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10 Reasons Why The Hotel is the Hotel to Stay at In Brussels

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  Site Where: Boulevard de Waterloo 38, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
July 9, 2015 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Greece’s new finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos may officially have made a(n intentional?) boo-boo yesterday when he rocked up to negotiations about the bailout situation with his prep notes in full view of the paps, but it was a moment that endeared him to us as we noticed from the notepad that he’s staying at one of our favorite hotels in Europe: The Hotel.

The Hotel is, indeed, the hotel of choice for diplomats and politicians visiting Brussels – even Barack Obama has stayed there. And you know who else has stayed there? HotelChatter. We spent a night there last year and loved it so much that we extended it for three more (as hotel addicts rarely do we go further than a one nighter). And yet it’s predominantly a business hotel, which is definitively not the style that this HC member goes for. So why did we fall so desperately in love with it? Because it’s not your typical business hotel. And here are 10 reasons why.

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The Only Hotel in London for Anglophiles and Royal-Watchers: The Goring Hotel

July 9, 2015 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other month we teased you a bit with some sexy lighting from inside The Goring Hotel in London. Today, we're showing off the rest of the "Splendid" room and elsewhere around the hotel.

*Assumes posh British accent*

If you're looking for a properly British hotel, you must not look any further. Aside from having a Royal Warrant and from being the host of the Middleton family during the Royal Wedding, The Goring has the largest private garden in London (after the Queen's nearby at Buckingham Palace) which makes for a wonderful retreat from the bustling city. If you know how to play croquet (The lovely Pippa recently gave a tutorial in Vanity Fair), all the better.

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Hoxton Hotel Owner Ennismore Buys Gleneagles

July 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

How is that for a surprising headline? Gleneagles, the luxury golf resort in Scotland that hosted the G8 summit and the Ryder Cup last year, was just bought by Ennismore, the group behind Hoxton Hotels. Yes, those Hoxton Hotels: the original in Shoreditch, last year’s addition in Holborn, the new opening in Amsterdam next week, and future hotels in Southwark, Paris, and Williamsburg.

Before you think that means the 232 rooms and suites will go all affordable chic and the two-Michelin starred restaurant will be replaced by a Chicken Shop, don’t worry – that won’t happen. It will be run as a “standalone” business, but will be at the receiving end of “significant sums” of investment.

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Four Seasons Will Head to Suzhou and Tianjin

July 8, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about China getting its first Element Hotel, in Suzhou. The “Venice of China” not only has over 2,500 years of history, it’s also a major economic centre about an hour outside Shanghai. These renderings we found seem to suggest the Suzhou Industrial Park will not only get an Element, but a Four Seasons as well.

Given the roll the Canadian group is on, opening and announcing hotels left and right (Bangkok, Cap Ferrat, Bogotá), that wouldn’t surprise us one bit. The description talks about Suzhou’s “finest hotel” that marries the contemporary with the traditional elements of Suzhou architectural and garden design.

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At Hotel Molitor in Paris, Indulge in Night Swimming...Before The Sun Sets

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  Site Where: Paris, France
July 6, 2015 at 8:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

This shot was taken from the rooftop of the Hotel Molitor, an M Gallery Hotel in Paris's chic 16th arrondissement, often considered the Upper East Side of Paris.

The rooftop is a favorite spot for locals, thanks to its Le Toit-Terrasse bar and restaurant which also has a clear view of the Tour Eiffel and the Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the French rugby club. But if you're a guest at the hotel, not only can you dine on the rooftop you can also indulge in some night swimming at the hotel's restored 1930s outdoor swimming pool. Except in Paris, the sun doesn't start to set until around 9:30pm so there's plenty of natural light to take in as well. In the winter months, the hotel has an indoor pool for guests to use too.

Rates at the Molitor start from 250 Euros a night.

Keep reading for another shot of the piscine!

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Aman at Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic Will Be Called Amanera

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  Site Where: Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
July 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Northwest Europe is going through a heatwave this week (or as most other places would call it, “summer”), but Aman Resorts is with you if you’re thinking ahead to your winter break to the sun: Amanera, its resort in the Dominican Republic, will open towards the end of 2015.

Above the view that will greet you from one of only 25 casitas the resort will have, with this particular setting reserved for one of 13 that have their own 10-metre private swimming pools. Their “raw, organic design” is meant to complement the natural setting, and each has a flat, biodiverse roof with a garden to help cool the interiors and be eco-conscious at the same time.

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Mandarin Oriental Will Boldly Go for Round Two in Beijing

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  Site Where: Wangfujing, Beijing, China
July 2, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It may not have owned the hotel, but it still couldn’t have been pleasant for Mandarin Oriental to watch its brand-new-almost-ready-to-open Beijing hotel go up in flames following a little fireworks mishap. That was in 2009, and the hotel opposite Rem Koolhaas’ iconic CCTV Tower still hasn’t recovered from the unfortunate (but sort of mesmerizing) conflagration.

We’ll get to “Mandarin Oriental, Beijing” in a second, because in a gutsy move the group has just announced that it will also open “Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing. In the district of the same name, which has lots of major hotels, it will occupy the top two floors of “WF Central”, a mixed-use complex.

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The Lanesborough London Reopens Today

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (4)

The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography.

Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe Room still beginning from £575 (now $905) a night. A Buckingham Suite, the highest suite category before you get to the Lanesborough and Royal Suites, takes that right up to £3,395 ($5,345) a night.

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Before and After: Shangri-La Sydney Renovates Horizon Club

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  Site Where: 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we looked inside the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Double Bay Sydney earlier this year, we said that many central business district hotels in the Australian city are all about the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. That couldn’t be more true for Shangri-La Sydney, towering over the Rocks a few blocks away from Circular Quay.

All 565 rooms and suites have harbour views (though that classification includes Darling Harbour), but the best rooms in the house are part of the Horizon Club, the hotel’s club lounge floors. These have just been at the receiving end of an $8 million upgrade, covering both the lounge itself and the 90 rooms. Above and directly below the lounge as it was before, scroll down for the new look.

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Mandatory Resort Fees: How Much Is Too Much?

June 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

Fortune magazine published a piece last month about resorts with the highest extra fees tacked onto the base room rates – and two topped out at $107 per night. According to ResortFeeCheckercom, those are Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island and Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, both in Miami and whose daily rates – not including fees -- run well over $500 in July. (We touched on these astronomical resort fees back in March.)p>

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Need Directions to the Peninsula Hotel But Don't Speak the Language?

June 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Peninsula Hotels recently revamped their website to be mobile-optimized but there's one feature we really like--spoken directions to the Peninsula Hotel.

Let's say you're in Paris and need directions to the Peninsula Paris. All you need to do is pull up the Peninsula Paris site, click on "Display Address for Taxis" and then click on "Speak address" and voila! Directions to the hotel will be spoken in perfect French (by an actual employee of the Peninsula Paris no less.) And since it's on your phone, it's incredibly easy to pull-up. It sure beats fumbling for a card with printed directions on it.

This feature is available for all Peninsula properties from Beverly Hills to Tokyo.

Other cool things to check out on the new mobile site are Peninsula Moments (special events and happenings that took place at their hotels), specially created Luxe City Guides that offer tips on where to go and what to see and most interestingly, online booking offers like complimentary room upgrades.

[Screengrab: Peninsula Hotels]

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Angama Mara Opens at the Edge of Out of Africa's Rift Valley

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  Site Where: Maasai Mara, Kenya
June 17, 2015 at 8:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many safari lodges draw on the iconic movie Out of Africa to paint a picture of what it will be like to stay the night: sweeping landscapes, endless skies, abundant wildlife, and the romance of an African adventure. The brand new Angama Mara, which opened on June 14, can be specific in its references to the 1985 movie in ways that no others can: the kopje (a small hill) that was the backdrop of the Out of Africa movie poster and where a number of scenes were filmed is part of the lodge’s property.

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