HotelTravel.com spins out at Malaysia Grand Prix

HotelTravel.com’s Formula 1 event guide moves to the Malaysia Grand Prix at Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang International Circuit from April 8-10, after the season’s opening race in Melbourne last month.
According to HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, finishing the first race with a fresh face on the podium added extra intrigue to the next couple of races.

“Most Formula 1 fans were not surprised to see Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing finished on top.

“However, I doubt many were expecting Renault’s Vitaly Petrov to enjoy a top three podium finish. He came out of nowhere to post a truly outstanding result in Melbourne, and any future success should not come as a surprise to anyone who follows F1,” Mr. Dombey, added.

Throughout the entire 2011 season, HotelTravel.com will be updating its Formula 1 event guide on a real-time basis to uncover the inside scoop on the fast changing world of F1. For off-the-grid grand prix tips, HotelTravel.com’s Malaysia Grand Prix event guide provides Formula 1 fans real insight into the sport, along with any other events taking place over race weekend.

And for more information on what’s on in the Malaysian capital, also have a read through HotelTravel.com’s Kuala Lumpur: Southeast Asia’s Greenest City travel article. It covers many of the fascinating sights and sounds found in one of Southeast Asia’s most culturally diverse cities.

HotelTravel.com has also created incredible promotional deals for Kuala Lumpur hotels especially for the Malaysia Grand Prix, with rates starting from US$34 per night.

Fans looking to book accommodation in advance for future races should check out the many other promotional deals available exclusively on HotelTravel.com. Special deals for hotels in Shanghai start from only US$21 per night; Istanbul hotels can be had from just EUR 24 per night; while hotels in Barcelona are priced from only EUR 28 per night.

 

YOTEL takes its compact hotel to New York

UK Hotel with a twist takes concept of compact affordable luxury to New York.

Yotel will be opening its first branch in the US this June, situated in NewYork on West 42nd Street and 10th Avenue at Times Square West. The hotel will boost 669 compact, yet stylish cabins and will be the first hotel opening outside of it’s current international airport locations, and also the largest.

The hotel is the ultimate in efficiency, guests can check in at computer kiosks, and will have Yobots – the worlds first luggage robot

YOTEL’s Premium Cabins come with:

  • Motorised moving beds for saving space
  • Monsoon shower
  • Technowall with TV, music and power services
  • Workstation
  • Free super strength WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast

Basically eveything you would find in a luxury hotel in under 200 sqft.

YOTEL New York will also feature 18,000 square feet of flexible work and entertainment space:

  • Dohyo restaurant, Japanese word for the Sumo wrestling platform and descriptive of YOTEL’s original table sharing concept. Tables lower and raise for Japanese style seating and a performance entertainment area out of dining hours;
  • Club Lounge with individual Club Cabins for meetings and private parties, bar and a DJ booth;
  • Studiyo for meetings, yoga, cinema, events and parties;
  • The Terrace, New York’s largest outdoor hotel space features two bars, pagodas, fire, and blankets for autumn evenings

YOTEL, designed in collaboration by Rockwell Group and Softroom, was originally conceived by founder of YO! Simon Woodroffe OBE and realised by YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene.

Simon Woodroffe, entrepreneur, creator of the restaurant phenomenon YO! Sushi and ‘dragon’ from the UK BBC’s popular series ‘The Dragons Den’ said, “I was lucky enough to be upgraded to First class on British Airways. I went to sleep with the conundrum of how to create a flexible and convenient hotel experience at an affordable price. The YOTEL brand is launching its first city centre hotel, I expect YOTEL to be in the world’s top ten hotel brands in the next ten years. YOTEL totally fulfills the holy grail of retailing, a top end product at a below expectation cost.”

“A solution to expensive and boring hotels, I wanted YOTEL to use innovative radical design to create a mixture of luxury, fun, comfort and excitement at an affordable price, turning the hotel industry on its head,” said Gerard Greene CEO YOTEL.

You can book now on yotel.com for stays from 15 June, rates are from $149. Friends of YOTEL signing up to facebook.com/YOTELHQ and following them on twitter @YOTELHQ can look forward to some special offers.

First visit to Poland, her ancestral home delights Helena Lang, editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine

In the latest issue of Sainsbury’s Magazine, in store today, Helena Lang, editor, gives a personal account of her first family trip to Poland. In the issue, she reveals her thought-provoking experience of her father’s homeland, with its visual and culinary delights, made all the more poignant since her father left the country during the Second World War.

Whilst visiting Krakow and the south east of the country, Helena, who joined Seven as editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine in May 2009, discovered a nation steeped in tradition and fine food, but also a land full of surprises.

With an image in her mind born from sepia toned old family photographs, Helena expected to find a country laden with strife and hardship. Instead her initial impressions of the country came as a delightful revelation. The trip took in Krakow, where they stayed in the Kazimierz district, a visit to Auschwitz, a day in Wieliczka and trips to Zakopane and Tarnow.

Being an editor of a food focused magazine, gastronomic delights were not far from Helena’s mind, sampling Russian pierogi stuffed with cheese, delicious pork loin in a spicy tomato sauce, and incredible cakes and pastries, piled high with layers of puff pastry, crème patisserie, fruit syrups and dark chocolate.

Food was always going to be a major part of the trip. Helena’s paternal family were refugees in Britain after the Second World War and, like many immigrants, food and recipes passed down the generations were key to keeping their heritage alive in a strange new land. Regular family visits focused on traditional recipes including barscht (clear beetroot soup) with dumplings, bigos, a chunky polish-style cassoulet (a hearty dish with plenty of cabbage, minus the beans) and, of course, Jewish staples including rye bread, gherkins, dried meats, duck, dumplings, and dill on everything!

Helena’s holiday was arranged by Baltic Holidays which offers tailored itineraries and group tours in most of the Baltic States.

Helena Lang, Editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine, says, “I’m the first of my father’s children to visit the country, and to go with him and my English mother was an emotional journey for all of us.”

“I really fell in love with the place, you know a holiday has been successful when you start wondering if you can afford to buy a pied a terre there to escape to”, she added.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the Polish-born population is widely spread across the UK. In the year ending June 2010 they were one of the three largest non-UK born population groups in all countries and regions of the UK. London had 122,000 Polish-born residents, 23 per cent of the UK total.

Helena joined Sainsbury’s Magazine, from Source magazine, the customer title for the John Lewis brand Greenbee.com, where she had been the editor since 2006. She also worked as Robinson’s deputy on the title between 2004 and 2006, and also edited Hachtte Filipacchi’s Psychologies magazine ahead of its UK launch.