Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou, a symbol for Shangri-La’s success in China (REVIEW)

Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou – three dynasties (Qin – Ming – Song), three ancient capital cities, three Shangri-La hotels – in one trip Earlier this year, I was privileged to experience a different China, visiting the three iconic cities, famous for their incredible cultural heritage. The three cities are very conveniently located, so that I was able to organize a comfortable one week trip. I flew in non-stop from Rome to Xian and then, I took a 2 hour flight from Xian to Nanjing and finally the bullet train for a [...]

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The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, one of the finest in the imperial city (REVIEW)

On my return to the The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, three years since my first stay, I was most impressed with the very high standard of service throughout all departments, under the expert supervision of talented hotelier Jean-Paul Dantil. Without any exception, all departments of the hotel provide the highest standard of personalized service, warm, intuitive and efficient. One of the service standard tests was, for me, the main breakfast venue at Melounge, on a day the hotel was running at a high occupancy rate. Staff were very composed, efficient and friendly, [...]

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Ritz Carlton Budapest, a new luxury hotel in Budapest (REVIEW)

Housed within a protected historic building overlooking Elizabeth Square, with views over St Stephens Basilica, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest boasts an ideal location in the heart of the city, steps from most attractions and 8 minutes walk to the Danube. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations. Recently, it has undergone a multi-million dollar complete transformation, opening in April 2016 as The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. While many of the building’s original architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls, [...]

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Shangri-La Hambantota redefines luxury in Sri Lanka (REVIEW)

With an exceptional location on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, in Hambantota, the brand new Shangri-La Hambantota Resort spans an impressive 53 hectares comprising an 18 hole professional golf course, with lush gardens, two swimming pools, 300 rooms and suites, an artisan village, a state-of-the-art Spa and expansive facilities for children. The arrival experience is breathtaking, with a huge colonial style lobby lounge. There is sense of grandeur throughout the entire resort instilled by high ceilings and airy space. In the evenings, be prepared to be swept away by [...]

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Shangri-La, Taipei’s finest luxury hotels

Housed within a tower building in the Daan District, Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza has been one of Taipei’s leading luxury hotels for over two decades. Last year, the hotel has entered a new phase in its history with the complete renovation of its facilities. With one of the greatest greenery escapes and most well-connected districts in terms of the transportation, Daan District is recognized one of the best and most expensive places in which to live in Taipei.  The area is rich in educational resources and cultural vibes; one can [...]

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