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Hyatt to Takeover The Four Seasons in Ireland (And Other News)

November 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Top of the morning to ya. There is so much hotel news flying around this week and we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

· HYATT TO OPEN FIRST HOTEL IN IRELAND?: Remember when we told you that the Four Seasons Dublin would be no more? Well, that's still true but Hyatt Hotels will move on in. The Independent has the details. Since Four Seasons will be out by the end of the year, we expect Hyatt to move in shortly after that.

· BUT HYATT IS ON THE WAY OUT IN OUBAAI: If you've ever been hoping to use your Hyatt Gold Passport Points in South Africa at the Hyatt Oubaai George in South Africa, we're sorry to say that the resort will be leaving the Hyatt portfolio on November 30. The details first emerged in a FlyerTalk forum and a note has been posted to the hotel's website. It will honor all reservations but not Hyatt Gold Passport program perks.

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Trump Takes Over Ireland's Doonbeg Golf Club and Lodge

February 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Trump Hotels keep on Trumping on in new places. Not long after they announced a plan for Trump Rio de Janeiro, Trump has now finalized their acquisition of an Irish golf course and hotel.

The Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare and its 18-hole championship golf course on the Atlantic Ocean, will now be known as the Trump International Golf Links, Ireland.

Meanwhile, The Lodge at Doonbeg, a 218-suite hotel with a spa and several restaurants will be managed by the Trump Hotel Collection. However, it doesn't appear that the hotel will actually get the Trump moniker. At least not right away. Currently, the charming hotel has rooms for about 175 pounds in early March.

And of course, it would not be a Trump announcement without a ballsy statement from The Donald himself. We particularly love this one:

“I am thrilled to announce that we have purchased yet another incredible golf resort. From Trump National Doral, Miami to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, known as 'the greatest golf course in the world,' we only have the best. Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better-- it will soon be an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury."

[Photo: The Lodge at Doonbeg/Facebook]

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A Castle, A Royal, and A Woodcock Reunite In Ireland

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  Site Where: Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland
December 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a headline we never thought we’d write. The fact that we did, and can make a plausible connection between the Windsors, a species of wading birds, and an Irish castle, is due to one thing: a photograph that was taken over a century ago, in 1905 to be exact. We’ll explain.

Back then, Ashford Castle was owned by the Guinness family, which invited the then Prince of Wales to come up to Ireland to hunt. Five months after the “Woodcock Shoot” took place, and the 1905 photograph was taken, the Prince ascended to the British throne as King George V, which makes him the grandfather of QE II, and of course, a few generations on, the ancestor of little Prince George of Cambridge. Earlier this month, Peter Phillips, eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth, joined a Woodcock shoot to recreate the century-old image and celebrate the upcoming Diamond Jubilee of Ashford Castle.

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Ritz-Carlton Returns To Bali, But Loses Palm Beach and Ireland

June 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like Regent Hotels will encounter another contender in its quest to have the number one resort in Bali: Ritz-Carlton just announced last week it will return to the island next year. This follows a previous RC resort at Jimbaran Bay, which became the independent Ayana Resort back in 2009. A first rendering shows a sprawling resort with both a beachfront and cliff-side angle, including what we assume is a set of lifts in the shimmering vertical building connecting the two.

There will be a total of 288 rooms, including 90 suites and 14 villas. Cliff-side, there are an additional 10 villas. The other thing that is unequivocally clear from the aerial view is that there will be pools. And lots of them. Restaurants and all the usual accoutrements of a luxury resort will no doubt be there as well.

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Dublin's Dockland Area Debuts The Marker Hotel

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  Site Where: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin, Ireland
May 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's about that time when folks start preparing for their European vacation. The quandary is always the same though--where to stay that won't break the bank, especially when airfares to cross the pond can get outrageous this time of year.

Luckily we've found a happy medium and it's called The Marker Hotel Dublin. Opened on April 2nd, the city's Dockland area has received its first five-star property. But despite the ritzy status (it's become part of the Leading Hotels of the World), the 187-room hotel appears to be quite down-to-earth, yet trendy with a fun cocktail bar, the biggest roof bar in Dublin, and of course, walls dotted with whimsical Irish art.

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What’s Out, What’s In: The Takeaway

May 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Hotel-branded pens and notepads as keepsakes

What’s In: Souvenirs inspired by the history and culture of the hotel

Fess up: The last time you stayed in a hotel, did you take the little pad of paper and pen with the hotel’s name on it? Everyone takes the toiletries, but if you’re a serious hotel geek, that cheap pen disappeared too. We get it. And so do hotels.

If you want a more lasting or glam souvenir though, these hotels have what you need.

The Washington School House hotel in Park City, Utah was a former school built in 1889 that even has its own motto: "Where old school is the new cool". As a playful nod and a wink to their educational roots, guests will find a notebook and pencil set waiting when they check in.

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown recently completed a $65 million transformation that included the opening of Market – a self-serve, around-the-clock stop for all your snacking needs (including a fancy-dancy touch-screen soda fountain that dispenses 126 different drinks). Food in Georgia trends towards down-home goodness, and the Executive Chef’s homemade BBQ rub, at $5 a pop in Market, lets you experience that Southern comfort all over again.

The sleek Yabu Pushelberg-designed Modern Honolulu likes to serve a little quirk with its chic. The hotel leaves complimentary sarongs and ukuleles in each guest room for you to use during your stay. But if you like them so much you can’t live without them, the sarongs and ukuleles are available for purchase so you can strum away ‘til your heart’s content.

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What’s Out, What’s In: Your Roots Are Showing

March 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Hotel-recommended city tours

What’s In: Hotel-led cultural immersions

Hotels are taking a lead in ensuring guests remember that they’re actually in a foreign city when they travel. Except for some solid holdouts, gone are the days when you walk into your hotel in Amsterdam, say, and you could just as easily be in Istanbul or Portland. Whether through design details, cuisine or cultural tours, hotels are proudly showing their roots.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui offers guests a full gamut of authentic Hawaiian experiences led by the hotel’s full-time Cultural Coach. Not only can you explore some historical sites, you can learn the basics of Hawaiian paddling and the canoe's importance to the culture, the uses of native and non-native plants by the Hawaiian people, plus the history of the Hawaiian language, which you can then try to pronounce what seems to be unpronounceable. Rates at the resort start at $519.

The Goring –- the hotel with the Royal Warrant –- is launching their High Days and Holidays walking tours. Six tailor-made tours, all celebrating special occasions (or High Days in London-speak), were designed by Art History UK’s founder Rose Balston. Art’s on the menu but, as Rose says, “Think juicy tales, conversation, challenging ideas and plenty of hidden corners of London, past and present…” We’re talking tours that include dragons, pagan rituals, ghosts and treason. Does it get any better? Rates for the package start at 595 GBP ($902).

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Anthony Bourdain Does Deluxe For "The Layover" Dublin Hotel

Where: Dublin, Ireland
January 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 5: Honorable Mention 1: The Davenport Hotel This traditional hotel right near Merrion Square is what Bourdain says, is in "a good location and great for the less than 150 euro ($196) a night rates." We agree.
Honorable Mention 2: Kinlay House Cheaper still is this budget spot in the Temple Bar section. The comment? “It's a hostel. But, who doesn't love sharing a room with strangers?” The upside? "It’s within walking distance of many of the typically touristy spots in town and lots of bars." And at 12 euro ($16) a night starting rates that includes free light brekkie, we can't be mad in a city where many people crash and burn in their beds after heavy nights out.

But where does Tony choose to slumber? Take a guess. We've been here before.

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Dublin's The Morrison Reopening Feb. 1st As A DoubleTree

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  Site Where: Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, Ireland
January 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shuttered since November while undergoing a 12 week flash makeover, progress is on schedule for Dublin's Morrison Hotel, with a grand reveal set for February 1st.

The Morrison first made headlines last February when it was scooped up by billionairess Elena Baturina (who's just…you know…the richest woman in Russia and the wife of Moscow's former mayor). Apparently she liked the River Liffey views of her new little Irish investment, but felt the interiors left something to be desired. Hence the $9.3 million "splash" of improvements.

The hotel is joining forces with the Hilton franchise and will re-open as Dublin's first DoubleTree.

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Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'

September 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?

According to the website:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".

The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.

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The Lodge at Doonbeg Will Find Your Long-Lost Irish Relatives for St. Patrick's Day

March 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we'll highlight a few wacky St. Patrick's Day packages that must have been thought up by a leprechaun.

Do you get a little green with envy when you see people sporting "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons and shirts on St. Patrick's Day? Find out if you have any Irish in you at the Lodge at Doonbeg in Ireland.

If you need help learning more about your family tree, the County Clare hotel recently added on-site genealogists to help you research your Irish heritage, coordinate visits to villages where your ancestors once lived and even connect you with a long-lost relative.

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The Ritz-Carlton in Ireland is Giving It Up for Free (The WiFi, That Is)

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  Site Where: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Ireland
June 7, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (3)

If you've been reading our Annual WiFi Reports, then you know how we feel about International Hotel WiFi (If you need a refresher, go see about our recent WiFi Hell at the Sheraton Frankfurt.)

You also know that the more you pay for your hotel room, the less likely your internet connection is to be free. And the repeat offenders who make our naughty list year after year are the luxury brands like the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carltons. But there might be an exception to that crappy rule.

Check out this amenity listing at the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt near Dublin, Ireland:

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