Hotel

The Pointer, Brill, Buckinghamshire: hotel review

October 3, 2017

This pub has long had a reputation for its excellent food – much of it grown on its own farm. Four lovely new rooms mean guests can now stay the night in the ‘ridiculously pretty’ village The Pointer takes “local” to the next level. The food comes from its own farm. The beer is brewed […]

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Costa Rica hotel hits wrong note as it charges us for pre-paid rooms

October 3, 2017

The travel agent took our choir group’s money for the booking but did not pay the hotel We have just returned from an enjoyable choir tour to Costa Rica. When our party of 54 arrived at the hotel in San José that had been booked by our Costa Rican travel agent, we were asked to […]

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A hotel with a view: ‘Brexit could tip us over the edge’

October 3, 2017

From a porter, to a chef and the owner, staff at a Bath hotel talk about how they see the future for their industry and themselves The Queensberry, a boutique hotel in Bath, has 38 full-time employees, about half of whom are foreign nationals. French, Germans, Lithuanians and Spaniards work in harmony together. Related: Leaked […]

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland: hostel review

September 3, 2017

There’s been a hostel in this spot for more than 80 years but the new YHA flagship is one of a kind, with a museum and cafe and blending into the Unesco-listed landscape At midday, we were lounging on a grassy roof terrace in blazing sunshine, gazing out over a 2,000-year-old world heritage site. By […]

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Galicia coast holiday guide: the best beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels

September 3, 2017

White sandy beaches, epic Atlantic scenery and supreme seafood combine to great effect on Spain’s most beautiful coastline Lush green valleys and rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and wild, frothing, slate-grey seas. Bagpipes, baroque cathedrals and the smell of grilled seafood. The architectural grace of Santiago de Compostela and the industrial churn of Vigo. Galicia, the […]

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The Ginger Pig, Hove, East Sussex: hotel review

September 3, 2017

The food’s always been top-notch at this gastropub, so the new bedrooms are a welcome addition, providing informal luxury at fairly affordable prices The sea is turquoise, the sky hazy in the heat, yet the acres of shingle are pretty much empty save for a brave woman striking out into the surf for a lunchtime […]

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Once upon a time in … Efteling theme park, the Netherlands

September 3, 2017

The traditional, fairytale-themed amusement park features elves, trolls and talking parrots, and its woodland setting and new hotel make it ideal for a family holiday Walking along windy paths through the forest, I can hear faint screams in the distance. They aren’t the blood-curdling type, more screeches of fear mixed with delight, and offer the […]

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Hedge funds: Game of Thrones location spurs rise of business empire

September 3, 2017

Entrepreneur buys Dark Hedges hotel, golf resort and trademark as Northern Ireland cashes in on TV show’s legacy When Stephen Gray noticed a dozen Game of Thrones fans, wearing helmets with torches, making their way in the darkness of a winter’s night along the road known as the Dark Hedges, the Northern Irish entrepreneur knew […]

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Hotel world: wherever you travel, the rooms are the same – in pictures

September 3, 2017

From Cairo to Cape Town, Paris to Panama, Roger Eberhard criss-crossed the globe photographing Hilton hotel rooms for his series Standard, only to find their decor eerily similar Continue reading…

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The Hafod Hotel, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion: review

September 3, 2017

Reached by heritage steam train and sitting above a waterfall, this historic former hunting lodge inland from Aberystwyth is being smartened up by its new owners There can be few more satisfying ways of arriving at a hotel than on a tiny steam train, huffing and puffing up the side of a sumptuous Welsh valley. […]

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