Hotel Report Card: Glen-yr-Afon Hotel, Usk, South Wales

Glen-yr-Afon House Hotel ★★★

Pontypool Road, NP15 1SY Usk

Tel: (0)1291-672-302, Fax: (0)1291-672-597

Located near the small town of Usk, in South Wales the Glen-Yr-Afon is a thoroughly charming small hotel, in a rural setting just outside the town. There's an excellent restaurant on site, but central Usk is just a 10 minute walk, where you'll find more options.

Singles: £99, Doubles: £136 to £159, Triples: £154

Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted.

Hotel Style: Boutique; 27 Rooms

Grades: B (Location), A (Property), A (Rooms)

Pizza Pollution

The town of San Vitaliano, Italy has banned the use of wood-burning pizza ovens because of concerns about the city's poor air quality. Local pizza makers are protesting, saying that nearby Naples, which has far more pizza ovens, has better air quality than San Vitaliano.

The Naples area is considered home to the best pizza in Italy, pizza that must be made in a wood-burning oven.

Hotel Report Card: Hotel Colon, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Colón ★ ★ ★ ★

Avenida Catedral 7, 08002 Barcelona

Tel: 930-11-404, Fax: 933-172-915

One of the city’s most historic hotels, the entry is directly opposite the cathedral façade. Superb staff, but the underwhelming room decor looks like something from the late 1950's, a little too much 'pastels and flowers' for my taste, though not all of the rooms suffer from this. Rooms run from smallish, with views into the internal courtyard, to large rooms with terraces and views of the cathedral.

Singles: €140, Doubles: €170 to €265, Triples: €215 to €250, Suites: €325, Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted.

Hotel Style: Boutique

145 Rooms

Grades: A+ (Location), A+ (Property), B (Rooms).

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