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Archive for November, 2011

An indulgent package is on offer at Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel for a cool $12,000

Monday, November 21st, 2011
Emporium Hotel

IT'S a holiday made in heaven for those with love in their hearts and even more cash in their wallets.

Brisbane's chic Emporium Hotel is offering what it calls "the ultimate indulgence package" – a day and night of luxury and pampering, plus the opportunity to have a piece of jewellery styled by acclaimed designer Margot McKinney.

All for a cool $12,000.

The Emporium Hotel is one of several five-star hotels, resorts and lodges in Queensland defying doom and gloom in the tourism sector by pitching ever more extravagant offers at the top end of the market.

"From the moment the hotel was built – with its interior decor, with its architecture, with the small number of rooms and higher-than-average level of staffing – we've really tried to pitch ourselves at the top", hotel general manager Peter Savoff said.

"We've always refused to compromise the standards and services … Read the rest

The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres: The Newest Venture From Excellence Group

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
The Beloved Hotel

Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts, the hotel chain known worldwide for managing 5-star resorts in the Caribbean, announces the renewal of its portfolio with the creation of the Beloved Hotels brand; a new concept that combines luxury and comfort with the convenience of the 'boutique style' all-inclusive, in the perfect family-friendly setting poised for pleasure and relaxation.

Excellence has selected one of its most recognized five star resorts, La Amada Hotel, to become the first of its kind to be branded in this unique and exclusive category: Beloved Hotels. This coming winter season 2011 / 2012, the hotel group will introduce the luxurious The Beloved Hotel and will offer customers the opportunity to indulge in sophistication within the all-inclusive product.

"Our guests will now greatly reap the benefits from this transition, while enjoying all the amenities and services offered by the all-inclusive brand, The Beloved Hotel, a property that … Read the rest

Aerowisata Hotels and Resorts certified Eco Hotels

Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Sanur Beach Hotel Bali

Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts, a chain hotel group spread in a number of locations across Indonesia including Bali, Lombok, Pekanbaru, Bandung, and Papua, has been certified “Eco Hotels” by TUV Rheinland from Germany.

Aerowisata, a subsidiary company of Garuda Indonesia, gained recognition for its commitment to enhance aspects in waste management, water treatment, conservation, efficient electricity usage, and better overall environmental development.

The certificate was presented by President Director of TUV Rheinland Indonesia, Muhammad Asana at Hanoman Garden, Sanur Beach Hotel Bali on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, that was also attended by executive Vice President of Aerowisata Hotels & Resorts, Anton Pratono.

In his speech, Anton stated that the certification is an acknowledgement for Aerowisata hotels reducing negative impacts and preserving the environment, which are part of the Green program conducted by Garuda Indonesia. Furthermore, this achievement is hoped to attract more international tourists, especially from Europe, since Europeans are very … Read the rest

Starwood Hotels Hits 200th Hotel Milestone In Asia Pacific

Friday, November 18th, 2011
The St. Regis Shenzhen

Powering ahead in Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it has surpassed the 200th hotel milestone with a flurry of recent openings in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Starwood continues to widen its lead as the largest operator of four and five star hotels in Asia Pacific with plans to reach over 320 hotels by 2014.

“The opening of our 200th hotel in Asia Pacific underscores the vitality of this market and its importance to our future growth,” said Frits van Paasschen, President & CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Demand for our high-caliber brands continues to soar across Asia’s many dynamic markets, driven by phenomenal economic growth and significant increases in outbound travel, particularly from China and India.”

Asia Pacific is Home to Starwood’s Highest, Largest and Tallest Hotels
Starwood’s diverse portfolio in Asia boasts several record-setting properties including its highest, … Read the rest

Happy Hotel Holidays

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is offering an easy way to enjoy all the fun of the season while staying safe.

The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel offers an easy post-party commute so you can trade your car keys for room keys and simply take the elevator home.

A special rate is available through the holiday season on Friday and Saturday night stays from Nov. 17 to Dec. 30.

“The holidays are a busy time of year with lots of entertaining across Toronto," said Tony Dunn, the hotel's general manager. “Whether in the city visiting friends and family or with colleagues at the office holiday party, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel offers a safe and responsible way to enjoy all that the festive season has to offer."

W brand keeps expanding

Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open W. Jakarta in 2015, making the debut of W Hotels worldwide in Jakarta and its second hotel in Indonesia … Read the rest

Emporium Hotel Featured Hotel Review

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Emporium Hotel

The term 'eye for detail' has been followed to the enth degree in one of the most exquisitely luxe boutique hotels in Australia.

Nestled in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, minutes from shops, bars and restaurants, the 'Emporium Hotel' has been designed with the most finite details in mind.

'Emporium' owner, Francine John, enlisted master craftsmen, many locally based, to realise her design concepts inspired by the frangipani flower that is peppered throughout the property in various forms.

Located in a 'piazza' type precinct, the exquisite chandelier in the lobby takes my breath away but not as much as the personalised service offered by every staff member who crosses my path.

When you drive onto a property and the valet knows your name before you step out of the car, it still astounds me!

My multitude of luggage is carefully placed onto a trolley and the reception staff … Read the rest

Chicago’s swanky Elysian hotel to become a Waldorf Astoria

Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chicago's acclaimed Waldorf Astoria Chicago will no longer be an independent luxury boutique hotel, Crain's Chicago reports.

It's going to become a Waldorf Astoria, Hilton's luxury brand, the article says.

Crain's cites unnamed sources, but Hotel Check-In has heard the same information from sources. Other luxury brands from the U.S. and abroad had also visited the hotel to possibly run it.

The hotel will take a brand name because the other part of the news is that billionaire financier Sam Zell is buying the hotel for about $95 million, sources tell Crain's.

If true, the per-room price for the 188-room hotel would be $505,000 – the highest, Crain's says, for a Chicago hotel. Zell apparently expects to lift the hotel's value by bringing in Hilton to manage it and market it to its millions of customers.

The owner of the hotel, which opened during the recession two years ago and … Read the rest

Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm Receives Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award in International “Best Of” Category

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Los Poblanos Inn

Historic Inn Property in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico Wins International Recognition, Acclaim for "Local Flavor" Experience.

Among the most experienced and discerning international travelers, they say it's the little things that count the most when it comes to accommodations.

For some that could translate into massive reception areas, 24-hour concierge service and liveried valet parking but for the nearly 1,000 hyper-critical and seasoned travelers who took part in voting for the 2011 Fodor's Top 100 Hotels in the World, it had more to do with organic produce grown mere yards from the kitchen, the intoxicating scent of freshly distilled lavender oil and even the antics of a goat named Periwinkle.

Los Poblanos Inn is pleased to announce its having been named one of "Fodor's 100 Hotels," for 2011, a designation given to the top 100 "best in category" hotels in the world. Los Poblanos was the only New … Read the rest

Spicers Balfour Hotel – Queensland’s best new tourism development

Friday, November 11th, 2011
Spicers Balfour Hotel

New inner Brisbane retreat Spicers Balfour Hotel has been recognised as Queensland’s best New Tourism Development at the Queensland Tourism Awards.

Located in the fashionable inner-city suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a unique and intimate environment for corporate and leisure travellers to retreat and relax only three kilometres from the heart of Brisbane.

Launched in September 2010, the property is the newest and the first city-based property for the Spicers Retreats, Hotels & Lodges group.

“It’s thrilling to have made such an impression in our first year,” Spicers Balfour Hotel general manager Matt Simpson said.

“As a new property we’ve had the opportunity to do things a bit differently and really make Spicers Balfour Hotel a ‘home away from home’ for our guests.

"It was important to us not to lose sight of our vision as a city retreat delivering luxurious, practical accommodation and an extensive range … Read the rest

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar San Francisco is Kicking Off the Holiday Season with Two Festive Packages

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Hotel Palomar San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and A Jolly Holiday this Coming Season

Get your jingle on this holiday season at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar San Francisco, a luxury boutique hotel ideally located just steps away from Union Square's exciting holiday decorations, lights and ice skating rink. For guests looking for the most festive place to spend the holidays, Hotel Palomar is offering an array of holiday packages:

"Pie + Family + Booze=Splendid Holiday" package provides guests with a nice little breather from the chaos of the holidays, with a delicious fixing to go with any Thanksgiving or holiday feast. The package is available beginning Nov. 17 through Dec. 29, 2011 with rates starting at $229. The rate code to book this package is: "BIRD." Details of the package include:

  • Stay in comfortable Deluxe Room accommodations, a perfect getaway.
  • Choose a pie or cranberry preserve to bring your family for
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