Hotels & Apartments You Must Stay In

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LA PIAZZA - Situated in a glorious piazza in Greve, Chianti, Tuscany. I have stayed in this apartment and loved it. Nothing spectacular but clean, comfortable and if you are nosey then you will love it

These 3 are my picks from The Paris Marais website. They have a wonderful collection of apartments for rent. The Thermos Loft is an ex art gallery with a Thermal Pool in the basement


FALSTONE BARNS - I really can vouch for this one, just about a mile from my tiny hamlet in Northumberland this is 5 star luxury in a fabulous rural setting. Ancient barns converted into 4 luxury apartments set in a fabulous cobbled courtyard.
THE LYGON ARMS - In the glorious town of Broadway in the Cotswolds this is a 5 star historic hotel. If you can't afford to stay there you can still stop for a coffee
42 THE CALLS - In the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. I have stayed in the Penthouse Suite and it was fabulous
HOTEL DU VIN - Situated in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Harrogate, Henley-on-Thames, Tunbridge Wells, Winchester and York. Fabulous atmosphere, furnishings, food and bedrooms. Relaxing to the 'nth degree
MALMAISON - Situated in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Reading. All in glorious historic buildings with cutting edge design statements
CRAZY BEAR - Situated in Oxford, London and soon in Beaconsfield. The Oxford Hotel has a London Bus as it's reception. All have fantastic furnishings.

HOTEL PARTICULIER - At last a decent hotel in the Montmatre district of Paris. An old townhouse set in a cobbled courtyard this is one beautiful place to stay
APRES LA SIESTE - Situated in Saint Laurent des Arbres, a typical village between Provence and CĂ©vennes. Amazing rustic charm that the French do so well
CHATEAU EZA - Donkey's take your bags up the steep hillside to this wonderful hotel. I stayed for a week once and lost a stone. Views over the Cote d'Azur to die for.
L'HOTEL PARTICULIER - In Arles, Southern France this is utter luxury with genuine country charm
LA MAISON DOUCE - Another one of those hotels where you think you have stepped into a page of a design magazine. Glorious
PARIS MARAIS SELECTION -This is a website that has a fantastic collection of Paris Marais hotels for you to choose from. All budgets but all fabulous
PAVILLON DE LA REINE - I stayed here for Christmas once and it was wonderful. They even have an honesty bar in the lounge. Luxurious and positioned right inside Place des Vosges.
PERSHING HALL - Situated behind the Champs Elysee this is total luxury. Famous for it's Interior Courtyard Rain Forest that climbs the huge wall. I stayed and received a box of Maison du Chocolats just for being there.
UN COEUR TRES NATURE - I can't use the word beautiful enough here. This is French chic and country style at its very best. Set in stunning Liouc
UNE AUTRE MAISON - Situated in Nyons this hotel is like peering in the pages of Marie Claire Maison. Stunning furnishings and gardens.

HOTEL SANTA MARIA - In the Trastevere (the ancient area) of Rome. This is a former convent with the rooms circling the courtyard. I stayed for Christmas once and is was an oasis of calm in a manic city
HOTEL LA MINERVA - I stayed in a room here overlooking the bay of Naples. Breakfast on the balcony was heaven. Clean, bright, stylish and friendly.
PALAZZO LEOPOLDO - Situated in Radda in Chiant, Tuscany. This old Palazzo is charming with breakfasts served in an wonderfully ancient kitchen at a communal table. Great for meeting people from all over the world
VIGNAMAGGIO - This is reputedly the house where the girl who sat for the Mona Lisa lived. If that's not true then it certainly was the place where Much Ado About Nothing was filmed. It is the most stunning house in the most stunning position anywhere in Tuscany

THE ALGONGUIN - Home of the famous Round Table. It is a literary haven. Wonderful wood and deep dark corners
THE MARTHA WASHINGTON INN - Situated in Abingdon, Virginia. I stayed here back in the 1990s and it was like being on the set of Gone With The Wind. Big goose down duvets, wonderful antiques and all at the foot of the Smokey Mountains
SOHO HOUSE - New York. Last time I stayed here it was the New York Fashion Week. The best people watching ever. Fabulous cutting edge hotel
BREAKWATER INN & SPA - Sitting on the breakwater in Kennebunkport, Maine. The only complaint here was that a big duck came into my waterside room. The kids loved it