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Quality food, facilities and service with a view

Hogarths Hotel and Restaurant, Solihull

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at Hogarths Hotel and Restaurant, Solihull

A stay at Hogarths Hotel proved to me that if you prefer a venue that avoids the prices, the bustle and the hassle of a big city, you can still find high quality food, facilities and service.
Located near Solihull in 30 acres (12 hectares) of landscaped gardens and unspoilt woodland, it's hard to believe that Hogarths is only a few miles from the centre of Birmingham, the NEC and the LG Arena and literally a 5-minute drive from junction 4 of the M42.


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Relax or meet in the very heart of London

Citadines Prestige Holborn-Covent Garde meeting room

Sydney Paulden stays at the Citadines Prestige Holborn-Covent Garden

An organiser on a recce in London and looking for a very conveniently located base or a venue for an event should take a look at the Citadines Prestige Holborn-Covent Garden.
It is literally across the road from Holborn Tube Station, on High Holborn, which is a continuation of Oxford Street. It is, therefore, right in the centre of things – the shopping, the theatres, close to the City financial district and with the best transport connections. It was an easy walk back to Citadines after a meal at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Covent Garden. Other popular attrctions within walking distance are the Royal Opera House and the British Museum.


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Where royals once lived

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Roger St. Pierre visits Buckinghamshire’s stately Hartwell House

Travel writing is not one of the world’s best-paid occupations, but there are a lot of benefits. It’s in essence a Champagne life on a beer salary.
In my time I’ve slept in the iron bedstead that Billy The Kid occupied in Lincoln, New Mexico – I hasten to add that the outlaw was not in residence at the time! I have stayed in Elizabeth Taylor’s favourite suite at the magnificent Cipriani in Venice – she, too, was absent – and I kipped in the Presidential Suite at the famed Hotel Adlon, in Berlin, that had been occupied the previous night by President Clinton. (No, I did not find Monica Lewinski hiding inside the wardrobe.)


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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 (www.mermaidinn.com), 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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