Hotel of the week

Runnymede On Thames

By Jan Shure, January 28, 2011

Once a somewhat prosaic structure in a great location, a multi-million, refurbishment has transformed the Runnymede into a dazzling building.

Now significantly more up-scale, the hotel has also been "opened out" by clever use of glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus new riverside terraces adjoining each of its restaurants.

What owners Daniel and Stuart Levy – owners of Runnymede's sister hotel, The Grove – have not refurbished they have refreshed.



By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2011

Holidaymakers going on a Kenyan safari land at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport then catch a connecting flight from the domestic Wilson airport the next morning.

The city's new five star hotel, Sankara provides an agreeable stopover in the developing Westlands region and offers mod cons in contemporary architecture with clean lines and a touch of minimalism.


The Elms Hotel

January 13, 2011

Many places claim to be child-friendly but this self-styled 'Luxury Family Hotel' just outside the village of Abberley, near Birmingham, is geared up for families. Everything you don't want to carry such as sterlisers and bottles can be borrowed and there is a crèche packed with toys and books. The staff instantly put my two-year-old at ease as did the resident dog, George, and the sleepy hotel cat, Tickle.


Ritz Carlton

By Daralyn Danns, December 10, 2010

The hotel opened in 2007 and manages to combine old imperial grandeur with the mod cons of new Russia.

Built on the site of the former Intourist Hotel, (where foreigners stayed during Soviet times) on the renowned Tverskaya Street, it has a superb location; within walking distance of Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre and the trendy shops – handy, as taxis are incredibly expensive.

The property, managed by the American Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, has 334 guest rooms, enriched with dark red cherry wood and marble.


42 The Calls

By Stephen Pollard, December 6, 2010

There is something which lifts the spirits about a special breakfast sausage menu which thoughtfully lists all the bangers that are without a trace of pork.

That's the kind of thinking which is typical of this luxury boutique hotel in Leeds' newly vibrant "The Calls" district, overlooking the River Aire.

It's the attention to detail which lifts 42 The Calls above the average.

After checking in, you're handed a reviving glass of wine as a taster from the honesty bar.



By Jenni Frazer, November 30, 2010

A lipstick red, baby grand piano reclines in the vast white marbled reception area. Look up, and above you are 20 glamorous floors of luxury, each with a seemingly endless array of unobtrusive staff, making sure that everything is just so.

This is the fabulous Oberoi Mumbai, in the heart of the up-scale business and shopping district and one of three hotels attacked by terrorists in November 2008. In April 2010, the Oberoi re-opened after a $40 million makeover, and boy, does it show.


The Marylebone

By Anthea Gerrie, November 19, 2010

With its considerable style and comfort and W1 location, it's a mystery why the Marylebone Hotel remains a well-kept secret. Perhaps because, disguised by a grim '60s facade on one of the anonymous, shop-less streets which run behind the Oxford Street department stores, it is unrecognisable from the street as a four-star hostelry.



By Julie Burchill, November 11, 2010

No matter how hot the weather - and when I was last in Israel last month it was well into the nineties - or how wearying the antics of other Israeli hotel chains, the minute one steps into a Dan Hotel, everything feels cool, calm, collected.

My favourite is the Dan Tel Aviv, where I've stayed four times now.

As with all the best rendezvous, being there makes you feel excited and tranquil, both at once.



By Jan Shure, October 28, 2010

Is it possible to live up to guests' expectations when a room costs £900 a night and your name is synonymous with the very finest in hospitality?

The answer, in the case of the Cipriani, is not only live up to, but in many respects exceed, expectations.

Relatively small – it has 79 rooms and suites – low-key and on an island in the Venice Lagoon, a six-minute trip by shuttle boat from St Mark's Square, the hotel works very hard to be a very grand, but a very comfortable home-from-home for guests who have luxury hardwired into their DNA.



By Robyn Rosen, October 26, 2010

This bijoux hotel, located in a quiet courtyard, has been given a lobby-to-loft boutique makeover by new owners, Campbell Grey. Close to St James's Palace and Piccadilly, and many of the capital's other attractions, the hotel was built in 1908.

Following refurbish-ment and renovation, and hidden behind a facade festooned with floral hanging baskets, it fields 90 rooms and suites, 24-hour gym, treatment and steam rooms and restaurant.