Hotel

The Swan at Hay, Hay-on-Wye: hotel review

May 3, 2017

The chintzy restaurant is awaiting a refurb (and the bedrooms are a little fussy) but no one is looking at the wallpaper when the food is this good. Shame the hotel itself isn’t as creative as the brilliant menu The dining chair had a wobbly leg, and husband was on the point of swapping it […]

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Mimi’s, Soho, London: hotel review

May 3, 2017

An affordable hotel in the heart of Soho is bound to be a winner but, despite all the cafes and bars on the doorstep, our writer would still like a cuppa in her room Nungwi Village I’ve never had much desire to swing a cat – a literal feline or the nautical nine-tailed whip – […]

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Discovering Portugal’s wild side

May 3, 2017

For unspoilt countryside, top camping, hiking, wild swimming, plus great local food and wine – and all doable in a weekend from the three main airports – try one of these itineraries from Edwina Pitcher’s Wild Guide Portugal Away from the busy coastal resorts, Portugal is a timeless and magical place. To the north and […]

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Room for improvement with Accor’s pricing policy

May 3, 2017

I paid the ‘advanced saver rate’ online but later found my hotel was selling rooms cheaper Last November I used AccorHotels’ website to book a night at its Stratford-upon-Avon Mercure hotel at the end of this April. I paid upfront at the advance saver rate of £98.10. Last weekend I checked the website for directions, […]

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Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire: review

May 3, 2017

This pub/cafe/deli on the edge of the Brecon Beacons made a name for itself with its excellent food and laid-back charm. Now it’s added stylish accommodation ‘over the shop’ so diners can crash out after dinner You always want a good pub within walking distance of a holiday let. So a cottage that shares a […]

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Concrete thinking’s in fashion at Brussels’ brutalist Jam Hotel

May 3, 2017

Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital Brussels is a city of grand townhouses and art nouveau. Yet plonked in the middle of the Belgian capital, on a nondescript street corner, has appeared a hotel that looks like downtown LA had […]

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How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach

May 3, 2017

With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side Reviews of Uno Astrolodge, a boutique new age-style hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, lean heavily on words such as “magic”, “paradise” and “peace”. When it opened in 2001, Uno Astrolodge was […]

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From animal-print to denim: why hotels are upping their bathrobe game

May 3, 2017

A comfy bed and a travel kettle is no longer enough – high-end hotels are investing in luxurious, Instagram-friendly bathrobes in an effort to appeal to the selfie generation Next time you want your eyes to hurt, try searching the hashtag #Instagrammable on Twitter. It’s a good indication of how a growing need to stand […]

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

May 3, 2017

Ignore the cynics, Brussels is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, with hip bars and cafes, vintage markets and a fine line in the ‘9th Art’ Living in Paris, I am used to getting a surprised look from French friends when I tell them I am off for a fun weekend in Brussels. For sure, […]

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Serifos, Greece: great interiors, even better outdoors

May 3, 2017

For beauty, Serifos is up there with the Cyclades’ more famous islands – but it surpasses them for easygoing charm, which is why Athenians come here. That and the stylish places to stay How do you choose which Greek island to visit? There are thousands, and of course the most famous cannot be the best. […]

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