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The Dorchester Collection Has a New Sibling in Geneva While The Ritz-Carlton Heads to Oman

July 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Before you check out of work and into your hotel for the long weekend (woot!), here are some luxury hotel news to be aware of.

First up, the Dorchester Collection has decided that seven hotels catering to crazy celebs is simply not enough. So they adopted an eighth property in Geneva, Switzerland--Le Richemond Hotel, previously a Rocco Forte hotel. Hotels Mag reports:

Le Richemond will undergo a refurbishment of its public areas, including the restaurant and bar, as well as its guest suites. The hotel will remain open during the project.

The Le Richemond will officially reopen as a Dorchester Collection hotel in August. Another bonus? We see a little tidbit on the 45 Park Lane hotel in London which will now open in September.

Meanwhile, on the heels of major expansion news the other week, Ritz-Carlton has just landed a management contract for the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman, formerly an InterContinental Hotel.

Starting today, the 250-room hotel is officially a ritzy Ritz property. Word is employees are now being trained in Ritz-Carlton practices so that Ritz loyalists can expect the same service here as they do at other places.

But we have a feeling guests might be concentrating on other things like the 38-meter high domed atrium lobby, its 200 acres of landscaped gardens, the longest beach in Oman, seven restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, spa, water sports center and a tennis "village" with four floodlit courts.

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