Home Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel located in Palermo - the best neighborhood in BA, in my opinion. It's very hip but not over-the-top. Lots of white, outdoor bar by the pool, designer furniture, design magazines scattered about, etc. The rates are reasonable as well: approximately $135-$150 per night. Lots of restaurants nearby.
I am just back from Barcelona. Wonderful city, even if I found a temperature that was much more similar to the winter rather than the beginning of spring. Anyway, I spent my stay at Hotel Lleo, a nice hotel, clean, with friendly staff, and located in a highly strategic location. I would recommend it to everybody, and, definitely, I will stay at it next time I'll be in Barcelona again.
C/ Pelai, 22-24, 80001 Barcelona
Very acceptable 4-star hotel. Great for exploring Padova, but even better for visiting Venice by train (30-40 minutes) to avoid paying crazy prices to stay in that city.
As a 'regular' at the much grander Hotel de la Opera, I was intrigued to stay several nights in this cheaper option in Candelaria historic district. The attempt to create a boutique hotel in a lovely old building has its quirks and is somewhat ramshackle, but it will suit anyone who does not expect 5-star comforts. Don't expect English to be spoken.
Dirección CALLE 9 NO. 6 45
The Hotel System where I stayed when visiting Krakow is a modern and friendly place to accommodate! And cheap. No need to talk too much just see it on www.hotelsystem.pl I have really enjoyed this stay and I will be back :-)
www.hotelsystem.pl all the info is there.
The Best Western Terrace Inn is the best deal in Boston. The hotel offers free parking (huge), free continental breakfast, free wireless internet and free local phone calls!
1650 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA USA
We booked the hotel on the hotel's webpage, far cheaper than going via an agent. Look for the special rates, we got a room for US$129 Mon-Thurs, and US$159 for the Sunday. I mentioned that it was a wedding anniversary and got a room upgrade to a fountain view, and free gifts for both of us. The room was fabulous. The resturants are over priced, and the coffee shop where the chocolate fountain is was grossly over priced and very weak.
This hotel located in a small oasis set between sea and hills, surrounded by palm and century-old trees in perfect harmony with the lush environment of the Riviera dei Fiori and with the elegant Sanremo gardens.
I've been there this spring and I would recommend this place to anybody.
Corso Matuzia, 21 - 18038 Sanremo Imperia Italy
Tel. +39 0184.6957516
This excellent small hotel used to be Beatrix Potter's holiday home. It is just down the road from Hill Top and overlooks Esthwaite water. There are lovely lounges to relax in or many walks to do from the door. Richard, the owner, is the chef and he produces superb, innovative meals.
Near Sawrey, Ambleside
Cumbria LA22 0JZ
On the B5285 between Hawkshead and the Windermere Ferry.
The Inn On The Lake has the most spectacular views of Lake Ullswater and never fails to induce a sharp intake of breath on arrival. This place is all about the location and it really is worth spending a few extra pounds for a lake view room.
Lake Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE
Tel: 017684 82444
Peaceful and relaxing, the hotel oozes old-fashioned quirky charm. Helpful staff are down-to-earth and there’s a splendid 6-course silver-service dinner in the evenings. A touch expensive but well worth it. The bonus is that it nestles on the SE edge of Derwentwater in one of the most beautiful Cumbrian valleys of all - perfect for the soul to help you recover from everyday life.
Borrowdale Valley, near Keswick
017687 77224 www.theborrowdalehotel.co.uk
Fantastic pub for lunch after a hard morning's hike - the ploughman's lunch plus a pint of Black Sheep or Riggwelter, both glorious darker ales from the Masham brewery, sets you up for the rest of the day. The bar is to be found in the converted stables, the white-washed walls and horse brasses don't attempt to hide the humble beginnings of the place, far from it, the bar is a cosy and even on busy weekends, often a fairly quiet spot to have a meal or just a drink. Dog friendly too, we've taken ours into the bar without problems, or there are tables outside if your pooch is wary of other people. Decidely a locals' pub, it is nonetheless a friendly place to escape from the hordes of tourists around Beatrix Potter's house in near Sawrey. Having never stayed in the hotel I can't comment but if the bar is anything to go by it should be great!
Far Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LQ
Telephone: 01539 443425
A family-run hotel located within walking distance of the centre of Soller. Dating back to the Muslim era, its impeccable accommodations and facilities surrounded by the majestic old orange farm provide visitors with a welcoming sense of wanting to be there forever. The memories from the friendly service provided by Andres and his wife Ana during my honeymoon in August 2000 remain unchanged.
Calle La Villalonga, 23, 07100, Soller, Mallorca
Tel: 971 63 33 32
This very friendly family hotel has superb views across the valley of the town of Sartene, snow-capped peaks beyond, as well as the bay at Propriano eight kilometres up the road. Comes with swimmming pool and tennis court. Fifteen minute walk from town. Very affordable.
The Juma is a small hotel right on the square at the centre of Pollenca and above one of the local cafes. It is comfortable and the owners, a local family are very helpful and welcoming. So are the bar staff.
Plaça Major, Pollenca, Mallorca.
I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Vienna Marriott while on a short business trip. Excellent front desk/check-in service, but what really begs a mention are the fantastic beds at this hotel. My colleagues and I all agreed that the beds were by far the most comfortable ones we've experienced at a hotel in a long time. Sleepy soft with heaps of pillows! Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for quality, location and, above all, comfort!
Vienna, 1010 Austria
Phone: 43 1 515180
Google map: tinyurl.com/lljzvy
Very nice place, good English speaking staff. Very helpful people. Perfect location on the beach. I suggest this for all kiters (for lessons as well) and non-kiters for massages and food.
Both times we’ve visited Santa Rosa, in the Sonoma Valley, California, we’ve stayed at the Hotel La Rose. It is situated in the old Railroad Square, surrounded by bars, restaurants and cafes and only five minutes away from the town centre. It’s also within easy reach of Hwy101 from SF.
The current building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Its interior has been designed and decorated to show a sense of cosiness and tradition that soon make you feel at home. The rooms are clean, spacious and have got comfortable beds with pillows of all sizes, both to sleep on and as decoration.
Of special note are some of the rooms on the fourth floor in the main building as they have a slanted roof and windows.
The service at the Hotel La Rose is professional and friendly. Unlike most hotels in the area they offer continental breakfast, the best buffet breakfast we’ve ever had. This consists of fresh fruit, a variety of cereals, different kinds of bread and pastries, smoked salmon, smoked ham, cheese, and the usual drinks: orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc.
The hotel has an adjacent car park for guests.
If it's comfort and good, affordable prices you're looking for after your wine tasting trips in the valley, this is the perfect place to book.
Hotel La Rose, 308 Wilson St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Tel: 800 527 6738 (LaRose-8)
It is a 3 star hotel right in the city centre. If you are planning a trip to Dublin it is worth basing yourself there. It is 3 star so you get what you pay for (we only paid €70 for the room) but the location is great. We were able to do our shopping head back and drop off the bags and head out again. The staff were always friendly. Thumbs up.
When visiting the wine country in California we like to find accommodation in small and quiet towns. This took us to the Metro Hotel in Petaluma. It’s a big old house that’s been recently restored and turned into a hotel.
It’s very clean and comfortable and upon entering the premises you get the feeling of being in France. Old French paraphernalia have been brought in and used as decoration for both the common areas as well as the rooms: posters imitating the style of the 1930s, original road signs, a metro map of Paris, quaint chalk blackboards with messages written in French, garden gnomes like the one in Amélie… The only modern artefacts are plasma TVs in the rooms and in the reception area.
The furniture is simple and comfortable and it imitates the old country house style of southern France. Beds, wardrobes and bedside tables vary in each room giving them a sense of uniqueness. This, and their white kitten playing around the reception area, made us feel like we were staying at a friend’s house rather than at a hotel, something we appreciated.
When we stayed at the Metro Hotel they didn’t serve breakfast, yet they had two thermoses with coffee and a jug of milk for the guests. It looked like they were doing some more work in the house and we were told they’ll open a cafe soon.
The service at the Metro Hotel was efficient and almost invisible. The reception is only open certain hours a day and if arriving late (or leaving early) the receptionist leaves you instructions upon reservation of how to check yourself in.
A good place if you want a quaint and relaxed stay in the wine country.
Metro Hotel & Cafe
508 Petaluma Blvd.
Petaluma CA 94952
Tel: (707) 773 4900
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