Archive for March, 2008
At 850 years young, Munich is certainly not ancient in comparison to other European cities. None the less, the city wants to celebrate its centuries’ long evolution, from its humble beginning as a monestary to its contemporary atmosphere today.
The theme of the celebration is “building bridges.” It must be noted that “Bridges” wasn’t randomly selected. As olden tradition has it, Munich dates back to Henry the Line (1158) who destroyed the Isar Bridge which lay to the north. He then built a new, modernized bridge near “Munichen.” Hence, the motto aims to connect the aforementioned small time start of Munich to its More >
In its pioneering months, a handful of European hotels are testing out this innovative technology by passing on rooms keys to hotel guests via mobile phone. Users’ mobile phones engage with the contactless door locks that are NFC compatible.
This attractive technology is said to be coming State side as soon as the pilot round in Europe is complete.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org
On Thursday a man with a rucksack jetted across the path of an aircraft, climbed the perimeter fence and was gone as quickly as he came. Numerous calls to 999 were received and local police and Scotland Yard rushed to the scene.
According to witnesses’ the man kicked off his shoes before he took plight hand was later arrested. Nothing suspicious was in the bag and his mysterious behavior seemingly has no real substance behind it. Regardless, the airport was More >
Bournemouth, UK has proudly announced their planned construction of an artificial reef, Europe’s first. Building beings in spring 2008 and if all goes well the reef should be completed by October 2008.
The area is already highly sought after because of its excellent water sport facilities. The reef will definitely contribute in putting Bournemouth on the map as one of Europe’s premier surfing destinations.
The Marine and Fisheries Agency has also taken all environmental issues into consideration before approving the reef. MFA promises that all potential negative issues have been resolved and are thrilled with the addition.
The reef will be complimented More >
There is no better place in the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than Dublin, Ireland. The city is chock full of fantastic events including the St. Patrick’s Day festival which includes music, theatre, carnivals, comedy, street parties, dance and all night long festivities the week through. Even if you’ve missed the actual day, events full of Irish pride continue through March.
Right now many hotels are also offering special discounts of up to 75%. The Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel, Beacon Hotel Sandyford, Gresham Hotel Dublin and Portmarnock are just a few of the four star gems offering great bargains with locations close More >
Lots of hotel websites now offer price promises. At sletoh we are cynical about price promises as we know that hotel prices vary widely and no one website is cheaper than the rest. Some are cheaper one day, others the next day, some have geographical strengths and some try to trick travellers by lowering prices one day and hiking them back up the next.
If an accommodation website wants to offer a price promise, sletoh wants to help consumers beat the promise and claim the refunds offered. We will be taking a look at the price promises made by various websites More >
The Barvikha Hotel & Spa is set to be a tranquil oasis amidst the hectic hustle of Moscow. As the first luxury spa in the city, it has a prime location among other opulent amenities like high-status shopping with Gucci and Prada, upper crust dwellings and the noble salons of Lamborghini and Bentley.
The mastermind behind the Barvikha is Antonio Citterio, who is most known for his other worldly Bvlgari Hotels in Milan and Bali. His genius mind perfectly blends the elegance of high society with earth friendly items seamlessly. And his newest project is no different.
A natural color palette that More >
Along the sparkling Adriatic Sea sits the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. The city has been war torn and a target of massive bombings during the Croatian War (1991-1995). The worn cobblestone streets that were once teaming with life have remained stark, haunted and desolate – that is until now.
The city is in the midst of a face lift and Dubrovnik’s beloved five star Excelsior is re-opening its doors after a $20 million dollar, seven month makeover. While aiming to “convince the world that this is a safe place” Jasna Durkovic, the GM of Hotel Excelsior and long time Dubrovnik resident, More >
Late on February 22, a fire struck Venice’s treasured Grand Hotel Des Bains, a favorite of journalists, celebrities and jet setters. The fire damaged nearly a dozen rooms and possibly burned out part of the electrical network.
The hotel shuts down each October through March so no guests were involved in the incident thankfully. Although the damage is not too extensive, it is probable that the April re-opening will be delayed. Officials do state that the hotel, one of the only two five stars in Venice Lido, will be redone and ready for action for this year’s Venice Film Festival that More >
Vietnam is one of, if not the fastest growing country in the world. The United Kingdom’s Intercontinental chain took hold of the fact and didn’t let go until the hotel group opened its first non-UK hotel in the rapidly rising country. As GM Jon Nielsen says, “We couldn’t get our doors open fast enough!”
The hotel is nestled in along the sanctuary known as West Lake, or Ho Tay to locals, in Hanoi. It is a place that is known as a stomping grounds Vietnam’s most royal families and the country’s mandarins, who build summer homes here. Nielsen claims that the More >