BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Phil Brown stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Phil Brown stays - FOR BUSINESS: The Scandic Intercontinental, Helsinki, Finland. My taste is actually quite normal, but it's amazing how many hotels don't cater for it. Flying to Finland means I usually arrive late, so I

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

FOR BUSINESS: The Scandic Intercontinental, Helsinki, Finland. My taste is actually quite normal, but it's amazing how many hotels don't cater for it. Flying to Finland means I usually arrive late, so I need somewhere that will give me a light snack rather than a heavy meal - and do it without fuss. The Scandic is not a luxury hotel; it's typically minimalist but it is open, bright and airy, which I like. Being wireless means I don't have to seek out plugs and faxes to work, but I do need light. Light will be the new business luxury. I find most executive suites dingy. I love breakfast and here the food is fresh and the service is good. I don't like staying at places where you're forced down one avenue. The Scandic is just the opposite.

FOR PLEASURE: Holiday Inn, Diegem, Belgium. As I'm a family man with a wife and three small children, it fulfils basic needs that today seem hard to find. Breakfast is still important, but for different reasons. I need it to be served at 6am - when the kids wake up - and I must have adjoining rooms, which few hotels seem to have. A stone's throw from the airport, it's easy to get to and handy as a base from which to see other cities. I don't normally go posh for posh's sake, and most Holiday Inns are pretty similar to each other. This one has all the essentials for a relaxing time - a pool for the children, entertainment in the evenings, a bar, and a restaurant that isn't too bad.

Phil Brown is managing director of Nokia UK.

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