Hotel of the week

Heather Cottage, Yorkshire Dales

By Cathy Forman, August 3, 2012

Homemade carrot cake and a welcome cuppa by the Aga went a long way to reviving our flagging spirits after a drive up the A1 from London to the Yorkshire Dales through torrential rain to the two-bedroomed Heather Cottage guest house in Aysgarth Village.


Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2012

Hotel suites at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort have much in common with an average flat in Britain; namely, square footage.

Along with a four-poster bed, there’s a walk-in wardrobe, lounge, spacious balcony and bathroom with separate shower room.


Santa Monica: Shore Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was only a short stay in Santa Monica and so for me, the beach beckoned. This resort hotel is located on Ocean Avenue where the beach is just 59 feet away and hit the spot.


Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, West Sussex

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2012

For a moment you might wonder if you had taken a detour into Chaucer’s England, setting eyes on a medieval manor surrounded by a clutch of thatched cottages. But no Canterbury pilgrim ever spent the night.


Tiara Yaksta Cannes, France

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

From Nice airport it was a pleasant tootle along the twisty N8 coastal road. I was heading for the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer where they say, the water quality around its cliffs is the best in Europe.

I had chosen the Tiara Yaksta boutique hotel for its discreet location and found it was so hidden that I passed it at least three times.


Villa San Michele Florence, Italy

By Anthea Gerrie, May 3, 2012

It's not every hotel that can boast a facade designed, it's rumoured, by Michelangelo. But then not every city is packed with the work of Michelango and other Renaissance greats who have attracted visitors to Florence for hundreds of years.


Teatro hotel, Porto, Portugal

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

A poem from one of history's great romantics - Portuguese poet, playwright and novelist Almeida Garrett - is printed all over the entrance of the Teatro Hotel.

Given that my Portuguese is not remotely up to translation, I solicit the help of a staff member, who explains simply that it is about "love", a perfect motif for this distinctive establishment located at the heart of Porto's shopping


Lone Hotel, Rovinj, Croatia

By Karen Glaser, March 23, 2012

Croatian design? Thought so. This is a country of natural beauty, of warm waters and pristine forests – no one visits Croatia for the man-made delights of contemporary design.

Not so fast.


Reid's Palace

By Gloria Tessler, March 15, 2012

The 120-year-old Reid's Palace is the most celebrated hotel on the island. Built on a cliff overlooking the bay of Funchal, it is filled with memorabilia: photographs of prominent visitors, such as Sir Winston Churchill, who came here to recover from the ravages of war.

It has a quintessentially English colonial spirit.


Sirayane boutique hotel and spa

By Jenni Frazer, March 1, 2012

Sirayane is the brainchild of a former Moroccan merchant banker, who broke away from the traditional style of Marrakech hotels, or riadhs. Located 10 minutes from the airport, it is unusually spacious with giant doors and a huge reception area with a high vaulted ceiling.