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Four Seasons Hotels in Europe are Offering a $69,000 'Backstage Pass'

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

As spring continues to elude a lot of us, you might be mind escaping by leaving on a jet plane to far-off destinations. To feed your fantasy, we thought we’d share with you this flight of fancy offered by Four Seasons: A $69,000 backstage pass package to some of Europe’s most iconic cultural kicks.

This 16-day Backstage with the arts package includes the use of a fully kitted out 757 private jet that’ll whisk you from European capital to European capital: Lisbon, Milan, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Paris and Prague, complete with a Four Seasons Global Guest Services Manager to help make all of your arts and culture dreams come true along the way.

To further whet your appetite for this OTT fantastic fantasy, here are some of the behind-the-scenes treats for the 52 people who will be able to book the package.

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Has This Portugal Hotel Solved the Conundrum of the Concierge?

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  Site Where: 88 Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, Lisbon , Portugal, 1099-039
October 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, we gave you an inside look at the Four Seasons Ritz in Lisbon and its partnership with the Martinhal Beach Resort in southern Portugal. We liked the unique agreement because of its efforts to show visitors two different sides of the country, and we also stumbled across something else at the Four Seasons Ritz that we think is a damn good idea: An online city guide that serves as a concierge.

Now, the hotel still has a real-life concierge who is happy to go the traditional route and make suggestions on the fly, but due to the availability of consumer reviews online, the days of walking down to his or her desk and a making a restaurant choice in 30 seconds is without question a thing of the past. The recognition of this online movement, combined with a growing skepticism from guests about a concierge's objectivity, has inspired the Four Seasons Ritz to put all its recommendations in writing for guests to peruse before and during their trip. The hotel is figuring that guests still want the staff's input -- aka insight from the locals -- but might want the chance to do their own research before making a reservation at a restaurant or dedicating a day to an experience.

As travelers who always seek local advice, we dig the balance that this provides. We think it's a great idea and a nice compliment to guide books and services such as Yelp. You essentially get the concierge's recommendations up front, and then you can go off and investigate them (as opposed to making a split-second decision standing at the desk with a line behind you). The hotel said its recommendations are constantly reevaluated for quality control and based on what it believes to be the best fit for its clientele, so in this case, it points guests to higher-end restaurants around Lisbon.

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Get the Best of Both Worlds On Your First Visit to Portugal

Where: Lisbon, Portugal
October 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the challenges of visiting a country for the first time is deciding where to spend your time. Do you hit the big cities, small towns, or cruise to the coast?

Jaunted recently filled us in on the gory deets surrounding American travelers' lack of love for Portugal, but two hotels have teamed up to help visitors get the best of both worlds on their first trip to the country: The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in Lisbon and the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in Sagres (South Portugal).

The package is a total of eight days/seven nights and includes three nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, four nights at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, one 25 minute massage at Martinhal and free breakfast at both.

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Sunset Views From Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel Rooftop

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  Site Where: PRAÇA LUIS DE CAMÕES, 2, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200-243
October 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, predates London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years? It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that there is a lot of history to explore here, from wandering the streets of Alfama, the city’s oldest district that tumbles down the hillside from the Castle of Săo Jorge, to gorging on traditional pasteis de Belém.

Another advantage of Lisbon? A balmy 78F (26C) in October, which opens up opportunities to hotel rooftop at a time when more northern climates have gone well into fall/winter mode. We did just that at the Bairro Alto Hotel, in the heart of the nightlife quarter of the same name.

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Where Does Madonna Sleep When She's in Lisbon? Only The Pestana Palace Will Do

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  Site Where: 54 Rue Jau, Lisbon, Portugal, 1300-314
June 25, 2012 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've long obsessed over the hotel choices of Madonna who only stays in the finest hotels around the world. So it's no surprise to us that her lodging of choice in Lisbon is The Pestana Palace.

While Madonna's entourage shacks up in the modern room of the hotel, she herself likes four magnificent, chandelier-dripping, silk-lined suites in the older section. In a sitting room larger than most apartments and with a view to the river Tagus, the Material Girl might work through some dance steps on the inlaid wood floors but her preferred sleeping suite is the Dom Manuel with the huge bed fitted with Armani sheets. We're not sure what other requests she has but we're sure she still has plenty.

Now, here's a little history lesson on the hotel that you might enjoy:

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Once Again, Gwyneth Paltrow is Gooping Out Hotel Recommendations

Where: Lisbon, Portugal
January 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

Where does Gwyneth Paltrow rest her head when she heads to Lisbon? Subscribers to Paltrow's weekly guide to detoxes and cleansing lifestyle newsletter found out when a guide to Lisbon hit their Inboxes on Thursday. As you might expect, the hotels which received the G.P. Stamp of Approval are grand in stature, with the requisite clean living retreat included in the roundup.

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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Has Odd Bathrooms But We Kinda Like Them

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  Site Where: Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, 1099-039
October 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM | by | Comment (1)

During a recent visit to Portugal’s capital city, we stayed at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon and got a chance to check out its fancy all-marble bathrooms, which sort of blew our minds on a couple levels.

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Green in the City :: The Independent Rounds Up "Best Urban Garden Hotels"

October 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

A city stay usually means you're not getting too much in the way of trees and flowers, and we often think that's a shame. Which is why the UK Independent list of urban garden hotels got us especially interested.

We like the sound of the Hotel de Russie in Rome: eat dinner on the terrace and you're surrounded by trees: palm, pine, cypress, magnolia, lemon and orange, apparently.

A place we're surprised to hear about greenery is Tokyo, but the Hotel New Otani Tokyo is actually situated in 10 acres of gardens that belonged to some feudal lord 400 years back, and naturally the obligatory ponds full of bright orange carp are there.

And finally, in Portuguese capital Lisbon, the Pestana Palace appeals to us mainly because the guy who built it in the early 1900s was a cocoa king; but also because the gardens are grand enough to have been declared a national monument. Can't get much greener than that.

[Photo of Pestana Palace: Tones100]

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Are Developers Turning Lisbon Into the New Manhattan?

Where: Lisbon, Portugal
June 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Um, not quite. But the Portuguese capital is in the midst of massive hotel development, with 37 new hotels debuting in Lisbon and its surrounding area through 2011.

Four- and five-star hotels are popping up in cities outside Lisbon like Sintra, Óbidos and Estoril. In the nearby Algarve region, 10 projects are underway, including the five-hotel, 17,500-bed property Vilamoura XXI and the five-star hotel and Jack Nicklaus golf resort, Monte Rei.

If you're booking a trip to Portugal next year, you might want to check into one of several new hotels set to open throughout 2009, like the Pousada do Porto - Palácio do Freixo, in Porto; the CS Oporto Vintage Hotel, a converted port warehouse in Delaforce/Gran Cruz; and finally, the Hotel do Vinho do Porto, currently being built in Gaia amongst Port wine lodges.

Of course, if you do go, let us know about it. It may be a year away, be we're a little Type A and don't mind the advanced notice.  

[Photo: flydime]

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A Hotel Finally Manages to Satisfy Ms. Monica Guy

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  Site Where: Rua Duque de Palmela, 32, 1250-098 , Lisbon, Portugal
November 27, 2007 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Monica Guy, our own younger, blonder, more attractive but still curmudgeonly version of Andy Rooney has returned to us once more. This time, she's giving us the lowdown on the Lisbon hotel scene. Also, we left her bolded words in place to show how frustrated she gets. Enjoy.

Here's an award we sorely need: the hotel that does what a hotel ought to do without making an almighty fuss.

The 4-star Hotel Aviz, Lisbon, wins at least a runner-up prize in that. We stayed there after turning up our noses at the booby hotel Bairro Alto.

Clean, comfy beds, plenty of room, nice quilt. Good shower, bath, a few useful toiletries, a small buffet of nice breakfast-food. In a nice area, next to a metro station and a taxi rank and on the airport side of town. Free internet and a big TV. Sauna and steam room, polite and friendly multi-lingual staff and a bottle of port on the front desk.

A website that doesn't pipe stupid music down the line at you. There's not much more to say. But what more can you want?

[Photo:JDFlynn]

Related Stories:
· The Worst Five-Star Hotel: Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel [HotelChatter]
· Monica Guy [HotelChatter]

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The Worst Five-Star Hotel: Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel

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  Site Where: Praça Luís de Camões 2, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
November 26, 2007 at 10:12 AM | by | Comment (1)

Monica Guy, our own younger, blonder, more attractive but still curmudgeonly version of Andy Rooney has returned to us once more. This time, she's giving us the lowdown on the Lisbon hotel scene. Also, we left her bolded words in place to show how frustrated she gets. Enjoy.

We should set up a new prize - the Worst 5-star Hotel in the World. A booby prize for the hotel where you pay the most money for the poorest facilities, worst food and rudest service.

Here's a candidate: the Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal. A 5-star, 5-floor joke of a boutique hotel.

The website claims it's in a "privileged location" at the "junction of 2 emblematic districts." Décor's been done over by various wannabe and has-been artists to make it a "fusion of old and new." Actually it's an unassuming canary-yellow building in a noisy traffic-filled square. The décor's nothing special - stuffy and dark.

"Elegant, intimate, very personal" must refer to the lift, except that the first word's not quite accurate. Crueller reviewers might say it's designed only for anorexics with no luggage.

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