Archive for category: Recommended Digs

Minas Gerais Pousada Near Diamantina – Delicious Retreat on the Estrada Real

8 October, 2010 (13:44) | Budget Travel, Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Visitors to Minas Gerais, the Brazilian state bordering Rio de Janeiro, can step back in time by wandering the cobblestone streets among whitewashed 18th century houses in dozens of colonial mining towns dotting the region. The most famous destinations, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and Mariana, are closest to Rio, but true treasures await for intrepid travelers [...]

Five Historic Paradores for Culture Vultures – on a Budget

20 September, 2010 (16:35) | Budget Travel, Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

We’re always on the lookout for original accommodations around the world for budget-minded travelers.  Holly Maguire, at, suggested a guest post about Paradores – the collection of historic properties scattered around Spain that have been converted into unique hotels.  Quite honestly, we assumed that paradores as a rule were out of our price range, [...]

Five Original Hotels in Puerto Rico for the Budget Traveler

14 September, 2010 (00:21) | Budget Travel, Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Puerto Rico offers far more for travelers than just all-inclusive resorts and high rise hotels. A simpler, more laid back Caribbean thrives all around the island – in mountain retreats, island guesthouses, and beach-side inns. Here’s our starter list of original hotels in Puerto Rico for budget-minded travelers: We had the good fortune to visit [...]

Exclusive Hotel Discount on Albuquerque’s Boutique Hotel Andaluz

26 August, 2010 (12:19) | Recommended Digs, Southwest U.S. | By: darngooddigs

During our road trip this summer in the southwest U.S., we had the chance to spend three nights at Albuquerque’s newest boutique hotel, the fabulous Hotel Andaluz – as part of our search for the best independently owned hotels around the world for budget-minded travelers. We were living in luxury for close to $100 a [...]

Prisons, Banks, and Rice Barns – Stay Somewhere Original, starting at US$20/night

17 August, 2010 (11:33) | Budget Travel, Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Do you ever read those glossy travel magazines and think to yourself, ‘Oh, how I’d love to stay in a fabulous ice castle or undersea lodge – if only I had a gazillion dollars?’ Sometimes it’s fun to live vicariously through sleek photos, but we at Darn Good Digs have put together a list of [...]

The Beit Rose Hotel: An Intimate Bed and Breakfast in the Old City of Damascus

13 August, 2010 (18:29) | Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

When Lena from Amman, Jordan stumbled upon Darn Good Digs, she noticed a gaping hole in our guide to the world’s best independently owned hotels for budget-minded travelers.  Where were all the hotels in the Middle East?  Well, thanks to Lena, we will be adding a fabulous small hotel in Damascus, Syria, the Beit Rose [...]

Sri Pat Guest House in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2 August, 2010 (18:27) | Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

After reading Arthur Frommer’s blog post about Darn Good Digs, Kathy from Ankara, Turkey decided to nominate her favorite digs in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Kathy spent one month at the Sri Pat Guest House with her daughter, and she could not more highly recommend the Sri Pat or its friendly staff.  We just published Kathy’s [...]

The Aiguaclara Hotel – a perfect retreat on Spain’s Costa Brava

2 July, 2010 (13:19) | Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Over the past year we truly enjoyed reading about Sarah Lavender Smith‘s family travels around the world on her blog, Away Together.  We have the added bonus, here at Darn Good Digs, of receiving new nominations from Sarah every few months as she clues us in to her favorite hotels along the way.  Sarah has [...]

Riad Numero 9 in Fez, Morocco – a “Hotel Junkie’s” Dream Hotel

14 June, 2010 (11:49) | Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Nadia Latif of Travel Intelligence has uncovered for Darn Good Digs an intimate three-roomed riad in the heart of Fez’s labyrinthine medina.  From the moment we received the nomination of Riad Numero 9 from Nadia, a self-described hotel junkie, we knew we had found an extraordinary small hotel.  She emailed us, “I visited it last [...]

Exceptional Quintana Roo Mexico Eco-Hotel – Balamku Inn on the Beach

19 April, 2010 (15:44) | Recommended Digs | By: darngooddigs

Gary Diedrichs from Green Traveler Guides recently nominated the eco-friendly Balamku Inn on the Beach in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico, as one of his all-time favorite independently owned hotels.   The Green Traveler Guides, launched by Gary and his wife Peggy, are all about traveling well with the lightest possible carbon footprint. They do old-fashioned research [...]