LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
It's here. Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity, Luminato, will take the city by storm starting tomorrow. From music concerts to film spectacles, from theater and dance performances to stunning visual exhibits, the inaugural festival promises to knock your socks off. Over 100 innovative events are scheduled, many of which are free. Book a room at the city's seductive boutique hotel, Le Germain, and watch celebrated artist Carlito Dalceggio create a fantastic live event each evening between June 1-10, 2007. The artist will transform a massive outdoor canvas, mounted to the outside of the hotel, into a work of art. Check out the daily video updates of the canvas's transformation on the blog (and leave Carlito a note of inspiration). To complement this visual feast of the senses, Chef David Chrystian of the hotel's Chez Victor will be offering guests a delightful appetizer every evening between 5 and 6 p.m., inspired by the work of Carlito. The main ingredient will change as the artist's oeuvre develops.
Spend a special Father's Day weekend at the Omni Interlocken Resort, the four-diamond retreat nestled against the Rocky Mountains outside Denver. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, an outdoor barbeque lunch for the family on Saturday, and a special gift for Dad: two Fat Tire beers, two Fat Tire glasses, and a sleeve of golf balls. (The local brewery, Fat Tire, is adored for its Belgian style brews.) All for just $199 per night, available June 17, 2007. At the Omni Interlocken, there's a wealth of activities: championship golf with striking scenery, two beautiful pools with panoramic mountain views, and a fabulous spa.
May 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Travel and Leisure raves, "Minneapolis's exuberant Chambers Hotel is taking Midwestern design to a whole new level." Forbes Traveler has named Chambers as one of the sexiest hotels in the U.S. Indeed this David Rockwell-designed boutique, the sister hotel to New York's famed Chambers hotel, is easily the hippest hotel in Minneapolis. Billed as the "Luxury Art Hotel," Chambers is housed in two landmark 20th century buildings located in the heart of downtown's historic theater district. The minimalist design aesthetic is complemented by the $7 million contemporary art collection of 250 works displayed throughout the public spaces. There are 60 modern guest rooms with "rain-sky" showers, the penthouse level outdoor terrace and bar, and stellar restaurant, where super chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (the visionary behind Jean-Georges in the Trump International Hotel and Mercer Kitchen in The Mercer Hotel) has devised the delicious Asian-themed menu.
...brought to you by the good folks at Travel and Leisure, who just published their "It List" of hot new hotel properties. Of the 25 chosen elite, the luxurious newbies include Trailblazers like Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, a sparkling mass of twisting metal in the midst of the Rioja's celebrated vineyards, Beachcombers like Vietnam's gorgeous Nam Hai hotel, New Urbanists like the dazzling Mandarin Oriental in Prague, and Healers, like the swanky Bauer Il Palladio Hotel & Spa in Venice and our favorite Four Seasons Westlake Village, created in partnership with the California WellBeing Institute.
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.
May 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.