Hotels

Laura Ashley opens boutique hotel

Floral print pioneer and perfumer Laura Ashley is to open a boutique hotel to showcase its wares, it revealed last week.

The brand, well known for its flowery curtains and clothes, confirmed last week that it has purchased a 49-room hotel in the British county of Hertfordshire, where it will build a branded getaway experience.

All of the bedclothes, sofas, wallpaper and curtains will be matching fabrics with the first guests expected to be welcomed next year, after an overhaul of the property.

The announcement came as the brand posted a rise in sales, particularly in furniture, where its flowery prints appear to have gone down well among cash-strapped consumers despite the continuing lure of cheaper furniture options such as Ikea.

That could explain why the brand is so keen to follow other designers into owning an establishment where fans can totally immerse themselves in the experience.

Prices are likely to be lower than the spectacularly-expensive Armani Hotel in Dubai, where furniture comes courtesy of Armani Casa and linens and fabrics are also from the Armani design team.
alt

More Hotels
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi to celebrate Mexican National Day with Mexican food fiesta
Looking for an adventure - go to Iraq for Eid
* Hotel Metropole Geneva
Latest Travel News
Emirates voted ‘Best Business Airline’ a...
Tourism to contribute SR118 billion to S...
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi to celebrate M...
Featured Sights To See
Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum

Budapest, Hungary

Built in 1847, this museum has the most important and comprehensive collection of Hungarian artefacts and relics. Starting from the history of the Carpathian Basin, you move through the Magyar tribes’ exhibit and follow the shaping of Hungary from the conquest of the Basin to the end of communism. In the basement, artefacts from Roman and medieval times are displayed and in other rooms you can fin...

Rialto Cinema

Rialto Cinema

Casablanca, Morocco

Rialto Cinema, which still functions as a movie house, is a delight to visit with its gaudily painted art deco both  inside and out. Address: Corner of rue Mohammed el Quorri and rue Salah Bouchaib, Casablanca Tel: 022 262 632                    ...

Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple

Shanghai, China

This temple dates back to the Song Dynasty. This is a very important temple and the largest of its kind in Shanghai. The four halls contain statues of Buddha, his disciples and other protagonists. Do not miss the over 3 tonne bell which is rung 108 times at New Year's to rid the world of all its problems and diseases.   Timings: Daily 7 A.M- 5 P.M Admission: Y 10 [+ Y50 for a chance...

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

Berlin, Germany

near Warshcauer Strasse Station in Freidichshain is a 300m stretch of the remains of the Berlin Wall. A haunting reminder to the events that took place only in the recent past. Artists have created the East Side Gallery on one side of the wall, a testament to the resilience of Berliners. ...