LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
December 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Celebrate the season in the nation's capital. Ogle the pretty lights (the National Zoo's even got ZooLights featuring larger-than-life exhibits of their most popular animals!) and check out the glittering National Christmas Tree with the large scale model train running around it. Shop at the downtown Holiday Market on F Street, where local artisans have set up a fabulous marketplace. The place to stay is The Madison, A Loews Hotel, where elegant accommodations boast miles of spectacular views and in-room amenities recreate the comforts of home. You'll find spacious bathrooms with heated towel racks, luxurious terry towels, the "Ultimate Doeskin" robes by Chadsworth & Haig, and Bloom toiletries. There's a 24-hour fitness center, spa with massage services, sauna and steam room. Plus, The Madison is pet friendly. For a limited time, you can enjoy holiday rates starting from just $149 a night. Valid between December 19, 2007- January 4, 2008.
December 1, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
According to Fairmont, the new "Fairmont Gold" program will offer the following to be rolled out at selected hotels starting in 2008 -
"Representing a commitment to hospitality excellence, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' offers guests Fairmont Gold. Fairmont Gold is a hotel within a hotel dedicated to a consistent high quality of personalized service and exclusivity that is designed to meet all the needs and expectations of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler. Within the `residential' surroundings of the Fairmont Gold Lounge, the specially trained & dedicated Fairmont Gold Managers provide warm, anticipative service through attention to detail and recognition.
As a guest of Fairmont Gold, you will be welcomed to the private and exclusive Lounge on the Fairmont Gold floor, where your room details are taken care of and your arrangements for a quick and easy departure are anticipated. The Fairmont Gold Lounge, exclusive for Guests staying in Fairmont Gold bedrooms and suites, caters specifically to each of the discerning guests' needs from a leisurely breakfast, to afternoon tea or evening refreshments from the honor bar.
Fairmont Gold rooms - elegant and residential in design - offer large feather pillows, lush terry cloth bathrobes, Twice Daily Housekeeping with Evening Turndown service and a special selection of personal care items. Furthermore, a spacious work area features a desk lamp, two telephones and complimentary high speed Internet connection for your laptop. Fairmont Gold truly is a definitive expression of our commitment to excellence."
Here's an idea for your Christmas wish list: a blissful overnight stay at historic Santa Fe's poshest property. La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is the sprawling adobe-style hotel smack dab in the middle of it all in Santa Fe. (Though during a stay at such a tranquil oasis, guests would never guess at the hopping excitement surrounding the hotel: art galleries and hip restaurants within steps of the front door.) Get this: book the Christmas Package for just $375 per night and get a $100 resort credit plus a special holiday amenity and daily breakfast for two! Valid from December 21- 31, 2007 so hurry! Three night minimum stay required.
There's a new luxury hotel on the block. Now the faithful who make the pilgrimage to the Sundance Film Festival every year have another swanky option. The Sky Lodge will debut on December 26, 2007 and is set to become the hottest thing west of the Mississippi. The tagline? Soho meets the mountains. The experience here goes far beyond 400-thread-count sheets and the usual high-tech gadgetry (like multiple flat panel HDTV and Bose surround sound systems with iPod cradles). They're aiming to create over-the-top indulgence in every aspect of the resort. Located in the heart of historic Old Town at the corner of Main Street and Heber Avenue, The Sky Lodge exudes luxury in the details: fire pits in the lounge, private cedar hot tubs, trendy restaurants, tranquil Japanese-influenced spa, complimentary cocktails and nibbles served nightly in the Sky Club... The Sky Lodge's philosophy? YouCentricity.
Smack bang in the middle of Dublin, Brownes is a sumptuously restored Georgian townhouse managed by Stein Hotels and Resorts. Situated on St. Stephen's Green in the heart of the historic city (an unbeatable location), the hotel offers only 11 guest rooms, tastefully furnished with comfort and character in mind. Steeped in history, oozing old school Irish elegance, the hotel is not lacking for contemporary amenities. For a limited time, enjoy three nights for the price of two at Brownes. With the "Stay Another Day" package, pay for two nights and get the third for free when you stay by December 31, 2007. Rates start at just EUR 250 per night.
The Clift hasn't lost its cool. San Francisco's uber-hip hotel is still the place to be, thanks to the legendary Redwood Room where hipsters gather to ogle the digital art exhibitions. The Philippe Starck-designed "wonderland for the jetset" is located just a few blocks from Union Square in downtown SF. Travelzoo's touting an offer that's almost too good to be true: a breakfast package for $150 for rooms that usually go for $300. The bad news? They're only available for a few nights-- December 23- 27, 2007-- and with such slim pickings, they may already be sold out. The good news? Right now there's a bunch of special offers at the Clift, including a Holiday Shopping Package which includes complimentary valet parking and special offers at Bloomingdales, Ted Baker and Ben Sherman, from just $235 ANY night until January 8, 2007.
Celebrate the holiday season at The Belvedere, Southern California's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant for 12 consecutive years. Indulge in some tasty treats in the heart of Beverly Hills at the award-winning Peninsula Hotel. Chef Sean Hardy will be serving up a splendid celebratory feast for Christmas Eve and Christmas brunch at the hotel's restaurant. You won't forget this meal. On Christmas Eve, carolers will sing merry tunes as you delight in five courses of culinary decadence (think foie gras and lingonberry with sauterne chantilly, Alaskan halibut with porcini mushrooms and baby Brussels sprouts). $125 per guest, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Brunch is equally as elegant with three courses and Perrier-Jouet champagne. $95 per guest, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
This Friday, November 30, 2007, top-to-bottom skiing opens on Bald Mountain. More ski runs and lifts will be open to allow skiers access to the first powder of the season. Baldy's sprawling slopes have enticed well-heeled vacationers since the opening of Sun Valley Resort in 1936. Who else but a railroad tycoon (Averell Harriman) to single-handedly bring the concept of the European ski resort to the U.S.? He built the world's first chairlift at Sun Valley, creating a phenomenon: the "original ski resort." Back in the day, the Sun Valley Lodge was the place to stay (Hemingway camped out in room 206), and the iconic 148-room resort continues to please guests with its old world charm and innumerable amenities. Adjoining the hotel is the glass-enclosed pool and Sun Valley's famous ice rink and Terrace. There's even a basement bowling alley.
Welcome to another Philippe Starck masterpiece. Designed with graffiti-splattered walls and a giant eagle with spread wings, this bar and nightclub is Shanghai's happening hotspot. The sister to Hong Kong's Volar, the club promises "not only a sultry lounge experience but also a sexy, energy-filled space for action-craving guests." Located minutes from FuXing Park and the Xintiandi district, Volar is a two-level concept bar. Downstairs is the open-to-all area, while upstairs is the exclusive members-only section. Hipsters, fashionable trendsetters, and music-lovers descend en mass for the chic nightlife experience. DIVA Wednesdays means free Grey Goose cocktails for all the divas in the house.
It’s that time of year again. The sparse weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the temperatures keep dropping and we find ourselves "cubicle dreamin." The locale of choice? Any old tropical paradise will do, as long as it's surrounded by crystal clear water and lots of silken sand. But here's a deal that could turn those day-dreams into reality: the deliciously luxurious Four Seasons Resort on the Caribbean island of Nevis is offering a resort credit to guests who choose to head south between now and December 14, 2007. Lucky guests will get $100 a night, which they can use at the restaurants, island golf, or award-winning spa. You'll also get a complimentary upgrade, based upon availability. Two-night minimum stay required.