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.

Marriott International will be making its debut into the Sri Lankan hospitality market in 2014 after signing an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd to open a new brand hotel.

The hotel group has announced that it will be opening the new Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa to tourists planning Sri Lanka holidays in 2014 and it will have 200 guest rooms.

“Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,” stated Simon Cooper, the President and Managing Director of Marriott, Asia Pacific.

“Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”

The new Sri Lanka hotel is located in the district of Weligama, in the city of Matara on the south coast of the Indian Ocean island.

The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa will cater for both leisure treavellers looking for relaxing holidays in Sri Lanka and business travellers looking for comfortable accommodation and features 640-square-metres of flexible ballroom space and modern meeting rooms. The Sri Lanka hotels facilities also include a swimming pool with pool bar, three gourmet restaurants, a modern fitness centre, and guests will also have access to a stretch of pristine sandy beach.

Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya, the Chairman, East West Properties PLC, the parent company of Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, explained: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country.

Sri Lanka is famous for its stunning natural scenery and diverse ecosystem comprising miles of white sandy beaches, jagged mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, thriving nature parks, and an array of heritage sites that include ancient cities and colonial forts. Since the end of its 25-year-long civil war in 2009, the island nation has seen a significant increase in the number of international travellers opting to go on holidays to Sri Lanka.

One of the most sought after Miami hotels- the Setai South Beach has recently undergone an unusual management shake-up. The hotel, owned by Setai Owners LLC (a unit of Lehman Brothers) was managed by Singapore based firm General Hotel Management (GHM) until a hostile takeover on 31st March 2012 which saw GMH replaced by Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group a firm which specialises in luxury hotels and resorts.

GMH was ousted in a dramatic style, reminiscent of a something straight out of a film, with owners of the Setai South Beach arriving with armed guards at 2:30 am announcing the management change.

According to a press release from GMH, Representatives from Lehman Brothers arrived at the hotel with armed guards and off duty sheriff officers in uniform in the early morning hours on March 31st. They informed us that they were taking over the property and that General Hotel Management (GHM) was no longer welcome on the property. These actions took us by surprise, as we had no prior indication they were intending to do this, nor were we under the impression that they were unhappy with our performance. We had just achieved the second best financial performance year since the inception of the hotel, not an easy accomplishment in the current economic environment

The luxurious hotel has proven to be one of the most popular with travellers spending Miami holidays in South Beach. The Setai is currently ranked 14 out of 204 Miami Beach hotels on popular travel review website TripAdvisor. However, based on the information gathered following a request for arbitration at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Lehman Brothers claim that under the GMHs inefficient management the hotel was not as profitable at it should be claiming that GMH squandered $7.6 million in incremental profit.

The Setai South Beach boasts three swimming pools, a spa- perfect for unwinding after the shopping sprees that most travellers relish when booking holidays in Miami, guests can also enjoy a wide range of dining facilities as well as the picturesque landscaping echoing the serene minimalist Asian-inspired motif woven throughout the hotels decor.

A single nights stay at this lavish hotel in Miamis trendy South Beach can cost anywhere upwards of $725 USD. Given all that the hotel has to offer there is no doubt that despite the peculiar circumstances under which management changed hands, guests will continue to enjoy first class accommodation during their Miami holidays. Vice president of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Anthony Barsanti expressed optimism stating, We believe that under the right management, this property has limitless potential.

The Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City is one of the premier live performance venues in the state. It attracts world class entertainment such as live plays, ballets, operas, children’s events and orchestral concerts. When people want to see excellent live entertainment in a venue that has a rich history and a pleasant atmosphere, then they choose the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. If you want your visit to the Kauffman Center to be truly enjoyable, then you need to book a room in a Kauffman Performing Arts hotel that offers all of the services and amenities that you will need to make your time memorable.

The first thing to look for in a good Kauffman Performing Arts hotel is location. The Kauffman Performing Arts Center is located on Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The ideal location for a good hotel is on Broadway within walking distance of the center. There are several good hotels that you will find on Broadway that are experts in catering to the people who patronize the Kauffman Center. When you are buying your tickets to an event at the Kauffman Center, be sure to ask the box office representative to recommend a good hotel in the area for you. The closer you can get to the center, the less money you will have to spend on cab fare to get yourself to the hotel.

If you want to incorporate more of downtown Kansas City into your visit to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, then you may want to consider a hotel that is located between the center and the Kansas City Power and Light District. This is the part of downtown Kansas City that has all of the best nightclubs and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. If you want to enjoy a good meal before the performance and then be able to unwind with your friends in a good nightclub when the performance is over, then get a hotel between the Kauffman Performing Arts Center and the Power and Light District.

When you choose a Kauffman Performing Arts hotel, try to choose one that can help you get tickets to the show that you want to attend. Some of the local hotels have deals on tickets and rooms for people coming in from out of town, or local people that do not want to deal with traffic when the performance is over. The hotel deals you will find can save you money and may even be able to get you better seats for the performance of your choice.

Business owners are employing idealistic strategies on how to increase the revenue of hotels and commercial establishments in spite of economic crisis. There are some businesses that are for closure but still the owner believes that they can overcome the predicaments. Other entrepreneurs are even paying for pricey advertisements just to draw attention to of the customers. And for those who are still a neophyte in the business industry, they are trying to create a curve or focal point to the other bland portion of their hotel lobbies so that they can enthrall visual interests from the multitude.Moreover, it is imperative that you know how to make use of the little things as your stepping stones in reaching the acme of success.

Installing the new commercial planters and decorative modern planters around the premises can definitely change the ambiance into a more convenient one.Fiberglass planters, the epitome of human’s versatility in integrating the aesthetic and architectural style, will much work in both indoor and outdoor applications. The state of the art hotel planters can upgrade a plain spot of retail centers or office parks into an exciting and a relaxing environment. And other outdoor planters (small or big) can widely leave a big impact in the corners lacking of conspicuous features or visual attentions for many years.

With the new scheme, customers will feel more comfortable staying at the hotel lobby seeing that the concept of the location looks like their living room in their own private residence. Perhaps, even the oldest hotel standing in the city will appear stylish, fresh and clean once the urban chic modern planters where beautifully organized on the sides and in the facade of the building. In addition, the solid PVC commercial planters can also set a classy and convenient tone to the guests, while the exquisite Metropole fiberglass planters make the angles more redefined.

These large commercial planters can greatly help improve the natural artistry and outdoor-friendly atmosphere of any establishments and hotels. And many people will enjoy the fancy charm of outdoor planters since they last for years. Nevertheless, if you are in a tight budget, there are also vibrant artificial flowers like artificial azaleas and bougainvillea that can fill-up the empty room and can be put in hotel planters to add curb appeal in the surroundings.

January 11, 2017

What started in strictly resort areas is now branching out into all major metropolitan areas. Most of the larger worldwide hotel chains now sell condo hotel residence.

Much of the condo hotel market in the U. S. started in Florida. The residences there command 600,000-800,000 for a studio. I bedrooms start around $750,000. $1,000,000. 2 Bedrooms Start over the 1,000,000 price range.

These permanent residences feature all the furnishings and amenities of a luxury hotel such as world-class restaurants, 24-hour concierge, security, valet, housekeeping, and room service.

Joel Greene of the Condo Hotel Center says a rental option provided by the condo hotel management company allows owners to receive a portion often about 50 percent of the rental income of their specific unit when away.

Taylor says developers favor waterfront, mountainside, and downtown areas with strong demand for upscale lodging. Myrtle Beach, S.C.; South Florida; and Las Vegas have fast-growing condo-hotel markets that favor high-end travelers and boomers looking for a high-amenity pied–terre. Chicago, Washington D.C., and Phoenix are starting to get in on the condo hotel market, the most notable is the Trump Building in Chicago, studios are starting at $800,000.

Boomers are looking for a vacation lifestyle of spacious accommodations, dining activities, and entertainment, Taylor says. They demand extra services and luxurious amenities.

Heres how the Condo hotel concept works. You purchase a condo/hotel in a world class hotel. Use the residence whenever you like. When your away, put the residence in the hotels rental program and share the revenue with the hotel. The hotels management company takes care of all the management issues such as cleaning, renting and maintaining.

These residences offer the best of both worlds, a hassle free residence in a world class luxury hotel with rent revenue that you receive helps offset the costs of owing a 2nd or 3rd home. As well as the potential for appreciation.

If you are truly interested in a condo hotel please check out the

Ladies can enjoy a pampering break at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence with the launch of the Ladies Luxury Package.

The package is perfect for female holidaymakers looking to indulge during Egypt holidays and it includes a personal pick-up from the airport for two guests in a BMW 5 Series; up to three nights accommodation in an Executive Suite; complimentary access to the spa; in-room breakfast for two; 60-minute in-room Swedish massage for two; and a private poolside pergola.

Ladies can enjoy direct access to the First Mall where they can shop at 59 designer brands stores and luxury boutiques including Bulgari, Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co. After the retail therapy, guests can head back to the hotels Tea Lounge for Afternoon Tea with live piano music or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool where they can relax in the comfort of their private pergola.

Dining outlets at the luxury hotel include Aura, the poolside Lebanese restaurant; Lai Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant; and Seasons, the buffet restaurant with a wide selection of international dishes and views overlooking the Nile River.

The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence is located within the First Place complex on the Western banks of the Nile River. The hotel is a great choice for family-friendly holidays in Egypt but guests can also enjoy privacy and peace thanks to the hotels boutique-style layout.

The spa offers a luxurious experience for ladies seeking pampering holidays in Egypt and treatments include massages, facials, body scrubs, body wraps, healing treatments, and beauty treatments.

Randy Shimabuku, the General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence, commented: The Hotel is a favourite among our female guests because its an intimate and elegant sanctuary within the city and offers a wholesome selection of leisure, shopping, entertainment and spa attractions all at one address.

This package was specially created to offer those services that we noticed female travellers request most often, especially if they are travelling on business or with fellow family members or friends. Its also a great relaxing add-on to a busy business trip if you have a friend joining for a long weekend.

The Ladies Luxury Package starts from USD 1,660 for two people and is available for Egypt holidays booked until 31st August, 2012. The package also includes a complimentary upgrade to a Corner Suite, subject to availability.

The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence is the hotel groups flagship property in the Middle East and one of its leading Egypt hotels. It stands out from other Cairo hotels with its high end accommodation, facilities and service, and it offers panoramic views looking out to the Great Pyramids and the citys ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Offering the perfect mix of seaside recreation and cultural charm, the historical city of Cienfuegos has recently welcomed a new addition to its collection of colonial hotels in the Bay of Jagua.

The fully renovated Perla del Mar hotel joins the portfolio of E-Hotels (Hoteles Encanto) in Cubas colonial city of Cienfuegos. The E-hotels brand comprises a selection of restored properties of historical value that after renovation works have been converted into charming accommodation options for history-loving tourists in search of a more authentic place to stay, with a bit of added history to perfectly complement culturally-enriching Cuba holidays.

The hotel was inaugurated at the end of last month with the presence of the Gran Caribe Hotel Groups president, Eduardo Acosta and the newly opened establishment became the fourth Encanto hotel in the Punta Gorda complex, which comprises another four sister properties of equal historical value and old age charm. These sister hotels include the Jagua, Casa Verde and Palacio del Valle, the latter of which was the first E-hotel to open in Cuba and marked the starting point for extending the Encanto brand and restoring more old Cuba hotels to their former glory.

The motivation behind the opening of these peculiarly charming hotels in Cuba was not only to rescue and give use to crumbling buildings of historical importance that had been abandoned throughout the years but also to meet an increasing demand and growing interest from tourists to stay in unique accommodation that reflected Cubas captivating colonial past, much of which is still present in the architecture of old villages and sleepy towns like the residential neighbourhood of Punta Gorda, where the new Encanto Perla del Mar is located.

The investment in the restoration of the new property, part of which overlooks the sea and the beautiful Bay of Jagua, totalled 1.4 million U.S. dollars and a further restoration project is in the pipeline for another hotel in city which will be named San Carlos. Work for the new San Carlos hotel will start in 2013 with an expected date of completion in 2012 while existing projects are also to be enhanced in the area.

Perfectly catering to the growing interest for cultural holidays in Cuba, the new property adds value to the new accommodation in this city with fully renovated guest rooms and facilities.

The effervescent district of pulsating and vibrant business and commercial infrastructure presents for its esteemed travelers and tourists an enchanting wonder in the fabulous of the lodges in Singapore city, the exotic Marina Mandarin Hotel. Catch a flight to Singapore the splendid city of Singapore and discover the award winning secrets of the exceedingly hospitable abode.

The marvelous Marina Mandarin is a glamorous architecture which flames and strikes with a royal beauty of its extravagant building construction which constitutes to the most chic and state of the art engineering architecture of the hotel which makes it unique and elegant compared to any other exciting venue to be seen in the stimulating city of Singapore. The highly elating internals of the Marina Mandarin are an opulent space for the lodgers and business tourists to revive in as they can experience the exultation of life style and an elation of class in the fabulous enchantments of the laminated marble setting, delighting dcor, tantalizing themes and pulsating furniture placed in the swish lobbies, posh lounges and plush check inn areas of the marvelous hotel.

Sit and rejoice from a exhilarating glass of exotic smoothie, cock tail, mock tail, coffee, tea or fresh fruit drink being seated in the amazing cafs of the hotel or the highly reviving lounges in the internal of the hotels premises where you can revitalize in the exceedingly ambient environ and rejoice from exciting channels and programs that are screened on the Flat LCDs that are mounted on the walls of the hotel throughout the hotels interiors.

Find a high tech stack of impeccable facilities and amenities the hotel endows in its magnificent business spaces and meeting rooms for the convenience of the business class guests from around the world and due to this very reason, the imperial Marina Mandarin Hotel is ranked one of the top abodes for the business class travelers from across the world to select the classy hotel as their business venue as for its inspiring facilities it makes it highly expedient for these guests to conduct, hold and organize business conferences and presentations. The intimate Marina Mandarin goes an extra mile providing a superlative catering service to the esteemed business class guests and an add on of a privileged high tea service on the part of the hotel.

The exquisite Marina Mandarin Hotel does not hold back when it comes to the leisure guests as it raises the bench mark of hospitality business as it excels and perfects in providing an alluring and impressive selection of on site thriving activities for the leisure guests which includes a wellness Spa where you can revive from the delighting massage facility and heart throbbing Jacuzzis, saunas and oasis for your well being and placate. Drop in the long and heated pools of the hotel to rejoice from the cool and revitalizing water of the stimulating swimming pool situated outdoors.

January 7, 2017

Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.