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The West Midlands county of Staffordshire is perhaps best known as a centre for pottery and particularly within the city of Stoke on Trent. The famous brands of Wedgewood, Spode, Minton and Royal Doulton all come from the area, as did ceramic artists such as Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper. The landscape is still defined by the characteristic bottle-shaped pottery kilns and other structures carved from an industrial age but the city has great contemporary appeal for visitors too and Stoke on Trent hotels offer a great variety of accommodation options.

There is no one centre as such since the city was formed from the conurbation of six towns. Adjoining the further town of Newcastle under Lyme and with a location halfway between Birmingham and Manchester, the city's continuing success is a feature of its prime location. The city lies on the West Coast Main Line for trains and provides a road link between the M1 and the M6, offering easy access to all surrounding areas. As such it has become the site of many major distribution centres and there are many Stoke on Trent hotels which offer first class overnight accommodation for those with short term business to conduct.

Many of these hotels will be modern establishments or adaptations from roadside lodges, which will offer a high consistent standard of accommodation for travellers on business. There is usually ample parking on site and corporate features within the hotel such as meeting rooms and access to computers and other business equipment. Rooms are generally furnished in comfortable neutral tones and there is usually a work desk with internet connection and television with access to satellite channels. There may be other services too such as morning newspaper, shoe shine, laundry or dry cleaning.

Those with some leisure time to spend in the city will have plenty to occupy that time. The main attraction is of course the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in which the history of the industry is told in detail with many world class pottery exhibits. Additionally the main pottery companies such as Wedgewood, Dudson and Spode have their own museums which are housed in the splendid old factory buildings, in the case of the Dudson Centre in a Grade II listed bottle kiln. More modern attractions include Alton Towers, one of the country's best known theme parks, which is just 10 miles away. Stoke on Trent hotels will have plenty visitor information available.

There are plenty of green spaces in the city too, with each of the six towns having its own park and in Burslem Park the city has the largest Victorian park in the country. There are numerous nature reserves and at Trentham Gardens there is a monkey forest with some 140 Barbary Macaques. Music and the arts have a very strong heritage in the city and there are some great venues from traditional theatres to clubs which celebrate all manner of modern musical styles. Some of the old pubs and inns of the city make great Stoke on Trent hotels, filled with character, some good pub food, lively pub ambience and often some live music on show.

It would be no exaggeration to suggest Stoke on Trent hotels come in all shapes, ages, styles and sizes. There are grand Victorian hotels which offer all the refined luxuries and services which befit their status and classic roadside inns which offer a certain rustic charm. Then there are modern business oriented establishments and also family-run independent hotels where a warm welcome and a good nights sleep is followed by a hearty and full home cooked breakfast.