Although I normally carry a tent, given the choice, I will usually opt for a real bed if it is reasonably priced.  This page contains information on some of places I have stayed that I feel obliged to mention because of the combination of service, price, location or bike friendliness.

I only list places that really make an effort and most of the places recommended are unaware I have even listed them. Hopefully you will receive the same service I did, but please let me know if you have any feedback to add.

Denmark Copenhagen Amager Hostel - Vejlandsallé 200, 2300 København S, Denmark Outstanding, must return some day!

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Contact: Dorte & Torben Borch

Phone: +45 3252 2908

Email: copenhagen@danhostel.dk

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Whilst hostels make the ideal low cost, not-tent based, accommodation when touring, I wouldn't normally feel compelled to recommend many of them, but this one is worth it!

Very friendly staff, excellent bike security, good quality beer served until late and none of the austere attitude of some hostels.

Very glad I changed my mind about using the city hostel (which has no facilities for cyclists.)

Finland Lomamaja Pekonen - Lahenrannatie 10, 99300 Muonio, Finland Highly recommended!

Lakeside View

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Contact: Loma Maja

Phone: +358 16-532 237

Email: loma.maja@pekonen.inet.fi

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For £10 (less than the cost of a tent pitch in some places) I got a cabin with bed, electricity, showers and a sauna (had I wanted it) as well as a friendly service.

The lakeside location affords a lovely vista, but beware the mosquitoes!

France FJT - 'Le Vénasque' - 3 Rue de la Résidence, BP 158, 31804 Saint-Gaudens, France Highly recommended!

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Contact: FJT - 'Le Vénasque'

Phone: +33 5619 47273

Email: residencelevenasque@9business.fr

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Yes its a hostel and yes its basic, but all the rooms seem to be singles with en suite facilities and plenty of power sockets, so it feels more like a hotel (apart from providing/hiring your own sheets).

Also has restaurant facilities, so you can get a nights sleep, dinner and breakfast for under 20 euros!

France Hôtel du Château - 7 av Mondenard, 47600 Nerac, Fance Highly recommended!

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Contact: Hôtel du Château

Phone: +33 5 53 65 09 05

Email: N/A

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Very friendly hotel and reasonably priced (£20) for a double room with a balcony.

The bike was securely stowed indoors in the reception area and the set menu was plentiful, inexpensive and delicious!

Just a shame I couldn't find better contact information.

Iceland Gistiheimilid Geysir - Haukadalur 3, IS-80, Selfoss, Iceland Highly recommended!

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Contact: Águsta Thorisdottir

Phone: +354 486 8733

Email: agustath@visir.is

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A great place to stay in a fantastic location and, by Icelandic standards, very reasonably priced. Agusta is friendly and (of course) fluent in English.

Bikes can be left round the side of the building, they wont be covered but will be safe (no-one ever steals a bike in Iceland anyway.)

Norway Nordkapp Camping - Skipsfjorden, N-9751 Honningsvåg, Norway Outstanding, must return some day!

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Contact: Nordkapp Camping

Phone: +47 78 47 33 77

Email: post@nordkappcamping.no

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Friendly, family run site, with a choice of, very reasonably priced, camping, hostel or log cabin accommodation.

Skipsfjorden is a little north of Honningsvåg and (tacky tourist centre aside) about as close to Nordkapp as civilisation gets; making it a good base to start or end from.

Scotland Low Kirkbride Farm - Auldgirth, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG2 0SP Outstanding, must return some day!

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Contact: Zan Kirk

Phone: +44 1387 820 258

Email: lowkirkbride@btinternet.com

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A little remote but worth it! The only place to greet us with pots of tea and homemade cakes. Evening meal available by prior arrangement as well as a hearty breakfast and packed lunch.

Bikes can be left in a cattle shed and will be safe because you are miles from anywhere!

Scotland Tordarroch - Castle Street, Dornoch, Scotland. IV25 3SN Highly recommended!

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Contact: Rose Matheson

Phone: +44 1862 810 855

Email: rose@tordarroch72.freeserve.co.uk

Web Site: N/A

Tordarroch is a nice place and Rose is very helpful (even offering to dry our laundry for us.) The packed lunch we had prearranged and breakfast were both of a good quality.

Our bikes were safely stored in the back garden, the tarpaulin offered to cover them was not required.

Spain Hotel Robert - Av. de Catalunya, 1 - 08787, La Pobla de Claramunt, Spain Highly recommended!

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Contact: Hotel Robert

Phone: +34 93 808 60 00

Email: info@hotel-robert.com

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Probably just about the plushest hotel I have stayed in while touring (monogrammed towels and bath-robes), but without a matching price tag! (About £20 for a single room)

The staff were all very friendly, bike storage was covered and secure and the breakfast was all you can eat to boot!

Sweden Hotel Gillet - Tingshusgaten 10, 641 45, Katrineholm, Sweden Highly recommended!

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Contact: Hotel Gillet

Phone: +46 150 133 40

Email: info@hotellgillet.se

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Okay expensive compared to camping, but reasonable by Swedish hotel standards and sometimes you need a little luxury!

Friendly, comfortable, bike safely stowed in garage, good breakfast and an interesting art collection.

Switzerland Swiss Hostel Daschen - Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall, 8447, Dachsen, Switzerland Highly recommended!

3 abreast bunk beds

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Contact: Swiss Hostel Daschen

Phone: +41 52 659 61 52

Email: dachsen@youthhostel.ch

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Again youth hostels whilst functional are not normally noted for excellence, but this one deserves a mention. It is actually situated in the Schloss overlooking Rheinfall.

It has good facilities for cyclists and is run by a host who clearly loves his work! The three abreast dormitory bunk beds were a new one on me and might be a little too close for comfort in the busy season!