A boutique 5* hotel, centrally located, around 5 minutes away from the Centralna railway station. This old townhouse now features a cigar room complete with dvd and cd library, a fitness suite, sauna, plunge pool and steam room. Each art deco or nouveau bedroom has its own flatscreen TV, cd player, dvd player, wireless internet access, antique furniture, marbled and tiled bathroom with 'rainforest' style shower and all are, of course, fully air conditioned. The doors are massive, the service excellent and the rooms impeccable. This will be one of the few times you can experience such luxury so cheaply.
Street name: Wilcza (follow road down away from the central train station and Marriott Hotel towards the Warsaw Polytech.)
We wanted a week in La Rochelle in our own flat and the Comfort Hotel St-Nicolas provided us with a perfect studio for our little family of three. Reasonably priced at 392 euros (245 in off season) and impeccably located in the fantastic and charming St-Nicolas quarter - a stone's throw from everything. The studios are just around the corner from the hotel proper and their facilities (breakfast, free internet, bar) are available to studio guests.
This 4 star hotel is very unique because it has been run by the same family for at least 40 years. This is a plus for every single guest experience: when you get inside you are not treated as a client, but as a friend. Furthermore, a must is the 5. pm tea offered every day in the garden.
Ok so its not exactly off the beaten path, however Hvar is beautiful nonetheless. For the best seafood ever and fun, friendly staff go to Palladini restaurant in the backstreets behind the main square. The beaches in Hvar are rocky, but for a £3.50 return fare in a taxi boat you can explore some of the neighbouring islands such as Palmizana and Jerolim for the nudists.
As far as nightlife is concerned, the main bar is Carpe Diem, which is fun but pretty expensive.
Find accomodation through the tourist office www.hvar.hr. The general standard of private accommodation on is very high; we stayed at apartments Konstantin and experienced true Croatian hospitality.
Delightful, comfortable, well furnished hotel on traffic-free quay side. Friendly, helpful staff.
Trogir is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
TROGIR, Obala Bana Berislavića 22
Tel:+385 21 885-400, Fax:+385 21 885-401
About 5 miles from Split Airport.
Long distance coach and local bus services. No train station.
Well equipped, air conditioned flat about 10 minutes walk from Diocletian's Palace and waterfront, run by friendly helpful multi-lingual family resident in the same block.
Luciceva 13 21000 Split
00 385 98 331 475
Train station Split. Trains infrequent.
Well served by long distance coach and local bus links. Split Airport accessible by dedicated coach and local bus service.
It's a huge apartment in Barcelona city centre where 21 people can stay, and it's not just a floor with a lot of bunk beds! No, it's a classic apartment, decorated in baroque style. All the rooms have 2 or 3 large single beds and each room has its own bathroom. Above all it's next to Plaça Catalunya, the city's main square around which all the main Barcelona attractions are located. And last, but not least, there is a caretaker in the building who is ready to help you with any problems, wishes, services, anything!
It’s in Muntaner Street, next to Plaça Catalunya. For more details see www.barcelonapoint.com/en/apartment/285/Group-Apartment-Muntaner-Plaza-Catalunya.html
We stayed in this very cosy, basic but very homely and comfortable guest house in Raeburn Place Stockbridge, a 10 minute pleasant walk down the city centre, which served yummy breakfasts in a glass courtyard. The hotel has all the comforts of a modern place, with coffee maker, aircon, internet and private bathroom, all within a heritage building that goes back to 1829. And the warm hospitality ensures you go for no second option on a return trip. We highly recommend it as world travellers who are very picky and discerning about budget and comfort.
A stunning 20-minute costal walk from Hvar Town, rooms here come with sea views and a liberal dose of style. The hotel's garden restaurant cascades right down to the sea - perfect for watching the sun go down over a cockail. It costs slightly more than you need to pay in Croatia, but is worth every penny.
Tel +385 21 740 400
This luxury five-star hotel features a striking clock tower which defines Edinburgh's skyline. It can be seen from anywhere in the city.
If you're lucky enough to stay, the views from the top floors are amazing. You can see the Princes Street gardens and all of the Old Town.
The Balmoral Hotel lies at the eastern end of Princes Street just a 10 min walk from Waverley Street train station.
What's great about the Tamarind Village is its lack of tack. Low-rise, with only 40 rooms set among gardens, and a small pool, this hotel has a relaxed and intimate vibe. Rooms are simple, and perhaps don't have all the trimmings that you might get in the Hilton, but the interiors are tastefully understated and the overall design seems to have a calming effect, which is something to be cherished in the heat and bustle of Chiang Mai. Staff are great too, as are the breakfasts.
50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Sri Phom, Muang, Chiangmai 50200;
tel: 0 5341 8896 9
Interesting hotel if you're looking to stay somewhere a bit different. Their rooms are designed and painted by artists from around the world. Great location - three minutes’ walk from Union Square, one block from Chinatown. Rooms are small but this hotel is great for anyone more interested in unique/niche/boutique than luxury.
Luca rents out rooms in his house overlooking the harbour in beautiful Hvar. Let him look after you and you'll be treated to fish feasts with homemade wine and olive oil. Be his friend and you'll leave with handpressed family-grown lavender oil too!
he'll be waiting when you get off the ferry in a white t-shirt and blue jeans :-)
Out of town (an hour, maybe two) near the Napa Valley. Fantastic, friendly micro-brewery, really good restaurant plus reasonably priced and comfortable hotel.
Dutch hotels are excellent, especially as the staff speak such good English. In fact virtually everyone in Holland speaks English and in many cases better than we do.
If quiet is wanted, then the Apollo First Hotel in Apollolaan, some fifteen minutes out from the centre of the city is perfect. Quiet subdued black marble décor, no piped music and a breakfast room to cater for everyone. And their coffee. So good that two pots were asked for - and got. With no caffeine headache to follow.
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