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Journeywoman's Best 2015 Hotels Worldwide
8. JW RECOMMENDS TWO EXCELLENT PLACES TO STAY IN LONDON -- writes Therese in Southern Gulf Islands, Canada -- Thanks to your website my adult daughter and I recently stayed at the Goodenough Club in London and found it to be very good accommodations. Great location, safe and interesting - not far from Russell Square/British Museum. Big room, good staff and lovely breakfast buffet. I would also like to thank the person who recommended Hart House Hotel on your website - same trip, we found this hotel to be everything that was promised. Owner operated and very helpful staff, good sized room, beautifully kept and good breakfast facilities. Ask for a room at the back for a quiet stay. Love Journeywoman!

9. BIG SPLURGE IN MERIDA, MEXICO -- writes Elizabeth in Hingham, USA -- I travelled to Mexico with my sister. Our hotel in Merida, the Boutique Casa Lecande, is quite a special place with only seven room available. From the exterior it is pretty nondescript. But when you open the big wooden doors and enter the salon, you find yourself in what used to be a private hacienda. All the rooms are beautifully tiled with 20 foot ceilings, wooden beams, original tile clay floors and wooden fans hanging from the ceilings. There's a reception room, an elegant bar, a dining room, the kitchen and three bedrooms. All of these rooms open onto the common areas which consist of six glorious spaces open to the outdoors. Our open space was a living room with sofas. We loved being located in this section across from all these wonderful common areas. When we came back to the hotel after a day of sightseeing, we always had the place to ourselves. It felt like our own very well-staffed hacienda. For photos, rates and more information see: www.casalecanda.com

10. FEMALE-FRIENDLY RESORT ON THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO -- writes Kathy in San Diego, USA -- I have stayed twice as a single woman at the Playa Viva resort which is close to the small town of Juluchuca, just about a 30 minute drive south of Zihautanejo on the west coast of Mexico. On both visits there were families, couples, and other single women at the resort. Transportation from and to the Zihautanejo airport is included for guests staying 3 or more nights. It is a small all-inclusive eco-resort which can accommodate only about 20 guests at a time. Accommodations are in beach-side casitas which are partially open air (mosquito nets for your bed) where you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the pristine beach. A highlight of the resort is the sea turtle preserve where four different species of turtle eggs are harvested from the beach, reburied in an area secured from poachers or predators, and then release to the ocean when they hatch. Website: www.playaviva.com

11. WELL LOCATED APARTMENT IN ROME -- writes Kim in British Columbia, Canada -- The apartment we rented in Rome was absolutely to die for. It had three bedrooms and two bathrooms - plenty of space for me, my husband, and our two boys, plus my mother and sister who joined us for the Roman leg of our journey through Italy. We had a roomy, fully-equipped kitchen (which included a sparkling new Nespresso machine). The apartment was situated in the Spanish Steps, a fabulous, mostly pedestrian neighborhood frequented by real Roman locals-uber wealthy and dripping with designer handbags, but locals, nonetheless. It was a short walk to many world-class sites (the Trevi fountain, the Parthenon, Villa Borghese). And right outside the door there were: two gelaterias, three restaurants with outdoor terraces, a café with excellent cappuccino (for only 1.50 euro), and ... wait for it: two shoe stores. No JourneyWoman can resist! Here's the link: www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/rome/2380812

12. AMAZING PENSION IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS -- writes Karen in Vancouver, Canada -- I have a juicy tip of an amazing 'real Austria' pension called, Berggasthof Mittereggalm offering the best service that Austria is famous for. Situated in the Alps in Hochkonig ski and hiking region at 1400m is a mom and pop family-run inn that has been going strong for 40 years. At the end of a long day of skiing or exploring you really feel like you are coming home. Delicious 3-course menu and breakfast buffet included. The region is charming and authentic and you get a real feel of farm culture. The parents do not speak English, however, the adult children are fluent in English and can get you sorted with what to do. Located just one hour from Salzburg.

13. GREAT HOTEL IN QUITO -- writes Kathy in Salinas, Ecuador -- If you are visiting Quito, Ecuador on your way to the Amazon Region or the Galapagos Islands I would like to recommend Hotel Antinea, a darling boutique hotel (where English is spoken). It is locally owned, located in the center of the city on a quiet tree-lined lane, a short distance to buses and the ecovia trollies. The Antinea offers quiet rooms with charming patios and a hearty breakfast served in the quaint dining room is included. A fire is usually crackling in the lobby. Wifi is accessible in all the rooms. A single room rate is approximately 71. Ask to see several rooms; they are all different. Room 11 has a private patio and is exceptional. Website: www.hotelantinea.com

14. WHERE TO STAY IN QUITO, ECUADOR -- writes Maria in Ottawa, Canada -- I would like to recommend a local hosteria - Hosteria San Carlos Tababela. It can be booked via Hotels.com, but I prefer to book directly. Their email address is: ventas@hosteriasancarlostababela.com. An English email is appropriate and is returned in English however their website is still Spanish only. They can arrange a pick up and delivery to the airport in the range of $5 (when I was there Feb 2014). Cost of the room was $35 including breakfast. Dinner is available, but lunch is not. I found the staff so accommodating, even driving me around the little village looking for a SIM card, notebook and lunch. P.S. It is 10 km from the airport if you need just an overnight stay.

BONUS BARCELONA

orange trim buildingI love Barcelona! Been there 4 or 5 times and keep going back. Stayed at Catalonia la Pedrera last time out and love the location and breakfast. Room was clean and comfortable - make sure you ask for No Smoking. Great neighborhood. Walking distance from Sagrada and Metro, lovely restaurants in the area such as La Pepita. I also ate at Fargo Gran Via, a few metro stops away at Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 630. However I believe there is one near the Hotel. If you want to go to La Sagrada Familia make sure you buy you tickets online so you do not have to wait in line. (Submitted by Cheryl in Boston, USA)


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