Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If It's Catherine, She Can Have the Room Free "; Any Discount for the Famous? the Blairs Are Reported to Have Asked for a Cut-Price Deal on Their Cornwall Hotel Holiday. Could Other Prominent People Pull the Same Trick? We Posed as Five Stars in Search of Five-Star Treatment

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If It's Catherine, She Can Have the Room Free "; Any Discount for the Famous? the Blairs Are Reported to Have Asked for a Cut-Price Deal on Their Cornwall Hotel Holiday. Could Other Prominent People Pull the Same Trick? We Posed as Five Stars in Search of Five-Star Treatment

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Byline: GITA MENDIS;LAURA TENNANT;REBECCA SEAL

It's for Catherine Zeta-Jones..."

Blakes Hotel, South Kensington "I'll give you suites 007 and 008, Boris and Barbara Becker alw ays have those, there's rooms for the nanny as well.

Catherine is a friend, I have met her several times, I will give her a big discount because she's a sw eetheart. For the two suites the normal rate would be over [pound]1,300, but for her [pound]755 a night.

To be honest if you find a better deal, I would be prepared to come low er, because she is so great. I want her to come here." She calls 20 minutes later to say she knows Catherine very well and can have the two best suites "free of charge - complimentary."

Bath Spa Hotel, Bath "For a suite and an interconnecting four-poster double room, I could offer her a discount. The four poster is normally [pound]290 a night, the discounted rate is [pound]247. The suite is normally 360 a night, the discounted rate is 306. That is a saving of [pound]97 a night."

The Hempel, Bayswater " We didn't have a suite, but I have made one availablefor her. It has a dining area, and a seating area, a separate bedroom and a very large bathroom. I can offer a 20 per cent discount."

"It's for Lady Victoria Hervey"

The Dorchester,Park Lane "Let me have a look at this for you and see which room she usually has ... I don't seem to have a record of it, has she stayed with us before? No?

W ell our room rate is [pound]285 plus VA T for a superior single room. A discount? We are looking quite full on those days. But I could upgrade her to a deluxe room for the same price."

Claridge's, Mayfair "Let me bring up her client file ...

I'm assuming she's stayed with us before? Ah, you say she hasn't. Our one-bedroom suite is [pound]750 per night ... A discount? …

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