EUROPE by TRAIN

Citadines Prestige Trafalgar Hotel  

18 Northumberland Ave.,

www.citadines.com

The Citadines Trafalgar Square London is located in a leafy street across from Whitehall Gardens in Central London, England. Two blocks away is Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson's Column and the National Gallery.

In this area busy streets are lined with shops leading down to Covent Garden and Oxford Street. Nearby, St James' Park is a perfect place to take a break from the bustle of the city.
Being very close to the River Thames, one block away, the apart’hotel offers easy access to the Southbank Centre and its wide selection of theatres, bars and restaurants as well as the London Eye observation wheel.

Culture lovers will enjoy visiting the National Gallery which houses one of the greatest European art collections in the world. Citadines Prestige Trafalgar Square London is near Charing Cross and Embankment Underground stations, providing easy access to all parts of the capital.  Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Piccadilly Circus and watch a show in the heart of Theatreland. Afterwards, head to one of the plentiful traditional English pubs to round off your evening before strolling back to your Apart'hotel.

All of the playhouses of the West End theatre district are within an easy 500-meter walk, so you don’t have to bother with taxi or tube to get to the shows. In fact, you can walk to most of London's historic sites from the hotel very easily. The Houses of Parliament and London Eye Ferris wheel are within a half-mile.  Charing Cross Underground station is 200 meters away.

The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, displaying European paintings and portraits of famous people, are located in the hotel's vicinity. The historical monument, Admiralty Arch, is also situated close by. Guests can enjoy an afternoon stroll and admire the statues of wartime figures in the riverside Whitehall Gardens nearby.

The Citadines Trafalgar Square London occupies a 1930s building, which it shares with the upmarket Royal Commonwealth Society Club. A breakfast area is beside the reception area. The lounge offers wireless Internet access. There is a wide-screen television, and guests can browse the complimentary daily newspapers and drink coffee. There is a token-operated launderette on the mezzanine. The Apart'hotel offers 187 air-conditioned apartments in over 9 floors.

Each apartment houses a bathroom with hairdryer, a fully-equipped kitchen area complete with cooking hobs, microwave, fridge and dishwasher, complimentary internet access, TV with satellite channels, a direct-line phone and safe deposit box.

Abbey Hotel Bath

BATH

Abbey Hotel
North Parade

Abbeyhotelbath.com

Our unique and distinctive hotel occupies seven of the original 18th Century townhouses that make up the south side of the centrally located and sought-after address of Queen Square in Bath.

The Abbey Hotel enjoys the perfect city centre location, with Bath’s historic attractions and famous shopping streets only a short stroll away. Independently owned, this unique hotel boasts an intriguing blend of stylish, contemporary comfort and historic character. Each of our 60 en suite rooms possesses its own unique interior style, offering luxurious comfort for guests. Different room types are tailored to suit your stay.

Ian and Christa Taylor have hotels in their blood, but in the past they've been best known for running high-end Cotswold country house retreats. Now, however, the pair have turned their hands to something rather different: a lively, relaxed, very individual and rather more affordable hotel in the centre of a bustling and beautiful city, ideal for business trips, sure, but also romantic getaways, city breaks and family holidays. By their own admission, hotels are a consuming passion for Ian and Christa Taylor. “We’re keen to welcome people not just as guests, but as friends,” says Ian, “and we want them to experience the best of Bath during their stay.”

And at the centre of this latest offering: an incredible restaurant, and a rather impressive bar. For Ian and Christa Taylor, the compelling reason to be right in the middle of a vibrant, historically fascinating city like Bath is to become a vital part of that city yourself. With the Abbey Hotel, Allium Brasserie and ArtBar they're in the process of doing just that.

“Our passion for hotels led us to purchase the Abbey Hotel in 2012, having previously run both the Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms Hotel in the Cotswolds. Through these successful ventures we have come to understand the true value of exceptional service, and together with our dedicated team we aim to make the time you spend with us truly memorable.”

YORK

Grand Hotel & Spa
Station Rise, York

CedarCourtGrand.co.uk

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa. As Yorkshire's only five star hotel, and overlooking the historic city walls of one of the UK’s most picturesque cities, The Grand is the very best in traditional English style and service. If you are searching for a luxury hotel in York, then look no further. Exquisite design and a feeling of space comes as standard with our seven room types, as does Egyptian cotton bed linen, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, air conditioning, and free WiFi.

The Grand is a unique hotel in a unique city. Its rich, 100-year history gives it an atmosphere quite unlike anywhere else: luxurious yet cozy, refined yet welcoming. The Grand experience is unforgettable. From the sumptuous suites, to the award-winning restaurant, to the opulent Spa at The Grand – each detail is designed to delight. The building was completed in 1906 and to mark the opening a Conversazione was hosted by Alexander Butterworth, North Eastern's General Manager.

Cedar Court Hotels bought the former headquarters of The North Eastern Railway in 2007, and set out to create York’s first five star hotel. Great pains were taken to maintain and restore the hotel’s original features and details; as such, the building, though modernised for maximum comfort, retains much of its period charm.

The Spa at The Grand is located in what were once the vaults where The North Eastern Railway stored its millions, and the great iron doors that guarded them have – like so many of the building’s original details – been retained. The Spa has a distinct Roman feel, in keeping with the city, and a number of Roman artifacts were found beneath it when it was excavated.

York is a city of astonishing architectural feats. The Grand is one of them. It was built in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for the North Eastern Railway Company, then one of the richest businesses in Britain. No expense was spared in its construction. Intricate wrought iron balustrades, gorgeous garland ceiling plasterwork and skillfully carved stone flourishes speak of an architecture designed to impress. Those original features weren’t just retained when the Grade II* building was remodeled as a hotel; they were brought back to life. We returned The Grand to the splendor of its Edwardian heyday, a time when the railways were central to the life of the nation. Look carefully and you will see reminders of this proud history everywhere.

LAKE DISTRICT

Burn How Garden House Hotel
Back Belsfield Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
Tel: 015394 46226 http://www.burnhow.co.uk/

Our Hotel in the English Lake District is a magical place for you to visit and enjoy at any time of the year. Whether you are visiting for the huge range of outdoor activities on offer or a peaceful break, there’s always something to see or do in the Lakes.

The Burn How Hotel is located in the centre of the Lake District, just a short walk from Lake Windermere and the bustling centre of Bowness which offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, and yet the hotel’s accommodation is surprisingly quiet, located as it is in our hotel’s private grounds. Walks from the Hotel around the Lakes and the Lake District National Park can be obtained from the Hotels reception.

The Burn How Garden House Hotel offers a unique and wide choice of room types and accommodation styles. Providing you with the perfect accommodation from which to explore the Lake District National Park.Offering both privacy and seclusion, each room at Burn How Hotel’s Lakes Accommodation can be found within the grounds of the hotel surrounded by rich and colourful gardens. All of our rooms offer ensuite accommodation just a short walk from the centre of Bowness and Lake Windermere. Rooms have their own individual parking space, and most have a private sun balcony. The hotel accommodation is based in the heart of the Lake District and in close proximity to the regions lakes and mountains.

Our accommodation includes: En-suite facilities; TV and radio; Telephone; Complimentary hot drinks; Luxury toiletries Facilities in the main house include a cosy lounge where you can relax with the papers or sink into a good book. For those who need to keep in touch with the office while away, complimentary wireless internet access is also available.

The Burn How’s passion for using locally sourced produce is evident in our varied menus. Our Cumbrian breakfast starts with an array of fresh fruit, local yoghurts, a variety of cereals and fresh fruit juices, followed by our freshly cooked hot breakfast. A winner of the Visit England breakfast award. Choose from local Bannerigg farm eggs, locally sourced bacon and sausage, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (or one of the other dishes on our menu) accompanied by a selection of teas or coffees from Farrers fo Kendal to set you up for the day!!

The Burn How – meaning “the house on the hill by the stream” – was originally owned by the Short family who were famous for their 1937 Sunderland flying boat. The current owner, Mr Michael Robinson, has cared for and cultivated the mature gardens for over 30 years, encouraging the local wildlife that delights our guests with their antics, and creating an oasis of peace and tranquility where you can Escape, Relax and Unwind.

The gardens were originally planned by Thomas Mawson, the celebrated early 20th century landscape designer. His trademark terraces and stonework allowed views to the surrounding fells and lakes. Some of the Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) in front of the restaurant have been around for over 50 years, and the rich and colourful gardens are also home to a wide variety of native plants and trees.

In a elevated position overlooking the garden is the Main House where you’ll find the Reception area, Lounge, Bar and Restaurant. And nestling among the trees you’ll find a diverse range of room types unlike any other hotel in the Lake District. From standard to deluxe and chalet-style to cottage rooms, there is definitely something for everyone at The Burn How Garden House Hotel. We care about the Lake District environment and have partnered with the Lakes Tourism & Conservation Partnership to help finance conservation projects throughout the Lake District.

Some comments from Trip Advisor:

We had a relaxed stay in 2 lovely private lodges at this hotel. There was plenty of room for the 4 adults and 3 little ones. We had a nice modern bathroom with pretty lights and big fluffy towels. Nice comfy beds and cotton sheets. We had a delicious early evening meal and the most amazing breakfast. A most helpful lady took my booking, and from the moment we arrived everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It was just 5 minutes walk to Beatrix Potter Museum and we were able to leave our cars before we had checked in, which was a great help. All in all a real treat. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

We had a great couple of days here, the breakfast had great ingredients, well cooked. I had the Cumbrian breakfast (great quality food), I also had the smoked salmon and scrambled egg on the second day, again really well cooked and delicious. The staff couldn't do enough, they were really helpful and friendly. The room was warm and well equipped, we had a family room which was clean, comfortable and really quiet. From here you can easily walk into Bowness, which is a nice town. Great food can be found in the town, we didn't have a bad meal. A really nice, centrally located and quiet hotel with great food and great staff, we really couldn't fault it.

We have used this hotel several times it is consistent. The staff are helpful and friendly, The restaurant is relaxing with attractive garden views. The breakfast (I think it is renowned) and should be for quality and choice.

Another wonderful stay at Burn How to celebrate a birthday with family and friends. A warm welcome, comfortable rooms (ours had been stylishly refurbished to a very high standard), excellent breakfast and the best dining menu - locally sourced and deliciously executed. I cannot recommend strongly enough.

This is a warm and comfortable hotel with first class food, extremely friendly staff, good sized bedrooms and is well located. We will definitely return and have no hesitation in giving it a 5 Star recommendation. Thank you to the owners and all the staff for a most enjoyable and comfortable New Year break.

The rooms were spotlessly clean, spacious and after a few hours of walking, the bed was great to relax on and sleep. The breakfast was lovely (with a number of options) and the evening meals were delicious. Compliments to the chef! Finally a big thank you to ALL the staff who were friendly and more than welcoming.

Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel
The Royal Mile
www.radissonblu.co

Charming architecture and a spectacular location in the heart of the city combine to make the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh a delightful destination. The hotel affords easy access to the fashionable boutiques and shops on Princes Street, George Street and Multrees Walk. Anchored on the historic Royal Mile to the east by Holyrood Palace and Abbey and to the west by Edinburgh Castle, the central location offers guests an array of cultural and historic sites as well as stylish shopping and dining.

This hotel offers guests 238 elegant, contemporary rooms including complimentary WiFi and air conditioning combined with flexible, modern facilities featuring industry leading Climate Friendly Meetings & Events. Guests may also experience the award-winning menu at Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen. Sample gastro inspired delights by Scotland's natural larder. Sip a delicious hand crafted cocktail, enjoy a refreshing ale or sample a world class wine from this stunning new menu.

• Gold Award in Green Tourism Business Scheme • Queens Award in Sustainable Tourism • Scottish Hotels Awards - Bistro Award • Scottish Hotel Awards- Eco Gold Laurel

Quick Facts – Edinburgh Capital city of Scotland, situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Population 495,360 (in 2011) While the town originally formed on the ridge descending from the Castle Rock, the modern city is often said to be built on seven hills. Edinburgh has the UK's strongest economy outside London and was named European Best Large City of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment by fDi Magazine in 2012/13.

Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO City of Literature and the city's Old Town and New Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh regularly polls as one of the best locations to live nationally, having won more than 12 UK Best City Awards in 8 years to 2013. Attracting over one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK after London and was voted European Destination of the Year at the World Travel Awards 2012.

Radisson Blu creates iconic buildings with individual interiors invoking an inviting, exciting ambiance and offering a holistic hospitality experience that is totally relevant to now. Radisson Blu flagship properties can be found in prime locations, including major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations around the world.

Galway hotel

Galway

The Imperial Hotel

Eyre Square, Galway City

www.imperialhotelgalway.ie/

The Imperial Hotel Galway provides comfort and excellent accommodation in Galway City. One of the few hotels in Galway City proudly overlooking Eyre Square as a landmark. The Imperial Hotel Galway City provides excellent Bed and Breakfast in Galway with a host of different accommodation options right in the heart of the shopping and tourist area.

This 3 Star Hotel Galway City is less than a minute to the main shopping thoroughfare Shop Street and the renowned nightlife and atmosphere of Quay Street in the Latin Quarter in Galway. The hotel in Galway is within 5 minutes walking distance to Town Hall Theatre, 10 minutes walk of Galway Cathedral, NUI Galway the National University of Ireland and 15 minutes to University College Hospital. A taxi rank is just outside the door and the train station and Galway bus station are just a 5 minutes stroll across Eyre Square from the The Imperial Hotel.

The Galway City Hotel exudes a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Plenty of seating allows hotel guests to relax wherever they are. The residents lounge in the hotel is an informal cosy retreat open till late. One of the oldest and modern hotels in Galway City the Imperial Hotel offers some of the Best accommodation on Eyre Square, Galway City, Ireland. Excellent hotel deals and bed and breakfast rates are available and please check out or Special Offers Page. The Imperial Hotel Galway City offers guests the convenience of free wi-fi in all areas of the hotel.

All of the 80 guest hotel rooms at the Imperial Hotel in Galway City are spacious and bright with modern cherry wood furniture and contemporary hotel décor. We like to think as a Family Run hotel that we are a home from home for our Guest's and that nothing is impossible you just have to ask and we will do our best to help. All of our 80 Guest rooms have centeral control heating and air conditioning which you can adjust to your liking.

Restaurant & Bar: The bar grill has a traditional, yet comfortable atmosphere where Irish hospitality is paramount. The muted green and tawny brown seating and sunny orange carpets set amidst the sage stonework radiate warmth. The Bar is locally known as ‘the meeting place of Galway’ and many settle to watch live sports or meet friends for a coffee and snack.

The bar grill offers light snacks like homemade soup and salad, plus all day breakfasts, sandwiches, steaks and fish dishes. Yummy sweet bites such as muffins and scones are also available. The carvery is available 7 days a week serving succulent hot meals.

Hotel Room facilities include: Complimentary wi-fi; Direct dial telephone; Air Conditioning; Flat screen television with multi channels; Tea/coffee facilities; In-room safe; Iron and ironing board; Laundry cleaning service - On request.

Trip Advisor comments

Excellent location, near everything, making the city extremely accessible. ATM outside the hotel, very handy. The hotel was spacious allowing for a relaxing ora throughout. I wouldn't consider it a luxurious hotel, basic.... But perfect! I was delighted as my room had air conditioning, the bedroom and bathroom were spotless as was the rest of the hotel. Both breakfast and dinner in the hotel was beautiful. Staff in the hotel were extremely friendly and welcoming. I would recommend to the hotel to anyone, Overall I throughly enjoyed my stay at the Imperial and wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Georgous!

Well located, very spacious rooms, clean, good food and nice atmosphere. But most importantly very helpful and friendly staff. Would recommend to anyone - don't expect wonderful views over Galway Bay but is centrally located and convenient. Only 10 minute walk through a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and talented busking musicians to the Bay. Room Tip: Despite being in the centre of city the glazing is such that you do not hear the noise.

We have been in Ireland for a week and this is by far the best location with the quietest rooms. It is fabulous to have a bar located here, and it was hopping with lots of people. We were in Dublin Lin in a busy section and we know what we are talking about. Extremely friendly staff. Loved the breakfast! Thank you for everything.

This hotel is perfectly located at the corner of Eyre Square and Williams Gate Street the train station and bus station are situated on the other side of Eyre square so very easily located when you arrive in Galway The staff at the Imperial Hotel Galway were very friendly and welcoming the hotel is clean and the rooms are comfortable and reasonably priced we had double room on the third floor at the back of the hotel so even though it is on the square the room was very quiet our room overlooked roof tops and buildings but we did not choose it for the scenery we picked this hotel for the location and we were not disappointed we would book here again next time we visit Galway.

Dingle


Dingle Benner's Hotel
Main St.
www.dinglebenners.com
info@dinglebenners.com

Fáilte. Our old world charm and elegance will captivate you from the moment you arrive. Dingle Benners Hotel is one of the most luxurous Dingle hotels, offering you the best of both worlds - traditional Irish warmth and comfort coupled with the best of modern facilities.Situated in the centre of Dingle Town, in the heart of West Kerry, Dingle Benners is regarded as one of the best located Kerry hotels, an ideal base for you to tour the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and surrounding areas. Relax in the traditional atmosphere of Mrs. Benner's bar and sample the best in Irish cuisine. Afterwards you can retire to the comfort of one of our 52 luxuriously appointed guestrooms boasting luxury Dingle accommodation.

With a wide range of top Kerry Restaurants available on your doorstep and plenty of activities and amenities nearby, Dingle Benners hotel in Kerry Ireland is the perfect holiday destination. Dingle Benners Hotel in Kerry boasts luxury Dingle Accommodation, with rooms decorated to the highest standards. In additon to our standard rooms we also have romantic four poster bedrooms ideal for your special occasion at one of the most popular hotels in Dingle. For the nature lover, the sportsman or the adventure seeker, the Dingle area is a dream come true. The Dingle Benners hotel provides quality accommodation at one of the best located hotels in Dingle; ideally situated in Dingle for the many activities that the Dingle Peninsula has to offer. The Dingle Peninsula is a kind of paradise for walkers. There are lots of lanes and pathways away from traffic where you can walk for hours, along cliffs, up and down mountains and hills, on beaches and near the sea.

Kinsale

Actons Hotel
Pier Road
www.actonshotelkinsale.com/

Actons of Kinsale is situated in heart of the colourful historic harbour town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Actons is the oldest hotel in Kinsale celebrating over 67 years in the hospitality industry, originally established in 1946 by two sisters, Sidney and Shelia Acton and since then has become an integral part of Kinsale town. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts. After a substantial renovation in 2012 the hotel re opened in March 2013.

Over the years Actons of Kinsale has established a reputation for its exceptional location, highly personal and genuine guest care, and renowned cuisine. Actons has become a ‘home away from home’ for both the people of Kinsale and the business and holiday travellers who know, feel and appreciate, the Actons of Kinsale difference. It is proud to be a founding member of the Kinsale Good Food Circle and a member of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism.

This contemporary boutique style hotel comprises 74 en suite bedrooms including a bridal and family suites, Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie offer all day dinning, Fisher St Restaurant, Health & Leisure Club with fully equipped gym, 15 meter swimming pool, sauna & steam room and 3 treatment rooms. Our standard rooms include: Tea coffee making; Hairdryer; Flat screen TVs; 24 hour news and sports channels; Complimentary broadband access; Each bathroom has a waterfall shower& fluffy towels.

The hotel was the original home of the Acton family who had settled in Kinsale in 1860 and soon developed a number of businesses in the town. In subsequent years the family bought the adjoining buildings in which Sidney Acton opened a family hotel in 1946. The hotel was subsequently bought and managed by the Stafford Group in 1995 who then sold it to a local family in 2007.

Some comments from TripAdvisor: "We were very close to the town so in the evening we could walk to a local bar or restaurant it just took a few minutes. There was lots of places to choose from. I would recommend Kinsale as a destination for a short break and I would recommend Actons great staff and perfect breakfast. I will return again."

"Actons is a lovely hotel, right in the heart of Kinsale. It is a little off the street so it's quiet. The hotel was revamped a few years ago and is tastefully decorated. Breakfasts were excellent with a really good selection at the buffet and a lovely cooked option...."

"Had a pleasant stay in the hotel. Room was comfortable with a good view overlooking the harbour. Excellent shower in the room, tea making facilities and a T.V. Bar downstairs is modern & comfortable. Hotel is a 2 minute walk into the town centre."

"Really nice hotel. Fantastic views with really comfy beds. Great location and very friendly staff. Lunch on Sunday was very tasty and reasonably priced. Rooms were a good size with excellent showers. We'll be back when in Kinsale again!"

Dublin

Wynn's Hotel
35-39, Lower Abbey St.
www.wynnshotel.ie

Luxury Accommodation in Dublin. Housed in a listed Building and part of an Architectural Conservation Area, Wynn's Hotel in Dublin has been in existence in one form or another since 1845 and has witnessed many of the events which have shaped the history of Dublin City. Wynn’s iconic brand of rich history and legendary hospitality makes this Hotel a must-stay and a must-do in Dublin. Talk about the most centrally located hotel in Dublin! Partake in shopper's paradise along neighbouring O'Connell or Henry Streets, or cross over the historical Ha'Penny Bridge on the River Liffey to soak up the atmosphere of the world renowned heritage precinct, Temple Bar or meander through stylish Grafton Street. Wynn's have featured in many Blockbuster Irish Movies such as Michael Collins, Daniel Day-Lewis’ The Boxer and more recently Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

Wynn's Hotel is an ideally located Dublin City Centre Hotel and has 65 bedrooms, comprising Suites, Deluxe and Standard rooms. We can accommodate Single, Double/Twin, Triple and Quad occupancy. Each room blends the authentic decor of the past with contemporary amenities. Soothing hues, richly coloured fabrics and cherry furnishings inhabit each room. Take advantage of the hotel’s great Dublin city centre location - go shopping, enjoy a night at the Theatre, explore Dublin’s sites and much more. Our founder Miss Phoebe Wynn chose her business location wisely and because of our close proximity to The Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, we have been and still are an excellent meeting place for Famous Actors and Visitors alike. Following a 15 million euro re-furbishment our bedrooms are all tastefully furnished with many modern features to ensure that your stay is both relaxing and enjoyable.

The newly refurbished Playwright Restaurant at Wynn's Hotel in Dublin City, has returned to its original style and grace of the early 1900's. Our award winning Irish Chef places emphasis on using mostly Irish and Organic produce and is renowned for quality food presented and served with special attention to detail. Our clientele can enjoy extensive pre-theatre menus, relax over our delicious carvery lunch or dine in our restaurant A-la-Carte.

Saints & Scholars Lounge: The Lounge at Wynn's Hotel Dublin has long been a favourite rendezvous point with Dubliners and visitors alike. The elegant environment featuring a beautiful teak and mahogany bar is popular with theatre and cinema goers, young couples, old friends meeting for a chat and many others. Guests may choose from a large selection of quality drinks served by our friendly professionally trained bar staff.

Wynn's Hotel owes its origin and name to a Ms. Phoebe Wynn who opened a commercial boarding house at No. 33 Lower Abbey Street in 1845. Before the end of the 19th century Wynn's Hotel had become one of Dublin's most popular hotels. Situated in the heart of Dublin close to many centres of social, political and business life, Wynn's Hotel, soon became a favourite venue for formal and informal gatherings. Wynn's had always a link with the artistic life of Dublin through its proximity to the Royal Hibernian Academy. When the Abbey Theatre was opened nearby, the public rooms of the hotel became a favourite rendevous for playwrights, actors, and theatre-goers.