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Top 3 Bed and Breakfasts in the Lake Como Area

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Bed & Breakfast, Luxury | 0 comments

Nestled amongst the snow-capped mountains in Lombardy, Italy you will find a Y-shaped body of water called Lake Como. Its quiet waves cover over 90 square miles, making it the third largest lake in Italy. Formed by a long-ago glacier, Lake Como has been an oasis for the wealthy since Roman times. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction famous for its elegant old villas, breathtaking vistas, spas, palaces, historic churches, and wildlife. And don’t forget water-based activities like sailing, windsurfing, or simply taking a ride on the ferry. You’ll want somewhere peaceful to stay in which to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Here is a list of the top three bed and breakfasts in the Lake Como area:

#3 – Le Eriche (“The Heathers”)

Le EricheLocated less than two miles from Lake Como’s tourist center, Menaggio, Le Eriche presents visitors with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. If you’re looking for a peaceful way to enjoy the outdoors, Le Eriche is for you. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted warmly by the hosts. Guests have two types of rooms to choose from, each with a private garden in which free breakfast is served each morning. The room comes with a fridge, free Wi-Fi, a parking space, and a crib (if requested). The rooms are well furnished and clean. Guests staying at Le Eriche most often comment about the spectacular views, excellent breakfasts, and warm service. At Le Eriche, you are treated like friends.

#2 – Nest on the Lake

A few minutes drive from the famous Bellagio resort in the charming village of Lezzeno lies what was once a simple fisherman’s house. Today the structure is a casual bed and breakfast called Nest on the Lake. All bedrooms look out upon Isola Comacina, Lake Como’s only island. This inn can be hard to find, but once you get there you won’t want to leave. Guests are treated to spacious rooms and a private beach. Make sure to book a room with a balcony to enjoy stunning sunsets over the lake! The inn has a peaceful, antiquated feel that will make you feel like you’re staying at grandma’s house. Start your morning with a delicious outdoor breakfast as you watch for swans and other wildlife. Explore the many restaurants within walking distance, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, relax on a raft in the lake, and make sure to ask your host about the bus and ferry services.

#1 – Villa Tres Jolie

Villa Tres JolieOur number one pick is Villa Tres Jolie, a luxurious bed and breakfast located above the lake at its top end. Surrounded by mountains, Villa Tres Jolie was designed for relaxation. Inside you will find a generous breakfast room, a library in mountain chalet style, a “salone” (bar), and a room full of information about things to do in the Lake Como area. Outside is a sun terrace with a hot tub. During the summer, breakfast is served outside on the terrace. Organic, homegrown produce is used as much as possible. Villa Tres Jolie offers “special weeks” in which guests can learn about Italian topics such as wine, language, culture, and cooking. Make sure to contact the villa in advance if you are interested in staying during a special week.


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Affordable Bed and Breakfasts in London

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Bed & Breakfast, Travel Advice, Travel Finance | 0 comments

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Hotel rooms and apartment prices in London are some of the most expensive in Western Europe. If you are planning a trip to the capital city it maybe worth considering staying at one of the many affordable bed and breakfasts in London. One of the huge advantages at staying at a B&B is that you will be staying with local people and very often within their own home. You will receive that warm welcome that corporate chain hotels simply do not provide. Choosing the right B&B can sometimes be a challenge, below are a few you may like to consider if you are looking for affordable bed and breakfasts in London.

The B&B Belgravia is a boutique style bed and breakfast situated in Ebury Street. It is close to the fashionable Sloane Street with all its high end designer stores. If you are visiting London during the Chelsea Flower Show this would be an ideal place for an overnight stay. The rooms are modern with crisp linen and very functional. There are either a double or twin bed, flat screen television and free wi-fi. Some of the rooms have both a bathtub and shower. One of the most important features of a B&B and what will make a good B&B great is the breakfast. At this establishment they offer a full English breakfast using organic produce. There is also a continental breakfast buffet. With prices from just £65 it is great value but to get the best rates you do need to book early.

If you wanted to stay in North London, near to Hampstead Heath yet only ten minute tube (subway) ride from Buckingham Palace then you may like to consider Charlotte Guest House. It is very much in a residential area with lots of nice bars, restaurants nearby as well as having a bit of a country feel because of the greenery of the heath. This establishment would suit students, solo travelers as well as families. They do have a couple of family rooms. This clean comfortable B&B offers stays from £21 per person per night, with a hot English breakfast included it is affordable and super value.

If you need a good affordable bed and breakfast near to Gatwick airport then take a look at Masslink Guest House which is in a traditional Victorian house. It is also a great location for those who maybe visiting Reigate or Gatton Park. The rooms are comfortable and there is a cozy breakfast room where a full English breakfast is served. With rooms from £30 per night it is great value for money.

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