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Yotel

June 25th, 2009

Now you can rent out a small version of a luxury hotel room inside select airports. The Yotel can be booked hourly or overnight. It’s basically a mini luxury hotel room that is located in the terminal buildings at London’s Heathrow’s Terminal 4 and London Gatwick’s South Terminal. Amsterdam Schilphol has one as well. Each Yotel is within a few minutes walking distance from check in, arrivals and other terminals.

There are 3 types of rooms available:

  • Premium Cabin
  • Standard Cabin
  • Twin Cabin

You can see more details about each cabin on the Yotel.com website. These rooms are great for taking a quick nap in between flights, refreshing your self, catching up on some work or just to relax and watch some TV.

Here is a review from a guest who stayed in the Heathrow Yotel.

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Unique Hotel in Sao Paulo

May 28th, 2009

I came across this picture and wanted to share it with all of you. This is the Unique Hotel in Sao Paulo. This hotel is definitely “unique”. Has anyone ever stayed here before?

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The Best View in Las Vegas

May 20th, 2009

Las Vegas is a city full of lights and entertainment. The hotels on the Strip are famous world wide but one hotel in particular offers something that the others simply cannot compete with. It’s not price nor amenities, it’s simply the location and height of the Stratosphere Hotel that will give you the best view overlooking the city. I found this image while Stumbling through some travel websites to prove the point:

Here is the source: http://matadortrips.com/10-places-to-catch-insane-city-views/

If anyone else has pictures of this view, please feel free to share them.

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Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas Rooftop Swimming Pool

October 3rd, 2008

I have seen some cool and unique hotel pools, but the Rooftop Swimming Pool at the Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas is so cool that I thought it needed to be shared.

Swimming Pool at the Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas

Erica Fischer Hotels, Travel

Travel Website Review: GoPlanit.com

September 19th, 2008

GoPlanit

GoPlanit.com is a travel social network that assists you in planning your next trip. Your itinerary is completely personalized by taking into consideration important factors such as your preferences, budget, locations, hours of operation and friend’s recommendations to create the ultimate trip catered specifically to you. The recommendation engine suggests the most popular and highest rated items.

The extent of planning your trip can be simple or advanced (you choose this option in the beginning). The main difference between the two is that the Simple mode allows you to plan by day and the Advanced Mode allows you to plan by the hour. In the planning phase you choose the date and then you choose from several options to add activities, dining, lodging, your flight or you can add in your own custom item. Each activity, dining and lodging option has ratings for each choice that is presented to you to choose from which is pretty cool and useful. The flight feature allows you to enter your flight information which needs to be chosen by other means.

Once you are finished planning your trip you can export your itinerary into iCal/Outlook, a public URL or load into your Google Calendar.

Erica Fischer Hotels, Travel, Website Review ,

Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa

July 9th, 2008

JW Marriott Palm Desert Resort was amazing. My room was huge and spotless. The Layout had bed on an angle so I had a sitting area with sofa and desk, flat screen TV that actually received High Def channels, as well as a very large bathroom (walk in shower as well as a tub) - room also included balcony overlooking the putting course and the north valley with picturesque mountain views on either side. The bed was comfortable, mini-bar well stocked, and the staff was extremely friendly wherever I went. I didn’t use the pools because I was there on business but they looked amazing as well. The only downside of this hotel is that the resort is very large, so even the closest elevator was a pretty good hike away. I played the Palms Golf Course and it was amazing. The grounds were well kept and the staff was extremely friendly, cleaned our clubs after our round for a nominal gratuity and provided us with excellent services. Their were cool electric carts with GPS on them that provides hole distances and locations of other carts nearby - high tech stuff for this casual golfer! Lobby bar was always crowded however last call was usually around 11:30 pm. A Starbucks is also in the lobby, however a snack shop of some sort would’ve been nice. I had breakfast at the LakeView restuarant on site on morning, and the food was fresh. They had a made-to-order omelette station. .

Overall, I was pleased with the location, cleanliness, and overall services of the JW Marriott. The staff was great - always smiling and always helpful & friendly. I was most impressed with how well kept the grounds are. Look out for the flamingos in the small lake near the entrance. Try out the JW Marriott - you won’t be disappointed.

jasonede Hotels, Travel

The Hempel Hotel, London

July 7th, 2008

The Hempel - outside

Having seen hundreds of hotels over the years, it’s always nice to find one that stands out. The Hempel does just that. Located in the heart of Bayswater a few minutes walk to Queensway and Bayswater tube stations, a few mintues walk to the famous Hyde Park and only 10 minutes walk to Paddington station. This hotel is inconspicuous - you hardly know that it is there as you walk down this quiet Georgian terrace street in central London.

For those that like deluxe design with a very hip and contemporary feel, this hotel is for you - providing you have the cash! Also fortunate to own the typical London garden square that it is located on means that you can feel like you are not actually in central London - especially on a sunny day!

An iconic hotel, that is home to such events as the Brit Awards after show parties it really is the hotel to be seen in.

The Hempel Hotel Bedroom

Rooms, suites and apartments are luxuriuosly decorated in a minimalist style with neutral tones and top quality furnishings and finishings. However, this is London so don’t expect too much space! Each and every one of the hotels bedrooms are individually designed by Anouska Hempel.

Even though this is a designer hotel many of the bedrooms actually have a very homely feel and some of the bathrooms are just amazing!

The Hempel Hotel Bathroom

The hotel also has the H-Bar, I-thai restaurant and a few meeting rooms.

So if you have something to celebrate - or even if you don’t, treat yourself to a weekend break at The Hempel - you won’t be disappointed (and you may get to meet some celebrities!).

The Hempel Hotel is available to book on www.lastminutetravel.com

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The World’s Largest Swimming Pool

May 23rd, 2008

San Alfonso de Mar The World’s Largest Pool

Located off the coast of Chile at the South American resort of San Alfonso de Mar is the world’s largest swimming pool. Containing 250,000 cubic meters of water and 1 km in length, this swimming pool was acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool.

The mastermind behind this pool is Crystal Lagoons founder, biochemist and businessman Fernando Fischmann. By utilizing some very innovative technology to make the water crystal clear, Fernando’s pool actually uses recycled seawater which requires fewer additives, in fact it uses the same types of products for traditional pools, but 100 times less. Guests of the San Alfonso de Mar can swim and cruise around in small boats through this massive pool.

Here are some pictures of the pool courtesy of Reuters:

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

Learn more about LastMinuteTravel.com’s Chilean deals!

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Weekend Getaway at The Peabody Orlando

May 7th, 2008

Everyone’s life can get a little hectic and things seem to pile up on us when we least expect it. We can not always plan a vacation for the times we need one the most. I found myself in this situation 2 months ago. I decided to escape right in my home town of Orlando. I took a long weekend at the Peabody and it felt like I was in a different country.

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the service is impeccable. They even had ducks inside the lobby. We ate dinner in the Capriccio grill and it was the best steak I ever had. Even the 24 B-Line Dinner has great food. I had buffalo for the first time, and the Sunday brunch is on point.

I even got my exercise in. It felt great to jump into their full size heated pool and get some laps done, then sit in the huge whirlpool and just relax.

If anyone is looking for a place to host their weekend getaway or a vacation The Peabody is the place to go!

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Castle Hotel in Germany

May 6th, 2008

The following is an insider tip on traveling through Germany’s history. I already stayed at this small castle hotel twice which stands out from the crowd of other similar hotels mainly because of its casual atmosphere in a yet sophisticated environment: Lütgenhof Castle in Dassow, close to the German shore at the Baltic Sea, an hour east of Hamburg.

Luetgenholf

So if you want to see more than the major German cities and willing to see the countryside and some historical sites but you are allergic to flocks of scuffling Japanese tourists in Neuschwanstein castle (think Cinderella Castle at Disney World) then this might be a less spectacular but more personal alternative. You can spend time on a quiet piece of land with a small river next to the building and a nature-sanctuary around it. You can go to rough beaches, other mansions and little castles, small villages or towns like Wismar with farmer’s markets, cafés, shops and old churches or to Lübeck with its picturesque Old Town which is a world heritage site.

Lütgenhof was built in 1839 and extended over the years in a neo-classical style by an aristocratic family. After WWII it made its way through the decades and became a children’s home then a school and then barracks for the boarder guards as it was in 1961 suddenly located directly on a borderline between East and West-Germany! Luckily the company Jägermeister bought it after the reunification of Germany and redeveloped and renovated with care.

Luetgenhof

Today it offers 23 rooms and suites equipped with no thrilling features (small simple TV, no internet access) but in a reserved and comfortable style: high quality materials, fine linen, fresh, bright, no frills.

You will see precious furniture with a slight modern accent in the public rooms without the typical baroque castle arrangements. This is a fact which in combination with the attentive but casual service helps to feel very comfortable – no matter if you drive up in Jaguar or on a touring bike.

There is a small gourmet restaurant in a hall with an impressive wooden coffered ceiling and a view over reed fields where you can enjoy fine dining. Guests interested in running or cycling will have the choice between countless tours and may complete the day in the hotel’s bio sauna or on the terrace with a local beer.

Altogether an excellent place to relax in a historic, natural, fine and comfortable surrounding, supported by grown up, professional and personal hotel service.

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