Travel Articles - Europe:
Accommodations - Hotels
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Phony Hotel Reviews
Can you trust "user reviews" at sites like TripAdvisor.com and
VirtualTourist.com? According to industry insiders and investigative
journalists, "review spam" is a growing problem.
A Home Away From Home
Tips on renting self-catering accommodation in Europe, including
points that you need to clarify at the outset (such as whether linens are
included). Includes photos of a vacation apartment that our family rented in
Interview: Karen Brown
Karen Brown, author and publisher of Karen Brown's
Guides (see below), talks about life as a guidebook writer and tells the
secret of a rewarding European trip.
Stockholm Hotels and
Our 8-page article gives suggestions on neighborhoods and lodgings in the
Swedish capital, with photos and descriptions of selected hotels and youth
Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
This newly renovated five-star hotel has two amenities that its competitors
lack: an authentic 'brown café' that existed before the hotel was built, and a
17th Century domed church with a working organ and carved wooden pulpit that
serves as a conference center.
Two Florence Hotels
If you're looking for mid-priced lodgings in central Florence, the Hotel
Bellettini and Hotel Pendini are two good bets.
The Gallery Hotel,
This boutique hotel in South Kensington is loaded with Victorian antiques and
atmosphere. It's around the corner from the National History Museum and the V&A,
and Harrods is a few blocks away.
London - The Churchill
If you can afford luxury comforts in a prime location, try this five-star
hotel on Portman Square in London's West End.
Dormitory Rooms for Tourists
Residence halls at four London universities are low-cost alternatives to hotels
when students are on vacation. Some even have shared kitchens.
Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich
The only hotel at Munich
International Airport is a short walk from the terminals and the
München Airport Center shopping mall.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany's most historic hotel dates back to 1542. Its
traditional guest rooms have beamed ceilings, paneled walls, and as much Old
Bavarian atmosphere as the Poststüberl and Alte Posthalterei
Locanda delle Donne Monache
The 5-star Santavenere and 4-star Locanda are in Maratea, Italy, an
undiscovered gem of a resort on the Gulf of Policastro south of Naples. Also
see my Maratea, Italy and
Caseus Prize articles, plus 74
Where to Sleep in Venice
Doze like a doge in a palatial hotel, or huddle with the hoi polloi in a
dormitory. It's up to you--and your pocketbook.
Venice's most exclusive resort hotel is just three minutes by private launch
from St. Mark's Square.
Luna Hotel Baglioni
Crusaders slept at Venice's oldest hotel in 1118. Nearly 900 years later,
the Luna is still serving luxury-minded guests at the same location next to
the Piazza San Marco and Napoleon's Royal Gardens.
San Clemente Palace
This luxury hotel on a beautifully landscaped 17-acre private island has 205
rooms, a swimming pool and tennis courts, and its own 12th Century church.
The hotel is 15 minutes from San Marco by private launch.
The Ostello Venezia is a bargain (except for the waterbus
fare), and my
directions make it easy to reach.
Venice hotel guidebooks
Before you book a room in Venice, read these two paperbacks.
Venice apartment rentals
If you're staying in Venice for at least four days, Helga Gross can help you live
as the Venetians do.
Swiss Hotel Rooms
Switzerland's beds and bedding aren't designed for hanky-panky, and the
toilets can be tricky.
Swiss and Austrian Hostels
On a budget? Stay at 160+ comfortable hostels that cater to individuals,
families, and groups of all ages.
Schlaf im Stroh
Who says Switzerland is an expensive country? With the "Sleep in
Straw" program, you can hit the hay on 300+ Swiss farms for a few francs
per night--including breakfast.
Three vintage grand hotels in Lausanne-Ouchy, Montreux, and Vevey have been
updated with spas and other amenities for 21st Century guests.
Palafitte - Neuchâtel, Switzerland
High tech, high style, and "sustainable architecture" converge in the only
European hotel that's built over water.
Riffelalp Resort, Zermatt
Nearly 40 years after the legendary Riffelalp Grand Hotel was destroyed by
fire, a new and more intimate resort hotel occupies its site on a mountain
plateau overlooking the Matterhorn and Zermatt, Switzerland.
Pension St. Josef, Zürich
Clean, comfortable rooms in central Zürich can be surprisingly inexpensive.
Affordable Zürich Hotels
A guide to three Zürich hotels in the low to medium price range: the
Franziskaner, the Du Théâtre, and the Limmathof.
Hotel Restaurant Goldener Schlüssel,
For location and price, this hotel in the Swiss capital's medieval center is
hard to beat. Rooms are on the austere side, but you'll get an excellent
breakfast in the hotel's attractive restaurant.
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