Luxury Hotels

Paris – Brussels – London

The Garden at Corinthia Hotel London, above, is a David Collins-designed space with two beautiful fireplaces. It can seat up to 50 diners, enjoying  a Mediterranean menu which shows, says Thomas Kochs, MD of this oh-so-central hotel, the team’s love for Italy. The menu this summer, he says, will be one that everybody dreams of, basically everything you want when in your favourite places around the Mediterranean,. Start with a super-wide selection of Rosé Wines, all the ones we know, Domain Ott, Whispering Angel, Miraval, you name it! Then you can chose from red prawn crudo, vegetable fritto misto, Burrata with tomatoes, grilled fish, lamb cutlets and fiorentina steak .   The star of the show is a brand new wood fired oven, for unusual pizzas, great for sharing.

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Brussels Steigenberger Wiltcher’s runs a six-week popup starting 2nd March: all Belgium’s restaurants are closed, but hotel GM Michel Cottray has set aside 20 unoccupied hotel bedrooms as private dining for overnight guests. You dine in exclusive style, eating set menus by Michelin-starred chef Kevin Lejeune of standalone restaurant La Canne en Ville.

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How much is this free publicity worth?  Oodles, says Girlahead.  Influencer Alicia Chung,  in a recent Financial Times series, cites as an indulgence she would neither forget nor forgo, namely staying at Oetker Collection’s Le Bristol Paris. ‘The rooms are amazing, she says (and Girlahead confirms) and the swimming pool is outrageous – it looks like an old teak ship’.  She goes on to recount how, after a few years’ absence, she returned to find a shirt she had lost hanging in the closet.

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Talking of Oetker Collection, hear its charming CEO, here: