Hilton Opens First Doubletree in Istanbul

Istanbul being one of our favourite destinations we were pleased to hear that Hilton has opened its first Doubletree property in the city where East meets West.  The 171-room hotel is located on Ordu Street, in the city’s old town and is the nearest hotel to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.  Facilities include, four function rooms, the largest holding up to 200 guests, as well as a 24-hour business centre, gym, and spa facilities including a whirlpool, sauna, Turkish bath and steam bath.  The hotel also offers two restaurants: The Terrace serving “a la carte international cuisine with traditional Turkish favourites”, and the casual dining Old Town, where breakfast is also served.

Doubletree Istanbul
A property in the Moda district of the city is also set to join the Doubletree brand later this year, with reservations being taken from 1st May 2011.

For more information visit hilton.com

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25Hours Hotel Tailored By Levi Jeans in Frankfurt

25Hours Levi

Iconic lifestyle brand Levi  has teamed up with leading hotel brand Design Hotels to create a new hotel story focusing on the interesting history of the Levi’s jeans. Located next to the German headquarters of Levi Strauss, the hotel’s design focuses on the famous label and its influence on fashion, music and art from the past century. The 76 individually-designed rooms strongly reflect the denim theme and come in different shades of blue – cobalt, azure, turquoise, aquamarine and indigo. The rooms are categorised the same way garments are categorised into sizes: S, M, L and XL. Each floor reflects a different decade from the 30s to the 80s and features an original pair of jeans representing the fashion trend of the specific decade.

25Hours Levi

For more information visit www.designhotels.com/25hourslevis

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The New Westin Hotel in Hamburg

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will introduce its wellness brand, Westin Hotels & Resorts to Hamburg, Germany’s vibrant cultural centre with the new Westin Hamburg Hotel, scheduled to open in 2010.  Westin Hamburg will be part of a landmark development, including the highly-anticipated Elbe Philharmonic Hall.  The hotel will be designed by world-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as part of the highly anticipated Elbe Philharmonic complex, Europe’s most ambitious development projects.

Expected to become a cultural and architectural landmark, this urban development will also include luxury residences and a multitude of culinary, cultural and nightlife options all set in the heart of upscale HafenCity.  Tailored to both business and leisure travelers, the ultra-modern 10-storey Westin Hamburg Hotel will feature 244 guest rooms including 39 suites, all with the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed, a restaurant, a cafe, destination bar, lounge and a spa including a Westin WorkOut fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel will comprise close to 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space equipped with cutting-edge technology, including eight meeting rooms and a ballroom.

With over 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city. It is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe and recognised as a cultural and commercial centre, with stunning architecture and a vast array of entertainment and shopping options. Through a joint venture with Arabella Hospitality Group, Starwood currently operates more than 30 hotels in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Mallorca and South Africa under its Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton brands.

Westin is currently represented by five hotels in Germany, including The Westin Grand Frankfurt, The Westin Grand Munich Arabellapark, The Westin Grand Hotel in Berlin, The Westin Bellevue in Dresden and The Westin Leipzig.

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Naturidyll Hotels – Austria Doing Good

Respecting nature and working tirelessly to preserve harmony between man and its surroundings is the main aim of Naturidyll Hotels; not just aiming for, but committing to sustainable tourism development.

Naturidyll Eco Hotels Austria

The Austrian hotel network Naturidyll Hotels, a fusion of 27 independent family-run hotels, are at the forefront of ecologically-sound holidays in Austria. The name says it all, Naturidyll is devoted to sustainability. A promise of sincere care, as respect for natural resources is committed at every turn. All hotels have been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel since 2009, a guarantee for implemented environmental efforts, and are quality monitored every second year.

Since the repositioning of the brand last year, a significant increase in enquiries has been recorded. Quality characteristics such as authenticity, hospitality, comfort, beautiful landscapes and a healthy climate, play a key role. Guided nature walks or bike tours, culinary highlights of regional specialties and delicacies of their respective cultural destinations. “Practice makes perfect” is the motto, ensuring visitors have a unique experience of nature, which then lingers on in memories.

Naturidyll Eco Hotels AustriaNaturidyll Holidays – individual, authentic and pure
Whether spending a holiday quietly relaxing or busily adventuring, nature is your constant companion at the Naturidyll Hotels, and gives energy for your daily routing.

However, the hotels are also family friendly, offering spacious apartments, baby sitting with structured play for children, and specialist leisure activities parents from the hotel door.

A Naturidyll holiday is not just a place to refresh the mind, it is also a place to refresh the body. Almost all hotels boast in-house health spas, beauty treatments and massages. The culinary delicacies come from local producers and our breakfast buffets include a bunch of regional products. Have a lie-in and enjoy breakfast in bed, sample a glass of wine or dine outdoors beside a moonlit Austrian lake.

Most importantly a holiday at Naturidyll is the ultimate refuge for everyone who wants to escape the stresses and strains of daily life by getting out into fresh air. If a view alone is not enough, experience the meadows, woods and mountains first hand. All hotels provide comprehensive information and detailed maps covering walks, marked hiking routes and the best Nordic walking trails, as well as day-by-day weather reports.

This year the group announced the opening of Hotel St. Oswald in St. Oswald / Bad Kleinkirchheim in Carinthia. Nestled amidst the gentle landscapes of the Nockberge, a holiday paradise awaits. Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, here at 1,400 metres above sea level, an oasis greets you that will far surpass every expectation. Open yourself to the enchantment of pristine countryside, healing thermal waters, the clean air and people who couldn’t be more endearing. St. Oswald is an 800-year-old village with wooden houses and traditional farmhouses featuring their own unique architecture, located above Bad Kleinkirchheim. The Nockberge, with their glorious high meadows and gardens of alpine flowers, encircle this idyllic town – one of the most beautiful areas in all of Austria. The sunny plateau provides year-round holiday paradise with virtually boundless opportunities for active holiday makers, such as mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, golf, horseback riding, … and it’s also a great place simply to relax and unwind. The Hotel St. Oswald offers spa fans featuring a large indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, hot tub, plunge pool, tanning beds and a Kneipp spa.


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Jurys Inns Opens in Prague

Prague Castle

Jurys Inns has opened its first hotel on mainland Europe. The small Irish chain of hotels has finally opened its doors to locals and visitors in the Czech capital city, Prague. Holidaying in Eastern Europe has proven very popular with Irish people in recent years, proving to be an accessible, affordable location steeped in history and culture.

Jurys Inn Prague now offers an inexpensive accommodation offer without having to compromise on comfort, style or a central location.  The hotel employs 60 people, bringing the total number of employees in the Jurys Inns Group to over 2,000, due to the recent expansion.

The 214 bedroom hotel is located within short walking distance of Prague’s old historic town centre and other key attractions such as the romantic Charles Bridge and the idyllic Prague Castle. If you are thinking of an Autumn Break, Prague is an ideal spot, offering the perfect mix of culture, shopping and nightlife while still offering great value for money for Irish clients.

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Landscapes, Luxury & Facelifts

Kras Hotel
Kras Hotel

This summer has seen the opening of three new hotels in some of Slovenia’s tourist hot spots. The four-star Hotel Kras opened in Postojna, in the immediate vicinity of the world-famous Postojna Caves, the largest known cave system in Slovenia.

The hotel has 24 double rooms and three superior suites, as well as a conference room which can hold up to 50 people. The hotel’s terrace offers stunning views of Nanos Plateau, an area of limestone landscape features popular with cyclists and hikers.

Room prices start from €62 per night and more information can be found at www.hotel-kras.si.

Park Hotel
Park Hotel

The four star Bohinj Park Resort and Spa, situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park, one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist areas, also opened this summer. The Bohinj Park Hotel has been ecologically designed to be energy efficient and have a low impact on the surrounding environment. Every element of the hotel has been designed with the environment in mind, for example, the lights are actually LED lamps which use up to 40 times less electricity than normal light bulbs. Windows in bedrooms are also fitted with sensors that shut down the air conditioning when they are open. A low-temperature regime has also been employed throughout the hotel, with under-floor heating and climate beams helping reduce the energy consumption.

The hotel has 102 standard rooms, seven luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and a presidential suite with its own terrace and outdoor pool. A wellness centre is located at the top of the hotel with a swimming pool offering panoramic views of Bohinj.

Room rates start at €69 per night and more information can be found at www.park-hotel-bohinj.si/eng.

Hotel pik
Hotel Špik

Finally, the Hotel Špik in Gozd Martuljek, northwest Slovenia, has undergone a full refurbishment with a new building containing 56 rooms and two suites added to the original 60 rooms, which have been fully renovated. The rooms in the new wing all have balconies offering views of the Julian Alps.

The hotel is managed by the Hit Holidays group, which also offers accommodation in nearby Kranjska Gora.

For more information visit www.hitholidays-kg.si/accommodation/Hotel-Spik.

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