Hotel of the week

Z Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, April 23, 2015

Is "affordable luxury" just another way of saying "no frills"?I pondered this when crossing London's busy City Road late at night in search of a pack of the tissues not provided in my room at the Z Shoreditch. Yet this was a room billed as coming equipped with toiletries - for which read "one bog-standard little tube of shower gel-cum-shampoo".


Beaumont Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, April 2, 2015

A century after Mr Selfridge opened his emporium, top-drawer elegance has returned to Oxford Street with what may be London's most beautiful new boutique hotel.

Avoiding the tourist tat shops, cross over from Selfridges' main entrance and head down Balderton Street till a robot stops you in your tracks.


Bristol Hotel

By John Belknap, March 26, 2015

It's a nice surprise to find a comfort-able, stylish - and affordable - hotel right in the midle of a town centre.

The Bristol Hotel was the city's first modern hotel, built in 1960, alongside its Floating Harbour. Around the same time the harbour was regenerated and emerged as a tourist area - but not in the usual tacky sense. The area is attractive, busy and fun. And very close by.


Sofitel Santa Clara

By Jennifer Lipman, March 19, 2015

When in Cartagena you are never far from music, colour and commotion. Yet staying at the Santa Clara in the city's San Diego district is the polar opposite; a calm, relaxed oasis.

Opened 20 years on the site of a former convent where confession boxes are dotted about, its Cloister restaurant serves considerably more lavish fare than the former inhabitants would have enjoyed.


Mottram Hall

By Anthea Gerrie, March 12, 2015

You may not get to bend the ear of Beckham, but Mottram Hall is one of the few places you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with the stars of Manchester United and Manchester City.


Plaza Athenee

By Anthea Gerrie, March 5, 2015

Is the Plaza Athenee really the best hotel in Paris?


Giardino Di Ballaro

By Andy Mossack, February 26, 2015

The weather in Palermo may well have been almost arctic but inside Il Giardino di Ballaro the warmth was contagious, from the roaring log fire in the lounge to the hospitality of owner Annalise.

It is housed in a converted ancient bakery and stables in the heart of Palermo's old town a few steps from Ballaro, the biggest of the city's four outdoor markets.

I have to admit my heart sank a lit


The Milestone Hotel

By Andy Mossack, February 19, 2015

It's a cold December day, but the welcome sign in the lobby of the Milestone Hotel - "please help yourself to our complimentary hot chocolate, marshmallows and chocolates" - warms our hearts.


Old Swan and Minster Mill

By Anthea Gerrie, January 29, 2015

Expectations are always going to be high of a de Savary hotel, given the entrepreneur's reputation for making over old properties and infusing them with a touch of quirky class. This is as true of the Old Swan and Minster Mill as any of his previous hostelries, but this one comes with a few problems.


Corinthia Hotel

By Barry Toberman, January 22, 2015

The most basic expectations of a five-star hotel are luxurious accommodation and public areas, prompt and attentive service and decent drinking and dining options.

These boxes are all ticked impressively by this Lisbon property, which also scores on location, being close to a Metro station and a short commute from the airport.