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Ibis Styles Manchester Portland review

Sunshine and showers at the ibis Styles, Manchester

My city break trips are usually a whirlwind of sightseeing, eating and drinking, where a hotel’s more a place to sleep than somewhere to spend much time in. A good city break hotel needs to be central, comfortable, clean…

Château Autignac, Languedoc, South of France

A French vineyard stay at Château Autignac

If you’ve always fancied yourself running a vineyard in the South of France by day and swanning around a stunning château by night, then Château Autignac is the place to live the dream… without having to do any of…

Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed

A Cornish winter break at Chy Braya in Falmouth

You might think of Cornwall as a summer holiday destination, somewhere you go for surfing, sandcastle-building and pasties on the beach. But it makes for a great winter break too – think blustery coastal walks, deserted beaches, cosy pubs…

The Motel One Edinburgh Royal reviewed

A budget city stay at the Motel One Edinburgh Royal

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels,…

One Aldwych hotel London

A luxury London escape at One Aldwych hotel

When I visit London it’s usually a whirlwind of meetings and catch ups, and wherever I stay is just a bed to pass out into. But on my last trip I took the opportunity to stay over on a…

On the Rocks villa in Ios, Greece

A Greek island escape at On the Rocks villa in Ios

Normally I spent lots of time researching the best places to stay, but sometimes the best holidays can be the most spontaneous ones and you come across a gem like On the Rocks. I spotted this gorgeous villa on…