Alexander House Hotel & Spa: Discovering genuine utopia

Utopia is one of the most misused words in the book when it comes to hotels and spas. High street salons that claim to offer a slice of heaven as the number 62 bus wizzes by and overzealous hotels with a hot tub and sauna insisting they pertain a certain shangri-la are all culprits of making a beautiful word sound so meaningless. But amidst the sham utopians spare a thought for the genuine artefacts, because if you look in the...

Staying at a luxury 20th Century hotel in the heart of Madrid…

Review: URSO Hotel and Spa, Madrid The URSO Hotel and Spa, named after Ursalia (the name given to Madrid during the Roman Empire), couldn't be better located. It lies in the Las Saleas area close to Madrid’s quirky, gay-friendly Malasaňa neighbourhood - known for its hipster bars, independent shops and cool cafes. Its proximity to the chic Chueca district and Gran Vía (Madrid's answer to Oxford Circus) makes it a prime location for getting to know both sides of Spain’s capital...

Spending the night with Mick Jagger at The Trafalgar St James, Curio Collection by Hilton

Overlooking London's sadly pidgeon-less Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton is the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the UK. The hotel, opened late last summer, homes 131 bedrooms and 15 suites, all decorated in art deco style complete plenty of artsy reading material in the shape of fashion books by Alexander McQueen. Location 10/10 Located in the centre of London, just a matter of steps from Trafalgar Square, the aptly named Trafalgar St...

Discovering the secrets of Lake Como beyond the glitz and glamour

Lake Como is a wonderfully ostentatious playground for the obscenely rich and glamorous. But beyond the pizazz there is rustic, mysterious charm; even for those without the personal GDP of a small Pacific island. It’s easy to imagine Lake Como as a Knighstbridge-on-the-lake. A soulless den of laundered money pumped into multi-million pound villas, ghostly-empty for most of the year. An area seemingly only suitable for day-trippers and the hyper-rich. But, like Knightsbridge, there’s a reason people want to hide...

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