For me, the moment I look forward to most during a hotel stay is sliding into the crisp, clean and neatly-tucked-in sheets of the bed. It’s a feeling that, try as I might, I’ve never been able to quite replicate at home. Sure, it’s easy to be lured into the more extravagant details that can boost the room’s status from just another place to lay your head, such as a sexy clawfoot tub or a sun soaked terrace with superb sea views, but if the bed isn’t just right, what really is the point? I know Goldilocks would agree with me on this one. It was in the spirit of that notion that I set off for The Ampersand, a boutique hotel in South Kensington, where the head of housekeeping Eugenija Temba had agreed to show me what goes on behind the scenes each morning once guests check out. To get a better picture of the hotel as a whole, I’d also be joining head chef Chris Golding’s kitchen brigade. First up, we took the lift direct to the top floor to start … [Read more...] about What really happens behind the scenes of a five-star hotel?
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HOME » luxury Travel Destinations » UNITED STATES » FLORIDA » The Only 5-Star Hotel in Key Largo: Playa Largo Resort & Spa As much as I love traveling around the world, I also make a point to enjoy what’s in my own backyard. In other words, I am a big fan of staycations! Living in Fort Lauderdale, I have so many gorgeous places around me to whisk away to for some rest and relaxation. Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Key Largo is the perfect place to do just that. This luxurious resort opened two years ago and it is the only five star hotel in Key Largo! Some would say this is the Pearl of the Florida Keys, and so I was more than happy to stay for a couple of days. Check-in was a breeze thanks to the warm and welcoming expert concierge who know anything and everything about the Keys. Even before you step into your room, Playa Largo offers mesmerizing views of Florida Bay which gave me such a calming effect and put me in ultimate … [Read more...] about The Only 5-Star Hotel in Key Largo: Playa Largo Resort & Spa
The Hanoitimes - Grant Thornton has released the comprehensive report on Vietnam’s hotels and resorts in 2017. The average room rate for five-star hotels in Vietnam in 2017 recovered from a 2.2% decline from the previous year, picking up 4.2% to US$107, according to a recent survey by the US-based audit, tax, and advisory service provider Grant Thornton. InterContinental Hanoi Westlake. Four-star hotels experienced a similar trend, seeing their rates climb 1% to US$75.2 last year. The revenue per available room continued to go up in both star categories, with a 7.6% rise at four-star hotels and a 10.2% rise in five-star hotels. The revenue per available room growth last year is lower than that of 2016 at four-star hotels, while much higher in the five-star category. The survey also found that holidaymakers and visitors travelling in a group accounted for 60% of guests at luxury hotels. Those on business trips slight rose by 0.5%. Travel agencies and tour operators … [Read more...] about Vietnam`s five-star hotel room rate rebounds in 2017: Grant Thornton
What makes the perfect Mediterranean summer holiday? Boat trips in gin-clear waters, beachside restaurants serving fresh catch of the day, and ladders which plunge straight into the sea from the rocks are just a few of the quintessential experiences that, for many, spell out summer in southern Europe. And there is a way to enjoy these things without blowing your budget. Our experts have put together a guide to the most affordable places to stay in the Mediterranean, country by country – from a west-facing Ibizan pearl with incredible sunsets and access to secret coves, to off-the-beaten-track Greek Islands hotels with dreamy pools, and a stylish b&b on France's most costly of coastlines. Indeed, lots of places set directly on the beach are often taken up by premium hotels (with a price tag to match), so some of our recommendations are slightly inland from nearby golden sands (though there's nothing featured with more than a 30-minute drive to a beach). Opt to retreat from the … [Read more...] about Budget beauties: the best affordable hotels in the Mediterranean
Foshan is mainly and industry city but opened its centuries of history not so long ago to tourists. The Foshan Hotel has been for a long time the only hotel catering to Western visitors and rebranded to Crowne Plaza Foshan in 2008. I had to check out this historical hotel and so I booked it for 3 nights. I enjoyed my stay and I will show you why the Crowne Plaza Foshan Hotel should be your choice when visiting the city. The hotel The location of the Crowne Plaza Foshan Hotel cannot be better. It’s located within walking distance of the major sites in Foshan. Its best reached by Uber taxi from Guangzhou train station; very cheap. It takes about a 30-40 minutes drive. The same applies to the airport. Although the hotel is built in 1981 you won’t be disappointed. It’s beautiful! The lobby is huge with very big chandeliers on the ceiling like a kind of waves. All floors and walls are decorated with warm colored marble and golden details. Behind the reception desks there … [Read more...] about CHINA – Crowne Plaza Foshan Hotel, luxury in the heart of Pearl River Delta