Friday, July 25, 2014

Radisson Hotel Portland Oregon Hotel Renovation

Look out for the Radisson Hotel in Portland, Oregon as it just finished its three year, multi-million dollar project. The renovations took place all throughout the hotel including the fitness center, lobby, business center, meeting areas, and much more. Becky Fields, the general manager, states that “Our focus has been to enhance the guest experience in all areas of the hotel. We are confident our guests will enjoy the updated look and feel of our hotel from the moment they walk in the door”. Because it is located just minutes away from the Portland International Hotel, this location is perfect for short business meetings. Listed below are pictures of the new renovations. For more information: Oregon Radisson

Friday, July 18, 2014

8 Noteworthy Mansion Hotels

Have you ever dreamed of living on hundreds of acres, gardened to perfection, in your large home filled with granite fireplaces, elegant furniture, and everything you could ever want? Well it might not be your permanent home, but it is possible to get a taste of the elite life. Listed are eight hotel mansions around the United States that were previous residences to politicians, celebrities, and more. These hotels are perfect for executive retreats, small business meetings, advisory board meetings, and much more.

1. The Chanler, Newport, Rhode Island
This European designed Mansion is located oceanfront on Easton Beach in Rhode Island. The hotel’s 20 rooms are each influenced by a specific point in history. With rooms starting at $229 per night, you too can experience New England luxury at its finest.

2. The Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina
Opened in 1886, this gorgeous mansion, located in Charleston, South Carolina, has been completely renovated to house others who will appreciate its beauty. It is rated the twelfth best luxury hotel in the United States. The starting rate is $390 per night which includes the Wentworth’s excellent level of service and attention to detail.

3. Castle Hotel & Spa, Tarrytown, New York
Just a quick 30 minute drive from Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa overlooks the Hudson River. This hotel has over 100 years of history and 45 medieval guest rooms. The starting price for a stay is $320 per night.

4Keswick Hall at Monticello, Keswick, Virginia
Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia this 48 room hotel is located on 600 acres worth of gorgeous land including some of the East Coasts most beautiful scenery. This resort celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and maintains its original structure and design. Prices start at $495 per night.

5. Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose, California
This 100 year old estate is located just fifteen minutes from San Jose Airport and has renovated Spanish inspired architecture with beautiful mountain views.  The Dolce Hayes Mansion was ranked one of the world’s best hotels on Expedia in 2010. The walls of the 214-room hotel still include pictures of the original family that once lived there. Room rates start at $149 per night.

6. Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Cavendish, Vermont
This full-service Vermont resort holds only ten rooms giving you a true at-home experience. The English-style estate gives you the options to stay in individual rooms or choose a Resort Home to rent. Those who have stayed here boast about the beautiful architecture and the old furnishings. Rooms start at $279 per night.

7. Wilburton Inn, Manchester Village, Vermont
This large estate has a unique history; a Vermont farmer won this land in a poker game and built a mansion on the hilltop. In 1987 it became a family run Inn. The Wilburton Inn has offers a range of rooms that their guests can stay in such as individual rooms in villas to a private house that they can rent. This is perfect for individuals who are looking for more privacy. Rooms start at $159 per night.

8. Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club, Lenox, Massachusetts
This large resort of 114 guest rooms is perched on a hilltop in Lenox, Massachusetts and has one of the largest spas in the Northeast. Golf Digest ranked Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club as one of the “Best Places to Play” making it a perfect location to hold informal business meetings. It also holds one of the largest spas in the Northeast making this an ideal location for corporate incentive programs. Room nights start at $215 per night.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Andre Balazs Properties Announces Standard London

Andre Balazs Properties has announced plans for a 6th hotel in the boutique Standard brand. The Standard London will be the first international hotel, joining sister properties in Miami, New York (High Line and East Village), and Los Angeles (Hollywood and Downtown LA).

The Standard Brand prides itself in "providing distinctive experiences for today's traveler with discerning, confident tastes." Each hotel is unique and carefully attuned to the local surroundings, however, the Standard properties are united in their pioneering design, attention to detail and atmosphere and strong focus on culinary programs.

The Standard Hollywood

The Standard Spa Miami Beach
The Standard High Line
The Standard East Village
The Standard Downtown LA
The Standard Hollywood

The Standard East Village

The Standard London will be housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annexe site in the city's largest construction and regeneration project, King's Cross.  The building will potentially undergo major refurbishment (inside and out) and is rumored to open in two to three years.

The Former Camden Town Hall Annexe Site
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Harrah's Resort in SoCal Re-Emerges as a Resort Property after $160M in renovations

Most of the time, when you hear Harrah’s tacked onto a hotel you picture decent casinos, tasty buffets, and comfortable, standard rooms—but you wouldn't necessarily throw the hotel brand into the luxury category. However, Harrah’s Resort Southern California’s latest $160 million, multi-phase renovation has us rethinking our traditional views of the Caesars-Entertainment-owned hotel chain.

Unveiling their new 403-room hotel tower this spring, the resort’s expansion also included the addition of three new dining venues; Dive Day Club with a swim-up bar and guest DJ's, a 23,000-square-foot convention and entertainment space, and two new lounges. With all the changes and updates, Harrah’s has really stepped up their game, making themselves more on par with Las Vegas properties.

One of the biggest transformations was the addition of the Tower North which features 48 expansive suites. It feels modern yet classically chic with dark wood furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows with thick curtains and a slight ‘60's-Mod style. Harrah’s SoCal also offers a 59,000-square-foot casino, and one notable aspect is the amount of non-smoking areas; with high ceilings and plenty of air flow, the smoking sections aren't bothersome to non-smokers.

Sprinkled throughout the space are also a number of venues to enjoy such as The Courtside Sports Bar and Corked, a craft beer and wine bar which features many of San Diego’s best breweries. When it comes time to dine, guests can choose from one of nine choices including a Mexican food truck, the iconic Pink’s Hot Dogs (a celebrity favorite in Hollywood), and the fine dining steakhouse Fiore which is helmed by George Kapetsonis who competed on the Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell against other chefs in a battle of knowledge and skill.

Located just 40 minutes from downtown San Diego, Harrah’s Resort Southern California is both a great place to spend a week with the family and a fun getaway for friends celebrating just about anything! For more information about updates and improvements click here:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Landmark Reborn in Florida

Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien Tampa

Stunning architecture juxtaposes with modern touches in the heart of the arts and entertainment district. The hotel has 130 guest rooms with more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space and boasts french comfort food cuisine.