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Posts Tagged ‘Boutique hotel’

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

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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A batik shop that has blossomed into a welcoming hotel

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
Hotel Susanthas

How nice to find a place to stay that has all the attributes of a boutique hotel but without the pretension and inflated prices.

Hotel Susanthas, adjoining the National Holiday Resort in Bentota, began life 40 years ago as the Susantha Batik Factory, a low-walled compound where brilliant batiks were produced for sale to tourists. Gradually it became a simple restaurant, expanding in 1982 to a guesthouse with seven rooms.

As more rooms and facilities were added it became known as Hotel Susanthas, blossoming successfully along with the flowers and trees in its glorious central garden in place of the batik factory.

Today it has 22 rooms including two new and fully equipped self-catering apartments.

The self-catering concept has been slow arriving in Sri Lanka, possibly because the infrastructure of supermarkets and specialist shops where tourists can buy their supplies, took time to spread beyond Colombo.

The two … Read the rest

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar San Francisco Inspires Wellness on the Road with New “People In Motion” Program

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Hotel Palomar San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar San Francisco - a Kimpton Hotel, a boutique downtown San Francisco hotel, is helping guests maintain their healthy lifestyles with its “People In Motion” program, a daily and ongoing initiative that celebrates the health and wellness priorities of guests with morning guided runs and bicycles available for loan.

Available every morning at 7 am, hotel guests are invited to join a member of the hotel team on daily guided jogs throughout San Francisco. Runs are usually between two and three miles and all running levels are welcome.

In addition to the running program, guests who are seeking an active exploration for seeing the sites can also borrow one of the hotel’s 12 Dutch bicycles and enjoy a ride around the city. The bicycles are free of charge during the daylight hours, and are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We understand the difficulties of staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle … Read the rest

21c hotel group, chef plan pizza restaurant: Garage Bar set for E. Market St. in July

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
21c Museum Hotel

The owners of 21c Museum Hotel and Michael Paley, the chef at Proof on Main at the boutique hotel, will open a restaurant featuring wood-oven pizza and Southern menu specialties to be called the Garage Bar at 700 E. Market St.

The restaurant is expected to open in July in a building that was long a service station and auto-repair shop, on the southeast corner of Market and Clay streets. Property records dating to 1938 show that it was once used as a saloon. The renovation, which is well under way, will retain the building's character as a garage.

Stephanie Greene, a spokeswoman for 21c Museum Hotel and for Proof on Main, said Paley will be the chef at the new restaurant and will continue to oversee the kitchen at Proof on Main. The Garage Bar menu will feature craft beer brewed off-site, Greene said.

The owners have applied for … Read the rest

Clinton Inn Hotel in Tenafly, N.J., Completes Final Stage of Four-Year, $6 Million Renovation Program

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Clinton Inn Hotel

Officials of the 119-room Clinton Inn Hotel, a historic, independent property in Tenafly, N.J., today announced the completion of a $6 million renovation program that spanned four years. The most recent phase focused on updating all guest rooms at a total cost of $1.6 million. The hotel is managed by Concord Hospitality, which oversaw all stages of the renovation.

“This unique, suburban, boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Tenafly, boasts all the same great services as any major three- to four-star hotel and one of the most extensive wine lists in northern New Jersey,” said Mark Laport, Concord president and CEO. “The hotel has a highly unusual market mix, with a combination of guests from Asia and Europe here visiting many of the major companies in the area, as well as a large proportion of guests from the local community. The Clinton Inn Hotel has been the downtown … Read the rest

Hotel offers home away from home

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Spicers Balfour Hotel

THE weary traveller, especially one who must travel in his profession, appreciates the difference a boutique hotel can make to the well-being when on the road.

Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm, Brisbane, fits this bill perfectly. It’s more like a luxurious and classic Queensland home than a hotel.

With just nine rooms, its warm intimacy is felt the moment of entry. On our visit in February, fellow guests were a mix of couples and business people.

We saw this the moment after we’d settled into our luxurious room, checked out the Italian bed linen, and popped up to the roof-top bar for martinis and canapés, to find the interesting mix of guests all had the same refreshment needs as us.

Propped up at the bar overlooking the Story Bridge, watching the sun go down and waiting for the bridge to light up made us feel smug and gave us … Read the rest

The Twelve Hotel

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
The Twelve Hotel Galway

With prestigious awards under its belt (‘Best Gastro Pub in Ireland’, Wine Spectator Award for ‘one of most outstanding wine lists in the world’ & ‘Best Overall Boutique Hotel in Ireland’) it’s no wonder that The Twelve Hotel Galway, one of the top 4 star boutique hotels in Galway makes for such a popular & stylish getaway. Perfectly situated in the Irish speaking seaside village of Bearna – the gateway to Connemara & just 10 minutes from Galway City. Relax with Voya seaweed baths in your chic suite and enjoy Galway’s Best Dining in The Twelve Hotels 2 top award winning restaurants.

The Twelve Hotel Galway offers luxury hotel accommodation with 48 boutique style hotel guest rooms to be pampered in, to work in and to play in. As one of the finest hotels in Galway, our goal is to ensure our guests are as efficient on the road as they are … Read the rest

Guests check out, artists check in at Boise hotel

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Modern Hotel Boise

Once a year, a former Travelodge budget hotel checks out all of its guests so it can check in artists.

The boutique Modern Hotel Boise, Idaho's Linen District turns into a bustling art gallery on the first Thursday each May, the Idaho Statesman reports. In just four years, the event grown into one of the city's most popular events.

The owners open the "rooms, courtyard, hallways, balconies, nooks and crannies to visual artists, dancers, musicians, designers and anyone with a cool idea," the paper says.

This year, the Modern Hotel Boise hosted some hotel-specific exhibits such as Sean Aucutt's and Bob Neal's suitcase sculpture installation and Elizabeth Hilton's "Turf Bed."

The event started as a grass-roots way to bring artists and the community together and also as a way to give the hotel some buzz, hotel owner Elizabeth Tullis told the paper. With little effort, 1,000 people showed up the … Read the rest

Morgans Hotel Group Sells L.A. Hotel for $137M

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Mondrian Los Angeles

Boutique hotel operator Morgans Hotel Group Co. said Tuesday it has sold an L.A. hotel to an affiliate of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust for $137 million.

The deal for the Mondrian Los Angeles amounts to $580,000 per room. Morgans will continue to operate the hotel under a 20-year management pact that includes an option for a 10-year extension.

Morgans said it used a portion of the proceeds, along with cash in escrow, to pay off $103.5 million in mortgage debt secured by the property. Net proceeds, after the repayment of debt and closing costs, are about $40 million. Morgans anticipates using the rest of the proceeds, along with gains from the planned sale of the Royalton and Morgans hotels in New York, to refinance debt.

"This is another important step in our transition to an asset light model, which will allow us to reduce our debt and expand our brands around … Read the rest

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