Archive for March, 2015

The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London: hotel review

March 3, 2015

This swanky London stay with great service and top-notch (though pricey) rooms is a favourite haunt of media types – just be glad there are plenty of breakfast and dinner options a few steps away It is 7pm and a very nice man called David is wheeling a cocktail trolley into my bedroom. He wants […]

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Gay couple say luxury hotel refused to consider hosting their wedding

March 3, 2015

Glasgow couple claim they were ushered out by the owner of the Loch Lomand Waterfront who told them: ‘We can’t allow people like you in here’ A gay couple are considering taking legal action after a luxury hotel on Loch Lomond allegedly refused to consider hosting their wedding because of their sexual orientation. John and […]

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Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Malta

March 3, 2015

Malta’s hotels, from Valletta to Gozo, are sprucing up their image to reflect the country’s reinvigorated approach to tourism – with traditional package-holiday trips being challenged by boutique and budget options with bags of charm Nungwi Village Malta’s move away from its fuddy-duddy package-holiday image is gaining momentum. Lonely Planet decreed the capital, Valletta, a […]

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Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in Vientiane, Laos

March 3, 2015

One of Asia’s most laid-back capitals, Vientiane is full of crumbling French mansions and inspiring monuments – and leafy, stylish hotels and guesthouses for soaking up the atmosphere• Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Luang Prabang The flamingo-pink Beau Rivage overlooks the extra wide flow of the Mekong river near downtown Vientiane. Few attractive hotels […]

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The Black Hole B&B, Winchester, Hampshire: hotel review

March 3, 2015

This new 10-room B&B rises above its jokey prison theme and is actually a rather stylish bolthole – and the ‘cells’ are comfortable “You’re in Cell Eight,” I’m told as I’m led up a narrow, winding staircase to the second floor. The key turns in the lock, the heavy wooden door creaks open, and I […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels, guesthouses and hostels on the Yucatán peninsula, Mexico

March 3, 2015

Well-known and deservedly popular for its jungle, coast and ancient ruins, the Yucatán peninsula can be a pricey place to stay – unless you pick one of these brilliant budget hotels and hostels On the surface, this mid-size hotel in Cancún’s hotel zone is pretty unremarkable. The tile-floored rooms are big and clean, with terraces […]

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Crescent Turner, Whitstable, Kent: hotel review

March 3, 2015

The second in this mini chain of Turner themed hotels on the Kent coast is still finding its feet, but the views, the food, and the warm welcome are all promising It’s dark when we arrive at Crescent Turner in Whitstable, so the views – said by the hotel blurb to evoke JMW Turner paintings […]

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Let’s go to … Hastings

March 3, 2015

There’s more to Hastings than groynes and medieval history: a wave of new openings and its megabucks pier are giving the seaside town a revamp• Let’s go to … Rye, East Sussex Why Hastings?Move over Brighton … With a new cookery school, artisan shops, gourmet food and modern art, the Sussex seaside town has gone […]

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Top 10 modernist hotels in Palm Springs, California

March 3, 2015

Palm Springs is the place to stay cool by the pool or with a cocktail, especially if you like mid-20th-century design. In advance of Modernism Week (12-22 February, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year), we pick 10 hotels that exude retro charm This quintessential modernist hotel designed by the architect William Cody in 1947 pays […]

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Artist Residence, Pimlico, London: hotel review

March 3, 2015

The third in this arty hotel chain is a welcome model of craft and creativity offering great value and a warm welcome very unusual in central London• And while you’re there, follow this walk around Pimlico As I walk through Pimlico, it appears to be a neighbourhood of overpriced B&Bs and never-as-cheap-as-you’d-hoped budget hotel chains. […]

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