Monday, 13 October 2014

Top hotel awards

A Scottish hotel with no TV, no wi fi and “poor to non existent” mobile reception has been named “Newcomer of the Year” in the latest edition of the annual Good Hotel Guide. The Moor of Rannoch Hotel in Perth and Kinross, described as “blissfully isolated”, fills the gap with board games, books, and wood burning stoves. 

View across Loch Rannoch

Other awards: country hotel: is Wiltshire’s Pear Tree at Purton; top pub with rooms: the Talbot Inn at Mells, Somerset; small hotel: Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton near Dorchester, Dorset; country house hotel: Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire; Scottish, Welsh and Irish hotels of the year: respectively The Green Park, Pitlochry, Milebrook House, Knighton and Newforge House in County Armagh – and best dog friendly hotel: Overwater Hall, Cumbria.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Colorado ski resort extends gentler slopes

Looking for somewhere off the beaten track to ski? Colorado’s Crested Butte, long known for its superb expert powder tree skiing, has been extending its terrain to cater for intermediates. Over the past two summers it has worked with the US Forest Service to identify suitable areas where trees can be thinned to make glades. Skiers seeking more gentle gladed runs between he trees now have new options for the coming season in the East River area and off the Teocali lift. Getting there is also be easier following the introduction of United Airlines flights from Chicago to nearby Gunnison.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Russian hotel prices plunge

The Ukraine crisis has hit Russia’s tourism industry hard, new figures show. Hotels there operated 15% emptier on average in August than in the same month last summer, according to research company STR Global. That’s already having an impact on room prices. Those in Moscow were down by 18.2% on average compared with August 2013 when calculated in euros. And even when currency fluctuations were taken out of the arithmetic, prices in roubles fell by an average of 9% for the country as a whole.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Check in on 70th floor at planned new hotel

Staggering views are promised from a hotel planned in Los Angeles. The 900 room InterContinental will have a lobby on the 70th floor. Scheduled to open in 2017 It will housed in a 73 storey skyscraper – billed as the tallest in the western Americas - on a site previously occupied by the Wilshire Grand. The building will also incorporate office and retail space.

One in five over-55s holidays with friends

We may get grumpier as we grow older but a high proportion of us remain tolerant enough to holiday with friends. The figure is close to one in five (18%) holidaymakers over 55, according to the latest annual Holiday Trends Report published by travel trade organisation ABTA. Sadly a high proportion also holiday alone - 13% in the 55-64 age category, rising to 21% of those over 65. The research also show a significant number take breaks with their immediate or extended families, suggesting that in tough times holidays are another drain on the Bank of Mum and Dad.