ITCM slept here

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

In the middle of all the Turkish delights that Istanbul has to offer


Michelle Chenery stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town

One of the most fascinating of places to visit is the Old Town of Istanbul. No matter how long a group has available in Turkey for an incentive or a leisure programme, it can all be very enjoyably spent there and everyone will carry back their own special memories.
It is therefore pleasing to find a modestly priced good quality hotel called DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town. Only 15km from the Atatürk International Airport and conveniently served by a taxi rank and a tram stop, the property is also just a stone’s throw at most from many of the must-see attractions of the Turkish capital.

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Sleeping and brainstorming in Helsinki

Radisson Blu Royal Helsinki exterior

ITCM overnights at the Radisson Blu Royal

ITCM had limited time to spend in Helsinki on the way to more distant parts of Finland. Radisson Blu has three hotels in Helsinki and it turned out that the Radisson Blu Royal was a very good choice for our purposes.

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Apart hotels have a part to play


Sydney Paulden experiences a Citadines property close to Trafalgar Square

I was introduced to Joanna Fisher at the Citadines Apart Hotel in Northumberland Avenue, Central London. Joanna took on the responsibility of Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for The Ascott Limited about six months ago. This is the company that is playing a leading role internationally in the establishment of Apart Hotels, properties that offer hotel rooms and suites with kitchenettes. The group now has properties in 70 gateway cities in 20 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Gulf. Headquartered in France, Citadines has its largest concentration of Apart Hotels in Paris. There are half a dozen in London.

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No delegate will doze off here


ITCM enjoys the buzz around myhotel Brighton

At least 50 young men raced by on roller skates, roller blades and skateboards, many with illuminations on their backs and hats. Then a group passed by dressed as if for a Carnival, the girls with coloured net stockings and the men sporting a variety of crazy headware.
It was a continuous parade and it was all past the window of Carluccio’s restaurant on the opposite side of the street to the myhotel.
The occasion? No occasion, just a normal evening in the Cultural Quarter of Brighton. Is there any other part of the UK that has such a buzz?

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St Ermin’s is a one-off central London hotel with a flavour of its own


Bees and a balcony combine to create an unrivalled experience

Afternoon tea business in London hotels is buzzing, but nowhere so much as at St Ermin’s Hotel in Caxton Street, SW1. On the hotel roof are hives – where as many as 10,000 bees are busy making the honey that goes with the scones and butter for the hotel guests.
Caxton Street is a very special location, but one immediately wonders where the bees find the flowers for their pollen collections. Well, thank you, Your Majesty, for being so generous with your flowers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. And, if you look at a map of London, you will see that St Ermin’s Hotel, as the bee flies, is virtually next door to St James Park.

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