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.
If you want a good ryokan experience in Tokyo, this is the place. It's in the quiet, pedestrianised temple area of Asakusa, close to the markets and metro station. There are western rooms too, but if you want a more authentic Japanese experience you will get bamboo floor matting, paper shutters, unbelievably cosy futon beds, kimono robes, a low table and cushions and fresh green tea and rice crackers every day. Even the Japanese rooms have a small western-style bathroom with a shower, and the ryokan serves a traditional Japanese breakfast. The highlight however, are the hot baths on the fifth floor. Steam your travel troubles away while you lie back and gaze out over the golden illuminated temples and night skyline. Very friendly and helpful staff too.
While there are plenty of great hotels in Berlin, staying in an apartment proved much better value. We had a huge one-bedroom place in Kreuzberg, where the bathroom alone was about the size of our whole flat in London. And it was £25 a night each. This website has loads of different apartments all over Berlin or varying sizes. A great way to feel like a local while being on holiday.
Managed to stumble across this place nearly a year ago, an elephant sanctuary, homestay, nature appreciation centre all mixed up and set in beautiful scenery. Have been back four times now and having more fun each time. See their website for all the info.
Elephants & Friends
I think it is becoming essential to protect yourself against being refused your pre-booked hotel room. After a long flight I arrived at a south Kensington hotel to be told I had no booking and they were full. In future, I will call beforehand to make sure it's all OK. I have found a website page that lists the reasons so you can be prepared.
It is right by Lake Tekapo and is a small campground right on the edge of the lake. There is an honesty box to pay your camp fees which are only $5 per person per night. There are toilets there too.
Turn right after Lake Tekapo and head in the direction of the observatory. Carry on after the observatory and turn left. Signposted as a dept of conservation area. Or ask at the visitor info before you leave the village.
Rede Beach Resort is a small hotel (20 rooms) in Guajiru. It is situated on the beach, north of Fortaleza and just next to the towns of Flexeiras and Mundau.
It has been recently been taken over by three English guys and it really shows. They have built a fabulous pool, spa, TV lounge, gym, shop and revamped the somewhat predictable Brazilian menu into one everyone can find pleasing.
The rooms are big, have their own verrandahs with great sea views and are really rustic, which goes against the normal 80s appearence of many hotels I have stayed in around these parts.
The service is excellent with attentive professional staff.
It is not expensive either! If you are anywhere near Fortaleza, forget Jericoacoara, visit the guys at Rede Beach.
Guajiru - 120km north of Fortaleza taking route CE 085.
24 km from Trairi and 5 km from Flexeiras.
Bus available to Guajiru from Fortaleza or taxi transfer.
A brilliant B&B about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Bath. It has parking at the back (rare for Bath). The owner is very helpful and keen on good bathrooms and it shows. This is a non- chintzy place not cheap but worth the extra.
The star performance is breakfast - homemade muesli, walnut bread, organic eggs, the works. If you are travelling by train you can be collected and delivered to station by said owner.
Athole House,33 Upper Oldfield Park,Bath BA2 3JX
You don’t travel 650 miles from Surrey for nothing! We have stayed at the cottage on many occasions and will repeatedly return to savour the delights of exceptional accommodation in an idyllic setting.
We cannot speak too highly of the Taigh a’ Bhraion experience, try it for yourselves, especially in the winter, it's cosy and warm and very beautiful outside.
Letters on Loch Broom, 10 miles from Ullapool
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I spent a few days in Valencia in March. If you haven't been to "las Fallas de Valencia" you don't know what a party is!! They burn huge monuments made of wood and cardboard in the middle of the streets. There are thousands of "Fallas", firecrackers, and festivals everywhere!!
My friends and i stayed in Red Hostel and saved a lot of money for going out. The hostel staff told us where to go, how to get to parties and even a handsome receptionist went out with us to the beach!!
They have internet, air conditioning, kitchen, shared and private rooms... It's open 24/7 and waiting for us after party. Our rooms were coloured painted and we saw the river of Valencia by the window!! Best holidays ever had in a lovely hostel!!
Not far along the coast road from Lynton you’ll find a signpost for Hunters Inn, which as well as being a pub-restaurant and place of accommodation, is also a beauty spot near the bottom of the alarmingly steep and deep Heddon Valley.
The walks in this area are spectacular, whether you follow the river path down to the sea or climb the cliff paths which cut narrow tracks along steep, heather-covered inclines.
This is a truly beautiful place to spend some time, just make sure that your car brakes are in good working order before you make the journey.
Take the coast road from Lynton towards Ilfracombe. Watch for the signposted road for Hunters Inn.
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