Favourite Hotels in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal
1. Sonnetta Residency, Kerala, India.
Address: Princess St, Fort Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala 682001, India.
Budget hotel, family-run.Very congenial and helpful Owner and his staff. Comfortable, clean rooms and very convenient location.
2. Krishna Prakash Hertiage Haveli, Jodhpur, India.
Address: Nayabas, Chand Bavari, Killikhana, near Makrana Mohallah, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342 001, India.
A traditional hotel with fantastic view of the fort. Mid range. Helpful staff. Super restaurant with great food and views.
3. Jaiwana Haveli, Udaipur, India.
Address :14, Lalghat, Udaipur, 313001, India.
Professionally-run haveli. Clean and authentic rooms. Good, but pricey restaurant but unbeatable views of Lake Pichola.
4. Hotel Desert Winds, Bikaner, India.
Address: Opposite Karni Singh Stadium, Bikaner, Rajasthan India.
Budget Hotel with friendly and very helpful staff. Great restaurant food. Secure and peaceful location. Exceptional value.
5. Rest House, Matara, Sri Lanka.
Address : Fort Matara.
Peaceful location overlooking the beach and in the Fort. Spotless rooms decorated in white and dark wood. Private patio. Friendly and helpful Manager and staff. Lovely food. Good value hotel
6. Hotel Chandrika, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka.
Address: Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka.
Convenient for the fabulous Yala National Park. A little pricey as it was around $100 per night but a real treat. Lovely decorated room with much-needed excellent air-conditioned system. Staff friendly and helpful. Great pool and restaurant.
7. International Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Address: Paknajol Rd Near, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal.
Traditionally-built hotel in a slightly more peaceful residential area of Thamel. Rooms to suit all budgets, but we recommend you request a room overlooking their gardens at the back. Professionally-run and assist with tours etc. Good breakfast in a lovely garden setting and roof terrace
8. Hotel Peace Plaza, Pokhara, Nepal.
Address: Lakeside 6, Pokhara.
Very Friendly staff. Rooms to suit all budgets. All Rooms at the back have stunning views of Lake Phewa.
9. Rampart View. Galle, Sri Lanka.www.gallefortrampartview.com
Address :No 37 Rampart Street, Fort, Galle.
Fantastic views of the fort wall and the sea from rooms. Roof terrace. Delightful family. Budget.
10. Hotel Sunbeam, Chandigarh, India.
Address : Udyog Path, Sector 22-B, Chandigarh 160022 India.
A mid-range hotel - double $55. Comfortable rooms with efficient staff. Fab restaurant and cocktail bar. Perfectly situated for the Rock Garden, built by Nek Chand. Check out the beautifully maintained and surprisingly attractive roof terrace!
Some of our favourite Hotels around the World
The choice here are based purely on character and charm and are those hotels that have remained in our memory, rather than based on budget.
1. Hesperia, Bilbao, Spain
Funky hotel facade and one you will be able to find easily. Centrally-located on the riverside and just a few minutes away from the Guggenheim. Trendy and immaculate rooms perfect for a weekend break.
2. Royal Grove Hotel, Waikiki, Hawaii
A little gem! Friendly staff and homely hotel which is perfectly located, seconds away from the Beach. Again you won't be able to miss this hotel - its pink! Clean rooms with kitchenette, perfect for a longer stay! Really good value.
3. The Golden Mango Inn, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Friendly, helpful staff. Great value rooms which are clean and sunny.
4. Eva's Backpackers, Sydney, Australia
Perfect for longer stays. Good location. Basic but clean rooms and bathrooms.
5. Metropolis, San Francisco, USA
Rooms reflect either Earth, Wind, Fire or Water - funky designed rooms and lobby, plus a library!. Good location for this boutique hotel
6. Shanghai Mansions, Bangkok
A real gem in Bangkok's Chinatown. Keep your eyes peeled for the hotel's sign or you will miss it -like we did! Once inside, from the doorman to the reception staff, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
It's like a little oasis. Rooms decorated in the style of Old Shanghai. Fabulously decorated lobby with colourful lanterns and Koi carp pond! Great Restaurant. Good value.
7. Hilton, Kuching, Borneo
A real treat. You can't go wrong with this hotel. Perfectly located. Rooms overlooking the river with floor to ceiling picture windows making the most of the view. Staff are fantastic, always smiling, friendly and ready to assist at a moments notice.
8. Hostal Las Torres De Ugarte, Arequipa, Peru
Family-run Hostel with lovely and helpful owner and her staff. Great location for the stunning Monastery of Santa Catalina! Peaceful gardens and a brightly decorated courtyard plus great views from the lovely roof-top terrace.
9. Villa Senesouk, Luang Prabang
Friendly family-run guesthouse opposite Wat Sene. Traditionally decorated clean rooms. Make sure you book yourselves a room at the front with a balcony perfect for watching the morning alms opposite and watch out for the dogs who like to join in!
10. Rumi Punko, Cusco, Peru
A very peaceful and secure hotel in close proximity to everything. Rooms are good and spacious. There's a nice restaurant and there are some pretty, tranquil courtyards to sit in. The doorway is an original Inca construction!