Okay, so you are not really going to live like a king at this place. The rumour goes that it used to be filled to bursting with NGO staff, but now times are hard and the rooms are vacant. So for under $10 for a double room with fan, bathroom and cable TV, who's complaining?
Prek Mohatep Village, Khum Svay Por, 50m from Psah Nath Market
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Or just let the touts bundle you into the minibus at your point of arrival.
A lovely hotel with super-friendly, English-speaking staff and a great design. Staff will pick you up from the bus and help you arrange tours and cooking courses.
Free wifi, and a beautiful, chilled-out garden, too. Easily the best hotel in our three weeks of travelling around Vietnam.
The Inner Amsterdam Student House is a great budget place to stay. It has dorm rooms, but I stayed in a twin-room with ensuite bathroom for 40 euros for the night (November). Unfortunately I left too early for the free buffet breakfast. It is situated behind the Concert Hall, with the Van Gogh museum nearby. From Centraal Station take tram #5 to Museumplein (the tram starts from Centraal so that's the only direction it's headed). Trams takes about 15 minutes, it's then about 2 minutes walk away.
Wanningstraat 1, 1071 LA Amsterdam, Tel: +31 (0)20 662 5792, www.innerhotel.nl
Nice Pebbles rents out apartments to holidaymakers. Friendly, fantastic service and superb apartments. As it was our honeymoon there were flowers, champagne and chocolates for our arrival. We also had waffle robes. We stayed in Alexandre Mari, so incredibly special with views of all of Nice. The restaurants they recommended to us were also very very good, especially Oliviera on Rue de Collet in the Old Town.
We are staying in bungalow that is on a small cliff top overlooking the beach. As the locals say -this place is in the middle of no-where (it is not in the Lonely Planet and it is far away from the tourist traps).
The beaches are empty and the sea is so clear that your reflection can be seen (cost - $15 per night for a double but discounts can be negotiated!).
This is the friendliest place I stayed when out in Asia. The staff are lovely & the place has got a great atmosphere. Some of the rooms are a touch gloomy (without windows) & it's not the cheapest (about 900bht for a double room), but it's right by the national stadium sky train stop. I go there everytime I'm in Bangkok, but if you don't call to book you probably won't get a room, which tells you everything you need to know I think.
Soi Kasemsan1, Rama1 Road,
Tel: (+662) 214 1149
It's not the cheapest in what is a very cheap town, but it's more of a 3* hotel. The staff are absurdly friendly (the desk clerk drove me to hospital on the back of his moped despite being warned not to by his boss), the rooms large, clean & comfortable with free breakfast.
114 Pangkham Rd
Tel: 021 215 093
A great budget place, right on the Kwai. Rooms are based around a large, green garden area, looking over the river with plenty of hammocks for chilling out. They do good food & drinks as well, although it's best to avoid the terrible selection of movies they show in the evening.
28 Soi China
We definitely do not recommend this hotel. Despite its pretty rooms and good location, the manager decided three days into our stay our room rate was higher than what we were quoted when we arrived. When we disputed this he made up the difference by adding taxes and beefing up the phone and laundry charges. The guys who work there appeared drunk.
You'll also get asked a hundred times about your plans and they'll try to sell their tours - though this is much the same across the entire city.
9 Ngo Huyen Street
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This is a fantastic hotel right in the centre of the city's swanky Golden Triangle district. A top class hotel at a pretty reasonable price, friendly staff and nice pool too.
Jalan Conway, KL
North Stradbroke Island, more commonly known to the locals as "Straddie" is a terrific holiday island just a 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland.
Ideal for those fans looking to take a bit of a break from the hardcore backpacker trail. For a couple of days, Straddie has miles of fantastic beaches, several top watering holes and a unique laid back atmosphere that you won't find elsewhere.
Accomodation is plentiful and reasonably cheap and it is well worth hiring a 4WD, although not essential, to get around the many 4WD tracks and go up and down the miles of beaches to find your perfect spot.
UK visitors will find the natural charm of the island a revelation although be careful swimming as there was a fatal shark attack off Amity Point in 2005.
This is a caravan park and recreation reserve where you can pitch a tent. For camping without the hassle and its close to the airport. Relatively inexpensive, within easy reach of the city and Glenelg the most popular tourist spot. They have cabins but who needs them when with your small tent and their fantastic kitchen, shower blocks, tv room, and the sun your set for a comfortable stay. It's right on the beach, surrounded by fencing and the restaurants and hotels of Glenelg, are a ten minute walk away. Great for families and backpackers.
This hotel is part of the Habaguanex group which a friend recommended to me. You should pre-book in the UK as you will get a better rate than you will otherwise. Located close to the Plaza Vieja it is an art nouveau style building - we had a beautifully furnished room on the top floor which was vast. Breakfast was good too. It was very tranquil in the first week in November but at peak times it might be less so. Good view from the roof terrace.
This hotel is in a beautiful and peaceful spot, owners are great hosts, food excellent, accommodation comfortable and well appointed. A wonderful place to relax and unwind. What more can you want?
A week at Fushia Cottage Kenmare is a tonic, with fantastic views of Kenmare bay, and best of all is the hospality that the Duyn family provide there.
Northbridge is a suburb of Perth which is the place to go for bars and restaurants be they Italian, French, seafood or Asian and everything in between. Catch the free CAT bus from the city and they take you straight there, or you can walk it easily from the city centre too.
On sunday catch a train to Cottesloe and head for the beach and have a few drinks watching the sunset in the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.
Cottesloe - catch a rtain from the city
Northbridge - catch the free Blue CAT bus from the city.
Hawthorn House, in Kenmare, is the best B&B I have ever stayed in. Together with 3 friends, I stayed here earlier this year on a golfing holiday. Mary, who runs the B&B, is wonderful and I want to go back tomorrow.
It is walking distance from all the 30 bars and restaurants in Kenmare.
Having had more than a few ski holidays with the major holiday companies I wanted something cheaper, and the only alternative I could find was to use the big companies to book self-catering accomodation. Then I discovered the French youth hostel website (FUAJ). Cheap accomodation and the most amazing food - and lots of it! One year I couldn't take a whole week off to go boarding so had a long weekend, something that is much harder to organise through the big companies, who tend to deal only in week-long packages.
I speak a little French while the friends I went with don't, but they didn't find it weird being in a hostel where everyone else was French. Yes, you have to organise your own transport but in my experience more and more people are doing this anyway.
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