Author: Tom C

Review: Ballyfin, Ireland

Review: Ballyfin, Ireland

Ballyfin, Ireland Room type: Junior Suite – The Lady Caroline Coote Duration: 15th > 16th November Booked with: Amex FHR It’s rare that I’m caught off guard with a hotel.  Having been to so many luxury hotels, I know what I like, so will do a lot of research before booking anything to make […]

Review: The Halkin, London

Review: The Halkin, London

The Halkin, London Room type: COMO Suite Duration: 9th > 12th November Booked with: Andrew Harper Needing somewhere after a late business meeting, I last stayed in The Halkin 4 years ago for a 1 night stay.  My partner joined me and both her and I walked away impressed by the decor, size […]

Review: La Reserve, Paris

Review: La Reserve, Paris

Confession time: I have no reason to stay here, other than to review it.  Andrew Harper auctions have made me act like a compulsive gambler at a roulette table, self-assured that my next fix is the last one I will ever need. Not only do they draw me in with […]

Review: The Berkeley, London

Review: The Berkeley, London

The Berkeley, London Room type: Deluxe King Duration: 7th > 8th October Booked with: Direct with hotel I know The Berkeley very, very well. Between 2012 and 2013, I was here 2-3 times a week. I’m so familiar with the place that I was able to recognise staff on their televised […]

Photo Review: The Beaumont, ROOM by Antony Gormley

Photo Review: The Beaumont, ROOM by Antony Gormley

The Beaumont, London Room type: Room by Antony Gormley Duration: 12th > 13th October Booked with: Directly with hotel Before reading this, it is worth taking a quick look at the Beaumont website to understand what is so unique about this room.  As it is unique; without any doubt the most unique […]

Review: The Gainsborough, Bath

Review: The Gainsborough, Bath

The Gainsborough, Bath Room type: Junior Suite Duration: 30th September > 1st October Booked with: AMEX FHR Pre-sales I have eyed up The Gainsborough for a while. Not in some weird, perverted way, I swear.  Having reached the top of my hotel hit list (yes, I really do have one) and […]

Review:  Laucala, Fiji

Review: Laucala, Fiji

Having stayed at Iniala, North Island, Fregate and now Laucala within the last 4 months, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: I know how to recklessly waste money and avoid paying into a pension fund. Let’s ignore their atrocious website for a moment and just place your trust […]

Review: One&Only, Wolgan Valley

Review: One&Only, Wolgan Valley

One&Only Wolgan Valley Room type: Heritage Villa Duration: 6th > 8th September, 2016 Booked with: Ourisman Travel Pre-sales A very simple, quick and professional conversation regarding transfer times and pricing, resulting in them confirming they will pick us up at 9am and give us an early check-in on our room at 12. […]

Review: Park Hyatt, Sydney

Review: Park Hyatt, Sydney

Park Hyatt, Sydney Room type: Opera King Duration: 26th > 29th August, 2016 Booked with: Ourisman Travel Pre-sales 3 days in a city hotel did not pass my altruistic measurement of whether it was worth contacting the hotel in advance.   The only effort before arriving was to decide between the immense choice of hotels […]