Archive for December, 2013

Straight Up: Scarfe’s Bar

Straight Up: Scarfe’s Bar

On a cold and wet December evening, High Holborn is a drab place to be. The Rosewood hotel shines with festive light from the surrounding concrete. The bar here, Scarfe’s (named for the cartoonist, Gerald, who is supplying drawings and illustrations), has only been open for nine weeks, but already gained a reputation as an […]

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Fairmont Battery Wharf Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Winter Package

Fairmont Battery Wharf Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Winter Package

This winter, Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston’s urban waterfront retreat, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a variety of winter experiences. In addition to pampering at the spa or sipping afternoon tea in Battery Lounge, the Boston luxury hotel offers a Fifth Anniversary Package to make the most of the hotel’s cozy winter experiences. Located on the […]

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A room fit for a woman: More hotels dedicate floors to the needs of female travelers

A room fit for a woman: More hotels dedicate floors to the needs of female travelers

Book a room on the 11th floor of the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, D.C., and you’ll get special bath salts and body products, a magnifying mirror, nail polish, nail files and a curling iron. In other words, you’ll get pretty much anything you need to pamper yourself. They’re not exactly the types of amenities […]

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WestHouse New York is the newest Manhattan hotel to open their doors

WestHouse New York is the newest Manhattan hotel to open their doors

It’s official, as of December 27, 2013, the newest property to join the collection of luxury hotels in New York is open to their first guests (or in the case of this hotel concept, “hotel residents”) – welcome to the neighborhood WestHouse New York. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the WestHouse […]

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Spa review: weight loss at London’s Bulgari hotel

Spa review: weight loss at London’s Bulgari hotel

By Andrew Purvis The goal: Shedding a stone. I’m not obese, but I have that tendency, common in men my age, of looking like a python that has swallowed a goat – more Bulge-ari than Bulgari. Could I shed that middle-aged middle and tone up? The treatment: Bodyism is the brainchild of James Duigan, who […]

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Capella D.C.: Pampering, pre- and post-arrival

Capella D.C.: Pampering, pre- and post-arrival

By Rebecca Tobin Earlier this year, our hotels editor asked Capella Hotel Group Chairman Horst Schulze what differentiates Capella from its competitors. “We call every customer beforehand if we can reach them and we ask, ‘What can we do for you?’” he responded. “We will do everything as long as it’s legal, moral or ethical.” […]

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The Plaza Presents Exclusive New York City New Year’s Eve Packages

The Plaza Presents Exclusive New York City New Year’s Eve Packages

The Plaza invites guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City with a selection of exclusive packages. Whether one opts to ring in 2014 all over the city with the New Year’s Eve All Access package; celebrate in style with A Very Gatsby New Year; or partake in the ultimate fete with The […]

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Top 10 winter holiday getaways for 2014

Top 10 winter holiday getaways for 2014

By The Bristol Post A winter getaway is always a too good to turn down option but maybe the expense of Christmas has left you a little strapped for cash? Well there are some fantastic deals available at your local travel agents and airports. So why not save the cash you were going to spend […]

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D.C.’s hotel market makes room for new additions

D.C.’s hotel market makes room for new additions

By Connor Bevans, Jeff Myers and Charlie Schwieger While there’s no place like home for the holidays, many people will be traveling over the river and through the woods — and staying in hotels throughout the country. That’s good news for hotel operators in the Washington market. While occupancies have improved coming out of the […]

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Alex Polizzi on London’s new hotels

Alex Polizzi on London’s new hotels

By Alex Polizzi The London hotel scene has never been so buoyant. Traditional grande-dame luxury hotels are having to look to their laurels as new or revamped five-star properties open almost every month. And there have been interesting openings at the budget end of the market too. Over the past few months I’ve taken a […]

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Resorts sold to New York firms

Resorts sold to New York firms

By Gareth Finighan Coral Beach & Tennis Club and Horizons & Cottages have been sold to a subsiduary of New York-based Three Wall Capital in partnership with ROC Group. Two flagship Bermuda resorts have been snapped up by a New York-based boutique hotel investment firm. The Coral Beach & Tennis Club and its sister property, […]

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Hotel Near Georgetown University Shines Amidst Holiday Atmosphere

Hotel Near Georgetown University Shines Amidst Holiday Atmosphere

WASHINGTON, DC – Ah, the joys of Georgetown and the holidays! The perfect destination for creating fun holiday traditions that are oh, so Georgetown; this historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C is a great escape for bringing holiday joy to the entire family. All dressed up for the holidays, with lighted baskets lining the streets and […]

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Hotels team up with Google to give virtual tours

Hotels team up with Google to give virtual tours

By Nancy Trejos Hotels are partnering with Google to change the way travelers can view hotels even before they walk through the front entrance. Best Western International on Thursday will announce the launch of Google Business Photos for all 2,200 of its North American hotels. All hotels will have the virtual tours online by the […]

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ME London Wins Best Hotel of the Year at 2013 European Hospitality Awards

ME London Wins Best Hotel of the Year at 2013 European Hospitality Awards

By Natalie White The European Hospitality Awards, now in its fourth year, was held at IHG Park Lane, London on 1 November and received entries from the UK and world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators. The judges consisted of the most influential personalities and industry professionals including Michelin-starred chefs Heinz Beck and Clare Smyth. […]

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Loews Regency Hotel Set To Open In January 2014

Loews Regency Hotel Set To Open In January 2014

NEW YORK – Loews Hotels & Resorts today announced that Loews Regency Hotel in New York is now accepting reservations for stays beginning on January 16, 2014. The highly-anticipated reopening of the flagship property follows a comprehensive $100 million renovation, and the landmark hotel once again combines the best of design with thoughtful service, including […]

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Even Christmas Trees Tote a Brolly at London’s Goring Hotel

Even Christmas Trees Tote a Brolly at London’s Goring Hotel

The world is officially in “Countdown to Christmas” mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we’ll be featuring a hotel that’s in a holiday mood–whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake […]

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Smaller Meeting Rooms Make a Mighty Impression in Washington, DC

Smaller Meeting Rooms Make a Mighty Impression in Washington, DC

Sometimes sharing isn’t caring; it’s just sharing. Like when a hotel books 20 simultaneous events and everyone has to compete for service, access and meeting space. Other times, as at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, groups are treated like only children and receive personalized attention, choice event spaces and special perks. There may, […]

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The only hotel that will give you a diamond ring with your stay

The only hotel that will give you a diamond ring with your stay

It’s called the Jewel Suite for good reason. Pony up the US$25,000 (RM81, 198) a night to stay at this luxury apartment in New York City, and the hotel will throw a diamond ring in the deal. That’s right. In lieu of the complimentary free bottle of bubbly, fruit basket or box of chocolate bonbons, […]

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Where to eat and drink while Christmas shopping in London’s West End

Where to eat and drink while Christmas shopping in London’s West End

By Melanie McDonagh Around Knightsbridge/Sloane Street: The Capital The Capital, in Basil Street, is a hop, skip and jump from Harrods but it’s a haven of tranquillity away from the crowds. Its afternoon tea is pretty and delicious – check out the themed cakes -  and at £29.50, something of a bargain for this bit […]

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Mandarin Oriental New York debuts new Suite 5000

Mandarin Oriental New York debuts new Suite 5000

The way of luxury suites is getting more luxurious. Last week I told you about the new signature suites at New York’s The Plaza Hotel, and this week comes the debut of another Manhattan hotel suite: Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Suite 5000. The Mandarin Oriental, New York’s newest signature suite, Suite 5000 spans 3,300-square-feet on […]

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC Launches “DC Cool” Offerings for 2014

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC Launches “DC Cool” Offerings for 2014

In collaboration with Destination DC and its 2014 marketing campaign drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s “American Cool” exhibit, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. announces DC Cool, featuring five unique and specially created offerings inspired by the cool city starting January 1, 2014. “In what feels like an international city, it’s great to focus locally […]

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Hotel Watch: Westin Finds from AFAR

Hotel Watch: Westin Finds from AFAR

By Kelly A. Magyarics Whether you find yourself in a hotel in an unfamiliar city, or are looking for a new experience in a destination you’ve visited before, it can be tricky to navigate the barrage of travel guides, websites, and reviews. But if you have a reservation at one of Westin’s worldwide locations, it […]

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Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue Offers Parking Deal That’s Too Good To Pass Up

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue Offers Parking Deal That’s Too Good To Pass Up

New York is a city of pedestrians, Broadway shows and yellow taxi cabs. Visitors in town with vehicles but who want to experience the shimmering sidewalks of the city will love the new deal from the recently renovated Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue. The Parking Package in New York City affords guests deluxe accommodations from […]

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The Brown’s Hotel Christmas Tree is Sealed With a Kiss (or Two) From Lulu Guinness

The Brown’s Hotel Christmas Tree is Sealed With a Kiss (or Two) From Lulu Guinness

By KarenLouise The world is officially in “Countdown to Christmas” mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we’ll be featuring a hotel that’s in a holiday mood–whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble […]

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Skate into Christmas with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel & Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Skate into Christmas with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel &  Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Christmas in the capital is spectacular and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, London are providing a variety of ways to celebrate the festive season. From skating to shopping and theatre, the city offers the best experiences to make this Christmas unforgettable. The boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is minutes from the stunning ice skating rink at the […]

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