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Chicago Hotel With a Modern Spirit

Built by its elite members to convince visitors to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that this wasn’t a hick town, the elegant Chicago Athletic Association languished in recent decades, notable for its Venetian Gothic facade on a landmarked stretch of Michigan Avenue. But in 2013, Commune Hotels & Resorts and the developers AJ Capital Partners began its resurrection, restoring the terrazzo floors, stained glass windows and carved stone fireplaces. In May 2015, the former men’s club reopened as a 241-room hotel, so thronged with sightseers since then that the Chicago Architectural Foundation now offers tours there. Retro appointments like a library wall of thrift-shop-caliber art are from the interior design firm Roman and Williams.

Location

In the downtown Loop, the prominent Michigan Avenue address overlooks tourist-centric Millennium Park across the street. Attractions including the Art Institute of Chicago are within easy walking distance and the 18-mile lakefront recreational path is just across the park. The elevated “L” train is one block away.

The Room

Reminding guests of the establishment’s original purpose as lodgings for members who were meant to spend their time in the grand public spaces, standard rooms are compact and interior facing. I had to whisk heavy drapes shut to avoid looking into a medical office just beyond the fire escape. Compensating for the lack of view, interiors channel another era, from a woven luggage rack above the desk and a Bluetooth speaker modeled on old radios to a Faribault Woolen Mill blanket draped across the bed and a headboard inspired by 19th-century brass beds. Minibars come generously stocked with local brands like Vosges chocolate and CH Vodka and include recipes for cocktails like the Moscow Mule.

The Bathroom

Open showers partly walled by glass, generous marble sinks and white tile with black accents make the most of the small space. Bathrobes in cozy sweatshirt material resemble boxers’ warm-up robes and the 19th-century apothecary C.O. Bigelow supplies the soap and shampoo.

Dining

Guests will find little incentive to explore Chicago restaurants beyond the hotel, home to five options for food and drink. The conservatory-like Cindy’s on the roof serves shellfish platters, cocktails and some of the best lakefront views. On the second floor, in a period-channeling room with tall privacy-ensuring booths, the Cherry Circle Room uses original club menus as inspiration for updated versions of steak tartare and roast lamb. Beyond it, the Game Room, with bocce and tabletop shuffleboard, serves playful fare like duck sausage corn dogs. The small Milk Room offers cocktails made from vintage spirits by night, coffee by day. On the ground floor, Shake Shack dishes burgers amid the grandeur.

Amenities

Besides the Game Room, the well-stocked gym and loaner Heritage Bicycles support the sporty theme. The heart of the hotel, the wood-paneled second-floor lobby called the Drawing Room, doubles as both a work space with a library table and book-filled shelves and a social setting with conversation areas around the enormous fireplaces.

Bottom Line

Gorgeously restored and imbued with a modern spirit of play, the Chicago Athletic Association captures many of the city’s most compelling attractions — architecture, history and food — under one handsome roof.

The Beaumont in London

When the 73-room Beaumont Hotel opened its doors in London’s Mayfair district in 2014, it made an artistic statement so conspicuous that not even passers-by could disregard it. The building’s southernmost exterior is crowned by the British artist Antony Gormley’s inhabitable sculpture of a crouching man, which doubles as the property’s priciest and most conceptual suite.

But “ROOM,” the official name of Mr. Gormley’s sculpture, is only one element of a very deliberate artistic focus that the owners Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, two of London’s best-known restaurateurs, placed at the center of their concept, one that hinges on a fictional story that Mr. King created to establish a sense of place. Collected in a span of three years by Mr. King and his wife, Lauren Gurvich King, the art selection at the Beaumont works on two levels. “There is a simple decorative element that alludes to a particular period, but there is also a strong narrative,” Mr. King said. “Each work supports the back story I created about the New York hotelier Jimmy Beaumont who moved to London in the late ’20s to open his eponymous hotel.”

The art — a mix of more than 1,700 original paintings, photographs and prints that relate to places or people Jimmy would have known — serves to support the story and lend authenticity, the abiding buzzword today among hoteliers striving to offer guests an immersive and memorable experience. “If the art is not authentic when trying to create an atmosphere from a particular era, then you risk ending up with pastiche, when the intent is to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the originals,” Mr. King said.

Similarly, the Lanesborough in London, which reopened last year after an 18-month design overhaul, features original works of art throughout the property, from public areas to guest rooms. The design teams on the project, Cabinet Alberto Pinto and Visto Images, a Paris art consultancy, conceived of an art collection that resembled that of the private residence of a wealthy Londoner, complete with the various types of art that could have been acquired in the 1830s.

“As the Lanesborough was built then as a hospital, we wanted to be faithful to the period and curate artworks that were authentic to the taste and style of the Regency period,” explained Alex Toledano, the president of Visto Images. The 2,000-some artworks, reflecting English taste at the time, are international, and were sourced not only from Britain but from France, Italy, Holland, Germany and China. They incorporate works on paper, hand-colored engravings, porcelain and paintings, including a pair of portraits from the 1750s by Sir Joshua Reynolds that hang in the entrance.

Whereas most new hotels favor designs that feel of the moment, Cabinet Alberto Pinto’s approach was to offer an Old English experience. “For so long there have been facsimiles used in hotels but guests today want and expect more,” said Amr Mandour, the studio’s lead decorator on the project. “There is a broad, intellectual movement toward authenticity in all areas of life and it’s our job as decorators to respond to that in our designs.”

That many upscale hotels have emphasized elaborate design concepts and curated artistic programs as a means to attract culture-hungry travelers isn’t all that rare in the industry. One of the pioneering examples of bridging the worlds of art and hospitality is 21c Museum Hotels, a boutique chain based in Louisville, Ky., that opened in 2006 and has properties in four other American cities, each with its own 21st-century art museum with curated exhibits open all day, every day, to the public and to guests.

Le Bristol in Paris, known for its classic 18th-century style with original works collected by the Oetker family, which owns the hotel, intends to draw those who love art but who may not be guests. In collaboration withGalerie Kamel Mennour, Daniel Buren created a pergola for Le Bristol that will be on view in the hotel’s garden through October, and the contemporary artist Hicham Berrada will illuminate the mirror screen in the Bar du Bristol with video installations.

Following that, the hotel will incorporate a series of sculptures in the garden by the Colombian artist Iván Argote, in association with the art exhibition Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain and the Galerie Perrotin.

Integrating the scale of original artwork seen in the Beaumont or the Lanesborough is likely to exceed the budgets of most hoteliers, but those who can tell a story through such design considerations can enhance a guest’s experience. “Well-curated art collections in hotels, especially the most ambitious, help guests feel the identity of a place,” Mr. Toledano said. “They help these properties feel less standardized.”

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.

Wanchai Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation is an utmost requirement when it comes to travel in some other part of the world. In the areas where tourism is at the peak, a big chain of hotel can be witnessed. Hong Kong is the perfect example of the world’s popular destinations for the tourism purpose. Here, a large number of people from different parts of the world like to visit. So, various big hotels have given their businesses to this place.

Wharney Hotel is one of the big names in this regard. This is the hotel with a plethora of facilities and amenities for the guests. This hotel is located in Wanchai and it is one of the favorite destinations for the people without any second thought. Have a look at some of the facilities available in this wonderful Wanchai hotel accommodation.

Different Types of Rooms: Different varieties of rooms are available in this hotel, which one can avail according to his/her requirements and budgets. These types include superior room, superior triple room, deluxe room, executive room and executive plus rooms.

Dining: Dining is one more aspect that is necessary in the hotels. Most of the hotels try to provide the perfect bars and restaurants today. Wharney Hotel also has wonderful restaurants and bars. Seventh Son Restaurant at third floor is one of its best restaurants without any second thought. This restaurant has the expertise in Southern Chinese and authentic Cantonese cuisines. Another perfect place for dining there is the Japanese restaurant Ginza Kuraudo. It is at first floor of the hotel and is popular for its Japanese cuisines. The Scottish bar Canny Man is the longue in the hotel, which is in the basement.

Function Room: You can also arrange your personal functions as-well-as the business parties in the function room available in the hotel. These rooms are equipped with the audio/video facilities.

Swimming Pools: The swimming pools are the perfect source of health and fun simultaneously. Wharney Hotel has a wonderful swimming pool where you can get a complete fun while maintain your health via swimming.

Health Club: The hotel also has a health club named Gymtonik Fintess, where you can use the modern equipments for maintenance of your body as-well-as for the muscle building. Here, you can continue your gym routine if you have any at your place, or can start a new gym routine.

Spa: You can get healed from the age old aches with the help of the wonderful spa available here, which is known as “Pure Massage”. Wharney Hotel has a perfect spa center, where the guest can find the perfect massage.

Amenities: All types of amenities required by the guests today can be found in this hotel, which give you a homely experience. Delivery of food, snacks and tea/coffee in room, laundry services, internet and there are many other such services, which are available inside the rooms of the hotel. Besides, you also find the luxury beds inside the hotel.

You can easily acquire the Hong Kong hotel long stay package as-well-as short stay package easily on the official website of Wharney Hotel. The website provides you the complete information about the hotel. On the other hand, it also has the facility of online booking. You can add a few details in the quick online form and your details are reached to the hotel authorities.

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.

Hotels Family-Friendly Options

Summercamp

Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts

Named in homage to the Methodist camp meetings held in the cottage-filled Oak Bluffs area since the early 1800s, the new 95-room Summercamp hotel has revitalized the 19th-century Wesley Hotel. Its bright, playful décor features nostalgic accents like wall-mounted vintage tennis rackets and archery bows, dragonfly-print drapes, platform beds with marine rope for bedposts and child-friendly bunk beds. Porches wrap the hotel, which overlooks the harbor, but for those who want more action, there’s Ping-Pong, Twister, movie screenings in the recreation hall and cornhole games on the lawn. The hotel lacks a restaurant, but stocks its Camp Canteen with retro snacks including Cracker Jacks, “penny candy” and Dreamsicles. Rooms from $149; summercamphotel.com.

Opal Sands Resort

Clearwater, Fla.

Beach-loving families will find Gulf of Mexico views from all of the 230 rooms at the shorefront Opal Sands Resort, each done in tones of driftwood and sea blue. Chairs and cabanas are available for rent at the beach, where the shallow and often calm water attracts swimmers. There’s also a zero-entry pool, which gradually slopes deeper, like a natural beach, and poolside food service. Other restaurants include the Italian Sea-Guini, which has a pasta-making station, and the beachside Sandbar, with live music on weekends. The resort is near the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to the stars of the movie “Dolphin Tale” and its sequel, and it is about a 10-minute walk to Pier 60, which stages a nightly sunset festival with street performers, including musicians and jugglers. Rooms from $269; opalsands.com.

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Bar Harbor, Me.

A convenient base for exploring nearby Acadia National Park or taking a whale-watching or lobstering tour in family friendly Bar Harbor, Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina offers country club-style amenities with a casual spirit. Guests have access to the Bar Harbor Club, with an oceanfront swimming pool, tennis courts and a club for children 5 to 12. Among its 193 rooms, five Kids’ Suites, which include a separate room with a bunk bed, TV, DVD player and video game console, were recently added to the hotel. Four new Boathouse Suites offer more space, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a rooftop patio with a hot tub. Located in town, the resort is within walking distance of shops and restaurants and frequently hosts evening bonfires with s’mores. Rooms from $239; theharborsidehotel.com.

Home Ranch

Clark, Colo.

Offering an all-inclusive vacation with a western accent, dude ranches not only have horseback riding but plenty of wide open space for children to roam. The Home Ranch near Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado assigns each member of the family (age 6 and up) a horse for the week. Rugged activities such as hiking and fly fishing are balanced by resort-like amenities including a heated outdoor pool. Counselors running the children’s program offer activities until 9 p.m. daily, and teens have their own program, which might include rock climbing or barrel racing. The ranch recently planted an organic farm, supplying the kitchen with fresh produce and serving as a demonstration garden. Accommodations include lodge rooms and log cabins. Rates from $6,920 for two people for seven nights, the minimum stay in the summer; homeranch.com.

Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Sisters, Ore.

The Portland-based hospitality group the Mighty Union, the creative and management company behind Ace Hotel Portland, is reviving a rustic resort in the Deschutes National Forest of central Oregon with a strong sense of play and an affinity for good food. Suttle Lodge & Boathouse is to open in late June on Suttle Lake, with 11 lodge rooms, six two-story lakefront cabins and eight budget cabins with a shared bathhouse on 15.5 acres. The chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s restaurant in Portland will oversee the food, including the locavore Boathouse restaurant. A 3.6-mile hiking trail rings the lake, and guests can take to the water via canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Expect naturalist talks and tours, and stargazing with an astronomer. Rooms from $125; thesuttlelodge.com.

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.

Extended Stay Hotels

Extended hotels are ideal for people who have to stay away from home at a particular place for long periods of time. The main purpose of an extended stay hotel is to make long term stay at hotels more affordable and provide accommodations that help create a home-like experience. The reasons for long term stay can vary between a business trip, corporate relocation, or a vacation with family. The space that these hotels provide is more, along with the amenities that are designed keeping long term business, leisure, and relocation travelers in mind. The main advantages include a kitchen and a laundry service that run around the clock.

In hotels that provide extended stay facilities, studio suites are available that are usually bigger compared to typical rooms, and are also definitely more economically when compared to corporate apartments. They are also located near metro areas and convenience stores for greater ease. Some hotels also provide additional amenities, including wireless high speed internet or broadband facilities. These hotels are a good choice for travelers who need a place for a week or more. It is also ideal for families that are on vacation on a budget, as the rooms are bigger, and a kitchen is also available that helps save on food.

With the advent of technology, you will not have to look too far for an extended stay hotel. All you need is to type in the location where you would be requiring a hotel on the Internet and you can rest assured that you will get plenty of options to choose from. Some websites provide the facility of a virtual tour and you can actually survey the site and your room on the Internet. You can book and pay online in advance if required. Some chains of hotels also tie up with the company and provide discounts or other promotional offers. It will be a good idea to check up with your organization if they have a tie up with a particular chain of hotels. You could also discuss the same with your colleagues who have stayed in some of the hotels, and pick up a few tips as to what would serve your requirement. If you are looking for a hotel for a vacation, then you could consider an off peak time. This will ensure that you get an additional rebate.

When to Choose Extended Stay Hotels

Extended hotel stays are ideal for people who are:

  • Working on a project that will keep them away from home for an extended period of time.
  • A family on vacation who would like access to a kitchen and laundry facilities.
  • A family is in the process of buying or remodeling their house.
  • A family or an individual is relocating to a new place.
  • A family or an individual visiting relatives at a different location.
  • It is also ideal for people who would like to stay away from their house or families for some time to resolve some emotional or personal issues.

Well, some of the higher end suites at hotels also provide a semi kitchen-like setup. But here are a list of some of the amenities that hotels providing extended stays provide at no charge, while other hotels would charge heavily for the same.

  • All rooms are fully equipped with kitchens and appliances which includes a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, cooking utensils, and a dining table. These are provided at no additional cost.
  • Most of these hotels provide unlimited local phone usage, a computer data port, Wi-Fi coverage, and personalized voicemail facilities.
  • Housekeeping and laundry service is provided around the clock.
  • Some extended stay hotels also provide exercise centers and pools.

Facts about the Burj Al Arab

▸ Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial island, built about 280 meters away from the Jumeirah beach in Dubai. It is connected to the mainland by a gently curving bridge.

▸ It stands as one of the tallest structures in the world. Its height is 321 meters (1,053 feet) above the sea level.

▸ The magnificent structure is home to the highest tennis court in the world. The tennis court is located close to the top of the hotel.

▸ Moreover, on top of the building, at a height of 212 meters above the sea level, there is also a helipad about 24 meters wide. It enables one to arrive or depart from Burj Al Arab by a helicopter and admire the beauty of the whole city from above.

▸ Gold was used to embellish the interior of the structure.

▸ Burj Al Arab has 202 rooms, which are all duplex suites, 18 elevators, 28 double-story floors, and incredible restaurants. The suite houses luxury rooms, panoramic suites, club suites, double suites, presidential and royal suites.

▸ The cost involved in building the hotel was $650 million.

▸ The construction involved several companies and contractors from the UK, USA, and Dubai and over 3000 workmen.

▸ It took three years just to build the foundation as it was constructed in the ocean with massive rocks and concrete. Around 230 concrete pillars were driven into the sand, more than 40 meters deep to hold the foundation. The friction of the sand against the piles helps to sustain the foundation.

▸ A layer of massive rocks was placed on the surface in a honeycomb pattern to protect the foundation from erosion.

▸ Around 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and about 9,000 tons of steel were used in the construction of the building.

▸ The smallest suite of the Burj Al Arab covers an area of 169 square meters while the largest is 780 square meters.

▸ The design of the structure features a steel skeleton enclosed within a concrete tower. There are two wings to form a mast, and the area between the wings is covered with a Teflon-coated woven glass fiber screen. The coating of the fabric protects the building from harsh heat and dirt. The fabric also allows a white milky light to penetrate inside the building during the daytime. At night, the fabric is lit by lights of varying colors.

▸ Al Muntaha, one of the restaurants inside the hotel, offers a view of Dubai.

▸ Another restaurant, the Al Mahara, features a large sea water aquarium, holding more than one million liters of water.

▸ The hotel is also home to the Al Iwan Royal Dining Hall, Junsui Asian restaurant, Bab Al Yam restaurant, Majlis Al Bahar restaurant, Sahn Eddar restaurant, Skyview Bar, Al Falak Ballroom, Marina Garden, Marina Garden, Assawan Amphitheater and Diwania Library.

▸ There is also an open-air swimming pool at the ground level, a private beach located on the mainland, and the Wild Wadi Water Park.

▸ The interior of the hotel was designed by Khuan Chew, Design Principal of KCA International. The interior features an atrium with a beautiful central fountain and a cascading waterfall.

▸ There are more than 28,000 light fixtures in Burj Al Arab.

▸ Statuario marble was used to make the walls and flooring. Around 43,000 square meters of it was used to embellish the interiors.

▸ Burj Al Arab is supervised by Jumeirah Group, the global hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding.

How to Get Great Hotel Deals

No matter where you plan to go for a holiday or how long your trip is, the desire to get a good accommodation deal with tidy rooms and an at-home service is universal. Here are a few things that you can do, in order to pay less and save more.

Compare Prices on Different Websites

This can really help you get some of the cheapest hotel deals available. Look through different websites, such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Quikbook, and compare the prices. Believe it or not, you will find huge differences. It is also a good idea to visit the hotel’s own website. You can then choose whichever price suits you the best.

Call the Hotel Personally

Internet is always helpful, but it is advisable not to rely on it completely. It should be noted that websites don’t always mention the add-on expenses, which might be included in your final bill, while checking out. Therefore, even if you think that you have found the best deal online, it is still advisable to call the hotel personally and ask about the additional/hidden costs. Also, note that not all hotels have an online presence. So, do not hesitate to look for cheaper options elsewhere.

Be Flexible

It is always good to be flexible about your travel dates. Different date options may help find some of the best bargains. Moreover, you may also be able to crack some last-minute deals, wherein hotels may be eager to fill up their rooms. In such cases, they might offer you a lower price. On the other hand, if you have a fixed travel schedule, you might not be in a position to negotiate, as there would be lesser options.

Check Room Types

If you have been quoted a room rate on the phone, and you are still looking for a lower price, you can always ask if the hotel has any other kind of room, cheaper than the one quoted. Asking for a least expensive room helps to a great extent to save some more money. Moreover, it needs to be noted that the hotel will give you their standard rate, and will not even mention about the lower rates, unless you inquire. So, do not hesitate to ask for the lowest rates.

Negotiate

It is possible to bargain, even in reputed business hotels. Especially, if a hotel has a lot of empty rooms, they will be desperate to fill them up. In such cases, you will be in a better position to negotiate your deal, and ask for facilities such as free parking, free Internet, etc. Hotels would prefer to give out a room at a cheaper price, rather than leave it empty altogether.

Look for Package Deals

Package deals are, by far, considered to be the best bargains. These deals offer numerous additional facilities, apart from just accommodation, and at good prices. Most hotels have a lot of packages to offer all year round, and these are particularly popular as people always like to have something extra, over what they are paying for. Moreover, the package rates are often so competitive that even if you don’t need all the facilities offered, they still tend to be good deals.

Join a Loyalty Program

Many hotels have their own loyalty programs, which entitle their customers for numerous freebies and benefits. If you have a favorite hotel, where you love to stay each time you travel, joining their loyalty program can reap you a lot of benefits. You may get a number of perks, including discounts on your stay and a lot of free facilities to use, every time you visit the place.

Make Use of the Hotel Credit Card

It is a very good idea to use your hotel credit card, owing to the various perks that it may offer. Most of them offer benefits such as free nights, free breakfasts, etc., which can indeed save you a substantial amount of money. Plus, these cards can also entitle you to free upgrades, whenever you use them.

Remember to Sign Up for Email Notifications

If you are a regular customer of a certain hotel and/or a member of their loyalty program, it is a good idea to sign up for their email notifications. More often than not, the discounts that the hotels offer are not announced publicly. Most hotels prefer to first inform their dedicated pool of customers. So, such emails can help you learn about the latest discounts being offered by your favorite hotel.

Inquire About Special Discounts

Many hotels offer a number of special discounts to various groups of people. If you happen to fall in such a category, you might be entitled to good discounted rates. For instance, numerous hotels in the US offer special discounted rates for military personnel. Moreover, corporate discounts are always available. Check with the hotel about such discounts, and you might just land up paying lesser than you had expected.

Aim for a Business Hotel

This is one of the tricks that you can use, especially when your travel dates are flexible. Business hotels keep busy throughout the week; however, over the weekend, many of their rooms become vacant, which are then offered at highly discounted rates. So, if you choose to travel on a weekend, why go for cheap hotels when business hotel rooms will be available to you at virtually the same rates? You can also enjoy all the business class facilities.

Look for a Newly Opened Hotel

Newly opened hotels are eager to gain a good reputation and attract more and more customers. Owing to this, they also have a lot of promotions, wherein they offer accommodation and services at heavily discounted rates. If you come across such hotels during your quest, know that it is just the right place for you to get the best facilities at really cheap rates. Plus, the hospitality they will show will be unparalleled.

Use Your Club Memberships

There are certain clubs, which have their own chain of resorts and hotels at different locations. If you are a member of such a club, you can avail the discounts offered by them. This is another good way of saving money on hotel stays.

Choose Hotels on the Outskirts

If you are planning to go to a big, expensive city such as London for your vacation, it is needless to say that the hotels there are bound to be extremely costly, irrespective of whether or not you get discounts. Owing to this, it is actually better to look for hotels on the outskirts of these cities. These will not only be cheaper than those located within the city limits, but will also have state-of-the-art amenities.

Ask for Serviced Apartments in Three-star Hotels

If you are looking for a lavish holiday, and are aiming for a three-star hotel or even better, see to it that you specifically ask for serviced apartments. These are particularly designed for business travelers and have numerous hidden benefits and bargains. For instance, you might be able to avail free services, such as access to gym, free laundry, etc.

Don’t Go for Rooms with Grand Views

Remember that all you need is a safe place to stay, with good basic facilities. Numerous hotels have rooms which offer grand and majestic views. Though these may be attractive and pleasing, such rooms are expensive. So, it is advisable not to go for such rooms and save a little more bucks.

Opt for the Bed and Breakfast Option

Opting for B&B accommodations can really save you a lot of money. If you are going to a big and an expensive city, this is the best choice to opt for. You will get a comfortable bed and a hearty breakfast, and then you can be out all day.