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Kempinski’s North Korean hotel plans on hold

Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang

The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski is dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

“Kempinski Hotels confirms that KEY International, its joint venture partner in China with Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), had initial discussions to operate a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea,” Brigitte Hohl Taylor, a spokeswoman told AFP in an email.

“However no agreement has been signed since market entry is not currently possible,” she said, adding in a phone conversation that the discussions had been halted.

In November, the Geneva-based luxury hotel chain said it hoped to open Pyongyang’s 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel in July or August this year.

But on Sunday, the South China Morning Post reported that the Swiss company had decided to ditch the project amid the increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the North Korean regime.

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who died in December 2011, reportedly ordered construction of the Ryugyong hotel in 1987, initially with skills and capital from a French company.

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Kempinski Stafford London offers £100,000 package

Stafford hotel London

The Stafford hotel London by Kempinski has launched a decadent £100,000 Anniversary Package to celebrate 100 years of luxury service.

A person, who buys this package, will enjoy three nights at the Stafford’s Penthouse of The Stafford Mews or Guv’nor’s Suite.

This guest can choose in-room dining during the stay, or enjoy meals in the hotel’s dining facilities – The Lyttelton and American Bar. For this purpose a £10,000 dining credit is issued to the buyer of the package.
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Kempinski Nile Hotel opens in Cairo

kempinski nile cairo

Luxury hotel chain Kempinski has opened the first five-star boutique hotel in Egyptian capital Cairo, the Kempinski Nile.

Offering 137 rooms and 54 suites, the Kempinski Nile overlooks the banks of the famous river and is the latest hotel to open in the city.

The hotel is designed by French architect Pierre Yves Rochon, who is responsible for parts of the famed George V in Paris and the newly renovated The Savoy hotel in London.

Kempinski says that Rochon’s design “represents a masterpiece of contemporary design with attributes that specifically pay homage to Egypt’s ancient history.”

Guests can choose from four restaurants, one of which has no menu — chefs are on hand to cook all dishes to order on request — and four bars, including a rooftop bar and shisha bar.

The hotel also offers a spa and health club, private balconies, marble bathrooms, a pillow concierge and a butler service for residents.

Recent figures suggest that Egypt is currently seeing something of a tourism boom, helped by the weakness of the UK pound which is making the country more attractive to visitors from Britain specifically.

British tourism to Egypt was up 20 percent in 2009, according to industry figures, and with the addition of new routes to the country from the US by Continental Airlines in 2011, American tourism could be next.

Although Kempinski is the first of the “Leading Hotels of the World” collection to open in Cairo, it could have competition in the next few years — fellow high-end brand Rocco Forte plans to open its property there in 2013.

The top 10 five star hotels for under 50 pounds

Travel comparison and booking site Trivago has published a list of the most popular European five-star hotels with rates under £50 (€57).

According to Trivago, the average rate at a five-star hotel in the top 50 European cities is £165 (€189).

However, the site has compiled ten destinations where guests can enjoy the trappings of five-star luxury for half that price.
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