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The Preferred Hotel Group is set to unveil their own solution to the modern traveler's dilemma of wanting a place that feels like home but which also comes with luxury hotel amenities and services.
Preferred Residences, officially launching in January, is a collection of "exceptional villas, bungalows, condominiums, and other idyllic units available at renowned luxury hotels and resorts."
About 22 residential properties at resorts and hotels that are already existing members of Preferred's hotel collection have been selected, with locations ranging from The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs (that's a townhouse pictured above) to the Essque Zalu Zanzibar in Tanzania to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in Maui and The Montage in Laguna Beach, Calif.
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Dat rose chandelier though...
Now that was a surprisingly discreet way to launch yourself on the world. Last time we checked in on The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, it was gearing up to launch without a proper website and by advertising on flash sale site Secret Escapes. We feared this meant it would be a bit woeful when launch came.
We were wrong (if you discount that rose-petal chandelier). Because now there are pictures. And it looks GOOD. Behold:
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Well this isn’t very true to character. The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, which we told you about last month, is opening earlier than its scheduled 1 December date – rooms are available to book from 10 November.
An early opening is weird in itself, but what’s weirder is that the hotel’s own website, which was imminent last time we checked in, is still not up and running - there’s just a placeholder page with email addresses to contact. Less than two weeks to go and no website? That’s brave.
You can, of course, still book through the Preferred Hotel Group, which is showing rooms from £368 on opening night. But if you’re planning to book, you should do it through flash sale site Secret Escapes, which has it for £199 – good value for the location.
Football. Gotham. There’s a theme to England’s upcoming hotel openings – they’re themed. How very exhibitionist, you say? Not as much as this next one, which will actually be called The Exhibitionist.
The Exhibitionist will open in London’s chi-chi South Kensington in November. It’ll be part of the Preferred Hotel Group and is in a building that was apparently constructed for officials of the royal family. There’s not a huge amount to go on so far, other than a Facebook page and this landing page on the PHG website, but here are some things we have gleaned already. There will be:
'Tis the season for giving and so the Preferred Hotel Group are participating in a program that goes by the name "Season's Treatings" and offers guests a extra special, destination-specific, treat to go along with their best-available rates.
Over the festivities (and a little longer), guests at 39 different Preferred Family hotels around the world can look forward to complimentary treats such as tickets to the Prague Zoo at Andel’s Hotel Prague; complimentary access to the Cheetah Outreach including an encounter with an adult cheetah ambassador at Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, and gingerbread for children and mulled wine for parents at Hotel München Palace.
The Season’s Treatings program is available for bookings now through February 15, 2014, and treats will rotate on a monthly basis.
[Photo: Facebook/Munchen Palace Hotel]
As much as we love the idea of saving up loyalty points and redeeming them for free hotel stays, there's a couple of things that make that unrealistic. First of all, we'll never betroth ourselves to just one particular brand: when it comes to our hotels, we like to play the field. Secondly, it just takes too darn long to save up those points.
Preferred Hotel Group has now revamped their loyalty program, iPrefer, to do away with both of those problems and offer what Senior Vice President of Marketing, Casey Ueberroth, called at the program's New York launch "more of a gentle slope than a mountain climb" to rewards. The new program rewards travelers with points that can be exchanged for Reward Certificates redeemable like cash during stays at more than 450 one-of-a-kind participating hotels and resorts worldwide.It's a loyalty program for independent hotels.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Go for the Sunshine, Stay for The Museums in Los Angeles. Yes, The Museums. The first-ever LA Museum Season will kick off on October 7 and Discover Los Angeles is offering folks who book two or more nights through their website two free admissions and gift shop discounts at more than 25 premier Los Angeles cultural institutions, a value up to $500. The promo is good through November 17 and participating hotels include Venice Beach’s Hotel Erwin ($183 a night); the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel ($249), the Hollywood Roosevelt ($269) and The Standard in Downtown LA ($285). Museum admissions and discounts vary from place to place but you can check them all here.
· Stay Longer at The Four Seasons Resort Nevis: Who wouldn't want to stay longer in paradise? That's why the Four Seasons Resort Nevis "Stay Longer" deal is so appealing. From now through December 19, 2014 you can get a fourth night free for every three consecutive nights paid. We found rooms in mid-November just before Thanksgiving for $296 a night for a deluxe mountain view room. Total cost for four nights with taxes and a variety of fees work out to be about $1,525.70. Go here to book.
· Or You May "Prefer" This Free Night Offer from Preferred Hotel Group: Belonging to hotel collections can get you special discounts not typically found on the hotel's own website. Like this "Free Night Offer" from the Preferred Hotel Group. At 16 locations in United States and Latin America, guests will get a third (or fourth) night free when booking through Preferred. Some hotels The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado (from $369/night with the 3rd night free) and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans (from $316/night with the 3rd night free.) The offer is good through December 31, 2013 for stays now through February 28, 2014. Blackout dates may apply. Go here for more info and to book. Or you can call 1 866 990 9491 and reference code MKTFSE13 to book.
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What's It Like Inside a Nordic "Palace"? A HotelChatter Review
If you've not been to the Nordic city of Copenhagen , we gotta tell ya, their hotel scene is hopping with some real beauts! We've just returned and we're eager to share our hotel observations with you. First up is our take on the Palace Hotel Copenhagen. (Stay tuned for other Copenhagen Hotel Scene stories in the coming weeks!)
The 169-room Palace Hotel Copenhagen (formerly a Le Méridien and now owned by Scandic Hotels and part of the Preferred Hotel Group) originally opened in 1910 by a butcher who had a dream to own an “international” hotel. Anders Jensen hired young architect Anton Rosen to design the hotel, both inside and out, from the furniture to buttons on uniforms. Rosen’s Art Nouveau aesthetic still carries on today because subsequent designers hired to update and modernize the hotel from top-to-bottom in 2008 were insightful enough to ensure that the Palace Hotel nodded “hey” to its roots.
So let’s get to it. Plenty of pics below!
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A suite at New York’s The Mark, among the latest hotels to join Preferred
Last week on October 1, Preferred Hotel Group, which represents 650 hotels worldwide, announced that The Mark in New York and The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. were joining its Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Boutique collections, respectively. This announcement came just three business days after the luxury hotel group announced that Wynn and Encore Las Vegas were also joining its Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection.
You may say, who cares? Well let’s start with the fact that soft brands have seen more action and attention lately (remember the latest on Marriott’s Autograph Collection?). From July through September 2012, 24 new members joined Preferred Hotel Group, which is significant given the fact that brand represents some of the most luxurious independent hotels in the world. But there’s more to the story—a better story, in fact—around Preferred and why you might want to take a closer look at soft brands and Preferred Hotel Group.
What the heck is a soft hotel brand anyway? Basically, soft brands represent groups of hotels by providing them with some kind of strategic background support or service. For example, Preferred Hotel Group provides the hotels in its collections with sales and marketing support.