Jolly Good Deals
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Q. I'm traveling to London this summer and would like to spend a week touring outside the city. Any suggestions for budget hotels and interesting places to visit? What are your thoughts on Stratford-upon-Avon, castles and Cambridge?
Norman N. VanToai, Bethesda
A. Several chain hotels in Britain offer rooms at budget rates, or what passes for budget in the United Kingdom these days. Paul Chibeba, a media relations executive with VisitBritain, the country's tourism office, recommends Premier Inn ( http:/
For your itinerary, Chibeba suggests either Oxford or Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon and perhaps Bath. "The advantage of driving means that they can drive through the Cotswolds and stop at villages, for example, en route from Oxford to Bath," he said. Thistle Hotels ( http:/
Two good castle choices: Berkeley Castle ( http:/
If you haven't reserved a rental car yet, consider 1car1 (866-362-3121, http:/
We are visiting Niagara Falls and would like to stay on the U.S. side close to the falls. The Comfort Inn at the Pointe would be perfect, but it's booked. What are the next best choices?
Jane Altenhofen, Washington
Not to worry, says Kate Scaglione, director of marketing and communication with the Niagara USA tourism office: Half a dozen other hotels are within walking distance of the falls, including the Grand Niagara Hotel, soon to become a Holiday Inn (716-285-2521, http:/
And don't forget B&Bs. The Hillcrest Inn (716-278-9676, http:/
Ed Conley of Fairfax thinks the reader who wants to take her grandson to visit a nearby rain forest [Travel Q&A, June 8] should look no farther than Costa Rica. "My wife and I have made two trips with our grandson to Costa Rica," he wrote in an e-mail. "Costa Rica is much more modern [than Panama or Belize] and more suited to a novice trip. All the major hotel chains are represented. . . . You can explore coffee plantations, volcanoes (active and dormant), butterfly farms, the National Zoo (a marvelous place) . . . and much more. All of this is doable from San Jose or any of the resorts."
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