Hotel of the week

Leela Palace, Bangalore

By Anthea Gerrie, June 25, 2015

It may be the modern face of India, but at heart Bangalore is still firmly wedded to the great days of the Raj. Which explains why its best hotel, the Leela Palace, unashamedly takes its inspiration from a maharajah's palace, recalling those glory days rather than the gleaming glass structures of the IT multinationals that strut their stuff on the outskirts of the city.


Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

By Liz Gill, June 16, 2015

When Nelson Mandela wanted to escape the pressures of being one of the most famous men in the world, and to finish his autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom, he used to retreat to the home of his friend Douw Steyn in the peaceful Johannesburg suburb of Sandhurst.


Radisson Blu Edwardian

By Barry Toberman, May 28, 2015

Arriving at your hotel before midday, the best-case scenario is normally that reception staff deal with check-in formalities and arrange storage for luggage so you can go about your business unencumbered until such time that your room is available.


Castello del Nero, Tuscany

By Anthea Gerrie, May 23, 2015

It's everything you'd expect of a 5-star hotel in Tuscany. Castello del Nero offers the 12th-century bones of a noble residence, adapted for modern comfort while preserving ancient features like beams and old brick floors.


NYLO New York

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2015

I've tried Downtown, Midtown and the Upper East, but my heart belongs to the Upper West.

And despite New York City's reputation for hotel prices as high as the skyscrapers, I maintain that if you look sensibly you can find seriously good value.


The Landmark London

By Victoria Prever, May 8, 2015

As he leapt to open our car, I wondered if ours was the most meh door the doorman had opened this year.


London Bridge Hotel

By Barry Toberman, April 30, 2015

Having discovered that the hotel is no more than a two-minute saunter from the tube and, more importantly, the culinary smorgasbord that is Borough Market, we were well up for our capital getaway. And enthusiasm was not diminished on reaching our fourth-floor accommodation.


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.