Category: Western Europe

Axl Rose arrested at design hotel in Stockholm

Axl Rose arrested at design hotel in Stockholm

Axl Rose was arrested  this week  after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at the Berns Hotel in Stockholm. The Guns N’ Roses frontman  is also suspected of causing damage to the hotel. A police spokesman said that Rose was drunk during the confrontation and was not questioned by police until he had […]

The Clarence in Dublin celebrates tenth birthday

The Clarence in Dublin celebrates tenth birthday

U2-owned The Clarence celebrated its 10th birthday this month. Band members Bono and The Edge bought the property in 1992. It was then a traditional two star hotel but re-opened in June of 1996 as a luxury  boutique hotel. Since then, it’s attracted the rich and famous from all over the world, the most recent […]

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

In the heart of Rome, near the Spanish Steps, a small building hides six luxurious, light, minimalist suites: perfect for those who feel the classic hotel to be too impersonal or a bed and breakfast too familiar. Intown is a very charming, rich yet simplistic, designer project, evoking the feeling of being in a Roman […]

Mussels in Brussels

Mussels in Brussels

I don’t know about you, but I just love shellfish, and particularly mussels! If shellfish is your thing, head for Brussels’ Chez Leon  and indulge in mussels near the Grand Palace. It’s exceptionally popular with tourists and,  whether you like your mussels with onions, garlic or cheese, it really doesn’t matter: they have a huge […]

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

The winners of the 13th annual PlanetOut.com gay and lesbian travel awards can be found by following this link. Amongst the numerous winners are Spain (Destination of the Year), Provincetown (Best Gay Resort Town), American Airlines (Best Airline), Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (Best Gay Hotel Collection) and Crystal Cruises (Best Cruise Company).

Harrods to open at London Heathrow's Terminal 5?

Harrods to open at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5?

It’s been rumoured by the press that Harrods – one of the most famous stores in the world –  is the frontrunner in the race to a 12,000 sq ft centrepiece site at terminal 5 of BAA’s London Heathrow Airport, ahead of Slefridges and Harvey Nichols. Harrods stores already exist in a variety of other […]

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Every year the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival – sponsored by Starbucks since 2004 – brings together top quality performers in venues all over the city. Founded in 1978 when jazz guitarist and banjo player Mike Hart booked a weekend of bands at the long-gone Astoria Ballroom, it is now the longest-running jazz festival in […]

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the exclusive and historically-unique  Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano  earlier this month.  This member of  the Dorchester Group is one of just two Milanese hotels that make it into the Condé Nast  top 700 hotels in the world. Occupying a great location on Piazza della Repubblica, it is  just […]

Mick Jagger at Vienna's Imperial Hotel

Mick Jagger at Vienna’s Imperial Hotel

If you’re in Vienna today, look out for Mick Jagger.   He’s performing a concert and has booked the $8,600-a-night Royal Suite at the Imperial Hotel, plus all the other rooms on the same floor.   What’s interesting about this reservation is that, just days after he made it, George W. Bush’s men tried to […]

Just back from Italy and Switzerland

I’ve been away with the family this past fortnight and returned to the familiarity of home in the early hours of this morning.   We’ve had a fantastic time in Milan, the Italian Lakes and the Ticino region of Switzerland and I’ll be posting more details shortly.

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

The outdoor theatre season is finally here. Open-air ‘picnic style’ events have become as much a part of the English Summer as croquet, strawberries and cream, and Pimms. Following last year’s success, English Heritage is once again hosting a series of informal plays and musical evenings in the tranquil surroundings of some beautiful and historic […]

London's South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

London’s South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

The County Hall Island Block – a detested London eyesore nearly Waterloo station and named Britain’s 11th ugliest building in a recent Channel 4 programme  – is at last to be knocked down.   It will make way for a 14-storey, £300m luxury hotel: the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. The new hotel will offer views […]

Venice's San Clemente Palace

Venice’s San Clemente Palace

Beat the crowds by staying at this sumptuous former monastery on your own private island in Venice, just 10 minutes by gondola from St. Mark’s Square. Dine at the world-class Ca’ dei Frati Restaurant and watch the sun set over Venice every night from any of the palace terraces. There’s also two further restaurants, a […]

The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament challenges four teams of 15th Century knights to compete at jousting, archery, sword fighting and mounted skill at arms. On the 10th and 11th of June the Tournament visits one of England’s grandest country homes, Audley End, for heats 5 and 6. Visitors can experience the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and […]

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

Three new Hilton Worldwide Resorts are due to open in Europe shortly. The first to open its doors will be the Hilton Evian Resort & Spa in France next month. This spectacular resort is situated on the shores of Lake Leman in the Western Alps, close to the French-Swiss border. Hilton Portorosa Sicily and Hilton […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]