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An order for 50 copies of the Guide came last month from THE ANGEL HOTEL in Abergavenny, an excellent family-run Welsh hotel. On checking, I was surprised to see that the hotel had ordered an identical number of copies two months previously. I telephoned questioning whether this was an error only to be told that it was no mistake—all the previous copies in the… Read more

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‘The host’s over-the-top descriptions of the dinner verged on the ludicrous and make a prolonged theatrical act. Other guests raised their eyebrows or were speechless. One of them walked out, too weary to wait for his pudding.’ ‘It was obvious that no one from management had slept in the room. Huge walk-in shower but no… Read more

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Forty years ago, an article in the Observer gave birth to the Good Hotel Guide. Hilary Rubinstein, a literary agent who had had a long association with the paper, lamented that advice on where to stay was sparse. To help him launch his new guide, he asked for recommendations from the Observer’s readers. ‘A hotel with… Read more

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to stop snarling when I hear the word ‘boutique’. Today it is used about such a wide variety of hotels that it means virtually nothing. Why is it so abused? The short answer is branding. Pin the B*** label on any pile of rubbish and the perception is that… Read more

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This year the Good Hotel Guide launched on Instagram, giving us another opportunity to salivate over the hotels we love so much in a world entirely dedicated to pictures.  Here are some of our most ‘Insta-popular’ hotels (so far)… A photo posted by The Good Hotel Guide (@good_hotel_guide) on Dec 16, 2016 at 1:33am PST… Read more

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‘Very busy with a wedding. We took dinner, but at 7 pm half the dishes were not available. And what we ate was nothing like the description on the menu. Given a key for a recently updated double bedroom. Someone liked dark brown. An enormous dark brown leather bedhead fixed to the wall, overpowering the room…. Read more

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Watching Brexit is like watching a slow-motion car crash. Cabinet leaks, hysterical headlines, a plunging currency, ministers briefing against one another all point to an unhappy outcome. The paranoia of Brexiteers that they are about to be betrayed is not without substance. Their more extreme demands can only be met by a government prepared to… Read more

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In an increasingly digital world, traditional publishing is under pressure to adapt and develop to suit an evolving consumer market. Addressing the debate head on, Boutique Hotelier spoke to CEO of the Good Hotel Guide, Richard Fraiman (pictured with Good Hotel Guide Editor Adam Raphael), who is championing the longevity of print hospitality guides and… Read more

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The Good Hotel Guide 2017 is published today! Co-edited by Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw, the Guide is an unbiased selection of the best hotels, inns and B&Bs with personality and character across the UK and Ireland. This year’s 2017 Guide features 414 main entries, 16 Editor’s Choice categories (with an additional four Editor’s… Read more

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