Nice accommodations do not have to be expensive – we always find that out again on our travels. We really liked these 33 hotels all over Europe!
Cilento / Italy: This house feels like a hideaway. We see nothing when we look out of the windows, except for mountains that wave under the bright blue skies of the south, orange trees – and silvery leaves on gnarled trunks. The Agriturismo “Spina Rossa” is an olive plantation in the Cilento National Park – and a splendid retreat in nature. Rosa and Elia have set up three guest rooms in their family’s former farmhouse, where it is wonderful to sleep. The wrought-iron beds are cozy, the only sound you hear from time to time is the faint patter of goats grazing on mountain pastures. Breakfast and dinner are mostly prepared from the farm’s organic produce, and Rosa cooks so delicious that we did not miss one of their four-course meals. And what is there to see? In a few minutes you are in the medieval mountain villages of the Cilento or on the beaches of the Mediterranean. Do not miss: the Greek city of Paestum – ancient ruins are so rare.
Spina Rossa. DZ / F from 70 Euro (Acquavella di Casal Velino, Località Pantaleo, Tel. 00 39/340/600 75 08, www.spinarossa.it )
Loire / France: The birds are chirping, the crickets are chirping, from my wicker chair on the wooden deck I observe a cat creeping among the fruit trees. I feel like being in “Beyond Africa” because I am sitting in front of a safari tent, but with a four-poster bed and a shower. It stands in the meadow of Christian and Christine, who also rent two guest rooms in the wing of their historic farmhouse. They are rustically furnished, have white walls, balcony or terrace. Christian is a true original with principles: “We are not a hotel, but an ecolodge with family access.” The electricity for the tent he generates from solar energy, jams, pear juice and the delicious terrines are all organic. For his guests, he organizes balloon trips, bicycle or kayak tours to the castles in the area.
La Maison Joulin. DZ / F from 70 Euro, safari tent / F 80 Euro (Chênehutte, Rue de la Maison Joulin 16, Tel. 00 33/2/41 38 72 37, www.lamaisonjoulin.com )
Alentejo / Portugal: It’s so fast that you get lazy. Already on the second day we shuffle until half past eleven for breakfast. It is so wonderfully quiet here, and nothing is running away, except perhaps the butter in the rising heat. While I crunch my third mini-croissant, my partner ergoogelt that the area of 120 hectares approximately equal to that of 150 football fields. So large is the estate, which has belonged to the family of Sofia do Vale for generations and was not in good shape, when she realized almost ten years ago her ideas of a small country hotel: row houses with apartments, beautifully rustic designed with lots of wood and terracotta , Infinity and Whirlpool, a large gym for yoga, Pilates and Biodanza classes, and live Saturday night music to chill out. The terrace on a hill is the central meeting point of the “Herdade do Freixial”. Over meadows and trees in sight: the blue and wide glistening river Mira. On the one hand, the estate offers plenty of space, on the other hand, the hosts create so much closeness that we quickly feel we belong. That’s why we stay here instead of exploring the area. Clearly we go with a hotel-rental bike two kilometers to the next town, Vila Nova de Milfontes and to the Atlantic beaches on the Costa Vicentina. But we just do it out of curiosity. Way drives us nothing.
Herdade do Freixial. DZ / F from 80 Euro (Vila Nova de Milfontes, Estrada de S. Luís, Tel. 003 51/283/99 85 56, www.herdadedofreixial.com )
Munich: As a girl of the Waterkant, I’m skeptical about cities where no stiff breeze immediately destroys the hairstyle or the umbrella. From time to time, however, Munich lures me out from behind the fireplace to feast under the famous blue-and-white beer garden heaven 1., 2. shop and 3. visit old friends. Practically that one of these best old girlfriends, Carola Strohoff, together with her sister Petra recently taken over a bed and breakfast and has brought on heavy. Simple but charming and with a loving little twist in every room: the hotel tristesse! Right at the Sendlinger Tor, where Munich is really Munich, and yet quietly located in a backyard with parking, scores the “Müller Inn” in the pole position for a short trip. In the morning, the hungry visitor can expect a great breakfast with local organic products, many delicacies – and the warmest hostesses in the world!
Muller Inn Bed & Breakfast. DZ / F from 91 Euro (Munich, Müllerstrasse 43 a, Tel. 089/26 66 78, www.muellerinn.com )
Lake Garda / Italy: The view is amazing! Falling asleep and waking up with the glow of the water: what a luxury! 40 years ago, the Cozzaglio family opened a pizzeria high above Lake Garda. Later, the “Hotel Panorama” and some apartments were added. The “Lago”, 600 meters below, changes in shades of aquamarine to lapis lazuli, the sailboats and steamer look tiny. I could spend all day, every moment a pleasure! The rooms are rather functional, “ma non fa niente” – does not matter! Maybe later I’ll do a lap in the pool or climb to the caves of Mezzema. Or I’m just waiting for the blue hour: Nowhere the Sprizz shines as orange as in the evening sun on the panoramic terrace. I order “Capù”, chard leaves in bread dough with olive oil – and my luck is perfect!
Hotel Panorama. Double / F from 66 Euro (Tremosine, Via Coste 19, Tel. 00 39/03 65/95 31 78, www.panoramagarda.com )
In the past, plugs for calls from Hamburg to London or Tokyo were connected here. Today, party people, families and culture fans from all over the world meet in the former telecommunications office from the 1920s. The “Superbude Sankt Pauli” is located exactly on the border between St. Pauli and Sternschanze and thus at the center of the nightlife. I feel right there, even though I traveled with my five-year-old son, like a young hipster, which I like. The staff is approached and the friendly staff emphasizes the 24/7 service: the permanently open reception, which at the same time extends the counter. Just as uncomplicated-casual: the rooms in upcycling style. On the walls hang wallpaper with newspaper articles, a flip-flop on the wall next to the toilet serves as a magazine holder and beer crates as a stool. I’ll be back!
Superbude Santa Pauli. DZ / F from 85 Euro (Hamburg, Juliusstraße 1-7, Tel. 040/807 91 58 20, www.superbude.de )
Leipzig: It was love at first sight. Sabine Fuchshuber, who studied architecture in Weimar and London, immediately fell under the charm of the lemon yellow merchant’s house, which had long been owned by a banker’s family. How well I can understand her! On the bay window of the baroque rebuilt Renaissance house, lush fruit garlands are entwined. The 20 rooms are arranged in a rectangle around the pretty courtyard, where I have breakfast in the sun: rolls from the Waldstraßenviertel and Arzberger honey. In the house Seventies chairs meet with golden mirrors, chandeliers on clear forms, an elegant secretary on modern art. And the location is great: the old town on the doorstep and the Museum of Fine Arts, a striking glass cube, just around the corner.
Hotel Fregehaus. DZ / F from 100 Euro (Leipzig, Katharinenstr. 11, Tel. 03 41/26 39 31 57, www.hotel-fregehaus.de )
Kent / England: In “Oakwood House” I experience – not an hour away from Dover – my dream of the southern English country life. The hotel is located in the middle of Maidstone, the capital of Kent, but the house built in 1869 floats on its hill between old oak trees in a sense above the things and is an oasis of peace. In the morning the birds wake me up, in the dusk behind the house graze deer. Having a glass of wine on the terrace makes it easy to imagine that this is still a feudal private home. The interior is firmly rooted in the present: the 40 rooms are furnished in a contemporary style; the color palette ranges from gray to violet. The “Courtyard Bar” is typically English with deep armchairs – and the breakfast is fabulous.
Oakwood House Hotel. DZ / F from about 65 Euro (Maidstone, Oakwood Park, Tel. 00 44/16 22/62 07 20, www.oakwood househotel.co.uk )
Brussels / Belgium: The color of the year 2018 is ultraviolet, a bluish purple that is supposed to be spiritually stimulating and to beam our consciousness to a higher level … Wow! Welcome to the colorful rainbow kingdom of Pantone. The design award-winning glass building in the trendy St. Gilles district of Brussels is the only hotel cooperation of the color giant. Even the sugar on the breakfast tables and the toilet paper are pink, green or blue here, and each floor has its own color code. I’m standing on 368 C (apple green), because it conjures a breath of spring into the city, on the large, almost abstract motifs of the Belgian photographer Victor Levy on the walls – and on the rooms 801 and 802 with roof terrace and super-view over the city.
Pantone Hotel. Double / F from 89 Euro (Brussels, Place Loix 1, Tel. 00 32/2/541 48 98, www.pantonehotel.com )
Lower Saxony: Take a few half-timbered hall houses with hand-painted benediction over the entrance gate and put them loose in a circle, plus a few ancient chestnuts, cowbells and birdsong: Finished is the “Rundlingsdorf” after Wendländischer construction. The “Markthof Satemin”, 150 years old, located in one of the most beautiful Rundlinge and is the ideal place for urban escape. The rooms with the wooden floorboards, country house furniture and authentic support beams invite you to loll, if it were not for the seductive trappings: massages in the wellness area, crumble cake in the coffee garden, in the evening regional cuisine in the farmhouse. The house is especially geared towards cyclists and hikers – including special arrangements with tour plans, packed lunches and cultural tours.
Markthof Satemin. DZ / F 78 Euro (Satemin, Satemin 25, Tel. 058 41/70 92 30, www.markthof-satemin.de )
Regensburg: I always wanted to live in a palace – but I did not think that I could afford it. Until I discovered the “Park Hotel Maximilian”: White and yellow painted, with lots of stucco and stately driveway is “my” palace in the middle of Regensburg. A few years ago, the Eurostars chain took over the former grand hotel, thoroughly dedusting it and reopening it at affordable prices. The rooms have kept the high ceilings, and from the huge windows you have some of a sensational view of the Regensburg Cathedral. The furniture is pleasantly simple and timeless, only in the breakfast room is thickly applied: mirror, overflowing stucco, chandeliers, herringbone parquet. And why is a house in the middle of the city called “Park Hotel”? Because right next door is the castle of St. Emmeram, where until today the family Thurn und Taxis live, which has made their huge castle park accessible to the public. Thanks for that, Gloria!
Park Hotel Maximilian. DZ / F from 80 Euro (Regensburg, Maximilianstrasse 28, www.eurostarshotels.com )
Auvergne / France: We almost drove on – who wants to sleep in the middle of the Auvergne in a hotel called “Hotel California”, like the song of the Eagles? But we were tired and checked in. Luckily! For behind the well-kept facade with wrought-iron balconies hides pure French charm, although the original owners of the house actually came from California. Parquet and small salons, a creaking staircase, over which we climbed to the third floor, rooms in which colorful wallpaper, boldly patterned bedspreads and unusual wall art are so casual-refined that I would have liked to sleep in all the same time. And finally, a small patio, where we had breakfast bread and baguette croissants and fresh bread pudding – just because the cook was just inspired! The “Eagles” would have loved it here, too.
Barcelona, Spain: Praktik Vinoteca is located in Ensanche, the elegant new city of Barcelona. I take the airport bus to Plaça Catalunya, check in at the unpretentiously stylish boutique hotel and set out on a city walk. Stroll down the Ramblas, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, and in the evening, the adjacent Barrio Gótico district with its bars is on the program. Later, from the balcony, I will once again enjoy the imposing Art Nouveau architecture of the neighborhood. If you like it quiet, but sleep better back out. The rooms? Small, minimalist, tasteful – with many references to wine, which the operators have dedicated themselves. Tastings with the sommelier of the house are on demand, the beach “La Barceloneta” is only three metro stops away.
Hotel Praktik Vinoteca: DR / F from 86 Euro (51, Calle Balmes, Tel. 00 34/93/454 50 28, www.hotelpraktikvinoteca.com ).
Brussels, Belgium: The Belgian capital is a paradise for retro fans like me and the small design hotel “Vintage” the perfect match for my raid on flea markets and second-hand shops. Just around the corner starts the noble shopping street Av. Louise – be sure to rummage through old Chanel costumes and Gucci blouses at “Les Enfants d’Edouard”! Behind the brick facade of the city hotel’s poppy. In eleven rooms glow pattern wallpaper and pictures, in the in-house wine bar, I take on collectors pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s place. Eye-catcher is a bank from New York’s JFK airport, designed by Charles & Ray Eames.
Vintage Hotel: DR / F from 75 Euro (Rue Dejoncker 45, Tel. 00 32/2/533 99 80, www.vintagehotel.be ).
Samerberg, Upper Bavaria: Ahhh, arrive and take a deep breath: At the Samerberg in the Chiemgau, the world is homey in order. The bells of the Romanesque church of St. Egidius in Grainbach ring, lambs leap over the meadows, in the Samerberger felts, raised bog meadows formed by the last ice age, flourish cornflowers, gentian and rare orchids. The historic inn “Alpenrose” next to the church has been family-owned for five generations. The six rooms in the main building are simple, with fleece carpets and creaking floorboards (shower and toilet on the floor), the four in the “Bauernstadel” modern and equipped with bathroom and balcony. My favorite place is the table in front of the Lüftlmalerei façade: I bump into the Herrgottswetter with “Green Secco”, enjoy brown trout fillet with saffron risotto, while the Trachtler and hikers in the beer garden keep to juicy roast pork.
Alpenrose: DR / F from 70 Euro (Kirchplatz 2, Grainbach, Tel. 080 32/82 63, www.alpenrose-samerberg.de ).
Fuerteventura, Spain: Although the island stands for large beach hotels with all-round carefree package. But I prefer small houses with Canarian flair. Like the “Mahoh” in the quiet north on the edge of the village of Villaverde. “Mahoh” means in the native language, the Guanches, “my country”, Zaragoza Martínez tells me. With her husband Tinín, she has restored the half-ruined 19th-century farmhouse, with wooden windows and a dark lava stone façade typical of the island. The nine rooms are rustic, with tiled floors, wooden ceilings and four-poster beds. In the well-kept garden you can relax by the pool or on the covered veranda, enjoy fine Canarian cuisine in the restaurant, and by bike you can reach the beautiful beaches of Corralejo in less than an hour.
Hotel Mahoh: DR / S from 70 Euro (Sitio de Juan Bello, Villaverde, Tel. 00 34/928 86 80 50, www.mahoh.com ).
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Middle Franconia: Where do Japanese women scurry in the dirndl on cobblestones? Where are knights armored against colorful trusses, a city wall clings to winding streets? Of course in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In the most famous German town every business, every inn and also every hotel competes, who has the longest history. So also the “bell”. Founded in the 13th century as a hospital, today it is a cozy hotel with 23 individually decorated rooms. A winery is also part of it, and once you have found your favorite drop, Scheurebe or Schwarzriesling, you can buy it in the shop next door.
Bell: DZ / F from 98 Euro (Plönlein 1, Tel. 098 61/95 89 90, www.glocke-rothenburg.de ).
Heiligenhafen, Baltic: I do not know exactly what the “shack” has done with me – already on my first visit, I was immediately on it. Addicted, so to speak. At the check-out I booked again. Maybe it’s the incredible view that you get when you book the category “sea view” – I do not know a hotel where you can look so beautiful directly from the bed on the dunes and water. You do not even have to lift your head. Maybe it’s just the right balanced casual yet warmhearted atmosphere. You can feel that people work here, who like to do their job. And the sauna! And the bar: so nice and dull and easy. By the way, I highly recommend the “Gin Basil Smash”. Oh, go for it yourself! Or maybe not, so I always get a room.
Shack: DR / F from 57 Euro (pier 4, Tel. 043 62/500 40, www.bretterbude.de ).
Mallorca, Spain: Here should be a hotel? We are already at the last corner of the peninsula La Victoria. What a place – completely secluded in the north, on a headland high above the sea, surrounded by pine trees, palm trees and a wild rocky landscape. In the middle of it is an ancient hermitage with little church, today the “Petit Hotel Victoria”. The klös terliche charm in the massive stone construction is still felt. The cells became 13 simple and clean rooms. Everything is there in the communal kitchen to cook for yourself. Oh no, we prefer to take the few steps to the restaurant “Mirador de la Victoria” with a wonderful terrace. And we look forward to a hike in the nature park and the magical pebble beach SIllot, a quarter of an hour’s walk away.
Petit Hotel Hostatgeria Victoria: DZ / F from 83 Euro (Ctra Cabo Pinar, Km 6, Alcúdia, Tel. 00 34/971 54 99 12, www.lavictoriahotel.com ).
Sicily, Italy: Greek temples, Roman theaters, palaces, baroque churches: The city of Syracuse is in such a cultural frenzy that one soon longs for a retreat to sort out the impressions in peace. The “Hotel Gutkowski” is perfect for that, because behind the façade of two old fisherman’s houses in the historic center directly on the water are rooms of such aesthetic understatement that you feel refreshed like after a dip in the sea. Limestone floors, wooden tables, every now and again a small surprise element – a colorful armchair, the view of the water or the direct access to the roof terrace, where you can sip a beer in the evening and enjoy the cool breeze. A sensation in itself is the breakfast buffet with Sicilian cheese, sweet Pacino tomatoes and the best coffee.
Hotel Gutkowski: DR / S from 75 Euro (Lungomare di Levante Elio Vittorini 26, Syracuse, Tel. 00 39/09 31/46 58 61, www.guthotel.it ).
Trentino, Italy: At the Rovereto exit off the Brenner motorway, five minutes later the car is forced through a gateway – and we are in another world. The massive walls of the “Palazzo Lodron” were built in the 17th century, since then little has changed in the architecture. A descendant of the Trentino family Lodron, Andreas Spiegelfeld, accompanies us in one of the cozy rooms. Modern larch wood fittings, designer lamps and purist white bathrooms are the perfect complement to the rustic wooden ceilings. The indoor pool and sauna are also included, and Lake Garda is only twelve kilometers away.
Palazzo Lodron: DR / F from 86 Euro (Via Conti Lodron, Nogaredo, Tel. 00 39/0464/41 31 32, relaispalazzolodron.it ).
Lindau, Lake Constance: The Dominicans loved this villa, in 1888 the nuns had it built on Lake Constance. When the ceramic painter Anette Papke and the social pedagogue Aurel Sommerlad discovered the house, they were thrilled and turned it into a hostel. The rooms in the “Mietwerk” have been furnished simply but tastefully with armchairs, chests of drawers and paintings, while historic details such as the Art Nouveau windows and the oriels have been preserved.In a light-flooded room, the warm hosts offer a delicious organic breakfast buffet. The tranquility inside and outside in the associated garden, the Lake Constance bike path and the center of Lindau are just a few hundred meters away.Feeling and relaxing is not difficult at the sight of the Seepanoramas.And the nuns still have a holiday apartment in the attic of the villa.
The rental: DZ / F from 74 Euro (Holdereggenstraße 11, Tel. 083 82/504 11 30, www.dasmietwerk.de ).
Berlin: Charlottenburg is back in fashion. And more and more casual accommodations are opening up around the Kurfürstendamm. “Max Brown Ku’damm” is one of them, the hotel celebrates in a side street of the famous mile a mix of industrial design (shelves that hang on bronze tubes) and retro style (wallpaper with flower patterns, 50s armchairs, wood panels). The rooms vary in size, in “S” just fits a double bed, but it is just therefore very comfortable. In “XL” can sleep up to four people. Of course there is everything that “Urban Traveler” need, including a cool bar with mirrors and upholstered chairs. Rolls, cereals and eggs are eaten at the two long bars, which make the breakfast room look like an old Berlin pub. Then it’s off to the epicenter of Germany.
Max Brown Ku’damm: DR / F from 84 Euro (Uhlandstraße 49, Tel. 030/21 78 26 39, www.maxbrownhotels.com/de/kudamm ).
Cantabria, Spain: Through an ancient, iron-studded wooden door, we enter an 18th-century building. Old wooden floorboards, antiques, red, ocher and orange tones behind thick stone walls: The northern Spanish country inn “Posada La Casa del Organista” is a wonderful refuge – even in the middle of the day, if the heat pushes. We drink Café con leche on the terrace overlooking the surrounding green hills and a nearly 1000 year old collegiate church and advise where we are going today: the sea is about ten, to the stone age paintings of Altamira seven minutes. For the evening planned: a glass of Rioja drink in the wingback chairs of the lounge – next to the fireplace.
Posada La Casa del Organista: DR / S from 73 Euro (Calle Los Hornos 4, Santillana del Mar, Tel. 00 34/942 84 03 52, www.inninspain.com ).
Dresden: Contrasts make life exciting. That’s why I like how the “Hotel Dormero” in the south-east of Dresden bangs modern design in a listed 1888 villa: in my room there is an alarm-red armchair on a dark parquet floor, the backrest of the bed is in color, and the restaurant is not in vain ” To the red squirrel “. The mini bar is a delight (all inclusive), and at breakfast I forget about freshness on the buffet, that I’m a morning mustache. Instead of the tram I take the way on foot to the city center: first past villas, which made in the 19th century from the village Strehlen a neighborhood for wealthy, then through the “Volkspark Great Garden” straight into the historic center. Also there is a nice contrast – to what you know from the news about Dresden. In shop windows and on facades in many variants there is a plea for color and cosmopolitanism.
Dormero Dresden City: DZ / F from 90 Euro (Kreischaer Straße 2, Tel. 03 51/873 10, www.dormero.de/hotel-dresden-city ).
Kattegat, Sweden: A bike ride along the Kattegattleden cycle path, which leads to Gothenburg on the west coast from Helsingborg, takes you past a gloriously pristine piece of natural beach. Here lies the “Steninge Vandrarhem”, embedded in a large garden. Catarina and Per have furnished the hostel in the Swedish summer house style and run it very personally. In the kitchen, cooking is done in the summer months with local products – a lot of vegetarian food with home-grown vegetables. If you feel like it, you can also cater for yourself in the guest kitchen. Accommodation in double or shared rooms always includes a sumptuous breakfast. The hosts organize bike rides or rides on the in-house kayaks. It is relaxing in the garden with a view of the Kattegat.
Steninge Vandrarhem: DR / F from 75 Euro (Kustväg 30, Steninge, Tel. 46/355 20 54, https://kuststationen.se ).
Tuscany, Italy: Oh, Tuscany! There is so much to see. Lucca with his perfekt preserved city wall; in half an hour we would be there. Pistoia, where we would mix with people in countless aperitif bars; only 20 minutes away. Florence is not much further away. But “away” is rather hypothetical. Because we are lying by the pool under silvery shimmering olive trees and can not imagine that we could go somewhere better. The Bed & Breakfast “Casa del Pino” is like a home in Italy, a spacious villa with rooms that combine country house style, family heirlooms and Ikea. And actually we could sometimes pedal on the Casa’s own mountain bikes through the beautiful hills of Montecatini. If we tear ourselves away from the pool.
Casa del Pino: Double / F from 79 Euro (Via Falciano 34, Colle di Buggiano, Tel. 00 39/05 72/77 25 84, www.casadelpino.com ).
Veneto, Italy: Traveling by car from Venice to the west takes about an hour and a half to find a lounging paradise. As formerly in class, you can dream in former classrooms – “La Scuola” is a former village school that Valeria Carfora and Marco Baldan have converted into a romantic and beautiful guesthouse. Four of the five rooms have the names of subjects and are decorated, for example, with old engravings (“History and Literature”) or a blackboard with an Italian text assignment (“Arithmetic”). In the “teacher’s room” at the top of the mansard, it becomes – a free-standing tub, antique sewing machine, wooden ceiling – particularly cuddly. Once you have curled up enough in the springs, you can enjoy the hilly landscape of Veneto on the terrace in front of the house, with scented coffee and sweet home-baked treats.
La Scuola: Double / Single from 80 Euro (Via Campana 20, Lusiana, Tel. 00 39/04/24 06 62 44, www.locandalascuola.com/en ).
Wales, United Kingdom: English does not work, “you might call out at the sight of the” King Arthur Hotel “with its whitewashed walls, lattice windows and floral splendor on the facade. But beware: Wales does not belong to England, but to Great Britain. The Welsh put great value on this, and those who heed this are welcomed in the hotel’s rustic pub with warm hospitality. With its tens of taps on the counter, porcelain plates on wall shelves and the open fireplace, it is one of the ten most beautiful in the United Kingdom – rightly so. The perfect place to talk to the residents of the village of Reynoldston. The “King Arthur” is based on tradition and with dedication – from the bed frame with brass buttons to the plush day-blanket. This also applies to the kitchen. The “King Arthur Welsh Celtic Pride Burger” should not be missed. No more than a trip to the famous “King Arthur Stone”. According to legend, this legendary king has placed this rock here – of course in Wales and not in neighboring England.
The King Arthur Hotel: Double / F from 95 Euro (Reynoldston, Swansea, Tel. 00 44/17 92 39 07 75, www.kingarthurhotel.co.uk ).
Vienna, Austria: You almost walk past the somewhat yellow sign. But that would be a big mistake. The “Hotel am Brillantengrund” is not only a cheap place to stay in the pleasant 7th district with its many restaurants, pubs, small shops, as soon as you turn off the quiet side street. You can feel wonderful here: The rooms in the family house are not large, but with love and taste individually furnished in vintage style. The food of the owner’s Filipino mom in the restaurant tastes great, and really everyone here is extremely friendly and helpful. And when in the morning sunshine in the beautiful courtyard around which all the rooms are grouped around, drinks the first coffee or even a beer in the evening, it feels like a perfect mix of vacation and home away from home.
Hotel am Brillantengrund: Double Room from 69 Euro (Bandgasse 4, Tel. 00 43/1/523 36 62, www.brillantengrund.com ).
Turin, Italy: A few years ago, my friend Benedetta inherited a high-stately, old-style apartment on one of Turin’s most magnificent corsi, turning it into a B & B. I came to rehearsal in the “Palazzo Bellini” and since then nurse a silent envy of people who do not live in Turin like me, but come to visit. Precisely because at Benedetta they get the essence of everything that makes up this city: elegant elegance (parquet, antiques), intellectual flair (many books and Benedetta herself, who translates literature full-time), art (pictures, photographs on the walls) and of course, delicious food-Elsa, the maid, focaccia and oven-warm Cornetti served for breakfast in the salon.
Palazzo Bellini: Double / F from 95 Euro (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 78, Tel. 00 39/347/105 69 09, www.palazzobellini.it ).
Paris, France: The colorful jigsaw pics of the Italian artist Alberto Cont in the Entrée are in a good mood. The red and white checkered breakfast room of the “Hotel La Manufacture” is also sweet, but for Croissant and Café, I prefer the terrace. The 57 rooms in the upper middle-class corner house are small and simple, but really cheap for Paris. On foot or by metro I am fast in the Latin Quarter or in the Jardin des Plantes. And a true discovery is the “Manufacture des Gobelins” around the corner, after which the hotel is named – until today, precious wall hangings are woven there, and real treasures hang under the ceilings. If you’re tired of sightseeing, go behind the Place d ‘Italie to the Asian Quarter, home to many immigrants from Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and China, and fortify yourself with a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup.
La Manufacture Hotel: Double / F from 84 Euro (Rue Philippe de Champagne 8, 13th Arrondissement, Tel. 00 33 / 1/45 35 45 25, www.hotel-la -manufacture.com).
Graz, Austria: When my girlfriend said, “We’re sleeping with Daniel,” I thought of a distant one Acquaintance, whose name had slipped through me. But “Daniel” is actually a hotel, a colorful, cool box in the middle of Graz. The rooms are unfussy-puristic and yet comfortable, the breakfast is so delicious that even Grazer come to eat – the one, nice as they are, provide insider tips. Later you just have to step out of the lobby of the hotel and you are already in the middle of the highlights of the former cultural capital. For example, on the Schlossberg in the old town, from where a 360-degree view over the many winding streets offers. Back down you should enjoy what’s on offer here: modern design. In the Kunsthaus, for example, which floats like a bubble between the rooftops of the city.
Hotel Daniel Graz: Double Room from 81 Euro (Europaplatz, Tel. 00 43/31 67 11 08 00, < a rel = "nofollow" class = "external-link" target = "_ blank" href = "https://hoteldaniel.com/en/"> www.hoteldaniel.com ).
The most beautiful hotels under 100 euros
We are traveling a lot because of our job – and we always find out: sleeping well does not have to be expensive!
This knowledge We would like to share with you: from the Brussels design location for flea market fans to the romantic former village school in Italy we show you where you can spend good and cheap in Europe. A double room with breakfast costs less than 100 euros in all hotels. Maybe there is a great dinner or a theater visit in it.