Category: Staying

It was not our first time in the dazzling Douro Valley, yet we somehow felt this time was the one we enjoyed the most. We decided to do it, once again, the unhurried way, spending some days in the region instead of just going for a day trip as some travelers do. And it proved to be a wise decision: the winding roads along the… Read more »

When we last decided to spend a week in London, to seek new hotels and update some of our travel suggestions, we chose to stay in an authentic residential area of town. We wanted to get more of a local feel and experience the day-to-day living of Londoners, yet be close to some of the city’s attractions at a location with good access to the… Read more »

The Neptun is an excellent property in Babin Kuk, close to the nearby Lapad village and its many restaurants and shops. It is not far from Old town, a ten-minute drive will take you to the walled medieval city. This property is a perfect option if you are looking for a family friendly stay. There are family rooms, swimming pools and bicycles for rides around… Read more »

This Only YOU hotel is centrally located in Chueca and within walking distance to many of the city’s attractions. We simply love this hotel, housed in an 18th century building renovated to offer all the comforts and style you may desire. Right at entrance you are greeted by courteous clerks in an impressive cast-iron reception desk unlike any you may have seen. The fashionable ambience,… Read more »

No. 284’s motto is “feel at home”, and that is exactly how you will feel. This hotel is in fact a guesthouse, located in Back Bay, a residential neighborhood away from the epicenter of the busy tourist attractions, yet still close enough and in the city center. A perfect choice should you be looking for a tranquil stay and to experience a bit of the… Read more »

The Lenox has become one of a few classic boutique hotels in Boston. Built in the beginning of the 20th Century, it has a traditional old school style, but with plenty of comfort. Upon entry your senses will be greeted with a wonderful aroma, which shall stay with you as you walk along the common areas. On our last visit several candles and similar products for sale… Read more »

Set amidst a lovely large tree lined street in the district of Back Bay, the elegant hotel The Eliot has belonged to the same family for decades. It is a little further away from local sights like the Boston Common or Public Garden, yet still only a short 20 minute walk. One of the best restaurants in town, the UNI, is located here, so book your table in advance and… Read more »

Grand yet modern, the Park Plaza Boston is one of our favorites. The daily rates tend to be reasonable compared to other properties of the same standard, provided it is outside a high or special season for the city. One of the first large hotels in Boston, the Park Plaza has plenty of history and its founder has a statue nearby. An extensive refurbishment modernized its interiors, creating… Read more »

Before getting into the property details, it is worth mentioning that there are no words to describe the sheer beauty of the views from Caldera Premium Villas. Oia does charge travelers a fortune, given its privileged location in the most sought after Santorini area, yet this is probably one of the best cost vs benefit properties in the region. The room rates are by no… Read more »

The Astra Suites is located in Imerovigli, only 15 minutes by taxi from Oia. The hotel has beautiful views to the center of the volcano and infinite sea. Imerovigli is considerably less busy than Oia, hence being a good choice for a quieter stay in Santorini. The staff’s extremely attentive hospitality complement the excellent facilities we enjoyed at this hotel. We spent two unforgettable nights,… Read more »

The charming Charisma Suites is located near the old castle ruins towards the end corner of Oia. It is a small delightful property, ideally suited for couples. As is the case with most of the high quality properties in Santorini, one of the highlights is the breakfast, served on the outdoor terrace with stunning views, as well as the beautiful swimming pools with views to… Read more »

At the Sophia Suites every detail is geared to ensure you have an outstanding stay in Santorini: the breathtaking views to the caldera, the impeccably attentive and friendly staff, the freshly prepared and delicious breakfasts. Located in Imerovigli, the Sophia is strategically placed if you want to be near Oia (ten minute drive to the lively neighborhood) yet stay in a tranquil area. The hotel… Read more »

We were enchanted the minute we arrived at Astarte Suites. Its location is far from Oia and the city’s main attractions, a 40 minute drive without traffic, something you need to consider depending on whether you are looking for a lively busier stay or a tranquil and more secluded one. It is near stunning and unique Red Beach, a 15 minute taxi ride away, depending… Read more »

The Kompas is located in a tranquil area in Lapad, quite close to the beach and a 10 minute drive to the city’s Old Town, and once in the hotel you can enjoy wonderful sea views from most of its premises. The modern exterior architectural style continues throughout its common areas, which have an inviting and comfortable design setting. Bedrooms, also in keeping with the… Read more »

Part of the same group that owns Lisbon’s hottest hotel, the Memmo in Sagres is as stylish, trendy, cool and uber hip as its capital city’s sister property. The modern ambiance will provide an agreeable stay, although it being on the very south of the Algarve means it is further away from popular main attractions such as the Benagil grottos and the nicest beaches. It… Read more »

This modern hotel is set in a non-distinctive building, yet its efficient infrastructure meets the needs of its clientele at excellent prices. The location is the highlight, right across from Praia da Rocha, in Portimão, a central Algarve town which is the starting point for some of the most sought after tours in the region. A nicely sized external pool pleases the younger guests and… Read more »

This is probably the best hotel in the Faro area. Bear in mind this is where the region’s largest airport is located, so depending on where you are travelling from you may chose to stay at least overnight in Faro. And if you do want to explore the area of the Algarve between Faro and the Spanish border, staying in Faro is the best option.… Read more »

This hotel is an excellent option for your stay in the Algarve. The resort style property has great infrastructure that meets the needs of both families with children and couples. And, considering it is a 5 star property, it offers agreeable daily rates. There are stunning views of a magnificent small beach below the rock where the hotel is nestled (there are access steps), beautiful… Read more »

The Epic Sana has a modern structure, with amazing swimming pools set amidst beautifully kept gardens, right across from a sandy beach nestled in earthy red cliffs and deep blue skies as a backdrop: that pretty much sums up this great hotel. But that is not all: this luxury property offers a large and well ventilated modern lobby, pleasant restaurants adequately equipped to serve the… Read more »

To put it simply, we had a truly unforgettable stay in this enchanting hotel. Some of the charming features of this quintessentially aristocratic Portuguese mansion include wooden staircases, typical Portuguese tiled walls, a grand piano and sea views from practically every angle, including the bathroom shower. The attentive staff share with their guests interesting stories of previous owners, such as a countess who loved to… Read more »