March 2, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
From Marcel Horande, Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing, Majestic Hotel Group
As Intelliguide says about Barcelona, "Since the city hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992, has been on the hot list of European destinations. Such popularity may make it harder to land a hotel room, but it has only added to the sense that Barcelona is a place to be, as much for its energetic, cosmopolitan character as for its unusual attractions." And now is the best time to visit too, since Barcelona is coming out of its coldest period of the year which runs from November to February (although even during that period locals will swim and sunbathe). Average March and April temperatures? 15C and 59F.
The best reason to go? The 75 square meter (800 sqft) private terrace and Convertible Smart Roadster with GPS in 10 languages availble complimentary for your full stay at The Hotel Majestic in Barcelona when you stay in the Penthouse - Paseo de Gracia.
Read the details below ...
This is the ultimate and most exclusive Penthouse in the center of Barcelona. Inaugurated in 2004, it offers 300 m2 (3230 sqft) of luxury accomodation and exclusive comfort as well as the most impressive panoramic views of the city.
The Penthouse "Paseo de Gracia"
Details and features:
- Suite with King Size bed
- Living room with sofas
- Dining room
- Kitchen (Vitro-ceramic, blender, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, oven, chinery)
- Courtesy marble bathroom
- 8 m2 (86 sqft) dressing room
- Bathroom: Round hydro-massage bathtub, separate "Powershower", Philip Starck designed bathroom fittings, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, flat TV, ETRO amenities, etc.
- 75 m2 (800 sqft) private terrace with spectacular views of the Passeig de Gracia, the cradle of Modernism in Barcelona, with 4 remote-controlled awnings and 3 different ambiances (dining room, living room, solarium with deck chairs). Teak, aluminum, and synthetic-fiber furniture.
- 3 Plasma-Screen TVs (Living Room 42" + Bedroom 32" + Bathroom 15"’)
- Bang & Olufssen High-Tech, HI-FI Music System and cordless telephone
It also includes:
- Private check-in and personalized VIP treatment.
- FREE courtesy car for the entire stay: Convertible Smart Roadster with GPS in 10 languages.
- Free high-speed Internet connection in the apartment (with cable)
- Free access to the Business Center.
- 24-hour butler service
- Complimentary Open bar
- Daily champagne and canapes
- Daily turn-down service
- Prioritary and restricted lift access
The pictures speak for themselves, this is the best possible place to experience Barcelona.
Hotel Majestic Barcelona, Official Page
Hotel Majestic Barcelona, Five Star Alliance
Chill Out Before You Go Out at The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments in London With The Girls Night Out
February 22, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
From Jonathan Critchard, General Manager and Stephen Fox, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments
You and your girlfriends are visiting London for the theatre, a night out on the town, or just to get away from everday life, the Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments is the place to stay for a feeling of tranquillity in the heart of London. And best of all? They have a package just for the "girls" which provides the epitome of pre-party pampering. And for that post-party snack? They have 24-hour room service and an inclusive English breakfast.
Plus, if you are visiting on a Wednesday evening, you can look forward to an informal cocktail gathering at 5:30pm in the Penthouse.
See the The Girls Night Out package below ...
Chill Out Before You Go Out
Most hotels want their guests to stay in. We help you to go out with the ultimate in pre-party pampering - "Girls Night Out". This is the ultimate way to start a night out in London - Cinderella could not have wished for more ...
The fun starts straight away, as you check into a stylish apartment. From thereon, indulgence is the key: a relaxing facial, is followed by a conditioning treatment and blow-dry, whilst sipping tea and coffee and nibbling elegant home-made girly patisseries. Once the top-to-toe beautification is complete, champagne and canapes ease the way into the evening, as the party clothes go on. The next morning, a serious rundown of the night before is fuelled by a scrumptious English breakfast, served in the apartment, or the restaurant if you feel up to moving.
The Athenaeum Girl's Night Out includes:
* One night's accommodation in a private Apartment for four people
* A Facial, Conditioning Hair Treatment and Blow dry - available in room or in the Spa
* Tea, coffee and Cakes whilst having the treatments
* A bottle of Champagne with canapes served in the apartment
* English Breakfast for four
Also be sure to check out Solo Women Travelers Trends if your traveling alone ...
The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, Official Site
The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, Five Star Alliance
February 17, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
From Pascale Adoner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel de Crillon
Whether you live in Paris or are just visiting, there are two great reasons to visit the Hotel de Crillon's restaurant Les Ambassadeurs.
The restaurant Les Ambassadeurs proposes a menu particularly adapted to those who seek an elegant place to organize their business lunches. Based on a choice of two entries, two dishes and two desserts, the tasting is accompanied by mineral water, matching wines chosen by the sommelier and coffee. The menu is all inclusive: 100 euros. Lunch served from Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 2pm.
Wanna set it up? Your privileged contact: Patrice Willems, phone: +33 1 44 71 16 16 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
The second reason to visit Les Ambassadeurs even if you are living in Paris or staying somewhere else (which we don't recommend), is because this restaurant is winning all of the awards.
Soon after the Michelin Guide and the Pudlo Guide Paris 2006, the Bottin Gourmand awards the Ambassadeurs. In February 2005, the gastronomic restaurant the Ambassadeurs obtains a second star with the Michelin Guide. This new 2005 edition of the Guide awards the hard work of Jean Francois Piege and his team just one year after his arrival in the kitchens of the Hotel de Crillon. Les Ambassadeurs is one of the three Parisian restaurant to have been awarded with a second star and one of the 15 Parisian establishments to be 2-starred.
In October 2005, the Pudlo Guide Paris 2006 also awards the Ambassadeurs and more specifically Jean Francois Piege as it distinguishes him as Chef of the Year. The launch of the Pudlo Guide Paris 2006 was a real event on October 24th in the Ambassadeurs and the Jardin d'Hiver.
And on November 15th, the famous gastronomic guide the Bottin Gourmand awards the Ambassadeurs with the best note possible being 4 stars.
Almost seems worth a trip to Paris just for one lunch at the Hotel de Crillon ...
Hotel de Crillon, Official Site
Hotel de Crillon, Five Star Alliance
Now is the time to discover the legendary Nice hotel, the architectural masterpiece and national historic monument that has dominated the Promenade des Anglais for over a century. Its pink dome a symbol of the French Riviera, its name evokes the essence of "art de vivre." Situated on the seafront promenade overlooking the Mediterranean, the hotel is filled with a fantastic collection of antiques, oil paintings and contemporary works of art. In this living museum, each of the 121 guestrooms and 24 suites are individually decorated in styles spanning the historic spectrum from Louis XIII to Art Deco. The award-winning restaurant The Chantecler is celebrated as one of the best in Nice. Take advantage of this special offer celebrating the first days of spring. For a limited time—from now until March 31-- when you book a three night stay, the third night is free! (Breakfast included.)
Hotel Negresco, Official Site
Hotel Negresco, Five Star Alliance
Just in time for the World Cup Championship I've been obsessing about. Following an extensive restoration, the Villa Kennedy will be ready to dazzle (and show off that stunning neo-gothic architecture) on March 1st. Originally built in 1904, the hotel has extensive gardens and a sweet central courtyard. Located on the southside of the River Main, the Villa features luxurious rooms with state-of-the-art technology, mosaic-tiled bathrooms, pool and three-level-Spa. Book the gigantic presidential suite (300 sq meters) and enjoy a separate kitchen and turret dining room.
February 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Dating back to 1228, situated on the shores of Lough Corrib on a private estate of 350 acres, Ashford is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. The former estate of the Guinness family, the picturesque castle was the chosen spot for the wedding of Pierce Brosnan (and 007's got the world's pick). For avid anglers, Ashford Castle has recently designed a deluxe fly-fishing package. After all, the castle is strategically located on one of the most famous fisheries in all of Ireland. (The lake is known for its wild brown trout and salmon.) Available from Feb 15-Sep 30, the package includes accommodations, guided fishing (shared guide/boat), all breakfasts, a ghillie's lunch on fishing days, and complimentary use of tennis courts, the 9-hole golf course, and walking trails throughout the 350-acre estate. All fishing gear is provided at no additional cost on fishing days. Prices start at $785 for two nights, and one day fishing. $2,241 for five nights, four days fishing. For the non-anglers in the family, the castle's got all sorts of activities—tennis, golf, equestrian, and even falconry.
Ashford Castle, Official Site
Ashford Castle, Five Star Alliance
February 14, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Opening in June, the next Hard Rock Hotel will debut—where else?—but Madrid. How's that for a nonsequitur. So when the lovely Prado Museum shows off its new extension later this year filled with the zillions of masterpieces that had been idly collecting dust in storerooms, you can check out the exhibits while a guest at the happening Hard Rock, located on the lively Plaza Santa Ana, surrounded by bars galore. Noteworthy features? The Tower Suite, with its terrace offering 360 degree views of the city and "chillout zone." Along with the private outdoor jacuzzi, guests get personalized concierge service (talk about rockstar treatment) and a bottle of champagne.
February 13, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Bobos in Paradise. The latest and greatest "it" neighborhood in Paris, a magnet for chic trend-setters, artsy creatives and bobos alike, recognizable to movie buffs as the setting for Audrey Tatou's stone-skipping-antics in Amelie. The 10th Arrondisement's Canal St. Martin is the place to be, and Chez Prune, the place to be seen. (Chez Prune, 71, quai de Valmy) A buzzing, convivial ambience, complete with brooding bearded artists and haute couture-clad fashionistas. The plates of charcuterie and fromage, accompanied by peche kir, are simply divine.
The beautifully restored 15th century mansion makes its debut this month, the second luxury hotel on the island of Mallorca for the Stein Group. Close to Palma de Mallorca and the Mediterranean Sea, in a prime location overlooking the surrounding countryside, the Gran Hotel Son Julia offers 25 guestrooms, equipped with state-of-the-art features (marble bathrooms and giant plasma TVs) while still preserving many of the original historical details. Also on the premises: spa and wellness area, gym, indoor and outdoor pools and a choice of restaurants. Take advantage of the special opening rate of EUR 75 per person during the entire month of February, when the island is covered in flowering almond blossoms.
In the dark, dismal throes of winter it's easy to fantasize about the antithesis: St. Pete's lively White Nights of Summer, when sunlight dances over the pastels of the city's buildings, lingering late into the night and inspiring people to flood the streets in understated celebration. A journey to St. Pete's is a once-in-a-lifetime must. The time to go? During the last 10 days in June, when darkness never falls, and the White Nights festival showcases ballet and dance. The city is aesthetically marvelous and steeped in culture, history and romance. Footbridges grace winding canals, framed on either end by majestic statues, and haunted by musicians drinking beer and playing guitar under the stars (or—in the case of the summertime—the endless waning sunlight).
Sites to see: With its huge dome standing proud over the Petersburg skyline, St. Isaac's Cathedral is even more extravagant on the inside: its interior a mix of marble and mosaic. The Hermitage Museum rivals the Louvre, with its overwhelming collection of art housed in the grand imperial palace on the banks of the Neva river. The Russian Museum, located in the former Mikhailovsky Palace, offers a breathtaking collection of works by Russian artists. Or follow the steps of famed Russian novelist Dostoyevsky, or his character Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment. The city is rich in the literary haunts of Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy.