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      09.11.2001 03:03
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      The five star Marriott County hall hotel is situated in the heart of London opposite the Houses of Parliament. Situated in the old Greater London Council building the hotel has kept many of the period features from its former use. The entrance is quite easy to miss and on the left hand side immediately after crossing Westminster Bridge. The archway leads to the front entrance where a doorman is ready to help you with your luggage. The hotel offers valet parking which is extremely useful in central London. A small shop is located at the entrance for essential purchases of forgotten items.Reception is found to the left past the old voting lobby and the oak panelled entrance immediately tells you that you have chosen an impressive hotel. On the ground floor you can find the members bar , library tea room and County Hall restaurant the latter two having unrivelled views across the Thames to Big Ben and Parliament. Take my advice though and do not order afternoon tea in the library , £19/head for what amounted to three small sandwiches a cake and a cream scone seems excessive. Buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning with a good choice of traditional English and lighter continental fare. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and opens early for those crossing the river for a West End show. Our standard room was well equipped and larger than most chain hotels normally offer , probably due to the change of use of the building and previous room sizes. There is a high speed internet access line in each room with a cable to connect. You can also arrange IT loan from business services through the week.Sound insulation is excellent , we had an opera singer practising in the adjoining room and didn't realise until we left the room and stood in the corridor! Room service is reasonable but the mini bar prices excessive. A gin and tonic would cost over £8 from your in room fridge. There is an excellent small store five minu
      tes away across Westminster Bridge which sells all you would want including alcohol at a fraction of the price. There is a fifth floor Spa centre which offers a variety of treatments at prices which are more reasonable than the afternoon tea and a sixth floor 25m swimming pool and fitness centre which is complimentary for guests. You should remember however that entrance times to the swimming pool for under 18's is limited. The hotel is right next to the London Eye and shares the building with the London Aquarium , a games centre and a McDonalds (useful for those on a strict budget)although you could not tell this once you were inside the hotel. Westminster is a five minute walk away across the bridge , the West End and Covent Garden market with its chique restaurants is a 15 minute walk away and Tate Modern is a 20 minute riverside walk away. The position and quality of this hotel would be hard to fault and despite its five star rating it seemed to be child friendly and relaxed. Don't be afraid to haggle to get a good deal though , the cost of our room fell by 50% as a late availability deal booked direct with Marriott and was excellent value for money.

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        06.11.2001 05:26
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        I must admit I am a keen follower of all things Microsoft and as soon as Windows XP was released I knew I was going to get it, if only to get rid of Windows ME. After reading articles both on and offline about Win XP before it was released I assumed that it would be quite buggy, but a stable operating system and worth having even though it may take a few months to iron out any problems it has. The only thing that made me suspicious was having to register it online or via. the telephone to check you have a "Virgin" cd-key, I didn?t really want to register it via. the net because it seems too much like Big Brother, sending information about your computer to Microsoft, so I opted for the phone registration and I must admit this was very easy and took a matter of minutes to do and it was nice hearing a friendly voice down the phone. The installation went without a hitch and setting up multiple users on the one machine was made very easy. If you are worried about installing XP don?t be because even though I am a competent computer user it guides you through the whole process so you really can?t go wrong. Also if you are worried about hardware conflicts, before you install it you have the option to do a compatibility test to check what might not work, and what will need to be re-installed, which I found to be very accurate. The only thing regarding installation I would suggest is if you have the option check for updated drivers on the internet before you install it because the only problem I had was with my modem, and it refused to work with Win XP so I was forced to exchange my recently purchased modem for a different type. The new modem I got was a 3Com modem, which plugged in and auto-installed like the rest of my hardware with Win XP. After sorting out the niggling problems with my modem I was away and able to get started exploring the new interface and features. My favourite new feature has to be the incorporation of MSN Explorer i
        n to the system because it transforms any Hotmail account in to an Outlook Express type of view when you load it up in Explorer, this is a very useful feature and makes it seem very professional, and more user friendly. Overall, I was very impressed with the stability of Microsoft?s new system and as yet it hasn?t crashed on me, which for a Microsoft operating system must be a record. If you have any trouble with the installation or any features on Windows XP something which proved to be well above the usual level of service for a major corporation was their customer support. First of all the take a brief account of your problem and if the queue is too long the get an engineer to call you back later on in the day using a number of your choice. The Microsoft engineers were very helpful and not patronising, or impatient they were happy to spend time with me during my modem troubles even though it wasn?t a fault with their operating system. Don?t be worried about installing XP Home edition, I have found it to be a valuable piece of software and it is very pleasing on the eye. Microsoft have for once lived up to their promise!

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          06.11.2001 04:53
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          The five star Marriott County hall hotel is situated in the heart of London opposite the Houses of Parliament. Situated in the old Greater London Council building the hotel has kept many of the period features from its former use. The entrance is quite easy to miss and on the left hand side immediately after crossing Westminster Bridge. The archway leads to the front entrance where a doorman is ready to help you with your luggage. The hotel offers valet parking which is extremely useful in central London. A small shop is located at the entrance for essential purchases of forgotten items.Reception is found to the left past the old voting lobby and the oak panelled entrance immediately tells you that you have chosen an impressive hotel. On the ground floor you can find the members bar , library tea room and County Hall restaurant the latter two having unrivelled views across the Thames to Big Ben and Parliament. Take my advice though and do not order afternoon tea in the library , £19/head for what amounted to three small sandwiches a cake and a cream scone seems excessive. Buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning with a good choice of traditional English and lighter continental fare. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and opens early for those crossing the river for a West End show. Our standard room was well equipped and larger than most chain hotels normally offer , probably due to the change of use of the building and previous room sizes. Sound insulation is excellent , we had an opera singer practising in the adjoining room and didn't realise until we left the room and stood in the corridor! Room service is reasonable but the mini bar prices excessive. A gin and tonic would cost over £8 from your in room fridge. There is an excellent small store five minutes away across Westminster Bridge which sells all you would want including alcohol at a fraction of the price. There is a fifth floor Spa centre
          which offers a variety of treatments at prices which are more reasonable than the afternoon tea and a sixth floor 25m swimming pool and fitness centre which is complimentary for guests. You should remember however that entrance times to the swimming pool for under 18's is limited. The hotel is right next to the London Eye and shares the building with the London Aquarium , a games centre and a McDonalds (useful for those on a strict budget)although you could not tell this once you were inside the hotel. Westminster is a five minute walk away across the bridge , the West End and Covent Garden market with its chique restaurants is a 15 minute walk away and Tate Modern is a 20 minute riverside walk away. The position and quality of this hotel would be hard to fault and despite its five star rating it seemed to be child friendly and relaxed. Don't be afraid to haggle to get a good deal though , the cost of our room fell by 50% as a late availability deal booked direct with Marriott and was excellent value for money.

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