April 5, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Opulent and très cool, The Bowery Hotel is the latest luxury hotel on the block, located between the East Village and NoHo in Manhattan. The décor is positively fabulous (check out the photo). As described by NYT Travel:
The latest venture from Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, who created the Maritime Hotel and numerous boîtes, the hotel evokes the Gilded Age of red waistcoats, hand-set bricks and wood-paneled elevators. And the views from the upper floors are positively grand. So what if you might have to step over a few vestigial bums to get there?
HotelChatter's been tracking this baby for months. For the inside scoop, including behind-the-scenes photos snapped before the opening, check out the articles here. Opening rates are a good deal-- at $375 per night.
How's this for the perfect mancation? This summer, Omni Hotels nationwide will be offering the Get Your Game On package for the ultimate guys get-together. Deluxe guest accommodations are enhanced by the complimentary Sensation Bar, with a sports focused DVD, a rock n' roll CD, the Art of Shaving travel kit and a local micro-brewed beer with gourmet chips. And of course the concierge will take care of all requests: poker cards, chips, and dice, bar with private bartender/mixologist, limo ride to local hot spots, tickets to local sporting venues, and reservations for tee-times at golf courses.
Don't worry, girls. The Get Your Glam On package is all of the above and more; the complimentary Sensation Bar is stocked with fun stuff like a "chick-flick" DVD, wine and chocolates, lip glosses, masques, and a Girlfriends' Tarot Card Kit. The concierge at your Omni Hotel will further personalize your package with spa ressies, shopping recs, in-room make-up team... you name it.
Banish the winter blues and jet to the gorgeous Mediterranean isle of Mallorca to soak up the Spanish sunshine. Spring is the best time of year to visit, when the island is abloom with flowers and the tourist hordes have not yet flocked to the beaches. Here, the 17th century hacienda-turned boutique hotel, Gran Hotel Son Net, is a stunning sanctuary surrounded by olive groves, private terraces, and swimming pools. (And it's only got 25 guest rooms-- for the ultimate in privacy!) Book the Suite Dreams package and enjoy savings of up to 20 percent off. Sample the good life with free daily breakfast, dinner (excluding drinks), Champagne and fresh fruit upon arrival, and a special turn down service with amenity. Valid until May 23, 2007.
The swankiest hotel in Berlin is throwing a year long birthday bash to celebrate 100 years. Ranked the "Best Business Hotel" in Germany by readers of Travel and Leisure, Hotel Adlon Kempinski is legendary. And the hotel continues to make history, after opening one of the most opulent (and expensive) suites in the world: the EUR 20,000 ultra-bullet-proof, seven-room Presidential Suite. Enjoy the hotel's jubilee year with special events, film screenings, historic exhibits, and of course: wine and cake. The famous Adlon birthday cake is made fresh daily in the hotel's own patisserie: marzipan, nougat, and divine French chocolate, served every day in the hotel lobby. To mark the 100th birthday, winegrowers Wilhelm Weil from Keidrich/Rheingau and Steffen Christmann from Gimmeldingen/Pfalz have developed a birthday white and red wine together with the sommelier of the Adlon. You can taste this jubilee wine in the Adlon restaurants. But it ain't free, folks. Expect to pony up EUR 25 for the bottle of wine, and EUR 7.50 for the wedge of cake. Unless of course you book a special Happy Birthday package at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski which includes all kinds of goodies, and a slice of cake, of course. Limousine transfer from the airport. 4-course menu in the Restaurant Quarré with view to Brandenburg Gate, including a glass of champagne as aperitif. Breakfast buffet. Jubilee cocktails, and more. Two-night package starts at EUR 830.
April 4, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Two Red Carnation Hotels in London, the Milestone Hotel and Apartments and 41, have recently received iPods loaded with a selection of music and a number of different London audio walking guides (in English) for guests. The iPods help to guide guests around a particular area or attraction in London and explain the history of the area. The walking tours available for London include: the British Museum; London City; National Gallery; Royal London; Temple District; Thames; Tower of London; Westend Night-Life and Westminster. Additionally, guests are directed to the website that produce these walking guides, since they are available in a number of languages and for many destinations - www.pocketvox.com.
PS - In addition to the music selection and walking guides, the iPods have been loaded with the Red Carnation Hotels podcasts and a children's audio book for the little ones.
Who says an active vacation must deny the creature comforts? Backroads, the California tour experts, organize upscale adventures in exciting destinations worldwide. Unique itineraries include New Zealand, Croatia, Belize, the vineyards of California, the chateaux country of France, and the scenic mountains of Italy's Dolomite region. This summer, head to Yosemite and California's dramatic Sienna Nevada range. Hike and bike through dense forests and flowering meadows and enjoy the natural wonders of one the nation's most stunning national parks. It's no wonder Ansel Adams went gaga snapping photos here. Choose the "Premiere Inns" Family Adventure with Backroads and stay in superior accommodations while getting a taste of the Wild West in Cali's Gold Country. Backroads chooses inns which are among the world's best; the tour operator works closely with distinguished alliances like Relais & Chateaux and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and guests are spoiled with award-winning facilities. This summer's 6 day/5 night tours start at $2,998.
The Easter Bunny, along with his assistant, Chickie, will be celebrating springtime in style at the Four Seasons Chicago this year. Hotel and brunch guests will be able to join them for a very festive Easter Candy Hunt at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 8th. The fun will then continue with an Easter Egg Roll in the hotel's State Room. All of these activities will definitely put everyone in the mood for the amazing brunch Executive Chef Kevin Hickey has planned. Over 100 delicious items, such as Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint Pesto, Tomato Crusted Filet of Halibut, and White Chocolate Lavender Creme Brulee, will be prepared and spread over six different stations. Seating will begin at 11:00 am and reservations are 95 USD per adult and 25 USD per child, plus tax and gratuity.
Of course, a good night's sleep is always required in order to be at peak performance for the Easter Candy Hunt. Families may wish to take advantage of the Four Season Chicago's special Easter weekend packages starting at 305 USD per night, with the purchase of Easter Brunch. Each child staying overnight on April 7th will also receive an Easter basket filled with adorable treats. Good thing the Easter Bunny and Chickie will be close at hand!
Ooh-la-la. Brown's Hotel in London, Rocco Forte's stylish and utterly-charming boutique hotel, has announced the latest seasonal pedicure offered in the Spa. The Chocolate and Champagne pedicure is 90 minutes of pure indulgence. Sip a glass of Taittinger Champagne while enjoying a super pedicure: soothing calf massage with warm melted chocolate, brown sugar exfoliation, foot soak in hot chocolate milk and paraffin wax foot wrap. Available until April 30, 2007. Priced from GBP 85 per person.
Construction has begun at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, but not the kind that will drive guests away with closed guest rooms and amenities. The "Sutton Place Wine Merchant" is at the corner of Smithe and Burrard Street in Vancouver and will be an exclusive, retail wine boutique. Scheduled to open in July of this year, the "Wine Merchant" is on the ground level of La Grande Residence tower of the Hotel and will feature imported and domestic wines - many exclusive to Sutton Place. For the
winos oenophiles out there-
Regular wine tastings will take place, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry. Membership on a mailing list will keep customers informed of new products, special events and activities at the boutique. The Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be open seven days a week in order to serve the community and guests of the Hotel.
April 2, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
It's not too late to plan a fun-filled Easter weekend the whole family will enjoy. The Homestead is offering bargain rates and a slew of themed activities-- Easter brunch, egg dyeing for the kids, traditional Easter Egg Hunt with more than 4,000 eggs filled with toys and candy, and of course, a visit with the Easter Bunny-- for the coming weekend. Rates begin at just $249 for the weekend of April 6-8, 2007. Nestled in Virginia's beautiful Allegheny mountains, The Homestead is a National Historic Landmark which is ranked among the world's top Spa and Golf resorts. Since 1766, the historic hot springs have enticed guests to the naturally-heated pools at The Homestead, where one can also indulge in world-class facilities and an endless array of recreational activities.