Europe 2014


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Hong Kong: Butterfly on Prat, 21 Prat Avenue, Kowloon.
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. †


Budapest: Palazzo Zichy, Lorinc pap tér 2.
A very nice hotel with attentive staff and lift. Easy walking distance to some of the sights and to metro station. †


Amsterdam: Velvet Amsterdam, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 10.
A good B&B facing a canal near the red light district, close to the main train station and easy walking distance to trams connecting throughout Amsterdam. The room was one level up, but the owner helped with luggage.

The second photo is the view from our room. †/*

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Brussels: SpeculooS'Snooze, Rue de la Levure 15, Ixelles.
This was a comfortable B&B but, with hindsight, not a good choice. There was nothing wrong with the B&B, but it was too far from central Brussels. It took almost 20 minutes on a tram to get to the centre. As it turned out, this did not matter much, as Nick was so unwell that he stayed in bed while Lynn did the laundry and looked in pharmacies for nostrums that would cure his cold.


Brugge: Speelmansrei B&B, Moerstratt 72.
A magnificent find. Welcoming and very comfortable. The host was happy to provide us with detailed instructions on how to discover Brugge. There was a lift to get us up to our room.

There are more photos of the B&B here. †


Arras: Hotel d'Angleterre, 7 Place Foch.
This had obviously been a quite grand hotel when it opened in the 1920s, but its glories had faded considerably. The dead flies inside the windows of our room did not improve our opinion of the hotel. Still, it was clean apart from the flies, the bed was comfortable, there was a lift, the breakfast was good, and the city centre was easy walking distance. As at 5 January 2018, the hotel web site was not operational.


Jumièges: Au Temps des Cerises, 924 Route de Mesnil.
A comfortable and welcoming B&B about a kilometre outside the village of Jumièges, so we had to drive to get dinner. The owner spoke no English, but we managed. There was an excellent breakfast, and we had a ground floor room with direct access from the garden. Parking available behind the house.


Bayeux: Le Petit Matin, 9 Rue des Terres.
Another magnificent find. A beautiful house looking over the garden of Place Charles de Gaulle, with spacious and well-decorated rooms. The breakfast was good, and it was an easy walk to the Cathedral and town centre. The bedrooms are up one floor, but the owner helped with luggage. †


Vitré: Le Petit Billot, 5 bis Place du General Leclerc.
A small traditional French hotel. Madame was gregarious and wanted to tell us all about Vitré, but did not have a lot of English. Our ground floor room was comfortable, and the hotel is right in the town centre. Breakfast was not worth €9 each, so we ate at a local café. Photo: Google Maps


Cancale: La Mère Champlain, 1 Quay Administrateur Thomas.
A well-run hotel with a good restaurant right on the sea front. Lynn enjoyed the oysters. We had a pleasant room on the second floor, with lift access. †


Douarnenez: Hotel Ty Mad, Plage Saint-Jean, Tréboul.
A comfortable B&B with spacious rooms and good breakfast. It is some distance from the centre of Douarnenez, but on the sea front and with some restaurants nearby. Our room was on the first floor, and the owners helped with luggage. Off-street parking available, but not enough for all guests. *


Rochefort: Palmier sur Cour, 55 Rue de la République.
Another comfortable and well-run B&B in the centre of Rochefort, with an excellent breakfast. †/*


Brantôme: Hotel Coligny, 8 place Charles de Gaulle.
An inexpensive traditional hotel. Our room on the first floor had been renovated and had a tiny balcony. Lift access to room, and located right at the village centre. Not a lot of English, but enough to get by. *


Vers: La Truite d'Orée, Rue de la Barre.
A lovely and comfortable modern hotel. It has an excellent dining room, which is just as well as there is not much else in the tiny village of Vers. We had a ground floor room with parking nearby. Good breakfast. There are more photos of the hotel here. †


Albi: Ibis Hotel, 16 avenue Gambetta.
A standard chain hotel product: unexciting but adequate. There was a good breakfast, and free parking behind and under the hotel. Lifts to all floors. It was about 600 metres to the Cathedral, but on the level and very walkable. There are some photos of the room here. †


Carcassonne: Les Oliviers, 2 rue Darius Milhaud.
A bit of a disappointment. The room was fine, with lift access, but breakfast was not the best and the dinner offering was a very limited menu. It was quite close to the medieval Cité, but the road was steeply uphill, so we ended up driving to the Cité for dinner as well as sightseeing. There was plenty of off-street parking. Photo: Google Maps.


Vaison-la-Romaine: Hotel Burrhus, 1 Place Montfort.
A rabbit warren of a hotel, right on the main square. A flight of stairs up to reception, then another flight to our room. The staff helped with luggage. Breakfast was good, and there were plenty of nearby restaurants. There was a large public car park about 100 metres away. There are more photos of the hotel here. †


L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: Centre Ville Charme, Place de la Liberté.
The apartment was upstairs on the left of this alley off Place de la Liberté, and was lovely. It was right inside the town, and very convenient. Free parking was sometimes available in the square, and always by the train station some 100 metres away. Because of the incompetence of the French telco Orange, the wi-fi did not work while we were there and we had to use the Tourism Office or the Café de France. There are photos of the inside of the apartment here. *


Lyon: Ibis Styles Lyon la Part Dieu, 54 Rue de la Villette.
Since the photo was taken, there has been rebranding and the Etap is now Ibis Styles. Again a standard chain product. Lifts to all floors, and car parking under the hotel at a 50% discount (€12.50 for 24 hours). Not many good restaurants nearby, so we ate at the Mercure next door both nights. Reasonable access to the city centre by Metro. Photo: Google Maps.


Dijon: My Home in Dijon, Rue Rameau.
This was the second time we stayed in this lovely studio apartment, which is through the doors in the centre of the photo, across a courtyard and up a flight of stairs. There was plenty of space and enough food for breakfast all three mornings. It is right in the historic centre of Dijon, with sights and good restaurants very close by. Photo: Google Maps.


Épernay: Parva Domus, 27 Avenue de Champagne.
Yet another good, comfortable B&B. Although it is on Avenue de Champagne, it was a bit of a walk to the town centre for meals and to visit the champagne houses. †


Paris: Fontaine Modern, 10 Rue Pierre Fontaine.
An apartment on the fourth floor, reached through the door between the theatre and the junk shop, and up a tiny lift (as Nick demonstrates in the second photo). It was located a bit down the hill from Blanche Métro station, and the area was rather gritty, although we did not feel unsafe. Access to other parts of Paris was quite easy, with Blanche and Pigalle Métro stations nearby, and buses to the Louvre and Hôtel de Ville areas. There are photos of the apartment here. * Location photo: Google Maps.

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