40 Hotels by Gucci by 2025

Luxury Italian hotel brand Elisabetta Gucci is to focus on building its top-end boutique hotels in developing countries. Elisabetta Gucci Hotels & Resorts will aim to build 40 hotels over the next 15 years in countries such as Russia, China and Brazil. Elisabetta Gucci is the daughter of Paolo Gucci and the fourth generation of [...]


Another luxury resort opens ahead of World Cup

Fairmont hotels has opened its second property in South Africa, with just over a week to go before the World Cup tournament kicks off June 11. The 154-room Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a short drive away from Durban, one of the main host cities of the tournament. Offering ocean views from verandas and luxurious soaking [...]


London town hall reopens as luxury hotel

An imposing town hall in the heart of London’s East End officially has reopened as a luxury hotel, adding another option to the East End’s rapidly growing market. The Town Hall Hotel, which features a restored Edwardian, Neo-Classical fine stone frontage, offers 98 luxury rooms and luxury apartments. The operator, Design Hotels, has opted to [...]


Luxury hotel opens in Soviet landmark

A Soviet-era landmark in the center of Moscow has reopened as a luxury hotel after a three-year renovation. The former Hotel Ukraina was known as one of the “Seven Sisters,” an iconic set of skyscrapers built under Stalin between 1947 and 1953 to rival the structures springing up in capitalist cities such as New York. [...]


Jumeirah launches lifestyle brand VENU Hotels

Dubai hotel group Jumeirah is to launch a “contemporary lifestyle” brand globally later this year, the company announced April 28. The new brand, to be named VENU Hotels, will be launched later in 2010, with Jumeirah saying that it is in “advanced stages of negotiations” with developers about properties in the Middle East, Northern Africa, [...]

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First look: Armani hotel

With suites costing up to 11,000 dollars for one night, Italian designer Giorgio Armani on Tuesday opened his first signature hotel in the world’s tallest tower in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. “Yesterday I saw this hotel come to life and I felt very emotional. It was marvellous to see this come to life,” Armani, [...]

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