ABOVE: Hotel Marina Palace on the
Aura River in Turku, Finland.
In addition to the
resources below, you'll find other lodging directories such as hostel sites,
campground directories, and rentals (self-catering apartments, villas, and
chalets) on other pages of this Travel Planner's Accommodations
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.
Book at more than 7,000 hotels, pensions, guesthouses, and vacation
apartments. In side-by-side rate comparisons, Venere claims to be cheapest at
least 80% of the time--and it lists hotels in all price categories.
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.
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.
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.
Kempinski Hotel Airport
The only hotel at Munich
International Airport is a short walk from the terminals and the
München Airport Center shopping mall.
The most historic hote in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 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 downstairs.
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.
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
Two Florence Hotels
If you're looking for mid-priced lodgings in central Florence, the Hotel
Bellettini and Hotel Pendini are two good bets.
My 8-page article gives suggestions on neighborhoods and lodgings in the
Swedish capital, with photos and descriptions of selected hotels and youth
Interview: Karen Brown
Karen Brown, author and publisher of Karen Brown's
Guides, talks about life as a guidebook writer and tells the
secret of a rewarding European trip.
Hotel Pilferage - When Is It Theft?
Jana Jones of Sleeping-Around.com
explains what hoteliers want you to take--and what they expect you to leave
Spas in Europe
Julie Register's worldwide Spa Register
lists "day and stay spas" in nearly two dozen European countries.