Hotel in italy – Travel Italy Hotel Wed, 28 Sep 2022 09:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hotel in italy – Travel Italy Hotel 32 32 Hotel Review: W Rome, Rome in Italy Wed, 28 Sep 2022 09:43:00 +0000

Last December, W Hotels debuted in Italy. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, W Rome is part of an exciting expansion of stylish properties, celebrating each guest’s desire to experience the destination through a lens that is distinctly “W”. Delivering dynamic and invigorating experiences to all customers who walk through their doors, the W brand is rapidly spreading its wings across Europe, including making its Algarve debut in Portugal this summer.

Housed in two adjoining 19th-century palaces, the W Rome is a luxurious 162-room hotel located in the city that “lives forever” as the Romans believed. Contemporary in its nature while tied to local touchpoints that embody the city’s heritage, the W Rome has a fun and thoughtful design rooted in the city’s history and culture. A juxtaposed mix of past and present, the city’s traditional architecture contrasts with a glamorous demeanor that is essentially ‘W’.


The city’s traditional architecture contrasts with a glamorous demeanor that is essentially “W”

This, for example, includes an eclectic mix of colorful leather furniture set against stone walls that echo the building’s age, while reflective surfaces add sparkle and excitement to the new Town Hall. . With each corner of the property revealing surprises along the way, discover a hidden bathroom door leading to a secret garden inspired by one of Borromini’s churches. Here are traditional Italian stone features with kissing benches, lush foliage, topiary, and water fountains.

The heart of the W Rome is its W Lounge. Featuring a skylight and a patterned glass window to allow the sun to saturate the space, my first impression of the hotel is that it’s a place where the past meets present, from the sculptures and art that surround the modern seating areas, to the beautiful hand-painted mural that wraps the walls during your check-in. Painted by Italian artist Costanza Alvarez de Castro, the mural is inspired by Roman gardens and tells the story of this captivating destination.

Meanwhile on its roof is the colorful terrace. Home to the ‘WET Deck’ with a refreshing pool surrounded by loungers and an alfresco bar, it’s a welcome space of tranquility in the center of town, with sweeping views of the peaks of the old buildings that have remained motionless for centuries.


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Romantic hotel offers an urban apartment feel among rooms

The romantic hotel offers an urban apartment feel among the rooms, many of which include private balconies and terraces and iconic views of the city. On one side of W Rome, this includes the magnificent local landmark of the Istituto Svizzero (the Swiss Institute) considered a gem of turn-of-the-century Roman architecture which our room gracefully overlooks.

Each room is centered around the brand’s signature W Bed, which every time I visit a new W hotel, I look forward to diving into. While wine red velvet curtains and herringbone wood floors offer a classic touch of sophistication with elegant marble bathrooms.

The hotel’s overall design concept is informed by Rome’s past, present and future. Bold blocks of color that line interior hallways and graphic prints that fuel the buildings’ unmistakable new W personality. This includes the WOW Presidential Suite with its large terrace. Here, private outdoor and indoor space, which is rare for the bustling city, can be enjoyed. This includes decor of historic Roman architectural elements fused with in-room technology and beautiful custom-designed furnishings.

Food and drink

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The W Rome takes inspiration from Sicily in its signature restaurant Giano

The W Rome takes inspiration from Sicily in its signature restaurant Giano. Woven with Roman culture (just like the hotel itself), Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano has created a contemporary and imaginative interpretation, held back by tradition. With dishes built on Sicilian cooking methods, there’s a playful use of authentic Italian flavors and ingredients native to Sicily. Dining here will introduce you to an interesting Italian fusion of Sicilian cuisine with Roman culture. This includes all-day Italian-style meals with sharing plates and fresh homemade pasta.

At the center of the building is W Rome’s open-air courtyard, a serene space where we enjoyed breakfast each morning, sipping Italian coffee or a pre-dinner aperitif that warmed our taste buds in true style. Italian with Sicilian street-food specialties. Meanwhile, celebrity pastry chef Fabrizio Fiorani is the master behind Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani – a place to get your hands on all things sweet. This includes freshly baked pastries and carefully prepared homemade ice cream. Those who dine at Giano also receive coins for the candy machine that’s full of handmade chocolates — another surprise the hotel offers guests.

In a word

Square outside the W Rome
A fun new hotel that lets modern travelers enjoy Rome in style and comfort

The global W Hotel group injects its international energy into the ancient streets of Rome, bringing the ancient city back to the present day. With the W Lounge at its center which comes alive at night with live DJ sets and exceptional mixology; here’s a fun new hotel that lets modern travelers enjoy Rome in style and comfort.


Address: 26/36, Via Liguria, 00187 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Call: +39 06 894121

]]> From city sanctuaries to desert retreats, these are the best luxury hotel spas for every type of traveler Sun, 25 Sep 2022 21:01:28 +0000

The smell of lemongrass, the sound of cascading water and the feel of a fluffy bathrobe evoke instant warm fluff. For travelers stepping off a long-haul flight or simply in the mood for some rest and relaxation, a spa session is the antidote to whatever ails you.

With health and wellness at the forefront of everyone’s mind in recent years, wellness travel has seen a massive increase. This year, experts expect the industry to raise $817 billion – which is expected to reach $2.3 trillion by 2025, according to a report by the Global Wellness Institute.

Fancy an intravenous drip to cure a hangover or a massage from an intuitive blind healer? With demand peaking, hotel spas around the world are stepping up their treatment options, vying to provide guests with unique and holistic experiences. Whether you’re heading to the lush jungles of Bali or the majestic mountains of Bhutan, here are our spa picks for every type of traveler.

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Best Jungle Spa: Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve


Bali has become a respite for those seeking a dose of spirituality or looking to perfect their down dog (thanks, Julia Roberts). In the heart of the island, next to the cascading rice terraces of Ubud and the gentle flow of the Ayung River, is the Mandapa Spa. Lined with palm trees, jungle ferns and the sounds of the rainforest, this spa is a place where a Balinese healer can take care of all your aches and pains. From a massage by intuitive blind healer Ibu Ketut Murs to a Beras Kencur, a traditional Balinese rice exfoliation, this spa embraces the tranquility and ingredients of its jungle backdrop.

How to book: Cash rates start at $823 per night or 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night.

Best Overwater Spa: St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort


Designed to look like a spiny sea creature seen from a seaplane, the Iridium Spa at St. Regis Maldives features free-standing treatment rooms suspended above turquoise water. Imagine a rainbow-colored parrotfish swimming into view as a pair of hands work out that bend in your left shoulder. Along with a menu of massages, facials, wraps and acupuncture, the spa’s dedicated Ayurvedic specialist will keep your chakras aligned and provide complete satisfaction. Before or after your session, take a dip in the spa’s Instagram-famous hydrotherapy infinity pool, the largest in the Maldives.

How to book: Cash rates start at around $1,372 per night or 96,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Best Spa in the Desert: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa


Emphasis is placed on the spa moniker of this Hyatt desert wellness retreat. Surrounded by arid mountain landscapes and leafy palms, Miraval appears like a mirage in the Arizona desert. Located just outside of Tucson, it’s where tech-obsessed professionals come for a digital detox designed to reprogram and recharge, so it’s no surprise that its spa facilities and services are extensive. From a Deep Desert massage to a rejuvenating desert sage body treatment, you’ll leave the desert feeling anything but dusty.

How to book: Rates start at $629, including full board, select on-site activities, $175 resort credit per night per person, and shared airport shuttle. World of Hyatt members can book reward nights between 40,000 and 50,000 points per night for single occupancy and between 57,000 and 72,000 points per night for double occupancy.

Best spa in town: Aman Venice


Venice’s iconic Grand Canal is one of Europe’s most spectacular sights and home to incredible hotels. One of them, Aman Venice, is a romantic rococo work of art of disconcerting and extraordinary beauty. There, a laid-back, understated spa with Asian inspiration and Italian charm is tucked away on the third floor. Using salt, clay and water from Italy’s famous spa town, Salsomaggiore Terme, therapists perform a variety of treatments like the Tempio della Salute thermal mud wrap and Aman Venice foot treatments. . It’s the perfect way to end a 20,000+ step day spent exploring the world’s most famous sinking city.

How to book: Cash rates can be found from $950 a night, but easily reach over $1,100 and beyond during peak seasons.

Best mountain spa: Six Senses Paro


The peaks of the Himalayan mountains are not far from this Six Senses Paro, where harmony and balance are the key to life. At the resort’s spa, singing bowls and crystals are incorporated at the start of each session. A few standout treatments include the Bhutan Herbal Body Scrub and Memories of Bhutan Ritual, beginning in the spa’s private meditation room and ending on a plush massage table.

How to book: Cash rates at Six Senses Paro start at $1,450 for double occupancy. Unfortunately, IHG One rewards cannot be used to book here.

Best Spa for Fitness: Equinox Hotel Spa


Since its inception in the 90s, Equinox and fitness have become synonymous. At his premier hotel in New York’s Hudson Yards, you can combine a world-class workout with a spa session. Cool off in the cryotherapy chamber or sculpt your body even more with a silhouette shaper from Biologique Recherche. These high-tech treatment options include wellness intravenous drops designed to reduce inflammation and maximize hydration. This fitness spa is designed to make you look as good as you feel.

How to book: Cash rates start at $995.

Best Cultural Body Treatments: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti


To this remote A Four Seasons property in Tanzania, giraffes and elephants have been known to roam past the midpoint of treatment. The open-air Kani Spa incorporates ancient rituals and ingredients like baobab seeds and heated Rungu, a wooden stick used by Masaai warriors, into its sessions. Each treatment is linked to the savannah, such as Ubuntu, which means “I am, because you are” in Zulu. This four-handed massage includes native plant oils harvested from nearby rural communities.

How to book: Rates start around $1,800 including full board and a daily game drive.

Best for Families: Greater Wailea Maui


Hawaii isn’t just for honeymooners – it’s a family vacation paradise. To This Waldorf Astoria, Mōhalu by Spa Grande property welcomes couples and families. The Malama Family Duo massage allows a parent and their teen to choose a 50-minute massage, including a Hawaiian Lomilomi or a Swedish one. For children ages 6-17 there is a chocolate coconut massage, a facial designed to fight acne and the Chocola Tsunami, a chocolate massage followed by a manicure for you immerse yourself in the “Aloha spirit”.

How to book: Cash rates start at around $1,000 a night, but are often more expensive. Hilton Honors members can redeem 110,000 points per night for a stay.


Where was ‘The White Lotus’ season 2 filmed? Fri, 23 Sep 2022 21:54:30 +0000

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It’s official: HBO’s highly anticipated second season The White Lotus will be premiere October 30. Similar to the first season, the comedy-drama series follows the exploits of various resort guests and employees over a week-long period. The seven-episode season features Jennifer Coolidge reprising her role from season one with new cast members including Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, and more. Set in Sicily, Italy, there is no doubt that the landscapes and locations of the show will be picturesque. As you prepare to indulge in the second installment, we’ve pinpointed the most notable filming locations, many of which can be visited. Start planning your trip now!

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Employees of The White Lotus Sicily welcome visitors.

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Since the first season took place at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, the second naturally takes place at another Four Seasons hotel. The place chosen: Palace of the Four Seasons San Domenico in Taormina, a town on the east coast of Sicily, Variety reports. The resort looks just amazing. Located on a rocky promontory above the Ionian Sea, the hotel offers panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theatre, the Teatro Antico di Taormina. Amenities range from a clifftop infinity pool to an award-winning restaurant. Chances are high that once you visit, you’ll never want to leave.


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The set photos released by HBO clearly show that not only is the series filming near the Ionian Sea, but it looks like some of the characters will be spending their time on yachts actually in the body of water. Boats seem to be the ideal mode of transport for day trips in Italy and the setting for the inevitable drama that will ensue between guests and resort employees.

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Visitors to the station The White Lotus cheers drinks in season two.

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Studio Lumina

While most of the second season was filmed at the Four Seasons as well as in and around Sicily, Deadline reports that the series has wrapped filming at Lumina Studios, north of Rome. The studios do not offer tours, but you can browse the company website and use it as an excuse to make Rome a stop on your Italian getaway.


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The Cathedral of Noto in Sicily, Italy.

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Known for its Baroque architecture, this town in southeastern Sicily will make a serial appearance during one stop on a day trip. Although we don’t know the exact location in Noto, the show was filmed in a plaza and villa in the hills south of the city, Vulture reports.


Another location featured in the series is Palermo, which is the capital of Sicily. Throughout the city you will find cathedrals, opera houses and theaters as well as some of the best street food and antique markets. Basically, it is full of history and lots of leisure activities.

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]]> Construction project disrupts neighbors in Little Italy Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:44:00 +0000 “Every day is noisy. You don’t wake up in peace,” said Leyla Kaya.

SAN DIEGO — A construction project in Little Italy is frustrating people who live there, saying it’s disrupting their lives.

Neighbors tell CBS 8 that work wakes them up at all hours and they want to know if any noise ordinances are being broken.

The apartment complex is being built on the corner of Ash and Columbia.

“Every day is noisy. You don’t wake up in peace,” said Leyla Kaya.

Kaya’s patio overlooks the project. She took video on her mobile phone of the equipment being used on Saturday morning, saying it was taken at 4am.

She also took pictures of bright lights illuminating the area, saying they were taken at 11 p.m.

Another photo shows the light bouncing off the walls inside his house.

“I mean, it’s impossible to sleep. Even sunlight doesn’t look like this. It’s not normal. Why do they allow this? Unless it’s urgent, you shouldn’t go out and do this all the time,” Kaya said.

Kaya says it’s disrupting her life. Another neighbor, Patrick McCue is equally frustrated.

“It makes it harder to fall asleep and be ready for the next day,” McCue said.

Besides light and noise, McCue says additional dust and traffic issues are also a concern.

The two debate whether or not the project breaks the rules.

On sandiego.orgunder a city-wide municipal code, it states:

  • construction can only take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • and cannot take place on Sundays or public holidays

Coincidentally, a work notice was posted at Aqua Vista, with hours listed as 4am to 8pm.

CBS 8 contacted the city to find out what was going on.

In a statement, San Diego’s noise reduction administrator said:

“A construction noise permit is required for construction work between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sundays and holidays; See San Diego City Code §59.5.0404. A construction noise permit has been issued at this site for work taking place from September 17 to September 24 between 4 am and 8 pm each day, primarily to facilitate the pouring of concrete. This work necessitated the closure of the street and the implementation of traffic controls due to the constraints of the site and the need to ensure access for emergency vehicles and to minimize congestion during peak hours.

When issuing these permits, the requirement to obtain door-to-door notifications – recording the agreement or disagreement to work of all residents and all managers of hotels or motels, businesses or commercial facilities operating at night within a radius of 500 feet from the construction site – has been suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the requester was still required to post a notice on the site and request that all property managers notify all residents through their communication protocols.

— Tony Khalil, noise reduction administrator for the city of San Diego”

Still, Kaya and others say it’s clear the work is being done outside of those extended hours.

They hope that crews will stick to the permit and that in the future the city will consider how and when it issues these permits.

For this story, CBS 8 also contacted the builder, Swinerton, but did not hear back.

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Thoughtful Growth of Popular and Emerging Travel Destinations Aims to Meet Global Demand for Luxury Travel Experiences

HONG KONG, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. today announced plans to open 14 additional luxury properties in Asia Pacific by the end of 2023. The planned additions highlight the strategic growth of Marriott International’s luxury hotel portfolio in the region, where it currently operates 156 luxury properties.

Rendering of JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa; W Sydney and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Jiuzhaigou

In 13 countries and regions of Asia PacificMarriott International’s portfolio of dynamic luxury brands continues to create tailored experiences for today’s luxury travelers in ever-popular cities, including Tokyo and melbourne, and is ready to bring these experiences to emerging destinations such as Jeju and Jiuzhaigou. With a collection of iconic brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, JW Marriott and Bulgari, the company is poised to meet the growing demand for exceptional luxury travel experiences for their guests from all over the world.

“Today’s luxury traveler is looking for authentic experiences that are personalized, thoughtful and uniquely meaningful,” said Bart Buiring, Asia-Pacific Sales and Marketing Director, Marriott International. “Our current portfolio of highly distinctive brands is well positioned to meet the changing needs of travellers, and these expected additions reflect our optimism about the future of luxury travel.”

The Ritz-Carlton brings curated luxury to new destinations
In 2021, The Ritz-Carlton arrived in the Maldives and the brand’s inimitable style and luxury are set to grow further in Japan with the planned opening of The Ritz Carlton, Fukuoka in 2023. In Australiathe scheduled opening of The Ritz Carlton, melbourne in early 2023 will offer customers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline, as well as the brand’s acclaimed culinary offerings. Ritz-Carlton Reserve plans to launch its fourth rare domain in Asia Pacific in the historic Chinese valley of Jiuzhaigou next year, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the history, culture and natural beauty of its mountain valley.

St. Regis Celebrated Traditions to Honor More Towns in Asia Pacific
Upcoming openings in major cities across the region will bring the glamorous spirit, iconic rituals and immersive experiences of St. Regis to travelers to new destinations. Following the opening of The St Regis Qingdao in 2021, St. Regis is set to debut in Goa with a breathtaking 49-acre beachfront setting, introducing the brand’s timeless traditions and fashion-forward style to the next generation of guests. modern connoisseurs Indonesia will soon be able to experience the St. Regis philosophy of “Live Exquisite” with the opening of The St Regis Jakarta expected later this year.

Contemporary luxury and design take flight with W Hotels
W Hotels is set to expand its playful, destination-focused culture to Macau in 2023 with its vibrant energy and thoughtful design. The socially forward-thinking brand also plans to celebrate its third hotel in Australia with the opening of Western Sydney to ‘The Ribbon’ in Darling Harbor in 2023, bringing W’s signature permanent programming to the vibrant Australian city.

JW Marriott Welcomes Travelers With Wellness-Focused Paradises
Inspired by the principles of mindfulness and holistic wellness, four new JW Marriott hotels planned for the area are poised to deliver uplifting experiences as well as an environment that encourages guests to be fully present. Following the openings of JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Hotel Changsha earlier this year, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites expected to welcome guests by the end of 2022. also expected to open in 2022, JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa aims to cater to sophisticated and conscious travelers seeking mental, physical and spiritual balance during their visit South Korea popular holiday island with its stunning UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. The opening is scheduled for 2023 JW Marriott Goa Vagator and JW Marriott Hotel Xi’an.

EDITION brings sophisticated style and luxurious lifestyle to iconic destinations in Asia Pacific
With an unexpected and refreshing collection of individualized, personalized and unique hotels already opened in Sanya, Shanghai and TokyoToranomon, EDITION is set to expand its footprint in 2023 with a second location at Japan, THE Tokyo EDITION, Ginza. The other highly anticipated property also set to launch in 2023 is the brand’s first in South East Asia, The Singapore EDITING. Both hotels will set a new standard of modern luxury, combining the personal, intimate and individual experience for which the EDITION brand is known with an unparalleled level of sophistication, originality and design as well as the very best in dining and entertainment .

The luxury collection continues to define destinations in Asia Pacific
The Luxury Collection offers a portfolio of unique and legendary hotels that are true representations of their destination. ITC Narmada, a Luxury Collection hotel, Ahmedabad, is the latest addition to the brand’s growing set. Opened in 2022, the hotel draws architectural inspiration from the traditional designs of the Gujarat region and celebrates guests as storytellers, collectors and explorers when visiting this fascinating city.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts will debut in Tokyo
Travelers to Tokyo will soon be able to experience the glamor and timeless heritage of the Italian brand Bulgari with the planned opening of Bulgari Hotel in Tokyo in 2023 in a new ultra-skyscraper near Tokyo Station. The new hotel is expected to offer 98 luxurious rooms, including a sumptuous Bulgari suite, and will also feature the brand’s renowned restaurants such as Ristorante Niko Romito and Hoseki Restaurant.

Note on forward-looking statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of United States federal securities laws, including statements regarding planned hotel openings; growth of units and rooms; our growth pipeline; the brand’s debut in certain markets; and similar statements regarding anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to predict or accurately assess, including the risk factors that we identify. in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Each of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, and includes a portfolio of more than 8,100 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses resorts around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its award-winning travel program. Join us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl ​​on Twitter and instagram.

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Celebrities’ favorite international hotels: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and other stars vacation here Sun, 18 Sep 2022 06:05:44 +0000

Featuring a range of magnificent suites and residences, this 5-star hotel is frequented by many celebrities such as Anuskha Sharma and Virat Kohli, the Bachchans, Karan Johar, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar. Highlights include the recently relaunched wellness center, which combines two iconic brands – Jiva and Temple Spa, the modern Michelin-starred South Indian restaurant Quilon and the dynamic European restaurant Kona.

Address: 51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 20 7769 7766


Located in the Algarve, a popular seaside destination in Portugal, this peaceful sanctuary offers private beach access, a number of outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a relaxing spa, a wealth of restaurants, landscaped gardens and the canopy of a pine forest. verdant. The hotel is nestled in the surreal landscape of southern Portugal of majestic cliffs and the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean. A celebrity favorite, the hotel’s restaurants – Al Quimia, which serves innovative Portuguese cuisine, and UDDO, which offers modern Japanese dishes, are must-visits.

Address: Pinhal do Concelho, Praia da Falésia, 8200-593 Albufeira, Portugal. Tel: +351 289 104 300

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Little Italy fire shutters | New Fri, 16 Sep 2022 01:32:00 +0000

LAKE SARANAC – A fire sparked by a suspected malfunction of a propane heater in an apartment above Little Italy threatened to set the building ablaze early Wednesday morning, and although the internal sprinkler system saved the building, he also flooded it in the process, moving the residents of six apartments there and closing the pizzeria for the time being.

“Thank goodness the sprinkler system worked,” said Paolo Magro, owner of the building and Little Italy. “Everyone is safe. It is the most important. Thank God. … The (repairs on the) building, as I understand it, are not easy, but everyone is safe.


The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to 23 Main Street at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday with two trucks and 10 members to a “severe” fire spewing from a propane wall heater on the third floor.

There was a sprinkler just above the radiator, which put out the majority of the fire and kept it from spreading, SLVFD chief Brendan Keough said.

“It was a good result,” he said. “I credit the sprinkler system with saving lives. I think the result would have been very different without it. … It worked perfectly.


The tenant of the apartment where the fire started was treated by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Team at the scene for minor burns sustained to his face and legs, Keough said, and the person declined to be taken to the hospital.

While firefighters were in the apartment, the propane heater kicked back in and reignited, shooting flames into the ceiling.

“It was basically like a blowtorch or a flamethrower coming out of the top,” Keough said. “Imagine a jet engine. Not to the volume of a jet engine, but there was quite a bit of volume. … It wasn’t a lazy fire.

Keough said firefighters turned off the gas, which immediately extinguished the fire.

SLVFD driver Rick Yorkey said firefighters believed there was a malfunction in the radiator.


Outside, they turned off the propane tanks, and Keough said he shut down the sprinkler system as soon as possible to minimize water damage.

Keough said there was very little fire and smoke damage, but lots of water damage. He said it was impressive to see the sprinklers pouring water, effectively slowing the fire.

The system saved the building, but flooded all floors, including the basement. The entire building is now temporarily unoccupied. Keough said he contacted the American Red Cross in the middle of the night and everyone who lived there found a place to spend the night, whether at a hotel or with friends and family.

According to a press release from the Red Cross. This includes seven adults and four children, aged 1, 6, 8 and 10.

An additional family will receive services today, according to the Red Cross, and volunteers will help those affected by the fire in the coming days, “as they navigate the road to recovery”.

Members of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department stood at the SLVFD station. Firefighters resumed service at 2:50 a.m.


Yorkey said firefighters used some water to douse hot spots.

He said two apartments and the restaurant suffered the worst damage.

“There’s a lot of damage,” Magro said.

Inside the restaurant the droopy slab ceiling tiles had disintegrated and fell on all the tables. In the basement, employees scooped water into dustpans and emptied the floor of large puddles. Magro said Wednesday morning the water was ankle deep.

He said teams will have to cut out almost all of the wood from the walls and ceiling. He can’t stay in there. Wood doesn’t dry out easily, he says, and if it stays wet, it weakens its structural integrity. Magro estimated that about 95% of the walls and ceilings, all wood, were soaked.


He said he wasn’t sure if the kitchen equipment was still in working order. They plan to wait a few days for the water to dry up before turning the electricity back on.

Downstairs, employees were sorting ingredients and supplies, discarding water-contaminated items, and storing anything that was still dry.

On Wednesday, Magro was waiting for a response from his insurance company before he could think about rebuilding. He said he was contacting contractors to start work, but “everyone is busy” and he was hearing from some contractors that they would not be available for months.

He has owned the building and the pizzeria at 23 Main Street for 22 years.

“It’s my life,” Magro said.

He said he was grateful to the firefighters, rescue team and village police who responded.

“Thank you to the community, from Paolo, Bonnie (his wife) and his family,” Magro said. “Hopefully we’ll be back soon, but we don’t know how long we’ll be closed.”

The Luxe Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Grande Dame of Siem Reap, shines after a recent facelift Wed, 14 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000
One of Cambodia’s most iconic hotel properties, the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor has reopened after a refresh and reports are favourable.
The sprawling property has something for everyone. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Affectionately known as La Grande Dame d’Angkor, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor has been welcoming travelers to Siem Reap, Cambodia since 1932. Designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in a style that combines Khmer art and furnishings with Art Deco influences, the Grand Hotel opened its doors with only 63 rooms, all with private bathrooms, unique for the time. From Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, a host of celebrity guests have enjoyed the hospitality here.

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The colonial atmosphere is undeniable, although the refresh has brought brightness and color. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

The property, along with its sister hotel, Le Royal, in Phnom Penh, was taken over by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in 1997 at the invitation of King Sihanouk of Cambodia. After a carefully planned restoration in 2019 and the pause in travel during the pandemic, the historic Raffles Grand Hotel at Angkor has finally reopened its doors and the enthusiastic faithful are delighted with the transformation.

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Guests are greeted by a doorman at the gravel driveway. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

The old is golden, but brighter

Returning guests will notice that the hotel’s famous facade and entire exterior now shines white, rather than its former cream-beige hue that was the color of French colonial architecture across Indochina.

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The architecture is a mixture of colonial and Khmer style. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Bedrooms now feature lighter and brighter interiors along with the addition of Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow top mattresses. French doors, which open onto street scenes or the hotel’s plantation-style gardens, have been upgraded, and each room now has a desk and vintage rotary phone, thanks in part to the extra floor space created by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in cabinets.

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The newly renovated Landmark Room still features vintage touches such as a rotary phone and wooden ceiling fan. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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All bathrooms have also been upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Dennis de Groot, General Manager of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, said: “It is a wonderful feeling to bring this enchanting hotel back to life. According to him, “The Grand Hotel is a national treasure, and its rich history bears witness to Cambodia’s colorful past. It was originally built as a stopover for archaeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat. As we prepare to celebrate the hotel’s 90th anniversary this year, we are delighted that this hotel can continue to set the standard for luxury hospitality, where travelers arrive as guests, leave as as friends and come back as family.

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It’s called a swimming pool! Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Checkerboard floors pair beautifully with modern touches. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Traditionalists can rest assured that the hotel’s original teak and wrought-iron caged elevator remains, as does the Elephant Bar’s vintage vibe and checkerboard lobby, which over the decades has seen a guest list of royalty, movie stars, writers and artists.

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The staff are dressed in traditional attire and (far right) a glimpse of the historic elevator. Images: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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A new look at a beautiful place, The Elephant Bar. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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We’re sure the iconic Elephant Bar is full of memories! Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

The new is an exciting tip of the hat to the past

Named after the year the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened, 1932 is the hotel’s latest signature restaurant, proudly inheriting the honor of serving traditional Khmer royal cuisine for a unique dining experience.

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Sea bass with grilled banana flower is a traditional Khmer dish that was once eaten only by kings and queens. Now you can taste it at 1932. Image: Courtesy Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Another new addition to the hotel is the Raffles Marquee, an elegant events center set in 15 acres of lush formal gardens that hosts everything from Khmer performances and fashion shows to wedding receptions and corporate conferences. business. This fully air-conditioned marquee offers a truly unique setting for sophisticated events in the charming town of Siem Reap.

Do more with Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

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The vibrant art walk is a must. Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Within the grounds of the resort, guests can participate in on-site activities including receiving blessings from monks, taking Angkor Sling master classes, indulging in botanical and culinary garden tours, and taking an informative walk with the the hotel’s resident historian.

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Or, you can just relax with a book! Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

To allow guests to further explore this fascinating destination, Raffles Grand Hotel Angkor offers an enticing series of Raffles curated trips and resort programs designed to infuse local experiences with worldly elegance.

  • Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is located just a 20-minute drive from the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Temples.
  • You can explore the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park on an iconic Vespa, before being one of the first travelers of the day to enter the temple.
  • Embark on a local tuk-tuk tour for a journey through the Angkor Silk Road, visiting the magnificent Banteay Srei Temple and the Golden Silk Farm.
  • Food lovers can get a taste of Siem Reap on an exclusive foray into hidden culinary gems.
  • Shopaholics can browse the Kandal Village area of ​​Siem Reap with the help of a Raffles butler.
  • Culture lovers can attend a majestic spectacle of Cambodian dances on the Apsara terrace.
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A private temple dinner will make your visit to Angkor Wat truly memorable! Image: Courtesy of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

In one look

Address: #1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay, Siem Reap, Cambodia | Website: Raffles Siem Reap | Room categories: Seven | Restaurants & Bars: Six | Types of cuisine: International, Pan-Asian, Khmer Royal | Rate: Rooms at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor are from 350 USD per night.

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]]> Former Hotel Worker Lists 5 Surprising Things She’ll Never Do In A Hotel Room Sat, 10 Sep 2022 22:08:00 +0000

A former hotelier has explained the five things she will never do when staying in a hotel room, including keeping valuables in the safe and using the coffee machine.

Roze, from the United States but now living in Italy, shared a ICT Tac video of the do’s and don’ts after working in the hospitality industry for 15 years – and how you can claim a free late checkout.

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“Five things I’ve learned working in hotels… From safety tips to health awareness, the more you know, the better your travel experience will be. Be smart, not paranoid and you’ll have a great trip,” Rose said.

Upon arrival, Roze said she would never enter a hotel room without locking or locking the door behind it.

Roze explained the five things she will never do when staying in a hotel room. Credit: rozeinitaly/TikTok

Hotel rooms can easily be broken into, these card readers can be cloned easily. Anyone can have your room key — room service, housekeeping, and banquets,” she explained.

“Actually, I was surprised by accident. It was a maid who was going to clean the room but I hadn’t locked it and she just walked in.

“It Might Surprise You”

Roze cautioned against using the in-room safe to store valuables.

“It might surprise you – never use the safe in your room – it’s not safe in there,” she said.

“Just because you create your own little code doesn’t mean someone can’t break into it. Every hotel has a way to break into these safes.

“I’m not saying hotel staff would break in, but criminals have that information as well, but if someone loses the code or forgets to change it, hotel staff should be able to reset it.

“Always keep your most valuable items with you.”

However, if you need something valuable locked away, she suggested asking reception.

“They (might) have safes or something more secure behind reception where they’ll have a key you can take with you and you can access it when you need it,” she said.

She revealed the do’s and don’ts after working in the hospitality industry for 15 years. Credit: rozeinitaly/TikTok

Another thing she avoids doing is walking barefoot in her bedroom.

“I will never walk barefoot if there is carpet or even if there isn’t,” she said.

“Also, never put your bare body parts on the couch, duvet, pillows, extra blankets – these things aren’t washed very often – if at all.”

She urged travelers never to use the coffee machine in hotel rooms.

“People do weird things in there,” she said.

“They cook food there, who knows, but they are never cleaned. Maybe if it’s one of those pod machines… the ones I could use.

Never be afraid to ask

Once you are checked in she said you should never be afraid to ask for what you want or need in your room.

“If you wanted a king bed and they give you two beds, call downstairs, that might have been a mistake,” she said.

“If you forgot your toothbrush, toothpaste, or deodorant, it’s worth calling the front desk to see if they have any free items they could send to the room.”

Free late check out

Depending on where you are staying, Roze said she always asks reception for a free late check out.

“Personally, I always like to sleep late. I almost always ask for a late checkout – it’s worth asking,” she said.

“They can usually let you check out for free an hour or two after check out time.”

At La Bella Vita, the passion for cooking is a family affair Thu, 08 Sep 2022 18:32:03 +0000

La Bella Vita kitchen and bar in Richland is the culmination of a young immigrant’s journey around the world in search of a better life.

Forty years ago, Pami Thind left her home in India in search of opportunity.

It was the start of a journey that took him halfway around the world and eventually led to him recently opening a new restaurant in Richland with his family. He takes care of the back of the house and his son Jazz builds an exciting, family-friendly experience for diners.

It’s truly a family affair with Jazz’s mother-in-law Ayrene also helping out and her little brother Nathan running around.

Pami’s culinary journey began in Cologne, Germany as a dishwasher at a family-run pizzeria, where he rose through the ranks in the kitchen and eventually landed an apprenticeship in Rome, Italy.

After that, he will travel to the United States and settle in Bakersfield, California.

“He was sent to live in Rome for a year to learn how to cook from scratch and how to make the mother sauces,” Jazz said. “After that, he thanked his boss for the opportunity, gathered my uncles and we came here.”

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Jazz Thind is the General Manager of La Bella Vita Kitchen and Bar which recently opened at 1515 George Washington Way in Richland. He runs the new restaurant with his father and stepmother. They previously had a restaurant in Yakima. Bob Brawdy

In 2017, Pami opened Valley Pizza in Yakima, which helped support them through the pandemic and the opening of the long-running Richland Restaurant.

They began work on the opening of La Bella Vita in 2019, with Jazz moving to the Tri-Cities two years ago to become part of the family business. Like many business owners, they’ve taken a hit on their schedule due to the pandemic and supply chain delivery issues.

In a photo-friendly Instagram corner, a sign even reads, “Est. 2021.” The restaurant itself is industrial chic with unique lighting and plenty of seating options ranging from a bar to booths and tables.

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The new La Bella Vita has seating for dining, an outdoor patio, and also offers a bar with TVs for watching sports. Bob Brawdy

Jazz said he originally wanted to be a physiotherapist, but after working in the restaurant industry he also fell in love with it and felt drawn to the family business.

He said the Tri-Cities seemed like a natural place to open a new restaurant because it’s a bigger city, with a small-town feel where they can get to know their regulars.

“My dad cooks such great food, and I love making people happy (setting them up with) good food and good drink,” Jazz said. “I’m already seeing some familiar faces from our soft opening last week, and they’re bringing their friends.

La Bella Vita’s menu isn’t just traditional Italian dishes, it’s the culmination of Pami’s decades of global culinary experience.

Jazz said he’s a foodie himself and loves discovering new restaurants and flavors, which he hopes La Bella Vita can offer the Tri-Cities.

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La Bella Vita’s menu features a wide variety of items that are large portions and designed to be shared by diners. Bob Brawdy

They have the Italian staples, but also new twists and American classics.

The menu will also change as they put their feet under them. Jazz said he expected them to expand breakfast service in about a month and teased that his dad might have some special recipes up his sleeve.

They also seek to supplement their staff with a few additional servers.

La Bella Vita is located at 1515 George Washington Way, on the first floor of the future Franklin Micro Apartments, which was once the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel and Conference Center.

While the apartments are still a few months away from welcoming their first tenants, the restaurant is operational.

“It’s a family restaurant, we want to be known for our food,” Jazz said. “We are a mix of cultures. You’re not going to find anything like that.

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The Thind family recently opened La Bella Vita Kitchen and Bar at 1515 George Washinton Way in Richland. Pami Thind, left, is the chef and runs the restaurant with his wife, Ayrene, and adult son, Jazz, right, Ayrene holds their 5-year-old son, Nathan. Bob Brawdy

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