How to Find a Hotel Deal This Summer

While planning for a summer vacation, hotels are the last item on people’s list to book. This is not a good approach especially if you are traveling with family as good hotels are booked first. You might be stuck with a badly managed and located hotel.

Summer is the busiest holiday season in USA and I felt that it is important to share some tips about booking a hotel for your summer vacation.

Many vacationers look for newer and more luxurious hotels while some old tradition hotels with excellent track record of customer service are available for a lesser price. Recently I helped a customer book a hotel in Los Angeles with 100 years of history. The price was 25% less than a newer hotel. He thoroughly enjoyed his stay and told me that the staff told him many interesting stories of past celebrities.

Hotels located near popular tourist destination are always more expensive and more crowded. I recently went on a family vacation to Las Vegas, we booked a hotel that was half a mile away from the famous strip but much more comfortable, cheaper and convenient. We did not have to face drunken couples who were depressed because of their losses in casinos.

Weekend rates are cheaper than week day rates for hotels. The reason is that many business traveler book hotels during week days for their business trips. Hotels on the other hand market their properties more for week day business travelers. If you want to save money it is always better to book hotels for the week end.

If you book hotel with a car in a package you might be able to save some more as travel services companies like GetUSAHotels to get bulk discounts for package sales. Do your own math and if you feel you can get a better hotel with a car for the same price then it is a good deal.

There is no set formula for saving on travel but a little effort can make your trip enjoyable, comfortable and economical.

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Beautiful Hotels to Stay in Manali

Nestled in the lap of the nature near the northern end of the Kullu valley, Manali is the heaven in the God’s green earth. It is located at an altitude of 2,050m in the Beas River Valley. It is the most reached out place by the backpackers and the newly wedded couples. It is a small town with a population of around 8,096 according to 2011 census. The serene air flowing through the valley replaces the rush of the city with a dose of calmness. It is a heaven for the solo travelers like me who have a knack for lone adventure and solitude.

The temperature here can go as low as -150 C in the winters and as high as 260 C in the summer. If you are traveling to Manali, then your first concern can be the weather and the other concern is the accommodation. Well, you don’t have to worry about the second as we have got that covered. Let’s have a glimpse at some of the finest hotels which are wrapped under the gorgeousness and the love of the nature which creates a tranquil area of love and romance.

Honeymoon Inn Manali

Placed at 13kms from Solang valley and 3kms from a beautiful village named Vashist Bath, the Honeymoon Inn provides a modest and comfortable stay to its visitors. It has a sports lounge which consists of a dance floor, chess, pool table, air hockey, Xbox and foosball. They also provide car rental services. The rooms are spacious with garden and mountain views. Free toiletries are provided for its guests. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, which is 50kms from the guest house.

The Orchard Greens

Imagine having a nature walk surrounding the mountains in Old Manali with your beloved ones. The Orchard greens stands 300m above the Hidimba Devi Temple and offers playground for your children and a sun terrace. It also has a restaurant on site. The rooms come with flat screen cable TV sets and private bath. It offers free Wi Fi to its guests. You can play table tennis in its sports lounge and they also provide car rental service. The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, which is 87kms from the property.

Royal Park Resort

Situated in Manali, this place an on-site bar for its guests, a terrace and spa center. The Hidimba Devi Temple is 3.4kms from here. Rooms are available with flat screen cable TVs and they have free toiletries. Few rooms come with river and Mountain View. You can visit the Tibetan Monastery, which is just 1.9kms from here.

Hotels at Mall Road in Manali

There are reasonably priced hotels in Manali for those who are travelling in economy mode. It is good for a group of students who are on a school trip or college tour. They provide some common facilities like free Wi Fi and TV sets. They will probably fall under the range of 900- 2000/- INR.

Hotel Gilbert, Hotel Tirupati Classic, Hotel Samiru, Hotel Rajeev, Hotel Daulat, and Hotel The Moon, etc. are the properties you can search for an affordable stay.


Katikies Hotel Santorini

I would like to share here a dream of mine, which has not come true yet; it is called Katikies Hotel and is located on Santorini. When I travel, usually I do not pay attention to the accommodation, as the destination is what matters to me. Santorini Island is a unique place, which I highly recommend that everyone coming to Greece visits. And Katikies Hotel is the jewel of Santorini. Therefore I have developed some kind of obsession with this luxury hotel!

Katikies, means houses in Greek and is a word, which, unfortunately, cannot be exactly translated into English. I can just tell you that the word “katikia” provokes a feeling of warmness and cosines when you hear it – and this is also what Katikies Hotel is all about.

It was built around a decade ago in the famous village of Santorini, Oia (Ia), in a great location. The hotel is actually built on the cliff of the Santorini and has therefore magnificent view of the Aegean sea and the volcano island of Santorini. And every evening visitors can admire the famous Santorini sunset from their rooms balconies or by the pool of the hotel.

This luxury hotel is built according to the traditional Cycladic architecture, with Santorinian characteristics. The rooms & suites of Katikies Hotel look like small caves in the cliff, everything is whitewashed and connected with small stair steps. Each room of Katikies has unique minimal decoration and style and great view.

If you are waiting for a narration of my personal experience during my stay at Katikies, I will disappoint you. I have not managed to stay at Katikies yet….and nor will I be able to do that during summer 2007, as I cannot afford it. My last trip to South Africa, though great, left with less money in my bank account – but my economical status is not that interesting, so lets get back to Katikies!

As you can assume from the above, Katikies is not what you would call a “budget hotel”….it is a luxury hotel, member of the Small Luxury Hotels chain, and its rooms and suites are a bit expensive.

So, my obsession with Katikies Hotel started when I had dinner at the open air gourmet restaurant of the hotel with a friend, who was staying there, back in May 2001. The years that followed, I carefully read a lot in the internet about the hotel and planned my stay at the island. But I am a typical Greek and I decided to make a last minute reservation. The result was, that Katikies hotel had nothing available. Now I have learned the importance of early booking, and I recommend you all book your room the soonest possible, as Katikies has only 7 rooms and 15 suites!

And last but not least, I will tell you about its pool, Katikies famous infinity pool! It is very impressing, as it is constructed at the edge of the cliff.


Choose Luxury Pool Villas Over Hotels When Staying in Thailand

If you’ve decided that you’re going to make Thailand your next holiday destination this year, then you’re going to need a bit of help when deciding on where to stay. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly no shortage of incredible places to stay, though there’s incredible, and then there’s perfection. Why not treat yourself to the latter and upgrade your holiday to an unforgettable life experience instead.

In this article we are going to explore a few different reasons why you should opt for staying in a luxury private pool villa resort this year, as opposed to going for a hotel. Now, it’s important to bear in mind that Thailand has some of the most wonderful hotels in the World. I am not saying that you won’t have a good time if you are to settle for a hotel. All I am saying is that a luxury private pool villa resort is something else entirely.

Take it from someone who has truly been there, done that and got the Chang Beer Vest. I lived in Thailand for the best part of 3 years and have every intention of returning before the year is out. I stayed in all-manner of accommodation, believe me – I know what I’m talking about when I say that Thailand luxury pool villas are simply to die for.

I’ve slept in a tiny beach hut on naught but a futon on the floor, with only a ragged mozzy net and a rickety floor fan to comfort me. And even then, I had the time of my life! So, you can imagine my elation the moment I set foot in one of the most beautiful and serene resorts I’d ever seen…

You Feel Extra Special

Whether you stay in a rickety hut, a 3-star hotel or the finest resort in Thailand; you’re going to receive excellent service, of that there is no doubt – that’s why they call it the land of smiles. Because of the unparalleled level of service that the Thai’s have to offer – yet another reason to choose Thailand for your next holiday destination.

But there is something different when staying in a luxury resort… you feel even more special. It’s not so much the extra treatment that you receive, but the fact that you’re not crowded in the one building. You’ve space to breathe and wonder in peace and quiet, something that you won’t be able to experience much of if you stay in the likes of Bangkok.

You Can Truly Immerse Yourself in Natures Serenity

Yea, I know it sounds cheesy as, but there’s so much truth to it. When you’re surrounded by nothing but luscious emerald green foliage, stunning fish-tail palm trees and the soothing sea-breeze rolling in over the Andaman Ocean… you can’t help but get caught up in it all.

Approximately 20% of Thailand is covered in mountains and hills; a staggering number when you think about how large the country is. It’s a wonderful feeling though, being dwarfed by the gorgeous green giants. I found myself strolling around smiling like an idiot the majority of the time, because you’re constantly in awe of just how beautiful Thailand really is!

Again, there are many stunning hotels for you to choose from, though few can bring you as close to nature as one of Thailand’s luxury private pool villa resorts.

Did Someone Say PRIVATE Pool?

Don’t forget, when you stay in a hotel you have to share the pool with the other guests. Which isn’t so bad, as it’s a great opportunity to make some friends. Though if you ask me, I’d rather make friends at the bar, not make their acquaintance while also potentially floating in their pee!

No, I’d rather my very own private pool, wouldn’t you? With only the stunning green foliage spying silently around you. When you consider that Thailand’s temperature averages 34 degrees during the Summer, you’re going to need it!

Even if you go during May and November which is referred to as the ‘rainy season’, you’re still going to be looking at temperatures of around 29 degrees (with even higher levels of humidity) Having said that, once a storm rolls in you’d better get out of the pool. Though, in the same breath, the view from your villa will be absolutely incredible. I’ve sat and watched many a storm in Thailand unfold and it is one of the most awe-inspiring and spectacular events one can witness. (As long as you’re nice and dry of course)


When staying in a hotel, there’s no guaranteeing who’s going to be in the room beside you. Most of the time you’ll be alright, though when you’re hung-over as hell and you’re trying to nurse a Bloody-Mary in peace, but there’s an army of screaming children jumping in and around the pool… well, you get the idea.

And again, Thailand isn’t really famous for its peace and quiet is it? Though believe it or not, there is much to be enjoyed, all you need to do is find the right place.


Las Vegas Is Booming: Why It’s So Hard To Find A Good Deal On A Hotel Room!

With 130,000 available hotel rooms (148,978 if you throw in Nye County and Laughlin) you might think there would be a “Deals” to be found. You would most likely be wrong! Finding a “deal” in a city whose Major Resort properties run near capacity is becoming increasingly difficult. Why? Because the top resort properties are controlled by a select group of companies that have no incentive to discount.

Vegas’ Law of Supply and Demand

Consider for a moment the simple law of “Supply and Demand”. When the supply is high and the demand is low the prices drop. Vegas is a boomtown, the demand is high and the supply is low. How could that be with 130,000 rooms? The answer is simple: 30 million annual visitors and growing! In fact the growth rate is so phenomenal that Mega Resorts like Mandalay Bay (43 story $375 million Spa Tower featuring 1,120 Suites completed in December 2004) and The Venetian (currently expanding) and the recently completed $2.4 Billion Wynn Las Vegas (Opened April 2005) are adding thousands of rooms to the “Heart of the Strip”. So phenomenal is the growth that even out of State Financiers like Donald Trump are getting in on the action. The Demand for Rooms is exceeding the supply so the prices are rising!

According to an interview published July 30, 2004 in USA Today Trump’s plans include a 64-story hotel-condominium tower to be built on a portion of the Frontier Hotel property across from the Wynn Las Vegas Resort and next to the Fashion Show Mall.

Scheduled to begin construction sometime in 2005 the $300 million project will feature 1,000 hotel rooms, and 50 luxury residential units modeled after the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York. There will be no Casino on the property.

Only 10% of Las Vegas Hotels are Booked Online

In several articles I’ve researched this year published in various Business Journals and by Hotel Industry analysts the actual booking rate for Hotels offering online services to their visitors is approximately 10% Nationwide. This I believe to be an accurate representation of Las Vegas as well. (Our company runs several websites offering Hotel Booking and these numbers are in line with our own).

Further Proof: “Only about 10 percent of our rooms are booked at Hyatt.COM,” said Gary Gotling, director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Tampa.

This means 90% of you are using the Internet to gather information, but are not actually making your reservation Online! Traditional Travel Agents and telephone calls are still the preferred method of booking. The Internet is being used as an information gathering source, and little more. The big Players know this and use it to their advantage. Again there is no incentive to offer lower rates if your customers don’t take advantage of them. I’ll touch briefly on the issue of Room Taxation by saying that most local Governments hate the internet because rooms booked online by out of State interests are cutting into their available tax pool. Expect local Government officials to act sooner than later on this issue.

So where does your money go when you book online?

If you search you’ll find they are owned by Greenspun Media Group (Henderson, NV) which publishes the Las Vegas Sun Daily Newspaper, and owns Vegas Magazine, Showbiz Weekly, In Business, Las Vegas Weekly, VegasGolfer, Las Vegas Life, and The Ralston Report. Greenspun Media is part of the Greenspun Corporation, which also owns local Channel 25 UPN. Greenspun is a partner in Las Vegas ONE, an all-news cable channel. American Nevada, the real estate division of The Greenspun Corporation, is among the most recognized commercial and residential developers in the Las Vegas valley. Their annual advertising budget exceeds 7 figures! Somebody has to pay the price for all that advertising.

You might try the popular website which has an interesting and storied history. The site Domain was licensed in 2002 from the Stephens Media Group of Littlerock Arkansas (Las Vegas Review Journal, to the Mandalay Resort Group and Parkplace Entertainment. Follow along now – 2004 Park Place became Caesars Entertainment, which in turn was purchased by Harrah’s Entertainment. This deal came just one month after MGM/Mirage agreed to purchase the Mandalay Resort Group. Need a room on the strip? Hmmm – I think the pricing is going to be pretty consistent! And to think that you could have owned as late as 1997!

IAC (InterActiveCorp) run by Mega Financier Barry Diller operates these online Travel Booking Agencies

· Vacations

· Expedia’s Vegas Packages





Note(s): Expedia is #1 in total online Travel Bookings for 3rd party internet based booking agencies. But their piece of the total “booking pie” is still very small. Mr. Diller also oversaw the recent acquisition of “Ask Jeeves” for a mere $1.85 billion. Don’t expect those room prices to drop any time soon.

Sabre Holdings Corp owns:

Travelocity – #3 in Travel Bookings

Note: Saber was the “Big Player” in the Travel Agent industry as most Travel Agent computers tied into their booking systems. Travelocity is #3 behind Expedia and Orbitz (Now owned by Cedant Corp.)

Cedant Crop is the worlds top Hotel Franchiser with over 6,400 locations and owns or franchises:

· Orbitz – #2 in Travel Visitors




FYI – Cadant also owns Avis & Budget Rent A Car, Fairfield Resorts (timeshare resorts), Cheap, and Century 21 and Coldwell Banker Real Estate Franchises.

So where does this leave you? I’d suggest you take a quick read of the tips below.

Quick Tips for Vegas Visitors on a Budget?

You’re probably thinking I’ll suggest visiting in the “off season”. Don’t do it! August temperatures often exceed 110 degrees – and that’s the air temperature not the heat radiating off of the concrete and asphalt. No I’m going to suggest you do something much simpler – stay off the strip! Car rentals are cheap when you compare them to the exorbitant prices of the top “On Strip” Mega Resorts. Try a Hotel in Henderson or Summerlin. I’d suggest smaller resorts like The SunCoast or The Orleans.

Get a rental car and park behind the Excalibur, New York New York, or in the Fashion Show Mall (It’s covered and very secure). Click on Internet Ads and see what is available. While 90% of the rooms are booked at capacity the Hotels that are not booked fully actually do advertise! Click those ads! I once stayed at the Fiesta Henderson for $29.95 a night for 3 nights in a row, and I had a suite with 2 queen rooms! I found this deal on an Internet Ad! In fact when I called the Hotel to try and get an even better deal they told me I had to book online! Try corporate housing as it’s usually full during the weekdays but available on the Weekends when the business Travelers return home. Visit the websites of Hotels you may want to stay at and sign up for their email promos so you get offers sent directly to you before your trip (Use a free address like Hotmail for this purpose). Ask at the desk when you sign in for any additional perks or offers available to guests. It’s kind of like asking for the window seat on the airplane, if you don’t ask for it you won’t get it. And my final tip is Form before Fashion – bring your most comfortable walking shoes and stock up on bottled water at the local grocer before you check in. Enjoy!


Lexington Hotel Reveals Secrets of Al Capone

The Lexington Hotel, located on the corner of 22nd St. and Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s South Side, was the headquarters and nerve center of Al Capone’s bootlegging and racketeering empire. Behind the innocent-looking closets of sheets and hotel uniforms were secret doors to stairways leading to dozens of rooms, such as the shooting gallery where Capone and his gangster cronies practiced their aim. Other secret passageways led to Capone’s own medicine chest, and to taverns and bordellos connected to one another by hidden tunnels. Other tunnels led to hatches on the Levee which provided routes of escape for mobsters fleeing from raids by police and rival gangs.

The Lexington Hotel was originally built in 1892 with design by architect Clinton Warren, who had also designed the Congress Hotel. The Lexington was rather hastily constructed of brick and terra-cotta, in order to accommodate the masses expected to come visit Chicago for the World’s Fair in 1893. President Benjamin Harrison once gave an address from the balcony to a huge audience in the street beneath. Al Capone moved into the Lexington in July, 1928 and, registered officially as “George Phillips”, he occupied the luxurious 5th floor suite of rooms. Capone’s office had a view of Michigan Avenue.

In the lobby an armed gunmen in a hotel uniform carefully watched all the front doors, and other guards armed with machine guns patrolled the floors above. From here he directed his far-flung and highly profitable illicit operations until October, 1931 when he was escorted from the hotel to prison. The pinnacle of Al Capone’s success – and also the harbinger of his downfall, was the St. Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929, which effectively wiped out the last of Capone’s gangster competitors, but also brought the wrath of the public and federal government (who sent Eliot Ness to the rescue) down on his head.

Al Capone reputedly had some vaults on the lowest levels of Lexington Hotel where he had stashed his loot away. These vaults were so well-hidden that even Capone’s nearest associates didn’t know where they were. In the 1980’s, after the Lexington’s glory days were long since past, a woman’s construction company looked into the possibility of restoring the Lexington Hotel. Researchers exploring the crumbling ruins of the hotel located sealed rooms where the hidden Capone fortune reputedly reposed.

In 1986 Geraldo Rivera, the well-known TV talk show host, took a live national TV audience to the spot in his immaculate shirt uniform for a modern-day treasure hunt. IRS agents were also in attendance in anticipation of their share of the loot. Rivera’s crew blasted through the 7,000 lb. concrete wall which was thought to be the secret hiding place of Capone’s fortune … but when the smoke cleared, only an old sign and a few empty bottles were found. If there had once been a fortune there, it had long since been taken away.


Nana Hotel Bangkok – Is it Worth Staying In?

The Nana Hotel in Bangkok is arguably one of the most talked about hotels in Bangkok. The major draw to this hotel is obviously nearby Nana Entertainment Plaza, which is a 4 story den of sex and booze, and the parking lot outside of the Nana hotel which is full of freelance prostitutes. There is so many mixed reviews about this place that it almost makes it impossible for anyone to decide whether to stay or not in this hotel. But most will agree, Nana Hotel is one of the most well known guest friendly hotel in Bangkok. This means registered guest do not have to pay an additional fee or joiner fee for bringing in unregistered guest for an overnight stay.

How do I know this? After living and working in Bangkok for over five years I have become the unofficial tour guide for friends and friends of friends and so on. All of them eventually ask me “Is the Nana Hotel a good place to stay in?”.

And my honest answer at the time was “I don’t know, I live in an apartment.” Since I knew I was going to get asked that particular question time and time again I decided to follow along my friends (or guinea pigs) and see personally how the hotel looks from the inside out.

The Nana Hotel is located on Sukhumvit Soi 4, in a mixed commercial zone that doubles as red-light district. Scores of freelance prostitutes congregate in the surrounding areas especially outside of Nana Hotel’s parking lot. This is definitely not a place to bring your family especially kids and grandparents. However, I do see them often, mostly Europeans who are not so uptight about such spectacles. You can easily access the Sky Train at Nana BTS station with a 5 minute walk. The Sky Train will easily take you to the other attractions in Bangkok.

Now, I’m not sure when the hotel was built exactly, but it’s safe to say the 1970’s is the first thing that comes to mind. The lobby is usually filled with backpacker types, young guys looking to sow their oats and a smattering of older folks looking for company that they otherwise never find back home. Once I’ve seen a group of Australians wearing rugby uniforms. Are they actual athletes is a whole different subject. Obviously a far cry from the days the hotel was first opened. I’ve read previous reviews about reception staff being rude and obnoxious to guests who are checking in.

After living in Bangkok for awhile I know the reason why. Thai society follows a strict social order and is very class based. The better you look and present yourself, the more respect you get. So if you’re checking in dressed like you’re heading straight for the pool, forget about that much talked about gracious and beautiful Thai smile. I’m not saying you have to dress like your heading to an important business meeting. A nice clean button shirt, pressed pants and clean shoes and you’ll see your respect meter shoot up. You’ll even get a better chance of scoring an upgrade or a room in excellent condition. By the way, this is true in any hotel in Asia, actually most likely everywhere.

It works time and time again whenever my friends check in. They don’t always get a room upgrade, but they get rooms where they’ve never had to ask for a room change or find questionable carpet stains.

The rooms here are the absolute bare basics. After-all the Nana Hotel is considered in the budget category. A bed, color television with international channels, mini fridge and a decently clean bathroom is what you get for around 1400 THB including taxes and a free buffet breakfast. A free daily newspaper is a nice added touch. Housekeeping did there job quite well, or as best as they can, after all they have to clean up after piss drunk guests half the time.

The Nana Hotel doesn’t offer much in terms of facilities for guest use, just an adequate pool on the fourth floor and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. In the lobby is also where you can find Angel’s Nana Disco, a frequent freelance hangout. And since ladies enter for free you’re going to find a lot there. Definitely worth a visit.

My final word here is the Nana Hotel in Bangkok is a good choice for you if you want to mess around and have fun. But I wouldn’t recommend staying here throughout your entire trip. It’s best to stay there for 3 nights, enjoy the nightlife, and shift over to another hotel in a more quiet area. It’s what I suggest to friends who come visit me in Bangkok as the unofficial tour guide.


Where Are the Best John Wayne Airport Hotels?

When you arrive at the Orange County Airport for business or pleasure, it is best to have your hotel reservations already taken care of. When you take the time to prepare ahead of time you can step off of your plane, board a waiting courtesy shuttle to your awaiting hotel room, and then either rent vehicle or take courtesy shuttles and public transportation wherever you want to go.

You can visit this area and use shuttles and buses to get almost everywhere you want to go in the vicinity of the airport… no need to drive in many cases! You do need to plan ahead to have this luxury.

There are different groupings of John Wayne airport hotels and each grouping is best fitted to different type of travelers. There are about 10 hotels located right next to the airport and they are better suited to business travelers that want to use the free shuttles and buses to get to and from the airport and business district. These may cost more than if you stay further from John Wayne.

Then there are hotels located just a few minutes away from the airport which are suited to short term vacationers who don’t want to stray too far from the airport, or long term business travelers who want more access to entertainment options.

Finally, there are hotels located 5 to 10 minutes away from the airport which are great options for vacationers who want to have a great time without paying too much for their hotel room.

Depending on what type of hotel you choose and its proximity to the airport, you could pay well under a hundred bucks per night or well over two hundred bucks per night. Doing some research online will help you identify John Wayne Airport hotels at the right price for your budget.

During the week, business visitors can get free access to the i-Shuttle which transfers businessmen and women from the John Wayne Airport hotels closest to the airport to various destinations in the business district. This is why most business travelers will stay very close to the airport. They don’t want to rent a car!

When doing your research online, make sure your chosen hotel has a courtesy shuttle from the airport to your hotel. Even those not located right next to the airport should offer this service. Rather than finding a rental car just to get out of the airport, this allows you to go out a door in the baggage claim area and board a free shuttle that delivers you right to your hotel.

Before going out to this area you can check into an interactive visitor’s area where you can contact the John Wayne Airport hotels and make sure your shuttle is waiting for you outside, or how long until it will be there.

How close you stay to the airport depends on your purpose of travel, your budget, and what attractions you want to be close to. A bit of research online will help you identify the John Wayne Airport hotels that best fit your needs as well as your budget. Just make sure your chosen airport has a courtesy airport shuttle, especially if it is not right next to the airport.


The Faris Hotel Laconia the Peloponnese Greece

The Faris Hotel is situated on the top of a mountain opposite the majestic Tayegetus mountain range. It is incredible to find such a peaceful oasis. However, if you don’t like to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s not for you.

There is a choice of rooms, double, twin, single, triple rooms and suites. Breakfast is available and included in the price, but you pay extra for other meals.

The hotel is built of stone in the manner of traditional houses in the area, and it has views over the Spartan plain, and you can also see the sea from Gorani, the nearest village. From the terrace you can also see eagles wheeling overhead at certain times of day. If you have never seen wild eagles, you will marvel at their agility, sweet calls and their majesty.

There is a fireplace for winter use in the dining room, and you can sip the local hooch, a kind of clear brandy, while sitting in front of it. The nibbles that accompany the hooch are a delight, figs stuffed with walnuts, for example.

The owner of the hotel, George, can tell you all about the local area and will transport guests up to the shelter if they want to do the Prophet Elias walk to the mountain peak. This is shaped like a pyramid and is a local landmark.

On the slopes leading up to the hotel you will see George’s walnut and chestnut trees and you can usually purchase preserves made with them. There’s the local honey too, which is great with locally-made yoghurt.

The water piped into the hotel is spring water, quite different to the usual tap water. it really quenches one’s thirst.

The hotel has two huge Greek mountain dogs in residence outside. They act as guard dogs and are so big that wild boar don’t get the better of them for long, although one of the dogs was blinded by one. Thankfully, she’s recovered, although her sight is still not fully restored. There are cats too, so it’s quite a menagerie.The hotel is dog-friendly, so your pooch can accompany you, and make new friends with the resident animals.

The Byzantine monastery at nearby Gola is worth a visit, but check the opening times with George.

The road up to the hotel is steep, with hairpin bends, so be warned and take it slowly.

The hotel is well signposted from Xirokampi, so it’s easy to find.

It’s a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. Book early though to avoid disappointment.


Explore the Great Accommodations Offered

Plenty of Space

While it can be fun to travel with your family and friends, a hotel room can quickly become crowded. It can be hard when some of you want to sleep and others want to be awake in such close quarters. There is plenty of space for you to all spread out at villa rentals. Some of them offer one bedroom and one bathroom which are perfect for a couple.

Others offer several bedrooms, a full kitchen, and more than one bathroom. This can be the perfect choice of accommodations for a family or a group of friends. When you can all have your own space, you will be happier and the entire holiday there is going to be far more enjoyable.


You have quite a few choices when it comes to the location of villa rentals. However, it can be tough to decide if you want to have more seclusion and privacy in the wooded areas or you want to be in the more populated location close to the beach. There are pros and cons to each so take your time to decide where you want to be.

Think about the overall agenda of activities you will engage in while you are there. That can help you to decide where you would like to stay. It makes sense to ensure those activities you will take part in the most are the closest. That allows you to spend more time enjoying them and less time with the commuting. You may find the commute is worth some extra quiet time too.


Even if you are in a populated area such as along the beach, villa rentals offer you far more privacy than staying at a hotel. Many of them feature a gated yard, a swimming pool, and a balcony. You can take in the lovely atmosphere, dine outdoors, and take a swim without interruptions. If being around large crowds isn’t your thing this may be a good option.


As you look around online or in brochures, you will find plenty of terrific villa rentals that capture your attention. Decide when you will travel, where you would like to stay, and the type of accommodations that suit your wants and needs. This will help you to narrow it all down so you can lock in your reservation.

It is important to make your reservation early so you can get your pick of places to stay. It can be disappointing not to get it because you wanted too long. You may have to pay a deposit at the time you secure that reservation for villa rentals. The terms and conditions can vary including if you are able to get that deposit back if your travel plans change.

Always take the time to read those details before you book. You don’t want any surprises when you show up. You want your holiday travel plans to be amazing from start to finish. Luxury accommodations can be the icing on the cake! They are going to be more affordable than you may realise so take some time to look around and compare offers.