Category: Western Europe

Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel to re-open next month

The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, is expected to open next month after $400 million of renovations which commenced back in 2004. As well as transforming all 173 rooms, there’s a new 40,000 square foot spa which has been designed by the highly talented Sylvia Sepielli. Reservations are already being taken.

7 star hotel ratings are now official?  Nonsense!

7 star hotel ratings are now official? Nonsense!

Self-accredited hotel classifications are a bugbear of mine. I think they only serve to deceive the public who don’t know better. For the record, no national tourist board has a classification scheme that goes beyond 5 stars; for some, the highest accolade is only 4 stars (eg. France); only if you’re really lucky might […]

Attitude Hotels

Founded by Pedro Castro, Attitude Hotels is a new hotel brand specifically geared towards gays and lesbians of a discerning nature. They offer a selection of over twenty-five hotels in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. By next year, the objective is to propose […]

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Discover an original and ancient side of Sicily. Just over an hour from Palermo, Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza is situated in a lush valley of olive groves and vineyards. It offers a refined resort experience that combines ultimate relaxation with its pools and beach club; nakhlah longevity, lifestyle and beauty spa; children’s program; and […]

Crystal Adventures

Crystal Adventures

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is raising its own shore-side bar with lavish, over-the-top Crystal Adventures in Europe. New “extreme luxury” tours, designed for a discerning few, boast European sports cars, helicopters and private yachts to explore European destinations in extravagantly different ways. Whether you are looking to explore Monaco in a Maserati or navigate the […]

New spa at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona on the Costa del Sol

New spa at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona on the Costa del Sol

Following a €7 million hotel renovation, it is only fitting that the Spa at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona has also been given a rejuvenating facelift for 2008. With the introduction of new products and treatments from luxurious brand Éminence Organic Skin Care, and a highly qualified homeopathic doctor as Spa Manager and Owner, Kempinski […]

T+L Design Awards 2008

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, Nike designer John Hoke, accessory designer of the year Richard Lambertson, Neue Galerie New York director Renée Price, fashion designer Yeohlee Teng , and architects Hani Rashid and David Rockwell (phew!) have joined forces to select the winners of the T+L Design Awards 2008. Awards span 15 categories and include The […]

British Tourism Week re-visited

British Tourism Week re-visited

Today marks the start of the second annual British Tourism Week, a scheme organised by VisitBritain and UKinbound with the support of others, to promote Britain. Lots of different events are listed on the site; the varied program includes such items as Chester Film Society Film Festival, the Alfred Hitchcock London Locations Walk and the […]

The first ANdAZ hotel - but will the concept catch on?

The first ANdAZ hotel – but will the concept catch on?

Formerly The Great Eastern Hotel, the first of Hyatt’s ANdAZ hotels is located directly beside Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London’s financial and cultural district, the colourful East End. Standing proud in a splendid 19th century red brick building, prepare to be impressed at the innovative 21st century contrast that lies within! Once […]

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Europe, according to Tripadvisor

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin – Berlin, Germany Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort – Mykonos, Greece Hotel Le Palais – Prague, Czech Republic The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel – London, England Hotel Prinsenhof – Brugge, Belgium Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal – Budapest, Hungary Rudding Park Hotel – Harrogate, England Swissotel Berlin – Berlin, Germany Four Seasons Hotel George […]

Silverjet continuing to soar?

Silverjet continuing to soar?

Some have questioned whether the likes of Silverjet can survive in the aftermath of MaxJet’s bankruptcy, yet the business class only airline has announced its traffic figures for February 2008 which show another record month. Out of the 13,800 available seats in the month of February, 64% were filled – up almost 10% when compared […]

Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of staying at Manchester’s only 5-star hotel, The Lowry. Branded as one of The Rocco Forte Collection, The Lowry Hotel is located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the Chapel Wharf area between Manchester city centre and Salford. Being on the fringe of the […]

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme gets new spa

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme gets new spa

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is a truly luxurious Parisian hotel, located in the heart of the city on the prestigious Rue de la Paix. It is within walking distance of the Place Vendôme, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay are also nearby. This is the place to be seen in one […]

What’s on the menu?

Ever wondered what food you might be served on a business-only airline? Here’s what’s on the menu with Silverjet, created by the London restaurant Le Caprice, for the month of March: London – New York daytime menu This month’s daytime menu consists of salt beef and green bean salad or endive salad with […]

The rise and fall of two restaurants in France

The rise and fall of two restaurants in France

Disappointment comes today to a restaurant when Napoleon once dined. Le Grand Vefour in Paris lost one of its Michelin stars and has been downgraded to just two stars. It was the only three-star restaurant in the Michelin guide to France, to be published later this week, to suffer this fate. Meanwhile, on […]

Emirates and the A380

Emirates and the A380

Emirates has 58 of the huge, double-decked A380 planes on order, and has announced that it will be flying from Dubai to a number of destinations before the end of the year. Flights from Dubai to New York begin in October 2008 and will be followed by Dubai-London Heathrow flights from 1st December 2008. Routes […]

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