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Great places to stay, Reviews

Rest your head: this month’s reviews

Penzion MichalPenzion Michal, Zdiar, Slovakia: With nine clean, cosy and traditional rooms this is a great bed and breakfast that is in keeping with the traditional alpine style of Zdiar, a small but lovely village which offers excellent access to the High Tatras for hiking and other outdoor activities. All rooms are ensuite and the bathrooms were great, both clean and modern. We also had a lovely view from our balcony as well as shared access to a small fridge which was handy. Another treat is the sauna and jacuzzi, great for aching limbs after a hike! The buffet breakfast on offer was perfectly adequate and the hosts very friendly, although a smattering of German will help with communication (unless your Slovakian is up to scratch!). We felt this Penzion offered excellent value for money and would happily have stayed longer. It’s ideal for families or couples. The village itself is quiet however with limited eateries available, but Penzion Michal can offer half board. www.penzionmichal.com Sally Alcock

Manly Harbour LoftManly Harbour Loft B&B, Sydney, Australia: Manly Loft offers a delightful mid-priced alternative to staying in the centre of the city, and we found it so much nicer to wake up near the beach and away from the downtown hustle and bustle, yet with easy access to everything via a beautiful ferry ride. Our room here offered a real home away from home, beautifully decorated with all the amenities you could hope for (balcony, a view, comfy king size bed, ensuite, tea and coffee making facilities) as well as thoughtful extra touches such as inspirational books, CD player, a toaster, electric blankets (we were there in winter!) and much more. It is well located, a short walk from the ferry, and close to all of Manly’s shops and restaurants. What really sets Many loft apart though is it’s wonderful host who really goes the extra mile to ensure your stay is special. Like many big cities, good accommodation at a reasonable price can be hard to find in Sydney so we were delighted to have discovered this place.  www.manlyloft.com.au  Rob Johnson

Seven HostelSeven Hostel, Sorrento, Italy: This flashpackers hostel offers a small slice of luxury to backpackers on any budget. It has been recently restored without losing the charm of the original building which dates back to the 18th century. We really felt that it successfully blends style and comfort with reasonable prices. The hostel has its own sun-decks where you can lounge during the day and in the evenings you can have dinner and drinks in the bar. Rooms are clean and are very nicely decorated, doubles and dorms are available. The bathrooms are stylish and modern too. The roof terrace has a fantastic view and is a great spot to relax. Services on offer include wifi, laundry, 24 hour reception, luggage storage and a games and common room. A small breakfast and linen are also included. The hostel is actually in the centre of Sorrento but is located in a charming small village called Sant Agnello, offering easy access to Sorrento itself by either train or a half hour walk. Its a great example of a hostel that is a cut above the rest. www.sevenhostel.com/en/ Carey White 



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