Archive for April, 2015

Skyhouse, Lewes, East Sussex: B&B review

April 3, 2015

This new eco-friendly B&B on a hillside overlooking pretty Lewes is as smooth, slick and modern as it is healthy for both visitors and the planet We arrived at Skyhouse on a wintry evening, with lashing rain and mist obscuring any view. When we woke up it was spring, and the name of this brand-new […]

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Stornoway’s Jon Ouin on why he loves the Michelberger Hotel, Berlin

April 3, 2015

The Stornoway keyboard player loves the absurd and incongruous style of this converted factory in Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area Related: A day in … Kreuzberg, Berlin If the band are ever on tour in Berlin, the Michelberger Hotel is one of our favourite places to stay. It’s in the Friedrichshain district, close to the Oberbaum bridge. […]

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Great B&Bs in France: send us your tips

April 3, 2015

City, town or deepest countryside … Tell us about your favourite French B&B and you could win a £200 voucher to spend on another stay in France – or many more destinations worldwide You probably get croissants and fresh fruit for breakfast rather than bacon and egg, but francophiles know that B&Bs, or chambres d’hôtes, […]

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West Park Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire: hotel review

April 3, 2015

Look beyond its middle-class gloss and you’ll find that this is a rather hip, sharply designed place to stay in the genteel old spa town No one heads to Harrogate for high-octane excitement. This is a genteel spa town. Bettys tea room and the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Harlow Carr are big draws. It […]

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Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Barcelona

April 3, 2015

With its art and architecture, great food and beaches, Catalonia’s ever-popular capital can be a pricey choice. We have picked 10 affordable places to stay in the city’s characterful barrios• Top 10 free things to do in Barcelona Related: Food, beauty, anarchy: new guided tours of Barcelona by the locals Continue reading…

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Havana city guide: what to see plus the best new bars, restaurants and hotels

April 3, 2015

The beautiful Cuban capital is finally coming in from the cold as relations with the US thaw, state controls loosen and a wave of optimism and creativity is unleashed. Go now, says Lydia Bell • Readers share their tips on places to go in Cuba The streets are alive with the sound of jackhammers. It […]

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Hotel Football, Old Trafford, Manchester: hotel review

April 3, 2015

Sitting directly opposite Manchester United’s ground, this new football-themed hotel fronted by ex-players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville is cleverly targeted at fans. Look away now if you don’t find the game at all beautiful For a moment, after I enter my room at Hotel Football and look out at the neon Old Trafford stadium […]

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Top 10 riads and B&Bs in Fez and the Middle Atlas, Morocco

April 3, 2015

Morocco’s riads offer an authentic, affordable taste of the country and our picks – with stays in Fez, Meknès and Moulay Idriss – are perfect for exploring city neighbourhoods and Berber towns • Top 10 riads in Marrakech The ancient riad’s cathedral-height courtyard is resplendent with zellij tiles and ornate stucco – and cook and […]

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The Armour review – captures the erotic intensity of hotel plays

April 3, 2015

Langham hotel, LondonBen Ellis’s ingenious three-parter, tracing the history of this luxury London abode, tracks power found and lost at a luxury hotel This is the second time Defibrillator have taken us on a trip through this luxury London hotel. Last year, they gave us three short plays by Tennessee Williams. Now Ben Ellis has […]

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Glazebrook House Hotel, Dartmoor, Devon: hotel review

April 3, 2015

Offbeat kitschy style combines with well considered food and wine to make a stay in this newly-refurbished country house great fun The sun is out over Dartmoor when we arrive in South Brent. A quick walk seems a good way to kill a few hours before checking in. Optimistically, I put on shorts and soon […]

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