For 15 years from 2001 until 2016 I travelled and wrote about the interior design and functionality of hotels. I visited and photographed over 300 hotels in that time. My major focus then was design, and that will be an element here, but this time I will be writing more about the place and the experience. Invited on BBC Newsnight in a controversy over room sharing, I was questioned for over an hour as the Beeb tried to get me to say what they wanted. The resulting interview lasted about 20 seconds and had me labelled in the credits as the ’hotelologist’. I hope here I can live up to the name, but help with little more about places too.
If you are a designer, you will enjoy Heatherwick’s spatial planning (I imaging the studio had much fun slicing toilet rolls in modelling) and the drama of the interiors. If you are in to art, then the exhibitions will be thought provoking and will leave you wanting to revisit.The building is a true cathedral devoted to art.read more
In arcadia dogs go.
Alex, in tune with his world, comments “one big wave would wash this clean”. He means houses too.read more
Lanzarote is considered by many César Manrique’s most important work of art. His work and influence have marked the external aspect of the island. The natives say that he has “made” Lanzarote. His desire to live with the volcanic lava led him to build his own house in the Taro de Tahiche, now open as La Fundación César Manrique .read more
The beauty of the country is showcased through the windows of this train, as are the local standards of service through the charm and courtesy of the staff. Design harks back to an age when grace and pleasure in travel were key ingredients of the experience, when comfort was more important than style aloneread more
I enjoyed my bout of nostalgia even if it left me grieving for a nation sold down the river by its politicians. Thank goodness some care about our past, and are willing to give their time and pride to share it with others. You can enjoy these escape hatches too, there are 181 of them, not just in England but 22 in Wales, 9 in Scotland, 7 in Northern Irelandread more
Then there she was, the Beautiful Helena, fully revealed in all her glory. What a night time experience!read more