Friday, 27 May 2016

Go roaming from home...

and stay a stone’s throw from the city sights

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Spanish stays has apartments in a number of locations in Spain, including Valencia, Malaga, Barcelona and elegant Madrid. For example, a newly decorated, two-bedroom apartment in Madrid’s La Latina area (code 9194), is close to the city’s many attractions, as well as within walking distance of the impressive Plaza Mayor, designed in 1619 and lined with grand buildings. The apartment is minutes away from the Mercado de San Miguel, with its tempting tapas bars and food stalls. A three-night stay in June costs from £330 total or £55 per person, based on six sharing for three nights. Flights extra. 

020-3384 7066,

London break
Hotels in the capital are generally quite expensive, so try selfcatering instead. Presidential Apartments in Kensington, London, come with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and lounge area. The apartments, which range from studios to presidential suites, sleep up to four and cost from £170 per night. The properties are in a Victorian red-brick mansion block in Barkston Gardens, one of the capital’s garden squares. Amenities include plasma screen TV, WiFi, satellite and DVD player, washing machine and drier, 24-hour reception and concierge.

020-7373 4040,

At home in Rome
Ideal for a special celebration perhaps, Villa Spalletti Trivelli in central Rome has opened Esquilino, a luxuriously furbished two-bedroom apartment adjacent to the main boutique hotel, which is steps away from the city’s famous Trevi Fountain. The apartment has two bathrooms, two bedrooms sleeping up to four and a fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast, served in the hotel, is included in the nightly rate of from Є1,020 (£803.21), that’s around £200 per person per night. For an extra charge a private chef will cook supper for guests in the privacy of the apartment. No minimum length of stay is required.

0039-064 890 7934,

French leave
For a budget break in the moveable feast that is Paris, there’s cosy hideaway Loft Paris Le Mini in Montmartre, small but great value at from Є490 (£387) per week for two adults and a child. The apartment has a bed-sitting room, TV, galley kitchen with basics such as a toaster, kettle, microwave and fridge, bathroom and outdoor space. The Sacré-Coeur, up the hill, has panoramic views of the capital, the Louvre is a bus ride away, and the Paris of Lautrec, Renoir and the Moulin Rouge is all around.

0033-614 484748, offers many more options: 01172-047810,

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