Category Archives: Hotels

Clarance Hotel Lille + Lavender’s Blue

Unique Boutique Ok, it’s a feeble excuse. But since Lavender’s Blue have once again been asked to sit on the Nominations Committee of the World Boutique Hotel Awards, we simply had to hop on Eurostar Business Premier to five star … Continue reading

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The Franklin Hotel Knightsbridge + Anouska Hempel

Franklin Minted To be frank, it wasn’t the hardest decision in the world to while away a wintry Saturday afternoon, yes, the perfected world of a Saturday afternoon, wistfully tucked up in a swanky five star Knightsbridge hotel. Add Anouska … Continue reading

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Villa Kennedy Hotel + JFK Restaurant Frankfurt

Er | The Autobiography of Things So: 30 up, 20 to go. Cloudbotherers. In 2017 the price of new apartments in Frankfurt rose 25 percent. Hence the haste. It’s upwards and upwards. The Goldman Sachs rush. High cost high rise … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire

Princess Diaries One can never have enough chairs.

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UCO Restaurant Buenos Aires + UCO Hotel Buenos Aires

In a State of Flux Since when did the midday meal consume the day? It’s impossibly hot so why not. A long languid lazy lunch lounging in the garden of one of South America’s leading restaurants. UCO is named after … Continue reading

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Algodon Mansion Hotel Buenos Aires + Gerhard Heusch

High Flyers, Adored  Thankfully the money’s kept rolling in (and out) so it’s another suitcase in another bedroom. Stretching a rainbow tour of beauty. The art of the possible. Rest assured, not any old bedroom. Suite dreams in Buenos Aires’ … Continue reading

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris + La Cour Jardin

Up and About in Paris and London | Garden of Eatin’ | Another Political Party We fill the lacuna  Lunch where? Paris. C’est le weekend. We’re Ivy’d out midweek although the Soho and Tower Bridge Brasseries’ zucchini fritti and truffle … Continue reading

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Finnstown House Kildare + Lord Lucan

Hey Good Lucan Heir today, gone tomorrow. Around 3,000 Irish country houses have “done a Lord Lucan” (the not so lucky 7th Earl) and disappeared over the last century. Finnstown House in his erstwhile squiredom ain’t one of them. It opened … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Hotel New York Oyster Bar + Wilhelmina Pier Rotterdam

The Big Pip If oysters are your world and squid rings rock your boat, Hotel New York is for you. It’s not in New York but it is in the former Holland America Line offices on the banks of Rotterdam’s … Continue reading

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