5 weeks. 6 countries. 8 apartments.
We booked and paid for these places months ago without knowing anything about most of the cities we were visiting. You scan the pics on Booking.com, check there is a washing machine and that it’s in a part of town close to transport and a supermarket.
But did we get it right? Sometimes totally, sometimes, not quite. Sometimes money was the deciding factor and while there were cuter, more convenient locations, we had to dial it back a bit to not blow the budget.(hello Venice!).
As a token of our appreciation for all of our hosts, we left a note and some Caramello Koalas. If the place was fab, we left 3; if it was pretty good 2; okay 1; and totally dodgy brothers, none. Yeah…that really showed ’em. By the way, this rating system was just about the apartment, not how we felt about the city.
So, here are the rankings. The 3 Caramellos get the added honour of a link, so click through and book if you’re ever in the area!
Pros: Friendly host; timber interior; 600+ TV channels (!!!); toasty warm; in the countryside 20 minutes from Ljubljana; across the road from one of Europe’s oldest monasteries; parking at the door; quiet.
Cons: You need a car to get there; said there was a washing machine and there wasn’t.
Find Hisa Ida (there are 2 or 3 apartments on the property) here
Pros: In teeny tiny Hum; ahhhhh the serenity; amazing scenery; stone walls; downstairs room with a roaring fire; lovely generous hosts; the town was empty
Cons: The town was empty
Find House Vera here
Pros: WE’RE LIVING IN A MANSION; fancy and spacious; right in town; beautiful hosts
Cons: church clock across the street
Find it here
Pros: Clean; close to the train station and trams; good size
Cons: Personality-free; zero Vienna info left in the apartment
Pros: Close to town, opposite the town walls; amazing mix of art and antiques through the house; simply huge
Cons: Walking through an empty legal office to get to our apartment upstairs; being covered in the landlady’s blood after she tripped and fell while showing us around, and having to attempt to give her first aid.
Pros: Cute apartment; well furnished and with everything we needed; thirty minute walk to town, ten minute walk to train station; wine on arrival
Cons: Seedy area; hot and cold shower
Pros: The views! Opening our shutters to expansive panoramas of the city; easy walk to everything; pretty big by Venice standards
Cons: Busted internet, hot water, heating, busted stairs; many many steep stairs to get there!
Pros: A washer AND drier; close to the centre of town, across the road from a tram line
Cons: 4 flights of stairs; no plug for the sink, one teaspoon, 3 forks (Milana ate pasta with chopsticks), no toaster, not enough towels; bathroom smells like sewage
Pros: There were beds.
Cons: It smelt like fish; the decor was a dollar store tragedy; the host sat in with us to give us a twenty minute demo on how to work the TV and left a page-long list on how to operate the kettle; Avalon slipped on the non-slip mat in the shower/bath and smashed her elbow on the tiles.
While some cities are obviously more expensive than others, we wanted to keep our accommodation budget to under $150 per night. Good luck doing that in any Australian city! Our average ended up being $139 per night, not including city taxes which are paid in cash per person in some places. Not bad!