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TripAdvisor Names Best Bargains Abroad

Hotels, Attractions and Restaurants to Visit on the Cheap in Top European Capitals

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NEEDHAM, Mass., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent survey of more than 1,400 TripAdvisor® travelers, 65 percent of respondents worldwide, and 50 percent of Americans, are planning to travel to/within Europe in the next 12 months. As travelers prepare for their European trips this year, TripAdvisor wanted to offer recommendations on places to stay, eat at, and see while visiting some of the most popular capitals in Europe: London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. These lists were determined based on the opinions and experiences of TripAdvisor travelers and editors. All prices below are listed in U.S. dollars, and hotel prices reflect year-round average nightly rates.

  LONDON

  Hotels:
  1. Bay Tree House B&B - 59 Brookdale, New Southgate
     Top-rated B&B in London on TripAdvisor, New Southgate gem is
     $127/night.
  2. Arran House Hotel - 77-79 Gower Street, Central London
     Cozy Central London B&B with great location and is only $129/night.
  3. Melrose House - 89 Lennard Road, East Penge
     Fifteen-minute tube ride into Central London, East Penge B&B is
     $103/night.

  Attractions:
  1. British Museum - Great Russell Street, London
     Expansive and diverse collection of antiques makes it one of many
     outstanding and free London museums.
  2. Buckingham Palace - Buckingham Palace Road, London
     Watch the regularly scheduled famous changing of the guard at 11 a.m.
  3. Richmond Park - Richmond Park, Surrey
     The largest royal park in London with about 2,500 acres of beautiful
     and peaceful landscape.

  Restaurants:
  1. The Stockpot - 18 Old Compton Street, London
     About $60 for a three-course meal for two with wine and coffee.
  2. The Neal's Yard Salad Bar - 1, 8/10 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
     Great take-out specials, often complete meals less than $10.
  3. Mr. Wu - 6-7 Irving Street, Leicester Square
     Less than $10 all-you-can-eat Chinese food buffet in Leicester Square.


  PARIS

  Hotels:
  1. Hotel de la Porte Doree - 273 ave Daumesnil, Paris
     Cozy Daumesnil establishment, $97/night, 20 minute Metro ride into
     center city.
  2. Residence Les Gobelins - 9 rue des Gobelins, Paris
     Close to Metro and Mouffetard market area, $111/night, a Parisian
     bargain.
  3. Comfort Inn Saint Pierre - 10, rue de Clignancourt, Paris
     Modest, but clean hotel near Sacre Coeur/Montmartre is $145/night.

  Attractions:
  1. Notre Dame Cathedral - 6 place du Parvis, Ile de la Cite, Paris
     Visitors are welcome free-of-charge to this beautiful, historic church.
  2. Pere-Lachaise Cemetery - 16 rue du Repos, Paris
     Burial site of numerous French luminaries, with stunning views of
     Paris.
  3. Champs-Elysees - Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris
     Famously beautiful tree-lined boulevard with wonderful boutiques, cafes
     and shops.

  Restaurants:
  1. Le Vieux Belleville - 12 rue des Envierges, Paris
     Fun family restaurant combines good food, live music and meals for
     under $30.
  2. Le Petit Vatel - 5 rue Lobineau, Saint Germain des Pres
     Quaint Saint Germain restaurant offering 3 course meals at about $30.
  3. Chartiers - 7 rue Faubourg, Montmartre
     Montmartre eatery where main course and entrée can go for less than
     $20.


  ROME

  Hotels:
  1. Hotel Parlamento - Via delle Convertite 5, Rome
     Centrally located near the Spanish Steps, this comfortable hotel is
     $153/night.
  2. Hotel San Pietrino - Via Giovanni Bettolo, 43, Rome
     Conveniently located near the Vatican, simple, cozy accommodation at
     $159/night.
  3. II Colle degli Ulivi - Via Colle Palazzola, 36, Zagarolo
     Amazing B&B in Zagarolo, 30 minutes from Rome's city center and
     $106/night.

  Attractions:
  1. Trevi Fountain - Piazza di Trevi, Rome
     Stunning Baroque work-of-art is free and does not require a guide.
  2. Porta Portese Market - Rome
     Renowned flea market open on Sundays where travelers can shop and eat
     on the cheap.
  3. The Pantheon - Piazza della Rotonda, Rome
     Amazing ancient historic structure has free tours in the evening.

  Restaurants:
  1. Da Corrado - Va della Pelliccia, 39 Trastevere
     Trastavere family-run business is simple, but good and inexpensive -
     can be less than $15/person.
  2. Trattoria Dar Pallaro - Largo del Pallaro 15
     Warm atmosphere and five-course meals for around $30.
  3. Da Michele - Via Merulana, 236
     Choose from dozens of pizzas for about $25.


  MADRID

  Hotels:
  1. Hotel Room Mate Alicia - C/ Prado, 2 Madrid
     Funky, hip hotel located on Santa Ana Square costs $191/night.
  2. Best Western Atlantico - Gran Via 38, Madrid
     Great location on the Grand Via is $188/night.
  3. Room Mate Mario - Campomanes 4, Madrid
     Central Madrid, near the Royal Place, with a friendly staff at
     $165/night.

  Attractions:
  1. Retiro Park - Between C. Alfonso XII and Avenida de Menendez Pelayo,
     Madrid
     Stunning urban park complete with fountains, a lake, and a rose garden.
  2. Prado Museum - Paseo del Prado s/n Madrid
     Perhaps the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings and free
     every night from 6-8 p.m.
  3. Plaza de Oriente - Opposite Palacio Real Madrid Spain
     Bursting with attractions, including the Royal Palace, Royal Theatre
     and Sabatini Gardens.

  Restaurants:
  1. Jhambala - Calle de Perez Galdos, 3 Madrid
     Cozy, Mediterranean restaurant with colorful decor and less than $30
     per person.
  2. Wagaboo - Calle Gravina, 18 Madrid
     Fun eating for under $30 at this noodle haven.
  3. Bazaar - C/ Libertad, 21, Madrid
     Great Mediterranean food in a trendy environment, around $25 per
     person.


  BERLIN

  Hotels:
  1. Arcotel Velvet - Oranienburger Strasse 52 Berlin
     Stylish hotel in good location, with most attractions within walking
     distance at $198/night.
  2. Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte - Rudolfstadter Strasse 42 Wilmersdorf
     Berlin
     Central location near Checkpoint Charlie with clean, spacious rooms,
     accommodations at $142/night.
  3. Goethe87 Hotel - Goethestrasse 87 Berlin
     West Berlin gem near train station with spacious, modern rooms at $159
     a night.

  Attractions:
  1. Pergamon Museum - Museumsinsel, Am Kupfergraben Berlin
     Historic museum with free admission from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday nights.
  2. Reichstag - Platz der Republik Tiergarten Berlin
     Great historic building with incredible views from the top.
  3. Berlin Wall - Niederkirchnerstrasse Berlin
     Scattered pieces throughout Berlin, head to Potsdamer Platz for a
     decent stretch.

  Restaurants:
  1. Cenacolo - Sredzkistrasse 23 Berlin
     Authentic Italian food and furnishings with great atmosphere and less
     than $25/person.
  2. Monsieur Vuong - Alte Schonhauser Strasse 46 Berlin
     Affordable and delicious Vietnamese cuisine, and costs less than $25.
  3. Zur Letzten Instanz - Waisenstrasse 14-16 Berlin
     The oldest restaurant in Berlin with traditional fare, expect to spend
     around $30 per meal.

"It is remarkable how many hidden gems TripAdvisor travelers uncover to make traveling on a budget a reality, even in the most expensive European cities," said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

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