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ITCM slept here

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

The essence of country house entertaining

Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall is visited by Roger St Pierre

Rutland Water is a beautiful lake and a renowned nature reserve. Set amongst the trees on its banks is the gracious Hambleton Hall, an estate of peace and tranquillity at the very heart of rural England’s delightful Shires. Yet it is within 20 minutes of the national motorway network and intercity train services and there are three busy airports in easy reach.

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Total Thai experience by the river

Anantara Riverside Bangkok and AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at the many-faceted Anantara Riverside Bangkok - and she also has a sneak-peek at the new AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel

Situated on the west bank of the broad Chao Phraya River, the Anantara Riverside Bangkok encompasses exotic gardens and leisure and business facilities spanning eleven acres, creating an urban oasis amongst the busy streets of Thailand’s capital city. Approximately an hour from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 45 minutes from Don Muang Airport, the hotel provides a limousine service with a fleet of hybrid vehicles, there are taxis and also the Airport Rail Link by BTS Skytrain. This can be an attractive option, as Anantara runs a regular complimentary 15-minute boat ride to Saphan Taksin Skytrain station, offering convenient connections to locations all over the city, as well as being only 5 minutes away from Asiatique, Asia's largest night market.

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History, excitement, quality food and accommodation in Surrey

Brooklands Hotel Lobby

Michelle Chenery reports from Brooklands Hotel

Opened in 2010 Brooklands Hotel Surrey is situated within the historic Brooklands Estate, home to the world's oldest and most historic motor racing circuit. It is just minutes from the A3, the M3 and the M25 motorways and easily accessible from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
Paying homage to its racing history, Brooklands not only has a quartz and granite contour of the original track running through reception but it has recently named four new super suites after legendary drivers at the racetrack dating from 1907.

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Central London with easy access and every MICE facility

Hilton London Paddington exterior

Sydney Paulden finds Hilton London Paddington a most convenient London base

Most corporate events require guests to travel in from some distance. Before selecting the venue, organisers take into account whether the attendees are likely to arrive by road, rail or air.
Obviously it is also important to gauge how important leisure activities are to the event and if delegates’ partners require easy access to visitor attractions, shopping and excursions. All these boxes are immediately ticked when one venue is on the shortlist: Hilton London Paddington.

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A great downtown location in Prague

Corinthia Prague

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at the Corinthia

Prague is an extremely popular destination for corporate groups. The hotel that was chosen by ITCM would add interest and depth to anyone’s visit to the Czech capital. It is a visitor attraction in itself, as well as offering all that an organiser could require for a successful event.
The Corinthia Hotel Prague was formerly the Forum Hotel and was one of the last buildings to be designed and constructed by the army during the Communist regime. It is one of the two remaining today. This accounts for the quirky elements I discovered around the property.

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