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ABOVE: The Hotel Villa delle Palme on Italy's Lido di Venezia has a cupola on the roof where guests can enjoy views of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon.

Europe for Visitors

Booking Hotel Rooms
How to save money, how to get the room you want, and what alternatives to consider when booking accommodations in Europe.

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 Venice.

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.

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.

Hyatt Regency 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.

London 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.

Santavenere Hotel
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 our Maratea, Italy and Caseus Prize articles, plus 74 Maratea photos.

Venice for Visitors

Venice Hotel Guide
Our advice on where to stay in Venice includes step-by-directions to 130+ hotels, interactive hotel maps, "How many bridges to cross?" hotel listings, and hotel recommendations by area (such as the airport, the railroad station, the Piazza San Marco, and the cruise port).

Generator Hostel Venice
The rebuilt and renamed Ostello Venezia is a bargain (except for the waterbus fare), and our directions make it easy to reach.

Venice apartment rentals
If you're staying in Venice for at least four days, Helga Gross can help you live as the Venetians do.

Paris for Visitors

Where to Stay in Paris
Our easy-to-read, step-by-step article will help you pick the right type of accommodation and neighborhood for your visit.

Hotels in Montmartre
If you're arriving by Eurostar or at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Montmartre is a convenient and atmospheric place to stay. Our hotel and apartment tips will help you avoid disappointment.

An Apartment in Paris
If you're visiting for a week or longer, Glenn Cooper can help you feel like a Parisian and save money in the bargain. (Our flat was on the Île de la Cité, just around the corner from Nôtre-Dame.)

An Apartment in Montmartre
Thanks to Michele Vannoni of Home Rental Connections, we were able to book a spacious flat near Sacré-Coeur and within walking distance of the Eurostar terminal at the Gare du Nord.

Switzerland/Austria for Visitors

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.

Lac Léman Luxury Hotels
Three vintage grand hotels in Lausanne-Ouchy, Montreux, and Vevey have been updated with spas and other amenities for 21st Century guests.

Hôtel 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.

Affordable Zürich Hotels
A guide to three Zürich hotels in the low to medium price range: the Franziskaner, the Du Théâtre, and the Limmathof.

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