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AUSTRIA


Traveler Favorite

Vienna: Pension Nossek
 Nominated By: Anne-Sophie Redisch, Oslo, Norway, November '09


Price Range: 62-150 Euro # of Rooms: 30 Kid-Friendly: Yes


Why so darn good? "Family-run bed and breakfast with a superb location on the elegant pedestrianized Graben Street in the heart of Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in this building for one year in the early 1780s!" Read more.




BELGIUM


Traveler Favorite

Bruges, Flanders: Hotel Ter Brughe
 Nominated By: Europelover, Toronto, Canada, July '09


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Price Range: 65-175 Euro (includes buffet breakfast) # of Rooms: 46 Kid-Friendly: Yes


Why so darn good? "Location, ambiance, and value!! The hotel was built in 1553 right next to a canal - a beautiful old building, with an A++ atmosphere (sehr gemuetlich in German!)" Read more.




CRETE


Traveler Favorite

Chania, Crete: Iason Studios
 Nominated By: Margaret Bovis, San Francisco, March '11


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Price Range: 45-65 Euro # of Rooms: 5 Kid-Friendly: Yes


Why so darn good? "Right in the center of the oldest town on Crete! Great rates, less than most other places in the neighborhood. Close to excellent restaurants, shops and cafes. Also, a wonderful hostess, Despina. Spotlessly clean, all rooms have cooking facilities so perfect for families or anyone who doesn't want to go out for all meals. Walking distance to everything, including the beach!" Read more.




CROATIA


Traveler Favorite

Motovun, Istrian Peninsula: Hotel Kastel
 Nominated By: Karen Bryan, Berwick upon Tweed, June '09


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Price Range: 47-154 Euro (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 34 Kid-Friendly: Yes


Why so darn good? "Location, location, location! In a medieval hilltop village with views overlooking
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Traveler Favorite

Rijeka: Art Rijeka
 Nominated By: Sanne, Almere, the Netherlands, November '09


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Price Range: (open from June to September) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


Why so darn good? "The people that worked at Art Rijeka gave good advice on where to eat, what daytrips to take, and what beer to drink." Read more.



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ENGLAND

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Bath, England: Athole Guest House
Nominated By: Lisa Lubin, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February '09


Price Range: £58-£93 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Athole Guest House so Darn Good? Housed in a lovingly and beautifully restored Victorian home, the Athole Guest House stands out as a true gem in my two and half years of traveling. From the moment they picked me up at the bus station, I enjoyed my chats with the Athole's extremely friendly and down-to earth innkeepers, Wolfgang and Josephine. Plus, I indulged in some quality purring time with their cat, Moth.

Location: Bath, a small city one hundred miles west of London, is famous for its millennia-old Roman baths and stately Georgian architecture. Bath's bevy of honey-hued classical façades, all built from local limestone, give the city its distinctive appearance, and are just one reason the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Athole Guest House is a fifteen minute walk uphill from the center of town in an upscale and very safe neighborhood.

Rooms: The Athole has two deluxe rooms and two standard rooms, all of which are spacious and named after writers who lived in Bath. I splurged on a deluxe room which was huge, bright, and immaculate. It was a cheerful yellow and had a sitting area with sofa and armchairs, a super comfy bed, and a flat screen TV. Guests can also unwind in the lovely outdoor garden or Victorian conservatory.

Food: Breakfast is made fresh daily using mostly local and/or organic ingredients and is absolutely scrumptious! The menu includes traditional English specialties such as smoked salmon & scrambled eggs with horseradish cream and welsh rarebit with bacon & poached eggs. In addition, your hosts set out a fabulous breakfast buffet featuring Wolfgang's original Swiss-style muesli, home-made blueberry yogurt, freshly baked breads, buttermilk pancakes, and fruit salad.

Vibe: Staying at the Athole is like staying in a big lovely home. Wolfgang and Josephine are wonderful hosts and all around great people. They turned on the heat in the conservatory so I could read, provided me with a big plush towel for the nearby spa, and gave me a ton of great ideas for things to do in town.

Things to Keep in Mind: The Guest House is not in the heart of town, but is still within walking distance. If you are coming by bus or train, the innkeepers will pick you up and drop you off at the station.

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Penzance, Cornwall: Camilla House
Nominated By: P Dubrow, San Mateo, California, December '09


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Price Range: £38-£85 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 8 Kid-Friendly:


What makes the Camilla House so Darn Good? The inn has friendly and helpful owners and an excellent location just a block from the town's sea-front promenade.

Location: In its heyday at the turn of the century, Penzance was a fashionable seaside resort, and some relics of the town's colorful history remain, most notably the open-air Art Deco style Jubilee bathing pool just a few blocks from the Camilla House. Today, Penzance's seaside promenade, art galleries, and historic architecture continue to make the town a popular summer destination. Penzance is the westernmost town in England in the County of Cornwall, and is a good base to explore the area's rugged coastline, Celtic ruins, and medieval castles.

Rooms: Each of the eight rooms in this Georgian townhouse is tastefully decorated and comes with fluffy white towels and bathrobes. Our "classic" room looked out on a green churchyard, but all "superior" rooms have views of Penzance promenade and Mount's Bay. Guests can also relax in the inn's lounge or small bar which has a selection of Cornish beers and malt whisky.

Food: Camilla House offers many choices for a full English breakfast and uses locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal produce whenever possible. House favorites include the platter of fresh fruit, local Cornish cheeses, and natural yogurt; and the locally smoked haddock poached with an egg. For excursions along the coast or into the countryside, the Camilla House will provide packed lunches or picnic hampers, and for quiet evenings at home, the inn serves light dinners in its dining room. In addition, several restaurants and pubs are within easy walking distance.

Vibe: The Camilla House is very relaxing, and Simon and Susan, the inn's friendly hosts, greet guests with a pot of tea, maps, and an informative introduction to the area.

Keep in Mind: Penzance is easily reachable by public transportation from London and has several busses to surrounding towns. Camilla House loans out bikes and will drop guests off at points along the South West Coast Path.

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FRANCE


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Esvres, Touraine: La Guillotiere
 Nominated By: Marcio, Dublin, Ireland, September '08


Price Range: 95 Euro (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes La Guillotiere so Darn Good? "This guesthouse was just amazing! From the arrival, when Anne welcomed us like old friends, then discovering our beautiful and spacious bedroom, jumping into the swimming pool and just lazing in the sun with a glass of local wine...It was so relaxing!" Read more.



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Manses, Ariège: Belrepayre Airstream & Retro Camping
 Nominated By: Martin, Kingston Upon Hull, England, February '12


Price Range: 77-200 Euro (camping and pitches are much less) # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Belrepayre so Darn Good? "After driving through the pretty little village, Manses, and after a quick confirmation over the intercom, the 'Retro' style electronic gates open, putting a smile on our faces which would remain for the rest of our stay. The lovingly restored Airstreams alone are a thing of beauty, and the landscaping, views, and attention to detail all show the passion that’s gone into Belrepayre. The hosts, Coline and Perry, are genuinely warm, friendly, and caring, and they have created an amazing, relaxing, and unique place."



Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice

Nice, France: Nice Garden Hotel
Nominated By: Jeff Dimond, October '10


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Price Range: 50-110 Euro # of Rooms: 14 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Nice Garden Hotel so Darn Good? This small family owned hotel, with its courtyard garden and friendly vibe, feels like an oasis within the bustling, modern city of Nice. The owners and staff treated us like long-lost friends. They were helpful with any need we had during our stay, including providing restaurant recommendations and even securing us a bottle of champagne at the request of a friend.

Location: The hotel is located in a 19th century townhouse in the “new” part of the city, just a short stroll to the famous Baie des Anges waterfront promenade. The old town with its maze of narrow streets is a bit further, but also doable on foot. Since we were using Nice as our base to explore Monaco and the little towns along the Riviera, we particularly appreciated that the central train station was just a ten minute walk away.

Rooms: All fourteen rooms at the Nice Garden Hotel are simply and tastefully decorated, and some boast high ceilings, hardwood floors, and traces of faded ceiling frescoes. Our room was large and overlooked a lovely garden and patio area where we enjoyed our breakfast outdoors.

Food: The hotel serves a typical continental breakfast, yet at eight Euros, we jumped at the chance to eat outside in the shady garden beneath the orange and lemon trees. Plenty of restaurants are just a short walk from the hotel.

Vibe: The Nice Garden Hotel is low-key and quiet.

Keep in Mind: The hotel blends in with the neighborhood, and if you weren't looking for it, you might just miss it.

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Paris: Hotel de la Porte Doree
Nominated By: Gray Cargill at Solo Friendly, November '10


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Price Range: 49-150 Euro # of Rooms: 42 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Hotel de la Porte Doree so Darn Good? The Hotel de la Porte Doree just might be the best deal in Paris. The decor is a beautiful and tasteful blend of antique and modern, and the atmosphere is that of a warm and cozy bed and breakfast.

Location: The hotel is located in a real local neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement, a few minutes walk from Bois de Vincennes, Paris's largest park, complete with a 14th century chateau and several lakes perfect for taking out a rowboat. While the hotel may seem far removed from downtown, the Porte Doree metro station on line 8 is just outside the front door, bringing the sites of Paris to within a twenty minute journey.

Rooms: Each of the rooms at Hotel de la Porte Doree is artfully decorated with vintage antique furniture so that no two rooms are alike, yet all have a clean, modern feel with old world charm. The hotel has a green mission: they recycle (which is apparently not so common in Paris), have a soap pump dispenser in the shower (a cute one), use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and have motion-activated lights in the hallways.

Food: The hotel offers a breakfast buffet available for ten Euros per person. The pastries come from the boulangerie across the street, and they serve fruit fresh from local markets. The neighborhood has several restaurants for lunch and dinner, but for a greater selection, head to the Bastille area, just a short metro ride away.

Vibe: The staff was friendly and helpful throughout my stay.

Keep in Mind: Porte Doree is technically a 2 star hotel, but in every respect, it is a 3 star hotel, and they are currently filing paperwork for that upgrade!

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Subles, Normandy: Moulin De Hard
 Nominated By: Jenny, Kearny, New Jersey, October '11


Price Range: 100-120 Euro (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Moulin De Hard so Darn Good? "Moulin de Hard is a bed and breakfast in a converted old stone mill lying between two streams, so all you hear at night is the gentle running of water. Gorgeous flowers are everywhere outside in the garden, and sheep, cows, and horses graze in the green meadows surrounding the property. The inside is amazingly decorated from Helene's own trips around the world, and I spent a good hour just looking at all her things. I cannot recommend this bed and breakfast enough. It is simply fantastic. "



GERMANY

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Berlin: Inn-Berlin
Nominated By: Lisa Lubin, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February '09


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Price Range: 10-80 Euros # of Rooms: 14 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Inn-Berlin so Darn Good? This small hostel is shiny, bright, and spotless, and its owner, Ralph, is extremely friendly and helpful.

Location: Inn-Berlin is located a bit north of central Berlin, but the trip to most of the city's main districts can be made in just fifteen minutes on either the U-Bahn or S-Bahn. Both trains are a five minute walk from the hostel, and city busses stop right in front of the building.

Rooms: The rooms are bright and clean, and all have fluffy down comforters encased in colorful duvets. The style is Ikea-minimal with clean lines. Rooms have cool and whimsical murals on their walls, and most importantly, they all come with their very own good-luck gnomes! Rooms have from one to four beds, and have private bathrooms.

Food: Inn-Berlin's breakfast buffet (for an additional 3.90 Euro) includes muesli, toast with marmalade or chocolate cream, cookies, orange juice, coffee, and tea. The hostel has a fully equipped communal kitchen for guests looking to cook their own meals, and the neighborhood has numerous cafes serving tasty and inexpensive food.

Vibe: The hostel is funky, modern, and quiet, and is run by a sharp, cute German couple who will happily help you navigate the city.

Things to Keep in Mind: Inn-Berlin is not within walking distance to the city's main attractions, but I thought it was cool to stay in a "real" Berlin neighborhood off the tourist track.

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Berlin: Singer109
Nominated By: Marie at Eurotrip Tips, September '10


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Price Range: 33-95 Euro # of Rooms: Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes Singer109 so Darn Good? Everything about Singer 109 is so darn good! The hotel was able to accommodate our group by offering us an amazing room with five beds and an en-suite bathroom, even letting us check-in early without any bother. The price is right, and the hotel's location in the middle of Berlin can't be beat.

Location: Singer 109 is located in a residential neighborhood near the Strausberger Platz subway between the central Mitte and hip Friedrichshain districts. Both Alexanderplatz, one of Berlin's largest public squares, and the iconic Fernsehturm tower are just a short stroll away.

Rooms: The hotel, which occupies a converted 19th century factory building, has rooms for one to eight people, many of which surround a huge sunlit atrium. Here travelers gather to relax at the bar/lounge, use the internet, or play foosball, pool, or Wii. Our room was spotless with modern furniture, a television, and large windows overlooking a garden. Bathrooms are either private or shared with one other room, and some rooms include kitchens.

Food: Singer 109 offers a five Euro breakfast which includes eggs, fruit, pastries, toast, and juice served in the atrium.

Vibe: The vibe is young and mellow, making it ideal for both backpackers and families.

Keep in Mind: The area immediately around the hotel is quiet at night and lacks shops, though on the other hand, the hotel provides everything you need.

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GREECE

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Nafplio: Pension Marianna
Nominated By: novelgazer, Bratislava, Slovakia, April '09


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Price Range: 70-75 Euros (breakfast is 5 €/person) # of Rooms: 14 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes Pension Marianna so Darn Good? The Zotos brothers, the innkeepers at Pension Marianna, are welcoming in a real way. From the moment you arrive, all your stress just flies out the window, over the orange trees, past the perfectly picturesque town of Nafplio, and out to sea.

Location: Nafplio, a small port town on the Peloponnese peninsula, is just 150 kilometers southwest of Athens. Once an important Venetian stronghold, and later the first capital of modern Greece, the old town impresses visitors with its neoclassical mansions, flower-bedecked Venetian balconies, and trio of impressive fortresses. Nafplio also hosts a collection of worthwhile museums, including the first, and perhaps only one in the world dedicated to kombolois, or worry-beads. Perched right below the Akronafplia fortress walls, Pension Marianna provides spectacular views of Nafplio and the Gulf of Argolidas in the distance.

Rooms: The recently renovated rooms at Pension Marianna are modern and comfortable, and all have views of the town below. We were on a budget, and Pension Marianna by far was the nicest place we stayed in Greece. We kept thinking there had been a mistake - no way could we afford a hotel this good!

Food: With their home-made marmalade, freshly-baked marble pound cake, and oranges picked right from their own trees, the Zotos brothers take the traditional Greek breakfast of bread, yogurt, honey, and hard boiled eggs to the next level. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace, and the view alone is reason enough to linger.

Vibe: The Pension is relaxed and romantic.

Things to Keep in Mind: While you can drive to the Pension on the fortress side, keep in mind that getting to and from the Pension from the old town requires climbing many steps. Also, rooms range in size and luxury and payment is cash only.

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HUNGARY


Traveler Favorite

Budapest: Goat Hostel
 Nominated By: Sara Courson, Charlottesville, Virginia, December '09


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Price Range: 11-40 Euro (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Goat Hostel so Darn Good? "Very inexpensive rooms, with five beds or fewer, housed in an old apartment building with high ceilings and a once grand sweeping, circular staircase. The beds are comfortable and the showers were clean. However, this is definitely more hostel and less private bed-and-breakfast. Plenty of breakfast things, sunny windows, and a comfortable living room with DVD's, television, and computer made this a comfortable place to stay in busy Budapest." Read more.



IRELAND


Traveler Favorite

Athy, County Kildare: The Pumphouse
 Nominated By: Pollyanna, USA, June '08


Price Range: 100 Euro # of Rooms: 1 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes The Pumphouse so Darn Good? "The location, the animals and all the modern conveniences you wouldn't necessarily expect in a farm cottage." Read more.



Traveler Favorite

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny: Lawcus Farm Guest House
 Nominated By: Christa at Fearlessly Infertile, November '11


Price Range: 50 Euro (per person) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Lawcus Farm Guest House so Darn Good? "The Lawcus Farm Guesthouse was our version of paradise on earth. It was so beautiful and peaceful yet there were so many things to do. It felt like coming home...that's really the only way I can explain it. When we pulled up Ann-Marie was waiting for us and showed us to our room, The Stone Room. It was so nice. After we had tea with Ann-Marie, she showed us around the farm that was teeming with new life. Her four sheep and one sow had all given birth and there were little lambs and piglets everywhere. There were dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, horses, cows and a little river down the hill where we spotted trout swimming. It was such a neat place to spend the night."



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ITALY

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Assisi, Umbria: Saint Anthony's Guest House
Nominated By: Allison and Michael, Brooklyn, NY, March '08


Price Range: 40-60 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 20 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Saint Anthony's Guest House so Darn Good? St. Anthony's Guesthouse is run by a fabulous group of Franciscan Sisters, and is situated smack dab in the middle of Assisi. Many of the rooms have tiny terraces which provide amazing views of the Basilica di Santa Chiara, the town of Assisi, and the surrounding countryside. And to top it off, the price is right!

Location: Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a gorgeous Umbrian hill town two hours from Rome. It is the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy's patron saint of animals and nature, and a major pilgrimage site. Although it can get a little crowded during the day, when the tour busses go home, the place is yours, and oh what a wonderful place it is! The location of St. Anthony's Guest House can't be beat. It's just up the hill from the Piazza del Comune and a fifteen minute walk from the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, famous for its incredible frescoes depicting St. Francis's life.

Rooms: The rooms at St. Anthony's are basic, and all have twin beds. You should definitely ask for one with a view! The guest house also has plenty of places to relax outside of your room, including a library, garden, and comfortable sitting area.

Food: The Sisters serve an Italian-style continental breakfast in a twelfth century dining room on the lower floor of the guest house. Breakfast items include yogurt, cheese, chocolate spread, cereal, bread, juice, and coffee.

Vibe: Good vibes emanate from the Sisters who run the guest house, and peace and tranquility preside over the grounds. Each Sister has a fascinating story to tell and they were all very happy to advise us on our day's activities. We especially liked the tree-lined garden outside the chapel for reading and relaxing.

Things to Keep in Mind: The guest house has a five Euro per day parking fee and an 11 pm curfew.

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Monterubbiano, Marche: Vento di Rose
Nominated By: Allison and Michael, Brooklyn, NY, February '08


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Price Range: 80-90 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 3 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Vento di Rose so Darn Good? Vento di Rose is a true labor of love. The owners, Emanuela and Emidio, are some of the kindest and most generous people we have ever met. Their home and bed and breakfast is a beautifully restored Italian country house with views of medieval hilltop towns in every direction. And as if this weren't enough, Emanuela prepares an incredible, delectable breakfast for all her lucky guests.

Location: Vento di Rose is located near the small hilltop town of Monterubbiano in the Marches province, just east of Umbria. Within a short drive, you can sun yourself on an Adriatic beach, hike the great Sibillini Mountains, or explore any one of a number of lovely hilltop towns. The Marches is a remarkably beautiful part of Italy and well worth the trip.

Rooms: Vento di Rose has three lovely rooms. We stayed in the orange hued Crepuscolo (a.k.a. sunset) room, which was large and delightful. Emanuela and Emidio have scattered chairs and hammocks throughout their gorgeous garden property so guests have plenty of choices when they just want to relax and let the Italian countryside do its magic. The B & B also has a downstairs kitchen available for guests to use.

Food: You don't know what breakfast is until you've stayed at Vento di Rose. Emanuela puts out a spread like you would not believe, using mostly local ingredients and including many regional specialties. Just a few of her delicacies include rose petal cake, frittatas with wild asparagus, crostini smothered in truffle spread, and cucumber slices coated with parmigiano and walnuts. If you can't eat everything, don't worry! Emanuela gives you tin foil so you can wrap it up to enjoy for lunch.

Vibe: Emanuela and Emidio were extraordinarily warm and welcoming to us and our two year old. One evening, they invited us to join a toast when their friends came over to celebrate their engagement, and the next day Emidio schooled our fascinated little boy on the art of gardening, even giving him a little shovel to join in. Emanuela and Emidio truly made us feel as if we were part of the family, and a much loved part of the family at that! Vento di Rose is a secret gem and should not be missed.

Things to Keep in Mind: There is about a one kilometer drive up a slightly steep gravel road to get to the house.

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Rome: The Beehive
Nominated By: Jamie, Brooklyn, NY, May '08



Price Range: 20-100 Euros # of Rooms: 19 private rooms (including 8 off-site) + 1 dorm Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes The Beehive so Darn Good? We LOVE the Beehive. It's modern, cool, comfortable, and has a beautiful outdoor garden. The Beehive is just a few blocks from the main train station, the Stazione Termini, so with a snap of your fingers you can get just about anywhere in Rome.

Location: While the Termini neighborhood may not be Rome's most exciting, you can still find some restaurants and outdoor cafes. The neighborhood felt safe and the Beehive staffs its reception until 11pm.

Rooms: The hotel has eleven private rooms and a dormitory on-site, along with eight additional guestrooms with self-catering facilities off-site. The rooms are not lavish, but they are modern and colorful with some funky furniture and great artwork on the walls. Some rooms do not have en-suite bathrooms, but the shared bathrooms are very nice and clean, and there was never a wait.

Food: The Beehive Cafe serves Mediterranean-inspired, vegetarian meals for breakfast daily, Sunday brunch, and snacks and drinks throughout the day. The kitchen uses local and organic ingredients and offers a selection of organic wines. Guests can eat inside, or outside in the garden.

Vibe: The Beehive is a very relaxing and easy going place to wind down after a day of sight-seeing. We enjoyed just hanging out in the garden with good books until dinner. The owners, Linda and Steve, are a friendly and down-to-earth American couple who were always happy to chat with us and give us tips on things to do in Rome.

Things to Keep in Mind: Call way in advance to make a reservation because The Beehive books up quickly.

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Traveler Favorite

Venice: Al Campaniel
 Nominated By: Allison and Michael of Darn Good Digs, Brooklyn, NY, January '10


Price Range: 55-125 Euros (includes continental breakfast) # of Rooms: Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Al Campaniel so Darn Good? "Located in central Venice a minute from the San Toma vaporetto stop and an easy walk to the Rialto bridge, Al Campaniel just might be the best deal in Venice. The owner was friendly, our room comfortable, and the price felt like a steal at 60 Euros a night in June." Read more.



Traveler Favorite

Venice (Mestre): Hotel delle Rose
 Nominated By: K Gross, Florida, USA, January '10


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Price Range: 45-118 Euros (includes breakfast buffet) # of Rooms: Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Hotel delle Rose so Darn Good? "The rooms were immaculately clean and comfortable, and the service was great. The Hotel delle Rose is Just outside of the main tourist area of Venice. I had a great evening watching a soccer game in the lounge with the staff and other guests!" Read more.



LATVIA


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Riga, Latvia: Homestay
Nominated By: Allison and Michael of Darn Good Digs, Brooklyn, NY, October '11



Price Range: (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Homestay so Darn Good? Our stay at Diga and Ric's fabulous all-timber home in Riga's Mezaparks neighborhood was a true highlight of our three week trip to the Baltics. When normally we would be rushing out to see the sites, here we lingered, enjoying Ric's huge, delicious breakfasts and the good company of hosts and guests alike.

Location: Homestay is on a quiet street in Mezaparks, Riga's historic neighborhood of art nouveau and bauhuas mansions dating back to the early 20th century when the city's high society decided to move to the ‘burbs. While fifty years of Soviet rule took its toll on many homes, Mezaparks is still Riga's poshest neighborhood, and Ric will take you on a tour if you want to know more. While the zoo and song stadium make the neighborhood a destination unto itself, most visitors come to see Riga's captivating old town and striking art nouveau district, a thirty or twenty minute tram ride away respectively.

Rooms: Homestay has four rooms, a large double on the ground floor, and two doubles and a two-room suite on the second floor. The two bathrooms are shared but we were lucky enough to have the ground floor one to ourselves. Common spaces include a comfortable living room with a television and movies to watch and a lovely garden. What we really found most extraordinary about the house though is Diga's eclectic sense of style with a colorful mix of antiques, quilts, curtains, and paintings of all sizes (many by Diga herself) filling Homestay's every nook.

Food: Breakfast is a wonderful and fun affair at Homestay. Ric bakes multi-grain bread every morning which he serves with fresh rhubarb and home-made jam, followed by potato pancakes, bacon, eggs, and as many pancakes as you can possibly eat. You'll have a hard time saying "no thank you" to the next helping, so sit back, relax, joke with the other guests, and loosen your belt.

Vibe: Both Diga and Ric are excellent and generous hosts. Ric has many hilarious stories to tell, and even better, he told them to us while plying us with beer and home-made ice cream. Diga is lovely - she helped us with our laundry when it rained and even let our six year old take the dog for a walk.

Keep in Mind: We enjoyed the daily tram rides to the old town, but the commute may not be for everybody. Also, be aware that Diga and Ric have cats and a very friendly dog.

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LITHUANIA


Traveler Favorite

Vilnius: Domus Maria
 Nominated By: Lisa Lubin, Chicago, Illinois, February '09


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Price Range: 29-87 Euros (includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 39 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Domus Maria so Darn Good? "Domus Maria is a former monastery turned hotel right in the heart of the Old City. But this is no dark, eerie place. It's bright, clean, and peaceful." Read more.




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Vilnius, Lithuania: Skapo Apartments
 Nominated By: Allison and Michael of Darn Good Digs, January '12


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Price Range: 37-62 Euros # of Rooms: 3 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Skapo Apartments so Darn Good? After parking our car on a narrow alleyway in the heart of Old Town Vilnius, we entered an unassuming wooden gate to find a lovely cobblestone courtyard with a covered outdoor dining table and bright flowers. We stayed in Apartment #1, a cozy studio with a cool loft bed, wooden beams, and colorful paintings of old Vilnius. We couldn't have asked for a better location or a more comfortable pad in Vilnius.

Location: Smack dab in the center of Old Town, Skapo Apartments are just a one minute walk from Pilies Gatve, one of Vilnius’s most lively pedestrian streets lined with restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Other attractions, such as Cathedral Square and the University are just a few minutes away as well.

Rooms: The three apartments that make up Skapo Apartments are all clustered around the same quiet courtyard. All apartments have laundry and kitchenettes, and our apartment had its own glassed-in sun area and a small table in the courtyard. The other two apartments are larger; Apartment #2 is the most basic, and Apartment #3 sports some authentic details like antique refurbished doors and arches.

Food: While you could easily cook all of your meals in your kitchenette, we wouldn’t recommend it! Old Town Vilnius has a ton of inspired restaurants including the raw food spot right outside the courtyard gate on Skapos Gatve.

Vibe: Private apartments, atmospheric courtyard, and friendly managers.

Keep in Mind: We found a parking spot right outside the gate, and kept our car there for three nights. Apparently the proximity of the Presidential Palace helps to keep the adjacent streets safe.

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POLAND


Traveler Favorite

Warsaw: New World St. Hostel
 Nominated By: Norbert Figueroa, New York City, July '10


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Price Range: 39-176 PLN # of Rooms: 6 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the New World St. Hostel so Darn Good? "The price and location is unbeatable. It is highly accessible by tram - only two stops from the Central Station; and by bus, which has a stop right in front of the hostel. The hostel is located on Nowy Swiat St. From there you can easily walk to the Historic Old Town or to other attractions in the Warsaw District." Read more.



PORTUGAL

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Lisbon: Lisbon Dreams Guest House
Nominated By: Jeanine Barone , New York City, New York, November '09


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Price Range: 45-65 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes Lisbon Dreams Guest House so Darn Good? Lisbon Dreams Guest House is a minimalist sun-filled haven with a touch of luxury. What other budget accommodation could say that Joanna Gomes, who's noted for her tableware, ceramic and glass creations, designed their interiors? But the real selling point of this accommodation is the meandering patio that's accessible from a multitude of rooms. I could've spent all day and evening lounging in one of the many chairs, taking in the sun, dining at one of the tables, or reading beside one of the many potted plants.

Location: Easily accessibly to several metro stations, the guest house, which opened in May 2009, is only a short walk to Avenida de Liberdade, Lisbon's main thoroughfare. The neighborhood, snuggled between the Rato and Marques de Pombal neighborhoods, is also where Portugal's Prime Minister has a home.

Rooms: The ten minimally furnished guest rooms carry a white on white motif, with the only colored hues coming from the throw pillows, headboards, and ubiquitous green apples. Your hosts have also provided each guest with white towels, slippers, and robes. In addition, guests can relax in the comfy lounge that's equipped with a laptop, plasma screen TV, and dozens of paperbacks.

Food: The breakfast may not be homemade, but it is large and you can enjoy it in a lovely dining space that's hung with an artistic paper chandelier and decorated with multi-colored throw rugs. You'll have your choice of green apples and other fresh fruits, whole wheat bread, warm croissants, pastries, several kinds of jams, various meats and cheeses, and even chocolate milk. The kitchen is quite complete with a microwave and stove, so guests may cook their own meals if they wish.

Vibe: Lisbon Dreams is low key, casual, and comfortable.

Keep in Mind: None of the rooms have private baths, but the shared bathrooms are meticulously clean, and come with petite face towels and large tubs. In addition, the rooms don't have air conditioning but I was there in the summer and found it plenty comfortable.

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Lisbon: Living Lounge Hostel
 Nominated By: Christa at Riding the 505, Sheffield, UK, January '12


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Price Range: 18-37 Euro (per person) # of Rooms: 23 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Living Lounge Hostel so Darn Good? "The Living Lounge Hostel is an art-themed hostel close to the Baixa-Chiado metro station, right in the heart of the trendiest part of town. A lovely chocolate shop sits next door, a cafe at one end of the block, and must-do sights at the doorstep. The rooms have really interesting themes inspired by Lisbon culture – ours revolved around a Portuguese artist. During the evening meal we made brilliant friends, including with the cook, a lovely guy who made us feel so welcome."



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Lisbon: micasaenlisboa/myhomeinlisbon
 Nominated By: Ana, Spain, December '10


Price Range: 90-100 Euros (2 night minimum, includes breakfast) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Mi Casa en Lisboa/My Home in Lisbon so Darn Good? "All the rooms at Mi Casa en Lisboa are so special - simple but very cozy, and the garden is magical! The b&b has a great location in the Graça neighbourhood, and the owner of the house, María, is very, very, helpful. Every suggestion is the right one! She will make you discover a different Lisbon." Read more.



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Lisbon: Zuzabed and Breakfast
Nominated By: Don and Julie, Hampshire, United Kingdom, September '08



Price Range: 70-95 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: yes, but no babies


What makes the Zuzabed and Breakfast so Darn Good? The star attraction at Zuzabed is its owner, Luis. He made us feel incredibly welcome, and was helpful in all possible ways. He even gave us a cell phone so we could call him anytime we needed advice or a reservation. Luis knows the best places to hear fado music, and is very knowledgeable about all things Lisbon. You couldn't feel more at home in a strange city than at Zuzabed.

Location: Located up a steep alleyway near Lisbon's historic Bairro Alto neighborhood, Zuzabed offers amazing views of the city from its bedrooms. Come nighttime, the neighborhood's narrow cobblestone streets and 17th century buildings light up with a lively restaurant, music, and shopping scene. The B & B is conveniently located just off Rossio, one of the Lisbon's main squares, and is very close to the Metro.

Rooms: Zuzabed's four modern rooms are beautifully appointed and spotless. Two have a shared balcony overlooking the city and all come with a DVD player, heated towel racks, and even a pair of binoculars to admire the view.

Food: Luis serves an excellent breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, local cheeses, meats, breads, and yogurt. For lunch or dinner, you will find no shortage of restaurants on the street just below Zuzabed. The nearby Argentinean restaurant "Café Buenos Aires" is especially good.

Vibe: Luis is an inspired host who simply cannot do enough for his guests.

Things to Keep in Mind: The last 20-30 meters of street leading to Zuzabed's front door is too steep for cars, so guests will need to be able to climb up and down stairs.

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SCOTLAND, UK

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Edinburgh, Scotland: Blacket Garden Flat
Nominated By: BellaRialto, La Jolla, California, USA, November '08


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Price Range: £70-£90 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 2 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Blacket Garden Flat so Darn Good? Quite simply, the innkeepers make this place so darn good! Isobel and James are exceptionally accommodating, thoughtful, and helpful.

Location: Blacket Garden Flat is located in a quiet neighborhood, just ten minutes by bus to the Royal Mile, the heart of Old Town Edinburgh and home to many historical attractions. The walk to city center is enjoyable, with plenty of places to eat, shop, and explore along the way. A few blocks from the flat is Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh's highest point and a popular place to hike for sweeping views of the city below.

Rooms: The Flat has two rooms, large and very large! The furnishings are warm and homey, and the bed is very comfortable. We loved the little extras, like the CD player and CD's, books, refrigerator with fresh milk and juices, and pot to heat up coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. We stayed for a week, so we truly appreciated the good sized armoire and drawers for storage.

Food: Breakfast is fantastic! Guests can choose from a small, but fabulous, menu that includes traditional Scottish fare such as smoked salmon, haggis, potato hash, fried mushrooms, and grilled tomatoes. Yoghurt, fruit, pastries, juice and hot drinks round out the meal.

Vibe: Homey and relaxing.

Things to Keep in Mind: Scotland can get a good amount of rain, so remember your raincoat!

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SLOVENIA


Traveler Favorite

Ljubljana: Hostel Celica
 Nominated By: FadedGray, Austin, Texas, April '10


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Price Range: 19-30 Euros (per person) # of Rooms: 7 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Hostel Celica so Darn Good? "A converted prison, this friendly, colorful hostel offers clean and simple cells for its guests to lay their head. Parking is included too." Read more.



SPAIN


Traveler Favorite

Barcelona: HelloBCN Hostel
 Nominated By: Nomadic Matt, September '09


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Price Range: 17-35 Euros (per person, includes basic breakfast) # of Rooms: Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes HelloBCN Hostel so Darn Good? "The rooms were clean and cheap, the hostel bar and lounge was always full, and the staff was very friendly. HelloBCN is about a fifteen minute walk from Las Ramblas." Read more.



Traveler Favorite

Barcelona: Hostal Poblenou
 Nominated By: Allison and Michael, January '10


Price Range: 45-110 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 6 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes Hostal Poblenou so Darn Good? "Mercedes, the owner, is incredibly nice and sweet. She has a natural warmth that made us and our three year old feel very welcome. We appreciated the hostal's large, comfortable rooms and its location just off the Ramblas in the lovely neighborhood of Poblenou." Read more.



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Begur, Costa Brava, Catalonia: Aiguaclara Hotel
Nominated By: Sarah Lavender Smith, Piedmont, California, USA, April '10


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Price Range: 85-175 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Aiguaclara Hotel so Darn Good? Situated in the heart of Begur, a medieval village on the coast of Northern Spain, Aiguaclara occupies a 19th century mansion replete with original tilework and ornate wrought iron detailing. Windows open to a view of the town's winding cobblestone streets and 11th-century castle, and the central plaza is just out the door. Aiguaclara's owners, Clara and Joan, are extremely welcoming and helpful; they picked us up at the bus stop and helped us arrange a rental car.

Location: Begur is a lovely small town along the spectacular Costa Brava one and a half hours from Barcelona and a half hour from the ancient, walled city of Girona. Hunker down in Begur and savor its tiny one-lane roads, plazas buzzing with life, and medieval castles and churches. The closest beaches and swimming coves are three kilometers down a winding road from Begur's town center.

Rooms: Each of Aiguaclara's ten rooms is individually decorated with antique furnishings and regional art, and some have terraces overlooking the town. The hotel is spacious with high ceilings and has a restaurant enclosed in what used to be an outdoor yard. Common spaces include a game room with hip décor and retro board games, a self-serve snack and beverage area, and a lounge within the restaurant.

Food: The hotel serves a buffet breakfast featuring traditional Spanish fare, such as tortilla espanola, as well as fresh fruit, yogurt, and pastries. The dinner menu at the top-rated hotel restaurant includes several regional specialties.

Vibe: Aiguaclara attracts a hip international crowd, yet manages to be family-friendly at the same time. Our eight and twelve year old kids were made to feel very welcome.

Keep in Mind: Smoking is prevalent in Catalonia, so be prepared for the restaurant and lounge area to be a little smoky. Also, church bells ring every quarter hour and sounds echo in the tile hallways, so while the hotel is not always quiet, it is extremely comfortable and peaceful.

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Traveler Favorite

Madrid: Hotel Moderno
 Nominated By: Nayda Sauri from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Dec '10


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Price Range: 60-192 Euros # of Rooms: 97 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Hotel Moderno so Darn Good? "The Hotel Moderno has the best location in Madrid at about US$100." Read more.



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Nerja, Costa del Sol, Andalucia: Hostal Miguel
Nominated By: Lisa Lubin, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February '09


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Price Range: 28-52 Euros (breakfast extra) # of Rooms: 9 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes Hostal Miguel so Darn Good? Hostal Miguel is a sweet and simple guesthouse in a lovely beach town.

Location: The guesthouse is located on a pedestrian street in the heart of Nerja's old town. Plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants are right out the door, and the beach is just a few minutes walk away. Nerja is fifty kilometers east of Málaga on Spain's Costa del Sol.

Rooms: With their white-washed walls, traditional wooden furnishings, and bright cushions and wall-hangings, the Hostal's nine comfortable rooms are all decorated in typical Andalucían style. In the downstairs salon, guests can relax with a book from the multi-language shared library.

Food: Breakfast is served on Hostal Miguel's beautiful rooftop terrace. The coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice are certainly nice, but the views of the Mediterrean Sea and Axarquia Mountains are absolutely spectacular. Scrambled eggs, croissants, and sliced meats and cheeses are all available on the breakfast menu.

Vibe: Hostal Miguel's innkeepers, Ian and Jane, are a lovely and down to earth British couple, and the vibe at the guesthouse is easy-going and friendly.

Things to Keep in Mind: The Hostal does not have an elevator or AC, but all rooms have ceiling fans to keep them cool.

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Poo de Llanes, Asturias: Hotel Rural Cuartamenteru
Nominated By: Michael, Brooklyn, New York, January '10


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Price Range: 42-104 Euro (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Hotel Rural Cuartamenteru so Darn Good? The Hotel Rural Cuartamenteru is an immaculately maintained small hotel in Asturias, only a few kilometers away from spectacular beaches and a five minute drive to the lively beach town of Llanes. The hotel has its own micro-sidreria, which the owner gave me a tour of within ten minutes of our arrival - including my first taste of the Asturians' beloved hard apple cider.

Location: Cuartamenteru is perfectly situated between the northern coast of Spain and the stunning Picos de Europa mountains in the little hamlet of Poo de Llanes (that we affectionately called Poo in English). Poo has its own gathering place at the crossroads of the main road, but the real action is in Llanes, at least during the summer, where we enjoyed the weekend carnival atmosphere and the enticing old town packed with restaurants, shops, and sidrerias.

Rooms: Our room was modern, clean, brightly painted, and decorated with hanging masks from Asturian mythology. The bathroom had all the amenities one would expect at a luxury hotel, even including toothpaste and shoe polish. A second one story cottage adjacent to the main building housed a very comfortable glass-enclosed sitting room along with the sidreria and breakfast area.

Food: Fresh pastries, cereal, yogurt, as well as juice, coffee and tea were all included in the continental breakfast. We ate in the colorful breakfast room because it was a bit chilly in the mornings, but there was also seating on the outside porch overlooking the grassy yard and the mountains.

Vibe: The vibe was quiet and friendly. Not only did the owner introduce me to the local cider, but he also gave us many very helpful suggestions on which beaches, towns, and sites to visit.

Keep in Mind: Poo de Llanes is not Llanes, but Llanes is only a short drive away.

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San Sebastian-Donostia, Basque Country: Pension Altair
Nominated By: Allison and Michael, Brooklyn, New York, USA, August '09


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Price Range: 36-82 Euro # of Rooms: 10 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes Pension Altair so Darn Good? Pension Altair is sparkly new, modern, and sleek! Its owner, Ricardo, is super-friendly and was very sweet and welcoming to us and our three year old boy. We enjoyed our daily chats with him and appreciated his great tips on things to do and places to eat in San Sebastian. The Pension is just a short walk to Gros beach, one of the city's three main beaches.

Location: The pension is located in the Gros neighborhood of stylish San Sebastian on Spain's northern coast. From the pension, it is just a fifteen minute walk across the bridge to San Sebastian's happening old town, and not much further to the famous Playa de la Concha.

Rooms: Pension Altair's ten rooms are located on two floors of a well-kept apartment building (think marble-floored foyer) with an elevator. The rooms are modern and new, and are decorated in soothing neutral tones. The beds are comfortable and the towels are soft. We stayed in a slightly larger room in the back, but the front rooms have arched windows overlooking the street.

Food: While the pension does not serve food, San Sebastian is well known for its tapas restaurants and cutting-edge Basque cuisine. If you don't want to head to the old town, the Gros neighborhood has plenty of patisseries for breakfast, as well as cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Vibe: The Pension is a cool, happy place, with a friendly vibe.

Keep in Mind: The front desk is only open at certain hours, so be sure to call ahead before arriving. Also, if you are driving, street parking is free on weekends, and on weekdays, free parking can be found up the hill on the other side of Gros. Just ask Ricardo!

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Traveler Favorite

Zaragoza, Spain: B&B Siesta
 Nominated By: Allison and Michael, September '09


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Price Range: 36-66 Euros (includes continental breakfast) # of Rooms: 3 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the B&B Siesta so Darn Good? "The B & B Siesta is new and super-clean with a nice self-serve breakfast. This sweet little place has a lovely owner, Marta, and is a GREAT value!" Read more.


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SWEDEN


Traveler Favorite

Stockholm: af Chapman
 Nominated By: Mark H, Sydney, Australia, November '09


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Price Range: 260-610 SEK # of Rooms: 76 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes af Chapman so Darn Good? "A hostel with a difference. You can stay on a 19th century rigged sailing ship close to both the old area (Gamla Stan) and Royal Palace." Read more.



TURKEY

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Antalya Province (Kas), Turkey: Hotel Hadrian
Nominated By: Steve Dancha, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA, November '09


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Price Range: 80-300 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 14 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Hotel Hadrian so Darn Good? With its gorgeous setting overlooking Turkey's rocky coast, the Hadrian is a place that you'll never forget.

Location: The hotel is located near the tip of the Kas peninsula, eight kilometers from the small village of Kas on the Turkey's unbelievably beautiful Turquoise Coast. While the area is popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, and sea kayakers, the rugged coastline also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and cycling. In addition, the hotel offers excursions to several nearby archeological ruins.

Rooms: The Hadrian has ten double rooms and four suites. All are spacious and decorated with a Turkish touch, and many have balconies overlooking the sea and neighboring islands. Gardens surround a large saltwater pool with whirlpool, and a string of terraces, complete with lounge chairs and beach umbrellas, winds its way down to the water's edge.

Food: Dinner is included with the room rate, and the on-site restaurant serves fabulous food, such as paper wrapped fish and grilled meats, all freshly cooked by a local Turkish chef. Guests can dine outdoors adjacent to the pool or inside in the restaurant. A poolside bar serves drinks all day long.

Vibe: The Hadrian is very romantic and just amazing.

Keep in Mind: The hotel is a meandering three hour drive from Antalya along the cliffs hugging the Mediterranean coastline. It takes some effort to get there but the ride is a true adventure.

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Cappadocia (Ayvali), Turkey: Gamirasu Cave Hotel
Nominated By: Dee Andrews, Boulder, Colorado, December '09


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Price Range: Gosh Darn It! # of Rooms: 25 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Gamirasu Cave Hotel so Darn Good? We arrived late in the evening in a very small and remote Turkish village. The night was dark and we felt some trepidation, but once we walked onto the grounds, it was just magical. We felt like we were in another world with the caves lit up around us, and the lights sparkling in the trees. The rooms are very luxurious, the staff is friendly, the food is great, and the views and atmosphere are so different and unique. Gamirasu is truly a very special place.

Location: The Gamirasu Cave Hotel is in the small village of Ayvali, a tweny minute drive south of Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia. Located in central Turkey, Cappadocia is a popular tourist destination known for its distinctive rock formations, cave churches and houses, and underground cities. The closest airport in Nevsehir is 45 km away, and the hotel will pick guests up free of charge.

Rooms: Gamirasu is a combination of seven ancient troglodyte cave houses with twenty-five rooms, each one amazingly restored and different from the next. All of the rooms are decorated with traditional Cappadocian rugs, and many have traditional sitting corners and fireplaces. Part of the hotel is located in a thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, and some of the rooms were actually monk cells.

Food: The breakfast buffet is wonderful and plentiful with such treats as home-made jams, locally dried apricots, and fresh cream. We did not eat dinner at the hotel restaurant, but we did have an impromptu lunch one afternoon which was perfect. The kitchen did a great job meeting our quick requests, especially the Turkish grilled cheese for our two daughters! Ayvali has one restaurant, the neighboring town of Mustafapasa has a few more, and Urgup has a bustling nightlife and restaurant scene.

Vibe: Gamirasu is mysterious, exotic, luxurious, and historical.

Keep in Mind: Some of the sites are a bit of a drive from the hotel. Guests who pay in cash receive a 10% discount.

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Traveler Favorite

Cappadocia (Ortahisar), Turkey: Antique House Hotel (formerly Lusi Evi Pension)
 Nominated By: Luke Ford, Australia's Gold Coast, May '10


Price Range: 55-95 Euro (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 4 Kid-Friendly: Yes


What makes the Lusi Evi Pension so Darn Good? "It's not often you can stay in a small family pension at such a good price in the ever-popular area of Cappadocia in Central Turkey. The fact that this hotel is also a cave dating back more than one thousand years and restored by the friendly owners' bare hands, and where you can eat a traditional meal cooked in a clay oven from the ground, just sets this place apart from any other!" Read more.



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Cappadocia (Urgup), Turkey: Esbelli Evi
Nominated By: Lynsey, Washington, D.C., December '09


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Price Range: US$140-$300 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 13 Kid-Friendly: yes


What makes the Esbelli Evi so Darn Good? Esbelli Evi is pure heaven and it is worth going to Cappadocia just to stay there! We stayed in the enormous and beautiful junior suite, and my favorite experience was soaking in our big tub with a glass of delicious Cappadocian wine, complimentary with our room. The staff is wonderfully friendly and helpful without being intrusive, and they arranged a taxi for us to see all of the attractions, as well as a hot-air balloon tour of the area (do this!).

Location: Esbelli Evi is in Central Turkey in the town of Urgup within walking distance to many restaurants and shops. The location allows for easy drives to all of Cappadocia's main sites, including the area's famous cave churches and underground cities.

Rooms: The hotel is constructed from several traditional Cappadocian stone houses and the 6th-century caves behind them and has ten rooms and nine suites, each one different from the next. All rooms have hardwood floors, modern bathrooms with marble showers, Ottoman-style furniture, kilim carpets, and traditional lace curtains. Some also have fireplaces or naturally formed chimneys. Our room was elegant and luxurious, yet felt authentic, and we appreciated the outstanding wifi.

Food: Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The food is delicious, and includes freshly baked breads, cheese, olives, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and fresh orange juice. The hotel also puts out such treats as cookies, wine, and juice all day long.

Vibe: Esbelli Evi is a welcoming, peaceful retreat and a stay there is both a luxurious and cultural experience.

Keep in Mind: Rooms are all different sizes, so be sure to ask for a larger room if you need one.

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