In conjunction with a strong El Niño pattern in Telluride this winter, an exclusive Rocky Mountain alpine adventure takes guests to unbelievable heights providing an experience beyond the ordinary.
The Hotel Telluride, a 59-room luxury boutique Rocky Mountains meets European chalet-style hotel located in the heart of Telluride, Colo., is offering a new and super-exclusive ‘Master of the Mountain’ package this upcoming winter season (available from January 1 – March 31, 2016). This new package invites guests to become the master of Telluride’s rugged terrain with customized Pete Wagner skis, one of the most advanced cobblers of skis on the planet, in this luxury experience for the elite traveler.
Telluride, which sits at an elevation of 8,750-feet in Southwestern Colorado, is stashed amongst the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America and is nestled in a box canyon among some of the most undeniably stunning scenery and most incredible ski terrain in the Rocky Mountains. The Hotel Telluride is an ideal base camp from which to explore and experience Telluride. The Hotel Telluride’s new ‘Master of the Mountain’ package
Well, it’s finally winter! Seemed for a bit like it was going to be a temped winter season…but that has changed and our warmest winter coats are being put to use!
The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts worldwide offer guests experiences to make the most of winter, whether its lying on the beach with a drink in hand, spending the day at a world-class spa or cozying up by the fire; this is how The Ritz-Carlton winters…
Sit on the BEACH (or pool)…with a drink in hand
- At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami guests are transported to St. Tropez at Dune Burger Lounge and can sip on bartender Geno’s famous Pina Colada’s with their toes in the sand.
- Wake up in a newly reimagined guest room at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Head over to the white sand beach at the resort’s private Beach Club on Lido Key and spend the evening at its gulf-front Sunset Celebration.
Explore, explore, explore!
- Experience a winter wonderland with The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park‘s ice skating
The rankings are based on thousands of independent reviews from individuals and travel industry experts worldwide and evaluate over 2,500 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
“A great hotel can make your vacation, but travelers don’t have to waste time searching for the perfect accommodations,” said Erin Shields, travel editor for U.S. News. “The hotels on our list are adored by both travelers and expert reviewers for their high-quality amenities, comfortable rooms and exceptional services.”
The Lodge at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia, is named the No. 1 Best Hotel in the USA, followed by The Jefferson, Washington, DC, and ARIA Sky Suites in Las Vegas, a new addition to the top 10 Best Hotels in the USA. Other new additions to the top 10 list are Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Hawaii; The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; Waldorf Astoria Chicago; and Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is the No. 1 Best Hotel in the Caribbean. Rosewood Mayakoba takes the top spot in the Best Hotels
In this modern era, there are many kinds of inventions that we can see in our daily living. We know about the rapid development of internet that can be used for our life. We know that internet grows fast and we are helped much with the existence of internet. When we have the internet, we can contact with someone that we have not met for a long easily. We also can have the fast and easy access for the information. In the other words, there are many kinds of benefits that we can get from internet.
For us who really love the traveling, we can be helped from the existence of internet also. We can have the online booking for the hotel that we are going to choose for our next holiday. Let’s say if we are going to choose bali 5 stars hotel, it is so that easy. Do you think it is so that easy? Let’s we click Mister Aladin. In this site, we will find out the offers for any kinds of hotels for your holiday. No matter where you want to go for your next holiday you can get it easily with the help of Mister
Walking holidays are becoming more and more popular, and there is little wonder why. Walking or hiking in an area of a country as beautiful as Italy or France combines exercise, fresh air and many tourist attractions that you probably wouldn’t get to see otherwise. These tours are offered to people with a variety of fitness levels and cover countries like Germany, the U.K., Switzerland, Greece, and Spain, among others. The companies that offer these tours include detailed itineraries that ensure you will not miss anything important along your journey. They make the tours convenient, affordable and a lot of fun.
Places Included in Walking Tours
Companies that offer walking tours pay explicit attention to every detail of the trip, which is easy to do because most of them have employees who have actually walked along the routes included in their itineraries. They make the entire trip easy for you, even transporting your luggage and belongings to your next destination, so all you have to do is walk and enjoy the scenery. Tour fitness levels go from one to four, with four being the most challenging, and you can take the tours with or without an
Undoubtedly, our little ones are the main source of happiness for their parents, but when you are going on a vacation and have no other option but to take them with you, some small difficulties might occur. I have two small kids, so I know how important it is to choose a right hotel to stay at. I have searched the internet, read numerous comments and feedback on some of the most popular hotels that claim to be the best for your family.
- Hotel in Charleston
I want to begin with the Francis Marion hotel Charleston SC because my family and I personally stayed there when we went to Charleston on a vacation. We had chosen this hotel mainly because of the positive feedback left by the happy customers and we did not regret our choice afterwards. The hotel is located in the same building with Starbucks and the Swamp Fox Inn restaurant (great prices for amazing food), which spared me the trouble of cooking in the mornings. There are also various shops and shopping centers situated nearby the hotel. The staff was very professional and helpful. My verdict is: this is a perfect place to stay at with your family
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has announced it will debut the brand’s first hotel in Tokyo in July 2016.
Owned by Prince Hotels, Inc., The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel, will be located in the heart of Tokyo’s Kioicho neighborhood, marking The Luxury Collection’s second property in Japan, following the opening of Suiran in Kyoto in April 2015.
Located in Kioicho, part of the central Chiyoda municipality, the hotel will sit at the geographic center of Tokyo, seamlessly aligning with the city’s juxtaposition of historic marvels and ultra-modern infrastructure. The location is in close proximity to Tokyo’s myriad attractions, including Shimizudani Park and Benkei Canal. Access to the extensive metro network will be conveniently offered from the nearby Akasaka Mitsuke station, which connects to the popular shopping and entertainment districts of Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya in just 20 minutes.
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is part of Tokyo Garden Terrace, a mixed-use development which will encompass retail, offices and residences. The hotel will be located on the 30th to 36th floors of the tower also featuring offices and commercial facilities and will include a lobby on the top
Just minutes from the historic maritime seaport of Mystic, Connecticut, an eight-bedroom mansion is re-emerging as the most exclusive hotel on the East Coast.
Ocean House Management, LLC, owner and operator of the famed Ocean House, the only Forbes Triple Five Star rated hotel on the Eastern Seaboard, announced today that it has been appointed by Gates Realty Holdings to oversee the final renovations, opening and on-going operations of the new Spicer Mansion in Mystic, Connecticut.
A landmark since 1853, the freshly restored Spicer Mansion will make its debut on May 4, 2016, welcoming guests seeking refined dining, exceptional levels of personalized service, and a destination rich in culture. The hotel’s grand Victorian-era décor and first-class food and beverage program is the answer to family-friendly Mystic’s call for adult-oriented, luxury accommodations. Spicer Mansion resembles a timeless, yet elevated version of what seasoned guests have come to expect, value, and treasure about the Ocean House, located just 25 minutes away in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
“Mystic is a remarkable community, with Spicer Mansion bringing a unique set of qualities and characteristics to the Ocean House Management collection,” said Daniel A. Hostettler, President and Group Managing Director of Ocean House Management, LLC. “Our
U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, recognized Solage Calistoga as one of the best hotels in Napa Valley.
Today, the publication released its annual evaluation of hotels that offer high-quality amenities and exceptional experiences.
“We are thrilled to see Solage Calistoga recognized as a top destination in Napa Valley in U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels awards,” said General Manager, Marcus Mueller. “Showcasing the finest hotels and resorts in the region, this is fantastic recognition for Solage and we look forward to continuing the resort’s reputation for excellence throughout 2016 and beyond.”
The Best Hotels methodology combines a hotel’s industry accolades with expert and guest reviews and hotel class ratings. U.S. News scored luxury hotels, identifying the top 10 percent in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with Gold badges and the top 30 percent within specific markets with Silver badges. The rankings feature over 2,500 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
“Travelers don’t have to waste time searching for a great hotel,” said Erin Shields, travel editor for U.S. News. “The 2016 Best Hotels are adored by industry experts and travelers alike for their great amenities,
Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) announced yesterday the debut of its first resort development in Asia. Located in Guizhou Province, China, the dual-branded resort development Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley is set to open with both URBN and Cachet Resort concepts in October 2016.
A national tourism destination known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenery, Guizhou enjoys the designation as one of “Top 52 Places to Go in 2016” according to The New York Times. Owned and developed by Guizhou SenYao Real Estate Development Company, the resort spans across 300 acres of natural scenic land in the Xingyi City of Guizhou province.
“We are pleased to partner with Cachet Hotel Group and look forward to incorporating their innovative brands into this project,” said Liang Shang Yan, Co-Chairman of Guizhou SenYao Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. “Travelers can now look forward to an unrivaled dimension of authentic local discovery, new experiences and innovative designs from the iconic Cachet and eco-friendly URBN brands, together with the benefits of Cachet’s technology platform.”
Designed by world-class Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri in tandem with Simon Ma – one of China’s most well-known, acclaimed artists – the resort complex will feature a
Unveiling a new vision at The Americas Lodging and Investment Summit (ALIS), Davidson Hotels & Resorts announced a brand new lifestyle division debuted today as Pivot, performance from a new perspective.
“With Davidson’s 40-year history in the hospitality industry, the company has rock-solid footing,” noted John Belden, chief executive office of Davidson. “Pivot is backed by Davidson’s powerful resources, relationships and reputation, with the vision of creating the lifestyle management expert the industry needs. Simply put, Pivot was born as an unconventional solution to serve the next generation of travelers.”
Backed by Davidson’s deep resources and proven systems, Pivot opens up opportunity for growth in the budding lifestyle sector. With a personality all its own, Davidson’s core values of commitment, integrity, innovation, equality and trust will always shine through. Pivot will captivate guests, pushing the envelope through creative design and vibrant experiences, while continuing to deliver a strong bottom line to owners.
“As Pivot, we will provide clients with a different perspective and new insights, while delivering the lifestyle experience today’s travelers desire in their hospitality experience,” notes Albert Smith, senior vice president of Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division. “We’re changing the face of the
As our team of hotel lawyers returns from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (or ALIS) in Los Angeles, we all noticed a big change. This is the first industry conference since the beginning of the recovery from the Great Recession where we have seen a clear turnaround in hotel investor sentiment that seems to be gaining traction. Unfortunately it is a negative turnaround.
Until now, the discussions have always been about how long the recovery will last (what inning are we in)? And how high values and fundamentals will go before they peak and start down in the next cycle. Not so much this time.
The irony is that hotel industry fundamentals remain sound and continue to improve, although perhaps a bit more slowly. But the downturn in the price of hotel REIT and C-corp stocks (many are about half of their value a year ago) now seems to be shaping an important part of the industry psyche and investment mindset. In this scenario, Wall Street is driving Main Street, instead of the other way around. In other words, the jaundiced perspective of Wall Street is having a real world effect on the hotel industry.
According to the tradition, a clairvoyant groundhog in Pennsylvania named ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ cautiously emerges from his cozy hideout each year. If Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he predicts six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, he predicts an early spring.
It’s a silly holiday, but a helpful symbolic event for many hotel marketers. After all, you can’t lead your property if you’re hunkered down in your hole or sitting behind your desk, stuck behind closed doors returning emails and analyzing spreadsheets.
Let the brilliance shine and spring into action. Here are three smart ways to get out of that winter rut:
1. Get out and talk to people… yes, really talk.
Build time each and everyday to walk your property. Chat with guests, find out why they’re visiting, how they found your property, how they’re enjoying their stay and if there is anything that could have been done to improve their experience.
Do the same with your conference space – walk the hallways and mingle with the event planning team and the attendees. Not only can this daily socializing unearth issues that would normally go unnoticed,
The beginning of a calendar year is always a great time for reflection and assessing your hotel’s success and achievements. It’s the ideal time to set goals and plan your hotel’s business and promotional activity for the next 12 months.
It’s also a good time to look at any industry trends that might affect the way your guests plan to travel over the coming year.
Are travelers planning to dedicate more time to vacations? Which destinations are on must-visit lists? And, what technology trends are impacting the way they behave from initial search through to actual experience?
SiteMinder recently partnered with the California Hotel and Lodging Association to answer some of these questions with hoteliers joining a webinar to learn more about the top travel trends they should be planning for in 2016.
Here are the five key US trends we identified:
1. The rise of unlimited, paid vacations for Americans
Americans are notorious for having a limited vacation allowance compared to their European counterparts – with no guaranteed right to time off in the States versus four or five weeks of annual leave in Europe. It’s estimated that 40% of Americans
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and Atlantica Hotels announced today the signing of an exclusive management license agreement for Atlantica to develop and manage Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Brazil. The announcement underscores the continued momentum of the award-winning upper midscale Hilton Garden Inn brand into new markets and tourism destinations throughout the region, including recently opened hotels in Montevideo, Uruguay and Cusco, Peru.
“Brazil is the largest economy in South America and provides great potential for growth. We are excited to introduce the Hilton Garden Inn brand to this booming market,” said Ted Middleton, senior vice president, development, Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “The partnership with Atlantica represents a great milestone for Hilton as their experienced and knowledgeable team will help drive our growth efforts throughout the country.”
From left to right: Eduardo Rodriguez Suarez, managing director, development – Brazil & the Southern Cone, Hilton Worldwide; Paul J. Sistare, founder and CEO of Atlantica Hotels; Ted Middleton, senior vice president, development – Latin America, Hilton Worldwide; and Ricardo Bluvol, vice president development, Atlantica Hotels.
“It is an honor for Atlantica to partner with Hilton Worldwide, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, to develop
The Grand Hyatt brand announces 2016 global expansion plans, which include new hotel openings in three of the world’s most coveted destinations. With eyes around the world focused on Brazil in the summer of 2016, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro will debut this spring, followed by the openings of Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Grand Hyatt Manila. Together these anticipated openings are expected to drive new momentum for the brand’s continued growth worldwide with additional hotels expected to join the world-class portfolio in the upcoming years.
“The Grand Hyatt brand is at the forefront of the travel industry, and we continue to grow our brand with our guests in mind, seeking out destinations where they want to travel to most,” said Samie Barr, Vice President, Global Brands. “Each hotel opening this year is meticulously designed and carefully curated to exemplify the care synonymous with the Grand Hyatt brand and deliver moments of more to guests at Grand Hyatt destinations worldwide.”
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Grand Hyatt Manila will exemplify the Grand Hyatt brand’s signature level of grandeur with an abundance of options and the foundation for creating spectacular experiences. Every
Swiss real estate investment company ACRON has tapped Capella Hotel Group to introduce and manage the Solís Hotel at Two Porsche Drive, located immediately adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Solís property, scheduled to open in 2017, will be designed by the award-winning HOK Architects firm, which also designed the Porsche Cars North America Headquarters. Peter Silling & Associates will craft the hotel’s interior design.
“We are proud to be part of the unique and legendary experience Porsche creates for its customers. We will add a sophisticated hotel to the complex that reflects the high standards of excellence for which Porsche is renowned,” said Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group.
“We are thrilled to work with this exclusive best-in-class of the hospitality industry. Our partners, Capella Hotel Group, HOK Architects, and Peter Silling, will produce a singular hotel experience befitting its location and association with one of the most famous brands in the world,” said ACRON Chairman Klaus Bender.
The Solís Hotel at Two Porsche Drive will be the first new hotel on the east side of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since the opening of the new International Terminal.
TPG Hotels & Resorts announced today that it has been selected to operate the first Moxy hotel in Washington, DC. In coordination with Owner/Developer Douglas Development Corporation of Washington DC, TPG Hotels & Resorts will provide technical development services assistance throughout the development process and manage the property upon completion, currently targeted for Q1 2017. Moxy DC Hotel will be located on the corner of 11th & K Streets in Washington DC.
“We are thrilled to partner with Douglas Development and to be the first hotel company to manage a Moxy branded hotel in the Greater DC area,” states Paul Sacco, TPG Hotels & Resorts’ Chief Development Officer. “Moxy DC Hotel, an exciting new Marriott-family brand, is yet another example of new lifestyle hotels TPG is actively engaged in throughout the US which complements our successful history of operating core, full-service brands for over three decades.”
Douglas’ Design plans involve incorporating an existing historic building into the overall design and function of the Moxy brand. The 13-story hotel will contain 200 guestrooms, a rooftop lounge, an outdoor street level patio, and also feature a live Instagram Wall capturing images in real time from Moxy travelers worldwide.
High-end hotels in Sydney and Melbourne are so full that not only are rates for business travellers likely to rise, but companies could be forced to place travellers in three-star hotels or consider alternative options like private Airbnb accommodation, says American Express Global Business Travel Asia Pacific managing director David Reimer.
Hotel occupancy rates in Sydney and Melbourne are averaging nearly 90 per cent, meaning on the more popular nights, many of the hotels are fully booked.
“Particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, companies are going to have to be very diligent around thinking about their hotel programs in general,” Mr Reimer said.
“We’ve seen a strong uptick in tourism. Tourists need places to stay as well. For the first time in a number of years, corporates are competing for hotels with leisure travels. And some international leisure travellers are staying in a better class of hotel because it is more affordable [due to the weaker dollar].”
The American Express Global Business Travel 2016 forecast found high-end Australian hotel prices are expected to rise by an average of 3 to 5 per cent next year, outpacing the gains in most other parts of Asia. But the average is expected to be weighted down by a poor performance in Perth as a result
At least 37 people have been killed in a gun attack on a beach in front of hotels in the Tunisian resort of Sousse, in the country’s bloodiest day since the 2010 revolution.
Tunisia’s health ministry said the dead included British, German and Belgian tourists, as well as Tunisians. The Irish government said an Irish woman was also killed. Thirty-six people were injured.
Witnesses reported that gunmen opened fire on the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels. Officials said one gunman had been shot dead but there are unconfirmed reports that another may be on the run.
Tunisia’s interior ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui described the attack as terrorism. The country’s secretary of state for security said the dead gunman was a student previously unknown to police. “He is Tunisian, originally from the Kairouan region,” Rafik Chelly told Mosaique FM radio. “This person was not known [to us].”
“He entered by the beach, dressed like someone who was going to swim, and he had a beach umbrella with his gun in it. Then when he came to the beach he used his weapon.”
Tunisian radio had reported earlier that most of
The new company will be based in Denver, Colo., while retaining offices around the U.S. and Asia. Together, the company will manage more than two billion in property revenue. The merger will combine the two companies’ hotel brands and hotel management operations.
Destination Hotels is owned by Lowe Enterprises, and co-CEO Robert Lowe, Jr. will be chairman of the new company alongside current Commune chairman John Priztker.
“This is an exciting step forward for all of us as we bring together these two great and complementary hospitality companies,” said Lowe in a statement. “Joining forces with Commune will allow us to position the combined company as the most sought after operator in this exciting segment of the industry and enhances our ability to deliver differentiated experiences to travelers across the globe.”
Commune Hotels, which is comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, is known for running boutique hotels in urban markets.
The merger dilutes Commune’s brand to a certain degree because the hospitality group has been at the forward edge of the design hotel explosion over the last decade. The Destination Hotels portfolio, meanwhile, has a more