MT business travel: Room service where Lynne Brindley stays

FOR BUSINESS My favourite is the Algonquin Hotel in New York. As it's in mid-town Manhattan, you can walk to everywhere and see the city.

by Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The hotel is unique because of its history. It has always attracted writers, including Simone de Beauvoir and Gertrude Stein, as well as those from theatre circles, and it's seen as one of New York's literary landmarks.

The rooms are comfortable and functional, but they do have character and are not like the anonymous hotel rooms you often find on business trips.

The lobby, which has antique furniture and sofas, is the main meeting place. In the mornings you can sit here eating breakfast and watch the world go by. It's old-fashioned and elegant, which is one of the reasons I like it. It is lovely to be off Fifth Avenue with all its hustle and bustle and then have this rather gracious hotel to come back to.


I try to visit the Island Hotel in Tresco on the Isles of Scilly once a year - it's just the perfect place to relax and forget about work and get away from everybody. I like its stunning location, right by the sea, surrounded by a series of uninhabited islands. I fly there by helicopter from Penzance heliport and am transported to the hotel by a tractor with carriages on the back. The rooms are lovely, comfortable and colourful, each one a different colour. I like the rooms with a balcony overlooking the sea, where you can sit with a glass of wine. The service is good and quite relaxed. The food is lovely and I especially enjoy the seafood dishes.

There are no cars or transport on the island, so you have to enjoy it by foot. It's completely peaceful as you walk around. Boat trips let you hop from island to island. Visiting an uninhabited island is one of the most memorable activities of my stay.

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