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Reality Check ➔ HOTEL THE GOODWOOD HOTEL, WEST SUSSEX


THE HOTEL: The 93-bed hotel is located in the heart of a 12,000-acre estate off the A27 near Chichester. It’s busy putting its own hallmark on the property since being bought from Marriott two years ago by Lord March. Normal bedrooms begin their refurb this autumn and all will be complete by spring 2012. THE CHECK-IN: Having ‘lost’ the hotel entrance among the multiple entrances accessible from the cavernous car park, it was a pleasure to find an intimate space for reception more akin to a sitting room. THE ROOM: I stayed in Suite 155 in the old building, one of the spanking new suites that is the blueprint for the new look for the entire hotel. Sleek, contemporary and classy best sum up the effortless feel of luxury that oozes from every corner, from the vast flatscreen TV in the sitting room with table and chairs, iPod docking station, motoring memorabilia on walls and surfaces, to the free-standing bath tub, TV with floating remote and white, chrome and black décor in the bathroom. THE BUSINESS: Within the hotel is an extensive Conference Centre comprising the Cedar Suite with terrace and garden accommodating 120 for dinner or 200 theatre style, and three syndicate rooms each taking a maximum of 16, all with natural daylight.


THE FACILITIES: An extensive Health Club has six treatment rooms, pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms, and somewhere to eat healthy food. Within the wider estate are the racecourse, aerodrome, flying school, the famous motor racing circuit, and two PGA championship golf courses with fabulous clubhouse inside the grandest former kennel building I’ve ever seen! THE RESTAURANT: The Bar & Grill, overlooking the 18th hole, offers lighter food such as sandwiches and salads, while The Richmond Arms restaurant and bar has a


➔ HOTEL LIBERTADOR LIMA, PERU


THE HOTEL: Peruvian hotel chain Libertador has eight properties throughout the country. The capital city's four-star, 54-room Libertador Lima hotel is located 20 to 30 minutes from the Jorge Chavez airport in the business and residential suburb of San Isidro, just north of the modern commercial centre, Miraflores. THE CHECK-IN: After a late night pick-up from the airport and 30-minute trip across the city's teeming streets, a warm welcome was needed and the staff didn't disappoint. A doorman scooped my bags up from the boot of the car on the quiet roadside and ushered me into the smart, relatively small lobby. A cheery receptionist had my key card and reservation details already at hand. THE ROOM: The fourth floor Superior room was vast, with a king-size bed, sofa, armchair, coffee table, small dining table and chairs, huge wardrobe, old-fashioned safe with key, large satellite TV, iron and ironing board, an iPod docking station with great sound quality, minibar and complimentary bottled water, but no kettle. Décor was in neutral colours and furnishings were functional rather than flashy but by no means staid or in need of renewal. THE BUSINESS: There was free wifi access throughout the hotel, plus a small lounge


good selection of hearty fare using local produce. There is a three-course menu for £30. THE VERDICT: No-one could fail to be impressed with the set up of Goodwood and the plans for the hotel over the next 18 months will really bring it up to par with the rest of the estate. The new suites are a fantastic start. THE DETAILS: Goodwood Hotel, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 OQB. Tel: 01243 775537; www.goodwood.com/hotel. Rooms are from £90; suites from £175. Both rates include VAT and breakfast. GILLIAN UPTON


room off the lobby with two computers, desks, printers, coffee and biscuits. There are three meeting rooms: Salcantay for up to 50 people; Quenamary for up to 100; and El Mirador with capacity for 120 delegates. THE FACILITIES: There's the El Balcón bar on the ground floor and opposite is the small hotel restaurant which puts on a decent breakfast buffet and a good dinner menu by night. There's also a small gym, while a few minutes walk away is the prestigious Lima Golf & Country Club. Immediately outside the hotel is a Starbucks and, just a little further along, an ATM.


THE VERDICT: A good business-oriented hotel with spacious rooms, set in a safe, quiet suburb of Lima conveniently located for the principal business hubs in the city. The only drawback is a lack of shops/restaurants/bars within walking distance... but taxis are cheap. THE DETAILS: Hotel Libertador Lima, Los Eucaliptos 550, San Isidro, Lima, Perú. Rack rate for a Standard room is around £130; Superior rooms are around £150. Tel: +51 (1)518 6300; See: www.libertador.com.pe. The group's second property in the city, the Westin Libertador Lima, opens in 2011. ANDY HOSKINS


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