BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Martina King stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Martina King stays - FOR BUSINESS - The Merrion, Dublin. I love my home and I hate being away, so it's important I'm staying in a hotel that makes me feel comfortable.

by MARTINA KING, managing director UK and Ireland, Yahoo!
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

FOR BUSINESS - The Merrion, Dublin. I love my home and I hate being away, so it's important I'm staying in a hotel that makes me feel comfortable.

I like the Merrion because it's steeped in history (it used to be three separate Georgian houses), yet it has the business efficiencies I need, and it still manages to preserve all the warmth and friendliness we have come to expect from the Irish. The staff and service are both second to none and it's located in the heart of Dublin, close to all the shops and businesses. Food is also very important to me, and at the Merrion is the sensational Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Now that I've found this hotel, I'll keep coming back because, despite the fact that it's a place for work, I always feel very relaxed there.

FOR PLEASURE - The Priory Bay, Isle of Wight. I've travelled all over the world and stayed in some pretty luxurious hotels, but in the past few years my lifestyle has changed. I now have two children under the age of three, so I need to choose hotels that will accommodate my family.

Here, the baby-sitting is great: you can feed your kids first, hand them over to carers, and enjoy the rest of the evening in one of two fabulous restaurants. The hotel is also very family-orientated in other respects.

It fronts straight on to the beach and has an outdoor swimming pool for the kids and a golf course for the adults. The rooms - separate thatched cottages - are nicely decorated, but functional rather than lavish

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