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Kempinski Opens La Plus Belle Hotel Nikol’skaya in Moscow

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  Site Where: St. Nikolskaya 12, Moscow, Russian Federation, 109012
December 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

One more hotel to add to our OPENING THIS MONTH list!

“What’s with the French?” you may ask. Well, Kempinski is bringing a bit of grand Paris to Moscow with the opening of the palace-like Hotel Nikol'skaya in the centre of Russia’s capital, the company’s second hotel in the city.

Just a few minutes’ walk from the Bolshoi Theatre, Duma and the famous GUM department store, the hotel was formerly the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early 1900s and also used to house the Koeller perfumery and many fine chocolate shops. After six years of restoration by Leo International Design Group (architects of several Shangri-Las and Le Meridiens in China and Thailand), the hotel has opened its grand doors with 211 rooms and suites, six—count ‘em—six restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center and five meeting rooms.

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If You're Abroad for Thanksgiving, These Hotels Will Stuff You Up Good

November 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

It’s that time of year when family and friends gather together to gobble down a turkey dinner, yet there you are—far away from the happy gathering. But if you find yourself in Hong Kong, London or Rome these hotels will help make you forget that you’re abroad with their traditional Thanksgiving dinners, minus Aunt Minnie of course.

The Langham Hong Kong’s Main St. Deli has a traditional Thanksgiving menu with all the trimmings. For HK$318 ($41) per person, the three-course Thanksgiving menu features comfort food that is sure to fill your tummy with yummy goodness including Maine crab cakes; butternut squash bisque; roasted US Tom turkey with apple, sage and cornbread stuffing; sautéed brussel sprouts; buttered baby carrots; honeyed sweet potatoes; whipped potatoes; pan gravy and cranberry sauce. And that’s not all, folks. Completing the meal is a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or maple glazed pecan pie with cinnamon ice cream.

With the Linger Longer For Less offer, rates start at HK$2,210 ($285).

More gobbledy-goodness after the jump!

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From Mammograms to Mocktails, Hotels Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM | by | ()

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many hotels are "Thinking Pink", offering packages and programs to support breast cancer research. Hotel geeks, you can do your part to help the cause in the simplest ways from buying a slice of cake, getting a manicure at a hotel spa, to of course booking a stay at one of these special properties. It's a twin-win this month.

Next week we'll let you know hotels supporting this nationally recognized month with one of our favorite things--Specialty Cocktails!

Squeeze n' Sip: The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village near Malibu is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness by inviting guests to be proactive about their health by participating in a $75 digital mammogram screening at their state-of-the-art California Health and Longevity Institute, and also their special Think Pink Pampering Package, which includes a customized 50-minute Tranquility Massage followed by a Pink Lady Mocktini which can be sipped poolside at the spa's Serenity Pool. The package is $130 per person and is available Monday to Friday through October 31, 2013. A portion of the package proceeds will be donated to The Cancer Support Community, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families of those affected by cancer. 

Get Pretty Feet and a Sweet Treat: The Surrey in New York City is offering a special Champagne Pedicure in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The 60 minute pedicure is $95 and includes two signature Cornelia cupcakes, a small bouquet of pink roses and dried lavender.

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Shop Til You Drop At These 7 Mall Hotels Around the World

April 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.

For more mall hotel awesome-ness in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Houston, read on!

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Are We Surprised? Kempinski Pulls Out of the Ryugyong Hotel In North Korea

Where: North Korea
April 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

We know, we know. The Ryugyong Hotel saga has gone back and forth so many times now, we're beginning to just stop caring. In November, we told you (with some surprise, we admit) that Kempinski was set to become its daddy.

Well, that's not happening anymore.

Not that you really needed to hear it from us, though. As big bad North Korea keeps the whole world watching on the edge of our seats, the city of Pyongyang (or any other in the nuclear state, for that matter), is hardly a place major hotel chains want to be investing in right now.

A WSJ article states that Kempinski's plans for the Ryugyong Hotel (which, apparently, were never formalized) are "on indefinite hold." A spokeswoman for Kempinski said:

"There is no possibility to enter the market right now."

Of course, the world has bigger fish to fry than worrying about whether a pesky hotel will open or not, but we've got to hand it to the Ryugyong: we can't think of a single other hotel that's managed to cause such a stir for so long without a single guest ever having checked in, or even a single room having been completed. Let's just hope when this hotel does open, it'll be a sign that tempers have cooled and neighbor South Korea no longer has to worry about rogue rockets from the north. The sooner, the better.

[Photo: Ryugyong Hotel]

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The New Austrian Idol Kempinski Vienna Opens Today

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  Site Where: Vienna, Austria
March 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM | by | ()

We were lucky enough to be in Vienna last month and get first looks at the new Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which officially opened today with a 700-strong party attendance. At the time, the place was a huge construction site and we were doubtful that the company would be able to pull off their anticipated opening date. Looks like we were wrong!

As we donned surgical coverings over our shoes and made our way through the historical Renaissance Revival-style building that was built in 1873, in Vienna's first district, we knew this place would be something special. From the cafe wall made of real plants to the intricate details of each space, it seemed that Viennese architect Boris Podrecca and designer Jean-Claude Laville had serious visions for this hotel. And it would be necessary to stand out in a city that's been seeing a host of new hotels lately including the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna and has competition to come in the form of the ME Vienna and the Park Hyatt Vienna. So yes, they had to bring the bling to the 152 room, suites, and common areas, and it took almost three years to get it done, but they still managed to keep much of the heritage intact--from the chandeliers, wrought iron staircases, and ceiling windows that bring in natural light.

First and foremost, the building is huge--well of course it is--it's a former palace. Still, it seems like the areas are never ending, especially when spread across seven floors. It'll take more than one night to absorb its splendor. In fact, our site-inspection was nearly two hours long and this was pre-opening. Here's what's in store for lucky guests.

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Kempinski Ambience Delhi Opens With The Dalai Lama’s Blessing

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  Site Where: 1 Central Business District, Delhi, India, 110032
February 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

We’re used to seeing fab hotels open the world over (and don’t get us wrong –- there’s still a thrill with every one) but not many can boast being blessed during their opening by the Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Well, the Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi can make that claim for their newly-opened modern property in east Delhi's Shahdara district.

Literally meaning “door of kings” in Urdu, Shahdara is on the banks of the Yamuna River and was established in the 16th century. It’s the second oldest locality of Delhi after Chandni Chowk and is home to the popular Chhota Bazaar, the second oldest and one of the busiest markets in the city known for its spicy street food, if you dare to try it. Many attractions are found nearby including the Akshardham Temple, the Buddh International Circuit F1 Grand Prix Track, and the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The hotel has a substantial 480 rooms and suites in two towers that are connected by a sky bridge. Each tower has a dedicated entrance, pre-lobby, main lobby ('cause you can never have too many lobbies), concierge and fitness center. Décor is a calming up-to-the minute palette of greys, browns and whites with shocks of color thrown in for good measure.

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Kempinski Plans A Sunny Accra Stunner

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  Site Where: Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, Accra, Ghana
December 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

When thinking of the most luxurious places on the top of our list for traveling and soaking up a little slice of paradise, the Ghanaian capital of Accra doesn't jump out. That might need to change after Kempinski opens its newest hotel next year, called Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra.

The Munich-based luxury hotel chain is claiming stake on central Africa's seaside city with plans to welcome guests as soon as April. Located in the heart of the city in close walking distance to the State House, museums and the main sports stadium. The 269-room hotel will be focused around an central local cedar garden that is overlooked by various private decks and balconies.

The warmth of the African sun is a key decor element for each of the rooms. Local artwork and wood carvings pay homage to the country's heritage, while the luxurious baths and complimentary WiFi will keep with the European standards. Hardwood floors trimmed with lush textiles will not only stay cool in the tropical climate, but prove to be very African.

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The "Scary" Ryugyong Hotel Is Happening. For Real This Time

November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

Better late than never, eh?

That must be what North Korea is telling itself after the announcement late last week—right around Halloween, in fact—that the world's scariest hotel is set to open sometime next year. Aaaahhh! Even better, Munich-based luxury chain Kempinski has been chosen to manage the hotel.

Given Kempinski's gorgeous properties in Europe and beyond (we're particularly fond of London's The Stafford), the brand will be adding some much-needed credibility to Pyongyang's 105-story pyramid-shaped "monster hotel."

Though, the execs at Kempinski aren't fools. With all the buzz this hotel has had over the years (as they say, there's no such thing as bad press!), they stand to make a fortune in sales. In the words of Kempinski CEO Reto Wittwer:

"I said to myself, we have to get this hotel if there is ever a chance, because this will become a money-printing machine if North Korea opens up."

Spoken like a true hotelier.

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Kempinski Dubai Employee Jailed For Using Guest Credit Card

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  Site Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
October 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

More news to add to our hotel stay paranoia--a Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates employee used a guest's credit card to buy a Dh2,090 ($569) Emirates plane ticket for his friend.

The 26-year old employee, who is from India and worked in the reservations department, admitted to the crime and apologized. He was tried in Dubai’s Criminal Court and sentenced to six months jail time yesterday.

The crime occurred on September 27th when the Kempinski Hotel guest asked his bank about an unrecognized charge on his credit card bill from the airline. It was determined that the purchase date was the same as his stay at the Kempinski, located in the Mall of the Emirates. The guest then reported the incident to the police, who then tracked the name on the ticket and subsequently arrested the hotel employee. He will be deported after his prison term.

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Forget Nasi Goreng. Jakarta's Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is All About Chocolate.

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  Site Where: Jalan MH Thamrin No.1 , Jakarta, Indonesia, 10310
May 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM | by | ()

What comes to mind when you think about yummy food in Indonesia? Nasi or Mie Goreng probably, and that's cool, but the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski wants you to know it's more than all that. There's also...chocolate.

The hotel and its Executive Pastry Chef, Kevin Curry, have reserved the month of May to be a spotlight on chocolate...but with a local flavor. We're talking about chocolates with a little spice, or pandan-flavored marshmallows.

If, for some reason, you find yourself in Jakarta this month (as we did), then all the goodies can be had at the Kempinski's own Kempi Deli inside the attached Grand Indonesia Mall. Or, you know, there's always a few special events to sign up for:

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A 'Fountain Pen' View from the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski

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  Site Where: Jalan MH Thamrin No.1 , Jakarta, Indonesia, 10310
April 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM | by | ()

Staying at a hotel that's 3+ stars in Jakarta, Indonesia means you'll likely have a view of the city; many of the central high-rise buildings house hotels. That said, it's rare to have such a straight shot view to the iconic Wisma 46, Indonesia's tallest building nicknamed the "Fountain Pen."

Hopefully you can see why this pointy, 48-story skyscraper looks as though it's ready to write its John Hancock on the Jakarta smog layer. And, hopefully, you're checking it out from inside a cushy room at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, which sits smack dab at the traffic circle around the "Bundaran HI" welcome monument.

The Hotel Indonesia itself is a landmark relic from the 1960s, and now that it's managed by Kempinski the vintage exterior is countered by a seriously modern interior; we're talking designer furniture in the lobby and guestrooms that look like they're in Manhattan, versus a chaotic capital in Southeast Asia. Rooms at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski being around $250 per night.

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