My 30th Birthday in a 3 star Russian hotel

My 30th Birthday in a 3 star Russian hotel

Turning 30 felt like a milestone. Whilst I can see remember my 18th (awful) and 21st (rather amazing) birthdays, the rest all blur together into a haze.  As a non-drinker, it did not bode well for my future that I could not remember the last 8 birthdays, but luckily medicine is […]

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. […]