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A series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

It’s Bath time!

Royal Crescent

Roger St. Pierre experiences The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in a beautiful British spa town

Close to 90,000 people call the World Heritage City of Bath their home and each year they welcome more than a million overnighting visitors, whilst a further 3.8m come for a day’s outing.
With two universities, a thriving artistic community and an enticing checklist of museums, theatres, sporting and cultural venues, plus world-class shopping and a wealth of superb architecture, carved from the locally sourced honey-coloured sandstone, this Wessex wonder sits on the banks of the delightful River Avon.


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Whittlebury Hall is a resort destination

Whittlebury Hall

Not only 213 bedrooms and 19 meeting rooms, but lots more facilities

Whittlebury Hall can be most things to most event organisers. It is set in rural Northamptonshire, with the advantages usually offered by a country house hotel, but it was purpose-built for events as recently as 1999. It thus does not bring with it the disadvantages often associated with venerable manor houses.
It is a low rise construction, with a long wide footprint. This provides the important benefit of being able to accommodate large numbers of people moving freely around without bottlenecks – and also privacy and quiet even if there are several meetings running concurrently.
There are 213 bedrooms, all recently refreshed and updated, with straightforward access to superfast Wi-Fi.


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Enjoy the secret beauty of Western Algarve

Quinta Bonita hotel

Roger St Pierre finds the delightful Quinta Bonita hotel

Stretching like the proverbial string of pearls along the Atlantic coast, from the Spanish border all the way to Cape St, Vincent – the most south-westerly point in Europe – is the Continent’s largest concentration of glitzy de luxe resorts and spectacular world-class championship golf courses.
Fully geared to the global corporate market, the region can comfortably handle major conferences and conventions.


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Roger St. Pierre savours a welcoming Welsh hideaway

Nanteos Mansion

An 18thC elegant Georgian Mansion serves memorable food

Set just two miles outside the bustling Mid Wales university town and seaside resort of Aberystwyth, with its direct train link to Birmingham International Airport and onward connections to London Euston, gracious Nanteos Mansion (www.nanteos.com) is easy to access. It even has a helicopter-landing pad.
Yet, set at the end of a mile long drive, amid acre beyond acre of glorious parkland and woods and overlooking a placid lake, it’s a perfect hideaway venue for discreet business meetings, seminars, romantic incentives and team building exercises – with everything from shooting, hill walking, mountain biking and sea, lake and river angling readily to hand.


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Friendly luxury in Mayfair

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Sydney Paulden stays at Thompson’s Belgraves

Belgraves is a hotel that doesn’t fit into any narrow category. It is upmarket, but not snooty. The staff are friendly and courteous but not stuffy. They are eager to make guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Belgraves stands amongst the multi-million-pound properties of London’s Mayfair ambassador area, but guests feel the warmth and the hospitality as soon as they enter.
Not to be confused with hotels with similar names, such as The Belgrave or Belgravia, Belgraves is the only member of the Thompson group outside North America. It has five sister hotels in the USA and one in Canada.


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