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January 31, 2013
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  • Hotel-retail mixed-use model is gaining developer interest
    More developers are looking into mixed-use projects combining hotels with retail centers as research found strong economic feasibility in the model, this article says. However, engaging in this type of operation requires that developers on the retail side of the enterprise be oriented toward issues and customs specific to the lodging industry. Hospitality Net (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • In Cape May, N.J., the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel tells its own tale
    Perhaps the biggest perk for guests who stay at the historical Marquis de Lafayette Hotel in Cape May, N.J., is the free off-street parking in addition to oceanfront views and Victorian decor. The hotel was built in 1885 and rebuilt in the 1970s. The condo hotel is expecting a pickup in business from summer tourists whose vacation destinations were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Palladium hotels get new wellness spa brand
    The Palladium Hotels & Resorts company has brought a new spa brand that focuses on wellness to its properties. The Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness brand is now in place at the resort's properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and features treatments that include moonlight beach massage, Vichy showers and grape exfoliation. Travel Weekly (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chew on this: Austrian spa focuses on digestion
    The Viva Mayr med-spa clinic in Maria Wörth, Austria, aims to help guests lose weight by teaching them a simple rule: Chew your food 40 times. The focus on digestion is the core of the cure at Viva Mayr, and along with abdominal massage, heavy breakfasts and very light suppers, the spa provides nutritional counseling and habit training it says make for a healthier, leaner body. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stay plugged in to technology at San Francisco's Hotel Abri
    Hotel Abri in San Francisco offers iPads in hotel rooms as well as an "iPad wall" in the lobby. Guests can check out local hotspots and plan other aspects of their trip on the iPads. The hotel also offers extras such as cellphone chargers in the event a guest forgets his or hers, as well as ear buds, flash drives and speakers. HotelChatter (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. riverfront to get $150M mixed-use makeover
    The old Case New Holland industrial site in East Moline, Ill., will get a new look and plenty of new uses. J. Paul Beitler and Beitler Real Estate Services is redeveloping the land into a mixed-use complex known as Fountainhead Quad-Cities. Architect Helmut Jahn will design a 120-room Hyatt Place and a 132-room Hyatt House, and the complex will also include restaurants, shops, a recreational center, and a medical facility. "This will be the largest single multiuse development in the state of Illinois," said Beitler. Construction on infrastructure will start in April, and the project should take about 18 to 20 months. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Austria is home to the world's priciest luxury ski hotel
    According to a survey, Austria's Aurelio Lech is the most expensive ski hotel on the globe. A stay costs $2,011 a night on average. The second luxury hotel on the list was Les Suites de la Potinière in Courchevel in the French Alps, with an average stay coming in at $1,878. Four hotels in the U.S. made the list as well. eTurboNews (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A scrumptious meal with a stunning view at these hotels
    Luxury hotel restaurants typically entice guests with their meals, but these eateries offer alluring views as well. Some of USA Today's top picks include the Terrazza Brunelleschi Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence, Italy; Jade Cuisine at the Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia; and the Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif. USA Today (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • QE2 to start new journey as floating hotel in Asia
    An iconic ocean liner and one of Cunard's longest serving ships, the Queen Elizabeth 2, is to become a moored luxury hotel in Asia. Oceanic Group managing director Daniel Chui announced in Dubai that "We will lavish many, many millions of dollars on this magnificent ship to restore her the splendor of her glory days." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Have you been on braincation yet?
    Going gadget-free is the latest trend, and hotels like Marriott and Renaissance are offering guests tech-free areas where they can finally get away from work and relax. Other hotels are taking it a step further and allowing guests to hand in all devices in exchange for complimentary hikes, cooking classes and good old-fashioned books. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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