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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

In Lecce we stayed at the Risorgimento Resort just off the main plaza. The hotel is very modern, in what I felt was a rather cold style. I loved the location and the staff were very good but overall I wouldn't rave and if I returned to Lecce I would probably try somewhere else. The whole place feels like it was designed to look good in the photographs rather than to feel good as a customer. Unfortunately  it was a case of  image over substance. 

I love modern design but it need to be inspired, stylish, local and  grounded, particularly when it's found in historic buildings. For example of the places we have visited recently, the Hospes Palacio Del Bailio in Cordoba balances modern style perfectly in an older building. You can see the contrast in my blogpost  here. 

Our package included dinner and we had a meal at the restaurant on the roof which was one of the least interesting of our entire trip, though to be fair we did enjoy the breakfast buffet in the morning and the wait staff cannot be faulted. One of my biggest gripes about the hotel was the absense of comfortable public space. Given that the rooftop was closed until the evening the only place to sit outdoors was the small terrace off our suite. It seems extraordinary to me that a place can call itself a resort when there are no resort-like facilities (pool, garden etc.) and nowhere to  sit outdoors during the day.

We had a garden suite and while the bathroom was lovely and the room spacious I found the decor  uninspired. As you can see in the photograph above, the sofa was not comfortable and the dark wood felt rather generic. 

These are some photos of the terrace off our suite.

I don't like to write negative reviews. The hotel is certainly adequate, and the staff were very good, but the aesthetic didn't speak to me and I can't recommend it.