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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.

The Investment Column: M&C books in a 30% profits rise

INVESTORS who booked into Millennium & Copthorne when it floated nearly two years ago have had a very happy stay. In that time the shares have risen more than 80 per cent. Yesterday it showed it had been able to shake off the effects of the strong pound and the Asian crisis on the British tourist market by announcing a 32 per cent rise in 1997 pre- tax profits to pounds 50.2m, causing the shares to rise another 19p to 508.5p.

Letter: Gay hotels

The fact that so many hotels refused to accept bookings from gay couples ("Book a double room? Not if you're gay, sir", 8 February) helps us to understand why the gay publishing industry is still flourishing. There are several guides to gay hotels including Gay Times, Spartacus Worldwide, and the GAYtoZ Directory, a phone book which lists over 350 gay and gay-friendly hotels throughout Great Britain.

The Investment column: Hanover has its attractions

Hanover International, the upmarket hotel group, has been in the bid spotlight over the last few weeks. Jarvis Hotels was rumoured to be running a slide-rule over the group again, after having its original advances repelled last year.

Customer paid pounds 2,900 damages for bad-hair day at salon

A woman who was left "looking like a 70 year old" has received almost pounds 3,000 compensation after a visit to her haidressers went badly wrong,

Ladbroke joins bidding battle for Inter-Continental hotel chain

Ladbroke, the hotel and casino operator, has joined the bidding battle for Inter-Continental, the hotel chain which has been put up for sale by its Japanese owners.

The Investment Column: Jarvis hit by hotel sector woes

Last year the hotel sector flourished. Helped by a buoyant economy, occupancy and room rates were rising rapidly. Jarvis Hotels was one of a crop of companies that checked into the stock market on the wave of optimism.

They were both talking to me, really - even after I had left the bar

"Hotels? I know all about hotels. I've stayed at more hotels than I have had hot dinners," said the man at the bar. "Know what that means?"

Worried that you haven't planned for the millennium yet? You know your problem...

Last week I received a letter from a reader which raised a subject so important that I feel I ought to print it in full, and then deal with it.

Queens Moat may seek debt for equity swap

Queens Moat Houses, the debt-laden hotel group, said yesterday it was considering plans for a financial restructuring after reporting a pre-tax profit of pounds 5.2m for the six months to June compared to a loss of pounds 3.1m in the first half of last year. QMH said it was likely to seek a debt for equity swap but refused to be drawn on any timetable for the deal.

Hotels hit by bedbugs plague

A new breed of super bedbugs is plaguing small London hotels, a hotel guide out today reveals.

Greenalls sells four hotels for pounds 21m

Greenalls sells four hotels for pounds 21m

Beating the blues

DO ask someone to cut the grass and maybe do a bit of basic weeding while you're away. There is nothing more dispiriting than coming back to a semi-wilderness to tame, on top of everything else. Ditto the house plants.

Ladbroke hotel link looks a good bet

Ladbroke Group, the hotels-to-betting concern, is likely to please when it announces its interim figures on Thursday, for the six months to 30 June.

Vaux sell hotels and nursing homes

Vaux sell hotels and nursing homes

Letter: Floating in a 1950s hotel

Sir: Perhaps the Government should do with Britannia what we all do with some beloved old "banger" that really has to go - sell it to someone who'll appreciate it, in this case as a fine example of 1950s ship design and buy something that is more up to date with Her Majesty's circumstances.
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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

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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