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The English county of Wiltshire is perhaps best known for the city of Salisbury and the ancient site of Stonehenge which sits on Salisbury Plain. These incredible sights and tourist attractions are situated to the south of the county but to the north lies another Wiltshire town, Swindon which has a completely different outlook and appeal for visitors. A centre for industry and endeavour, for commerce and leisure, the town has some important history to call its own and Swindon hotels allow guests convenient access to its many historic, leisure, and business interests.

The town can lay claim to a series of important firsts and the history starts with a small market town built upon a hill, and transformed during the industrial age. Chosen by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the site for the Great Western Railway construction works the town became an important railway junction and is notable for providing the first station refreshments facilities for those waiting on their train connections. The original railway village, built to house workers, remains and the old industrial works are now home to the Steam Railway Museum. As one of the foremost railway towns in the country, there are many such historic attractions and Swindon hotels are a good place to get all the necessary visitor information.

In 1871 a health care program was started for which GWR workers made weekly contributions from their wages. Another first for the town, this allowed for free medicines and medical and dental treatment and a health centre opened in 1892 for the purpose, thereby providing the inspiration and framework for the NHS. The town's extraordinary contributions to better care and conditions for workers are commemorated in its motto 'Salubritas et Industria'; Health and Industry, and town continued it influence with the first trade unions and structures for local democracy.

The original market town on the hill still remains and is referred to in modern times as the Old Town, as distinct from the New Town which grew at the base of the hill during its golden industrial period. As it is both parts have long since met in the middle and the contemporary town incorporates both old and new towns seamlessly. Regarded as a popular place to locate and work the average income is high and with many successful business operations in town there are many Swindon hotels which cater for the needs of corporate travellers.

Newer hotels in particular with have business in mind when implementing facilities and services for guests. Rooms and suites will have IDD telephones with features such as voicemail, work desks with ADSL or wireless internet connections and televisions with access to satellite business and news channels. Additional services for the corporate guest may include morning newspaper delivered to the room, dry cleaning, laundry and shoe shine. General hotel services for business may include access to computers and printers and a selection of meeting rooms and event spaces capable of hosting a variety of business events and private functions.

Larger Swindon hotels will have a greater selection of business features whether in modern or traditional properties and on a similar vein will provide guests with greater access to leisure facilities. Most hotels will have restaurants, lounge spaces and bars, sometimes with options to hire spaces for functions such as wedding celebrations, and in the larger luxury hotels will have swimming pools, fitness suites and other facilities.

Other Swindon hotels occupy great old traditional inns which have their own special appeal for those who like the ambience of lively local bars and great pub food and then there are the small family run establishments, where the emphasis is on warm hospitality and home cooked breakfasts.