Travel Wisdom

RTW Hotels Off Beat

No matter where you go in the world, if you dig around you’ll find a charming little hotel that brings the local color to life.  The reviewers using have recommended these budget-friendly hotels that reflect the tempo of their surroundings and are excellent launching points for off-the-beaten path excursions.

Hotel 71

Hotel 71, Chicago
Although in the thick of the action, this downtown Chicago hotel maintains a chic sense of serenity.  Beautifully appointed air-conditioned accommodations have awesome views of the river and city skyline.  The 24-hour reception desk will cheerfully direct you to the swimming pool, validate your parking and sign you up for walking tours that explore the extensive Chicago Pedway network.

Hotel De Rocroy

Hotel De Rocroy, Paris
Enjoy a nice quiet room that’s convenient to Paris airports and sightseeing destinations via the nearby Gare du Nord Station.  The stylish accommodations are air-conditioned with well-appointed baths, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and beautiful beds.  The multi-lingual staff will serve you complimentary breakfast before directing you to the neighborhood jaw dropper, the ornate Church of Saint Vincent-de-Paul that is a combination Greek temple and catholic cathedral. You can book this property at to make your trip to Paris enjoyable and budget friendly.

Hotel Beatrice

Hotel Beatrice, Florence
Unlike those stuffy hotels in Florence, you’ll feel like you stepped into an Italian family’s home when you enter this repurposed mansion near the Santa Monica Novella railroad station.  The friendly staff makes you comfortable in your soundproofed air-conditioned room and serves you a delicious complimentary breakfast at their on-site restaurant.  Walk through neighborhoods bristling with plazas, piazzas and cathedrals on your way to Alice’s Mask Studios where you’ll marvel at her clever creations.

Northumberland Hotel

Northumberland Hotel, Edinburgh
Enjoy the royal treatment at this formidable Scottish hotel that welcomes families, couples and business travelers with equal grace.  Start your day with a free continental breakfast before retrieving your car from the parking area to tour the moors or hopping on the bus to Edinburgh to wander in the Princes Street Botanical Gardens.

Haad Yao Bay View Resort & Spa

Haad Yao Bay View Resort & Spa, Koh Pha Ngan
Escape from it all at this seaside resort nestled in a hill overlooking one of the prettiest bays in Thailand.  Get the full spa or treatment in their salon, relax around the swimming pool, plug in at their Internet café or shop in their on-site store.  Enjoy complimentary breakfast in your air-conditioned room or at their restaurant before setting out to snorkel along the miles of coral reef.

Hotel Fukudaya

Hotel Fukudaya, Tokyo
Set on a quiet, safe, side street, the charm of this family-owned hotel lies in personalized touches like daily traditional green tea service.  The clean, private rooms come in Western or Asian styles and all have communal facilities including Japanese-style baths.  An easy walk from Shibuya Station, along the way you can explore the fascinating Shoto Museum of Art and the English-style gardens in Yoyogi Park.

Anapurna Vishram Dhaam

Annapurna Vishram Dhaam, Goa
Escape to a heavenly oasis snuggled in a quiet neighborhood yet convenient to Goa’s beaches, markets and entertainments.  The blend of traditional design and modern amenities create a palatial atmosphere that extends from the swimming pool to the full-service restaurant to the business center.  Catch the Anjuna bus to the beach and on Wednesdays head to Calangute to experience the exotic open-air beach market.

Casa de Campo

Casa De Campo, Lima
Get back to nature without giving up civilized luxuries at this Peruvian garden hotel that oozes personality.  Enjoy free breakfast at the restaurant, barbeque on the patio, lounge around the swimming pool, meet friends at the bar or stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Local guides provide horseback tours into the tropical countryside for some spectacular photo opportunities.


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