Hotel of the week

Imperial Tramontano Hotel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 21, 2011

"Go on," said the waiter . "Have a little gelato, just to clean the palate." Of course, I did, and of course, it was delicious, the perfect end to a relaxed meal looking across the water to Capri and the bay of Naples.


The Halkin

By Andrew Morris, April 11, 2011

The Halkin, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is considered the capital's first truly boutique hotel; a meld of classic and understated Italian design with an unobtrusive flavour of the East.

Everything is relaxed here, even the bedroom doors take time to close and refuse to make a noise doing so.


The Bell Hotel

By Jenni Frazer, April 1, 2011

The taxi driver, dropping me late at night at Tel Aviv's Bell Inn, on the corner of Allenby and Hayarkon Streets, was a bit dubious.

"Do you want me to come in with you?" he said.

But his anxieties (the hotel is located at the quieter end of this otherwise vibrant area) were misplaced.


King Solomon's Palace Hotel

By Jan Shure, March 25, 2011

For regular visitors to Eilat, King Solomon's Palace, only 600 yards from North Beach and 800 from the airport, is a landmark.

The first Isrotel property in the Red Sea resort, it celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009.


Fairmont Peace Hotel

By Laura Ivill, March 18, 2011

When the Jewish financier Sir Victor Sassoon built his Art Deco masterpiece in Shanghai in 1929, he wanted to create "the most beautiful hotel east of Suez, and the most modern".


The Swan

By Sharron Livingston, March 10, 2011

Some parts of England are still quintessentially English and the medieval town of Lavenham in the Suffolk countryside is just so.

Small streets replete with stunning 15th and 16th century buildings are laced with quaint tapestry boutiques, farm shops with restaurants and cosy tea rooms where nothing is rushed.


La Reserve Ramatuelle

By Gideon Schneider, March 3, 2011

The bijoux La Reserve group opened this property in in the South of France in 2008. The hotel's USP - apart from space and relentless luxury - is a serious spa, the only one in France to offer treatments using the fabulous but punishingly expensive Crème de la Mer products.

The hotel has been designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte to exploit its spectacular location in a secluded bay.


Pulitzer Hotel

By Jessica Elgot, February 25, 2011

The rooms of the Hotel Pulitzer fit together like a cryptic jigsaw – you wonder how it works but it's a beautiful sight. It is made up of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses, knocked together but their distinct character preserved and most keeping their original wooden beams or split levels.


Priest House

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2011

When we embarked on my son's pilgrimage to Alton Towers, we took friends' advice and avoided the hotels at the theme park.

We broke our journey a 45-minute drive away at the Priest House in the village of Castle Donnington.

The four-star Handpicked Hotel is a pretty stopover, set at the end of a country lane along a serene stretch of the Trent. Taking tea on the terrace or watching the blue dragonfly nibble the bushes on a riverbank proved ideal respite after a hard day's rollercoasting.


The Arch

By Anthea Gerrie, February 7, 2011

In the same handsome crescent that houses the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, a gorgeous boutique hotel has arisen.

Part of the Pride of Britain consortium, it opened less than a year ago with 82 rooms built within a run of seven listed Georgian buildings and a pair of mews houses. Original features have been retained, but a contemporary vibe prevails in the public areas.