Traveling the world is an amazing experience and as we continue to show here, it does not need to cost a small fortune. One way we’ve consistently saved money is by using web services like Hostelbookers to book rooms in nice but inexpensive hotels & hostels around the world.
Here is a sampling of some of the great accommodations available in the big wide world.
To experience the adage “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do,” check into the Cristina Hotel for the full immersion experience. This friendly hotel is near Roma Termini Central Railway Station and the National Museum of Rome. The helpful staff has free maps, bus schedules and tokens for complimentary breakfast at a nearby café. Cozy private rooms have fridges, tea/coffee stations and ensuite bathrooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, some with a courtyard view.
Plug into Madrid’s sophisticated vibe at the High Tech Arturo Soria hotel equipped with those bells and whistles cyber-geeks crave. Stay in a residential section near Calle Alcalá in walking distance of the La Cibeles Statue, Fountain and Restaurant. Have a breakfast buffet at the outdoor café, take your laptop to the Cafetech or stay in your crisp, modern room and use your complimentary PC to surf Hostelbookers.com, to book this property and check-out the facilities.
Visitors typically concentrate on Prague’s indoor attractions like castles and galleries but miss exciting outdoor activities. At the Hotel Brilliant, however, you’re near the Prosecke Natural Preserve laced with hiking trails and a year-round bobsleigh run. It’s a 15-minute ride into the city center, but with an in-house café serving on-tap beer, the nearby Bobovka restaurant and a market for delicacies to cook in the self-catering kitchen, you may be quite content. Clean private rooms come with free parking and Wi-Fi.
Soak up Oriental charm at 13 Coins Suvarnabhoomi Hotel Minburi with exotic touches like marbled bathrooms and balconies overlooking the interior courtyard dotted with palms and statues. Enjoy live music in the 24-hour outdoor café by a beautiful pond and the spacious 2-story restaurant/bar with cozy booths and pool tables. Join shopping safaris to nearby malls or hop on a bus to Bangkok’s Floating Market.
Be pampered at the Beijing Hyde Hotel in traditional Chinese-style rooms with interior balconies overlooking an ornate lobby and cozy restaurant/bar/nightclub. Private rooms have carved wood panels, rich furnishings, coffee/tea stations and modern bathrooms. Take a ten-minute walk to Tiananmen Square or ride the metro from Qianmen Station to outlying attractions.
Chicago’s downtown beckons visitors to explore culture at the Chicago Art Institute, experience a game at Wrigley Field or tour the Navy Pier by boat. The Red Roof Inn Chicago is conveniently located by bus lines, El trains and Metra lines. Contemporary rooms include complimentary coffee, Wi-Fi and cable TV. Enjoy the swimming pool, room service, restaurant/lounge/bar, 24-hour reception and valet parking. Kids under 17 stay free and well-behaved pets are welcomed.
Downtown Paris is at your feet from the Hotel Régence nestled between Montmartre, le Opéra and Galerie Lafayette. Rent a bicycle, catch the Saint-Lazare train or just walk 15 minutes to Champs-Elysées. Elegant rooms have private baths, Wi-Fi, room service, mini-bars and satellite TV.
London can be hectic, but just a two-minute walk from Kensington Gardens and Paddington Station is a serene neighborhood where the London Guards Hotel is located. Elegant ambience and clean, comfortable rooms come with free continental breakfast. Wi-Fi is available common areas where there’s a travel desk, television room and outside lounge.
Experience the famous half-moon Copacabana Beach in high-rise elegance at the California Othon Classic – Copacabana. Air-conditioned rooms (some with balconies) have floor-to-ceiling windows with shoreline views. Enjoy free buffet breakfast before setting out to explore nearby Ipanema, Leblon, Arpoador or downtown Rio. Take the bus to outlying attractions like Sugarloaf Mountain.
Delight in the Spanish influence on Goa at the Royal Heritage Resort where spacious rooms with balconies overlook a swimming pool bordered with palms. Sip exotic drinks from the bar, have a lagoon barbeque or enjoy Tandoori delicacies at the multi-cuisine restaurant. Nearby are trendy shops, yoga studios and cozy cafes and the friendly staff can arrange for sightseeing tours, shopping trips or excursions to Baga Beach.