Serviced apartments – a home from home

Its not a real insider’s tip anymore, yet it still is little known to many travellers and travel agents: serviced apartments. Not only does this unique “home away from home” offer more space than a conventional hotel room, it also guarantees a great potential of saving travel costs.
Many business travellers that have to go to another city, temporarily working there as a project manager or a consultant, know about the benefits of serviced apartments. The demand for this type of temporary apartment is growing. All over Europe, new houses are opening. After all, the sector of corporate housing is interesting both for the guest and the operator.

In terms of comfort, a serviced apartment can be compared at least to a junior suite in a hotel. Compared to a hotel room with a similar standard, the rates for a serviced apartment are up to 30 percent lower most of the time, sometimes even more.

 

The explanation for this cost advantage lies in the special concept: in general, operators of serviced apartments are cutting unnecessary services. Though many long-term travellers state that it is nice to have the many services of a common hotel, many amenities can’t be used due to a lack of time or are simply not necessary for them.

A private kitchen, instead of a breakfast buffet. A cleaning service that is more oriented on private habits and does not by all means have to been done daily. According to the operators concept, one might only find a temporarily staffed front-desk. These – to name but a few – are possibilities for the operator of serviced apartments to reduce costs and to pass on this cost advantage to the guest.

Instead of easily paying 18 euro and more per person for a breakfast buffet, guests of a serviced apartment can buy a few things in the grocery store. Enjoying breakfast just like at home, the guests will be able to eat exactly what they enjoy. Already after a few days, a good deal of money can be saved this way.

Depending on the operator’s concept, single services can, of course, separately be booked – just as the guest prefers it. Besides breakfast, this could be a shopping or laundry service. The guest simply decides if he would like to enjoy the services or not.

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The luxurious Insólito is a blend of brazil´s culture, nature and design

Located in the famous beach retreat of Búzios, Insólito is built on a rock outcrop over the beautiful Ferradura Beach. The former fishing village Búzios is a peninsula with 26 dreamlike beaches, 160 km northeast from Rio de Janeiro, and is also called the Brazilian Saint-Tropez.

In the middle of flourishing nature, it offers its guests an exclusive, breathtaking and privileged view as well as equilibrium between comfort, culture, social and environmental commitment.

The hotel’s 20 rooms are based on themes that enhance Brazilian artists. The rooms and suites serve as an exhibition for uniquely designed pieces, which make reference to music, photography, literature, art, nature, history, fashion and Negro culture.

The original architecture of the hotel’s houses is peculiar to Búzios. Built between 1992 and 1998 by the celebrated architect Otavio Raja Gabaglia, the houses are built on a model that integrated them with nature.

The reforms performed later strengthened the idea of communion between architecture and nature. The interior space was renovated in 2006, by the carioca architect-decorator Luiz Fernando Grabowsky, to modernize Insólito’s installations.

Increasing the size of the windows, the multiplication and modification of the terraces integrated the construction ever more with nature. In 2007, the landscape gardener Anouck Barcat joined the team to modify the external areas of Insólito taking into mind the same view. Typical Brazilian material, such as wood and Portuguese stone, were given preference, together with the beautiful local native flora.

In order to support sustainable development model initiatives, artisans or socially responsible companies were called in. The decoration signed by the owner, Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont Tonnerre, is the high point of this project.

Enamored with Brazil, Emmanuelle transformed the hotel into a true art gallery. The hotel features timeless decoration, where furniture from the 50’s mixes with modern pieces, works of art by Brazilian artists and artisans blend.

The sophisticated restaurant offers a delicious culinary trip and the opportunity to explore the flavours of a Franco-Brazilian fusion. There are two spaces in the restaurant: a lounge on the swimming pool deck with a view over the sea, and a large indoor room with a wall of blue tiles hand-painted by Laura Taves.

The “parilla” is a traditional Latin American barbeque where food is cooked out in the open in front of guests, allowing them to soak up expert tips on the different cuts of meat and how to cook them best, as well as being further immersed in Brazilian traditions.

A unique vertical garden produced by São Paulo company Quadro Vivo functions as a living frame to the kitchen and outline for the bar, designed by architect Luis Fernando Grabowsky.

Between the beach and the garden, the Insólito Beach Lounge covers an area of 3,000 m², beside the hotel, thus providing direct access to beautiful Ferradura beach. In the middle of the garden, there are various charming comfortable covered decks to protect the holidaymakers from the sun.

The relaxing boutique hotel offers guests three choices pools; one with fresh water, another with heated water and the final with seawater. At the Insólito Wellness Center one can indulge in spa treatments and Indian rituals and enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature.

This charming boutique hotel retains the personal relaxed atmosphere of a private home and guarantees ultimate luxury and leisure at the same time. Thanks to its charm and refinement, Insólito Boutique Hotel was elected as one of the best hotels in Latin America by the renowned guide Condé Nast Johansens.

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Corinthia Hotel opens its doors in London

Corinthia Hotel London today announced its doors are open to the public. Corinthia’s new flagship is a landmark property and joins the ranks of London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels. Combining traditional grandeur with modern freshness, the luxuriously redesigned Victorian destination is ideally located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.

“The project marks the culmination of an exciting journey,” said General Manager Matthew Dixon, “Corinthia Hotel London is an intricately restored grand hotel with a 21st century approach. Its modern elegance is defined by a blend of classic Victorian architecture with outstanding craftsmanship and contemporary art, mirroring the energy, style, and history of the area. Guests are offered all the modern luxuries whilst enjoying an authentic experience in a hotel and location with heritage.”

Corinthia London has already established its name among a number of international celebrities and London influencers. Some of the biggest names in cinema, art, culture, media, fashion, and luxury have visited for a first look, and recent preview events have included parties in conjunction with the BAFTAs, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Condé Nast Traveller.

The newly-reconstructed flagship hotel features two world-class restaurants. Garry Hollihead, winner of Michelin stars at three different establishments, is at the helm of The Northall. The restaurant celebrates the best of British artisanal produce, including Cumbrian short horn cattle, together with an extensive selection of organic and biodynamic wines by the glass and by the bottle. The hotel’s Mediterranean speciality seafood restaurant, Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar, is headed by the renowned Italian chef patron Massimo Riccioli.

Bassoon, the musically-inspired bar designed by the award-winning David Collins Studio, serves both molecular cocktails and colonial-inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library. Elegantly discreet, it is expected to be a popular destination for Londoners, as well as international guests.

The heartbeat of the hotel is its Lobby Lounge. The space offers a residential feel enhanced by an eclectic mix of furniture and bespoke artworks. The soaring dome in the center is adorned with the pioneering Full Moon chandelier created by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and produced by Baccarat, the prestigious French crystal manufacturer. The Full Moon, composed of 1,001 crystal baubles, is the grand focal point of the main hotel area. Lobby Lounge guests can take afternoon tea and indulge in innovative creations by celebrated Pastry Chef Claire Clark or enjoy an evening cocktail.

Corinthia Hotel London commissioned twin brothers, Ian and Richard Abell, founders of Based Upon, to create a unique artwork piece for the hotel’s reception and custom-built doors for the lobby elevators. The nine-square-meter bronze artwork in the reception area features the River Thames meandering through the city of London with a true replica of each building on its banks, with Corinthia at its center. Casts of leaves from Northumberland Avenue and St. James’s Park were taken to create the textural marks for the lift doors, adding a delicate touch.

Award-winning international spa company, ESPA, has partnered with the hotel to launch its flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia. Spanning 35,520 square feet and on four floors, this magnificent spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated lounges, private sleep pods, a state-of-the-art gym, and Daniel Galvin hair salon. ESPA has enlisted exceptional therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths, and physiotherapists offering guests a new level of spa and wellness in a five-star luxury setting.

Located on the mezzanine floor are 6 private executive level meeting rooms, conveniently linked through to the mezzanine dining area of The Northall for a private lunch or dinner. Five of the meeting rooms are fitted with a state-of-the-art, high-definition, optical, turnkey system that effortlessly allows total connectivity for media broadcasting, recording, editing, and mixing.

The hotel features 294 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The sumptuously-appointed rooms, averaging 485 square feet, are among the largest in their category in London’s luxury hotel market. With no restrictions on check-in and check-out times, Corinthia Hotel London has dedicated itself to providing guests ultimate flexibility, convenience and comfort during their stay.