Welcome to the NEW Karen Brown World of Travel
We are excited to introduce you to our new website, The Karen Brown World of Travel. There are a few functions that we are in the process of incorporating from our old site but, we didn’t want to delay the launch further. We will keep you informed as we add social elements to our Karen Brown Community! We appreciate your patience.
Unlike so many social, travel websites where millions and millions of diverse travelers share their opinion of both places to stay and visit, we sincerely believe there is a real value to feedback and evaluations from a more focused, uniform audience. On the assumption that there is a “type” of traveler who enjoys the type of places as recommended by Karen Brown and the type of cultural experience and rewards afforded by independent travel, we invite you to join the Karen Brown Community to both share and benefit from the experiences of other “like” Karen Brown Travelers.
We at Karen Brown’s Guides have been publishing our recommendations for over three decades. In the past as just book publishers, our interaction with you, the Karen Brown Traveler, was unfortunately, been very one-sided. We are therefore thrilled with the opportunities afforded by the worldwide web. We want to continue to share with you our personal discoveries, experiences, recommendations and updates and are so pleased to be able to do so over the course of the year and not be restricted and limited to a published, annual guide. But we also welcome and invite your interaction and want to learn of your own discoveries. We see ourselves as providing a platform for others in the Karen Brown Community with similar travel expectations and preferences to share their wealth of experiences, discoveries and critiques.
We invite and encourage you to join the “Karen Brown World of Travel”.
COMING SOON! SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON PLACES YOU HAVE VISITED OR STAYED
Other members of the Karen Brown Community will appreciate your evaluation of the properties where you have had an opportunity to stay and/or attractions and cities you have visited. As authors, we welcome and greatly value your feedback. In terms of the places we recommend, we are not able to revisit every property, attraction or city every year and, as a result, your personal experiences greatly help and influence our review and consideration. Our editorial staff will review all comments before publishing them on our website. We do reserve the right to edit and/or not post comments considered to be obscene or inappropriate. In the case of hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, all comments submitted will be forwarded on to the properties for their review and invited response. We believe the properties we recommend will appreciate both deserved praise and constructive feedback.
NOTE: It is possible to post a review on any property or sightseeing attraction page on www.karenbrown.com. It is necessary to create a profile/account and login before posting a review. You will be given the option of publishing your name or anonymous.
COMING SOON! SHARE YOUR TRAVEL DISCOVERIES
We can’t always take credit for finding all the wonderful places we recommend in our guides and on our website – honestly, many of them were introduced to us by you, our loyal Karen Brown Travelers. You are now able to share your own discoveries with not only us but with the entire Karen Brown Community. We invite and hope you will share that special little inn you discovered while navigating down a scenic country lane; the intimate restaurant whose ambiance and menu rivaled those already highly accredited but at a fraction of the price, and that enchanting town whose picturesque setting captured both your heart and memories!
If everyone is willing to generously share their own personal discoveries the result will be an invaluable resource for “like” travelers to refer to when they have exhausted other possibilities or when they simply want to experience something new. Your discoveries will also serve as a solid foundation for our own future research. We don’t honestly recommend a place or destination until we have had an opportunity to visit personally – but recommendations from Karen Brown Travelers receive very serious consideration.
For the photo enthusiasts we invite you to share your photos to enhance both our existing and your invited editorial.
Over the years we have met some outstanding people and organizations in the travel industry. After personally meeting them and experiencing their services first hand, we want to share them with you. We would hope as a result of our partnership and marketing alliances that you, the Karen Brown Traveler, will benefit from the information and services they afford.
AUTO EUROPE: Readers frequently ask our advice on car rental companies. We always use AUTO EUROPE, a car rental broker that works with the major car rental companies to find the lowest possible price. They also offer motor homes and chauffeur services. Auto Europe’s toll-free phone service, from every European country, connects you to their U.S.-based, 24-hour reservation center (ask for the Europe Phone Numbers Card to be mailed to you). Auto Europe offers our readers a 5% discount (cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions) and, occasionally, free upgrades. Be sure to use the Karen Brown ID number 12008470 to receive your discount and any special offers. You can make your own reservations online via their website or by phone (800-223-5555).
RAIL EUROPE: The train systems in Europe offer an easy, efficient means of travel throughout Europe. If you do not feel comfortable driving or if you need to cover long distances quickly training may be the answer. Rail Europe is a wonderful source for researching and reserving train travel throughout Europe. Reserving your train from the US will mean one less thing to worry about while you are on the road. There are some special passes only available for purchase from the States.
SCHLOSSHOTELS & HERRENHAÜSER: SCHLOSSHOTELS & HERRENHAÜSER (CASTLE HOTELS & MANSIONS) include some absolutely gorgeous properties whose owners are committed to “fostering the traditions which are their heritage.” They have opened up their castles and mansions, their homes, in order to both share and preserve “a unique way of live and cultural monuments as living environments for future generations.”
Each property is unique and each owner imparts his own personality — but all are proud members of Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser whose criteria for selection assures a high standard of comfort and “that even the most discriminating guests will feel spoiled by excellent personal service.” The majority of properties are located in Austria, but the membership has expanded to include a limited few in Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
COUNTRYSIDE HOTELS: The accommodations of Sweden are truly a match for it’s natural beauty and Countryside Hotels have 39 specially selected member hotels of quality, situated in the most beautiful parts of the country. Confident of their high standards for selection, we are proud to share information on the beautiful member properties of Countryside Hotels. The hotels are all individual – from tastefully renovated manor houses and centuries-old inns to elegant resort hotels set in magnificent grounds and genuine mountain lodges. What the hotels have in common is the warmth of their hospitality, excellent service, a welcoming atmosphere and high standards in everything they do.
DE HISTORISKE HOTELS: Karen Brown’s World is thrilled to now include Norway as a destination and to be able to offer our travelers some wonderful recommendations of places to stay. The member hotels of De Historiske are not ”ordinary” hotels. They are landed estates, country houses,manors, large and small timber-built hotels in pseudo-Swiss and Jugend (Art Nouveau) style, old coaching inns and many more historic buildings that have been transformed into beautiful, small, romantic hotels. This, and the passion the owners relay in their role as hosts, is what primarily characterizes De Historiske!
DIFFERENT WORLD: While searching for hotels for the original edition of our Mexico guidebook, we were amazed at how many of the gems that we felt so clever to have discovered had already been found by DIFFERENT WORLD, a company in England that represents a select group of inns in Mexico.
Without exception, when we chatted to the owners of the hotels, they poured out accolades of praise for this company, its professionalism, fine service, high standard of excellence, and integrity in terms of their selections. On the same trail as their researcher, our paths often almost crossed, but we never had the pleasure of meeting in person. However, we soon became friends by phone as we shared some of our mutual finds.
“GOSCINNE ZABYTKI – HOSPITABLE HOTELS”: We are thrilled to introduce our newest partner who offers wonderful and historic places to stay in Poland. “Goscinne zabytki – Hospitable Hotels” include palaces, castles, manor houses – all historical properties in Poland which have the magnificent atmosphere and ambiance coupled with exceptional service, charming or even stunning setting, and most of all, fascinating owners. Treated in a barbarian way not only during the war, but also in the post-war communistic years, today they rise like the phoenix from the ashes, thanks to people fascinated with the primeval beauty of their ruined edifices. But, although the current owners are not usually related in any way to the former owners, they inherited the sense of responsibility for cultural legacy, for the proof of national continuity.
HOTELS HERITAGE LISBOA: HOTELS HERITAGE LISBOA represents five properties conveniently located in the heart of Lisbon that offer travelers some of Portugal’s finest accommodation. Personal favorites for many years the hotels are graciously managed by a wonderful family you are assured attentive service, a warm welcome and comfortable and attractive accommodation.
RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HOTELS: Karen Brown Guides feature many Relais & Châteaux Hotels member properties. We are familiar with their selection process, criteria, and membership standards and while we have not had an opportunity to visit all of their hotels, we feel comfortable in recommending members of this prestigious association. An additional benefit of our new partnership is that you have access to information about hotels of guaranteed quality in parts of the world we have yet to research.
YADES HERITAGE & HOSPITALITY HOTELS: We are pleased to introduce Greece to the Karen Brown World of Travel. In terms of recommendations of places to stay we have yet to complete our own research but are confident to recommend the Yades Greek Historic Hotels who have their own standards for inclusion and membership. These beautiful manor houses, estates and villas offer you the experience the beauty of the countryside the history, the legends, the tradition and the culture of Greece.