I always recommend people to stay in this small, riverside hotel when they´re in Buda. It´s an eyesore architecturally, being a modern block in the middle of some fin-de-siecle apartment buildings, however, the views it offers along the Danube to the Chain Bridge and the Parliament are stunning. It´s not badly priced, and the upper floor rooms offer the best views along the river.
Bem rkp 11; tel: 1 457 8080; www.victoria.hu
Old Prague Hostel offers cheap accommodation in the heart of Prague. Very central to everything, you do not have to use any public transportation. It's clean and social.
www.oldpraguehostel.com, Benediktska 2, Prague 1
Great, good value, flats right in the centre of the action in Pest. My girlfriend and I stayed in the Raday Church View apartment on Raday utca. The flats are tastefully renovated in beautiful old buildings.
This is a relaxed and inexpensive alternative to a hotel in the centre of town. One bedroom flats with kitchen and bathroom with access to a small garden. The owners are very helpful and knowledgeable and they speak English, French and German. The only drawbacks are the seven nights minimum stay and at the moment it is only open in the summer, but at €250-300 a week they are a bargain.
16 rue Vendome
0208 968 6293 (UK);
Nearest Airport: Marseille
A wonderful restaurant and hotel set right on the beautiful golden sands of Pantai Cenang. The food is delicious with a great fusion of Asian and European tastes. The cocktails are fantastic. I especially recommend the jug of frozen Margharita. Perfect to watch the sun go down. This place is so beautiful, afterwards I strolled out to the beach with my girlfriend and proposed to her. We are getting married in Malaysia this year!
Pantai Cenang07000 Langkawi Kedah Malaysia
Friendly hostel located near the centre of the city in an enchanting old building. If you are travelling in a group, ring ahead and book the 'penthouse' - it sleeps eight and has its own kitchen/dining area and bathroom with shower. And if you stay for more than five days you get a Yellow Submarine t-shirt.
56 Terez Korut - near Nuygati train station
A really old, beautifully decorated hotel bang in the heart of the city. Its strategic position meant it was used as an HQ by various political movements during Budapest's turbulent history. There’s a beautiful old restaurant and café as well.
If you want to get away from modern hotel chains and enjoy some old fashioned luxury - for around the same price as a modern three-star - book in here.
Kossuth Lajos Ut 19-21; tel: 1 889 6000; www.danubiushotels.com/astoria
High budget but they do good deals at the weekend, have fantastic views of the Danube, and serve the most amazing buffet breakfast on a Sunday.
On the No 2 tramline along the river, but you will probably get there by taxi; Apaczai Csere Janos Ut 4, Budapest, 1052;
tel: 1 26 67 000;
For travellers on a budget, especially if travelling alone, Celica Youth Hostel is a great place to stay. Not the cheapest of the city's youth hostels, but unique in being an old renovated prison. The cheapest room is in a domitory in which the accommodation is basic, but free internet access, a good bar, breakfast, linen and towels included, access to a small kitchen and laid-back atmosphere make up for this. It's also only 10 minutes walk for the station and 20 from the city.
Metelkova 8, Ljubljana; tel: 386 1 230 97 00
It was a lovely place to stay with stylishly decorated rooms and a funky bar/breakfast area. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the breakfast option included a feast of fresh fruit, honey and yoghurt as an alternative to the (what looked lovely) traditional English (organic) breakfast.
9 Oriental Place, Brighton.
An old 15th century grand house with an open courtyard that overlooks the Alhambra which is floodlit at night. There are inward and outward facing rooms. Very atmospheric and within easy walking distrance of the Albaicin area. Has Ac and central heating. Very cosy in Jan this year 2006. Helpful staff.
Dine at El Huerto de Juan Ranas which over looks the alhambra, tapas at bodega castaneda in calle almireceros.
Cuesta De La ictoria 9m 18010 Granda
Tel +34 958 221 100
Great guest house/hotel. Exceptionally freindly and attentive owners who really make your stay enjoyable. Cool rooms, great beds and really good value for money when compared to other "trendy" Brighton Hotels.
Tel: 01273 670 131
A small village in the middle of the Grampians, Hall's Gap has recently been subjected to bush fires but at the beginning or end of the summer, this is the most beautiful place in Victoria to visit. Stay in the log cabins, which back onto an unenclosed paddock with kangaroos, literally hundreds of them. They’re very friendly and confident enough to come right up to your front door in the evening - just watch out for the kangaroo poo in the mornings!
The cabins are fully equipped and have doubles spas, huge beds and if you ever choose to leave the cabins there are loads of walks and waterfalls to visit. The area is lovely and is great for a weekend break whether you are living over here or just visiting.
The heart and soul of St Kilda's Fitzroy Street. Known for many things: its cool Art Deco exterior, posh wine store, internationally renowned live acts, eclectic mix of drinkers and take-no-sass barstaff. Best on a balmy week night - sit outside on the benches, order a pot of beer, chat to the locals and watch as the sun goes down over Port Phillip Bay.
29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda; www.theprince.com.au; tel: (613) 9536 1111; nearest tram: No 96 Light rail tram from the city centre. Hop off and head down the road towards the beach
If you are staying in Melbourne for a number of days, then consider renting an apartment through the Visit Melbourne website. While they cost about the same as a mid-range hotel they have a number of benefits including a kitchen and laundry facilities and most are centrally located.
The Nunnery is a lovely, well-kept old building which - you guessed it - used to be a nunnery and now caters for backpackers of both sexes. Located on the edge of the CBD opposite the Imax theatre and Royal Exhibition Buildings and grounds, it's just a stroll away from town or the uber-cool shops and cafes of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Private rooms are also available and the rates are great. The tram stops right outside and they also have a special deal going with the next-door pub on budget meals called Hail Marys. Hallelujah!
116 Nicholson St, Fitzroy; tel: 61 3 9419 8637; www.nunnery.com.au
The Boddhi Tree is a stylish, cosy guesthouse located opposite the Tuol Sleng genocide museum. Despite the location, it is a haven of peace with friendly staff and great food. The menu is unbeatable in Phnom Penh - breakfast, lunch and dinner are cooked fresh from local ingredients, all with a healthy, wholefood twist.
The rooms are all good value, and individually designed. Well worth the prices.
The small atmospheric terrace garden is good in the evenings for a drink or two.
Opposite the Tuol Sleng genocide museum
Hostel on Tverskaya, really close to Kremlin. I stayed there and loved it! It's really cheap and has great beds, internet so forth. It has to be the best hostel in Moscow!
1st Tverskay Yamskaya, House #7, apartment 38;
tel: 095 200 5741; www.sweetmoscow.com
I can recommend this hotel. If you book from the UK through a travel agent it is only £50-60. The Mandarin has an outdoor pool on the 11th floor, great views of the park below and is situated next to the Petronas Towers and close to bars and restaurants. If you want to go up the twin towers, make sure you go early to get your ticket.
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