I'm going to London, Belgium and the Netherlands from May 10th-24th, and I'm looking for great places to stay.
My tentative itinerary:
London (5 nights - 5/10-5/15)
Brussels (1 night - 5/15-5/16)
Bruges (2 nights - 5/16-5/18)
The Netherlands (6 nights - mostly Amsterdam, but other cities as well - 5/18-24)
I'm traveling alone, and I'm interested in hearing from those who are quite enthusiastic about a certain place and want to tell me how great it is.
My basic requirements:
-- Located in or very to close to the city center, preferably away from tourist areas as much as possible.
-- Decent value. Less than $200 a night in most places, though I will go up on that in London or if it's a really spectacular place and gives a nice bang for my (floudering) buck.
-- No hostels.
--Big bonus points for buildings with nice, old-timey architecture.
For the Netherlands, I'll be spending a good deal of time in Amsterdam, but I would also be interested in hearing about other towns and cities that might be worth an overnight stay or long day trip.
As a point of reference, I stayed at the Strand Palace
in London last year and, though I found it a bit shabby, it was a steal at under $200 in an incredibly central but not too touristy area. I don't mind staying there again, but would love to try something different if you can recommend something.