Category: Hotels

The Grand Corniche: new luxury in Abu Dhabi

The Grand Corniche: new luxury in Abu Dhabi

A $100 million luxury hotel and residence áis coming to Abu Dhabi. Constructed by the áBin Salem Group, the five-star Grand Corniche will occupy the Khalidiya area of the city and will be a 35-storey property with more than 300 rooms. á It has been designed by Singapore’s Surbana and is forecast to open in […]

Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva prepares to open

Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva prepares to open

Next month Kempinski Hotels will unveils its newest European hotel – the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva. The five star lakefront hotel, once known as the Noga Hilton, is currently being refurbished from top to bottom. Tjca Architects is designing the hotel’s exterior with a light and futuristic feel and the hotel’s interior design, playing with […]

Cambria Suites coming to Boise, Idaho

Cambria Suites coming to Boise, Idaho

Choice Hotels International is launching a new upscale brand known as Cambria Suites which is being marketed at Boise International Airport through the ádisplay of a full-size, pop-up guest suite. The model is receiving around 300-500 visitors per day and is raising awareness of áCambria Suites’ first opening in Boise which is áslated for March […]

FamTASTIC offer in Italy, from Starwood

FamTASTIC offer in Italy, from Starwood

Stay with your family at at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy and enjoy daily buffet breakfast and 50% off additional accommodation for children up to 17 years of age. A 50% discount on one lunch or dinner applies for stays of 3 nights or more. The offer is valid for stays booked and […]

Forbes’ luxury deal of the day

If you’re in the market for a late deal, keep an eye out for Forbes’ luxury deal of the day. Today’s offering is a bonafide 007 package at the Czech Republic’s áGrandhotel Pupp featured in Casino Royale. Standing in as the “Hotel Splendide” in Montenegro in the recent Bond flick Casino Royale, the ornate, Old […]

The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa to be converted into luxury condos

The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa to be converted into luxury condos

It was only the other day that I mentioned The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa at Telluride, CO. Now news is in that $60 million in renovations and refurbishments will see it be transformed into condominiums for individual ownership for those seeking a luxury mountain lifestyle. The conversion is due to be completed by […]

Interview with Eduardo Blanco of Different Spain

Interview with Eduardo Blanco of Different Spain

My ásecond interview is with Eduardo Blanco of Different Spain, an agency which he runs independently. á Eduardo has worked in a number of luxury hotels (Cortijo Soto Real, Hacienda Boticaria áand San Roque Club), and had airline experiences in Barcelona and London. He ocassionally writes hotel reviews, co-operates in travel websites and blogs, and […]

Rotana Resort Saadiyat Beach near Abu Dhabi

Rotana Resort Saadiyat Beach near Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island, a residential and tourism real estate development just 500m offshore from Abu Dhabi, is to get a five star Rotana Resort. The luxury Rotana Resort Saadiyat Beach will have a 400-450 room upscale hotel, a private stretch of beach, a variety of restaurants, meeting and conference facilities, a spa and a fully equipped […]

Doubletree expands Canadian portfolio

Doubletree expands Canadian portfolio

Doubletree Hotels proudly announces the opening of their first, full-service hotel in the province of Québec, with the debut of the Doubletree Plaza Hotel Montreal. Perfectly positioned in the progressive Eastside of Montreal’s “Centre-Ville”, the hotel is just minutes from such legendary, year-round attractions as Old Montreal, Mont Royal, the Olympic Stadium, Biodome and Casino […]

Congo President enjoyed lavish stays at the Waldorf Astoria

Congo President enjoyed lavish stays at the Waldorf Astoria

It’s been revealed by The Sunday Times that the leader of one of Africa’s poorest countries – the Republic of Congo – spent $400,000 on hotel bills as members of his entourage “drank Cristal Champagne and charged tens of thousands of dollars of room service”. President Denis Sassou-Nguesso enjoyed stays at a Waldorf Astoria suite […]

Miss Potter mania

Miss Potter mania

Last April, I told you about the Hollywood film crew áclose to ámy neck of the woods, filming for the Miss Potter movie. Now the film is out, it looks like it could be a very successful year for tourism in the English Lake District, and it seems everyone’s out to get a piece of […]

Renovations to Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas

Renovations to Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas

Thanks to $6 million worth of renovations, guests of the Renaissance Austin Hotel will now enjoy even more luxurious surroundings. Now with a more high-tech feel, the hotel has completed renovations of the lobby area, restaurant, ballroom, guest rooms, meeting rooms, Club Level and Presidential Suite over the past two years. All 492 guest rooms […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A áweekly ápick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Fish for barramundi at Wrotham Park Lodge, Australia Experience the 18th Century at Ahilya Fort, India Devour Spanish tapas in London, áat Fino Get some retail therapy at The W Hotels Store

Westin is heading for Avon, CO

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas are to come to Avon, Colorado in 2008, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced. The áformer will be a 235-room full service hotel and resort facility and is áalready under construction, slated to start operations for the 2008 ski season. This […]

Unique hotel in Toronto, Canada

Unique hotel in Toronto, Canada

Calling itself an ‘unique hotel’ rather than a ’boutique hotel’, Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel certainly offers something a little different. The historical building dates back to 1889 and has been restored with 37 guest rooms designed by local artists offering visitors instant immersian into Toronto’s art scene. Exhibitions, music and film screenings are often hosted at […]

Embassy Suites Hotel Mexico City - Reforma

Embassy Suites Hotel Mexico City – Reforma

The first upscale, all suite hotel in Mexico City áhas opened in the Reforma District. The Embassy Suites Hotel Mexico City – Reforma áis near the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) áand within easy access of the Historic District with the Zocalo and the National Palace. The suites are equipped with plasma […]

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