Category Archives: Hotels

Michelle says: “Hotels thrill me; I love the whole experience – the coming and going, the anonymity, the celebrations, the encounters, the travel, the just-passing-through.”

“As a luxury hotel photographer I am continuously visiting hotels, and occasionally I want to share a first-hand experience in a blog post. It may be about an Argentinian hotel´s spectacular flower arrangements, a legendary Sunday brunch in Los Angeles, the irresistible walled gardens of an Irish castle, or blissful, state-of-the-art spa installations in northern England. If a hotel inspires me, I hope it will inspire you too.”

Riad photography at La Maison Blanche, Tangiers, Morocco

By Michelle Chaplow As a photographer I approach each hotel in a very different way, you can´t carry out a photo shoot for a luxury contemporary city hotel in the same was as a small boutique hotel or a spa … Continue reading

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A new luxury spa with five posh pools in County Durham. Ramside Hall Hotel Spa

Ramside Hall Hotel Spa, County Durham  By Michelle Chaplow Spa-tastic a brand new luxury spa with five pools Ramside Hall in County Durham is a hotel that I remember well from my childhood. I have wonderful memories of family visits … Continue reading

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A five-star hotel mini-break in where else but… the North-East of England

By Michelle Chaplow Think about the north-east of England and what comes to mind? Its industrial heritage in coal and shipbuilding? Premier league and Championship football teams? The Geordie and Mackem accents? Newkie Brown? Did five-star luxury hotels come to … Continue reading

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Madrid´s newest five-star hotel – The Principal Madrid

The Address You know you’ve arrived in Madrid when you find your car swirling around the majestic Fountain of Cibeles roundabout and can’t resist admiring Cybele, the Phrygian goddess in her chariot pulled by two lions with spumes of water … Continue reading

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Rumours circulating about Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine

By Michelle Chaplow Shakespeare would always introduce major characters in his plays to the audience before they actually appeared on stage, by making other characters talk about them. Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine had been dropped into conversation many times over … Continue reading

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A weekend on Kathryn Findlay’s floor of Hotel Puerta America, Madrid in Room 821

Checking into Room 821, by Michelle Chaplow From the moment this hotel opened its doors, it was an A-listed architectural sensation. Situated at number 41, Avenida de America, near Salamanca barrio in the Spanish capital, its striking red, yellow and … Continue reading

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Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills I can´t tell you how many times I heard the four-letter “F” word in this hotel – they were talking about it in the lobby, over breakfast and even by the pool. … Continue reading

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Royals, movie stars, celebrity chefs, F1 drivers – and me – gather at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco for a glamorous, star-studded restaurant opening.

  The Journey Here in Spain on 7 January – the day after the Spanish Christmas, when the Reyes Magos arrive laden with gifts – life starts to get back to normal after two weeks of holidays. But not for … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Luxury Hotels in the World for Flowers: “Time to Smell the Roses”

Text and hotel photography by Michelle Chaplow There is nothing more inviting for guests than being welcomed with fresh flowers, whether in a home or in a luxury hotel. Scientific studies have shown that flowers are a powerful positive emotion-inducer, … Continue reading

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Photographing the Passion Hotel, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Hotel Essence photo shoot at the Passion Hotel Cartagena the magical home land of authour Gabriel García Márquez who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Continue reading

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