Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

A luxury hotel in Turkey which once housed sultans from the Ottoman empire has knocked Parisian landmark Hotel Le Bristol from its perch to be named the best hotel in Europe.

Colosseum palace up for sale in Rome

A Renaissance palace grafted onto the top of an ancient Roman theatre is up for sale in Rome for €32 million ($42 million). Its asking price is thought to make it the most expensive property currently on sale in the Italian capital, and one of the most expensive in Europe. The 11,000 sq ft property has … Continued

Queen to rent out palace during London Olympics

Queen Elizabeth II has given her approval to rent out state apartments at St. James’s Palace as party venues during the 2012 London Olympics. Companies with long-standing ties to the royal family that hold royal warrants can now have a chance to throw a bash in the royal palace. The palace is in a prime … Continued

Mandarin Oriental opens in Paris

The Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in Paris on Tuesday, becoming the third top-end Asian hotel brand in less than a year to put out its shingle and woo rich visitors to the French capital. Newly built behind a 1930s facade, the eight-story property on fashionable Rue Saint Honore boasts 99 rooms and 39 suites … Continued

Paris’s ‘palace’ hotels – the winners and losers

The French government announced the eight recipients of its new ‘palace’ hotel rating May 5, dealing a blow to some of Paris’s most famous hotels. The ‘palace’ rating is an official designation above five stars awarded by the French tourism authorities — it’s designed to help travelers identify the cream of the country’s many swanky … Continued

Vladimir Putin’s 1 billion dollar Palace

RuLeaks, a Russian WikiLeaks type site has posted photos of a lavish mansion alleged to be Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s estate on the Black Sea. The existence of the “Putin palace” on the Black Sea was discussed by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius in an article last year. According to Russian whistleblower Sergey Kolesnikov, the … Continued

France’s Versailles palace to host luxury hotel

The Palace of Versailles is to transform one of its satellite buildings into a luxury hotel, paving the way for a series of French projects aimed at exploiting the economic potential of listed buildings while securing their renovation. The Hotel du Grand Controle is to be converted into a “luxury hotel,” Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of … Continued

Taj Mahal Palace hotel reopens

A cascade of red rose petals, cheers and loud applause on Thursday heralded the full reopening this weekend of Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel, over 18 months after it was stormed by Islamist militants. The 107-year-old heritage wing of the luxury seafront hotel will receive guests from Sunday — Indian Independence Day — for the … Continued

Seychelles up in arms over Emirati palace

A village in the Seychelles called La Misere is demanding millions in damages for pollution caused by the construction of a huge palace for the United Arab Emirates president, residents said Thursday. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, also the prince of Abu Dhabi, is building a lavish compound on the highest spot of … Continued

Vivienne Westwood casts spell on London palace

Kensington Palace will be taken over by British designers in a bid to lure in the masses. The palace is at the center of a transformation project designed to make the royal residence in London more accessible to the public! … even though the designs of Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, or William Tempest — who … Continued

UAE hotels hope money can buy ME love

It may not be possible to buy love. But at least you can spend a fortune trying to do so in the United Arab Emirates, where luxury hotels are offering Valentine’s Day specials for mega-rich romantics. Lovey dovey in Abu Dhabi? The Emirates Palace, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, has the priciest Valentine … Continued

$1m for 7 nights at Emirates Palace !

Super rich and nowhere to go? The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi has released the world’s most expensive holiday package, “The National” reports. For just $1 million (Dh3.67 million) a week, guests can enjoy a week long ultra luxurious holiday in ultra luxurious surroundings. The $145,000-a-day package includes the hotel’s finest suite, first-class air tickets, … Continued

Showpiece from Swarovski Crystal Palace for Milan 2008

The Fragments Cabinet and the Ellipsis Light by Arne Quinze for the Swarovski Crystal Palace show off a spectrum of crystal colours. Both pieces are exquisite sculptures that make full use of the impact of the crystals. Via mocoloco