Archive for July, 2015

The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds: hotel review

July 3, 2015

This 1,000-year-old inn is in an idyllic Cotswolds town beloved by American tourists and affluent down-from-Londoners, but it makes an effort to add excellent food and service to its perfect setting There has been an inn on this site in Stow-on-the-Wold since 947AD, which allows the Porch House to call itself the oldest hotel in […]

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Maribor, Slovenia: let’s hear it for the grapevine

July 3, 2015

New direct flights from the UK make Maribor, Slovenia, easy to reach for a trip that can revolve around its famous wine. But the city has plenty more to offer Nungwi Village A gnarled piece of wood may not sound like the most thrilling of tourist attractions. But this isn’t just any piece of wood: […]

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10 of the smartest new hostels in Europe

July 3, 2015

Style and comfortable stays don’t come at too high a price in this selection of new hostels across Europe. From retro-chic design in Paris to eco-cred beds in Amsterdam, you can eat, sleep and meet without it costing the earth Nungwi Village This hostel brand continues its expansion across Europe with the opening of its […]

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Top 10 hotels in Istanbul

July 3, 2015

History often comes served with a contemporary twist in Istanbul hotels. Choose from a boutique hotel that once housed a sultan’s tailor, a night in the city’s former US embassy, a cool hostel with its own pizzeria and more • 10 of the best sights in Istanbul Tucked into the heart of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old […]

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Holiday guide to Huelva, Andalucía: the best beaches, hotels and restaurants

July 3, 2015

There’s history aplenty, pristine, empty beaches, fresh sardines and a huge national park to explore in Huelva, the mysterious corner of south-west Spain In a recent article in Spain’s El País newspaper, Huelva’s coastline was named the Secret Coast; outside Spain it’s not just the coast but the province that’s a bit of a mystery. […]

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Innside, Manchester: hotel review

July 3, 2015

The corporate cliches have been kept to a minimum at this large, comfortable chain hotel, which offers Bauhaus-style functionality and, surprisingly, the occasional DJ at breakfast I have a ritual when I enter a hotel room. From the bed, I take any scatter cushions, throws, even the occasional cuddly toy, bundle them up and dump […]

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Places to stay on the coast of Spain: readers’ travel tips

July 3, 2015

From camping on the clifftops to a hotel best reached by kayak and views of three countries from one balcony, readers share their favourite places to stay on the Spanish coast Add more ideas in the comments below or contribute to this week’s tips Pitches at this fabulous campsite overlook a small sandy cove and […]

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Summer holidays in the Alps: eight great ideas

July 3, 2015

Winter ski holidays in the Alps can be extortionate but come summer prices tumble and there are bargains to be had on both activities and a huge choice of accommodation A family adventure holiday in the French Alps Chamonix is a great place to take very young children: because it’s a proper, good-sized town it […]

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The Three Daggers, Edington, Wiltshire: hotel review

July 3, 2015

This revamped village inn offers a friendly atmosphere, house-brewed ales and some nice touches to welcome young families French supernatural drama The Returned had several scenes in which characters tried to escape from the mountain village only to end up driving round in circles, passing the same landmarks again and again until it dawned on […]

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‘Everyone is hurting’: Paris’s luxury hotels running on empty

July 3, 2015

The Charlie Hebdo attack accentuated a longer-term decline in trade for the French capital’s high-end accommodation sector Rather than yield to the ambient gloom, the most recent of Paris’s luxury hotels, the Peninsula, chose to crack open the bubbly and forget about the crisis. Having opened last August, on Avenue Kléber, the management held an […]

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