Ellenborough Park, Cotswolds – Hotel Review

The exterior of Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds
The exterior of Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds


When Ellenborough Park was built in the early 1500s, it was known as Southam House because it was situated on Southam Manor, which was owned by King Henry VII and covered two-thirds of the land in the village. Over its 500-year history, the house has changed hands numerous times, undergoing facelifts and additions, including a cross wing, grand staircase and rooms paneled in oak.

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Where to Dine in 2014

How to find the best restaurants
Clockwise from upper left: The Church Key, Hakkasan (Beverly Hills), Lazare (Paris), Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Paris)

by Sophie Gayot
 
As 2013 has ended, aren’t you looking forward to know where to dine in 2014?
 
We have a few things that can help.
 
Listen to my latest interview on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, which is now syndicated throughout America, where we discussed (listen to show here):
– chef Michel Richard’s new restaurant in New York, Villard at The New York Palace;
chef Jeff Mahin’s new additions to the Chicago scene, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria;
Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and Sam Marvin’s Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas;
– then we went to Paris to talk about the major renovation going on at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and chef Eric Frechon‘s new gourmet bistro Lazare;
– we finished the journey in Los Angeles at Hakkasan, the new Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills, and chef Steven Fretz’s The Church Key in West Hollywood, which is already so popular, it’s hard to get a table.

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Draycott Hotel, London – Hotel Review

The exterior of the Draycott Hotel in London
The exterior of the Draycott Hotel in London


Occupying a restored, red brick Edwardian building in London, the elegant Draycott Hotel is situated just around the corner from Chelsea’s Sloane Square. In this intimate boutique lodging from the Mantis Collection, traditional British style and luxury meet modern amenities and personal service.

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Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, Croatia – Hotel Review

The view from Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
The view from Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik


by Ben Narasin


In Croatia, one of eight Balkan states created from the breakup of Yugoslavia, the oceanside walled city of Dubrovnik showcases a mélange of three styles. These distinctive styles will be familiar to any traveler who has visited an ex-eastern-bloc Soviet Union component state: the historic European beauty that predates communism, the cinder block and cement utilitarian ugliness that embodies it, and the trappings of tourism and trade that has been newly installed upon the Communist party’s departure.

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Holiday Season Starts Panoramically at Top of the Mark

Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark
Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark


by Anneli Rufus


What could possibly be more inviting on a chilly day in the big city than a pot of hot tea flanking a multi-tiered tray fully stocked with French pastries and finger sandwiches, perfectly appointed with such dainty details as herb sprigs, raspberry halves and striped chocolate curls? The answer to that one is easy: all of the above, plus scones, Champagne and one of the most spectacular vistas anywhere in the known world.


Keeping up a nearly century-long tradition beloved by many generations of San Franciscans, the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel has just announced a series of lavish holiday celebrations at its world-famous rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the Mark
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