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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.

'Sensitive' MoD laptop stolen at hotel

*A laptop containing sensitive information was stolen as an official checked out of a Liverpool hotel, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The theft from the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre on Thursday was disclosed by ministers in response to a Parliamentary question.

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Dust off your board and get down to the sea at these coastal retreats, from Indonesia to Hawaii

Travelodge looks to double hotel openings

The budget hotel chain Travelodge, which is in talks with the leisure and hospitality group Whitbread over a potential £3bn merger, yesterday said it would double the number of new hotels opened this year.

The Fab Four-star hotel

Beatles fans are already travelling the long and winding road to a hotel opening in Liverpool on Friday. Thousands of Fab Four fans have made inquiries about staying at the Hard Days Night Hotel, even before it has opened.

Two arrested over hotel fire that killed three

Two men were arrested today by detectives investigating a hotel fire which killed three people.

Glenn Tilbrook: My Life In Travel

'On tour I always take a satellite radio. I like to keep up with the news'

Sue Arnold: Where to power-nap for a dollar a minute

Every successful man, from Napoleon to MrsThatcher, has indulged in the practice

Just the place to brush up on your curling

It's much more than 'housework on ice'. Simon Heptinstall tries one of Scotland's favourite winter sports

Bass buys flagship Hyde Park hotel

BASS, THE brewing and hotels group, has taken full control of the Hotel Inter-Continental on London's Hyde Park Corner in a deal worth pounds 56m.

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