A hotel on the main street in Chinatown. The colours used are somewhat OTT, but the location is great for the Old Town and the Chinatown restaurants and markets; about equidistant from the river boat pier at Ratchawong and the MRT at Hua Lamphong.
479 Thanon Yaowarat. Nearest MRT is Hua Lamphong, but taxi from the airport was 450 baht (7 pounds) in Nov 07.
Not always popular, this is a pub turned country bar/restaurant with rooms. It has however managed to preserve the welcome comfiness usually associated with a pub atmosphere. Here dogs are welcome and dress code is casual but equally as smart as you like. The location, just 4 miles south of Bath is not only highly accessible but absolutely stunning - so close to the city yet in the very real and beautiful countryside. In summer the terrace beckons, overlooking the lovely country garden and in winter the smell of wood smoke from the log lures you inside to the modern yet rustic interior. Real Ale and local cider are there to tempt the traditional taste accompanied by a surprising and outstanding european wine list. (The owner is passionate about his wine and this is not only reflected in the selection but also the price - some bargains to be had here!) The food is top shelf quality, simple yet sumptuous. The Wheatsheaf has its own kitchen garden and hens - this is genuine homemade stuff. Chef Lee Evans is surely a rising star, ingredients sourced locally and cooked simply, combining flavours with a modern theme without using unneccessary fuss. Homemade breads served with local butter and indeed local rapeseed oil - which gives the usual olive oil a run for its money. The staff are friendly and efficient, the whole experience was delightful and the good news is they have a few rooms as well.
Close to Buenos Aires, front door pickup, great people, great food, great horses, great lodging, not a tourist trap and very reasonably priced.
RP 193 , Km 10.5 Zarate / escalada
Km 10,5 Escalada, Cuartel IV Buenos Aires 2800
Tel: 54 (011) 4765 4320
We had a wonderful stay at Dar Tassa and enjoyed every second of it. What a beautiful place and what nice and kind people.
Mohammed guided us through the mountains. He spoke English very well and was very kind and told us everything we would like to know
The food was a highlight: they made us some of the best veggie tagines we've had in Morocco and only wish we'd had longer to savour the peace and tranquility of the place.
We have just had the most relaxing holiday at this 18th century farmhouse deep in unspoilt Deux Sevres countryside in western France- a tranquil idyll with a lovely pool and an amazing array of facilities for a great family holiday away from it all.
The farmhouse and farm buildings around the old courtyard have been tastefully converted into four gites with accommodation for parties from 4-30.
In the garden are a football pitch, swings, a slide and a children's cabin, a sunken trampoline, a safely fenced carp pond and a swimming pool. Two boule pitches allow children to use one while mums and dads use the other with that glass of local wine in the non playing hand.
Bikes for all ages and a games room with pool, table football, table tennis and darts are all available plus loads of toys, books, DVDs, videos and board games.
The Poitou-Charentes area of France is full of lovely villages and historic architecture and La Rochelle, the coast and the amzing futurescope theme park at Poitiers are all easily accessible.
It's a beautiful old building with loads of character. The owners are really friendly and helpful and the rooms attractive and comfortable (although not luxurious)- a really great value place to stay. It's worth paying the extra for air conditioning.
Lilly Street, Fort Cochin, Cochin. www.chiramelhomestay.com/
For quality at a fairly affordable price in Venice, simply stay outside of Venice itself. The Hotel Bologna has been recently refurbished in a modern and tasteful style. But its real beauty is that it's over the road from Mestre railway station and just 10 minutes from Venice station and the Grand Canal.
It's also just over the road from the bus stop that will take you to (Venice) Treviso airport for your budget flight home.
Via Piave 214, Venezia, I-30171, IT
Phone: 39 041 931000
Literally opposite Venezia Mestre railway station
Bursa Jagiellonska is a hostel, located in Podgorze, one of the central districts of Krakow. Beds for backpackers and tourist groups are only available in the summer (from the beginning of July until the end of September).
The rooms are clean, plain and comfortable. The hostel is one of the few in Krakow that offers single, private rooms. Bursa Jagiellonska has its own laundry machines, free internet access in each room and computers in the common area. The reception is nice and helpful as well.
If you fancy a stay in a "log cabin in the woods for city slickers" then Evergreen Lodge is for you. It's in the forest area just outside the park and close to "Hetch Hetchy" gate on the west side of Yosemite and is a well laid-out complex of very comfortable accommodation with a central restaurant/bar/shop.
The prices are very reasonable and for Brits, with the exchange rate as it is, well, say no more. There is, of course, the whole of Yosemite to go at.
Organization offering hundreds of bed and breakfasts throughout New York City.
You tell them your budget and the preferred area(s) and they send you a list of the options they have available. We stayed at the apartment of a very friendly lady at Upper East Side.
A great scenic drive. I recommend heading south on the ocean side. Allow LOTS OF TIME. We took a week from San Francisco to LA and we could have taken a year. There are lots of very good and cheap motels along the way so no need to bother about booking ahead.
Just make EARLY STARTS and make the stopovers by mid afternoon for the best choices. We never spent as much as $100 per double per night including breakfast and inclusive of all taxes for often quite luxurious accommodation. Driving in USA can be a pleasure rather than a chore and on Hwy 1 very few people are in a hurry.
Check www.broadjam.com/delton and listen to "Looking For America - Land Of The Free" for the full story.
Office Ops is an arts center-cum- hostel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that has cheap and clean places for people to stay when visiting the city.
Worth checking it out if you are coming to NYC on a budget.
Radio City Apartments is an apartment hotel in the heart of the theatre district close to Times Square and 5th Ave.
It is excellent value for money. We paid $200 per night for a one bedroom apartment which comfortably took our family of four. Friendly, helpful young staff and clean and comfortable accomodation.
Big Apple Greeter is a voluntary organisation which was set up to give visitors to NYC a personal insight into The Big Apple. A Greeter meets up at your hotel and you get a five or so hour WALKING tour of your chosen neighbourhood, and it is all FREE. You even get a subway pass for the day. We had a great time. Check the websites for both for all the details.
RADIO CITY APARTMENTS
142 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
1-(877)921-9321 (U.S Only)
We chanced upon this gorgeous apartment in the central Born area. Initially we were looking for the boutique hotel experience, but found this to be a much more exclusive, original and affordable option.
Very nice shopping on the Paseo de Borne, we loved Custo Barcelona, and The Mix is a great cocktail lounge bar nearby!
Pension Vltava offers a fine stay as it is reliable for really cheap, really basic and very clean rooms. It is great to know about for very cheap breaks to see the city or see a concert, and flying visits when you haven't booked anywhere.
It's also good if you need to to save money and have a private room if you are just passing through the city and need a place you can rely on for a cheap room which is clean.
This guest house happens to have a tiny coffee shop and bar which stays open all night every night and is really cheap. You can relax with tea or coffee, beers, wine, cognacs or becherovkas back in your room at any time.
I recommend this place. I have nearly always got a room when enquiring on the same day (it is a quite a large guest house). The price is around £11 to £14 for a room for one person per night with very clean common shower and loo.
For those who don't know the city and especially for those to whom the central places are familiar, for the lowest budget place to stay the guest house is ideally placed. It is around eight to ten minutes on a tram from near the guest house to central areas. Around it are a few interesting bars and cafes. There aren't very many tourists around here though the area is quite nice and fresh if you know Prague, except backpackers and younger travellers are noticeable as Sir Toby's travel hostel, Extoll Inn, a few other guest houses and a Czech H.I. travel hostel are around here.
The river where it bends is just over five minutes walk away and it is a pleasant walk into the centre along the riverside from near Pension Vltava. Set aside a couple of hours for a great walk across the river, away from the city, to a leafy part on the outskirts of the city, to the Trojska Chateau gallery and courtyard cafe in summer, Prague Zoo and the lovely Botanic Gardens.
It is ideal to walk here, if you have the time, and better than taking a tram, though you can eaily go by tram. Either way, it is a quiet part of the city which is lovely and I really recommend it.
A good walk away of over ten minutes is the nice Cafe Lisbon on the main riverfront road, which has characteristic pizzas especially and is good for drinking at. Just over ten minutes in the opposite direction, toward Stromovka park, is the Absolut Hotel which has an unpretentious and quite minimalist, pleasant bar and restaurant. The Mecca Music Club is a few minutes walk from the guest house. Not far, good food at a good price in the restaurant of Hotel Henry, U Papírny.
If you can afford it, I would suggest splashing out and getting a room at the Sheraton Montazah.
The fact that it's on the edge of town might make it inconvenient for
some, but I found it eliminated most of the noise from the downtown
area, while still providing a major thoroughfare for catching a cab.
Its private, wonderfully under-populated beach, and a room with a balcony overlooking both the Montazah Palace gardens and the
Mediterranean were also welcome perks.
I'd been looking for an apartment accommodation for weeks before deciding to book with romeloft.com.
There are a lot of apartment rental agencies in Rome, but be very careful: the most famous ones won't give you the best quotes. I've sent many emails to have the best deal possible, and I was not surprised to hear the best proposals from the smallest agencies. I finally booked Domizio apt in Piaza Navona. I was surprised by the stylish furniture, and the owner was very friendly.
Everything was very familiar - something I did really appreciate.
My sister who's been in Rome for a year has not been as satisfied with another agency: the photos were much better than reality.
I think Romeloft was really OK: the website is decent, they were quite fast answering emails, but the point is... the apartment was better than I expected.
Can't wait to come back to Rome! Amazing city. Chaotic but too beautiful.
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