Hotel of the week

Barceló Hamilton

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

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.


Hotel of the week: Hotel Imperial

By Judith Baker, July 23, 2015

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 the magnificent Ring Boulevard 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.


Fontevraud l'Hotel Loire Valley, France

By Roger Bray, July 17, 2015

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.


Grosvenor House Apartments, Mayfair, London

By Sharron Livingston, July 11, 2015

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.


Hotel Le Saint James, Bordeaux

By Andy Mossack, July 1, 2015

The view of the Garonne river from my bedroom window was spectacular, no question. But even that charming montage was surpassed by the full-size Harley-Davidson motorcycle standing next to my bed.


Leela Palace, Bangalore

By Anthea Gerrie, June 25, 2015

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.


Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

By Liz Gill, June 16, 2015

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.


Radisson Blu Edwardian

By Barry Toberman, May 28, 2015

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.


Castello del Nero, Tuscany

By Anthea Gerrie, May 23, 2015

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.


NYLO New York

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2015

I've tried Downtown, Midtown and the Upper East, but my heart belongs to the Upper West.

And despite New York City's reputation for hotel prices as high as the skyscrapers, I maintain that if you look sensibly you can find seriously good value.