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A series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

How to be a delegate and tourist in New York

New York Marriott Downtown hotel

Michelle Chenery takes a small bite of the Big Apple from the New York Marriott Downtown hotel

Any delegate attending a conference in New York will also want to be a tourist. That is why the New York Marriott Downtown hotel is a favourite for MICE events. It has excellent meetings facilities and is a typically New York property, extremely well placed for making the most of any free time.
I took a small bite of the Big Apple by staying in the heart of New York’s Financial District in one of the 497 rooms of the New York Marriott Downtown.


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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a destination in its own right

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Jane Stanbury follows in the footsteps of royalty, stars and history

The Sofitel Legend Hotel brand is a limited edition There are less than a handful of these properties globally and I think their icon has to be The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Built in 1901, it nestles in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, a short walk from the city’s major historical and cultural landmarks.

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Relaxing base inside New York City

DoubleTree by Hilton New York City - Chelsea terrace with view of Empire State Building

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton New York City - Chelsea

It’s a long name, but it’s worth remembering. Some of the rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton New York City-Chelsea have views onto the Empire State Building and, beautifully illuminated at night, that is really one of New York’s impressive sights.
This is the city that is continually bustling and so a hotel that is set in a quieter Midtown Manhattan in a residential neighbourhood on 29th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, is a welcome base, especially for incentive groups.


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True taste of Norfolk

Barnham Broom exterior

Roger St Pierre reports that Barnham Broom is aiming to get 5 stars

Set in 300 aces of tranquil Norfolk countryside beside the meandering River Yare, Barnham Broom is already established as one of the UK’s finest leisure resorts and, with a visionary new General Manager in place, is aiming to become even better. It is also planning to make a concerted play for MICE business.

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London without the congestion

Marriott Regents Park

ITCM finds out what London Marriott Regents Park has to offer

London is a massive attraction – witness the high hotel occupancy rates coupled with high room rates.
However, a venue located in the very centre of London might bring some disadvantages. In addition to higher costs, there is the problem of congestion causing delays and interfering with schedules.
But it is possible to choose a venue that is on the fringe of London that can offer all that London has to offer without the disadvantages.


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