Good Hotel Books

Out on the road? Hotel books and guides may be the more practical way of finding a good hotel when you simply can’t get to the computer or would rather just read something in print. At best a good hotel guide will help you to find hidden gems and places to stay that make the journey worth while. At worse, such guides are poor commercial volumes stuffed with advertising and paid for recommendations. Here are some of our favourite hotel guides.

AA Britains Best Hotels - This is a condensed version of the AA hotel guide and contains only a selection of hotels which have a rating of at least three stars. While there are over 200 hotels in the book, each receives a comprehensive review and an additional feature of the book is that every hotel listed has been inspected. At £7.99 this is one of the best hotel guides available and certainly one of the most attractive to look at.

Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay Looking for a hotel guide which focuses on small hotels with bags of character, Sawday’s British Hotels & and Inns may be the book to go for. The book covers over 340 locations with an emphasis upon green and ethical establishment. The book is well written and follows an excellent format making comparison both fun and easy. All hotels within this book have been visited and inspected by a member of the team.

The Good Hotel Guide – At £20 the guide is slightly expensive, although worth every penny. The GHG is 640 pages long with each page of the main body containing one review per page including contact information and photographs. The 2011 edition makes the 34th edition of the guide which has been giving independent hotel reviews to its readers for over 30 years.

The Michelin Guide – Often associated with good food more than hotels however, the guide is a complete travel resource including a full listing of hotels rated on a 5 “star” comfort rating. The upside of the guide is the shear number of hotels covered however, entries are somewhat scare in length and lack the pictures of many dedicated hotel guides. The 2011 edition marks the 100th anniversary of the Michelin guide and comes with a complimentary book “the history of the Michelin guide 1900-2011”.

The Official Tourist Board Guide - This is the official hotel listing and review book of the tourist board for England, the book offers a comprehensive listing of hotels within England in the 380 page volume. In addition to hotel listings, there is also a wide range of other information including local attractions and places to eat. This is a guide for those looking to assess a large list of hotels, rather than wanting to get the detail on any specific category.

Unusual Hotels UK & Ireland – Written by Steve Dobson, this must be one of the most interesting hotel books on the market. Whether its restored railway carriages on the South Coast or windmills in Norfolk this is the book to consult. The 204 page volume is packed with pictures, entries are comprehensive sometimes covering several pages. Overall the book has detailed entries for 99 hotels and all for just £13.99.

Unusual Hotels of the World – The original unusual hotels book by Steve Dobson, while this book only has two UK entries,the Old Railway Station at Petworth and the Pavilion Hotel London. The book is a great coffee table resource with everything from ice hotels in Canada to capsual hotels in Japan.

Ultraluxe Hotels – Here Veronica Newson has created a 255 page volume of some of the worlds most luxury and exclusive hotels. However at an RRP of less than £25 for an attractively bound hard back book, this volume may be more within the budget of the average reader. The book has two UK entries the Haymarket Hotel London and the Andaz Hotel also London. Entries cover not only the worlds best luxury hotels but also some of the most unusual from the Burj Al Arab located in shadow of the worlds tallest building to a series of futuristic planned hotels including “the manned cloud” and the Virgin Galactic Spaceport.

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