Archive for November, 2013

The UK’s best and worst hotel chains

November 3, 2013
The UK’s best and worst hotel chains

A customer survey by Which? has found a huge difference in standards across UK hotel brands. But which chain hotels do you rate? And which would you avoid at all costs? (Tell us in the comments below) Nungwi Village With thousands of bedrooms in as many locations, it’s easy to imagine that chain hotels all […]

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The Black Lion, New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales: hotel review

November 3, 2013
The Black Lion, New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales: hotel review

A refurbished inn with rooms on Cardigan Bay is cheery and welcoming, but could do with an injection of former regular Dylan Thomas’s spirit The climb out of New Quay in Ceredigion on the Wales Coast Path is short and very steep, but worth the effort, for the views over Cardigan Bay, the choughs and […]

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Stylish Stockholm: top tips from design blogger Emma Fexeus

November 3, 2013
Stylish Stockholm: top tips from design blogger Emma Fexeus

Insider guide on eating, drinking, sleeping and shopping in Stockholm from Sweden’s top design blogger Restaurant Lux, Lilla Essingen The former Electrolux factory by Lake Mälaren (Sweden’s third-biggest) is home to Restaurant Lux. Chef and owner Henrik Norström shows off his genius with a modern Swedish menu featuring only local products (and a biodynamic wine […]

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The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall: hotel review

November 3, 2013
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall: hotel review

Under new ownership, the Idle Rocks on St Mawes harbour has reinvented itself as the coolest pad around. Slight pity the restaurant doesn’t match the laid-back vibe It is 15 years since St Mawes threw its hat into the ring as a bastion of British beach chic. Hotel Tresanton, created by a member of the […]

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Boutique Bavaria: designer hotels in Munich’s winter playground

November 3, 2013
Boutique Bavaria: designer hotels in Munich’s winter playground

Our writer enjoys a winter break just a short drive from Munich without even touching a pair of skis, and discovers a new crop of beautifully designed places to stay Bavaria has long attracted reclusive kings, skiers and, for 16-days each year, ardent beer lovers. Now, a spate of interesting refurbs has started to attract […]

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Two nights for the price of one at over 100 Sawday’s bed and breakfasts

November 3, 2013

Alastair Sawday’s have selected over 100 lovely bed and breakfasts where you can enjoy a cosy two-night autumn or winter break for the price of one Alastair Sawday

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Autumn breaks: 20 UK bed and breakfasts for under £100 a night

November 3, 2013
Autumn breaks: 20 UK bed and breakfasts for under £100 a night

As the mercury falls and leaves pile up, it’s time to get cosy with an autumn break. Alastair Sawday picks 20 UK B&Bs, under £100, that are perfect to snuggle up inReader offer: two nights for the price of one at over 100 Sawday’s B&Bs The Old Forge, Compton Abbas, Dorset Step back in time […]

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Stay in a monastery in Venice: no frills, no crowds and the best views

November 3, 2013
Stay in a monastery in Venice: no frills, no crowds and the best views

Venice’s hotels can be a rip-off, but stay with the monks at the iconic San Giorgio Maggiore and you pay what you wish, and see a side of the city that really is serenissima Around £6,000 buys a trip for two on the Orient Express from London to Venice, a private launch and two nights […]

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Generator Hostel, Venice: hotel review

November 3, 2013
Generator Hostel, Venice: hotel review

Venice’s slick new Generator Hostel offers smart dorms, a cool vibe and killer views at decidedly un-Venetian prices The last time I stayed in a hostel, a steaming drunk, muscle-bound Californian clambered in to my bunk, before a group of backpackers wrestled him out. The floors were wet and sticky, and coated in tangles of […]

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Top travel websites: Top10.com

November 3, 2013
Top travel websites: Top10.com

A new hotel comparison site aims to find users the best deals, plus we look at other great tools for booking accommodation, including HotelTonight for cut-price, same-night offers Do you have a favourite hotel booking site? Or do you end up flipping between various operators? Many of the big players seem to blur into one […]

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