The road I've been living in Lubeck: Engelgrube in the Altstadt. The exact address of the charming small studio (1-2 per.) is: Altstadt Ganghaus, Engelgrube 77, Haus 5.
Helga Michels: 0451-70-20-721
Dieter Peters: 0175-14521-76
Whether you like it or not, you'll probably end up spending at least one night in Murghab. Despite rumors of possible guesthouses or hotels, the only actual option that I've encountered was to stay at one of the local home stays. Some of them are more 'official' and some of them less. Ask around to find one. I can recommend the place located here: http://goo.gl/maps/P4Uqt
They will provide you basic accommodation and some food - nothing fancy of course - but they are really nice people over there. Don't get your hopes too high on electricity and if you're looking for a hot shower - keep in mind that they actually need to boil the water on a wooden-run stove, so if you can afford to smell a little bit funky for a little while, take it into consideration.
St Gimignano is a great base camp for touring the entire Tuscanu region. And a marvelous place on its own, with medieval towers and piazzas and great views to the nearby fields and winaries.
We decided to stay 'inside the walls' of the old city, because we wanted to stay at the hotel in the evenings, and go to the nearby restaurants. La Cisterna is situated right in the middle of the old city. It's a reasonable hotel but I've seen better. Ask for one of the larger rooms, even if it costs a bit more.
Breakfast is good.
They give you the option to drive in with the rented car to drop the luggage, before you go park it outside the walls.
Yandup Island Lodge
Yandup To reach must make a reservation with Air Panama by phone: +507 316 9000 or through their website: www.flyairpanama.com. Unable to reach by car and then by boat, as the road is far from our island and can be between 4-8 hours of travel, besides being something dangerous by distance, weather and travel.
Or do it primal & stay at Kuanidup
$260/person 2 nights
Hostel Vienna in the old city
$45 for the first night, probably a little more the second
At the time we didn't know the difference, so we started on the eastern coast, and spent the night in a beautiful beach called Jambiani. We stayed at a place called “Blue Oyster Hotel”, an amazing hotel with a German owner. We had a huge room on the second floor, 10 meters from the beach, and it cost us $50 a night. We could hear the waves, and in the morning the sun came up from the sea to wake us up. It’s was like a dream, worth every dollar and I highly recommend it.
If you are a couple – don’t miss it.
We spent the first night at Lily's Guesthouse, a very nice and clean place located at the east part of Lanmataw St, between main street and the morning market. The place is very close to the bus station (and the big Antenta in the middle of town). It's a relatively new, and the owner is very friendly. The breakfast is really great, and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. They had a free bed only for one night, so I had to move the next day to Mr. Charles guesthouse.
Istanbul offers a verity of accommodations, and the choice isn’t easy. We decided on a boutique family hotel called Ada Hotel Istanbul (http://www.adaistanbul.com/), which was recommended by some friend and travel sites.
The hotel is in a short walking distance from all the main sites, and the owner was happy to assist us when we booked the room, and during the stay itself. He recommended us where to go and what to see, but at no point put any pressure to buy a tourist deal from his agency, and gave us plenty of space to ourselves. So we felt confident we are I in good and honest hands (in a city full of peddlers, you get a vague feeling almost everyone is trying to swindle you).
Since it was winter season, we were offered to upgrade our room for the same price (79 euro) – if we’d pay in cash. The room was smaller than expected, but very cozy. We had a view to the old city and the sea of Marmara, and it was nice waking up to the site of old city, with its mosques and rounded domes. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi, and the room had central heating, which is very important in the winter. The hotel offers free WiFi connection and free international calls (like many hotels in the city). The price included breakfast, which is served in on the roof floor. The breakfast was rich and tasty, with all sorts of salads, pastries, pancakes with different filling each day, cheese and yogurt, different spreads and more.