The conventional wisdom is that a bed and breakfast is only a bed and breakfast when it’s located in the country. In truth, because B&Bs specialize in the universal art of hospitality, they can be found anywhere. Today’s travelers are finding cities can be a perfect setting for bed and breakfasts – ten of which were selected by BedandBreakfast.com as the finest for 2011-2012.
Representing an international selection, the winners were chosen based on their incredible location in a major city, excellent amenities, and atmosphere.
So the next time you’re in a city, make a break with chain hotels. Look for a bed and breakfast and you’ll have the best of both worlds: The excitement of the city and the quiet comforts of the country. For the full feature, please visit BedandBreakfast.com, Top 10 Urban Inns
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TOP TEN URBAN INNS
• B&B Barangay in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Beside beautiful canals, adjacent to Jordaan Quarter (Anne Frank Home and markets), and a few minutes’ walk to the central railroad station, this canal house was built in 1777 but fully renovated to feature unique tropical décor. Nearby are restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, and more.
• Clarendon Square Inn in Boston, Massachusetts.
In downtown Boston’s South End amidst a historic district of 19th century townhomes, the inn with historic heritage and modern décor features wonderful skyline views and is only steps from theaters, shops, and tourist sites and near Copley Square, the Boston Public Garden & Common and much more.
• Villa D'Citta in Chicago, Illinois.
Trendy Lincoln Park is the home of this Tuscan-style villa which places you near shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. The rare inn that features an on-site theater, private grotto, spa, and sun deck. Avail yourself of concierge services for sports and concert tickets and reservations.
• Parkwood at Marble Arch in London, England.
Across from beautiful Hyde Park, the Regency townhouse in the exclusive Connaught Village is but a minute from Marble Arch and the legendary shops of Oxford Street. Perfectly placed, you’ll be an easy walk from Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the famous West End Theatres.
• The Canal Park Inn in New York City, New York.
Built in 1826, this peaceful retreat on the border of Soho and Tribeca is also conveniently close to Greenwich Village, Soho, and the East Village. Nearby Hudson River Park is a perfect place to catch sunset. Catch breakfast in the café of the Canal Park Playhouse, which shares the building.
• Monte Cristo in San Francisco, California.
Once a bordello and saloon and then a speakeasy, this 1875 building has been reborn as a European-style B&B at the junction of the lovely Presidio Heights, Pacific Heights, and Laurel Heights neighborhoods. Blocks away are antique shops, the Vogue Theatre, and award-winning restaurants.
• La Maison in Midtown in Houston, Texas.
The newly-constructed inn benefits from its Midtown location and a European-inspired design that offers a relaxing and peaceful environment. In addition to luxurious guest rooms, a veranda overlooks the downtown skyline and places you within a short drive to the Theater and Museum Districts, sports venues, and The Galleria.
• Bonne Nuit in Paris, France.
The Bonne Nuit is steeped in history with a heritage that dates back to 1609. In the heart of “Old Paris” – the Le Marais District – you’ll reside on the Right Bank, opposite the Latin Quarter and within an walk to cafes, restaurants, cinemas, bars, jazz clubs, The Louvre and Orsay. Also nearby? Notre Dame, Opera Bastille, Saint Paul Village, local markets…. and all of Paris.
• O Canada House in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Located in a historic West End building, you’ll be a short walk to Stanley Park, Gastown, Yaletown, Kitsilano Beach, and Chinatown. Here in one of Canada’s loveliest cities, you’re also conveniently close to shopping, dining, performance centers, and beaches, and tourist attractions.
• Embassy Circle Guest House in - Washington, D.C.
Even if you’re not a diplomat, you can stay in this renovated former embassy in one of the city’s most popular downtown neighborhoods, Dupont Circle. An energetic and exciting urban center, there are gourmet restaurants, art galleries, shops, and architectural treasures all around you.