SORREL DOWNER

Journalist, editor and producer covering society, business, architecture, tourism, rural regeneration, conservation. I work/have worked for The Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Icon Films and the BBC. I also provide consultancy services to international brands.

MULTIMEDIA

USA, Spain, Costa Rica video compilation from the archives. With normal travel freedoms restricted, multimedia content shot on the road has the power to transport us like nothing else.

November 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

COOL YET WARM HOTELS – SPAIN

COMING SOON: Sublime design hotels with fires in the bedrooms across Spain. There are more than you might think and I’m checking them all. And taking my time.

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

WHEN IN SEVILLE

Far too much to recommend in beautiful Seville. I could have filled double the space in The Guardian City Guide. Start there, but here are four more top places. Las … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

BRITISH BOHEMIA

Thirty years ago a zoroastrian from Zanzibar with eye make-up, buckteeth and unusually stretchy clothes, lost in his music whatever it was about, was a reminder that there were bohemians … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

ALMERIA

Recently had an action-packed tour of Cabo de Gata and the edges of the Tabernas desert in Almeria, researching an article for The Guardian. Here’s some extra bits.

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

COSTA DE LA LUZ

Guide to the moorish jewels and the spaces in between the coastal towns of Cádiz province – craggy mountains, pine forests, fields and endless beaches.  Read it over at  The Guardian

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

HUELVA COAST

I wrote a holiday guide to the Huelva coast for The Guardian which I hope will be useful this summer. This is a quintessential, mainly local, family seaside destination with … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Huelva Buenas Noticias

Huelva Buenas Noticias interviewed me to get my thoughts on the Huelva coast following a research trip in preparation for a Guardian travel piece. All is lovelier than you expect … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 great public transport rides | Travel | The Guardian

Ten reminders that the best travel experience are often the cheapest (luckily), just as long as you’re not in a hurry. I recommended the Sabalito border crossing, Costa Rica to Panama (although the … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jerez | Travel | The Guardian

Spain’s gastronomic maridaje – the marriage of food and wine – is a definite threesome in Jerez de la Frontera, where all life is fuelled by sherry and tapas, but … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

COSTA RICA: TOP SPOTS IN PICTURES

Here’s some photos of Costa Rica’s beach, bar, rainforest and hotel highlights. To join me for nine months on a jungle beach visit somewheresville.org. Many hotels and destinations feature in … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

COSTA RICA: TRACKS LESS TRAVELLED

If you’re planning on visiting Costa Rica, check out the holiday guide in The Guardian. The dreamy republic has been my home off and on over the years, and based … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

COSTA RICA: WHAT TO PACK

What to pack for a trip to Costa Rica?  Unless you are a diver, or planning on spending two weeks lolling about in the Four Seasons, my list might work … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hotels: 10 Predictions | Business Life

Ten top predictions for hotels was written for Business Life in 2007. It’s interesting now to see which predictions were on the ball, and which . . . well, weren’t. … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Narky Sea | Somewheresville

Blog post from somewheresville hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of posts about life in the remote Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. I hate the sea. I’ve been thinking about it a lot … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sierpe: A Trip to Town | Somewheresville

Blog post from Somewheresville Hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of pieces about life in the wilds of the Osa, Southern Costa Rica. The first place you come to when you take … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

America: What Was It? | Somewheresville

Blog entry from somewheresville (www.somewheresville.org). It’s vast, a load of different countries tied together with strings of Arbys and Taco Bells. In some, people are very busy accumulating more and … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

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