This book was a gift from the boyfriend at Christmas and I have had three fabulous weekends away since . A lifesaver - women, present your men with a copy! Not your typically repetitive guide to rather bland corporate hotels, nor a rather highbrow collection of hotels you'd need to skip holidays abroad to be able to afford.
Room for Romance has something for every pocket, including 'olde worlde' country inns on the riverside from as little as £60 a night. Granted, there's expensive ones too (Blakes at £400!), but the point is there's a good eclectic mix to suit everyone.
They're also a collection of unique, characterful hotels - none of the mass produced chain hotels full of businessmen exploiting their expense accounts!
This is a kind of coffee-table book, but it's actually a useful one that doesn't just sit there looking pretty. The entries are quite short and sweet, so you tend to get drawn into reading the one where the book falls open and then get immersed in comparing it with all the others; all the while fantasizing about spending weekends away at these places. Having said that, they are informative and seem to offer a good, seemingly objective, description of each hotel along with snapshots of their most appealing and quirky features. As close as you'll get to the sort of reports you'd expect from people who've actually stayed at these hotels, rather than being enticed by the marketing jargon that appears in advertisements and most other guides.
All in all a very colourful and informative read, and a must for anyone who is always keeping an eye out for somewhere a little bit special and different to go on a weekend. Book one of these places for a surprise weekend and your other half will never forget it!
By the way, there's a website to give you a flavour ... but it misses out most of the detail and doesn't really give you the full picture of the hotels. I think it's ...[money]... well spent.