Hotels

Hotel Rahmon, Samarkand: A model of hospitality

Hotel Rahmon, Samarkand: A model of hospitality

On my recent flying visit to the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, my first contact with the locals was in this guesthouse I had just booked quickly in order to crash somewhere upon arrival. I had already booked some fancier hotels in Bukhara […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Globales Reina Cristina, Algeciras

Hotel Review: Hotel Globales Reina Cristina, Algeciras

“What on earth are you doing in Algeciras?” you might ask. This port city is mostly known as a passing through place en route to Morocco and the Spanish Enclaves, but not as a tourist sight on its own. What makes it a great place […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Palacio de Los Salcedo, Baeza

Hotel Review: Hotel Palacio de Los Salcedo, Baeza

On our recent honeymoon driving round some of lesser known Andalucia, we thought we book ourselves a special treat. We checked into a real palace in Baeza. This town in Northeastern Andalucia forms an impressive coherent architectural ensemble of Renaissance buildings unique to Spain.  It […]

Hotel Review: La Alcoba del Agua, Sanlucar de Barrameda

Hotel Review: La Alcoba del Agua, Sanlucar de Barrameda

Back from Spain for two, weeks,  a new job to settle into, house a mess and two bored cats – not the best circumstances for writing a long post. While I have loads from our Andalucian honeymoon to share, let me start with La Alcoba […]

Hotel Review: Arcadion Hotel, Corfu Town: Central and Classy

Hotel Review: Arcadion Hotel, Corfu Town: Central and Classy

On our spontaneous trip to Greece and Albania in autumn 2018, we were lucky to book late and still stay in consistently good hotels.  Of which I will highlight the…  highlights. We usually look for somewhere mid-range and non-generic, but friendliness, cleanliness, comfortable beds and […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër: Beautifully Traditional

Hotel Review: Hotel Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër: Beautifully Traditional

For a first-time trip to Albania, we wanted to stay somewhere… safe? No no no, forget your prejudices against Albania. I had my work cut out to convince my more cautious travelling partner to travel to Albania by ourselves. He may have almost turned around […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Albert 1er, Toulouse: simply perfect

Hotel Review: Hotel Albert 1er, Toulouse: simply perfect

I don’t know much of France, but I’ve visited enough cities to say that Toulouse must be one of the great underrated cities of France. It has a pretty centre, beautiful architecture, nice restaurants, classy shopping – who would not want to go there? It […]

Hotel Review: Aeginitiko Archontiko, Aegina: a small hotel with charme and history

Hotel Review: Aeginitiko Archontiko, Aegina: a small hotel with charme and history

Want to soak up the sun and enjoy a city but only got a few days? Go to Aegina, and stay at Aeginitiko Archontiko. You could do worse than fly to Athens, take a bus to Piraeus, and be in Aegina and on the beach […]

Hotel Review Marble House, Athens: perfect for an autumn culture break

Hotel Review Marble House, Athens: perfect for an autumn culture break

Last October, I went to Athens to catch a bit of sun. We spent three days in Athens and three days on Aegina Island. In Athens, we stayed at the Marble House Hotel. We could not have wished for a better hotel: quiet, friendly, individual, and […]

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is one of the oldest hotels and one of the quirkiest places to stay in this thriving and expanding city. Set deeply back in the 1950’s, lacking the ultramodern comforts that have become standards in city hotels, and applying a […]