Hotel

North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Informal, tasteful (only slightly nautical decor), with cracking views over the Solent and a great restaurant to boot, this island townhouse stay won’t disappoint If you wanted a crash course in anticipating the needs of the world’s most demanding guests, then a spell working on Roman Abramovich’s super-yacht would probably do the trick. Before entering […]

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The White Horse, Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire: hotel review

December 3, 2017

In the heart of Pride and Prejudice country, this buzzing 16th-century coaching inn is more generous with bed than board A quaint village in possession of an ancient church and several fine houses must be in want of a hostelry. But however universally that truth is acknowledged, commercial reality sees many rural communities in Britain […]

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The Chain Locker, Falmouth, Cornwall: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Once the haunt of drunken sailors, this 17th-century inn has been faithfully restored, and makes a great base in one of Cornwall’s liveliest towns We were welcomed to the Chain Locker by a multitude of warm smiles. Well, that’s how it felt, as we stumbled out of the gales and driving rain heralding Storm Brian […]

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São Tomé & Príncipe: a travel adventure that’s great, green and diverse

November 3, 2017

A remote, eco-friendly trip reveals a plantation house that’s now a hotel on the smaller of these two islands off the west Africa coast. Hopes are high it will bring jobs and highlight the captivating wildlife The island in pictures Nelito, the boatman, took one look at the rocks and the swell smashing over them […]

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Banjas and Banksy oust the gentlemen as millennials reinvent the private club

November 3, 2017

Once the sanctuary of the establishment, the latest generation of member hangouts cater for a new elite It’s midweek in east London and in a subterranean space a few clusters of thirtysomethings are tapping away on Apple laptops under the gaze of an original Banksy mural. Welcome to the Curtain, one of the latest breed […]

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The White Lion Inn, Cray, Yorkshire dales: hotel review

November 3, 2017

This revamped old drovers’ pub above Wharfedale offers a roaring fire, real ales and a menu designed for those who’ve been out walking on the fells When Yorkshire hosted the grand départ of the Tour de France in 2014, the first taste of the wild for the peleton was climbing out of Wharfedale past a […]

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Airbnb select to offer loans and advice to hosts under new scheme

November 3, 2017

The trial, dubbed Airbnb Select, will see rental firm provide home improvement loans as it seeks to standardise offerings Airbnb is looking to take an increasingly active role in ensuring the homes it offers for rent on its site are pleasant to stay in, from offering loans to hosts for home improvements to actively partnering […]

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10 of the best hotels in Britain and Ireland

November 3, 2017

To celebrate four decades of the Good Hotel Guide, editor Adam Raphael chooses his favourite places to stay – mixing affordable character and a spot of ‘pamper yourself’ luxury Forty years ago, an article in the Observer by literary agent Hilary Rubinstein gave birth to The Good Hotel Guide. Readers responded with such enthusiasm to […]

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Lawsuit says Trump’s ownership of hotels violates the constitution

November 3, 2017

Case filed in New York concerns interpretation of ‘emoluments clause’ in regards to president’s hotels patronized by foreign government officials A federal judge on Wednesday pressed government lawyers to explain why Donald Trump’s ownership of hotels patronized by foreign government officials did not violate the constitution, a key question that could shed light on Trump’s […]

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Fence Gate Lodge, near Burnley, Lancashire: hotel review

November 3, 2017

This inn on the edge of the Ribble Valley has long had a reputation for good food and drink. Now it’s added a glam 24-bedroom lodge across the road When I arrive at Fence Gate Lodge, owner Kevin Berkins is busy with a tape measure on the staircase, checking the installation of a bespoke bannister. […]

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