LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 30, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Head to Athens to check out the new Acropolis Museum that everyone's talking about (The New York Times calls it "one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe in this decade"). At the foot of Acropolis Hill, the striking contemporary building houses the Parthenon's collection of classical sculpture-- all except for the frieze still located in the British Museum. Just minutes from the Acropolis in the heart of the exclusive Kolonaki neighborhood, the St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel has a killer location. At night, you can see the Parthenon illuminated with lights. In fact, sublime views of the Acropolis are visible throughout the hotel. There's a rooftop pool and restaurant, to boot. Check into this stylish property this summer and you could snag rates of just EUR 99 on select dates.
Located on the Magnificent Mile with breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline, Conrad Chicago is a beacon of contemporary style and luxury. Reserve a room sometime between now and September 30th, and Conrad Chicago invites guests to pay for three consecutive nights and stay for four. As part of their Summer Escape promotion, not only will guests receive the complimentary fourth night for free, but they will also be able to stay in the beautifully appointed, king deluxe room for around 175 USD per night. Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Conrad Chicago will receive a welcome amenity and continental breakfast for two (2) daily.
Only a stone's throw from London's theater district, in the heart of the West End, is the classically appointed, luxury boutique property,The Draycott Hotel. Built over a century ago, The Draycott Hotel has retained the beautiful architecture of the past, but combined it with all of the modern amenities of present day. Book now through September, and The Draycott Hotel invites you to take advantage of their early bird rates. Book any suite for a minimum of two nights, and you can stay for about 275 GBP per night. The standard double accommodations will only set you back around 190 GBP per night. A great deal for those of you looking to take advantage of summer specials.
June 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hit the beach in southwest Florida and stay at the dramatically-transformed Naples Grand Beach Resort for just $79 this summer. Tee off on the championship golf course, hone your game on the tennis courts, then relax your tired muscles at the exclusive Golden Door Spa. In this waterfront setting the recreational opportunities are limitless, really: from exploring the nearby natural mangrove estuary to shopping in Naples' trendy boutiques. A member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the Naples Grand Beach Resort is located on 23 acres along the Gulf Coast in Naples. Choose to stay in a bungalow and you'll be lounging on a fully-furnished terrace overlooking the pool area. Another unbeatable offer: Get your 4th night free plus $400 worth of added extras, including complimentary kids breakfast in Aura Restaurant from the buffet and 25 percent off lunch and dinner in Aura, Palm Terrace Grill, or Paradise Grill... Just book your three-night stay by July 15.
June 26, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez
The Kahala Hotel and Resort, Honolulu's legendary luxury resort, is offering a can't miss deal that lets you enjoy top notch accommodations that provide some of the most spectacular ocean views on island. Book the Ocean Promotion and enjoy accommodations in a Diamond Head Ocean View through to a Beachfront category room for four consecutive nights and your 4th night is free! Along with the complimentary fourth night, daily buffet breakfast for two is also included in your stay.
Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.
Now's your chance to stay at one of the luxury properties recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the top 500 "Greatest Hotels of the World." Located in Midtown not far from MoMa and Rockefeller Center, The Michelangelo Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel straight out of the Old World-- decked out with antiques, rich fabrics, and splendid oil paintings. The goal? To treat clients as if they're "the honored guests of a devoted Italian host." Averaging 475 square feet, the 179 guest rooms are generously sized and beautifully appointed. The Italian marble bathrooms boast 55-gallon soaking tubs. With the Summer Special, you can score a room over a weekend for just $225 per night. Available until September 7, 2009.
June 25, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Summer is a busy season for most European cities, where tourism hits its annual high. Many people make Paris their destination, a city rich with history, architecture, and style. A unique hotel at the very heart of it all, on the famous Avenue George V, is Hotel Prince de Galles. After celebrating their 80th Anniversary last year, Hotel Prince de Galles has decided to continue into 2009 with special rates and offers. Book now until July 31st, and you can enjoy the Eternal Summer promotion. This promotion gives up to 30% off rates from now through September 30th, 2009, subject to availability. With rates starting at 241,50€ per night, Paris and Hotel Prince de Galles are two luxuries you can afford this summer.
Here's an offer you can't refuse: An all-inclusive Caribbean vacation on a paradise-isle with all activities and meals included for just $279 per room. Catering to both couples and families, The St. James's Club Resort & Villas is nestled on a 100-acre peninsula on the southeast coast of Antigua. You'll find a slew of island- and water-based diversions. From the two white sand beaches, you can go snorkeling, sailing, or kayaking, while the kids are entertained at the award-winning Kidz Club. Landlubbers will hardly be bored; the resort has extensive facilities including six tennis courts, a spa, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the sea. When it comes to the grub, you have a choice of four restaurants with cuisine varying from casual to Continental.
The best happy hour spot in Chitown? High above the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue at The Terrace, the gorgeous al fresco spot at The Peninsula Chicago. Grab your friends and head to The Terrace for the "8 for $8 til 8" promotion. Enjoy a choice of eight selections of cocktails and small plate appetizers (think Kung Pao bay scallops in a wonton cup) for $8 each until 8 pm, Monday- Thursday. The Terrace is located next to the hotel's Shanghai Terrace restaurant.
Calling all connoisseurs of luxury. Take a weekend break at Mayfair's Art Deco jewel-- "the last word in London's luxury hotels" just moments from Bond Street and the city's most exclusive shopping-- and you'll be treated to rates that are 50 percent off. With the "Timeless Weekend" package at Claridge's, rooms that are usually $740 drop to $375 for Friday-Sunday nights, including some great perks: a welcome bottle of chilled champagne, traditional English breakfast daily, and a late check-out at 4pm the following day (subject to availability). At this five-star luxury hotel, you'll experience flawless service and glamorous design. Tempt the palate with a meal at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's or with the time-honored indulgence of Afternoon Tea. You'll find a celebrity playground at Claridge's Bar. Valid until December 31st, 2009.