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To be perfectly honest, this had less to do with anything I’d heard about Brown’s (it is so discreet that most people who talk about hotels don’t stay there) but more with my childhood memories of an old Agatha Christie murder mystery called uk canada goose outlet At canada goose black friday sale Bertram’s Hotel.

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It was created by merging several town houses on canada goose coats Dover Street in 1837 and then, by purchasing cheap canada goose jackets and annexing St George’s Hotel on Albemarle Street in 1889.

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canada goose who lived there during that periodA grand hotel must look grand. Even if its exterior is not imposing, the interiors must seem historic and luxurious. Brown’s has a discreet exterior. Visitors to London’s Savoy are always disappointed by their first sight of the hotel canada goose uk outlet entrance. canada goose

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If the grandeur goes, so does the hotel. Nobody I know will stay at Raffles in Singapore these days uk canada goose because of the theme park element to the hotel with its vast areas designed especially for day tripping tourists.

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It lacks the history of the West End (the Windsor opened in the 1980s) but its design makes you believe that it is a Raj era property. It should be able to boast about its design, show off its suites (as The Dorchester does with the Oliver Messel rooms) and nothing should ever feel like a replica.

The Bombay Taj probably has the world’s greatest collection of contemporary Indian art. And the wonderful new Park Hyatt in New York has canada goose so much great art that it took my breath away.

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