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We are launching a new reader-written feature to help provide some positivity to HfP over the next few weeks – ‘My Favourite Hotel’.

And we want your help.

What we want is for you to write 700 – 1,000 words on a hotel or resort somewhere in the world that is special for you.

We are not looking for detailed hotel reviews.  We know that you will be working mainly from memory.  We also know that you won’t necessarily have lot of photographs and will need to rely on stock photos (ie Google Images!).  That’s perfectly fine.

Update 4th April 12pm: Thank you to everyone who responded to our request! We had a fantastic response with over 150 readers volunteering and are not accepting further suggestions.

We want the articles to be about the hotel, but not necessarily completely.  It is highly likely that your favourite hotel is in a special place, and we’d like to hear a bit about that too.  At the end of the day, the perfect holiday is the perfect combination of hotel and place.  You can’t have one without the other.

I’ve written on HfP before, for example, about how much I like InterContinental Le Grand in Paris.  60% of why I like it is the hotel itself, but 40% is the view over the opera house, the fact that it is walkable from the Eurostar terminus, that the non-stop airport bus stops outside, that Galleries Lafeyette is 60 seconds away and that virtually every other major tourist site is walkable.  I would like the hotel a loss less if it was, say, south of the Seine.

I am writing an example myself tomorrow so you can see the sort of thing we’re after.  We are very flexible and would like to cover a variety of options:

luxury hotels in luxury destinations

luxury hotels in less salubrious destinations

mid-range hotels in amazing locations

cheap hotels with amazing features or history

Chain hotels or independents, family or adults only – we don’t mind.  Tomorrow I am covering an independent kids hotel.

The only sort of article we don’t really want is when the hotel is only special because of something specific in your life.  You may have a soft spot for the ibis Rotherham East because you met your partner there, but I doubt other readers will be feeling the love if they visit!

We will pay £50 for all published articles so you will get a return on your time.  We’re looking for around 700 – 1,000 words and we are totally happy if all the photographs you use are ‘stock’ PR images you find online, although we’d love to include some of your own work too.  This article is 565 words for comparison.

If you’d like to take part, please email Anika (yes, Anika is back from maternity leave) at anika at and tell her which hotel you’d like to cover and why, in a line or two.  She will make sure that we don’t have two people covering the same or similar properties.

Once she’s given you the nod, you can write it up in any format you like – Word, Google Docs, WordPress etc.

Anika will edit it into ‘house style’ so don’t worry too much about spelling or grammar.  What is most important is that you write something which really gets across your enthusiasm for the hotel you chose and which will make our readers long to get back on the road.

If you’ve got any questions, drop Anika a note or ask in the comments below.  We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your special places.

Comments (30)

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  • Vit says:

    I think mine gonna be “luxury hotels in less salubrious destinations” as I normally cannot afford luxury hotel in luxury destinations. 🙂

    Thanks for this, Rob. Something to keep me sane in this tough time. Writing is a good therapy, I think.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    Hmm, internet fame (and £50) vs. spoiling my favourite hotels by revealing them to the HFP community… 😉

  • Andrew says:

    When does a hotel become a “favourite” hotel? If it’s one that you choose over others to stay in most often for non-business travel, does that make it a favourite?

    If that’s the case, for me it would be the Holiday Inn – Warrington, just off the M6 at Thelwell Viaduct. It’s a regular port of call on a Friday night when I head to Scotland. Head up to Warrington late evening, then just 4 hours first thing after a great night’s sleep and an excellent breakfast.

    I started to wonder if a favourite hotel would always be a favourite hotel, no matter what the brand was above the door.

    Holiday Inn Express to Hampton by Hilton – Probably wouldn’t notice.
    Changing between Holiday Inn, Marriott & Hilton main brands – Probably wouldn’t notice.

    Then I thought of the Coylumbridge…

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      I fair the the rule sticks.with the exception of brittania.

      So shocked when Marriott Hollins Hall fell into Britannia…

  • Russell Gowers says:

    Welcome back Anika!

  • Alex B says:

    I kind of now want to stay at the ibis Rotherham East ..

  • Sam says:

    I think after this HFP should ask for submissions of the worst hotel experience/holiday that we have had…
    I am sure that would be a very interesting read

  • Stagger Lee says:

    What a great idea. I’ve made my pitch for one of three very different places

  • Euan says:

    Great idea! Have submitted my pitch and will really enjoy getting to write the review if given the opportunity and if not look forward to reading others.

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