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Hastal Prague Old Town B&B

PRAGUE

Located in the heart of Prague's medieval Old Town, the Hastal Prague Old Town B&B has been serving guests for more than a century. This recently renovated six-story inn (with a five-story elevator) boasts 31 rooms—each awash in traditional décor and a late 19th-century ambiance. Some even have views of the city's historic Old Town Square—just a short walk from the entrance. The B&B's is a five-minute stroll to the city's Charles Bridge and 15 minutes' walk to Prague Castle—the largest ancient castle on the planet. You can even purchase souvenir Czech glassware at reception.

 

 

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The Rooms Bed and Breakfast

VIENNA

Occupying a newly built home in Vienna's residential Donaustadt district, the Rooms offers easy access to the city's old town and most iconic sights in a private and tranquil setting. Each of its four guestrooms reflects themes from around the globe—with personalized touches such as a Chinese wedding cupboard for storage or a balcony decorated with fig trees. Load up on housemade muesli and eggs made-to-order before heading off to explore. Not only is Vienna's Stephansplatz (or Central Square) an easy nine-minute train ride, but the Old Danube River—a recreational hub—is just down the street.

 

 

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Malolo Bed & Breakfast

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Malolo B&B provides a little slice of island life along the United States' Northeast Corridor. Conveniently located in Washington, D.C.'s Marshall Heights neighborhood—just a few metro stops to sights such as the National Mall, the Smithsonian, and Capital Hill's Eastern Market—the four-guestroom inn caters to both business and leisure travelers. Each spacious room has its own private bath and is tastefully decorated in bright South Pacific-inspired colors. Malolo's professionally trained chef whips up a changing breakfast menu daily (think burrito wraps and stir-fry veggies), as well as five- and seven-course dinners—perfect after a day exploring.

 

 

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Les 3 Chambres

PARIS

Bright, colorful and stylish, Les 3 Chambres perfectly blends contemporary design with the magnificent elegance of old Paris. The three-guestroom flat is located in the city's 9th arrondissement, just a short distance from the magical neighborhood of Montmartre and landmarks like the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. When you're not touring the city, savor homemade cakes with jam in the turquoise lounge library or peruse the gallery of original costume sketches in the hall.

 

 

 

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The Sono Chicago

CHICAGO

While it's easy to pass an entire afternoon lounging upon the rooftop deck, the Sono Chicago also has everything from history museums to Lebanese eateries just beyond its doors. Located in the city's lively Old Town, this newly built inn features seven en suite guestrooms—each awash in crisp white linens and mahogany furnishings and some with their own private balconies. Spend evenings savoring exquisite skyline views around an outdoor fire pit or cook up dinner in Sono's state-of-the-art shared kitchen. Breakfast scones and fresh fruit are available daily.

 

 

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Mexsuites Casa Azul B&B

MEXICO CITY

Sample tacos and tortas along the restaurant-lined streets of the surrounding Colonia Nápoles neighborhood, stroll through the sculpture-filled parque hundido ("sunken park") or linger over a traditional Mexican breakfast on Casa Azul's shared terrace. Along with an excellent location close to metro stations that will get you to the city's chinampas—"floating gardens"—in no time, the newly renovated B&B has an English-speaking staff ready to help you reach wherever it is you'd like to go. Each of the nine guestrooms features a private bath, and some sport hardwood floors and seating areas.

 

 

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Best Pantheon B&B

ROME

Immerse yourself in the history of Italy's cosmopolitan capital with the Best Pantheon B&B as your base. Located on the lower floors of an 18th-century building, the modern four-guestroom space is styled with sleek furnishings and flat-screen TVs. It's just a few steps away from the Pantheon itself—one of best preserved buildings of ancient Rome—and close to some of the city's additionally iconic sights, including Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

 

 

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Annex Garden Bed & Breakfast and Suites

TORONTO

Toronto's Annex Garden occupies a historic 19th-century former home just a few blocks from the trattorias, cafes and restaurants of Little Italy. Located along a tree-lined street just minutes from public transit, the smartly renovated B&B has retained many of its original elements, such as stained glass windows and fireplaces. It also offers many home-style comforts, including laundry facilities, home-cooked pecan waffles and apple pancakes (served with real Canadian maple syrup), and two resident pugs.

 

 

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Gateway Guesthouse

AUSTIN

Occupying a historical 1917 home in the city's Travis Heights neighborhood, Austin's Gateway Guesthouse is a popular stop among travelers and locals. Mingle poolside before hitting the city's live-music venues, spend a lazy evening listening to crickets from the cozy front porch, or relax in one of the five beautifully styled guestrooms ranging from a king-bed space to a one-bedroom carriage house with a kitchen. Gourmet breakfasts are included, and the inn's the award-winning chef offers five-course custom dinner and hands-on cooking classes.

 

 

—by Laura Kiniry