Category: Europe

Kinmel Hall in North Wales - Wales' next luxury hotel?

Kinmel Hall in North Wales – Wales’ next luxury hotel?

Rumour has it that Kinmel Hall  near Abergele, North Wales, could become a luxury 5-star hotel. However, the buyers will have to get any plans approved by Conwy County Borough Council first since the building only has permission for use as a Christian conference centre right now – the purpose it was bought for over […]

World Cup 2006 - Group D: Mexico team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Mexico team hotel

The Hotel Freizeit Inn  website currently displays the message “Bienvenido México” in  advance of the squad’s  visit for this year’s World Cup. This  Göttingen hotel is privately run and regarded as one of the best conference hotels in Germany with 211 rooms over 5 floors. Of particular interest to the impending  guests will be the […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: The Netherlands team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: The Netherlands team hotel

With the World Cup only a month away now, the Netherlands will soon be staying at the Parkhotel Adler to begin their challenge for the ultimate football glory. And the accommodation should not disappoint. This five-star hotel is situated in the beautiful village of Hinterzarten in the Black Forest and set in a large area […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: Serbia & Montenegro team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: Serbia & Montenegro team hotel

Serbia & Montenegro will soon be staying at the  Hotel Weißenburg, Billerbeck, in preparation for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. The hotel has 90 rooms and  its own  restaurant. To take their minds off football, the players will find the hotel has its own bowling area, swimming pool, sauna, solarium and  spacious sun terrace. The […]

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

London’s  Marriott West India Quay found itself in the most unlikely of situations recently after hosting the English Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, prior to their last game of the season.    Many of the Spurs players were hit with a virus just before the game,  enabling rivals  Arsenal to ‘pip them at the […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: Ivory Coast team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: Ivory Coast team hotel

Klostermannshof Hotel, Niederkassel, is no stranger to hosting national and international football teams and will this June host Didier Drogba (pictured)  and the rest of the  Ivory Coast national side for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. This 4-star hotel is a listed building with 66 bedrooms, 2 restaurants and an 18-hole golf course […]

One of Europe's largest luxury airport hotels

One of Europe’s largest luxury airport hotels

London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 will have just one hotel. The Sofitel London Heathrow  will be  a £180-million, 600-bed luxury airport hotel and convention centre. It is due to open in March 2008 and will have excellent business facilities, with 30 meeting rooms, a lecture theatre for 150 people, and  the ability to accommodate 1500 […]

Top 10 summer resorts

Top 10 summer resorts

The excellent Luxist blog has run a feature entitled “Top Ten Summer Resorts” in preparation for the forthcoming summer and have given us their pick of the best: 1. Soneva Gili, Maldives 2. North Island, Seychelles 3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 4. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco 5. Ashford Castle, Ireland 6. King Pacific Lodge, […]

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 […]

World Cup 2006 - Group C: Argentina team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group C: Argentina team hotel

The highly rated Argentina team, thought to have a real chance of World Cup success, will be staying at the Herzogspark-Hotel, Herzogenaurac, 25 kilometres from Nürnberg. The hotel has almost 100 spacious rooms (38 sq m) with elegant bathrooms, CD player, high-speed internet access and other conveniences. The ‘Mondial’ restaurant specialises in Franconian dishes. The […]

World Cup 2006 - Group B: Sweden team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group B: Sweden team hotel

The Swedish national team have chosen the Park Hotel, Bremen  as their base for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. This superior 5-star hotel is within minutes of Bremen International Airport. The restaurant typically serves French-German style cooking and their  wine list has over 400 wines; I  imagine the latter will be strictly off limits […]

World Cup 2006 - Group B: Trinidad & Tobago team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group B: Trinidad & Tobago team hotel

The five star Hotel Landhaus Wachtelhof in Rotenburg will serve as the home of the Trinidad & Tobago team for the 2006 World Cup. This beautiful  property  is built in a residence style and has 36 double rooms and 2 suites. Leisure facilities include whirlpool, massage service, steam bath, sauna, solarium and indoor pool. The […]

World Cup 2006 - Group B: Paraguay team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group B: Paraguay team hotel

The 2006  Paraguay World Cup  team  will be staying  at Sportschule Oberhaching, 12 kilometres south of Munich. Established in 1994, this Bavarian  academy has excellent provision for a number of sports.   In addition to football facilities, there’s a running track, swimming pool, table tennis, sauna, solarium, etc.  Paraguay won’t expect to remain in the […]

Moneymoons

Moneymoons

Forbes is running a feature called ‘Moneymoons‘ which I assume are just honeymoons that cost a lot of money. Anyway, as usual they’re running ‘top ten’ slideshow, and this time is no exception. The “ten luxury honeymoon destinations” featured are: Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia Canoe Bay, Chetek, Wisconsin Château de la Chèvre d’Or, Eze, France […]

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]