Holidays abroad are very popular with people in the UK due to the warmer climates that can be enjoyed when compared to the British weather. 

An important aspect of your holiday is the accommodation you choose. It is therefore important that you find the right hotel for your budget to enable you to achieve value for money.  A straightforward internet search will reveal numerous hotels situated in the area you wish to visit and will allow you to explore their price range and find the best value for money.

Do not book the first hotel your search presents you with. The price might be right for your budget, but that does not necessarily guarantee that it is the right hotel for you. You should find a different hotel of the same grade and in a similar area to compare price, facilities and services offered. This comparison will help you to identify the general cost of booking a specific hotel grade within your chosen area.

An internet search will also allow you to locate hotel reviews posted on travel websites by previous customers. Reviews are extremely important due to the insight they provide into the quality of a hotel’s accommodation and service compared with how it was described on its own website.

Once you feel satisfied with the information your search has provided, you can book your hotel with the confidence that you have found the right place for your budget and will receive value for money on your holiday.

Budget airlines have made it so much easier to plan a weekend break in some of Europe’s best cities, and Madrid, being a compact yet exciting city, is perfect for a long weekend. What could be nicer than to stay in a centrally situated boutique hotel while you’re there?

For old world elegance plus high tech luxury, you won’t do better than the Palacio del Retiro.  As its name implies, this 50 bedroom boutique hotel was once a turn-of-the-century Art Deco palace, which is apparent once you step inside.

The rooms are high-ceilinged and imperial, but the facilities and service are one hundred per cent 21st century.  The hotel has an exceptionally high staff to guest ratio – one staff member per room, which ensures excellent round-the–clock service.  The hotel is quietly understated; the location is one of the best in Madrid, adjacent to the Retiro Park, a lush oasis in this bustling city. It’s also on the doorstep of all the top visitor attractions such as the Prado Museum and the Plaza Mayor.

If you are looking for something small, intimate and that bit different, head for the Casa de Madrid, on the Calle Arrieta, a stone’s throw from the Plaza Mayor.  It is actually a first floor apartment offering luxury bed and breakfast; there are only seven bedrooms, all different in style and furnished with antiquities brought back from all over the world by the hotel’s owner.

Despite the hotel’s uniqueness the Casa de Madrid has all the modern amenities you would expect in a much larger city hotel – air conditioning, internet access, and parking.


Many designers have tried their hands at the hotel business, mainly on design aspects such as Armani, Moschino, Missoni, Versace, Bvlgari, Ralph Lauren and many more. Now Gucci are getting in on the act by opening a luxury hotel in Dubai at the end of the year. This is planned to be the first of many with further hotels open to around the world in the next 15 years in Brazil and Russia, as well as other countries in the Far East, Africa and South America. Managing director of the new hotel brand Lorenz Ziller says “We would like to have 40 hotels in 15 years”.

Guests who staying in the hotel will have a choice of 80 standard suites as well as penthouses and one royal suite and they will also be able to enjoy the star attraction which is a roof-top bar, which will offer high-rise views across the desert city. Although the hotel will attract celebrities and the rich and famous it will not mean that the Gucci hotel will be out of reach of many travellers some rooms could cost as little as US$408 (£284), which is not bad compare to the higher end of the spectrum where prices could be around US$6,808 (£4749). There will also be an opportunity for the hotels guests to purchase anything in the hotel, from furniture and bed linen to slippers.

Pantone, the popular colour scheme which is used by many art directors and designers has opened a hotel in the Belgium capital, just off Avenue Louise, adding to Pantones range of consumer spin offs which include their popular coloured mugs. The hotel which covers 7 floors was designed by Belgian interior designer Michel Penneman and Belgian architect Olivier Hannaert it has 59 rooms and suites which use one of seven Pantone colour palettes.

The colours of each of the room range from tranquil and aquatic to daring and fiery, which means you can choose a room which as the hotel says that compliment your mood, the rooms feature a flat screen LCD TV, Luxurious beds and linens, designer furniture, Pantone Universe shower gels and lotions, hair dryer, electric safe, A/C with climate control and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel has a rooftop terrace which has its own bar, here you can choose from Pantone cocktails which include Pink Champagne Pantone 12-1107, Lemon Drop Pantone 12-0736 and Daiquiri Green Pantone 12-0435. Whilst staying at the hotel guests can also speak to Pantone consultants for informal colour consultations.


Pantone Hotel, Brussels

Pantone Hotel, Brussels

Picture courtesy of Gastev