In a recent HotStats (TRI Hospitality Consulting) survey of ten top European cities, it was found that the London chain hotel market is the best in Europe. The city has had an upward swing lately, becoming a top spring break destination and has always been a popular attraction for those visiting Europe. In comparision to nine other cities, including close runners up Amsterdam and Paris, London chain hotels were the most occupied in all of Europe. Mix that with the lowest payroll costs and London’s chain hotel’s are among the highest profit per available room on the market.
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As announced earlier this December by Trip Advisor, Europe’s top 10 hotel renovations went from unusual structures to luxurious lodging. Each of these conversions keeps the spirit of the original hotel alive while bringing it up to date and into the new year.
1. Hotel Im Wasserturm, Cologne, Germany
This hotel oddly held the title of largest water tower in Europe before it became a hotel in the 1990s. It has a fantastic roof terrace, done in brick, providing sweeping views of Cologne that were once only seen by water tower employees.
Trip Advisor says: “This is a designer’s dream of a hotel, More >
Forty seven French hotels and ten Swiss will be sold to a Real Estate Consortium that includes Caisse des Depots et Cosignations and two investment funds, European Hotel Venture and Alternative Property Income Venture, both of which are managed by AXA Real Estate Investment Managers. Part of the hefty price includes 52 million euro for renovations; new owner’s expense. Extensions on several of the properties will be yet another costly 30 million.
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The prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emaneuele II in Milan’s ritzy Galleria Townhouse that calls for exclusive guests to pay $5,000 a night. Little did these guests know that a few floors above them, 10 homeless folks had made a home for as little as $0 per night! Police found a secret apartment in the hotel’s attic; complete with a washing machine, refrigerator and kitchen sink. Police do not know how long More >
Hotel Lory in Italy is playing host to a New Year’s party on the Sea. The menu is one of gastronomical delight. Hors d’oeuvre’s consist of baked scallops, lobsters, stockfish with cream, octopus and sailor’s mussels and clams. The first course offers a choose of risotto with seafood sides or pasta Lory’s style, also with seafood on the side. The second dish features prawns en brochette, grilled squid or baked dentex with potatoes. Up next, desserts of fruit, lemon sherbet and a choice of coffee, wine or water; we’ll take the wine please!
As if guests won’t be stuffed enough, midnight features More >
For the first time in its 118 year lifespan, London’s infamous Savoy Hotel is having a facelift. Since the hotel opened in 1889, locals enjoying weekend relaxation and celebrated rich and famous have intermingled for over a century at the American Bar and ogled the spectacular views of the Thames that the Savoy provides. Yet on December 15, 2007, after much protest from regulars, the Savoy is closing for the first time for major renovations.
Why are the people so upset about this? For starters, many infamous items that house memories, like the baby grand in the restaurant that Frank Sinatra would More >
In the last few years the hotel industry has taken a turn to accommodate the growing number of travelers who want the “perfect” vacation. Many lusty perks that were once saved exclusively for the ultra rich or ultra famous are now available to almost anyone willing to open there wallet. Hotels want their guests stay to feel as special as their chosen destination.
Known as one of the best destinations in the world to mix business with pleasure, Berlin, Germany is increasingly becoming more and more business oriented. The bustling business area of Dusseldorf recently cut the ribbon on a new Maritim hotel with close proximity to the airport and a conference center that holds nearly 5,200 people! Global Hyatt and Melia are two more of six who are not far behind Maritim in the race to build exceedingly giant hotels in Berlin.
Business-y Dusseldorf aside, nearly fifty, yes fifty new hotels are scheduled to open throughout the city within the next 5 years. And not More >
Saturnia Spa & Golf resort is simply one of a kind. Set within the three thousand year old Tuscan countryside, this hotel is more than your everyday resort. It abounds in awe-inspiring features such as traces of history left by the Etruscan and Roman people in the small villages such as the classic medieval town Montemerano. The Tuscan countryside is known for its beauty and the Saturnia has the best spot to reside within the rolling hills that are filled with rushing waterfalls and wispy streams. Leave no stone unturned when you visit the Saturnia because a small piece of history More >
The boutique hotel Aberotel Montparnasse, located in Paris, offers a unique mix of French country and Oriental décor. The mix fuses nicely into a no-fuss, artsy interior that provides a relaxing atmosphere for all guests, even with the hustle and bustle of the city several streets over.
The Aberotel dates back to the late 17th century and was once known as “Heather Lane.” It sits comfortably within the 15th arrondissement, located close by many fantastic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter and busy business centers in Montparnasse and Porte de Versailles.
Although this might sound like the typical Paris boutique More >