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    Royal Spa, Kitzbühel (Patrick Goff)

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    Any ski hotel will fill if it is positioned at the bottom of the ski-lifts. The Royal Spa sits on the edge of Jochberg, just 7 km from Kitzbühel, and at the bottom of not one but two ski lifts. As Mr. Hilton famously said ‘location, location, location’. It provides the ultimate in skiing luxury. […]

    Hotel Angelo, Poland (Patrick Goff)

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    Set in the Silesian coalfields, Katowice is a city of concrete. Dotted around the skyline of this grey city are sets of the pithead lifting gear. Along its roads march blocks housing the flats, hotels and shopping centres of a modern Polish city. Many are painted and there are new, more stylish blocks added by […]

    Radisson Blu, Frankfurt (Patrick Goff)

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    I have just featured two hotels (Cube and Ongava) where the guests’ needs, in terms of why they are at those locations, has driven the form of the hotel. In the case of Cube the operator has intelligently analysed a European market and completely reworked the form of the hotel to meet the function demanded […]

    Ongava Lodge, Namibia (Patrick Goff)

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    The boy was nervous, shining his torch carefully into the shadows, walking slowly so we were treading on his heels. The man with the rifle was alert, holding his weapon across his body, finger on the trigger guard. Was this a piece of hotel theatre staged for effect? We were walking back to our room […]

    Royal Hotel, Hull (Patrick Goff)

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    I have a fascination with railway hotels. In Britain, they were part of the revolution in travel and hotel use in the mid-nineteenth century. Before the railways, mass travel was inconceivable and hotels were coaching inns, primarily places where horses for the carriages or stagecoaches could be changed. Such travel was slow and expensive but […]

    Cube, Tyrol Austria (Patrick Goff)

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    Cube’s name is expressive. The building is a glass cube, unashamedly modernist amongst the traditional Tyrolean valley chalet style architecture. The ‘shock of the new’ is added to by the building being floodlit after dark, and the floodlighting changing colour every couple of minutes. The floodlighting is computer controlled and can be used for sponsor […]

    Hotel Apollo, Bratislava (Patrick Goff)

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    Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’ was set on a railway platform in which a couple waiting for different trains fall for one another. Returning to Bratislava after a six year absence rekindles affections in another brief encounter. We left Kitzbühel to drive the 300 miles to Bratislava on a morning with glorious sunshine, in sharp contrast […]

    Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham, Chicago (Patrick Goff)

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    We tend to think of the USA as a new country filled with new buildings. However the preservation of old buildings is as much an issue on their side of the Pond as it is on the European side. Chicago recently scandalised many in the American architectural profession by pulling down a series of Gropius […]

    Twelve Apostles, Cape Town (Patrick Goff)

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    South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means its seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere – as upside down as the constellations at night. Thus June, July and August are winter months – and of course the time when many visitors from the Northern Hemisphere arrive. It can be very […]

    Andel’s, Poland (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 1 It has been a pleasure in the first part of 2010 to have seen a succession of beautifully designed hotels - the Arch, the Wit and now Andel's hotel in Łódź, Poland. Whilst Chicago's Wit is a new build, with all the benefits that it brings, the Arch [...]