Review: The W San Francisco

On my recent work trip to San Francisco I was staying in the W Hotel — a chic, downtown pad that towers over Yerba Buena Gardens. Fun fact before I get to the review: the week prior to my stay, the W hosted Barack Obama during a jaunt to the city. So if it was good enough for the US president, it surely must be good enough for me — right? My room I was staying in room 711 (and I wasn’t immune to the suggestion of Americana the number evoked). I’ve stayed in some gorgeous hotel rooms, some funky…

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This Airbnb is probably the best place to stay in Berlin

Berlin is an annual stop-off for me these days as it’s a regular fixture on the international technology trade show circuit, which looks something like this: Las Vegas–>Barcelona–>Berlin… rinse and repeat. Due to the fact that most of the time I’m in Berlin I’m on business trips, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy some of the fancier digs about town. I’ve stayed in the Wyndham Grand, which is swanky in a business-functional kind of way and had the most enormous bathrooms I’ve ever seen. Seriously, the shower was just the best, and practically bigger than my flat in London. I’ve stayed in the Lux 11,…

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Review: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Oh the relief when you’ve flown long-haul and you finally reach your destination. For me in Montreal, this meant the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont — which sitting literally on top of the city’s central station, smack bang in the middle of the downtown area and seemingly within walking distance to everywhere of note was surely the perfect location for a first-time visitor. I arrived in my room to discover that I had actually had four rooms, which for the sake of factual accuracy I should really refer to by its proper name: a suite. A bowl of fruit, a welcome card…

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The Bells of Hemscott: Glamping in Northumberland

There are a handful of places in the UK that make me feel nostalgic and that I could revisit time and time again. These are they; the places that are woven deep within my ongoing travel story: Cartmel and Coniston in the Lake District; the New Forest; Abersoch and Portmeirion in Wales and the Northumberland Coastline. I returned to the latter this weekend — to Druridge Bay — after Alison from the Bells of Hemscott saw me raving about it on Twitter. I’ve written about this part of the world before and praised its beaches to high heaven, but I’m always…

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Birthday at The Pig, Brockenhurst

The Pig is nothing if not built for maximum comfort. At every turn there is something soft and squishy to throw yourself onto.

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