Riad Maizie is a stunningly restored riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina owned by the author Miranda Innes. It is five minutes' walk from the main souks and 10 from Djemaa Fna, and is the perfect tranquil spot to retreat to after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. The English manager James was very helpful and very knowledgeable about what to do in Marrakech (and how much to pay).
They have five beautiful rooms to stay in, a lovely roof terrace and the traditional Moroccan meals were very good (especially the lamb and prune tagine).
95 Derb al Kadi
+212 (0) 24 38 59 28
Very good tip how to save money for your stay in Prague - the advice is very simple: Sleep in a hostel instead of a hotel. The price for accommodation in hotels is far more expensive than in hostels and if you plan to be there just at night time, it is just a room with bed that you really need.
If you prefer to have your own bathroom there are a lot of hostels which offer rooms with private bathrooms and toilets.
Also, to save even more, look for accommodation not directly in the city centre.
Seriously cool boutique-style hostel in Los Angeles that’s got all the modern facilities but a low price. Worth staying at just for the bright colours and the weird chairs that look like giant hands…
All the main attractions, from the theatres to Chinatown are easily reached from here too!
636 S Main Street
Cool place with lively crowds that has an impressive international list of drinks and happy hours where it's as little as $4 a drink – refreshing in a pricey town.
Head down weekdays between 4.30pm-6pm to take advantage of the discounts…
3847 Main Street, Culver City
Catch a documentary or an arty film in the city which is famous for the industry – and in a movie theatre with more than a bit of history itself. It hosted the first Hollywood premiere in 1922 and although they’ve moved on to bigger premises since, the newly restored interior drips with movie glam.
Designer discount shop that’s full of treasures that start around $10! This is LA after all – home of the glamorous and the rich – and it seems tons of ex-celeb frocks and red carpet outfits turn up here at very reduced prices…
1116 Wilshire Boulevard
Lovely restaurant with red-leather booths and old-fashioned American charm in downtown LA.
The steaks are as awesome as the atmosphere, coming in at a reasonable $25 with sides in the evening but even cheaper at lunch with the specials.
Try the cocktails too if you have any cash left in the budget!
West 8th Street
It's a delightful surprise behind the hustle and bustle of The Strand with a beautiful courtyard for fountains or movies, a museum of Russian artifacts from St Petersburg (The Hermitage Rooms) and a wonderful collection of paintings and other pieces of artwork at the Courtauld Gallery. There is a basement cafe at the Gallery, or a terrace restaurant overlooking the Thames, or The Admiralty for finer dining.
The 11 route takes commuters through the tourist heartland every 10 minutes or so. The route takes in Ludgate Hill, St Pauls, Bank of England, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Victoria Street, the Strand and much more. The cost is 90 pence (with an Oystercard) so is far better value than the tour companies.
The 11 route runs between Liverpool street Street and Victoria Station. You can get hop on from the Strand, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square and Ludgate Hill.
If you want to experience great Cuban hospitality with a lovely family in central Havana I would highly recommend Casa Mer.
Wilfred and his family share their sweet art deco villa for a very affordable price and it's just a stroll or taxi away from the jazz clubs, the Malecon and central Havana shopping and night life. They also recommended to us other Cuban families to stay with in other towns which worked out well as the local government hotels aren't so great and cost about five times the price!
calle 28 # 206
entre 21 y 19
Vedado Habana Cuba
telefono (537) 833 44 12
A nice small hotel situated on the east coast of Zanzibar, right at the beginning of Jambiani village. 10 palm-thatched roof beach bungalows, set in the peaceful tropical gardens.
The hotel has a quiet, peaceful, friendly and very relaxing atmosphere for an affordable sunny holiday.
This place was hard to find, at least later at night and in my state of mind, but it is a clean, stylish and a welcoming hostel with very reasonable rates. Since he seems to screen his guests a bit, it's also quiet and better for the more mature budget traveller which is exactly what I needed. I can't thank them enough for a real bed, comforter, and my two best nights of sleep in weeks.
A warm and cosy homelike B&B at nearly hostel rates! What more can you ask for? Well, a sauna and a spa and a couple of great house cats to top off the great breakfasts!
It's actually in the town of Methven so it's convenient for skiing and snowboarding Mt.Hutt.
For budget meals, there are lots of roadside stalls and tiny shops scattered through Tirana selling cheap, delicious – and mostly traditional – food. Try the byrek or lakror for a few hundred Lek (meat, cheese or spinach filled pastries) or the amazing rotisserie chickens.
Really friendly hostel in Tirana, just minutes from Skenderbeg Square. Although there are shared and private rooms, even the dorms only have a few beds in them (no bunks!) making for a pleasantly peaceful atmosphere. Our room also had a TV and en-suite, plus air-con which is very handy in the steamy summer months.
Also Freddy (the owner) was very helpful!
75 Bardhok Biba, Tirana, Albania
Google map: tinyurl.com/lucv9x
If you travel on a budget, like I do, finding a place to eat in London can be a nightmare. That's why I recommend you take the tube to the nearest Ikea and dine in its restaurant.
Meals start at an amazing price of 1 pound and the prices almost never rise above 5 pounds! Breakfast starts at 95p (Sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, hash brown, beans, and tomato). Swedish meat balls start at 3.25 pounds, you can refill your drinks and coffee for free, they have special meals for kids etc.
One might forget about an option like this but Ikea restaurants are always a good place to eat when travelling on a budget.
Easy Hotels are my favorite way of staying in London - cheap but spotless. You can choose between a variety of rooms (small with no window, small with window, large with no window and large with a window), all of which have a private bathroom. Rooms start at 25 pounds per room per night and the hotels are centrally located, near underground stations.
If you like your meals healthy and are on a tight budget, Greens and Beans is the place for you. This small but friendly place offers fresh organic vegetarian meals at great prices!
I've used them for transfers in both the winter and the summer and I've always found them to be very reliable. Its about the same price as the public bus, but it's much quicker and they take you straight to your door - much easier than dragging all of your luggage around a resort!
Set in the former Sierra Leone embassy (think shabby chic, imagine the history of this august building), every week tangueros turn up to roll back the rugs, exposing the wooden floors, and dance the night away.
There's a 1.5-2 hour beginners' class at 6:30pm, followed by a social dancing milonga until 11:30pm. The whole lot costs just £10 and there are snacks and drinks.
Great for a romantic evening, learning a new skill, meeting a diverse set of people with something in common, and exploring a new part of London. Who could ask for more?!
33 Portland Place; nearest Tube Great Portland Street or Warren Street.
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