Five star hotels – Aleksander House http://aleksanderhouse.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://aleksanderhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-9-120x120.png Five star hotels – Aleksander House http://aleksanderhouse.com/ 32 32 Stay at the most affordable five-star hotels in the world https://aleksanderhouse.com/stay-at-the-most-affordable-five-star-hotels-in-the-world/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:32:36 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/stay-at-the-most-affordable-five-star-hotels-in-the-world/ Who doesn’t like a little luxury now and then? And when it comes to those treasured vacations or tiring work trips, it’s often worth spending the extra cash to go five-star and ensure your trip is as luxurious, relaxing and revitalizing as possible. But five star luxury usually means five star price. And while there […]]]>

Who doesn’t like a little luxury now and then? And when it comes to those treasured vacations or tiring work trips, it’s often worth spending the extra cash to go five-star and ensure your trip is as luxurious, relaxing and revitalizing as possible.

But five star luxury usually means five star price. And while there are some very expensive hotels and resorts available for those with more than enough cash to spend, there are also plenty of fantastic luxury hotels in the world that don’t cost the earth. Handily, financial information center Top dollar did the research for you and created maps of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world.

Before requesting the credit card to begin the reservation, there are a few caveats to consider. First, prices change, often rapidly. The prices you will see on these maps are representative of a single night booked in July 2021 for two people, with price updates for July 2022 included in the descriptions below for some hotels. But every hotel here is representative of what you can get for your money – that rare thing, a five-star bargain.

Second, it is important to know that there is no worldwide standard for what makes a hotel five stars. Regions across Europe are trying to standardize this star rating internationally, but at the moment it’s not much more than a pipe dream – many even self-assign their ratings (some being bold enough to go up to seven stars!). This is where viewer rating sites like Tripadvisor are invaluable in qualifying hotels’ own luxury claims.

As such, for the purposes of this overall review, you can expect these hotels to have the room sizes, facilities, and amenities that you would largely expect from five-star accommodation.

North America

The least expensive five-star option in North America is the Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara in Mexico, which starts at $79 a night (Update: available July 2022 for just $51 a night) and blends classic Mexican with contemporary design for sleek effect. Hilton bought the building in 2018 and completed a $6.5 million renovation as part of its Curio Collection adding a presidential suite, business lounge, rooftop bar, foyer and headboards. bespoke bed made by local craftsmen.

The cheapest option in the US is the ADERO Scottsdale, part of the Autograph Collection, is set in a dark sky protected community in the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the gorgeous design that has seen it appear on many hot hotel lists over the past year, its location offers far more than five stars to take advantage of its on-site stargazing facilities. The price for a single room for two in July 2022 has dropped from last year to a very reasonable $178 per night.

South America

Direction Colombia and the NH Collection Bogota WTC Royal, and you’ll be staying in one of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world for just $42 a night (although in July 2022 that amount has risen to $73). Next to the Bogotá World Trade Center, its rooms are soundproofed for guaranteed calm, but it is also close to the gardens, cafes and galleries of the Parque 93 district if you feel like some action.

The NH Collection also offers what may be the most expensive of the hotels listed as the cheapest in its country, but when the NH Collection Plaza Santiago in Chile costs just $125 a night (up to $110 a night in July 2022) and offers stunning views of the Andes, every penny is money well spent.

Europe

Mainly concentrated in central and eastern Europe, there are a surprising number of five-star hotels under $100 a night. Among them, the fantastic Hotel Corinthia in Prague with a price of $98 a night in July 2022. A modern glass tower with a lush and lavish interior, it also offers a large spa with swimming pool offering breathtaking views of “the city of a hundred spires”.

Head to the UK and Oddfellows on the park in Cheadle, Manchester to get an excellent five star deal. A Victorian mansion set on beautiful 100-acre Bruntwood Park, it combines traditional charm with modern amenities and a healthy dose of English eccentricity. Rooms in July 2022 start from £110 (around $135). Bargain.

Asia & Oceania

Asia brings with it the promise of frankly ridiculous prices for the promise of a five-star stay. India and Indonesia in particular are bank-friendly hotspots – especially the fantastic Javanese Royal Surakarta Heritage Collection Solo McGallery Hotel Accor available in July 2022 for an incredible price of $32 per night.

Australia is not closed to a five-star deal either. Although there are cheaper ones, few can match Sydney’s quality and location. Meriton Suites Chatswood, the tallest hotel in the area which offers stunning views of the northern part of the city. A bargain at $165 a night in July.

Africa

Africa offers a huge range of five-star prices, but few if any are cheaper than Egypt Steigenberger Resort Achti in Luxor at just $37 a night in July. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it sits in a 1.2 hectare tropical garden and has its own marina.

Head to incredible Morocco and follow in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and the great and good rock and rolls to the hippie town of Essaouira where you can stay in a stylishly renovated house. classic. Palace of the Ramparts. Built into the ramparts of the old medina, rooms in July cost $53 a night in July. Madness!

You can see the methodology behind the original research here.

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MVA and BJP lawmakers housed in five-star hotels to avoid cross-voting https://aleksanderhouse.com/mva-and-bjp-lawmakers-housed-in-five-star-hotels-to-avoid-cross-voting/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:24:51 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/mva-and-bjp-lawmakers-housed-in-five-star-hotels-to-avoid-cross-voting/ MLC polls: MVA and BJP lawmakers housed in five-star hotels to avoid cross-voting | In the context of the defeat of the Shiv Sena’s second candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress and the NCP held separate meetings of their legislators and explained to them the voting procedure for 10 seats of the Council […]]]>

MLC polls: MVA and BJP lawmakers housed in five-star hotels to avoid cross-voting |

In the context of the defeat of the Shiv Sena’s second candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress and the NCP held separate meetings of their legislators and explained to them the voting procedure for 10 seats of the Council of State planned for the June 20. Both parties contact independents and smaller parties to get their votes for the victory of their two candidates each while Shiv Sena ensures the victory of his two candidates. Tourism Minister and Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray is camping with party lawmakers and independents and members of smaller parties hosted at the Westin Hotel in Powai and holding individual meetings.

On the other hand, Congress put its legislators in the Four Seasons hotel while the NCP legislators were housed in Trident. The BJP put its lawmakers in the Taj President where former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and ex-minister Ashish Shekar briefed them on Saturday on the do’s and don’ts during the poll and were told to stay away. hotel until they leave for Monday to avoid any inconvenience in the wake of the weather bureau’s forecast of heavy rain and high tide. Three parties decided to bring in their lawmakers early in the morning after polls started at 9 a.m.

Three ruling partners have strictly instructed their legislators not to receive their personal assistants and relatives in their respective rooms with the serious aim of avoiding the leakage of secret information outside. Senior Congress Minister Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan have overseen poll strategy while NCP veterans including DCM Ajit Pawar and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil are in constant contact with lawmakers and independents.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar addressed the party’s lawmakers today while Congress senior ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan addressed the lawmakers’ meeting.

Meanwhile, DCM Ajit Pawar admitted that those who get 26 votes will win and those who don’t will be defeated. In all, 11 nominees are vying for 10 seats. ”MVA fielded 6 candidates against BJP’s five candidates for 10 council seats. I’ve been watching the news for two days and want to make it clear that we’re all working hard to get six MVA nominees elected,” he noted.

“10 out of 11 will be elected, one will be defeated, so this miracle is bound to happen. Those who don’t get the 26 votes (needed quota for victory) will lose,” Pawar said.

Pawar admitted that parties should respectfully request votes from independents. ”It’s true that the independents have been approached. I personally phoned many. Ashokrao Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat also spoke to many. Not only are the first and second preference votes important, but the third, fourth and fifth preference votes are also crucial to the victory of MVA’s sixth nominee,” he said.

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3 upcoming five-star hotels in town | Patna News https://aleksanderhouse.com/3-upcoming-five-star-hotels-in-town-patna-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/3-upcoming-five-star-hotels-in-town-patna-news/ Patna: The historic city of Patna will soon have three state-of-the-art five-star hotels to attract domestic and foreign tourists. A decision to this effect was taken during the Council of Ministers held here on Friday.While two of the proposed hotels would be developed on Beerchand Patel Path, the third will be built on the site […]]]>
Patna: The historic city of Patna will soon have three state-of-the-art five-star hotels to attract domestic and foreign tourists. A decision to this effect was taken during the Council of Ministers held here on Friday.
While two of the proposed hotels would be developed on Beerchand Patel Path, the third will be built on the site of the current Bankipur bus stand near Gandhi Maidan. The three hotels would be built on the land to be given to individuals on a 45-year lease.
Giving details of the proposed constructions, the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Tourism Santosh Kumar Mall said that the need for these modern hotels has been felt for a long time because there are not many places for a comfortable stay of tourists coming from different parts of the world.
He said there has been a huge increase in the number of tourists in recent years. “In 2015, the number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting Patna was 2.80 crore and 9.24 lakh, respectively. But those numbers rose to 3.40 crore and 11 lakh, respectively, in 2019 before the pandemic hit. Considering the rich cultural heritage of Bihar and the historical significance of the city, the number of tourists is bound to increase significantly in the coming times,” he said.
The hotel on Beerchand Patel Path would be built on 1.5 acres of land currently occupied by the Patliputra Ashok Hotel which was handed over to the state government by the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). This hotel was built by ITDC in 1976. The new hotel will have 175 well-furnished rooms with all modern amenities. The second hotel on this same road would be developed into the iconic Sultan’s Palace which currently serves as the headquarters of the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC).
Built in 1922, the Sultan’s Palace is an impressive example of Islamic architecture with a high-domed tower in the center, minarets and a myriad of arches. It was the residence of Sir sultan ahmed, renowned lawyer and judge of the High Court of Patna and first Indian Vice-Chancellor of the University of Patna. The BSRTC office would now be moved to its new building under construction near Phulwarisharif prison.
The new five-star hotel to be developed on 4.8 acres of land currently occupied by the Sultan’s Palace will have a total of 400 rooms. This hotel would be very close to the train station as well as the city airport, Mall said.
The third five-star hotel would be built on 3.5 acres of land currently occupied by Bankipur Bus Station in the heart of the city. This hotel would be located near Bapu Sabhagar (with a capacity of 5000 beds), Bapu Sabhagar (with a capacity of 500 beds) and Patna Medical College Hospital (which is under reconstruction with a capacity of 5000 beds).
Mall said the development of these new five-star hotels will not only provide comfortable residential accommodation for tourists from far and wide, but also promote economic activities by providing instant employment for local youths and businessmen.
A committee headed by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Bihar has been formed to finalize lease details and tenders for the construction of these hotels.
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The most breathtaking five-star hotels in Switzerland https://aleksanderhouse.com/the-most-breathtaking-five-star-hotels-in-switzerland/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:40:10 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/the-most-breathtaking-five-star-hotels-in-switzerland/ Renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery, decadent chocolate, world-class winter sports and picturesque villages, Switzerland is one of the most spectacular countries to visit in Europe. And for the wealthy, staying in an opulent castle hotel or alpine resort is the only way to vacation in this landlocked country. Carved into mountainsides or perched beside […]]]>

Renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery, decadent chocolate, world-class winter sports and picturesque villages, Switzerland is one of the most spectacular countries to visit in Europe. And for the wealthy, staying in an opulent castle hotel or alpine resort is the only way to vacation in this landlocked country.

Carved into mountainsides or perched beside serene lakes, these grand hotels seem straight out of a fairy tale. From castle-like heritage hotels to sleek, modern resorts, these five-star Swiss stays have earned praise from even the most seasoned travelers. Because beyond impeccable interiors and breathtaking natural landscapes, these hotels offer the ultimate Swiss vacation where fine dining, luxurious day spas and sophisticated suites are part of the experience.

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad

Nestled between impressive mountains, this five-star hotel looks like something out of a fairy tale. Since 1913, the Gstaad Palace has been one of the few remaining grand family-run hotels in Switzerland.

In summer, Gstaad Palace offers a heated Olympic swimming pool to cool off after a game of tennis. And of course, when it’s time to unwind, the Palace Spa is the place to go. During the winter months, you can enjoy snow-capped alpine views, a visit to La Fromagerie, a fondue restaurant housed in a former bunker, and an evening of authentic alpine cuisine at Walig Hut.

Corner suite with mountain view at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland
Corner Suite Mountain View, approximately AUD 3,260/night | Source: Gstaad Palace

The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt is considered one of the best and most picturesque hotels in Europe. Featuring elegant Asian-style elements and a touch of Alpine chic, this five-star hotel offers 123 elegant rooms and suites, multiple dining options, a cigar library, a luxurious day spa and an indoor swimming pool.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, guests of The Chedi Andermatt can hike in the mountains and play golf in the summer. During the colder months, the hotel transforms into a luxurious and scenic winter wonderland making it the perfect base for a skiing holiday. Serviced by a ski bus, guests can easily access the many slopes in the area and end the day by a crackling fire.

Hotel Chedi Andermatt
Gemsstock Suite at the Chedi Andermatt
Gemsstock Suite from approximately AUD 3,633/night | Source: The Chedi Andermatt

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, Lausanne

Dating back to 1909, the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa in Lausanne has long been the hotel of choice for the rich and famous. Comprising 196 superb rooms and suites, as well as a cigar lounge, chic brasserie and spa, the Royal Savoy Hotel offers a luxurious haven to return to after exploring the bustling city of Lausanne.

Capturing exceptional 360-degree views, the Royal Savoy’s SkyLounge offers the perfect setting to sip a cocktail while admiring those picture-postcard views of Lake Geneva.

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, Lausanne
Royal Suite at the Royal Savoy Hotel and Spa Lausanne
Royal Savoy Suite from approximately AUD 6,520/night | Source: Royal Savoy Lausanne

Search for Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Filled with stunning neo-baroque architecture, this lavish historic hotel boasts over 170 years of history and a stunning location in the Swiss Alps. A landmark in its own right, this grand hotel offers lavish interiors, gourmet restaurants, a sophisticated bar and smoking lounge, a state-of-the-art spa, and luxurious rooms and suites.

Surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Pontresina Valley, there is no shortage of outdoor activities and sightseeing during your stay in this picturesque Swiss town. During the winter months, visitors can enjoy some 350 kilometers of trails and around 200 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina
Diavolezza Suite at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Diavolezza Suite, from around AUD 1,670/night | Source: Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz

Located in the luxurious Alpine resort of St. Moritz, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel dates back to 1896 and still exudes that traditional fairytale charm and elegance. Exuding grace and elegance, each of the hotel’s 156 rooms and suites captures idyllic views of the lake or the picturesque village center.

During the winter months, Badrutt’s Palace serves as a lavish base for enjoying the town’s world-class winter sports, where after a long day of skiing you can relax with a massage at the Palace Wellness and enjoy a dive into the incredible indoor infinity pool. As for dining, the hotel has a two-star Michelin restaurant called IGNIV, as well as a number of other dining destinations and three chic bars.

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Suite St. Moritz and Badrutt Palace
Suite St. Moritz, from around 899 AUD/night | Source: Badrutts Palace

If you fancy crossing the border and spending time in Paris, here is our pick of the best five-star hotels in the city of love.

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There are currently 18 five-star hotels, including 1 five-star luxury, in Nepal. here is the list https://aleksanderhouse.com/there-are-currently-18-five-star-hotels-including-1-five-star-luxury-in-nepal-here-is-the-list/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 09:28:59 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/there-are-currently-18-five-star-hotels-including-1-five-star-luxury-in-nepal-here-is-the-list/ Kathmandu, June 7 The government of Nepal has released a new list of operational five-star hotels in the country. According to a new classification made public by the Department of Tourism, there are 18 five-star hotels in the country. One of them, Mechi Crown Plaza in Jhapa, eastern Nepal, has also been recognized as a […]]]>

Kathmandu, June 7

The government of Nepal has released a new list of operational five-star hotels in the country.

According to a new classification made public by the Department of Tourism, there are 18 five-star hotels in the country. One of them, Mechi Crown Plaza in Jhapa, eastern Nepal, has also been recognized as a five-star luxury hotel.

It is expected that the number of five star hotels will increase soon as many are under construction.

Here is the list of the best starred hotels in the country.

Hotel Rooms Beds Employees
The Soaltee Kathmandu, Kathmandu 282 434 550
Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu 153 230 344
The Everest International Hotel, Kathmandu 160 280
Pokhara Grand Hotel, Pokhara 140 247 173
The Fulbari Resort, Pokhara 165 200
Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu 260 350 400
Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu 290 426 410
Yak & Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu 247 350 305
The Malla Hotel, Kathmandu 100 163 153
Shangri-La Hotel, Kathmandu 100 169 210
Search for Tiger Palace Resort, Bhairahawa, Rupandehi 102 146 202
Soaltee Westend Premier, Nepalgunj, Banke 80 99 80
Central Plaza Hotel, Kohalpur, Banke 80 99 70
Marriott Kathmandu Hotel, Kathmandu 215 344 300
Aloft Hotel, Kathmandu 167 216 180
The Kingsbury Hotel, Birtamode, Jhapa 82 100 150
Hyatt Place, Kathmandu 153 306 186
Mechi Crown Plaza, Dhulabari, Jhapa (five star luxury) 101 185 110
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Offers in five-star hotels in Thailand and the Maldives https://aleksanderhouse.com/offers-in-five-star-hotels-in-thailand-and-the-maldives/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 16:58:18 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/offers-in-five-star-hotels-in-thailand-and-the-maldives/ Make the most of these flexible offers. Revenge trips are in full swing this year. Travelers are going all out for bucket list destinations and splurging on dream vacations to make up for lost time. Luxury travel, first class tickets, unique cruises– nothing is on the table. If you’re also planning to turn a dream […]]]>

Make the most of these flexible offers.

Revenge trips are in full swing this year. Travelers are going all out for bucket list destinations and splurging on dream vacations to make up for lost time. Luxury travel, first class tickets, unique cruises– nothing is on the table. If you’re also planning to turn a dream into a reality this summer, we’ve got two great five-star hotel deals that will make you want to travel despite rising inflation.

The Maldives

The Indian Ocean archipelago is one of the best places on Earth to visit. Azure waters, clear skies, swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches are a given in the Maldives, whichever island you choose. The islands also offer exclusive resorts, which epitomize luxury.

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Fushifaru Maldives, a 35-minute flight from the airport, is a hotel complex of 49 villas. The Indian Ocean is right outside your villa and the milky white beach is a main draw. At the moment the property is offering 50% off – you can spend five nights for $1,499. You will get a Sunset Beach Villa with a private garden and outdoor bathtub. For $2,099, your hosting will be a Villa with overwater jacuzzi and outdoor hot tubs; and for $2,999, the Villa on stilts with swimming pool.

What’s also included in the offer is daily breakfast, lunch on the water for two, use of snorkeling gear and non-motorized activities, and free access to the kids’ club for ages 4 to 11.

All-inclusive packages are also discounted. You can book it now and travel until December 23, 2023 (blackout dates apply).

Thailand

Thailand is an exhilarating experience for travellers. The Southeast Asian country is blessed with pristine beaches and beautiful islands. The food never disappoints, and there are opulent temples and royal palaces so beautiful the photographs don’t do them justice. And in addition, luxury hotels and resorts have raised the bar with their location and services.

One such impressive resort is on the secluded south side where the Andaman hugs the shore.

The Haven Khao Lak is an adults-only resort, just 80 kilometers (50 miles) from phuket. Currently it offers 70% off regular prices. For $399, two guests can stay at The Haven Khao Lak for seven nights. The hotel has Deluxe Rooms with private balconies ($399); Deluxe Pool Access Rooms with direct pool access ($699); and Beachfront Jacuzzi Villas ($999). It also has Thailand’s largest saltwater pool, four restaurants and bars, and a host of free activities, including yoga, biking, and kayaking on the Andaman Sea.

This offer also includes a daily buffet breakfast, welcome cocktail, massage, late check-out, as well as 10% discount in the restaurants of the resort and 20% discount on the spa. If you like what you read, hurry up…this deal ends on wednesday. Book now and travel anytime before October 2023 (surcharge applies on select dates). If you change your mind, it is refundable for 14 days.

Thailand further eased entry restrictions for travelers this month after experimenting with a series of programs since the pandemic. You can find the latest information on travel requirements here.

As a warning, although Fodor’s fully endorses this deal, we receive a small commission on this transaction.

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Congress, BJP lawmakers stay in five-star hotels as RS poll race tightens – The New Indian Express https://aleksanderhouse.com/congress-bjp-lawmakers-stay-in-five-star-hotels-as-rs-poll-race-tightens-the-new-indian-express/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/congress-bjp-lawmakers-stay-in-five-star-hotels-as-rs-poll-race-tightens-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service JAIPUR: With voting for Rajya Sabha elections just three days away, Congress and BJP are taking no chances in Rajasthan. While the Congress is more comfortably placed than a week ago, it is still facing problems from two Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) MPs who are staying away from Udaipur and not planning […]]]>

Express press service

JAIPUR: With voting for Rajya Sabha elections just three days away, Congress and BJP are taking no chances in Rajasthan. While the Congress is more comfortably placed than a week ago, it is still facing problems from two Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) MPs who are staying away from Udaipur and not planning to vote for Congress unless demands related to tribal peoples are met. Meanwhile, the BJP also gathered all its MPs in a hotel near Jaipur. If the victory of its official candidate is more or less certain, for the saffron party it will be a setback if the independent candidate Subhash Chandra that the party has supported does not manage to win.

Many MPs who were strong with Chief Minister Gehlot during the crisis created by former Assistant Deputy Minister Sachin Pilot’s revolt two years ago are now adamant that their demands will be met. Among these are BTP’s two tribal MLAS, Rajkumar Roat and Ram Prasad Dindor, who laid down a set of conditions instead of giving their support ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. In addition to the claims related to the tribal areas, the BTP deputies demanded the withdrawal of the cases related to the Kankari Dungri movement. BTP MPs said support would only be considered once their demands are met – for now their policy is to wait and watch. BTP MPs had backed CM Gehlot even in the previous Rajya Sabha elections and Sachin pilot camp rebellion. They had twice been herded with congressmen, but this time they fell short. Leaders close to the CM are busy persuading the BTP deputies.

Of 13 independent MPs supporting the government, 12 reached the resort town of Udaipur. Only Baljeet Yadav, an independent MP for Behror, is angry and not ready to go to the Udaipur barricade. He would have put in place strict conditions to vote for Congress in exchange for votes, without fulfilling which they refused to vote. Yadav requested the Gehlot government to put in place a reservation of 75% of Rajasthani youth in all jobs, but the government refused this reservation of local youth in private sector employment.

It is said that a party meeting of the congressional legislature will take place in a day or two. During this meeting, Pawan Kumar Bansal, the election in charge on behalf of AICC, TS Singh Deo and the three candidates Rajya Sabha Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala and Pramod Tiwari will be present.

As Congress MPs are staying at a five-star hotel in Udaipur, from Monday the BJP has also gathered its MPs at a five-star hotel in Jamdoli near Jaipur. The BJP has named it a training camp where all party MPs will stay until June 10.

A training session was held for MPs at the BJP state headquarters on Monday afternoon, attended by state chairman Satish Poonia, opposition leader Gulabchand Kataria and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje also attended. The MPs who took part were quickly sent to the five-star Devi Ratan hotel in Jamdoli, on the outskirts of Jaipur, until the vote for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Opposition leader Gulabchand Kataria said that this time Rajya Sabha elections are going to be very interesting as there is a fight going on in Congress itself. “The Chief Minister does not trust his MPs. This is why he has kept them in prison since June 2. Independent MPs have also distanced themselves from the government. Not only are we hopeful, but confident that this time BJP candidates will register victory in 2 seats,” Kataria said.

Voting for 4 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on June 10. This time 5 candidates are in the running in Rajasthan. The contest has become a hot one due to the stance of BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra. Victory of Congress in 2 seats and BJP in one seat is certain, but for the fourth seat both parties need the support of independents and small party MPs. Given the tight competition and fears of bargaining, deputies across the state will stay away from the general public until the ballots are held on June 10.

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Tragic end in sight as once-iconic five-star hotels in Nairobi close https://aleksanderhouse.com/tragic-end-in-sight-as-once-iconic-five-star-hotels-in-nairobi-close/ Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:42 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/tragic-end-in-sight-as-once-iconic-five-star-hotels-in-nairobi-close/ There was a time when five-star hotels in the central business district (CBD) dominated the city skyline. This is no longer the case for the iconic hotels Hilton, Sarova Stanley, InterContinental, Norfolk and Grand Regency which became Laico Regency. The landmarks, which for decades remained the face of the city’s upscale lifestyle, have lost their […]]]>

There was a time when five-star hotels in the central business district (CBD) dominated the city skyline.

This is no longer the case for the iconic hotels Hilton, Sarova Stanley, InterContinental, Norfolk and Grand Regency which became Laico Regency. The landmarks, which for decades remained the face of the city’s upscale lifestyle, have lost their luster.

Only The Stanley, the oldest hotel, has weathered the storms to stay afloat. The other four experienced operational difficulties. The Stanley opened in 1902, having been created by businesswoman Mayence Bent.

Unlike the Stanley, Hilton, InterContinental, Norfolk and Laico Regency faltered. In their heyday, these hotels attracted the crème de la crème of society.

The hoi polloi could only imagine and marvel at the five-star hotels that added to the splendor, beauty and modernity of the city.

Unfortunately, their elegance is fast disappearing, thanks to the emergence of more sophisticated hotels, biting economic conditions and fierce competition. The situation has been aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With a struggling hotel industry, the days of the CBD being filled with visitors thanks to Hilton, Sarova Stanley, Intercontinental and Norfolk are over.

These iconic hotels have drawn tourists to Kenya from other parts of the world to sample the dazzling city life and its history.

The allure that attracted visitors is gone, and the InterContinental Hotel is a perfect example. Founded in 1967, the hotel is now only a shadow of itself.

Yet it is here that visiting presidents among other high-ranking dignitaries have dined, drank and slept. In its heyday, the hotel was a hive of activity.

The once bustling life has been replaced by an eerie silence. The place is deserted. Only two security guards man the hotel building, with public car parking being the only visible activity.

From a distance, a guard guarding the main entrance to City Hall Way looks bored. From her posture on a plastic chair, it appears that the sitter is not expecting visitors.

No wonder that even after our vehicle stopped at the security gate, the woman didn’t feel like establishing the mission of the car’s occupants.

Such a cold response is a departure from the past when she could have jumped to her feet at the sight of an approaching car. The abstract pose speaks to InterContinental’s fall from glamor to gloom.

We ask the guard if we can go through the gate. She turns us down with the disappointing response that the place is off limits. “This place has closed; there is no more activity,” she says irrevocably.

Just a few months ago, the place was full of life and teeming with visitors. There was a 24-hour front desk, valet parking, butler services with concierges and bellmen rushing from one end to the other to assist guests.

Run by InterContinental Hotels Corporation, the hotel was closed by management last year, citing financial constraints associated with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Kenyan government holds a 33.8% stake.

“InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited is considering, for operational reasons, a permanent closure of the Intercontinental Nairobi and the liquidation of all its operations in the Republic of Kenya,” reads the notice of intent to close the business.

Prior to its closure, the hotel was reeling from debts to a local bank and had been declared insolvent the previous year. The permanent closure has left hundreds of employees laid off, with auxiliary services also suffering.

It has almost become common for five-star hotels in the CBD to struggle to survive. For a long time, these hotels have focused on congresses, tourism and events.

Although Norfolk has since resumed operations, the sad state of InterContinental is reflected in Laico Regency. On a positive note, Radisson Blu in Upper Hill, which closed following the coronavirus pandemic, reopened a few days ago.

It was only recently that Hilton management issued a closure notice, adding to the industry’s woes. The signature hotel has remained an imposing and unique edifice for decades.

The hotel began operations on December 17, 1969 and was officially opened by President Jomo Kenyatta.

When it opened, the hotel was the tallest building in the city. It quickly became a favorite with leisure tourists seeking wildlife adventures, government officials and influential business people.

According to author Kojo Bentum Williams, the hotel has hosted various celebrities over the years, including American actor Sydney Poitier, sixth UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and musician SeanPaul.

Hilton was the first hotel entity in Kenya to sponsor safari rally driver Patrick Njiru, who regularly parked his famous Subaru there.

“The hotel was also the first property in the city to introduce the concept of the Executive Lounge for its VIP guests in 1994 and it was also the first hotel to establish a leading patisserie in the city known as the Hilton Patisserie,” says Williams.

It has 287 rooms, three restaurants, an American-themed cafe, two bars (indoor and outdoor) and a fully equipped gym with a spa and heated pool to meet the needs of its registered members. and his guests.

It is understood that the hotel will redeploy some staff to hotels in its Hilton portfolio in the city. There is the Hilton Nairobi Hurlingham and the Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport. Apart from Covid-19, the hotel, which is 40.57% owned by the government, was struggling to stand on its own.

An official from the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) told our sister newspaper The Standard that the agency had received a notice from the hotel, warning it would cease operations at the end of the year.

“I can confirm that the Hilton hotel will be closing in December. We received the notice. I don’t know what prompted the decision, but I do know that business has not been looking for the hotel, especially after that Covid-19 hit,” the senior official said.

Across town, fond memories linger at the sight of what was once elegant, the Laico Regency, which struggled before closing due to the effects of the coronavirus.

The hotel offered understated luxury, exquisite cuisine, ideal conference facilities, as well as an exclusive private club and all-weather swimming pool. It was a favorite haunt for high-flying individuals.

It has since closed and renovations are currently being carried out by the next owner.

“We expect operations to resume early next year following a change in management,” said a caretaker overseeing the renovation.

After closing for over 20 months due to Covid-19, Norfolk, a hidden gem outside of the CBD, finally got back to business recently.

It opened its doors to its first customers on December 25, 1904 after being established by Major CGR Ringer and R. Aylmer Winearls for the use of early settlers who ventured into the Maasai Mara, Coast and Rift Valley .

It was also a meeting point for white hunters who founded the East African Professional Hunters Association there in 1934.

Some of its famous guests were Major General Robert Baden Powell, founder and first chief scout of the Scouting movement who stayed there in February 1906 and Theodore Roosevelt who camped there in 1909 before later becoming the 26th President of the United States.

The hotel was featured in the 1985 film, Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. It has 27 luxurious suites and 143 rooms, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a health club with a fitness center and pleasant spa facilities.

However, he had his fair share of challenges. On New Year’s Eve 1981, it was bombed by Muradi Akaali, who had booked a room there. Many people died and the entire west wing was destroyed.

It was rebuilt and normal operations resumed until a dispute over pay cuts forced Accor, the hotel’s owners, to close operations indefinitely, laying off all employees following the disruptions and low income caused by Covid-19.

Over the years, InterContinental, Sarova Stanley, Hilton, and Norfolk have provided breathtaking views of the city’s landscape for leisure-seeking guests.

It is for this reason that veteran hotelier Mohamed Hersi shudders at the thought that these elegant monuments with such a rich history intertwined with the constant growth of the city are on the brink of extinction.

“Since the Nairobi Expressway has become a reality with the potential to decongest airport traffic, the next step should be to revive the KICC to attract conventions. This will lead to the revival of activities needed to support the hospitality industry and save our heritage hotels,” Hersi said.

However, Mike Macharia, the chief executive of the Kenya Hoteliers and Caterers Association, has a different view. He says it is no longer necessary to have five-star hotels in the CBD since the city has become a metropolis.

The city, according to Macharia, is growing vertically and hotel facilities should also follow these developments. He said that so far the city has more than 30 five-star hotels located far from the city center.

“Overall, if both hotels (InterContinental and Hilton) are closing due to business decisions, it’s not a disaster. There are more good hotels outside the city center and after all it’s not the first time hotel chains have moved – a similar decision was made by the Sheraton Hotel,” Macharia said.

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Two new five-star hotels for Belfast and Cork https://aleksanderhouse.com/two-new-five-star-hotels-for-belfast-and-cork/ Sun, 22 May 2022 05:00:13 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/two-new-five-star-hotels-for-belfast-and-cork/ There is still Sam You should grab the title of “Dublin’s newest hotel” while you can, as hotels are springing up in the city like mushrooms. As of this writing, it’s currently the Samuel, a four-star hotel in the docks, and a five-minute walk from the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Rooms start at €160, but as […]]]>

There is still Sam

You should grab the title of “Dublin’s newest hotel” while you can, as hotels are springing up in the city like mushrooms. As of this writing, it’s currently the Samuel, a four-star hotel in the docks, and a five-minute walk from the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Rooms start at €160, but as summer approaches you’re looking at around €239 per room. Sign up for iSave@thesamuel for a 10% discount; thesamuelhotel.com.

starry nights

We learned that five stars means things like elevators, doormen, and (strangely) cast-iron baths when possible; but categorizers may also add stars for overall beauty. Two new five-star designations will take you across the country. Start at Belfast’s Grand Central, where you can sleep on pillows previously enjoyed by Prince Charles and Shania Twain, but not together, of course. Celebrate with their Bolly Good Stay, with B&B and half a bottle of bubbles from €269 per room; grandcentralhotelbelfast.com. Then head south for a self-catering stay at one of Fota Island Resort’s lodges in Co Cork, all of which are newly starred themselves. Try a three-bed, from €206 a night for a four-night stay; fotaisland.ie.

West Waterford gets festive

From Lismore to Dungarvan and all along the Copper Coast, West Waterford is nothing but beautiful. Reasons to visit in June include the return of the West Waterford Festival of Food, June 10-12, where there are still tickets for the Food Cloud Dinner, always a brilliant reminder of the great things you can do with things that otherwise would go to waste. Find out about it, plus Comeragh Lamb BBQ, Flahavan’s Greenway Breakfast, Markets and more at westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com (a mouthful in itself), where you will also find information on rates and offers from partner hotels.

Festival Market in Grattan Square, Dungarvan at the West Waterford Festival of Food. Photography: David Clynch Photography

Stick around as Lismore’s travel writing festival, Immrama, makes a welcome return from June 16-19, with talks and stories galore to tickle the most irritating feet, including true stories from Des Ekin’s Irish Pirates and De Dannan’s Charlie Piggott on his musical travels. Complete program on lismore-immrama.com.

Bet on it

Check out the Powerscourt Hotel for the upcoming bank holiday weekend

Check out the Powerscourt Hotel for the upcoming bank holiday weekend

Holidays seem to come like buses these days. If you feel like partying for the next one, which falls on June 6, try the Powerscourt Dining Experience, where you get dinner, room and breakfast from €281 pps. The best thing about the hotel (aside from its 20m Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool, if that’s your kind of thing) is the beautiful grounds, as it’s set in the middle of the 1,000m Powerscourt estate. acres; www.powerscourthotel.com.

Open your appetite

The Ross in Killarney aims to get you moving, with its immersive two-day experience, the Pressure Drop.

The Ross in Killarney aims to get you moving and enjoying the incredible scenery the area has to offer

The Ross in Killarney aims to get you moving and enjoying the incredible scenery the area has to offer

Includes two nights in bed and breakfast, kayaking trip, mountain hike, yoga class, spa treatments, gin tasting, dinner and cocktails in one evening, plus snack box for the return trip. Sound exhausting? Their beds are so damn comfortable only to crumble afterwards. From €450 pps, it’s available all year round, but book fast, as you might want to come back for more; theross.iand.

Well-being with wow

Head further afield for your wellness experiences with the marvelous Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, which has just reopened after a massive renovation. The Italian health hotspot offers lake views, including Sky Suites which have their own private saunas and outdoor hot tubs.

The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda is an Italian health hot spot overlooking the lake

The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda is an Italian health hot spot overlooking the lake

Go for packages that claim to support the immune system and rebalance gut health, sort out fatigue, and generally help you become a superman or woman. I like the sound of the Longevity Program, which offers to “assess whether your lifestyle is harming your body or your mind,” although I think I already know the answer to that question. Rooms from €370 per night. Treatment programs extra. Nearest airport, Verona, with direct flights from Dublin via Ryanair; lefayresorts.com.

Cancun? Yes you can (soon)

Irish tour operator TUI is resuming direct flights from Dublin to Cancun in Mexico from next June. The wait is long, but book now to add delicious anticipation to your trip. The seven-week season begins June 5, 2023, with a 14-night vacation on offer along the Caribbean coast. Try two weeks at the all-inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, from €1,799 pp; tuiholidays.co.uk

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Prime Minister Skerrit describes the impact of the construction of five-star hotels on Dominica’s economy https://aleksanderhouse.com/prime-minister-skerrit-describes-the-impact-of-the-construction-of-five-star-hotels-on-dominicas-economy/ Thu, 19 May 2022 07:35:47 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/prime-minister-skerrit-describes-the-impact-of-the-construction-of-five-star-hotels-on-dominicas-economy/ Prime Minister Skerrit describes the impact of the construction of five-star hotels on Dominica’s economy Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit had an important discussion with the Top Level Radio Channel where he highlighted that the government is investing heavily in tourism and the impact of hotel construction on Dominica’s economy . He said […]]]>

Prime Minister Skerrit describes the impact of the construction of five-star hotels on Dominica’s economy


Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit had an important discussion with the Top Level Radio Channel where he highlighted that the government is investing heavily in tourism and the impact of hotel construction on Dominica’s economy .

He said that when they arrived as government in Dominica, they formulated strategies to address access in the country.

Prime Minister Skerrit said that once the country builds hotels and additional hotels, the country will experience significant development.

While speaking about the criticisms hailed by the opposition on the construction of Windsor Stadium, Prime Minister Skerrit said that despite the hatred sparked by the project, he affirmed that the stadium is essential for the progress of Dominica.

“I reminded the World Bank and the IMF that Dominica was in an austerity program and they felt the stadium was a priority and the government should use the resources for something else and I challenged that and said that the stadium was going to be essential elements for the port of Dominica and the young people.

He said the stadium was an important initiative to attract foreign teams to play international cricket and to play international football and other sports.

Prime Minister Skerrit further pointed out that his government had extended the runway, introduced night landing of planes and essentially built a new terminal.

“We have always told the Dominican people that we will build an international airport, but we are not going to burden the taxpayers of future Dominican generations because it will lead to huge debt and we could afford to borrow to build an international airport, and we started saving money,” he added.

PM Slerrity also pointed out that they have started saving as little as US$5 million each month.

However, by the time of the hurricane, the government had already saved a significant sum of money of US$5 million each month. But PM Skerrit claimed because of the Maria; money is spent on building houses and roads, money is spent on farmers, helping the private sector and many more.

Regarding the construction of hotels, he said it was part of the strategy to increase foreign exchange in Dominica. This is why the government has used CBI funds to create an independent source of revenue, job creation and sustainable employment for the country.

He said the government is investing in infrastructure for better roads, which means better trade, better transport, better access and better security.

Prime Minister Skerrit also pointed out that the World Bank is already looking at hotels that have been built, such as Jungle Bay and Kempinski and others.

“We have hotel rooms that we can now promote in Dominica; People can come in, jobs created, farmers can sell the produce, fishermen can sell the produce, people can come for spa treatment and the associated services and amenities,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.

While castigating the opposition, he claimed they had criticized them when building Jungle Bay and other hotels.

He also pointed out that the news about the stoppage of work at Marriott hotels was fake and that there was a lot of work going on at the Marriott hotel in the country. Also, in the Hilton hotel in Salisbury, a significant world happened there. Secret Bay is also nearing completion. Jungle Bay has completed the oceanfront under construction.

Prime Minister Skerrit further slammed the opposition leader for encouraging negativity in the country.

He pointed out that due to their government, the country has witnessed the opening of five-star hotels.

PMSkerrit also talked about how direct flights work from Miami, America and many more.

“We have seen an increase in visitor arrivals because of these American flights, and the ultimate thing will have happened with the construction of an international airport which will be the last piece in terms of infrastructure to improve access to Dominica.”

He said one of the international airports would be built and planes would land in Dominica from different parts of the world.

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