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.
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.
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