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ITCM slept here

ITCM slept here logoA series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

The Belfry rang all the right bells . . .

The Belfry Hotel and Resort entrance

. . . for Roger St Pierre and Hazel Kempster

It’s said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of England. By the same token, some of the most momentous deals in the world of big business have been forged on the greens and fairways of the nation’s golf courses.

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A no-frills hotel can be a benefit

ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel guestroom

ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel met all my needs

Do you sometimes think that hotel services and facilities are a bit OTT? That what you need are some basic essentials that meet all your immediate needs at very reasonable prices?
These thoughts were stimulated when I stayed recently at the Ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel, writes Sydney Paulden.


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A London hotel with everything – and more

Hotel Novotel London West exterior

Sydney Paulden visits London’s complete venue, Hotel Novotel London West

A group of event organisers think they are dreaming. They have a wide variety of events to arrange and they are in a venue that appears to have solutions to all their problems. It is alongside Hammersmith tube station with lines that link directly with Heathrow Airport, the city centre and theatreland. It has 630 guestrooms. Up to 3,000 delegates can be accommodated in the self-contained Conference Centre that boasts 32 separate meeting rooms all linked by wide corridors and escalators that can move either up or down to meet the peak demands.

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Tewkesbury Park makes a grand entrance on the MICE scene

Tewkesbury Park meeting room

Roger St Pierre sees a great Cotswold country house hotel take shape

It’s not the money you spend that counts, it’s how you spend the money – a lesson that the local McIntosh family kept uppermost in mind when they decided to invest a hard earned £4m into the first two stages of an ambitious upgrade of their historic Tewkesbury Park country house property. Good taste and almost obsessive attention to detail have been key to the venture, transforming what had historically been something of a white elephant into a stand-out in an ever more competitive out of town luxury hotel market.

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Rudding Park and the best of Harrogate

Rudding Park guestroom

Roger St Pierre enjoys a luxurious stay in Yorkshire

Stately Rudding Park is favoured by the rich and famous and offers a friendly, yet exquisitely luxurious, home-from-home ambience to every guest. It was built in 1805 but today provides every modern 5-star amenity, backed by a one-to-one staff/guest ratio and unwavering attention to detail. It undoubtedly the accolade ‘Best UK Hotel Outside London’ awarded by Trip Advisor followers.

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