Category: Europe

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Every year the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival – sponsored by Starbucks since 2004 – brings together top quality performers in venues all over the city. Founded in 1978 when jazz guitarist and banjo player Mike Hart booked a weekend of bands at the long-gone Astoria Ballroom, it is now the longest-running jazz festival in
Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the exclusive and historically-unique  Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano  earlier this month.  This member of  the Dorchester Group is one of just two Milanese hotels that make it into the Condé Nast  top 700 hotels in the world. Occupying a great location on Piazza della Repubblica, it is  just
Mick Jagger at Vienna's Imperial Hotel

Mick Jagger at Vienna's Imperial Hotel

If you’re in Vienna today, look out for Mick Jagger.   He’s performing a concert and has booked the $8,600-a-night Royal Suite at the Imperial Hotel, plus all the other rooms on the same floor.   What’s interesting about this reservation is that, just days after he made it, George W. Bush’s men tried to

Just back from Italy and Switzerland

I’ve been away with the family this past fortnight and returned to the familiarity of home in the early hours of this morning.   We’ve had a fantastic time in Milan, the Italian Lakes and the Ticino region of Switzerland and I’ll be posting more details shortly.
Picnic concerts with English Heritage

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

The outdoor theatre season is finally here. Open-air ‘picnic style’ events have become as much a part of the English Summer as croquet, strawberries and cream, and Pimms. Following last year’s success, English Heritage is once again hosting a series of informal plays and musical evenings in the tranquil surroundings of some beautiful and historic
London's South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

London's South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

The County Hall Island Block – a detested London eyesore nearly Waterloo station and named Britain’s 11th ugliest building in a recent Channel 4 programme  – is at last to be knocked down.   It will make way for a 14-storey, £300m luxury hotel: the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. The new hotel will offer views
Venice's San Clemente Palace

Venice's San Clemente Palace

Beat the crowds by staying at this sumptuous former monastery on your own private island in Venice, just 10 minutes by gondola from St. Mark’s Square. Dine at the world-class Ca’ dei Frati Restaurant and watch the sun set over Venice every night from any of the palace terraces. There’s also two further restaurants, a
The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament challenges four teams of 15th Century knights to compete at jousting, archery, sword fighting and mounted skill at arms. On the 10th and 11th of June the Tournament visits one of England’s grandest country homes, Audley End, for heats 5 and 6. Visitors can experience the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and
New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

Three new Hilton Worldwide Resorts are due to open in Europe shortly. The first to open its doors will be the Hilton Evian Resort & Spa in France next month. This spectacular resort is situated on the shores of Lake Leman in the Western Alps, close to the French-Swiss border. Hilton Portorosa Sicily and Hilton
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
Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

A new luxury  self-catering establishment has opened near Cockermouth in Cumbria.   The 18th Century Anns Hill is situated just outside the Lake District National Park, away from some of the touristy parts of the county, and has just been given a five-star  classification from Visit Britain. One of the highlights of the newly renovated

Parma culinary tour from Select Italy and Academia Barilla

Select Italy has recently announced a new and exciting culinary adventure in Italy. In partnership with Parma’s Academia Barilla (recently featured on the Food Network), the Chicago-based tour operator and travel agency has created a luxury culinary getaway in the heart of the Italian bread-basket: Parma. This seven-day luxury tour is scheduled to start on
World Cup 2006 - Group H: Saudi Arabia team hotel

World Cup 2006 - Group H: Saudi Arabia team hotel

We’ve finally come to the end of our month-long daily look at the hotels occupied by the participating teams of the 2006 Fifa World Cup.   The Hotel Dolce  in the financial capital of Bad Nauheim is already occupied the Saudi Arabian national side who arrived last Saturday in ample time to prepare for their
World Cup 2006 - Group H: Tunisia team hotel

World Cup 2006 - Group H: Tunisia team hotel

For the penultimate entry of our look at World Cup team hotels, it’s the turn of Tunisia. Their squad will be staying at the Mercure  Schweinfurt  hotel. It’s a French chain hotel (part of the Accor brand) so should help make the Tunisians feel a little more at home in Germany. Although the 133-room hotel
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