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Conrad Concierge App for tech savvy travelers

The Conrad Hotels have an app for their tech savvy guests which helps them in ordering dinner or arranging an airport pickup or booking a spa without calling the front desk.


If you are a regular guest at Conrad Hotels worldwide, the app could be useful in preparing for your trip. It can also act as an important aide during your stay. Many hotels have launched their apps lately and it remains to be seen if travelers will continue to download apps of multiple hotels where they stay.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:24

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Hyatt to offer free wifi worldwide

Hyatt Hotels worldwide will start offering free wifi to all guests starting in February 2015. Travelers will be able to access free wifi on an unlimited number of mobile devices or laptops in Hyatt-branded hotel guest rooms and lobbies.

“Internet connectivity is no longer an amenity. It has become an integral part of travelers’ daily lives and a basic expectation,” said Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt. “Travelers shouldn’t have to remember which brands or locations offer it for free or the strings attached to get it.”


Unfortunately, many hotels still charge for wifi access and travelers are responding with their wallets by opting not to stay at these hotels. The first hotel chain to offer free wifi was the Radisson which has been giving free broadband interet access to their guests since 2005.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 08:41

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Escape to Oman for rugged pleasure

If hiking up a mountain or walking on a hilly road for six hours and discovering an abandoned village are things that give you pleasure, you will experience the ultimate joy at the newly opened Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel in Oman. Even getting to the hotel will be an adventure - it is a 2.5 hours drive from Muscat Airport and you need a 4X4 to get there.


Perched 2,000 meters above sea level in Jabal Akhdar, meaning “The Green Mountain” in Arabic, the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by amazing views of the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty.

And to encourage you to experience the rugged surroundings, Jabal Akhdar’s Leisure Concierge is offering Signature Alila Experiences which include hiking, 4WD driving and cultural guided tours that may involve 9 hours of trekking up and down the Al Hajar mountains.

The Saiq Plateau is where you can embark on the most well known local hike, dubbed ‘The Village Walk’. This walk is suitable for all levels of fitness and winds through the villages of Al Ayn and Shoraighiah, bringing you close to the terraced farmlands that grow the region’s prized Damask roses and pomegranates.

The Misfat Al Abriyyin is an ancient donkey trail that takes approximately five to six hours to ascend and four hours to descend, offering spectacular views of Wadi Bani Awf and the surrounding mountains.

That is just a sampling of what Alila Jabal Akhdar has to offer. It is a great place for adventure travelers, nature lovers and those seeking to get away from the desert heat - temperatures in Jabal Akhdar are 15 degrees less than that of nearby Muscat.


To book this five star luxury hotel click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:24

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W Doha launches Snapchat account

The latest social media craze has arrived at W Doha. The luxury resort has just launched its Snapchat account and wants guests to communicate with it on this new medium which has so far been the domain of the under 25 generation. In fact, over 71% of Snapchat users are under 25 years old and most are under 18.


How many of them are likely to be W Doha guests? How many will want to follow W Doha on Snapchat is what other hotels will want to monitor. After all, today's 20-something is tomorrow's well heeled guest, so it is best to catch them young.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:25

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Anjum Hotel Makkah welcomed 50,000 Hajj pilgrims

With over 1,700 rooms, the new 5-star Anjum Hotel in Makkah welcomed 50,000 Hajj pilgrims in 2014 (1435 Hajj season) and is now looking forward to the 2015 Umrah and Hajj season.


Ahmad Sabry, General Manager of Anjum Hotel, said: “Anjum Hotel enjoys a prime location within the complex of the Holy Mosque. Our hotel offers a large parking space and can easily accommodate almost 40 buses at the same time.” With four restaurants that can seat 3,500 guests and 26 elevators connecting the 1,743 rooms, coupled with the hotel's direct access link to the Haram via the King Abdullah Gate, Anjum Hotel is ideal for large groups.


If you want to book a room for two people including breakfast, you can get this for around SR800 per night - but rates will go up in the third week of January. For booking click here.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:53

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Personalized water bottles at Four Seasons Baku

Wouldn't you be surprised if you saw a complimentary water bottle in your hotel room with your name and picture printed on it?  Personalization to an extreme degree? Or perhaps a little eerie?

“Discovering this little novelty in the room upon arrival makes them smile enjoying the welcoming environment,” according to Mr. Sam Ioannidis General Manager of Four Seasons Baku, Azerbaijan, who implemented this tradition. According to Mr Ioannidis, “Many of them liked the whole concept so much, they order and take extra bottles with them as a souvenir from the Land of Fire.”

Where do they get the picture of the guest? Facebook, LinkedIn? According to Ms Aynur Mamedova, Director of Public Relations, “We are using different resources to search for the photos and so far we are getting very positive feedback from the guests.”

Love it? Hate it? Tweet us your reaction @irhal

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:07

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