Puglia: Where to Stay on Italy’s Boot

Corte dei Granai bedroom

The most characteristic choice for lodging in Puglia is a trullo, a stone hut topped by a cupola. These peasant dwellings, found only here in this region of Italy, date back to the 13th century, but don’t worry – those that have been turned into luxury hotels or rental properties are of more recent vintage, with all the mod cons an international visitor expects. The problem with trulli, aside ... Read Full Article

Five Places to Stay in Aix-en-Provence

Aquabella Hotel

  In charming, lively Aix-en-Provence, lodgings abound for every taste and budget. This civilized, cultured, fountain-filled city in southern France has been a popular tourist destination  for a very long time. Here are five hospitable choices in the historic center, close to the famous main boulevard, Cours Mirabeau: Hotel Cezanne 4-Star Hotel Cezanne,  named for Aix's most famous ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Sorrento, Italy

Beautiful Sorrento

A luxurious, coastal Italian town if ever there was one, Sorrento offers a great selection of high-end ‘where to stay’ options; but budget travelers will have a hard time of it. Nevertheless, you’ll find a small selection of budget hotel recommendations below. The following ‘where to stay’ options are organized by hotel star rating, beginning with five-star hotels, and preference has been given to ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Bologna, Italy


The ancient city of Bologna has a thriving hotel scene, and though it is short on five-star accommodations, Bologna has numerous four and three-star ‘where to stay’ options. When choosing where to stay in Bologna, note that the city is quite spread out and that it’s best to stay either within or close to the Ring Road, where most of the important sights are located. Consequently, the following ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Bordeaux

Hotel Burdigala

  One of France’s larger cities, Bordeaux offers a great selection of ‘where to stay’ options, from five-star hotels to family-friendly B&Bs imbued with Bordeaux’s wine-culture style. Whereas in many areas of France, you cannot find truly luxurious accommodations worthy of the five-star designation, Bordeaux offers a solid selection, and the following list of ‘where to stay’ ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Bilbao, Spain

Melia Bilbao

A medium-sized city, Bilbao offers a good selection of ‘where to stay’ options; and there’s no excuse for staying outside of the city center, where the most important sights are located. The following where to stay in Bilbao hotel recommendations give preference to centrally located hotels as well as to hotels that offer complimentary WiFi, though this is somewhat rare in Bilbao. Additionally, ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in York, England

Medieval York

  When choosing where to stay in York, England, the city’s medieval center calls out with 13th century city walls and views of the York Minster, one of the most impressive cathedrals in England if not Northern Europe. The following ‘where to stay’ options give preference to centrally located hotels in York as well as hotels that provide free WiFi. 5-Star Hotels in York Cedar Court ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Turin


  In the northwest corner of Italy, the city of Turin is one of the largest cities in the country, and, though it is short on 5-star accommodations, it offers a solid range of ‘where to stay’ options. Turin is off the beaten path for most tourists, and yet it is surrounded by the culinary riches of the Piedmont region, from excellent wineries and white truffles to Slow Food restaurants and ... Read Full Article

Best Paris 3-Star and Budget Hotels – by Arrondissement

Hotel Le Clement

Finding a great 3-star hotel in Paris is a joy. There really are some three-star hotels that are better than 4-star hotels.  Stars many-times are awarded for amenities like larger rooms or restaurants, not on the quality of the hotel experience itself. These are 3-star hotels that we recommend wholeheartedly and hope you love them as much as we ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Bath, England

Classic Room Royal Crescent Hotel

Though not comprehensive, these are our picks for the best hotels, B&Bs and Guest Houses in Bath. We have arranged the accommodations by price , from expensive to inexpensive. That doesn't necessarily mean that the more expensive properties are better; there are some very luxurious guest houses that are moderately priced. Expensive Queensberry Hotel 4-star Privately owned, The ... Read Full Article