Hotel of the week

Hotel de la Cite

By Anthea Gerrie, July 24, 2014

It may only be 108 years old, but the Hotel de la Cite is the last and most decorative piece in the 1,200-year-old jigsaw puzzle which makes Carcassonne such a fascinating place to visit.

It was at the beginning of the 9th century that this ancient citadel got its name when it survived a siege by Charlemagne with the help of its moat, drawbridge and thick Roman walls.

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Athenaeum Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, July 17, 2014

One irritation of a hotel stay is having to crawl out of bed to turn off the master switch by the door then stumble back in darkness - a hazard of increasingly sophisticated but unfathomable lighting systems.

If only I had clocked the "sleep" button which dims all the lights from a bedside console when I was shown to my room, my stay would have been pretty well perfect.

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St James's Hotel and Club

By Andy Mossack, July 10, 2014

Walking up to the entrance, I reminded myself of all the previous owners and members of a business which began as a Travellers Club for diplomats b ack in 1857.

Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill, Peter De Savary and his show biz investors: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tim Rice, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli and Pete Townsend.

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St Ermin's

By Andy Mossack, July 3, 2014

It seems Saint Ermin of Lobbes was a man of wisdom and sanctity. Rather fitting then that I happened to be visiting St. Ermin's Hotel on his Saint Day.

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Ballyfin Demesne, Ireland

By Sharron Livingston, July 1, 2014

There are 600 acres of land surrounding this remote but very stately home in St Laois. Parked by its lake are bikes and golf buggies but the best way to look around is by pony and trap. The driver, Lionel, points out the estate’s parish church, various follies, such as the viewing tower built to create jobs during the potato famine, the grottos and hidden gardens.

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Flemings Mayfair

By Andy Mossack, June 26, 2014

Half Moon Street in Mayfair is a row of fabulous Georgian town houses lining both sides.

Take a stroll through the front entrance of Flemings Mayfair Hotel and you'll experience something quite different.

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Ballyfin Demesne

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2014

There are 600 acres of land surrounding this remote but very stately home in St Laois.

Parked by its lake are bikes and golf buggies but the best way to look around is by pony and trap.

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Skeppsholmen

By Anthea Gerrie, June 12, 2014

In a gloriously green, fresh-air city surrounded by water, it can be hard to find the serenity which is the secret weapon of the most beautiful capital in Scandinavia.

Enter the Skeppsholmen Hotel, which offers peace, quiet and high design just a 10-minute stroll from Stockholm's bustling city centre.

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Macdonald Elmers Court

By Eugene Costello, June 6, 2014

Hotel & Spa
Hampshire

In the heart of the New Forest, all picture-postcard villages, thatched cottages and wild ponies, stands Elmers Court. Its Scottish heritage is seen in the décor - baronial-style wood panelling, tartan carpets and hangings.

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Westbury Hotel, Dublin

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I had just turned into the side street from Dublin’s famous Grafton Street to the Westbury when I saw it. I instantly recognised the life size statue of Dublin-bred Phil Lynott. I was still humming “The Boys are Back in town” when I got to the reception desk on the first floor. “A fan of Thin Lizzy are you?” asked Eddie, the concierge in a charming Irish lilt.

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