• December 4, 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.

  • November 27, 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.

  • November 4, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Sofitel Luxury Hotels has added a new property to its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of the new Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa in Morocco.

    The new 174-room property is focused on providing well-being experiences and pampering Morocco holidays for tourists and features a thalassotherapy institute that can help guests enjoy a healthy detox experience.

    The five-star hotel has its own private beach on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and visitors can enjoy contemporary accommodation and high end facilities throughout their stay.

    The spacious guest rooms and suites offer private furnished terraces and balconies with views overlooking the pool or ocean; modern amenities including TVs, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-bar, air conditioning, and hairdryer; and bathrooms with colour-therapy showers and L’Occitane complimentary bath products.

    Tourists booking holidays in Morocco at the hotel will be able to enjoy a wide range of nourishing marine and seawater treatments at The Institute and the spa, using a combination of ancient Moroccan traditions and high-tech advances.

    The facility offers a fitness centre, Hammam, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor heated pools, sauna, thermal baths and thalassotherapy
    The thalassotherapy services include 16 booths where guests can enjoy massages with Argan oil and other essential oils.

    Robert Gaymer Jones, the CEO of Sofitel Worldwide, commented: I am delighted to welcome this new flagship hotel to our network of Sofitel Thalassa Sea & Spa establishments.

    The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa offers the best of todays thalassotherapy treatments, paired with Sofitels inimitable standards and is incontestably the new well-being reference in Morocco.

    During their soothing and detoxifying holidays to Morocco, holidaymakers can dine in the hotels three gourmet restaurants: L’Atlantique with its choice of fresh seafood; Le Market which offers international dishes with seasonal produce and an outdoor terrace; or Le Palais Du Jardin, an elegant restaurant that offers a sophisticated setting for evening meals.

    Owned by Accor Hotels, the Sofitel brand operates five luxury Morocco hotels and the latest addition to the collection has been created to offer a unique well-being experience for travellers with the help of an onsite dietician, naturopath and professional spa therapists.

    Morocco is a country in North Africa located south of Spain with a coastline spreading across both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Located in south-west Morocco, the coastal city of Agadir is a popular destination for a winter Morocco holiday and is home to traditional bazaars, beautiful beaches, several museums, and the majestic 16th-century Kasbah.

  • November 2, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The growing demand for adventure in India has pushed resorts and hotels from all over to pull up their socks and put up facilities to woo this demand. Adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding are pulling in more and more crowds to holiday destinations that have them. To give holiday goers that extra little something, Panchganis Ravine Hotel has upgraded its facilities to include adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

    Panchgani, as an Adventure Sports Destination.

    Panchgani is the preferred spot of many holiday goers because of its ideal location. Panchgani is located smack bang in the middle of two ever-growing cities, namely Mumbai and Pune. Those that are looking for overnight picnic spots near Mumbai and Pune, and even those that are looking for a full on adventure filled holiday, both flock to Panchgani for its beautiful setting, nearness to travel hubs and availability of facilities.

    Panchgani has been lucky in its diverse topography. The vast open spaces and natural inclines provide the ideal hillside setting required for adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

    The uncluttered water bodies and unobstructed open areas provide natural landing areas for the numerous kite surfers and paragliders that flock here just for their love of the sport.

    Panchgani provides something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a day picnic near Mumbai or an overnight one; whether you are looking for a long stay filled with adrenaline or whether you are just looking to unwind, Panchgani and more specifically Panchganis Ravine Hotel has it all.

    Panchgani Paragliding

    There are very few good paragliding facilities in India and Panchagni stands out as one of the few places that do. Panchagnis Ravine Hotel has provided enthusiasts with one of the best paragliding retreats. The following are the salient features of the Ravine Hotels paragliding facility.

    With paragliding it is as much about the adrenaline rush of flying like an eagle as it is about spotting like one. Paragliders here get in the breathtaking sights of beautiful hills and valleys, panoramic 3600 views and gentle winds.

    The Ravine Hotels paragliding package provides professional trainers along with state of art paragliding facilities and luxurious 3 star lodging and boarding facilities.

    Ravine Hotels paragliding package is competitively low priced for all the amenities and facilities that it provides.

    Ravine Hotel also provides enthusiasts the opportunity to learn the sport. The hotel runs a learning course that has world renowned teaching faculties, modern facilities and upgraded equipment.

    The Ravine Hotel paragliding site boasts of good ridge lifts and thermals, both of which aid in having a good paragliding experience.

    Apart from all of the above, the Ravine Hotel provides enthusiasts with pick up and drop off facilities, to and from Mumbai and Pune, complimentary packed lunches for package guests and an overall feel good factor that stays behind for a life time.

  • October 31, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The minute somebody travels away, they immediately think of their hotel. They wish to have a pleasurable yet safe and secure place to sleep in and most importantly, fit their travel allowance particularly if theyre on holiday. They have a need for all the travel and hotel recommendations they can have to get the most off their tour. So considering the hotel rooms nearby, which one should you stick with?

    Area
    Rent a location near public transportation or one that is in the central part of town. Often times, if youre lucky, the hotels may just be close to gorgeous tourist sites and close to the malls, markets, restaurants and coffee shops.

    Hotel Price
    Depending on your destination and your finances, you need to decide if you will settle in a posh or a low-priced accommodation. Regardless of your choice, you should try to book this during off seasons. So make a reservation beforehand. This could even give you a chance to acquire a discount for early reservations.

    Amenities
    Given that you will be on a vacation, identify what features your hotel offers. Most of the time, they have a swimming pool, a bar and a medical spa, occasionally even a gym.

    Dogs And Young Kids
    Another thing to give thought to is if you are taking along your kids and your pet or pets. If this is the actual situation, look for a hotel that is both children and pet friendly.

    Occasion
    What you also must reflect on is the occasion. So pick out your hotel lodging accordingly. If you are off to a honeymoon vacation, choose a place that is peaceful and soothing. If you are off for a holiday with your kids, most likely a hotel having a leisurely space would be a terrific choice. Now you can choose the ideal type of hotel for you using the internet or through your travel agent. Yet still, if you prefer to research online, then do it. After all, there are various things you can look for online.

    Through the internet, you can get a hold of numerous things from products to services such as the top rated beauty products, personalized gifts, real estate, modern mobile phones and the ideal SEO Company for your business concerns. The SEO company that we have chosen for instance has link building services that are offered at very reasonable prices. Similar to finding a hotel, we can also select the services in accordance to whats near your preferences.

  • October 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.

  • September 20, 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.

  • September 11, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Who you choose to manage your hotel can make or break your company. Deciding who to go with for your third party hotel management is a difficult decision, but probably one of the most important ones you will ever make in your life. And when people come down to visit us here in the South, they have high expectations. Were in the hospitality business, those of us who own hotels, and what is the South known for if not hospitality? Whether youre looking for a Texas hotel management company or third party management in Florida or in Alabama wherever you may be this is the one area that you do not want to sell yourself short. But it doesnt have to be the daunting task that it seems.
    One important tip as far as third party hotel management goes is to choose a company with experience. Now, this doesnt necessarily mean an old company or one thats been around. But the employees of the company whether its old or new should all have background in hospitality. People coming into the hospitality business from some fancy degree are all smoke and mirrors. Sure, they can recite to you the theory with near perfection, but without the practical background, their knowledge is next to useless.
    Another important thing to consider is that the company should treat you the way you want the management treating your guests. If youre trying to invest in the services of a third party hotel management company and they dont seem to have the time to look in your direction, do you really believe that theyll be treating your guests any better?
    Dont forget, you reap what you sow. It isnt just up to you to hire the company and wash your hands of it all. Follow through. Go through the whole process with them. If you dont, then dont be all astonished when things in your hotel arent going the way you want them to. You have to take responsibility. Hiring an outside company does not mean youre excused from work.
    Deciding who to go with for third party hotel management is important and can be a bit intimidating, but if you take extra care, you should find yourself in good hands. Just by putting in the necessary work, you wont have to worry about whether people are going to go home talking bad about the South. Youll know that your guests were treated right, and so was your hotel.

  • September 11, 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.

  • September 7, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Five advices to those who is choosing a hotel in Istanbul.

    1. Trust the professionals
    You can hear this in any advertisement track. In a nutshell, it means something like “Do not disturb us all the time, we will find something for you.” Well, this is a wrong way of trusting the professionals. The right way will be letting the travel agency select a hotel for you having informed them about ALL the things you would like to see there. Moreover, you should control the whole process to ensure that the hotel they offer will be all right for you.

    2. Keep in mind your purpose of visiting Istanbul
    There are 3 main purposes why people come to Istanbul. The first is visiting the whole lot of its landmarks, monuments, ancient mosques and churches. Regarding this, Istanbul is the champion among all the other cities on Earth. The second is shopping. And the third is just rest in Istanbul like in any other modern huge city. All these alternatives imply a different kind of hotel. For excursion programs it will be somewhere in Sultanahmet (inexpensive, and in the very historical centre). Shopping will mean Laleli (the commercial heart of Istanbul). The third case will most probably require Taksim, Sirkeci or Beyoglu.

    3. Book your room in advance
    The earlier the better, in this case. The reason is not that you will be in danger of coming to Istanbul, and coming against absolute absence of accommodation. The point is that the earlier you book, the less you pay.

    4. Enquire about the age of the hotel
    If you like comfort, choose a modern hotel. There are lots of them, in Istanbul, mostly 4-and 5-star. There also oldie 5-stars, but be aware that they are less comfortable and luxurious that the youngsters. Old 3-stars often mean that you will get a small room. On the other hand, if you come here just to walk or buy things, these details are barely important.

    5. Enquire about what is seen from the windows
    Istanbul is a huge city, but territory here is extremely expensive. Therefore, if is often so that the buildings are just attached to each other on narrow streets. This is a usual case for Sultanahmet (the historical centre of Istanbul). It will not entertain you much if the only thing you see from your room will be the windows of the opposite hotel. Therefore, while choosing your hotel, ask what view is observable from your room. Better watching Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque than a neighbouring building, is it not?