• August 12, 2017 /  Hotels
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    One of the reasons boutique hotels are so popular is because they directly oppose the accepted hotel normality of hundreds of rooms and bland service. Their refusal to treat guests as anything other than honoured visitors means that they spend time, money and energy developing a hotel where you feel comfortable and at home. This can only really be achieved with low room numbers.

    Hotels in this sector have discovered that travellers are willing to pay for accommodation that is different in design and where even full occupancy means they’re not queuing for breakfast or waiting for room service to answer the phones. Instead, fewer rooms means more space and better service, and an increasing number of travellers are taking this option.

    Space

    Space is important to travellers, particularly those for whom the hotel is an integral part of the experience. Whilst other holiday makers or business travellers simply use a hotel as a base for sleeping and eating, boutique hotel guests want to feel that they can spend the morning drinking coffee and reading in the public areas without feeling like a nuisance, or relax by the pool without worrying about fighting for poolside space with other guests. By taking a definite decision to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each room has more space and by fashioning public areas that guests actually want to use, boutique hotels create a unique atmosphere that appeals to guests.

    Design

    Boutique hotels are often based in older, traditional buildings where creating larger guest rooms means considerable changes to the internal design of the building. Sympathetic architectural changes can be achieved with careful planning and this allows hotel owners and their designers to maintain and incorporate original features into a more modern, spacious room design. From keeping original windows to fitting the most modern of bathrooms, clever design allows these hotels to provide fewer rooms, whilst at the same time preserving the essential features of the building.

    Service

    The smaller the number of guests, the better the service can be. This is a concept that’s fully understood by the boutique industry and it strives to ensure that standards of service are exceptional. Any contact that the guest has with a member of staff should be a positive one and, in many cases, members of staff are trained to anticipate guests’ needs, ensuring that they are comfortable asking for anything, including help with activities outside the hotel as well as the facilities within it.

    Lowering the number of rooms in a hotel, combined with good design, quality fittings and excellent service all combines to make a hotel unique and that’s what today’s travellers want.

  • August 6, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Chocolate lovers from all corners of the world now have the chance to not only enjoy the most finely crafted chocolate delights during St Lucia holidays, but also to learn about the history of the island’s chocolate produce through the hotel’s iconic location in a working cocoa plantation visited by the likes of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

    For the most indulgent of chocoholic holiday experiences, the new Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia, which only opened in spring last year, is now open to welcome true choccy lovers to a sweet world of tasty delights. This rather unusual hotel accommodation in Antigua opened with the concept of indulging chocolate lovers with a unique chocolate-theme restaurant and bar with the finest in cocoa-based cuisine, with a touch of this delicious ingredient present in almost all the dishes with some form of cocoa inclusion.

    Set in the grounds of a working cacao plantation, the hotel makes a direct connexion between the chocolate consumer and the source of the cocoa produce. Placing a strong focus on sustainability, the Hotel Chocolat has an input in stimulating a sor of Cocoa Renaissance and encourages other cacao growers on the island to follow suit as part of their ‘Engaged Ethics’ programme. For over 20 years, cocoa farming in St Lucia has been in decline. Hotel Chocolat has pledged to buy local cocoa at prices 40% above those previously achieved, to help stimulate the sector. So those enjoying sweet St Lucia holidays at the chocolate-themed hotel will know that they will be directly contributing to boosting the island’s cocoa produce.

    The most unique of St Lucia hotels yet, the property instantly charmed the likes of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who visited the hotel’s surrounding Rabot Estate and reinforced Britain’s compromise to promote sustainable development, environment

    The chocolatey hotel also features the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience, providing the opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate. It begins with guests walking along the estate’s cocoa groves and ends with them making scrumptious chocolate bars. The tour includes a visit to the seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station, as well as grinding, mixing and lots of tasting! Participants are invited to graft their own cacao plant, which is labelled with their name and date of visit.

    And for those wanting to branch out from the cacao, however, the property also has a spa, a pool overlooking the Pitons, a secret bar and casual dining. A daily shuttle service operates to Jalousie beach and theres 140 beautiful acres of land surrounding the property which, among other things, is a delight for hiking and bird watching.

  • August 6, 2017 /  Hotels
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    With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
    Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

    Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

    How To Turn This Around

    So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

    Creative Entertainment

    New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

    In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

    But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

    Learn what industry experts have to say with your current hotel dilemma, and what they think are your strengths and competitive advantages. Get to know them at Frontdesk Anywhere.

  • August 2, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Hotel quality bed linen, duvets and towels are a cut above the rest and thats why hotel rooms always have that sumptuous, luxurious feel. However, how do we know what the industry standards are to make your hotel room so comfortable?

    Bed Linen:
    Bed linen in hotel rooms has a lovely, luxurious feel and this is often down to the thread count of the linen itself. The higher the count of the threads in the item, the softer and more comfortable the bedding seems to be. The thread count is the number of fibres horizontally and vertically inside a square inch of the material and the higher this is, the better the quality. Hotel bed linen has a thread count of around 300-400 threads.

    This then fits over the beds in the room, of which there are a number of different sizes. The exact measurements may differ slightly from one manufacturer to another.

    UK Bed Measurements:

    Single: Fitted Sheet – 90 x 190cm; Flat Sheet – 180 x 265cm; Duvet Cover – 137 x 203cm

    Double: Fitted Sheet – 141 x 196cm; Flat Sheet – 230 x 275cm; Duvet Cover – 198 x 203cm

    King size: Fitted Sheet – 152 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 275 x 280cm; Duvet Cover – 244 x 234cm

    Super king size: Fitted Sheet – 183 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 305 x 305cm; Duvet Cover – 270 x 234cm

    Towels:
    Towels are also subject to specific requirements for hotels and the width of the cotton towel or its weight is usually measured in GSM, this is grams per square inch. Low quality towels can have a GSM of 200. However, towels in hotels generally have a GSM of at least 600 and up to 800. This ensures they are more absorbent and also softer as there is more cotton to absorb the liquid.

    Bath towels in hotels usually come in four different sizes. Again, exact measurements may vary.

    Types of Towels and Their Sizes:

    Large towel – 100 x 178cm

    Medium size bath towels – 70 x 137cm

    Small size hand towels – 50 x 100cm

    Smallest size towels – 33 x 33cm

    Duvets:
    The duvet in hotel rooms is usually made from quality natural materials. The tog is how the duvets insulation is measured, and doesnt signify the thickness of the duvet as many people think. This is because different fillings may have the same tog, but differ in thickness.

    Togs generally come in six sizes 4, 7.5, 10, 10.5, 12 and 13.5.

    Typically, a 4 tog duvet is used for the warmer summer months, whereas the 10.5 tog and 13.5 tog are used for winter months.

    So, now you understand the different sizes, thicknesses and materials used by hotels you can buy all your linen, towels and duvets with confidence.

  • July 21, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Glasgow is now one of the leading cities in United Kingdom to do business, shop and dine that’s why millions of people visit this city every year. Dhr.com offers a wide range of hotels in Glasgow ranging from economy to luxury hotels. Get up to 70% discount on selected hotels at Dhr.com so make sure to check out the big sale to avail of great discounts. For those who are planning to visit Glasgow for the first time, it is best to find a hotel that has the perfect location and accommodation to have a hassle-free stay. Dhr.com highly recommends Thistle Hotel Glasgow which is located right in the heart of Glasgow and near the main business and shopping districts. This 4-star hotel has been in operation for almost 28 years now and has proven to be one of the leading hotels in the city center. Tourists would find convenience in their sightseeing as Thistle Hotel Glasgow is surrounded by some of the main attractions in Scotland including the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Concert Hall, The Pavilion Theatre, Princes Square and Hampden Park. Businessmen can easily attend conventions at the nearby SECC Glasgow and City Chambers while shopaholics can shop all they want at the streets of Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall. For those who want to explore more of Glasgow, there are several railway stations near the hotel such as the Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street railway station. There are 300 glamorous rooms and suites available at Thistle Hotel Glasgow which are newly-refurbished and features hues of brown, burgundy, fuchsia and red, modern furnishings and the latest amenities including flat screen TV with free view, direct dial phone, work desk, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, hairdryer, ironing set and trouser press. There are also 17 fully-equipped meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests perfect for bigger events such as wedding and corporate parties. Guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow have the privilege to use the amenities of the prestigious Otium Health & Leisure Club which consists of state-of-the-art gym equipments, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sun bed. After a long day of sightseeing and working, guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow can choose to indulge in authentic British and European cuisine at Annlann Restaurant, have a drink and light snack at Cabin Bar or dine comfortably right in their own room anytime they want.

  • July 8, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Unlike what many people think, it does not have to be overly expensive to spend some time at a quality hotel. It does not matter how long you want to stay, you can always get a good hotel deal. There are always suitable deals for hotels but you might have to work a little hard to find yourself one. If you merely decide to call a hotel and accept the quoted rates from the comfort of your home, you will surely end up paying a lot of money for the hotel room you want. To get a good hotel deal you need to go beyond that, keep your options open, and hence get to save a few dollars.

    First, you can get yourself a good deal by booking your hotel during the off-season. Few people are booking hotels at this time and consequently the prices are low. When the peak season comes, hotels charge very high rates but having booked earlier you will be free of these high rates. However, it is important to call the respective hotel first to know how much it usually charges. This is because you could be duped into paying the usual rates a hotel charges or even more in the name of a discount.

    Many hotels have frequent guest programs. When guests visit they gain points and continue to accumulate them with more visits. This means that you can easily get cheaper room rates. If you belong to a special group that should enjoy special rates at hotels, always remember to make this known before you make the booking. Many hotels will give a good hotel deal to members of the military and students etc. and you will need to have the relevant documents to prove your status. Do not always take the first offer you are given but rather ask if you can get another room at a lower rate. You will be surprised to find that a room costs more because it has a facility you do not need while another room without the particular facility costs a lot less!

    Remember that many hotels have extra charges that could spoil a seemingly good hotel deal; be wise and ask about them beforehand. If you have a car, ask if you will be charged parking fees. If you a tourist in a different country, it is possible that you will be charged tourist taxes and it is definitely something that you need prior knowledge of. Then there are the tips and everything else; you need to see how all these will fit into your budget to avoid frustrations.

  • June 23, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The troubles of travelers have been eased by online hotel bookings .The web is replete with web directories that feature online bookings for flights, autos, hotel, and more.

    There are many benefits to making hotel bookings on the internet. You get the very best rates, great concessions and the choice to select from many hotel. Today travel has changed into a consumer’s world and a smart consumer can get great deductions and stay at the best hotels without going broke.

    1: Sign in to the net and look for hotel booking directories. Sites like MSN travel and Yahoo travel will include a great many reputed Online Hotel Booking Directories.

    2:Select a web Index that’s established and credible and features hotel where you intend to go. Check scrupulously with the better business bureau and online blogs and forums whether there are any issues with the Online Hotel Directory and if it is well liked.

    3:Get quotes from more than one hotel. Make a comparing of the quotes and facilities on offer. Be certain to check whether the net booking will allow you to any offers like free pick up and drop or an additional day stay at no charge.

    4:To inspire folks to use Online Hotel Booking Directories often there are very good offers put in effect. Find out whether your ATM card or flying miles card or pro membership entitles you to further deductions or offers.

    5:.Make sure that the payment gateway is secure and the catalog will give you swift confirmation of and a bill for your booking.Before filling in your Mastercard details you have to check how secure the system is.

    6: Always read through the T&Cs scrupulously before arranging a reservation. Protect yourself by guaranteeing the hotel is situated close to where you have to go and has a good reputation. Check where the hotel is found Vis-a Vis the town center and airfield and if it is apart of a gigantic hotel chain.

    Many online hotel booking internet sites supply a faithfulness discount and have tie-ups with major cards and airlines. So as a customer check all of your options before arranging a booking. Find out whether the rates in the week are lower or higher than the weekends. In the case of business hotels frequently the week ends are less expensive while in the case of other hotels bookings made for mid-week are cheaper. Many hotels offer food discounts or reductions as well as additional day free stay options during off season or for regular consumers or as a promotion offer. Also hotel have in place what are called company and govt rates so see what the varied options are so you will get the very finest rate.

    Book early, confirm your plans, and guarantee you’ve a bill in hand as well as 24 / seven client service numbers.This can ensure you can travel with peace of mind.

  • June 18, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

    The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

    The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

    The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

    The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

    In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

    When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

    The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

    During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

    The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

    Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

  • June 15, 2017 /  Hotels
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    First you should find a good quality hotel booking website, like Hotels in London Ltd. Then be sure the site you chose has a policy of pay at the hotel. Then you should search the site for the best deal you can arriving on the date you require to make sure rooms are available. While you are going through the reservations system also make sure you can cancel the booking. Lastly make your booking and wait for your confirmation email. If the site is trustworthy there will be no charge for the reservation and if you find a cheaper price, cancelling your booking wont cost.

    Finding a quality hotel site is quite a task with the number on the web today. The easiest way to be sure of the site is to check the about us details. Any site that does not tell you anything about who they are is far less likely to be trustworthy. About us and Contact us imperative on the web today.

    London hotel booking policies vary depending on who you use. So be sure you know when and where you pay for your hotel room. If you have to pay as you book. cancelling your booking and getting a refund will be harder than if you pay at the hotel itself. So be sure of the price and your dates and the cancellation policy before you have completed your booking.

    Finding available London hotel rooms should be a simple matter on a good hotel web site. Most hotel site will make search very obvious. Easy to use forms may be in contrasting colors. There should be a area selection box, where you enter where you want to stay. It should also have dates for arrival and departure or dates of arriving and length of stay. Also the number of rooms you require. If search is not obvious I would say find another site that does have search to help you.

    Many London hotel sites also include a facility to find the best deals on hotels in search. This is a tool I would expect nowadays, and so should you. If the owners make it difficult for you to find a great deal, try some other site. There are loads to choose from.

    So you receive your email confirmation and your hotel is booked, you can rest reassured that a room will be awaiting you when you get there. Not forgetting if you find a better hotel room price simply cancel your reservation. When you have followed this simple hotel reservations guide from Hotels in London Ltd, you will always find the best deals on hotels on the internet.

  • June 10, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Colour is one of the all important aspects of bedroom design and one of the prime factors to consider when arranging and decorating a room. However, though it is a central factor it is still not easy to choose and there is a lot of thought behind which colours are best.

    Influence:

    Many people believe that the colours around us influence the way we act and think and that some are more suitable for certain areas than others. Of course, whether this is the case or not, specific tastes are also very important and can make all the difference between how content we feel in a room.

    For hotel rooms, designers tend to choose colours that reflect the appropriate mood of the room. This means that they pick colours and tones that encourage relaxation and to help provide calm and restful sleep. Make sure that you keep this in mind when choosing a colour for your bedrooms.

    Neutral Colours:

    Neutral colours are extremely common and also on trend at the moment. Shades of beige and cream are common, as they can be combined with a range of other colours. Other colours that promote peaceful and restful feeling are lavender, green and pink tones and even light blues.

    Blues are said to create calm, serenity and are even said to delay the onslaught of nightmares. Purple is associated with happiness as well as creativity. Each and every colour has certain things attributed to it so bear this in mind.

    Dark Colours:

    Dark or vivid colours are not recommended as they tend to make a room appear smaller and have certain moods associated with them that are removed from ideas of calm and relaxation. The same is true for dark tones of more vibrant colours; these can overpower the room and make it seem even smaller than it is. If you want to add a bright colour; paint all the walls neutral, while adding a bright colour to one wall of the room. This prevents it from becoming overwhelming and too vibrant. Other notable colours for bedrooms include gold, wine and slate brown these all will add to the feeling of ease and relaxation in the room making them ideal.

    Additional Items:

    Plants and other additions can be placed in the room to add a little extra colour. Also make sure that the colour of the bedroom walls complements the furniture this is important for balance and can make all the difference for the way the room feels.

    Colours can change a room completely and lay the foundation for a whole new appeal. On the other hand, they are also a great manner in which to inflict a slight change of feel. So, use them to your benefit and your room is sure to look excellent.