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W Hotel’s $25mil redesign


In a town known for makeovers, the W Beverly Hills has recently completed a $25 million redesign and renovation that spans all guest rooms, a brand new Living Room, and pool.


Nestled on the border of Beverly Hills, W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills radiates what's new/next in the city of angels. Here urban energy collides with a glamorous tranquil escape. Be a part of their journey as they introduce what is new/next in W Design. Arrive at the unsuspecting hideaway and be greeted with the sound of water from the entry steps up into the oasis of their newly restyled Living Room. Unwind in the latest style of their guest suites and find bliss in the perfectly nestled retreat. Reconcile the fact that while you are only minutes away from anywhere you have to be… you are exactly where you want to be.



Guest rooms and corridors


Showcasing an oasis palate of blues, grays, whites, and hints of green, the theme of the guest rooms focus’ on the reflections of the local scene and urban escape. Whether it’s the shading shadows of the looming palm trees cascading down Beverly Hills, or the vibrant lights of the city skyline revealing layers of the city’s architectural ingenuity, the hotel promises you will love and absorb the energy and edge of W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills' design.





When it’s time to unwind, enjoy the hotel services by relaxing in Bliss Spa, taking a refreshing dip in their new outdoor pool, or an energizing workout in FIT gym.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 17:45

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Mandarin Oriental Dubai to open in 2017


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group plans to open its first property in the UAE in Dubai, according to a top group executive.


The luxury resort, which will have 200 rooms and suites, will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeriah 3. It will also include 12 villas built over water, accessible by a bridge. Each villa will have a pool.


The Mandarin Oriental resort in Dubai is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation and is being built by Wasl Hospitality. Its construction commenced earlier last year, and is scheduled to open by the second or third quarter of 2017, according to Christoph Mares, the group’s executive vice-president and operations director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.


Jumeirah Beach Road has recently seen the opening of the luxury Four Seasons Resort Dubai in October of last year, but Mares does not believe that the luxury segment of the hospitality market is saturated, yet. 


Mandarin Oriental, a Hong Kong-based luxury hotel investment and management group, has a global portfolio of 27 hotels across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and 18 projects in the pipeline, including one in Abu Dhabi, Marrakech, Riyadh and Kuwait.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:01

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Marriott’s now letting you watch Netflix on your hotel room TV


Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and Netflix announced a groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize the guest room entertainment experience. Guests staying at select Marriott Hotels will be able to subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing accounts simply by using the Netflix app on the hotel’s internet-connected guest room televisions.


For Marriott guests who increasingly want to view streaming content on the road, the enhanced entertainment option means Netflix members can set aside their mobile devices and watch Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil and a growing library of originals, kids titles, movies and TV shows on wide-screen HDTVs for the first time in hotels.


“Our collaboration with Netflix responds to changing consumer preferences in the way our guests access and watch content, while recognizing the leading role Netflix is playing in driving this transformation,“ said Matthew Carroll, vice president brand management, Marriott Hotels. “Because consumers are choosing to take their streaming content with them when they travel, Marriott Hotels is making the industry’s first rollout of Netflix a priority.”


With this agreement, Marriott Hotels is the first hotel brand authorized to offer guests direct access to their Netflix accounts as part of its guest room entertainment offering. Netflix is currently available at six properties, with six more launching this summer. The brand plans to expand Netflix to 100 of its properties by the end of 2015, and to nearly all of its more than 300 properties in the U.S. by the end of 2016.




-New York Marriott East Side

-San Jose Marriott

-Princeton Marriott

-Newport Marriott

-Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana

-Bethesda Marriott Suites


Coming Next:


-Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

-San Francisco Marriott Marquis

-Atlanta Marriott Marquis

-Dayton Marriott

-San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

-Anaheim Marriott


Marriott Hotels designed and adapted its Netflix app for the hotel environment. Guests staying multiple days only have to login to their accounts once throughout their stay. When guests checkout all account information is automatically wiped clean from the televisions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:28

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A new pool for visitors to Amman

If the summer heat is getting you down, the Crowne Plaza Amman has just the right solution. They have recently renovated their majestic swimming pool and claim that it is the first hydro/heated pool in Amman. Two jaccuzis and a pool for children have also been added to meet the aquatic needs of guests.


Amman is the most popular city among Irhal visitors. Perhaps some of you can visit the Crowne Plaza Amman and let us know about your experience. Be sure to sample their new menu and have a buffet at their renovated Royal Tent.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:38

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Radisson Blu Hotel Misrata to open early 2016 in Libya


Carlson Rezidor re-enters Libya by announcing the Radisson Blu Hotel, Misrata. The 126-rooms property is scheduled to open in early 2016 and will be the first internationally branded hotel in Misrata. The hotel the conversion of an existing hotel and currently undergoing full renovation to meet Radisson Blu’s high service and safety standards.


“We look forward to arriving in Misrata. We know Libya from our time in Tripoli where we operated the Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel until its suspension in August 2014. Libya remains an attractive emerging market for us, and we carefully monitor its development. Although the overall situation is still at risk, we are confident that Libya will continue to recover from the unrest and to offer opportunities for international investments across all sectors”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. Misrata, Libya’s third largest city and located on the Mediterranean Sea, is considered to be the most secure city in the country and is an active business hub due to its port and free zone.


The Radisson Blu Hotel, Misrata will be operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group.


Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,350 hotels in operation and under development totaling 180,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 105 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 07:48

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Be inspired: 8 really cool hotels around the world

Who said all it takes for a good night’s sleep is a comfy bed? Irhal has put together the top 8 really, really cool hotels from around the world to inspire your adventurous side - and perhaps convince you to pay a visit this summer.


8. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, the Taj Lake Palace is one of the most romantic and luxurious hotels in the world. 


Built between 1743- 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur as a royal summer palace, the hotel is made out of white marble and features beautiful majestic architecture. The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens.



Taj Lake Palace features rooms with beautifully-carved wooden furniture and luxurious silk fabrics. Along with beautiful garden or lake views, each room comes with butler services.



Pontoon restaurant arranges for private meals on a floating platform, while Gangaur offers dining on small boats with meals prepared in a floating open kitchen. Mewar Terrace offers a dining experience overlooking the City Palace, Lake Pichola and the Monsoon Palace.



7. Treehotel, Sweden



If you are one of those people who always wanted a treehouse when you were younger, just to have a place of your own, you’ll definitely love this. 


Treehotel, located in Harads near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport, offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.



When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your room up on a tree.



The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the river.




6. Attrap’Rêves Hotel, France



You know the saying. ‘you’re living in your own bubble’? Well, this hotel actually lets you experience it. The innovative Attrap’Reves Hotel consists of habitable plastic bubble domes and was built using recyclable materials.


These transparent bubbles are maintained by a silent blower which allows fresh air in continuously. It requires a power source which represents no more than 55-watt. At the end of the season, the bubble is deflated without any impact on Mother Nature.



There are only six bubbles available, and each bubble has its own identity and the decor that varies depending on the ambiance you want: Zen, Love Nature, Glamour, 1001 nights or Chic & Design. The Attrap'Rêves promises your intimacy is completely protected, by providing a coverup for the bubble, should you want to use it.



5. Icehotel, Sweden



The original Icehotel in Sweden, was founded in 1989. It’s an art exhibition and hotel made completely out of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200km north of the Arctic Circle.


The walls, floors and ceilings of this hotel is a canvas of designers from all creative disciplines. The artists and art work vary from year to year, each rendition of the hotel presenting an ephemeral collection.

Visitors can observe the Northern Lights during their stay at this unique and beautiful hotel. Keep in mind, the hotel melts completely in Spring.



4. Jade Screen tower Hotel, China



Book a stay at this hotel and you’re literally living at the top of the world. 


To get to this mountain-top hotel you have to climb up 60,000 steps – or take the easy way out and cable car it. If you choose to climb the stairs, fair warning it might be the most daring thing you’ll ever do. You’ll begin by traveling through the cleft of the cliff known as the Thread of Sky, continuing on up the mountain to mere shoulder-width apart areas, and soon you’re surrounded by nothing but air - with two sheer drops either side. 


But the views worth it. Get a 360 on China’s serene Huanhshan mountain range complete with the rising and setting sun. It’s an ancient site, thick with lore, and there’s a pine tree nearby believed to be 1,500 years old. There’s also a sauna and massage centre in the hotel, perfect for soothing those aches and pains picked up whilst trekking through this dramatic terrain.


3. Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica



This hotel is a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). The fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re up in the air.



Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. The 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms: one with two queen sized beds and the other with one queen sized bed, each with its own private bath, flat screen TV, a kitchenette, dining area foyer; an ocean view terrace; a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase; and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens.


Pretty crazy.



2. Giraffe Manor, Kenya



Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings: characterful, picturesque, and enveloped in history like the foliage creeping over its brickwork. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, and with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade and elegant interior, Giraffe Manor has an extraordinary appeal.


The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors: it’s the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hopes of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. 



That’s right, you’re basically having dinner with a giraffe. 


1. Adrère Amellal, Egypt



Adrere Amellal makes the top of our list because of how beautiful and unique it is. Situated at the foot of the White Mountain, this hotel is a secluded desert ecolodge made up of earth buildings that blend naturally and beautifully into the landscape, like a hidden gem. Its pristine location offers direct access to the salt lake as well as the Great Sand Sea.



Each one of the hand-built 43 rooms is unique, combining distinction and authenticity. All the furniture and crafts pay tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry sky.



The hotel is located in the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, home to ancient historical ruins and unique cultural traditions that have been maintained for thousands of years. Famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, whom Alexander the Great consulted before continuing his Persian conquest, Siwa exists today much as it always has; boasting majestic rock formations, lush groves and brilliant salt lakes throughout the oasis.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:59

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