Review: Hotel Cafe Royal, London

Review: Hotel Cafe Royal, London

Hotel Cafe Royal, London Room type: Grand Deluxe King Duration: 18th > 19th August, 2016 Booked with: Directly with hotel Pre-sales I noticed on LinkedIn that one of the longest serving, friendliest and most professional members of the reception team at The Connaught had taken up the position of Reception Manager at Hotel […]

Review:  The Beaumont, London

Review: The Beaumont, London

The Beaumont, London Room type: Roosevelt Suite Duration: 20th > 21st July, 2016 Booked with: Directly with hotel Pre-sales The Lord of the Rings is smaller than the backstory to my relationship with The Beaumont.  Let me just summarise by saying that several key members of staff from The Connaught ended up working […]

Review: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Review: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech Room type: Oriental Pool Villa, Villa #50 Duration: 9th > 12th June, 2016 Booked with: Ourisman Travel / Virtuoso Offers: 3-for-2 Pre-sales The hype machine was in overdrive.   Every publication from Conde Nast to Haerromoids Weekly had been saying how great the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech was.  It was hard not […]

Review: Lucknam Park, Chippenham

Review: Lucknam Park, Chippenham

Lucknam Park, Chippenham Room type: Cottage Suite Duration: 30th May > 3rd June, 2016  Booked with: Andrew Harper Offers: 74% off last-minute deal Pre-sales I emailed before arriving and I’m still waiting for a response to it.  But I will not be too harsh, as perhaps I missed the email due to […]

Review: Whatley Manor, Chippenham

Review: Whatley Manor, Chippenham

Whatley Manor, Chippenham  Room type: Suite Duration: 27th > 30th May, 2016 Booked with: Directly with hotel Offers: Stay 3 nights, Pay 2 Pre-sales Whatley Manor’s automated email service did not care one little bit that this was my 9th stay, so it went with the standard grand plan of its masters: to send […]

Review: Amangiri, Utah

Review: Amangiri, Utah

Amangiri, Utah Room type: Mesa Pool Suite and Dessert View Suite Duration: 1st > 6th September, 2014 Booked with: AMEX FHR Pre-sales I begged.  Boy did I beg.  Please, Amangiri, give me an upgrade.  I promise that I’ll be a good boy this year.  No more writing horrible anonymous things online, I swear.  But […]

North Island vs Fregate

North Island vs Fregate

Fregate Island Private, Seychelles Room type: Private Pool Residence Duration: 27th > 30th April, 2016 Booked with: Charity Buzz auction win Good vs Evil.  St. George vs the Dragon.  Batman vs Superman. Abraham Lincoln vs vampires.  Kayne West vs deep thinking.  Mosquitos vs me.  North Island vs Fregate.  The age old, historically […]

Review: North Island, Seychelles

Review: North Island, Seychelles

I can remember the moment vividly.  “Look at this hotel”, she said, pointing at some glossy magazine handed out by one of the air hostesses.  There I was, cruising at 35,000ft, witnessing a metaphorical explosion; there, in all its glory, was North Island.  Once again Kate Middleton was ruining my […]

Review: Aman-i-khas, India

Review: Aman-i-khas, India

Aman-i-khas, Ranthambore, India Room type: Luxury Tent Duration:  3rd April -> 6th April, 2015 Booked with: AMEX FHR Pre-sales Similar to waking up on Christmas day, to find waiting for you at the end of your bed is not a sock filled with presents, but instead someone else’s used condom, I was leaving […]