If you’re kicking yourself for not organising a bank holiday hideaway, seek solace in planning a future escape (three days of picnics and park life are looking unlikely – as usual – with storm clouds on the horizon). We’d like to point you in the direction of the delightful Derwent House, in colourful Cape Town. Not only will a stay here be wallet-friendly, with the hotel’s great-value rates (and member offer – see below), it will also be jetlag-free, thanks to the one-hour time difference – if you hail from Brit shores that is.
This month’s hunt for hip hotels has taken us to lands familiar and foreign. We lingered on British turf for two seaside retreats – The Reading Rooms, a boutique B&B in Kent, and relaxed family-friendly retreat, South Sands, in Devon – before leaving the beach behind in honour of a reincarnated city slicker: Town Hall Hotel & Apartments (right) in East London.
Every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers on the Mr & Mrs Smith site, we’ll let you know here on the blog, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. We visit every hotel in our collection, and every one is anonymously reviewed to make sure it’s up to scratch (and stays that way).
Our only brief to these intrepid boutique-hotel voyagers is to go with their real-life partner (or partner in crime), check in anonymously for two nights, have a rip-roaring, chandelier-swinging, fireside-lounging, beach-strolling, bed-testing, bathroom-assessing time and then report back to us with the same candour you’d expect from a trusted friend. If they don’t like what they’ve seen, the place in question doesn’t stay in our hand-picked hotel collection. Simple as that.
Here’s a snippet from the latest Mr & Mrs Smith review, of four-room guesthouse 22 in Cape Town, South Africa. Where the weather’s great and the exchange rate is very enticing…