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Bespoke Hotels has launched a new award to champion more stylish guestroom design for disabled travellers. The UK-based group, which operates properties such as Hotel Gotham in Manchester and My Hotels in Bloomsbury, Chelsea and Brighton, has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the inaugural Bespoke Access Awards.

Comprising three strands – architecture, product design and service design – there is a total prize fund of £30,000, with judges including Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and architect Sir Alan Stanton.

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Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, and Paul Vaughan, Bespoke Access Awards project director, explained to Business Traveller why hoteliers needed to provide a more inclusive experience for disabled guests, who were all too often subjected to “joyless”, hospital-like rooms.

“A disabled room shouldn’t feel like a downgrade – they should be something to be enjoyed,” Vaughan said. “If we can make a 1 per cent difference, that will be a significant achievement in getting people to feel differently.”

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It’s something that Sheppard has personal experience of, having previously suffered from the debilitating Guillain-Barré syndrome. “Ideally these should be the ‘champagne supernova’ rooms that give even more delight – that feel like an upgrade,” he said.

He added that he hoped the initiative would help the issue to gather momentum in the wider industry.

Entries were received from around the world, including as far afield as Hong Kong, Russia, and the USA. Winners to be announced on December 1.

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Introducing Bespoke India Hotels

India has always had a sense of mystique and wonder about it – a place born to tell legendary tales and imbued with spice and rich colours.  In ever way India is the sort of place that stories are written about and adventures are made from.

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Over the past 20 years however, India seems to have garnered a reputation for being the holiday destination of backpackers at one end of the spectrum, and highly priced once-in-a-lifetime adventures at the other end.  So what about those of us in between, who want to have a beautiful vacation in a magic destination with exceptional service, but without having to re-mortgage the house to do it?  Those of us who simply want to go on holiday somewhere special?

This year the new international business arm of Bespoke Hotels, Bespoke International, launched with its inaugural partnership alongside India’s Peppermint Hotels and the “Play Stay Love”.  The Bespoke India Hotels collection is designed to fulfill a growth in interest from international markets looking for a high quality and competent British operator, and the Bespoke India branch incorporates more than 50 venues across the country including Northern India, Western India and Southern India.

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Northern India starts with Jaipur, the Pink City, known for its mysterious Palace of the Winds, before heading to the majestic Taj Mahal and all offset by the breathtaking Himalayas. Western India boasts some of the region’s most spectacular wildlife and is home to the otherworldly Jaipur, otherwise known as Blue City for its vivid blue painted houses.  Southern India on the other hand epitomizes tranquility and relaxation with its river cruises, spices and coffee plantations.

The Bespoke India Hotels Collection infuses the travel experience with its characteristic sense of British charm and the high standards you would expect from a Bespoke hotel, while still getting to the heart and character of the destination you’re visiting.  Swap grubby London transport for temples, sandy beaches and a feast of fresh prawns in Kerala, or explore the spectacular wildlife and rich environments of Northern Rajastan.

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In Asia you will find some of the most awe-inspiring mountains with the Aamod Nainital magnificently located in the Himalayan hills.   The area is also blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches you can find, and one cannot express highly enough the wonders of visiting Kanan Beach Resort between Bekal and Nileshwar beaches.  Situated on the Arabian coast the trekking and natural features are awe-inspiring while the local festivals are a joy to behold.

What Bespoke India Hotels brings that other collections can’t is that assurance of high standards without diluting the cultural experience that a holiday like this is all about.  In short, it is everything Bespoke stands for.

Spotlight on London Hotels: Bermondsey Square

Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you need three things from London hotels: great facilities, a local area you’ll want to get out and explore, alongside easy access to all the places you want to go. And you’re in luck! Because The Bermondsey Square Hotel offers all this and more.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel

The Bermondsey Square Hotel is certainly one of the more chic and luxurious hotels of London hotels,  and indeed has hosted the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Mary Portas in the Channel 4 show Hotel GB.

The property’s ninety designer bedrooms have facilities ranging from work space to Grohe drench showers in the wet-rooms, while six have access to a large outdoor terrace. Four super-luxurious loft suites, with features such as Japanese baths or eight-person hot-tubs, all offer sensational panoramas of London, with views as far as the London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

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Bermondsey Square Hotel

The loft suites can also make conferences, interviews or film-shoots something special, while a boardroom is available for more formal meetings. You can have a more casual gathering in the comfort of the ground-floor lounge, with free tea and coffee between 11am and 5pm.

Whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, a modern-British menu is available between 11am and 11pm, or you can enjoy home-make cakes and pastries from the Pantry. There’s a choice of eating indoors or, in fine weather, out on the terrace and lively adjacent square  ̶  and, if you feel you’ve overeaten, hotel guests receive preferential rates at the exclusive Soho Gyms.

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The Bermondsey Square area is fast becoming one of the most fashionable parts of London, packed with stylish restaurants, shopping and nightlife, all a stone’s throw from the hotel.

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If you enjoy sorting through bric-a-brac with the hope of finding hidden treasures, the Bermondsey Square Antiques Market, founded in 1855, is right on the doorstep. What’s more, within no more than five or six minutes’ walk, you can also find several art galleries, the Fashion and Textile Museum, and an idiosyncratic independent cinema.

Seeing London

Whether you’re staying at the Bermondsey Square Hotel for business or pleasure, wherever you want is within easy reach. Both the City and Canary Wharf are a couple of Tube stations or a short taxi ride away, while sightseers are a brief walk from iconic locations like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard.

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Bermondsey Square Hotel Bedroom

London Bridge tube station is also nearby and will whisk you anywhere in central London, or you can choose to see the capital from the top of one of the many buses serving the area.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel is luxurious, well-located and within easy reach of the famed city sights. How many London hotels can boast the same?

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Forget Ascot, Let’s Go To Chester For Racing and a City Break!

One of the great summer events in the British calendar is horse racing at Ascot, but while Ladies Day has its merits, it’s Chester Racecourse that really knows how to have fun in style…

The oldest racecourse in Britain, perfect for a city break, you haven’t seen creative millinery until you have come here. The colours, the characters and the general hum of entertainment and excitement begin in May and run throughout the summer months, in addition to a healthy spectrum of polo events.

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BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester – Lobby

On a race day the whole town plays out like a pantomime, bringing to life a sense of tradition that belies its Roman origins and Tudor architecture. The pubs brim over with brightly coloured dresses and teetering heels, happy faces and a sense of anticipation. For the sake of reverie we will imagine that on these days the sun always shines (it certainly does in our experience).

After the races, when the party vibe has reached fever pitch, the jovial atmosphere continues as crowds make their way back into the centre of Chester itself. They totter along the cobbled roads and past the designer boutiques to dine out on the day’s triumphs and tribulations, surrounded by historic sites and ancient city walls.

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There’s a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafes available during your city break in which to find your preferred tipple (the people of Chester certainly know how to have a good time) but when the day is royally spent and you’re ready to lay your head down, go to the BW Premier Queen Hotel at the heart of the city.

Sitting next to Chester Railway Station (travel does not get more convenient than that), it’s welcomed the likes of Charles Dickens and businessman and politician Cecil Rhodes over the years, sating a breadth of taste and preferences amongst its patrons and, who knows, perhaps providing literary or entrepreneurial inspiration at the same time.

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BW Premier Queen Hotel Chester – Bedroom

The hotel which is ideal for your city break, has many an asset to its name but key amongst them is the food. Referencing its past as well as its location, there are three options for eating and drinking in various degrees of formality. The Waiting Room Bar and Lounge is the place to go for homely food and locally sourced drinks and cask ales, while the Albert Lounge is famous for afternoon teas by the fire, so much so that they have been serving them for more than 150 years. It is the Kings’ Quarters Grill and Cocktail Lounge however that’s a personal favourite, and no doubt the name gives a bit of a hint as to why.

Not only do they serve a mean cocktail, but they specialise in a range of regional dishes combined with a relaxing atmosphere, which particularly after all that excitement on the racecourse provides some welcome respite at the end of the day. If the sun is shining (as we are assured it will), then you can also sit outside and enjoy a drink in the afternoon sun on one of two Italian terraces surrounded by landscaped gardens – a welcome surprise in the heart of a city.

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Beyond the dining, the hotel is a feast of little surprises fusing contemporary design with a strong sense of history; it’s not afraid of bold colours and whimsical features such as elaborately illustrated feature walls. It also has a ‘Secret Sanctuary’ for beauty treatments and easily transitions from being an ideal location for meetings and conferences to weddings and special occasions, or simply the setting for that long awaited glass of red whilst pondering the day’s events. No wonder it’s been such a longstanding favourite amongst the good and the great for a relaxing city break.

So follow a different crowd this summer and head to Chester. You never know, today could be your lucky day…