Lovely holiday apartment for two, superbly located a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe and very close to the Champs Elysees.
Good value, comfortable holiday accommodation. Quiet and peaceful but with easy access to all the major tourist sites.
Close to Metro and RER. Easy access from Charles de Gaulle Airport on the Air France Airport shuttle coach, which stops one minute away.
rue de L'Arc de Triomphe.
Tel +44 (0)191 5192257
This is a lovely holiday cottage with pool and large gardens, suitable for couples and families with children.
Set in the beautiful, quiet Charente countryside but close to nature and wildlife parks, Futuroscope theme park, Puy du Fou, etc. Surrounded by fascinating picturesque villages. Lovely days out to Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angouleme, Cognac, the Marais Poitevin, Confolens.
Good value accommodation combining ancient character and modern comforts at an affordable price.
Villegats, Ruffec, 16700 Charente France.
Tel +44 (0)191 5192257
Fantastic camping place just north of Chichester. Completely lovely but absolutely no facilities! So take everything - including a spade!
You can even rent it out for weddings and there's a little company that will do tent hire. They have these fantastic coloured Mongolian yurts. We went there for a wedding and they put on a full blown fire show for all the people on the field. Just brilliant.
www.simplyyurts.co.uk have all the details
Any bar on the piazzetta, the teeny town square, in central Capri is a memorable place to have a drink and enjoy the sometimes overwhelming spectacle that is Capri. Rich and poor, celebrities, fishermen and gigolos, whatever strikes your fancy, is on parade in La Piazzetta, the living room of the world. Al Piccola is a good one... well, all of them with outdoor seating are memorable. It is a very happy place and you do feel like you are a celebrity (undiscovered? in disguise?) to just sit there and watch the world go by. Try the bar at the top of the funicular. Delicious cheese sandwiches, good drinks and a view that will make you cry.
Surprisingly, and a very well-kept secret, Capri accommodations can be reasonable. Of course if you want to spend tons of money you easily can. Also the food can vie for the title of best in Italy. Fresh, and you have not lived until you've sampled the spaghetti al fruits de mer at da Gemma. Well, virtually any food is good and reasonable.
Treat yourself - stay at the idyllic Island Hotel, on Tresco, and you'll never want to go anywhere else. It's situated right on the waterside, overlooking a take-your-breath-away beach and with views over to St Martins. The rooms are hip and luxurious.
The food is exquisite. Special touches - own moorings for boats, picnic lunches, champagne on arrival, the list is endless. This is my little bit of paradise - and it's in the UK!
Island Hotel Tresco
The places by the lake are backpackery, obsessed with drugs and Angkor beer. OK for a chilled-out day drinking and watching the lake, but paper-thin walls and minimal security did not make me feel safe.
I certainly wouldn't recommend it to lone women. If anything goes wrong (and it did with me) you will have absolutely no help whatsoever.
Capitol Guesthouse looks awful from the outside but on the inside it's scrupulously clean, has cable TV, private bathroom, air conditioning, good security (proper walls!) and all for about $8-10.
It also runs buses to Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap etc so it's very well located. You'll get off the backpackers trail just that little bit and experience much better levels of comfort, security and hygiene. And it's just round the corner from possibly one of the best and friendliest restaurants in Cambodia - Mama's.
Several locations across Phnom Penh. Well known - ask any moto driver. If you get the bus from HCMC or Siem Reap, chances are you'll be dropped off right outside!
Stay on the opposite side of the river to Hampi Bazaar. The accommodation is better value (you may even get a swimming pool if you're lucky!), cleaner and quieter than in Hampi Bazaar. There are some lovely places, some with circular rooms and beds, some cottage-style rooms. We paid about Rs350 (£4-ish) for a double. We could see women working in the paddy fields while we had our breakfast, whereas in our place in Hampi Bazaar we were regularly woken by shouting and hollering.
You need to get a coracle back and forth to access Hampi Bazaar (and the bulk of the famous ruins) and they do stop at about 10pm - but there's plenty going on over that side of town, films, etc, and you can even get alcohol there. (It's prohibited in Hampi Bazaar for some reason).
We took a bicycle out and explored that side of the river (way past the Hunamyan Temple!) and had one of the nicest experiences of rural India in our whole 5 months there. My partner had little kids pushing and pulling his bike along for most of the way from village to village. There really were very few non-Indians who ventured in that direction. We were a bit of a novelty to say the least!
There's at least 10 guest houses over that side - all budget at around Rs300-400.
Go to Hospet station. If you arrive during the day, get the bus to Hampi Bazaar (the taxis all know you're giong in that direction and charge a fortune. I think the bus was Rs30 (40p). You then need to find the river and take a boat across (Rs50 if I recall correctly).
The Ski resorts of Sassotetto, Maddalena and Bolognola are small scale but a great place to learn or get a long weekend fix and give visitors the opportunity to combine skiing or boarding with a bit of culture and touring the beautiful area of Le Marche.
Prices are also very reasonable; passes and ski/boot hire are both about £12 a day. The resorts have just invested in four new lifts, artificial snow canons and a new trattoria.
The town of Sarnano is a top base for a white week in the Sibillini mountains, it has over 20 restaurants, a late music bar and even has a funky nightclub.
There's plenty to see and do locally, the area is full of wonderful medieval villages and fantastic for walking below the snowline.
There are many hotels locally or maybe you would prefer a cosy apartment with woodburning stove and free wood, in the old Sarnano Farm Villa San Raffaello.
The resort is easily reached on cheap flights into Ancona, Pescara, Perugia and even Rome and Bologna.
Ski resort piste map: www.scuolasci-montisibillini.it/pagine/cartina.htm
My FH and I went to Barcelona over the summer and it was amazing! While it was expensive getting there, we stayed in a rental apartment which was much cheaper than a hotel (about 500 euros for the WHOLE week) and really made us feel like locals. It was also very clean and modern.
Another plus: we had a kitchen so if we felt like cooking or having a meal on the private patio, we could. We went through this company www.pillowapartments.com and it was very easy. I highly recommend it.
A wonderful unspoiled village high above Orgiva in La Alpujarra, with fantastic views towards the Mediterranean. The village is on the GR7 route, so walking is terrific.
Stay in one of the local rental apartments mentioned below - they're excellent.
A very good hotel in a good location for the main sights in Dresden. It is about a ten-minute walk to the Zwinger and the Semper Opera. Trams 10 and 11 stop close by and are very convenient.
The hotel is very comfortable. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. Breakfasts are excellent and the restaurant is very good, although choice is a little limited.
Ostra Alle 33
Rural hotel on the Sierra Espuna mountain range, wonderful welcome, a real feel at home hotel (only the food is better!!), great walking on the Espuna, lots to do if you like nature and the great outdoors. We'll be back next year.
Gebas, Sierra Espuna, Alhama de Murcia, Murcia, 0034 968631008, www.espuna-adventure.com, 9 km from the nearest railway station in Alhama de Murcia, need transport to enjoy the vast area!
It is the countryside outside of Toulouse stretching almost as far as Carcassonne. In this area you will find the Canal du Midi, beautiful villages and stunning scenery. Markets, antique and reproduction furniture. Foie Gras and excellent local wines from the Corbieres, Minervois and Fitou.
You can fly into Toulouse or Carcassonne, exit the Autoroute A61 at Villefranche Lauragais and head in the direction of Revel where you will find a beautiful market every Saturday morning. Worthwhile stops are St Felix Lauragais. There is a 16th century farm doing B&B in Belesta Lauragais, a good base for exploring the Lauragais.
I stayed in an artist's studio in Tribeca last year. I found it on craigslist under short term rentals.
People who have vacant apartments rent them by the night through craigslist. I also got a 3 month sublet a few years back through the same site.
If you're planning to spend a night in Colonia you could do a lot worse than stay in the Radisson Hotel. We booked a double room for €55 through www.asiarooms.com
It has a pool and casino and has recently been redecorated.
There is no hotel called Bristol in Bristol. But there must be about 200 of them around the world. Whether these are named after the West Country city, or after the gallivanting 4th Earl of Bristol, nobody seems to know. I have listed all the ones I can find on allbristolhotels.blogspot.com. Which ones have I missed? Does anyone know about any other Hotel Bristols?
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