Affordable hotels in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina

Are you planning a trip to South America? If you already have it on your bucket list, including the capital of Argentina in your itinerary is a must: we can guarantee that even if you are a backpacker who prefers adventure trips and being in contact with nature, this city break will not disappoint. The purpose of your trip might as well be to enrol in a Spanish language course with native teachers or do business in Latin America but, whatever the reason that takes you there, we are about to help you find centrally-located and affordable accommodation in Buenos Aires. During your stay, you are advised not to miss out on popular sites like Avenida de Mayo, Plaza de Mayo, Barolo Palace, the Obelisk, and make some time to spend at the Museum of Latin American Art, the many parks and the charming cafés featuring live traditional music and professional tango dancing performances while serving coffee, alfajores and empanadas. Buenos Aires boasts a highly effective subway railway network (metro) that makes it really easy to commute between sites of interests, schools, theatres, main avenues and squares, although it must be said that you will stay within walking distance of many of these spots if you choose one of the budget hotels in Buenos Aires listed below.

2-star hotel in central Buenos Aires, Argentina

The known as Hotel Reina is conveniently located metres away from 9 de Julio Avenue in downtown Buenos Aires, and the closest metro station connecting this point with the rest of the city is Avenida de Mayo, less than two minutes away on foot. Other nearby popular places are Mayo Square and the Cabildo. As a guest here, you will enjoy daily buffet breakfast, maid service and free WiFi internet in the shared areas. Inside your room, you will get amenities like cosy beds, TV, personal safe, air conditioning, private bathroom and balcony; capacity ranges from individual to family, with the possibility of accommodating up to five members of the same group or family in one unit. Note that this accommodation in Buenos Aires provides confirmed guests with airport transfers for a surcharge, so you are free to request it as an additional service while making your reservation.

3-star hotel in Buenos Aires: the Facon Grande

When staying in the Facon Grande Hotel you can walk to locations like the Galerias Pacifico and the Luna Park, while being able to get around town thanks to the exceptional metro system of Buenos Aires city. Furthermore, airport shuttle services are arranged by the establishment for a small surcharge. Complimentary WiFi and breakfast are just some of the privileges included in the nightly rate that guests will be entitled to enjoy: the spacious rooms also have flat-screen cable TV, work area, safety deposit box, mini fridge, comfortable beds and en suite bathroom featuring a tub. Tourist info and directions are available at the reception, open for travellers around the clock, and the Technological Institute and some renowned art galleries are less than one kilometre away from this hotel in downtown Buenos Aires.

The Columbia Palace hotel in central Buenos Aires

This 3-star hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has an exceptional location in the heart of town, in the Corrientes Avenue to be exact, and also provides guests with airport pick-up and drop-off services. A wide array of restaurants, supermarkets and public transport stops lies just around the corner. Among the main allures of choosing this hospitality establishment we count the 24-hour room service, the free WiFi and the fully-equipped rooms with air conditioning system, private bathroom, cosy beds, lots of natural lighting and TV. Besides, guests can enjoy a daily hearty breakfast at the onsite restaurant before going out to explore the city, all of which makes it an excellent option if you are looking for affordable accommodation in Buenos Aires.

Are you gathering information for your trip? Here goes a helpful tip: providing you fly to Argentina from overseas, chances are that you will land in Ministro Pistarini International airport (formerly known as and still frequently called Ezeiza airport). This way, you can plan in advance for ways to commute to Buenos Aires from the airport or find a place to stay close to Ezeiza in case you are having a layover or catching an outbound flight first thing in the morning.

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Accommodation near the Peaky Blinders bar in Liverpool

Are you counting the hours to go until the new season of Peaky Blinders? Fans of the popular drama series broadcast by BBC Two and streaming on Netflix now have a meeting point in Liverpool city (UK), where they can pretend to be members of the Shelby family while enjoying a pint of the finest draught beer. Located on the Mersey side, this themed-bar is a faithful recreation of the 1920’s ambiance that impregnates the story and can accommodate up to 500 customers at once, who may in turn attend one of their frequent live music performances.

Stanhope Street, the exact point where the Peaky Blinders pub is situated, can be reached by public transport from Liverpool airport in about forty minutes. Thus, if you are a fan of the show and plan to be in town any time soon, why not get your best gangster look and stop by? In case it suits your travel needs, you might as well find accommodation near the Peaky Blinders bar in Liverpool. Take a look at our recommendations below.

The Georgian Town House Hotel in Liverpool

Boasting an excellent location in Upper Parliament Street, this accommodation is a short commute away from Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool and the central railway station, while guests equally value the opportunity to walk not only to the Peaky Blinders pub but to many local cafés and bars in the vicinity. Their lodging options include deluxe double rooms, deluxe twin rooms, standard individual units, double rooms in the attic and deluxe family rooms with three single beds. All rooms have a fridge, a TV, a desk, ironing facilities, bed clothing and private bathrooms. Additionally, this hotel near the Peaky Blinders bar in Liverpool offers free parking spaces for confirmed guests who are getting around by car, complimentary fast WiFi access to connect their devices, a communal garden, luggage storage services and a round-the-clock front desk.

Budget hotel close to the Peaky Blinders brewery in Liverpool, UK

The Dolby Hotel is located on Queens Dock and provides good-value-for-money budget accommodation with views of the Mersey River. As is the case with other hospitality establishments in the area, WiFi internet and the right to use a parking space are included in the nightly rate. When staying here, travellers can easily get to nearby shopping malls, the train station and the Peaky Blinders bar among many other dining outlets in the surroundings. The rooms of the Dolby Hotel in Liverpool feature a water heater to make coffee and tea, flat-screen TV, private shower, in-room toilet and bathroom amenities, their occupancy ranging from individual to family. The reception staff will gladly assist you with extra services such as left-luggage, dry-cleaning or laundry, and the accessible facilities have been adapted to meet the specific needs of guests with limited mobility.

Accommodation near the Peaky Blinders bar: Liverpool City House

This Liverpool apartment is available for reservations offering spacious bedrooms that may consist of either two single beds or one comfortable king-size double bed. Visitors will also get access to complimentary wireless internet and a nearby parking space. John Lennon International airport lies only 10 kilometres away. The hosts will provide toiletries, coffee and tea, and there is a grocery store just around the corner. Its situation is optimal to visit city landmarks like the cathedral or the Albert Dock. Enter the following link if you would like to find about more about this accommodation near the Peaky Blinders bar in Liverpool.

Do you enjoy visiting British bars and traditional Irish pubs when travelling around the UK and Ireland? If your answer is yes, then we invite you to read our post on where to stay near the iconic Temple Bar in Dublin.

The best beach hotels in Greece

Are you dreaming of a holiday in the Greek Islands? Perhaps considering them as your destination for a summer trip this year? Thanks to the increased airline routes from Athens, your dream is much easier to fulfil today than it was years ago. All you need to do is find the accommodation that best suits your travel needs: whether you want to explore new places on your own or prefer a vacation by the sea enjoying the company of your loved ones, there is a perfect hotel in Greece for you.

Locals and those who are well acquainted with this region will recommend Naxos for a family trip, Santorini for a romantic escape and Mykonos for breathtaking travel photography. However, there is a lot more to discover in the islands of Crete, Paros, Milos or Rhodes. What is more, less popular places will surely be less crowded even during the summer months. See our recommended hotels in the Greek Islands below.

3-star hotel in Naxos

The Naxos Resort Beach Hotel in Greece is conveniently situated next to the harbour in an area known for its wide array of fine restaurants, also close to St. George beach. Travellers interested in history will like the proximity to Naxos Archaeological Museum and the Old Town –within 2 kilometres- and the complimentary shuttle to Naxos island airport. The facilities feature free WiFi, a swimming pool with kids’ area, poolside bar, sauna, gym and spa.

Besides, the couple and family-friendly rooms of this accommodation in Naxos are fully equipped and have private balconies with views. The onsite bar offers Greek and international dishes and is open to requests to fit special diets. Guests have the chance to sign up for outdoor activities such as hiking tours, windsurfing, diving and snorkelling or rent a bike to get around the island.

4-star hotel in Crete: Libyan Princess resort near Elafonissi beach

This good value for money hotel near the beach in Crete (Greek Islands) puts an airport transfer service at its guests’ disposal, picking them up at Chania International. It stands 13 kilometres away from Elafonissi and within short walking distance of other nearby beaches. The facilities feature a wellness centre and an open-air pool, and the multilingual staff will gladly assist travellers who wish to hire a car to take a road trip around the island.

The rooms of this accommodation in Crete have a hint of luxury and amenities like flat-screen TV, in-room safe, minibar, private bathroom with Jacuzzi, clothes-dryer and balcony. For breakfast, guests are offered a diversity of vegetarian, gluten-free and continental options.

5-star hotel in Mykonos, Greece

When looking for a beach hotel in Greece, the Mykonos Blanc is highly recommended. We are talking about a property located really close to Ornos beach, providing travellers with both airport transfers and premium car services to the beach area. The premises include an outdoor tropical pool, a gym and an onsite restaurant serving Japanese and Mediterranean dishes.

Among the extensive variety of accommodation options in the Greek Islands, this luxury hotel in Mykonos stands out for its in-room amenities (exclusive toiletries, soundproofed windows, mini fridge and terrace with views), as well as for the quality of its room service and varied continental breakfast. You may book a suite, a honeymoon room, a family unit or a VIP room.

Hotels in Cardiff (Wales) for every travel budget

What is your reason for visiting the Welsh capital in the United Kingdom? There are so many things to see and do that you might worry about not having enough time to make the most of your trip to the capital of Wales, yet even if you stay for just a couple of days, chances are that you will be able to walk from your hotel in Cardiff city to virtually every main landmark and popular street, since they all lie close to the centre.

This beautiful city by the bay is home to the University of South Wales, Cardiff Castle and the National Museum & Gallery. However, if it is not arts and culture that draws you to it and you would rather spend your trip at the shops and bars or enjoying its spirited nightlife, do not hesitate to go to St. David’s, Queen Street, St. Mary Street and the Brewery Quarter. Sports fans usually hang around Rugby venues such as the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park, and are oftentimes tempted to pay a visit to the Sophia Gardens on the occasion of cricket competitions, just out of curiosity.

Cardiff airport in the UK

The city is served by Cardiff airport, located 19 kilometres away from Central Square, which means that it will take you about half an hour to cover this distance by taxi or hired vehicle. Should you prefer to commute from the airport to the centre by using public transport, know that Bus line T9 is a direct service connecting the passenger terminal to the downtown, as is the case with some train lines, although this second option implies riding a shuttle bus towards Rhoose international airport railway station first.

Find accommodation in Cardiff, Wales

Whether you are already planning this city break to Wales as a backpacker, a business traveller or a holiday goer, there are hotels in Cardiff to suit all kinds of budgets. Our recommendations below include superbly-situated hospitality establishments in the centre which have been rated with two, three and four stars.

Centrally-located budget hotel in Cardiff

The Ibis Budget Cardiff Centre is a 2-star accommodation within short walking distance of the nearest bus stops and less than one kilometre from Cardiff Castle. It features cosy double and triple rooms with shower, TV and desk, and offers complimentary hot drinks all throughout the day. Guests love this hotel due to its ideal location in a tranquil area where they can get a good night’s sleep after exploring all day, as well as for its secured parking spaces, free WiFi inside the rooms and in the communal areas, and the convenient proximity of local restaurants, cafés and supermarkets.

3-star hotel in Cardiff city centre

The Sleeperz hotel is just a short stroll away from the Central Train Station and St.David’s Shopping Mall. Guests staying in this hotel in Cardiff, Wales, get good-value-for-money accommodation and service, with the option of paying a small surcharge to access an onsite daily breakfast buffet including continental, Irish, English and vegetarian food options. Its double and twin fully-equipped rooms are spacious and feature a private bathroom and coffee/tea amenities. Also, the hotel restaurant stays open all day serving meals, while drinks and cocktails are available at the Lounge Bar. Regardless of the purpose of their visit, travellers appreciate the possibility to have an express check-in and check-out and the opportunity to walk to the College Campus, the Castle, the Millennium Stadium and popular supermarkets among which we count a Tesco Store and an M&S Foods.

Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff

This 4-star hotel in Cardiff centre features 21 floors and affords privileged panoramic views of the city, which come as an extra in select guest rooms and suites. The establishment lies within walking distance of landmarks like St.David’s Concert Hall and the shopping district. Room service is available and breakfast in bed can be delivered upon request. All meals can be adapted to specific dietary needs such as vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian, among others. The ample rooms have safes and WiFi, and their categories fall into standard double, executive and junior suites. The airport is only fifteen kilometres away.

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A stranger is knocking on my hotel room door, what should I do?

If your Internet search for hotel stay safety tips brought you here, you have come to the right place, because we understand that solo travelers, whether they are men or women, must be wondering if it would be a good idea to sleep alone in a hotel room nowadays, abroad and in a place where you don’t know anyone, and nobody knows you. So in case you are that solo female or male traveler looking for advice on how to be safe in the event that a stranger knocks on your door trying to trick you into opening it with any kind of ill intention, continue reading below and, more importantly, always make your reservation on a reliable hotel booking site to prevent unpleasant situations from happening.

How to avoid unexpected events when staying alone in a hotel

First and foremost, as a solo traveler, you need to know how to watch your own back to avoid risky situations, and that is something easy to achieve just by being discreet and cautious. Someone who sleeps in hotels frequently will tell you to follow the advice below so as not to be identified as a candidate to be robbed or assaulted while sleeping alone in your tourist accommodation.

  • Never reveal or say out loud that you are traveling without company. Avoid telling this to anyone you meet along the way, hotel staff included. The personnel at the reception can see the info in your reservation and are already aware that you will be staying there alone, and if they are careful enough, they won’t say it aloud either.
  • Do not hang the “do not disturb” sign or a room service order on your door. Such an innocent act will let strangers know that there is someone inside and, in the case of the order, the number of people staying together.
  • If someone you know will be dropping by, ask them to call you on the phone beforehand and identify themselves when they reach your room.
  • Never take it for granted that any person knocking on your door will be a member of the hotel staff. The front desk rarely sends anyone to your room without calling you first. Only once, the reception sent someone to deliver a welcome gift to my room after I checked in, but they said my full name when they knocked and I opened. Even so, I could have called the reception to check whether it was safe to open the door, because it might have been somebody who overheard my conversation with the staff during check-in.

Somebody is knocking on the door of my accommodation, now what?

You may use different strategies to dissuade the stranger from bothering you:

  • remain quiet until they get tired of knocking without getting any sort of response, although this entails the risk of their assuming there is no one in the room and so trying to break in. In a hotel, bursting into your room would be virtually impossible, but beware if you are staying in a guest house or hostel;
  • pretend that you are not alone by speaking out loud with an invisible room mate, playing a conversation recorded on your phone or turning up the volume of the TV or music player;
  • call the reception to confirm that the person outside is not hotel staff and inform them of what is going on. They will probably send security or look after you if they know you have felt unsafe;
  • do not go out until you hear other guests on the corridor.

Bottom line

Under no circumstance should you ask “who is it?” or open (not even left slightly ajar) the door of your hotel room to a stranger. This will probably lead to engaging in unnecessary (and risky) conversation, or to giving them an opportunity to push you and assault you in your own space.

If you have any concerns about your safety in a hotel because somebody knocks on your door, or you have noticed someone following you or prowling around your room, don’t hesitate to ask the staff to move you to a different floor until your time to check out comes.

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Hotels in Edinburgh city centre, Scotland

The capital city of Scotland is not only known for being the second most poulous city in the country and the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom: it is home to precious historic sites that has been recognized by the UNESCO as well as an educational hub for medicine, law, literature, science, philosophy and engineering students who travel to the Scottish capital to enroll in courses organized by the University of Edinburgh.

Besides, it is regularly connected by air to major airports in London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bristol, Paris and Northern Ireland, and travellers may commute from Edinburgh airport to the city centre in about 30 minutes either by tram or riding the Airlink Express buses.

What to do and see in Edinburgh

There is plenty to do in Edinburgh, Scotland, but we would dare to say that there is even more to see. The capital attracts thousands of visitors every year on the occassion of the annual Fringe festival (the largest international arts gathering of its kind), while other domestic and overseas tourists seek to walk uphill until they reach Arthur’s Seat -from which they can get panoramic views of the city-, visit the National Museum of Scotland, the Holyroodhouse Palace, the Parliament building and the 12th century-old Edinburgh Castle, whose walls tell stories from the distant times when it served as royal residency, military garrison, prison and fortress.

However, since all these landmarks are within easy reach on foot from Edinburgh’s Old Town, savvy travelers choose to stay in the heart of the city, especially in the vicinity of the Royal Mile, a popular area between the castle and the palace that is home to shops, restaurants, pubs and live street entertainment. If you are currently planning a trip to this city in the UK, continue reading below to find some of the best located hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hotels near the Royal Mile in Edinburgh city centre

Budget-friendly accommodation in Edinburgh’s Old Town

The Stay Central Hotel is a 3-star accommodation conveniently located 500 metres from Princes Street Gardens and within walking distance of the National Museum, the Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. This building dates back to 1621 and preserves part of its original features, like a charming cobbled courtyard. Guests may choose among shared dormitories or else double, twin, quadruple, family or executive rooms with coffee and tea amenities, iPod docking station and rainfall effect shower. A continental breakfast with English, Irish, Vegan and Vegetarian options is served on site.

The Grassmarket Hotel in Edinburgh city centre

The Grassmarket Hotel, superbly situated in the area of the same name, is another budget accommodation in Edinburgh city centre, 300 metres from the Royal Mile and 800 metres from the nearest train station. Aside from modern single, double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms with shared bathrooms, this establishment offers extra guest services such as bicycle rental, packed lunches and buffet-style breakfast. It also lies near the Scotch Whisky Experience and Edinburgh’s Central Library, while another popular attraction in the city –Arthur’s Seat- is just 2 kilometres away from this point.

The Market Street Hotel in Edinburgh

The Market Street Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, is rated four stars and offers airport transfer services to confirmed guests. 600 metres from Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum, and 700 metres from the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions attraction, one of the most distinctive features of the Market Street hotel is its rooftop lounge where you can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and light snacks every day. Moreover, all of its rooms are boutique-style and have high-speed WiFi. The university complex is less than one kilometre away.

5-star accommodation in the Royal Mile area

Royal Mile Balconies by the Castle is a 5-star hotel built on a 15th century building that used to be the residence of Sir David Hume. Ideally situated in the heart of the Royal Mile, it offers six deluxe double rooms with super comfortable king-size beds featuring LCD TVs, high-speed WiFi and private bathroom with shower. Your unit may afford views to the courtyard or to Edinburgh’s Old Town. Although breakfast is not served on site, there is a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes in the surroundings, many of them with food delivery service available, and a distance of just 200 metres separates it from the castle.

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Hotels with gym and how to behave in a hotel fitness center

Do you also wonder how some people manage to stay fit while traveling? Let me tell you, I once tried to carry a set of dumbbells in my hand luggage, which obviously was not a good idea, and trying to find a safe place to run or work out in a new city was by no means an easy endeavor. Luckily, more and more hotels are offering fitness centers and gym facilities on site for guests to use during their stay at a home away from home. Continue reading below to discover how to access a hotel gym, how to behave properly so as not to incur penalties or disturb other guests and everything else you should know when lifting weights at a resort or accommodation.

Hotel gym rules and etiquette

How to know if you can use the hotel gym for free during your stay

Whenever you make a hotel reservation online, it will be easy to go through the complimentary amenities offered by the accommodation and check whether its premises have a gym or not, and if you can use it at no extra cost. Also, upon receiving the confirmation of your booking via e-mail, you may consult which services are included in the nightly rate to be paid, since access to fitness facilities and breakfast, for instance, are typically among them.

If you are particularly interested in not skipping your daily workout while abroad, consider only hotels with a gym, but bear in mind that the search results page will probably display accommodations where access to the fitness center is free as well as others where you need to pay a small surcharge or additional fee to enter. When the hotel gym remains open 24 hours, paying the hourly rate will be worth it, especially when it will help you fight jet lag after a long-haul journey.


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In order to access the exercise room, you are normally required to bring your untransferable key card with you -the one that opens the door to your room, turns on the lights, etc.-, or else to identify yourself with an exclusive password. Pay attention to how many people are already working out inside, because limited capacity regulations may apply. If you plan to stay in a hotel rated with 4 or 5 stars, you may be given the possibility to hire a personal fitness trainer to coach you.

What to wear and take with you for your gym session at the hotel

As important as bringing your towel to wipe up the sweat from the gym equipment when you are done is wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But you already know that if you are a gym rat. If it is travel that has awakened the desire of sculpting your body and taking care of yourself, know that doing otherwise and showing up at the hotel gym with heels or uncomfortable clothes may result in slipping from a climber machine or treadmill, or twisting your knee, and in such cases you will be solely responsible for your safety. Bringing a bottle of water or isotonic drink is O.K. generally, but make sure you check the hotel policies regarding drinks and food, which is normally not allowed.


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Exercising at the hotel gym

Not being a nuisance in the hotel gym is not that hard. Simply take care of every piece of equipment you use as though it was yours. Note that theft or damage of barbells, benches or any other accessories will make you incur fines, and don’t think you are smart enough to get away with it, because there are probably surveillance cameras in the most unexpected spots.

Respect other people’s time, focus and workout and mute your phone, wear headphones, don’t interfere with their progress (no flirting, no random attempts to socialize), don’t take selfies in which strangers unwantedly appear (or even better, don’t take any pictures at all), and use only one machine or piece of equipment at a time, leaving it exactly where and as you found it.


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Trip to the Brazilian Amazon: hotels in Manaus

Manaus is an urban territory in northern Brazil that serves as capital city of the state of Amazonas. Home to the Free Economic Zone (or Industrial Park of Manaus), its activity attracts business travellers and tourists alike but, without a doubt, those who dream of venturing into the Amazon rainforest are the ones who most frequently choose this destination as a strategic point from where they can take tours down the river and into the Brazilian Amazon to marvel at its unique animal and plant species and get acquainted with the traditional customs of the native tribes, still preserved today by some communities. However, if you are simply looking for a beach escape, Manaus might as well be for you: it also has beautiful beaches, like Praia da Ponta Negra -13 kilometres from the city centre- or the fluvial Praia do Tupé at the edge of the River Negro. Due to its particular location, getting to Manaus implies taking a boat trip or catching a flight to Manaus International – Eduardo Gomes airport. To ensure you do not miss out on anything it has to offer, we recommend that you stay in a hotel in central Manaus, as it will make it easier to commute to the aforementioned attractions by bus or car.

Intercity Manaus Hotel

Featuring standard and superior guest rooms with private toilet and shower, safes for personal use, room service, a gym, a rooftop swimming pool and WiFi free of charge, this accommodation is a convenient choice for travellers interested in Brazilian Amazon river cruises and exploring the area, since both the port and the city’s main bus station are just a short commute away. There is a shopping centre nearby and, during their stay at the Intercity hotel in Manaus (Brazil), visitors get the chance to experience the delicious Brazilian cuisine without leaving the facilities, as the onsite restaurant serves not only a daily buffet breakfast but also a variety of tasty local meals throughout the day. If you opt for hiring a vehicle to get around independently, this establishment provides free parking spots; a 15-kilometre drive separates this point from Eduardo Gomes International airport.

Saint Paul hotel in Manaus, Brazil

This 3-star accommodation in Manaus is situated in the historical centre of the city, thus being an ideal choice for those who would like to learn more about the history and culture of Brazil. The reception staff will gladly give advice on places to visit and how to join the different tours to the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and the rivers. There is a wide range of restaurants and shops in the surroundings, guests may walk to the port and various museums, and transfers from and to the airport can be arranged in advance for a nominal extra fee. The Saint Paul hotel in Manaus features air conditioned rooms with free WiFi –most of which boast a balcony with river views-, a fitness centre, a pool and a sauna. Guests particularly like the daily continental breakfast with lots of tropical fruit, and many of them even choose to enjoy it in their room.

Sleep Inn Manaus Hotel

This establishment belonging to the Sleep Inn brand stands only ten minutes from the city centre by car, and 2 kilometres from the executive airport of Ponta Pelada. Its accessible facilities include a restaurant and bar, an open-air swimming pool, private parking spots and a business centre. Room service operates 24 hours a day, and each unit at the Sleep Inn hotel in Manaus is fully equipped with safety deposit boxes, mini fridge, air conditioning, TV set, en suite bathroom and free WiFi. Every morning, a hearty continental breakfast that may be included in the nightly rate is served. This area is popular for its cultural centres and museums, where travellers can get some insightful information before their Brazilian Amazon tour or rainforest experience.

The best hotels in Busan, South Korea

While the common trend among international travellers is to visit Seoul first before exploring the rest of South Korea, those who venture into the lesser-known city of Busan are pleasantly surprised by a culturally rich and ever-thriving metropolis that, in addition, boasts privileged views of the mountains, the sea and even a river. It is the second Korean city in terms of population and the true neuralgic centre of the economy thanks to the frenzy daily activity of its port, the busiest in the nation. These factors have contributed to its popularity as a luxury destination for tourists, who love the premium service and amenities of the many four and five-star hotels in the city as well as the idyllic sunsets that can be enjoyed from the coast of Busan and its several beaches, among which Haeundae is the largest and most visited.

Flights to Busan

If you are looking for flights to Busan, know that you can either fly directly to Gimhae airport from other cities within South Korea or from overseas with some of the main international airlines. If you travel to Korea from the US and choose Busan as your gateway into the country, you are likely to have a layover in Tokyo Narita airport of Japan. Other international routes with a layover or stopover before your connecting flight to Busan include most of the main airports in China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Germany.

How to go from Seoul to Busan in Korea

In case you are flying to Incheon airport instead and want to get from Seoul to Busan, the best way to cover the distance of 330 kilometres separating the two points is by train, operated by the Korail company and taking 2 hours and 45 minutes approximately. The ticket fares applicable vary according to seat class, and range from 40 to 65 euros.

A cheaper way to travel from Seoul to Busan is by bus, although it takes longer (4 hours and 30 minutes) and you will need to go to secondary stations in order to take it (Seoul South and Busan West). A single ticket costs 23 euros.

Where to stay in Busan

Below, you will find recommended accommodation in Busan -South Korea- that provide excellent guest service in top locations, thus enabling you to roam the streets, spend time at the beach and visit the main attractions in town without the need for long commutes, as everything is within reach.

The Aqua Palace hotel in Busan

Conveniently located by Gwangalli Beach in an optimal spot for travel photographers, this 4-star hospitality establishment also lies close to several bus and metro stations, parks, museums and theatres. Gimhae airport is 15 kilometres away, while some of the main attractions in the city –like the Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach– are less than 4 kilometres away from the Aqua Palace. This hotel near the beach in Busan provides guests with spacious suites and rooms that can accommodate from couples to families/groups of up to 6 members under the same roof. Each unit offers stunning sea views, free WiFi connection, air conditioning, living area, flat-screen TV, coffee and tea facilities, comfortable beds and fully-equipped bathrooms. When making a reservation, you will be given the option to add daily breakfast (continental on weekdays and buffet-style on the weekends) for a surcharge. Additionally, you may use the spa at discounted rates, order laundry and ironing services and spend time at the onsite café and karaoke.

The Shin Shin hotel in South Korea

Aside from the good quality of the amenities and premises, the good transport connections available within short walking distance and the possibility to request airport pick-up and drop-off service for a nominal fee makes it an ideal option for those travelling to Busan. The Shin Shin is equally a top choice for business travellers for its executive style and spaces where they can organise meetings and combine work with leisure. The well-appointed rooms of this hotel in Busan have private bathrooms, their occupancy ranging from individual to family. WiFi is available all throughout, and the onsite Korean restaurant serves both meals and a hearty daily breakfast. As is the case with other hotels in the region, guests are invited to relieve stress at the Karaoke inside the facilities.

Crown Harbor Hotel in Busan

Whether you are taking a work trip or planning a romantic break with your significant other, this might be just the right place to stay in South Korea. In a strategic spot with easy access to different districts by underground train (line 1), the restaurant, free parking and fitness centre of the Crown Harbor are some of the reasons why travellers choose it; however, it is the breathtaking harbour view that makes them want to come back. The ample deluxe rooms or suites of this hotel in Busan feature en suite bathroom with amenities, cable TV and a living area, and guests may enjoy extra services such as left-luggage and currency exchange. You can commute to Seoul by train from the railway station situated only 15 minutes on foot away, or else drive to Gimhae airport, located roughly 30 minutes by car from the establishment.

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