A homely Hilton
THIS column tries to bring readers' attention to unusual travel opportuhities, the odd bargain and places of particular cultural and/or religious interest, apart of course from as much general travel news as limited space permits. Without wanting to strike a sour note this week, may I start with a mild caveat against undue cashing-in on such events as the royal
"Hilton International News", for
example, has been sending out a publicity release heading "Talking of Weddings." It then goes on to invite clients to get married in "one of the few hotels in the world with its own chapel" as part of a package deal to include the services of the officiating priest, "Bridal Fizz" (presumably not champagne if it has to have such a revolting name). dinner that night and an overnight stay. They also guarantee to ring bells and release doves.
lite hotel in question, however, is in the Philippines, so this particular travel try-on is likely to have limited appeal for the average traveller from Britain. I merely mention it so that you can be on your guard for a possible growth of preposterousness among special travel "offers" in the currently
fiercely competitive atmosphere.
Rut don't let it put you off Hilton Hotels in general which, despite the poshness of the name, does not always connote prohibitive expense.
()n the home front I especially recommend the Hilton at Stratford-upon-Aron, which town you might well be visiting this summer to attend the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, just near the hotel.
Parking in Stratford is hopeless but the Hilton has a large car park “free" to patrons.
The best thing to "patronise" there is, perhaps. their excellent tea. It is surprisingly inexpensive and variable enough in content to serve for a post-matinee snack or preevening performance light meal.