BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Room service - Where Dr Ulrich Bez stays

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Room service - Where Dr Ulrich Bez stays - For Business Stove Pipe Wells Inn, Death Valley, Arizona. I've been staying at this hotel every year for the past 20 years. It's where we take all our cars for hot-we

by DR ULRICH BEZ, CEO, Aston Martin
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

For Business Stove Pipe Wells Inn, Death Valley, Arizona. I've been staying at this hotel every year for the past 20 years. It's where we take all our cars for hot-weather testing, and with hill temperatures reaching 40 deg C, air conditioning is a real necessity. Here it is so efficient that when you walk out of your room the heat hits you between the eyes. With small wooden rooms arranged in rows of five or six, this hotel is not your typical business accommodation. It is family-run, very much home-made American style. Three further benefits keep me coming back - great steaks, great potatoes and lovely cold beer. This is all the test team and I really need - a place to relax and talk about the test results and what we'll do tomorrow.

For Pleasure Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast, Australia. This multi-annexed hotel is really special. Dinner is eaten outside, the Pacific Ocean is just yards away and there are lush green gardens and a mini-park. It may be part of a chain but it maintains a sense of tranquillity. Even if you're here for just a few days, you leave very relaxed indeed. I use it as a base for diving in the Great Barrier Reef, but you could easily live in the rooms. I stay in the middle house - it's got modern furniture and it's well decorated, but it is also very personal. Maybe because I make luxury cars, it's the details I go for - the pool has a beach around it and the rooms are white and not overloaded.

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