Category: Hotels

Shanghai Pudong Marriott Executive Apartments

Marriott International, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of luxury, extended stay Marriott Executive Apartments in Shanghai with the opening of the Union Square Shanghai Pudong Marriott Executive Apartments under a management agreement with Shanghai Xing Sheng Industry Development (Group) Co., Ltd. It is the second Marriott Executive Apartments property in Shanghai, and the fourth of […]

Emmy swag bag

Emmy swag bag

Tonight sees the 58th Emmy awards and, as per usual these days, the celebrity presenters will be in for a great selection of goodies. Among them will be a 5-day stay at Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island, plus access to all water sports, 2 nights at the US Grant in San Diego, including […]

2006 HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence

A judging panel of 50 industry professionals and travel media has sifted through over 600 nominations for the 2006 HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence to shortlist finalists across 36 categories.   The awards celebrate the best of the best in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and the winners will be unveiled in […]

Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Opening next month, Mandarin Oriental, Prague has been designed as an intimate, luxurious hotel featuring a contemporary, yet elegant interior style, with exacting attention to detail, reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage. Situated in the Bohemian city of Prague, the hotel is located in Mala Strana, a peaceful location just across the river from the […]

The best of Best Western Australia

The best of Best Western Australia

In a recent gala dinner, Best Western Australia celebrated the best of their membership in their annual Best Awards for Excellence. Best Western Madison Motor Inn, Newcastle NSW picked up the award of Best 4 ½ Star Property, whilst the Best Western Ballarat Suites, Ballarat VIC picked up the award of Highest Quality Assurance Score.

Another expensive cocktail

Last month I mentioned a cocktail in New York that was for sale at $1500. And now I’ve found one in Belfast at an almost similar price tag of £750. The five star Marchant Hotel has reported sold two of its Mai Tai cocktails since it started offering them a few weeks back. The drink […]

Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa, Cafayate, Argentina

Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa, Cafayate, Argentina

The Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa, situated in the heart of the Calchaquíes Valley, is running a Luxury Romance package where you can leap into a world beyond your imagination blending romance and elegance. As well as luxury accommodation, you’ll enjoy Champagne and flowers upon arrival and  a daily breakfast for two at their […]

St. Regis Resort & Residencs Bali

St. Regis Resort & Residencs Bali will be the first St. Regis resort property in Asia and is expected to open in October 2007.   There will be  79 hotel suites,  22 two to four bedroom  residences available for sale and 42 luxurious one and two bedroom villas available to purchase.

Gun scare at Portmarnock Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

Gun scare at Portmarnock Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

The manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, Steve Staunton,  was confronted by a man at gunpoint outside the luxuruious 84-room  Portmarnock Hotel this evening, prior to the team’s friendly match against Holland on Wednesday. A man was later arrested on a nearby beach.    The incident comes nearly three years after  two armed […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Louisiana

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Louisiana

Just one hotel in Louisiana picked up Five Star Diamond Award status  in the latest  AAA inspection: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans The hotel is currently closed but expects to re-open in December 2006.

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

All of Illinois’  hotels to receive  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection are Chicago-based. In all,  there are three achieving the grade: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago The Peninsula Chicago The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel (new in 2006)

UKseries.com using Google Maps

UKseries.com using Google Maps

This is a slightly shameless bit of self-promotion but an exciting development from the world of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. where I work.   The company runs the UKseries.com network of sites which includes UK Hotel, UK Attraction, UK Eating Out and a whole host of other sites under the same umbrella, and a recent […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Hawaii

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Hawaii

If Hawaii’s on your list of places to visit, you might like to consider the state’s Five Star Diamond Award winners in the latest  AAA inspection. In all,  4 properties in  Georgia achieved this standard: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Get ready for The Keating, San Diego CA

Get ready for The Keating, San Diego CA

The Keating, which is expected  to open in San Diego  later this year, will combine the highest level of expressive Italian design with sophisticated and personalized service. The Keating defines a new standard for lifestyle hotels worldwide. As one of San Diego’s oldest buildings, The Keating is centrally located in the heart of the Gaslamp […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

Four properties in Georgia were recognised with  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Lodge at Sea Island – St. Simons Island The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead – Atlanta

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

The Michelin-starred Gilpin Lodge (which happens to be just a few miles down the road from where I’m currently blogging) has recently opened its six new garden suites, each with its own private garden. These luxurious suites all have outdoor hot tubs and an upshot of this is that  Gilpin Lodge and  Ben Cunliffe Architects […]

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