Hotel of the week

Park Inn, Manchester

By Jenni Frazer, October 1, 2009

The Park is the latest in a chain which is branching out nationally. Think a notionally up-market Travelodge and you’re just about there.

This one opened in June. Its best asset is its location, bang opposite the Arena stadium, and just a short walk to the city centre, — Selfridges and Harvey Nicks. The night I stayed, Boyzone were playing, so there were quite a few podgy mums chaperoning their tattooed kids.


Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham

By Richard Burton, September 24, 2009

When Simon Cowell stayed here, he was surrounded by autograph hunters. I had a Big Issue seller. But, each to his own.

A chauffeur dropped Cowell off, but at least I had a concierge take my car away. That helped make me feel just a bit special in what is a hot spot for the well-known and well-heeled: an ornately crafted Victorian boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s jewellery quarter.