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Today, 3:43 am
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Posted By Pausanias

This is a problem with almost all...

This is a problem with almost all classic/traditional five star hotels around the world - Villa D'Este, D'Angleterre, Hassler, Gritti, George V, Savoy . . . there will always be a broom cupboard and...
Jul 8, 20, 6:41 am
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Posted By Pausanias

The UK Chancellor has just announced a cut in VAT...

The UK Chancellor has just announced a cut in VAT charged at all hotels and restaurants - a cut of 15 percent, down to 5 percent. Might make that rooftop suite at 45 Park Lane affordable.;)
Jul 7, 20, 12:05 pm
Jul 6, 20, 8:20 am
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Posted By Pausanias

Hotels with views in London are generally not the...

Hotels with views in London are generally not the hotels people use on this Forum. Hotels with genuine views would indeed include the Marriott County Hall, also the one by Tower Bridge, the...
Jul 3, 20, 9:52 am
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Posted By Pausanias

Fascinating, thank you. As I don't own a mobile...

Fascinating, thank you. As I don't own a mobile phone I'm assuming I would starve.
Jun 30, 20, 10:26 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

Thank you for posting this. I have no idea which...

Thank you for posting this. I have no idea which hotel sent you that but I daresay it's typical. An excellent summary of why I shall not be going anywhere right now. By suspending so many essential...
Jun 29, 20, 2:32 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

I know this year is abnormal - but in normal...

I know this year is abnormal - but in normal years we like to go to places like Rome and Venice in January/February. Great rates, hardly any tourists, a bit of a gamble with the weather.
Jun 26, 20, 2:36 am
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Posted By Pausanias

We stayed once in his own villa at Amanpuri - an...

We stayed once in his own villa at Amanpuri - an upgrade I hasten to add! He revolutionised hotel design and, I guess, a lot of domestic design as well as people returned from his hotels and...
Jun 10, 20, 5:49 am
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Posted By Pausanias

I've received a lovely email from Gravetye Manor...

I've received a lovely email from Gravetye Manor informing us of their July re-opening and their special two-day breaks. There is a wealth of detail about their Covid-safe arrangements. It's a...
Jun 9, 20, 12:45 am
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Posted By Pausanias

Well, that's a no-brainer then. It strikes...

Well, that's a no-brainer then.

It strikes me that this hotel is on the cusp of becoming a sanatorium, straight out of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain.
Jun 8, 20, 9:48 am
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Posted By Pausanias

A year ago I stayed at the Santa Clara in...

A year ago I stayed at the Santa Clara in Cartagena - sensational courtyard, glorious food, good location but you need to be careful with your room choice. But as you say you aren't that keen on...
Jun 8, 20, 12:39 am
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Posted By Pausanias

and hopefully including info on occupancy, Covid...

and hopefully including info on occupancy, Covid safety protocols, restaurant distancing etc etc . . .
Jun 5, 20, 4:22 am
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Posted By Pausanias

Please try and bear in mind that overwater villas...

Please try and bear in mind that overwater villas are damaging to the environment and are aesthetic eyesores. And as for a private pool in the Maldives, what's wrong with the Indian Ocean?
Jun 2, 20, 2:30 am
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Views: 2,311
Posted By Pausanias

Film fans may know that the gentlemen's lavatory...

Film fans may know that the gentlemen's lavatory in the Arizona Biltmore was largely replicated in a scene in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in which Mr Grady removes a stain from Jack's clothes. For...
Jun 1, 20, 2:04 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

Are you only interested in hotels or in seeing...

Are you only interested in hotels or in seeing Arizona? I am purely destination driven so I would put pins in the map for Monument Valley (strictly speaking in Utah), Arches NP, Zion NP and Grand...
Jun 1, 20, 8:33 am
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Posted By Pausanias

I'm not sure that travelling in your own personal...

I'm not sure that travelling in your own personal Q-suite bubble to the Maldives gives you any protection. You still need to get to the airport, check in and go through all that security hassle when...
Jun 1, 20, 2:23 am
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Posted By Pausanias

I'm not sure I totally agree with this. Dubai...

I'm not sure I totally agree with this. Dubai itself has the old city and its attendant bazaar and waterway. That makes for an interesting half-day. But if you take Dubai as a city within a much...
May 31, 20, 10:56 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

Well, because you don't need a car in the city,...

Well, because you don't need a car in the city, the tolls are indeed complicated and driving in large, unfamiliar cities can be quite stressful. But of course, in the current Covid climate, I...
May 30, 20, 11:00 pm
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Views: 24,764
Posted By Pausanias

The InterContinental on Moorea, French Polynesia,...

The InterContinental on Moorea, French Polynesia, has now closed permanently due to the Covid crisis. This hotel has the same ownership as the Brando - Pacific Beachcomber Resorts. There is also a...
May 29, 20, 10:47 pm
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Views: 860
Posted By Pausanias

Having done this sort of trip and hoping to do...

Having done this sort of trip and hoping to do another this autumn (v. doubtful at the moment), I would say your itinerary seems rather rushed. My major suggestion is this - stay at Lake Como for a...
May 26, 20, 10:57 pm
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Views: 80,441
Posted By Pausanias

I just ploughed through this. Quite sad, really,...

I just ploughed through this. Quite sad, really, to see such money spent on such an obvious nickel-and-diming rip-off. I do admire Tom's tenacity and his eagerness to describe his experiences in such...
May 25, 20, 11:55 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

Funny how people's perceptions differ. I think...

Funny how people's perceptions differ. I think the main pool at Amanpulo is spectacular and it's a mark of sophistication that it isn't down by the beach. They have such a fabulous beach that a...
May 25, 20, 11:44 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

Suspended might be a synonym for 'banned.' I...

Suspended might be a synonym for 'banned.' I found his posts immensely helpful and often v. witty, though one or two may have breached an unwritten netiquette code. His TripAdvisor account was last...
May 25, 20, 5:30 am
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Views: 5,443
Posted By Pausanias

Lockdown delirium - CAMBODIA Amansara,...

Lockdown delirium -

CAMBODIA
Amansara, Siem Reap
We stayed here in 1992, when it was the Apsara Villas, then again a few years ago. We appreciated the change in every respect. Amansara really...
May 24, 20, 11:50 pm
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Posted By Pausanias

In that landscape, only a Range Rover would do. ...

In that landscape, only a Range Rover would do. More practical than a Roller, more tasteful than a Bentley.
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