Tidbits / Reviews: Sleep

Recommondations and reviews of hotels that are worth sleeping in;

Fresh Hotel, Athens, Greece. Loved this hotel, other than the fact there were prostitutes hanging out down the street outside. But this was not an issue at all as during the day it is a lively market area. Hotel was fresh, super comfortable, beautifully designed, friendly service, loved the pool terrace and lounge area – so nice to relax in the sun with a drink after running around all day, and the food in the roof-terrace was also superb, and while the gym was small at least they had new machines. Super central so only a 10 minute walk to most areas – would love to go back as 5 days wasn't even really enough – too much sight seeing not enough shopping! Website

Posada Plaza Mayor, Colonia del commerico 111. A gorgeous hotel in the historic old center, a picturesque courtyard and my kind of comfort and furniture – white and more white, with big fluffy pillows. A hint of jasmine from outside puts you to sleep. Ideal location, and although I loved it thought it thought it was a bit over priced. The service started off great and ended on a more sour note, guess I have been to spoilt lately after my stay in La Barra. Website

Le Club, La Barra, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Loved this place, while I had a little trouble making the booking, probably due to my poor Spanish – I finally made it. And what a nice surprise, they upgraded my room automatically – so had this gorgeous suite with a whole 6 windows looking out over the sea. The bed was a dream to sleep in – soft pillows, high quality cotton – the sound of the sea in the background. And the breakfast while simple was super fresh toasted bread with melt in your mouth home made jams. I would have liked to stay here forever… Just perfect. Website

Rick's place, San Telmo: Great place to stay, with long lost friends, and felt nicely at home. Super location so close to the shops, San Telmo markets, which is an amazing place to be on a Sunday - see and experience much of the argentine culture in one place. And plenty of advice on where to eat what to see and do. And the terrace is a great place to hag out with your favourite book, and the breakfasts were also the perfect start to the day, and still missing them http://www.loderick.com/

La Casona del Rio, Trelew: Sometimes the people you meet is what makes the trip a real experience and that is exactly what this place did for me. Had the opportunity to meet Yanina and her family, sit around and learn about the culture, history and area. Slept like a baby, the food is better than any restaurant I've eaten at so far and the surrounding area and bike tour was just gorgeous. Looking forward to going back. $60-100. www.lacasonadelrio.com.ar

Rathbone Hotel, London, UK: Calling themselves boutique is a bit of an overstatement. However given the location (my old stomping ground - just up from SOHO) it's a score at the price, plus it is clean, neat hotel which is a lot more than most in this part of town. Advice is to eat breakfast and the charlotte street hotel around the corner. Approx. €120. Go to website....

AC Bellavista, Girona, Spain: Loved this place – lounged about outside while my brother slaved away behind his computer ;-) The city is cute and about 15 minute steep walk – the view was gorgeous, the rooms comfortable and well designed – and loved the details. If they only had a gym or a pool on their deck it would be perfect, but as is they come pretty close. Approx. €100. Go to website....

Ripa Hotel. Rome, Italy: I love this hotel, have stayed there twice now. I can see why it might get a bad rap with some tourists, but I am willing to put up with the scuffs on the wall and a bad paint job here and there for the contemporary, modern, friendly vibe. Yes I know the view is terrible, and the location not that great, but it is in Trastevere one of the best areas of Rome with lots of great places to eat and drink. Only a hop skip and a jump away from all other great landmarks. (Plus, they also have drinkable coffee. Approx. €90 Go to website....

Las Brisas. Acapulco, Mexico: Gorgeous hotel, this is also the spot where I took the most photos of the trip as the views were amazing. They were so nice as to upgrade me so I had my own little villa with my own little pool (I say little but of course the villa was as big as my apartment back home). Fab beach club, with numerous pools, ocean or private sunning spots. The downside is that you are slightly dependent on their transport. Approx. $150 Go to website....

El Hotelito. Acapulco, Mexico: A very sweet little hotel, I loved the décor and the staff were really helpful and friendly – was just a few steps from the beach and round the corner from starbucks (for that wake up frappacino) and walmart – like a mini-america. And the price in comparison to the ghastly high-rises everywhere else was also great. Approx. $120 Go to website....

Casa Los Arquitos. Oaxaca, Mexico: Juan & Patricia were the perfect hosts and made me feel right at home. It is a bit of a quieter part of town which was perfect. I loved the décor as it really made you feel like you were staying in an authentic Mexican casa, and with the bedroom with adjoining lounge I felt I really had the space and the opportunity to relax when needed. Approx. $80. Go to website....

Caol Ishka. Syracuse, Sicily: This boutique hotel is just outside of Syracuse, located just off the beaten track its nice and quite. However, you do need a car. It's one of the few hotels thats really up to European standards and will make you feel right at home. Approx. €120 Go to website....

Hotel Juliana, Malta, gorgeous affordable boutique hotel, fabulous location. Has all the things I like in a hotel; good service, yummy breakfast, good restaurants, and relaxing bath. Bummer did not get to try the roof top pool thats open in the summer, but does mean I need to go back one day! Approx. €130. Website....

L'Approdo della Serene. Syracuse, Sicily: A styllish little B&B near the porta Marina, the rooms light and airy and comfortable. Breakfast is served out on the roof top terrace where you have great views of the post building and the marina. Aprrox: €110. Go to website.....

La Dolce Vite. Milan, Italy: A few rooms for rent in a lovely home in Milan, the rooms light and comfortable. Breakfast is served daily in the dining room or in better weather outside in the gorgeous garden, cats, dog and family are all super friendly and make you feel right at home. From: €80. Go to website.....

Hotel Sant' Andrea. Almalfi, Italy: Over looking the duomo, it really isn't super special. But it is nice, clean and with an amazing view and an even better price. Appox: €60. tel: 089 871145

 

 

Amirandes. Crete, Greece: 4* quality for the price of a 5*, fairly disappointing. The photos and the architecture make look amazing, however when stuck in a cramped room with things falling apart, kept awake as nothing is very sound proof - you get a somewhat different image. The staff were great but the management were a bit blasé and had little respect for your privacy or sleep – hence the filming and parties that went on all night. If you want to be a spa resort – get a decent gym, 4 machines just don't cut it. Would recommend it to those that rarely travel. €€€€€ Go to website....

 

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