A cosy, friendly place on the edge of Boeung Kak Lake, pushed right to the end of a dirt road crammed full of backpacker's bars, restaurants and guesthouses. The perfect place to wind down after a hectic day's motorcycle taxiing, taking in the sunset from the veranda whilst chatting about travel, beer and home with other backpackers who seem to have been housed up here for their whole lives.
On the edge of Boeung Kak lake, to the north of the train station. Follow the path left as you come to the Mosque and keep going until you can't go any further.
A hostel on the south-western edge of town. A laid-back idyll, run by a young couple who are always happy to see new guests. They will find a bed for you somewhere, whether it be a double room with TV and Fridge (a luxury in the summer), or merely a hammock tied between two trees in their garde. Everybody receives the highest order of hospitality. Check it out!
They advertise at the train stations and in phone boxes. Pick up a leaftlet and get on the bus.
Carlton Arms Hotel is $94 for a double with themed, wacky and arty decor in rooms and corridors. Basic and friendly, it's like staying in a community arts centre. Central with sights and restaurants in walking distance.
160 East 25th Street, corner of 3rd Avenue. 212 679 0680. firstname.lastname@example.org
Great hotel and cheap (170 reais a night) for a twin/double room. One block from Ipanema beach (not Copacabana)- friendly/accommodating staff - clean rooms and nice little rooftop pool that overlooks the city. Good place.
One of the very few choices for budget foreign travellers, the Captain's hostel enjoys a prime location on the Bund and sports a pretty decent roof restaurant to boot. It's 20RMB for a bunk; best to book. Though it's possible to get 'Chinese' dorm rooms elsewhere it's not recommended.
37 Fuzhou Lu, nearest Metro Henan Zhong Lu (Line 2) Tel: +86 21 63235053 www.captainhostel.com.cn
If you are staying at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, pay the extra 30 USD per night for a room on the Executive Floor. A few perks, and a separate breakfast room; the rooms seem bigger than on the other floor, too.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Ciudad de la Habana 10400;
tel: (53-7) 33 3564 al 67. www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com
Beyoglu District, is the most cosmopolitan area of Istanbul. Full of shops, bars and restaurants. Definitely the best area to stay and then get taxis out to the various sights like the Haghia Sofia and Topkapi Palace.
See this link for a taste of the district www.turkeytravelplanner.com/WhereToGo/Istanbul/Sights/Beyoglu/
This is one of Newcastle's best hotels, with an unrivalled position handy for both the quayside and a quick march into the city centre. I read that it is where Anthony Gormley likes to stay when he is in town constructing angels or whatever. The rooms are quite traditional and less trendy than, say, the Malmaison, but comfortable and the staff very helpful. We stayed on one of their special deals over a long weekend, getting a double room for three nights for the price of two, which was around £220.
Small and reasonably-priced hotel in the Les Gobelins area close to Place d'Italie. Off the tourist trail and loads of good restaurants nearby. Rooms small but adequate, staff friendly and multilingual
8, rue Philippe de Champagne, www.hotel-la-manufacture.com, tel.: 33 (0) 145 35 45 25, nearest metro Place d'Italie
A new five-star hotel also in the Bay area. There are 132 guest bedrooms, all with private balconies and views across the bay, and 20 suites. Guests also have full use of the St David's marine spa, which claims to be the first health facility and hydrotherapy spa in Wales. Rooms from £260 - £550.
St David's Hotel, Havannah Street, Cardiff 02920 454045 www.thestdavidshotel.com/
A big fuss has been made about Cardiff’s first boutique hotel, Jolyon’s. The restored Georgian townhouse has six lavishly furnished bedrooms, with king-sized beds, wi-fi facilities, free-to-view television, tea, coffee and cafeteria, and views of Cardiff Bay.
Jolyon's, 5 Bute Crescent, Cardiff 02920 488 775 www.jolyons.co.uk/
This hotel, described on its website as 'super cheap but sexy-chic', was recently voted one of the 25 coolest hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. It’s certainly intriguing: an ugly converted 1960s office tower block right near the train line which was opened when the actor John Malkovich, one of its shareholders, got into bed with 300 Welsh secretaries on live television. Rooms cost £45 per night for a standard room, and £85 for a penthouse.
The Big Sleep Hotel, Bute Terrace, Cardiff 029 20 636363 www.thebigsleephotel.com/
If you are backpacking or want a cheap room stay at the Yellow Hostel. It has been highly rated and is the best place to stay. With your stay you get a brochure of Rome which identifies all the must-see areas via buses. I did this and it could not be easier. The location of the Hostel is central so you can’t miss it.
Near Trainstation - down the road from there.
It's a restaurant come guesthouse situated in Trok Mayom which is an alley that runs parallel to Koh San Road. It does by far and away the best food in that area and they also sell wine by the glass which is difficult to find. For those not yet used to the delights of firey food it does a fab western menu in tandem to the best currys I have ever tasted (try the Massaman). As a guesthouse it's not great but it is cheap.
Runs paralell to Koh San Road
Hope Street Hotel is Liverpool's first boutique hotel. Centrally located in the city's cultural quarter, between the cathedrals, across the road from the concert hall and surrounded by theatres and restaurants
40 Hope Street Liverpool L1 9DA; Tel: 0151 709 3000; Liverpool Lime Street 10 min walk away
Very cool, reasonably priced boutique hotel in the Bleibtreustrasse just off the Ku'damm. Handy for the sights and the S-Bahn, lots of bars and restaurants in the vicinity
Bleibtreustrasse, www.bleibtreu.com, nearest S-Bahn station is Savignyplatz, bus stop on route from Tegel airport is called Bleibtreustrasse
The Rival Hotel is a wonderful hotel part owned by Benny from Abba, located in the heart of Stockholm in Södermalm. The rooms are airy, affordable and complete with all the latest gadgets... a teddy bear even awaits you on the bed. The bistro downstairs is always bubbling and the bakery sells fantastic bread.
www.rival.se; Mariatorget 3
The Beehive has hostel accommodation and 3 self-catering apartments. I stayed in one of the apartments, which was 60 euros a night, really clean with thoughtful decor. They gave us a little map and a guidebook with the owner's recommendations of what to see and do. They seemed to be genuinely keen to make your stay really pleasant. A treat!
via marghera 8 - Rome, Italy tel.: +39 0644704553 www.the-beehive.com/ near Termini Station
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