Top Boutique Hotels |London Paris Madrid Barcelona

Dear Clients & Friends,

This is Part Two of my European update for information helpful in your European vacation planning for 2016. It’s brought to us by a top hotel and local agency rep of mine.

This blog includes some of the best suggestions for small hotels, luxury estates and manor homes.  See our other blog for special events happening through 2016 in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain & More.

For customized luxury vacation planning, including stays at these hotels and more, contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel.
CAMERON HOUSE on Loch Lomond (Scotland)

Cameron House stands in a stunning position on the shores of Loch Lomond just 45-minutes’ drive north of the city of Glasgow. This is a charming Scottish country house that has developed into an important Scottish golf resort, spa and sailing and yachting center. The house has maintained its Scottish-manor feel, with a cozy restaurant and bar and lots of tartan. The spa is state-of-the-art and has glorious views of the Loch. The 18-hole Carrick golf course has views of the Loch throughout, from the “high road” to the “low road.” Peppered with bunkers, the course incorporates one of the greatest water hazards in golfing experience—the great Loch itself! Rooms are very spacious, some with four-poster beds. Many bathrooms have walk-in showers, and most have views of Loch Lomond. This is a perfect place to start or end a tour of the Highlands; Inveraray Castle and Glencoe are just to the north.

 

THE PRINCIPAL MADRID (Madrid)

The Principal in Madrid has the air of a private English club, and the location, at the lower end of the Gran Via just a short walk from the Prada Museum and many restaurants, is one of the best in Madrid. The hotel’s public spaces are located on the sixth and seventh floor. Reception is on the sixth floor, and is the “private club” part of the hotel. It is very tastefully decorated, with comfortable corners and bars and private terraces for lunch looking onto the Gran Via and Madrid. In the summer, the seventh floor terrace comes into its own, with different areas for dining and enjoying a drink or having lunch under colorful umbrellas. This floor is open to the public and locals come up here to enjoy a drink after work. There is also an area reserved exclusively for guests of the hotel, with sun beds, a cooling fountain and showers. Bedrooms are on floors two through five, and are well thought out and very quiet, with triple sound insulation on the windows. Some bathrooms have walk-in showers, and many of the rooms, including junior suites and suites, provide unique panoramic views down the Gran Via. This hotel is a sister hotel to the Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona and the Hotel Unico in Madrid and is overseen by the same management.

 

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, FRANCE & SPAIN

London:
CHARLOTTE STREET – a Firmdale hotel on a lovely street full of restaurants.
COVENT GARDEN HOTEL – Firmdale’s most popular, with 65% repeat business.
DORSET SQUARE – Firmdale – great value and good for single ladies.
HAM YARD HOTEL – The newest Firmdale hotel in London. Amazing buzz!
HAYMARKET HOTEL – Firmdale – great for families. A fabulous pool.
THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE HOTEL – Firmdale -around the corner from Harrods.
NUMBER SIXTEEN – Firmdale in South Kensington with a gorgeous garden.
THE SOHO HOTEL – Firmdale – where the stars stay in the heart of Soho.
THE CAPITAL HOTEL – Next door to Harrods with a Michelin star restaurant.
THE LEVIN HOTEL – Sister to The Capital and a great bargain next to Harrods.
THE STAFFORD HOTEL – Stuart Procter is back in charge!

English countryside:
HAMBLETON HALL, Rutland Water – English country elegance on a beautiful lake.
LUCKNAM PARK, Bath – grand country-house style, cooking school, spa and horses.

Scotland:
CAMERON HOUSE (NEW) See above
CULLODEN HOUSE, Inverness – Highlands, battlefields, cashmere and Outlander!
KILLIECRANKIE, Pitlochry – Henrietta Fergusson hosts at this private hotel gem.
RUFFLETS COUTRY HOUSE, St. Andrews – the place for golf!

Paris:
PAVILLON DE LA REINE – Elegance in the Place des Vosges/heart of the Marais.
HOTEL PONT ROYAL, 7th – the hotel has undergone soft refurbishment in 2015.
HOTEL SAN REGIS, Right Bank – beautifully refurbished family-run hotel.
RENAISSANCE LE PARC, Right Bank – gorgeous garden and quiet location.
RENAISSANCE VENDOME, Right Bank – great location near the Louvre Museum.
VICTORIA PALACE HOTEL, 6th – comfortable, friendly hotel – good for families.

Spain:
ABAC RESTAURANT & HOTEL, Barcelona – Two-Michelin star restaurant – star chef.
GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL, Barcelona – Pool on roof – central and great for families.
HOTEL NERI, Barcelona – in the heart of the Gothic Quarter – attractive and unique.
HOTEL ORFILA, Madrid – classic European-style family-run hotel with great service.
HOTEL UNICO, Madrid – in fancy neighborhood with a two-Michelin star restaurant.
THE PRINCIPAL MADRID (NEW)– See above
CORRAL DEL REY, Seville – chic four-star hotel in the old quarter.
HACIENDA DE SAN RAFAEL, near Seville – Attractive Spanish country house.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Barcelona This Summer | What to Do

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HAPPENING NOW
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pleasant urban oases This summer, visit the terraces and gardens of Barcelona’s hotels where you’ll be able to sample the delights of Catalan and international cuisine and all kinds of cocktails, while you enjoy cultural and musical entertainments.

At the Arts, Grand Marina, ME Barcelona, 1898, W, Claris, Mandarin, Bagués, Zero, La Florida, Miramar, and many more hotels, everything is ready for you to enjoy the summer to the full, in the coolest way.

What are you waiting for to visit them?

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EXPERIENCES
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like one of the locals Barcelona is a Mediterranean city that takes to its streets and squares to celebrate its main festivals which feature events for all age groups, from the morning to the early hours.

Dance next to the gegants (costumed figures wearing giant papier-mâché heads), run with the correfocs (colourful processions featuring loud music and fireworks), and the dragons. Be amazed at the human towers, or castellers, learn to dance the typical Catalan dance, the sardana, in one of the city’s squares, and take part in the festivals like one of the community. You’ll be welcome!

Gràcia Festival – 15th to 21st August
Sants Festival – 22nd to 31st August
Mercè Festival – 22nd to 25th September

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DID YOU KNOW …?
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On 22nd August join the Barça fans and don’t miss the 46th Joan Gamper Trophy Estrella Damm, where the new squad for the 2012 season will be unveiled.

Oh! And remember to drink from the fountain because it is said that anyone who does so will return to Barcelona.

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ENTERTAINMENT
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now in Barcelona
Chicago, a universal story about fame, fortune and jazz featuring the most amazing dance numbers ever seen. At the Teatro Tívoli of Barcelona from 22nd September.

Los Miserables, this successful production, set in the 1920s, comes to Barcelona for a limited run. At Barcelona Teatre Musical from 30th September.

Tickets are already on sale. Make sure you get yours!

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WE RECOMMEND
nitbus.jpg Barcelona Bus Turístic by Night Barcelona is a city worth visiting both day and night. And this is why we suggest you take a unique, night-time tour on the top deck of the Barcelona Bus Turístic by Night.

Get ready to enjoy Barcelona with its colourful fountains and discover the beautifully floodlit landmark buildings… it’s quite a spectacle!

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NEW
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On 8th October, the Palau Sant Jordi of Barcelona will be hosting Sensation Innerspace, an ingenious and elegant 7-hour event featuring music, light, fire, acrobatics and dance.

Don’t miss the finest DJ’s on the planet and become another of the millions of followers of this new concept of fun focusing on music.

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