Where to sleep
The Odéon Saint Germain (Paris)
Until recently we found it difficult to find “the hotel” in Paris. There are great places but often at a steep price. Recently we discovered the Odéon Saint Germain on the Rue Saint Sulpica in the middle of the 6e arrondisement. We really like the place particularly because of the veru friendly, helpful, smiling people working there. It is great value for money when you book in time and nearly everything is walking or biking distance.
The Casablanca (New York)
If you like a few days smack in the centre of New York you should try the small hotel Casablanca (http://www.casablancahotel.com). Even if it is less than 50 meters from Times Square, it is a quiet and very pleasant place to stay with truly friendly and helpful service. On the first floor is a lounge for guests where there is a free, splendid breakfast in the morning and drinks and snacks during the entire day. The rooms are sizeable for big cities standards and well kept. In short I had no worries staying in this small paradise and I hope that you can relax there one day whether you are in New York on business or for pleasure.
The Long Beach in Kommetjie (close to Cape Town)
A tiny hotel on one of the most spectacular beaches I know, the Long Beach is a home away from home (www.thelastword.co.za). You wake up with the sound of the ocean in your ears and a view of the sea and the mountains near Cape Town. You can walk for hours on an almost deserted (very) long beach or go explore the Cape. The staff is super friendly and helpful and will make you a good lunch or dinner which you can eat on a terrace overlooking the bay. Cape Town is only 45 minutes away from this quiet and unspoiled place. If you follow the Chapmans Peak Drive to Hout Bay on Friday afternoons or Saturdays then you can have a great time at the Harbour Market where you can buy many nice local things and enjoy good South African food and music
Dormy House (Broadway, The Cotswolds)
Another very relaxing place is the recently completely redone Dormy House Hotel in Broadway (http://dormyhouse.co.uk). It is some 15 miles from Stratford (you know the place to see Shakespeare) and close to many lovely villages in the heart of England. The hotel is surrounded by a Golf Course -do not know how good that course is because I do not play golf- and the area is great for walking and horse riding. Big fires in autumn and winter with very easy chairs invite you to relax and forget your worries. I like particularly the rooms in the so-called Danish Court overlooking the Golf Course. There is a nice pub restaurant and a more haute cuisine restaurant so you hardly have to leave the place safe for trips around. I have been staying there for nearly 30 years and it is a place to forget your troubles without any difficulty.