Byroads’ accommodation stands out from most other tour companies because of our careful selection of wonderful hotels that offer charm and character reflecting the area of the world we travel through. Our choice of hotels is for many of our guests, a real highlight of their tour.
The accommodation we select is an important part of the experience. We seek out hotels in the ‘superior 3-star’ or ‘4-star’ category, however style and character are more important to us than star ratings, which can often be subjective. Historic Riads in the old medinas of Marrakech and Fes; an elegant hotel set among the lush green of a tea plantation in Sri Lanka; a comfortable traditional felt ger on the grass steppes of Mongolia or a Spanish colonial mansion in Mexico are just some of the places we stay. Where ‘character’ hotels are not to be found, we ensure our accommodation is comfortable and well located and within walking distance of the major sights. A selection of the types of hotels we feature can be found below…
Nestled at the end of a quiet street, near the heart of the ancient labyrinth of the medina our riad offers a charming base for exploring the souks and monuments of the loveliest of Morocco’s imperial cities. The hotel is comprised of three inter-connected 18th century residences, each an architectural gem in its own right, offering modern comforts in a traditional setting. The 12 guest rooms are arrayed around three separate courtyards fitted with fountains, palm trees and sitting areas.
GALLE FORT HOTEL
Originally a 17th Century Dutch merchant’s mansion inside the walls of the fort our hotel has been impeccably restored. This iconic building has throughout its long life been a gem merchants mansion, RAF barracks, post office, bakery, and even a pitch for the forts juvenile cricketers. It’s a beautiful, eclectic, eccentric gem of a place that exerts a magnet appeal.
TOURIST GER CAMP
Outside of the capital of Ulanbaataar accommodation is in special tourist Ger camps. A Ger or Yurt is a traditional felt home of the Mongolian nomads. Although quite basic they are clean and very comfortable and really add to the fun and excitement of a trip across the Mongolian Steppe.
MALEK O TOJJAR
Yazd is a wonderful town in central Iran, with a plethora of traditional mud-brick architecture. There are several stunning old homes now converted into boutique hotels. They are a wonderful example of a traditional Qajar-era residence, with individual rooms and spacious dining courtyard.
Mexico is full of charming colonial era hotels and in Oaxaca our preferred hotel is no exception. A restored 16th Century former convent this intimate hotel is only a few minutes walk to the baroque Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and the cultural artefacts in the excellent Museum of Culture.
98 ACRES RESORT & SPA
Located in the midst of a working tea plantation, our elegant, chic hotel stands on a tea estate surrounded by stunning landscapes. On a clear day, views extend all the way to the southern lakes in Uda Walawe and Tissamaharama. Little Adam’s Peak – a well-known local landmark – is just a short walk away, as is the sleepy hillside village of Ella.