Budget Accommodation in Paris: Maison d’Accueil de l’Assomption

  If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Paris, consider staying with nuns! 🙂   I highly recommend the Maison d’Accueil de l’Assomption, the Motherhouse of the Assumption Sisters. This was where we checked in when we were in Paris a few months back.  The  hostel is actually a retreat house operated by the Assumption Sisters, a …

Camino de Santiago: the Casa Brandariz

Last year, I had the good fortune of exploring Northern Spain, including the beautiful territory of Galicia. I was onboard the luxury train Tren Al Andalus and the journey took me from Zaragoza to A Coruña, right along the St. James or Santiago de Compostela Route. After that wonderful luxury trip, our Galician guide, Manuel, took …

PinayTraveller Recommends #24: Hotel Petit Palace Santa Barbara in Madrid

I have repeatedly said I can sleep anywhere (I’m koboy that way).  Just give me a pillow and a blanket and I can sleep soundly, especially after a long, wander-full day.  Having said that, I don’t mind upscale digs either. More so if said digs offer a welcome platter, free wi-fi and a sumptuous breakfast buffet. …

Pinay Traveller Recommends 20# : Sleeping Around Without Guilt

Finally!  One can sleep around and not feel guilty about it! But only if one does it in Sleeping Around, a unique ‘pop-up’ hotel in Belgium. 😉 The ‘hotel’ is actually a set of six discarded shipping containers turned into four luxe guestrooms, a breakfast and lounge area,  and a sauna room.  Apparently, it is …

Pinay Traveller Recommends #19: The Daniel Airstream Hotel

Smart Luxury…this is the phrase coined by Hotel Daniel to describe its brand. And this extends to their adorable trailer hotel in Vienna. For 112 Euros a night, you get to stay in this 16 square meter Silver Creek Clipper Airstream circa 1952. The Airstream can be found in the garden adjacent to the hotel. …

Pinay Traveller Recommends #17:  Galapagos Safari Camp

Pinay Traveller Recommends #17: Galapagos Safari Camp

I’m not really into safari trips. Maybe because I associate it with hiking or mountain-climbing which, to be honest, I find too tedious.  I don’t know. I’m more of a beach person.  And maybe it’s my age talking but I’d really rather sit, sip coffee and watch the sunset, preferably overlooking the Mediterranean sea. But …

Pinay Traveller Recommends #16: Portugal’s Hostel of Style

Pinay Traveller Recommends is a weekly round-up of interesting sites, photos, stories and/or events found around the net. From the outside, it looks like a typical Portuguese World Heritage building fully restored to its tiled glory. But inside, every bit of it is modern. Welcome to Tattva Design Hostel, the largest hostel in Porto. Inspired …