Marian’s Guesthouse: An Oasis in Dushanbe

Considering a visit to Dushanbe and wondering where to stay? Dush-where, you ask? Well, Dush is where it's at. Skopje, Pristina, Astana, Pyongyang, Vaduz, Chisinau - you may remember I'm forever intrigued by the quirky and often lesser-known national capitals of the world. A city of 800 [...]

2018-09-14T18:02:40+00:0016 August 2018|hotels & lodgings, Tajikistan|

The Palmyra Hotel in Baalbek: Wacky, Weird and Wonderful

We don’t write heaps of accommodation reviews here on Sophie’s World. Can’t be just any boring old accoms, you see. It has to be unique, like a lighthouse, say. Or a shipping container. Or an exceptionally beautiful hotel. Or a combination hotel/refuge for asylum seekers/artists' [...]

2018-09-19T21:39:32+00:0028 May 2018|hotels & lodgings, Lebanon|

The Principal Manchester: a gorgeous space in a gutsy city

You know how you sometimes wander around - or drive around - a city, searching for the hotel you've booked, increasingly wanting to put a curse on the annoying SatNav lady for leading you astray yet again? Well, that won't happen with The Principal Manchester. [...]

2017-12-05T15:31:51+00:005 December 2017|England, hotels & lodgings|

Grandhotel Cosmopolis: a concrete utopia

In Augsburg’s old town, Grandhotel Cosmopolis is perhaps the most curious hotel in all of Germany; certainly the most unusual I have seen. This particular Grand hotel, you see, functions not only as a hotel, but also as home for asylum seekers, as artists’ studios, [...]

Qube hotel Heidelberg – a review

On a recent visit in Heidelberg, I stayed at the cool, contemporary Qube Hotel. This award-winning boutique hotel is privately owned and has a particular focus on the environment as well as allergy sufferers. Walls are painted with a special ecofriendly (and allergy-friendly) paint. Natural [...]

2017-11-16T17:33:11+00:0030 October 2017|Germany, hotels & lodgings|

The Four Seasons in Baku: Graceful and luxurious

I arrive at the Four Seasons Baku on a scorching day in early July. It is so hot, entering the Beaux-Arts lobby is a relief in itself. Not only is it deliciously cool. It’s also beautiful, with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and a sweeping, grandiose [...]

The Waterhead: A Boutique Hotel in the English Lake District

Do you keep up with World Heritage? If so, you will have noticed that the English Lake District was just added to the list this month. And deservedly so, in my not-so-humble opinion. We arrive in Ambleside on a lovely April day. I simply plugged [...]

2017-12-27T00:14:05+00:0029 July 2017|England, hotels & lodgings|
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