Category Archives: Hotel reviews

Checking In: Hotel Metro, New York City

Like an embarrassing Time Out-wielding tourist I asked the doorman of the Metro how much I should tip him for hailing me a cab. “You just need to smile”, he replied. Really cheesy I know but this encounter probably summed up my experience at this underrated West 35th Street hotel.

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Checking In: Hotel Volcan, Lanzarote

In Lanzarote’s sea of samey resorts and hotels, how do you stand out from the crowd? Well, you build a mini volcano in a nod to the island’s volcanic past and create a tiny “Lanzarote” around it. Et voila, you’ve got the most unique hotel on the island! That’s just what they did with Hotel Volcan, a popular Playa Blanca property, and that’s not the only thing this Lanzarote mainstay has going for it.

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Checking in: EastWest Hotel, Geneva

Geneva has more swagtastic 5 star hotels than you can shake a second hand copy of Fifty Shades of Grey at but the good news is the city is finally starting to embrace the boutique hotel trend (AKA my hotel type of choice). One such stylish stay is the Eastern-influenced East West, one of the city’s top boutique picks. A little touch of the orient-meets-hip boutique in the middle of Geneva? Sounds good to me.

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Checking In: Sanctum Soho, London

Jimi Hendrix stained glass at Sanctum Soho
Jimi Hendrix stained glass at Sanctum Soho

Any hotel with a stained glass homage to Jimi Hendrix in the lobby has got to be a winner, right? Well that unforgettable feature is exactly what greets you when you step inside Sanctum Soho, a boutique West End hotel that oozes rock ‘n roll.

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Checking In: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Fancy staying in the hotel where Sean Connery had a game of golf in Goldfinger, where Daniel Craig smouldered in Layer Cake and Bridget Jones had a tryst with slimy Daniel Cleaver (sorry Hugh)? Your wish is my command! Check yourself into Stoke Park then and prepare to soak up the cinematic bliss. Continue reading Checking In: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Checking In: The Jade, Greenwich Village

From the outside you’d be forgiven for not noticing The Jade. Unlike most new hotels which stick out like a slickly shiny soulless sore thumb, this newly opened Greenwich Village boutique hotel blends in effortlessly with the brownstones of tree-lined West 13th Street. But appearances can be deceiving and behind the darkened doorway lies a 113 room property with a fashionable Prohibition-era speakeasy feel. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and artsy to call home on your next NYC getaway, look no further. 

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Checking in: The Brehon, Killarney

Eagle eyed readers will remember I gushed about my love of Kerry here. Guess what? I’m doing it again now! Yes, Kerry is possibly my favourite place in Ireland. I know it’s an obvious choice and some would argue it’s shamelessly touristy but Kerry’s scenic beauty, traditional charm and cosy hospitality make it a 10/10 Irish destination in my book. What’s more, Killarney has a seemingly endless amount of quality places to stay from homely B&Bs to plush four and five star hotels. Wanna know my favourite so far? The Brehon.

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