Thursday, February 25, 2010
OHEKA, now 80 percent restored, is once again elegant and refined and enjoyed by all who pass through the grand doors of the Estate. OHEKA remains today a symbol of the history of America and a monument to the Gold Coast of Long Island.
Upon arrival at OHEKA Castle you will discover a world of charming luxury and attention to detail. Every guest room and suite has been uniquely decorated and all enjoy views of the 23-acre private estate.
At Le Parker Meridien, we're New Yorkers and we like to share Our Town with new comers. Our experts have been at this a long time - they know the city from parks to museums to restaurants to where to ice skate; search for gargoyles; see dinosaurs; and where to gaze at the constellations (indoors, that is). They know how to get around The Big City and beyond. They know how much things cost and about how long it takes to get where you're going. They know what kids like to do and what's right for parents too.
730 ergonomically inspired rooms and suites enhanced by luscious cherry and cedar woods. We give you more with: expansive desk space, Aeron desk chair, free high-speed internet access, two phone lines, call waiting, voicemail, in-room safe. These sleek rooms have 32" televisions, cd/dvd players, air-conditioning, hairdryers, minibars, irons and ironing boards. Check-out by video. We have variety with: l-shaped junior-suites complete with separate sitting area, king-size bed, cedar-lined bath and showers big enough for two; one and two bedroom suites are the perfect New York pad. Suites offer fantastic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline and have full kitchens. You could move in and live happily ever after.
Style and function are in. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, deal closings, business events. Clustered on the second and third levels, the function rooms are decked out to make your important business and social occasions stress-free. We have the latest in information and comfort technology, experienced staff and innovative cuisine. High atop the hotel is the chic estrela penthouse with private terrace
All suites and select rooms feature iPod docking stations, DVD players, and 42' plasma TVs. As noted by top travel publications, the hotel is well known for providing excellent service.
'At Home Sophistication' begins upon entering the lobby which functions both as a reception area and gathering place for guests. White faux leather banquettes and red mohair sofas accentuated by overstuffed pillows situated in the center of the lobby provides an atmosphere of comfort, sophistication and warmth. The black trimmed marble flooring against Venetian plaster walls support retro yet modern seating, providing an eclectic feel that is both stylish and comfortable. Chandelier lighting of glass beads encased in handmade red Duboni silk lampshades create an orange glow that compliments the eclectic seating and creates an atmosphere that is sophisticated and chic. So join us and experience living in New York City, with all of its vibrant culture, simply by stepping out of the eclectic, chic and sophisticated Hotel Mela.
Deluxe Room - 220 square feet (20.5 square meters), and featuring either a king, a queen or two twin beds, our Deluxe guest rooms are decorated with earth-tone inspired decor designed to create a tranquil atmosphere of modern luxury and classic sophistication covered with fine duvets and 100 percent Egyptian combed cotton linen and bathroom products by H2O +. In addition, Deluxe guest rooms feature full-range of traditional amenities and the latest in technology, including 26" flat-screen LCD TVs, CD/Alarm clocks with MP3 connection, working desks with ergonomic chairs, dedicated 2-line phone service with cordless and land-line phones, mini-bars, safes, hairdryers, bath robes, HSIA and WiFi.
Non-Smoking floors are available.
Friday, February 12, 2010
The multi-award winning Grace Hotel is an establishment of contrasts. It is noted for its tranquillity, yet it lies in the heart of Sydney’s dynamic central business district. Contemporary Australian cuisine is served in heritage listed Art Deco splendour (the building was modelled on the original Chicago Tribune building). Chic styling combines with what are rumoured to be the most comfortable beds in Sydney. Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, King Street Wharf, Cockle Bay, Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building are all within easy reach, making The Grace perfect for business and pleasure. Staying in this spacious, stylish haven at Sydney’s heart means you can stand at the window of your beautifully peaceful room and watch the engaging bustle of the city, conscious that the most stressful decision during your stay is going to be choosing between the three restaurants to eat in. And if that all feels like too much, you can always put off the decision and opt for a revitalizing spa treatment. One could even end their day at PJ O’Briens, an Irish-style pub, offering a variety of pub cuisine and the best Guinness in Sydney.
382 rooms offer cable Internet access and air-conditioning. Rates from AUD 220.
A rooftop fitness centre, with expansive city views, includes a six metre pool, sauna, spa tub, and steam room. Luxuriate in the Oriental spa or beauty salon, or arrange a trip to the hairdressers.
The pretty Grace Café serves modern Australian cuisine, while the Grace Brasserie provides delicious buffet options for breakfast and lunch. The new ‘Bar 77G’ provides a stylish escape to enjoy a drink and grazing menu.
15 meeting rooms accommodate up to 500 delegates.
Located in the business, entertainment and cultural centre, the hotel is bordered by York, King and Clarence Streets, with Hyde Park within four blocks. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is 16 km away.
With its classical standards of excellence dating back to an era of gracious living and attention to detail, The Grace in Rose bank is the ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated city hotel with the highest levels of service and luxury, as well as personal charm found only in small establishments.
The Dining Room is situated on the fourth floor and provides a memorable a-la-carte dining experience, excuisite cuisine and excellent service accompanied by a selection of superb cocktails and wines from our cellar.
Set in the heart of stylish Rosebank, a tree lined cosmopolitan suburb rich in eclectic restaurants, shopping centres, cinemas and culture, The Grace Hotel Johannesburg offers easy access to Johannesburg most prominent business and cultural museums, as well as Sandton business district and O.R. Tambo International airport.
Superior Deluxe Hotel located in the best part of Nairobi. To one side the graceful boulevard of Kenyetta Avenue, to the other the central business and shopping districts. From this central and perfect location it is an easy stroll to the cultural business and shopping attractions of the city. Since 1902,
The Stanley has been making history, hosting Royal Safaris, ground breaking business events and a long line of living legends. A comprehensive re-development project which finished last year has retained the history and character of The Stanley, but provided the very latest in technology services. Award winning food and fine wines, complement the levels of consistent service excellence and warm hospitality. All rooms are overlarge and public areas and facilities are luxurious and enticing.
Jomo Kenyatta Int'l Airport NBO 15 km, Railway Station 2 km, National Park 10 km
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
As a member of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways, established in 2003, is backed by 80 years of experience in planning itineraries and guiding vacations around the world.
Being part of a larger tour company seems to be a great fit for a river cruise company. While on a river cruise, it can frequently seem much like a "motor coach tour" because of all the destination-based activities. But there are two important differences - you only have to unpack once, and the ship, as your primary transportation rather than a coach, mostly travels at night while you sleep.
The Globus family of brands began as a small family company with one man and a rowboat in 1928. Antonio Mantegazza, the company's founder, used his rowboat to transport commercial goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. While taking frequent trips across the scenic lake, Antonio began dreaming of a different opportunity - tourism.
Over time, his entrepreneurial instinct and drive led him to acquire motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area in southern Switzerland. By 1961, the company launched the Cosmos brand, featuring value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler. Beginning in 1974, under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, son of Antonio and current president of Globus, the company's brands began expanding their markets beyond Great Britain.
By the 1970s, Globus showed travelers more countries than any other tour operator including Africa, Australia, North and South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. Also in the early '70s, Globus launched its North American company - Group Voyagers - overseeing U.S. tour operations and the American market for the Globus and Cosmos brands.
In 2003, the Globus family of brands launched Avalon Waterways, a river boat cruise company offering primarily European river cruises but also offering the Nile (Egypt), Yangtze (China) and adventure cruises in the Galapagos Islands near Ecuador.
Avalon Waterways has a young fleet of eight ships. They are so new that the average of their vessels by 2008 averaged a mere two years old. They are uniquely suited to the destination each calls home: