The adult-only 160-room hotel was renovated when Barceló took over the property in 2012. It is built around an atrium in which there are two swimming pools and a restaurant in an old converted mansion. Bedrooms, all neatly modern in style, either face in or out to sea.
The five-star Hotel Imperial has been a landmark in the Austrian capital of Vienna for 140 years. Originally the residence of the Prince of Wurtemberg, the stately palace on 1a>the magnificent Ring Boulevard 1b> was transformed into the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition in 1873.
During the Roaring Twenties, the Imperial Café became the focal point for European intelligentsia.
Nightfall in the Loire Valley and we are alone in the vast silence of a Romanesque abbey church. A delight of staying here is the freedom to wander through one of Europe's great religious sites after tourists have gone.
There's Grosvenor Hotel and then there are the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living next door - 130 of them - for those who want a homely experience.
You enter via an easy-to-miss door on the corner of Park Lane and Mount Street. Three men clad in slick grey suits hover around it. They check you in by taking your luggage and escorting you into the lift and onto the second floor.
It may be the modern face of India, but at heart Bangalore is still firmly wedded to the great days of the Raj. Which explains why its best hotel, the Leela Palace, unashamedly takes its inspiration from a maharajah's palace, recalling those glory days rather than the gleaming glass structures of the IT multinationals that strut their stuff on the outskirts of the city.
When Nelson Mandela wanted to escape the pressures of being one of the most famous men in the world, and to finish his autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom, he used to retreat to the home of his friend Douw Steyn in the peaceful Johannesburg suburb of Sandhurst.
Arriving at your hotel before midday, the best-case scenario is normally that reception staff deal with check-in formalities and arrange storage for luggage so you can go about your business unencumbered until such time that your room is available.
It's everything you'd expect of a 5-star hotel in Tuscany. Castello del Nero offers the 12th-century bones of a noble residence, adapted for modern comfort while preserving ancient features like beams and old brick floors.