Pillow Talk: The Hottest Openings, News and Experiences in the World of Hotels

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by Caroline Shearing from The Telegraph, September 29, 2017

From the most exciting upcoming openings to the latest news, trends and events, keep up to date with our regularly updated guide to all that is hot in the world of hotels.

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A vintage post box, retro telephones and a corner shop of minibar-style treats are some of the fun touches at the newly unveiled Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, a Georgian gem in the heart of the city’s New Town. The beautifully styled interiors – think a sophisticated colour palette and Chesterfield-style sofas – take their design inspiration from the “golden age of travel”. Head to Baba for a culinary tour of the eastern Med, followed by first-class cocktails in the leafy central courtyard.

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• Doubles from £165; phcompany.com

Gin weekend

Forage for juniper berries on the slopes of Snowdonia this autumn as part of a “gin-venture” experience at Grade II-listed Palé Hall. The package also includes a gin-tasting tour of the Forager’s Gin distillery in the company of a master craftsman, and an eight-course dinner showcasing local produce and ingredients.

Palé Hall is offering a Snowdonia 'gin-venture' experience this autumn, including foraging and, more importantly, tasting.

• Package from £821pp, based on two people sharing; palehall.co.uk

A royal tour

Explore The Goring, one of the Queen’s favourite hotels (and where the Duchess of Cambridge stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William), with Telegraph Travel’s new series of 360-degree virtual reality video tours. The Goring is one of only two hotels to have been awarded a Royal Warrant, the other being The Ritz London.

• For more information, see:  telegraph.co.uk/tt-thegoring360

Fondant fantasy

Dancers from the English National Ballet School will perform at a series of Sleeping Beauty-themed afternoon teas at The Dorchester this autumn half-term (Oct 23-27). Young ballet fans can expect treats inspired by the much-loved fairytale, face-painting and dance lessons from characters including Princess Aurora. Book now.

• Adults £68; children aged 5-12 £39; dorchestercollection.com


London’s Paddington is set to get its first design hotel with the opening of The Pilgrm (sic), a picture-perfect café with rooms from Jason Catifeoglou, formerly of Zetter Clerkenwell. Interiors promise to be an Instagrammers’ dream of parquet flooring, cast-iron radiators and a “cloud carpet” designed by Tom Dixon.

Trendy urban chic is coming to Paddington this October in the form of The Pilgrm: the area's first design hotel.Credit: Jason Bailey

 Doubles from £99; thepilgrm.com (bookings open on Oct 15).

Hotel at home

One of the hotel world’s best-kept culinary secrets is to be revealed for the first time with the publication of Claridge’s: The Cookbook, which will feature the recipe for the grande dame’s prized Christmas pudding. The festive delicacy will appear alongside a host of other Claridge’s dishes, and chapters devoted to “The Art of Carving” and “The Magic of Christmas”, among other themes.

Claridge's: The Cookbook will reveal the recipe for the hotel's prized Christmas pudding.

•  Pre-order now from Amazon. Signed copies are available via claridges.co.uk from 
Oct 5; price £30.

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