December 1, 2021

LNER Azuma, First Class

The First Class experience was akin to the service you would expect on a decent airline. I was well fed and watered, the carriage felt quiet, and I had plenty of space to spread out and work.

Dakota, Manchester

It’s a clear contender for best boutique hotel in Manchester. Even though it’s a tad more pricey than other properties in the area, I would choose to stay here again.


A good, comfortable economy class product and a slick experience on the ground too.

Qantas, Economy class

The thought of this long flight was very much worse than the reality. The Dreamliner cabin environment really does seem to support wellbeing in the air. The atmosphere remained relatively fresh throughout, there was very little operational noise or distraction and the lighting helped create a pleasant environment throughout.

Westin Las Vegas

This is a good business hotel on the fringe of the glamour that permeates the Las Vegas strip. It’s close enough to the action for those who seek it and at the same time a refuge for those who don’t!

Ockenden Manor, Sussex

The modern spa building and guestrooms could hardly be more different to those of the main building but the contrast doesn’t jar one bit. The dining was good and the youthful staff did a grand job.

Leicester Marriott

This is a great business and conference centre that suited me equally well for leisure needs. I was thoroughly impressed at every turn. The only minor fly in the ointment is the parking.

Point A, London Liverpool Street

The hotel is in a good location for business in the City and connections elsewhere in the capital. Tucked away on a quiet street, it is a good budget refuge with fairly basic but attractive guestrooms – and some great rates for advance bookings.

Residence Inn London Kensington

This is a well-run, smart and attractive aparthotel with a good range of suites – and the roof terrace was a nice bonus. My suite was certainly well suited to longer stays although my patience with the small number of elevators might be tested at busy times!

Native Glasgow

Native’s first Scottish property provided an ultra-comfortable stay in a spacious apartment. Impressive is the way the building's conversion incorporates original features such as terrazzo flooring, fireplaces and several windows restored by the same family firm that first fitted them in 1906.