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.
The Hilton London Wembley officially opened its doors to the public on July 18, just days before the start of the Olympic Games.
The hotel is located next to the Wembley Stadium and Arena in Wembley City, a redevelopment area with more than 1 million square feet of construction underway.
Marrol’s Boutique Hotel in Bratislava (Slovakia) was crowned best hotel in the world in Expedia‘s annual “Insiders’ Select” ranking, published on June 27, 2012.
Expedia’s insiders drew up their list from 500,000 assessments provided by the website’s users. European and American hotels fill up the top of the list, but there are two outliers in the top 10.
It’s been a big week for the all-encompassing Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide group, with a celebration of the fact the brand now oversees more than 100 hotels in China — and the release of news that it has 100 more planned.
Tonino Lamborghini and real estate developer Join In Group have teamed up to open the first ever Tonino Lamborghini-branded boutique hotel in Suzhou, China.
Built near the water, the Boutique Hotel is fashioned in the traditional Suzhou Garden style, restrained, delicate and pretty” combined with Italian fashion.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. has opened its first luxury resort in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa.
The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is the ultimate luxury destination for visitors to an island that is rich in championship golf courses and surrounded by pristine emerald waters that are perfect for waterborne activities.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has today announced that it will manage a luxury hotel which is under development in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China.
Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu, which is slated to open in 2015, will form part of a prestigious mixed-use development located on a prime riverfront site in the Jin-jiang district, close to the city’s key commercial and entertainment areas and opposite the ancient Wang-jiang Park, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has recently unveiled a revamped website. New features, which include sharing the best of the group’s photography, aim to help travellers get closer to their destinations.
To commemorate the new site, the group is set to launch the ‘#LovingTheMoment’ Instagram initiative to encourage everyone to share photos of their location.
Soho House, the boho-chic private members’ club and hotel chain, has announced the launch of five new properties by 2014.
The expansion of the group, which was founded as a club in 1995 and has grown to include restaurants, hotels and cinemas, will see new venues opening up in five destinations deemed ‘cool’ enough for the brand, long regarded as an arbiter of taste on London’s art and media scene.
The Berkeley, London, has teamed up with award-winning synchronised swimming team Aquabatix to offer a weekly 90-minute master class in the hotel’s rooftop pool this July, treating underwater ballerinas to panoramic views of Hyde Park.
The world’s most romantic city, Paris, has been named the most expensive city in the world to order a Club Sandwich, according to research released today by Hotels.com.
The classic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo sandwich, available in hotels the world over, has been used as a measure of affordability by the hotel expert.
The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) will give holiday-makers an indication of the costs associated with their holiday destination, using one of the most common items on any hotel menu around the world as a barometer.
W Hotels Worldwide has signed an agreement with Al Sharq Investment LLC to introduce a new W Hotel in Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah.
Set to open in 2016, W Dubai-The Palm will be located in Dubai’s most prestigious residential, leisure and tourism hub and will offer spectacular views of the island, Dubai Marina and the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
W Dubai-The Palm will feature 283 guest rooms, including 102 suites, five WOW suites and two Extreme WOW suites (W’s interpretation of a Presidential Suite).
Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York will open in 2014 in time for Baccarat’s 250th year anniversary. It will be located at 20 West 53rd St., just off Fifth Avenue.
The project is a partnership between Starwood Capital and Tribeca Associates, a New York-based real estate development and acquisitions company.
The $403 million development will include 115 hotel rooms with some rates that Starwood said will exceed $800 a night and 64 residences that the real-estate investor hopes will be among the city’s most expensive on a square-foot basis.
The hotel looks to capitalize on the tony image of Baccarat Crystal, the French manufacturer of fine glassware that Starwood acquired in 2005.
The hotel will feature Baccarat chandeliers, a boutique store selling crystal with price tags up to $10,000, and crystal museum pieces that will rotate through the lobby. Source: wsj.
Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to redesign portions of the famed Hotel Métropole in Monte Carlo. The architectural project is scheduled to debut this summer.
The collaboration between Lagerfeld and the Leading Spas of the World property comprises a makeover of the hotel’s outdoor premises, including the pool, terrace and gardens, along with a new, third Joel Robuchon restaurant.
French hotel brand Mama Shelter, voted among Europe’s trendiest properties, has announced it will expand internationally.
The company confirmed earlier this month that it plans to open a property in Los Angeles, California next year and Istanbul, Turkey this year, with further French expansion also planned in Lyon and Bordeaux over the coming months.
With the Cannes Film Festival just around the corner, the city’s hotels are already jam-packed. But if you’re lucky enough to find a room, some of the newest options are below.
The first weekend of June sees the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, with events planned across the UK and in London in particular.
If you’re heading to the British capital to catch the celebrations, here are six hotel packages fit for a queen:
The new St. Regis Tianjin has launched its Presidential Suite, Tianjin’s largest luxury hotel suite with “extraordinary amenities, unparalleled views and uncompromising service”, according to the Starwood property.
The 450-square-meter Presidential Suite features a 70-square-meter master bedroom with a signature St. Regis king-sized bed, separate seating area, 55” flat screen HDTV and walk-in closet.
The master bathroom has his and her marble showers and vanities, a deep bathtub whirlpool, and a dry sauna, while the guest bedroom features a king-sized bed and a 46” flat screen TV.
Floral print pioneer and perfumer Laura Ashley is to open a boutique hotel to showcase its wares, it revealed last week.
The brand, well known for its flowery curtains and clothes, confirmed last week that it has purchased a 49-room hotel in the British county of Hertfordshire, where it will build a branded getaway experience.
All of the bedclothes, sofas, wallpaper and curtains will be matching fabrics with the first guests expected to be welcomed next year, after an overhaul of the property.
As African hotels continue to boom, Virgin has announced that it is to become the latest name to move into the continent.
Virgin Limited Edition, Richard Branson’s luxury travel brand, is set to open a 12-tented camp in the Masai Maara Game Reserve next year.
The Mahali Mzuri camp will hold double-occupancy tents, meaning a maximum of 24 people at one time, with fully inclusive services set to include meals, drinks and daily game drives around the area.