LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Ranked No. 1 in the world for service (Travel and Leisure 2008) and voted the best hotel in Britain (Conde Nast Traveler Readers Survey 2008), The Milestone is tops in London. 24-hour butler service means no request is too small, no detail overlooked. Each of the guest rooms is individually designed with custom-made fabrics and antique furnishings. And the facilities are just as exceptional. You'll enjoy a heated resistance pool, a gym, a sauna, and a chauffeur-driven Bentley to whisk you to the city sights. Sup in Cheneston's restaurant, unwind in the Stables bar, sip cocktails in the Conservatory, or take tea by the fire in the Lounge. Currently, the hotel is offering the James Bond Package, priced from GBP 694 for two people for two nights, which includes a martini upon arrival, a one-way, chauffeur-driven transfer to the Imperial War Museum and entrance to the James Bond "For Your Eyes Only" exhibition, entrance to "The Connoisseur Casino" on one evening with GBP 50 spending money, and English breakfast daily.
The World’s 50 Best New Hotels from Forbes Traveler: St. Regis Bali, Chicago’s Trump International Hotel, and More
The results are in. Forbes Traveler put together a board of 400 experts to name the world's up and coming hotspots and best new hotels. On the list? The Four Seasons chain managed to make a splash with the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, and the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche offers the best of the south of France. St. Regis also scored two spots on the list with the St. Regis Singapore and St. Regis Bali. The Fasano Hotel in Rio also garners praise. And closer to home, Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower is getting lots of rave reviews, "slated to become one of Chicago's most desirable addresses."
November 5, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Glasgow has got its groove on, and now Scotland's largest city will have digs to match the town's vibrant cultural scene. (Happening Glasgow recently gained "Unesco City of Music" status.) Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah has plans for a gorgeous hotel, its fifth signed in Europe, to open in Glasgow in 2011. We're anticipating the award-winning service for which Jumeirah is known around the world. And more. The infinity pool looks pretty tempting in the artist renderings, and plans for a signature Talise spa, gym, and rooftop bar are music to our ears. Situated in the city's International Financial Services District, the 160-room Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel will cater to a business clientele- boasting extensive business and conference amenities (and 85 luxurious Jumeirah Living serviced apartments for those planning an extended stay).
November 3, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
You marked our words; Hélène Darroze's dazzling new restaurant at The Connaught has been making waves in London. The celebrated hotel emerged from a spectacular renovation with a bang: the restaurant debut from one of the best female chefs in the world. Here's a rave review from Fodor's:
London's crème de la crème flock to Hélène Darroze at the Connaught for exemplary regional French haute cuisine, served in a quintessentially Edwardian wood-paneled hotel dining room. Taking inspiration from Les Landes region in southwest France, Darroze sallies forth with a procession of magical dishes. Caviar d'Acquitaine wows with oyster tartare in a stylish martini glass, topped with black caviar jelly and white haricot bean velouté. Spit-roasted and flambéed grouse is served delightfully pink, with duck foie gras, and mini Brussels sprouts. To finish, enjoy Madagascar chocolate ganache with raspberry sorbet and galangal crème brûlée.
Savor Sofitel: “I Love Chocolate” Getaway with Three Course Dinner, Third Night Free, and Chocolate Surprises
Chocoholics, rejoice. Sofitel Hotels has cooked up a divine dream come true: The "I love Chocolate" offer. When you check into your spacious guest room, appointed with luxurious amenities, you'll find a chocolate surprise. Savor a lavish afternoon tea "au chocolat" with French hot chocolate and gourmet treats. Then it gets even better. You'll be treated to a spectacular three-course dinner crafted by the chef to showcase the flavors of chocolate. The icing on the cake? You'll get a third night free! This three-night stay is available from November 1, 2008 until January 31, 2009 in participating Sofitel hotels worldwide including the Sofitel Los Angeles (priced from $274), Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg (starting from EUR 245), and the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, long cherished by visiting A-listers for its traditional elegance.
Grâce à HotelChatter, we are daydreaming about Chef Yannick Alléno's luscious specialties, because the Michelin three-starred chef is coming to Los Angeles! It seems we've had French food on our minds a bit much recently, but doesn't this sound good?
Crispy hen egg yolks with "Golden oscetra" caviar to Jelly of acidulated green apple with vervain; Duck Foie gras poached with Chambertin wine to Chicken from "Bresse" with white truffle served four ways (including Chicken leg quenelles in strong consommé); and Preserved wild salmon from "Adour" served pink with melted cabbage with orange peels and cleared stock flavored with juniper berries to Melted chocolate and lemon cake acidulated with gold leaf.
The superstar chef from Le Meurice, one of Paris' grandest hotels, will be at the Hotel Bel-Air on November 10th, 11th, and 12th where he will present a "multi-course gastronomic tour through time the dishes of Paris through the ages." The Hotel Bel-Air is now part of the esteemed Dorchester Collection, joining exceptional properties like Le Meurice. Dinner is priced at $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Suggested wine pairings will be additional.
Some hotel companies may be feeling the pinch of a down economy, but not Jumeirah. The Dubai-based hotel group, famous for its seven-star Burj Al Arab (pictured), has just announced they have 19 hotels under development. They're bringing their signature brand of hospitality to Asia and South America, and expect to have 60 properties, or about 25,000 rooms, either in operation or under development by 2012. Our friends at the Luxury Insider highlight the five new hotels and resorts-- Jumeirah Bali Resort in Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait-- all scheduled to open within the next three years.
We've gone on and on about the fashionista's afternoon tea (called Pret-a-Portea) at The Berkeley Hotel in London. But we can't neglect the mouth-watering cocktails and mellow beats at Madonna's favorite, The Blue Bar, also housed in this fine establishment. Or the award-winning fine dining at one of London's best restaurants, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. In fact, it was named "Best restaurant in London 2008" by Harden's London Restaurants, and The Times praises the food as "the haute you can get in London." Fodor's just listed it on the Hot List praising the "standouts" like "roast quail with hispi cabbage; a fine chunk of Scottish halibut with charred leeks and English watercress; Anjou pigeon with cob nuts and amaretti." The design is almost as gorgeous as the food, appointed with rich colors by celebrated designer David Collins.
October 23, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
Be treated like royalty at pauper-like prices. King George Palace in Athens is offering special Autumn room rates from 260€ from now until 11/30/08. The rates apply to classical or double rooms. All 78 ultra-luxurious guestrooms are individually decorated and offer state-of-the-art amenities while maintaining the hotel's historic charm and status. Some rooms have views of the Acropolis, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi internet access, laptops are available on request, and the rooms are fully soundproofed.
By: K. Clare Johnson
October 22, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Gourmands who make pilgrimages to Le Meurice in Paris for a taste of Yannick Alléno's celebrated cuisine will be pleased to learn that the Michelin three-starred chef is designing the menu for the Cheval Blanc, the luxury four-star hotel located in the ski resort of Courchevel. Alléno will bring his creative, contemporary approach to haute cuisine when reinventing the classic alpine dishes.