My first few weeks here have been full of excitement and learning the skills of the underground! Being a country person I was used to having a relaxing warm drive in my car to work every morning and the only thing that could get in my way was a tractor! Now I have to fend by myself against the elements and the thousands of people cramming into the same tube as me.
I am based at The Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge, as this is all new to me I was excited that you can see Harrods from the front door! And its only a short walk from South Kensington tube station.
I have been busy meeting the teams and slowly remembering everyones names and faces, everyone is friendly and helpful and its not taking me long to feel part of the team. I have visited Aquilla Health and Fitness, which is located adjacent to The Rembrandt hotel, which has a pool, gym, spa, fitness studio and offers beauty treatments. I have travelled to the two other Sarova Hotels – The Abbey in Great Malvern, Worcestershire and The Bull in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.
The Abbey is, in my opinion, in a stunning location, and as mentioned earlier I am a country person and so are my family so to be based here for a walking holiday would be wonderful, the hotel is situated right at the foot of The Malvern Hills. You can then top off the walk with a refreshing pint of local ale or a nice afternoon tea, in the recently refurbished bar area. The Abbey does cater for people for all ages, whether travelling for business or pleasure.
The Bull at Gerrards Cross, is an amazing hotel, recently refurbished the lounge bar, restaurant and most bedrooms. The lounge bar in particular is light and airy, with views over the gardens, I can see why a lot of people decide to get married there. The Bull is set up for both the business and pleasure traveller with wifi in public areas, meetings and conference rooms and a wonderful restaurant all based in a lovely hotel with great access to London and local attractions.
But anyway back to me settling into a new job and the big bright lights of the city, and there is no better time to make the move than winter, you get to slowly get used to being crammed in the tube without the sweltering heat of the summer, late night opening hours for all the shops and as The Rembrandt is very well located for all the main shopping areas I can shop til I drop and get those Christmas presents over in one hit and I can also see the Christmas lights, these were turned on, on 3rd – 5th November by an array of celebrities. The National History museum Ice Rink is also now out which is just down the road from the hotel, so I feel a little trip over there coming on! I know I will get covered in bruises but I am sure I will have a blast doing it.