Edinburgh & London Report

I visited Edinburgh and London this past November and here is my report, in photos. The hotels stayed in were The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, a grande dame set above the railway station in Edinburgh.  And in London, another Rocco Forte hotel, Brown’s Hotel, a classic central Mayfair establishment which has been around longer than any of us.

I flew over in Delta’s quite nice Business Class, Delta One, and back in Upper Class with  Virgin Atlantic.

 

 

Edinburgh and London
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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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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

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.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS 2016 | London, Edinburgh, UK & Paris

Dear Clients & Friends,

I trust you’ll find this information helpful in your European vacation planning for 2016. It’s brought to us by a top hotel and local agency rep of mine, JHH Hotels.

See our other blog post for fabulous hotel, manor house and castle ideas both in the cities and countryside of England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain & More.

For customized luxury vacation planning contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel.

London/England – Special Events
The Queen’s 90th Birthday – 400th Anniversary of the death of Shakespeare – 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown – 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte – 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter
27 March: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames
21 April: Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – 41 gun salutes
24 April: The London Marathon
12 – 15 May: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (HMQ90)
21 May – 28 August: Glyndebourne Opera Festival
24 – 28 May: The Chelsea Flower Show
11 June: Trooping the Colour – The Queen takes the salute (The Mall/Horse Guards)
14 – 18 June: Royal Ascot – The Royal Family & guests arrive in open carriages.
27 June – 10 July: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
30 June – 04 July: Henley Royal Regatta
08 – 10 July: British Grand Prix Formula One Motor Racing
11 – 17 July: The Air Show, Farnborough
30 July – 25 September: Buckingham Place open to the public
12 November: Lord Mayor’s Show

Edinburgh/Scotland
23 – 26 June: The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh
09 – 12 July: The Scottish Open Golf Championships at Castle Stuart
10 – 17 July: The British Open Golf Championships at Royal Troon
05 – 29 August: Edinburgh International Arts Festival
05 – 27 August: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
20 August: The Highland Games at Stirling
03 September: Braemar Highland Gathering

Paris
24 – 29 January: Haute Couture Fashion Show
16 – 18 February: Première Vision
01 – 09 March: Prét-a-porter (Ready-to-wear collection)
22 May – 05 June: Roland Garros French Open Tennis Championships
10 – 27 June: European Soccer Championships
13 – 17 June: Eurosatory Defence Show
22 – 26 June: Men’s Fashion Show (Mode Masculine)
03 – 08 July: Haute Couture Collections
03 – 10 July: European Soccer Championship finals
24 July: Finish of the Tour de France.
13 – 15 September: Première Vision
27 September – 05 October: Prét–a-Porter (Ready-to-wear collection)
01 – 03 October: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Langchamp.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
facebook  twitter  flickr  you tube
four seasons preferred partner

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

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.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco