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The Hotel Giraffe – New York City

The Hotel Giraffe – New York City

So often top hotels do not fulfill their potential. A fabulous property in a perfect location is not necessarily a good hotel. Poor service obviously can spoil any stay but so can something like excessive extra charges – these extras can span anything from morning papers to wifi (surely the […]

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The Library Hotel – New York City

The Library Hotel – New York City

Arriving at our room at the Library Hotel we found a book entitled Karma on the bedside table, another about the Dalai Lama on the desk and a shelf of books featuring the likes of Buddhism, Taoism  and Meditation. This was not however a specific hint from the hotel that […]

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The Dupont Circle, Washington DC

The Dupont Circle, Washington DC

With Washington being the nation’s capital, a first time visitor might expect a dynamic hub, busy with traffic and streets thronged with rushing people. The reality is that DC is very much a calm and laid back city, with broad boulevards and, for the most part, an easy vibe. The […]

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Hotel Ta’ Cenc and Spa, Gozo

Hotel Ta’ Cenc and Spa, Gozo

Hotel Ta’ Cenc sits on the island of Gozo’s highest point. Nestled in the middle of a bird sanctuary, this peaceful retreat is spread across 400 acres of beautiful grounds with spectacular views across Gozo, neighbouring Malta and Comino. But as with some five-star properties, the gardens never feel too […]

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Palazzo Prince d’Orange Luxury Suites – Valletta, Malta

Palazzo Prince d’Orange Luxury Suites – Valletta, Malta

Malta as a destination has perhaps slipped under the tourist radar in the last few decades. Their beach hotels have fallen out of fashion for the sun-seekers on mediterranean package trips, whilst the city has not reached the popularity of cities like Barcelona for those on cultural – or otherwise – short break […]

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Quaint Boutique Hotel Nadur, Gozo

Quaint Boutique Hotel Nadur, Gozo

Gozo is the island home of Calypso in Homer‘s Odyssey. In love with Odysseus, she holds him captive for years using her supernatural powers, before finally releasing him to continue his journey home. It was however soon very clear that we were in no need of mythical nymphs to hold us […]

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The Richmond Arms, Chichester, Sussex

The Richmond Arms, Chichester, Sussex

Strangely the original name of the delightful 18th century building that is now the Richmond Arms was Waterbeach. Apparently it reflects that the coastline, currently some 5 miles away, was once very much closer to its doorstep. It is now more appropriately renamed after the Duke of Richmond who purchased […]

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The Goodwood Hotel – Chichester

The Goodwood Hotel – Chichester

A love of hunting brought the Duke of Richmond to Goodwood in the beautiful West Sussex countryside over three hundred years ago. For us the attraction is the historic Goodwood Hotel at the heart of this 12,000 acre estate. It is a pretty stone and flint building on a peaceful country […]

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Inside – Reading Gaol Opens for Tours, Talks & Art

Inside – Reading Gaol Opens for Tours, Talks & Art

Each narrow cell in which we dwell Is foul and dark latrine, And the fetid breath of living Death Chokes up each grated screen, And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity’s machine. The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde For the very first time in its history, […]

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Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, Palm Springs

Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, Palm Springs

Just in case you hadn’t yet noticed, we should point out that Palm Springs is one of the hottest spots in California right now. A whole bunch of new downtown developments have given an extra boost to a desert resort that was already well on the up, and everyone seems […]

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The Pullman Hotel Liverpool

The Pullman Hotel Liverpool

Location, location, location! OK, Liverpool is not a particularly large city, and it isn’t difficult to be within a reasonable stroll of most city centre attractions, but the best place to stay is surely on the waterfront. And that is most definitely where the Pullman Hotel Liverpool is situated; its […]

by × July 20, 2016 × 0 comments

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Liverpool Biennial 2016

Liverpool Biennial 2016

‘Liverpool Biennial 2016 explores fictions, stories and histories taking viewers on a series of voyages through time and space, drawing on Liverpool’s past, present and future’ – Biennial Guide If this summary makes this years Liverpool Biennial sound rather complicated, well, actually it is. And that is not all; when you add […]

by × July 12, 2016 × 0 comments