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A nation of thieves

An order for 50 copies of the Guide arrived last month from THE ANGEL HOTEL in Abergavenny, an excellent family-run Welsh hotel. On checking, I was surprised to see that the hotel had ordered an identical number of copies two months previously. Thinking there must be an error, I telephoned only to be told that it was no mistake—all the previous copies which had been put in the bedrooms had been pinched. My initial reaction was delight that the Guide was such a hot item that it was irresistible. But more sobering, have we now become a nation of thieves?

Adam Raphael

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Win a night’s stay

BROCCO ON THE PARK, Sheffield, Yorkshire which won a Cesar award this year as city hotel of the year is this month’s prize-giving hotel. A stylist Scandinavian chic interior makes Tiina Carr’s smart property a vibrant city hub. The bedrooms are modern, the food adventurous.

Brocco on the Park, Sheffield

All you need to do to win this handsome prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at BROCCO ON THE PARK –the prize has to be taken midweek– is to SEND A REVIEW of your favourite hotel or B&B in Great Britain or Ireland. See COMPETITION PAGE. We welcome reports on places that have never been in the Guide or have been omitted, as well as those that have a current entry.

Alwyn Ellis from Llanfairpwllgyngyll, is the winner of last month’s prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two  at AEL Y BRYN, Eglwyswrw, Wales. This year’s guesthouse of the year, the hospitality is infectious. Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes, generous hosts, have thought of everything a guest might need including freshly baked  Welsh cakes at teatime.



Fawlty Towers

‘The host’s over-the-top descriptions of the dinner verged on the ludicrous and make a prolonged theatrical act. Other guests raised their eyebrows or were speechless. One of them walked out, too weary to wait for his pudding.’

Buy the Guide

Guide book 2017 The 2017 print edition makes a great present.
You can order a copy for £15 including p&p, a discount of 25% on the normal shop price

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Discount vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy. They enable a 25% saving off the normal B&B price at participating hotels.


Readers’ Reports

Readers’ reports are the lifeblood of the Guide which can be described as word of mouth in print. Please tell us about your hotel visits in the past year. Email:  We want to hear about hotels in the Guide as well as new discoveries. You need not write at length but all reports are candidates for the Report of the Month competition, the prize for which is a free hotel night including dinner, bed and breakfast at one of our top selected hotels.. We are particularly keen to hear about hotels in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Gift Vouchers

The Good Hotel Guide gift voucher makes an ideal birthday or wedding present. You can make a gift of any monetary value from £50-£500 by emailing: The GHG gift voucher scheme allows the recipient to stay at any of the Guide’s 850 selected hotels at the time of their choosing. The Guide takes no commission and makes no charge to either the hotel or the guest, so you will get the full monetary value of the voucher. A complimentary copy of the Guide will also be sent to the recipient.

The Good Hotel Guide, founded 39 years ago, is totally independent. It receives no payments, no hospitality and no advertising from hotels selected for an entry in the printed edition. Hotels pay to be on the GHG website, but only those which have an entry in the printed Guide are eligible. Selected hotels are recommended by readers, backed where necessary by an anonymous inspection. The British edition of the Guide is published each autumn. Adam and Caroline Raphael, who own the Guide, are award-winning journalists. Caroline, a former BBC researcher and a travel writer, is editor-in-chief. She has worked on the Guide for more than three decades. Adam, who previously worked for the Guardian, the Observer, the BBC and the Economist, is the Guide’s marketing director. Astella Saw, formerly with Penguin and the BBC, is editor of the British Guide. Nicola Davies is editor of the Shortlist, and in charge of correspondence and research. Richard Fraiman is the Guide’s chief executive. The Guide specialises in small owner-managed hotels, inns and B&Bs in England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and Ireland. It includes budget B&Bs, good-value hotels and inns as well as grand country houses and chic city hotels, all offering value for money in their price range.
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