FOR BUSINESS: My favourite hotel is the Ritz-Carlton in Boston, Massachusetts overlooking Boston Common. It was recommended to me years ago as the best hotel there, and I've been going there since 1979. The hotel has a lovely position and aspect, the views over the common being wonderful in the autumn. It has a pleasant, small-hotel feel, achieved largely through the intimacy of the public spaces - especially the charming downstairs bar, which feels like someone's private house, complete with log fire in the winter. The food is excellent - standard if top-class US - with wonderful local fish, which I eat all the time. I have a continuum of pleasant, stress-less memories of the place.
FOR PLEASURE: I enjoy staying at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay in Sydney, overlooking the marvellous Botanical Gardens. I changed from my other expensive and awful hotel to it on my first visit to Sydney seven or eight years ago, and was delighted that I did. The situation of the hotel is ideal, and the rooms and style of the place immaculate. The hotel is so pleasant and comfortable. Its position is ideal for me - jetlagged and sleepless, I love walking through the Botanical Gardens at dawn. The food is good too, though I usually eat down at the waterfront in one of the several wonderful fish restaurants overlooking the Opera House, a short stroll away. I try to stay there every two or three years.