Archive for February, 2014

Flesh & Buns: restaurant review

February 3, 2014
Flesh & Buns: restaurant review

Flesh & Buns serves high-class Asian junk food in a noisy London basement. It’s a lot more fun than you’d think… 41 Earlham Street, London WC2 (020 7632 9500). Meal for two: £50 to £100 A few years ago the American publisher of one of my books assigned to me a publicist who delighted in […]

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Purple Poppadom, Cardiff: restaurant review

February 3, 2014
Purple Poppadom, Cardiff: restaurant review

Locating the entrance to Cardiff’s Purple Poppadom isn’t easy, but it’s worth it for food that’s always a winner 185a Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff (029 2022 0026). Meal for two: £100 I have seen less promising locations for ambitious restaurants, but not many. The first thing I spot is not the doorway to Cardiff’s Purple […]

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Winter sun accommodation: readers’ travel tips

February 3, 2014
Winter sun accommodation: readers’ travel tips

From the Las Vegas hotel where the smart gamblers go, to the ultimate beach view stay, readers share their tips for places to stay when you want to escape the winter blues • To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a Force Ten tent worth £540, go […]

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Last-minute romantic hotels for Valentine’s breaks

February 3, 2014
Last-minute romantic hotels for Valentine’s breaks

It’s not too late to book a romantic Valentine’s escape. Stylish hotels website Mr & Mrs Smith picks 12 great European hotels, with rooms available for under £140 a night Hospes Palacio de los Patos, Granada, Spain Whimsically yoking together a 19th-century palace with an in-your-face new annexe, this glamorous hotel is a short stroll […]

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Mexico’s exciting new wine trail: Valle de Guadalupe

February 3, 2014
Mexico’s exciting new wine trail: Valle de Guadalupe

Some call Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, in Baja California, the new Napa – but a tour of its wineries, hotels and restaurants shows that it is very much its own place Vineyards and vintners A couple of hours from downtown San Diego, just across the Mexican border, lies the Valle de Guadalupe, a place of […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels and bungalows in Cambodia

February 3, 2014
Top 10 budget beach hotels and bungalows in Cambodia

From bamboo shacks on a palm-fringed island to a chic resort in Sihanoukville, these (mostly) cheap Cambodian beach pads are ideal for unwinding after temple-hopping at Angkor Wat Koh Thmei Resort, Koh Thmei Part of Ream national park, which is a favourite with twitchers due its 150 different kinds of birds, Koh Thmei island is […]

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China’s top hotels shed stars to woo austerity-hit customers

February 3, 2014
China’s top hotels shed stars to woo austerity-hit customers

More than 50 of country’s five-star establishments want to downgrade to attract officials forced to shun the high life Most luxury hotels seek to lure in new guests with the lustre of their star ratings but a clutch of Chinese establishments are hoping to win back customers by downgrading. More than 50 of the country’s […]

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Bidroom: the holiday booking site that gets hotels to bid for their guests

February 3, 2014
Bidroom: the holiday booking site that gets hotels to bid for their guests

Fed up with trawling through booking sites to find a deal? New service Bidroom turns the current system on its head by inviting hotels to compete to offer the best deals to potential guests The hard work of searching for a hotel deal online can be enough to put you off going away. Now, a […]

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Dorset B&B voted best in the world in Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

February 3, 2014
Dorset B&B voted best in the world in Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Bindon Bottom in West Lulworth tops the world’s best list which includes 14 other British B&Bs British B&Bs were once derided as naff and fussy but proof that the fusty image has been well and truly consigned to history comes today with the annnouncement that an £85-a-night guest house in Dorset has been named the […]

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FCC contacts major hotels over 911 protocol after woman’s murder in Texas

February 3, 2014

Federal communications official sends letters to hotel chains in light of family campaign over hotel phone systems

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