We decided to make Sorrento our base of operations for the Amalfi Coast. Technically speaking, Sorrento (as well as Capri) isn't actually part of the Amalfi Coast, but it's close enough and far more convenient. I looked into staying in Positano or Amalfi, or even Capri, and the hotels there are far more expensive anyway. Sorrento allowed for easy access to Capri (ferries ran throughout the day) and to Positano/Amalfi (by bus). We ended up staying at The Night, a sort of bed and breakfast. It is close enough to the heart of Sorrento as well as the train station so that it was convenient, yet far enough away that it was pretty quiet and away from all of the people. And seriously, this place was such a steal!!! Clean, fairly modern, and cheap!!! Good luck finding a better deal!
Most of the hotels in downtown Barcelona were pretty pricey, so we opted for the Silken Diagonal, a bit farther away but right by a metro stop. The stop services both the main subway trains as well as the train that goes to the airport, making it an ideal location for our hotel. The hotel is also next door to the Torre Agbar building, which lights up in various colors at night. After arriving from Malaga, we needed to drop our bags off, but this was also our first moment of rest in I don't know how many days...so we napped til we had to leave for our tapas tour that evening. We didn't have a king size bed, but the Queen was pretty comfortable.
For Spain, we went for hotels that were affordable, but modern and stylish, and of course conveniently located. We were staying for 3 nights in Malaga and 4 nights in Barcelona so we wanted a room that we would feel comfortable to kick back in. In Malaga, we stayed at Husa Guadalmedina, which was a close walk to almost anything we wanted to do. The room was clean and comfortable and was pleasing to the eye. There was plenty of room for our suitcases and stuff to be thrown about. And the shower was pretty nice too (though, not nearly as nice as the one in Munich). Our only concern was that the AC wasn't working. But we never bothered to ask the front desk because it didn't overly bother us, so we can't comment on if it was a huge problem or not. Overall, though, the hotel was great for what we wanted and would stay here again!
Similar to our hotel in Frankfurt, I was looking for a budget friendly hotel that was conveniently located, thinking that we would go out drinking. only problem was we didn't make it to the hotel til close to midnight. After a day of exploring castles, we were exhausted and there was no way in hell we were gonna make it out. Though Tim and Stephanie managed to stay up while enjoying some bottles of wine, Brad and I pretty much just crashed. It was a fine hotel for one night. Though not in the middle of the city, it was right by a metro station, so it provided cheap but convenient accommodations. There was even a McDonalds right outside. Oh how tempting that would have been after a night of drinking! My biggest problem was the mold in the shower. Other than that the room and bathroom were clean, but seeing mold always makes me cringe. Good enough for one night, though.
Our plan for our sixth day in Germany did not go according to schedule. We were gonna get up in time to go see a castle and then wind down in Frankfurt for the night...but due to an incredibly late start (from drinking so much and staying up late on dip night), we only made it to Frankfurt. But it was nice not walking around for a day; my feet needed it!
We planned Frankfurt and the castles in the Rhineland fairly last minute because the Partnach Gorge, our original plan, was temporarily closed due to melting ice. We had opted for a bit nicer hotels for Spain and Munich, so our goal in Frankfurt, and a day later for Stuttgart, was to get something cheap but decent and conveniently located.
So let me start off by saying I really really enjoyed our stay at Eurostars Book Hotel. I did a lot of reasearch for all the hotels we stayed in. Our criteria was generally something modern, clean, reasonably priced, and in a convenient location. The hotel has a cool book theme going on. The lobby had a giant book in it; sounds tacky, but it wasn't. Each room had enscriptions from different literary classics and the back of the mirror had an elegant tree surrounded by the titles of more classics.
When you visit this resort give yourself a few hours to soak in the sunlight or hide in the shade of the mangrove trees, that sprout from the water, while you're aboard the ocean kayaks provided. Kayaking the rivers and swimming in the cenotes is a must! Among others reasons, the plentiful activities available on the resort grounds tipped the scales in our decision to stay at this resort - and I'll be the first to tell you they did not disappoint.
This resort was built on an existing nature park and on the property there are 3 rivers and 9 cenotes. The beach is small compared to other resorts in the area but is still very nice and secluded from the view of neighboring resorts. While other resorts may offer a larger beach area, the beach at Hacienda Tres Rios is beautiful ,and other resorts don't have nearly as much to offer. There are hundreds of resorts available that have nice beaches and sometimes I'm in the mood for a vacation where I just sit on the beach all day and that's all I do. But don't you want to do some other interesting things in addition to the beach?
Katherine & Bradley
Two engineers with a passion for food and travel! Join us as we eat our way through the world!