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Where is Shangri-La?

Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La announced that it would be coming to its namesake region in China September 9 — but is Shangri-La’s Shangri-La the real deal? The chain has broken ground on a 230-room city resort in Diqing, a city in Shangri-La country in the Chinese province of Yunnan, set to open in early 2013. [...]

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The new hotel search for freebie-lovers

Hotel booking site Priceline has introduced a new search system that allows travelers to select hotels based on what’s included. The system is perfect for travelers who love a free breakfast, free parking or room upgrades, with Priceline saying that it offers over 29,000 hotel freebies around the world on September 9. Customers can search [...]

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Sol Melia to make U.S. debut in Atlanta

Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia is to open its first hotel in the US October 15, the firm announced September 7. The brand, which has a strong presence in Spain and South America, as well as hotels in several other countries, says that the opening of the Sol Melia Atlanta is a “landmark” for the [...]

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Sheraton launches new spa concept

Sheraton Hotels is to roll out a new spa concept globally, the chain announced September 7. “Shine for Sheraton” spas will be introduced across the chain’s hotels around the world over the next few years, including 12 openings in the next 15 months. The spas will offer products by spa and skincare brand Germaine de [...]

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Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel restored in lavish style

A favourite of royals seeking luxury, writers looking for the muse and undercover spies, Pera Palace — Istanbul’s hotel of mysteries and pomp — has reopened after a major facelift to revive its past grandeur. Built in the late 19th century for the passengers of the legendary Orient Express, the 115-room hotel has hosted generations [...]

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How to find a green hotel

Many hotels promise to be green nowadays, but where can travelers find more information to help them choose the most eco-friendly hotel? Online booking site Travelocity believes that travelers actually prefer green hotels. According to its statistics, eco-friendly properties get higher reviews than their non-green counterparts. For many consumers, search sites such as Travelocity, Expedia [...]

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