Tag: Monica Guy

View All Tags

/ / /

Spanish Hotels with History :: The Casa Hotel As Artes

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Travesía de Dos Puertas 2, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 15707
August 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

After spending two weeks recapping the Lisbon Hotel Scene for us, Monica Guy is back with some history lessons. She's chronicling some of Spain's historic hotels this week. Enjoy.

Here's where to stay if you can't afford the Hostal Dos Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela's cathedral square: the Casa Hotel As Artes.

It's a tiny seven-room hotel, owned by two friendly locals who claim the baby-sized rooms are 'Parisian' rather than just small. The size of the rooms is the only bad thing, however, as nearly all else is fab.

more ›

/ / / /

Spanish Hotels with History :: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Plaza do Obradoiro 1, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 15705
August 28, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

After spending two weeks recapping the Lisbon Hotel Scene for us, Monica Guy is back with some history lessons. She's chronicling some of Spain's historic hotels this week. Enjoy.

Talking of Spanish Hotels with History, this one boasts to be the oldest 'proper' hotel in the world.

The Hostal de los Reyes Católicos is a 5-star Gran Lujo hotel--better than a 5-star--and it's located superbly right opposite the magnificent cathedral in Santiago de Compostela's central square. It's also known in English as the Royal Hospital or in Spanish as the Parador de Santiago de Compostela.

The hotel's partly funded by the government as a parador, a status awarded only to the best hotels in the most historic of buildings in Spain.

The décor? Use your imagination. Dark wood, dim lighting, high ceilings, exposed stone, the odd suit of armour or oil painting glaring down at you. We stayed there for a night last year and can't remember anything of the room except that it was super-luxury and super-traditional - a bit too traditional for our taste.

more ›

/ / / /

Spanish Hotels with History :: Hostal Empuries

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Platja Portixol, L'Escala, Gerona, Spain, 17130
August 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

After spending two weeks recapping the Lisbon Hotel Scene for us, Monica Guy is back with some history lessons. She's chronicling some of Spain's historic hotels this week. Enjoy.

A Spanish beach hotel with a difference: this one's small, special and has a bit of history behind it.

The Hostal Empuries is up on the Catalan coast between near Gerona, just north of Barcelona. If you want trendy seaside japes at a good price this is the place to go.

The hotel used to be a snack bar for archaeologists excavating the exciting (if you like that kind of thing) Roman necropolis just nearby. Then it added a few rooms and became a lovers' getaway - naughty 'business' weekends  and that kind of thing.

We guess because it's on the edge of a small, hidden cove with a tiny sandy beach and acres of wide, blue sea.

more ›

/ / / /

Spanish Hotels with History :: The Hotel Masferrer

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Carretera C-25, Gualba, Spain, 08474
August 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

After spending two weeks recapping the Lisbon Hotel Scene for us, Monica Guy is back with some history lessons. She's chronicling some of Spain's historic hotels this week. Enjoy.

Here's another top Hotel with History near Barcelona: the Hotel Masferrer. It's 50 km from the city but right at the foot of the Montseny national park (a hiker's paradise) and one of the niftiest contemporary hotels we've stayed in.

This hotel's got a romantic history - a young Spanish couple bought the place and spent years restoring it before opening it timidly to guests.

The building is a super mix of ancient and modern. The old entrance hall looks like a Greek temple with columns and shadows everywhere and there are heavy original brass-studded wood doors to get in. Inside, though, it's bright and modern, with  linen curtains and quality fabrics and jacuzzi jets in the baths.

more ›

/ / / /

Spanish Hotels with History :: Torre Martí

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: c/Ramón Llull 11, Sant Julia de Vilatorta, Barcelona, Spain, 08504
August 25, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

After spending two weeks recapping the Lisbon Hotel Scene for us, Monica Guy is back with some history lessons. She's chronicling some of Spain's historic hotels this week. Enjoy.

Spain's renowned for its chain hotels and beachside biggies, but the best places to stay are the smaller, lesser-known hotels heaving with history and atmosphere. Here's our number one Hotel with History in Spain: the Hotel Torre Martí, a short drive from Barcelona.

We have high standards here at HotelChatter, as you know, but this place is seriously fabulous. It's a huge, deep red villa surrounded by fountained gardens and curtains of trees, the kind of place you can imagine wealthy ancient Romans retreating to in summer (it was originally a summer retreat when it was built in 1945).

It's now owned by an irresistibly attractive dark-eyed Spaniard named Roger and his artist/chef father, who've turned it into a boutique hotel par excellence.

more ›

/ / / /

Where to Stay in Lisbon: A Beginner's Guide

Where: Lisbon, Portugal
August 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Monica Guy has been dutifully rounding up the best boutique hotels in Lisbon for the past two weeks. Now, she's telling you where to stay in the city. Like actual neighborhoods. Enjoy.

Lisbon is such as spangbankingly excellent place that you're unlikely to spend much time inside your hotel. But it does matter where your hotel is - the city is built over seven hills and if you choose a hotel on the wrong side of one, you'll have a long, hard, trek home.

A hotel's location also matters in Lisbon because each area has its own personality. If you're a hardcore clubber, you'll want to crawl (a short way) back to your bed in the early hours of the morning. If you're a tranquil book-lover, you'll want to escape the clubbers crawling back in the early hours. If you're a culture vulture, you'll want to be close to the museums. Etc.

After the jump, our beginner's guide to choosing a hotel in Lisbon

more ›

/ / /

Lisbon Hotel Guide :: Lisboa Tejo Attempts a Design Hotel

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Rua dos Condes de Monsanto 2, Lisbon, Portugal, 1100-159
August 21, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, so Lisbon ain't yet the place to find a whole load of design hotels. The first one was Jerónimos 8, right outside the city centre. Following suit, but this time slap bang in the  heart of Lisbon's downtown area, is the Lisboa Tejo.

First confession: The Lisboa Tejo is more a brave attempt at a design hotel than a design hotel proper. A hotel de charme, let's say.

But it's a damn fine brave attempt. Stepping in is a surprise - running water, curvy wood, deep blues and yellows and tiled mosaics everywhere. There's a bar also, open to the public, which adds a kind of cosmo touch to the place.

more ›

/ / / / /

Lisbon Hotel Guide :: The Exclusive Elusive Lapa Palace

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Rua do Pau de Bandeira 4, Lisbon, Portugal, 1249-021
August 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can't talk about the Lisbon Hotel Scene without mentioning Lisbon's most decadent address, Lapa Palace.

Yet anyone not rich enough to stay there will almost certainly never see it - the Lapa Palace hides its gaily painted face in a little-visited area of Lisbon (Lapa), miles from the tourist sights, main roads and nightlife.

This is probably done to discourage the riff-raff from poking their noses in as prices range from €425 ($630) to €575 ($850) for a night in a superior room, all the way up to €1650 ($2435) for a deluxe room.

more ›

/ / / /

Lisbon Hotel Guide :: The Lisboa Plaza vs. The Heritage Av Liberdade

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Tv. Salitre 5, Lisbon, Portugal, 1269-066
August 19, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Two sister hotels from the small Heritage Hotel family in Lisbon illustrate just how much difference a street name can make to the price of a hotel room.

The big sister Lisboa Plaza (above) opened 50 years ago on a quiet side street just 20m from the busy Avenida da Liberdade - Lisbon's Champs Élysées.

It's a beautiful classic 4-star hotel, run by the same family since its opening, and with little designer touches by well-known Portuguese designer Graça Viterbo. 94 rooms over six floors, with all the bells and whistles including free Wi-Fi. Prices for a double room start around €165 ($243).

more ›

/ / / /

Lisbon Hotel Guide :: Eden VIP Aparthotel, A Pretty Face

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Praça dos Restauradores 24, Lisbon, Portugal, 1250-187
August 18, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the few hotels in Lisbon you'll catch tourist taking photographs of - the Eden VIP Aparthotel has the most spectacular art deco façade and most visitors think it's some kind of palace.

The 4-star hotel's stone gallery filled with tumbling leafy gardens used to front the Eden theatre before the building was converted by the VIP Hotels group. The conversion was so good the hotel was award several prizes by the Portuguese government.

And to top it all off, it has the most excellent location right in busy Restauradores square, in downtown Lisbon.

more ›

/ / / /

Lisbon's First Design Hotel: Jerónimos 8

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Rua dos Jerónimos 8, Lisbon, Portugal, 1400-211
August 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Monica Guy returns to us again this month with her take on the Lisbon Hotel Scene. It seems that boutique hotels are battling each other left and right for hotel guests. So how do the contenders shake out? Read here to find out. Got a question? Send it to us and we'll get it answered for you.

If stop no.1 on the Lisbon tourist train is the Castelo São Jorge, stop no.2 is Belém. Belém is a 20-minute tram ride west of the city centre and a visitor's paradise of museums, monuments, a monastery and, mmmm... gardens.

If you want to stay in Belém, call up Hotel Jerónimos 8, the best design hotel in the area. Correction: the only design hotel in the area, and allegedly the first to arrive in Lisbon.

more ›

/ / /

The Battle of Lisbon's Boutique Hotels: Solar dos Mouros

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Rua do Milagre de Santo António 6, Lisbon, Portugal, 1100-351
August 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Monica Guy returns to us again this month with her take on the Lisbon Hotel Scene. It seems that boutique hotels are battling each other left and right for hotel guests. So how do the contenders shake out? Read here to find out. Got a question? Send it to us and we'll get it answered for you.

If you can't afford the Solar do Castelo, or can't be bothered to hike up all the way up the steep hill to it, stop instead 100m below at the equally fabulous Solar dos Mouros.

It's a 12-room hotel just a few steps down from Lisbon's iconic Castelo de São Jorge, with a swish arty lounge overlooking the wide river Tagus.

more ›