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Inspired by a Balinese villa, the Chairman's Suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the ultimate ultra-luxe suite in Vancouver. The one-of-a-kind two-story space offers a private elevator, lavish entertaining area, custom 8-foot-long Swarovski crystal chandelier over a dual-story salon, and a 500-square-foot ensuite marble bathroom with a hand-carved soaker tub. Continue reading below the photos.
There are two living room spaces, as well as a full kitchen and pantry.
To top off the impressive suite, there's an exclusive rooftop patio with a private gazebo, meditation pond, fire pit, tented space, and unparalleled views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim sits at the ocean's edge in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with luxurious accommodations that blend natural materials with state-of-the-art technology. There are three unique gourmet dining options, including ORU, featuring cuisine from the Pacific Northwest and the flavors of the Pacific Rim, as well as giovane cafe + eatery + market offering modern Italian fare, and The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, providing a trendy atmosphere, signature sushi dishes, cocktails, and live music. There's also an outdoor pool with cabanas, and the Willowstream Spa with meditation pods and an infrared sauna. For art enthusiasts, the hotel offers podcast tours of the property's growing international art collection.
With four beautiful seasons of scenery and activities, Denver makes a great weekend getaway at any time of the year. But autumn at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is top on our list. Offering an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the Mile-High City, in the scenic Larimer Square, the luxury hotel is close to the Denver Convention Center, as well as boutique shops and upscale restaurants. Blending modern design with natural materials, the lobby has a breathtaking glass-blown chandelier, and guest rooms have plush interiors and spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs. In addition to the city's natural beauty, and visiting must-see attractions like the U.S. Mint, here are two can't miss autumnal experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Read more below the photo.
1. Dining at ELWAY'S Named after legendary Denver Bronco's hall of famer, John Elway, the hotel's signature restaurant is a six-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Part of downtown Denver's innovative dining scene, the menu features the finest meats including ahi tuna and tender Buffalo ribeye, in an elegant dining room inspired by the American West with supple leather furnishings, wood accents, and an impressive wine wall. During football season the restaurant offers the "Game Day" Brunch Buffet with a home team-inspired spread that includes USDA prime steak & potatoes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa options. Continue below the photo.
2. The "Flavors of Fall" package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Love all things pumpkin spice? Get ready to take it to the max with this pampering package. The session begins with a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a 50-minute Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Then it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure that begins with an apple cider soak, followed by a honey sugar scrub and pumpkin spice mask for the toes. To top it off, guests are given a warm "Pumpkin Spice" cocktail to sip and savor during the experience. Read more below the photo.
Located in the heart of downtown, the W Seattle just completed an extensive renovation that reflects the city's Pacific Northwest culture and influences. Set within a high-rise building, the urban lodge features Trace - a locally-focused restaurant serving trendy, chef-prepared dishes, Living Room Bar with a three-story stainless steel fireplace, fitness center, pet-friendly accommodations, and views of Puget Sound. Read more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
The W Seattle just took the wraps off a renovation that draws inspiration from the city’s music scene.
The project, which included all of the hotel’s 415 guestrooms and nine suites, as well as its Living Room lobby, Trace restaurant and event spaces, was helmed by design firm Krause + Sawyer, along with the W Hotels design team. Continue reading below the photo.
The lobby now has grand wooden “lodge poles” in a nod to the Northwest’s Native American culture, as well as tree-ring flooring and a DJ booth crafted from an aviation turbine. The guestrooms have been redesigned in an “urban lodge” style, with a headboard “Lodge Wall” of stacked wood beams backlit by LED lights serving as the focal point. Read more below the photo.
Looking ahead, W Seattle will soon debut the brand’s first W Sound Suite in North America. Perfect for music lovers, the suite will give guests a chance to make music on the road in a professional studio and writer's room.
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Offering a beachfront location, the Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is a contemporary condominium-style resort that recently unveiled a $6.8-million dollar renovation. The refreshed property offers a spa, oceanfront dining, infinity pool, lagoon pool with waterslide, beach amenities, and a location within walking distance to upscale restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment. Learn more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa recently unveiled the results of a $6.8-million renovation, revealing a new beach-inspired color scheme, decor and furnishings.
The lobby invites guests inside with an oval-shaped great room, wood-paneled columns, and conversational groupings of curved-back sofas, lounge chairs and glass-topped tables. Furnishings are upholstered in a textured, natural shade with accent pillows in ocean blues and greens. The great room's new carpeting resembles ocean waves, while a monumental fountain on the adjacent renovated patio, refinished with mosaic tiles, serves as a focal point.
Floor-to-ceiling windows were also added in the great room and in the bar and lounge to allow for more natural light during the day. In the evening, guests can sit at the new communal high top, large enough for 14 guests, where they can wait to be seated at the resort's restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Personal electronic charging stations are available throughout the bar. In the lounge area, seats are upholstered in a pattern of deep ocean blues and tufted with nail head trim. New hardwood flooring, which has a stripe effect of light and dark woods, is meant to resemble the deck of a vintage yacht. Continue reading below the photo.
Updated amenities throughout the resort's 193 one- and two-bedroom guest suites include thicker, more textured carpeting, clean white walls, and new sofas and lounge chair fabrics. Throw pillows have a turtle pattern, inspired by Singer Island's resident sea turtle population and the resort's ongoing support of the nearby Loggerhead Marine Life Center. Guest bedrooms of two-bedroom suites also have a photo mural of driftwood rising out of the ocean.
The resort's 3,600 square feet of meeting and event space have also been refreshed with new carpeting and lighter colors, including the 1,631-square-foot Colonnade Ballroom, the Flagler Boardroom, Singer, Mizner and MacArthur meeting rooms.
Set within historic row homes, offering views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, the Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam just completed a major renovation. Featuring quintessential Dutch elegance and a residential feel, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European fare, outdoor terrace, garden cafe, and a centralized location close to the Royal Palace and Central Station. Read more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.
Jacu Strauss redesigns 45-year old Pulitzer Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam completed the final phase of a restoration project, with 145 new rooms unveiled as well as a brand new entrance on the Prinsengracht canal side of the property. Part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, the 45-year old hotel now has 225 rooms spread across 25 400-year-old canal houses.
Jacu Strauss, a former senior designer with Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, was creative director of the redesign, drawing inspiration from the houses' many inhabitants, from merchants to Dutch aristocrats. Continue reading.
The hotel completed its first phase of renovation in February, launching new onsite restaurant Jansz and Pulitzer's Bar. Now debuting is the transformed lobby, a garden café, and 145 new guestrooms. Nearly all guestrooms have distinct designs. The Pulitzer’s accommodations include four guestroom categories, three suite categories, and the Pulitzer's suite. Four Collector's suites are also available, complete with private street entrances and canal views. Continue reading below the photo.
Redesigned rooms have Wi-Fi connectivity, Le Labo amenities, vintage telephones, custom-made minibars with cocktail mixing facilities, and a bike repair kit.
The hotel's inner gardens were also created by Strauss. These feature café Pause at Pulitzer, which spans areas of the garden and lobby. Other facilities include a two-floor gym, Jansz restaurant and Pulitzer Bar, as well as nine meetings and events spaces.
Originally built in the 13th century as a castle, then rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, Ashford Castle was once the estate of the Guinness family, and the filming location of the classic movie, "The Quiet Man". Situated in County Mayo, the castle is one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels. The award-winning property is part of Red Carnation Hotels, offering a cinema, spa with an indoor pool, fishing, falconry, ziplining, shooting & archery, horse riding, wine tastings, luxury charters, and lake cruises on Lough Corrib. Continue below the photos.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All Five Star Alliance guests reserving the "Best Available Bed & Breakfast Rate" will receive full Irish breakfast for two daily, 85 Euro food and beverage credit, complimentary green fees, and VIP status. In addition, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.
Le Nolinksi, a newly opened deluxe boutique hotel under the EVOK brand, recently opened at the spectacular location of 16 Avenue l’Opera. The hotel offers a prime location within easy walking distance to many of the sites of Paris including the Louvre Museum, which is just a five minute walk away.
The hotel, a former apartment residence, has eclectic design elements and a muted color palate of grays, blacks, and golds, with fun pops of bright colors in the hallways and elevator lobbies. There's also a “Grand Salon”, the Rejane Brasserie, indoor pool, and full service spa to round out the hotel's offerings. In addition, a deli-style food outlet is currently under construction.
The small street level lobby is intimate, and the service is top notch as the staff gets you settled in and provides a nice orientation of the property.
A Classic room facing Avenue l’Opera was our home for two nights. The room was not very large, but high ceilings and substantial entryway doors gave it a cozy residential feel. Amenities included a welcome pastry and mineral water. The retro-style Marshall music player was a nice feature. Continue reading below the photos.
Complimentary smartphones are provided to each room, and they can be taken with you outside the hotel. The phone allows for direct access to the concierge and other sightseeing services. International calling is also included - a very nice perk, especially if your own mobile phone isn't set up for international data roaming and calling.
Our stay coincided with the Grand Opening reception on September 20, 2016. The party had a “Folie” or Parisian cabaret theme which was quite the event with attendees and entertainers spilling out in the streets.
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer upon arrival, along with use of a smartphone with unlimited international calls and internet.
Overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, The Milestone Hotel and Apartments has a prime London location for exploring the city, and shopping at upscale department stores such as Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. Situated in Knightsbridge, the elegant property offers 44 deluxe rooms, 12 luxury suites, and 6 fully furnished and serviced apartment residences with private entrances, kitchens, and lounges. All accommodations feature an opulent blend of traditional and modern furnishings. Cheneston's Restaurant has fine dining with mahogany furniture, plus Afternoon Tea and brunch in the Conservatory. The property recently unveiled two new suites, the Buckingham Suite and the Princess Suite. Learn more about the new suites in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
The Milestone Hotel Unveils Two Reimagined Suites
Two luxurious Junior Suites at the five-star Milestone Hotel in Kensington – the Buckingham Suite and Princess Suite – have recently reopened to guests after undergoing renovations.
As no two rooms or suites at the London mansion-hotel are alike, these two newly refurbished suites are no different; each has been individually designed to reflect its own unique style.
Infused with shades of red, gold and cream, the redesigned Princess Suite includes a lounge area and private balcony that overlooks quiet side streets. The fixtures, fittings, and furnishings have been individually selected, such as the bed's custom-designed headboard upholstered in Kai cranberry velvet and the handmade lampshades from Greco Angela Rosa in Venice. The walls are adorned with a collection of Miró, while he lounge is complete with a custom-designed Northcroft velvet sofa bed and antique chairs upholstered in Pierre Frey fabrics.
The Buckingham Suite has been completely transformed and now features a soft color palette of earthy tones of brown, gold, blue and white, with silk upholstered walls creating a calming ambiance. The tailor-made king-sized bed is complete with a brown leather headboard and antique gilt finish. The space also comes complete with a pair of antique chairs upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric. A custom-designed high-backed corner sofa bed is perfect for relaxing in the suite's lounge area. Continue below the photo.
Whether planning an Oktoberfest vacation, or a special excursion to the Bavarian city, the Magnificent Apartment at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers the ultimate setting for a luxurious excursion. Featuring 1,884 square feet of space, the apartment has two balconies and panoramic city views. There is a separate living area with a large white leather sofa and media wall, offering a presentation screen, Bang & Olufsen TV, and sound system. The dining area provides the ideal spot for a cocktail party with up to 12 guests, and the snow white Corian table is perfect for morning board meetings. There is a separate bedroom with a large walk-in closet, sumptous bedding, and a spacious spa bathroom with a steam bath, whirlpool, and Hermes products. To top it off, the suite includes butler service for arrival preparations, special requests, restaurant reservations, and more. Continue reading below the photo.
The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers a downtown location, next to central station. Guest rooms and suites feature modern styling and high ceilings, plus themed suites. It's where French savoir vivre blends with Bavarian joie de vivre. The property offers a spa, wellness area with a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, and steam bath. For dining, Schwarz & Weiz serves an upscale breakfast buffet, and Delice La Brasserie offers chef-created French cuisine with an outdoor terrace and contemporary French ambiance.
Originally built as The Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913, the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is the California seaside town's oldest original hotel. Over the last century, the property has hosted movie stars, military personel, and guests from around the world. But do some guests never leave? Read more below.
Yes, no, maybe? Guests and staff alike have reported a variety of paranormal sightings and haunted happenings, including 2:00 AM phone calls to the front desk from occupied rooms, and the appearance of a couple in formal attire that disappears without leaving through a door or window. There's also been stories of a glowing presence in the hotel, a woman named Abigail who has appeared in rooms, played with toys, and reportedly brushed a young boy's hair. The kitchen has been the location of many stories collected over the years, with the unexplained opening and closing of kitchen doors, frying pans moving around unexpectedly, and stoves turning on and off. (Rumor has it, since the restaurant was transformed into Nine-Ten a few years ago, the happenings have quieted.) Many guests who've stayed above the bakery in the North Annex have reported the sounds of loud voices, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and slamming shut in the bakery--all after it has closed.
Haunted? Someone lurking in the hallways or some guests that never want to leave? You can be the judge. Continue reading below.
The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla underwent an extensive renovation in 2012, to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. Today, the historic hotel offers 93 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant. Within walking distance to La Jolla's beaches, the property is a short drive from highly-regarded golf courses, and San Diego tourist attractions.