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on 1 June 2006
If, like me, you're not a fan of souless large hotels then this book is for you. Covering all of Spain the accommodation featured ranges from small and cheap to large and costly - and everything in between. What is consistent is that every place (that we stayed anyway) has a WOW factor - that something special that means you won't forget it. And the reviews, although short, attempt to be truthful helping you ensure it's the place for you.
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on 12 July 2007
We have for many years enjoyed travelling in northern France for short mini-breaks or stopovers en route to our final holiday destination and we have found the Alistair Sawday guide an absolute essential.
So when we were planning our Andalucian 10 day break in May with our two young girls we knew exactly where to go to find a selection of authentic, affordable fincas and casas where the hospitality is second to none.
Our favourite stopover, high up in the Alpujarras, was Casa Rural El Paraje, a derelict finca lovingly restored by a charming dutch couple, Anita Beijer & Walter Michels who have transformed their new home into a chic, "boutique" bed and breakfast stopover. Walter is very talented in the kitchen where he prepares an extremely affordable 15 euro 3 course evening meal whilst Anita, multi-lingual, engages in warm hospitality with her guests. The view from the terrace is phenomenal and stretches miles across the Alpujarras.
We just wouldn't have come across these lovely folk without the Alistair Sawday guide.
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on 6 May 2005
An absolute must for anyone visiting, or even living in Spain, who likes to stay 'somewhere a bit different'. I have stayed in a number of the paradors listed in the book, from the Pyranees to Seville and have not been disappointed.
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on 10 October 2007
we couldn't be more delighted to find alastair sawday's travel books. we are on sabbatical for the spring semester and needing to find short and long term rentals throughout europe. we have been completely impressed with the level of detail in the writeups and the images add a lot to giving a sense of place. we love that the selections are not all the poshest places, but all have great character or reason for inclusion. i am a very picky traveler, was in the hotel business, and i can tell you this is the best selection of places i have ever seen. cheers alastair! we like your guides and your view of life!!
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on 16 July 2007
If you're looking for package holiday accommodation this book is not for you. Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Stay is one of a series of really useful guides with a treasure trove of ideas for accommodation. We have stayed at a number of recommended places and never been disappointed yet - it gives you what it says on the cover. If you cannot get out to Spain this year, no problem as the book gives you ample scope for dreaming!
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on 26 June 2009
The Sawday accommodation guides are reliable and very easy to use. I have stayed in some very lovely places in England, Scotland and France as recommended by the guides. Have booked several places for a forthcoming visit to Spain confident that I will find myself at the very least comfortable and perhaps from time to time thoroughly enchanted.
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on 18 January 2008
As with all the 'Special Places' guides, this is full of charming and interesting places to stay. It's worth planning your trip around the entries, which is what we did recently when travelling the length of Spain with our dogs (the book tells you if places cater for dogs, vegetarians, children etc). It's so beautifully produced that you'll enjoy reading it even if you're not leaving home.
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