The money men are staying at the Royal Crescent Hotel, one of the most beautifully situated city hotels in the country, and part of the Queens Moat chain. Following a day of tough negotiations, the ministers will be able to wash away all the stress in the spa-water pools that come with the higher-priced suites.
Beyond that we can say little more, for the hotel staff were tight-lipped about what else would be available for the ministers' comfort. 'We can't tell you anything,' a spokesman said.
But we can reveal that the sumptious hotel is very expensive and - as we found out - very discreet.
The luxurious suites that the ministers are no doubt occupying will be setting taxpayers back between pounds 265 and pounds 350 each a night.
The hotel is decorated in the period style of the Georgian building it is, and has a number of outhouses dotted around some lush gardens. These include a dower house where George IV stayed when he was Prince Regent.
But it must be the only hotel in the world that won't discuss its charms.
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