Honolulu has leapfrogged New York City to become the most expensive U.S. metropolitan area to book a hotel room, Hotels.com division said in its Hotel Price Index.
The Hawaiian capital’s hotel rooms on average boosted rates for the first half of the year by 13% to $230 a night, overtaking New York's $211 average. New York had been the most expensive U.S. metro area since the index was first published in 2004. U.S. hotel room rates rose 3% from a year earlier, outpacing a global increase of 2%. Meanwhile, among individual destinations (not metropolitan areas), Bora Bora remains the most expensive at $799 a night, while Southern California’s Newport Coast hotels averaged $501 a night, making it the most expensive individual U.S. destination. Source: Travel Weekly
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver’s preeminent luxury hotel, is pleased to announce that the hotel and hotel’s Sense® spa have been awarded Five-Star ratings on the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating list.
Earning the highest rating after a full renovation, this award represents a significant milestone for Rosewood Hotel Georgia and also for the hospitality industry in Canada, as it marks the first hotel in Canada to receive the highest Five-Star rating. First opened in 1927 as Hotel Georgia, the historic property re-opened as Rosewood Hotel Georgia in July 2011 following a full restoration. When the hotel debuted 85 years ago, the Georgian Revival structure came to be known as the city's most elegant retreat, welcoming a who's who of the entertainment world including Elvis Presley, Nat "King" Cole, Katharine Hepburn and British royalty. Today, the legendary boutique hotel features 156 guest accommodations, Sense spa and a signature fine dining restaurant by renowned Chef David Hawksworth. Source: Press release
W Taipei for the past several months has been participating in a “trash redesign” project in an effort to transform items such as used plastic water bottles and bath accessories into new items for the hotel.
Working with seven design teams as well as Taiwan Design Center and sustainability innovator Miniwiz, the hotel has turned trash into accessories including a jewelry holder, coasters and a pinball game. Source: Hotels Mag