BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where John Madejski stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where John Madejski stays - For business

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

For business

Well, of course I'd have to say the Millennium Madejski Hotel, Reading. It provided me the luxury of designing exactly the business hotel I'd wish to stay in. It's more than just a soccer stadium add-on - you are quite unaware what's next door. I love excellent food and wine, so the restaurant and cafe had to pass my approval. Unwinding after work is essential to me, so we included a club facility with swimming pool, sanarium, spa bath, gym and therapy suite. All 140 en suite rooms were designed using natural materials, warm colours and original artworks. A top-class hotel must have 24-hour room service, a business centre and extensive parking, which I'm glad to say we do.

For pleasure

There is nowhere on earth to compare with the Royal Palm Hotel on the amazing Galapagos isles. The only premier hotel in the Galapagos National Park, it's a secluded haven for devotees of conservation. I don't know anywhere else where pristine nature can be experienced from an exclusive hideaway. One can understand how Darwin must have felt seeing the island's stunning landscape and wildlife for the first time. The facilities are luxurious: each room has a private jacuzzi, satellite TV, internet access, DVD player and direct-dial phone. So much about this hotel is unique and wonderful, words cannot describe it. I would say simply seeing is believing, and if you want the perfect sanctuary this is the place to go.

John Madejski is chairman of Reading FC and founder of Autotrader.

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