Market Hotel is a rare find, and one so good that I'm tempted not to tell, but here goes.
It's a beautiful, affordable (doubles are 80 euros) boutique hotel in the centre of Barcelona, with a great restaurant that's open for lunch and dinner (and always full).
My words cannot do it justice, but check out the photos website. The best hotel shower I have ever experienced, and staff are very friendly and helpful.
Passage Sant Antoni Abad 10 (a little alley off Calle Compte Borrell, near Mercat Sant Antoni);
tel: (+34) 933 251 205;
The coolest place to stay in Las Vegas. Great pool with bars that you can swim up to and card tables. The pool has sand beaches and four poster beds at the edge of the water. Live bands, good food.
4455 Paradise Road;
At the end of a long, winding road through stunning mountain scenery is a little piece of Crete as it was in the 60s and 70s - but with electricity.
A traditional family-run taverna offering fresh food and four simple-but-comfortable balconied rooms, all with stunning views along one of the most picturesque and unspoilt coastlines in Europe.
Situated in a secluded bay and literally perched at the water's edge, you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves after a perfect meal of freshly caught and perfectly cooked fish and a carafe of local wine.
Perfect for those whose idea of nightlife is counting the stars, and who don’t need any water sports other than swimming and fishing.
Stavros & Vicky Peraki;
tel: (0030) 6937124600;
Based in the former stables of a 500 year-old castle. Cheap, central and it has rooms with a view. There is a total of 320 beds.
Burg 2, Nuremberg;
tel: +49 (911) 2309360;
The Portsea Hotel (aka the Portsea pub) has one of the best outlooks of any pub in the world. It’s a favourite of those who live in Portsea, as well as those visiting. Drives to the Mornington Peninsula end at the pub, motorcyclists arrange their rides to end at the pub. The views are awesome, and the food and service are very good. Eat in the restaurant or outside in the beer garden. They also offer accommodation.
3749 Point Nepean Rd (Nepean Hwy), Portsea. It’s on the right-hand (beach) side as you enter Portsea.
tel: (03) 59842213
A site in the Bogd Khan National Park not far from the capital where travellers can experience the beauty of the steppes on horseback - you stay in a traditional ger and can book single days trekking or several if you want. Run by an English woman together with a Mongolian family to provide a budget experience of Mongolian culture and countryside for independent travellers - new this year and, so far, with excellent feedback. Try it!
This hotel is less than one km from Termini railway station. Staff are very kind and helpful in explaining where to go, what to see and, last but not the least, where to dine out.
Do you like Mykonos, but want to avoid the crowds? Try Agios Stefanos for somewhere a bit quieter than Mykonos town. It’s a small beach area about 4kms north of the main town with a selection of accommodation styles (from the Kastro Hotel to Mamas Pension), its own general store and some very good beachfront bars and restaurants.
A good way to spend some time is to walk from Ag Stefanos to Mykonos for a long lunch and then walk back to Ag Stefanos for dinner overlooking the beach
Catch a bus from the airport (we did) to your accommodation. Taxis are also available to get around the island.
Hotel Kastro: tel: 2289 023176
Mamas Pension: 401 St. Stefanos Beach; tel: (0030) 22890 23262; email: email@example.com; www.mammas.coo.gr
General information: www.travel-to-mykonos.com/place.php?place_id=10
If you’re looking for a place in Havana then stay at a casa particular. They are much more interesting and comfortable than staying in a government hotel.
A great one for the area of Vedado is that run by Armando Guiterrez. The apartment is modern, and the room to rent is ensuite, very clean, a good size with air conditioning and right in the centre of Vedado - and all at reasonable cost for Havana.
He speaks fantastic English and French and is more than happy to help with anything that needs to be sorted out for your holiday as well as explain how to solve any problems that the Cuban system presents. We stayed for 2 nights at the end of our holiday and wished that we could have stayed for longer. To leave Cuba from here really left us with an amazingly positive feeling about people.
Calle 21 No 62, Apartment No 7 between Calle M & N, in Vedado Havana;
tel: +53 7 832 1876
I stayed in this holiday studio in the Old Town. Nice and clean, fully fitted kitchette, air-conditioning and a large patio. Also, the landlord was very friendly and helpful in meeting us late at night. Will absolutely recommend it for other people.
Zelena 10, Bratislava;
Stunningly designed hotel by architect Ruy Ohtake. It looks like a slice of water melon replete with 'pips' for windows. It's worth a visit solely for the roof terrace. The views of São Paulo up top make you feel like you're in a South American version of Blade Runner, minus Rutger Hauer mind.
4700 Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio;
tel: 11 3055 4710;
This is a great place. The bedrooms are spartan but clean. The place has a rather wide-open feel to it, unlike most clautrophobic hostels. The best part is the food: Sim's has the best food of any hostel I've been to, and it's cheap (8-15 yuan) with big portions. Also, there is often cheap barbecued food on the street outside.
No.42 Xizhushi st. Chengdu - in the northern part of Chengdu, next to Wenshu Yuan Buddhist Temple (which I also recommend). By taxi it's about 8-10 minutes away from the Chairman Mao statue/city centre;
tel: +86 288 691 4422;
Conde Nast have named their 'best new hotels in the world for 2006' (May 2006 - US Edition). Fortunately, for those of us who don't have 800USD to blow on a hotel room, CN were sweet enough to include a few recommendations that may just be within our reach, including The Sarojin in Khao Lak, one hour north of Phuket.
Conde Nast have named their "best new hotels in the World for 2006" (May 2006 - US Edition). Fortunately, for those of us who don't have 800USD to blow on a hotel room, CN were sweet enough to include a few recommendations that may just be within our reach, including D2 Hotel and The Chedi in Chiang Mai.
D2 Hotel: 100 Chang Klan Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai;
tel: +66 (0) 5328 3177;
The Chedi: 123 Charoenprathet Road, T. Changklan A. Maung, Chiang Mai;
tel: (66) 53 253 333;
Browse the full list at www.concierge.com/bestof/hotlist/2006/asia
Fantastic hotel located in the Old Town. Very swish! The staff were very friendly and the hotel has a great wine cellar in the basement - very cosy and tucked away. The sommelier was equally impressive, persuading us out of our comfort zone and recommending some excellent wine. We ate in the restaurant, which was, again, great. In fact we could find no fault with the hotel at all.
Here’s an example of the level of service: I ran out of batteries for my digital camera and the reception went off to find some and gave me new batteries - no charge. Unusual in this day and age. Definitely worth a treat if you are heading this way.
It's located on the edge of the Old Town, within easy walking distance of all the sights, restaurants and bars.
The hostel is very clean and modern. It is really large for a hostel and well organised but the feel isn't as personal as it can be in some smaller hostels. The staff were very friendly, and not at all intrusive.
If you need a hotel you should choose something in the centre (around the main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova). Palace Hotel is a good choice, if you want a place with less noise in the early hours. It’s a four star hotel, so the price may be a bit high, but fair.
Hotels such as Moskva and Balkan have a long tradition but are in the noisiest location in the city. Hotel Park and Royal are good, but only if you REALLY want to stay in a cheap hotel, otherwise choose a hostel. Any hostel lining the main pedestrian street is good, in terms of location, but avoid the ones next to the train station as it’s a bad neighbourhood (porn cinemas and sex shops, etc). I found an article in The Independent recommending Star Hostel, so maybe that’s a good place to start. I’ve checked its status and it has an OK rating.
Palace Hotel: Topličin venac 23;
tel: 011 185-585
Hotel Moskva: Balkanska br.1
Royal Hotel: Kralja Petra 56; tel: 011 2634 222
Star Hostel: Cara Urosa 6/2 1st floor; tel: 631 967 961
5 star hotel about 30 mins from Hurghada. The most awesome windsports destination and a fantastic hotel too. If you're a guest of Mark Warner there is a huge array of watersports on offer and the wind is fantastic. We learnt to kitesurf here which was just amazing.
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