Nick & Lynn
 

Hotels

 

Here are some notes on the hotels where we stayed. Because we have some mobility problems, notes on ease of access and parking are included. Unless otherwise noted, all hotels had free wifi Internet access of good quality.

 

Hong Kong hotel

 

Hong Kong: Butterfly on Prat, 21 Prat Avenue, Kowloon. www.butterflyhk.com

A comfortable room, but no restaurant or breakfast. Easy to get to with the A21 airport bus, and a short walk from TST MRT station. One step up to reception, then lift to rooms. Many food places nearby. †


 

Istanbul: Romantic Hotel, Amiral Tafdil Sok. www.romantichotelistanbul.com

This was a nice little hotel right in the old part of Istanbul, with many nearby restaurants and shops, and only a short walk to Aghia Sophia, Topkapi or the Archaeological Museum. Stairs to the rooms, but willing staff to help with luggage. No parking, but one would be insane to have a car in central Istanbul. The photo shows a happy Urdal, the owner, in front of his hotel. †

The second photo is the view from our room. Some industrial muck in the foreground, but then a view right across to the Asian part of Istanbul. †

 

Corfu: The White House, Kalamari Beach. www.corfu-kalami.gr/accomodation_home.html

A two-bedroom apartment with a good-size living room with kitchen. Steep steps up from the road. We were charged peak rates, as we were there over Easter, but the whole of Kalamari Beach village was closed: no restaurants, no shops. If we had not had a car, we would have had a very miserable time. Parking was on the road next to the apartment, and might have been difficult in season. We were on the top floor with a view from the balcony across Kalamari Bay. *


 

Meteora: Doupiani House, Kastraki. www.doupianihouse.com

This was something of a find. It was on the edge of the small village of Kastraki, which was a much more pleasant place to stay than the larger town of Kalambaka. A quite new hotel, with on-site parking and level access to our room. Good breakfast, and an easy walk into the village for good evening meals. The second photo is the view from our room. †

 

Delphi: Hotel Varanos, Pavlou & Frederikis St. www.hotel-varonos.gr/new

Umm: interesting. Over-decorated but comfortable, and on the main street of Delphi. We had booked a top-floor room with view, but found it was up two flights of quite steep stairs. And the breakfast room was down a flight from the lobby. Staff willingly helped with the luggage. There was a charge for wifi in the rooms, but there were two computers in the lobby with free Internet access. Parking was on the street and would be very difficult to find during the season. *

 

The hotel had a quite extraordinary document in the room, detailing the charges that would be levied if guests stole anything from the room: including even a price for the bed. I don't know how they would have been able to charge. We paid cash on arrival, and the hotel did not have our credit card details. Despite this, they were very welcoming and gave us a parting gift of some ouzo and a CD of Delphi photos. †


 

Olympia: Hotel Pelops, Varela 2. www.hotelpelops.gr

A pleasant but rather anonymous hotel, just off the main street. Ramp from street to lobby, then lift to the rooms. Parking was easy to find on nearby streets, but would probably be difficult in season.

The view from our room was ... interesting. †


 

Nafplio: Hotel Polyxenia, Antonopoulon 4.

A tiny hotel with only four rooms, tucked into an alleyway next to the Town Hall. The map on the web site does not help much in finding the hotel, and even taxi drivers did not know where it was. Parking is about 250 metres away, but nobody seems to mind if you park on the square by the Town Hall to move luggage. As at January 2015, the hotel's web site is not operationsl.

 

Santorini: Old Oia Houses, Oia. www.oldoiahouses.gr

One of a series of apartments scattered around Oia village. Very comfortable self-catering, with a large bedroom, a small living room with kitchen, a balcony with view over the caldera, and (rather alarmingly) the bathroom up a narrow spiral staircase. The wifi would not work indoors because of the thick walls, and the bright sunlight made it difficult to use a laptop outside. Parking 100 to 250 metres away, down a steep slope, but Anna happily wheeled our two big bags up the hill. This was our bedroom. *


 

Rhodes: Camelot Hotel, Themistokleous 18. www.camelot-rhodes.com

Another small hotel that is not easy to find, but we had stayed there before. It is right in the heart of Rhodes Old Town, with many nearby shops and restaurants. Nina was as welcoming as always, taking our bags up the flight of stairs to our room, and providing much helpful advice on restaurants, cheap car rental, and changing our plans because of an air controllers' strike. Again, the wifi would not work indoors. No parking nearby, and taxis cannot get any closer than the Marine Gate, some 300 metres away with a fairly level walk.

The photos show Nina in the courtyard of her hotel, and the hotel reception area. *


 

Lindos: Xenones Lindos. www.xenoneslindos.com

A comfortable self-catering studio apartment in Lindos Town, with a view up to the Lindos Acropolis. Motor vehicles are not allowed into Lindos Town, and it was some 400 metres to the nearest parking area. From the parking area, there was a really steep slope down, then some level ground, then a slope up to the apartment. We found this difficult with luggage, especially getting back to the car. Lindos is not very suitable for those with mobility problems.

The photos show the bedroom area, and our apartment's private balcony. *

 

Athens: Herodion Hotel, 4 Rivertou Galli. www.herodion.gr

A comfortable, modern hotel right next to the new Acropolis Museum, with many good restaurants nearby. Lifts to the rooms, and staff to help with luggage. An excellent breakfast, even including bacon and eggs. No parking, but this is central Athens. †


 

Sablet: Le Tour des Anges, 24 Rue de Barry. www.maisonsprovencales.fr/tda_index.html

A nice two-bedroom apartment built into the old walls of Sablet, with beautiful views out over the Provencal countryside. The layout is somewhat eccentric, with a number of small flights of stairs, but this did not give us any problems. The nearest parking is about 50 metres away, with slopes up and down, but manageable. It is about a 5-minute walk to the village centre, which has a butcher, two boulangeries, a small supermarket, a hairdresser, a busy bar/cafe, and two pizza restaurants. There is an excellent restaurant at the edge of the village.

The first photo shows the door to the apartment. The window to the right of the door was ours, but the other windows are other apartments. The second photo shows the building from outside the walls. The windows in the light coloured part were ours, and the bathroom was in the round tower. †

Sorry, no photo.

 

Creissels: Château de Creissels, Place de Prieur. www.chateau-de-creissels.com

Partly in the old château and partly in a modern block. Comfortable but, although we had booked months ahead, the only room with a good view of the Millau Viaduct was "not available". Wifi access only in the public rooms near reception. There is a restaurant with a good menu, but the standard of cooking does not justify the price. Plenty of parking.

 


 

Conques: Auberge Saint Jacques, Rue G. Florens. www.aubergestjacques.fr

A rather strange little hotel: the ground floor is a bar, the first floor is a good restaurant, and the rooms are scattered around a number of linked buildings. The restaurant was good. Wifi only near reception. Guests can drive to the hotel to drop or collect luggage, but then have to park at the edge of the village. It is quite a steep slope from the hotel to either car park. †



 

Mosnac: Le Moulin du Val de Seugne, Marcouze. www.valdeseugne.com

A modern hotel built next to an old water mill. One of our more expensive stays, but very comfortable with a spacious room, and wholly level access. Plenty of parking. The restaurant serves excellent evening meals which justify the price charged. However, the charge of €13.50 per person for breakfast is sheer extortion for a small selection of mainly pre-packaged products. There is nowhere nearby that serves breakfast.

The old mill stream runs behind the hotel, and the third photo is the view from our room. †/*/†

 

Loches: Les Logis du Bief, 21 Rue Quintefol.

This was a real find: an apartment in an old house overlooking the Indres River. A comfortable living room on the ground floor, with a small kitchen and a terrace facing the river. Upstairs there are two bedrooms plus a bathroom that has a washing machine. Car parking readily available about 75 metres away. The photo was taken from across the river and into the sun. Our apartment was the two-level white building in the centre. As at January 2015, the web site is not operational. We know that the owners were thinking of moving in 2014. *

 

Quiberon: Hotel Men er Vro, 22 Rue Port Haliguen. www.hotel-menervro.com

A rather austere but comfortable hotel near the town centre, with the beach and port about 10 minutes' walk away. The room has a shower rather than a hose over the bath, and the breakfast was good. The hotel has some 15 rooms but only 4 parking places. Parking could be a real problem in high season. †

 

Le Conquet: Relais de Vieux Port, 1 Quay de Drellac'h. www.lerelaisduvieuxport.com/en.php

A very nice small hotel with a good restaurant. Our room was up two flights of stairs, and there was nobody available to help with luggage: the one person on duty was busy in the restaurant. Again there was a real shower. No parking, and it could be a real problem to find parking in town in high season. †


 

Ploumanac'h: Hotel des Rochers, 70 Chemin de la Pointe. www.hoteldesrochers-perros.com

Another nice small hotel with a good restaurant on the ground floor and rooms above. Staff helped with our bags. An excellent view of the harbour from our room. There was plenty of nearby parking at the harbour while we were there, but again it could be a problem in season. *

 



 

Honfleur: Cour Sainte Catherine, 74 Rue des Puits. www.coursaintecatherine.com

This was a lovely B&B in old Honfleur, just five minutes' easy walk from the Old Harbour. A large and comfortable room, and an excellent breakfast. Easy access to the room, and secure off-street parking just 50 metres away. The first photo shows the street entrance: the actual B&B is arranged around a courtyard inside. †

The second photo shows the courtyard as seen from the doorway of our room, and the third is the interior of our room. *


 

Paris: Rooftop Vista, 89 Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. www.perfectlyparis.com/Rooftop%20Vista.html

A small but comfortable apartment on the sixth floor of an apartment block in Montmartre, with views to Sacre Coeur and over the rooftops of Paris. A few steps up from the road into the building, then a lift. There was a bedroom with bathroom, a living room that was rather over-furnished, and a tiny kitchen with a washing machine. An excellent place to stay for nine nights. No parking, of course, but we had dropped the car on arrival in Paris.

The building was a typical Paris apartment block, so we did not take a picture. Instead, here are the views from our apartment in two directions. †


 

Dijon: My home in Dijon, 6 Rue Rameau. www.myhomeindijon.com

A large and very comfortable studio in the heart of old Dijon. Up one flight of rather steep stairs. Coco (the owner) met us at the train station, took us to the apartment, settled us in, then took us on a short walking tour of central Dijon. We found that she had provided enough food to give us breakfast for the two days we were there. No parking.

The first photo shows the main area with lounge and bed, and the second shows Nick in the little kitchen area. *

 

Zürich: Walhalla Hotel, Limmatstrasse 5. www.walhalla-hotel.ch

A pleasant modern hotel, even if almost the entire ground floor is occuplied by Starbucks. Reasonable breakfast, and lift access to rooms. It is very convenient for transport: the main train station is a block away (with all levels accessible by lift), and trams to the city centre pass the door. No parking. †

Sorry, no photo.

 

Portland: Everett Street Guesthouse, 2306 NE Everett St. www.everettstreetguesthouse.com

This is a B&B which also has a self-catering one-room studio apartment in its back yard. This was the second time we had stayed in this apartment, and it made a good base for visiting our son and his family in Portland. Level access from the street, plenty of parking nearby, and good restaurants in easy walking distance.

 

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