Reservations are almost essential, since accommodations are limited even though quality is good. For emergencies, the tourist board keeps a list of local people who will take in roomless visitors.
Where Davis Street East intersects the Airport Road, the hostel-style Wickham Heights Lodge (VPC Rd., tel. 22834, £30 pp with full board) is the shoestring visitor’s choice, but it's often full.
Conspicuous for its colorful flowerbeds and even more colorful garden gnomes, Kay McCallum’s B&B (14 Drury St., tel. 21071, kay [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk, £25 pp for B&B) is homey and comfy, with excellent lunches and dinners at modest prices; she’s particularly good at curries. She also allows camping for £5 per tent, plus £4 for shower and meal.
The comparable Susana Binnie’s B&B (3 Brandon Rd, tel. 21051, £25 pp) is a comfortable traditional house with soft-spoken, Spanish-speaking ownership.
Bennett House B&B (14 Allardyce St. 21191, celiastewart [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk, £30-45 pp) is a comfortable house whose charming hostess, Celia Stewart, has a double and triple room with shared bath, plus a double with private bath. She provides a filling English-style breakfast. Camping is possible for £15 per person.
At the east end of town, Shorty’s Motel (West Hillside, tel. 22861, £38 s £54 d) is an immaculate prefab often used by visiting military from Mount Pleasant. It’s part of a small complex that includes a pretty good cafeteria-style restaurant with a diverse menu.
In a quiet location beyond the cemetery, M Lafone House (Ross Rd. E., tel.22891, arlette [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk, £55 s, £90 d with shared bath, £65 s £110 d with private bath, both with breakfast) is an immaculate and spacious five-room B&B, with coffee and tea available all day. Proprietor Arlette Betts is also one of Stanley's most hospitable innkeepers.
The upgraded, centrally located Waterfront Hotel (36 Ross Rd., tel. 22331, thewaterfronthotel [at] cwimail [dot] fk, £75 pp) offers B&B accommodations in a rambling house with harbor views.
Generally considered Stanley’s best, the expanding Malvina House Hotel (3 Ross Rd., tel. 21355, fax 21357, www.malvinahousehotel.com, £104 s, £136 d with breakfast) is a contemporary lodging on attractive grounds, with a conservatory restaurant, a cozy bar, and wireless Internet throughout. It’s also the only Stanley hotel with hot tub and sauna.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition