Hotel Review: Motel One, Newcastle

Motel One Newcastle was the last hotel we stayed in before the pandemic turned the world upside down. And we couldn’t have wished for a better stay. From check-in to check-out, the lovely Geordie staff didn’t disappoint, borrowing a phone charger and reeling out banter. If you’re after a cheap, centrally-located hotel, you’ll struggle to find a better place in Newcastle city centre. Given the changes to the hospitality industry in recent months, we called to check-in on what social...

Hotel Colón Gran Meliá, Seville

The trouble with places like Seville's Hotel Colón Gran Meliá is that you never want to leave, which can be tricky when you're only in town for a few days. That said, this regal, five-star hotel shouldn't be knocked for being too lovely. Part of its appeal is its facilities, ranging from a heated rooftop plunging pool with city views to free weekly jazz and flamenco performances and an exceptional restaurant. What perhaps stands out most, however, is its exceptional...

Hotel review: Hôtel du Collectionneur, Paris

When an email arrives to your inbox inviting you to the opening of a restaurant in Paris, you usually accept. When it’s the restaurant serving Europe’s largest five-star hotel, owned by a family of hotel moguls, definitely so.  The area 9/10 The hotel in question is the Hôtel du Collectionneur and the family, the Cohens. The Collectionneur, part of their Gate Collection portfolio, has been a fixture across from the Park Monceau since 1925, when it was designed by Jacques-Emile...

Hotel Review: The Prince Akatoki Hotel, London

Sake on arrival, lashings of light wood and sexy fusuma panels above the beds, The Prince Hotels and Resorts has gone all out with its first five-star Prince Akatoki Hotel in Marylebone. If you like your hotels uncluttered and chilled, you're going to love this Japanese-meets-Scandi design boutique in West London. The area 9/10 The Prince Akatoki Hotel, formerly The Arch London, lies on a quiet street in affluent West London just five minutes’ walk from Marble Arch underground station....

Hotel Review: The Red Lion in Leytonstone, London

Who doesn’t like an old-school London boozer? We certainly do. That’s why we popped down to have a look at The Red Lion in East London. The masterminds behind this 17th-Century built pub recently introduced ten boutique-style, hotel-grade bedrooms and they're as cosy as, well, a British pub on a cold winter night.  The area 7/10 Sitting on Leytonstone High Road, The Red Lion is surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. Leytonstone station is a three-minute walk, making it easy to...

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