Well this was a first. Getting from London to Edinburgh in only four and a half hours by train with Virgin Trains, and when we worked it out it actually took less time than flying and a fraction of the cost too. And Waverley is one of those grand old stations that plonk you slap in the middle of town in-between Edinburgh’s wonderful medieval old town and the Georgian new town. It really is a wonderful city, but I wanted some country air too and the four star luxurious Dalhousie Castle Hotel is only eight miles or a 15 minute bus ride away.
Anyone who’s ever wandered past those millionaires’ mansions in Belgravia and wondered what it would be like to live the life can now try it out for a few days courtesy of the Apartments by the Sloane Club.
The business travel market is a fiercely competitive sector in hospitality and to succeed, a hotel needs to be in really great shape to meet the demands of business guests. It is one thing to call yourself a “business hotel” but the reality is many just fail to live up to the billing.
There is a very particular feel to the new hotels and restaurants forging a revival in the once-dead area between Trafalgar Square and the Thames embankment, until recently the exclusive province of government mandarins.
Can a hotel really be considered no-frills if it comes with a Nespresso machine? Robert Nadler, the man behind the Nadler Soho, says it’s not life’s little luxuries but costly extras like restaurants which bump up overheads, making most West End hotels eye-wateringly expensive.
A visit to Bath inspires a desire to step into the pages of this living Regency town’s colourful history, and The Francis is one of the few hotels which allows you to live the dream.
Dorchester Collection hotels have introduced a variety of fun new tea menus, adding unique touches to the classic five-star afternoon tea experience.
Harvest time at the St Ermin’s Hotel and the hard work of their 300,000 rooftop Buckfast bees is rewarded with honey-themed menus and cocktails throughout September.
The world’s best golf courses offer an unrivaled playing experience; lush rolling fairways, glass quick sculpted greens and total respect.
Does it get any better? It does if you can enjoy a relaxing luxury spa after your round.