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Review: Boutique Hotel Garni Allegra in Belgrade, Serbia - 560

Garni Allegra Hotel exterior. Beograd, Serbia (more photos below)After searching around on Expedia for a hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, I reserved five nights at boutique hotel Garni Allegra, a three star guesthouse style accommodation. It wasn’t flashy, or even that much cheaper than some of the big chain hotels appearing in search results, but something about it spoke to my frequent traveler’s intuition.
(I always book my hotels on Expedia as a personal preference to get reward points on top of my credit card mileage points, but you can also book directly for a slight discount - the hotel’s pricing is below.)

I was very happy with my choice. Garni Allegra turned out to be a 10-room family run hotel oozing with warm personality. Clean, convenient and the intimate feel of a well-run guesthouse. (See more photos below.)

It’s located in Belgrade’s Vračar neighborhood, and has a secured gate entry and a 24-hour reception desk, which as a solo female traveler made me feel all the more safe. The rooms are simply decorated, clean; they have wood flooring and modern

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Trip Advisor’s Dirtiest Hotels UK List Angers Industry - 357

Photo by u07chIf you are familiar with Trip Advisor you’ve likely seen the best and worst hotel lists generated by the website which are based on user reviews. According to The Independent the website’s release of the 2010 Dirtiest Hotels – United Kingdom has industry leaders in Britain angry and requesting changes in regulation of such information.

Hotels in Europe are trying to convince the EU Commission to revise rules regarding website reviews. The goal of the revision would be to ensure that the reviews are being posted by actual guests and not competitors in the industry. Some of these standards are already practiced in

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Product Review: SanDisk slotRadio -199

slotRadio review Are you interested in purchasing a portable music device but not looking forward to downloading music from the computer all day?

The SanDisk slotRadio is the newest gadget from Sansa. The slotRadio, priced at $99.99 is both an FM radio and a disk player- only the disks are SanDisk cards (similar to what most digital cameras have these days). The gadget operates much like a radio in the fact that you select a disk by genre and it plays a preset listing of songs.

Much like a radio, you don't really get much choice in what song is played, but you can skip

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Travel Writers Confess Disdain for New Travel Channel Series - 198

The recent debut of “Confessions of a Travel Writer” on the Travel Channel seems to have caused a stir among travel writers on the web.

And judging by the comments on various posts by travel publications like National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, the viewers weren’t fond of the new series either.

The popular online travel magazine WorldHum (owned by the Travel Channel) reported on the fierce web-wide reaction earlier today and also recapped the “colorful” comments on their own site in response to an interview with the show’s host.

The show depicted five travel writers on a press trip in Chile. But voice over commentary by the show’s host seems to have been a sticking point for most.

Gadling.com’s Mike Barish described the show as partly victim to its genre, but

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