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. ‘A hotel with character’, he noted, ‘needs all the encouragement it can get, it thrives on recommendations, it dies from neglect.’ More than 100 readers responded with enthusiasm.
AEL Y BRYN, Eglwyswrw, Wales, which won a César award this year as Welsh guesthouse of the year, is this month’s prize-giving hotel. From royal breakfasts to sociable dinners, Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes, generous hosts, have thought of everything a guest might need.
Ael y Bryn
All you need to do to win this handsome prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at AEL Y BRYN–the prize has to be taken before October– is to SEND A REVIEW of your favourite hotel or B&B in Great Britain or Ireland. See COMPETITION PAGE. We welcome reports on places that have never been in the Guide or have been omitted, as well as those that have a current entry.
Lynn Wildgoose from Stockport is the winner of last month’s prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at THE CROSS AT KINGUSSIE, Highland, which won a César award this year as Scottish Hotel of the Year. With its modern Scottish fare and lively atmosphere, this restaurant-with-rooms is proving popular for both locals and guests.
‘This is a hotel that could do so much better. If the proprietor spent one night in each room and relinquished his ‘front of house’ duties, then many of the deficiencies might come to light. The water that runs from the basin because the pop-up plug won’t stay down. soap dish in the shower cubicle that is hanging off the wall. The built in wardrobe where it is too dark to see..’
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