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.

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.

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?

Jalousie Plantation Hotel In St Lucia To Be Re-branded As A Viceroy Hotel Property

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After re-branding its Tides hotel on Mexicos Rivera Maya last January, the Viceroy Hotel Group announced that the Jalousie Plantation Sugar Beach resort in St Lucia, will also re-launch this year as a new Viceroy Hotels and Resorts property.

The transition of this property as it passes hands to the Viceroy group was highly anticipated and took no one by surprise given the growth of the Viceroy Hotel Group in markets such as Abu Dhabi, Turkey and the Maldives. The group looks forward to a progressive year for the expansion of their portfolio, with the addition of the Jalousie Plantation allowing the hotelier to cash on the popularity of St Lucia holidays.

On its part, the luxurious Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach resort, located on an immaculate tropical rainforest in the iconic centre of St Lucias Valley of Pitons, has also recently decided to upgrade their in-room facilities with the addition of new Touchstone Home Products featuring newend-of-bed TV lift cabinets to enhance its luxury villa suites. The award-winning, world-class property categorised as one of the most luxurious St Lucia hotels and resorts, decided to upgrade its suites with Touchstone as part of a $100 million renovation started in late 2010.

Touchstone, leader and pioneer in the design and development of the Theatre Lift Cabinets, was founded in 2005. They specialise in the production of cabinets in contemporary, traditional and transitional styles to fit flawlessly in almost any home. The Vice President of Touchstone, Frank Quinslink, expressed his satisfaction over the Jalousie Plantation collaboration, and pointed out that the Touchstone technology was designed to match all types of decoration.

We were very excited to work with Jalousie Plantation on this installation of TV Lift Cabinets, he said Our cabinets are a perfect lift for the hospitality industry, especially because we have the ability to custom finish our cabinets. This allows us to match the decor of any resort, hotel or bed-and-breakfast looking to upgrade its room furnishings. It really helped to make our project with Jalousie a great success.

Adding to the resorts improvements, the new Touchstone TV lift cabinets provide the perfect solution for the new flat-screen TVs that are being placed in the villas. Guests will be able to enjoy technology and comfort on their holidays in St Lucia while feeling relaxed in a serene island setting away from all worldly troubles.

The two new styles of Touchstones TV lift cabinets chosen by the Jalousie Plantation were the value-priced Elevate, in a customised white finish and the end-of-bed Seaford, also in white with a rising component shelf. These new models blend in perfectly with the Superior Luxury Villa, the Grand Luxury Villa and the newly-built Beachfront Cottages, highly popular among guests.

How To Make Your Hotel Bedding Last Longer

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Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels Opens First Abu Dhabi Hotel

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Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

The Exotic Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore

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The effervescent district of pulsating and vibrant business and commercial infrastructure presents for its esteemed travelers and tourists an enchanting wonder in the fabulous of the lodges in Singapore city, the exotic Marina Mandarin Hotel. Catch a flight to Singapore the splendid city of Singapore and discover the award winning secrets of the exceedingly hospitable abode.

The marvelous Marina Mandarin is a glamorous architecture which flames and strikes with a royal beauty of its extravagant building construction which constitutes to the most chic and state of the art engineering architecture of the hotel which makes it unique and elegant compared to any other exciting venue to be seen in the stimulating city of Singapore. The highly elating internals of the Marina Mandarin are an opulent space for the lodgers and business tourists to revive in as they can experience the exultation of life style and an elation of class in the fabulous enchantments of the laminated marble setting, delighting dcor, tantalizing themes and pulsating furniture placed in the swish lobbies, posh lounges and plush check inn areas of the marvelous hotel.

Sit and rejoice from a exhilarating glass of exotic smoothie, cock tail, mock tail, coffee, tea or fresh fruit drink being seated in the amazing cafs of the hotel or the highly reviving lounges in the internal of the hotels premises where you can revitalize in the exceedingly ambient environ and rejoice from exciting channels and programs that are screened on the Flat LCDs that are mounted on the walls of the hotel throughout the hotels interiors.

Find a high tech stack of impeccable facilities and amenities the hotel endows in its magnificent business spaces and meeting rooms for the convenience of the business class guests from around the world and due to this very reason, the imperial Marina Mandarin Hotel is ranked one of the top abodes for the business class travelers from across the world to select the classy hotel as their business venue as for its inspiring facilities it makes it highly expedient for these guests to conduct, hold and organize business conferences and presentations. The intimate Marina Mandarin goes an extra mile providing a superlative catering service to the esteemed business class guests and an add on of a privileged high tea service on the part of the hotel.

The exquisite Marina Mandarin Hotel does not hold back when it comes to the leisure guests as it raises the bench mark of hospitality business as it excels and perfects in providing an alluring and impressive selection of on site thriving activities for the leisure guests which includes a wellness Spa where you can revive from the delighting massage facility and heart throbbing Jacuzzis, saunas and oasis for your well being and placate. Drop in the long and heated pools of the hotel to rejoice from the cool and revitalizing water of the stimulating swimming pool situated outdoors.

How to Find a Hotel Near Sprint Center

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Kansas City, MO is a city with many different kinds of entertainments. One of the most popular forms of entertainment in the area would be sports of all different kinds. Passionate fans of amateur and professional sporting teams have been coming to Kansas City, MO for years. Many hotels in the area specialize in accommodating the multitude of visitors, tourists and attendees of athletic events. Many hotels that are conveniently located in downtown Kansas City, MO place extra special emphasis on giving a very comfortable stay to the many guests attending nearby sporting events.

Visitors and locals alike will sometimes find that hotels located so closely to the area sports complexes will be unusually rich in amenities and luxuries. A professional staff will ensure the smoothest transition from traveler to guest. The extras are considered the norm at many of the top-of-the-line hotels in downtown Kansas City. There are often discounts offered for frequent guests or for those who attend the same sporting events time after time. When a visitor is looking into which hotel to stay in, it is always a good idea for the potential guest to ask about discounted rates. Asking friends and family is also a good way to find a hotel.

A good way to find the best hotel is to search on the internet. Every guest has different ideas on what matters for their hotel stay and downtown Kansas City, MO has many different options. If proximity is important, most hotels will have a mileage chart to the nearest sports complex, or to the closest restaurant or shopping centers. If price is a factor, there are calculation devices to help figure out the total cost of the stay at the hotel. Amenities are usually listed in detail, to give an idea of the kind of atmosphere in a specific hotel.

Visitors should plan to make their reservations as early as possible, since bookings tend to fill up well in advance of local events. Confirmation numbers should be kept for the record, to ensure that reservations will be honored, and if the hotel will be full, ask the hotel staff about traffic in the downtown Kansas City area for the day of the event. On-line reviews of each hotel can be very helpful in determining potential problem areas and avoiding pitfalls that can take place during a very busy season.

Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town – An Insider’s View of Why This is One Of The Best In South Africa

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The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is an award winning Hotel situated on its own quay at the Waterfront. This Landmark hotel could not have a better location, within walking distance of V&A Waterfront making it ideal for shopping and entertainment to your hearts content.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is also within easy reach as are all the major attractions like Table Mountain, some of the popular beaches, the Castle of Good Hope, and it is just 30 minutes form the Airport.

All the rooms are ample in size and have a personal touch with fresh flowers daily and even a small library with reading matter to while away some extra time.

They all have magnificent views, either over the yachts in the private quay or Table Mountain on the other side.

This Five Star Hotel is quite large with 121 suites and yet the ambience is that of a boutique hotel. The hotel has just been refurbished and the dcor in the rooms and throughout the hotel is quite exquisite, with hand painted murals and custom made glass, metal and leather items by local artisans, yet keeping in mind the 300 year heritage of the Cape with original antiques and items from a bygone era.

The biggest feather in the cap for the Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is the wonderful service provided by all staff. Nothing is too much trouble for any of them, always ready to give a hand or say hi! with a happy smile without being intrusive.

A Car with chauffeur provides a drop off and pick up service for guests to visit attractions and restaurants around the city.

Food at the hotel is outstanding. The huge buffet style breakfast served on the terrace by the pool is an absolute delight. ‘Signalsis a nautical themed restaurant and dining room serving Cape food with an international flair.

The food has a wonderful combination of flavours influenced by the 300 year heritage of the Cape. Here too the quality of the food is superb.

Don’t forget to charter theSpirit of Cape Townthe luxury yacht for use of guests only. Arrange for a romantic get away for you and your partner or be part of an exclusive sunset cruise for the highlight of your stay.

The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is a firm favorite with visitors to this wonderful South African city.

Get Comfortable In Dubai with Dubai Hotel Apartments

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Finding property on rent in Dubai is a daunting task due to huge influx of travels in Dubai. Dubai has myriad flats, apartments and multistory hotels, but to those seeking comfort and luxury Dubai hotel apartments are most suitable. Whenever you are planning a visit to Dubai and want to book accommodation then consider the benefits of staying in luxurious hotel apartments over conventional hotel rooms and flats.

Considering the huge influx of visitors, it is recommended to book your Dubai apartments or commercial offices on rent in advance before arriving Dubai. Though, finding well furnished apartment or Dubai hotel apartment on arrival is possible, it can be an exhausting and time-consuming task. Dubai rent properties are kept occupied by travelers constantly and hence advance booking is a sensible option. However, the visit was unplanned; you can book the finest Apartments Dubai with the help of Dubai estate agents.

Meanwhile, there are a few factors that you need to consider while booking Dubai hotel apartment like commutation distance from your office or place of meeting/event, access to markets, and other means of entertainment in vicinity like cinema halls, malls, amusement parks or educational if planning for a long family vacation. Considering all these facts is crucial to make your stay more pleasant and convenient. Moreover, having malls and stores and other entertainment in vicinity will help you overcome the stress of a hectic day or to spend quality with your spouse, kids or partner. Hence, it is quite significant and will help you save time and money on travelling. There are many well developed supreme Dubai hotel accommodations in the hub of Dubai and hence finding such accommodations is no problem.

Staying in Dubai hotel accommodation is a great way of evading crowd if you are in Dubai to relax and spend quality time. Moreover, as opposed to many exclusive Dubai hotels and other luxurious flats, Dubai hotel apartments will cost low. Dubai apartments make a perfect accommodation especially for long stays. In term of ambiance and luxury, these hotel apartments are second to none. They come equipped with furniture and myriad luxury accessories other than basic amenities that will make you feel like being at home. Its important that you consider all these aspects if you want to spend quality time.

Dubai apartments are best suited and affordable accommodation for short as well as long stay in Dubai. Meanwhile, it is curial that you must make arrangements in advance unless you want to spend extra time and money. Online Dubai hotel apartment services are available and a great way to book apartment of your preference. You can browse through wide spectrum of apartments and suites for cheap. You can collect valuable information about the suites, apartment and contact details. So what are you waiting for, make your Dubai stay a pleasurable experience with excellent Apartments Dubai. Logon to their website now and book the best suites for your stay.