The Address Downtown, Dubai

              The Address Downtown Dubai is a stunning place to stay in Dubai’s most happening ‘new quarter’, right by the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. For those who reserve the Club rooms or selected suites, the traditional noon check-out has been replaced by a 24-hour rule, which means guests get to enjoy the accommodation to the fullest, leaving at the same time of day they arrived. That it’s taken so long for other hotels to implement it speaks volumes for The Address’ potential to shake up the industry. That The Address is something special is obvious at first sight, as the 306-m- (1,004-ft-) tall structure cuts an impressive figure with its Art Deco facade towering over the rooftops of nearby buildings. Inside, original works of art by Alan Meyburgh and Amanda Brisbane embellish grand interiors that allude to the many faces of the Gulf region through their use of rich, natural materials. Casting one’s eye over the texture of rough stone, to the warm colours of wood and the smoothness of marble, it is possible to see the influence of the regional landscape in the details.


Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., Washington D.C

               Park Hyatt Washington combines dynamic modernism with classic American style reflecting timeless regional attributes and the unique culture of the nation’s capital. Park Hyatt Washington is warm, modern and comfortable, welcoming travelers from around the world with contemporary sophistication and glamour. With a Tea Cellar offering rare and vintage tea selections, spa-inspired bathrooms, and a signature fragrance designed exclusively for the hotel by artisan perfumer Blaise Mautin, Park Hyatt Washington offers guests a truly unique experience. A celebrated restaurant, the Blue Duck Tavern, invites guests and area residents to gather and celebrate in good taste by offering an elegant, modern setting and menu selections focusing on the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors. Park Hyatt Washington offers complimentary bicycles (in-season) to hotel guests, adults and children. Bicycles include maps of area trails, bottled water, helmet and lock. Bicycles can be reserved in 4-hour increments through the Concierge

Andaz West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Keenly encouraging guests to create their own experience, Andaz West Hollywood offers an uncomplicated stay while focusing on delivering simple pleasures. The hotel has completely re-imagined the fourteen-story former Hyatt on Sunset, affectionately referred to as the ‘Riot House’. While guests can still find subtle hints and heritage from its earlier days, the hotel now focuses on unique details and the special locale of West Hollywood, California. Andaz worked with New York-based architecture and interior design firm, Janson Goldstein, to develop a series of engaging spaces featuring design sensibilities tied to the locale of the hotel. The Andaz philosophy means that each hotel in the collection fits in entirely with its surroundings with a lot of emphasis on local culture and history. Here, the designers have highlighted the contrasts between the modern and the mid-century, and have opened up both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Andaz Wall Street, New York

                 Set on the corner of Wall and Water streets, Andaz Wall Street is the first Manhattan hotel that is truly at the heart of the Financial District. Converted from the old J.P. Morgan office building and designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, Andaz Wall Street is setting a new tone of style and optimism in Lower Manhattan. The sculptural pearlescent steel and stone staircase links the public spaces, from the Andaz Studio level to the lounge, bar, and then to the restaurant. This design is integral to the hotel group’s philosophy, as a fluid layout removes many of the barriers between guest and host. The guestrooms are spacious with high ceilings and have a residential-style ambience with local artwork and dark stained oak floors. There are bay window seats for reading in and clever rotating wardrobe valets with full-length mirrors. Rather than the usual pillow menu, there is a ‘Sleep Menu’ and a generous mini-bar with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. 

Grand Hyatt, Dubai

                  The Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel is located on the edge of Dubai Creek and set among 37 acres of stunning landscaped gardens. An outstanding combination of international conference centre, luxury leisure resort and chic residential apartments, the hotel is no less stunning on entering as it has literally brought the outside in with 345 square metres of indoor gardens. The impressive lobby also houses four handcrafted dhows suspended from the ceiling. The hotel facilities are extensive, including a superb health spa, a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, pool and of course the beautiful gardens. Again for those on business the facilities are first rate with The Grand Hyatt’s Conference Centre able to accommodate 2,000 delegates along with a vast choice of meeting rooms and event spaces. The hotel’s dining options are equally comprehensive with 13 bars and restaurants to choose from, several offering alfresco dining on the spacious terraces. 

Armani Hotel, Dubai

                  Located in the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s first Armani Hotel is a minimalist’s dream. Occupying the first eight floors as well as levels 38 and 39 every aspect of the hotel’s design has been overseen personally by Giorgio Armani, from bespoke interiors to restaurant menus and in-room amenities. The luxurious rooms and suites bear the Armani signature in every detail. Minimalist opulence, practicality and elegance, combine with precious materials and sophisticated finishes – Eramosa stone floors, zebra wood paneling and fabric covered walls – to create a unique personal space. The hotel also houses the world’s first in-hotel Armani/SPA. Other facilities include a fully-equipped gym an outdoor pool with bar and private cabanas and three exclusive retail outlets. The Armani Hotel, Dubai is without doubt a true expression of Giorgio Armani’s passion for comfort, elegance and service.

Bulgari Hotel, Milan

              Recently awarded with Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Gold List, Best for Ambience/Design 2009’, the Bulgari Hotel, Milan, combines contemporary design with absolute comfort. Set within its own 4,000 sq metres manicured private garden, guests are offered a smart sanctuary secluded from the frenzy of Italy’s most fashionable city. Designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners, in line with Bulgari’s bold and contemporary style, the hotel features rare and precious materials which create amazing combinations of surfaces. After shopping, it is a good idea to check out the Spa. Radiating luxury, with its iridescent emerald green glass hammam and gold mosaic swimming-pool, guests will find a full collection of treatments on offer. A little later, it is time to indulge in Italy’s favourite past-time, feasting. There is a traditional, yet contemporary, menu of Italian fare at Bulgari’s restaurant with many delicious dishes to choose from. The large oval bar is popular with guests and visitors alike and quickly has become the place to be seen in Milan. A private dining room offers all the comforts for private business luncheons and meetings.

Ararat Park Hyatt, Moscow

             The tastefully furnished 216 spacious and luxurious guestrooms include 21 suites with individual designs that project a cosmopolitan yet very residential feel. The unique Winter Garden Suites offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Bolshoi and the Kremlin. The hotel offers free unlimited use of wired high-speed internet to its residents. Hotel guests are also able to enjoy this service wireless, either in the comfort of their rooms, or in the Hotel’s public areas, restaurants and bars. For the most authentic Japanese selections in Moscow, ‘Enoki’ serves freshest of sushi and sashimi specialties along with signature rolls, wraps and other light dishes. In the pursuit of meeting the needs of the modern traveler, Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is glad to offer guests the services of the ‘Quantum Club’, featuring the latest in cardio-vascular technology to benefit the fitness enthusiast as well as those who are focused on pure pampering and relaxation. 

Andaz Liverpool Street, London

                   As the first hotel to bear the Andaz name, the Liverpool Street property in London continues to go from strength to strength. The hotel has hosted a fine assortment of launches, parties and happenings since opening and has really become a talking point in London. It is not unusual to pass a celebrity on the stairs, yet all visitors and guests are treated with the same friendly and sophisticated service. The Andaz concept was created in response to the changing demands of hotel guests, and combines design-driven environments with warm, subtle service. The customer is placed at the centre of the experience and it is this that truly sets Andaz apart. All of the hotel’s 267 rooms and 23 suites are fitted for both comfort and utility with contemporary colour schemes and designer fittings. In addition, the hotel is eco-conscious, using systems that save water and power wherever possible and sourcing for local suppliers of food and drinks.

ANA Intercontinental, Tokyo

                 Comfort and elegance is the guiding concept for the 844 guest rooms and suites. With contemporary surrounds offering world-class modern conveniences, your residential space is your sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Club InterContinental, the largest executive lounge in Japan, offers unparalleled service and luxury high above the bustling metropolis below. With 12 restaurants and bars, the ANA InterContinental offers a diverse range of options throughout the day and into the evening. From superb French cuisine at three Michelin starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s only restaurant in Japan through to exquisite authentic Japanese dining overlooking a traditional garden and all day international dining at the award winning cafe, you will be spoilt by culinary choice.

Four Seasons, Bangkok

               Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok is strategically located in the heart of the city and combines traditional Thai architecture, hand-painted silk ceilings, intricate artwork, an impressively scaled lobby, glorious gardens and more in inimitable style. The hotel offers 354 generously sized rooms, including 35 suites and seven enchanting garden cabanas. Each is a lavish personal sanctuary, enhanced by a blend of traditional and contemporary decor, with an abundance of teak and Thai silk. All accommodations convey a warm, home-like ambience, with lovely views over the tropical gardens, the outdoor pool, neighbouring residential streets or the private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Facilities within the hotel include the exclusive Executive Club, 24-hour Health Club, Spa, large outdoor swimming pool with poolside Cabana guest rooms and a selection of elegant boutiques in the Parichart Courtyard. Two of the venues accommodate private groups. Every Sunday, the Hotel offers a brunch that showcases culinary favourites from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, Madison, Biscotti, Spice Market and Shintaro.

Conrad, Hong Kong

Conrad Hong Kong towers 61 floors above Pacific Place, one of the city’s most prestigious shopping and entertainment complexes. The hotel offers panoramic views of the renowned Victoria Harbor and strategic access to major business locations and tourist attractions. The Conrad offers 510 luxurious guestrooms and suites that are among the most spacious in Hong Kong. The Conrad luxury hotel in Hong Kong boasts a state-of-the-art Health Club, heated outdoor pool and health spa, as well as full-service Business centre containing offices with computer workstations, high-speed Internet access, portable computer rental, mobile phone rental, translation and a full secretarial service. The hotel also houses one of the city’s largest pillar-free grand ballrooms, complete with state-of-the-art technology and dedicated floor with 11 meeting rooms. Recognized as one of the world’s best business hotels, the Conrad Hong Kong, China hotel offers corporate and leisure travellers a superb 5 star location and a unique sense of style. 

Capella, Singapore

              Located on Singapore’s premier resort destination, Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore offers an inspiring natural setting while providing easy access to Singapore’s financial and shopping districts. The flagship property for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Asia offers the ultimate in personalised service combining the best of old and new Singapore. The 112 guestrooms include villas with private plunge pools and outdoor bathtubs, suites and premier rooms. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology including touch panels that control the lighting, air conditioning, drapes and LCD television. Wireless broadband connection and iPod docking stations are also available for the traveller on the go.For a truly stunning experience stay at the Colonial Manors: each comprises three bedrooms with en suite bathroom. The manors offer a glimpse into the history of Singapore while providing guests with all modern amenities.Also nestled around the centrepiece of Tanah Merah are the Garden Villas, each own personal plunge pool, hidden within lush foliage for utmost privacy. 

Adlon Kempinski, Berlin


              A landmark in its own right, the hotel is situated rightly beside Berlin’s hallowed Brandenburg Gate. The hotel’s rooms and suites are impeccably appointed, and soothing shades of beige and gold predominate.Some of the private suites come with their own fitness room and sauna. The newer rooms also come equipped with state-of–the-art technological conveniences, including LCD screens which double as Internet terminals, and the ability to create private computer networks spanning several rooms, perfect for a group of business travellers. The entire hotel also has its own wireless Internet network. The very best in accommodation is exemplified in the hotel’s presidential suites. All three suites are appointed with the finest antiques and fittings from all over the world and are served by a butler round the clock. The newest presidential suite comes integrated with the security wing, offering cutting-edge security technology, a direct lift and rooms and suites to house accompanying members of the guest’s party.

Peninsula, Hong Kong

                The Peninsula, first opened in 1928 and now one of the world’s legendary great hotels, is located on Victoria Harbour with unparalleled views of Hong Kong Island, and in the heart of Kowloon and its shopping, dining and entertainment district. Together with countless other honours and awards, in year 2010 The Peninsula was voted Best Overseas Hotel in the World for the 6th consecutive year by Australian Luxury magazine, No. 1 in China, World’s Best Hotels, Travel + Leisure (USA) in 2009, in addition to earning No. 1 for Best Hotel / Resort in East Asia 2008, The Gallivanter’s Guide (UK) Awards for Excellence. The 300 luxurious rooms and suites feature Hong Kong’s most spectacular views, together with the most advanced technological innovations, including flat-screen televisions, CD and DVD players, fax machines, marble bathrooms with televisions, electronic safes, executive desks with dataports, multi-voltage universal connectors and complimentary high-speed broadband internet access.Transportation choices include a fleet of 14 chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantoms and a helicopter for sightseeing trips and airport transfers from the hotel’s helipads. 

Park Hyatt, Shanghai

                 Looming above the city, and dwarfing Pudong’s multitude of skyscrapers, the Park Hyatt Shanghai has a separate entrance to the rest of the Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) where it occupies the 79th to 93rd floors. From the elegantly marbled hallway guests are whisked straight up to the lobby on the 87th floor; arriving in less than 50 seconds. The immediate impact inside the lobby is of glass, light and, of course, the view. Every part of the hotel, from the spa to each of the bedrooms, has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering unique vantage points. The location of the hotel is directly within the heart of Shanghai’s business centre. It is the perfect position for smart business travellers, however shoppers and lovers of culture will not be disappointed. The labyrinth of avenues below offers a wealth of street life, markets, shops and art galleries. For a truly exceptional experience, try waking up in the clouds, high up on the 88th floor in the enormous Diplomat Suite. 

Four Seasons at Sultanahmet, Istanbul

             Enjoying its excellent worldwide reputation – and going from strength to strength, this is a boutique style hotel of just 65 rooms and suites located in a former prison in the centre of Istanbul’s Old Town. It may be one of the smallest in the Four Seasons chain, but the hotel offers everything that a larger hotel does, and much more besides. The three-storey, neo-classic building is conveniently situated between Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The atmosphere in the hotel is warm and welcoming with an air of elegance and charm. The interior design pays homage to the city’s rich Ottoman heritage, with arched ceilings, decorative local artefacts throughout and a fantastic collection of antique rugs and Turkish sofas. The 65 rooms and suites have the traditional Four Seasons decor – refined antique wood, plush carpets, vaulted ceilings and arched windows. Rooms are furnished with a writing desk, chairs, a private refrigerated bar and an armoire with a television, DVD and Bose CD player. The marble bathroom includes a deep soaking tub and a separate shower.

Four Seasons, Hong Kong

                    Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is part of the International Finance Centre (IFC) complex in the heart of the city’s Central district. On the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour, this hotel redefines luxury and excellence in a city renowned for exceptional accommodation. It offers unrivalled links to Hong Kong Station, while the famed Star Ferry is just steps away. With exemplary service, award-winning restaurants, unique facilities, excellent business services and an ideal location, this hotel has been awarded with the highest acclaim of all – guests returning time and time again. Each of the hotel’s 399 rooms and suites reflects individual attention to detail and contemporary design. Wall-to-wall windows present inspiring views of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. Guestrooms vary in design with some boasting modern Western interiors and others featuring contemporary Chinese style.

Peninsula, Beijing

                  Located in the city centre and Wangfujing shopping district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Originally opened in 1989, the hotel’s dramatic Chinese architecture makes it as unique and unforgettable as its neighbouring landmarks. The Peninsula Beijing has been completely renovated and upgraded. The hotel features a wide range of facilities including: a remodelled hotel lobby, restaurants and elegantly appointed rooms and suites equipped with state-of-the-art Peninsula technology, as well as a new Peninsula Spa by ESPA and Fitness Centre. The hotel operates the largest private fleet of cars of any hotel in Beijing consisting of bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms and BMW 750Lis. Balance is definitely the key to the Peninsula, Beijing’s irresistibility: old world tradition melds with contemporary luxury and exemplary service blends seamlessly with discretion to guarantee the ultimately perfect stay. Experience the very essence of Beijing in this reinterpretation of a nobleman’s residence, built from genuine, reclaimed materials. Such fine Cantonese specialities as Peking Duck and abalone can be enjoyed in 200 year old style, an authentic aesthetic highlighted by the 1800’s studded wood door and Qing dynasty antiquities.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

                     Located in the heart of Nihonbashi, the hotel offers an oasis of luxury in the historical and financial centre of the city. Occupying the top nine floors of the contemporary 39 floor Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the hotel design was conceived as a large tree, with the guest rooms being the top branches. Within these branches are triptych floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unrivalled views of the city. East-facing rooms look out over the new Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, the Sumida River, Odaiba, and Tokyo Bay, while the west-facing rooms boast views of the Imperial Palace garden, Ginza, Tokyo Station, Shinjuku and Mount Fuji in the distance. Keeping in line with the underlying principles that govern Japanese aesthetics, no single object stands alone in this hotel. There is a harmonious flow in every element, from sumptuous silks on the walls and rich wooden flooring, including waterfalls and fireplaces, and soft arc lights that emphasize the luxurious design elements. Additionally the very latest in electronics complement the sleek designs, with guest room blinds and drapes operated from bedside panels, audio jacks for iPods, wireless laptop connections and 45-in flat screen televisions offering more than 50 free channels and video on demand.

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