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The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.
HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel
Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo.
The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.
The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.
There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.
The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.
Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.
Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.
The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.
Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.
Known as one of the most luxurious suites in the world, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Switzerland, has welcomed dignitaries and celebrities from all around the world.
Set on the eighth floor, the magnificent suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel with 12 luxurious bedrooms. There are two master bedrooms, each with spacious marble bathrooms offering lake-facing jacuzzi tubs, separate showers, steam, and in-mirror TVs. Continue reading below the photos.
The suite features an array of high end amenities geared at the most prestigious travelers, including a Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-104 TV screen— one of the world's largest with audio system, Steinway grand piano, and Brunswick billiard. There's also a collection of artwork and private antique books, plus a separate fitness room.
To top it off, there's a panoramic terrace offering breathtaking lake views. Continue reading below the photo.
There's also maximum security features including bulletproof windows, private lift, reinforced safe, and emergency alarm buttons.
The Hotel President Wilson is a luxury hotel in Geneva, Switzerland set along the Leman lake shore. Steps away from the city's parks and the upscale boutiques along Rue de Rhone, the hotel combines the Genevan lifestyle and fine Swiss heritage. There's Michelin starred cuisine from chef Michel Roth, Spa La Mer, and an outdoor pool with lake views.
Closed for an extensive renovation project, the Royal Mansour Casablanca, formerly Le Royal Mansour Méridien, is a luxury hotel in the Old Medina of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1952, it has 7 Presidential Suites - so it is no surprise that the five star property is the preferred hotel of the Moroccan Royalty and Nobility.
Le Royal Mansour, situated centrally in the country's largest city and economic capital, is an oasis of calm. In the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, it offers a palatial blend of traditional Moroccan architecture with contemporary comfort and modern technology, surrounded by deep-cushioned luxury. The hotel prides itself on its elegance, style and warmth of service, combined with luxurious amenities and excellent cuisine.
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.
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.
For those seeking a more intimate private experience, Beach Village at The Del is an exclusive enclave of cottages and villas, a resort within the resort, and portal to Southern California oceanfront luxury living. While the architecture nods to the iconic beauty of Hotel del Coronado, the 78 breezy-and-bright cottages and villas echo the beach setting and greet the modern with lavish amenities and high design. Continue reading below the photo.
A recent refresh of all guestrooms brings the warmth, hue, and magic of the outdoors inside. Neutral tones like cream, beige and sand are accented with bursts of teal to reflect the sand and sea. Swirling patterns, paisley and geometrics pay homage to the movement of light and motion of the water. Circles of abalone shells trim the window shades, sparkling and mimicking the sunlight dancing across the sea. In addition to plush beds, divine linens, the finest appliances, sunken tubs, ocean view terraces, and more, some suites feature outdoor fire pits or soaking tubs for dipping. And every villa and cottage has a full or partial ocean view of one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Continue reading below the photo.
The Beach Village Experience: - Unparalleled oceanfront living - Unscripted genuine service - 3 private pools and 3 secluded spas - Hi-tech cabanas with full service - A private section of Del Beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas - Underwater music at the main family pool - Dedicated hosts who will choreograph your stay - Exclusive access to Windsor Cottage for gourmet meals, socializing, sunset views, and fireside cocktails away from the energy of the main resort
Sophisticated Hosts “Dream it up and we will make it happen.” That’s the Beach Village mantra. Beach Village has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities, multi-generational families, distinguished guests and more; and the staff knows a thing or two about creating memorable moments and heart-stirring adventures—everything from a multi-generational, clambake and lobster feast on the beach or sunset sailing trip on a sleek yacht, to a private wine tasting with a top sommelier or romantic moonlit dinner for two prepared by a private chef. The Beach Village Host Concierges are committed to exceeding the expectations of every esteemed guest. Once a reservation is made, a host contacts the party (weeks ahead of their arrival) to create a custom itinerary for the guests, and fulfill any requests like stocking the villa with personal amenities and luxuries, or adding any special touches to the guestrooms or suites.
Poolside Privacy The private main pool at Beach Village is dotted with six luxurious cabanas, colorful shaded oases with lounge furniture, flat screens, refrigerators, and full service. The team from Breezes restaurant will happily deliver gourmet poolside bites like surf-n-turf nachos with carne asada and shrimp; smoked chicken and pesto flatbreads with goat cheese and arugula; or local seabass fish tacos with smoked tomato salsa and guacamole. The bartenders are schooled in the art of the cocktail and whip up tasty refreshers like watermelon pisco sours, muddled mint mojitos or coconut coolers. Continue reading below.
Windsor Cottage Once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Spencer Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward of England abdicated his throne, Windsor Cottage is now a part of The Del legacy. Saved from demolition and placed next to the Windsor Lawn in 2000, the charming 1905 California bungalow serves as a private oceanfront retreat for Beach Village guests exclusively and a nod to the main hotel. Beach Village guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, gourmet fireside dining or classic cocktails during a fiery Coronado sunset on the sprawling deck. Or when it’s time to relax, grab and book and tuck inside this cozy cottage where the Duchess of Windsor (and frequent Del guest) once lived.
Saint-Barthelemy is a 25km2 island of elegance and charm - white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cooling offshore breezes. Set on the Flamands Bay, one of the island's finest, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 40 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas with panoramic sea views or hidden in lush gardens.
Because the happiness of the young brings joy to the old, the Alchimist staff at Cheval Blanc understand the need to stage activities to delight the youngest guests of the Maison. Upon request, the luxury resort's Ambassadors ensure the comfort of all children by providing accessories, toys, and amenities especially imagined for them. Custom-designed for promoting quality time with family, excursions can be arranged to create memorable moments for both parents and children.
PLUS, all guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Perk Alert!
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Available equipment includes: For sleeping and changing - a Baudou baby cot ensures maximum security thanks to the protective barriers and surrounding cushions; a bed cover and embroidered white sheets of seahorses and stars in the taupe and pink colors of the Maison, exclusively designed by Baudou; and a changing table with its own basket for diapers and everyday baby care products.
For on the go - a stroller with a Bugaboo Chameleon parasol whose wheels are ideal for walking comfortably on sandy beaches or the island paths.
For meals - a rattan highchair with an upholstered seat and plastic tray that is easy to clean; a hand-sewn bib specially designed by Baudou is embroidered with seahorses and stars, courtesy of the Maison; and bowls suitable for babies.
For toys - a selection of toys for those sunny afternoons on Flamands beach.
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Little amenities for the children: In each room and villa, children will find bathrobes adapted to their size; beach towels in the colors of the Maison are available for young guests; children also have their own pair of flip flops and slippers (sizes 31 to 34); and to lull them to sleep at night, a soft stuffed toy horse in the pink and taupe colors of the Maison, awaits children in their room.
Family Adventure Embark on an adventurous half-day discovery of St Barts! Start the day with an energetic family breakfast in your villa or privately on the beach of the Maison. At 10 am, depart for a fun and original tour of the island, two passengers per quad, accompanied by a professional. Then head to the port of Gustavia where you board the Yellow Submarine for an adventure of discovery exploring the underwater world of St Barts. Onboard, cold soft drinks and gourmandises have been prepared for your pleasure by our Chef. Back at the Maison, enjoy a delicious seaside lunch at the Case de l'Isle Restaurant and enjoy an afternoon together relaxing on Flamands beach.
Family Snorkeling Leave the Maison at 2 pm, towards the splendid beach of Colombier where you will discover the marine life of the island in the form of an educational and fun water course created by a professional fully dedicated to you. The program for the afternoon is one of beautiful encounters with turtles, small playful sharks and colourful fishes. After a swim, settle comfortably on the most beautiful beach in St Barts for a quick snack prepared by Chef Yann Vinsot while your guide tells you about the beauty of the island ... This activity, ideal for young guests and their parents, is immortalized through film and photos presented on a CD and delivered later to your room.
Set on the seventh floor, the Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a lavish 300-square-meter space with breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Boulevard de la Croisette. One of the largest suites in France, the four-bedroom penthouse has its own garden, along with works of art by Picasso and Matisse. Featuring a 270-square-meter private terrace, guests of the Penthouse can relax while enjoying the sea breezes and unbelievable views in padded lounge chairs or at an outdoor dining table. Continue reading below the photo.
The master bedroom has a king size bed, along with a large marble bathroom featuring a soaking tub, and 73 La Croisette bath amenities. The main living area has a separte dining room and kitchenette, ideal for private parties. There's also butler service, Bose sound system, and a spacious work desk. Continue reading below the photos.
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is an iconic French Riviera hotel. Set on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the property boasts a 2-Star Michelin restaurant, along with a stunning outdoor pool, and more than 400 rooms and suites.
Featuring a residence-like feel, the Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing provides an ultra-luxe experience in the heart of city with panoramic views, and a cinema room with an 80-inch HDTV and surround sound. Offering two separate entrances, suite guests can easily separate work from pleasure. In the living area, there is a large dining table, Nespresso coffee maker, Bowers and Wilkins sound systems, and a large work desk with multimedia docking stations. Continue reading below the photo.
There's a private bedroom, separated from the living area via a sliding door with a king bed and mood lighting. The marble master bathroom has dual sinks, Oscar de la Renta bath amenities, soaking tub with a control panel for a variety of spa modes, and a separate shower. Plus, a powder room, with a separate dressing room featuring a vanity, nail dryer, room control panel, and grand walk-in closet, ideal for preparing for the grandest occasions. Read more below.
Undergoing a massive renovation that will be completed in early 2017, the Peninsula Beijing is a grand luxury hotel close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel features Chinese-inspired art and architecture, along with a Chinese spa, two restaurants and an indoor pool with a glass ceiling. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel's famous Afternoon Tea, and the property is adjacent to a high-end shopping arcade.