Cienfuegos Unveils Latest E-hotel To Open Offering Cultural Cuba Holidays In Bay Of Jagua

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Offering the perfect mix of seaside recreation and cultural charm, the historical city of Cienfuegos has recently welcomed a new addition to its collection of colonial hotels in the Bay of Jagua.

The fully renovated Perla del Mar hotel joins the portfolio of E-Hotels (Hoteles Encanto) in Cubas colonial city of Cienfuegos. The E-hotels brand comprises a selection of restored properties of historical value that after renovation works have been converted into charming accommodation options for history-loving tourists in search of a more authentic place to stay, with a bit of added history to perfectly complement culturally-enriching Cuba holidays.

The hotel was inaugurated at the end of last month with the presence of the Gran Caribe Hotel Groups president, Eduardo Acosta and the newly opened establishment became the fourth Encanto hotel in the Punta Gorda complex, which comprises another four sister properties of equal historical value and old age charm. These sister hotels include the Jagua, Casa Verde and Palacio del Valle, the latter of which was the first E-hotel to open in Cuba and marked the starting point for extending the Encanto brand and restoring more old Cuba hotels to their former glory.

The motivation behind the opening of these peculiarly charming hotels in Cuba was not only to rescue and give use to crumbling buildings of historical importance that had been abandoned throughout the years but also to meet an increasing demand and growing interest from tourists to stay in unique accommodation that reflected Cubas captivating colonial past, much of which is still present in the architecture of old villages and sleepy towns like the residential neighbourhood of Punta Gorda, where the new Encanto Perla del Mar is located.

The investment in the restoration of the new property, part of which overlooks the sea and the beautiful Bay of Jagua, totalled 1.4 million U.S. dollars and a further restoration project is in the pipeline for another hotel in city which will be named San Carlos. Work for the new San Carlos hotel will start in 2013 with an expected date of completion in 2012 while existing projects are also to be enhanced in the area.

Perfectly catering to the growing interest for cultural holidays in Cuba, the new property adds value to the new accommodation in this city with fully renovated guest rooms and facilities.

The Advantages Of Boutique Hotels

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One of the reasons boutique hotels are so popular is because they directly oppose the accepted hotel normality of hundreds of rooms and bland service. Their refusal to treat guests as anything other than honoured visitors means that they spend time, money and energy developing a hotel where you feel comfortable and at home. This can only really be achieved with low room numbers.

Hotels in this sector have discovered that travellers are willing to pay for accommodation that is different in design and where even full occupancy means they’re not queuing for breakfast or waiting for room service to answer the phones. Instead, fewer rooms means more space and better service, and an increasing number of travellers are taking this option.

Space

Space is important to travellers, particularly those for whom the hotel is an integral part of the experience. Whilst other holiday makers or business travellers simply use a hotel as a base for sleeping and eating, boutique hotel guests want to feel that they can spend the morning drinking coffee and reading in the public areas without feeling like a nuisance, or relax by the pool without worrying about fighting for poolside space with other guests. By taking a definite decision to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each room has more space and by fashioning public areas that guests actually want to use, boutique hotels create a unique atmosphere that appeals to guests.

Design

Boutique hotels are often based in older, traditional buildings where creating larger guest rooms means considerable changes to the internal design of the building. Sympathetic architectural changes can be achieved with careful planning and this allows hotel owners and their designers to maintain and incorporate original features into a more modern, spacious room design. From keeping original windows to fitting the most modern of bathrooms, clever design allows these hotels to provide fewer rooms, whilst at the same time preserving the essential features of the building.

Service

The smaller the number of guests, the better the service can be. This is a concept that’s fully understood by the boutique industry and it strives to ensure that standards of service are exceptional. Any contact that the guest has with a member of staff should be a positive one and, in many cases, members of staff are trained to anticipate guests’ needs, ensuring that they are comfortable asking for anything, including help with activities outside the hotel as well as the facilities within it.

Lowering the number of rooms in a hotel, combined with good design, quality fittings and excellent service all combines to make a hotel unique and that’s what today’s travellers want.

Choosing A Michigan Hotel

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When we are discussing best value in terms of Michigan hotels, one thing you must remember is that hotel prices are not fixed in stone. Don’t assume that the first prices you are offered are fixed – this is rarely true! Nowadays in these economic times, many hotel operators have come to the conclusion that a discounted reservation is better than no occupancy at all! The range of choices for hotel accomodation in MI are numerous and varied and the tourism industry is very cut throat. One way of evaluating the most cost effective hotel rates in Michigan is to utilize online booking systems. Most hotel chains run web sites where reservations can be made online with credit or debit card and numerous hotel comparison shopping websites are available making it a breeze to shop around and compare rates while keeping an eye out for any further discounts which may be applicable for your individual circumstances.

However, value for money is not necessarily the cheapest possible rate, you have to consider the standard of the room, the facilities and amenities, the location and the customer service also. For instance, if you are trying to choose between two hotels which are on your short list, always make sure you are comparing hotel rates on a “like for like” basis – do both hotels feature complimentary high speed broadband, swimming pool, complimentary gym access? Double check all the online terms and conditions and see if they are complimentary or if there is a charge payable.

As realtor’s always tell us, location is paramount! How far is the hotel from local places of interest? is there a complimentary bus service? How far from nearest transport links such as rail station or airport? All of these factors can also affect room rates. For instance one of the most popular attractions in Michigan are the various water parks, hotels near to these attractions cost more but if you are planning to spend the majority of your time having fun in one of the parks then the extra cost of the hotel could be better value than daily transportation costs via taxi for instance.

Additionally, if you are traveling by car and plan to spend a lot of time touring around Michigan, think carefully before reserving a down-town hotel with the associated higher room costs, many hotels on the outskirts of the major cities are often better value and have easier parking too!

Obviously check out Michigan hotel user reviews prior to making a reservation, because a cheap hotel with really poor service can ruin your vacation, better to pay slightly more and enjoy your hotel!

New Hyatt Wailea Maui Hotel To Open For Beach Weddings In 2013

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Hawaii is to receive a new Hyatt-branded hotel after Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced that they will be opening the new Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa in Spring, 2012.

The new hotel will be located on Mokapu and Ulua Beach on the island of Maui, which is a hotspot for idyllic beach weddings, and Michael Stephens has been named as the General Manager.

Set upon 15 acres of land, the new Hyatt resort will take over the hotel that was once the Wailea Renaissance resort. This is the first Andaz-branded property to be built in Hawaii and the brand embraces local culture into its dcor, food and events.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa will have 325 rooms and suites, a lavish 15,000-quare-foot spa, and 12,000-square-feet of event and meeting space, making it the perfect venue for destination weddings of any size.

Mokapu and Ulua Beach has been a popular setting for romantic beach weddings for many years and the new resort is expected to attract many couples planning on getting married abroad in Hawaii in the near future.

All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public and Mokapu and Ulua Beach is likely to see an increase in visitors once the new hotel is open for destination weddings.

General Manager of Hawaiian Style Weddings, Jana Rothernberg, commented: I think this has been the ideal location for beach weddings on Maui. The location has been un-crowded since the closure of the Wailea Renaissance hotel. Being on the south end of the Island means ideal weather and beautiful sunsets. This will certainly change next year when the Andaz resort opens its doors.
Hawaii is a fantastic destination for island weddings thanks to its idyllic surroundings, a tropical climate and a variety of luxurious hotels and facilities that are available to the bride and groom and their guests.

Hawaiis five main islands Kauai, Maui, Oahu, the Big Island and Molokai – offer plenty of settings for romantic ceremonies such as white sandy beaches against the backdrop of the sparkling turquoise ocean, a wooden gazebo in fragrant tropical gardens, or under an arch that has been decorated with native colourful flowers.

How to select an Istanbul hotel and not get disappointed eventually

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Five advices to those who is choosing a hotel in Istanbul.

1. Trust the professionals
You can hear this in any advertisement track. In a nutshell, it means something like “Do not disturb us all the time, we will find something for you.” Well, this is a wrong way of trusting the professionals. The right way will be letting the travel agency select a hotel for you having informed them about ALL the things you would like to see there. Moreover, you should control the whole process to ensure that the hotel they offer will be all right for you.

2. Keep in mind your purpose of visiting Istanbul
There are 3 main purposes why people come to Istanbul. The first is visiting the whole lot of its landmarks, monuments, ancient mosques and churches. Regarding this, Istanbul is the champion among all the other cities on Earth. The second is shopping. And the third is just rest in Istanbul like in any other modern huge city. All these alternatives imply a different kind of hotel. For excursion programs it will be somewhere in Sultanahmet (inexpensive, and in the very historical centre). Shopping will mean Laleli (the commercial heart of Istanbul). The third case will most probably require Taksim, Sirkeci or Beyoglu.

3. Book your room in advance
The earlier the better, in this case. The reason is not that you will be in danger of coming to Istanbul, and coming against absolute absence of accommodation. The point is that the earlier you book, the less you pay.

4. Enquire about the age of the hotel
If you like comfort, choose a modern hotel. There are lots of them, in Istanbul, mostly 4-and 5-star. There also oldie 5-stars, but be aware that they are less comfortable and luxurious that the youngsters. Old 3-stars often mean that you will get a small room. On the other hand, if you come here just to walk or buy things, these details are barely important.

5. Enquire about what is seen from the windows
Istanbul is a huge city, but territory here is extremely expensive. Therefore, if is often so that the buildings are just attached to each other on narrow streets. This is a usual case for Sultanahmet (the historical centre of Istanbul). It will not entertain you much if the only thing you see from your room will be the windows of the opposite hotel. Therefore, while choosing your hotel, ask what view is observable from your room. Better watching Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque than a neighbouring building, is it not?

The Pros And Cons Of Boutique Hotel Accommodation

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The term boutique hotel refers to a style of usually small and independently run hotels which have their own unique style and creative flair. A boutique hotel could be anything from a stylish city retreat with themed rooms, a quaint countryside inn, or a quirky historical hostel.

There are pros and cons to staying in this type of accommodation, and here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of boutique hotels:

The Advantages of Boutique Hotel Accommodation

There are many advantages to be found in this type of accommodation. One of the main reasons why boutique hotels are so popular is because they offer a chance to stay in a unique and creative space that has a lot more personality than a chain hotel room. Boutique hotels usually have funky and artistic decor or special themes. This is desirable for travellers who want their accommodation to have a bit of personality and intrigue.

Another advantage of boutique hotels is that they are usually run by a small amount of passionate and caring staff and only have a small amount of guests at one time. This allows them to offer more personalized service and create a welcoming feeling. Since boutique hotels are usually smaller than large chain hotels they can be built within tiny spaces in city centres, often offering a much better location.

When you patronize independently owned boutique hotel accommodation you also get the satisfying feeling that you are supporting a local business rather than a large conglomerate. Also, most boutique hotels will offer lower prices than conventional style hotels of the same quality.

Disadvantages of Boutique Hotels

Despite how lovely some boutique hotels can be, there are also some disadvantages to choosing this style of accommodation. Some people find that the lack of a brand name makes them nervous because the hotel does not have the guarantee of belonging to a reliable large company. Many people choose chain hotels because they like the security of knowing what to expect from their accommodation.

Boutique hotels are also often much smaller than chain hotels, which means that there are less likely to be rooms available if you book your stay at the last minute. Also, if you are travelling for business you might not find all of the facilities such as free WiFi and conference rooms to use during your stay, as boutique hotels usually cater for those who travel for pleasure. Another disadvantage is that most boutique hotels dont offer the types of loyalty programs that the larger companies do.

Whether you choose to stay in boutique hotels or not depends on your personal preferences towards holiday accommodation, yet it is good to know that these unique and quirky choices are available if you desire to stay somewhere different on your next trip.

There are advantages and disadvantages to staying in boutique hotel accommodation during your next holiday.

Award-winning Graycliff Hotel Offers Luxury Bahamas Holidays

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The Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant and Cigar Company is one outstanding property that has recently won awards in all three departments and holidaymakers will experience luxury, high end service and a tropical climate during their stay.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

The luxury mansion is situated next to Government House a few minutes away from the white sandy beaches in Nassau and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy lavish accommodation in 20 elegant rooms and cottage suites.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

Guests can choose rooms and suites including the traditional Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay during his frequent holidays to the Bahamas, or the Mandarino Cottage which has an extra large bathroom and whirlpool and offers a modern experience for guests.

All of the rooms feature sophisticated decor and furnishings, air conditioning, private baths (most with Jacuzzis), luxurious bathroom products, mini-bars, TVs with cable channels, alarm clocks, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and daily housekeeping and turn down service.

Tourists can enjoy delicious cuisine throughout their holidays in the Bahamas at the Graycliff Restaurant. The five-star restaurant offers an opulent setting with high ceilings and chandeliers and the menus boasts exquisite Bahamian dishes.

The propertys Humidor Churrascaria restaurant has a banquet-style buffet of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats, salads, vegetables and Brazilian specialties.

Graycliffs award-winning wine cellar boasts 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries and guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings during their stay at the luxury Bahamas hotel.

Food-lovers will also have the chance to improve their cooking skills while on holidays at the Bahamas mansion at the Graycliff Culinary Academy. Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team will demonstrate how to make signature dishes including Lobster in a Puff Pastry, Bahamian Conch Chowder, and Crispy Duck with Bahamian Citrus Sauce.

The hotel provides complimentary access to the Blue Lagoon Beach and guests can relax in double hammocks, play volleyball, swim in the warm ocean, or visit the Dolphin Encounters facility.

Guests can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company which is owned by the Graycliff Hotel and they will have the chance to learn how to make an authentic Caribbean cigar.

The Graycliff Hotel beat off stiff competition from other Bahamas hotels with the help of 200,000 votes in the annual World Travel Awards 2011 poll.

How to find low cost hotel in Berlin

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If you are looking for low cost hotel then not to worry because you are not alone in this trip now a days everybody is in search of cheap hotel. So that they can enjoy vacation in affordable price. A low cost hotel is not necessarily a bad hotel, and sometimes a traveler can find a great bargain on a hotel that is one of the best in town.

One of the most popular cities of Germany, Berlin is the hub of swanky eateries, cafes, multiplexes, awe-inspiring museums, stirring pubs, electrifying nightclubs and much more. Generally people likes to visit during the period between May to September, Berlin is beautiful throughout the year.

Full of attractions and beauty, Berlin has many picturesque places to visit. Berlin has many place to visit. Among the other attractions of Berlin are its classic Cathedrals. With each Cathedral as beautiful as the other, it might be a tough task to decide how many and which all to visit. But some of the best among the lot are St. Marien, Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), in the ‘Lustgarten’, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral (St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale), French Friedrichstadt Church (Franzsische Friedrichstadtkirche) and St. Mathew’s Church (St. Matthuskirche) and it takes more time to visit it if you want to enjoy fully. For this people need hotel to stay.

The Internet is, of course, a treasure trove of valuable information as far as finding cheap hotels in beriln goes – the trouble lies in knowing where to look. Nothing harder to do, whereby it could be done with couple of click-through! Right from luxury hotels to the mid range hotels, you can find any kind of hotels matching your choice and budget. Many times you are required to pre-pay for your stay, guarantee a certain number of nights, and not cancel. If you feel comfortable with the conditions of your reservation and the deal is right, take advantage of the deal when you can.

Make sure you have check the rates or youll think you are getting a lovely deal while the booking site laughs all the way to the bank. It is not that cheap hotels grant poor amenities and safety, and luxury hotels offer complete range of amenities and services. A holiday doesnt must cost an arm as well as a leg in hotel fares alone. By doing some research, comparing rates & contacting companies you would not typically think of, you can definitely find a cheap hotel room.

Advices how to choose a hotel

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Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.

Eastern Mangroves Hotel Complex In Abu Dhabi Is On Track For Completion This Year

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The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that the Eastern Mangroves complex in Abu Dhabi is on schedule and is expected to be fully operating by the end of 2012.

The new complex will feature a five-star hotel for tourists taking Abu Dhabi holidays, as well as a number of residential buildings and a 30-berth marina.

The TDIC is developing the complex and the first phrase the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara – is due to be completed in June. The residential buildings and the marina are scheduled for completion in the last quarter of this year.

The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is set against the citys eastern mangroves and has 222 spacious rooms and suites. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, in-room entertainment systems, flat screen televisions, and Wi-Fi internet, as well as bathrooms with rainforest showers, bath tubs, and Anantara bathroom products.

The Director of Operations Middle East for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and the General Manager of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Michel Koopman, explained: “This is really about the quality, not the quantity. It’s about positioning and the quality of the restaurants and the spa. For me, it’s a hotel for a pampering weekend. It’s not a hotel for big tours or big MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] events. It’s not that.

“Our focus is on the quality of the experience and the long-term positioning of the hotel. Our focus is not to fill it up, but to make sure that we have the right clientele in.”

Facilities at the one of the newest Abu Dhabi hotels include the Pachaylen restaurant with Thai dishes; Ingredients, the all-day restaurant that offers international cuisine and two outdoor terraces; the two-level Mangroves Lounge where guests can relax and enjoy holidays in Abu Dhabi with a refreshing cocktail; and Impressions, the roof-top bar that offers comfortable sofas and views overlooking the city and mangroves.

During holidays to Abu Dhabi, guests can indulge in the Anantara Spa where they can enjoy a wide selection of signature Anantara treatments, a traditional Turkish hammam, steam and sauna facilities, and separate male and female areas.

The luxury Abu Dhabi hotel has an infinity pool and terrace, prayer rooms, a modern fitness centre, a business centre and Majlis, a ballroom, and a boutique shop.