Top 7 Hostels in the World in 2010

Last week took place in London, UK, the Hoscar 2011 Awards, to recognize the top hostels around the globe. On this ceremony, the top 3 hostels were from my capital of the country where I’m now living, Lisbon. By definition, hostel is like a budget oriented hotel, providing sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are generally cheaper for both the operator and the occupants; many hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk clerks or housekeeping staff in exchange for free accommodation:

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1. Travellers House

Rua Augusta, number 89, 1st floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 98%

Dorms from: €15

Privates from: €25

The Travellers House is ideally located in the most historical and central area of Lisbon, (Baixa), within walking distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Lisbon, with a super transport network at your door. In a 250 year old building, the hostel invite their fellow travellers to relax in our music lounge, enjoy a film in the TV/DVD room, or read books and surf on the internet, in the reading lounge.

Cleaning service runs all day long, making sure everything is spotless. The facilities include bathroom for men and for women, hot showers 24 hours a day, 4 common rooms (dining room, Music lounge, TV/DVD area, reading lounge), and free use kitchen.

Owned and managed by travellers who together designed this Hostel in order to provide the customer with the best stay in one of the most picturesque cities of Europe. Besides the Travellers House, they have just renovated a historic building 10 minutes from the Hostel, the ‘Travellers House-Studios’, which includes four charming studio apartments. The Apartments have all the perks a modern traveler can wish for.

2. Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Rua de Sao Nicolau, 41st, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Open since April 2005, the LLH was the first Hostel in Lisbon. Moved in March 2007 to the Rua de Sao Nicolau 41st, Lisbon’s Downtown (Baixa) , Lisbon’s Heart!

The highest standards of quality and comfort are now available in this Hostel. They are now bigger and better but still have the same concern: offering their customers a place where you can feel at home with style and design.

LLH is now located in the most Historical Area of Lisbon. Customers will find pedestrian streets full of Monuments, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes, Terraces, Shops, Supermarkets, Tourism Info Spots and so much more…
It´s also close to the main transport system (bus, tram and subway/metro), the best night life area – Bairro Alto – and the Train Stations that takes you to the nearest Beaches (Estoril and Cascais) or the lovely and magical Sintra!

The LLH has 9 rooms available (from Twin Beds with Satellite Tv to 8 Beds Dorm Rooms), 6 Bathrooms, a fully equipped Kitchen for all guests, 3 Lounge Areas where you can relax, have a drink, listen to music, watch a film projection, read books and magazines, play games or just chat with the other guests, use the free Wi-Fi Internet, Personal Lockers in the rooms, free maps, tourist info and guides, laundry service, Mini Bar plus free Coffee and Tea all day!

3. Living Lounge Hostel

Rua do Crucifixo 116 2nd floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Living Lounge, Lisbon’s newest hostel, takes hostel art and traveling life to a whole new level. Each double, single and dorm room at the hostel is a unique work of art, having been individually designed by local artists to reflect different elements of Lisbon’s rich culture. Although every room is different, they have all been crafted with the same goal in mind: providing our guests with supreme comfort, security and style during their stay.

This hostel features a luxurious and spacious downstairs lounge area, providing the perfect place to sip a drink, listen to music and meet people from around the world. Upstairs they have a peaceful indoor garden room, a lovely place to bring a book and relax. Their guests are welcome to use our free Wi-Fi internet, and the staff can provide free maps and any tourist info you might need.

Living Lounge, opened in July 2008, is the newest project from the same group who own and operate the Lisbon Lounge Hostel. With Living Lounge, they bring their customers the same high standards of quality and design but with an exciting new artistic concept.

Living Lounge is located in the heart of Lisbon’s tourist centre, right on the border between the ritzy Chiado district and the historic Baixa. The Baixa-Chiado metro station is literally right across the street, and it is only a quick train ride to Lisbon’s nearest beaches or a short stumble to Lisbon’s best nightlife area – the Bairro Alto.

4. Hostel Mostel

2A Makedonia Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €6.80

Privates from: €8

Hostel Mostel set of facilities include big sitting area to chill out, romantic wooden veranda in front of the house, free to use Wi-Fi Internet access all over the place, pool table and much more. The hotel is perfectly centrally located, the city’s tourist attractions, outdoor markets, restaurants, clubs and bars all just around the hostel. Sveta Nedelia Cathedral – the absolute center of Sofia is 5 minutes walking away from the hostel. They are also within walking distance from the central railway / bus station as well. Even when the Mostel Hostel is perfectly located in the city center, still their customers will be well hidden from the street noise in our inner yard.

In this hostel the customer can get, for free, an all you can eat breakfast, a portion of pasta and a beer in the evening, clean and fresh sheets, blanket, pillow and towel, use of modern fully equipped kitchen.

5. Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

Novembra Krastmala 29, Old Riga, Riga, Latvia

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €4.32

Privates from: €5.82

Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers is the newest hostel in Riga. The Friendly Fun Franks Hostel is Australian, British and Latvian owned. Is situated in the Walls of the Medieval Castle of Old Riga. All Rooms are Newly Renovated with Panoramic Views Overlooking the Picturesque Daugava River.

This hostel is ideal for people who enjoy friendly Australian hospitality, British quality service and Latvian cultural experience.

6. Montreal Central

1586 St-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €15.70

Privates from: €22.77

One street away from the Latin Quarter, this newly 2009 refurbished backpacker hotel, is pleased to welcome all travelers looking to spend quality time in the heart of alternative Montreal at an affordable price.

Situated on St-Hubert corner, one street away from the Latin Quarter and its vibrant bars, cafés and restaurant. Montreal Central offers pignon sur rue to all a traveler could look for in Montreal. Our hands on staff have the keys to all hidden or mass popular activities in the neighborhood and we are committed to go the extra mile with you if the streets of Montreal have not yet wore your soles off.

7. Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel

Nº7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square, Xi’an, China

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €4.79

Privates from: €5.91

Han Tang Inn is a boutique hostel. Situated inside a traditional residential district in the city center. Staying here will make you feel like local. With bus stops right outside our door to the airport, train station and most famous cultural sites.
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Top 7 Hotels in the World

This week the TripAdvisor (the world’s largest travel site), published their “Travellers Choice 2011” list for the Top Hotels in the World in 2010. In this list they included one hotel form my hometown, The Cliff Bay in Funchal, as the 8th best hotel in Europe. This brought me the opportunity to publish the Top 7 Hotels in the World: - Pack full of the best deals

1. Golden Well Hotel

U Zlate Studne 166 / 4, Praha 1-Hradcany, Prague 11800, Czech Republic

Hotel class: 5 stars

Number of rooms: 19

Standard rates from: €173

The Golden Well Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel enjoying one of the best locations in the city of Prague. The Golden Well Hotel offers a superb choice of boutique accommodation with 17 rooms and 2 suites, all reflecting the building’s rich heritage and providing their guests with incomparable views, luxurious accommodation, exceptional service and exclusive amenities.

The Golden Well Hotel is located below the walls of the Prague Castle and surrounded by the Castle rose gardens in the quaint Mala Strana or the “Little Quarter” of Prague. Close to the Prague Castle and the Czech Parliament they are just a short walk away from some of Prague’s most impressive sights, including the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Royal Gardens, the St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Square. Guests of The Golden Well Hotel are privileged in the summer months to use the Emperor’s private entrance that leads directly to the gardens of the Prague Castle.

2. Anastasis Apartments

Imerovigli, Santorini Island, 84700 GREECE

Hotel class: Not available

Number of rooms: Not available

Standard rates from: €188

The hotel is located on one of the best places on the island, the top of Caldera cliff, 600m from Imerovigli Village and 2km from Fira town.

A complex of newly built accommodations all overlooks the Famous Caldera of Santorini and the sunset. Anastasis Apartments consist of fully equipped and elegantly furnished, spacious and sunlit Apartments, Superior Apartments and Suites which can accommodate two to three persons. Each accommodation has been designed with special taste following the traditional architecture of Santorini.

3. Riad Le Calife

19 bis derb el Ouarbyia, el Makhfia, Fes 30000, Morocco

Hotel class: Not available

Number of rooms: 7

Standard rates from: €100

This Riad is a historic home recently converted into a charming guest house. Constructed around a splendid shaded patio it has 2 terraces which offer a stunning panoramic view of the Medina.

This hotel is the ideal place for an unforgettable stay in the wonderful city of Fez. It is located in the middle of the Medina, just a short 3-minute walk from the famous R’CIF square. The 4 rooms and 3 suites of Riad Le Calife are elegant and comfortable. Each is uniquely and thoughtfully decorated and overlooks the patio.

This hotel sits just 25 minutes from the International Fez Saïs and provides delightful accommodation for your next stay in Morocco.

4. Al Ponte Antico Hotel

Calle dell’Aseo, Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy

Hotel class: 4 stars

Number of rooms: Not available

Standard rates from: €280

A small, 4-star residence, facing the Grand Canal with a splendid view of the Rialto Bridge. The special quality of this small hotel depends not only on their steady family management but also on the special atmosphere created inside each of their properties and the exclusive customized service they offer.

5. La Villa Marbella – Charming Hotel

Calle Principe 10, Centro Histórico, 29600 Marbella, Spain

Hotel class: 2 stars

Number of rooms: 4 houses and 14 rooms

Standard rates from: €85

The hotel is located in the heart of the Old Town of Marbella. The 150 years old house has been fully refurbished and its 4 suites are decorated with the finest Asian style. From the top terrace the guess can enjoy stunning views from the Sierra Blanca, Old Town (XVI century) and Arab walls (IX century).

The hotel is close to finest restaurants and only 3 minutes walk from the famous Orange Square (XVI century), 7 minutes walk to the beach and 10 minutes to Marina of Puerto Banus

6. Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges

Ontvangersstraat 9, Bruges 8000, Belgium

Hotel class: 4 stars

Number of rooms: 19

Standard rates from: €135

The charming Hotel Prinsenhof is hidden in a quiet street nearby one of the main shopping streets of Bruges.

Bruges is a small social city, where everything is within a few minutes walking distance.
The charming hotel is centrally located, at about a 3 minutes walk from the Market Square. All attractions and restaurants are within a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Bruges has almost 120.000 inhabitants and is the third largest city in the Flemish part of Belgium. The medieval streets and buildings and the lovely canals make of Bruges a unique place that enchants millions of people.

Bruges is as a cultural historical city, an artwork on its own. The whole inner city of Bruges was only recently declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage. But Bruges is more than a historical city. The city has many art galleries, trendy businesses, nice bars and pubs and many exquisite restaurants. The city and private theatres offer a diversity of classical concerts, jazz, blues, pop, rock, ballet, contemporary dance, opera, theater and film. Bruges is a city in full development, a city with ambition that does not avoid new challenges.
The titel of Bruges 2002, the cultural capital of Europe, has started a cultural dynamism. The city invested in large restoration projects, in contemporary architecture and in cultural infrastructure.

7. The Tuscany

Grace Bay Beach, 90201, Providenciales, BWI, Turks e Caicos

Hotel class: 4 stars

Number of rooms: Not available

Standard rates from: $525

This beachfront resort is located in Providenciales, close to The Regent Village Shopping Mall and Salt Mills Shopping Plaza. Other nearby points of interest include Grace Bay Beach.

Even though guests rave about the privacy, luxury, and intimacy of their oceanfront suites, what really sets them apart from other Turks and Caicos resorts and Turks and Caicos hotels is their warmth and hospitality.  Their passion is helping to create a Turks and Caicos vacation their guess will remember for the rest of their life.
Source: TripAdvisor
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Top 7 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

Looking for a place for your next vacations? What about spending some time in one of the Top 7 most expensive hotel rooms in the world. Here we have some suggestions for that paradisaical weekend you are planning for some time now…

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1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Nightly rate: $ 53 000.00

The Imperial Suite, which is actually an entire top floor of the hotel, is reached via a private elevator and has four bedrooms, six bathrooms with mosaic marble floor, a cocktail lounge and a terrace with a dramatic view through the bulletproof windows over the city, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc — all of which overlook Lake Geneva. The suite is decorated in a contemporary style, with marble and hardwood floors. The living room has a billiards table, a library and a cocktail lounge with a view of the water fountain, and can accommodate 40 people. The dining room seats 26 people around an oval mahogany table.

The hotel’s staff reassures guests that the security in the Imperial Suite is among the best in the world, ideal for celebrities or traveling heads of state who visit the United Nations headquarters next door at the Palais Wilson.

2. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Nightly rate: $ 40 000.00

If anyone knows how to vacation in Las Vegas, that will be Hugh Hefner. Even though he is known as a homebody he has spent a few nights away from the mansion at the Sky Villa. The suite itself was built to model the original playboy mansion; it also incorporates elements derived from a vintage Playboy magazine article about the ultimate bachelor pad. The suite cost roughly $10 million to build but the high-rollers can rent it for a small $40,000 a night. Everything screams S-E-X-Y at the Sky Villa. The two-story 9,000 square foot Villa includes a glass elevator, a rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling, and a glass wall Jacuzzi that extends out over the hotel and offers amazing Strip views, around-the-clock butler service, massage and spa rooms, work-out room and poker table, fireplace, three bedrooms, and pop-up plasma TVs.
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3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel

Location: New York, USA

Nightly rate: $ 35 000.00

The $50 million Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in NY was designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, Peter Marino and hotel owner Ty Warner.

The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with mother of pearl, gold and platinum-woven fabrics. The suite is located on the 52nd floor of New York’s tallest hotel with floor-to-ceiling bay windows offering a breathtaking 360 degree view of the City. If that is not relaxing enough you can enjoy a waterfall in the Zen Room, play the grand piano in the library or soak in a tub overlooking Central Park. Full spa treatments, a personal trainer and a 24/7 butler are all included, and if you still find a will to leave, you can choose to be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce or Maybach, and you’re always guaranteed a table at the hotel’s renowned L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant.

4. Penthouse Prestige Apartment, Hotel Martinez

Location: Cannes, France

Nightly rate: $ 35 000.00

Why stay in a hotel room when you can stay in a penthouse apartment? The penthouse has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.  The bathrooms have hammam, a traditional Turkish bath.

After enjoying a relaxing spa bath or sauna sit, step on the terrace, which overlooks the Bay of Cannes with views of the Lérins Islands and Estérel Range.  Still missing something? Just contact your personal butler, and he’ll bring you whatever you need.

Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior

5. The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe

Location: Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), Italy

Nightly rate: $ 34 000.00

Over 250 square meters of space spread out over multiple rooms and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool are just a few of the hundreds of luxuries available in this suite. You’ll also have access to a private wine cellar, multiple balconies with gorgeous sea views, a sauna room, and three marble-coated bathrooms.

And after a long night on the town, come back and listen to Mozart on your super-fancy Bang & Olufsen stereo that comes complete with its own CD collection.

6. The Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi

Location: Athenes, Greece

Nightly rate: $ 32 000.00

There’s not only butler at your service when you stay in this villa, but a private chef and a pianist work for you too. Request your favorite classical song while you watch your chef prepare dinner and you watching the Food Network becomes obsolete.

Sip a martini from the butler as you float in the private indoor pool, or the private, heated, outdoor pool. The choice is yours.

7. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior

Location: Rome, Italy

Nightly rate: $ 31 000.00

The suite is located on the fifth and sixth floor underneath the cupola of the hotel which was made famous by Fellini’s movies. It covers 6,099 square feet and has an additional 1,808 square feet of balconies and terraces. While it only has two bedrooms, five more can be joined to it. The entire suite was just remodeled in 1998 for a cost of around $7 million. So now you will have all things Roman and excessive – a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi pool, frescoes (the painted horizons on the frescoes were designed to match perfectly with the real Roman one), stained glass windows, and almost 2,000 feet of balcony space including a sun deck overlooking the Via Veneto district.

The downstairs also has a private kitchen, and the dining room features an antique Murano glass chandelier, a private wine cabinet with over 150 wines to choose from and a study/library covered in hand-carved wood. And what really makes this suite over the top is a private cinema with Dolby surround sound.

Now that’s living la dolce vita.

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