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From Dietrich to Clooney: the hotels where Hollywood legends stayed

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
The Beverly Hills Hotel

Travel takes on a new meaning when you follow in the footsteps of film stars. You could request Bungalows 1, 7 or 21 at the The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, where Marilyn Monroe liked to stay, from $1,500. Or you could check into the Harlequin Suite at London’s Dorchester where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in the pink marble bathroom, which costs from £7,455 per night.

Dorchester Collection has a portfolio of luxury hotels around the world from which guests can “retrace the footsteps of stars”.

The Hotel Principe di Savoia, in Milan, which is frequented by George Clooney, costs from €13,000 per night for its presidential suite. Here, Sofia Coppola filmed scenes for Somewhere in which Steven Dorf jumps into the suite’s pool with his daughter.

The Hotel Bel-Air in LA has its very own Grace Kelly Suite – she took up residence in the hotel before her … 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

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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Greenway sold to luxury hotel group

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
The Greenway Hotel Shurdington

ONE of the county's plushest country hotels has been sold after being marketed for a guide price of £3.5million.

The Greenway Hotel Shurdington has been bought by the Eden Hotel Collection.

The 17-bedroom manor house was previously owned by Von Essen Hotels Ltd, whose holding company went into administration in April.

The sale was negotiated by Christie and Co on behalf of administrators.

Eden Hotel Collection's managing director Mark Chambers said it was exciting times for the hotel, which employees nearly 50 staff.

He said: "Our plan is to bring the profile of The Greenway Hotel Shurdington back to where it deserves to be.

"It has been a difficult six months and I think it is important to give it a fresh approach and a new lease of life.

"This used to be one of the region's most premier hotels and we want to bring it back to that and it will … Read the rest

Walland’s Blackberry Farm earns top honor in Travel + Leisure magazine

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm, the five-star luxury hideaway near Walland, may lose some of its exclusivity after Travel + Leisure magazine ranked it the top resort in North America in the August issue.

The magazine with an international following released on Thursday its 2011 World's Best Awards survey, which also ranks top hotels, cities, cruises, islands, family travel and spas. Blackberry ranked 12th last year in Travel + Leisure's World's Best survey.

On the magazine's list of top resorts this year, Blackberry Farm was given a score of 94.4 and finished just ahead of Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah; San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., which ranked first last year; Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Stephanie Inn, in Cannon Beach, Ore.

Liz Marsh, spokeswoman for Travel + Leisure, described the annual World's Best Awards as a gauge of the preferences, tastes and habits of … Read the rest

Escape to the Castle This Summer

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Escape to the castle this summer for some well-deserved royal treatment. The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, with its fairytale landscape and regal ambiance, provides a tempting option for a "Girls Getaway" package offering all the makings of a perfect weekend. For $229, this package includes deluxe accommodations in a plush atmosphere and a $100 resort credit to use at will for any of Ross Bridge's many amenities.

Ideal for longer Birmingham vacations as it is for a quick weekend "Girls Getaway," travelers have come to rely on the sense of rest and relaxation that the beautiful rolling hills of Ross Bridge Resort & Spa offer. With its world-class golf and the award-winning Spa at Ross Bridge — featuring a vast array or treatments and services — this resort stands head-and-shoulders above ordinary hotels in Birmingham, Alabama. The plush guest rooms include balconies overlooking stunning grounds and a signature pool featuring enchanting … Read the rest

Luxury hotel part of £200m sell-off

Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Ickworth Hotel and Apartments Bury St. Edmunds

A PRESTIGIOUS hotel has been put on the market as part of multi million pound sell-off of venues after their holding company went into administration.

The Ickworth Hotel and Apartments Bury St. Edmunds, in Horringer, is one of 26 hotels being marketed by agents Christie & Co on behalf of the administrators of von Essen Hotels Limited.

The collection is priced at about £200 million and the firm has received expressions of interest for the whole portfolio and ‘some of the high profile individual assets’.

A spokesman for Ernst and Young, which has appointed Alan Bloom, Chris Marsden and Angela Swarbrick as joint administrators, said it was ‘business as usual’ for the hotels, their staff and customers.

The hotels, which include castles and stately homes, have been classified in the sale as being of three types – classic, luxury family and country.

The Ickworth Hotel and Apartments Bury St. Edmunds, based in the east wing of Ickworth House, … Read the rest

Hotel review: The Dylan – an Amsterdam retreat good enough even for Mariah Carey

Sunday, June 5th, 2011
The Dylan

Continuing our series on the world's hippest hotels and the stars who frequent them, Sarah Turner checks out The Dylan in Amsterdam.

Star quality: Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams, Kate Moss, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Annie Lennox, Paris Hilton.

Vital statistics: A building that has had more image changes than Lady Gaga. In the 18th century, when it was Amsterdam's first theatre, the composer Vivaldi once conducted his orchestra here.

Some 100 years later, the building became an orphanage and soup kitchen run by the Catholic Church. In 1998 the church decided to let a more luxurious form of hospitality take over.

Long, labyrinthine corridors hint at austerity, but lead into a series of minimally luxurious rooms, seemingly designed to cover all the design requests of picky celebrities. The hotel is named after the Welsh writer Dylan Thomas and there is also a suite in his honour which … Read the rest

Radisson Blu Anchorage, hospitality on Lagos waterfront

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Lagos

The world over, the pride of any city that has waterways is the aesthetical use of the waterfronts to promote its hospitality industry. One of the hotels that have met this demand is the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Lagos.

Recently opened with a statement of style, luxury and the-state-of-the-art facilities, Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Lagos located at Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos, boasts of the best service and standard any world-class hotel offers.

Adding a total of 170 rooms and suites to the number of hotel accommodation in Lagos State, the hotel edifice is decorated in two original styles, with some of the rooms availing guests of the panoramic view of the Lagos Lagoon on one side and the city view on the other.

Fitted with guest-friendly facilities, each room is stocked with a temperature control sensor, mini-bar and free high speed internet access.

Coming with a premier service to the hospitality industry, … Read the rest

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