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Al Bustan Ritz Carlton Muscat offers special Wedding Packages

If you are planning a destination wedding, the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, is offering to make your special day an extremely memorable one both for you and your guests.


The 1,024 sqm grand ballroom at the Al Bustan Palace provides a magnificient setting for a wedding. The culinary brigade of the hotel can conjure up a five course western menu complete with a 3-tier wedding cake or a traditional Arabic menu based on the requirements of the wedding party. The hotel's large Bridal Suite is designed for privacy and comfort and comes with its own make-up room.


"Classically chic" is how the hotel describes its wedding packages which can be customized to your needs. Wedding guests are also offered special room rates so that they can truly enjoy the hospitality of Oman while staying at one of the finest hotels in Muscat.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:40

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Kempinski opens in Kinshasa

By 2020 Kinshasa is expected to replace Paris as the largest urban centre of French speaking people. No other city will have as many people as the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is already the thrird largest city in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. And now it has a Kempinski.


On August 1 2014, the Kempinski group took over management control of the Hotel Fleuve Congo and rebranded it as a Kempinski. The hotel is ideal for business travellers and groups looking for five-star luxury. The Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo is named after Africa’s largest river. The hotel is located near its banks in the heart of the embassy district in the Commune of Gombe. The hotel’s 22 floors offer elevated views over the Congo River, and the capital cities of Kinshasa and neighbouring Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, which sit on opposite sides of the river.


If you are the adventurous type then you can try snacking on insects when you are in Kinshasa. Many Kinshasans prefer eating caterpillar and weevil larvae and these are sold in cafes acrosss the city. At the Gambela market in Kinshasa caterpillars can be found living, dried or boiled. And you can even try some termite snacks.


Don't worry meat lovers you can have your chicken and beef at the Kempinski and avoid the crunchy insects and bugs.


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 12:14

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Select your hotel room and use your phone as a key

One of the frustrating moments of checking in to a hotel is exactly that - checking in. After a long, tiring flight you do not want to wait in line to be served. Hilton is about to change that. Just like an airline allows you to select your seat, by the end of this year more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties in 80+ countries will allow you to select your hotel room and order amenities via your smartphone or laptop. And from next year you can use your smartphone as a key to enter the room in selected Hilton hotels.


So, now you can stay in a room away from the elevators and also avoid the long walk to the end of the corridor.

Here is how the system will work. Once a room is booked, the process for guests to manage their stay is simple:

Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel's available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton's digital lobby function is updated in real-time, so guests no longer have to wait until they are physically in the hotel lobby to be assigned a room.

Special requests: After choosing a room, guests can further customize their stay at full-service hotels by purchasing upgrades and requesting specific amenities to be delivered to their room before arrival.

Room key: Next year, Hilton will begin to equip its hotel rooms with the technology for doors to be unlocked with guests' smartphones, enabling them to go straight to their rooms upon arrival. For now, once they arrive at a hotel, guests simply pick up their room key from the front desk, a streamlined process since the guest's payment information and other details are already verified through their Hilton HHonors account prior to arrival.

Check-out: Guests can bypass the front desk upon departure as their bill will be automatically sent to their email address.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 11:05

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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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