Stay at the Old Harbour Hotel or the Malabar House (both are upscale and charming). Sip wine (or a beer) and nosh on small plates at Malabar House's Divine wine bar. Check out Jew Town, taking socks for the synagogue tour, watch the Chinese fishing nets at sunset, and indulge in a Kalari massage at Malabar House. And don't miss the chocolate cake at Kashi Art Cafe on Burgher Street
Although you absolutely must stay in a cave hotel when in Cappadocia, there are far too many to choose from these days and seemingly not much to separate them. We can vouch for The Kelebek however. Our room was exceptionally cosy, even in deepest darkest November. Staff were magnificent, often going above and beyond the call of duty. On our final morning they presented us with freshly cooked borek and cans of juice at 5am - way before breakfast! It's within walking distance of the Goreme Open Air Museum, a must-see, and the sunny terraces afford breathtaking views of the famed landscape. If you're too broke/chicken to take a hot air balloon ride, do at least make the effort to get up at dawn and you will be rewarded with the most magical sight of 20 plus balloons in flight. Doubles from €45 per night, with breakfast.
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak No:1
50180 Goreme, Nevsehir, TURKEY
+90 (384) 271 2531
A large house on the mountainside overlooking the sea and Curieuse. We had our Creole meals prepared each night at 15 euros for three courses.
Recommend a car to get to the beaches.
Go before the prices go up!
+248 59 82 30 / 57 63 15 / 57 27 80
Google map: tinyurl.com/yj2pcxw
A cosy small guesthouse in the city centre of Bergen, near a small park. They offer nice rooms equipped with coffee and tea making facilities with shared bathroom/toilet for a reasonable price. I can recommend this guesthouse for a weekend break in Bergen.
Klosterhaugen 15, 5005 Bergen
Google map: tinyurl.com/yjjkzug
I never wanted to leave Casa Colvale. A large house turned into a boutique hotel, you feel like you're staying at a fabulous friend's estate.
I cherished my riverside meals on the deck: the chef prepares dishes to order and the scene is unparalleled. Loved the live sitar players.
I never grew bored: the owner and staff were outgoing and the property offered multiple activities, including canoe rides, speedboat trips to nearby beaches, spa treatments, fishing, etc.
I especially enjoyed how conducive this property is to meeting other people.
Super-friendly owner and staff.
An excellent small lodge with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the cloud forest on the side of steep hills( at roughly 8500ft altitude ). The views are wonderful and the windows mean you can sleep with the curtains open to enjoy the night sky from in bed.
San Gerado de Dota, 80km south of San Jose on the Pan American highway, then 8km down the hillside from the highway.
San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2740-1067, 2740-1069
Google map: tinyurl.com/yemtzgn
In downtown Juneau just a few steps away from the tourist traps is the wonderful, funky, homey Silverbow Inn and Bakery. The restaurant turns into a local indie cinema at weekends, with an eclectic mix of classics, kids' films and documentaries. Sit at a table with a bagel and a beer or a cookie and coffee; chat to the locals or keep to yourself. One of the most relaxing urban spaces I've ever been in.
We have stayed at İstanbul suite home aparts in deluxe apartment five which was on the top floor with a big balcony and an amazing seaview.
The place was exremely clean, well decorated in a modern way and very well maintained with more then enough space for the five of us.
Very close to the all the historical sites - walking distance to everywhere. The hotel staff were very attentive and friendly and did an excellent job hosting us.
Dizdariye Cesmesi Sok No/51 Binbirdirek Mah Sultanahmet/İstanbul/TURKEY 34122
PHONE:+90 212 458 52 55
Sultanahmet Tram Station
We have just returned from three days in this Riad. If you want a mini adventure then go to Marrakech, only three hours from London yet a world away in culture. The Riad al Moussika is in the centre of the old town yet when you walk through the door you walk into a sanctuary to relax and unwind and enjoy fabulous food. We stayed in the blue room with a four poster bed and huge bath - not cheap but well worth treating yourself.
Hassan the manager made us very welcome he organised excellent restaurants and booked taxis etc. His staff were very friendly and always ready to help in any way. The Riad is a little palace but the jewell in the crown is its staff and of course its chef! We cant wait to return!
17 derb Chercaoui- Douar Graoua
40000 Marrakech - Morocco
+212 524 389067
An old farm complex near Arras/Amien converted by Sue and Paul into a guest house with B&B rooms, gîtes and indoor camping. Unusual in that, although catering to all comers, bikers have use of a workshop, drying room and lock-up. Croix race track is five minutes away, great for spectators or participants. Takes about 1¼ hours from Calais. I liked the fact that French people stay there, too.
The Missoni is the newest five-star hotel in Edinburgh and after spending a weekend there I have to say it is one of the most impressive.
You get a fantastic location for touring Edinburgh, it's in the middle of the Royal Mile a few minutes from the castle and about a 15 min walk from Princes Street.
The hotel is unlike other five-star propertys in that you get a lot of things free. These include unlimited movies, free wireless internet and a free minibar.
The staff were great, room was comfortable and all in all a great place to stay in Edinburgh.
This is a truly amazing experience in a private villa with swimming pool with the typical Neapolitan touch.
The view is outstanding and the food excellent and we've been treated like part of the family.
Right in the heart of the Fes (Fez) Medina, Dar El Menia is a cool place. Very luxurious, convenient, and for the price, I couldn't believe the amount of luxury that we felt there. Graham also helped us to find some rocking activites while we were there. Cheers Mate!
Dar El Menia Land Line 00121 (0) 535 63 31 64
Combine a love of motorbikes with a taste for adventure, independent travel and awe-inspiring (and sometimes fear inducing) scenery and you have the most memorable trip of a lifetime - a motorcycle trip on the Sea To Sky Highway. The highway winds itself out of Vancouver, past Howe Sound, through Squamish and high up into the mountains around Whistler. From here, there's no going back, the roads in some places precarious, hug the mountain sides and take you past beautiful, crystal clear lakes and through dense alpine forest eventually arriving in sleepy Lillouet. From here the highway snakes back down, hugging the shores of the Fraser River, passing Hell's Gate, Hope (famous as the film location of Rambo: First Blood) and finally back to downtown Vancouver.
All this should be experienced on a Harley Davidson Electroglide. We rented ours from Cycle BC Rentals in Vancouver. Details of which can be found at www.cyclebc.ca, t: 1-866-380-2453.
We didn't book our accommodation in advance, but stumbled across the wonderfully welcoming and reasonably priced Reynolds Hotel (Reynolds Hotel, 1237 Main Street, Lillooet, www.reynoldshotel.com)
Flights were booked through Canadian Affair and in June cost about £350 each (www.canadianaffair.com)
A range of Harley Davidsons can be rented from Cycle BC Rentals, Vancouver (www.cyclebc.ca, T: 1-866-380-2453)
Dar Azawad has been our last hotel in Morocco and a good experience too.
We spent three days there before our flight back. At the border of the desert in a nice palm grove oasis, this hotel with the architectural style of a kasbah, offers quite good service and the nicest food in the area. (We tried two other Kasbahs’ restaurants in the area and the quality of the meal and service was very poor.)
Our room was in a bungalow in a beautiful garden full of birds and with a large swimming pool and, despite the lack of originality, spotless and with large beds: we slept very well. The French manager has done his best to provide English information about excursions, restaurants and directions.
All together a nice souvenir, but it’s a pity that the local authorities do not care about the rubbish on the public areas.
Douar Ouled Driss BP16
M'hamid, Zagora, Maroc
Tél.: 00212 (0)5 24 84 87 30
We flew to Marrakech on Thursday 25 Feb for four days for some much needed winter sun. Having read the reviews for Hotel Riad Al Moussika, we decided that was the place, having trawled through numerous other websites and made various phone calls. It is all true, this has to be one of the most stunning riads I have seen to date: beautifully decorated in the most authentic style of the region. The riad has a decent size pool, a Moorish court where they serve you meals when the weather is nice and a large roof terrace for those seeking the sunshine. The hotel also has its own hammam, we tried it and you do come out of there feeling like a whole new person.
The rooms were luxurious and comfortable, the staff friendly and welcoming and the food delicious and plenty of it! We stayed in the Green Room. I would recommend this room, you get your own private roof terrace, so if you are looking for some real down time but yet close to all the action of the Jemaa El Fna Square then you must stay at hotel Riad Al Moussika. Thank you to Hassan and Atiqa for making our stay so memorable, we hope to come back and visit soon.
Hotel right in middle of Manhatten, just a stone's throw from Grand Central Station.
Would class it as a three/three-star plus hotel and maybe a little tired around edges. However at £70 a night, this was great value for NY.
Look around at the various accommodation websites and you'll see a big difference in price for this hotel from £140 to £70 per night.
We used Expedia as it was the cheapest.
45 East 45th St. At Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017
A converted hilltop farmhouse in Puglia in the heel of Italy. It's an amazingly peaceful and beautiful place where you can go on a yoga retreat. Some of the rooms are in traditional trulli houses, and the food is awesome.
Beautifully restored Victorian guest house, reasonable prices, nice pets. Visit Winchester as an excuse to stay there. It's 10 minutes' walk into the centre of town.
50, Christchurch Rd
My friends and I had a Hens' show in Kenmare to attend and booked accommodation online here at a great rate for the 12 of us. The triple and twin rooms were spacious and modern and it was right in the centre of Kenmare. We booked in for dinner at the restaurant and were not disappointed - we really enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere.
Henry Street, Kenmare
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