There are 98 hotels around the world under the Summit International Hotels banner, and three of its English gems are well worth a look. A one-and-a-half-hour ride southwest from London's Heathrow is Bath, the lovely city on a hill that conjures up scenes from a Jane Austen novel. At the Royal Crescent Hotel--two side-by-side townhouses in the sweeping crescent of townhouses designed in 1765 by John Wood, Jr., who envisioned building a great Georgian city at the site of the ancient Roman baths--one almost expects to glance out the window and see the Bennett sisters walking the expansive green across the street. The Royal Crescent offers 46 bedrooms, including 15 suites--all with very English touches like velvet sewing pillows and room keys attached to velvet-tasseled fobs. The back rooms and foyer of the hotel open out to a lovely garden and lawn area, and at the far end of the gardens, the Royal Crescent Mews offers space for meetings and for dining. There are three boardrooms and four meeting rooms, the largest of which accommodates 70 persons theater-style.
Back in London, Summit's Halcyon Hotel is a charm with a Holland Park address. This elegant little hotel has 43 bedrooms and a bustling, award-winning restaurant. And close by Marylebone Station, between Oxford Street and Regents Park, the 305-room Landmark London, with its eight-story atrium, has superb conference facilities--from the Ladies' Writing Room to the oak-paneled Men's Smoking Room--with natural daylight. Its Pre-Raphaelite style ballroom accommodates 400. The last and finest example of the Victorian English railroad hotel, the Landmark opened in 1899.