Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs

A guest room at Maison Collongue.
A guest room at Maison Collongue, where designer bath products are made just for the B&B.
One of my favorite types of accommodation is a good bed and breakfast. They’re affordable, you will most likely get to meet the owner (and pick their brain about the destination) and breakfast is included. This doesn’t mean I like all B&Bs. I can’t stand the kitchsy ones decorated with doilies, rocking chairs and porcelain dolls but recently I’ve stayed in five bed and breakfasts in different parts of Europe that have the sleek sense of a design hotel and even luxury amenities like designer bath products, mini refrigerators and rainfall showers. Continue reading “Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs”

A Better B&B: The Snooz Inn in Ghent

The Snooz Inn is located in a 19th century printing press.
The Snooz Inn is located in a 19th century printing press.

I love a good bed and breakfast, but too often they can feel dated and kitschy reflecting the owner’s tastes but not really taking in to account the sensibilities of today’s savvy travelers. I recently stayed at one where a China doll sat perched on a rocking chair in my room…needless to say I had a hard time sleeping. Enter the Snooz Inn in Ghent, Belgium.   Continue reading “A Better B&B: The Snooz Inn in Ghent”

El Diablo y la Sandia

 

Communal dining and kitchen area at El Diablo y la Sandia

This charming bed and breakfast is an intrepid traveler’s dream hotel. The open air dining area and tastefully decorated rooms make it a great home base. You’ll spend most of your time exploring Oaxaca though, thanks to owner Maria Crespo’s complete locals list of what to see and do. Crespo is a fascinating person and has lived all over the world, including the U.S. It was her life long dream to open a bed and breakfast and her passion shows. From using salvaged materials in the decor, like a bike wheel for a hanging pot rack, to an easy to follow map of the city center that denotes her favorite spots- she’s thought of everything. Breakfast is included. It’s different every morning and Crespo even makes her own jams using local fruit (pineapple-saffron was a recent flavor). El Diablo y la Sandia means the devil and the watermelon. The devil in Mexico is a fun, playful character. This is certainly a quirky and sweet place to stay. Rates run about $85 US a night.

Libres #205

Centro, C.P.68000

Oaxaca, Mexico

+52 (951) 514 40 95