Hotel Review: The Mandrake Hotel, London


I recently posted about Hotel de Jobo in Paris, which I found so unabashedly bold that I would chuckle in bemusement every time I got back to the hotel after a day out. London’s The Mandrake Hotel is perhaps just as over-the-top flamboyant, if one was to compare the two. One might even suggest that where the Hotel de Jobo stopped just short of reaching the goal, The Mandrake picked up the mantle and went further. The result? Luxury and whimsical mythological make-believe coexisting in apparent harmony.

Hotel Review: Hotel de Jobo, Paris

Photo by Cynthia Wamwayi

Location: This has got to be one of the quirkiest, most memorable hotel stays I have ever had. Located in the heart of what has now become my favourite part of Paris, Le Marais, it’s within walking distance of the Rue de Rivoli, Galeries Lafayette, The Louvre and a host of many other Parisian tourist […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Arts Barcelona


This review has been a long time coming but it’s finally here, the very embodiment of the Swedish proverb he who waits for something good never waits too long. Now let’s get right down to it! Location: I must admit I was completely oblivious to the existence of this Ritz-Carlton prior to my visit to […]

Hotel Review: The Dog and Fox Wimbledon


This pub-cum-hotel is situated within the tennis mecca of Wimbledon in Greater London, tantalizingly close to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Common (a large park) and the shops on Wimbledon high street. It has a very English village-y feel – despite being only 15 minutes away from London’s bustling Waterloo station by train – and is likely to be a hit among those who like their hotel and travel experiences firmly betwixt a venn diagram of authentic and reasonably priced.

Hotel Review: Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Crete, Greece


Greece was the locus of my first ever holiday as an adult and as such will always hold a special place in my heart. Back then I visited the island of Karpathos and proceeded to fall so head over heels in love with the Greek Islands that I now go back once every three years or so. This particular hotel review is from my last trip to the north-eastern part of the island of Crete, specifically in Vathi near the village of Agios Nikolaos and the leper colony island of Spinalonga.