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COMO Shambhala Estate - Ubud
Traveling the world doesn't mean that your faith needs to have the out-of-office autoreply. Last year we showed you the hotel temples of Thailand. Now, we bring you the religious corners of the hotels we visited in Bali.
Bali, unlike other islands in Indonesia, is predominantly Hindu in faith and each hotel and resort in Bali has it's own temple to pay respect to gods. On our recent trip to the tropical island we took note of the prominently placed temples at our accomodation.
We finally got caught up on our New Yorkers last night and found an interesting bit on the The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel in a captivating piece about one man's hajj to Mecca (also spelled Makkah) in Saudi Arabia.
The author, Basharat Peer, writes:
At the Fairmont Mecca Clock Royal Tower, where the minimum stay during the hajj is fourteen days, the hotel executive's business cards say "The Destination for a Divine Stay."
The rooms are graded in three tiers those with a view of the Kaaba; those overlooking the Grand Mosque: and those looking onto the holy city. They are all fitted with speakers that relay calls to prayer and sermons from the Grand Mosque.
A double room with a view of the Kaaba ranges from eleven hundred dollars to forty-five hundred dollars a night.
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The all white church, or rather chapel, is used most during weddings but we're guessing if you needed a moment to talk to the man upstairs during your hotel stay, you could pop in for a quickie prayer session too.
Rates at the Westin in Japan's "City of Trees" start at around $229 a night.
It's a scenario most New Yorkers would only dream of: stumbling upon a historic hotel built in 1909 that's still in good condition, and then learning you can stay there for free. For three nights! The New York Times picked up a story this weekend about the Bossert Hotel, which is allowing certain guests that exact privilege.
Unfortunately, the hotel, located near the Brooklyn Bridge, is only targeting Jehovah's Witnesses who have done international missionary work and need a place to stay. D'oh! You didn't think it would be that easy, did you?
According to the article, prospective
freeloaders guests must submit an application, and, if accepted, be willing to integrate into the Brooklyn Jehovah's Witnesses' community—the group's world headquarters lies only a few blocks from the hotel.
Aint nothing like a good old stereotype, and our recent visit to the Mississippi Delta pretty much ticked them all off. Awesome accents? Check. Disquieting levels of hospitality? Check. Catfish on the menu and blues singers on every corner? Hell, yeah.
One thing we hadn’t ticked off to start with was the “Southerners are God-fearing” stereotype, but that changed when we reached Natchez and saw this ad for the local Days Inn.
Nothing unusual about a national chain offering a seniors discount, or a freebie. But broadcasting its Christian status with the fish symbol? Not something we’ve seen before.
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There's no question that the Dalai Lama is a modern man complete with his own website, webcasts and personal treadmill setup. And don't forget, he Twitters! So it's not that surprising to see him out and about at a hotel party in Pune, India. Still, we think it's rather cool.
His Holiness showed up at the Le Meridien Hotel after attending the World Peace Festival.
All the members of the staff were extremely excited to have The Dalai Lama at the hotel. His Holiness was received at the entrance by Jaswinder Narang, General Manager of Hotel Le Meridien, and felicitated the spiritual guru by garlanding Him. Jaswinder Narang then personally escorted His Holiness to his suite.
Despite the suite accommodations, the Dalai Lama actually only stayed at the hotel for a few hours, probably just to get some rest. Yet we wondered if he still had to pony up for internet in the suite? That would cost him $15 for 24 hours. Surely, Le Meridien waived this fee for the Dalai Lama. Room rates at the hotel typically start at $175 a night with the Royal Club suite starting at $385 a night.
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This hotel is Arles, France is now part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group but in its past life, it was a Carmelite Convent. And yes, your guestroom is the old nuns' bedrooms.
In the heart of the old town, the Hôtel Jules César is the perfect location to appreciate history, a 17th-century convent offering 21st-century luxuries and facilities. The nun's cells have been redesigned as large, indulgent bedrooms and the cloistered galleries house the Restaurant Lou Marques, which serves classic Provençal cooking. A heated swimming pool can be found in the lavender garden, where a monastic peace prevails ensuring total relaxation.
And despite its once-humble origins where nuns took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, the hotel now charges 158 € for a single room and between 158 € to 240 € for twins/double rooms. See the full rate list here.