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The Savoy was a favourite rendezvous for brokers, bankers, bounders and Hollywood's best. And, for a time, it was a home away from home for the artist Claude Monet, stars Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Sir Winston Churchill.

Barclays buy a stake in Maybourne

The billionaire Barclay brothers, who own the Daily Telegraph and the Ritz hotel, have bought 24.8 per cent of Maybourne Hotel Group, which owns the Berkeley, Connaught and Claridge's hotels in London.

Gay couple win bed and breakfast snub case

Christian hotel owners who refused a gay couple a double room acted unlawfully, a judge ruled today.

Travelodge to build 35 hotels

Travelodge is to invest £300m this year building 35 hotels, which will create 700 UK jobs this year. The openings will take the group's estate to 495 hotels.

Airlines warned of 'unacceptable behaviour'

Aviation chiefs have warned some airlines about their "unacceptable treatment of passengers" during the current bad weather.

The Big Six: Hotels for cinema buffs

IHG plans to build 37 new UK hotels

Intercontinental hotel Group (IHG) plans to open 37 new hotels across the UK, creating 3,000 jobs, as part of a £500m investment. The centrepiece will be an IHG hotel in Westminster, due to open in December 2011, as well as two hotels in the Olympic Village in 2012. There will also be new hotels in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Colchester, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

WIN! A two-night break for two in Scotland

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

160,000 jobs for InterContinental

InterContinental hotels is to create 160,000 jobs by 2014, half of them in China, the world's biggest hotel company said yesterday.

Hotel group to create 3000 UK jobs

Holiday Inn firm Intercontinental Hotels Group today set out plans to create 3,000 jobs in the UK, as it reported a 22% hike in half-year profits.

Hotel Iris, By Yoko Ogawa, trans. Stephen Snyder

A brave writer who's here to stay

MPs set for budget nights at Premier Inn as sales soar

Whitbread signalled that more MPs would be staying in its Premier Inn budget hotels, as the leisure group delivered barnstorming underlying sales across all its divisions.

Body found after Harrogate hotel fire

A body has been found in a Victorian hotel that was devastated by fire today, police said.

Hotel lift in Cornwall, containing six guests, plunges 100ft

Six guests were rescued from a hotel lift after it plunged 100ft, police said yesterday. The incident, at the Hotel Victoria in Newquay, Cornwall, happened when the lift plunged several floors before stopping at beach level.

Rooms sale: Splendid puts £200m London hotels on market

Splendid Hotel Group has put a portfolio of seven properties in London up for sale as it looks to move upmarket.

InterContinental Hotels expansion to create 3,500 UK jobs

A leading hotel chain is to create 3,500 jobs in the UK over the next three years, ranging from porters to bar staff, it was announced today.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee