Rooms in LondonThe Victory Services Club near London’s Marble Arch, a hotel for active-duty and retired servicemembers and Department of Defense civilian employees, is offering several holiday specials for those who want to hit England’s capital city.

From Dec. 1 to 21, patrons can take advantage of the hotel’s location near Oxford Street and other downtown sites with the “Winter Shopper” offer. The two-night bed-and-breakfast deal costs 45 pounds (about $94.50) per night for a single ensuite room, or 90 pounds per night for a double ensuite room.

From Dec. 22-27, the Christmas Break goes for three, four or five nights and includes dinner and bed and breakfast. It costs 60 pounds per night for a single ensuite, or 120 pounds per night for a double/twin ensuite. The club will be hosting several special events (included in price) and a Christmas Day luncheon (not included).

The New Year Break goes for three nights. It costs 40 pounds for a single ensuite per night and 80 pounds for a double/twin room per night. The club notes it’s close to many of the city’s bars and nightspots as well as the London Eye, where the New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be held.

Theater-goers might want to look at the Theatre Break Packages. The cost is 125 pounds per adult and 100 pounds per child. It includes one night’s accommodations in the renovated Memorial Wing, breakfast, two-course, pre-theater menu with a half-bottle of wine or soft drink, and ticket to the show of your choice.

In general, rooms at the hotel range from 28 pounds for a single basic room with shared facilities, to 57 pounds for a twin/double basic room with shared facilities. Single rooms in the Memorial Wing start at 39.50 pounds for a single and 77 pounds for a double/twin. Family rooms are available. Breakfast is not included.

The club also organizes tours to battlefields, memorials and war cemeteries. More details at

Women-only roomsIf you’re a woman traveling on your own and want to feel safe during an overnight in Marburg, Germany, you can take advantage of a room with your needs in mind in the first-class Best Western Marburg Hotel am Schlossberg.

Ten of the hotel’s rooms are reserved for women. They can only be reached by an elevator that is overseen by reception, and have extra pillows, hot water bottles and women’s magazines.

Prices start at 97 euros. See, call (+49) (0) 6421- 9180, or e-mail

Best BetsGermany and France

What better way to brighten the dark days of winter than strolling under the lights of a European Christmas market with a hot cup of Glühwein?

Already under way in several countries, markets open in many towns and villages in the Alsace region of France and in Germany this weekend.

For a full schedule of markets, check out the Nov. 29 Travel section.


Car and motorbike enthusiasts will want to head to Luxembourg City this Friday through Sunday for the annual International Motor Show of Luxembourg.

On the program is a classic-car show, simulators, personality interviews, a Top Tuning Show with personally converted cars and motorbikes and a Live Motor Show with cars, motorbikes, go-karts, trucks and dragsters.

According to the promoters, however, the Euro Racing Show is the most exciting section, with outstanding competition cars and motorbikes from this year’s racing season.

The show is at the LuxExpo fair grounds at Plateau du Kirchberg. It’s open 1-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost 15 euros for adults, 10 euros for children 10-18 years and free for those younger than 10 years. Find details at

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