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March 17, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Name change for much-loved Lisbon hotel

Hotel Altis has been a landmark in Lisbon since it opened in 1973 and – as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations – the hotel has changed its name to Altis Grand Hotel.

morefuninthephilippineThe new name reflects its five-star status and commitment to luxury, and also differentiates it from the other hotels in the Altis Group. This luxurious hotel has over 300 elegant rooms, including a number of suites with stunning views over the city. There are three restaurants serving Portuguese and international cuisine, three bars, a spa with a wealth of treatments, swimming pool, gym, shops and more. There is a spacious and modern congress centre with 20 meeting rooms for successful meetings and events. Its impeccable location, just a short walk from Avenida da Liberdade and the historical quarters of the city, make it the ideal base for exploring this fascinating city.

For more information on Altis Grand Hotel, please visit or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Get ready for festival season! 

Summer is coming, and Hotel Punta Vodice is getting ready for the festival season. Croatia is proving to be the hottest European festival destination, with the following three big electronic music events to be held within a short distance of the hotel:

1.    The Garden Festival, 2-9 July

2.    Electric Elephant Festival, 10-14 July

3.    Soundwave Festival, 17-21 July

Hotel Punta Vodice is offering a Summer Festival Offer that will run from July 1 to August 15, incorporating the above festival dates. The offer includes three nights in a choice of room types, breakfast, wireless internet, transfers to and from the festival site, late check out (certain room types only) and free use of the wellness and spa area (for a well-deserved post-festival wind-down).

Set on Blue Beach, the hotel has breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea, and offers watersports, beach volleyball, pool bar and more. Restaurants serve the finest regional and Mediterranean dishes, and the Wellness Centre and Spa has a wealth of treatments to soothe tired bodies.

For more information on Hotel Punta Vodice, please visit or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658. 

Iberostar launches Michelin-star events at Grand Hotel Mencey

Renowned chef Maria Jose San Roman took part in the first edition of Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey’sWomen With Star cookery course on March 8. This project comes under the umbrella of Iberostar Chef, a new concept bringing top Spanish chefs to the gastronomic stage at the hotel in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Maria Jose San Roman is the owner of the Monastrell restaurant in Alicante, and created a culinary offering with extra-virgin olive oil as its main feature. Monastrell is known for the quality of its products, its use of locally sourced ingredients, and the skill of San Roman – as well as its Michelin star, which it gained in November 2013.

Says Oscar Gonzalez, Iberostar’s Director of Marketing for Europe: “This project has been a step further in the commitment we maintain to offer the best of gastronomy to our guests. We have gathered the best and most avant-garde chefs of our country’s cuisine and thus provided a unique opportunity for all lovers of haute cuisine”.

Courses include:

Canary Island cheeses, Ceviche and carpaccio, Ham slicing, Confectionery, Basic pastry, Fresh pasta and sauces, Canary Island creative cuisine and more. These individual themed courses cost E60 per person. There is also the option of hiring the Mencey Cookery Classroom as a single table restaurant. Here, small groups can enjoy a show-cooking demonstration while they have lunch or dinner. This costs E70 per person. The whole Cookery Classroom is also available for hire from E1000.

For more information on Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, please visit or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Chatrium Riverside Hotel’s latest dedication to the environment

Bangkok’s luxury hotel Chatrium Riverside has announced the latest stage in its dedicated environmental protection programme “Think First Think Earth”. The hotel is committed to stocking only paraben-free, biodegradable amenities in its guest rooms. These include a dental set with fully biodegradable toothbrush, shower cap made from corn starch plastic, and more. All items degrade to carbon and water within 24 months once disposed in a landfill, and all come in completely biodegradable cardboard packaging.

Chatrium Hotel Riverside offers a wide range of executive suite-style rooms, decorated in a contemporary chic style. There are three restaurants (serving everything from Chinese food to local specialities and international dishes), two bars, and a range of leisure facilities including the Nemita Spa and a modern gym. Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel is blessed with spectacular views of the city.

For more information on Chatrium Riverside Hotel please visit or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

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