Archive | July, 2012
July 30, 2012

Cheap Eats Guide to Cardiff

    Our second serving of awesome cheap eats across the world comes from Cardiff ( if you missed, here is last week’s cheap eats guide to London by Steve Lowy) –  thanks to London based food/travel writer- Sophie Rae.     When not eating she can be found planning her next meal.  Find her […]

July 27, 2012

Is this the best hostel in Barcelona?

    What I’ve been seeing throughout my Luxury Hostels Tour is how hostelling has been evolving into this concept where the whole focus is now on creating experiences, experiences that travellers will cherish and remember for a long time to come.   At Casa Gracia, it’s all about the experience. As you can tell […]

July 23, 2012

Cheap Eats, London: 5 top tips

  To kick off the cheap eats section on BudgetTraveller, I am proud to have guest editing this week- London native , successful hotelier and founder of the popular budget hotel chain, umi Hotels– Steve Lowy.   Here are Steve’s top 5 tips for cheap eats in London, complete with a reference to the nearest […]

July 18, 2012

Iphoneography: Copenhagen to Ljubljana, by Interrail

  Copenhagen to Ljubljana– I present to you some of my best moments from my Interrail Tour with the help of my Instagram pictures.       1. My Interrail trip starts in Copenhagen with a sunset of all sunsets   Sunset in Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s stunning 17th century waterfront. Picture says it all. Period.   […]

July 16, 2012

Cologne- Travels With my Mum, Part II

  The story continues: Following their adventures in Brussels we join Emma and her mum in Koln where they are just getting into the ‘local spirit’ …..   ‘Shall we get a beer? We are in Germany after all…’   It seemed my mum was getting into the backpacker spirit pretty quickly. A swift two […]

July 13, 2012

Video: Cocomama, Amsterdam’s first boutique hostel

      Thought I’d share with you today, a neat little documentary from the opening of Cocomama , Amsterdam’s first and only luxury ’boutique’ hostel back in May 2011. Since then, Cocomama has firmly established itself as Amsterdam’s hippiest and coolest hotel.   Really enjoyed my stay here and again, besides the cool room […]

July 12, 2012

Visit St Petersburg -Florida’s hidden gem

      St Petersburg was something of a revelation. This is not the image of Florida I had in my head.   St Pete’s tranquil palm tree lined avenues with its stylish residents, chic boutiques and great outdoor cafes are the perfect antidote to the adrenaline filled madness of Orlando and Disney. You almost […]

July 9, 2012

Hostel Celica, Ljubljana- Luxury Hostel in a former prison?

    I arrived in Ljubljana on the hottest day of the summer so far in Slovenia.     It had been roasting on the 9 hour train journey from Budapest to Ljubljana. The journey was scenic but with no air conditioning, it felt like my body was cooking in a steamy sweat pit so […]

July 5, 2012

Generator Hamburg Review

  Just a few months old, Generator Hamburg is a modern, clean and very comfortable hostel. Lets start with the…   Location This is one of the biggest strengths of the Generator Hamburg. You walk out of the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and literally across the road is the hostel. Superb location. The S-bahn and U-bahn station […]

July 2, 2012

Plus Berlin- Reviewed

Plus Hostels is very much at the forefront of the new revolution in redefining the hostelling experience.   Location Their Berlin branch is in an excellent location just off Warschauer Strasse near the S-Bahn station so you’re well connected to the Hauptbahnhof and the heart of Berlin. The east side gallery-one of the remaining stretches […]