Hotel Pic of the Week: nhow Hotel Berlin

nhow Hotel Berlin, originally uploaded by Corinna Witt.

Hotel Lounge

The nhow Hotel Berlin is the first music hotel and located in the creative heart of Berlin not far from Universal Studios at Osthafen. The o2-World Berlin is also in walking distance. It is the only hotel in Europe with 2 professional music studios. Local and international DJs perform regularly at the hotel bar. All 304 hotel rooms are unusually designed and feature connection cables and charging stations for PCs, Macs, iPods, etc. This is a young, hip and trendy hotel for media professionals or party people.

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Hotel Pic of the Week: The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Monterey

Terrace Lounge Cocktail Bar with view towards Stillwater Cove

The Lodge at Pebble Beach is part of Pebble Beach Resort and the famous 17-Mile Drive along the coast between Monterey and Carmel, California. The hotel is amidst the Pebble Beach Golf Links Club which has been the site of five U.S. Open Championships including the 2010 U.S. Open. All 161 rooms and suites feature a fireplace and a patio or balcony with stunning views of gardens or Stillwater Cove. Pebble Beach Resorts has attracted many celebrities over its history, for example Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Sir Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali and Elizabeth Taylor to name but a few.

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The Hotel and Travel Week

Monday, 8th August 2011

Tower Bridge London
London riots are all over the press and the question arises whether this will have any impact on UK inbound tourism. The German Foreign Office asks German tourists to be vigilant when traveling in the U.K. Later in the week, VisitBritain, the U.K. tourism board, plays down effects and calls the riots ‘isolated incidents’ which took place away from key visitor attractions. It is still too early to see impacts and a VisitBritain spokesman says: ‘… Britain has a strong and positive image overseas and we hope these incidents will be short-lived and that tourism will show its customary resilience.’
Tuesday, 9th August 2011
InterContinental Hotels Group reports a 17% rise of operation profits pushing shares up 8%. Higher numbers were recorded in both business and leisure guests. Pressure on room availability allowed IHG and others to hold prices firmer than last year, leaving revenue per available room (RevPAR) up 8.2% for the first 6 months of 2011. The good performance was driven by IHG’s mid-market brands Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. These brands underwent a thorough makeover in recent years. Exceptional circumstances in Egypt, Bahrain and Japan had hit operating profits by $7m (£4m), but wider trends around the world were positive, particularly so in the U.S., the group’s most important market.
Wednesday, 10th August 2011
Hotelier Ian Schrager is selling his new PUBLIC brand via the flash sales site LivingSocial Escapes. The website started offering an opening party package for PUBLIC Chicago on 11th October. The deal includes 2 tickets to the opening party and an overnight stay in a suite, plus breakfast, late check out, champagne and other in-room amenities for US$900. PUBLIC Chicago is scheduled to open in September as the new understated luxury brand from The Ian Schrager Company. LivingSocial Escapes has booked more than 400,000 room nights since its launch in November 2010.
Thursday, 11th August 2011
The Kuoni Group launches an accommodation-only website at Although the website is using the Kuoni brand it is operated by Octopus Travel, part of Gullivers Travel Associates, which was bought by Kuoni earlier this year. The site features over 50,000 hotels, with 3-star rating and above. All hotels have a TripAdvisor rating of 3 or more, where a rating is available, to maintain the high expectations Kuoni customers have of the brand.

Friday, 12th August 2011

VisitBritain recorded a record number of visitors to the UK in June spending a record amount. 2.89 million overseas visitors arrived in June, 9% more than during the same month last year. This is an increase of 4% on the previous record, set in June 2005. Expenditure by overseas visitors reached £1.685bn, a rise of 4% over June 2010, which was also a record high.

With regard to the UK riots, tour operators suffered 330 cancellations for trips to London in the immediate aftermath, which represents less than 0.2% of all bookings. ETOA, The European Tour Operators Association, say ‘the violence had had no worse effect on bookings than a sick dog’. It did not say, however, how new bookings are affected.

Hotel Pic of the Week: Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills, originally uploaded by Corinna Witt.

Hotel Hallway

The Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills is located in downtown Beverly Hills and in walking distance of the Rodeo Drive shopping area. The hotel has been designed to merge the cool aesthetic of late 1960’s design with the elegance of Beverly Hills. It has 107 stylish rooms with custom made furniture. The hotel hallways feature art work by fashion photographer Steven Klein. The rooftop bar and pool lounge of the Thompson Hotel offer stunning views over Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.

The Thompson Hotel Group have 10 hotels in the U.S. and 1 in London but is expanding to Canada and Korea with properties in Toronto and Seoul. Their first project was Sixty Thompson in New York, a luxury boutique hotel which opened in 2001. All Thompson hotels are meant to attract an urban, bohemian clientele by offering “quiet luxury”.

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Hotel Pic of the Week: Avatar Hotel Santa Clara

Reception Desk

The Avatar Hotel Santa Clara is great for a stay in Silicon Valley. It’s just opposite Santa Clara’s Yahoo headquarters. All 167 guest rooms of this 3-star hotel are modern and reflect the spirit of the area. Being also a business hotel, there still is an happy hour with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres every evening. Breakfast is at the attached IHOP restaurant. The Avatar Hotel also has an outdoor pool.

Joie de Vivre is a collection of 35 boutique hotels located in California. They are mainly 3-star hotels and 4-star hotels, all with their own special character from fancy, modern to romantic or even in Japanese style.

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