Posts Tagged “hotel”

Jean-Didier Gouges at The Petersham

Jean-Didier Gouges at The Petersham

There are few hotels I like more than the characterful Petersham, overlooking the River Thames in Richmond. And to compound the joy, there is a restaurant to admirably partner that hotel, and its Head Chef is Jean-Didier Gouges! This young man is charming, with a smile that seems never far from his lips. He is…

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Anna’s Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House Hotel

Anna’s Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House Hotel

We are truly blessed with marvellous hotels in London. They are diverse, and one can always find something to appeal, no matter what one’s taste. If you are looking for 5-star luxury, an excellent location, and a selection of fine dining experiences, then perhaps Grosvenor House has your name on it and there is Anna’s…

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The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond is a perfect gem of a hotel and I am delighted to say it’s within walking distance of my home. OK, that walk would be a healthy trot of several miles but the hotel is near enough to be called local, and I am so pleased. This impressive building is perched…

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COMO The Halkin for Afternoon Tea by Ametsa – restaurant review

COMO The Halkin for Afternoon Tea by Ametsa – restaurant review

Who doesn’t enjoy a good afternoon tea? It’s a delicious British institution and comforting. We know exactly what to expect – a 3-tier stand with sandwiches on the lowest deck, a few scones in the mid-section and an array of sweet treats on the top. It’s traditional, and marvellous when done well. But one might…

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JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

Yes, Park Lane is swanky and fringed with outstanding hotels, and all of them are celebrated and worthy. One of the most popular is Grosvenor House with its impressive function rooms and public spaces that are worth another look after a recent refurbishment. But it also has a host of dining options, including JW Steakhouse…

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Sharq Village and Spa in Doha Qatar – hotel review

Sharq Village and Spa in Doha Qatar – hotel review

You will be expecting something remarkable from the resort as soon as you arrive at Sharq Village and Spa. One is welcomed by a comfy chair and deliciously mild and aromatic coffee. Hospitality to the fore, and you haven’t even reached your room! The reception area is large and furnished with sumptuous sofas, huge urns,…

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Paleis Hotel, The Hague – review

Paleis Hotel, The Hague – review

Paleis Hotel is a superb 4-star boutique hotel in the historic ‘Hofkwartier’ neighbourhood of The Hague. It sounds regal and it is indeed rubbing shoulders with royalty. It’s within a very short carriage ride of the Noordeinde Palace, the current work palace of King Willem-Alexander. I hear that this hotel regularly hosts dignitaries from up…

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The Swan at Lavenham – hotel review

The Swan at Lavenham – hotel review

Lavenham is the kind of village that even we who live in Britain don’t expect to find anymore. It’s a chocolate-box beautiful spot – it’s an historic drama-set-worthy location and it’s hard to imagine how it has remained in such original condition. This is the real thing! This is the genuine article. This is almost-lost…

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Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This is a beautiful island which has laboured under the touristic yoke of cheap package tours and ‘English Pubs’…

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The White Lion, Aldeburgh – hotel review

The White Lion, Aldeburgh – hotel review

I am well-travelled but I still believe that there are few places better than Britain on balmy summer days, and particularly when one is fanned by soft sea breezes. Aldeburgh is an historic town and tourist destination for visitors who appreciate its expansive Blue Flag shingle beach. Aldeburgh is a traditional coastal town in Suffolk….

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away and an attractive €1.50 for a short ride into…

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Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire – hotel review

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire – hotel review

Roch Castle (in Welsh: Castell y Garn) is a 12th-century castle, located at the village of Roch near Haverfordwest, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Yes, we have all visited castles. Britain is peppered with them, indicating our somewhat turbulent history. They tend to offer two main facets – half museum and half ruin. But we were going…

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The Garden House – a stay with friends – hotel review

The Garden House – a stay with friends – hotel review

The Beaverbrook Estate is vast. The main house (to be completed as a hotel of distinction later in 2017) is baronial. But there is another hotel which is part of this well-appointed complex and it’s unique. The Garden House is on a more human scale than the main house which was once the home of…

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Castle Hotel, Windsor – hotel review

Castle Hotel, Windsor – hotel review

Windsor is just 23 miles (37 km) from Central London with convenient transport links. It’s not far from Heathrow Airport and many visitors are lucky enough to get an aerial view of Windsor Castle from the plane. It’s a shame that a relatively small number make it out of the capital to come and get…

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Montigo in Batam, Indonesia – travel review

Montigo in Batam, Indonesia – travel review

The name Batam refers to both an island and a municipality, the largest city in the Riau Islands, a province of Indonesia. You might not think you know where this is but if you have travelled to Singapore you would perhaps have already seen it: Batam is found across the Strait of Singapore. It is…

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The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798. There is a brass plate bearing Nelson’s name on one of the…

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Hotel TerraVina Dining – restaurant review

Hotel TerraVina Dining – restaurant review

Hotel TerraVina is a gem. It’s a well-appointed house – well, it seems like someone’s home (read the accommodation review here). A line of colourful wellies in the hall welcomes the arriving guests. The rooms are individually designed and the beds are the best I have ever slept on! One might not want to leave…

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The Rib Room – for more than ribs – Knightsbridge – restaurant review

The Rib Room – for more than ribs – Knightsbridge – restaurant review

The food scene in London has changed so much over the past couple of decades. We have moved away from that shocking reality of poor quality, few interesting options and culinary apathy. We have some of the world’s best restaurants, the most vibrant international dishes and a huge panorama of choices including beef rib! A…

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The Terrace at The Montagu Arms – hotel and restaurant review

The Terrace at The Montagu Arms – hotel and restaurant review

The New Forest is a beautiful and ancient area in the south of England and is in fact very far from ‘new’. It was a royal hunting estate and was created in 1079 by William I. You will likely know him as William the Conqueror who took possession of that tract of land and everything…

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Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm – travel review

Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm – travel review

I had visited Holland once before. That was Amsterdam and many years ago. I travelled by air and the flight was quick – Holland is nearer than one might think. But a trip to Rotterdam via Stena Line ferry from Harwich made that diverse and vibrant city even more accessible. Rotterdam is the second-largest city…

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