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A series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

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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Georgian comfort in the King’s Lynn market square

Legacy Duke’s Head Hotel

Roger St Pierre reports on the Legacy Duke’s Head Hotel

Once among Britain’s busiest ports, the West Norfolk town of King’s Lynn justifiably claims to be ‘brim full of history’. The serious silting of the River Ouse and the Wash combined with the arrival of ever-larger cargo ships reduced the town’s eminence as a trading centre. But a rich architectural heritage has remained and smaller boats carrying cut flowers, wood and other products still set sail with the tide across the North Sea to Holland.

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A place in Vietnam to put on an organiser’s shortlist

Ana Mandara Hue Hotel

Jane Stanbury enjoyed a luxury stay at the Ana Mandara Hue Hotel

Hue is a cultural ‘must-visit’ for any group travelling to Vietnam. Located on the banks of the Perfume river, it has a fine collection of World Heritage sites including The Citadel, the magnificent ancient royal temple and the tombs of Nguyen emperors featuring time-honoured elaborate gilding, lacquering and intricate woodwork.
Another famous visitor attraction is the Mieu Buddhist Temple. It was here that the Venerable Thich Quang Duc was the resident monk. He self-immolated in 1963 by setting himself on fire on a Saigon road in protest against the oppression of Buddhism by the then President Diem.

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