Hotel & Spa

 

THE INN ON THE MILE, 82 HIGH STREET, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND EH1 1LL ££
Scotland holds so many happy childhood memories for me. During the late 70s and early 80s we would all jump in the back of my dad’s Alegro estate and make the epic journey up to the tiny village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire for a holiday. Fast forward a few decades and We Love Food visit Scotland, albeit by a different mode of transport and in a very different location. The Inn On The Mile had everything we needed for a relaxed weekender.
BEST FOR: Fun, good food, exploring the city.

HOTEL PELIROCCO, BRIGHTON ££
When I was in my late teens I remember hearing about Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, it sounded like the coolest hotel in the world at the time. A rock and roll nineteen-bedroomed boutique hotel with themed bedrooms, including the infamous Play Room, I longed to stay there. Fast forward fifteen years and it is still standing.
BEST FOR: Fun, couples, nightlife.

GREAT FOSTERS HOTEL, EGHAM ££££
Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR
Weekends away for us usually consist of a certain style of hotel – modern, sleek and bursting full of mod-cons. Great Fosters hotel in Egham is the total opposite of what we are usually attracted to. This former royal hunting lodge dates back to 1550 AD and is dripping in Downton Abbey style grandeur, with dark creaking hallways and even darker bedrooms.
BEST FOR: Romance, weddings, fine dining.

TUDOR FARMHOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, GLOUCESTERSHIRE £££
High Street, Clearwell, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JS
Take a couple of testing weeks at work, mix in the stress of my son’s first day at ‘big’ school and you have all the elements for a mini meltdown! The antidote was a weekend in the country with bucket loads of peace and quiet.
BEST FOR: Romance, countryside, good food.

THE KINGS ARMS, DORSET ££
18 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DT
Sister hotels The Kings Arms and the Harbour Hotel are total opposites.
The Harbour has stunning sea views whilst the Kings Arms has views of a cute pavilion and bowling green. Excellent food too.
BEST FOR: Exploring the coast, weddings, good food.

CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL, DORSET ££
95 Mudeford,
 Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3NT
So after travelling five hours for what should be a two-hour journey, we pulled up outside the typically British seaside looking Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Mudeford. To drive past you’d think it’d be full of OAP coach trip customers, thank god it wasn’t.
BEST FOR: Exploring the coast, weddings, water sports.

THE HOTEL SHANGRILA, SANTA MONICA ££
1301 Ocean Avenue. Santa Monica, CA 90401

As we approached the end of Santa Monica Boulevard and caught our first ever glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, I swear my pulse rate instantly began to drop. The lobby was decked out in Union Jack clad mannequins and red, white and blue bulldogs! Apparently it was ‘British week’, they really were making us feel at home. Albeit a stunning newly refurbished art deco home.
BEST FOR: Exploring the coast, chilling, art deco.

TUDDENHAM MILL, SUFFOLK  £££
High Street, Tuddenham, Suffolk IP28 6SQ
It had been one hell off a week, in fact it had been one hell of two weeks. So when we were given to opportunity to stay at Tuddenham Mill we booked a day off and jumped in the car for an unwind weekend. The ideal distance for Londoners to escape for a couple of chilled nights away.
BEST FOR: Romance, luxury, fine dining.

THE CROWN, AMERSHAM £££
16 High Street, Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0DH
Part of a family of modern coaching inns, timber-framed buildings providing eating, drinking and lodgings. We parked up and walked past a pretty row of rooms into a cobblestone courtyard.
BEST FOR: Romance, exploring the local area, good food.

GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL, BARCELONA £££
Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
There are three main ingredients that make a city break memorable, 1) The hotel, 2) the food and 3) the weather. And luckily for us we struck pure gold on all three counts. Talking of luck, I’d won a couple of easyJet flights with Metro so booked a weekend away for our birthdays.
BEST FOR: Exploring the local area, chilling, good food.

SANCTUM ON THE GREEN, BERKSHIRE £££
The Old Cricket Common  Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 9NZ 

Tucked away in a leafy corner of Berkshire lies an amazing hideaway – Sanctum on the Green. With just nine rooms, it’s the little sister of the Sanctum Soho but with a very different feel. We knew it was special when we arrived at the gated entrance and had to be buzzed through.
BEST FOR: Romance, weddings, fine dining.

THE RAYAVADEE HOTEL SPA, KRABI, THAILAND ££££
214 Moo 2, Tambon Ao-Nang  Amphoe Maung, Krabi, 81000, Thailand
We can’t believe that it’ been nearly four months since our belated honeymoon to Thailand and our simply amazing spa treatment at the 5 star Rayavadee Luxury Resort. And when they say luxury, they mean luxury. Before we start to talk about the spa, let us try to put into words just how beautiful this tiny corner of Thailand really is.
BEST FOR: Romance, luxury, chilling.

RADISSON HOTEL & SPA, GUILDFORD ££
3 Alexandra Terrace  Guildford, Surrey GU1 3DA
Finally, Guildford has a new hotel that’s actually in the town centre, and isn’t a Holiday Inn. I lived in the town for 21 years, I couldn’t wait to come and see what the new Radisson had to offer. It is the town’s first deluxe hotel offering two restaurants, a dining terrace, gym and spa.
BEST FOR: Exploring the local area, chilling, good food.

MY HOTEL, BRIGHTON ££
17 Jubilee Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1GE
myhotel just off the North Laine is slap bang in the middle of all Brighton‘s action. As soon as we walked through the coloured sliding doors into the vibrant and futuristic lobby we knew this was a special hotel. Very cool, and with spa-scented candles constantly lit (always a plus point for us)
BEST FOR: Exploring the local area, cocktails, nightlife.

K SPA AT THE K WEST HOTEL, LONDON ££
Richmond Way, London W14 0AX
I always thought Shepherd’s Bush was eight million mikes away, hence never having visited Westfield but it was easy peasy. Winner of the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards and Best Luxury Hotel Spa UK, I had high hopes.
BEST FOR: Exploring the local area, chilling, the spa.

FOX & ANCHOR, LONDON £££
115 Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, London EC1M 6AA
I’ve had my eye on this place for some time. I had been planning a secret birthday weekend for Ade’s 40th and needed somewhere to stay. The Fox & Anchor is a newly renovated pub in Smithfield with a suite of six luxury rooms upstairs, a bit like a boutique hotel, but a pub.
BEST FOR: Exploring the local area, romance, good food.

LIFEHOUSE SPA, ESSEX ££
Frinton Road Thorpe-le-Soken Essex CO16 0JD
My only experience of spa food was at The Sanctuary, and I wasn’t very impressed. All I can recall is eating a plain piece of fish. The Water Lilies restaurant at the Lifehouse Spa has one of the best menus I’ve seen in a long time. Luckily we were there overnight so we managed to try almost everything we fancied…
BEST FOR: Chilling, the spa, good food.