Stumbled across this charming newly refurbished 19th century B&B right in the middle of Glastonbury, halfway between the town centre and the Tor - flagstone and polished wood floors, with possibly the world's smallest shoe museum!
Tasteful furnishings and comfortable beds with a generous continental breakfast from chirpy host, highly recommended. Prices from about £30-40 per person.
37 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. Call: 01458 832390 E:mail - email@example.com
They are the only UK-based company I managed to find who have a wide selection of high standard, beautifully refurbished holiday apartments in Krakow.
They offer first-rate service at very decent prices. They are very fast to respond and they provide very efficient service. KHA even organised airport transfer for me and my family.
I recommend this company to people travelling to Cracow, who want to have a little bit of luxury away from home, but who do not want to pay fortune for it.
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.
Four-star self-catering cottage ten miles from Ullapool overlooking Loch Broom.
Superb accommodation with magnificent views. A perfect base for touring the magnificent northern Highlands of Scotland. Even a sauna to unwind in after a day out walking, cycling, fishing, climbing, sailing or just relaxing in the tranquility of this wonderful spot.
Taigh a' Bhraoin is in Letter on Loch Broom about 10 miles from the pubs, restaurants and shops of Ullapool. Mrs McKenzie will be delighted to arrange your accommodation +44(0)1560 484003
One of the finest B&B establishments around. A stunning view of Quinag, Suilven and Stac Pollaidh from the balcony, this recently built spacious detached wooden house is situated a kilometer outside Lochinver. Beautifully clean, it boasts an outdoor hot tub to relax under the stars after a big day on the mountains. Fantastic hospitality - our host Mike arrived to pick us up with takeaway fish and chips after an 11 hour 'too late back for pub food' assault on the whole Suilven ridge as part of our Cape Wrath 250 mile trek.
Breakfast is very hearty and meticulously timed and all at £22 a night per person. An amazing bargain for what you get.
Mike Rochester, Eadar Da Sloc, Torbreck, Lochinver, Sutherland IV274JB
Ty Derw is a pretty B&B located in the Snowdonia National Park. We enjoyed a fabulous weekend hiking and exploring the surrounding countryside, and finished the day with home cooked food and a bottle of wine.
The atmosphere is homely and welcoming, the owners clearly care about quality and it shows in the rooms, in the food and in their warm hospitality. A great place to escape from city life.
01650 531 318
Lime Tree Farm, in the Blue Mountains and overlooking Lime Tree village, is a working coffee farm with 3 simple but luxurious cottages (huge bed, coffee machine, bathroom, view to die for). You eat (delicious and generous home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the veranda (view to die for) with the farm's husband and wife team, Charlie and Suzie, whose relaxed, friendly and interesting stories will keep you entertained and ensure you'll feel right at home.
We saw birdlife galore (most often right outside our room), went for invigorating walks in the surrounding hills that were lush and in flower (and where the friendly residents of the village will point and often accompany you back on the right path should you get a tad disorientated).
Honestly, it was my third time to Jamaica and this was the best place i've been yet (including the beautiful beaches). Charlie or Leroy will take you on walks in the surrounding hills and mountains, or leave you to it, sort out day trips to the beach or to the botanic gardens and the whole family will just make you feel so relaxed you'll be sure to love it. And even the profits from the bar go to 2 local schools!
If you are looking for more from Jamaica than the usual all-inclusive, beach stuff and fancy relaxing among the hummingbirds with an occasional visit from Zulu (their huge but very friendly black dog) then make sure a stay at Lime Tree is included in your trip. Did I mention the view is to die for??? Oh, and the coffee, obviously!
This is a company just a few steps away from Szczpenski square, which rents apartments like hotel rooms. We stayed in one of their four- bedroom apartments for ten people.
Great location, friendly staff and the apartment was very cool. I know they have a few more at that location and in other locations in the centre.
The apartment was very nice, nicely furnished with everything you might need for few days (including a hot tub). Check them out if you are looking for a place to stay in Krakow and don't want to spend a tonne on a hotel room.
The perfect place to put your feet up after a long days walking up nearby Pen-y-Fan and the surrounding peaks. This gastropub serves absolutely delicious food, brilliant service and a wide array of beers, cider (and even perry!) on tap. A jem in a beautiful part of Wales!
The Felin Fach Griffin
An oasis of luxury in the heart of Swansea. Very friendly boutique hotel with fantastic food and a buzzy bar. Excellent local nightlife within a few minutes walk. Stylish individual rooms in a historic refurbished building.
This is a newly built backpackers hostel, the first in the city to be purpose built but to come with lots of free off-street parking is a huge boon to the car hire afficionados who can whisk into the city and find plentiful free parking. Rooms are for groups of four and six and the facilities in ornate Italian marble are ultra modern and new.
www.aceplace.co.uk, between exhibition station and Kelvingrove park.
Hotel Pearl Palace has to be experienced to be believed.
Incrediably cheap - it cost me the grand total of just under £30.00 (room/food/drinks) for a four-day stay in a hotel which can only be described as a work of art.
The staff are wonderful (with a capital W) and, unlike the four-star hotel I stayed in Agra, who were hell bent on chiselling every last rupee out of me, they bend over backwards to ensure that you get a fair deal.
I cannot reccomend this hotel enough. I for one, will be returning as soon as I can.
Hari Kishan Somani Marg,
Hathroi Fort,Ajmer Road,
Jaipur - 302001.India
Marmadukes Hotel is a great hotel in the city of York. My wife and I stayed there last summer and always recommend it to our friends whenever they visit. It used to be a Victorian gentleman’s town house and they have re-created it into a beautiful four-star hotel with handcrafted beds and Georgian and Victorian antique furnishings. Amazing service to boot. Perfect place to stay in York!
St Peters Grove
We went as a group staying in a brilliant apartment, Vista Real, on the fifth floor, with a veranda on two levels on the roof overlooking Plaza Real.
You could see the whole city and sit up there at night. It was really well designed and had an old Victorian bath.
We found the place at www.way2stay.com who were great.
It's always busy in the square - with good rock club Sidecar and hip-hop bar 13 and Jamboree, also it's just beside Las Ramblas and completely in the central area.
We went on a good bar/club crawl on Carrer Escudeller as well, which has more locals and less tourists. Barcelona rules!
You have to make an effort to get to mythical Bardsey, dangling off the tip of Wales's Lleyn Peninsula. It's so remote there are no full-time residents, just a summer-time community of farmers and holiday makers. Visitors stay like hermits in long-abandoned cottages with no running water or electricity, and you have to stand in the sea to pick up a mobile signal.
But you also get rare birdlife, fresh lobsters delivered by local fishermen and the kind of deep, utter peace you're hard pressed to get anywhere else in the UK.
Bardsey is about two miles off the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales.
Georgian house with BBQ courtyard terrace five minutes walk from the city centre. From £8 a night including free breakfast, tea making, internet etc.
56 Berkeley Street, Charing Cross Tel: 0141 221 7880 www.glasgowbackpackers.com
We decided to go to Pisa while we were in London for a course of English. With Ryanair it is very easy, because the airport is in town. It takes 5 minutes by bus to get to the very heart of the city. We rented an apartment by the owner, Behind the Tower, that we had found recommended here and we absolutely loved it. The location is fabulous, it is very well linked to the train station, the supermarket is just around the corner. And most importantly, it was so much cheaper than a week in a hotel, especially if you consider that you can eat at home sometimes, so you do not have to spend a lot of money every night to eat in a restaurant. We also appreciated having more space than just a hotel room and we sort of felt locals for a week! My tip is to look into holiday flats as well when planning a trip to Pisa, which by the way is a lovely city, much underrated. Walk around!;
2 minutes from the Leaning Tower, on the LAM Rossa bus line (Tower-Airport).
Quite simply, the best hotel I've ever stayed in - and I've stayed in some good hotels in my time.
The standard room we stayed in was laid out like a mini-apartment: an entrance hall with mini-bar and tea/coffee facilities; bathroom and bedroom both off this little hall. The bathroom was well kitted out and there were slippers and robes for both of us. The bed was huge! We have a super-kingsize bed at home and this bed dwarfed it.
The hotel facilities are great and the service is impeccable. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We had booked a room-only rate but upon arrival were told that breakfast was included. There is a free port table where you can sample port and the cherry liqueur, ginghina, and there are a number of board games available for you to play in the lounge area.
We felt instantly at home here and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 17
Originally Ireland's flagship youth hostel, it's a little tatty these days and definitely no frills. But it has loads of character and a fantastic view, and at 14 euros a night a perfect base to explore the area settled by St Columb in the 6th century, and the Slieve League - at 600m, Europe's highest sea cliffs.
In the town of Glencolumbcille, take the road beside the Glenhead tavern and it's 1.5km up the road on the left - 973 0130
It is a large apartment in a beautiful part of Monticiano, a village south of Siena in Val di Merse, 15 minutes from petriolo hot springs, 5 minutes from breathtaking Abbey of San Galgano.
We were 7 people and managed to spend a week in a great part of Tuscany with 650 euros for the week! All included!
Monticiano, Siena. www.casagigliola.it
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