Valognes is a small town with a lot of character, good, small hotels and restaurants, and a market on Friday mornings. The town's heyday was in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, when some spectacular buildings dominated the place, such as the wonderful Hotel de Beaumont. However, like most towns in Normandy, the weeks following D-Day devastated most of Valognes and what remains is a tribute to the determination of the people who survived that time and rebuilt their town. Valognes is worth a stay for its own sake, because it lies at the centre of an interesting region, and for the fact that it is close to the ferry port at Cherbourg but retains its own distinctive and attractive character.
18km south of Cherbourg; signs for Valognes, off the N13.
This small hotel defies the usual descriptions so favoured by the glitzy brochures, expensively produced by the Turkish holiday companies & tour operators. İt has, during the last 6 years, established a reputation for comfort, good food and excellent hospitality. Having now broken free from the chains of UK operators, Misafir Evi seeks to re-establish itself as an independent concern for those travellers and tourists who prefer a good read to watching the ubiquitous flat screen tv and a walk in the Turkish country side to a workout in the gym.
Tel: 00 90 252 618 01 62
Reasonably cheap and very clean. Easy access from U-Bahn and trams. Vienna Card gets you anywhere of interest - and with discounts.
Good, adequate, breakfast. There is a swimming pool up on the roof - they'll open it up if you ask them. We stayed in a discounted standard double - paid cash for discount.
If you look at the map, you'll find that the very south of Brittany is a bit harder to get to than the rest - maybe this is why Brits tend not to go there.
If you'd like to camp on a site where everyone is speaking French, and join in communal meals and activities feeling that you're really involved in local culture, head for the coastline around and to the north of La Baule.
We found this area by searching campsite reviews, and finding a review expressing horror at people who insisted on talking late into the night 'in French'.
And you can get there on the train quicker than you can drive - stations at La Baule Escoublac, Les Pins & Pornichet.
Me and my wife booked by a web site, RoomsAccomodation, customer service was attentive and enormous efforts were made. We talked with them by skype and by mail
to reserve a perfect pick up service from the airport with a blue Mercedes, they also gave us tips about restaurants, (Hostaria de Pegno near Piazza Navona) nightlife, and sightseeng.
About the hotel La griffe - it's beautifully done and still very comfortable (fashionable and friendly). The location, in Via Nazionale, is great and the staff are first rate. If you can get a good
room rate, (with Rooms Accomodation we payed 375 € (special offer). I think this is a nice hotel for both the business and leisure traveller.
That's a hotel reservation service, we booked hotel La Griffe in Via Nazionale, they gave us the lowest rate.
Website where you can barter for a price for a hotel room. Rooms get cheaper on weekends as businesspeople stay at home. It's almost always cheaper than booking directly. You don't get to know exactly which hotel you'll be staying at - only the area. But a room's a room, innit.
I got in touch with this hotel through their website, and I made a reservation. They answered that they were under construction, and the lobby and cafe were still undone. So they offered me a great deal to stay with them.
What can I say? The service was excellent! Since we were 4 guests in the whole hotel, we had an extremely personalised service. They were very nice to us. The manager herself took our breakfast every day to our room.
The hotel is gonna be great when they open it, because the concept is the design. The rooms are big and the decoration is very nice.
But the best thing is the attention.
Thanks to all the staff of Urbanica Suites for providing us with the best holiday in Buenos Aires!
It's in Montañeses 2585, Buenos Aires.
In a very nice neigbourhood, called Belgrano. Nearby you have a great shopping area! But the area is in general quiet and very classy.
Probably the most challenging MTB tracks in the UK (as well as some for the less daring!). We read about the new centre and decided on our first MTB trip to Wales. A long journey from Yorkshire but well worth it. The technical tracks are great fun (especially the Beast - all 38km of it). We stayed at a local country house (Plas Dolmelynllyn Hall) which was much more relaxing than the usual MTB dormitory style accommodation and reasonably priced. It's good to know that at least this place realises that some of us bikers do like a bit of comfort. The food was brilliant too - there's an option of fine dining or a newly opened bistro. We'll be back - for both the biking and the food!
MTB Centre - 01341 440742
Plas Dolmelynllyn - 01341 440273
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL in Bergamo's Citta Alta. It has a One am curfew. They were not flexible AT ALL about negotiating this and refused to give us a key. On two occassions, over a long weekend break we had to leave friends early to make sure we were allowed back in. Some bars in the Citta Alta seemed to carry on untill at least three am. - with people of all ages strolling about the street outside our hotel enjoying themselves. Because we were there for a friend's wedding and there was also a cycling event that weekend we found it impossible to look for or find alternative accomodation at such short notice. If you like spontaneity then this is not the place to stay.
Citta Alta,Bergamo, Italy
AquaSurf B&B is a cool place to stay. Designed for groups - all the rooms have bunk beds. AquaSurf B&B is clean and friendly, with rooms of two to six people.
We had a TV/video in our room, and the breakfast each morning was fab.
It's in a great location, with both the nightlife and the beaches within two minutes' walk.
Smashing B&B. French and English spoken, car parking, warm welcome, full of character, other food available by arrangement, great rooms.
In the centre of a picturesque little town with lots to do and see, excellent location with the Med one way and the mountains of the Pyrenees the other.
Oshino is a tiny village at the base of Mount Fuji. There are 7 springs which you can visit and the water is astonishgly clear: check out the largest spring and its koi. The village also has a stunning traditional Japanese garden: when we went the second time, it was snowing and deserted. There's an honesty box, where you can pay 100 yen for some fishfood for the ubiquitous koi! In summer you can buy peaches from vats of icy spring water, while you contemplate the beauty of Fuji-san. I recommend staying in a ryokan for a truly relaxing experience and a hot onsen.
This is a great B&B near Amantea, in the centre of Calabria located in Cleto. The friendly proprietor is a sculptor and everything about the house and grounds reflects his professional skills. This B&B offers free bike hire, ping-pong table and internet. Outside there is a wonderful sitting-pool with a fountain. I felt absolutely fantastic there.
Via Piano Prato. 1 Cleto, Cosenza.
Tel: 0039 0982 4403
Very modern apartments in a converted old chocolate factory - staying here is like stepping into an Ikea showroom. Blond wooden flooring, red sofas, big comfy white beds, a well-equipped kitchen and sleek bathroom. There is a sauna in the basement which you can block book - a great thing to do before you head out for the evening. The building has a variety of different-sized apartments and it works out much cheaper than many of the hotels. Breakfast is available too. It's about 5-10 minutes walk into the centre, on a quiet street.
Norra Skolgatan 24
214 22 Malmö, Sweden
Tel: +46 40 641 30 00
Fax: +46 40 641 30 99
A quiet and friendly hotel despite its central location (it literally is about 50m from the cathedral and main street). There are only 12 rooms in this old building, which have been renovated in a modern style with dark wood and white furnishing, and very sleek bathrooms. If you get a superior room you may be lucky to get one of the two rooms on the top floor, which have outdoor patios giving stunning views of the cathedral. The staff here are genuinely friendly and helpful, and it's a great place to stay.
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