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Rocco Forte Wants To Save Italy With Some New Hotels

Where: Italy
November 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Verdura Resort in Sicily

We knew a couple of months ago that Rocco Forte was sniffing around Venice, but plans really are coming to fruition now. Last week, it was announced that Forte is getting a $95m cash injection from Italian investors (in return for 23 percent of the company) – which he’ll use to open hotels in Venice, Milan, Naples (YES) and Sicily.

It gets better. In an upbeat interview with Il Giornale, in which he says that luxury travel will save Italy's economy, Forte said this:

We want to create a network of uber-luxury hotels in Italy – one that’ll be capable of attracting travellers wanting to rediscover the Grand Tour, that was so tantalizing to the aristocrats of the 18th and 19th centuries.

#OMGGrandTourRevivalWeCan’tEven.

According to Forte, they’re currently sifting through potential sites in Venice, Milan and Naples. He is also “convinced of the unexplored potential of Sicily” (where they already have one resort outside, Verdura, in Sciacca). Taormina or Siracuse are on the hitlist there. Paris, New York, Moscow and the Middle East are priorities after Italy.

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How To Commemorate 25 Years Since The Berlin Wall At The Hotel De Rome

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  Site Where: Behrenstrasse 37, Berlin, Germany, 10117
September 26, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

It doesn’t feel this long, and yet it feels like forever – the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago in November, and the city is marking the anniversary on November 9 by lining up 8000 helium balloons along a 7.5 mile stretch of the old border between east and west.

Obviously no hotel wants to be seen to be taking advantage of an event of such historical importance, but the Hotel de Rome has drawn up a pretty sober package, valid November 7-10.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall package includes three nights accommodation and breakfast, a three hour private guided tour of Wall-related sites, a trip to the Asisi Panorama near Checkpoint Charlie, and a two hour Trabi tour (in an iconic East German Trabant car). They’ll also throw in champagne and currywurst as you watch the balloons on the 9th from the hotel rooftop terrace.

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Bye Bye Manchester: Rocco Forte Sells The Lowry

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  Site Where: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 5LH
September 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we reported on changes at Rocco Forte Hotels with both Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi and The Augustine in Prague leaving the group following earlier reports of financial struggles.

The Manchester Evening News is now adding to the list of departures with an update that a sale has been agreed for the city’s Lowry Hotel to Westmont Hospitality Group. While the management team on-site reportedly is staying on, it will mean a rebrand as well, but whether that’s InterContinental, Hilton, Marriott, or another brand Westmont works with is still to be confirmed.

We’re also happy to see mention of renovations to ‘further enhance the offer’; we stayed at the Lowry back in 2010 and still remember being a little underwhelmed by our room at what was meant to be “the” luxury hotel for Manchester, with a rather generic bathroom, a huge tear in the sheets on the bed, and ripped fabric on some of the furniture.

You can still book through the Rocco Forte website until well into next year, with a Deluxe Room starting around £149 ($243) a night. We’ll let you know what becomes of the Lowry when we find out.

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Brown's Hotel's Mayfair Tours Are Particularly Artful

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  Site Where: 33 Albemarle St, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4BP
September 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

What to do on a weekend in London? Some might say, quite a lot. But in case you’re tired of life what’s on offer in the capital, Brown’s Hotel has something else up its sleeve for you: an art tour.

Brown’s premise is that Mayfair’s solid gallery scene is being laid siege to by the all the posh shops and fashion brands moving in; so it’s introducing the tours to remind us what Mayfair should be about.

Each week, a different director from a participating gallery will whisk guests off and around the area, showing off their favorite shows and spaces – not just the obvious ones, but hidden galleries that open by appointment only in private offices.

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Rocco Forte Wants To Join These Three Recently Opened Hotels in Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
September 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Scouring around for information about the forthcoming JW Marriott Venice yesterday, we stumbled upon a rather exciting piece of news: Rocco Forte is planning to open a hotel in Venice.

According to La Nuova, RF himself said that Venice is “attractive” (no, really?), and that he’s looking for a property. The only problem is:

Venetian palazzos are small, and it’s difficult to find space for a 60-room property, which is what we’d like.

Simples, Rocco – buy an island.

That article is from 2012, so let’s hope they’re close to finding something by now. In the meantime, here are three other recent Venice openings (all 2013) that’d be worth a shot:

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Why Hotel Amigo's Flower Carpet Package Is The Best Of Brussels

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  Site Where: Rue de l'Amigo 1, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
August 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one main event in the Brussels social calendar, the Flower Carpet, which runs 14-17 August, would be it. And if you think, “Pshaw, the best they can do is a flower carpet, that just proves everything I thought about Brussels being boring,” you’re totally wrong. Not only is Brussels ace, but the flower carpet is extraordinary: a carpet of begonias in pretty patterns all across the cobbles of the Grand Place, one of the most impressive squares in Europe. It is, apparently, so overwhelmingly beautiful that they can only hold it every two years for three days (disclaimer: that may be hyperbole, and also an excuse).

Seeing the Flower Carpet properly is fiendishly tricky – you can’t walk over it, so you can only get a squiz from the sides. Those in the know book a guided tour of the squareside City Hall – you can get a bird’s eye view from the second floor. But this weekend, there are only two English tours – both on Sunday – and you can’t book ahead, so you’re going to wait in line forever, and probably be disappointed.

Which is where the Hotel Amigo comes in. The Rocco Forte hotel has created a brilliant Begonia Package that will get you perfect views without the need for queuing. It includes:
· Availability-dependent upgrade to a Deluxe room
· Specially created Rose Blossom welcome cocktail;
· In-room facial (ooh-err missus);
· Dinner for two including a sommelier-selected bottle of wine;
· 4pm late check out;
· Breakfast.

So far, so luxury hotel blah. But here’s the kicker: if you check in August 14, you’ll get an invite to the Flower Carpet’s inauguration cocktail party, in the courtyard of the City Hall; and you’ll also get two tickets to the City Hall to see the panorama: something that will be out of reach for all but the most dedicated wait-in-liners.

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10 Packing Commandments from Hotel de Rome's 'Professional Packer'

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  Site Where: Behrenstrasse 37, Berlin, Germany, 10117
June 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Problematic packers, you know who you are.

You can’t zip your suitcase without your entire family doing a tap dance on top of it. At the airport, people congratulate your Samsonite and ask “how far along” it is. When you unpack at the hotel, your once-neatly pressed wardrobe looks like someone was trying to teach themselves origami with your conference outfits.

There is help for people like you, and his name is Ivica Tot-Genz. As the laundry manager at Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Tot-Genz has become the Yoda of luggage management. He’s an interesting guy, a trained bespoke tailor (eye for measurements) who used to fold parachutes for stowing under pilots’ seats in his native Croatia. And his “professional packing” service is inclusive for Hotel de Rome guests.

To give us a taste of his experience-gleaned ideas, Tot-Genz shared with us ten of his Top 10 Packing Tips:

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Meet the Bag Buggies of Hotel de Russie's FENDI Christmas Tree

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  Site Where: Via del Babuino, 9, Rome, Italy, 00187
December 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

Not to be outdone by the Lulu Guinness tree in London, the Hotel de Russie in Rome has its very own designer Christmas tree to show off. In a match made in fashion heaven, the hotel has enlisted utterly Roman brand FENDI to create chic Christmas decorations throughout the hotel and garden.

Inspired by FENDI’s latest kooky, and some might say creepy, 'Bag Bug' handbag accessory line, the brand has also decorated the hotel's impressive 16-foot Christmas tree on the Piazzetta Valadier with plexiglass versions of the fuzzy critters.

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The Brown's Hotel Christmas Tree is Sealed With a Kiss (or Two) From Lulu Guinness

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  Site Where: 33 Albemarle Street, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4BP
December 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

Last week, Brown’s Hotel in London unveiled this Christmas tree, created in partnership with legendary British accessories fashion designer, Lulu Guinness. As you'd expect it's a very stylish festive ensemble. Atop the tree you'll find no run-of-mill angel but Guinness' trademark ruby-red pouting lips. The hotel is certainly in the Christmas spirit, offering guests who stay during December the chance to win a two-night stay at the hotel and £250 to spend on a Lulu Guinness handbag.

Throughout the holiday period, The Spa at Brown’s Hotel will also be offering a MERRY BERRY manicure and pedicure using Claté products and festive ingredients such as orange, clove, juniper berry and cinnamon. The treatments are available now through February 1, 2014.

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The Balmoral Now Has A Dedicated Scotch Bar (and Whisky Ambassadors Too)

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  Site Where: 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EQ
September 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

If that photo above tickles your fancy -- for both the Scotch collection and the be-kilted Scotsman -- you'll want to be adding Edinburgh's The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte property to your hotel bucket list.

The five-star landmark hotel, located on the city's main Princes Street, has just opened SCOTCH a new signature whisky bar located in its former drawing room space that features the largest collection of purely Scottish whiskies available to the general public in Edinburgh.

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Rocco Forte Hotels Struggles, Drops The Augustine Prague

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  Site Where: Letenska 12/33, Prague, Czech Republic, 11800
April 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Despite optimism and tons of hotel openings in some places, especially Europe, we all know the travel industry isn’t completely out of the water when it comes to the financial crisis.

One hotel group that's been feeling the squeeze is Rocco Forte Hotels, a small family-run collection of hotels across Europe, including Brown’s Hotel in London and Hotel de Russie in Rome. After a difficult few years, this month the group dropped both Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi, the first hotel to be introduced solely with the group name, and The Augustine in Prague.

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Would The Hotel Inspector Approve Of Rocco Forte's Hotel Amigo?

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  Site Where: Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We only bring this up because The Hotel Inspector was the name of the UK’s (first-out) version of Hotel Hell, and that show was hosted not by Gordon Ramsay, but by Alex Polizzi. Serious hotel geeks know that Alex's clan are owners of Rocco Forte Hotels. It’s all coming together!

Well, we had the chance to stay at Brussel's Hotel Amigo for our own hotel inspection and will say that it does pass inspection, so Polizzi (or Ramsay) needn't have worried.

The hotel has 173 rooms and feels cozy and intimate. The decor is very authentic with original Surrealist artwork and other Belgium touches scattered throughout, and leans more toward a contemporary, refined style in both the public areas and the rooms.

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