Infotel Magazine | Edition 26 | March 2018

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If you can't decide between eggs in the city, countryside or at the coast, our essential Easter getaway guide ticks the boxes for all budgets and destinations. Throw in a trip to Stoke-on-Trent and get fired up with the history and heritage of this industrial city, plus we turn the spotlight on featured UK hotels. Read now >> https://www.infotel.co.uk/magazine/

2018 Edition 26

Hotel Hotspots

The route to getting ahead

Fired up in

Stoke-on-Trent!

Find your Essential Easter Escape


From budget to five star luxury, with over

1,250,155

hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments

at our fingertips, finding your next

night away is easy with

Business bookings and leisure stays

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Contents

A Postcard

from...

Stoke-on-Trent

ESSENTIAL

EASTER

ESCAPES!

CITY, COAST

OR COUNTRY

11 20 22

4 9 20

6 10 22

The Guest Book

Dates for the Diary

Crowtree Wigwams

Belstead Brook

Muthu Hotel

Hotel Hotspots

Essential Easter

Escapes

7 11

Amba Hotel

Charing Cross

A Postcard from

Stoke-on-Trent

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Hospitality First

Featured Group

8 19 30

Glen Orchy Hotel Lowenac Hotel Infotel Offers

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Front Cover image of The Italian Garden at Trentham Estate

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THE INFOTEL GUEST BOOK

T H I S M O N T H ' S T R E N D I N G H O T E L S

Hilton House Hotel

1

Ilfracombe House Hotel

Tankerville Arms Hotel

2 3

Crompton Guest House Bridge House Sun Inn

4 5 6

4


MAKE A RESERVATION

01775 843413

Exeter Court Hotel

7

Missenden Abbey

Conference Centre

8

Brook House Inn

9

Dunraven Hotel

10

Humber Bridge Country

Hotel Limited

11

Piersland House Hotel

12

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Dates for the Diary

What’s On? March 2018

Lincoln Street Food

Festival 2018

1 - 4 March

Lincoln >>

Crufts at The NEC

8 - 11 March

Birmingham >>

When?

Absolutely Fabulous

Gin Festival 2 - 3 March

Liverpool >>

The Festival TM

13 - 16 March

Cheltenham >>

Jones Crisps Anglesey

Half Marathon 2018

4 March

Anglesey, Wales >>

Where?

Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

15 - 18 March

Bristol >>

Who?

The Boat Race 24 March

London >>

York Literature Festival

15 - 26 March

York >>

The Marmalade

Festival 17 March

Penrith, Cumbria >>

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Amba Hotel Charing Cross

Westminster, London WC2N 5HX

From

£169

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

A beautiful Grade II listed building

offering stylish and spacious

accommodation, which includes

free mini-bars and Nespresso coffee

makers, as well as complimentary

WiFi. Guest rooms and suites are

luxurious with modern day

technology, including smart TVs.

Led by an award-winning executive

chef, all-day dining can be enjoyed

in The Terrace, which offers views of

The Strand below, or finish your day

with an expertly crafted cocktail in

the Terrace Bar. Amba Hotel Charing

Cross is steps from Trafalgar Square

and Covent Garden with The Mall,

National Gallery, the banks of the

River Thames and the West End

just a five minute walk away.

“Gorgeous hotel,

attentive staff, lovely

breakfast. Good value

for money.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

WiFi Restaurant Bar 24hr CCTV &

Reception

Dry

Cleaning

Air

Conditioning

Luggage

Storage

Check In

3.00pm

Check Out

12.00pm

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Glen Orchy Hotel

Lerwick, Shetland Islands ZE1 0AX

SHETLAND

ISLANDS

ORKNEY

ISLANDS

From

£80

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

INVERNESS

A five minute walk from the

centre of town and convenient

for both the ferry and the local

bus service, Glen Orchy offers

guest house accommodation

in a choice of single, double,

twin, triple and family rooms.

All guest rooms are en-suite

and have free WiFi. A laundry

service is available and business

support, with photocopying

and fax facilities on-site.

Guests can dine in or be

driven into town for dining in

the hotel's Thai restaurant,

which is close by.

“It was quiet, the staff

were very friendly and

my breakfast was

very good.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

12 Spaces

On-Site

WiFi (in

Public)

Restaurant Bar Air Pets

Conditoning Welcome

Laundry

Service

Check In

1.00pm

Check Out

10.30am

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Crowtree Wigwams

Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6HF

From

£65

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Located on the banks of the River

Welland in rural Lincolnshire,

glamping at Wigwam® Holidays

Crowtree offers luxury en-suite

cabins in a tranquil setting.

Each heated cabin has a hob,

microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge

plus plates, crockery and cutlery for

four guests. Fire pits and BBQs can

be hired for use around your own

picnic area and the farm offers a

grass tennis and croquet court plus

a den for snooker, table tennis,

games and puzzles.

“First time staying in

a wigwam - convert!

Spacious, clean with all

mod cons including a

well equipped kitchen.

WiFi was great and

never dropped.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

10 Spaces

On-Site

FREE

WiFi

Kitchen

Private

Parties

Sports

Activities

CCTV

Pets

Welcome

Check Out

10.30am

Check In

3.00pm

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel

Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 9HB

From

£75

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Built around a 16th Century

hunting lodge, Belstead Brook

Muthu Hotel features a leisure

club with spa and beauty

treatments, an indoor pool,

restaurant and bar.

The en-suite guest rooms are

traditionally decorated and have

a flat-screen TV and hospitality

trays. The restaurant serves a

fixed price two or three course

menu and an a la carte menu,

influenced by British and

continental cuisine. An excellent

breakfast menu guarantees a

great start to the day.

The hotel is just two miles

from Ipswich and many of rural

Suffolk's pretty villages can be

reached within 30 minutes.

“Room was spacious and clean.

Lovely breakfast and the staff

were friendly.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

200 Spaces

On-Site

WiFi in

Rooms

Restaurant Bar Weddings Gym Indoor

Pool

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

10.00am

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A Postcard from...

Stoke-on-Trent

Discover a rich industrial

heritage in this world-famous

city which was the birthplace

of British pottery.

Photo by Futurilla / CC BY 2.0


Images by Gladstone Pottery Museum

Home to the headquarters of Spode,

Wedgewood and Royal Doulton, there are

plenty of pottery factory stores to tempt,

including the Potteries Shopping Centre

in Hanley. To experience the famous bottle

kilns up close and personal, Gladstone

Pottery Museum gives visitors a real insight

into life on a Victorian pottery factory when

coal burning ovens made the world's

finest china.

Demonstrations of traditional skills,

the original workshops, huge bottle ovens

and the cobbled courtyards transport visitors

back to the Industrial Revolution.

Allow up to three hours for your visit so you

can either throw your own pot or make a

china flower for decorating pottery.

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Image by Gladstone Pottery Museum

Middleport Pottery is one of the last

remaining, fully working Victorian potteries

and still uses traditional manufacturing

methods, including a rare under glaze

transfer printing process. Specialising in

traditional shapes and patterns, a piece

of Burleigh pottery will have passed

through at least 25 pairs of hands in the

creation process.

The Grade II listed site is next to the Trent

and Mersey Canal and as well as the visitor

centre, the factory shop is well worth a visit.

© Copyright Mat Fascione

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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A great way to see more of the City and

explore its heritage is via the China Trail,

a scenic cycle way which is mostly traffic

free. The circular route takes in many of

the potteries, including Dudson Museum

where visitors can step inside the Grade II

listed bottle oven, explore the old factory

courtyard and see the company's creations,

which date back to 1800.

Back on the bicycle and the China Trail

continues to Central Forest Park in Hanley,

which has the perfect spot for a picnic,

and then hits the canal towpaths to

Etruria Industrial Museum, which is the

world's only operational steam driven

potters' mill.

Center & below image by Etruria Industrial Museum

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One of England's last, great garden estates,

Trentham, makes a great day out for all

the family with a multitude of outstanding

attractions, including the unique Monkey

Forest, a flagship garden centre and

Trentham Shopping Village.

Not to be missed though are the award-winning

gardens. With 725 acres, you don't need to be

green fingered to be blown away by the beauty

and variety. Following a restoration project in

2016 to celebrate 300 years since the birth of

landscape architect Lancelot Capability Brown,

work has revealed the lost connection between

the west parkland and Brown's mile long lake,

adding to the scale and grandeur of Trentham.

The Eastern Pleasure Ground, which was once

simple parkland, now offers two areas, created

by the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf.

The prairie garden River of Grass encourages

the unrestricted flow of plant form and texture

while the Floral Labyrinth is all about hot colours

and heady scents set against a backdrop of

historic parkland.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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The Italian Garden is designed to

provide interest all year round and with

80,000 perennials in over 400 varieties in

70 flower beds, it's one of Europe's largest

contemporary perennial plantings and

was designed by Chelsea Flower Show

Gold Medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.


For a completely different experience where

white knuckle rides rule, dive into the delights

of Water World! The tropical indoor aqua

park sets the scene for adventure, with

twists and turns at heights of 375 feet to

splashdown!

Rides and activities include Plunge pools,

the Space Bowl and the Black Hole, flumes,

an underwater interactive jungle house,

bubble and wave pools plus a Jacuzzi for

those who prefer relaxation over rapid rides.

And when the hunger pangs take over,

head to the poolside restaurant to whet

your appetite!

Steam features in Stoke too with two

different railways, the Churnet Valley

Railway and Foxfield. Churnet offers a

choice of dining and experience days,

including driving a train, brunch, afternoon

tea and supper trains. The Foxfield Railway

is a great afternoon out around rural

Staffordshire in heritage coaches pulled

by historic steam engines.

When it's time to dine out, Stoke-on-Trent

has a fabulous choice of restaurants serving

traditional and contemporary English,

American, Italian, Indian and Asian cuisine.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Stoke-on-Trent Collection

Chimney House Hotel

& Restaurant

Best Western Plus

Stoke-on-Trent

Moat House

Innkeepers Lodge

Sandbach, Holmes

Chapel

Clayton Lodge Hotel

Plough Inn

Royal Hotel

Ibis Styles Crewe

Holiday Inn Express Crewe

Days Inn Stafford

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Lowenac Hotel

Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8SL

From

£72

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Conveniently located for the A30,

the Lowenac Hotel offers individually

styled en-suite double and family

rooms, all with tea and coffee making

facilities, flat screen TV and free WiFi.

Dining is in the restaurant which

serves an a la carte menu, or enjoy

tasty cuisine from the bar menu.

A business package which includes

breakfast and an evening meal is

available and the hotel has ample

on-site parking.

60 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant Bar Wedding & Check In

Parties 12.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

“Nice warm welcome, a good

night's sleep. Breakfast was good.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Road will

continue to be in demand until the planned

update is complete (March 2021). If you need

accommodation in this area and you've got

your dates, don't leave it late!

With the Grand National at Aintree (12 - 14

April) and Royal Ascot (19 - 23 June) coming

soon, you can bet Liverpool, Ascot and the

county of Berkshire are going to be busy.

Don't delay! Reserve your room today!

London Heathrow and Windsor will be extra

busy this May. Know your dates? Don't leave

it too late!

With the Virgin London Marathon (23 April),

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 - 26 May),

The Trooping of the Colour (9 June),

Wimbledon (2 - 15 July) and lots of popular

events pulling in people from across the

globe, London is never out of fashion!

Got your dates? Don't leave it late!

UK holiday makers and overseas visitors

are booking their summer accommodation.

With the world's largest arts festival and the

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August,

plus increased demand for the Highlands

and islands, if you've a date in Scotland,

don't leave your reservation late!

Book your accommodation with

01775 843413

Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm


ESSENTIAL

EASTER

ESCAPES!

If you're desperately

searching for a reason

to get away this month,

Mothering Sunday

on 11 March and Easter,

just three weeks later,

provide two perfectly

valid reasons to race

off to the countryside,

grab some recreation

time in a city or recharge

those energy levels at

the seaside!

ESSENTIAL PLAY TIME

IN THE CITY

ESSENTIAL SANDCASTLES

AT THE SEASIDE

Whatever your

budget or location,

you'll find your

March bolthole

in our Essential

Easter Escapes…

ESSENTIAL COMFORTS

IN THE COUNTRY

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ESSENTIAL PLAY TIME

IN THE CITY

MANCHESTER LONDON

Rembrandt Hotel

Townhouse Hotel Manchester

Trebovir Hotel

Village Hotel Manchester Ashton

Comfort Inn Victoria

The Victoria Hotel

EDINBURGH

23 Mayfield

AmarAgua Guest House

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South

Bridge - Royal Mile

CARDIFF

A Space in the City -

Serviced Apartments

Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff North

Haveli Hotel

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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ESSENTIAL SANDCASTLES

AT THE SEASIDE

BRIGHTON CORNWALL

Legacy Hotel Victoria

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

Chy An Albany Hotel

Wheatsheaf Pub

Lanner Inn

White Horse Hotel

TORQUAY

Heritage Hotel

Yardley Manor Hotel

Torbay Court Hotel

BOURNEMOUTH

The Norfolk Royale

Loch Fyne Hotel & Restaurant Poole

Antelope Hotel

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ESSENTIAL COMFORTS

IN THE COUNTRY

LAKE DISTRICT EXETER

Woodbury Park Hotel

Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel

Langstone Cliff Hotel

Skelwith Bridge Hotel

Exeter Court Hotel

Foundry 34

PEMBROKESHIRE

Pandy Inn B&B

Castle Hotel

Hollybush Inn & Campsite

THE COTSWOLDS

Eynsham Hall

De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Cromwell Lodge Hotel

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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hospitalityfirst

Quality Hotel Birmingham Airport

Birmingham, West Midlands

Quality Hotel Birmingham is situated in the quiet suburb of Acocks Green, less than five miles from

Birmingham International Airport and 15 minutes from The NEC. Comfortable rooms have tea and

coffee making facilities, desks and hair dryers and the restaurant serves signature dishes.

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Best Western

Tillington Hall Hotel

Stafford, Staffordshire

A choice of 91 comfortable,

well appointed rooms are in this

hotel which is ideally located for

the Birmingham International

and Manchester Airports, and

convenient for junction 14

of the M6.

Start the day with a full

English breakfast and finish

with a meal from either the

bar or bistro menu.

Ibis Budget

Warrington Lymm

Services

Warrington, Cheshire

The Ibis Budget Warrington

is convenient for Manchester

Airport and the City Centre.

All en-suite rooms include a

double bed, sofa bed and

flat screen TV.

Guests can benefit from

discounts at M&S, Costa,

McDonalds and WHSmith as

well as the hotel's restaurant

and bar.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Best Western

Plus Lancashire

Manor Hotel

Wigan, Lancashire

Best Western Plus Lancashire

Manor Hotel is 20 minutes from

both Liverpool John Lennon

and Manchester Airport. Built in

the 16th Century, the hotel offers

a traditional, tastefully designed

interior with modern facilities.

An extensive menu is available

in the oak beamed restaurant.

Best Western

Crewe Arms Hotel

Crewe, Cheshire

Situated in the heart of

South Cheshire the Crewe

Arms Hotel is convenient

for Crewe railway station,

Stoke-on-Trent, Nantwich,

Sandback and Chester.

En-suite rooms include free

WiFi, hospitality trays and

a desk area. The restaurant

serves a menu of homemade

classics, sharing platters

and pizzas.

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Ibis Budget

Knutsford

Knutsford, Cheshire

Located off the M6 at Junction

19, en-route to Manchester

City Centre and Manchester

Airport, Knutsford is known

as the gateway to Cheshire

and the North West.

A total of 32 comfortable

ground floor rooms with

double bed, sofa bed,

flat screen TV and free WiFi

are available.

Holiday Inn Express

Kettering

Kettering, Northamptonshire

Holiday Inn Express Kettering

is near to the A14 and less than

five minutes from the M1.

En-suite rooms offer free WiFi,

a flat screen TV with Freeview

and tea and coffee making

facilities.

A licensed bar serves snacks

and there's on-site parking for

up to 10 vehicles.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Easton Guest House

Norfolk

Discounted 15% offer! >>

Alma Lodge Hotel

Cheshire

Double room money off >>

New Westcliff Hotel

Dorset

£40 off four poster stay >>

Damons Hotel

& Restaurant

Lincolnshire

Monday - Thursday

£50 per night >>

Best Western Plus

Milford Hotel

West Yorkshire

2 night inclusive Easter

weekend break from £180 >>

Redesdale Arms Hotel

Gloucestershire

Enjoy money off stay &

complimentary fizz

from £89 >>

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The Plantation

Dorset

Save a huge £45 >>

Birley Arms Hotel

Lancashire

Up to £75 off executive

suites >>

The Block Liverpool

Merseyside

Up to 70% off apartments

& suites >>

Taplow House Hotel

& Restaurant

Berkshire

Mothers Day Lunch & Royal

Afternoon Tea >>

Village Hotel

Birmingham Walsall

West Midlands

Save £25 per night >>

Lakeside Lodge

Golf Centre

Cambridgeshire

B&B plus entertainment

& 18 holes >>

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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