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Duvet nightmare

By Adam Raphael Never mind Brexit, there is nothing like duvets for dividing the nation. Over the past half-century, they have taken over bedrooms mainly because they are cheap and low maintenance. But why should anyone be forced to sweat for hours under a million mite-ridden duck feathers? A request for blankets and sheets at… Read more

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GHG Postbag – December 2019

‘Our guest told me that Booking.com had posted her a voucher code for a £70 refund to her credit card after booking a stay for £300 or more. The catch was that you had to download their booking app. I was surprised to hear that Booking.com are issuing discount vouchers to draw guests away from… Read more

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Whatever happened to silence?

By Adam Raphael This week an email landed on my desk complaining about ‘screechy’ pop music in a hotel’s dining room. According to the Guide’s reader, when he complained that his ears were being assaulted, the reaction was ‘one of surprise that he didn’t like it.’ The curse of canned music strikes again. Sadly, many… Read more

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Best holidays to celebrate your 60th birthday

By Annabelle Thorpe The big six-oh! Whether it’s a shock to the system, or a cause for celebration, landmark birthdays can’t be avoided. You might want to party with friends and family, escape to an island idyll, or challenge yourself to a truly unforgettable experience. Here, the experts at 101 Holidays select the best holidays… Read more

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New 2020 Good Hotel Guide

By Adam Raphael The Good Hotel Guide’s 2020 edition, published on Monday, has 830 entries from great-value B&Bs and gastro pubs to country houses and gourmet city hotels. Tomorrow, a Guide article in the Daily Mail will exclusively reveal the winners of this year’s César awards. The Oscars of the hotel industry include a yachtie… Read more

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Cheating trips up TripAdvisor

‘Just how ubiquitous is cheating on TripAdvisor?’ This question was asked last week by the consumer body Which? Unfortunately, there is no answer to how many of the hotel reviews appearing on TA’s website are bogus. TripAdvisor doesn’t have a clue. It makes only cursory attempts to weed out the cheats and it discloses only… Read more

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A tale of two hotels

By Adam Raphael Two Devon seaside hotels less than five miles apart as the crow flies. Both overlook great beaches and have idyllic views. The first has been owned and personally run by the same family for more than four decades. The second is a hotel which has been given a stylish revamp by its… Read more

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Prizes, prizes, prizes

By Adam Raphael Everyone loves them, but who is dishing them out and on what basis are they awarded? The hospitality business, like every other industry, enjoys spreading gongs around. They are a way of making friends and rewarding the talented. Prizes are fun, but should be regarded with a sceptical eye because picking winners… Read more

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The art of the deal

By Adam Raphael Fancy a deal? The two blonde hucksters on either side of the Atlantic who claim to be masters of the art are not alone. Twice a month, the Guide emails its readers with great-value special offers to stay at its selected hotels, inns and B&Bs. These are proving popular, with the leading… Read more

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