mountain and find secluded hermitages and a seven-story stone pagoda waiting to be discovered.
Before you take the boat back, try the deep fried fish in one of the many restaurants - but watch out because the last boat leaves at 6:30!
You can get to Chuncheon from Seoul via a bus or train. You can catch the bus from Dong Seoul station and the train from Dongamak (I think).
Tamatert guesthouse is about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Imlil. From the roof and the balcony of the guesthouse you have great views of the valley and Atlas mountains (www.petraroest.nl/images/index0.jpg - made me drool.
The guesthouse has double rooms, rooms with multiple beds, big living room, toilets, showers and medical facilities. Dinner and breakfast are included for the guests.
The guesthouse is run by three brothers (Mohamed, Jamal and Rachid Imerhane). They also helped people plan their treks in the mountains.
If you would like further information you can contact Jamal Imerhane by phone: 00212-7115-7636 or by email: email@example.com.
Bramhalls is a restaurant in the quaint little market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. We stayed there last weekend. The food is excellent and the service is polite and friendly with a great relaxed atmosphere. They also have 10 beautiful bedrooms with comfortable beds and those little extra touches you just don't get in larger hotels, each one with its own character. I can't recommend this place enough, we've already booked for New Year!
Bramhalls, 6 Buxton Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3EH
Fantastic hostel in an unbeatable location within a stone's throw of the Kremlin and Red Square. Experience the decidedly un-Chinese Kitay-Gorod (Chinatown) area of Moscow for only 700рб per night. Can issue visa invitations too.
Maliy Zlatoustinskiy, Moscow 101000
Only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland. Fantastic views of north Irish coast from Fair Head to Malin and to Kintyre peninsula and Islay.
Great mix of protected wildilfe habitats from shore to heather moorland in just 4 miles (90 minutes) walk to the RSPB viewpoint at west lighthouse - to see puffins and thousands of seabirds on dramatic cliff site.
Kinramer cottage camping barn (hostel) situated en route on organic farm for restorative, restful nights and good craic.
6 miles off shore from Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Ferry: Cal Mac tel 028 207 69299.
Nanluoguxiang is a great mix of west meets east, you can walk to Hoi Hai lake from here, ten mins from the subway line. 10 mins in a taxi from Sanlitun bar street, in good traffic (not from 5-6pm) and ghost street on your door step for the late night hot pots.
Also on Nanluoguxiang you will find the best fish and chips in the city as well as a great curry house and the pass by bar and a good hostel. Best bet when coming to Beijing is to check out 'That's beijing' which will offer a good inside guide to the city.
A family-run affair of two cabinas, simple, but well-equipped and super clean, in the hills one hour from the capital San Jose.
To see the real Costa Rica, not the meretricious zip lines and canopy tours offered by exploitative ex-hippies, stay with Don Freddy and Dona Barbara. He has reasonable English and French, comprehensive knowledge of local wildlife and can show you how real local people live their lives. There is even a frequent bus service if you don't want to drive, as far as the capital for just over one pound each way.
Don't overlook San Jose either. Chaotic it is, but has some interesting backwaters like Barrio Amon; see the areas south of the Central Avenue before they get developed. Great little sodas (cafes) abound and, if you want upmarket, then try the Argentinian restaurant near La Solidad church; a timbale of green apple and prune accompanying a pork fillet in brown beer and honey sauce is worth taking the trip!
1 kilometro al suroeste del cementario (porton verde)
Barrio San Martin
carretera a San Juan
This hotel is an absolute gem of colonial history. For about £40 the Richard Executive Suite makes you feel like a visiting diplomat!
The building has a rich history and is located on the edge of the bund - within easy walking distance of Shanghai's main attractions.
It really made our visit to Shanghai, I can't imagine there is a better place to stay in the city.
I would also recommend a cocktail at M on the Bund - if you want to continue the glamorous feel.
Really laid back, with the greatest white sandy beach. Right by Bal Harbour but at way below half the price of the snooty hotels around you. Great breakfast of muffins and toasted bagels and coffee for free... Wow and triple wow!
The George is a hotel and resturant in Stamford. The food is amazing, and the historic setting is both relaxing and interesting. The rooms are full of character, and the personal wake up call with a cup of tea was spot on! I would recommend the Serene Sunday deal. Stamford is a stunning stone town, with lots of great shopping and places to eat.
The George Hotel of Stamford,
71 St. Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LB, England
in the middle of Stamford by the river
There aren't too many hostels in China, and you can be sure that this one is going to be fully booked by August. Still, worth a shot. Nestling among the hutongs - the traditional Chinese streets that are now all but gone - the Far East Hostel has some English-speaking staff, a range of facilities and is dirt cheap. What's more, it's within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City - and if you venture up Nanxinhua St you'll find a fantastic Peking Duck restaurant that's far less pricey than the overrated Hepingmen.
Capsule hotels are quintessentially Japanese but finding one that will accommodate not only foreign guests, but also females, can be notoriously difficult.
Osaka is the birthplace of the fibreglass sleeping pod and the Capsule Inn Namba happily embraces all travellers for approximately £13 a night.
1-7-16, NAMBANAKA, NANIWA-KU, OSAKA 556-001, JAPAN
1 minute walk from Exit 31 on Namba subway station on the Yotsubashi subway line or 3 minute walk from Exit 7 on Namba subway station on the Midosuji subway line.
From Kansai International Airport
Approximately 48 minutes by Airport Limousine Bus to Namba Station (The Bus Terminal to the Airport is nearby the Hotel.)
Approximately 35 minutes by Rapit Limited Express or approximately 43 minutes by Nankai Airport Express to Namba on the Nankai Line.
Approximately 50 minutes by JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service to Namba on the JR Line.
Nearest town to the ruins, stay the night (very cheap and one nice restaurant) and walk into the ruins in the morning - be the only people there for a few hours before hundreds of coaches arrive (get amazing photos not covered in people!) Get there by bus instead of paying top dollar for a tour.
An excellent modern hotel in the Shidome district, with staggering views in every direction, and extremely helpful staff, this hotel is close to metro and JR stations, and within walking distance of the fish market, Ginza, and numerous reasonably priced restaurants. The hotel itself has a Michelin starred restaurant serving traditional Japanese food.
Our only quibble was that like many things in Japan the entrance to the hotel is so understated that it is easily missed, so it is rather hard to find when arriving jet-lagged from the train. Limousine bus would be better, as it goes straight there.
Shiodome Media Tower, Minato-Ku, near JR Shimbashi station. All details and a good map are on hotel website www.parkhoteltokyo.com
Earlier this summer I rented an apartment in Santiago's downtown, a fully equipped place at a walking distance from the main streets, transport, tourism attraction and shopping centres.
A really affordable place for anybody who want to stay just a little or a long time in Santiago. It's cheap and it worth more then you pay for. The building is brand new and includes all services like doorman, elevators, laundry, gym, spa and pool.
Zenteno 138, Santiago Centro
Just one of the hundreds of hikes in the Sierra de Montanchez walking on original Moorish pathways. This particular walk is made even more interesting by the marvellously romantic ruins of at least 20 old water mills.
Other interests are the birdwatching which is extraordinary all over the Sierra de Montanchez and the many different plants and herbs among the cork and holm oak woods. The walk takes two hours and ends at the Moorish castle of Montánchez.
I stayed at the delightful farmhouse,
Finca al-manzil which I found on this site, a perfect base for exploration of the surrounding area and historical towns of Caceres, Trujillo and Merida and Montánchez.
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