Hotel of the week

The Capital Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, December 4, 2014

By my estimation, if I stood in a certain position and stretched out my arms diagonally, I could simultaneously touch the dark wood concierge's desk that sits to the left of the doorway of this Georgian town house and the white, dark wood-topped curvy reception desk a little way in on the right side of the small lobby.

Doing so, of course, would have seemed unseemly in a place as formal and ele


Riad Star

By Andy Mossack, November 13, 2014

Here is a luxury riad (a traditional Moroccan house which opens inward to a garden courtyard) in the heart of Marrakech's Medina.

Until ten years ago, owners Mike and Lucie Wood had no hospitality experience but plenty of love for Marrakech and a reason to return.



By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

When the latest addition to the Raffles luxury chain opened its doors in September, it received a publicity boost that money cannot buy.

In town for a concert was Lady Gaga who checked into the presidential suite and shared the good time she was evidently having with her squillions of followers on social media.


Coco Reef Resort Paget

By Judith Baker, October 7, 2014

Coco Reef is located 30 minutes from Hamilton international airport on South Shore, on the island's prettiest stretch of beach featuring Bermuda's famous pink sand. With a casual but elegant ambience, it has 64 rooms which all have ocean views and are all furnished in a colonial style with pastel florals.

Modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, coffee machine and cable television are also included.


Bath Priory

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

The crunch of the gravelled path leading up to the Bath Priory Hotel made me feel I'd jumped off the pages of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Set in a tranquil area of western Bath the late Georgian stone mansion sits in three acres of garden, with sweeping lawns, cedar trees, and its very own vegetable patch.

With just 31 rooms, each individually named after a flower, this boutique hotel e


Macdonald Windsor Hotel

By Alan Montague, September 18, 2014

Some visitors to Windsor get to stay in the castle. The Queen obviously. Various crown heads of Europe. The odd president and prime minister. But you and me?


Villa Dubrovnik

By Andy Mossack, September 4, 2014

Croatia's stellar Dalmatian coast has long been seen as an alternative contender to Italy's Amalfi, and as my taxi makes a tight cliff top hairpin turn on to an even tighter road clearly never intended for motor car use, the difference is obvious.

No traffic. Just peace, solitude, bird song and the timeless backdrop of old town Dubrovnik lying far below, just across the bay.


The Goring

By Sharron Livingston, August 28, 2014

The car was taken off my hands by Alastair the doorman, the door was opened with a theatrical flourish by the concierge, and my bag was liberated almost immediately by yet another attendant. By the time I got to the small but bright reception area, I was smiling.


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.


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.

You certainly can't b