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This summer, Gleneagles Hotel celebrated its 90th birthday. When the Gleneagles® Hotel opened in 1924 it was described as 'a Riviera in the Highlands' and 'the eighth wonder of the world'. Today, this luxury hotel remains dedicated to excellence, just as it was in its earliest days when "the avowed intention of the management was to create happiness".
The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company, with its own railway station just minutes away, and is now owned by Diageo plc, custodians of iconic brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Tanqueray gin.
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Gran Hotel la Florida was built in 1924 by Doctor Andreu, who wanted to build the best hotel in Barcelona. It thrived until Spain's civil war, when it was used as a military hospital. It returned to its hotel roots in 1950, and became popular with Barcelona's high society, especially as a summer residence for well-heeled Catalan families.
In subsequent years, Ernest Hemingway, James Stewart, George Sanders, Rock Hudson, Princess Fabiola and the prince of Belgium stayed at the prestigious hotel. But in 1979, La Florida succumbed to the passing of time and it closed its doors. This boutique hotel of Barcelona was rescued in 2001 thanks to a meticulous renovation that lasted for four years.
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Hotel Imperial has just unveiled the results of its year-long $14 Million Renovation, and the results are spectacular. Areas that have been renovated include OPUS Restaurant, the grand lobby, and Imperial Torte shop. The shop is, of course, the birthplace of the the legendary Imperial Torte in honour of his Imperial Highness, Emperor Franz Josef I. The recipe wasn't in need of updating, so guests can enjoy the classic confection of sliced almonds in six crispy layers filled with chocolate/coffee cream are encased in dark chocolate.
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A hearty congratulations to Banke Hotel!
This boutique hotel, which opened in 2009 in Paris's Opera district, has just received its fifth star from Atout France. Atout France is the Tourist Development Agency of France. The award is the ultimate recognition for an establishment steeped in art and design, and committed to service excellence from the outset.
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Gran Hotel la Perla is the most famous and oldest hotel in Pamplona. One side of the hotel is on Estafeta Street, one of the main routes in the Running of the Bulls. Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin.
The room of Ernest Hemingway remains the same as when he stayed there. There are three other special rooms dedicated to historical figures that have stayed at the hote: Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de Borbon and the Royal Family.
The Estafeta Historical Rooms are dedicated to prominent Spanish cultural or social figures, and other famous guests. These include Federico Moreno Torroba, Torrente Ballester, the bullfighters Cayetano Ordonez and Juan Belmonte, Orson Welles and the Muslim leader Aga Khan.
The hotel was totally renovated in 2007.
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Wellington Hotel was opened in 1952. It was the brainchild of businessman Baltasar Iban Valdes. Valdes was also the founder of the bullfighting breed that carries his name. During the 1950’s, Curro Romero, a promising matador apprentice, established his residency at the Hotel.Ever since, the hotel has been a second home for bullfighters. Bullfighters such as Paco Camino, Jaime Ostos, Rafael de Paula, Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés,", El Niño de la Capea, Manuel Caballero, Finito de Córdoba, Ortega Cano, Cesar Rincón, Luis Francisco Esplá, Espartaco, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, Dávila Miura, "El Cid", Sebastián Castella and the Alejandro Talavante are just some of the bullfighters who have stayed at Hotel Wellington. Bullfighters aren’t the only celebrities of this art that grace the halls. Rejoneadores (bullfighters who fight riding a horse) along with bullfighting businessmen, cattle-raisers, and bullfighting journalists are also regular guests. The bull of Baltasar Ibán’s livestock that, after being killed in Alicante by Paco Camino, was even stuffed and displayed at the hotel .
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For total repose, guests can take advantage of therange of body and facial care treatments by Carita. La Tremoille's spa has joined forces with Carita's Haute Beauté brand to offer guests effective, top-of-the-range beauty treatment. Body care and modeling services are available to both men and women and are sure to bring relaxation and well-being.
-Beauty care: foot and hand beauty treatments, manicure, depilation, eye care, make-up, hairstyling, and more.
-Body care: exfoliation, foot and head reflexology, leg massage, and more.
-Care promoting well-being: modeling with essential oils, ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, and more.