Author: Tom C

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 […]

Review: The Goring, London

Review: The Goring, London

The Goring, London Room type: Deluxe King Duration: 24th > 25th August, 2016 Booked with: Ourisman Travel Pre-sales In the last 18 months The Connaught has experienced staff turnover on a colossal scale; they have seen a new GM, 2 (soon to be 3) Hotel Managers, Director of Rooms, Director of F&B, Front Office Manager, […]

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 […]