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By Nia Peters
Selecting the 10 best hotels in Hawaii is not an easy task. Being a vacation paradise and with tourism and the mainstay of its economy, the islands have an extremely well developed hotel infrastructure. There is accommodation to fit all budgets. But beyond that there are hotels dedicated to honeymooners / romantic getaways, family holidays, water sports and beach activities and much more. But on the basis of guest responses and overall reputation, here are 10 hotels that should be considered by anyone planning to visit the islands. The hotels listed below are not presented in any particular order or hierarchy.
The island of Oahu has 3 hotels that fall into the “best” category. The Royal Hawaiian is the best known of them all. Although older than other hotels, it has recently been renovated and the results are impressive. Each of the 528 rooms and suites combines modern comfort with old world luxury. The original structure, called the Historic building offers elegant period furnishings and an aura of old world sophistication. The rooms in the newer Royal Tower all have a lanai offering a private view of the beach and ocean.
Set in 880 acres of verdant tropical gardens, the Turtle Bay resort is a true full service luxury hotel. Only 45 minutes from Honolulu, guests have 5 miles of pristine beach and 12 miles of ocean trails to enjoy. With all the comforts one could ask for and great meeting facilities, this is the perfect place for both work and play.
Those wishing to follow in the footsteps of presidents, royalty and celebrities will find the Kahala Hotel and resort ideal. In 2006 it was chosen as the best resort hotel in the state. The hotel offers a full range of activities, spas, great cuisine and extremely well appointed rooms.
On the Big Island, The Fairmont Orchid with its 540 luxurious rooms and suites offers the perfect place to enjoy a great vacation. Situated amidst 32 acres of lush greenery, the beach front property is also adjacent to a world class golf course. With nightly entertainment, great food, spas, and a range of activities, it is a complete vacation hotel.
The Kona Village Resort is the only all inclusive hotel on the Big Island. Offering rooms with all modern comforts and amenities and great cuisine options this hotel is best known for the range of entertainment and activities that are part of the all inclusive package. There is also a special children’s program to keep the young ones occupied.
On the island of Kauai, the Grand Hyatt provides all the class and comforts that the Hyatt chain is known for. Rooms have either an ocean or a garden view and have floor to ceiling windows to maximize the viewing experience. A variety of eating options, a great bar, live entertainment, the beach, golf and tennis are just some of the attractions available.
Situated atop lush emerald cliffs is the St. Regis Princeville Resort. From the hotel you will get spectacular views of crystal clear water, pristine beaches and fabulous sunsets. Luxury is exemplified by the gracious butler service. After playing golf, walking through the rainforest or spending a day at the beach, the spas are great places to unwind.
Maui is where you will find the Four Seasons resort. Guest coming here for the first time will soon understand why the Four Season’s name defines luxury and comfort. The hotel has recently be renovated and the rooms offer state of the art amenities like furnished lanais, marble bathrooms, large screen HDTVs, high speed internet and much more. And of course, the Four Season’s acclaimed cuisine. After a long day enjoying all the attraction that Hawaii has to offer, this is the place to come back to.
The Westin Maui Resort and Spa is situated on 12 acres of oceanfront property and all the 750 rooms have private balconies and classic wooden furniture to create a tropical aura. Besides all the other facilities you would expect from a world class resort, the Westin also has its own water park that is designed to be enjoyed by every age group.
Located on Maui’s western coast and adjacent to Wailea beach is the Grand Wailea Resort. This 5 Diamond resort has luxurious rooms that include fully stocked refreshment centers. There is a water complex with 9 interconnected pools, besides all the other attraction a visitor would expect from a luxury resort in Hawaii. The Spa Grande is regularly featured among the best spas in America.
The hotel price comparison www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of ten historic international hotels and the famous individuals they have received.
London, March 22, 2010 – What makes a holiday special or a hotel stay unique? Trying out new cuisines and enjoying a break from the daily routine is part of it, but something more is required to transform a normal holiday into a truly unforgettable experience. Culture and history are the missing elements – they breathe life into a trip and stir the appetite for further knowledge. For this reason, http://www.trivago.co.uk has identified ten of the best rated historic hotels in Europe and the United States. From Washington and London to Krakow and Seville, these hotels will pamper their guests with first class service and a historical charm. Here is the list of historic hotels in Europe and the United States, ranked according to ratings given by travelers.
1. Palace Beau Rivage, Lausanne, Switzerland
Situated on the Quai d’Ouchy waterfront in Lausanne, the five-star hotel Palace Beau Rivage commands a spectacular view of the beautiful Lake Geneva and snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps. Since its founding in 1861, the Palace’s original architectural style and décor have been rigorously preserved, and the hotel stands as a symbol of Europe’s aristocratic past. Many defining moments in world history occurred within its walls, such as the coronation of King Hussein of Jordan and the ratification of treaties on the reconstruction of Post-WWI Europe. World leaders and celebrities routinely stay at the Palace, and notable figures from history include Nelson Mandela, Charlie Chaplin and Victor Hugo. Top dining options, a wine cellar stocked with over 75,000 bottles, 168 luxurious rooms and walking distance to Lausanne’s lively downtown area combine to make a stay at the Palace Beau Rivage a truly memorable experience. Available starting from £254 for a standard double room through Hotel.Info
2. Hotel Copernicus, Krakow, Poland
Taking its name from frequent guest and world-renowned Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus, the Hotel Copernicus in Krakow is a living, breathing embodiment of medieval Europe. Formerly a meeting point for intellectuals and academics, the building was restored and reopened in 2000, and now offers guests a chance to stay in luxurious rooms styled after the high ceilings and dark wood furnishings of the Renaissance period. Hotel Copernicus is located on Kanonicza, the oldest street in the city, and is close to numerous cultural and historical sites such as the Royal Palace, various Gothic churches and cathedrals, and the historic Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Available starting from £137 for a standard double room through Booking.com
3. Las Casas De La Juderia, Seville, Spain
Located in the old quarter of Seville in Andalusia, Spain, Las Casas De La Juderia perfectly captures the beauty and spirit of the Andalusian heritage by blending together European and Arabic elements and designs. Open courtyards, graceful fountains and sweeping arches complement each other greatly and create an inspiring atmosphere. The name literally means ‘the houses of the Jewish quarter’, and refers to the historical period when Ferdinand III of Castile reclaimed the city from the Muslim Caliphates and concentrated the Jewish population into one district, or Juderia. Las Casas De La Juderia also was used to house the first native Americans brought back by Christopher Columbus after his first travels to the ‘New World’. Other notable attractions include the Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar Palace. Available starting from £84 for a standard double room through Otel.com
4. The Willard, Washington, USA
The Willard on Pennsylvania Avenue represents the pinnacle of American comfort and style, and this can clearly be seen from the hotel’s grandiose rooms, lavish spa- and healthtreatments, and sumptuous dining opportunities. Founded in 1818, the Willard has often been described as the center of Washington’s political and social life – a reputation that is likely enhanced by the imposing presence of the White House, only a few streets away, and by the fact that Martin Luther King wrote his landmark ‘I have a dream’ speech while staying at the Willard. The surrounding area is also rich in scenic attractions, including the Smithsonian Museum, National Theatre, National Mall and numerous galleries and performing arts venues. Available starting from £217 for a standard double room through Intercontinental Hotels Group
5. Reid’s Palace, Funchal, Portugal
Located on a cliff overlooking the south coast of Funchal and first opened in 1891, Reid’s Palace was the crowning achievement of Scotsman William Reed, an impoverished cabin boy who landed on the island of Madeira at age 14 and eventually made his fortune in the wine trade. Although he did not live to see the hotel’s completion, Reid’s Palace quickly became a major attraction, in large part due to the small flotilla of boats and vendors that greeted each new guest upon arrival. Distinguished guests included playwright George Bernard Shaw, Prime Minister Lloyd George, and the ‘travelling Empress’, Elizabeth of Austria, known for her extensive travels after the suicide of her only son Rudolf. Today, the feeling of nobility remains, and chief among the hotel’s attractions are the semi-tropical gardens that are unique to Reid’s Palace. Kept in full bloom throughout the year, the flowers and plants originate from all over the world, and are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Available starting from £215 for a standard double room through Hotel.info
6. Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, Bonn, Germany
From its high vantage point atop the Petersberg mountain in the Siebengebirge ranges, the Steigenberger Grandhotel looks down on Königswinter and the River Rhine as it flows through North Rhine-Westphalia. Majestic and remote, the Grandhotel was founded in 1892, and has been the hotel of choice for many visiting heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, King Rama IX of Thailand and Emperor Akihito of Japan. The hotel also served as the seat of the Allied High Commission for Germany in the years following the Second World War. In addition to the breathtaking view from its open-air terrace and the royal splendor of its 99 rooms, the Grandhotel also features numerous paintings and antiquities, on loan from the German federal government, and a picture archive displaying images from its illustrious past. Available starting from £89 for a standard double room through HRS.com
7. Le Plaza, Brussels, Belgium
Inspired by the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris, Le Plaza hotel in Brussels first opened in 1930, and masterfully conveys the elegance and luxury conceived by architect Michel Polak. Distinguished guests such as Winston Churchill admired the high ceilings, French facades in ‘pierre de France’, and open spaces, all of which contribute to the refined atmosphere of the hotel. Although Le Plaza ceased operations in 1976 due to widespread urban redevelopment, it was reopened in 1996 by Baron van Gysel de Meise and restored to its original glory. The Presidential Suite is particularly sensational, taking up a remarkable 340 square metres and featuring Verona marble floors and a jacuzzi. Le Plaza is only five minutes away from Grand Place, Brussels’ central square and most important tourist destination alongside the Mannekin Pis and Atomium sculpture. Available starting from £77 for a standard double room through HRS.com
8. Grand Hotel Rimini, Rimini, Italy
With its Liberty-style facades, classical architecture, and location on the Adriatic Coast, the Grand Hotel Rimini is one of the most beautiful places to stay in the Rimini region of Italy. Originally founded in 1908, the hotel was damaged in both the First and Second World Wars, but was always fully rebuilt. Its rooms have also been restored to the Venetian and French styles of the 18th Century, particularly with respect to the original wooden parquet floor and Venetian chandeliers. The Grand Hotel was the favorite destination of Italian Director Federico Fellini, and has been immortalized in many of his films; it was also declared a National Monument by the Italian Government in 1994 and placed under the protection of the Italian Fine Arts programme. Ancient monuments such as the Roman Amphitheatre, the Arch of Augustus and the Ponte d’Augusto are not to be missed. Available starting from £173 for a standard double room through Otel.com
9. The Cadogan, London, United Kingdom
The Cadogan in London, built in 1887, is best known for the dalliances of its infamous guests, including King Edward of England, British actress Lillie Langtry, and playwright Oscar Wilde. Located close to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and various museums, the Cadogan is in the heart of London’s cultural and tourist attractions. The hotel’s 65 rooms and suites are decorated in a modernised Edwardian style, and Langtry’s Restaurant offers creative dishes and imaginative combinations to tease and seduce your appetites. Available starting from £191 for a standard double room through Onhotels
10. Grand Hotel de Cabourg, Cabourg, France
The Grand Hotel de Cabourg in Normandie opened in 1907 and is located in one of the best locations on the Channel coastline. The hotel was a favorite destination of French writer Marcel Proust, who immortalized it in his celebrated work In Search of Lost Time under the name Grand Hotel de Balbec. Proust was a regular visitor, and his room has been faithfully preserved. In addition to the grandiose guest rooms, balconies overlooking the sea, and wide terraces and gardens, fresh delicacies from the sea and surrounding region ensure that a stay at the Grand Hotel de Cabourg is an unforgettable treat for the senses. Available starting from £161 for a standard double room through Booking.com
The ranking is based on the top rated hotels in March 2010 on www.trivago.co.uk with the
most interesting and exciting historical backgrounds.
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A pool is not always just a pool. trivago has researched the top hotel pools that offer much more than just water. Whether located with a panoramic view of the Alps, in close proximity to dolphins or with a view of the Hong Kong skyline, the top 10 pool hotels offer their guests an unforgettable holiday experience.
These are the most popular hotels on www.trivago.co.uk with the most spectacular swimming pools:
At the Intercontinental Hotel, guests experience a breathtaking view over Hong Kong. The infinity pool on the roof of the hotel makes for a perfect experience: The lowered edge of the pool gives the illusion that it goes on for eternity. This five star hotel spoils its guests with five restaurants, a spa and a fitness centre. The world famous daily “Symphony of Lights” show can be viewed from almost all the hotel rooms. A trip to the highest mountain on the island of Hong Kong, The Peak is recommended. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline. To get to the top of The Peak travellers have to use the legendary Peak Tram; a ride that takes passengers up the steep 373 metre climb to the top.
The Alder Dolomiti offers its guests multiple wellness and nature baths. Located in Grödnertal in the north of Saint Ulrich, this five star resort offers a unique experience in the middle of the Dolomites. In Aguana guests can relax in the 35 degrees warm saltwater pool, enjoy the large outside swimming area and hot whirlpool, which includes a panoramic view of the Alps. Inside the hotel the water fun continues: A saltwater pool, an indoor pool with crystal water and an aromatic steam bath are available for guests. The hotel also has a lot to offer; stylish architecture, luxurious rooms and local cuisine make a mountain vacation in the Adler Dolomiti an unforgettable experience.
At the Ubud Hanging Gardens on Bali numerous pools extend over multiple levels like hanging gardens. Hotel guests do not only bathe in impressive surroundings; each room has access to its own private pool. This resort that consists of private luxury villas is located in the exotic Ubud gardens, in the artistic centre of Bali. From the rooms and terraces of the resort, guests have a magnificent view of the surrounding nature. A private aerial ropeway grants guests access to the luxury resort. Holidaymakers experience a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu culture everywhere on the Indonesian island: In the south-west of the island the Hindu temple Pura Tanah Lot can be found on a petruding rock in the sea and at 950 metres the mother temple of all Balinese temples “the Pura Besakih” can be found on the volcano Gunung Agung.
The infinity pool at the Gran Hotels La Florida high above Barcelona has amazing views far across the touristic Spanish metropolis. In the 37 metre long pool made entirely out of pure metal guests can relax in the highest located hotel in Barcelona. The five star hotel lies on the mountain Tibidabo 500 metres above the city. After an eventful day in the city this is the perfect spot to relax in the evenings. A Buddhist spa, the restaurant L’Orangerie as well as its exclusive design make the hotel a high-class destination. The original building from 1925 has undergone a complete renovation. Behind the historical walls, a new modern design with contemporary art now awaits guests.
The five star Cavo Tagoo on Mykonos captivates travellers with its white interior and luxurious atmosphere. At the lounge deck by the pool, guests are under the illusion that the pool merges with the horizon. Holidaymakers are able to relax to the sounds of lounge music on sun loungers at the edge of the pool or float on wooden blocks on the surface of the water. At night minimalistic lighting effects set the scene. Guests can then enjoy a cocktail at the pool bar and admire the fish in the integrated aquarium. The architecture and the colour palette of the hotel reflect the typical construction style of the island. The buildings on the Greek island are illuminated in white.
Two springs feed the thermal springs of the hotel Rogner Bad Blumau in the Steiermark. Inspired by the artist Hundertwasser the hotel is a piece of art by itself. Its colourful design is noticeable right away. In between this, hotel guests can relax in the warm water of the thermal spring. The spa invites guests to relax in the salt cove, enjoy a rose pack or decide for a more active approach to relaxation such as an ayurvedic cooking course. The Steiermark is not only famous for its healing thermal springs, but the Austrian state also offers vast amounts of hiking and trekking paths, as well as wild water rapids. Also golfers get to practice their swing on a glorious 25 hole golf course. The old town of Graz invites for romantic walks.
Rio Calma is located on the sandy beach of Costa Calma. The hotel which has been built in a colonial style matches the dune landscape and offers 384 cozy rooms and suites. On the extensive grounds of the four star hotel, guests do not only find an amazing pool, but also a saltwater lagoon. When sunbathing at the beach in the lagoon guests have the impression of being able to swim across the Atlantic to the horizon. The white beaches of the peninsula Jandia go on for miles and different types of water activities are offered for every taste. Fuerteventura is also a popular destination for surfers.
Guests at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas experience a different kind of adventure: The waterslide goes through the middle of the aquarium “The Tank” past sharks and other marine life. Only a glass wall separates the swimming pool from the sharks that watch the holidaymakers. The hotel is located in downtown Las Vegas, in the old district of the city Nevada. There is a showdown every night: The Freemont Street Experience consists of twelve million LEDs that transform the Golden Nugget and the surrounding buildings into an ocean of lights. Las Vegas is not only known for the innumerable amount of casinos but also for the large number of wedding chapels, that many vacationers use for a quick wedding in Vegas.
The Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Nevada lies in the midst of spectacular Red Rocks. The architecture matches the smoothness of the Boynton Canyon Mountains, as the small bungalows look like caves spread around the area. In the centre of the resort the bathing oasis with panoramic views of the historic rocks can be found. At Mii Amo Spa guests do not only experience some of the finest wellness treatments, but can even get a glimpse of the their own future: “Connect with Spirit” is a highlight of the hotel where tarot cards tell guests more about their aura. Guests are located in their own small house including a kitchen, Haciendas, Casitas or Junior Suites with a living area and king size bed.
The flagship of the hotels on the artificially made island The Palm in Dubai is The Atlantis with a water park, dolphin bay and aquarium. A signature of the resort is the waterslide that plummets 28 metres into the water. At dolphin bay guests can get up close with the popular sea creatures: Dolphin fans can swim with dolphins for 30 minutes. In the lost chambers guests will understand where the hotel got its name – the real Atlantis which according to legend sank more than twelve thousand years ago. 65 thousand marine creatures in an underground aquarium make for a spectacular scene. The water attractions at the Atlantis are not only available for hotel guests; special daily offers are available for the general public.
The ranking is based on the top rated hotels in August 2009 with the most extraordinary hotel swimming pools on www.trivago.co.uk.
Travellers find the ideal hotel for the best rate on trivago. The online service compares the hotel rates on over 40 booking sites for 400,000 hotels worldwide. Additionally trivago has integrated over 15 million hotel reviews and shows the overall rating for each hotel. trivago does not just compare the prices of online hotel booking sites, but also the rates. Users can see whether breakfast is included and if cancellation and payment by credit card is possible. trivago has the first “Freestyle” meta search: travellers are able to search by holiday region, city or hotel name. trivago with its headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany was founded in 2005 and currently operates 18 international country platforms.
European hotel prices are seven percent cheaper in comparison to July 2008. These are the findings of the tHPI (trivago Hotel Price Index) which is published monthly by the hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk. Travellers can currently find cheap hotel deals in the major Spanish and Italian tourist destinations. In top European cities prices have decreased up to 25 percent in comparison to the previous year.
London, July 6th 2009. The trivago hotel price index shows that accommodation prices in Europe are seven percent less than the previous year. A standard double room in one of the top European cities costs 90 pounds in July 2009, compared to 97 pounds in July 2008. In 38 of the 50 cities hotel prices have decreased or remained the same.
Cheap hotel prices in Southern Europe
There has been a substantial drop in prices in the most popular holiday destinations. In Rome, the price of a standard double room is 102 pounds in July, seven percent less than last year. In Milan hotel prices are seven percent less (93 pounds). Prices are also plunging in Spanish cities: a room in Madrid is 74 pounds, 31 percent less than the previous year (107 pounds). In Barcelona the average hotel price is 94 pounds, 28 percent less than July 2008. Other Southern European cities such as Turin (84 pounds), Palermo (81 pounds), Lisbon (75 pounds) and Bologna (73 pounds) have also seen a considerable decrease in prices.
Bargains also in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom
Sweden and Norway are usually consistently expensive countries to visit, however this July prices are also more favourable. Overnight accommodation prices in Stockholm (101 pounds) and Oslo (111 pounds) are at their lowest level this year. These cities are 20 percent less than last month and over
10 percent less than last year. Also in the United Kingdom there are good deals this July in comparison to the previous year. A room in Brighton this July is 14 percent cheaper at 110 pounds. Accommodation prices in Birmingham are 20 percent less (74 pounds); an overnight stay in Manchester is 17 percent less than July 2008. Hotel prices in the English capital have risen by two percent to 134 pounds and Geneva remains the most expensive European city at 194 pounds.
The www.trivago.co.uk hotel price index shows the average overnight accommodation prices for the most popular European cities on trivago. The average prices for a standard double room are calculated on the basis of 40,000 daily price inquiries for overnight hotel stay generated through the trivago hotel price comparison. trivago stores all hotel enquiries for each month and therefore gives an overview of hotel accommodation prices for the upcoming month.
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