• 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?

  • September 4, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is an award winning Hotel situated on its own quay at the Waterfront. This Landmark hotel could not have a better location, within walking distance of V&A Waterfront making it ideal for shopping and entertainment to your hearts content.

    The Cape Town International Convention Centre is also within easy reach as are all the major attractions like Table Mountain, some of the popular beaches, the Castle of Good Hope, and it is just 30 minutes form the Airport.

    All the rooms are ample in size and have a personal touch with fresh flowers daily and even a small library with reading matter to while away some extra time.

    They all have magnificent views, either over the yachts in the private quay or Table Mountain on the other side.

    This Five Star Hotel is quite large with 121 suites and yet the ambience is that of a boutique hotel. The hotel has just been refurbished and the dcor in the rooms and throughout the hotel is quite exquisite, with hand painted murals and custom made glass, metal and leather items by local artisans, yet keeping in mind the 300 year heritage of the Cape with original antiques and items from a bygone era.

    The biggest feather in the cap for the Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is the wonderful service provided by all staff. Nothing is too much trouble for any of them, always ready to give a hand or say hi! with a happy smile without being intrusive.

    A Car with chauffeur provides a drop off and pick up service for guests to visit attractions and restaurants around the city.

    Food at the hotel is outstanding. The huge buffet style breakfast served on the terrace by the pool is an absolute delight. ‘Signalsis a nautical themed restaurant and dining room serving Cape food with an international flair.

    The food has a wonderful combination of flavours influenced by the 300 year heritage of the Cape. Here too the quality of the food is superb.

    Don’t forget to charter theSpirit of Cape Townthe luxury yacht for use of guests only. Arrange for a romantic get away for you and your partner or be part of an exclusive sunset cruise for the highlight of your stay.

    The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is a firm favorite with visitors to this wonderful South African city.

  • August 16, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Whether traveling on a honeymoon, an anniversary or just a romantic rendezvous, your resort or hotel will be an important part of the entire experience. Your hotel stay should be comfortable, quiet and conducive to romance. A beachfront villa or room with a view of the water is perfect for your couples retreat.

    Your hotel booking will offer you many options in romance. Online booking sites can help you find the most romantic hotel within your budget. Consider an adults-only facility. The pool will be clean and the hotel will be quiet. The atmosphere of an adult-only hotel is different from your average choice hotel. You will enjoy a mature and more relaxed vacation.

    Online booking also allows you to find certain amenities to enjoy with that special someone. A couples massage is a great way to unwind together. When doing your hotel booking, ensure that your choice hotel has a spa that offers this service. Hot springs can be another way to spend some quality time together.

    When making your hotel booking, be sure to compare all of the options available at nearby resorts in the area. Some may offer private beachfront dinners, breakfast in bed, snorkeling or sailing. Your choice hotel should be able to offer some activities specifically for couples. If you tell them that it is a special occasion, you can often get a room upgrade or some perks. Either contact the hotel or your online booking agent to ensure that the hotel knows that its your honeymoon or anniversary well ahead of time. You might end up with a private hot tub, sparkling wine or a beach view without paying a penny more.

    Your choice hotel should have a great reputation. Online booking allows you to review what other customers have said about the hotel. Read the most recent opinions from other travelers to get a good idea of whether the hotel is right for you. Before doing your hotel booking, pay close attention to the hotels reputation for service, cleanliness and food.

    Food is often an important factor when doing a hotel booking. A choice hotel will have a variety of food options for seafood lovers, vegetarians and even ethnic foods. If the hotel that you choose does not have the type of food that you like or only offers a limited selection, your experience will not be as great as it could be with the right choice in hotels.

    Your online booking site might have all of this information, but if not, it is prudent to do some investigating beforehand. Contact the hotel directly, contact an agent at from the hotel booking site or get a recommendation from a friend who has stayed in the area.

    Doing a bit of research beforehand will ensure that your vacation is memorable for all of the right reasons. Online booking is an easy way to check that your choice hotel fits in with your vision of a romantic getaway.

  • August 15, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The Ravine Hotel in Panchgani is the ultimate holiday getaway for you and your family. We offer something for everyone seems to be the mantra of this place. Of all the spa and hotel breaks in Panchgani, this is the most luxurious and extravagant one; one that will make you feel like youve had the holiday of a lifetime. One of the toppers in the list of the best luxury spa hotels in Panchgani, this is what this place has to offer.

    The Serenity Spa, a part of the Ravine Hotel family, gives you the ultimate unwinding experience that you have always wanted. If you think that it is time for you to refill your tank and gear up for work with an energy that lasts right up till you next holiday, this is the place you want to be in. The Serenity Spa, like the name suggest, will give you the ultimate in incredible spa experiences and we guarantee that you will leave in a happy, serene and rejuvenated avatar.

    Here is what the Serenity Spa offers:

    Ayurvedic Massages

    Imagine having two simultaneous massages using the best of herbal oils, a gift of the great Indian Ayurvedic heritage! This massage is done by two masseurs in a synchronized movement, to give deep muscular healing and exceptional relaxation.

    Aromatherapy Massages

    Experience the amazing partnership of touch and smell; a lethal blend that provides emotional and physical healing. Using only the choicest and purest of essential oils, this massage really makes you come back for more and more.

    Body Scrubs and Wraps

    Who said that holidays should only be fun and games? Experience the amazing adventure of being pampered and cared for, with our new range of body scrubs and wraps. Customized to suit your needs, you can choose anything between gentle exfoliation to full on therapies in this segment.

    Special Treatments

    If you always wanted to do a Cleopatra but just didnt have her heart for experimenting with ones own body, we have some tried and tested therapies for you. Try out our own special strawberry therapy that comes as a facial, a massage as well as a body scrub. Come on, you are in Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar, you have to try out or strawberries.
    There are several other such special therapies. Visit us and we will be happy to share our secrets to serenity and peacefulness.

    Reflexology Massages

    These foot and back massages help in releasing blocked energy, by stimulating nerve endings and pressure points. This therapy is deeply relaxing and cons you into forgetting all of your lifes stress and tedium.

  • August 13, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Hawaii is to receive a new Hyatt-branded hotel after Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced that they will be opening the new Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa in Spring, 2012.

    The new hotel will be located on Mokapu and Ulua Beach on the island of Maui, which is a hotspot for idyllic beach weddings, and Michael Stephens has been named as the General Manager.

    Set upon 15 acres of land, the new Hyatt resort will take over the hotel that was once the Wailea Renaissance resort. This is the first Andaz-branded property to be built in Hawaii and the brand embraces local culture into its dcor, food and events.

    The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa will have 325 rooms and suites, a lavish 15,000-quare-foot spa, and 12,000-square-feet of event and meeting space, making it the perfect venue for destination weddings of any size.

    Mokapu and Ulua Beach has been a popular setting for romantic beach weddings for many years and the new resort is expected to attract many couples planning on getting married abroad in Hawaii in the near future.

    All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public and Mokapu and Ulua Beach is likely to see an increase in visitors once the new hotel is open for destination weddings.

    General Manager of Hawaiian Style Weddings, Jana Rothernberg, commented: I think this has been the ideal location for beach weddings on Maui. The location has been un-crowded since the closure of the Wailea Renaissance hotel. Being on the south end of the Island means ideal weather and beautiful sunsets. This will certainly change next year when the Andaz resort opens its doors.
    Hawaii is a fantastic destination for island weddings thanks to its idyllic surroundings, a tropical climate and a variety of luxurious hotels and facilities that are available to the bride and groom and their guests.

    Hawaiis five main islands Kauai, Maui, Oahu, the Big Island and Molokai – offer plenty of settings for romantic ceremonies such as white sandy beaches against the backdrop of the sparkling turquoise ocean, a wooden gazebo in fragrant tropical gardens, or under an arch that has been decorated with native colourful flowers.

  • August 8, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Kansas City, MO is a city with many different kinds of entertainments. One of the most popular forms of entertainment in the area would be sports of all different kinds. Passionate fans of amateur and professional sporting teams have been coming to Kansas City, MO for years. Many hotels in the area specialize in accommodating the multitude of visitors, tourists and attendees of athletic events. Many hotels that are conveniently located in downtown Kansas City, MO place extra special emphasis on giving a very comfortable stay to the many guests attending nearby sporting events.

    Visitors and locals alike will sometimes find that hotels located so closely to the area sports complexes will be unusually rich in amenities and luxuries. A professional staff will ensure the smoothest transition from traveler to guest. The extras are considered the norm at many of the top-of-the-line hotels in downtown Kansas City. There are often discounts offered for frequent guests or for those who attend the same sporting events time after time. When a visitor is looking into which hotel to stay in, it is always a good idea for the potential guest to ask about discounted rates. Asking friends and family is also a good way to find a hotel.

    A good way to find the best hotel is to search on the internet. Every guest has different ideas on what matters for their hotel stay and downtown Kansas City, MO has many different options. If proximity is important, most hotels will have a mileage chart to the nearest sports complex, or to the closest restaurant or shopping centers. If price is a factor, there are calculation devices to help figure out the total cost of the stay at the hotel. Amenities are usually listed in detail, to give an idea of the kind of atmosphere in a specific hotel.

    Visitors should plan to make their reservations as early as possible, since bookings tend to fill up well in advance of local events. Confirmation numbers should be kept for the record, to ensure that reservations will be honored, and if the hotel will be full, ask the hotel staff about traffic in the downtown Kansas City area for the day of the event. On-line reviews of each hotel can be very helpful in determining potential problem areas and avoiding pitfalls that can take place during a very busy season.

  • August 6, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The term boutique hotel refers to a style of usually small and independently run hotels which have their own unique style and creative flair. A boutique hotel could be anything from a stylish city retreat with themed rooms, a quaint countryside inn, or a quirky historical hostel.

    There are pros and cons to staying in this type of accommodation, and here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of boutique hotels:

    The Advantages of Boutique Hotel Accommodation

    There are many advantages to be found in this type of accommodation. One of the main reasons why boutique hotels are so popular is because they offer a chance to stay in a unique and creative space that has a lot more personality than a chain hotel room. Boutique hotels usually have funky and artistic decor or special themes. This is desirable for travellers who want their accommodation to have a bit of personality and intrigue.

    Another advantage of boutique hotels is that they are usually run by a small amount of passionate and caring staff and only have a small amount of guests at one time. This allows them to offer more personalized service and create a welcoming feeling. Since boutique hotels are usually smaller than large chain hotels they can be built within tiny spaces in city centres, often offering a much better location.

    When you patronize independently owned boutique hotel accommodation you also get the satisfying feeling that you are supporting a local business rather than a large conglomerate. Also, most boutique hotels will offer lower prices than conventional style hotels of the same quality.

    Disadvantages of Boutique Hotels

    Despite how lovely some boutique hotels can be, there are also some disadvantages to choosing this style of accommodation. Some people find that the lack of a brand name makes them nervous because the hotel does not have the guarantee of belonging to a reliable large company. Many people choose chain hotels because they like the security of knowing what to expect from their accommodation.

    Boutique hotels are also often much smaller than chain hotels, which means that there are less likely to be rooms available if you book your stay at the last minute. Also, if you are travelling for business you might not find all of the facilities such as free WiFi and conference rooms to use during your stay, as boutique hotels usually cater for those who travel for pleasure. Another disadvantage is that most boutique hotels dont offer the types of loyalty programs that the larger companies do.

    Whether you choose to stay in boutique hotels or not depends on your personal preferences towards holiday accommodation, yet it is good to know that these unique and quirky choices are available if you desire to stay somewhere different on your next trip.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to staying in boutique hotel accommodation during your next holiday.