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Hotel Romae, Rome

We stayed at the Hotel Romae for eight days whilst making our latest Photographers’ Guide. If you’re a teenager who wants to party then we have to be honest and say you’ll probably enjoy staying at the Romae’s parent organisation, the Yellow Hostel and Bar, which is opposite the Romae, much more than you will do staying at the Romae itself.  If you’re an older tourist, or backpacker on a budget, however, and simply want a clean place to sleep that’s near to the central (Termini) train station and not far…

Casa Vallecillo, Arriate

We heard about Casa Vallecillo whilst staying at the Arriadh Hotel. “It’s a self catering property in the next valley,” explained Wilbert, one of the owners of the Arriadh, “and Lies Wajer, our friend from Holland, runs it with her Spanish husband. They’ve been into growing their own food, organically and using traditional Andalusian farming methods, for years. Perhaps pay them a visit?” It turned out to be a great idea. Lies met us and drove us to the secluded property. There was a family of holiday-makers staying in the…

Palais Amani Hotel, Fez

We stayed at the Palais Amani for three nights. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. There are no signs pointing to the Palais Amani but when you see the Pension Dalila, take the small alleyway on the left of the building. It’s literally no more than 10 minutes walk from the very centre of the old city, or a taxi can drop you 2 minutes…

Riad Dar Bensouda, Fez

We stayed at Riad Dar Bensouda for seven nights. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. Location: We took 20 minutes to walk to the door from the bus station. We didn’t need a guide and if you want to go on your own, follow these directions. Walk straight down Talaa Seghira, one of the the main alleyways of the old city, and when you…

Riad Idrissy, Fez

We only stayed at the Riad Idrissy for one night so there’s no video review as there usually is with our hotel reviews, just this collection of images we snapped on the evening of arrival and morning of departure, and a few notes to help you get an impression of the place. Location – Most riads in the old city of Fez are impossible to find alone, you really do need somebody from the riad to come out and meet you at one of the many city gates, but we…

The Arriadh Hotel, Ronda, Spain

Location – You’ll find the Arriadh Hotel on a hillside overlooking the white village of Arriate, which is approx. 6km from the city of Ronda in southern Spain. We travelled to the hotel from Algeciras on the train as we’d been told that this was one of the great railway journeys of the world. It was certainly very nice; the trip took just under 2 hours and the views were like this… There was the option of stopping at Arriate train station which is just a 15 minute walk from the…

Riad Dar Baraka & Karam, Marrakech

Just 5 minutes walk from the royal palace and 10 minutes from Bab Doukkala and the main bus station, in a very relaxed part of the medina, the quiet alleyways leading to Dar Baraka and Karam (they are 2 separate places to stay, under the same management of Marrakech Riads and joined by a connecting door) ready you for the utter tranquility that awaits inside the Baraka. A darkened entrance hallway leads out onto a silent courtyard above which the building reaches for 2 storeys. Apart from the call to…

Riad Noga, Marrakech

The Riad Noga, one of the best and most well known of the 800 Riads that you can find in Marrakech and found at the end of a long, quiet alleyway, greets you with the smell of flowers and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. The courtyards and alcoves are not over endowed with the intricate carvings that many Riads have (which are superb examples of workmanship and no doubt welcomed by their original owners – merchants who’d spent a lot of their time in the sparseness of nearby desert and mountain)…

Planet Traveller Hostel, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 Planet Traveler touts itself as a very ‘green’ hostel. You can read all about it on their website - http://theplanettraveler.com/?page_id=5 It’s why I chose to stay there in the first place. And overall it was an ok place to stay. But I did have a few issues. Mostly, Toronto is a very fine place indeed. But there’s one thing that took me a while to get used to, and that’s the local habit of adding tax to a price on top of the price quoted. It…

The Holiday Inn Downtown, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 The Holiday Inn, Downtown (30 Carlton Street). The Holiday Inn is much nearer the downtown Toronto area than the Planet Traveller Hostel that we’ve also stayed at and reviewed, and if there are 2 of you sharing a room it doesn’t actually work out much more expensive. A very cramped double room at Planet Traveller, and every other hostel and cheap B & B in Toronto (I checked every one recommended in Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Rough Guide), is around 85 to 100 dollars,…