"I periodically locked gaze with the barman, who was clearly also hoping for some Godzilla-type event to hit the hotel"
"I spent afternoons staring out the window at planes take off, contemplating my strange new life, living in this non-place"
"I don’t think the Taj Mahal is all that. I don’t know how else to put it …"
"The reason for all this? Almost all air space north of Delhi being closed due to possible imminent war"
"A pianist. At breakfast. Playing the love theme to Tootsie"
"One recurrent comment has been: 'Truffle and fontina pizza for £29!? WTF!??'"
"The décor at Ballyfin is not for all tastes, but your mother will probably love it. Unless your mother is Rei Kawakubo"
"Only in Italy would a mariachi version of “Hotel California” be considered apposite aural accompaniment for a sunlounger'
"Finnair customers at Heathrow are sent to the No.1 Lounge, which is where passengers who don’t have lounge privileges go to pay £40 for all the bacon rolls they can eat, and feel like they’re living the dream"