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SOMEWHERE SPECIAL, SOMEWHERE DIFFERENTLooking for boutique hotels, luxury hotels, hotels with spas? You'll find them all on this unique website - and all are hotels that stand out from the crowd. What makes them special is what makes them different: each has a past that's unique, a present that's packed with character, and an appeal that's every bit as individual as you are. That's why it's our pleasure to present these distinctive hotels.
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PAST & PRESENT: Corridors of Power
Wondering where this marble-ous hallway leads? To your room!
An absolute transformation is always exciting, especially when it results in somewhere really special to stay – which is just what this website’s all about.
And what gives each of our hotels authentic character are the unique features which are carried forward into their new role. This magnificent marbled corridor is in the fabulous, five-star The Forbury Hotel in Reading – in what was originally the Shire Hall for Berkshire County Council.
Built in 1911, and now a listed building, it’s an imposing edifice. As well as splendid marbled corridors like the one shown here, it retains the original vaulted ceilings and elaborate cornices, which have been lovingly restored. So, too, has the former council chamber – it’s now available to hire for private dining, which, you must agree, does sound like a lot more fun than a council meeting…
The central lift shaft, which stretches to the full height of the building, has also been given a new lease of life. Out came the lifts, and in went a stunning new chandelier, strung from top to bottom with 86,000 Italian glass beads.
It’s a show-stopping, scene-setting sight. And the scene it sets is opulent, stylish, bold and contemporary; and also plush, comfortable and very inviting – in essence a highly successful marriage of the new with the old.
That, too, is what this website is all about.
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