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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.

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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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