Wilde Success

Three Guild members were winners at this year’s France Travel Media Awards (FTMA), held at Carousel in Marylebone on Tuesday 27 February.


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It was appropriate that Lady Windermere’s Fan was the current production at the Vaudeville Theatre. Three days earlier Dublin based Aparthotels operator Staycity had opened its latest property, just across the Strand. It was the first under a new premium brand called – you guessed it – Wilde. Staycity was joint sponsor, with nearby steakhouse Smith and Wollensky, of the BGTW/Society of Editors March evening debate on the future of (ethical) travel writing.. Members had the opportunity to look over the London property, which comprises a mix of 106 studios and double rooms over eight floors.  The instant impression is of efficient use of space, particularly in those with kitchenettes, without compromising on bed size. However it would be sensible to travel with fold away bags. Rooms have Nespresso machines, 43 inch smart LED TVs, touch control panels for lighting, air conditioning, towel rails and blinds, and bathrooms with rainfall showers. There’s free Wi-Fi and 24 hour, touch screen check in. Further Wilde properties are planned in on Edinburgh’s King’s Stables Road, then Manchester and Berlin. Like London’s. they’ll have selections of Irish extras with Oscar’s quote – from the play across the Stand: “I can resist anything except temptation”.

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Roger Bray
By: Roger Bray Freelance travel writer/newsreporter