Luxury Hotels

London – Paris – New England

Natural influencers – not the ones who are paid – just want to hang out at The Corinthia London, says its GM Thomas Kochs. If your friends, be they top footballers, Netflix or media stars, choose to meet or stay there, you want to be with them. Add in fashion, and food. The usual, but unusually-usual (for London) megastar Tom Kerridge dishes are complemented summer long by outdoor dining.  See The Garden, above. Be My Zest lemoncello, Bandiera olive oil.  Order Glass House, Sado gin, Noilly Prat, lemon thyme, tonic – or go for Sacha Lichine’s creation, Whispering Angel 2020.  Shaved Italian courgette salad, Oven-roasted veal chop haloed with salsa verde, Lemon sorbet, a gigantic Amalfi lemon to-go.

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Top Tripadvisor hotel in Paris is Fauchon, named for authentic influencer Auguste Fauchon, from Calvados (when he arrived in the City of Light in 1880, aged 24, he started as a street vendor). His followers today include younger millennials, especially Americans, who would rather pay £397 for a room at Fauchon Paris this Sunday than the £900-up the ‘classic palaces’ charge.  Fauchon is also F, for Fashionista, plus GLAM. Brand advisor Bernard Lambert tells Girlahead this stands for  Gourmet, Location, Attention, Mesdames (female-centric) and he wants ten hotels worldwide by 2026.

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It’s all very well thinking females, but do not forget pooches. It costs £3,000 to buy a cockapoo on the legit market but that is only the start. You need designer collars before taking the animal to dog-friendly hotels.  Thinking of New England? Girlahead’s researches suggest Lamb and Lion Inn, Barnstable, MA; Seaport Hotel, Boston Harbor, MA, and Four Columns Inn, Newfane, VT. So now we have women and dogs taken care off. Men and kids are still on the agenda.

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Listen, now, to Eric Danziger on this week’s podcast