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1. Palace Beau Rivage, Lausanne, Switzerland
2. Hotel Copernicus, Krakow, Poland
3. Las Casas De La Juderia, Seville, Spain
4. The Willard, Washington, USA
5. Reid’s Palace, Funchal, Portugal
6. Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, Bonn, Germany
7. Le Plaza, Brussels, Belgium
8. Grand Hotel Rimini, Rimini, Italy
9. The Cadogan, London, United Kingdom
10. Grand Hotel de Cabourg, Cabourg, France
The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world. Excellent service, extensive spa facilities or an exquisite restaurant are classic signs of a great hotel. Yet some hotels go one step further, and offer their guests an additional luxury: an unforgettable view of the city. The rooftops of large hotels in major cities feature rooftopbars,a restaurant or even a swimming pool, from where guests can enjoy a panoramic look at the city. The hotel price comparison website www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of 15 hotels from all around the world, whose highest floor offers more than just a terrace. From Dubai and Berlin to Athens and New York, guests can enjoy the dizzying heights and breathtaking views over the roofs of these international cities.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a luxurious Lifestyle- and beach hotel in Dubai. This massive building houses 617 rooms, a water park, and twenty restaurants. Two roof terraces offer guests stunning vistas: From the “360“-Bar on the roof of the Marina-Restaurant, guests overlook the coast of the Persian Gulf while enjoying a Shisha and light lounge music. A similarly spectacular sight awaits the guests visiting the elegant “Uptown Bar“ on the 24th floor of the hotel, where the twinkling lights of the city and the soaring heights of the Burj Al Arab hotel can be seen.
The city hotel Lebua at State Tower in Bangkok greets its guests on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The second largest building in the Thai capital offers its visitors a breathtaking view of the city from its 63rd floor. The “Sirocco“ restaurant is also located here, open to the heavens and offering succulent Mediterranean cuisine. From the protruding balcony of “The Bar“, guests can literally float above this city of millions.
The Hotel de Rome is a luxury-style hotel, rich in tradition, that is located in Berlin on the Bebel Square, close to the touristy Unter den Linden promenade. This antique building was constructed in 1889 and encompasses 146 rooms, whose high ceilings and expensive furnishings evoke the hotel’s illustrious past. From the rooftop terrace, guests can look out over the German capital’s centre, from the Cathedral to the Television Tower. There is no better place to sit back and enjoy a cocktail as the day slowly comes to a close.
The guests of the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon will find themselves in a modern Boutique-Hotel with traditional flair. Art elements such as Ice sculptures and black-and-white photographs, antique colonial furniture recall the setting of the 18th Century. The Bairro Alto’s roof terrace is located on the sixth floor, and here guests can spend their afternoon plunged in a book or chatting with local residents. The bar serves sandwiches and salad, and guests can enjoy the scenery of the city and the view of the Tagus River.
Directly on the Red Square in Moscow lies the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Polished cherry wood, fine marble and expensive chandeliers speak of this five-star hotel’s luxury and splendour. On the roof of this eleven-story building is the futuristic O2 Lounge, where exotic cuisine such as sushi and grill specialties are prepared. In the evenings, the lounge’s atmosphere is enriched by a DJ and dance floor, becoming one of the city’s most popular clubs, where guests can dance to the music and view of the Kremlin.
The traditional NH Parque Central hotel lies in the heart of Havana, not far from the Cathedral and Capitol building. This four-star hotel combines classic colonial Spanish elements with modern design. An unequaled panorama over Havana’s central park and the popular Paseo de Prado promenade is available to guests from the hotel’s expansive rooftop. Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool or an excellent Cuban cocktail while simultaneously enjoying the spectacular sunset.
Hotel Gansevoort is a stylish luxury hotel in New York’s famous Meatpacking District. The hotel’s trendy and exciting atmosphere is well hidden by the building’s dulled facade. The latest in modern design can be found inside, bringing the grandeur of the ‘Big Apple’ to life. One of the city’s best ‘in‘ bars can be found on its roof – the “Plunge Bar“, which is regularly frequented by famous and aspiring stars alike and is a key part of the New York “Scene”. The Plunge Bar offers a commanding view of the Hudson River, while the swimming pool’s underwater speakers will delight those who relax in its cool waters.
The Grand Hotel Central can be found in the middle of Barcelona, close to the scenic El Born district. This hotel is impressive not only due to its imposing façade, but also due to the supreme elegance of its interior, which immediately brings to mind the atmosphere of the Golden Twenties era. Within the 350 square metres of the hotel’s roof can be found a large swimming pool and the Sky Bar. A daily highlight is the almost magical play of light reflecting off the Catalonian city’s famous landmarks and spires. Cool cocktails are naturally a perfect complement to this phenomenal view.
Opposite the parliament building in Prague lies the Hotel U Prince. This building originates from the 12th Century, and the heavy stone and massive style of the hotel’s furniture are clear evidence of this. The hotel’s well established restaurant can be found on the top floor of the U Prince. This is a key meeting point for locals and hotel guests, especially during the summer. From here, guests have a captivating view of the roofs of the historic city of Prague.
The Terrass Hotel in Paris invites its guests in the artsy district of Montmartre. This elegant four-star hotel accommodates 98 tastefully decorated rooms, and is an ideal starting point for a discovery tour of the popular French city. The hotel is obviously named after its terrace, which from its seventh floor vantage point offers an impressive view of the Eiffel Tower. In summer, the hotel restaurant “La Diapason” serves its delectable dishes here. Parisian residents and tourists frequent this restaurant on weekends to enjoy a sumptuous brunch and a dazzling perspective of the Seine River.
In the heart of Rome and near the Piazza Navona lies the Hotel St. George Roma. This building from the 15th Century is enhanced by a combination of modern, minimalist art and luxurious design, all the way from the lobby to the hotel’s suites. The “Roof Top Lounge Bar“ gives guests the chance to relax in the evenings and enjoy a fine cocktail while surveying the city’s majestic skyline.
The Trafalgar Hilton is an elegant Boutique-Hotel in London. The impressive façade of the building is matched by the spectacular interior of this four-star hotel. Tasteful walnut furniture is combined with light, modern styles to create a unique flavour and atmosphere. From the building’s roof, visitors can discover the bustle of Trafalgar Square from a bird’s eye perspective. Here as well can be found the aptly-named “Vista Bar“. It represents an oasis of tranquility, from which to view the chaotic but lively meanderings of the city’s countless inhabitants.
The Fresh Hotel is located in near the parliament building, in the centre of Athens. Clear structures and colours and a trendy style create a lively yet comfortable environment in this four-star establishment. A highlight of this city hotel is the “Air-Lounge”: from its 9th floor vantage point, guests can sip cool beverages and light snacks, and gaze at the impressive columns of the Acropolis. The swimming pool is open until two in the morning, making it the perfect place for a night swim and a view of the Athenian heavens.
The Palms Casino Resort is a legendary casino hotel, close to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. With a surface area of 8800 metres, the Palm offers its guests the chance to win big, twenty-four hours a day, as well as preferential Spa treatments and spectacular shows in the hotel’s Concert Hall. Famous American VIPs such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears frequently allow themselves to be seen here during MTV, Playboy, and countless other events. The “Moon“ nightclub on the highest floor has a covered area and open-air terrace, and offers a stunning view of the desert city’s bustling nightlife. In the evenings, the colourful light displays of Las Vegas‘ spectacular fountains and water-shows are a wonder to behold.
The Marmara Pera is a design hotel in the trendy Pera district of Istanbul. This luxury resort is fashioned after the cool retro-style of the Seventies. On the eleventh floor of the building, guests can relax in the pool or look out at the spires and minarets of the Turkish metropolis. The imposing sight of the “Hagia Sophia” Mosque is not to be missed, and the dazzling colours of the Bosporus coastline are breathtaking. Also on the rooftop is the hotel’s “Mikla“ restaurant, where an intriguing combination of Turkish and Scandinavian specialties from star cool Mehmet Gürs are served.
London, 22 April 2010. While airplanes remained grounded for the past week as a result of the unexpected eruption of Mt. Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland, hotel prices reached a new peak. Hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk investigated the change in overnight accommodation prices by examining the prices during the week of April 15 to 22, when the flight embargo was in force, and comparing these results with the findings of the trivago Hotel Price Index for April. The conclusions are undeniable – significant price hikes in Europe’s major cities during the flight interdiction. In Milan, which also hosted the Football Championship League Semi-Finals on April 20, average room prices soared to 200 pounds – a 91 percent increase over the previously reported April average of 105 pounds. An overnight stay in London during the airline grounding averaged out to 205 pounds a night; compared to April’s expected average of 138 pounds, this represents a climb of 49 percent.
Other European cities were also affected by this sudden change. Stranded travelers in Berlin faced surcharges of 63 percent, seeing prices rise from 84 pounds at the beginning of the month to 137 pounds. In Amsterdam, the cost of a standard double room rose 26 percent from 133 pounds in early April to 167 pounds this week. Hoteliers in Madrid raised prices 46 percent as a result of the travel crisis, while their counterparts in Barcelona increased room costs by 13 percent from 127 pounds to 143 pounds. Those travelling or trapped in Paris were also forced to dig deep into their pockets – room prices rose by 27 percent, from 138 pounds at the beginning of the month to 175 pounds.
The prices and analysis are based on http://www.trivago.co.uk’s hotel price index. The results of the April tHPI were used in comparison with prices taken during the period of April 15 to 22, when the air travel was banned. The tHPI shows the average overnight accommodation prices for the most popular European cities on trivago. Prices for a standard double room are calculated on the basis of 160,000 daily price inquiries for overnight hotel stays generated through the trivago hotel price comparison service. trivago stores all hotel enquiries for each month and therefore gives an overview of hotel accommodation prices for the upcoming month. The tHPI reflects the hotel prices within the European online hotel market: The overnight accommodation prices of 53 online travel agents and hotel chains create the average hotel prices for cities, regions and countries within Europe.
1. A graphic of the price change in key European cities as a result of the air embargo:
2. An overview of the average overnight accommodation prices in April 2010, prior to the volcano’s eruption, for the top 50 European cities listed in the tHPI can be found here:
Travellers find the ideal hotel for the best rate on trivago. The online service compares the hotel rates of 53 booking sites for 400,000 hotels worldwide. In addition, 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, if any cancellation fees apply, and whether payment by credit card is available. trivago has the first “Freestyle” metasearch engine: travellers are able to search by holiday region, city or hotel name. With its headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, trivago was founded in 2005 and currently operates 21 international country platforms.
By Davide Smith
If you’re looking for accommodation for your family holidays, Turkey has a range of weird and wonderful places to stay that will make your holidays stand out in your memory for many years to come. So sure, spend some of your trip in that nice hotel with the pool and the beach close by; but why not take a couple of nights to explore somewhere a little different.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel
You may already be staying at a hotel but for a night to remember on your family holidays, Turkey’s Gamirasu Cave Hotel is well worth a visit. The hotel is found within an old Byzantine monastic complex, nestled in a valley where peace and tranquillity prevail. On arrival, stretch your legs and make the most of the quiet, country air on the 7 kilometre trail which stretches from the hotel down to the river. Or make the most of the wide, open spaces in the walled gardens of the monastery and build up your appetite for dinner. One of the hotel’s highlights is the authentic Turkish cuisine that is served for both dinner and breakfast, using ingredients that are sourced from the local area as much as is possible. This hotel, dug out of volcanic rock, is certainly a piece of Turkish paradise.
Hole up in the Homestays
If you want to infuse a bit of culture into your family holidays, Turkey’s traditional lifestyle is a good place to start. All kids like camping, so you can be sure that they will enjoy the experience of lodging in a homestay. Village accommodation is often opened to visitors by farming families, who will welcome you into their nomadic tents with open arms and good traditional Turkish fare. More exciting and interactive than any trip to a petting zoo or farm, the farmers will allow you to have a go at milking their sheep and rolling the bread for breakfast. Once you’ve had a taste of the traditional lifestyle and made some life-long friends, you can bed down on home-made mattresses in the tents. Or, for those who would rather sleep under the stars, mattresses will be arranged around a dung-burning fire, keeping you warm as you watch out for shooting stars.
Wake up to the Waves
One of the main reasons to visit this beautiful country is to make the most of the warm waters on your family holidays. Turkey boasts some of the clearest and bluest waters you will ever see, so why not spend a night floating out on the ocean? Gulet cruises are run from all over Turkey, and can be as long or as short as you like. During the day, enjoy jumping off the deck into the sea, or take a canoe into the numerous coves along the coastline and explore the shores. You might even grab a snorkel and sample the sea life in the shallows. As the sun goes down, climb aboard and enjoy the food and entertainment provided by the crew as you look forward to waking up to the sounds of the waves the next morning.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different to stay on your family holidays, Turkey has plenty of unusual but incredible accommodation to choose from.
About the Author: Davide Smith is the Destination Expert for Bargain Holidays Online, a unique holiday website which specialises in cheap, last-minute deals for family holidays Turkey as well as giving you access to over 20 million other bargain holiday deals. Book your bargain holidays with BargainHolidaysOnline.com today and save.
For Valentine’s Day 2010, the hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has brought together a list of the top ten most individual and romantic hotels in Europe.
London, 4th February 2010. Every year couples exchange gifts such as flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Those who want to impress their beloved one, offer an unforgettable romantic weekend getaway instead. trivago has prepared a selection of the cosiest romantic hotels. Whether a small luxury hotel right next to Buckingham Palace, a restored millhouse in the French Dordogne, or a quaint hotel overlooking the Italian Umbria – these hotels guarantee special quality time together.
Here are the top ten hotels that offer a very special atmosphere and have very good reviews from travellers:
Santini Residence, Prague
The elegant Santini Residence offers nine spacious suites, where couples can enjoy hours of leisure time together. Some rooms have a special highlight: Ornate ceiling paintings that attract the attention of all visitors. Located in the middle of the historical centre of Prague, the luxurious hotel is an ideal base for exploring the capital of the Czech Republic. The Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are easily accessible. In the evening, guests can relax with a glass of red wine in soft lighting and with musical accompaniment on the cosy sofas in the hotel lounge.
Hotel 41, London
Guests at Hotel 41 are located in the neighbourhood of the Queen: The luxurious city hotel can be found behind Buckingham Palace. In a quiet and exclusive location, the hotel welcomes its guests with the flair of a traditional London club. In the tastefully decorated lounge with chandeliers and antique furniture, couples can enjoy their afternoon tea in an elegant atmosphere. After a stroll over the Tower Bridge and through the streets of the bustling capital, comfortable and stylish rooms await the guests of the hotel.
Hotel Gródek, Krakow
The Gródek hotel is tucked away in a small side street in the historical centre of Krakow. The 23 guest rooms are individually furnished with a great attention to detail. From here, guests can embark on a journey into the past. The popular “Kings Way” takes travellers past the memorial of the Battle of Tannenberg, a large gothic tower and the medieval marketplace. Only two minutes separate this area from the charming city hotel. In the intimate atmosphere of the hotel restaurant, guests can enjoy the evening with a romantic candle-lit dinner.
Photos Hotel Gródek, Krakow
Exterior view of the hotel in atmospheric lighting
View of the cosy rooms at Hotel Gródek
The fireplace room in the hotel
Villa Contessa, Bad Saarow
The Villa Contessa is located in Bad Saarow on Lake Scharmutzelsee in Brandenburg and is only around one hour’s drive from Berlin. Located in picturesque natural surroundings, this small hotel is home to eight mundane and lovingly decorated rooms. Highlight for lovers: The Rose Spa Suite with a private bio-infrared sauna and a four-poster bed. Guests who book the luxury suite can enjoy the hotels award-winning cuisine in private on the lakeside terrace. Couples can spend time on a romantic carriage ride, in popular thermal baths or on a boat trip on the lake.
Moulin d’Abbaye, Brantome (France)
Moulin d’Abbaye is located in the charming market town Brantome in a restored mill house on the tranquil River Dronne. The rooms are all named after the Bordeaux grands crus and decorated with a meticulous attention to detail. In the small town in Dordogne there is a lot to see: a well-preserved medieval city, ruin and Gothic facades on the Rue Joussen. After a leisurely stroll through the city, travellers can enjoy a romantic dinner in the hotel’s restaurant and become enchanted by the magic of this hotel.
Photos Moulin d’Abbaye, Brantôme
Exterior of the Hotel Moulin d’Abbaye, a former mill house
View into the lounge of the hotel
The bar at Moulin d‘Abbaye
View from the terrace of the restaurant on a bridge over the Dronne
Amfitriti Paradosiakos Xenonas, Nafplio (Greece)
The Amfitriti Paradosiakos Xenonas is a small and elegant hotel in the beautiful port town Nafplio. Each of its five rooms is individually decorated in a particular colour. Handmade carpets and antique furniture give the rooms a romantic historical feeling, without losing the modern day comforts. With a view of the sea from the breakfast terrace, guests can begin their day on the Peleponnes. Lovers of Greek mythology also have a lot to explore, with the archaeological sites of Epidauros and Mykene nearby.
Hotel The Pand, Bruges
The first-class hotel The Pand is located in the centre of Bruges. Decorated with numerous works of art, antiques and rich fabrics, guests are surrounded by luxury. A boat trip on the “Reien”, the canalsof Bruges, is a must on a visit to the city in Flanders. Under picturesque bridges there is a lot to discover along the banks: Hidden gardens, artistic facades and medieval houses. Travellers can also spend the day by the open fireplace in the library of The Pand.
Il Cantico della Natura, Magione (Italy)
Il Cantico della Natura is built out of massive stones from the 16th Century and is home to twelve rooms and suites. Surrounded by olive trees guests have a breathtaking view of Lake Trasimeno. The ooms are cosy and are individually decorated with fine furniture. In the Jacuzzi or the sauna, lovers can take advantage of the “dolce vita”. For adventure seekers, the hotel regularly organises various activities such as sailing, mountain biking or cooking classes, in which fresh ingredients from the Umbrian region are used.
Photos Il Cantico della Natura, Magione
Exterior view of Il Cantico della Natura
View of the pool
The cosy restaurant
View of the romantic suites in Il Cantico della Natura
Villa Carona, Carona (Switzerland)
In Ticino, in the south of Switzerland, Villa Carona can be found in the artistic village of Carona. In the two hundred year old Patrician House, the hotel has 18 individually designed rooms. At this family run inn, rest and recreation are in the foreground. In particular, the gardens of the house are a little paradise: Here guests can have a breakfast with a view of Monte Generoso before they go on the popular hike from Carona to the picturesque village of Morcote.
Ca‘n Simó, Alcudia (Majorca)
The small family-run hotel Ca‘n Simó with only seven rooms is situated between the bay of Alcudia and Pollensa. In traditional Majorcan architecture, guests can enjoy the amenities of modern luxuryaway from the tourist hustle and bustle of Majorca. The area around the lively town of Alcudia is also a place for peace-seekers: Whether a romantic walk on the beach, a tour of the nearby golf course or an excursion to the dragon caves of Porto Cristo. After an exciting day on the Balearic Island, guests can relax in the hotel whirlpool or sauna.
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European hotel prices are eight percent less than December 2008. In comparison to the previous month, overnight accommodation prices have decreased by four percent. In the United Kingdom hotel prices have decreased by 21 percent in Manchester and by 15 percent in Edinburgh in comparison to the previous year.
These are the findings of the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) which is published monthly by the hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk.
London, 9th December 2009. The price for a standard double room continues to decrease in the majority of popular European cities. The current tHPI for December shows the average price for a hotel is four percent less than the previous month and eight percent less than this time last year. Copenhagen goes against the trend; average hotel prices have increased by 21 percent in comparison to November 2009, due to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December.