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Rest your head: This month’s reviews

MostarVilla Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina, www.mostar-tours.com: This is a great little hotel and at €50 a night offers excellent value. It’s easy to find if you follow signs for the Hotel Bristol, in a good location at Musala Square about a ten minute walk to the famous old bridge and the heart of Mostar. There’s free parking outside the hotel and the owner is very friendly and helpful and speaks great English. The villa is modern with very spacious and clean rooms, in fact ours comprised two rooms – a bedroom plus another room with another bed, table and chairs, as well as a bathroom with a good shower. Breakfast is included and you can take it on the terrace overlooking the garden and river – a great little spot. The owner can also assist with tours further afield. Mostar is a fantastic place and if visiting it’s really worthwhile staying overnight. Too many visitors just day-trip in from Dubrovnik and do little to support the local tourism economy, but the little town is vibrant and well lit at night (and more atmospheric, minus the daytrippers!) and there are many good restaurants. Kerry Fielding

Secret Garden QuitoSecret Garden Quito, Ecuador, www.secretgardenquito.com:  Secret Garden is a busy, friendly hostel in the historical quarter of Quito, and it is still family run, lending it a homely and welcoming atmosphere. We found the rooms to be clean and well equipped, featuring nice colourful decor, and the hostel offers lots of useful facilities such as free baggage storage, wifi, drinking water and lockers. They are also able to offer a huge amount of info about the city itself and local tours. The hostel is in a handy location and has small dorms, as well as double, triple and quad rooms and all are reasonably priced. The breakfast was great and there is a nice terrace and bar with fabulous old town views, which closes at 11pm so not too noisy when you do want to get some sleep, although there was still a little noise one weekend night, probably coming from some who wanted the party to continue in one of the rooms! Ninetheless its a good place to meet fellow travellers, or to find a good and well priced double room if you prefer to keep yourselves to yourselves. We would stay again if we headedback to Ecuador, and we noticed that there is also a second secret garden, in a secluded spot at Cotopaxi. Sarah Watson

Butterfingers TorontoButterfingers Bed & Breakfast, Toronto, Canada: This must surely be Toronto’s best B&B, it is beautiful – offering two stunning rooms in a beautifully converted Victorian house. We found the hosts wonderfully friendly, the decor is fabulous, and rooms offer their own lounge area to relax in as well as a great bathroom and comfy beds, not to mention lovely personal touches such as chocolates on the pillow and interesting reads beside the bed. The location is good, within walking distance from some very trendy areas of shops, cafes and restaurants and close to downtown. But despite all these great amenities (and a tasty breakfast) it is the hosts that ensure that Butterfingers remains truly special, they welcome visitors into their home as their own personal guests, and nothing is too much trouble, creating a home away from home that any luxury hotel would struggle to provide. Andy Thomas


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2 thoughts on “Rest your head: This month’s reviews

  1. We stayed at the secret garden in Quito too! A few years back though… but we thought it was great. Was in a really handy location.

    Posted by roamingpenguin | March 9, 2014, 1:14 pm
  2. You can also read our Mostar city guide by Emma Higgins here https://itchyfeetmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/mostar-city-guide/

    Posted by Itchy Feet Magazine | March 9, 2014, 1:17 pm

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