‘Travel Talk’ – April 2017 – Some Special Hotels Worth A Visit
When I am wearing my travel writer hat I often get asked to recommend hotels and locations that have impressed me for various reasons. So If you are considering a short break, or are in trip planning mode, here a few places that you could consider a stay in:
Easy and quick to get to and for relaxation, peace and beauty – Jersey – Have you ever been to Jersey? I have asked many people that question over the years, with one all too common response. “No I haven’t, but I hear it is very nice and one day, I’d like to go there”.
It is nice. Without question Jersey is one of my personal favourite holiday destinations in the world. An hour and a half after having taken off, you can have done the flight, picked up your bags and hire car and be on one of Jersey’s beaches. Packaged into just 9 miles by 5 it has the scenery, history and gentler pace of life to make you feel like you have truly slowed down and stepped back in time.
Where to stay in Jersey? – The Merton Hotel – I have stayed here several times and for consistent high service standards and quality it is hard to beat. Located just outside St Helier it is walking distance from the town and its shops. Its bedrooms are always spotless and comfortable and its main buffet service restaurant is fantastic with a great range of choices. This is a family hotel with its own Aquadrome … a complex of pools (indoor and outdoor) with chutes etc. This hotel is a family hotel but is just as suitable for couples looking for a quiet break or someone needing a quick business stopover.
The Merton Hotel, Jersey – https://www.seymourhotels.com/merton-hotel/
For Somewhere Special – London – The Langham Hotel – If you fancy a short stop in London to see the sights, or for a special celebratory short break, the Langham is well worth considering. This iconic hotel has been providing luxury accommodation since 1865. The Langham is located in Portland Place opposite the BBC in the world-renowned West End. It is a perfect base from which to explore the shopping in Regent Street, Bond Street, and Oxford Street, as well as all the other cultural, historical and entertainment attractions of London.
It is elegant, exclusive and yes ‘expensive’ but if you are looking for somewhere special it fits the bill. It is one of the few upmarket hotels in London to have an indoor swimming pool and it also boasts the Langham Club Lounge. It claims to be the only 5 star property in London to feature this new Club concept. Basically, you can visit the Club Lounge for complimentary food and drink in luxurious surroundings. Actually an ideal place for a snack on your way to the theatre.
For more information – The Langham Hotel, London – http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/london/
For a warm and friendly welcome – The Coronas Playa Hotel, Costa Teguise – Lanzerote
I have stayed here several times for a ‘rest and read’ holiday. Whilst it is not physically the most luxurious hotel in appearance, it is by far the most friendly and service focused hotel I have ever visited and returned to. Its repeat custom rate is around 80% and for regulars it is like having a second home. Repeat guests are likely to get hugged by staff who will genuinely remember you and the food and service never disappoints.
Situated on the seafront just 10 minutes walk from the centre of the resort, you can literally walk for miles along the pedestrian promenade.
Lazerote – The Coronas Playa Hotel, Costa Teguise – this needs to booked through Thomson Holidays – http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/europe/spain/lanzarote/costa-teguise/hotels/hotel-coronas-playa.html
Small, independent and superb – Cannes – The Hotel Victoria – This is a small but very classy bed and breakfast hotel in Cannes. Just a stroll away from the glitzy seafront promenade and the shops of Rue d’Antibes, this privately owned hotel also boasts a beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool. Just pick up a towel at reception and step into the pool on the breakfast patio.
Cannes is ludicrously expensive, but the Hotel Victoria is reasonable for a hotel as comfortable as this.
Cannes, Hotel Victoria – http://www.cannes-hotel-victoria.com/index.php/en/
Multi purpose for business and pleasure – Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Hotel – Most hotels of this size and feel exist for the corporate market and for business meetings and events, yet this hotel works just as well for couples or families wanting a beach holiday in the Israeli sunshine. The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Across the street is the Mediterranean sea and the inviting sandy beach, yet just around the corner is the hustle bustle of the famous Carmel market.
Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel – http://www.danhotels.com/TelAvivHotels/DanPanoramaTelAvivHotel/
Let me know of some hotels you have stayed in that have impressed you for one reason or another.