LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
November 19, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Santa's dishing out the holiday treats this year (hotel savings galore) and it doesn't much matter if you've been naughty or nice. There are deals to be had. Case in point: The magnificent Chateau Eza, perched on the cliffs above the sparkling Mediterranean in an 1,000-year-old village, is offering a Christmas Package where you get three nights for the price of two. Along with that, you'll get a gourmet dinner for two people in the panoramic restaurant on Christmas Eve, Christmas Lunch for two, and Continental Breakfast each day. Priced from EUR 910 in a Standard Room.
November 19, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
It's not only princesses who get to stay in castles. You too can glide up to the turret, sweep down the stone stairs and roam the grounds in search of dragons and princes. But you get to do it in a world of modern comforts. Solis Lough Eske Castle traces its roots all the way back to the late 1400's and the famous O'Donnell family that founded the nearby town of Donegal. The current Solis Lough Eske Castle was constructed in the 1860's on the site of an old Brooke mansion, but was destroyed by fire in 1939. The newly renovated Solis Lough Eske Castle stands as a continuing testament to the rich history of Lough Eske and the surrounding region. Given its prime location between Donegal Bay and the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, guests at the Solis Lough Eske Castle enjoy easy, close access to golf, fishing, lakeside strolls, horseback riding on the beach, and the slower paced charms of Irish village life.
And now you can take advantage of all this for a great rate. Starting at €205 per person (based on double occupancy), you'll get accommodation for 2 people for two nights, in a room of your choice. Irish breakfast both days for two in Cedars restaurant, 3-course table d'hote Dinner in Cedars restaurant and a mid-week spa discount of 20% complete this sweet deal.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower takes care of its pint-sized guests. To ensure that their smaller guests have just as stellar an experience as their larger counterparts, the London luxury hotel is offering a Juniors Special. Book a Friday to Sunday stay between now and Dec. 31, 2008 and you will get a separate room free for the children when you book a room for the adults. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with welcome chocolate-dipped cookies and a special toy for the kiddies. Full English Breakfast for two adults and two children is included, as is a daily newspaper and complimentary access to Peak Health Club and Spa. Kids even enjoy their own special turn-down service, complete with pint-sized bath robes and bubble bath amenities. Jumeirah Carlton Tower's location near parks, museums, shops, and theatres makes it a perfect spot to introduce the kids to London. Rates are from GBP 350 per room per night, based on four people sharing.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at Jumeirah Carlton Tower will receive a VIP Amenity, Welcome Card from the GM and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.
From November 2008 to March 2009, take advantage of a special deal at Le Meridien Barcelona . You'll get double accommodation in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast at the Cent Onze Restaurant, and a welcome drink. Arrive during the holiday season and enjoy a Christmas Tree when booking a Prestige Suite and Christmas decoration in all the suites. The best part is that you won't have to clean up any pine needles or pack away the decorations. The suites occupy the top four floors of the hotel, and three suites boast stunning views of the cityscape. Luxurious amenities at the hotel include pillow-top mattresses with feather-down duvets, 42-inch Plasma TVs in the bedrooms and smaller LCD TVs in the bathrooms, high-speed Internet, and bathrooms with luxurious Rain Showers. From Le Meridien Barcelona, it is only a short walk to theaters and restaurants and nearby are the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, and the harbor. Rates for this deal are from EUR 229.
See Big Ben without spending big bucks. Until May 31, 2009, The Halkin London and The Metropolitan London, are presenting an Ultimate Savings Offer. Stay at Park Lane's contemporary The Metropolitan London, which features the Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant and the legendary Met Bar. Rates start from GBP 169. Or, stay at the chic, discreet The Halkin London, whose Belgravia address plays host to the UK's only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, nahm. Rates start at GBP 199.
Now that the election is over, it's time for you to get presidential. Nominate yourself for three days of rarefied relaxation with the new Personal, Private, Presidential Suite Package from Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy. You'll get three days in the most luscious digs in Milan starting from EUR 46,000. As the top-of-the-line of the hotel's 401 guest rooms, the Presidential Suite surrounds guests with more than 5,000 square-feet of luxury down to the finest details. The three bedroom setting includes a newly refurbished Master Bedroom with Damascus straw-colored walls by Rubelli House, bespoke carpet of Aubusson design from Thailand, vast bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, and high-definition plasma "all in one" that transforms from an elegant framed mirror to television with abundant features at the click of a remote. One day of your stay is dedicated to a visit of Lake Como, with private limousine transfer from and to the Hotel Principe di Savoia , private guided tour of Lake Como with English speaking guide, and a lunch for two in the most exclusive restaurant of Como. There's also the private Pompeian-style swimming pool, private butler, private elevator, private in-suite dinner for two, and one day with a personal shopper in the fashion mecca that is Milan. And we aren't even mentioning the caviar and champagne tasting, Turkish bath, in-suite daily breakfast for two, and dinner at Acanto restaurant of Hotel Principe di Savoia with wine pairing for two. Plus, there's an exclusive parting gift for you. Now that's a new deal we can all vote yes on.
Escape to the picturesque canals of Amsterdam for an unforgettable holiday vacation. Check into the Hotel Pulitzer, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, and you'll be charmed by the hotel's authentic historic ambiance complemented by fabulous contemporary facilities: state-of-the-art gym, all the latest technology, and guest rooms oozing with luxurious touches. You can explore the city with boat trips and bicycle rentals directly from the hotel. Make a reservation before December 23, 2008 and take advantage of the "Stay Longer, Save More" promotion where you get 20 percent off a three-night stay and 30 percent off a stay of four nights or more-- until February 9, 2009.
The newest hotel to join the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria Collection is the sumptuous Rome Cavalieri, a Hilton Hotel in a former life. After a long renovation, the New York Times hailed it "one of the city's most decadent and most expensive hotels" and "a hotel of superlatives" as "its dining room, La Pergola, is Rome's only Michelin three-star restaurant, and the gilded lobby is filled with stunning art, including a Tiepolo triptych valued at $8 million." Perched on a hilltop in a lush 15-acre private park overlooking the Eternal City, the Rome Cavalieri has a grand spa, clay tennis courts, and even a Roman gladiator school. But we've heard conflicting reports on the service: frosty or flawless?
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November 13, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hot off the press. The Starwood Luxury Collection just announced a new addition: the Hotel Des Indes, the landmark property in The Hague, The Netherlands (formerly a Le Meridien hotel), recently renovated by acclaimed architect Jacques Garcia, the mastermind behind the Hotel Costes in Paris, the Hotel Victor in South Beach, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market. Overlooking the city's main square, the 92-room hotel has played host to royalty and celebs since its debut in 1881. There's plenty of Old World grandeur on display in this landmark property, now updated with discrete modern technology and exceptional contemporary amenities: the 315-square-meter Health Club (with personal trainers on call), indoor swimming pool, and spa featuring Payot products.
November 13, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
Gastronomes and oenophiles rejoice! Switzerland's Park Hotel Weggis has announced its "Parc & Premium" special sure to delight sophisticated taste buds. Upon arrival, sip on Krug Grand Cuvee champagne accompanied by an assortment of amuse-bouche. Then, check in for the first of four nights in the luxury Adara Deluxe Junior Suite or Adara Suite. During your stay, you can choose from spa treatments including the Lomi Lomi or the Obsidian Gemstone massage, St. Barth Softness papaya-coco oil body peeling, or the Aroma Essential body pack on the aqua soft bed. Then enjoy a five-course dinner in the Michelin-starred Annex accompanied by specially chosen wines. There's also a Mount Rigi Royal Tour with a local Swiss lunch and a tasting of fruit spirits from the Fassbind distillery and a romantic six-course candlelight dinner in the cosy vaulted cellars of the Vinothek. Other perks include a trip by luxury car to the Swiss shopping city of Zurich, daily breakfast buffet, and a caviar aperitif at the Sunset Caviar Bar.
Cost ranges from EUR 2993-4555.