LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
California residents will love this one. The City by the Bay is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and lucky Cali residents can score an exclusive hotel deal for a three-night stay in SF during the month of June. Stay three nights for the price of two when you book online and provide a billing address in California. In total, 16 hotels are participating, including luxurious icons like The Palace, host to presidents, royalty, and giants of industry.
Pictured: The renowned Garden Court restaurant at The Palace Hotel, which features a beautiful domed ceiling of stained glass-- designated a historic landmark by the city of San Francisco in 1969.
May 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The latest designer to lust for a hotel to call his own, Ralph Pucci signed a deal with LXR Luxury Resort and Hotels to open a pretty new place in the classic Georgetown Inn. The plan is to infuse the Hotel Ralph Pucci with his signature design elements; innovative custom-designed furniture in each and every room:
Pucci has selected five of his artists to provide the furniture for each of the guest room floors. These designers include Robert Bristow's "warm minimalism”, Jens Risom's "mid-century modern," Patrick Naggar's "modern luxury," Paul Mathieu’s "sculptural elegance", and Christophe Delcourt's "tomorrow's classics."
The hotel lobby will serve as an art gallery where exhibits rotate every four months. And the best part of all: Pucci is collaborating with menswear designer, TOMER, to design all hotel uniforms, inspired by the 1950's jazz greats. They've pushed back the opening date from Fall 2007 to Spring 2008.
On business in DF? Check into Casa Vieja and savor the flavor of artistic Mexico. (Frida would love this place.) Located in the chic Polanco district near Bosque de Chapultepec, the boutique is furnished with hand-crafted Colonial decor, unique artifacts, and colorful folk art, a fantasy of hand-painted tiles and bold fabrics. Each suite is inspired by the works of Mexican artists (yes, there's a room devoted to Ms. Kahlo). The 10 guest rooms have full kitchens, high-speed Internet, and spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. The place seems to embody the romance and grandeur of Old Mexico. Reserve a table at Izote, a nearby hot spot run by Patricia Quintana, one of Mexico's top chefs, or dine al fresco at the hotel's own splendid restaurant.
Now's the time to book a stay at the Arizona Biltmore, the legendary "Jewel of the Desert" nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Easily one of the finest resorts in the world, the Biltmore is a wonderland of sparkling swimming pools (with luxurious poolside cabanas), championship golf, award-winning dining, tennis courts, and a world-class spa. Book the "Higher Degree of Cool" package and score rates as low as $169 per night, plus a $50 daily food and beverage credit. And since Arizona Biltmore is now part of Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria Collection, you can earn double Hilton HHonors Base points with this offer. Available until September 17, 2007.
May 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
That's right. The Sutton Place Grande Hotels Group-- which includes the elegant, AAA five-diamond Sutton Place Vancouver-- has announced a new, collection-wide guest recognition program. "Sutton Prestige" is quite the rewards program, designed to enhance services to guests during their stay. The two benefit levels for repeat guests are Gold and Platinum. Lucky guests can reach Platinum status after just ten stays, and get VIP treatment and special privileges: late check-out, express check-in, free upgrades, welcome amenities, and more. Accumulate points for every dollar spent and redeem them for valuable gifts and rewards, like spa treatments, dinner for two, plush Sutton Place bathrobes, a two-night stay in a luxury suite, and even airline tickets. Besides the magnificent Vancouver property, Sutton Place Grande Hotels Group includes luxury hotels in Chicago, Edmonton, and Toronto.
Get ready for the Grand Opening of the NEW World of Coca-Cola on May 24, 2007. The new facility, located next to the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place, is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors a year. Coke funs will experience a multi-sensory 4-D Theater, the world's largest collection of Coke memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, tasting experience of 70 products from around the world, Pop Culture Gallery, and the world famous Polar Bear. Enjoy a memorable stay at the city's renowned hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta or The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and score VIP untimed tickets to the NEW World of Coca-Cola plus a Coca-Cola themed amenity created by Ritz-Carlton chefs. The NEW World of Coca-Cola Package includes deluxe accommodations for one night and starts from $219 at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and $239 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Valid through December 30, 2007.
The World, the impressive private yacht owned (or rented) by folks from over 40 different countries, is a floating residential community that circumnavigates the globe, checking out diverse ports of call for 2-5 days at a time. Managed by ResidenSea in Miami, The World is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, gym, five restaurants, move theater and library, and beautiful spa. Banyan Tree Spa has recently announced a collaboration with The World and will soon launch its Sanctuary of the Senses onboard the cruise ship. Banyan Tree's signature Asian-inspired treatments will be available at sea for the first time. Located on Deck 5 in "The Village," The World Spa by Banyan Tree features four single treatment rooms and a Beauty Garden that incorporates a Hair Salon and Manicure Station.
Watch the Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park and stay at the elegant Hotel Commonwealth, located on Boston's new Kenmore Square. With the Baseball in Boston Package, guests enjoy deluxe accommodations for two, full breakfast at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, valet parking, use of Fitness Studio and DVD library, and your choice of Red Sox tickets (purchased separately). Stay in the Fenway Room-- pictured at right-- and enjoy a direct view of Fenway Park. Available through the 2007 season; a 72 hour cancellation policy applies when booking this package.
And we thought The Skylofts at MGM Grand were cool. This summer, MGM Grand opens the third tower of The Signature, a sumptuous private retreat in the middle of all the Vegas action. What's so special about MGM Grand's latest? Seriously lavish hotel services like the private gated entrance, 24-hour concierge, limo service, gourmet in-suite dining, and pre-arrival service (to secure dinner reservations, show tickets, you name it!) This baby sets a new standard for Las Vegas luxury. Suites have balconies with panoramic views, whirlpool spa tubs, June Jacobs bath amenities, Sub-Zero, Miele and Bosch kitchen appliances, wireless Internet, spacious living room with entertainment center and high-definition flat-screen TVs in the bathrooms. Plus, there's a heated pool complex, fitness center, and Starbucks Coffee shop. Basically, with all of these outstanding resort amenities, you never have to leave The Signature at MGM Grand, but then-- what would be the point of a visit to Vegas, the world's wildest adult playground. (Indeed, The Signature may not even feel like Vegas; the property is completely no-smoking and no-gaming!)
With the Summer Splash promotion, get two free drinks at the Signature Lobby Lounge, 15 percent off MGM Grand Spa treatment, and a $25 entertainment credit. Available until September 30, 2007, must book by September 9, 2007.
May 21, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
It's official, the new, ultra-exclusive Roof Club and Garden is open at Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington between 22nd and 21st Streets. Located 16 stories above the city with retractable roof, the Private Roof Club and Garden is an original and unique indoor and outdoor space with custom furniture and a rare display of 20th century masterpieces from renowned artists Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
For now, the Roof Club and Garden can only be accessed via a special, private keyed-off elevator within Gramercy Park Hotel. In the future, membership will be offered with additional privileges from Gramercy Park Hotel and all of the other Ian Schrager projects. Until then, indoor and outdoor services and privileges include: access to the Roof Club from 6:30 am to 12:00 am (and until 2 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday), breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, sunset cocktails, late supper, spa services and a full service special event and meeting space.
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