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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Hotel prices “up 90 percent” during volcano chaos

Hotel prices soared during the air travel lockdown prompted by volcanic ash last week, as thousands of people scrabbled to find accommodation in crowded hotels Research by price comparison site Trivago revealed that prices in cities such as Milan jumped by 90 percent during the week of April 15-22, leaving stranded travelers to shell out [...]


The Oberoi Mumbai Reopens

The Oberoi Mumbai is to reopen April 24 for the first time since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. The hotel, which was the location of a three day siege in which 32 people died, has been extensively renovated and refurbished over the past year. All of the 73 suites and 214 guest rooms have been [...]


Shanghai’s new luxury hotels

2010 has seen a flurry of new hotels opening in Shanghai ahead of the start of the World Expo, which runs for six months from May 1. Marriott, Peninsula, InterContinental and Fairmont are amongst the brands joining Shanghai’s luxury market. InterContinental has opened the new Shanghai Expo hotel as the city completes its final preparations [...]

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