Here are some of the places we enjoyed staying at on our travels. (Of course we stayed at many more places but here we only mention those that were really special or provided exceptional value for money.)
Number 77 Great Pultney Street, Bath
Their website is a bit strange but the house is beautiful, in the middle of Bath and Ian and Henry are wonderful hosts. Breakfast is delicious and if you have the time, stay for dinner one night. It’s well worth it!
14 Westgate Grove, Canterbury
Right in the middle of Canterbury, the rooms are very sunny and look out over the river on the one side and into a beautiful garden on the other. Pippa and her family will make you feel very welcome and breakfast was one of the best we had anywhere on our trip.
Craigiewood, near Inverness
The house is in a beautiful location on the Black Isle, near Inverness. Araminta and her husband are very gracious hosts and work hard to make everything perfect for their guests. It’s a great place to base yourself for trips into the Highlands.
Casa de Los Milagros, Oaxaca
We arrived here early in the morning after a night spent crammed on a bus. Maybe that’s why we have such fond memories of this place but it really is a beautiful house with attentive owners. Adriana Zavala takes care of every little detail and René Cabrera works with computers out of the central courtyard. Breakfast is served in the open plan kitchen, every morning something different, it’s like visiting friends.
Condesa Haus, Mexico City
Great little B&B in the middle of Mexico City’s artsy quarter, Condesa. Lots of bars and great restaurants/street food stalls around but what really sells this place are the wonderful hosts who go above and beyond to take care of their guests.
Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende
Cute B&B in a picturesque little postcard town.
La Casona del Rio, Trelew
The room and house were very old-fashioned but the couple who lives there is lovely. Not only did they invite us for beer and snacks at night (cured guanaco strips, yum!), they also filled up our flat tire the next morning when we were in a hurry to the airport.
The Dragon Pearl II, Ha Long Bay
A luxury cruise around Ha Long Bay. Excellent food.
Legend Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
Apart from their terribly corny tag line (“Not a myth, but a legend”), this is probably the place where we received the best service, anywhere, ever. In addition they’ve got great views of the river, the breakfast buffet is huge and delicious and the bathrooms have those funky toilets that heat your seat and spout water at you. Awesome all around. (Try Agoda to get a good deal.)
Wytonia, Port Fairy, Victoria
Studios (incl. small kitchenette) with a beautiful beachside location. You can walk straight from your room onto the beach or sit on the deck and watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
White Swan Inn, San Francisco, CA
Feels like an English country-side B&B (with free cookies and wine!) yet you’re just a few blocks away from Union Square. Perfect.