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
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.
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.
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.