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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Doha Luxurious Hotel

Traveling involves meeting new peoples, seeing the real beauties of the flora and the fauna, involve in the leisure work, exploring out the new place, etc. After these task, you need a place where you can stay and make yourself relax.

If you have made out a plan to travel at the Qatar, there is one such hotel present there, which will cater to all your requirements. They have all the facilities, present there which will provide you a complete relaxation. It has its own private beach, which is a rare case. Normally most of the hotel have a sharing beach, but having a private beach will definitely provide it an edge over other.

Looking for the Doha bars and lounges, you are at a right place. They provide a quality service in this field. The wide dining option is available there. Not only the dining area and the beaches, but also a beautiful guest rooms and suites.

If you are planning a meeting here, then it is the right place. Most of the time meeting is done at the office side, which do not involve a proper involvement of people and it becomes quite boring. The main task is not accomplished. But when you take the service of this hotel, they will provide the meeting room, where you can discuss the plan and ultimately making things done. They have all the things which are used in the business like fax machine, modem, photo copying machine, printer, express mail, etc.

Looking for the Doha restaurants, you will get the delicious cuisine of the world. They provide all types of hot beverages, snacks, sweets, entree, pasta, burger and sandwich, pizza, mock tails, etc. They provide all the amenities which are unmatched from the others like providing the audio and visual equipment on the rent basis.

Looking for the Spa Doha, they provide the beach, fitness room and pool. Thus, it will help in the recreation. Enjoy the spa which will make you totally fresh. They provide lots of package, so you can choose the one which rightly matches with your requirements.

You will get all the places and the facilities in the easy access. They have all their rooms equipped with the LCD TV, marble baths, internet access, etc. Choose the room according to your requirement.They provide an enormous facility which you will never get before. If you are fond of adventure, you can enjoy the scuba driving here. They even provide the discount rates when you will book the tickets.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts

When Karisma Hotels & Resorts Executive Vice President Mandy Chomat was asked what he attributed the company’s ongoing success to, he wasted no time with his answer. “The philosophy was always to deliver a better all-inclusive experience,” he said. “One of the key objectives was to go after the market attuned to exceptional food and service, which is what we’re known for.”

But Chomat stressed that was just part of the equation. “The other objective was to train a distribution system of agents that would be different from anything else out there,” he said. In 2008, Karisma created the Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants (GIVC) program to attract these high-caliber travel advisors, who are paid 21 percent commissions.

In addition to those high commissions, GIVC agents are privy to exclusive offers for their clients that are not available to non-GIVC agents or OTAs. “We want to work with travel agents who want to market themselves to consumers, and we’re here to help with any marketing assistance they need,” Chomat. “Agents are really important to us, because we recognize that when somebody really knows our product and how to sell it, the consumer has a better experience with the product.”

Going forward, Karisma will need that travel agent distribution system more than ever, as it significantly expands its reach beyond Mexico’s Riviera Maya. In all, the company plans to add nine resorts to its portfolio of 26 properties, virtually doubling its room count from 4,592 to 9,424 by 2021.

“To stay in the game you have to expand,” Chomat said. “Up until two years ago agents could only sell us in the Riviera Maya. For agents to be successful we had to give them products to sell beyond a single destination.”

The company plans to debut three properties in Jamaica, two in the Dominican Republic, and one each in Antigua and Huatulco, Mexico.

The first of the three Jamaican hotels, an Azul Beach-branded resort in Negril, is scheduled to open its doors in May 2017. The first of the Dominican properties, Sensimar Cap Cana, is slated to come online in 2018. The Antigua property is slated to debut in 2018, and ground is expected to be broken on El Dorado Huatulco in 2017.

Plans are also underway for a second Nickelodeon property, the Nickelodeon Rivera Maya, which is set to come online in winter 2018. Additionally, Karisma is scheduled to break ground on eight family-friendly overwater bungalows at Generations Riviera Maya in 2018.

Beyond those expansion plans, Karisma recently forged a partnership with Margaritaville to create the all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts throughout the Caribbean. A groundbreaking for the resort is scheduled for 2017, with a launch at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in 2018.

“It’s an honor and point of pride for Karisma Hotels & Resorts to partner with Margaritaville,” Chomat said. “We see the deal as a testament to our exceptional quality of product, service and amenities, and to Karisma’s ongoing ability to exceed customer satisfaction, that a company like Margaritaville feels confident in working together to launch an entirely new collection of properties.”

However, it’s not as though Karisma rested on its laurels last year. In 2016, it unveiled 30 overwater bungalows, or palafitos, at El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya and debuted the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Chomat said the response to the palafitos, which are exclusively sold by GIVC agents, has been nothing short of phenomenal. “We’re seeing more travelers looking at our product who didn’t consider us before,” he said.

Response to the Nickelodeon resort has also been extremely positive, Chomat said. The property offers adults-only dining options, a luxury spa and such activities as yoga, snorkeling and tennis. For kids, there’s the Nickelodeon Experience, which features such activities as meet-and-greets with Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In the final analysis, Chomat believes that Karisma’s success will continue to hinge on the travel agent community. “We really believe in the power of agents,” he said. “And we want to grow with travel agents who believe in us.”

Grandparents Stay Free at Generations Riviera Maya

Reiterating its commitment to introduce more families and multigenerational travelers to its properties, Karisma Hotels & Resorts unveiled a “Grandparents Stay Free” promotion at Generations Riviera Maya earlier this year.

Guests booking two-bedroom suites will receive a complimentary one-bedroom suite for grandparents 55 and older. The offer applies to new bookings and must be redeemed by a guest 55 or older.

Adults staying at Generations have access to all the facilities and amenities at the adults-only El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casitas Royale, which adjoin the resort.

Karisma’s Nickelodeon and Azul Beach brands also cater to families, and the Nickelodeon Experience is available at Azul resorts.

Azul properties offer guaranteed connecting suites and those that can accommodate two adults and three young children. “We’re trying to make sure when families go on vacation at our hotels they have the ability to be together,” said Mandy Chomat, Karisma’s executive vice president.

The Generations, Nickelodeon and Azul brands also provide families with strollers, cribs, bottle sterilizers, baby monitors, bottle warmers and highchairs – and Gerber baby food is available in restaurants and through room service.

South Beach Hotel

1 Hotel South Beach opened in March 2015 as the first hotel of an eco-focused, “nature-inspired” brand created by Barry Sternlicht, the chief executive of Starwood Capital Group. (There is also a 1 Hotel Central Park, which opened last summer, and a 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opening later this year.) Driftwood accents, billowy curtains and muted tones imbue a relaxed, sophisticated ambience, while living-plant walls add a tropical element. A pleasant scent of eucalyptus, cardamom, cedar and oak wafts through the air. In the lobby, the nature theme takes a whimsical turn as decorative mushrooms sprout from columns; moss clings to walls; and driftwood-inspired furnishings are topped with cactus-filled terrariums. Reuse and recycle is a pervasive message. Key cards are fashioned from reclaimed wood; hangers are made out of recycled cardboard.

Location

The blocklong oceanfront hotel sits at the northernmost fringe of South Beach. Museums, shops and restaurants are within easy reach. There are also three Tesla electric cars driven by staff members and available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. for free drop-offs within a three-mile radius of the hotel.

The Room

Our fourth-floor room was spacious and airy, with an L-shaped couch, large wood coffee table and multiple cushioned chairs. The king-size bed, outfitted with a “hemp-blend” Keetsa mattress, was perched on a raised oak platform. Missing but not missed from the room: a phone and brochures. Instead, a hand-held device, called the 1 Guide, doubles as a TV remote and is used to order room service, text the valet, request turndown service, and more. Unfortunately, the system failed more times than it worked. While breakfast was delivered in a timely fashion, other requests required follow-up calls. And when we tried to check out via the device, we received an error message and a bellhop never came up to collect our bags. Worse, no one answered when we called for assistance. Amenities included a yoga mat and a Nespresso machine. A minifridge contained juices, organic beer and coconut water as well as the usual soda and liquors. Snacks included kale chips and chocolate bars with sea-salt.

The Bathroom

An opaque sliding glass door with a driftwood handle opened to a spalike bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate shower stall. An oversize interior window facing the bed let light into the bathroom. One design flaw: The privacy curtain was hung on the bedroom side, outside the bathroom, allowing your roommate to peek.

Amenities

There are four pools, including a 112-foot-long, adults-only rooftop pool and an expansive hot tub on the main pool deck that was overtaken by children (including ours) during our November stay. A free fruit stand in the lobby was continuously replenished. The Bamford Spa and Spartan Gym is set to open in December. On the beach, loungers, umbrellas, towels and toys are provided.

Dining

Two eggs ($6), house-made sausage ($6) and toast ($3) ordered at 7:21 a.m. through the hand-held 1 Guide arrived 34 minutes later. There are seven dining outposts including three from Tom Colicchio — a lobby bar, Tom on Collins; a poolside grill, the Sandbox; and Beachcraft, a farm-to-table restaurant serving organic and local fare with an emphasis on grilled seafood dishes.

Bottom Line

Spacious, comfortable and appropriately stylish, but the quality of service was undermined by the glitchy hand-held 1 Guide.

Way to Get a Hotel Upgrade

Who doesn’t love a hotel room upgrade? The chances of getting a better room than the one you booked aren’t a pipe dream, according to Jack Ezon, a hotel specialist at the New York City-based travel consultancy Ovation Vacations. “There are lots of ways to get upgrades at a hotel,” he said.

Below, he shares tips for snagging better accommodations for no extra cost but cautions that travelers should make sure that they actually want the upgrade they’re getting. “I’ve had clients who booked a junior suite and got upgraded to a duplex suite that they hated because of the steps. In another instance, I had four couples traveling together who booked separate rooms and got upgraded to a four-bedroom villa. They were irate because they wanted space from each other on their vacation,” he said.

Book with a Travel Adviser. Booking the old-fashioned way has its privileges, according to Mr. Ezon, because many advisers have close relationships with hotel managers. “An adviser can call or email the manager and instantly get you an upgrade,” he said. And, he said, travelers usually don’t have to pay an adviser a fee to make the hotel booking.

Some travel agencies are also part of agency-only hotel loyalty programs like the Dorchester Diamond Club from the Dorchester Collection, which has 10 upscale properties. Travelers who book a stay at a Dorchester property like the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles through one of these agencies receive an automatic upgrade when they make their reservation.

Additionally, travelers who reserve a hotel through a Virtuoso adviser — there are more than 11,000 globally — are guaranteed a space-available upgrade when they check in.

Ask on Arrival. It sounds almost too simplistic, but it’s not, according to Mr. Ezon, because very few hotel guests outright ask for a better hotel room. “Usually, if rooms aren’t booked, the person checking you in is open to giving you an upgrade,” he said. In some cases, he said, hotels may be willing to upgrade you to a significantly better room for a minimal charge. “Instead of paying $1,000 or more a night for a fabulous suite, they may ask you to pay $100” for an upgrade, he said.

Play the Special Occasion Card. If you mention that you’re celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, at the time of booking, many hotels make a note of the event in your reservation, said Mr. Ezon, and may upgrade you when you check in.

Book a New Hotel. When hotels first open, they usually have low occupancy, according to Mr. Ezon, and actually make it a point to upgrade guests. “New properties want to get as many people buzzing about their hotel as possible and want to spoil you with an upgrade with the hope that you will come back,” he said.

Travel Off-Season. Since hotels have lower occupancy when it’s not the peak season, they are more apt to upgrade guests to a room that is several categories higher than what they booked, Mr. Ezon said. “It’s no consequence or lost revenue to a hotel to let you stay in a better room that’s sitting empty. If anything, it’s going to make you so happy that you’ll book another stay at the property,” he said.

How to Choose the Right Bed and Breakfast

Check if their rooms have en-suite bathrooms

In the traditional sense, B&Bs were just a bunch of spare rooms in a family’s house which were let out to guests. Many of these, even today, do not have en-suite facilities. In case you can’t conceive the idea of sharing a bathroom with strangers, do clear up this aspect before you book.

Check if they allow pets

Pet owners mostly tend to find favor with like-minded B&B owners who don’t mind the guests bringing their pets along. This generosity is hard to find in most hotels, and in the rare event that you do, keeping a pet at the hotel ferociously escalates the cost. Pet-friendly B&Bs are a dream come true for animal lovers, so if you are one yourself, it’ll be easy to find the perfect accommodation.

Check if they allow children

Yes, you read that right. There are quite a few B&Bs that aren’t too keen on having young guests below the age of 12 on their property. So, if you plan to travel with young kids, take extra caution with your research.

Check if they provide ‘modern’ amenities

As these are small scale establishments, you may not find some amenities that you’d otherwise take for granted. These include Wi-Fi, televisions, hair dryers, and even room service. Swimming pools, gyms, and coffee shops may also be beyond a mention. There could be some establishments that do not allow smoking on their premises. If you simply can’t live without modern comforts such as these, ensure that the place of your choice provides them.

Check if they have heating/cooling systems

Most B&Bs are set up in heritage structures, and may not have modernized central heating or cooling. This may especially be true of inns in remote, rural areas. Therefore, it would be prudent to make inquiries about the same beforehand.

Hotel in Vancouver Island

Victoria convenience about:

Victoria housing come in all the commonplace affectations – motels, inns, excursion rentals, hotels and quaint little inn. While selecting some place to remain in Victoria, whether for business or joy, you will find that the broad assortment of quaint little inn offer superb convenience and solaces, awesome esteem (a full breakfast is always included) and the uncommon opportunity to discover Victoria from the close-by perspective of your hosts.

Specifying of convenience:

For example, Best Bed and Breakfasts of Victoria is a relationship of more than forty territory individuals giving something to everybody. Remain in legacy lodgings in Vancouver or contemporary homes, provincial or urban, reliably with each one of the upgrades for a pleasing visit. All are individuals from the Western Canada Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association and have been reviewed and attested for their friendliness, cleanliness, nourishment arrangement, and housekeeping and for security and wellbeing issues – for your quality confirmation.

Each is exclusively had and worked, giving individual touches, an abnormal state of administration and a conscientiousness. Incredible pleasing lodgings in Vancouver see and respect the people who require security for business or sentiment and the people who need to acknowledge exchanges and make close-by exposures. Some welcome families, others pets, while others are grown-up arranged. Their varying rates reflect the extent of upgrades and the nature of the convenience.

Each sort of offices is there:

Being the common capital of British Columbia, Victoria pulls in various government and business visitors and it is also a training center having two colleges and various dialect schools. Business voyagers have generally searched for their Vancouver inns obliging their essentials. Things are changing, with various overnight boardinghouse now offering each one of these necessities for nothing out of pocket: work areas, rapid remote web, phones and some have a guest business center with such a large number of offices as a PC, fax, printer and copier. The course of action of free stopping, free close-by phone calls, free daily paper, free films and at times free refreshments make for enormous investment funds – and that is additionally the comprehensive breakfast at the rich models expected at an informal lodging.

Grimm’s hotel in Berlin

Welcome to the fun house. Opened last year, the second Grimm’s Hotel in the German capital is bigger, bolder and more tranquil than its little brother, thanks to an eye-catching wedge-shaped building and nearby green spaces. The design is inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales, infusing the flamboyant lobby and 110 rooms and suites with bright colors and strange characters. Outfitted with a wall of wooden shingles and a fireplace crackling with digitally generated flames, the faux-lodge lobby is a kaleidoscope of hues and textures. Trippy, color-soaked forest scenes — maidens, wolves, giant mushrooms — cover the wall over the reception desk, while the lounge is inhabited by a sculptural wild boar (propping up an end table) and a lamp shaped like a rabbit. Chairs and couches in a mishmash of forms, colors and patterns (calfskin, plaid, orange, turquoise) complete the hallucinogenic atmosphere.

Location

No bread crumb trail is necessary to find your way to the hotel, which is tucked in a niche alongside a tranquil park and canal near the bright lights and crowds of Potsdamer Platz, the Times Square of Berlin. A 10-minute walk brings you to its shopping malls, multiplex cinemas, restaurants and casino. The Berlin Philharmonic and Gemäldegalerie museum, known for European art, are also nearby.

The Room

Angular and white, the uncluttered room was suffused with light from large windows and featured a small balcony. Fabrics and surfaces in autumnal colors — brown, beige, gray — enhanced the relaxed vibe. Silvery contemporary lamps, a flat-screen TV and a sliding wall panel that hid a spacious lighted closet all provided reasonable functionality, though certain standard features of contemporary hotel rooms (docking station, coffee maker, minibar) were conspicuously absent. One wall had a colorful fairy-tale mural rendered in pixilated, geometric forms. Its repeating, futuristic images — a blond princess beckoning to a frog in a golden crown — appeared to allude to the story of the Frog Prince.

The Bathroom

More than a kiss from a fairy-tale princess would be required to transform the rather pedestrian bathroom into something special. Though clean, the narrow, minimalist space had no tub and lacked standard extras: robes and toiletries (there was a wall-mounted tube of dual shampoo-shower gel).

Amenities

The small, efficient gym houses a Technogym treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and more — as well as views of the green spaces nearby — while the adjacent park has a jogging track. When it’s warm, guests can use the top-floor sun deck.

Dining

The Wishing Table proved surprisingly mainstream in décor and menu. The specialties are burgers and tarte flambée (an Alsatian dish suggesting a rectangular thin-crust pizza), and changing German seasonal dishes (many named for fairy tales). The magic, alas, was wanting: no burgers were available. So we ended up with a solid tart flambée with ham and a serviceable salad with pumpkin and mushrooms.

The Bottom Line

With its contemporary architecture, a funky lobby, spotless rooms and easy access to Potsdamer Platz, the hotel is visually enchanting, comfortable and practical. Yet spotty service, skimpy in-room amenities and a half-baked restaurant experience spoiled the fairy tale ending.