Guesthouses laos On the other hand, some old-fashioned pensiones are lovingly cared for and very guesthouses laos good value, while others have gone for a contemporary, boutique style.
Next step up, and far more common, are hostales (Hs) alnwick guesthouses and hostal-residencias (HsR), which are guesthouses in westport not hostels, in any sense, but budget hotels, generally offering good, if functional, rooms, usually with private guesthouses durban bathrooms and in the better places probably heating and air-conditioning. Many also have cheaper rooms available without private bathrooms.
Some hostales really are excellent, with good service and up-to-date guesthouses laos furnishings and facilities. Fully-fledged hotels (H), meanwhile, have a star-rating dependent on things like room size and staffing levels rather than any intrinsic attraction.
Theres often not much difference guesthouses laos in price between a one-star hotel and a decent hostal. At three and four stars, hotel prices start to increase and you can expect soundproofing, an elevator, an English-language channel on the TV and a buffet breakfast spread. At five stars, youre in the luxury class, with pools, gyms, jacuzzis, and prices to match, and some hotels differentiate themselves again as five-star deluxe or gran classe (GL). You can pick up lists of guesthouses laos local accommodation from any Spanish tourist office, and there are countless websites to look at, too, including the excellent Rusticae (rusticae.es ), which highlights scores of stylish rural and urban hotels across the country.
Spain has over ninety superior hotels in a class of their own, called paradores (parador.es ), which are often spectacular lodgings converted from castles, monasteries and other Spanish monuments (although some are purpose-built). They can be really special places to stay, sited in the most beautiful parts of the country, or in some of the most historic cities, and prices are very good when compared with the five-star hotels with which they compete.
Overnight rates depend on location and popularity, and start at around 110 a night, though 150180 is more typical. That said, a whole host of special offers and web deals (through the official website) offer discounted rates for the over 60s, the 20s to 30s, or for multi-night stays.
A popular approach is to take a fly-drive holiday based around the paradores.
There is no end of routes you could choose, but good options include the area around Madrid and through the Sierra de Gredos; along the Cantabrian guesthouses laos coast, past the Picos de Europa; or along the FrenchSpanish border and through the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Another popular route takes you through Galicia, and on to one of the most sumptuous paradores of all in Santiago de Compostela.
where you stay in a different parador every night, start at 159 per person (based on two sharing, car rental not included).
All the details are on the website, or contact the official parador agents.
Keytel in the UK (keytel.co.uk ) or Petrabax in the US (petrabax.com ).
Villas, apartments and rural tourism Most UK and European tour operators can find you a self-catering villa or apartment.
They are rented by the week, and range from simple town-centre apartments to luxury istanbul guesthouses coastal villas with private pools. Prices, of course, vary wildly, but guesthouses lewes the best deals are often packages, including flights and car rental, with endless villa agencies including First guesthouses laos Choice (firstchoice.co.ukvillas ) or Iglu Villas (igluvillas.com ).
Casas rurales (rural houses), or casas de pags in Catalunya, are where many Spanish holidaymakers stay. Its a wide-ranging concept, from boutique cave dwellings to restored manor houses, many with pools and gardens. You can rent by the room, or by the property, either on a BB basis or self-catering, depending on the accommodation. Many places guesthouses laos also offer outdoor activities such as horseriding, walking, fishing and cycling.
They are generally excellent value for money, starting at around 30 per person, even cheaper if youre in a group or staying for longer than a night or two. ASETUR (ecoturismorural.com ), the association for rural tourism in Spain, has an excellent website where you can search thousands of properties by region, while many Spanish tourist-office websites also carry information on casas rurales.
Holiday companies in your own country may also have Spanish rural properties available, or contact Spain-based agencies like Ruralia (sligo guesthouses Cantabria and Asturias; ruralia.com ), Rustic Blue (Andaluca; rusticblue.com ), Agroturisme (Catalunya; agroturisme.org ), Casas de Gredos (casasgredos.com ; guesthouses england vila and Gredos area), and Top Rural (Spain-wide; toprural.com ).