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Kingdom Centre Riyadh

Women-only floor opens at Four Seasons Riyadh

Kingdom Centre Riyadh

Luxury property the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is the latest to open a ladies-only floor designed to put traveling women at ease and make them feel “comfortable and secure.”

Dubbed the “Pearl Floor,” the all-female area is fitted with 20 premium and deluxe rooms, as well as two executive suites.

Staff on the 48th floor, which features an express check-in desk, is likewise male-free, manned with all female workers.

To appeal to the female sensibility, the Pearl Floor Lobby highlights a sweeping staircase, bathroom vanities, fine upholstery and linens.

Female guests will have access to free Wifi, complimentary drinks, a ladies-only gym as well as spa services such as facials, body and hair care products, yoga mats, a healthy, in-room dining menu and personalized welcome kit.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh Bedroom

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The best dog-friendly destinations in North America

Dog Laying On A Bed

A traveler’s guide exclusively for dog owners has released a list of 200 pet-friendly hotels, parks, museums and restaurants throughout Canada and the US for your canine travel companion.

Favorites on DogFriendly.com include Carmel City Beach in California where the off-leash policy allows dogs to frolick freely alongside sunbathers, as well as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

The guide also offers readers a list of dog-friendly restaurants including Jordan Pond House in Maine, as well as shopping centers where dogs are welcome such as Denver’s Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and Otay Ranch Shopping Center in San Diego, which comes complete with its own dog park.

Hotels that offer everything from pet sitting services to welcome baskets and ‘doggy room service’ are also listed. Some of the major hotel chains that offer pet-friendly accommodations, meanwhile, include the Best Western and the Marriott.

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Top 20 hostels in the world for food

fresh fruit smoothies

Influential food blog The Daily Meal has curated a list of the world’s best hostels in an unexpected category: their food offerings.

In their list of top 20 food hostels, standard fare like burgers and chicken nuggets are replaced with regional specialities like maple whiskey mousse in Vermont, organic oatmeal and fruits in San Francisco, and an assortment of Moroccan breads and locally harvested honeys in Marrakech.

The hostel with the best food in the world meanwhile, can apparently be found in Granada, Spain, where food is central to the stay.

When backpackers arrive at the Oasis Hostel, for instance, they’re greeted with a complmentary drink. Breakfast is free, as are tapas tours that take guests on guided tours of the best bars in the city.

Esencia Nativa hostel in El Salvador was given nods for welcoming guests with fresh fruit smoothies and for its restaurant that overlooks the ocean and serves everything from typical Salvadorian breakfasts and freshly caught seafood to homemade pizzas and veggie burgers with homemade hummus.

Here’s the full list of the Top 20 hostels in the world for their food:

1. Oasis Hostel in Granada, Spain

2. Esencia Nativa hostel in El Salvador

3. Villa Salis Hostel in Sète, France

4. La Hamaca Hostel in Honduras

5. Ostinatto Hostel in Buenos Aires

6. Be Hostels in Barcelona

7. Malabar Farm in Ohio

8. Menaggio youth Hostel on Lake Como, Italy

9. Hostel Tevere in Vermont

10. Hostel Pangea in Costa Rica

11. Mosquito Hostel, Krakow, Poland

12. Canadian Backpackers Inn, Toronto

13. Green Tortoise Hostel, San Francisco

14. Villa Saint Exupéry, Nice, France

15. Osa Mariposa in Oaxaca, Mexico

16. Hostel Nari-Nari in Marrakech

17. Betel Box in Singapore

18. Oasis Hostel in Lisbon, Portugal

19. Kex Hostel, Iceland

20. PLUS Berlin Hostel

Admiralty Arch London

Armani to turn Admiralty Arch into luxury hotel

Admiralty Arch London

According to The Daily Mail, Italian fashion house Armani is hoping to turn an iconic London landmark, the Admiralty Arch, into a luxury, £100 million hotel.

The ceremonial entrance from Trafalgar Square to the Mall that leads to Buckingham Palace will be transformed into a 100-room hotel designed floor to ceiling by Giorgio Armani if the deal goes through.

After opening properties in Dubai and Milan, Armani has long talked about opening a London outpost of Armani Hotels, toying briefly with the tony neighborhood of Knightsbridge, home to luxury properties like Bulgari, the Berkeley and Mandarin Oriental.

Early indications are that the hotel will be outfitted in sleek marble for the property’s 80 to 100 guestrooms, royal and presidential suites at an estimated renovation cost of £600,000 per room.

The hotel, which is reportedly to open in December, 2015, will house a restaurant and bar and, predictably, an Armani boutique.

Any development plans for a hotel in the century-old edifice, meanwhile, would need to pass security measures given that the arch overlooks Whitehall which is lined with British governmental offices.

London Admiralty Arch

Hotel brands with top online street cred

Hilton Hotel Shanghai

When it comes to online chatter about the best hotels for service, location, rooms and amenities, the Hilton, Marriott and Four Seasons brands come out on top.

Between May and October 2012, the trio of hotel names ranked highest in what market research company MavetMagnet calls ‘Conversational Relevance’ which measures both the amount and positivity of a hotel brand’s online buzz.

In areas such as service and location Hilton Hotels earned a positive score of 58 percent, followed by Marriott at 56 percent, and the Four Seasons with 51 percent.

Other elements that proved to be important to hotel guests included everything from the view, water pressure – for which the Ritz-Carlton and the Hilton emerged as leaders – service and the brand’s cachet, dominated by the Four Seasons.

Other findings:

– Among the most important attributes for hotel guests are the property’s location, centrality and accessibility to nearby amenities: Nearly two-thirds of online conversation on the ‘functionality’ of a hotel revolved around these considerations

– A hotel room’s size, connectivity and technology are among the most important to guests.

– The shower’s water pressure is more important than the comfort of a bed.

– The hotel staff’s responsiveness to personal attention and needs is also much talked about/

– Family travelers were particularly concerned about room noise.

Meanwhile, as of 11 am GMT, February 18, the top hotel influencers on social media tracker Klout include a bevy of Las Vegas properties including the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and the Palms Casino Resort.

Zadig & Voltaire boss apologises over China gaffe

Zadig and Voltaire boutique Avenue Montaigne

The boss of Zadig & Voltaire has apologised for saying that Chinese tourists would not be welcome at an exclusive new hotel planned by the company in Paris.

Company founder Thierry Gillier told fashion industry journal WWD late last month: “We are going to select guests. It won’t be open to Chinese tourists, for example.”
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Four Seasons Beijing

Four Seasons to open first property in Beijing

Four Seasons Beijing

The Four Seasons hotel brand continues its expansion in China with the opening of its first property in Beijing. The opening is scheduled for September 28.

Located in the Lingmahe area of the Central Business District, the Four Seasons Beijing will be the 88th property of the brand worldwide.
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Fourth Bulgari hotel to open in Shanghai by 2015

bvlgari hotel Facade

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts will open a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, announced Bulgari China on its Sina Weibo microblog Thursday.

The new hotel, to be located in a riverside complex in the artistic district of Suhe Creek, will be the fourth for the luxury hospitality group, a joint venture between Italian jeweler Bulgari and Marriott International.
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Ritz-Carlton hotel Vietnam

Ritz-Carlton to open its first hotel in Vietnam

Ritz-Carlton hotel Vietnam

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced the brand’s first hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), marking another step in the group’s expansion in Asia.

The 250-room hotel is set to open in 2017 and will be located in the historic centre of Saigoni9 adjacent to the famous Ben Thanh Square market, in a 48-storey tower.

The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is part of a development project called The One Ho Chi Minh City, which also includes prime office space, retail outlets and 350 luxury apartments.
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Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels 2012

Singita Sabora tented camp

For the 17th year, US-based Travel+Leisure Magazine published the results of the 50 World’s best hotels according to a readers’ survey.

The magazine asked its readers to answer a questionnaire developed by its editors from December 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012. Results were published online early this month and will appear in the magazine’s August print issue.
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