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Our Travel Partners

Our Travel Partners

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.

Service Partners:

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.


HIDDEN TREASURES OF ITALY: Karen Brown Guides NO LONGER recommends Hidden Treasures of Italy and the services they offer.

ELEGANT EUROPE: Marie Notot, a Karen Brown editor and researcher also has a consulting company, Elegant Europe. Extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, Marie who lives in France, assists clients with their travel arrangements. Although, her expertise is France, Marie has also traveled extensively in Italy, Spain and Portugal.  As a Karen Brown editor she is also very familiar with the properties and itineraries we recommend.

Travelers are thrilled with Marie's knowledge and personal assistance with their trips! CLICK HERE to read rave testimonials!

Property Partners:

ABITARE LA STORIA: ABITARE LA STORIA is an affiliation of outstanding hotels and bed and breakfasts that includes some of the finest places to stay in Italy. The majority of their properties are featured either in our Italy Inns & Itineraries guide or our companion guide to Italian Bed & Breakfasts. Their search for quality, welcome and charm is a perfect match with our own selection criteria. Properties that belong to this group will have the Abitare La Storia icon on their description, information page.

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.

CHÂTEAUX ET HÔTELS COLLECTION: CHÂTEAUX ET HÔTELS COLLECTION is an affiliation of outstanding hotels and bed and breakfasts that includes some of the finest places to stay in France. Many of their properties are featured either in our France Inns & Itineraries guide or our companion guide to France Bed & Breakfasts. Their search for quality, welcome and charm is a perfect match with our own selection criteria. Properties that belong to this group have Châteaux et Hôtels Collection noted on their information page.

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.

HISTOHOTELS - Historic Hotels of Germany Ltd. & Co. KGHISTOHOTELS: (Culture & Castles / HistoHotels)  Germany is a land of history and HistoHotels makes it the focus of their members. A 500 year-old mill, a former monastery, manor houses and numerous castles are examples of the types of places that represent member properties of HistoHotels (Historic Hotels of Germany). Albeit small in numbers because of exacting standards, these hotels and restaurants all have a history to tell and are operated at a uniquely high standard by the individuals and families that own them. With the addition of some wonderful Castle Properties the name has been expanded to Culture & Castles / HistoHotels to reflect the diversity of the membership.

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 to our readers. An additional benefit of our new partnership is that you, the Karen Brown traveler, have access to information about hotels of guaranteed quality in parts of the world we have yet to research.

ROMANTIK HOTELS & RESTAURANTS: 200 family-owned ROMANTIK HOTELS & RESTAURANTS in 11 European countries offer discerning guests a wide selection of historic and award winning properties: country inns and city mansions, castles and palaces, manor houses and cottages. Many of them are featured in our individual country guides. Properties that belong to this group are identified by a Romantik Hotels & Restaurants icon on the hotel listings page.

SELECT REGISTRY: Karen Brown’s Guides is pleased to recommend the member inns of SELECT REGISTRY, (formerly Independent Innkeeper Association) a collection of 366 of the premier Country Inns and B&Bs in the U.S and Canada. Each inn featured in the Select Registry is filled with hospitality. All of them are inspected regularly for quality as well as cleanliness, attractiveness, fine dining and safety.


SWISS HISTORIC HOTELS: This is a selection of properties of historical interest that our located in Switzerland whose owners pride themselves on offering exceptional accommodation, comfort and attentive service.

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.