BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Ray Webster stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Ray Webster stays - For business: I frequently use the Hotel des Deux Continents in St Germain des Pres, Paris. I've been going there for five years with my wife: she's Parisian and one of her friends recommended it. Once, I turned up on the summer solstice during a music festival - there were musicians on every street corner. I didn't get much sleep that night! I now use the hotel for business. It's convenient and affordable - an important consideration for easyJet. As chief executive, it's important where I stay. If I'm in a five-star hotel, it's difficult to maintain a passion for low cost. It's interesting: I might have an important dinner with the French Government, then I go back to my little hotel and they go back to the Crillon. It signals different values.

by Ray Webster, chief executive of easyJet
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

For business: I frequently use the Hotel des Deux Continents in St Germain des Pres, Paris. I've been going there for five years with my wife: she's Parisian and one of her friends recommended it. Once, I turned up on the summer solstice during a music festival - there were musicians on every street corner. I didn't get much sleep that night! I now use the hotel for business. It's convenient and affordable - an important consideration for easyJet. As chief executive, it's important where I stay. If I'm in a five-star hotel, it's difficult to maintain a passion for low cost. It's interesting: I might have an important dinner with the French Government, then I go back to my little hotel and they go back to the Crillon. It signals different values.

For pleasure: My favourite hotel is Le Grand Paradis in the Val d'Isere. The hotel is in France but it's a little piece of Austria. It's owned by an Austrian family and is right on the edge of the ski field. The rooms are done out in the Austrian style with very intricate woodwork and have traditional Austrian fires that heat the wall. It's very comfortable, with a gourmet restaurant. I eat too much there! The last time we went, we skied ourselves silly and had a big banquet on the last night in the wine cellar. The notable thing is that we didn't ski the next day! We drink a lot of the local digestif, called Genepi. The locals make their own but if you're caught with it, you're thrown in jail.

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