Minibar, maxi-hassle: so goes the new mantra sweeping the global hotel industry, which is calling time on the small drinks with the big prices. Chains from Hilton to Starwood are removing minibars from rooms after deciding that keeping fridges stocked with drinks and snacks is more trouble than it's worth.
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Monday 09 August 2010
It's a common calamity. You book yourself into a cheap hotel, spread out, relax and reward yourself for your thrifty choice of lodging by assailing the mini-bar. The following morning, you come to pay the bill and feign surprise when you realise you've trebled your outgoings – the chilled peanuts, whiskey miniatures and rock-hard chocolate bars.
Monday 12 July 2010
Despite the sunny weather, July is the grumpiest month for Britons as they battle with sleep deprivation and fraying tempers in the heat, a survey suggested today.
Thursday 08 July 2010
Saturday 26 June 2010
Tuesday 22 June 2010
Most people are getting less than eight hours' sleep a night because of worries over job security, performance at work and finances, a study revealed today.
Thursday 17 June 2010
News reaches us of ructions in the cosy world of bed and breakfasts, where the hotels group Travelodge has resigned from the British Hospitality Association in something of a strop. Travelodge's new chief executive, Guy Parsons, says British tourism has been "punching below our weight" in campaigns for industry-friendly government policies, and seems to lay the blame at the BHA's door. So Travelodge is off to plough its own furrow.
Thursday 20 May 2010
Fed up with applying for jobs? The Graduate Recruitment Bureau will – rather surprisingly – do it for you. Just submit your CV on their website, and a team of analysers will assess your skills, put you forward for jobs and even make the follow-up calls.
Saturday 08 May 2010
Wednesday 24 March 2010
An advert parodying horror film The Shining in which comedian Lenny Henry attacks a door with an axe was banned during children's programming, a watchdog said today.
Saturday 13 March 2010
Sunday 07 March 2010
Saturday 13 February 2010
Q. We had a flood in our housing association flat while away at Christmas. The tap had dripped, causing the sink to fill. It turned out the overflow was blocked, so the excess water could not drain away. The housing association's plumber changed the washer, but wouldn't look at the overflow problem and claimed it was our fault. I have been asked to pay for the cost of the repair and have been in dispute with them for two weeks. My contents insurer says the association will be insured for this and should do the repairs. CO, London.
Sunday 31 January 2010
Tuesday 01 December 2009
Dubai stocks hit a second day of turbulence today despite a restructuring plan from its debt-engulfed investment arm.
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