o Twelve guests were rescued by fire crews at the 22-bedroom three-star Rushmore Hotel in Trebovir Road Earls Court, when a blaze broke out on the second floor there on Sunday June 5. Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters were at the scene and 150 people were evacuated from nearby buildings. The cause of the fire is unknown and being investigated.


o BLOC Hotels, which currently has a unit in Birmingham and one in Gatwick, is planning its second hotel in Birmingham. (Business Desk) This will be a 25 storey tower building housing 238 bedrooms and will be located close to New Street Station and the Grand Central shopping area.


o The St Regis Hotel, Dubai has opened the Sir Winston Churchill Suite. This is 9,828 square feet in area (913 square metres) and features a huge living area, a study, a dining room seating twelve around the table, three bedrooms, a large majlis or Arabic meeting room, a spiral staircase leading up to a rooftop plunge pool with views over the city and another dining area, reproductions of fifteen of Winnies 500 paintings and one of his Cuban cigars. Oh and a rate of £13,950 a night, which may or may not include breakfast…

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