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Handpicked Hotels Under £100

17th April 2012 Print

A new website has launched detailing independent hotels that offer rooms under one hundred pounds a night. lists a carefully selected portfolio of privately owned, character hotels offering charm and local experiences that won’t break the bank. Every property on the website has either been reviewed or recommended and these personal diary style reports can be found in the ‘what we say’ sections. Currently most of the hotels are located in India, Sri Lanka and Zambia. However there are plans to expand the collection further afield.

In these austere times with people carefully watching their budget there is a great deal of demand for hotels that offer value for money without compromising on quality. concentrates on properties that are privately owned, often are family homes and where local interaction and experiences are paramount. Visitors staying at these properties are more likely to enjoy unique experiences set away from the main tourist trail.

To keep pricing easily comprehensive and transparent the hotels are split into four categories: Hotels under 100 is simply where all double rooms with the exception of the main suite are under £100 a night all year round. Luxury for Less is a selection of high end hotels that offer a small selection of rooms year round for under a £100, whereas Seasonal Offers displays hotels where seasonal discounts bring the rates to under £100 per night. All prices are based on two people sharing a double room on bed and breakfast and are inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.

The fourth category, Safaris Under 100 highlights a collection of safari lodges and activity based hotels offering guests a selection of experiences from wildlife and camel safari’s to trekking, golf and yoga. Prices in this category are per person and based on two people sharing a double room inclusive of full board.

Founder and Director, Philippa Kaye has been a specialist in luxury travel to India for 15 years and lived in India for 5 years. Philippa comments on “We wanted to create a website that has a more personal approach to finding the perfect ‘hidden gem’ properties that can make travelling so special. We are aware that price is a key factor in today’s decision making so we decided to focus our efforts on hotel rooms that are under £100, however as people are conscious of ‘budget’ travel in India we also ensure that we personally and visit review all hotels or that they are recommended by a trusted colleague.”

The website is easy to navigate and there is a wealth of information on the countries and local regions that visitors might wish to explore. Searches can be made by country, region, type of hotel and price.

Examples of properties that can be found on include Cardamom House, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu in India. This eight bedroom property is located in a rural area by a lake and surrounded by a pretty garden abundant with flowers and birdlife. Cardamom House is owned by exuberant retired British physician, Chris Lucas. In the ‘what we say’ section the author highlights the peacefulness of this special location, true village India and the wonderful fresh home cooked food.

The Black Buck Lodge is located adjacent to Velavadar National Park, India’s only tropical grassland to be afforded a National Park status. This lodge offers accommodation in 14 air-conditioned stone cottages, all overlooking the immense surrounding landscape and a continually replenished artificial lake. The lodge is an ideal location from which to view the local animals including black bucks, wolves and wild hares. The ‘what we say’ section makes reference to the delicious food, attentive staff and pretty blackbuck-printed crockery as well as the supremely brewed coffee.

For a cultural experience, Labboo’z Lodge has five rooms within a 16th century gatehouse to the Ahilya Fort. The lodge’s cafe serves up vegetarian meals that can be served on a terrace overlooking the river. The local area, Maheshwar is renowned for the fine textiles and the Rehwa Society created by Prince Richard Holkar. In ‘what we say’ the author makes reference to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the Narmada River and nearby temple complex leading down to the ghats where visitors can observe a way of life that is unique to India.