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D.C.'s Old Post Office Transformed Into Trump Hotel

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:02:11 -0400

The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.  HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo.  The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces. The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image. There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue. The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom. Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms. Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details. The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago. Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public [...]

Art Deco Elegance at The Wellesley

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:33:45 -0400

Across the street from Hyde Park in a 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley offers an elegant Art Deco setting in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. Beautifully restored, the hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, who served as the Prime Minister twice between 1828 and 1834, and later served as the leader of the House of Lords. The building was originally built by architect Lesley Green as the Hyde Park Corner underground station, and is the former home of Pizza on the Park - an iconic jazz and cabaret venue.  Tranformed into a chic boutique hotel in 2012, the property offers guests a modern Art Deco setting with an exclusive location steps away from Hyde Park, Green Park, and Buckingham Palace. Guest rooms combine vintage influences with contemporary styling, including tufted headboards, crown molding, sleek wood furniture, and elegant Art Deco-inspired artwork. Carrara marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, TVs recessed into the mirrors, and exclusive Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte toiletries. Luxurious amenities and modern conveniences include integrated room controls, 24-hour butler service, and Samsung tablets. Plus, the hotel's team is known for it's impeccable knowledge and unparalleled discretion. Continue reading below the photo for our favorite experiences.  Here are five things we love about The Wellesley: 1. Complimentary Rolls-Royce drop-off service within 1.5 miles of the hotel. What better way to start a shopping trip at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, or Harvey Nichols? 2. The Running Butler. Available during the summer months upon request, the Running Butler tends to runners' every need including waiting with refreshments, homemade protein snacks, or drawing post-run aromatic bubble baths. 3. Live at The Wellesley jazz nights. A unique Knightbridge opportunity to enjoy live Jazz in an Art Deco setting while dining on fine Italian cuisine. 4. The Private Cigar Terrace. Offering inviting leather chairs within a heated outdoor terrace, the hotel offers an extensive cigar collection to please aficionados and novices alike, plus an on-site humidor specialist to guide guests through the process.  5. Magical Christmas Memories. These packages provide guests with special amenities such as Christmas stockings and a full English breakfast. Plus, the hotel offers opulent holiday decor, and a prime location close to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, as well as the city's finest boutiques and department stores. Did we mention that the hotel offers a yacht experience with the same bespoke setting? MY The Wellesley is available for private charters in the Mediterranean during the summer months, and in the Caribbean during the winter. Built in the Netherlands by Oceanco, the yacht's interiors were designed by Dennis Irvine Studios, and feature the 1920s glamour that epitomizes the hotel.  Check rates and availability at The Wellesley >> SaveSaveSaveSave[...]

Five Star Perks at Baur au Lac

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:11:27 -0400

Nestled amongst its own park overlooking the lake, the Baur au Lac is a historic hotel steeped in 170 years of tradition, enhanced with modern styling and state-of-the-art technical amenities. Luxurious guest rooms have modern styling, and marble bathrooms have heated floors and high end amenities. Learn more below the image. 


Showcasing the finest of Swiss traditions, the hotel's on-site 1844 Chocolat offers exclusive Swiss chocolate creations using a selection of handpicked cocoa varieties. A short stroll from the Paradeplatz financial district and the celebrated shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse, the elegant property is close to Zurich's landmark destinations, yet removed enough to offer an upscale retreat with views of the Alps. Continue reading below the photo.


The hotel's Le Hall offers a celebrated traditional afternoon tea from October to April, and the Christmas season is particularly festive with a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Chalet au Lac with fire tongs punch and mulled wine with Swiss dishes, and the New Year's Eve Ball ends with a fireworks display over the lake.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary breakfast for two at Pavillon, $100 food and beverage credit, fruit amenity, and homemade chocolate from 1844 Chocolat.

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Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:51:56 -0400

Known as one of the most luxurious suites in the world, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Switzerland, has welcomed dignitaries and celebrities from all around the world. Set on the eighth floor, the magnificent suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel with 12 luxurious bedrooms. There are two master bedrooms, each with spacious marble bathrooms offering lake-facing jacuzzi tubs, separate showers, steam, and in-mirror TVs. Continue reading below the photos. The suite features an array of high end amenities geared at the most prestigious travelers, including a Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-104 TV screen— one of the world's largest with audio system, Steinway grand piano, and Brunswick billiard. There's also a collection of artwork and private antique books, plus a separate fitness room. To top it off, there's a panoramic terrace offering breathtaking lake views. Continue reading below the photo. There's also maximum security features including bulletproof windows, private lift, reinforced safe, and emergency alarm buttons. The Hotel President Wilson is a luxury hotel in Geneva, Switzerland set along the Leman lake shore. Steps away from the city's parks and the upscale boutiques along Rue de Rhone, the hotel combines the Genevan lifestyle and fine Swiss heritage. There's Michelin starred cuisine from chef Michel Roth, Spa La Mer, and an outdoor pool with lake views. Check rates and availability at Hotel President Wilson >>SaveSaveSaveSave[...]

Michelin-Star Dining at The Plume

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:35:28 -0400

Congratulations to the Plume Restaurant at The Jefferson Washington, D.C.  The Michelin Guide unveiled its first D.C. rankings on Thursday, and 12 restaurants were awarded stars, including Plume! Continue reading below the photo. Set within The Jefferson, the Plume pays homage to the hotel's namesake, President Thomas Jefferson. The award-winning restaurant offers a discreet and elegant setting, with cozy nooks, and an inviting fireplace. There's a seasonal menu, inspired by the harvests from Thomas Jefferson's kitchen gardens at Monticello, featuring classic dishes crafted using traditional techniques and fine ingredients, plus a wine selection geared toward oenophiles. Guests can make wine selections from a real-time, online wine list with 1,300 labels, including rare vintages from around the globe, and one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world.  The Jefferson Washington, D.C. is a stately luxury boutique hotel set within a Beaux Arts building. Combining European and Washingtonian style, the high end property features historical details and Jeffersonian-inspired details. There's an extensive art and historic document collection with pieces displayed throughout the hotel, Clefs d'Or Concierges, 24-hour butler service, The Petite Spa at The Jefferson, and a private book room with a fireplace for guests.  Check rates and availability at The Jefferson Washington D.C. >> SaveSave[...]

Luxury Escape at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:18:23 -0400

Set along the legendary Chao Phraya River, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, offers a luxurious experience with high end amenities including an infinity pool and six restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature contemporary furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with river or city views, plus comfort pillow menus. Within walking distance of Wat Suthi Wararam and Asiatique The Riverfront, there's a fully equipped fitness center for staying in shape while on the road, and shuttle boat service along the Chao Phraya River to the Saphan Thaksin Bangkok Mass Transit Station. Continue reading below the photo for details about the hotel's top three amenities.  Three of the best amenities at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok: 1. The 35-meter infinity pool that appears to stretch out onto the Chao Phraya River, with a pool bar, relaxing sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas, plus breathtaking city views and fresh breezes. There's also two kids' pools, jacuzzi, and lush greenery for an ideal urban escape.  2. Nemita Spa provides an ultra-luxe pampering environment with a wide range of treatments, including traditional Thai massages, bath rituals, facials, aromatherapy, and a variety of sensorial delights.  3. Dining at the hotel offers a range of options from casual to upscale. For breathtaking views of the city, Pier 28 offers an al fresco riverside setting with Thai and international specialties. There's also the recently refurbished River Barge Restaurant with an upscale environment with unique lighting, a la carte menus, and themed buffet meals. Plus, the Silver Waves Chinese Restaurant will reopen in late 2016 with floor-to-ceiling windows and Bangkok views.  Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: Guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of homemade Thai tea macaroons.  Check rates and availability at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok >> SaveSave[...]

Renovations at Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:55:59 -0400

Closed for an extensive renovation project, the Royal Mansour Casablanca, formerly Le Royal Mansour Méridien, is a luxury hotel in the Old Medina of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1952, it has 7 Presidential Suites - so it is no surprise that the five star property is the preferred hotel of the Moroccan Royalty and Nobility. 


Le Royal Mansour, situated centrally in the country's largest city and economic capital, is an oasis of calm. In the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, it offers a palatial blend of traditional Moroccan architecture with contemporary comfort and modern technology, surrounded by deep-cushioned luxury. The hotel prides itself on its elegance, style and warmth of service, combined with luxurious amenities and excellent cuisine.


Five Star Perks at Hotel Continental Oslo

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:35:30 -0400

Situated in the heart of the city, close to the Royal Palace and National Theater, the Hotel Continental Oslo is a historic landmark hotel. Offering 155 elegant guest rooms and 23 suites, the landmark property combines Scandinavian style with contemporary trends for a welcoming and upscale feel. The hotel's famous restaurant, Theatercaféen opened in 1900, and is part of Norway's cultural history with a rich ambiance that features arched ceilings and a Nordic-inspired international menu. There's also a sidewalk cafe to enjoy during warmer months, Eik Annen Etage is an upscale dining room featuring Baroque furnishings, and Caroline serves classic European breakfasts. Continue reading below the photo.


Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance (excluding the standard room category), receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room and VIP status. Plus, based on availability at check-in: room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Chairman's Suite at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:14:29 -0400

Inspired by a Balinese villa, the Chairman's Suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the ultimate ultra-luxe suite in Vancouver. The one-of-a-kind two-story space offers a private elevator, lavish entertaining area, custom 8-foot-long Swarovski crystal chandelier over a dual-story salon, and a 500-square-foot ensuite marble bathroom with a hand-carved soaker tub. Continue reading below the photos. There are two living room spaces, as well as a full kitchen and pantry. To top off the impressive suite, there's an exclusive rooftop patio with a private gazebo, meditation pond, fire pit, tented space, and unparalleled views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim sits at the ocean's edge in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with luxurious accommodations that blend natural materials with state-of-the-art technology. There are three unique gourmet dining options, including ORU, featuring cuisine from the Pacific Northwest and the flavors of the Pacific Rim, as well as giovane cafe + eatery + market offering modern Italian fare, and The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, providing a trendy atmosphere, signature sushi dishes, cocktails, and live music. There's also an outdoor pool with cabanas, and the Willowstream Spa with meditation pods and an infrared sauna. For art enthusiasts, the hotel offers podcast tours of the property's growing international art collection.  Check rates and availability at the Fairmont Pacific Rim >> SaveSave[...]

Perfect Weekend Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton Denver

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:48:44 -0400

With four beautiful seasons of scenery and activities, Denver makes a great weekend getaway at any time of the year. But autumn at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is top on our list. Offering an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the Mile-High City, in the scenic Larimer Square, the luxury hotel is close to the Denver Convention Center, as well as boutique shops and upscale restaurants. Blending modern design with natural materials, the lobby has a breathtaking glass-blown chandelier, and guest rooms have plush interiors and spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs. In addition to the city's natural beauty, and visiting must-see attractions like the U.S. Mint, here are two can't miss autumnal experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Read more below the photo.


1. Dining at ELWAY'S
Named after legendary Denver Bronco's hall of famer, John Elway, the hotel's signature restaurant is a six-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Part of downtown Denver's innovative dining scene, the menu features the finest meats including ahi tuna and tender Buffalo ribeye, in an elegant dining room inspired by the American West with supple leather furnishings, wood accents, and an impressive wine wall. During football season the restaurant offers the "Game Day" Brunch Buffet with a home team-inspired spread that includes USDA prime steak & potatoes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa options. Continue below the photo.


2. The "Flavors of Fall" package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Love all things pumpkin spice? Get ready to take it to the max with this pampering package. The session begins with a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a 50-minute Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Then it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure that begins with an apple cider soak, followed by a honey sugar scrub and pumpkin spice mask for the toes. To top it off, guests are given a warm "Pumpkin Spice" cocktail to sip and savor during the experience. Read more below the photo.


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