Hotel of the week

Bristol Hotel

By John Belknap, March 26, 2015

It's a nice surprise to find a comfort-able, stylish - and affordable - hotel right in the midle of a town centre.

The Bristol Hotel was the city's first modern hotel, built in 1960, alongside its Floating Harbour. Around the same time the harbour was regenerated and emerged as a tourist area - but not in the usual tacky sense. The area is attractive, busy and fun. And very close by.

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Sofitel Santa Clara

By Jennifer Lipman, March 19, 2015

When in Cartagena you are never far from music, colour and commotion. Yet staying at the Santa Clara in the city's San Diego district is the polar opposite; a calm, relaxed oasis.

Opened 20 years on the site of a former convent where confession boxes are dotted about, its Cloister restaurant serves considerably more lavish fare than the former inhabitants would have enjoyed.

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Mottram Hall

By Anthea Gerrie, March 12, 2015

You may not get to bend the ear of Beckham, but Mottram Hall is one of the few places you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with the stars of Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Plaza Athenee

By Anthea Gerrie, March 5, 2015

Is the Plaza Athenee really the best hotel in Paris?

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Giardino Di Ballaro

By Andy Mossack, February 26, 2015

The weather in Palermo may well have been almost arctic but inside Il Giardino di Ballaro the warmth was contagious, from the roaring log fire in the lounge to the hospitality of owner Annalise.

It is housed in a converted ancient bakery and stables in the heart of Palermo's old town a few steps from Ballaro, the biggest of the city's four outdoor markets.

I have to admit my heart sank a lit

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The Milestone Hotel

By Andy Mossack, February 19, 2015

It's a cold December day, but the welcome sign in the lobby of the Milestone Hotel - "please help yourself to our complimentary hot chocolate, marshmallows and chocolates" - warms our hearts.

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Old Swan and Minster Mill

By Anthea Gerrie, January 29, 2015

Expectations are always going to be high of a de Savary hotel, given the entrepreneur's reputation for making over old properties and infusing them with a touch of quirky class. This is as true of the Old Swan and Minster Mill as any of his previous hostelries, but this one comes with a few problems.

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Corinthia Hotel

By Barry Toberman, January 22, 2015

The most basic expectations of a five-star hotel are luxurious accommodation and public areas, prompt and attentive service and decent drinking and dining options.

These boxes are all ticked impressively by this Lisbon property, which also scores on location, being close to a Metro station and a short commute from the airport.

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Riad Star

By Andy Mossack, January 15, 2015

It had been a day of tough haggling deep in the souk; even the shopkeepers were emotionally spent, such was the drama that had unfolded.

But all this haggling had taken its toll and as I wearily walked back through the twisty lanes of Marrakech's Medina, all I wanted was to kick back and sip a refreshing mint tea.

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myhotel Bloomsbury

By Anthea Gerrie, January 8, 2015

It's easy to walk past myhotel Bloomsbury and not realise it's a newish, stylish but extremely reasonably-priced place to lay your head in the middle of the West End.

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