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Comment by Randi Leeds on October 27, 2009 at 11:17am
Take a Walk in Dicken's shoes this Holiday Season!

To mark the release of Disney’s A Christmas Carol movie (opening November 6 2009) and the start of this year’s Holiday season, The Royal Horseguards, London’s newest five-star hotel, is offering guests a truly Dickensian vacation. And what’s more, every visitor to the hotel who mentions the famous novel and movie when booking a room will be given a complimentary copy of the festive tale plus a walking tour guide of local Dickensian landmarks

Travelers coming to London in search of the Ghost of Christmas, Past, Present and Yet to Come can visit St Dunstan-in-the-West, the church whose bells awaken Scrooge; wander through the maze of alleyways in the City of London where his counting house is located and see the inspiration for the Cratchits’ home in Camden Town.

A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular and enduring Holiday stories of all time and the new version that stars Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth promises not to disappoint. It goes on general release on 6 November and will usher in the Holiday season and remind moviegoers everywhere of the allure and magic of London in the winter.

As well as following in the footsteps of Timothy Cratchit, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, The Royal Horseguards’ guests can get ahead with purchasing uniquely English Holiday gifts and enjoy the novelty of shopping on the City’s famous Oxford Street, nearby Covent Garden and gloriously, quirky Soho.

To top off a truly Dickensian Holiday, those in luck may be able to get hold of much coveted tickets to see not only the new Dickens’ movie, but also the show Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In fact, if you want to get your hands on tickets to Oliver! or any other show, The Royal Horseguards’ award-winning concierge is always on hand to help.

Unlike the orphans in so many Dickens novels, guests at The Royal Horseguards are able to relax and unwind in luxury. The Grade I listed building contains glistening marble, ornate design and towering ceilings and despite being 125 years old, the hotel’s rooms offer state-of-the-art facilities such as built-in iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi access, international plug sockets and plasma TVs. The sumptuous soft furnishings and the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen provide a perfect environment in which to unwind after a day of sightseeing and shopping.

If guests want to further their Dickensian experience, they can also see, within minutes from The Royal Horseguards, the shoe blacking factory where Charles Dickens worked as a 12-year-old boy; Westminster Abbey where he is buried; and the Red Lion Pub where a young Dickens went to drink.

Availability and rate information may be found on the hotel’s official website,

For further information, interviews and images please contact:
Elizabeth Marquis: 203 252 7299,
Randi Leeds: 203 391 8397,
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About The Royal Horseguards
Built in 1884 in the style of a French château on the banks of the River Thames, the Royal Horseguards is one of London’s landmark hotels, neighboring prime leisure and business locales. Following an extensive refurbishment, the hotel’s 281 bedrooms have been transformed into state-of-the-art luxury accommodation, confirming its place among London’s most luxurious, historic and desirable hotels. For further information, please visit
Comment by John Lamkin on October 21, 2009 at 10:34pm
Hi, I will be traveling from December through April to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and Ecuador. Would appreciate any leads on luxe lodging to review or luxe real estate. I have an assignment for an article on luxury real estate in and around Cuenca, Ecuador. Thanks! John
Comment by David Paul Appell on July 16, 2009 at 1:59pm
For what it's worth, I just got word of this early-booking deal to one of the Caribbean's top resorts, Le Toiny in St. Barts. It's still pricey, just somewhat less so!


Book by October 31, 2009 and you can take advantage of St. Barts Hôtel Le Toiny’s Early Bird offer. Featuring close to 15 percent savings on a five-night stay or longer, the Early Bird package also includes a rental car along with daily Continental breakfast, private round trip transfers on arrival and departure, laundry service and a welcome amenity. This special offer is available during the peak winter season from January 5th to March 31, 2010.

Prices start at Euro 1130 per night for a junior suite (normally Euro 1250 without a car), Euro 1500 per night for a one bedroom Villa Suite (normally Euro 1680 without a car) and Euro 2430 for a three-bedroom suite (normally Euro 2780 without a car). All accommodations are separate hillside bungalows with private terrace and swimming pool. All rates include service but exclude 5% Island occupancy tax. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Offer is based upon availability.

For further information or to book a package, contact Hotel Le Toiny at 011-590-590-27-88-88 or e-mail

About Hôtel Le Toiny

St. Barts’ Hôtel Le Toiny has been a favorite Caribbean hideaway since 1992. Private and discreet, the resort is located on a 38-acre parcel of land on the Island’s southeastern side. Consisting of 15 pastel-colored Villa Suites reflecting the French Colonial style, each Villa Suite offers a breathtaking ocean view, large terrace, private heated swimming pool and kitchenette. In 2008, Hôtel Le Toiny added an ocean view fitness center, serenity spa cottage and refurbished each Villa. The resort is home to the popular Restaurant Le Gaïac featuring innovative French cuisine with a Creole accent. Hôtel Le Toiny is affiliated with Relais & Chateaux, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

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