Hotel of the week

Fairmont Banff Springs

By Jan Shure, September 14, 2011

Known locally as "the castle", the Fairmont Banff Springs was built in 1888 around the resort's hot springs.

The grandest of Canada's railway hotels, it was designed to provide luxury lodgings for rich tourists crossing Canada aboard the Canadian Pacific Railway at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Town Hall Hotel & Apartments

By Laura Ivill, August 25, 2011

Vibrant is the word used to describe areas of London that are culturally diverse and far from gentrification; and so we find The Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in "London's vibrant East End".

That said, hop in a cab from the City and you're there in a matter of minutes.


Gilpin Lodge

By Andrew Morris, August 18, 2011

You know when a flock of sheep walk past the breakfast room of a luxury hotel that you're staying somewhere unique. And when it comes to the Gilpin Lodge in Windermere, unique is an understatement.

The hotel consists of the main hotel- the Lodge, and a smaller suite-based site - the Lakehouse, a mile away and it was awarded last year's Best Small Hotel Award.


Cameron House

By Andrew Morris, August 11, 2011

There are few hotels where you are welcomed by porters clad in Victorian Highlands hunting gear while coming face to face with the stuffed heads of deer and bears. You could be excused for thinking you've been transported to 19th-century baronial Scotland.

And in a sense, at the five-star Cameron House, you have.


Atlantic Hotel

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

Jersey doesn't do things by halves. It has the richest cream, the tastiest potatoes, the cutest cows and claims to be the sunniest place in the British Isles.

And the Atlantic Hotel doesn't do things by half either.


The Peninsula Bangkok

By Helen Oon, July 28, 2011

From my deluxe room on the 35th floor of the Peninsula Bangkok, I am mesmerised by the glittering Chao Phraya River. From the floor to ceiling picture window in my hotel room, I get an amazing view of the "river of kings".

While other international hotels are on the east bank of the river, the Peninsula Bangkok nestles on the west bank in an enclave of its own.


The Crane

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

In the heart of a tropical paradise, we are seated in an intimate booth of an exquisite Asian restaurant savouring some of the best sushi we have ever tasted. Can life get much better?


Lime Wood Hotel

By Simone Cave, July 14, 2011

Just a couple of hour's drive from London, the Lime Wood hotel nestles in the New Forest where ponies roam freely and where the national park is perfect for rambling walks and cycling.

Originally a 13th century hunting lodge, Lime Wood has undergone £30 million renovation.


Walig Hut

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Luxury hotels do not usually pride themselves on a lack of modern conveniences. But the absence of satellite television, a fabulous bathroom and a speedy wi-fi connection are some of the things that make a visit to the Walig Hut such a memorable experience.

Located at a height of some 1,700 metres, the hut genuinely is a barn built in the 1780s that has been split into two.


Ice Hotel

By Daniel Cobbs, June 30, 2011

They told me it was cold, but how cold could it possible be? Looking out of the aeroplane's window as we approached Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost airport, the frozen wasteland below appeared to be a degree or two cooler than the freezer aisles in Tesco. So this, I thought, couldn't be much worse.