5 budget sleeps in 5 costly cities
The area of Bloomsbury is full of quality bed-and-breakfast style places to stay. A great example is Jesmond Hotel in the WC1 area with elegant furnishings throughout and 15 rooms, varying in rate from $118 to $291. Some feature original Georgian marble fireplaces. A small, English garden adds to the charm. jesmondhotel.org.uk.
If you want to pay budget rates, but still be within walking distance of Central, then the Bishop Lei International House, run by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, is perfect. Some of its rooms are small, but all are spotless and a many feature views of Victoria Harbour. The outdoor swimming pool is a major plus in summer. Book early; rooms fill fast. $85-290. bishopleihtl.com.hk.
Ryokan Katsutaro is in the friendly Yanaka neighbourhood, not far from the Ginza shopping area. The Japanese-style rooms (tatami flooring with futon bedding that rolls out) are spacious and can sleep up to four. In keeping with Japan’s mix of traditional and modern, Wi-Fi and other mod-cons are available throughout. The ryokan has bicycles for rent — great for exploring neighbourhood galleries or visiting the nearby Ueno Park. $53-195. katsutaro.com.
You can’t do better than scoring a room close to Rome’s historic Piazza Navona. Relais Palazzo Taverna has 11 rooms very cleverly decorated — think just a touch of the ’60s sprinkled onto the Papal State — with AC, satellite TV and Internet access. From here, you can stroll to cafés, restaurants or the Gelateria del Teatro, considered one of the best ice cream places in Rome. €80-240. relaispalazzotaverna.com.
Alto Hotel is worth paying a little more for. Located in the heart of Melbourne, its sound-proofed, nicely appointed rooms come with the latest in mattress comfort, high-def TVs, free Wi-Fi and complimentary espresso in the lounge. If that’s not enough, consider that this hotel is full to capacity in credible green credentials. While you’re there, try one of the complimentary electric cars. $150-240. altohotel.com.au.
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