Hotel of the week

L’hotel de Toiras, Ile de Re, France

By Lucy Daltroff, April 12, 2013

The "Ile de Re" is a holiday island with beautiful beaches and a microclimate, which provides warmth but not excessive heat, in the summer. Despite this it is largely a French secret, enjoyed by Parisians during July and August.

More..

Hotel du Vin, Henley-On-Thames

By Richard Burton, April 5, 2013

The dress code was simple: wear what you like. No ties, jacket not essential. You choose. And we all did.

Fortunately, a blend of position, reputation and tariff meant that those who did brave one of the coldest Friday nights of the year didn't let the side down.

More..

The Crown

By Laura Ivill, March 29, 2013

In 1994, Hugh Grant found fame alongside Andie MacDowell in the ever so slightly posh film Four Weddings and a Funeral. The setting for the couple's first night together was this 17th-century coaching inn.

More..

Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

By Stephen Pollard, March 8, 2013

It’s always fascinated me how one’s horizon’s change when you have kids.

Ask me four years ago to define paradise and I would not have come up with the idea of a hotel in the Cotswolds, let alone one that caters primarily for families. Ask me now, and I’ll give you two words: Calcot Manor.

More..

Knock Castle Crieff, Scotland

By Moya Sarner, January 21, 2013

It took a six-hour train ride from London to Perth and a half-hour drive to Crieff for my first sight of Knock Castle, but it was worth it. With its enchanting turrets and fairytale character, the castle has a magic that glows through the drizzle.

More..

Le Chardon Mountain Lodge, Val D’isere, France

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2013

After a day skiing on Val d’Isère’s slopes. I admit to imbibing more than a soupçon of apres-ski sustenance, yet I was still cold. As activities levels and temperatures dropped well below freezing, by the time I got back to Le Chardon chalet (one of five that comprise the Chardon Mountain Lodges) I just wanted to thaw quickly.

More..

Hotel of the week: myhotel Chelsea

By Moya Sarner, January 18, 2013

Chelsea is a beautiful part of London — and it knows it. With its lush green private squares, designer clothes shops and minimalist, trendy restaurants, the streets ooze luxury.

And myhotel Chelsea fits right in. This is a hotel that is too cool for capital letters, too sumptuous for spaces between words.

More..

Le Petit Hotel, Montreal, Canada

By Andy Mossack, December 17, 2012

If we are being honest, it is a boutique hotel. It’s just that my room was actually very big. Maybe the hotel should be renamed Le Petit Hotel Avec Grand Chambre?

More..

Hotel Miramar

By Jessica Elgot, December 13, 2012

Barcelona is a hectic city — swelteringly hot in summer, heaving with crowds, stall owners yelling, brightly coloured building, thumping flamenco.

More..

Hotel de la Paix

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

The five-star Hotel de la Paix must have one of the best settings in Geneva. It’s right on the lakeside opposite the famous Jet d’Eau. It has views across the water to a snow-capped Mont Blanc on the horizon and it’s within easy walking distance of all the smart shops and the old city.

More..