MT Business Travel: Room Service - Where Glen Drury stays...

FOR BUSINESS - The Sofitel Le Faubourg hotel in Paris is my favourite business hotel. It's the small things that set a hotel apart, and Le Faubourg has a few of those. For me, it's the showers. I'm a shower man, but in French hotels the showers often don't have screens and you're forced to have a bath instead. Le Faubourg has really nice quality bathrooms. It also has fast internet connections in every room, which is important for me. I can be ready for meetings and have all the information at my fingertips. It's just a 15-minute walk to the Paris Kelkoo office and it's also near the Faubourg Saint Honore shopping district, so it's good for picking up a gift on the way home. It has two nice restaurants and I enjoy not having to find a French restaurant to eat in; I can just come back and relax. Another nice touch is that they'll shine your shoes overnight. I stay there once every two months. FOR PLEASURE - The Eastwell Manor hotel near Ashford, Kent, has got everything I like about Britain, as well as all the amenities you'd need for a spa weekend, including massage, swimming pools, a gym and tennis courts. The new and the old are amalgamated perfectly together. The hotel is located quite close to King's Wood, one of Kent's largest ancient woodlands. It means you can go for long walks in the woods. Eastwell also has extensive grounds, with sheep in the fields and big oak trees - all the things we Americans love about Britain! It has a good restaurant, too, and so you can enjoy fantastic food in a very intimate setting. I go once every eight months for a really relaxing weekend. When you drive through the big gates and up the drive, it's as though you are leaving everything behind. The lawns look manicured, the car park has lovely crunchy gravel, then you walk through a gate into the courtyard and see this beautiful building in front of you.

by Glen Drury, managing director of Kelkoo UK
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

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