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Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in a decent hotel in London, you had one choice: the West End. Back in the early 1980s, there was practically nothing in the City (the Great Eastern was really showing its age, before being refurbished in 1996), nothing at all in the East End or […]


International influences in London hotels.

by Andrea on August 15, 2014

Think London, and many think of bobbies on the beat, guardsmen in their bearskins and red tunics, red phone boxes (not as many as there used to be), red buses and black taxis. Very English. Add the curious ceremony of afternoon tea, the full English breakfast and a good slice of roast beef with horseradish, and […]


Larger luxury hotels have an impressive choice of dining options, often offering several different cuisines as well as varied ambience in each restaurant.  For instance, the Rafayel offers Indian as well as western style cooking, while the Andaz Liverpool Street has the Miyako Japanese restaurant as well as a brasserie, pub, and seafood restaurant, while […]


How newly-built hotels can set new standards.

by Rajul on October 25, 2011

About a month ago I visited the lovely new Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford hotel on the day before it opened.  Last week I also met the CEO of Tune Hotels, Mr Mark Lankester, who told me about the budget group’s second cheap London hotel which will shortly open in Liverpool Street. Despite the fact that each of these hotels operates in […]

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Top 4 best new London hotel luxury spas.

by Holly on October 13, 2011

Back at the start of 2010, we wrote reviews of the best of London’s spas, unearthing six which we rated as better than the rest: The Dorchester Spa, So SPA at Sofitel St James, Renaissance Chancery Court Spa, Mandarin Oriental London Spa, The Berkeley Spa, Spa Studio at the Lanesborough. Now, nearly two years on, it’s […]


Travelling light: 7 golden rules.

by Andrea on September 19, 2011

The Joan Collins way of travelling – fifteen suitcases and then the hatboxes – seems to be going out of fashion.  Low cost airlines are now charging quite extortionate fees for checked luggage and luggage allowances are getting slimmer all the time, so most of us are trying to pack smarter. It’s easy to say […]

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Top 5 London hotels for bookworms.

by Holly on August 15, 2011

Hurrah!  Despite what you read in the papers about reading being a dying art and Kindles taking over the world, bookworms like myself are still very much alive and kicking – and being recognised by London’s hoteliers.  Here are my favourite five hotels for literature-loving guests… Swissotel The Howard Hotel The Howard Hotel in the heart of […]


Spoilt for choice at Banyan at the Rafayel.

by Andrea on August 12, 2011

I adore Asian food.  But I also spend a good part of my life in France and so am pretty well versed in the classical traditions of western cuisine.  And usually, ‘shall we have an Indian?’ is presented as an either/or choice. Not so at the Rafayel Hotel’s Banyan restaurant, where the menu has one foot in each hemisphere […]


It’s possible to drop several hundred quid having a decent meal in London these days.  Yes, after decades cast into outer darkness, London has become the epicentre of the gastronomic world – but its new prominence has come at a price. However, impecunious foodies need not fear.  There are ways of getting a very reasonably […]


Top 3 London hotels for funky bathrooms.

by Rajul on May 27, 2011

Forget the hype about grand lobbies, posh restaurants and fancy amenities – the epitome of 5 star luxury for me is an outstanding bathroom. And I’m not referring only to the most expensive suites…if you’re paying a top-end room rate, then great bathrooms ought to come as standard. But lovely bathrooms in London hotels in […]

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Eco-luxury with style and lots of space.

by mhdubois on February 25, 2011

A hotel is usually a product of its location. At Rafayel on the Left Bank however, they’ve turned this idea around; they have built the hotel and are now creating the location around it.  In fact, it’s one of a breed of quality London hotels in slightly edgy areas. The name is clever, evoking a […]


How comfy is your hotel bed?

by Andrea on February 15, 2011

I don’t think all that often about my bed.  I only really become aware of what I’m sleeping on if it’s wrong – uncomfortable, bumpy, too hard or too soft.  I recently slept in one that kept trying to roll itself around me like a tube.  It was horrible – I kept waking up thinking […]


London hotels which display great art.

by Andrea on January 7, 2011

If you want art in London, you might head to Tate Britain, the National Gallery or Sotheby’s for example.  Or for something more cutting edge, you could be tempted to check out the Saatchi Gallery or Tate Modern. But you might also find your hotel to be an equally good place to find contemporary art […]


Good London hotels in slightly edgy areas.

by Andrea on October 22, 2010

Think of top London hotels and I bet you’re thinking of the West End – Mayfair, Chelsea or Westminster.  But a new generation of hotels is now springing up in unlikely places like Bethnal Green, Lambeth and Battersea. And while London is not a particularly dangerous city – it seems these new hotels are showing […]


The best eco-friendly London hotels.

by Rajul on September 16, 2010

London Hotels Insight has already featured a good selection of the most eco-friendly London hotels and it’s now time to do a recap of the very best. We’ve only listed hotels that have won rigorous external awards for their environmentally-friendly approach (such as from the Visit Britain Green Tourism Business Scheme) or have supplied us […]


The new Savoy Hotel: luxurious AND green?

by Rajul on August 18, 2010

As the clock continues to tick on the Savoy’s October 10 opening – after a delay that this blog was the first in the world to report –  anticipation is growing to see exactly what delights the Old Dame has in store. Most are expecting a certain decadence within the frame of an ultra luxurious […]