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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Hotel Bel-Air

The Hotel Bel-Air is a boutique hotel located in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California. The hotel is owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei. It is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels.
Since opening in 1946, the 91-room Hotel Bel-Air, located on Stone Canyon Road, has served many celebrities, heads of state and dignitaries. It was originally built by Alphonzo Bell, who developed the area and founded Bel-Air Estates. Originally built as office space and riding stables, it was purchased in 1946 and converted into a hotel by Texan entrepreneur Joseph Drown.Joseph Drown's partner in the Hotel in the early 1950s was Ted Chanock, a former Chicagoan. Chanock and Drown remained partners until Chanock's death in 1973. Chanock's wife, Frances, remained on as a permanent resident as a condition of the Rosewood purchase agreement with the Joseph Drown Estate in the 1980s.It was developed as an oasis, a hideaway within the city. Drown added Swan Lake which guests must cross by foot bridge to get to the hotel. The grounds are planted in ficus, fig, palms and continuously blooming flowers.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a Canadian based operator of luxury hotels and resorts. Currently, Fairmont operates properties in 16 countries including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Barbados, United Kingdom, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, China and Singapore.
Fairmont is known in Canada for its famous historic hotels and resorts such as the Empress Hotel (Victoria) and Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia, the Royal York in Toronto, Banff Springs in Alberta and Château Frontenac in Quebec. Many of these hotels were originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Fairmont's portfolio also includes several other landmark and icon properties including The Plaza in New York, the Savoy Hotel in London and the Peace Hotel in Shanghai.
The original Fairmont is located in the city of San Francisco. The nearly completed structure survived the earthquake of 1906. Although heavily damaged by the subsequent fires, the hotel was renovated under the eye of architect Julia Morgan and finally opened in 1907. It was later acquired by Benjamin Swig in 1945.

Starting in the 1960s, Fairmont began developing a small chain of luxury hotels in major cities across the United States. The Fairmont chain consisted of seven properties in the United States when it was bought by Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts in 1999:

The Fairmont San Francisco
The Fairmont New Orleans (formerly and now again The Roosevelt)
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel(Boston)
The Plaza Hotel (New York)
The Fairmont Dallas
The Fairmont San Jose

Monday, November 22, 2010

Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels were originally founded as Ramada Renaissance Hotels in 1982 the upscale segment of the Ramada Inns, Inc., which eventually established Renaissance as a stand-alone brand. In 1989 the bulk of the Ramada hospitality and franchise system was acquired by New World Development Company of Hong Kong (the U.S., or domestic rights to the Ramada name were sold to Prime Hospitality), and the former Ramada Corp. was renamed Aztar Corp. In 1996 New World acquired Stouffer Hotels Co. from Nestle, folded it into the Renaissance chain and took the expanded management and franchising company public, while retaining ownership of many of the individual hotels through its CTF Holdings subsidiary. In 1997 Marriott acquired the Netherlands-incorporated Renaissance Hotel Group N.V., and retained the Renaissance brand, while eventually shedding the Ramada International business in phases to Cendant Corp. In 2005 Marriott acquired most of the remaining New World/CTF owned Renaissance Hotels in North America and Europe, with the intent of selling them under long-term management and franchise contracts.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

Larger than life- as dramatically fanciful as it is magnificent in scope and concept- Atlantis- Paradise Island is a glorious and wonderfully playful celebration of the legends of the lost city of Atlantis reflected in unique entertainment attractions such as The Dig- a fanciful journey into the world of the ancient Atlanteans- water attractions- original artworks and in the design and decor throughout the resort. Atlantis is a resort experience that is truly in keeping with Kerzner Internationals reputation for creating not just a hotel- but an entire vacation destination- in fact- the worlds largest island resort destination. The Royal Towers- with 1-201 guest accommodations set in two majestic towers- plus the Coral and Beach Towers provide the foundation for a 2-300-room resort that is as much fun for every kind and age of traveler as it is breathtaking and bold. In addition to a wide variety of accommodations- Atlantis offers innovative entertainment with the Caribbeans largest casino- 35 restaurants and lounges- extensive meeting facilities- including the largest ballroom in the Caribbean/Bahamas- and more than 11 million gallons of water activities and attractions- including water slides and rides- swimming pools- waterfalls- fountains- snorkeling and swimming lagoons- plus one of the worlds most beautiful beaches. The focal point of the 34-acre Atlantis Waterscape is the largest tropical marine habitat in the world- second only to Mother Nature herself- and home to 50000 fish and sea animals from around the world.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Grand Resort Lagonissi

The legendary peninsula of Grand Resort Lagonissi has set standards in the Athens region for first class service and outstanding facilities.The superb resort, adjacent to the cultural treasures and the privileged Mediterranean aura is an idyllic location where every visitor can find true tranquility and peace.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Crown Towers

Beautifully located on the southern bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Crown Towers sets the benchmark for luxury hotels in Australia. Lavishly appointed and offering an impeccable standard of customer service and attention to detail, Crown Towers is a hotel that truly understands the meaning of opulence.
All of Crown Towers’ 481 luxuriously appointed oversized guest rooms have spectacular views to the city or Port Phillip Bay and feature a truly unique level of comfort and finish. Each room has the latest in room technology.Located just a short stroll from Melbourne’s Central Business District and boasting flexible, purpose built meeting and conference facilities, Crown Towers enables you to conduct business in comfort and style. For those wanting to relax, hotel guests have access to the spectacular Crown Spa, the culinary delights of our superb signature restaurants and the amazing Crown Entertainment Complex with its cinemas, nightclubs, bars, shopping, indoor entertainment theme park and the 24 hour excitement of the world renowned Crown Casino.Few hotels in the world can match this level of opulence and excitement. If you’re seeking luxury in Melbourne, Crown Towers is the hotel for you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New York-New York Hotel & Casino

New York-New York uses the New York City influence of its name in several ways. Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline; the hotel includes several towers configured to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.In front of the property is a lake representing New York Harbor, with a 150-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Terminal.Within the resort, particular gambling areas, lounges, restaurants, and meeting rooms are named after New York City neighborhoods or landmarks. The main casino area, for example, is named after Central Park, while the shops are modeled after Greenwich Village.
The resort is located on the northwest corner of the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. At street level, pedestrians are blocked from crossing by concrete barriers. Instead, New York-New York is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos to the south (the Excalibur, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (the MGM Grand, across the Strip).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Treasure Island

Treasure Island (also known as "ti") is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA with 2,664 rooms and 220 suites, and is connected by tram to adjacent The Mirage as well as pedestrian bridge to the Fashion Show Mall shopping center. Since March 2009, the ti is owned and operated by real estate investor Phil Ruffin.The hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond rating each year since 1998.
Treasure Island was opened by Mirage Resorts in 1993 under the direction of Steve Wynn at a cost of $450 million. It was designed by architect Joel Bergman. The initial plans called for a tower addition to The Mirage, but later evolved into a full-fledged separate hotel casino resort. Treasure Island originally intended to attract families with whimsical pirate features and icons such as the skull-and-crossbones strip marquee, a large video arcade, and staged pirate battles nightly in "Buccaneer Bay" in front of the casino entrance on the Strip.In 2003, the hotel largely abandoned its pirate theme for a more contemporary resort in efforts to focus more on adults. The original arcade and kid-friendly pool areas were replaced with an adult-friendly hot tub, contemporary nightclub and party bar. The famous skull-and-crossbones sign at the Strip entrance was replaced by one reading simply "ti" that is also a large LCD video screen.On July 4, 2008, Christian Audigier The Nightclub replaced the Tangerine Nightclub.On December 15, 2008, MGM Mirage announced the resort would be sold for US$775 million to Phil Ruffin, former owner of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino. Ruffin took full ownership of the hotel and casino resort on Friday, March 20, 2009.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ca Maria Adele

The Ca Maria Adele is located inside an historical Venetian Palazzo. It has been recently renovated and offers all the modern amenities. The hotel is eclectically decorated with “damschi” fabrics, African wood furniture, marble fireplaces, fur wall paper, moresch lamps, Swaroski crystals , the list goes and on . A combination of exotic, romantic, mystical and fascination makes this a the delightful hotel.
Don’t miss the view while having breakfast or a drink from the terrace! The boats gliding down the canal, the breathtaking Santa Maria della Salute Church right in front. The Moroccan inspired theme of the terrace with the lanterns, coloured glass and vivid warm hues give an enchanting feel to whatever time of day it is.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ca’Sagredo Hotel Venice

A Private Palazzo, a Noble Residence, a Museum, a Luxury Hotel and much more…this all is Ca’Sagredo
An elegant architecture, the charm of past times and the magical atmosphere of a city surrounded by water have always shown Venice as the personification of the romantic spirit.Leaning majestically on the banks of the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, the 15th century Palazzo has been declared a National Monument and still preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble residence. Details are characterized by a rare preciousness and further emphasized by a touch of elegance. Here you will discover a real treasure: the restoration carefully enhances the original noble features, delighting while evoking an extraordinary history.The ballrooms and the rooms are home to important artworks, including paintings by the most representative Venetian painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Niccolò Bambini and Pietro Longhi.
Ca' Sagredo Hotel is a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand collection of over 500 independently-owned executive hotels in more than 58 countries. Carefully selected for their style and sophistication, Small Luxury Hotels feature award-winning properties including spas, country houses, golf resorts, island retreats, city sanctuaries and game and wilderness lodges.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is a hospitality ownership and management organization, headquartered in White Plains, New York.One of the world's largest hotel companies, it owns, operates, franchises and manages hotels, resorts, spas, residences, and vacation ownership properties under its nine owned brands. As of December 31, 2008, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. owned, managed, or franchised 942 properties employing over 145,000 people, of whom approximately 36% were employed in the United States.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Trump Hotel Las Vegas

The Trump Hotel Las Vegas is a 64 story luxury hotel-condominium (condo hotel)located on Fashion Show Drive near Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada named for famed real estate developer Donald Trump. It is located across the street from Wynn Las Vegas on 3.46 acres (14,000 m2), near the Fashion Show Mall and features both non-residential hotel condominiums and residential condominiums. The exterior windows are gilded with 24-carat gold. The hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.Tower 1 opened on March 31, 2008. The hotel features restaurants DJT, named after the developer, as well as a poolside restaurant, H2(eau).It has been announced that Donald Trump, due to the overwhelming sellers response from his first tower, will build a second, identical tower next to the first tower. It is Las Vegas's tallest residential building at 620ft (190m).The project was announced in 2004 as a joint project between Donald J. Trump, Brett J. Plant, and Phil Ruffin. The project was designed by Bergman, Walls & Associates and built by Perini Building Company.Prior to construction, Trump built a sales center for his tower on Las Vegas Boulevard. The temporary sales center cost nearly $3 million.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hotel Imperial Vienna

The Hotel Imperial, also known as Imperial, Wien or simply The Imperial, is a five-star luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria. It is located at Kärntner Ring on the Ringstraße.The Imperial was acquired by Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi (CIGA) after Prince Karim Aga Khan acquired the company in 1985 and began expanding its presence—which was purely Italian up to that time—into Spain and Austria. In 1994, the Starwood Hotels and Resorts took over CIGA and transformed it into its brand, The Luxury Collection, an assemblage of historic and venerable hotels in Europe that includes the Imperial.

Monday, November 1, 2010


The exterior was designed by Rafael Vinoly of RV Architecture LLC. The interior planning, architecture and design was by BBGM's New York office under Tony Machado's lead. Janie Horas was the Project Manager for Gensler. The Architect of Record ("AOR") was Leo A. Daly, with Lamberto Smigliani as Project Manager, while the Detroit-based firm Hamilton Anderson Associates was the AOR for the interior guest rooms. Peter Schroeder of Tishman Construction Corporation served as Senior Project Manager and Rick Lorimer was the Project Manager for Perini Building Company, the project's General Contractor. The Vdara was the first tower at CityCenter, and opened on December 1, 2009.The Vdara was the first of the six high-rises in the project to be topped out, on May 14, 2008.
The Vdara towers 57 stories above the Las Vegas Strip. All 1,495 hotel suites feature a gourmet kitchen, and many suites have a washer and dryer. The Vdara is one of the new generation properties on the Strip that has no theme and was built strictly as a luxury resort destination. It also contains no gambling casino, though some of the most famous casinos in the world are within a block or two of the entrance.
The name "Vdara" was thought up by the property’s original designers, according to Tara Russell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vdara. The "V" stands for "Vegas" and "ara" is meant to evoke other established high-end boutique hotels, such as the Aviara or Vicara.