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Rooms at Movenpick Makkah available for $1,600 per night

If you want to celebrate the last few days of Ramadan in Islam's holiest city overlooking the Kaaba, you can book a room at the Movenpick Hotel Hajar Tower Makkah. Part of the prestigious Abraj al Bait, you will be just a few steps away from the Kaaba but you will have to pay a premium price to stay there.


For Friday 25th July which is the night of 27th Ramadan a Superior Haram room is available for $1,600 (SAR 6,000) per night. The following day the rate drops to $1,066 (SAR 4,000). If you stay on until Eid al Fitr the rate drops to below $200 a night on July 28.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 23:30

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Hotels trying to score with football fans

A few forward-thinking hoteliers are doing their soccer fan guests a major solid by launching World Cup-themed menus, opening special viewing lounges and broadcasting games live.
Guests staying at select Four Seasons properties, for instance, can rest assured that they won’t go thirsty or hungry while watching a match.
At the Singapore property, chefs have created a special in-room menu service that will help put fans in the spirit of the game and ensure they don’t miss a second of the match.
England fans, for instance, can order up a fish and chip sandwich; Spain supporters munch on spicy chorizo lomo and Iberico ham, while Mexico fans tuck into pulled pork tacos.
In Miami, soccer fans are invited to the hotel’s Edge Copa Lounge, which for one month will be dedicated to the World Cup games, with multiple TVs, foosball tables, and Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail.
Likewise, over in India, the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has created a FIFA-themed menu that includes dishes like the Messi Messi, Red Fury, Samba Special and Swiss Connection, reports The Economic Times.
And in Doha, major hotels like the Crowne Plaza, Doha Marriott Hotel, and Ritz-Carlton Doha will also screen matches and throw World Cup-themed parties for their guests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:09

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Hilton to launch Curio, a boutique hotel brand

International hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has launched a new luxury brand in response to the growing popularity and demand for boutique hotels and hyper-local experiences.


Curio – A Collection by Hilton is pitched as a brand that that will curate four to five-star distinctive hotels that represent the local area and offer authentic experiences unique to the destination.


So far, the collection includes the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas; Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota and The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with another property in Portland, Oregon to be announced shortly.


“Our customers and owners have expressed strong interest in a brand from us that includes hotels that can retain their unique identity but also deliver the many benefits of our system, including our Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program,” said Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide.


“That desire, combined with the current size of the independent hotel market and demand for differentiated hotel stays around the world, made for the right timing for this launch.”


The strategy borrows from the playbook of rival Starwood Hotels & Resorts, whose W Hotels is pitched as a trendy, boutique hotel brand.


While not a boutique hotel in the traditional sense, Curio’s SLS Las Vegas will anchor the Curio collection with big-name collaborations that include Philippe Starck and James Beard Foundation winning chef José Andrés.


The $415 million renovation will redevelop the site of the former Sahara Hotel & Resort, a location steeped in Las Vegas history.


The Hotel Alex Johnson (pictured above), meanwhile, is located near the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is The Sam Houston Hotel in Texas.


Curio becomes Hilton Worldwide’s 11th hotel brand, a portfolio that includes the WALDORF ASTORIA, Conrad and HILTON.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2014 22:39

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Win one night stay at any Rotana in the UAE

From the 15th of May until the 15th of September 2014, if you spend AED 699 in one of 63 Rotana restaurants across the UAE, you stand the chance of winning a complimentary night stay in any one of Rotana's UAE hotels & resorts.

Spend AED 699 and receive a voucher to scratch and find out which of the Rotana's UAE hotels & resorts you won the one night stay. 

Rotana Rewards Exclusive members will also benefit from their regular summer promotion and will get a dining voucher worth 50% off, redeemable on their next visit.

To book your table or learn more about the participating outlets in the UAE, please visit the Rotana Hotel website.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:51

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Helipad wedding on offer at Burj Al Arab

Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel has created a wedding package that will turn its helipad 212 meters in the sky into a unique wedding reception venue.


Add-on features with the wedding package include everything from a dramatic entrance aboard an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft — or by terra firma in a Rolls Royce Phantom — to accommodations, beauty, spa treatments and personal training sessions.


Couples can also develop a specially designed, bespoke wedding scent with a perfumer and take private lessons on etiquette and dance.


The Burj Al Arab’s Wedding in the Skies program starts at $55,000.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:32

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Macau's 'City of Dreams Hotel' by Zaha Hadid

Macau is set to become home to a strikingly dramatic luxury hotel designed by British architect Zaha Hadid that involves voids and negative spaces cut out of the 40-story building, enveloped in a latticed or ‘exoskeletal’ shell.


When it opens in 2017, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau will house 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas.


Artist renderings reveal an expressive and powerful design: Hadid pushes the boundaries of structural engineering to reimagine the standard monolithic rectangular block with voids and negative space carved out of the building’s center, using soft, curved lines.


The building shell has an exoskeleton design, a motif that’s repeated inside with 3D diamonds and pyramids that seem to grow from the interior walls and into the spacious, atrium space.


The tower will become the fifth property developed by Melco Crown Entertainment and feature meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, a bright, airy lobby atrium, restaurants, spa and sky pool.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:16

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