Monthly Archives: February 2015

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

27/02/2015 by .

Anyone who’s seen Wes Anderson’s multi-Oscar-winning Grand Budapest Hotel will recognise a few strangely familiar features of the real Budapest’s most famous five-star establishment. The film may have been set in non-specific Transylvanian countryside, but Anderson took as his inspiration this establishment in Hungary’s capital..After paying a recce visit to what is now the Corinthia Hotel Budapest,  Anderson recreated on set the rococo E-shaped facade, the tiered staircases and Moroccan-style arcaded spa.  Not to mention the plethora of concierges attending the needs of guests and fantastical cakes baked on the premises.

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Virgin Hotels digital personal assistant

13/02/2015 by .

The new chain of lifestyle hotels launched by Virgin has begun life with the opening of its first property in Chicago.with Nashville following in 2016 and New York in 2017. Promising a whole new way of providing hospitality, Virgin Hotels has also embraced the latest technology to enhance guest experiences by introducing Lucy, the Virgin Hotels digital assistant.

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New Star Wars attraction at Madame Tussauds

12/02/2015 by .

A  multi-million pound experience opens in London in May, with a major new Star Wars attraction at Madame Tussauds. Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, the unique, immersive experience brings to life some of film’s most powerful moments featuring extraordinarily life-like wax figures in authentic walk-in sets. Fans can star alongside their favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI, with dynamic special effects and dramatic theming adding to the immersion as they encounter 16 characters in 11 separate sets.

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Chester Residence named Small Hotel of the Year

12/02/2015 by .

An exclusive collection of 23 5-star Georgian townhouse apartments in the heart of Edinburgh’s elegant West End has won top spot in a well respected awards competition. The Chester Residence named small hotel of the year in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® Awards 2015 claimed the ‘No1 Luxury Hotel in the UK’ and the ‘7th Best Luxury Hotel in Europe titles.

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Quebec City travel guide

11/02/2015 by .

As plains go they were pretty plain. Just a moderate parkland space in the middle of our Quebec City travel guide, with a few hills and trees. But their value in terms of historical significance was immense, because these plains hosted the battle that shaped the whole of north America as we know it today.

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La Manga Club Resort

11/02/2015 by .

I’m sitting in Luigi’s, a really excellent Italian restaurant on the La Manga Club Resort, minding my own business and just concentrating on enjoying the rather fabulous Insalata di Rucoloa Pomodorini which for the uninitiated, is rocket salad with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan and roasted pancetta bacon with  basalmic.

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