the best cheap hotels and restaurants

the best cheap hotels and restaurants

Paris may boast some of the world’s most splendid luxury hotels but it also has some wonderful bargains. Pleasant budget hotels are scattered through all the best areas, and with a general overhaul of much of Paris’s hotel offering, many have been recently renovated or even created, so it’s no longer a question of sagging beds and dubious wallpaper, but original designs and pristine bathrooms. Even among more expensive hotels, many have several categories and prices of bedroom, largely based on size. As to prices, unlike the huge internet discounts sometimes found for expensive places, many of the best budget hotels find they don’t need to discount much, if at all.

Htel Regyn’s Montmartre 8/10

A great location if you want to leap straight out of bed and into the heart of the Montmartre action. Here the picturesque tourist Montmartre of cottages, artists’ studios and steep staircases meandering up the hill meets hip Parisians’ Montmartre, with the excellent food shops and lively bars of rue des Abbesses, like Le Sancerre and the Caves des Abbesses. The style is unpretentious and very Parisian behind its white stucco facade. The Montmartre themed murals of the vineyard and place des Abbesses in the reception and living room are rather kitsch but all part of the charm. The compact yet cheerful rooms have all been attractively refurbished with classic French toile de jouy print fabric on the walls, and pristine white bathrooms that just about squeeze in all you need some even have small baths.

Price: from 64, excluding breakfast (8 extra)

Address: 18 place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris

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Solar Htel 6/10

In a residential part of Montparnasse that is agreeable if you want to experience real Parisians’ Paris, with the rue Daguerre food shopping street just around the corner. Owner Franck Laval is ever present and ready to explain his mission when not taking other hoteliers around to convert them. Young, friendly staff are all committed to the cause. There are internet computers for guests to use downstairs and bikes for guests to borrow. Once you get used to the slightly startling blue paintwork and blue carpets, the bedrooms prove simple but well thought out, with high quality beds with white duvets and small desk; all have private bathroom with shower. You’re encouraged to sort your own waste in the bins on the landing. Organic breakfast included in the price includes locally sourced apple juice rather than imported orange and excellent bread from nearby baker Moisan.

Price: from 65, including breakfast.

Address: 22 rue Boulard, 75014 Paris

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Familia Htel 7/10

Familia Htel is a long standing budget classic offering a taste of traditional Left Bank Paris and a great central location. It’s a short walk to St Germain des Prs and Notre Dame or across the river via Ile St Louis to the Marais and Bastille. In a classic 1860s Haussmannian building with its golden stone facade and wrought iron balconies, the Familia is not for those after cutting edge design, but the cosy, traditional charm of a hotel that has been run by the same family for several generations. There are 30 air conditioned rooms with carved cherrywood bedheads and wardrobes. Some have exposed stone walls, others have toile de jouy fabrics, and many have a sepia view of a Paris landmark painted over the bed. For breakfast, fresh croissants and crusty baguette for continental breakfast served in the cosy Victorian style parlour.

Price: cheap jerseys from 70, excluding breakfast

Address: 11 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris

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The view from the Familia Htel

Htel Jeanne d’Arc 8/10

This hotel has an excellent Marais location, very central for numerous sights, yet tucked down a small street behind the place du March Ste Catherine so that you ‘d never find it if you didn’t know if was there. Reception staff are informal and welcoming, and chambermaids appear to have been here for decades. The rooms have nearly all been redecorated recently with painted furniture, taffeta curtains, colour washed walls and smart new bathrooms. A few have not and remain rustic and floral, with bathrooms that could one day star in a 70s pyschedelic revival. Most are good sized and several sleep three or four, which are popular with families, and there are also cots available. A simple breakfast is served downstairs.

Price: from 80, excluding breakfast (8)

Address: 3 rue de Jarente, 75004

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Mama Shelter 7/10

With interiors by Philippe Starck, location in an unlikely part of town, and buzzing bar and restaurant, Mama Shelter launched a new concept of hip design on a budget. This outpost has streetwise style, with lots of exposed raw and waxed concrete and graffitied blackboard ceilings, though what really makes this hotel is the buzzy open plan ground floor that is all at once laidback lounge, cocktail bar, restaurant, club and concept store. For all its budget ethos, Mama pays plenty of attention to service: you can check in by machine if you wish, but there are also young enthusiastic staff at front desk, and concierges who can provide information as well as posting suggestions for events and exhibitions on the frosted mirrors on each landing. The buzzy restaurant serves French regional cuisine revisited by illustrious chef Alain Senderens, an excellent breakfast, plus a very popular brunch on Sunday.

Price: from 90, excluding breakfast (16)

Address: 109 rue de Bagnolet, 75020

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Htel Arvor Saint Georges 9/10

This is a hotel that gets the home from home atmosphere just right, with its mixture of stylish and casual, a relaxed bar cum salon where you can browse art books or play table football, vases of fresh flowers, and curvy Bookworm shelves of paperbacks to borrow in the corridors owner Nadine Flammarion is a member of the famous publishing family. Bedrooms are airy and pared back: think bright white with one contrasting wall (apple green, sludge brown, cherry red, etc), personalised with eclectic lights, vintage chests of drawers or dressing tables found at the fleamarket and original photos. Most have good sized bathrooms with a tub and classy Fragonard bath products.

The Best Cheap GPS Units and Features

The Best Cheap GPS Units and Features

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GPS units and services, including mobile device applications, can be really expensive. But, luckily, there are plenty of deals to be had. After scouring the Internet, three affordable GPS units and one iPhone app has taken the prize for the top cheap GPS systems for cars.

It may be best to start with the iPhone app. Since you may not want to purchase an entire GPS system and already have an iPhone, this may be a good way to get your feet wet.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to try out an iPhone navigation app, then you need to download the Gokivo GPS Navigator, which can be accessed from iTunes. For only $0.99, you can use the application for 30 days. If you decide that you like it, it’s only $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.

What’s nice about this system is that there are no contracts to sign. So, if you only want to use it while you’re traveling, just pay the $5, and you’ve got the app for another month.

Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS

The final winner is the Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS, which will cost you between $150.00 and $200.00. (It would be wise to shop around to find the best price.) The one caveat with this model is that it’s been discontinued. But, if you don’t mind that, it’s a great find. You will get the quality of the higher priced models with the affordability of the cheaper models.

The StreetPilot is packed with amazing features. Maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico come standard with this model. The standard feature is, however, the points of interest database, which has over 5 million entries, meaning that you can find a wide variety restaurants, attractions and gas stations. The StreetPilot also gives you automatic rerouting.

The Best Cheap Golf Clubs for an Intermediate Player

The Best Cheap Golf Clubs for an Intermediate Player

If you’re an intermediate level golfer, you play the game with some proficiency. Golf Association handicap in the 10 to 20 range and usually shoots from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. So you want a decent set of clubs, not an old, rusted set from a yard sale. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy the newest and shiniest models, which can set you back as much as $2,000 at the time of publication. With a little shopping around, you can buy excellent clubs at a bargain price.

The Right Stuff

A set of golf clubs for an intermediate golfer includes a driver, fairway woods, irons, hybrids, wedges and a cheap jerseys putter. As Frankly Golf explains, an intermediate golfer is primarily looking for clubs offering forgiveness on mishits. A good driver for an intermediate player is made of titanium or steel, with a fairly large clubhead that offers forgiveness when you don’t strike the ball squarely. The best irons for most intermediate golfers are game improvement irons, with perimeter weighting in the clubface. You’ll need at least two or three high quality wedges a pitching wedge, sand wedge and perhaps a lob wedge. Last but definitely not least, a putter that feels great and enables you to roll the ball with control and confidence is the best way to lower your scores.

Older and Perhaps Better

“The Guardian” recommends purchasing second hand clubs at reasonable prices. You can find used clubs at some pro shops and golf shops, online at sites dedicated to golf or at sites such as eBay or Craigslist. Buying used clubs from top golf manufacturers can save you a tremendous amount of money. At the same time, clubs that are just a few years old often perform as well as brand new models, making them the best choice for many intermediate golfers. Demos clubs that have been used as testers at pro shops and golf shops also can be a source of cheap and decent clubs.

Check the Calendar

Peter Finch at “Golf Digest” advises you to buy clubs at certain times of the year in order to save money on new models. Most golf companies introduce new lines in the fall or around the first of the year. You’ll pay the maximum amount for the new offerings when they are released, but after six to 12 months most retailers drop prices substantially. This is often the cheapest way to buy new clubs from the best companies. It’s similar to buying a new car, which often is discounted right before the next model hits the showroom.

Whether you buy a complete set of clubs or assemble a set from various sources, all of the clubs need to match your particular game and swing. An intermediate golfer could have a very fast swing or a slow swing and his clubs should be adjusted accordingly. As “The Wall Street Journal” emphasizes, regardless of how much you spend to buy clubs, a good club fitting is essential for obtaining the maximum performance from your equipment. Club fitting is relatively inexpensive, so you can use some of the money you save on clubs for a good club fitting and a few lessons, the best ways to go from an intermediate to an advanced golfer.

The best cheap family cars

The best cheap family cars

Family cars are usually bought with a tight family budget. Here are ten of the best cheap family cars to save you money Cheap family cars can be a great way to save money, especially if they’ve been well maintained and used sparingly over the course of their lives. Opt for a reliable second hand model with good fuel economy, and you’ll likely save hundreds, if not thousands, in running costs compared to a factory fresh car with similar performance. The lower purchase price will be the icing on the cake.Which is all the more important if you’re buying a car with your loved ones in mind. At the end of the day you have mouths to feed and bills to pay, and if you can make a saving with a cheap family car that is just as practical, comfortable and roadworthy as a completely new car, then the decision really is a no brainer.Fortunately the term ‘family car’ is a broad one, mainly encompassing MPVs and estates, but also branching out towards saloons, SUVs and large hatchbacks. That should ensure plenty of choice for a range of budgets across the second hand car market. Buying a used car: all you need to knowFor example, did you know that you could buy a Mercedes C Class from 2012 with an original price tag of 28,270 for just 7,500? Hitting a claimed 64.2mpg when new, this figure isn’t likely to have fallen through the floor, even with 76,000 miles on the odometer.If MPVs are more to your liking, then do have a look at the Ford Galaxy. We came across one with a meagre 25,000 miles on the clock that had more than halved in value to 15,495 between 2015 and 2017.While that’s quite a drop, it’s also the tip of the iceberg in terms of uncovering incredible value for money. Without further ado, here are the ten best cheap family cars that we found across the second hand market.Scroll down to read all about the best cheap family cars, or alternatively have a look at what’s available in these incremental price bracketsHalf price heroes for all budgets: The best cars for under 1,000 The best cars for under 2,000 The best cars for under 3,000 The best cars for under 5,000 The best cars for under 10,000 The best cars for under 15,000C220 CDI SE (2012/12 reg, 76k miles)The previous generation Mercedes C Class was a handsome and well specced saloon, and there are lots of examples in this price bracket. We’d recommend the C220 over the smaller C200 diesel; it serves up stronger performance, yet its emissions and economy are nearly identical to the smaller engined model.Even SE models get a reasonable amount of kit, including rear parking sensors, climate control and Bluetooth, plus the first generation Comand control system. The higher the spec, the higher the mileage.Price new: 28,270Now: 7,500 Engine: 2.1 litre 4cyl, 168bhpEconomy: 64.2mpgEuro NCAP: 5 stars (2009)1.6 TDI Elegance (2014/14 reg, 69k miles)If you need a family car, but a hatchback simply isn’t big enough, then you can maximise the amount of space for your needs by opting for the Skoda Octavia Estate. The standard hatch has one of the biggest boots in the sector, at 590 litres, but the Estate raises that to 610 litres which isn’t far behind the much larger cheap jerseys VW Passat Estate.If you’re going to be towing, then the 148bhp 2.0 TDI diesel might be a better bet. But the 1.6 TDI is more than powerful enough for most needs, even though it’s a bit rattly. At this price range, you’re looking at a top spec Elegance model that comes with a host of luxury kit.Price new: 22,215Now: 9,350 Engine: 1.6 litre 4cyl, 104bhpEconomy: 74.3mpgEuro NCAP: 5 stars (2013)2.0 TDCi Zetec (2010/60 reg, 70k miles)If there’s one car that really fits the half price hero billing, it’s the previous generation S MAX. Ford’s sporty MPV was a hit with private buyers, while the larger Galaxy satisfied the needs of the private hire market. As a result, you’re unlikely to see many high mileage examples of the former, and it’s nearly as spacious as the Galaxy, too.What’s more, the second generation S MAX that launched in 2015 wasn’t that much bigger than the older seven seater, and it couldn’t match it for driving ability, either the only real benefit is the extra tech.Price new: 22,195Now: 6,975 Engine: 2.0 litre 4cyl, 138bhpEconomy: 49.6mpgEuro NCAP: 5 stars (2006)1.6 HDi VTR+ (2014/14 reg, 43k miles)The current Grand C4 Picasso is Auto Express’s favourite seven seater MPV it has won our best MPV title for three years running, and now the earliest Mk2 models offer some of the top space per pound ratios of any used car.The Picasso offers a choice of 1.6 or 2.0 HDi diesels; it’s the former that falls into this price bracket. It struggles a little if you’re carrying a full load of passengers and you’ll definitely need the bigger engine for towing but most of the time the 1.6 will be more than capable.Whichever model you go for, you get a set of five full sized seats in the back of the Grand, and the middle row chairs all slide and fold.There’s also underfloor storage in the middle, and storage compartments up front. The back seats fold completely flat, while boards attached to the seatbacks flip over to cover gaps in the floor when you’re using the full 793 litre boot capacity in two seat mode.Price new: 22,210Now: 10,500 Engine: 1.6 litre 4cyl, 113bhpEconomy: 70.6mpgEuro NCAP: 5 stars (2013).

The Best Cheap Electric Guitars

The Best Cheap Electric Guitars

You want to play electric guitar but you have a limited budget. Your first electric guitar needs to be cheap so you need to get some idea which is the best brand to buy. Do not buy a cheap guitar online unless the vendor is in your local area. Also, when we talk about cheap guitars we should be talking cheap brands, not old guitars of dubious quality and unknown condition. If there is a music shop or two somewhere close to where you live, they should be able to cater to your cheap jerseys needs. Amongst these copies of the big name guitars made by various guitar makers, are good and bad quality guitars, and you need to be familiar with the better quality makers of cheap guitars. Any guitar factory in Outer Mongolia can churn out realistic looking electric guitars but they may not be able to hold together for longer than five minutes. So, let us first look at a few big name guitars. Fender, Gibson, Washburn. You recognize those names, right? Squier, Ibanez, Yamaha, Crafter. Do you recognize those names? They make cheap electric guitars some of which are copies of more expensive models. The basic difference between cheap guitars and expensive guitars is quality of materials. The reason you need to be aware of which cheaper brands to buy is that you do not want to go too far into the realms of cheap and nasty. Without wanting to influence you unduly, I think you could do a lot worse than buying a Squier Stratocaster for a first electric guitar. Once you start looking around at guitars you need to be aware of the sound. Right from the first day as a guitar player you should be listening to yourself making a sound that you are happy with. One really cool thing you should be taking with you when you go looking to buy a cheap electric guitar is a guitar player. Even if it is one of the neighbors who bought a guitar years ago and never did anything with it, it is better than nothing. And then there’s the color. Your neighbor may be able to give you some advice on the construction of electric guitars or the benefits of this or that pickup, but only YOU can decide what color you want. When Mark Knopfler decided to buy his first guitar he knew he wanted a red one. It is an important consideration. You will not feel comfortable posing in front of the mirror with the wrong color guitar!You will not be posing in front of the mirror? Oh… Rack Mount ProcessorsBasic Guitar Chords And How To Play ThemElectric Guitar Tabs Explained4 Steps for Signing Recording Contracts.

The best cheap beer

The best cheap beer

NEW YORK By popular demand, our topic today is beer, cheap beer. Some of you may be wondering whether the subject under discussion might be better off beneath discussion. Such concerns are not to be pooh poohed; most conversations about cheap beer employ the word “rank” strictly as an adjective. And yet the theme of cheap beer abounds with richness and flavor.

What, exactly, are you getting when you pay less? Sometimes, it is the local pride of a traditional favorite Olympia in the state of Washington, Lone Star in the republic of Texas, resurgent Narragansett in New England. Sometimes, it is a can of relatively palatable foreign swill marked down for complex cultural reasons; I eagerly await an economic explanation of why Mexico’s crisp Tecate is 20 cents cheaper than Bud at one New York deli and 20 cents more expensive just a few blocks away. And sometimes you are getting an economy priced headache. Let’s knock back a mixed six pack of notable brands. (It trails Olde English 800, a malt liquor favored in the 1980s by Eazy E and more recently by college students.) Natural Light is among the cheap beers sold by the 30 pack, which, based on my own experience as an undergraduate, constitutes a single serving. But for the sake of this story, I tried to enjoy a Natural Light responsibly and derived no enjoyment from sitting down and sipping one at a leisurely pace. My first mistake was the sitting. Beers of this type are not supposed to be drunk while sitting, unless perhaps the seat in question is mounted on a riding mower. Rather, you douse your central nervous system with them while standing, ideally over a rousing match of beer pong or robopound. Idling over a light beer, with its low alcohol content (4 percent or so) and its high amount of brewing adjuncts (cloying corn, rancid rice), you catch only a gnat of a buzz or else advance straight from clear headedness to a faint fogginess resembling a piddling hangover. If you’re having only one beer, Natty Light is one to avoid.

Milwaukee’s Best is The Beast, according to one term of anti endearment and Milwaukee’s Worst, according to another. Here we see the folly of attempting to rate beers of its caliber in any conventional sense. Hyperbole abounds and paradox reigns. In truth, it is not Milwaukee’s superlative anything not its worst beer, not even its best emetic. It is true that, if you taste one carefully, then you will discover a pleasurable faintly graininess behind the rude musk of its aroma.

Busch was introduced by Anheuser Busch in 1955 to undercut Budweiser’s low end competitors, making it the first cheap beer designed as such. The facts of its commercial life highlight the perversity of the category. Brewing Industry: Data and Economic Analysis,” by Victor J. Tremblay and Carol Horton Tremblay, in the early ’70s, it cost A B half a cent more to produce a 12 ounce can of Budweiser than a 12 ounce can of Busch “yet the price of the container of Budweiser was 15 cents higher.” On the one hand, Busch’s skunky corn quality is oppressive. The most refreshing things about the beer remains its label (a profile of snowy mountain peaks, clearly a suggestion about the proper serving temperature) and its name (onomatopoeic of thirst quenching fizz).

Miller High Life is of course “the Champagne of Beers” a slogan that these days seems to nod strictly to its high carbonation, which yields a tummy full of foam, crowding the drinker’s stomach without delivering the satisfying bloat of heftier brews. It offers a case study in the strange vagaries of consumption. High Life was once high class, but when sales slipped in the late ’80s, Miller responded by discounting its price, which downgraded its image. The brand drifted down the ladder and became associated, in stereotypes, with various undesirable demographic groups, most recently fashionable young white people: Every hip person knows that High Life is the cool kids’ cheap beer of the moment, replacing…

Pabst Blue Ribbon. While sales of nine of the other top 10 subpremiums are down this year, Pabst Blue Ribbon is thriving; we must suppose that “hipsters” abandoned the brand because it went mainstream. The accepted marketing explanation for PBR’s 21st century ascendance involves the delicate corporate exploitation of an organic phenomenon native to “Portlandia,” and the cultural critique of it detects an ironic tribal embrace of a working class totem. I’d like to complicate the matter by simplifying things and posit that those who prefer clean, dry PBR to bland Bud or fetid Coors Light are acting as rational consumers and that PBR deniers are the true poseurs.

Porkslap Pale Ale, from an upstate New York brewery called Butternuts, is something of an odd man out on this list, being not a dull lager but a bright pale ale and not so much cheap jerseys a cheap beer as a beer that is cheap. I include it to throw a bone to the bourgeois palate. It’s an inexpensive craft beer well suited to such occasions as backyard barbecues and walking from the deli to a backyard barbecue. I refuse to encourage illegality, but it must be said that the package design of this product is a great bolster to the confidence of anyone inclined to drink in public: On the side of a can of Porkslap, two cartoon pigs leap with joy, jiggling rolls of Lucian Freud flesh, and making the beer look like some arcane soda pop. Further, the packaging makes it easy to explain to a toddler which can to go fetch Daddy from the cooler, please.