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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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
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David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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