Readers Recommend Their Favorites

Here are places to stay in some of the world's most popular destinations, recommended by readers of the Travel section during the last year. Prices or other details may have changed since the original publication. Be sure to check with the hotel, inn or B&B.; The list has been edited for space.



Cairns: Dr. Richard E. De Vey, Whittier: "Lilybank B&B;, 75 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, Cairns, Queensland 4870; telephone 011-617-4055-1123, Fine accommodations in historic property." Rates: about $50, double.


Vienna: George Liskow, Sierra Madre: "Hotelpension Barich, Barichgasse 3, A-1030 Vienna; tel. 011-43-1-712-2275, fax 011-43-1-712-22-7588, Knowledgeable, helpful owners." Rates: $110-$127, double, with breakfast.


Amherst: Carol Vernoy, Downey: "Seven Gables B&B;, 4448 Route 366, Tidnish Crossroads, R.R. 2, Amherst, Nova Scotia B4H 3X9; tel. (902) 661-2377. Four guest rooms in Victorian home with gardens overlooking Baie Verte. Private baths, evening refreshments." Rate: about $53, double.

Victoria: Jeanne and Joe Ryan, Dublin, Ireland: "Abbey Lee Bed & Breakfast, 255 Government St., Victoria, B.C. V8V 2L1; tel. (888) 831-5660, Gorgeous 1892 Victorian house with three guest rooms." Rates: about $58-$146, double.


Ambleside: Kenneth J. Hoffer, Santa Monica: "Wateredge Hotel, Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0EP; tel. 011-44-15394-32332, Classy small hotel on Lake Windermere--best of our three-month trip through Britain." Rates: about $108-$227, double, with breakfast.

Cambridge: Hank Michel, Sherman Oaks: "Avimore Guest House, 310 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 4AU; tel./fax 011-44-1223-410-956. Proprietors Annie and Robert Gawthrop run a tight ship; rooms are lovely and well appointed. Breakfast choices to suit everyone." Rates: about $60-$72.

York: Catherine Cordes, Claremont: "St. John's House B&B;, 2 St. John St., York YO31 7QT; telephone 011-44-1904-645-789, Charming, comfy and recently remodeled B&B; at the city wall, in view of York Minster." Rates: about $67-$92.


Angers: Kimberly Brentwood, Santa Monica: "A restored 17th century mansion at 3 Rue de la Harpe, Angers 491000; contact U.S. owner Deborah Char, tel. (949) 661-7873. Three bedrooms, large gourmet kitchen, laundry room in historic Le Doutre section. Fantastic value." Rates: $95-$125.

Paris: George Liskow, Sierra Madre: "Hotel de la Tulipe, 33 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris; telephone 011-33-145-516-721, Small, atmospheric hotel about three blocks from Eiffel Tower." Rate: about $87, double.


Cochem: Steve Lane, Irvine: "Hotel Thul, Brauselaystrasse 27, D-56812 Cochem; tel. 011-49-2671-7134, Small, family-run hotel overlooking Mosel River. Spacious rooms and baths, views; garage, spa facilities. English spoken." Rates: about $75-$90, double, with buffet breakfast.


Dingle: John F. Doyle, Rancho Cucamonga: "Pax House B&B;, Upper John Street, Dingle, County Kerry; tel. 011-353-66-915-1518, Breathtaking views of Dingle Harbor, wonderful breakfast, nice walk down into town for dinner." Rates:$25-$39.

Dublin: Heather Schott, West Hills: "Anglesea Town House, 63 Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4; tel. 011-353-1-668-3877, fax 011-353-1-668-3461. Seven-room B&B.; Owner Helen Kirrane cooked marvelous breakfasts, indulged us like family." Rate: $55 per person.

Tralee: Babs Schrager, Rancho Mirage: "Brook Manor Lodge, Fenit Road, Tralee, County Kerry; tel. 011-353-66-71-20406, fax 011-353-66-71-27552, e-mail B&B; where we were treated like royalty. Owners couldn't have been more helpful." Rates: about $90-$95, double.


Lake Maggiore: Jerry Mayer, Pacific Palisades: "Hotel Cannero, 28821 Cannero Riviera, Lake Maggiore, Verbania; tel. 011-39-0323-788-046, Our best hotel in Italy. World-class elegance, gorgeous lake view, fabulous food." Rates: about $42-$56 per person, double, with breakfast buffet.

Rome: Anthony Davenport, Sierra Madre: "Villino Trieste, Via Aquileia 11, 00198 Rome; telephone 011-39-06-884-5619, Upscale B&B; near center of Rome in elegant, modernized old villa. On quiet street; parking available." Rate: about $86, double.


Chichen Itza: Beth Graves, Lomita: "Hacienda Chichen, Zona Arqueologica, 97751 Chichen Itza, Yucatan; tel. (800) 624-8451, e-mail Within walking distance of Chichen Itza ruins, a quiet hotel with beautiful grounds and large pool. Simple, very comfortable rooms." Rate: $100, double.

San Miguel de Allende: June Noel, Playa del Rey: "Villa Scorpio al Puente, 93 Quebrada, San Miguel de Allende 37700; tel. 011-52-4-152-7575, B&B; in 18th century house, run by American couple. Beautiful, large rooms, baths; breakfast courtyard." Rates: $85-$95, double.


Amsterdam: Michael Lind, Oak View: "Dumas & Considine B&B;, Roetersstraat 18, 1018 WD Amsterdam; telephone 011-31-20-624-0174, Bright, modern second-floor B&B; in residential area." Rate: about $90, double.

New Zealand

Auckland: Debbie Spears, Santa Monica: "Great Ponsonby B&B;, 30 Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby, Auckland; tel. 011-649-376-5989, In restored turn-of-the-century villa near happening Ponsonby Road." Rates: about $61-$89, double.


Inverness: Bob Brooks, Mission Viejo: "Skye of Curr Hotel, Dulnain Bridge, Inverness Shire PH26 3PA; tel. 011-44-1479-851-345, Beautiful old country manor on 21/2 acres with views of Spey River Valley. Comfortable and spacious." Rate: $43 per person, double, with breakfast.

Inverness: Laurence J. Swaim, Mission Viejo: "Merlewood House, Merlewood Road, Inverness IV2 4NL; telephone 011-44-1463-236-060, B&B; in Victorian mansion set in two acres of gardens. Afternoon and evening tea, full Scottish breakfast." Rates: about $98-$131, double.


Malaga: Richard Lottridge, Sierra Madre: "El Castillo de Monda, Monda, 29110 Malaga; tel. 011-34-952-457-142, Castle hotel on mountain 15 minutes from Marbella. Restaurant, lounge, pool, views of village and olive groves." Rates: about $80-$140, double.


Glion sur Montreux: Rian Kray, Corona del Mar: "Hotel Righi Vaudois, 1823 Glion sur Montreux; tel. 011-41-21-966-1818, fax 011-41-21-961-1512. On Lake Geneva, spacious rooms with panoramic views. Hotel is in Belle Epoque style; breakfast room resembles a ballroom. Great value." Rates: about $123-$165, double.


Talybont-on-Usk: Stephanie Woo, Marina del Rey: "Llandetty Hall Farm, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Powys LD3 7YR; tel. 011-44-187-467-6415. Unique B&B; in 16th century farmhouse, with exposed timbers and polished floorboards, on grounds of a working farm. Green fields, grazing sheep." Rate: about $69, double.

U.S. Lodgings


Fairbanks: Vieve Metcalfe, La Crescenta: "Meadow View B&B;, 911 Northern Lights Drive, Fairbanks 99712; telephone (907) 457-4166, Woodsy suburban retreat with view of Alaska Range. Fenced yard, outdoor kennel available for pets." Rate: $70, double.


Flagstaff: Yvonne Johnson, Somis: "The Sled Dog Inn, 10155 Mountainaire Road, Flagstaff 86001; tel. (800) 754-0664, fax (520) 525-1855, Wonderful mountain getaway. Jacuzzi, sauna, sun decks, trails, excellent breakfasts (included)." Rates: rooms and suites $99-$169.

Sedona: Robert J. Pisapia, Westlake Village: "Territorial House, 65 Piki Drive, Sedona 86336; tel. (800) 801-2737, B&B; in quiet setting; superb accommodations. After breakfast, guests are treated to a 20-minute orientation to Sedona." Rates: $115-$185.


Atascadero: Shirley McManus, Corona del Mar: "Oak Hill Manor, 12345 Hampton Court, Atascadero 93422; tel. (805) 462-9317, Elegant inn on Central Coast, minutes off U.S. 101. Lovely breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres with local wines. Pub room with pool table, dartboard. Beautifully appointed rooms." Rates: $145-$225, double.

Mendocino: Robin White, South Pasadena: "Reed Manor, P.O. Box 127, Mendocino 95460; tel. (707) 937-5446, Overlooks Pacific within easy walking distance of all the area has to offer. Each room has king bed, fireplace parlor, dining area, fridge, hot tub and terrace or balcony. In-room breakfast included." Rates: $175-$300, double.

Napa: Frank Balkin, Los Angeles: "Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St., Napa 94559; tel. (800) 309-7969, Charming, immaculate and in great location. Gourmet breakfast." Rates: $149-$239, double.

San Luis Obispo: Rebecca Cummins, Northridge: "Bridge Creek Inn, 5300 Righetti Road, San Luis Obispo 93401; tel. (805) 544-3003, Two-room B&B; in Edna Valley. Our room had a spa tub, deck." Rates: $130-$155.


Alamosa: Catherine Kleier, Los Angeles: "Cottonwood Inn B&B;, 123 San Juan Ave., Alamosa 81101; tel. (800) 955-2623, In Craftsman-style home near Great Sand Dunes National Monument." Rates: $55-$125.


Kapaa: Juliet and Scott Grossman, Riverside: "Hempey's Garden Island B&B;, 6078 Kolopua St., Kapaa, Kauai 96746; telephone (808) 822-0478, In the country, a mile from scenic waterfalls and three miles from beautiful beaches. " Rate: $60-$70, double.


Kennebunkport: Jim Greene, Santa Clarita: "The Captain Jefferds Inn, P.O. Box 691, 5 Pearl St., Kennebunkport 04046; telephone (800) 839-6844, A 200-year-old inn with superb updated suites. Bountiful candlelight breakfast." Rates: $135-$285, double; winter specials.


Las Vegas: Sara Binder, Los Angeles: "Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas 89103; tel. (800) 675-3267, Good food, nice rooms and service, friendly atmosphere, best poker room in town." Rates: $39-$159.


Redmond: Lisa Reynolds, Thousand Oaks: "Deschutes River Lodge, P.O. Box 1708, Redmond 97756-0516; tel. (541) 923-4701, A charming lodge overlooking Deschutes River Valley. Hatcheries, fossil beds, fishing, rafting nearby." Rate: $150, double, with breakfast; 20% winter discount.

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