This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Nilou Motamed presented affordable European getaways. From our No. 3 ranking World's Best hotel to the best-kept secret revealed in our July issue, there's still time left to plan a fall getaway across the Atlantic—without breaking the bank. Read on for some inspiration!
There are few places better than the Emerald Island for a great family retreat, with ancient castles for the girls and legendary golf for the boys. WHERE TO STAY The Lodge at Doonbeg, in County Clare, is an idyllic country escape brimming with traditional Irish touches—and it’s just an hour’s drive from the famous Cliffs of Moher. PRICE From $120 a night per person. BOOK NOW
Despite its proximity to classic destinations like Italy and Austria, Slovenia flies under the radar. With pristine beaches, mountains, and lakes, it’s one of Europe’s best-kept secrets and ideal for nature lovers. WHERE TO STAY The regal Villa Bled was once the summer residence of the Yugoslav royal family. PRICE From $280 a night, including breakfast. BOOK NOW
A culture capital with top-notch shopping and food, this Turkish city continues to grow in popularity. WHERE TO STAY The sleek Marti Hotel just opened in July, and is already drawing raves for its central location and penthouse spa, complete with four hammams. PRICE $270 a night through the end of August, including “Marti Martini” cocktails, daily breakfast, and your choice of a private half-day walking tour of the Beyoglu district or a 72-hour Istanbul Museum Pass. BOOK NOW
There are some surprisingly great values to be found in the French countryside, where regional cuisine is at its finest. WHERE TO STAY Le Moulin du Roc is known for its celebrated restaurant, which favors local products like foie gras, duck, and truffles, but the property’s 15 rooms are equally worthwhile. PRICE From $182 a night. BOOK NOW http://www.moulinduroc.com
For more affordable hotels in Europe, check out our article 22 Affordable European Hotels.