Category: Eastern Europe

Most expensive city in the world

Most expensive city in the world

The fact that Moscow has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city has got a lot of media attention recently. Mercer Human Resource Consulting‘s survey of 144 cities across six continents also showed Seoul move up in the rankings, pushing Tokyo down into third place. Many of the changes are due to exchange rate […]

Joe Louis Theatre scoops award

Joe Louis Theatre scoops award

The Joe Louis Theatre puppet group is currently celebrating  an award for best traditional performance at the World Festival of Puppet Art 2006, held recently  in Prague. Their traditional Thai performance showcased a 50-mintue piece titled ‘The Myth of Rahu and the Lunar Eclipse’ and told the story of the cause of lunar eclipses involving […]

Hilton Prague is being upgraded

Hilton Prague is being upgraded

Hilton is spending an estimated 50 million euros on its huge hotel in Prague in order to renovate all 788 rooms and other facilities within the building. They claim the expenditure is necessary “to meet clients’ increasing expectations and to keep track of the latest accommodation trends”.   20% of the accommodation has already been […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]

Renovation progress at the Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg

Renovation progress at the Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg

120 guest  rooms are now available at the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg – a month later than the originally planned date – following completion of the first stage of renovation of this Orient Express property. The interior design has been led by the French designer Michel Jouannet who has worked on high-profile  restoration […]

Lufthansa Private Jet heads east

Lufthansa Private Jet heads east

Lufthansa is continuing to expand its exclusive offer Lufthansa Private Jet which is set up in March last year. In addition to over 1,000 destinations already served in Europe, Lufthansa Private Jet  customers  will now be able to travel  between any of the international airports in the Russian Federation, or fly from there to Europe.

New York Palace in Budapest re-opens

New York Palace in Budapest re-opens

After the completion of a €80 million renovation, Italy’s Boscolo Group has re-opened Budapest’s famous New York Palace hotel. They bought the hotel for €9 million in 2001 and  purchased an adjacent property which now serves as a new wing of the hotel and takes the total number of rooms from 107 to 180. The […]

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

If you’re not already familiar with the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection series of books, check them out.   There is an edition for Europe and  another specifically for the UK & Ireland. These best-selling guides to some of the world’s coolest hotels have consistently good reviews and a considerable following. Available for purchase […]

Le Royal Méridien Bristol in Warsaw, Poland

Le Royal Méridien Bristol in Warsaw, Poland

This is a  popular Warsaw meeting place for high society and international dignitaries.   Le Royal Méridien  Bristol is located on King’s Walk, Warsaw’s most fashionable street, near the historical Old Town, the Royal Castle, the National Theatre, and the city’s business district, and overlooks the Presidential Palace. This art nouveau masterpiece blends 19th Century […]

Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception

Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception

Tomorrow’s Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception, Russia’s most exclusive tourism event, will  provide its visitors with an opportunity to meet with elite Russian travelers in the ambience of the   Pushkin Museum, Moscow. Russia is seeing more people play golf year on year, and Russian golfers are increasingly seeking high quality destinations the world […]

James Bond, licensed to fly

James Bond, licensed to fly

Ever felt like donning your tux and imagining you were James Bond?   With Elan Experiential Design Inc., you can! (Sadly, their website is  rather slow to load.)   They are offering a 007 adventure as  one of their extreme luxury experience offerings. You’ll get to fly to Nice, France, by private jet or first […]

Hotel Yasmin, Prague

Hotel Yasmin, Prague

The four-star Hotel Yasmin opens on Politických vězňů, Prague 1 this month, just around the corner from Wenceslas Square.   This new design hotel in the Czech capital has a total of 198 rooms, including 11 fully air-conditioned suites. It’s a neoclassical building  that has been turned  into a super-modern, Asian-inspired hotel, complete with red-themed […]

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers’ Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest […]

Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God

Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God is one of this decade’s major exhibitions. This unique collection of Czech and international art is open to the public for the first time in modern history. The exhibition  has already been held in New York but will be coming to Prague on 16th February  until 21st […]

Grand Hotel Europe being renovated

Grand Hotel Europe being renovated

In keeping with the times, the Grand Hotel Europe in  St. Petersburg  is embarking on a large-scale renovation and refurbishing project.  A total of 120 rooms has been scheduled for renovation during this winter, and will be available for booking as of 1st May 2006. The hotel will combine the elegant charm of 19th Century […]

Le Palais Hotel Prague

Le Palais Hotel Prague

If you’re thinking of visiting Prague out of season (now until 31st March 2006, 1st to 31st July 2006, or 1st November to 27th December 2006), then you can enjoy some fantastic rates at Le Palais Hotel Prague. Quote booking code PGKSAV and you can enjoy rates starting from 220 euros.   The hotel is […]