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Jumeirah adds Rome, Istanbul, and Mallorca to Its Destinations

June 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM | by | ()

Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts is probably best known for its soaring, sail-shaped flagship hotel Burj Al Arab, so called 7-star hotel where rooms are suites that run into the four-digits before you know it, the concierge desk is the fanciest you'll ever see, and an ashtray might set you back over seven grand.

Meanwhile, the group has been busy expanding its European presence, which until not too long ago was limited to two hotels in London (Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Lowndes Hotel in Knightsbridge). Following the opening of a brand-spanking new property in Frankfurt, two new city hotels have been added in Rome and Istanbul.

Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto is a 116-room hotel located on one of Rome's most exclusive streets (and incidentally, the home of the US embassy). Combining two renovated 19th century villas - with a facade that is a protected landmark - the hotel has been open since 2009, joining the Jumeirah portfolio only recently. Expect Art Deco furniture in each of the rooms, which range from entry-level Superior Rooms to a sprawling 500m2 Royal Suite, complete with a Turkish hammam and terrace overlooking the city.

Over in Istanbul, the historic Pera Palace hotel has now also added Jumeirah to its name. Dating back to 1892, the hotel reopened in 2010 following a two-year, €20M renovation. We're still not sure about some of the busy patterns and heavy drapes we saw at the time and remain in the current pictures for the "Deluxe Golden Horn View" rooms. Those with a penchant for both history and mystery can opt to stay in room 411, the Agatha Christie Room.

The author stayed at the hotel on a number of occasions between 1926 and 1932 and is thought to have written her famous "Murder on the Orient Express" here. An extensive collection of her work, as well as a classic typewriter, are available in the room.

Finally, for a spa escape you can head to Jumeirah Port Sollér Hotel & Spa in Mallorca. Away from the touristy center of Mallorca on the northwest coastline, you'll find 120 rooms, five restaurants and bars, and the Talise Spa and wellness center with views over the mountains and neighboring port. The hotel is particularly suited for families, and labels itself as a family-friendly luxury hotel, with kids having their own pirate-themed club to hang out at.

Regardless of your destination, bring your check book: rates for a weekend in late July start at €300 ($373) in Rome, €205 ($255) in Istanbul and €600 ($746) at Port Sollér.

[Photo: UggBoy/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]

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