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Journeywoman's Best 2015 Hotels Worldwide
15. A LOVELY HOTEL IN LIMA, PERU -- writes Christine in Vancouver, Canada -- I'd like to recommend Casa Inca Boutique Hotel to other JourneyWoman readers. The hotel was small and one of the nicest I have ever stayed in anywhere in the world. The staff were awesome and I felt safe there. I had a single room on the upper level that was done up with a spa feeling to it - all white linens and excellent bath products (worth taking home!) The room was airy and comfy and just a luxury after a day of touring. The classic room, at this time, should be about $89.00US per night (they accept both US and local currency) and included breakfast (eggs, baked goods, fruit, coffee, juices) There was also a mini bar in the room (prices in US) and nothing is better than a nice glass of wine on the terrace at the end of the evening! Location is excellent, calle Comandante O Donovan 115 Miraflore, Lima Peru.

16. VISITING TIKAL IN GUATEMALA? -- writes Debbie in San Ramon, USA -- I would like to submit a tip as a result of my recent trip to Guatemala. For visitors to Tikal, I recommend staying in El Ramate at Hotel La Mansion Del Pajaro Serpiente. The hotel is not only beautifully landscaped, reasonably priced, peaceful, and has a lovely restaurant, but the wonderful owner, Nancy, is incredibly helpful. She helped us organize early morning transport to Tikal (30 minutes from the hotel) and also set us up with an excellent guide, a woman named Roxie who made Mayan history come alive for us. Nancy can be reached through this website: www.30minutesfromtikal.com/

17. EXCELLENT GUESTHOUSE IN AMED, BALI -- writes Amit in Bali -- Amed is a long coastal strip of fishing villages in East Bali. On a recent stay I found GaneshAmed Guesthouse a low- to mid-range price option. Expect six rooms tucked into a patch of trees and flowers along the coast, with the best rooms (#1 and #2) facing directly onto the beach. A small swimming pool and a pair of tables set right on the sand add a distinctive flavor to the ambience. The staff is friendly and helpful; Wayan might even offer to grill the catch of the day supplied by fishermen who, after a night's expedition out at sea, pull into a nearby bay each morning. The rest of the food served at the restaurant is very tasty as well. If you plan on a visit to Bali, be sure to save this tip.

18. SMALL NEIGHBOURHOOD HOTEL IN TEL AVIV -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- I just spent two nights at the small (ish) family owned, 3-star Hotel Gilgal in Tel Aviv. It's located on a small, interesting street just five minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. The rooms are well appointed and spotless. Bathrooms are modern and efficient. Guests enjoy free WIFI and special beach towels are handed out at reception should you plan a day at the beach. Full and filling Israeli breakfasts are served in their rooftop restaurant and best of all there is a lovely, welcoming casual ambiance about this whole place. I loved their complimentary tea and coffee station situated in the ground floor lounge. Home baked cookies were always available. Bonus: It is a 10 minute walk to the Carmel Market and two minutes from a sweet café at the corner. Highly recommended. Tell them Journeywoman sent you:) Website: HotelGilgal.com

19. WOMEN'S DORM ON PENANG ISLAND -- writes Tan Choon Hoon in Kuala Lampur -- For Journeywomen making a stop on Penang island, I'd like you to know there is a female-only dormitory there called Sogor Girls Dormitory. Location is at Jalan Kek Chuan, a quiet street off a busy road filled with street foods, restaurants and shops. Easy access to public transport. This is a capsule style hotel with double security door, air conditioning, free WIFI, laptop access, hot and cold water dispenser, fridge, common living room and free laundry facility. You are assigned a bed with privacy blind, a foldable table, hangers, reading light and international power sockets. Their cafeteria is excellent as well. Website: www.sogor.my

20. MIDTOWN MANHATTAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL -- writes Leslie in Etobicoke, Canada -- The Refinery Hotel hosts the most sought after hidden gem of a bar in its exclusive rooftop terrace. Check out the up close and personal view of the Empire State Building (only two blocks away) while sipping fancy cocktails and eating light bites. Opens at 4pm daily. Get there early or call to book a table in advance as it's a real draw for hipsters and hotel guests alike. And be sure to consider staying at the hotel itself (a rebuild of an old hat factory), which is both hip and charming with more than decent sized rooms. Be sure to say hello to manager Albert on your way in. As a frequent guest, every time I stay there I'm greeted with a "welcome home Miss Leslie" and a complimentary bottle of wine or cupcakes. Heavenly luxurious splurge. 63W 38th Street between 5th and 6th. Website: www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

BONUS MADRID

orange trim buildingYou must try Hostal Santillan. We had two nights at this hostel, which is in the most beautiful city right in the heart of Madrid. The rooms are top rate standard with lovely ensuited bathrooms. The owners were fabulous, there was an elevator, tea and coffee machine and lots of assistance. I would and I do highly recommend this lovely hostel. You will not find a better location or better value in the heart of Madrid. (Submitted by Lynn in Brisbane, Australia)


BONUS ISTANBUL

orange trim buildingIstanbul is packed with accommodations from the most luxe to humble hostels. For first or second time visitors the Old City, Sultanahmet, is a great choice to base yourself. There is so much to see, do and experience within an easy walk or tram ride in this vibrant neighborhood. One very good, centrally located, moderately priced choice is the intimate Hotel Djem with only twelve rooms and a lovely manager and staff. The Djemis a boutique hotel installed in a recently renovated wooden house just behind the Blue Mosque. The family that runs the hotel has been in the Carpet and Kilim business for years and the hotel is beautifully decorated with textiles. www.hoteldjem.com


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