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Five things to see in New York

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

With its fabulous shopping, fantastic nightlife and gourmet restaurants you could be forgiven for forgetting that New York has some of the best sights in the world. So if you can drag yourself away from fifth avenue and check out some of New York’s biggest tourist attractions.

  • Empire State Building
    The 102-story Empire State Building is one of New York’s most recognisable landmarks. Featured in countless movies the Empire State Building is an American icon. Visit the 86th floor outside observatory for views of up to 80 miles.
     
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
    The symbol of political freedom and democracy is probably the biggest tourist attraction on New York. Situated on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. Ellis Island was incorporated as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument on May 11, 1965.
  1. Rockefeller Center
    During the winter months, the Rockefeller Centre is best known for its ice skating rink. However that’s not to say the Center is not worth a visit at any other times. The complex consists of 19 buildings and includes plenty of shops and restaurants all connected by underground corridors. Tours of the NBC studios and Radio City Music Hall are also available.
  2. American Museum of Natural History
    The American Museum of Natural History houses such a massive collection that only a small portion of it can be displayed at any one time. The museum is famous for its dinosaur exhibits but recent renovation including the new Rose Center for Earth and Space (formerly the Hayden Planetarium) has made this attraction even more popular.
  3. United Nations Building
    The headquarters of the United Nations is located in New York City. However, the impressive building with its 191 flags and 18-acre site is actually international territory and belongs to all the member countries. It has its own police force, fire department and postal service. Tours are available, led by representatives from the member countries.

Morgans opens another boutique… the Ames hotel in Boston

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

amesMorgans Hotel Group have added another superb boutique hotel to their collection. The Ames Hotel in Boston follows the usual exceptional standards that Morgans Hotels are famous for. The Romanesque-Byzantine building has been transformed into a 114-room luxury hotel and exudes luxury in every detail.

The hotel was designed by noted architect David Rockwell and is owned by Normandy Real Estate Partners, also owners of Boston’s John Hancock Tower.

The design team preserved original fixtures such as the marble-and-brass staircase and the lobby mosaic. The exterior also was preserved.

Peak District hotel opens in style

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

hotel2A new luxury hotel is set to open in the Peak District, following a £4 million upgrade of a former manor house.

The grand, 16th century Mosborough Hall has been thoroughly renovated by Best Western into an “outstanding deluxe hotel”, the developer has said.

At a special ceremony this week, the new 42-bedroom luxury hotel was opened by former BBC director general Greg Dyke.

General manager at Best Western Mosborough Hall, Ian Torpey, commented: “The team and I are all very excited about opening this fantastic, luxurious hotel.

“We are also very privileged to be joined by one of the most influential British journalists, Greg Dyke.”

As well as its stunning setting, the new luxury hotel offers a Brasserie restaurant led by award-winning head chef Marcus Hall – who previously won the coveted 2 Rosette award for his work at the Drunken Duck in the Lake District.

Hotel Ranga joins the Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotel Guide

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Hotel Ranga

 We are delighted to welcome the Hotel Ranga in Iceland to the Drake & Cavendish luxury hotel guide. Iceland does not have any official 5 star rated hotels, however the Hotel Ranga certainly qualifies as a luxury hotel. Located in the south of the country, the Hotel Ranga offers spectacular views of the famous Mt. Hekla.

You can read more about the Hotel Ranga on our dedicated page, or click here for the hotel’s official website.

The Surrey Debuts in New York’s Upper East Side

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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New Yorks latetst luxury hotel, The Surrey, has Re opened its doors again after a $60 Million Dollar Renovation that saw the entire inside of hotel ripped out before returning the hotel back to its former splendor of its Beaux-Arts origins… with a few modern touches of course!

Located on East 76th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, The Surrey sits in the epicenter of New York’s finest cultural institutions and premiere fashion boutiques. The 190-salon luxury hotel encompasses 30 suites, including one-bedroom suites, a Penthouse and Presidential suite. Adding to the cultural magnificence of the neighborhood, the property houses a vast collection of contemporary modern art, including works by Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Jimmy Martin, Helen Amy Murray, Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown and Imogen Cunningham, among others.

Designed by interior architect Lauren Rottet, The Surrey captures the ambiance of an elegant townhouse infused with contemporary urban cognizance. The hotel celebrates the traditions and heritage of the neighborhood while also delivering edgy details such as the grand entry antique rug formed entirely out of mosaic tiles and a turn-of-the-century armoire displaying poetry in bold graffiti.

You can read more about The Surrey Hotel New York by clicking this link, and as a special opening offer, The Surrey is offering a complimentary room night.

Luxury comes to Glasgow – Blythswood Square Hotel finally opens its doors

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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The former Royal Scottish Automobile Club, one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings has been transformed into a luxurious five star hotel. Blythswood Square Hotel opens its doors to the public today, Tuesday 10th November.

The £25 million redevelopment of the landmark property has been carried out by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group, The Town House Collection. Peter Taylor, Chairman of the group (click here to view his video), said: “Our aim was to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome.”

“It has been our privilege to have the opportunity to restore this landmark Glasgow property into a contemporary hotel, retaining the unique features and personality for which it became famous.”

Blythswood Square Luxury Hotel overlooks one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces. The hotel will boast 100 bedrooms including six spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house Glasgow‟s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

Formerly the Royal Scottish Automobile Club’s ballroom, the hotel’s main 120-cover restaurant and cocktail bar is impressive with its high ceilings and grand dimensions. However, the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed, a place to enjoy delicious seasonally chosen and locally sourced food and inventive cocktails with friends under the attention of award winning Executive Head Chef, Dan Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square will open early in 2010 and will champion the latest in cutting edge design offering a number of unique facilities and treatments specially created for the spa.

Additional highlights within Blythswood Square include the stunning marble bathrooms from Italy by IQ Quadro of Livorno, a 35 metre Salon featuring two original fire places, columns and cornicing with stunning views over Blythswood Square and a private Screening Room, the first in a Scottish hotel, which will be furnished in over 40 different designs of Harris Tweed.

There is also the RSAC’s original ‘Rally Bar’ named after the Monte Carlo Rally which started from Blythswood Square in 1955. Over the years many high profile racing drivers frequented the bar and it grew a wide reaching and auspicious reputation. The Rally Bar is being restored to its former glory and is available to guests booking the hotel’s event suites.