Category: North America

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

Two new Ritz-Carlton hotels join the ranks of the Five Star Diamond Award winners in Florida in the latest áAAA inspection. In all, 9 properties in the state áreached the required standards: The Breakers – Palm Beach Mandarin Oriental – Miami Ponte Vedra Inn and Club – Ponte Vedra Beach The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island The […]

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Hotels has opened its newest property: the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. It is áan upscale, all-suite property located in the heart of Chicago’s nightlife. It is close to the John Hancock Center, Lakeshore Drive, Water Tower Place and áMagnificent Mile shopping. The hotel’s 345 guest suites have all been renovated and there’s a […]

Lake Placid's Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

The Whiteface Lodge has just marked its first anniversary and what an opening year it has been! it is one of only two properties in the áUSA to be áincluded in the recent Robb Report “Best of the Best” 2006 Special Issue, alongside Wynn Las Vegas, áand is included in the áCondé Nast Traveler 2006 […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

In the álatest áAAA inspection, the Five Diamond Award winners in Washington DC are confined to the likes of Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons ábrands. They are: Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Stogie & Vine opens in Tucson, Arizona

Stogie & Vine opens in Tucson, Arizona

Stogie & Vine is a new wine and cigar bar that has been opened in Tucson, áArizona by Camerone and Jeffrey Parker. Embracing a stylish and contemporary vibe, the bar has its own á1,000-bottle wine cellar and a 2,000 square foot lounge from which to enjoy the merchandise. á Facilities such as wireless internet, fax […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Connecticut

The latest áAAA inspection identified only one Five Diamond Award winner in the whole of Connecticut: The Mayflower Inn – Washington

A new brand on the block: Solage Hotels & Resorts

A new brand on the block: Solage Hotels & Resorts

The luxury hotel operator Auberge Resorts has launched a new hotel brand called Solage Hotels & Resorts. The first hotel to open within the Solage umbrella will be the Solage Calistoga, an 89-room resort expected to open in áCalifornia’s Napa Valley áin May 2007. Room rates are expected to range from $275 for a deluxe […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Colorado

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Colorado

Three accommodations in Colorado áwere given áFive Diamond áhonours from áthe AAA’s latest inspection. They were: The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs The Little Nell – Aspen The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch – Beaver Creek (new in 2006)

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: California

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: California

There are more AAA Five Diamond Award winners in California than any other state in the USA, thanks largely to Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton which combined account for more than half the total. Those achieving Five Diamond status this year are: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows Château du Sureau – Oakhurst Four Seasons Hotel […]

Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel opens in New York

Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel opens in New York

Ian Schrager, who pioneered the idea of boutique hotels in the mid-80s with Morgans in New York following a successful career as a nightclub owner, has most recently teamed up with artist and film director Julian Schnabel. Their first partnership has reached completion in the form of the five-star áGramercy Park Hotel on Lexington Avenue, […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Arizona

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Arizona

There were five lodging providers in Arizona that achieved top, Five Diamond áhonours from áthe AAA’s latest inspection. They were: The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa – Carefree The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Camelback Inn – Scottsdale The Phoenician – Scottsdale

Kenny Rogers to kick off concert at Sea Pines Resort

Kenny Rogers to kick off concert at Sea Pines Resort

Kenny Rogers, an American music icon, and country music legend will be on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, áfor a special concert at Sea Pines Resort tomorrow. Presented by High Tide Entertainment, Kenny Rogers will kick off the summer concert series on 3rd áAugust 2006. The concert will take place in center court of Harbour […]

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

San Diego’s chic Hotel Solamar has been sold for $87 million. The property only opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in April of last year and the deal follows a strong recovery in the San Diego hotel industry since 9/11. The sum paid equates to around $370,000 per room, similar to the amount recently paid by […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners

AAA Five Diamond Award winners

After reviewing over 50,000 hotels and resorts across North America, AAA inspectors have announced the winners of the AAA Five Diamond Award. Throughout most of August, there will be a post a day summing up the 24 US states that have AAA Five Diamond accommodation, plus those in Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Aloha Pualani, Maui

Aloha Pualani, Maui

If you’re looking for something other than a resort in Maui, spare a thought for Aloha Pualani. This small boutique hotel opened with áfive suites just three years ago and is just two minutes’ walk from the beach. With views of either the ocean or pool (or both), rates start from $265 a night with […]

Maine Lobster Festival coming very soon

Maine Lobster Festival coming very soon

Brace yourself for the 59th annual Maine Lobster Festival, held in Rockland, Maine, and commencing tomorrow. The highlights of the event, which will run until 6th August 2006, áinclude a lobster dinner with views of Penobscot Bay, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess, the lobster crate race, a cooking contest, Maine arts and crafts, […]

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