Hotel of the week

The Inn and Spa at Loretto

By Anthea Gerrie, October 6, 2016

If you haven't already been tempted to New Mexico's stunning landscapes by the Georgia O'Keeffe retrospective at Tate Modern, then Santa Fe's acclaimed Independent Film Festival in December is surely the final excuse you'll need to head for one of the most picturesque and authentically preserved old Spanish towns in the USA.

As the most important attributes for a Santa Fe hotel are location and


St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall

By Sarah Ebner, September 6, 2016

I find it extremely hard to relax - there's always so much going on, newspapers to read, tweets to send or people to speak to. But sometimes my brain needs a rest.


Warwick Castle Lodges

By Cathy Winston, August 12, 2016

The idea of staying in a castle is tempting whether you're a history lover or thwarted knight/princess.


Almalusa Baixa / Chiado Hotel

By Andy Mossack, July 21, 2016

In 1910, Portugal announced itself a republic from the town hall balcony of Praça do Munícipio. Just over 100 years later, set in a beautifully restored 18th- century building that's tucked into a corner of the same square, the AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado Hotel is a breath of fresh air amid many of Lisbon's more aristocratic hotels.


Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

By Anthea Gerrie, July 8, 2016

For those drawn to Georgia O'Keeffe country by the artist's major new blockbuster retrospective at Tate Modern, the spa resort of Ojo Caliente is a treat.

O'Keeffe often came up from her home in nearby Abiquiu, one of New Mexico's greatest attractions, to bathe in Ojo's natural hot springs.


Whatley Manor

By Gerald Jacobs, July 1, 2016

The greeting we received at Whatley Manor country house hotel was refreshing. These were genuinely friendly, real people, not robots programmed to wish you a nice day.


Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

By Anthea Gerrie, June 23, 2016

It's no great surprise when a five-star hotel lays on live piano music at dinner. But when the grand piano is in the breakfast room and the serenade accompanies one of the finest wake-up spreads in Italy, you know you're somewhere special.


Hotel Santa Caterina

By Anthea Gerrie, June 17, 2016

There could be three reasons why Amalfi's Santa Caterina attracts so many repeat visitors on a coast positively awash with five-star hotels.



By Victoria Prever, June 10, 2016

L'Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle is a masterclass in understatement. A sleepy Provencal inn under an hour from glittering St Tropez and minutes off the main autoroute across the Cote D'Azur.

In spirit, L'Hostellerie could not be further from the glamour of the seaside resorts. No stuffy pomp and ceremony - staff are helpful and friendly.


The White House

By Sharron Livingston, May 20, 2016

Let's face it, anyone visiting Brighton especially during festival season (now to the end of June) is unlikely to be spending time in their hotel room. That's why I ditched the big, anonymous hotels that have spas and restaurants in favour of a cute four-star, 10-room bed and breakfast.