We have received questions from a few people about the accommodations we chose while we were in Europe last summer. We consider ourselves budget travellers since we tried to keep all our accommodations between 50 and 90 canadian dollars per night, which in Europe during peak season can be a challenge. The truth is that we were able to score some amazing places in that price range, but we also had a few disasters. We had drugged-out hosts, rooms that smelled like cat pee, and some that were so hot we ended up sleeping on the cool ceramic floor. Having said that, we also found some gems that were an absolute steal! So we thought we would go through the list of places we stayed at that we would recommend to other travellers. Here is our list of our favorite budget accomodations from our time in Europe.
In Lagos we stayed in a lovely homestay run by a family who also owned a great Portuguese restaurant in the same building. We had two dinners there and loved it! The room is very simple, a double bed with a window that provided a great breeze during the evening. Although there was no A/C, we slept very well. The location of the accommodation is hard to beat. Within a 2 minute walk from the beach as well as from the main street where all the restaurants are. Even though the location was very central, there was barely any noise at night.
In Alicante we stayed in an apartment that was supposed to be shared with the host, but she ended up being on vacation and we had the whole place to ourselves. The apartment was very modern and had A/C which is always a big bonus in the Spanish heat. The only downside could be the fact that while the room is advertised as being for two people, it is a single bed with a pullout mattress underneath it. We didn’t mind, but if you expect a normal double bed you might be disappointed.
Barcelona was one of the cities we were visiting with the highest average for nightly accommodation price. We were very lucky to find this room for an amazing price! The location was great! Right next to a metro station which is a big bonus in Barcelona. Quiet at night, yet loads of restaurants and coffee shops nearby. The host was also super friendly which is always great. The room was on the smaller side but it was enough for us, and it came with a big fan which helped a lot with the heat since there was no A/C.
In Paros we stayed at a lovely place where we had a nice Queen bed and our own private bathroom, which felt like a luxury to us at that point. It had A/C, it was very clean and the hosts were very friendly. The location was amazing and honestly we could not have asked for more!
In Santorini we stayed at a hostel in a private double room with a private bathroom. It was very clean, very spacious and had a nice balcony. While the room was great, the real highlights of the place were the beachfront location as well as the resto-bar that was on their property. It had a great atmosphere and they offered a discount on drinks to everyone who stayed in the hostel, as well as free coffee in the mornings!
In Naples we stayed in a cute and very modern bed and breakfast. It was incredibly affordable for the quality of accommodation we got. We had our own large room with a queen bed and private bathroom, and we were served coffee and breakfast that consisted of yogurts, cereals and pastries. The location was very central to everything we needed to access and was very close to the train station as well as public transit.
While this accommodation was not the most convenient for exploring along the Amalfi coast due to the fact that it was located higher in the mountains rather than along the main road, it still made it on the list. It is situated on a family-run farm where they have a bed and breakfast as well as a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. We ate here multiple times since the food was so fresh and delicious! You are basically living amongst all the produce that you will be served for dinner later in the evening and we found it to be an awesome experience. To top it all off, the family running the place was incredibly nice!
This little apartment was perfectly located right between the beach and the main square. It offered everything we needed: large bedroom, bathroom, balcony, kitchenette, washing machine! The hosts were very friendly and we loved the feel of having our own little apartment again.
The room we had in venice was absolutely amazing. It was huge, very nicely decorated and the location could not be beat. We were walking distance from the famous piazza san marco and located on a street full of restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.
In Hvar we rented a little studio that we absolutely loved. Every time we were able to get a place where we had a kitchen all to ourselves we were thrilled. We both love cooking and used the kitchen every single day. After months on the road, staying mostly in homestays, when you can get a place like this all to yourself it’s a very appreciated change of pace.
In Florence we stayed in a very basic apartment where there were a total of 5 rooms sharing 2 bathrooms and a fridge and microwave. It definitely is not very private or luxurious but our room was nice and spacious, the place was always very clean and the location was great! For a budget accommodation it is hard to ask for much more in one of Italy’s most visited cities.
Our place in Rome was very similar to the one in Florence. It was multiple rooms sharing all the facilities. The main difference was that this apartment has a full kitchen we could use which we really appreciated. The location was once again great. Location is often the determining factor when we are looking to book an accommodation since it makes your life so much easier to be close to everything you want to visit.
We hope this helps you plan your future travels in Europe!
Thank for reading,
Lots of Love,
Ben and Bianca