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Question: What do you get the person who has everything? (This is the question which possibly, probably foxed Brad Pitt as he debated whether to go to a certain celebrity wedding.)
Answer: A ticket to Barcelona for a meal at Hotel Arts. (Shame Brad didn't think of this, he might have got a Venetian holiday out of it.)
Why? Because it’s truffle season, and the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca, is running a special white truffle tasting menu throughout November. It’s not just special because it involves white truffles – the dishes come with wine pairings, and those wines include the award-winning Miraval rosé. Not familiar with said rosé? It’s from Brangelina’s estate in Provence, and is not publicly for sale. Enough said.
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If you’re looking to capture the last moments of Four Seasons Hotels before they close, your itinerary is no longer limited to Hawaii’s Lana’i this year (one of the two hotels there, The Lodge at Koele, will shut early January for most of the year, as part of Larry Ellison’s plans for the island).
You’ll be heading to the Irish capital Dublin and Jakarta, Indonesia, too – quite the reach for a three-country jaunt, isn’t it? In Ireland, the goodbyes are forever, with the announcement that the group will cease management of Four Seasons Dublin on December 31 this year. Luxury hotels in Dublin have had a tough run since the 2008 crisis, with probably some of the lowest rates we’ve seen of any European Four Seasons, often hovering around the €200 ($250) mark, if not just below, at the hotel. The Irish Times reports that the hotel was sold in 2011 for €15 million, believed to be a quarter of what it cost to develop the hotel in 2001. Another “five-star international brand” will be taking over, so we’ll have to wait and see which one that is – perhaps InterContinental?
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If you thought the ladies of Manhattan have the best kept nails around, you need to see the women of Paris – all those monochrome outfits wouldn’t half look boring if they weren’t accompanied by a flash of color in the talons area.
In fact, nails are so crucial to the French look that Park Hyatt Place Vendôme has just opened a nail suite, run by beauty brand Kure Bazaar. Suite 601 has been completely retooled as a salon, with a tongue-twister of a name: The Nail Suite By Kure Bazaar in Suite 601.
French manicures, normal manicures, pedicures and “luxurious nail rituals are on the menu”, at this, Kure Bazaar’s first nail salon. And if you’re into all things eco, you’ll love that Kure Bazaar nail varnish is 85% natural ingredients. No, not naturally occurring paint and oils – ingredients like wood pulp, cotton, wheat, corn and, um, potatoes.
It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it!
[Photo: Westword Denver]
Once again, hotels are going all out for Breast Cancer Awareness month, offering up pink cocktails, pink sheets, and pink-themed room packages.
Yet while we love the pink passion that hotels have this month (especially since costs for your pink hotel purchases go to a breast cancer awareness charity), we're really in love with this giant pink bra that's been hoisted upon the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
The 12-foot-high, 25-foot wide, 300-pound pink bra was constructed by artist Jonathan Bertuccelli of Studio3 inc. on behalf of the breast surgeons at The Omega Breast Center at The Omega Hospital in Metairie. It was raised up onto the hotel's exterior by crane on October 15, which was National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.
But the bra will get its moment to shine tonight as it will greet hundreds of breast cancer survivors who will be honored tonight at The Pink Gala, hosted by Omega Hospital and New Orleans Living Magazine, at the Windsor Court Hotel.
The bra will stay on the hotel until October 20. If you're in New Orleans, hurry by to see it!
[Photos: Windsor Court Hotel]
Pet lovers, and you know who you are, and dedicated followers of (hotel) fashion, and you know who you are, we've got good news. It had to happen sooner or later but there is a 'bone fido' design hotel especially for your four-legged best friends. The Petaholic Hotel, and we love the name, is all yours if you happen to live in Taipei City, but designers everywhere take note - this is one cool pet pad.
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The #1 goal of any hotel should be safety and security. Not just the safety and security of its guests and their belongings, but also their financials, i.e. credit cards, money, checks etc.
The security of these starts not when a guest checks in but rather, when they make the booking. In my years working at hotels across many operators, there are clear procedures and protocols that serve to protect guest information and their financials.
Still, guests should always be on guard when handing over their credit card. There are a lot of bad scams out there and sadly, you can't trust anyone. We know you already know most of these tips but here are a few things to remember:
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One can never have too many hotels on Phuket, and for Accor, nine just isn’t enough. Hence the arrival of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach, which opened three days ago on Karon Beach (not exactly an exclusive location, but good if you want the feel of a resort).
The fourth Novotel on Phuket, it’s newly built with 224 rooms, which look rather nice, if not groundbreakingly original. There are three restaurants, two bars, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool (this rendering on the Facebook page looks nice, though we’re a little suspicious there’s no photo on the website yet).
There’s even a “video games area” (shudder) and a kids club.
Hotel packages are, of course, only worth doing if they’re really good value for money. And hotel packages, of course, are notorious for not providing good value for money. But here’s one that is.
The very specific Taste of the Bay Winter 2014/2015 package at the trendy Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall costs £249 per person (in a double room) for three nights. For that you get a room and breakfast, two dinners and a lunch.
But this isn’t just any old dinner. Cornwall is these days one of the top places in the UK for food, and Watergate Bay is one of the county’s foodie hubs – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is on site, the Beach Hut is famous for being a hut on a beach that serves upmarket, organic food, and the hotel has just opened a third restaurant, Zacry’s, which “combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie”.
Here’s what you should be paying, were you to take all those things on the package separately:
We’ve been wondering for a while now what’s happening with the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, under construction just north of Old Street roundabout in London. Between inconsistent information about size, opening date, and rumors that it could become a Virgin, the best we had were our own shots of the angular exterior on City Road and a guestimate of opening sometime next year.
Those Virgin rumors we’ll shelve as just that for now, given that we have official news from Montcalm Hotels that it will open the hotel early next year, along with a more extensive website. The first room photo isn’t really making our heart beat any faster with anticipation just yet if we’re honest, with the walls, curtains, carpet, and not-quite-balanced bedspread virtually the same greyish-beige color.
Another day, another new hotel brand.
This week we've seen the introduction of two new hotel brands to the market--the badly-named Vib by Best Western and the sadly-named Canopy by Hilton. But wait, The Week Where Everyone Announces a New Hotel Brand is not over! Here comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels.
Much like Hilton's Curio Collection and Marriott's Autograph Collection, the OE Collection will be a grouping of different, independent hotels, operated by Loews Hotels. However, Hotel News Now reports that OE hotels will "fit into the upper-upscale and luxury lifestyle categories." So, kind of like Starwood's Luxury Collection, no?
The OE Collection is also Loews' answer for the
overhyped all-important millennial traveler segment, promising edgy design and exciting F&B. Although, we're confused how it can be both for millennials and a luxury hotel collection. Are millennials making some serious dollars now? We'll find out when OE officially launches in January.
Now, let's all get to the giant elephant standing slightly inebriated in the room...
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