Austria: astronomer friendly hotels in Austria
Emberger Alm, Carinthia: Hotel Sattleggers Alpenhof. The yearly International Telescope Meeting ITT takes place here, there is no light pollution. The hotel is located 1800m
above sea level also offering a beautiful mountain panorama, skiing and comfortable rooms. Thomas, the owner Is operating a 12inch Meade telescope in an observatory, which can be also rented by guests of the hotel. There is also another observatory with a
17inch Newton operated by Detlef Hartmann which was used by him to develop a modified POSS (Palomar Observatory Sky Survey) deep sky catalogue focused for the use of advanced amateur astronomers. See also pictures below.
Astronomical observatory Hoehenberg in Waldviertel(forest district), 140 kilometers North-West of Vienna, Austria.
The very nice owner of the observatory organizes observatory tours and may allow on request to observe from the plot surrounding the observatory and help with nearby lodging in this unspoiled part of Austria.
Hadres, Weinviertel/wine quarter, 1hour north of Vienna
Ask for Siegrid to help you to find the best observation spot on top of a hill
Hotel Pacheiner, Gerlitzen, Carinthia, Austria
Costa Rica: Astronomer
friendly Hotels in Costa Rica
Nicoya Peninsula: Hotel Barcelo Tamarindo(dark beach at the border to natiomal park in front if the hotel, security guard, view to the south and polar star for alignment!)
Nicoya Peninsula: Hotel Punta Islita Autograph Collection
Croatia: Astronomer friendly hotels in Crostia
Island of Pag: Hotel Valamar(comfort close to the North-West end of the island, dark spots 5min drive away)
Island of Losinj: Hotel Bellevue on Cikat Bay, close to the City of Mali Losinj. Beautiful view to the South(see photo below) and all comfort and amenities.
If you drive 10 minutes up the hill South East of the City of Mali Losinj you get splendid dark skies(see photos below)
Greece: Astronomer friendly hotels in Greece
of Rhodos/ Rhodes: Ataviros mountain: a must for astronomers going to the Island of Rhodes
island of Crete: Frangokastello(South coast,dark open skies), Elafonisi,South-West end(Hotel Panorama has a great view, Greek rural simple, good food;Tel:
country code 2822 061548)
Island of Mykonos: hotel greco Philia(last hotel on the South coast, the friendly staff helped to carry my C8 to the best spot in the hotel and turned parts of the lights off!!, great dark beaches close, f ex Lia beach)
Italy: Astronomer friendly hotels in Italy
Capalbio, Tuscany: Fattoria Le Guardiole, one of the darkest easy accesible
spots in Italy http://www.leguardiole.it/
Pienza, Tuscany: Locanda Vesuna, on a hill, remote, comfortable http://www.locandavesuna.com/images/img2.jpg
Maroc: Astronomer friendly hotels in Maroc
Sahara, Merzouga sand dunes, tents accessible only by a one hour camel ride(take smal lightl equipment, f ex Astrotrac or eq1 on your camel, you
have to balance it duting the whole ride!)
Portugal: Astronomer friendly hotels in Portugal
Allentejo Monsaraz, an international dark sky location, Hotel Monte Santa Catarina is
located close to the lake with no light pollution to the North-East to the South-West, http://www.montesantacatarina.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=53
Allentejo Selmez Herdade do Sobroso country house, remote, comfortable, dark skies http://www.herdadedosobroso.pt/
Spain: Astronomer friendly hotels in Spain
Fuerteventura is a very extensively populated island with many observation spots offering low light pollution. For example Montana Negra in the North West close to Cotillo or La Oliva; the Jable peninsula in the South.
in May when I was there there was a tendency of clouds building up in the evening and disappearing later at night. Nevertheless having a litttle pacience, I was able to do great visual and photographical work there.
Island of Ibiza:
the best hotel to do Astronomy on the island of Ibiza is Can Lluc, located in the centre with little light pollution. It is a small family owned resort offering all comfort.
Turkey: Astronomer friendly hotels in Turkey
South coast, close to Fethiye:
Lissiya Hotel, located high above on the beautiful coast with a splendid view, embedded in green mountains. Beautiful clear skies
and free view to the South and South West. You can also catch the Polar Star with your polar scope, which I had not been sure before because of the mountains in the North. Very friendly staff and large pool, healthy and tasty food, great rooms.
see http://www.lissiya.com/ see also photo below.
ask for Mr Johnson, he is a really nice and helpful guy, and tell him you come from Dr Peter from America, maybe he gives you a special rate. Try to
get the house called Orion.
Cappadocia in Uchisar near Goereme:
Cappadocia Cave Hotel and Spa, located on the highest point in Cappadocia with a great view, luxury hotel. Even from the balcony of room 613; I could take a beautiful
photo of the Veil nebula(see section Sky and Nebulae) having an open view from North to East.If you drive a couple of minutes you are in the absolute dark.
see http://www.ccr-hotels.com/tr/ and photo
USA: Astronomer friendly hotels in the USA
California, Borrego State Park: Hotel Borrego Valley Inn(direct exit to the desert from your own little yard http://www.borregovalleyinn.com/about-the-inn/impressions
California Death Valley: stovepipe wells inn(less hotel made light pollution than the other option, 300 yards away completely dark) http://www.escapetodeathvalley.com/
Friendly Hotels in Kenya:
Chale Island Lodge on the Coast close to the southern border with Tanzania
AAlodge at Amboseli National Park