Llangoed Hall…


… once a Jacobean Manor House, is now a 23-room all-suite hotel. This hotel originally built in 1632, is situated amongst 17 acres of gardens and parkland in the Wye River Valley of Wales. It underwent a thorough renovation in 2013. In the lobby of Llangoed Hall you will find Baronial fireplaces, Persian carpets on […]

Solis Lough Eske – a “Grand Castle”


It was very obvious we were in for a real treat as my motor coach swung into a long circular drive leading up to Solis Lough Eske Castle. One of my fellow passengers called out, “it’s just like in Downton Abbey” because the hotel staff were lined up on both sides of the staircase leading […]

The Raffles Hotel Singapore


As soon as our cab approached the Raffles Hotel Singapore on a hot, murky day in Singapore, I knew I was at a “grand hotel.”  Immediately, the doorman opened the back door of the cab and asked if we were guests staying at the hotel – with very few exceptions, the hotel is open only […]

The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Merrion Hotel Gardens

The Merrion Hotel Dublin is definitely what I term a “grand hotel.”  I very much enjoyed this hotel on a recent trip to the Emerald Isle. This 5 star hotel is located in the center of the city and across from the Government Buildings.  It was originally four Georgian townhouses and now includes a more […]

The Greenbrier Resort


Located in the charming town of White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains is “America’s Resort.” First built in 1778, this grand hotel has hosted US presidents, heads of state, and countless celebrities. It has a 40,000 square foot spa, in part due to the healing sulphur springs nearby. Today that spa offers several treatments […]

The Gritti Palace


And, what a grand hotel this is! Recently renovated, this iconic hotel reopened after a $55 million restoration. This remodeling is part of a $200 million project to restore Starwood’s most iconic European hotels and include the Prince de Galles, Paris and the Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. This historic hotel faces the Basilica di Santa […]

Hacienda de los Santos

A suite at Hacienda de los Santos

This is a grand 300 year old hacienda located in city of Alamos, a colonial city set in the Sonoran foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. Alamos is one of Mexico’s cities known as the “Pueblos Magicos” – magical towns. This resort is part of the Mexico Boutique Hotels and began as a somewhat modest […]

Dorado Resort Puerto Rico


… in Puerto Rico completed a $342 million renovation in late 2012. This once famous and iconic resort is once again on travelers’ radar when staying in Puerto Rico. Not needing a passport is another plus when going to this Caribbean destination. The property’s history begins with Dr. Alfred Livingston who first bought the 1700 […]

The Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

This small boutique hotel located in downtown Vancouver definitely meets my criteria for a “grand hotel.” When I first walked in, tired and cranky from a delayed plane trip, I soon relaxed and realized I had come to a very comfortable luxury hotel. All managed by a local family that had acquired membership in the […]



Not only is Gleneagles a “Grand Hotel”, it is also a world renown golf resort. And, it boasts fishing, archery, a fine equestrian centre, off-road driving, falconry, wildlife photography, cycling and 850 acres of countryside to explore on foot or by other means. It is located at Auchterarder, in the heart of Scotland. The Gleneagles […]

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