BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Amanda Platell stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Amanda Platell stays - FOR BUSINESS: My favourite place for business is the Capital in Knightsbridge, London. I spent a month there during the election campaign with my three-legged cat, Ronnie. One of the reasons I like t

by AMANDA PLATELL who was William Hague's election campaignmanager
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

FOR BUSINESS: My favourite place for business is the Capital in Knightsbridge, London. I spent a month there during the election campaign with my three-legged cat, Ronnie. One of the reasons I like the Capital is that it's great with animals. It also has a fantastic restaurant with two Michelin stars. You can order room service from the restaurant. After a 24-hour day on the campaign trail, that's just bliss. Both the restaurant and bar are incredibly discreet. The bar's full of nooks and crannies and you can meet people without being overlooked or overheard. The service is completely unobtrusive, just what you'd expect from a great family-run hotel. Finally, there's the location. It's close to Hyde Park and - let us not forget - only two minutes from Harvey Nicks. Every woman's dream. Though, for the record, I never managed to get there during the election.

FOR PLEASURE: No-one will have heard of it. It's called Canal Rocks and it's in the south-west of Western Australia, right on this huge bay.

The hotel is only a couple of minutes from the water, which is a proper ocean beach with sand so white it hurts your eyes. You get dolphins and migrating whales out in the bay. It also has spectacular bush cliff walks, where you come eye to eye with kangaroos and wallabies. Completely peaceful and magnificent, and the area has the most fantastic Mediterranean climate.

But there are also great restaurants and vineyards. So it's both rustic and quite sophisticated. It's the place I wrote my first novel.

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