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Where Travel Writers Pay to Stay

By travelanswerman | October 18, 2009

 We recently came across this great reference article from some of the top travel writers in the world. Pay close attention to their suggestions as they share “insider” knowledge about some of their favorite hotels and lodging. Remember, they are the experts in their chosen field. Follow their future articles for more helpful advice.

Where do travel writers choose to stay when they’re not working – and paying their own hotel bills? Here at 101 Holidays we asked some of the best-known travel journalists and editors on Twitter to recommend a personal favourite hotel, B&B or guest house.

The rules were simple. The place to stay could be anywhere in the world, so long as it costs no more than £150 ($250) a night for two people. And, in keeping with the rules of Twitter, we asked the writers to describe it in no more than 140 characters.

susan farlow travel writer Where travel writers pay to stay

Susan Farlow has been a travel writer and photographer for 30 years, working for numerous publications including the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times. She recommends: “Amsterdam’s Hotel Estherea, an elegant house on the city’s oldest canal. Quiet, yet close to the bustle. Family-owned with loads of history.” Doubles cost from €99 (US$146).

steve keenan Where travel writers pay to stay

Steve Keenan is Travel Editor at TimesOnline in London. He recommends: “Romney Bay House Hotel. Middle of nowhere, on shingle beach, 5 mile walk to Dungeness /Jarman’s garden. Fish & chips, good food, sea shells.” Doubles from £92, B&B.

laura bly Where travel writers pay to stay

Laura Bly is a travel writer at USA Today. She says: “Built in 1930s, California’s Deetjen’s is quintessential Big Sur: Hippy dippy, romantic, anarchic. Fireplace room on a cold rainy night: bliss.” Doubles with private bathroom cost from $130.

Sally Shalam

Sally Shalam is a columnist at Guardian Travel and Conde Nast Traveller magazine. She recommends: “Plas Tan-Yr-Allt, near Tremadog, North Wales. 6 rooms, charming hosts, overlooks Glaslyn Estuary, worth the drive!” Double rooms from £120, B&B.

richard hammond Where travel writers pay to stay

Richard Hammond is founder of greentraveller.co.uk and author of the new Rough Guides book, Clean Breaks. He recommends: “Can Marti, peaceful idyll in northeast Ibiza, stylish studio apartments on an organic farm near several good restaurants and sandy beaches.” An apartment for 2 costs from €130, organic breakfast €12pp.

Lisa Minot

Lisa Minot is Travel Editor at The Sun. She recommends: “Mas Du Luberon in Venelles near Aix en Provence. It’s chabby chic, no design winner, but some rooms sleep up to six so great for families.” Doubles from €92, under-5s stay free. Breakfast €12pp.

Rowena Carr-Allinson

Rowena Carr-Allinson writes travel for Harpers Online, Elle, OK! and a range of other magazines. She recommends Le Gite d’Indaiatiba, a posada in Paraty, Brazil. Rowena says: “Tucked away in the rainforest, it’s a unique escape. Cosy, stylish, simple; fresh water pool, wild river & mini sauna hut, astonishing food.” Bungalows for two cost from £50.

james ellis Where travel writers pay to stay

James Ellis is a freelance writer and photographer and for 10 years was Travel Editor of Metro in London. He recommends: “The Pottery House on the shores of Loch Ness. Three rooms, very green, views over the Loch, best breakfast in Scotland. Lovely.” Double rooms from £68, B&B.

lara dunston Where travel writers pay to stay

Lara Dunston, a self-confessed “perpetual globetrotter” has written more than 40 travel books and hundreds of articles. She says: “In Damascus, Beit Rumman is my ‘beit’ of choice: sensitive restoration, tranquil courtyard, trickling fountain, friendly staff, fab location.” Doubles cost $250, B&B, in high season rate (much less in low season).

Matthew Teller travel writer

Matthew Teller is a freelance travel writer for The Independent in London and media outlets worldwide, and an expert on the Middle East. He says: “When I die & go to heaven, I’m sure it will be like the RSCN Dana Guesthouse in Jordan: quiet, sunny, friendly with epic views & lots of tea.” Doubles from £75, half board.

jill starley grainger Where travel writers pay to stay

Jill Starley-Grainger writes for Conde Nast Traveller, BA High Life and The Sunday Times Travel magazine. She says: “Hennessey House in Napa, California, is the perfect American B&B: historic house, charming owners, sociable guests, home comforts.” Double rooms from US$149, B&B.

richard trillo Where travel writers pay to stay

Richard Trillo is a freelance editor, Africa travel expert and author of the Rough Guide to Kenya. He recommends a lodge in Western Kenya: “Lake Victoria Safari Village in Mbita. Norwegian-run, on the shore of Lake Victoria. Stylish, comfortable, breezy, restful, close to Rusinga Island.” Doubles cost from $75 (£46), B&B.

benji lanyado

Benji Lanyado is a travel writer for The Guardian in London. He recommends: “BAD Catania: artist-operated B&B 30 seconds from Catania’s sprawling daily food market. Roof terrace for al-fresco brekkie.” Doubles from €60, room only.

victoria trott

Victoria Trott writes guidebooks for the AA, Frommer’s, Michelin and Thomas Cook. She recommends: “Plume au Vent in Carnac, Brittany. One-bedroom, TV-free chambre d’hote in a stylishly decorated village house near the sea and megaliths.” From €75, B&B.

Jeremy Head

Jeremy Head is a travel writer, broadcaster, blogger and author of Frommer’s Seville Day by Day. He says: “These apartments in Seville are fabulous. The terraces have sublime views of the cathedral.” A 2-person apartment costs from €120 per night.

fiona quinn Where travel writers pay to stay

Fiona Quinn is a travel writer and an editor at Frommer’s UK. She recommends: “La Balancine in St Martin, Ile de Ré. A 2-room chambre d’hote in quiet alley decorated in antique and modern Ile de Ré whitewash style.” Double rooms from €105, B&B.

Will Hide

Will Hide is a regular travel writer for The Times in London. He says: “The Punch Bowl in the Lake District gets everything right (greeting, rooms, food, staff, atmosphere). I’ve been back twice. Love it.” Doubles start at £125, B&B.

ginny light 150x150 Where travel writers pay to stay

Ginny Light is Assistant Travel Editor at TimesOnline. She recommends: ”The Globe Inn, Wells, Norfolk: 7 rooms above a great pub. Drink local ale and eat cracking fish and chips, then wander down to the seaside.” Doubles from £80, B&B.

David Whiteley

David Whitley is a freelance travel writer who writes for newspapers and magazines worldwide. He recommends: “Hunter Valley Cooperage in a vineyard in the New South Wales wine region. An adorable ‘retreat’ apartment with amazing service.” Doubles from £133, B&B.

Felice Hardy

Felice Hardy is a freelance travel and ski writer. She recommends: “Ca’n Marquet, a traditional finca near Santa Gertrudis at the unspoilt heart of Ibiza. 8 rooms, swimming-pool, great views.” Double rooms from €140, B&B.

Annie Bennett

Annie Bennett writes travel articles about Spain for the Telegraph, Observer and National Geographic. She says: “An hour from Malaga, Finca el Cerrillo is an old olive mill in the Axarquia hills with terrific food and a creative atmosphere.” Doubles from €112, B&B.

Mark Frary

Mark Frary is Business Travel Editor at The Times in London. He recommends: “The Wild Horse Inn, near Winter Park, Colorado. Isolated forest setting with roaring fireplace. Great hosts and yummy brekky.” Doubles from $135, B&B.

sue bryant

Sue Bryant is a freelance travel writer, broadcaster and guidebook author. She recommends: “Vered Hagalil, a horse ranch on the Sea of Galilee. Rustic cabins, shady gardens, sunrise gallops on the rocky lakeshore.” Cabins cost from US$132 B&B.

Alastair McKenzie

Alastair McKenzie is a multi-media travel journalist with more than 20 years experience. He recommends: “Chaa Creek, Belize. A squillion things to do, see, smell, taste, feel, be fascinated by… or just chill. Everyone I’ve sent there, loves it.” From US$55 per person, DB&B.

lisa corcoran1 Where travel writers pay to stay

Lisa Corcoran is editor of Travel Notebook. She says: “I loved the location of Mountain House Lodge, in Aspen. Comfortable rooms, good hospitality and breakfast.” Doubles cost from $79 (£49), B&B.

karen bryan

Karen Bryan is editor of the Europe a la Carte Blog. She recommends: “Villa Dobravac, Rovinj, Croatia, beautiful villa, rooms at front with balconies have amazing sea views to old town, great location & price.” Double rooms from €45; breakfast €8pp.

nick redmayne Where travel writers pay to stay

Nick Redmayne is a freelance contributor to CNN Traveller, TimesOnline, Wanderlust and Bradt Travel Guides. He recommends: “Il Torrione di Vallurbana, an agriturismo in Umbria. No mobiles. All local food, from truffles to wine to roadkill pasta sauce.” Double rooms €75, B&B.

kim mance Where travel writers pay to stay

Kim Mance is editor-in-chief of GoGalavanting.com and writes travel for The Huffington Post and magazines including Marie Claire. She recommends: “The hospitable and charming Villa Marsili, a short walk from the historic center of Cortona, Italy.” Double rooms cost from €99, B&B.

david atkinson Where travel writers pay to stay

David Atkinson writes travel for newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Financial Times and Wanderlust. He recommends: “Rosemount Cottage, a quintessential north Lakes guesthouse on Hadrian’s Wall for village walks and gut-busting breakfast.” Doubles from £56 B&B.

heather poole Where travel writers pay to stay

Heather Poole is a US-based flight attendant who writes travel for Gadling.com. She says: “I love Villa Rosa in Positano. Simple, charming, amazing view, friendly staff, and breakfast each morning brought to the room.” Doubles cost from €160 / £147 / $234, B&B.

nick rowlands Where travel writers pay to stay

Nick Rowlands lives in Cairo, where he is a freelance writer and managing editor of a local city guide. He recommends: “Awlad Baraka ecolodge in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Isolated huts nestle amidst sand, sea & silence. Search for dolphins & dugong by day; stargaze by night.” Huts from €57 for two, full-board.

cathy bartrop Where travel writers pay to stay

Cathy Bartrop is founder of travelguru.tv, the video-based travel website. She recommends: “Castell D’Emporda near Girona. Rural Spanish bliss in a stunning restored medieval castle with ultra modern twist. Discreet and very romantic without being OTT.” Doubles from €99, B&B.

melissa shales Where travel writers pay to stay

Melissa Shales is a travel writer, guidebook author and Chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers. She recommends: “Exmoor House for walks, wellies, fireside chats and fab food – cosy home comforts in a glorious setting.”  Double rooms from £84, B&B.

mark hodson

Mark Hodson is editor of 101 Holidays and has written 500+ travel articles for The Sunday Times in London. He says: “I’m a fan of Sychnant Pass House, a friendly, family-run bolthole in the idyllic setting of Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.” Double rooms from £100, B&B.

Arsy Camel

Frank “Arsy” Camel is an anonymous travel blogger and author of the London Abroad column in the Evening Standard. He recommends: “Hotel Hurricane in Tarifa on Spain’s Atlantic Coast. Shabby, chic, a windswept beach, fab food & wine.” Doubles from £93, B&B.

John Van Kirk consultant/travel writer www.travelanswerman.com  has been in the travel industry for more than 35 years and founder of Travel Answer Man. He recommends: www.bestwesternuniversparis.com in Paris on the Left Bank one block from Boulevard Saint-Germain. “It is the heart and soul of the city. What a fabulous location for everything you could desire!” Double rooms from 148 Pounds Sterling, B&B.

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