Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.
The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.
Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.
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Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej offers redecorated rooms, top-level meeting rooms, the largest presidential suite in Latin America, heated outdoor swimming pool, an Elements SPA by Banyan Tree, and for lovers of fine food, the luxury Arola-Vintetres.
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Located in the heart of London's fashionable Soho neighborhood, Dean Street Townhouse consists of a pair of Georgian residences built by carpenter John Meard in 1732-1735. Home to aristocratic families and, at one point, King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne, the houses were located in Soho Fields, which gradually became a cosmopolitan centre, attracting sculptors, architects and artists, the painter William Hogarth among them.
In 1928, socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club on the top floors of number 69, It was a well-known hangout of politicians, intellectuals, artists and entertainment royalty, including Noël Coward, Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Astaire.
The decadent and lavishly decorated club, which had Henri Matisse’s L’Atelier Rouge on one wall, went into decline by the mid 1950s, although it survived as a drinking den frequented by artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It enjoyed a last hurrah in 1979, when the Comedy Store took over the club, while in the basement Billy’s – then renamed Gossip’s – became a hangout for a new generation of British music stars.
Soho House took possession of the keys to numbers 69 and 70 Dean Street in 2008 and opened Dean Street Townhouse the following year.
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If you like opulent, boy do we have a hotel for you! Set along the spectacular Bodrum coast with the gorgeous Aegean Sea as its backdrop, the palatial Golden Savoy combines extraordinary natural beauty with superior 5-star luxury, unrivaled service, and a meticulous attention to detail. Accommodations consist of suites and villas, and an expanse of private beach and an array of the finest wining, dining and entertainment are on offer. It offers both all-inclusive and room only rates.
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Enjoy this stunning view of Madrid from the rooftop terrace at De Las Letras Hotel.
Book one of the 7 superior rooms with terrace and the view is all yours.
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Pikaia Lodge, which opens in October, 2014 , is designed for the environmentally conscious, eco-adventure traveler, who seeks intimate contact with the unique natural heritage of the Galapagos along with all the comforts of a highly evolved lifestyle.
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On the beach, just steps away from the sea, a free-form infinity-edge swimming pool is the centre piece of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Families and couples alike gather to soak up the natural island sun, plunge into the cooling water, gaze over the clear Arabian Gulf, or sip refreshing drinks at the Pool Bar.
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Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here. The residences complement their natural surroundings and are designed for comfort and relaxation. The Villas sit individually within the grounds while the Casitas are located on the Royal Fountain Circle, with verandas overlooking the Royal Palm estate.
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Located near Sense® spa, this enticing heated outdoor pool at CordeValle a Rosewood Resort offers a refreshing oasis of calm. Guests can take a relaxing dip, sunbathe in a plush lounge chair, or simply take in the beautiful views of the California countryside. Poolside food and drink options include fun cocktails, salads, sandwiches and made-to-order thin crust pizza. The pool is oven year-round..
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The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.
The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.
The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.
Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:
• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>