Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby takes us on a journey around the world and peers inside some of the most extraordinary hotels.

The show sees Giles Coren and Monica Galetti get to work behind the scenes, experiencing ‘life beyond the lobby’.

Let’s take a look at co-presenter Giles and find out the five things you didn’t know about him!

Pictured: Giles and Monica, Amazing Hotels S2 E1.

Giles Coren: Bio

Giles is a 49-year-old Londoner born and bred.

He comes from an incredibly creative family which explains his knack for writing and the arts. The Coren genes prove to include humour as well, something he and his sister Victoria Coren Mitchell definitely share!

Giles is married to fellow food writer Esther Walker and the couple have two children together, Kitty and Sam.

Food writing

Giles has been working as a restaurant critic for The Times since 1993!

He has received many accolades for his work as a writer, including Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005 and more recently was named Restaurant Writer of the Year at the 2016 Fortnum and Mason Awards.

But Giles also writes for a variety of publications including Time Out, Esquire and Tatler.


But people were quick to find trouble with Giles’ words, particularly his Tweets.

In 2010, Giles was condemned by the director of Mediawatch UK for his remarks on Twitter as made in “very bad taste”.

If you want to follow Giles’ Twitter account for all his hilarious, sardonic and sometimes crass jokes, you can follow him @gilescoren.

Other TV shows

Giles also works as a television presenter.

Because of his love for history, he has worked on many historical foodie shows such as The Supersizers… series which he co-hosted with Sue Perkins.

Other food history shows Giles has led includes the BAFTA-nominated Back in Time for Dinner, a six-part documentary series in 2015 which went on to have lots of spin-offs!

Where to watch Giles’ shows

Currently, the BBC iPlayer has a few episodes of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.

Netflix used to have both series 1 and 2 of the show, but they have since pulled it from the service.

Episodes of Amazing Hotels are available to purchase from £1.99 each on both Google Play and YouTube. But if you’re looking for something cheaper, Amazon Prime Video has episodes from series 1 starting at just 10p!


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