Making a Pilgrimage to See the Pope?
Where to stay during the Pontiff’s much anticipated visit to Britain
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh on 16th September for his much anticipated four-day tour of Britain and online travel and leisure retailer, lastminute.com has pulled together a ‘Where to stay’ guide for Brits hoping to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff. Snap-up the rooms while you can, lastminute.com is anticipating a surge in room reservations in the days leading up to the Pope’s arrival. Upon arriving in Edinburgh Pope Benedict XVI will be received by The Queen at the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh, before travelling to Glasgow, London and Birmingham. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay nearby try the four star Malmaison Edinburgh, located a short seven minutes’ drive away from the Palace of Holyrood House. Double rooms are available on Thursday 16th September. Prices start from £115 and are based on two adults sharing. http://hotels.lastminute.com/hotels/selectCategoryHotel.do?CATID=4&accommCode=315-0-2-EXT:2083$v1v$ You could also try the deluxe four star Dunstane House Hotel, located less than three miles away from Holyrood House. It currently has en-suite double rooms available on Thursday 16th September, from £138. The price is based on two adults sharing and includes breakfast. http://hotels.lastminute.com/hotels/selectCategoryHotel.do?CATID=4&accommCode=1058509-0-2-EXT:148535$v1v$ After meeting with the Queen, Pope Benedict XVI will make his way to Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, to celebrate an open-air public mass, before heading to London. If you’re travelling to Glasgow to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff and haven’t thought about where to stay, the four star Millennium Glasgow Hotel has double rooms available on the night of the Pope’s visit - Thursday 16th September. Located in central Glasgow, the Millennium offers modern amenities and impeccable service. Prices start from £99 on a room only basis. http://hotels.lastminute.com/hotels/selectCategoryHotel.do?CATID=4&accommCode=212195-0-2-EXT:2537$v1v$) During Pope Benedict’s XVI trip to the London he will visit the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, greet a congregation at Westminster Abbey and hold an open-air mass in Hyde Park. If you’re looking for London hotels nearby then the four star Park Plaza County Hall Hotel has superior double rooms available during the Pontiff’s visit. Located just south of Westminster Bridge, the hotel is within walking distance of Westminster Abbey. Prices start from £180 and are based on two adults sharing. http://hotels.lastminute.com/hotels/selectCategoryHotel.do?CATID=4&accommCode=860514-0-2-EXT:143109$v1v$ Alternatively, choose the four star Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, located in central Westminster. Studio double rooms are available on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September. Prices start from £175 and are based on two adults sharing. http://hotels.lastminute.com/hotels/selectCategoryHotel.do?CATID=4&accommCode=1067881-0-2-EXT:156865$v1v$ On his final day in Britain, Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Birmingham for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Cofton Park. The City Inn Birmingham is located in the city centre and is an 18 - minute drive from Cofton Park. Standard double rooms are available on Sunday 19th September. Prices start at £55 and are based on two adults sharing. http://globaltrips.lastminute.com/trips/productDetails?checkInDate=2010-09-19&checkOutDate=2010-09-20&guestCounts=2&ad_dest=BHX&guestCodes=ADULT&propertyIds=210915-0-2-EXT%3A947%24v1v%24&city=birmingham&configId=S72722479&numRooms=1&serviceTag=LMN0&dest=BHX&path=hotels&ad_country=GB&ac_country=GB&mappingName=&hotelRequestId=325304570602400