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ITCM slept here

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

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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Treasures of the Cotswold Hills

Cotswold House

Roger St Pierre enjoys Cotswold House and Noel Arms in Chipping Campden

Dial it up on your sat-nav and you will find that Chipping Campden is a seemingly remote little place, tucked away in a web of narrow country lanes, deep in the Cotswold Hills.
When you get there though you’ll find a bustling little town – or should that be large village? – that somehow feels as if it is, at least for that moment, at the centre of the known universe.

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Lost for words in Shakespeare Country

Welcombe Stratford-on-Avon bedroom

Roger St Pierre enjoys a Welcombe at Stratford-on-Avon

Judging from the bigger than ever crowds of Japanese, Chinese and American tourists thronging the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon and the neighbouring countryside this summer, it was an astute move to re-brand this history-laden section of what for years was known as ‘Heart of England’ as ‘Shakespeare country’.

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