To say it is a campsite gives the wrong impression, though it is - a large one. We stayed there in a trailer-type bungalow in October 2005. The accommodation was clean and comfortable with twin beds (linen provided), heating and shower room/WC. It was very cheap, compared with any hotel - only £145 for two of us for six nights. There are no cooking facilities, but that was fine for we ate out while sightseeing during the day and had a cold meal in the bungalow in the evening, or went to the splendid on-site pub/restaurant which also provides breakfast. The main downside was no way to dry wet shoes! Frequent buses connect the camp with the Rome metro system.
A small hotel on the fifth floor of a block, within easy walking distance of Termini, the main railway station in Rome, so good for the first or last night of a holiday in Rome, giving easy access to the station and the metro or buses to the airports. It is not smart, but the front desk is manned 24/7, the staff are friendly, it is inexpensive, breakfast is included, and there are plenty of nearby places to eat.
Domus Mea Hotel, 31 Via Calatafimi
Italy. Phone #: 64881174,
# Rooms: 24, Fax #: 6486496,
Very good, well-kept, secure, cheap campsite. Well serviced by a regular bus service to the nearest metro, which itself is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Paris.
Much cheaper than any hotel. The only drawback is the poorly stocked shop so do your food shopping before you arrive.
Good website, reservations can be made online. If you haven't got a tent there are also self-catering cabins to rent.
Les Campings d'Île de France
Camping du Bois de Boulogne,
Allée du Bord de l'Eau 75016 PARIS
Tel : 33(0)1 45 24 30 00 Fax : 33(0)1 42 24 42 95
This family run guest house is one of the best value places I've ever stayed. Beautiful house with fantastic rooms for $10 a night. Mrs Amarasinghe's rice and curry are also top notch - some of the best in Sri Lanka.
All but a luxury hotel for all but a backpacker's price. The Lai Thai has a great location, minutes from the night market; the air-con rooms are clean and beautifully decorated with teak and bamboo; there's even a swimming pool.
If you're still not satisfied, the hotel has its own foot masseur and fortune teller too. Doubles from 600 Baht (about £8)
111/4-5 Kotchasarn Road, Tel: +66 5327 1725 or 5320 6438
The hostel to be in Belgrade: great location - walk out of the building and you're in the epicentre of the tourist district, walk down a couple of floors and you venture into Ben Zakiba, what I can only call a glorified lock-in, its exclusive, hedonistic and chilled-out all in one. The clientele are in-the-know Belgraders and ... we only found out this place existed after meeting locals. A good stop-over point before going back to the hostel (I forgot to mention the only downside of the hostel, you need to walk up four floors to get there).
Nusiceva 8, Belgrade: www.hostels.com
A fine youth hostel. The dorms are well airconditioned, close to the city centre and transport links to places such as Pompeii. The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly and there's internet facilities, a laundry service and common room for meeting fellow travellers.
Danhostel Copenhagen have opened a designer youth hostel in one of the city’s few tall buildings. Every room has a stunning view and the shared rooms aimed at backpackers start at about 10 pounds. Budget rooms with more privacy are available, too.
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 50
Tel: (+45) 3311 8585
Many people use Quito as a brief stop-off on their way to the jungle, or to the Galapagos. However, it is worth thinking of staying a bit longer. One possiblity is to stay a few weeks to do a full immersion course in Spanish. There are many schools in the city, who can provide one to one tuition at a very reasonable price.
If you are staying longer, you might also want to explore the possibility of taking an apartment - there are many options for apartments to rent in the Old Town, the Mariscal and Guapulo Village.
Of course you can have a great time whilst staying in the city - there are a good selection of theatres, clubs, bars and restaurants to visit, and a nightime walk around the old town is a must, and on Sundays there is a very good sale of artwork at Parc El Ejido.
more about staying in Quito at www.my-Quito.com
It's a little known haven just outside the centre of town in a protected national park. A farmhouse then a French ambassador’s hideaway, it is now a chic chalet. The deck and floor-to-ceiling windows offer a great view of the Mont Blanc massif. From £1,350 per week for up to 8 people.
An atmospheric, bohemian, budget, boutique hotel.
It's a little bit out of the centre of Paris, but the Metro is 5 minutes away and it's within walking distance of Pigalle & Montmarte. Loads of bars, bistros and cafes near by.
18, rue des Dames, Paris 75017, France
This charming hotel is situated on a quiet street in the heart of Montmatre. There is a parrot in the lobby that can speak in five languages and if that's not a good reason to stay here then I don't know what is. Inexpensive, charming, centrally located.
Address: 5 Rue Tholoze 75018.
10 min. walk from Abbesse or Blance metro stations;
www.hotel-des-arts.net (Flash plug-in required for this site)
Based in Argentiere, a stone's throw from the Grand Montets, McNab provides accommodation, various levels of coaching and back country tours. The programme is run by qualified high mountain guide and pro freerider Neil McNab (he's also an ex British Snowboarding champion and ski racer!), and the chalet has a hot tub with a great view of the mountains.
Argentiere, Chamonix. Tel: 01546 830243 www.mcnab.co.uk
A small and popular UK owned company providing catered and self-catered snowboarding holidays. They'll chauffeur you around the valley in minibuses and their knowledgeable guides will help you get the best the mountain has to offer. They're also hosting the Animal Rider Camps (26th March - 9th April 2006) where you can hang out and ride with Animal's UK pro team.
Argentiere, Chamonix. Tel: 020 7419 0722 www.boardnlodge.com
Tucked away just on the edge of town, this recently opened boutique hotel and member's bar has a great lounge bar that boasts the best cocktails in Chamonix. There's wireless broadband internet access and free tea and coffee for guests, and resident Chamonix DJ Scott Nixon plays a relaxed evening set once weekly.
I wish I'd found Ojo months ago. I've wasted so much time being pissed about by other realtors in Buenos Aires and Palermo especially ... all of whom have proven, despite every initial charm, to be as deceitful as they are incompetent. Gabriela at Ojo immediately found me a sweet apartment to rent in Palermo and thereafter the house of my dreams, also in Palermo, which I bought for ... well I'll resist the temptation to show-off!
Bottom of the line, Ojo are going to cause a revolution with what seems to me to be their fabulous idea to help the homeless, of which they are of course far far too many in Argentina. I wish they had a branch of Ojo in Seattle ... and I guess every other city in the world with homeless problems.
Strong tip. If you've got any spare cash, buy a house in BA ASAP, the prices are still dirt cheap, but people seem to be flying in from all over the world to bargain-hunt ...
and where there is demand there is ... blah blah ... Good luck!
Tel: 54 11 4832 4040
Palermo Viejo (one block from Plaza Cortazar)
La Paz’s best overall hotel for value and service, comprises an adapted 19th-century colonial house built around a sunny courtyard. Rooms are tastefully decorated, facilities good and both the on-site coffee/internet bar and restaurant offer good-quality snacks and meals.
Avenida Illampu #704; tel: 245 1658; www.hotelrosario.com
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