Below are five of my favourite hotels in Europe from stays in 2011 (in random order).
Ardanaiseig Hotel , near Oban, Scotland
We stayed for two nights in the Boat Shed at the Ardanaiseig Hotel in September 2011. This is the perfect romantic getaway on the shores of Loch Awe.
View over Loch Awe from the Boat Shed terrace
Capital Coast Resort Paphos, Cyprus
Our apartment at the Capital Coast Resort in Paphos on the island of Cyprus was excellent value for money costing Â£70 a night for two guests on half board in March 2011 for a one bedroom, two bathroom, very well equipped apartment with a sea view.
Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, Scotland
You can see the influence of Italian fashion design at the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh. The rooms are fab and if you go for the all inclusive rate you get breakfast, wifi, minibar, movies and two items of laundry at no additional charge.
St Martins Therme & Lodge, Burgenland, Austria
I stayed at the St Martins Therme & Lodge in Burgenland in eastern Austria for two nights in April 2011. I enjoyed swimming in the outdoor pool. The breakfast was fantastic and featured so much local produce (and breakfast was served until 11am everyday).
View over lake and spa from my room at St Martins Therme & Lodge
Lopesan Baobab Resort, Gran Canaria, Spain
I liked the Lopesan Baobab inÂ Maspalomas on the island of Gran Canaria as it revolved around an African theme. We stayed here in February 2011 and enjoyed having breakfast on the sunny terrace, while spotting animals in the bush. There are eight swimming pools in the grounds.
The restaurant terrace at Lopesan Baobab