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Churchill slept here – and here by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By sjh creative

This weekend's celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death reminded me of all the Churchill suites I’ve come across around the world, some in cities I’m pretty sure he never actually visited. But the following suites all have impeccable credentials.

La Mamounia, Marrakech

Winston Churchill first went to Marrakech on a painting holiday in 1935. He fell instantly in love and took winter breaks there for the rest of his life. Initially, he stayed in a private villa, but after the war he always went to La Mamounia. The Churchill suite (above) at the recently rennovated Mamounia is probably the most beautiful of all them all and naturally has a terrace overlooking the gardens which Churchill painted many times. Further information, La MamouniaPrestonfield House, Edinburgh

Winston Churchill was an MP for Dundee for 14 years, first elected in 1908. He was a regular visitor to Prestonfield House, in Edinburgh, the 17th-century former home of the city’s Lord Provost. The hotel’s Churchill suite has a four-poster bed, a little sitting room furnished with antiques and a collection of militaria, and a view over gardens and parkland to Arthur’s Seat. Further information, Prestonfield HouseThe Savoy, London

Convenient for Westminster, The Savoy was almost a home-from-home for Winston Churchill. He often ate in The Grill restaurant and founded his own fortnightly dining club at the hotel. These days he has to share the limelight with Maria Callas, Claude Monet, Charlie Chaplin and Katharine Hepburn, who like Churchill, all have a Personality River View Suite (above) named after them. The suites are all decorated in a classic, Edwardian style but the best thing about them is their magnificent view of the river. Further information, The SavoyHôtel de Paris, Monaco

Winston Churchill spent a great deal of time painting in the South of France in the late 1950s and 1960s. His favourite hotel was the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo where today one of its Diamond suites is named after him. Currently closed for renovation, the suite (above) is on the eighth floor and more contemporary than you might expect, though it does contain some personal objects and prints of Churchill’s paintings. Further information, Hôtel de ParisMena House Hotel, Cairo

Mena House is palatial historic hotel, 700m from the Great Pyramids of Giza. In 1943 it hosted the Cairo Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt and General Chiang Kai-Shek. The Churchill suite (above) is suitably grand, with a large private terrace overlooking the pyramids. Further information, Mena House HotelThe Wellesley, London

Winton Churchill did not stay at The Wellesley in Knightsbridge - it wasn’t even a hotel in his day. But I’m including it because not only does this ravishing art-deco-style hotel have a Churchill suite, with its own private staircase and a terrace overlooking Hyde Park, but it boasts a cigar terrace (above), presided over by an enormous portrait of Churchill by the Cuban artist Ernesto (Churchill went to Cuba several times). And since it’s one of the few places you can smoke a cigar in public, perhaps it would be Churchill’s hotel of choice if he were around today. Further information, The Wellesley

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