Heroic B&B Friendliness
European bed and breakfast hosts and hostesses are notorious for confounding travelers with inexplicable kindness. Share tales of B&B hosts who went above and beyond the call of touristic duty to give you a great trip.
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Pension Haus Maria, Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria
Absolutely wonderful stay. After 15 minutes, we felt as though we had been friends with Ali (Alistair) and Denise for years. Ali is very personable, witty and knows just about every scenic drive in the Alps, along with info on local events, festivals, restaurant recommendations and more. Denise makes you instantly feel that you're part of the family. Nothing is too much trouble. Since we didn't have too much planned except for "Der Dachstein" glacier trip (which was out of this world beautiful), Ali and Denise invitied us to join them in visiting a couple of Christmas markets in nearby Radstadt and Altenmarkt in Pongau and then for dinner. This was probably the most memorable part of our entire 10 day trip through Austria. The rooms are comfortable, coffee, espresso and tea are avail. 24/7 and breakfast is very good in a charming breakfast room with a huge flat screen TV, giving local weather and info. There's also a very inviting lounge/living room for guests with another TV and DVD player and a good assortment of movies (most in English) to choose from, but the best viewing is from the room balconies or front patio looking out onto the Alps. Stunning and mesmerizing. I couldn't imagine there's a better place to stay in this area or better views of the Alps in Austria.
Rockaway, NJ USA 12/08/2013
Cill Bhreac House Dingle, Ireland
Spent 4 glorious November days at John and Angela's lovely B n B in Dingle. Everything about the place was stellar and John's Brown Bread, absolutely the best. As I was nearly their last guest of the season I was lucky to obtain a loaf to take back to Belfast with me. It was eaten in two days. I miss my daily chats with Angela. Hospitality at its finest in her home!
Los Angeles, CA USA 12/02/2013
Casa Selita B&B, Orvieto Italy
Wonderful stay at Casa Selita B&B near Orvieto, Italy. Fabulous hosts were warm, helpful, and generous in recommendations and information. High quality, large breakfasts in beautiful building. Short walk to town wall.
Gaithersburg, MD USA 11/17/2013
romantic b&b in Rome
We had a romantic weekend in this nice b&b near the Appia Antica ruins http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/appia-avenue-639.it.html
Delightful B&B in Florence
A real find is B&B Relais Tiffany in Florence. An easy walk from the rain station, this small B&B has beautiful rooms with baths as well as 2/3 rooms that open out onto a garden. The breakfast had scrumptions pastries as well as yougurt and other treats. The owner could not have been more helpful and the price was only 85 E for a garden room. I owuld recommend this to anyone.
Seattle, WA USA 11/02/2013
Our wonderful stay on St. Katherine B&B Boat in Barcelona!
Just spent the last few days on the St Katherine and what a great time it was. We were a party of eight and hired the whole boat for a special birthday. Cas and Irene are absolutely fantastic and have certainly got a jewel in the crown here. Nothing is too much for Cas, he goes the extra mile to ensure you have a fantastic time, I sense he would have let me have the shirt off his back had I asked him. All of the facilities on board are great - we used the top deck for breakfast and had a BBQ for the evening meal of the party (each to their own). I would certainly return again if I can get a booking as the boat is pretty much booked up well in advance. If you want a different type of break then look no further than the St Katherine. Thank you Cas and Irene for such a memorable experience.
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom 10/29/2013
Lettie's Pension, Bacharach, Germany
Lettie's Pension, Bacharach: We cannot say enough good things about Lettie's Pension in Bacharach, Germany. Rooms were clean, nicely decorated, and though not spacious, were large enough. Beds were comfortable. Breakfasts, included, were fine and filling. Trilingual Lettie is a gracious and very caring host. She is a good source of local knowledge that she willingly shares.
San Diego, CA USA 10/28/2013
Economical b&b in heart of Florence
I want to put in a vote for Signora Rabatti, whom I found in RS guide: dearest lady who runs her b&b with such heart. Her CasaRabatti is perfectly placed minutes from train station, centro, and most importantly, big Centro Mercato for early morning strolls thru the most amazing assortment of foods. A complete wheel of Pecorino was 12 euro, perfect gift for our host Enrico's dinner party. Casa Rabatti has clean large rooms, with ensuite bath for an economical 54 eu/nite. May be best deal in all Florence. La Burrasca, trattoria around corner, fabulous food, very fine wine at reasonable price; Caffee Ranier, at 95 S. Zanobi down the street from Casa Rabotti, for wonderful bfast pastries. Rudolfo Ranier imports butter from France for all his pastries. Friendly barista.
Port Townsend, Washin USA 10/26/2013
Great B&B in Budapest
The Bellevue B&B, in Rick's guide book, is a great value and a nice place to stay in the Castle District. The owners were so helpful before and during our trip. The restaurants they recommended were wonderful and good value. Walking distance to Fisherman's Bastion, with its great views, and restaurants. I highly recommend Bellevue B&B.
Silverthorne, CO USA 10/19/2013
Apartments Antonia - Split, Croatia
Our host Anita went above and beyond by driving us to our rental car agency on a rainy morning in Split. She was persistent in helping us find the agency and wouldn't leave us until she knew we were in the right spot.
Our small apartment was very clean and cozy. The location a short walk from the ferry terminal and/or the Old Town was great.
Atlanta, GA USA 10/18/2013
September 2013, We (4 adults) stayed in this lovely apartment for 8 nights & it was fantastic! Great location near all attractions, particularly the Vatican. Well appointed, very comfortable with everything we needed. So close to Campo de Fiori where the markets are held most days for buying fresh Fruit & Veg for preparing our own meals. Security was excellent & the area was full of restaurants & little shops in a very safe area. Lavinia & Max were fabulous, genuine friendly hosts & have really thought through what guests need to ensure a comfortable stay. They professionally provided the best information on aspects of the apartment & how to get around Rome for their guests and we felt right at home immediately. We will definitely stay in this apartment next time in Rome & recommend it highly to anyone considering visiting this beautiful city. Thanks Max & Lavinia www.romasuite.com
Peter & Julie
Please read the details in the other review for this B&B as I cannot say it better. We knew our 25th wedding anniversary would be special as we chose Borgo Argenina in the Chianti region of Tuscany but Elena's B&B with the magnificent views and atmosphere surpassed our expectations! Our actual dinner was shared with 14 other guests ranging in age from early 20's to mid 60's and immensely treasured by all- imagine that in this day of gadgets and technology! I think that is worth a thousand words.
Petawawa, Ont. USA 10/08/2013
Great home base in Cinque Terre
Simone runs a great "B&B" in Manarola, Cinque Terre. Just outside the tunnel from the train, this is a perfect home base. While there isn't a breakfast, you receive a 10% discount at the cafe next door. Rooms are large and comfortable at an unbelievable low rate. No maid service, so be sure to hang up your towel. Highly recommend! http://www.sangiorgiocinqueterre.com/en/rent-rooms-cinque-terre-italy.aspx
Chicago, IL USA 10/05/2013
Downtown Accomodation, Wonderful B&B in Rome
Downtown Accomodation is in a very convenient location, 5 minutes walk to the Coliseum and 10 minutes by bus to the Vatican City. All the major tourist attractions, we spent our entire time exploring Rome on foot!
Lorenzo, the owner is a really friendly and helpful person. He delivers a decent breakfast to your room at a time of your choice and gives good advice on sightseeing.
Rooms are recently renewed, very nice, bright and clean with all the comforts, very quiet rooms due to double windows with double glasses. Highly recommended and great value for money.
New York, USA 09/21/2013
Borgo Argenina (Gaiole in Chianti, Italy) - Heavenly Hamlet!
Words cannot fully express the beauty, charm and essence of Borgo Argenina di Elena Nappa (est. 1998). It was everything I hoped it would be...and more. It's truly a hidden gem which gives guests a real, authentic Tuscan experience unlike any other. Upon arrival, you're greeted by her two sweet dogs, and when entering the picturesque hamlet, you feel like you're home. Then, you get the true honor of meeting Elena, the magnificent woman who fell in love with this uninhabited, weed covered hamlet and spent 5 years turning it into her vision, a magical B&B for her to share the beauty of the surroundings and for guests to enjoy R&R in its peaceful, serene setting. She's the real story of Under the Tuscan Sun and an inspiration to me. It's truly a labor of live and Elena's passion is exhibited in every nook and cranny of the villa, her beautiful garden, the lush, manicured grounds, the healthy, delicious home grown breakfasts and dinners she prepares, etc. Elena also designed a delightful map of the region which she uses as a guide to explain the must-see's and various locales of the region (medieval castles, cities, etc.). She also recommends tour guides (we loved Tours by Roberto), as well as the quaint family-fun restaurants and activities. We did an unforgettable cooking experience with Elena in her large, ancient kitchen. We prepared fresh zucchini veggie lasagna using ingredients we picked from her garden, as well prepared an array of authentic side dishes and dessert. We sat around her big wood table with other guests and had a true Italian family style dinner. Elena partakes in dinner with her guests and truly cares about getting to know everyone. She also shares her own stories and her extensive knowledge of Italian culture, the Tuscan region, etc. Local Chianti was passed around the table during dinner and then we had her delish homemade Limoncello. Elena also [INVALID]d her own artful cookbook that she gifts to you after the cooking experience. It contains her recipes (and those of her family and friends) as well as the special meaning behind each one. I will treasure it forever. My husband and friends sat on the back patio after dinner and soaked in the landscape - rolling hills, greenery, an incredible sunset, rustic walking paths, and the large vineyard directly next to us. It's truly a breathtaking and emotional experience to take in the surrounding views, and love that it's away from commercialization and tour operators, so it's truly an exclusive, special experience. Elena also has two "angels" that work with her - Desy and Qanie - who are sweet, gracious, and there for you with whatever you need. Our room was also the epitome of a B&B experience - charming with wooden furniture, vintage decor and a big window to let the pleasant breeze thru. We even had a swallow nesting outside our room on the stairway. I think about Borgo often and reminiscence on the fond memories. I can't wait to return and spend more time in this heavenly hamlet. I also await the day when I can see my new, remarkable friend again - Elena Nappa. If you visit Italy, you must experience the one and only Borgo Argenina!
Cape Coral, FL USA 09/02/2013
Pensione Guerrato - A Great Place
My husband and I were just in Venice and had a wonderful stay at Pensione Guerrato. The location was great - by the Rialto Bridge/produce market. It was easy to find, in a great location and pretty much all that you could want in a place to stay. It was clean, tastefully decorated and served a good Italian breakfast. The best part of the stay was Roberto. He was the most helpful of all the different hotel employees that we met. Always gracious. He even took us personally to where we could catch the water taxi. I'd stay there again in a minute. Great trip.
Lewisville, TX USA 09/02/2013
L'Ancienne Boulangerie, Caunes-Minervois
We stayed for a week at L'Ancienne Boulangerie, a charming old-world B&B in the beautiful village of Caunes-Minervois in SW France. It is under new management and the new owners, Sara and Mark have transformed it from the way it was when we stayed before. The rooms are comfortable and spotless, with crisp white linen. the breakfast is sensational, especially when compared to what most French B&Bs offer. All in all, it is by far the best B&B we have ever stayed at - and we have stayed at many!
Brighton, UK 08/30/2013
Dei Mori in Florence
Dei Mori has a historic charm that welcomes you as soon as you enter. On a quiet street, it's conveniently located--a few minute walk to the Duomo.
The accommodations are cozy and clean with beautiful character. Our host, Enrico, was helpful, friendly and greatly contributed to the enjoyment of our stay.
I highly recommend the Dei Mori for a more intimate stay in Florence.
Belleville, IL USA 08/19/2013
Cavour Forum Suites in Rome
Cavour Forum Suites is a new B&B on Via Cavore in Rome, about 3 blocks from the Roman Forum. It is absolutely beautiful with modern amenities and accommodations. The hostess, Mary, is a complete joy who wants to make your stay perfect. Although Via Cavore is a busy street, the windows are nearly sound proof. I was lucky to get the room with the Juliet balcony! I highly recommend this b&b.
Belleville, IL USA 08/19/2013
Kindness and Expertise
Erna and Victor, proprietors of Anvershiel House in Portrush, Northern Ireland, made every effort to help us out when my husband suddenly suffered transient global amnesia. She visited us in the hospital with fruit and support, and made it possible for us to stay another night until we were sure the amnesia was nothing more serious. She pampered us as we recovered our balance. We would have loved the b and b even without this extra kindness, because it is beautifully appointed and maintained, and provides a wonderful breakfast as well as sitting room. It was Erna's organized guest resources that helped us find the appropriate services for our emergency! And even more, Portrush is such a sweet holiday destination. Thanks to the best hosts!
Clinton, WA USA 08/15/2013
Florence, Italy Bed and Breakfast
My family just got home from a three-week tour of Europe. We stayed at B&B Il Marzocco in Florence, Italy for two nights. The location is very, very convenient to the train station, and is within easy walking distance of everything (especially Funiculi Pizzeria). The room was very, very nice, comfy and spacious, with air conditioning. The bathroom was modern and spacious. The owner, Marco, and Federica-his associate, were so gracious and helpful. They outlined all of their favorite eateries and gelatis, made reservations for us at the museums, and cared for us like we were family!! The breakfast (included) was varied and delicious. Marco's wife's homemade jams were savory!! Prior to the trip, on their own, both sent me emails with maps, information, and trip ideas. Marco and Federica will make you feel like family too!! Tell them Marcus sent you!
Lafayette, LA USA 08/04/2013
Wonderful small hotel in Siena
My wife and I spent a magical three nights at Albergo Bernini in June. This was our personal favorite of the trip. It is in a 15th century building on a hilly street not far from Basilica San Domenico and nearly on top of the shrine to St. Catherine of Siena. This place is magical with it's spectacular rooftop terrace view of Siena. Rick Steves book has this hotel marked out for a reason. It may not be a 3- or 4-star hotel, but that's not the point. The family that run this clean, charming place are so very nice and welcoming that your stay is enriched. Bathrooms are across the hall, but well situated. Easily a great value, too. Highly recommended.
Seattle, WA USA 08/04/2013
Heroic b & b
B &B Casa Selita just outside of Orvieto was perfect in every way! It was an easy hike to Orvieto, the breakfast was generous and yummy! Our trip was last June and we Are still remembering the hospitality!
Vacaville, Ca USA 07/21/2013
Agriturismo Antica Olivaia in Orvieto, Italy
We just spent 2 nights at the most amazing B&B I have ever stayed at anywhere in the world. It was as beautiful as any 5 Star rural hotel with stunning views overlooking the countryside and the city of Orvieto; our room for 4 (hubby and I and 2 teenaged kids) was spacious and beautiful; the bathroom was huge with all the amenities. All of that, however, was nothing compared to the warmth and friendliness of the hosts. They made their guests feel like old friends. One of the most wonderful memories of a 17 day trip in Italy was the dinner we shared with the hosts at a local restaurant, splitting the tab the way friends do. The were the best guides! We had the benefit of their knowledge and experience to understand and appreciate Italian culture a bit more. If you are anywhere near this area, THIS is where you want to stay!
Agriturismo Antica Olivaia
Orvieto, Italy 07/20/2013
ROME Beautiful and brand new apartment in a perfect location
This is the most fantastic accommodation in all of Rome [INVALID] brand new, absolutely beautifully furnished, and perfectly centrally located. My friend and I stayed at this fantastic accommodation in February 2013. When we walked in the door, we thought we were in a 5-star hotel. The furnishings are luxurious - comfortable leather couch, very comfortable beds with beautiful bedding, large exquisite bathroom, modern kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, and excellent wifi service. There are two apartments available. The owners were wonderfully hospitable and helpful – they sent email directions from the train and airport, and met us at the door when we arrived, spending a lot of time showing us the apartment and providing a map of Rome, as well as suggestions for local restaurants and special sites to see. Breakfast was included and left in the well-furnished kitchen for us. This is the best place to stay in all of Rome - you will be so glad that you booked it www.romasuite.com
We recommend the following from our recent visit: Wexford-Abbey House, Kinsale-SeaGull;Kenmare-Tara Farm; Doolin-HalfDoor;Kildare-Castleview Farm. All were extremely clean and very hospitable. I would stay at every one of these again. Dublin-Trinity College-great location, clean.
Lagrange, GA USA 07/15/2013
Wonderful B&B in Sorrento
We had the most delightful stay at Villa Monica in Sorrento this past May. Pasquale, the owner, is a total delight and goes out of his way to make sure guests enjoy their stay. Fantastic views, clean well appointed rooms, bountiful breakfast including fresh squeezed orange juice and shuttle service down into town and back to the villa. Simply fabulous.
St Louis, Missou USA 07/07/2013
Il Poggiolo Delle Rose
We wanted to experience Florentine culture and the Tuscan countryside in two days. We had heard great things about Il Poggiolo Delle Rose, and were not disappointed! Only ten minutes by bus to Florence's city center, this Italian Villa, with its lush and expansive vegetation gives one the impression of a country estate. From the moment I spoke to Elisabetta via internet, I knew I would be visiting with family! Her warm, caring thoughtfulness are her best assets. Prior to our arrival from Colorado, Elisabetta provided invaluable information for travel to and from all of our destinations (going so far as checking on our train reservations, and booking our reservations at the Acadamia). At our arrival, upon learning that we had not yet acquired Euros, without knowing us yet, she paid the taxi with her own money. In fact, she fronted us another 50 Euro so we could get to the museum on time and pay the next taxi (please don't expect this service as it is an example of the hospitality and warm environment that without question let us know we were famiglia!). We rented a car and after suggesting visiting the Cinque Terre by boat as opposed to by car, she gave us spot on directions to the cruise ship. The accomadations were very clean, very modern and very well thought out. The breakfast was outstandingly European with home made Cappuccinos and my favorite... Chocolate Croissants! Elisabetta also took my parking ticket to the Post Office for me since it was closed on Sunday. Staying here makes me want to visit more often.
Dr Doxiades A. Hill, DDS
Colorado Springs, CO USA 07/04/2013
Milestone B&B Dingle Ireland
This B&B was the highlight of our stay in Ireland and our host, Barbara, is the brightest star in Dingle. Thank you, Barbara, for treating me like family.
Moab, Utah USA 06/30/2013
Near Venice (Olmo di Martellago)
A second stay at the Vanessa House B&B NW of Venice was as enjoyable as the first, but now there is a lovely new swimming pool off the patio area where a delicious breakfast with yummy homemade jams and breakfast torts are served. This B&B is located in a quiet lovely older neighborhood of large homes on large lots in Olmo di Martellago. The B&B has 3 rooms available, and the one in which we stayed was spotlessly clean, and I assume the others are likewise. After 4 trips to Venice I must say driving up to the B&B sure beats hauling luggage up and over bridges and cobblestones. A short 2-3 minute walk will put you at the bus stop for a 25 minute ride into Venice Piazza Roma. Elena the hostess is lovely, helpful, sweet and more than willing to help you with any travel need you might have. I would also suggest purchasing one of the 24 hr, 36 hr (32.50) etc ACTV travel passes that allows on and off access for buses and boats, including Murano and Burano. This was so convenient as you never had to take time to find a place to buy bus or boat tickets. Also if you go to Murano, a great place for lunch is Osteria al Duomo Pizzeria located in a lovely walled garden. Their homemade mozzarella was excellent. The address is: Fondamenta Maschio 20-21, best to ask a local for directions, as you enter a narrow alley to enter the garden and restaurant.. The B&B: www.vanessahouse.it
Tulsa, OK USA 06/24/2013
Prague Lida House
Although a number of other travelers have recommended Lida House, I want to add my appreciation for the hard work and many long hours that George and Jan put in to make each and every traveler feel comfortable and special. Sometimes I wonder how George can so kindly give the same instructions, directions and ideas over and over, but he does so graciously. I have had 3 pleasant stays at Lida House since 2005, and most recently in mid-May 2013. One of the things I like about breakfast here is that they always have fixings for a salad, and even though I don't fix a salad at home for breakfast, I do appreciate the greens, tomatoes and roughage when traveling. There are many breakfast choices, and also a variety of drinks available for a nominal charge after hours. WIFI is available. George or a driver will pick you up at the airport for a fee, which is well worth it after a long international flight. www.lidabb.eu
Tulsa, Oklaho USA 06/24/2013
A great B&B in Rome for celiacs – and anyone else
This wonderful B&B, in a quiet suburb with easy access by Metro or bus, caters to visitors who need a gluten-free diet (or those who keep Kosher).
We have just spent 8 days there; it was a terrific experience. Stefano, is a perfect host: extremely helpful with planning or making reservations, and is very conscientious regarding food preparation for visitors with dietary restrictions. There is a generous array of breakfast foods for all needs, and Stefano can provide a list of G-F restaurants in the city and suggestions for locations beyond.
We strongly recommend this B&B to anyone who appreciates first class service, reasonable prices, and cleanliness. A real find!
Details at www.myguestroma.com where you can read other reviews.
University Place, WA USA 06/11/2013
Al Centro Storico Roma Suite - Great accomodation in Rome!
I, my husband, and my newly retired parents have just returned from our trip to Europe, and one of my first tasks is to take the time to pass along to others the wonderful experience we had staying at Al Centro Storico Roma Suite. We arrived into Rome's Termini train station from northern Italy, and embarked upon an unforgettable taxi ride through the streets of Rome to arrive at Roma Suite. As soon as we got out of the taxi, there was Lavinia to greet us and escort us to our HOME for our three day stay in Rome. We stepped into the SPOTLESS and beautifully appointed 2-bedroom apartment. Lavinia then took about 30 minutes to acquaint us not only to the apartment, but also went over a map, explaining exactly how to get to all the major tourist sites. ALL sites were within easy walking distance from the apartment. (I was in Rome 10 years ago, and I much-appreciated the central location experienced THIS time at Al Centro Storico Roma Suite.) Max and Lavinia have also prepared a printed guide with maps/directions to all sites for later reference if needed, which we referred to multiple times. Lavinia also provided tips for avoiding lines at the Vatican, neighborhood restaurants, etc. Finally, before she left, Lavinia expressed that she and Max were only a text, email, phone call away for ANY questions or needs we had. Breakfast was adequate, with croissants, yogurt, milk, juice, granola, etc.
West Des Moines, IA USA 06/10/2013
The Boulevard Guesthouse Westport Ireland
The location is excellent - in the heart of Westport, one of our favorite stops in all of Ireland. The house is so clean and beautiful and airy. Sadie is a wonderful hostess. Her breakfasts are delicious and after staying there for two nights she feels more like a friend or member of the family than a proprietor of a B&B.
Atlanta, GA USA 06/09/2013
Hotel in Rome
Hotel Azzurra in Rome. Fair prices and exceptional service. This is no Hilton. The building is a little old and not all floors are level. The mousetrap sized lift assed to the charm and our enjoyment. Perfect location. Quick access to Trevi and metro.
Edmond, OK USA 06/07/2013
Gifts for hosts a good idea
A German custom is for a visitor to bring a small gift. Usually flowers or a bottle of wine. No hotel or b&b expects this from any guest. I tried an experiment by bringing picture books from my home state with photos of the Wild West, Indians and landscapes. This took a little planning and a little trouble. On both occasions my hosts were delighted. I'm sure our level of service was elevated. It is also a good way to be a good ambassador
Edmond, OK USA 06/07/2013
B&B Smart, Rome, Italy
Stayed 3 nights at B&B Smart in May, our room being freshly prepared & extremely clean. She gave us a map upon arrival briefly describing our location, the many sites surrounding us, & how to get there. Her breakfasts were delivered to our room promptly each morning consisting of warm fresh pasties, fresh fruit, yogurts, eggs, juice & coffee. She would prepare extra coffee if we liked. She provided extra special attention whenever we needed, making sure that the tour driver understood the correct time to pick us up from the front door. The location was very central, the most desirable sites within walking distance. Security was excellent & Isa also warned us to protect our valuables on the street. The room was extremely quiet being off the street & facing a courtyard. She recommended restaurants as well as a grocery store as there was a small refrigerator for her guests to use during the stay. We highly recommend Isabella & B&B Smart in Rome, Italy! www.bandbromeitaly.com
New York, USA 06/04/2013
Straven Guesthouse, Edinburgh
Marian and Mac are very nice hosts. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. The breakfast is very very good. Could not be better. The location near the North Sea promenade is beautiful and very well suited for walking. The city center is easily reached by bus. For us, the Straven Guest House is the best B & B in Edinburgh.
Neckarsulm, Germany 06/03/2013
We stayed in Ashley Park in central Ireland and our dear host was kind enough to personally show us around his lovely estate, and also had a fire in the drawing room where we shared a delightful teatime.
Phoenix, Arizon USA 06/03/2013
The Ferry House, DunLaoghaire, Ireland
We were looking for accommodations for 6 of us and The Ferry House was very affordable. Great location, close to the DART, and a quiet neighborhood. Pauline and Eamon were extremely helpful with directions, storing our luggage and recommending local eateries. Spacious rooms, hot showers, comfortable beds and delicious Irish breakfasts made our 3 night stay memorable. You couldn't ask for more!
Lees Summit, MO USA 06/02/2013
Straven Guest House, Edinburgh
A day trip of mine meant I had to depart well before the usual breakfast hour, but hosts Mac & Marian made sure to leave for me a wee bite to tide me over. Further, they were always at the ready with suggestions and change for the bus. Delightful!
New York, NY USA 05/30/2013
The Boulevard Guesthouse,Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
We stayed in this wonderful house for three nights ,it is a Georgian house with a huge big beautiful dining room with high ceilings and great bedrooms with large clean en-suites. The hosts were so helpful giving us advice on all the best places to see and even bringing us to the best restaurant in the city. There are some great pubs just a few minutes from the guesthouse including 'Matt Molloys' of the Chieftains fame . The location is perfect as its only a few steps away from the main street and yet its so quiet at night. The owners John and Sadie were so lovely and John even brought us to the train station when we were leaving and it was at 5am. We will recommend it to all our family and friends, you could not stay anywhere better.
Kathy N Stewart
Boston, Mass. USA 05/28/2013
Le Tour de Cause B&B, Dordogne
Probably the nicest B&B we've ever stayed in. The attention to detail was impeccable, right down to the French soaps in the bathroom. The hosts, Caitlin and Albert, provided us with great suggestions for places to go and things to see, making our five day stay pass far too quickly. The B&B is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of large Sarlat, to be a serene getaway, yet close enough to be a central hub. We loved our time there.
roseville, CA USA 05/24/2013
Nicholas Inn, Rome Italy
We stayed 4 nights are the Nicholas Inn at the start of our trip to Italy and it was wonderful to have a comfortable room to return to at the end of each long day of sightseeing. Melissa was extremely friendly and helpful - we appreciated that she was available each morning as we left for the day to provide guidance on how to get around Rome and where to eat. We were given vouchers to eat up the street at a little bistro and they were welcoming every morning; we enjoyed their cappucinos and appreciated that Melissa mentioned that we could order more than one, which we did! We are very happy to have stayed at the Nicholas Inn and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Rome.
Milwaukee, WI USA 05/23/2013
Wonderful place to stay
The best place we stayed while visiting Italy was the Bernini Hotel Bed & Breakfast in Siena. Eugenia was fantastic. Warm friendly and very knowledgeable. She was very helpful to helping us find our way. Breakfast was delicious, the rooms comfortable and so clean. The area was beautiful. I want to come back to Italy just to go there. The best place we stayed.
High Springs, Florid USA 05/23/2013
Borgo Argenina was Amazing!
My husband and I just returned from a fabulous 10 day trip to Tuscany. We spent four nights with Elena at Borgo Argenina. We had very high expectations based on the reviews we had already read. These were all exceeded!
We felt at home the moment we arrived. We were, indeed, greeted by the sweet "receptionists" Pasqualina and Giuseppina. It was nice having them there to greet us with each return. I always miss our puppy back home, so it was great to have these sweethearts during our stay.
Elena's welcome glass of Chianti Classico was priceless. She took her time sharing a quick history of the region, recommendations of things to see, and places to eat. She will go as in-depth as you'd like, or just cover the highlights. We followed her advice and had a fabulous time exploring Tuscany.
If I had to pick a favorite highlight, I would agree with most, and pick cooking with Elena. What a welcoming first night. We had a great time bonding with the other guests while we created our lovely homemade meal. Elena truly creates a home atmosphere that makes you feel so warm and at home. The recipes in the book are great. I have already purchased ingredients to make her Nonna's tiramisu recipe. We made it that night and it was delicious!!!!
I truly cannot say enough about the beauty of this resort or the personal touches we received from Elena and her lovely staff. If you are staying anywhere near Sienna or in Chianti, you MUST stay with Elena. We stayed four nights, which seemed "just right" for exploring the region before moving onto Florence.
We cannot wait to return!
Strongsville, Ohio USA 05/21/2013
Wonderful B&B in Rome
Stayed for 3 nights at Downtown Accomodation in April. It was such a pleasant experience, lovely B&B in Rome! It was cheerful, brand new, beautiful furnished, rooms and bathrooms were so clean and spacious and the location was perfect - right next to the Coliseum, Roman Forum and major sites are walking distance. The host Lorenzo was very friendly and accommodating! We really enjoyed our time in Rome and would definitely recommend this "home away from home" B&B to any travelers! www.downtownaccomodation.com
New York, USA 05/12/2013
Hotel on the Rhine
We stayed at Pension Lettie in Bacharach September 2012 and had a wonderful time. Her place is conveniently located and was quiet with a great breakfast. She told us about the local wine festivals in the towns along the Rhine. we also witnessed her helping another guest who fell ill and had to seek hospital attention. She was just constantly wanting to ensure we were enjoying our time. Just be careful using the dryer, it is a bit warm and left our clothes dry but quite wrinkled.
Ft Worth, TX USA 05/12/2013
B and B Ferme du Pressoir
Those who don't interact with the French people cannot know how warm and friendly they are, and madame Odile, of the B and B, Ferme du Pressoir, is a charming and energetic ambassador of such. Located in a wonderfully restored stone farmhouse, in Villers Bocage, Normandy, the rooms are spotless, tasteful and comfortable. An enormous breakfast with freshly prepared omelettes completes the package. The farm is convenient to Bayeux, and Omaha Beach, and the village nearby is charming and has many very good restaurants, bistros and boulangeries. Please do not confuse this location with neighboring village Villy-Bocage. Nearby is a wonderful tiny Calvados distillery, also with a charismatic owner. Vive la belle France, and Ferme du Pressoir.
Austin, TX USA 05/10/2013
Snow in March in Wales!
In an earlier post concerning our frigid trip to UK/Wales in March 2013 I neglected to mention the Penman family of Stokyn Hall in Holywell ,Wales With snow 1 1/2 feet deep they dug out our stuck car(Wonderful Edwardian house up a steep hill)twice and provided great meals by the open fire when the electric power failed-cooked on small gas burner!It was an unexpected snow but the ebntire family did all they could to make us comfortable!!
Aurora, In USA 05/03/2013
Logis Les Remparts, France
We had a wonderful stay at Logis Les Remparts in Bayeux, France. The rooms were spacious and old-world elegant. The baths were roomy with showers. Christele et Francois Lecornu were very gracious and friendly. There were some rules, but they seemed reasonable since this is their home. They also sell delicious cider at their little shop, which I highly recommend. They are within walking distance of major attractions in Bayeux and the street parking was safe and free. I would definitely stay there again.
Columbia, MD USA 05/02/2013
Just got back from a wonderful trip to Normandy. We stayed at a delightful B&B in the town of Bayeux called Le Relais De La Tour Louise. Our host Wil was wonderful and couldn't have been more helpful. We had a triple room on the third floor and it was immaculate! Breakfasts were very filling as well. We would absolutely stay here again. Sharon
Byron Center, MI USA 04/18/2013
B&B Heroic Friendliness in Yorkshire UK
We were in England and Wales during this frigid and snowy Easter. For exceptional friedliness charm and food at L60 High Green Farm near Kirksby Lonsdale Cumbria was a farm gem . However Bramwood B&B in Pickering was also lovely with a lbeautiful lounge and fireplace but the very kind help of owners when we received a worrisome telephone call from the US puts Helen and Richard in the heroic category. Very helpful and supportive !
Aurora, IN USA 04/16/2013
Lida Guest House in Prague
We found the Lida Guest House through Rick's Prague Guide and agree that it is a great place to stay and an excellent value. Our host, Jan, was extremely helpful and key to making our Prague visit a great success not withstanding the unseasonably cold weather in April, 2013. The quiet neighborhood was welcome after a full day of touring in the crowded tourist areas.
Alexandria, VA USA 04/12/2013
Sleeping in Siena
It's not a question, just a suggestion. I've been in Siena (Tuscany) many times in my life and I've always choosen different accommodations. I've never been in the same hotel because anywhere I could feel like home. My last vacation (at the beginning of March) was completely different, since I experienced the exact opposite. I stayed at the Hotel Garden, in the north part of the city, for 5 days before driving to Florence and Lucca. The most appropriate definitions for this place would be "friendly", "comfortable", "relaxing".
First of all, the staff is absolutely kind and always at your disposal for any need and request. Furthermore, no matter what happens: they smile! That's what people on holiday want to see! Secondly, the location is simply strategic. Only 20 minutes walking from the old city and at the same time sorrounded by a huge garden which allows you to forget you are nearly in the middle of the town.
What else? For me it's enough. I already know where I will stay during my next trip to Siena and I really hope someone else will feel the same!
New York, USA 04/09/2013
Tranquil Place To Stay Near Plitvice National Park Croatia.
My husband and I stayed at a lovely bed breakfast situated near the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.
Our room was on the third floor and the calming sound of the waterfall was wonderful. Our room was clean and basic.
The owner Ivica used to work for the park. He provided us with maps of the best sights to see. He even drove us to a sight near his house that we could not see within the park.
I would definitely recommend staying here. The kindness and warmth of the family was refreshing. They are really wonderful and genuine hosts.
The website is www.sankorana.com
Charleston, SC USA 03/06/2013
Hidden Gem Outskirts of Treviso Italy
My husband and I stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Treviso Italy.
We had a room on the third floor which had high ceilings, hardwood floors and was light and airy. Our private bathroom across the hall had a shower and a sunken tub and the countertops were marble. The room was clean and very nice. The breakfast was good. We had eggs, homemade jams, homemade breads and cakes.
Grazia the hostess took us to the train station when we wanted to explore Venice. She also took us to a wine discounter where there was a large assortment of wines with reasonable prices. Grazia recommended restaurants and places to explore.
Grazia is so genuine and caring. I would definitely recommend staying with her. You will walk away with fond memories.
The name of the bed and breakfast is Bed and Breakfast Dolce Casa located in Treviso Italy. She also has a listing on the Bed and Breakfast website under Treviso Italy.
Charleston, SC USA 03/06/2013
Great accommodation in Rome!
Al Centro Storico Roma Suite www.romasuite.com This is the most fantastic accommodation in all of Rome ! brand new, absolutely beautifully furnished, and perfectly centrally located. My friend and I stayed at this fantastic accommodation in February 2013. When we walked in the door, we thought we were in a 5-star hotel. The furnishings are luxurious - comfortable leather couch, very comfortable beds with beautiful bedding, large exquisite bathroom, modern kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, and excellent wifi service. There are two apartments available.
The owners were wonderfully hospitable and helpful – they sent email directions from the train and airport, and met us at the door when we arrived, spending a lot of time showing us the apartment and providing a map of Rome, as well as suggestions for local restaurants and special sites to see. Breakfast was included and left in the well-furnished kitchen for us.
This is the best place to stay in all of Rome - you will be so glad that you booked it.
New York, NY USA 02/28/2013
La Maison du Moulin, Grignon, Provence, France
Why we Love this place: The hospitality, facilities, and surrounding countryside are enough to bring us back, but the graciousness of our hostess, Benedicte, really blew us away. Our VISA card had stopped working at the ATMs in Munich. Apparently I had failed to notify VISA of our planned European vacation. It's nice to know they were watching our security. Fortunately, we were able to get some euros from the AMEX office in Florence, but we were down to 13 euros by the time we got to Provence. We checked in at La Maison du Moulin, and had a marvelous time, including a cooking class from Chef Benedicte. When it came time to check out and continue on our travels, I handed Benedicte our AMEX card. She said, "Im sorry, we do not take American Express". I panicked! It was Sunday, and no banks were open. What were we going to do? Benedicte said not to worry, that we should go enjoy our plans for the day and she'd work something out. I was dumbfounded; can't imagine anyone (especially in the States) saying that in that situation. With feelings of guilt and unease, and plans to send a check as soon as we got back home, we left for our next night's accomodation, Le Clair de la Plume in Grignon to check in. The desk clerk asked if it would be OK for him to charge our AMEX card for our stay at La Maison du Moulin, as Benedicte had called him and suggested that as a solution to our problem. Of course, we were thrilled that they would do so. We rushed back to La Maison du Moulin with receipt in hand to show her we had paid her through Le Clair de la Plume. Benedicte was so gracious. We will definitely stay there again.
Tim & Diane
Denver, CO USA 01/28/2013
B & B near port Civitivecchia
We were leaving on a cruise from Civitivecchia, Italy near Rome. We happened upon a family owned vineyard and B & B, about 40 minutes from the port so we spent the night there. Not only was the cost very reasonable for a lovely room, but the hostesses, two sisters who own the vineyard, were kind and generous. They gave us a free tour of the winery and plenty of complimentary wine; enough to bring back to the room to enjoy. It felt like family! The Podere Castellaccia vineyard in Grosseto (58100), www.poderecastellaccia.com, is beautiful with the most hospitable hostesses!
Kaiserslautern Military Community, USA 01/15/2013
Rome ... we simply loved it!
This apartment could not have been more perfect for our family adventure to Rome. We spent five nights here last year and I have to say, we loved it! The location is UNBEATABLE - literally steps from Castel Sant'Angelo and 5 minutes to Campo de Fiori with its many restaurants and amazing morning market ... we could walk in five minutes to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Vatican as reach Trevi Fountain and Coliseum is a very nice walk in the heart of the ancient Rome. The area is very nice at night, the restaurants are good and the vibe is very cool. And the apartment is so charming! Elegant with all comforts (WIFI included at no additional cost), spacious rooms, very clean and quite - no road noise at all. The staff (Max and Lavinia) were just amazing, very friendly and helpful. they let us have as many guidebooks in the apartment as we needed and those were life savors! Their breakfast was a good selection of food and drinks ... the entire place just felt very homey. Our apartment had some wonderful ceiling ... Max told us they just restored the apartments keeping their original ancient ceilings of almost 120 years ago! A wonderful family stay!!! I definitely would recommend these apartments (www.romasuite.com) to anyone traveling to Rome!
Bridgeport, CT USA 01/04/2013