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A series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

Privacy and piracy

Mermaid Inn exterior

Roger St Pierre hides away in a quaint Sussex town

A hilltop settlement of great antiquity, the quaint little Sussex town of Rye guards the River Rother flood plain and is now seven miles inland from the sea that once lapped at its feet.
On one of the steep flintstone cobbled back lanes stands the Mermaid Inn (, which was already 150 years old when Queen Elizabeth I stayed there in 1573. .

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The Cavendish London has it all

The Cavendish

Sydney Paulden stays in a friendly, central hotel

’London hotels are recession-proof’, says Neil Braude (pronounced Brodie). But it’s easy for him to talk. For two years he has been General Manager of The Cavendish Hotel London. It is a property with everything going its way. If you are on business or leisure, organising a meeting or an incentive, it appeals.
On the corner of Jermyn Street and Duke St, St James’s, you can walk from the hotel into Fortnum & Mason, or into the Royal Academy or pop along Piccadilly to all the theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square, not to mention the galaxy of eating houses in Soho. And all the embassies are within a stone’s throw.

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Classic facilities near Stansted

Legacy Hallingbury Manor facade

Roger St. Pierre stays at Legacy Hallingbury Manor

Business travellers taking morning flights face two stark choices – getting up at some ungodly hour with the possibility of nail-biting delays on the way to the airport or arriving the previous day to spend a boring evening at some cheerless airport hotel.
At Stansted, though, stately Legacy Hallingbury Manor offers a third and far more appealing option. A classic country house hotel, set in pleasant grounds and with a raft of amenities, it’s just a 10 minutes drive from the airport check-in. Fronting onto a quiet country lane and overlooking a pretty lake, the hotel has an attractive Edwardian-era mock-Tudor frontage and has recently been completely refurbished.

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Character and comfort in beautiful Berkshire

Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, Ascot

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, Ascot

What would event organisers want from a good hotel in close proximity to Ascot in Berkshire?
Certainly style, character, comfort, landscaped gardens, quality cuisine and pampering for delegates. Plus, of course, a choice of meeting facilities with the latest technology.
I found all that at the Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, the closest 4-star property to Ascot and one that is easy to access from Heathrow Airport and is only an hour’s drive out of Central London. There is secured parking for up to 250 cars.

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Enjoy the essence of The Cotswolds

Foxhill Manor exterior

Sydney Paulden is a guest at Foxhill Manor, now an exclusive venue

I was dreaming that I was asleep in a four-poster bed in a huge bedroom in a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds - and that I was lucky enough to have a house butler and chef.
Then I woke up – to find it wasn’t a dream. I was in Foxhill Manor!
Foxhill Manor was built in the Arts & Crafts architectural style in 1907. It was a stately home on hills overlooking the village of Broadway. It has just been totally refurbished and is now available as a country retreat for exclusive use.

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