Monthly Archives: July 2013

Just back from…. Berlin

Edgy, trendy and plain down-to-earth gritty.  Two days to search out some top new places to stay for mypootle and experience what may just be Europe’s coolest city meant ruthless prioritization.  Here’s where we went… Continue reading


Just back from Santorini

Mypootle has a new favourite destination – Santorini.  A place where impossibly white Cycladic houses spill down hills, where the blue sky is cloudless and the ocean waters turquoise. Continue reading

Stay of the week: Mercer Barcelona

Snapshot: Medieval history meets super stylish design in a stunning restored palace in the Gothic Quarter

The Mercer Barcelona

Set into the age-old walls of the Gothic streets of Barcelona lies this gem of a small palace, now boutique hotel that just oozes history.  The loving restoration has retained the history of the building from the 1st to the 19th centuries; an ancient defense tower that was once part of the Roman wall that surrounded the city, Gothic windows, neoclassic balconies, frescos and medieval wooden ceilings, and now, all of it has been transformed and brought up to date by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, whose clever merging of the old and new has created a spectacular masterpiece. Continue reading