On 18th April some of our students took part in the popular Channel 5 TV show, ‘The Hotel Inspector’. KKCL students were among a group of guests invited to the relaunch of The Caspian hotel in Ealing, following its make-over by show host, Alex Polizzi.
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Our intrepid students kindly documented the trip for us. Shahnaz and Sangram took these pictures and Ilyes wrote the report below.
You can see that a good time was clearly had by all!
“We met on Wednesday 18th April at 1pm at North Ealing Station in London; this was when and where the unforgettable excursion set off to the bed and breakfast hotel called ‘The Caspian’.
After we’d arrived from Katherine and King’s College of London, we got on an old-fashioned but charming red bus, hired privately for the day. We received a very warm welcome on board from a smiley good looking man and woman whose names respectively where Samandar and Alex. There were a mixed of guests including us, as representatives for KKCL.
Camera men were everywhere on and off the bus filming every action from different angles during the whole trip. The hotelier, Samandar, while on board gave a presentation about Ealing, which made us value the place more than ever. Our excitement was even higher when he moved on to explain to us the arrangements that would be provided for the lunch party.
Samandar also stated the name of a lady, Liza Laziza, who he said would entertain us, but we could not know in what way because he planned it to be a surprise. From my own prospective I got a hint of what the surprise was going to be about because of the lady’s name which is of Arabic origin and this made me anticipate something which would have some relation to the Arab culture!
After approximately 25 minutes touring around Ealing we got to the lovely looking hotel where we were greeted by new faces who would play a great part in the success of Samandar’s hospitality, to the point that they even helped us with our coats and jackets.
Our expectation had been far lower than what we were actually presented with. Everything for everyone; different tasty food and even vegetarians had something to taste. Samandar wanted to see good cheer all around. This was his attempt to help a guest wondering whether to have an apple juice: “Yes sir, take this juice as it is said the apple keeps the doctor away”.
The entertainment got to its peak when we knew that Liza Laziza, who is a very well known belly dancer around the world, would perform some of the Khaliji and Egyptian dancing style which we really enjoyed to the point that we even got carried away to take part in her show from time to time.
The celebration was rounded off beautifully by a special cake which I am certain everyone still remembers the taste of.
We lastly were taken to have a look around to see the hotel’s facilities and rooms which have a stunning view of a park through very large windows, enough to smell the greenness of nature outside.
Yet, this is only the least of how my best words can describe that day.”