Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf Announces Valentine’s Day Specials

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf, Located in London and with views of the River Thames, is offering a number of experiences for couples that are seeking a romantic Valentine’s Day venue for 2013.

Quadrato, the northern Italian restaurant and bar, overlooks the hotel’s private garden and the River Thames, and it is offering a special Valentine’s Taster Menu for guests. The candlelit dinner includes a special Valentine’s cocktail with a three or five-course dinner, which will be accompanied by fine Italian wines. The three and five-course menus for February 14, are priced at £60.00 and £100.00 per person, respectively.

Throughout February, the hotel is also offering a relaxing Rose Petal Foot Ritual for couples in the hotel spa, followed by a Honey Body Scrub and soothing Rose and Jasmine Massage, with private relaxation in the couples’ suite.

The hotel is located at the heart of London’s business district, just 15 minutes from London City Airport, and it is part of the Canary Riverside development. It is a modern structure with contemporary interiors and has 142 rooms, which include 14 guest suites. Guests are offered access to the nearby Dove Spa at Virgin Active, as well as in-room treatments on request.

In addition to the Quadrato Restaurant, guests can also dine in at the Bar Quadrato, and for business travellers, the hotel has 5,931 sq.ft. of flexible meeting space.

On site recreation options for guests include access to a tennis court, a swimming pool, a fitness centre and juice bar.

London Hotel Prices Drop in 2013

Hotel prices in London are set to hit a low this year, after the record high prices seen in 2012 due to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A recent report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) says that although the hotel industry has been very resilient in 2012, only four cities in Europe have reached a high RevPAR growth, St Petersburg (14.1 percent), Dublin (13.9 percent), Prague (13.1 percent) and Moscow (12.9 percent), with growth in Berlin (9.6 percent) and Paris (9.0 percent).

The report also suggesting that London’s hotel prices will fall by an estimated 2.7 percent in average daily rates (ADR), to £139.07 per room in 2013, from £142.95 per night in 2012. However, this will still be around 4.5 percent more than the hotel rates in London in 2011, which saw an ADR of £133.08 per room.

Robert Milburn, the hospitality and leisure analyst at the company, said, ‘A return to a steady state of economic growth is not likely in the short term and the hotel industry has to adapt to this ‘new normal’ as well as to new trends and challenges facing the sector. Our 2013 forecast depends largely on how the Euro zone crisis evolves. Whilst currently we expect steady growth in many cities, if the crisis escalates, we may see even less promising results for the hotel industry.

2013 may be largely about the economy, but it will also be about seizing the opportunities created by past investment, a clear strategy and skilful management.’

Liz Hall, the head of hospitality and leisure research at PwC, added, ‘2013 will see St Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin and Dublin clear winners in terms of RevPAR growth (in Euros). For others we expect little or no RevPAR growth and some, most notably London, will see negative growth. For London coming off an Olympic high, this is perhaps expected and the city will still enjoy very high absolute trading and profitability levels.’

British Airways Offers Complimentary Hotel Rooms for Visitors to UK

British Airways, the UK based airline, will be offering complimentary hotel rooms to visitors to the UK as part of its endorsement of the Big British Invite promotion, in partnership with VisitBritain, the official tourism website for Great Britain.

The airline is offering two nights complimentary stay to customers that buy a roundtrip airfare between the US and the UK. The offer is valid until March 31, 2013, for travel from January 9, 2013, to May 31, 2013. Hotel accommodation is offered by the airline for roundtrip airfares originating in the US, during the promotional period.

VisitBritain has invested £5m in its partnership with British Airways to persuade travellers to visit Britain for Christmas shopping and to avail of the January sales, with special offers from the airline company. The campaign is running until March this year.

Christopher Rodrigues, the chairman of VisitBritain, said earlier, ‘This summer has shown what the country can do when we are united in a common cause. This country showed passion, professionalism, drive and energy to stage the best ever Olympic and Paralympic Games. The test now is whether we can maintain this to create wealth and jobs through a major tourism drive.’

The ‘The Big British Invite’ campaign features typical British citizens inviting tourists to visit Britain and experience its scenic places and experiences. The ambassadors for the campaign include Alan Kingshott, chief yeoman warder of the Tower of London, and Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty’s.

British Airways is intending to fly 20 new routes this winter season, with destinations including Zagreb, Monrovia, Belfast, Bergen, Amman and Seoul. Among the offers on these routes for travel until March 15, 2013, are New York (JFK or EWR) to Johannesburg, for airfares commencing at $990, and from New York (JFK or EWR) to Amman for airfares commencing at $799.

Travelodge Appoints New Chairman to Tackle Finances

Travelodge Hotels, a UK-based company that owns and operates hotel properties, has appointed a new chairman, Brian Wallace, who is expected to help steer the company out of its financial troubles.

Wallace has extensive experience of serving in the hotel industry and was the deputy chief executive at the Hilton group. He is taking over the hotel chain at a time when it has announced a decision to offload around 49 properties to other operators.

Grant Hearn, the chief executive of Travelodge, said, ‘I am really excited to welcome Brian as the new Chairman of Travelodge.

He has extensive experience of the hotel industry, which will be invaluable as we continue to grow the Travelodge brand and deliver on our successful growth strategy.

I have known Brian for over 12 years and believe he will be a real asset to our company.’

Previously, the company had agreed a financial restructuring, for the long-term future of the business, in conjunction with a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). Under the terms of CVA, 347 hotels and 70 percent of the estate will be left as it is, and 109 hotels will be offered a rent reduction on completion of the restructuring. The company has also identified 49 hotels that will be handed over to new operators. To date, only two of these have been handed over to new management.

Grant Hearn has previously explained, ‘The financial restructuring, including the CVA, will leave Travelodge in a much stronger position going forward and will ensure a long-term, sustainable future for the business. Once this joint process is completed, Travelodge’s debt, interest costs and lease liabilities will be significantly reduced. This new appropriate level will provide greater security for our staff, suppliers, landlords and developers. This is a successful brand with millions of customers and the company will emerge in excellent shape from this process.’

Christmas, a Time of Lost Gifts at Premier Inn

Even as the Christmas celebrations come to an end, at Premier Inn, a UK-based hotel brand from Whitbread PLC, gifts are still very much on the agenda as the group collates its annual list of left or lost gifts at its branded properties across the country.

Travel Inn has collated a list of forgotten Christmas gifts, left in rooms by its guests, which includes 18 Christmas jumpers, a pair of tickets to VIVA Forever, a set of diamond earrings, a set of Little Mix dolls, a Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography, a Furby, a One Direction fan t-shirt, and 17 copies of one of the best-selling books of 2012, Fifty Shades of Grey.

The company has also reported finding around 25 rolls of leftover wrapping paper, 137 blank Christmas cards and two homemade Christmas cakes.

Claire Haigh, the head of communications for Premier Inn, said, ‘We are surprised at the variety of gifts that our team members have discovered in the hotels this festive season. Christmas day may be over, but we will continue to spread the festive joy by going the extra mile to ensure that these presents are returned to their rightful owners.’

Premier Inn will be re-launching its Premier Inn Gifts Reunited Service at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/premierinn, where guests may post a comment if they have lost a Christmas present, and it will be shipped back to them as soon as possible.

The brand is offering room nights priced at £29 for the winter season, for popular locations that include Exeter, Bournemouth, Liverpool, York and others in the UK. For an extra payment of £22.99 per person, the hotel group is also offering a three-course meal, a drink of choice, and a Premier breakfast the next day.

The group, with around 600 hotels across the UK and Ireland, has Recently won the Best Leisure Hotel Chain award at the British Travel Awards 2012.

Profits Decline for London Hotels in November 2012

Profits declined for UK hotels in November 2012, with hotels in London registering a 5.6 percent decrease in profit per room.

The recent HotStats survey of around 560 full-service hotels in the UK, conducted by TRI Hospitality Consulting, a UK based hotel consultancy group, reported that the euphoria of summer profits from the 2012 London Olympic Games has given way to the worst drop in profits in any one year.

In November 2012, hotels also recorded 1.4 percent year-on-year increase in food and beverage revenue, to £35.50 per available room, and a 2 percent decrease in Total Revenue per Available Room (TrevPAR), compared to November 2011.

Room rates also declined by 7.2 percent for Best Available Rate, 2.6 percent for the leisure segment, and 6.7 percent in the groups or tours segment, leading to a decline in the average room rate of 2.7 percent, to £136.41 in November 2012, from £140.19 during the same period in 2011.

Jonathan Langston, the managing director of TRI Hospitality Consulting, said, ‘Not even a 3 percent increase in the number of visitors to WTM, to almost 29,000 trade visitors, was enough to save face for hotels in London and the drop in achieved average room rate for November was the greatest year-on-year margin of decline in this measure in 2012.

Although volume remained strong in the city and hotels in London are undoubtedly on course to achieve a third consecutive year of profit growth, it is unlikely that hoteliers will be popping champagne corks as they look to more challenging times ahead.’

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hosting European Elvis Championships

The European Elvis Championships will be held at Hilton Birmingham Metropole, in Birmingham UK. Announcing its hosting of the event, the hotel has welcomed Elvis Presley fans who will be visiting the city for the event.

The event will be held from January 4 to 6, 2013. The hotel general manager, Patrick Stapleton, said, ‘With the outstanding success the event had last year we are anticipating an even greater turnout and exceptional entertainment’.

The convention styled contest will include performances by Elvis-inspired artists, including European masters champion, Pete Storm, and popular artist, George Elias. The event will also be staging performances by The Graceland Band for audiences and music enthusiasts.

The 790-room Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel is located on the site of National Exhibition Centre, and is the largest conference hotel outside London. The hotel is located around ten minutes away from Birmingham International Airport, and travellers can use the complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel.

For first time visitors, the hotel is located a short commuting distance from the famous Bullring Shopping Centre and central Birmingham. The hotel also has 33 meeting and function rooms, three restaurants, a 24-hour lounge bar, room service, and a Health Club, with swimming pool.

The hotel’s room rates for the duration of the event commence from £46.13 per person per night, and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. A three-day pass for the event is available for £90 per person, while individual day passes are available from £30 per person upwards with concessions for under 14’s.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Awarded Best UK Day Spa

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has recently been awarded the Best UK Day Spa at the SPA Traveller Awards 2012.

The hotel’s rooftop spa has a viewing terrace, a fitness centre, and nine luxurious fitness rooms, each with its own private relaxation pods. The spa is offering a new menu for New Year 2013, with around 40 individual body and facial treatments, and a wide range of Spa Day packages, in partnership with ESPA, Omorovicza, The Organic Pharmacy, Vaishaly and CACI. The spa’s patrons can also buy gift certificates for their friends and relatives, online or by making a personal visit to the spa itself.

The hotel is located in the heart of Mayfair, across from Hyde Park and close to the sights and experiences of the city of London. The hotel is offering 193 luxury guest rooms, including 46 one, two and three-bedroom suites for guests. The hotel amenities include airport transfers, wireless and wired Internet connections, complimentary newspapers and shoeshines.

The hotel Concierge team is available to arrange a number of activities for families to enjoy, including horseback riding in Hyde Park, viewing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and arranging tickets to the newest exhibitions and shows.

The New Year’s Eve party tonight commences in the Amaranto Bar with a six-course dinner for £246.00 per person. Live music is offered by the Bessame Mucho quartet. The New Year’s Day Brunch buffet is priced at £96.00 per adult, and £48.00 per child.

Indulge Your Family with Holidays in Cyprus and Turkey

There’s nothing like giving the whole family something to look forward to. With these fabulous five star hotels in Cyprus and Turkey, there’s something for every member of your family to enjoy. Why not book a holiday with your loved ones and make memories that will remain with you all forever?

The Hotel Elysium, Paphos

This five star wonder is situated on a Mediterranean beach, looking out onto a blissful, blue paradise. Perfect for the whole family, it boasts a fabulous spa with some divine all-over-body treatments, a diving school, car rental, a hairdressing salon, 6 restaurants, and several top range shops amongst other exciting facilities.

With a choice of many types of room, from deluxe rooms to family suites, maisonettes, studios and villas, there is space to make every family happy on holiday. There are plenty of amenities, including LCD TV, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, and complimentary toiletries.

Find out more about Elysium Hotel, Paphos at Jet2holidays.com

Four Seasons, Limassol

With its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Four Seasons is a five star hotel in a class of its own. The pinnacle of luxury, this hotel has 304 rooms, 6 restaurants – several of which are award winning – and 4 bars, while its placement on a superbly clean Blue Flag awarded beach makes it extra special. It also hosts a spa facility featuring seaweed body masks and anti-ageing treatments, and a fully equipped sports and fitness centre.

With accommodation featuring luxury en suite facilities, huge LCD TVs, wireless internet, play stations, baby monitoring devices and private balconies, the Four Seasons is fully aware of the needs of a family and there is plenty of room – the more, the merrier!

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Hilton Resort & Spa, Dalaman

If you’ve ever fancied living in the lap of luxury, Dalaman’s Hilton Resort is it. For family indulgence, a lovely open suite with its own private balcony could be just the ticket.

Dining in style is at the fore with a variety of restaurants, including the TAO, with contemporary Far Eastern and Asian meals, all day dining at the Pianoforte, Italian delicacies to be enjoyed at the Alize and a fine rooftop bar for the evenings.

Not only is there a well-equipped fitness centre and a top range spa, there are many other activities available to guests including horse riding, water skiing, and of course, swimming in the Dead Sea is a highly therapeutic activity, recommended for centuries by travellers.

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These hotels can be booked through a number of travel operators, including package deal specialists Jet2holidays. There’s no excuse not to!

Hotel Indigo Brand Opens New Hotel in London

Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel brand from UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group, has announced the opening of a new hotel in the UK.

The new Hotel Indigo London Kensington-Earl’s Court is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and offers more than 100 guest rooms overlooking archetypal English gardens.

The hotel is located within a short distance from London’s famous tourist attractions, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History and Science Museums and royal residence Kensington Palace, as well as Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Every Hotel Indigo in Europe includes a bar and restaurant; as well as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; 24-hour room service; and access to a 24-hour fitness centre.

The brand currently owns eight hotels in the UK, including ones in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, and three properties in London.

There are around 11 Hotel Indigo in the pipeline in Europe, while worldwide there are 46 Hotel Indigo hotels running, and 52 in the development pipeline.

The brand is quite popular in Europe as it offers a flexible approach for developers to redesign an existing or acquired hotel as a Hotel Indigo property, with a lesser investment requirement, and becoming operational sooner. For guests, the brand offers signature services as well as the uniqueness of a boutique hotel.

The brand has recently also opened a new Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District in New Orleans, US.

Janis Cannon, the company vice president, global brand leadership marketing for Hotel Indigo, said, ‘We are thrilled about the opening of these two new Hotel Indigo properties and are equally proud to have reached such an important milestone that communicates a strong message to the development community about the success and global viability of the Hotel Indigo brand.

Following a milestone year in Europe in 2012, we will continue to expand the brand’s footprint strategically, whilst growing strongly in California and Mexico.’