Preferred Hotel Group Takes on 25 This SeptemberSeptember 15, 2010 By: Melanie Gretchen
This September, Preferred Hotel Group continues its sweep with the addition of 25 new hotels. Look for the Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve, South Africa's only ocean/game reserve and the Spiced Pear at The Chanler at Cliff Walk.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Emporio Veracruz – Veracruz, Mexico
Overlooking the city with Spanish, Caribbean and African influence, the 223-room property has modern design, including flat-screen TVs and climate control. Cultural roots can be found at the hotel's three restaurants. The Oriental Spa combines revitalization methods with technology in the creation of exclusive treatments and massages. The property includesl three pools and a 24-hour fitness center.
Hotel Caesar Park Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires
In the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood, Hotel Caesar Park Buenos Aires has 18 floors and 175 guest rooms and suites. Located in South America's second-largest metropolitan area, the property features back flat-screen TVs and Carrara marble baths with Ferragamo amenities. Agraz Restaurant features traditional Argentinean cuisine. Guests can relax in the heated swimming pool, tea lounge and English-style Cheers Bar.
Hotel Caesar Park Faria Lima – São Paulo
Situated in the business center of Vila Olímpia, Hotel Caesar Park Faria Lima is within reach of major transportation, restaurants and shopping. Its 130 guest rooms and suites feature 400-thread-count sheets and baths finished with colored granite and marble. Galani's Mediterranean cuisine is complemented with Brazilian flavors, and features espresso and croissants in the morning at the lobby bar and caipirinha in the evening.
Hotel Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro Ipanema – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Across from the Atlantic Ocean, 221 guest rooms and suites Hotel Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro are nestled into surrounding beaches and green mountain ranges. With 221 guest rooms and suites. With two restaurants specializing in international and French cuisine, guests can take in the cultural center. Th fitness center features Cybex and Life Fitness equipment, a sauna and a masage desk.
Montage Deer Valley – Park City, Utah
Within the valleys and slopes of Empire Canyons rests Montage Deer Valley. European influences are visible in the two-story rooms with vaulted ceilings, iron chandeliers and limestone fireplaces. In the winter, the property provides access to more than 200 acres of new terrain. During the summer, guests can head out fly fishing, trail riding, golfing and other activities. Then, they can come back to choose from two restaurants, a coffee house and a lounge.
The Heathman Hotel – Portland, Oregon
Near the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, The Heathman Hotel has 150 guest rooms and suites, each with original artwork and an "Art of Sleep" bed. Chef Philippe Boulot won the James Beard Best Chef: Pacific NW award at The Heathman Restaurant & Bar, featuring French cuisine and Pacific Northwest ingredients. For casual dining and premium local microbrews, there's Marble Bar, while Tea offers, obviously, tea, as well as coffee and pastries during the afternoon and cocktails and live jazz on select nights.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu – Tokyo
In downtown Tokyo, The Capitol Hotel Tokyo has 251 guest rooms and suites in Japanese design, close to two subway stations, Tokyo Station and the Tokyo City Air Terminal. The property features a fitness center with a gym, pool and spa, as well as three different variations on Japanese dining in Suiren, Star Hill, and ORIGAMI.
Preferred Boutique Hotels
Grande Roche Hotel & Restaurant – Paarl/Cape Town, South Africa
Within the heart of Cape Winelands, Grand Roche Hotels boasts 35 guest rooms and Bosman's Restaurant, winner of the "Best of Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator, featuring South African wines alongside gourment cuisine. Nearby, activies throughout the Cape include wine tours, hiking, hot air ballooning and scuba diving.
Nkomazi Game Reserve – Badplaas, Mpumalanga, South Africa
On the banks of the Komati River, Nkomazi Game Reserve is surrounded by mountains and open grasslands. Twelve tents at Komati Tented Lodge feature Victorian African décor and five-star amenities, including the private sundeck and plunge pool. Guests can take a guided walk about the area or bird watch through the bush, as well as enjoy the sunrise over a morning game drive and, later, take in the stars on a nighttime drive.
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve – Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa
South Africa's only ocean/game reserve, Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve is situated on a private beach in the Eastern Cape Region. Lodge suites in the main lodge and private ocean suites, featuring a private chef and housekeeper, offer options. In the Great Room, five-star dining is met with the property's wine cellar, stocked with the best South African wines.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa
At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve provides guests with an upclose wildlife experience in Little Karoo. Focusing on the protection of endangered species that inhabit the surrounding area, like the rare white lion and riverine rabbit, as well as big game, the reserve offers three sections, including luxury tents, suites, and guest rooms with modern amenities.
Shamwari Townhouse – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Surrounded by beaches and nature reserves, Shamwai Townhouse is located just 100 meters from the Indian Ocean, where guests can select from 10 executives suites, each featuring a private terrace. The property features the Rock Retreat Spa, seven restaurants and the Mountbatten Theatre.
The Last Word Franschhoek – Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
Resorted in Cape Huguenot tradition, The Last Word Franschhoek has six suites with private patios, gardens and large marble baths. Guests can wander through Franschhoek Vally and explore its restaurants, golf courses and wines before touring the wine estates, many of which offer wine tasting and cellar tours.
The Last Word Long Beach – Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
On a white-sand beach in the lobster-fishing village of Kommetjie, The Last Word Long Beach gives guests the opportunity for horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and whale watching. Six guest rooms include three premier suites and three standard doubles, all of which feature flat-screen TVs and private patios looking out onto the sea.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Newport, Rhode Island
The only hotel on the Cliff Walk, The Chanler has 20 guest rooms, each designed around a historical or theme. Distinguished by its "New England Fix Prixe," the Spiced Pear features six or nine course of New England cuisine, in addition to its Continental à la carte menu, views of the Atlantic and Easton's Beach, open-air kitchen and grand fireplace. In-room spa treatments are available from Spa Voyage, and 24-hour room service offers private dining, including signature items like the Spiced Pear French Toast for breakfast or the GQ-favored burger for lunch.
The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine – Los Angeles
In the heart of Los Angeles, The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine has 57 guest flats featuring European-style kitchens, antique furnishings, vintage posters and Old World design elements. Cleo's offerings include seasonal grilled Pinchos, small-plate selections and a raw bar. Guests can get to know L.A. over city and canyon tours, surfing lessons and farmers' markets, as well as the area's selection of restaurants and nightclubs.
Grandhotel Lienz – Lienz, Austria
Surrounded by the Dolomites, the family-operated Grandhotel Lienz has 76 guest rooms and suites, featuring bright décor and views of the countryside. Five restaurants present modernized Alpine and Adriatic classics. Guests can visit the private spa and on-site wellness center, SymbioMed before or after exploring the area over skiing in the winter and golfing at the nearby Dolomite Golf East Tyrol Golf Club in the summer.
The Lyall Hotel – Melbourne, Australia
Twenty-five minutes from Australia's Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport, The Lyall Hotel rests in the fashionable neighborhood of South Yarra, known for its art galleries and auction houses. Forty one- and two-bedroom suites have a separate living area, kitchen, marble bath and fully furnished private terrace. Breakfast, lunch or dinner is available at Bistro Lyall, featuring a season menu with local ingredients. The Lyall Spa offers a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico
In the south of Mexico's Baja California Sur, Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos is a AAA Four-Diamond, luxury resort. Its 42 suites have ocean views from private terraces, antique furnishing and marble baths. The Endless Privileges program, featuring "luxury without limit," offers services including dining at three gourmet restaurants and access to facilities at the nearby property, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa. The property features a Zoëtry Casa's Sueños del Mar Spa and discounted green fees at the property's three championship golf courses.
Summit Hotels & Resorts
Chinggis Khaan Hotel – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Centrally located in Ulaanbaatar, Chinggis Khaan Hotel's 196 guest rooms and suites include 30 suites, 10 deluxe suites and two presidential suites and feature warm tones, soft lights and flat-screen televisions. Mr. Wang Chinese Restaurant and Temuujin Restaurant are considered among the region's best. Guests can sample the massage menu at Shigtgee, and take advantage of the fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Business travelers can choose from a divisible conference hall, banquet hall and two meeting rooms with flexible, fully equipped meeting spaces.
Meliá Cabo Real – Los Cabos, Mexico
On the southern coast of Baja California Sur, Meliá Cabo Real has 305 guest rooms of suites of marble floors under the Mexican sun. Five restaurants serve traditional Mexican fare, as well Asian, Pacific Rim and California haute cuisine. The property features The Spa by the Sea, outdoor fitness center and the Cabo Real Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Meliá México Reforma – Mexico City
Sitting atop Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma, near the entertainment and cultural districts, the Meliá México Reforma has won the AAA Four Diamond Award and its designation as a Biosphere Hotel from the Institute for Responsible Tourism. Its 489 guest rooms and suites feature The Level, a selection of guest rooms with enhanced services and amenities. Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine is available at L'Albufera while the more casual Café Miró features Mexican and international food, as well as a children's menu. YHI Spa has a heated cross-current pool, as well as its six massage therapy rooms and fitness center. Business travelers have easy access to the financial districts and a selection of meeting rooms within the hotel.
Sterling Design Hotels
The New York Helmsley Hotel – New York City
In Midtown Manhattan, The New York Helmsley Hotel is blocks away from Times Square, Fifth Avenue shopping, Broadway's theater center and the United Nations. Accommodation options include City Rooms, Corner Rooms, Preferred Rooms, Junior Suites, One Bedroom Suites and the Presidential Suite, featuring Simmons bedding, views of the city and wireless Internet access. After checking out the fitness facility, guests can sit down to Executive Chef Brian C. Wieler's Continental menu, including sesame crusted tuna and veal tenderloin napolean.
Night – New York City
Designed by Vikram Chatwal, the noir-inspired black-and-white hotel has 72 guest rooms with modern sleigh beds in 400-thread-count Frette linens, stark lighting and baths featuring crushed glass tiling. At Nightlife, featuring food and dining, guests can sample cherry truffle martinis or mango mimosas over mini sirloin burger fondue sandwiches.
Oriental Hotel Hiroshima – Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
In downtown Hiroshima, Oriental Hotel Hiroshima rises 23 floors with 227 guest rooms, including its one suite and featuring bamboo towels, waffle-fabric pajamas and phytotherapy bath products. The property features Le Bois Treatment Salon & Spa's plant-derived products as well as four restaurants offering Japanese, French, Italian and American dining. Within the hotel, guests can enjoy on-site art exhibitions and concerts and access to museum, gardens and historic sites.