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Behind the scenes at Hotel Stephanie
Stephanie Booth
Stephanie Booth at Bryn Howell Hotel, near Llangollen

A fly-on-the-wall TV series follows larger-than-life businesswoman Stephanie Booth running her hotel empire in north east Wales.

Hotel Stephanie follows her day-to-day, coping during the recession, and trying to keep afloat her six hotels in Wrexham, Llangollen and Ruthin, with husband David.

The programme shows Stephanie, 63, is not afraid to get her hands dirty. If a room needs cleaning she'll do it, she'll wait on tables and even unload a lorry - in high heels.

Hotel Stephanie follows larger-than-life hotel owner Stephanie Booth

Stephanie is certainly no stranger to fighting for what she believes in.

She has been in the media spotlight before having had gender reassignment surgery - facing scrutiny at the hands of her peers, family and society.

"Fortunately, I've learnt to live through my life following a simple mantra - 'the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind'," she says.

"With my background I've had to do that. And if people can't handle it then fine."

As well as the hotels, Stephanie is also the brains behind a wider business empire which includes make-over shops and an internet mail-order business.

But having the cameras follow her for the programme was something she had to get used to.

Stephanie's hotel chain
The Chainbridge, Llangollen
Wild Pheasant, Llangollen
The Castle Hotel, Ruthin
The Anchor Hotel, Ruthin
Bryn Howel Hotel, Trevor
Bodidris Hall, Llandegla

"At first I found the process of being filmed quite intrusive," she says.

"The cameras were with us for a total of 14 weeks. They weren't with us every day but we did have a fairly gruelling schedule.

"By the end I'd forgotten there was a camera and a big boom mic following me. The production team made it very easy for us. It certainly was an experience."

Mentorn Cymru in association with Chwarel, who made Hotel Stephanie for BBC Wales, was given exclusive access to Stephanie.

The series is a no-holds barred insight into her world and follows her on the day-to-day running of the hotel chain, showing how she has to stay one step ahead of the game to ensure that her businesses survive.

Hotel Stephanie - Mondays from 2 November, BBC One Wales, 10.35pm




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