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Coventry Travelodge on the market

Coventry Leofric Travelodge hotel has been put on the market.

The hotel, owned by Piccadilly Hotels and currently leased to Travelodge Hotels Ltd, is being marketed by Christie + Co.

Christie + Co is also marketing five further hotels currently leased to Travelodge in Bath, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Oldham and Stevenage, as well as the 120-bedroom Coventry Leofric.

“Given the strategic location of these Travelodge hotels and the potential for new operators to explore re-branding them in both budget and mid-market segments, we expect a great deal of competitive interest,” said Jeremy Jones, director of corporate hotels for Christie + Co.

Travelodge is currently aiming to restructure its property portfolio through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Online Revealed Canada Announces 8th Annual Conference at Caesars …

Online Revealed Canada, the first and only Canadian online tourism marketing conference for the travel and tourism industry, announces dates and new location for the 8th annual tourism industry event.

(PRWEB) September 25, 2012

Online Revealed, Canada’s only tourism internet marketing conference, will be back on the road for the 8th annual event in 2013. The conference, which focuses on the latest in online travel marketing trends, will take place at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Windsor Ontario, April 2-4, 2013, with an anticipated attendance of 450 delegates from across Canada.

Founded and produced by travel and technology industry innovators, A Couple of Chicks™ Digital Tourism Marketing, the 2013 conference will once again bring attendees the latest trends in digital marketing for the travel industry including the latest in social media, mobile marketing, search marketing and travel distribution online.

The first Online Revealed Canada, held in Ottawa in 2006, drew 180 attendees and has since evolved to become the go-to event for the travel and tourism industry in Canada to learn, connect and be informed about the fast changing world of digital marketing.

“We are extremely excited to be returning to our “travel” roots in changing the host city of Online Revealed each year, with Caesars Windsor as the chosen location for 2013,” said Online Revealed Canada Co-Chair and A Couple of Chicks™ Co-founder Patricia Brusha. “It is hard to believe how far we have come since the first conference held in Ottawa in 2006, and we continue to be committed to keeping the Canadian tourism marketing industry ahead of the curve in digital marketing moving forward.”

Industry giants like Facebook, Google, Travelzoo and Expedia will present the latest trends during the two-day conference, with a focus around hands-on learning workshops, travel and technology exhibitors, networking opportunities, as well as events and presentations from the most popular speakers in digital marketing today.

Attendees will hear from digital marketing expert Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author of “Six Pixels of Separation”, the first book to integrate digital marketing, social media, personal branding and entrepreneurship, in a keynote presentation on April 4th. Mitch Joel will introduce his latest book “CTRL ALT DEL: How to Reboot Your Business (and Yourself) in a Connected World”.

The conference is also home to the 4th annual Canadian e-Tourism Awards, which will be presented at a special luncheon on April 4th. These awards recognize the evolution and marketing power of the digital space, including social media and traditional consumer websites. The awards are sponsored by leaders in the industry including Google, Miles Partnership, T4G and VIA Rail, and celebrate excellence in Canadian tourism marketing online.

New this year, and after a successful pilot project launched at Online Revealed 2012 Toronto Conference, the Canadian DMO Online Benchmarking Series will bring key insights to the performance of Canadian Destination Marketing Organizations, against their peers, and against International Destinations including New Zealand and the U.S.A. The groundbreaking research program, produced in conjunction with the Canadian Tourism Commission, will highlight key insights into the trends, challenges and opportunities destination marketers are facing in today’s competitive digital world.

Conference registration will open in October 2012. Sponsorship packages are available by contacting Dino Fazio at or contact Patricia Brusha at for speaking opportunities.

About Online Revealed:

The Online Revealed tourism marketing conference provides travel and tourism professionals with unique and innovative online marketing education, with an agenda that includes educational workshops, keynotes and panel discussions, all driven by the industry for the industry. The event, which has been produced in 7 cities across Canada since it’s inception in 2006, is produced by leading online marketing firm, A Couple of Chicks™ Digital Tourism Marketing, Online Revealed Canada is an annual Canadian conference produced for the industry, and by the industry, with a mission to educate the tourism industry to be successful on the World Wide Web. Visit for more information.

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Mapov promises order out of hotel booking chaos via maps

Mapov is setting out to simplify the hotel booking experience by combining hotel deals with TripAdvisor reviews and plotting them on a map.

The startup, which is self-funded, was founded by marketing consultant Richard Jackson who has worked in the online travel world for some years with stints at both and Expedia.

Jackson is supported by a team of four with execs responsible for front-end development, back-end development, PR and social marketing and design.

Competition is everywhere for this fledgling from Google Hotel Finder to hotel metasearch sites such as Trivago and HotelsCombined but it believes the problem of finding the best travel product quickly has not yet been solved.

Mapov doesn’t charge for the service and there is no advertising so the hope is that revenue will come via shared commission from hotel providers. The startup displays the lowest prices available for each hotel and directs users to that hotel provider.

QA with Jonny Giddens, responsible for PR and social marketing for Mapov

How is the way you are solving this problem more special or effective than previous attempts you or the market has seen before and how different do you have to be to succeed?

Unlike most of our competitors, at Mapov we display the hotel’s photos, reviews and prices on top of a map, in a crisp and uncluttered way. With arrows highlighting the hotel’s location, users can see exactly where it is, whilst still comparing price and availability. This approach makes it very easy for people to find a hotel in the place they want, and at a price they can afford.

Why should people or companies use your startup?

We have re-imagined how people search for hotels with the end user at the forefront. This has helped us create a site that is very intuitive to use whilst at the same time offering the very best prices on more than 220,000 hotels. Our crisp and dynamic approach helps users to see where hotels are in relation to the area they want to visit as well as the usual information of photos and reviews.

Other than going viral and receiving mountains of positive PR, what is the strategy for raising awareness and getting customers/users?

Our primary source of traffic is through search engine marketing on Google.  Although we are competing alongside some really big companies, we are already very pleased with the level of traffic we are getting through this avenue and are consistently experiencing higher than average click-through-rates. We are currently targeting people searching for hotels in some of the top global holiday destinations. We will continue to do this but in addition we plan to target people searching for shorter stays in domestic destinations, as well as, areas where a hotel’s location is very important.

What other options have you considered for the business and the team if the original vision fails?

When we created Mapov we built it in such a way that it could be scaled up and reapplied to a whole range of different services or products. At this stage we are focused on the hotel industry and are committed to being the best and easiest way to find and book a hotel on the internet but, this is by no means the limit of our vision.

What mistakes have you made in the past in business and how have you learned from them?

Marketing an idea is as important as delivering the product. We have also learnt that the quality and productivity of technical teams, makes or breaks businesses a few years down the line.

What is wrong with the travel, tourism and hospitality industry that requires another startup to help it out?

Traditionally hotel providers only display hotels in a one-dimensional list. This is good for comparing prices, but bad for the equally important consideration of the hotel’s location. How far is it from the beach? Is it near the train station? Will I be able to walk to the office? This is why we believe that Mapov’s implementation of the map integrated with a hotel’s other attributes (reviews, photos etc.) is its masterstroke.

Tnooz view:

There have been many promises to revolutionise the beast that is hotel booking lately so we’ll watch Mapov with interest and perhaps a little intrepidation for its lofty ambitions.

The use of maps to plot the location is good and with the increasingly innovative ways maps are being used in travel websites, it’s a sensible strategy. The service is also clean and crisp as per its claims.

The plan to build up traffic via search engine marketing on Google is interesting because although the startup claims it doesn’t currently need funding,  you’ve got to wonder how long before it burns all its cash especially as it’s going for top global holiday locations first.

The lack of advertising and shared commission model also raises concerns about how the site will make enough money as many consumers are now educated into using online travel agencies to search only to go and book direct with the hotel.

So, if they can persuade consumers they’re getting the same and best price on Mapov then it will fly. Interesting that the team has also designed Mapov in way that it could apply to other products and services.

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Building the Right Hotel for Your Market

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Kevin Wallace, President Chief Executive Officer, Jebel Ali International Hotels, a speaker at the marcus evans Hospitality Summit EMEA 2012, on identifying and building for a hotel’s target market.

With hospitality developments, the choice of location remains fundamental to success, according to Kevin Wallace, President Chief Executive Officer, Jebel Ali International Hotels. Picking the right location is about knowing one’s customer and analysing the market with feasibility studies, he adds.

A speaker at the upcoming marcus evans Hospitality Summit EMEA 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 – 31 October, Wallace points out strategies for building a hotel that caters to its customers’ needs.

- Why is the choice of location fundamental to the long-term success of a hotel?

When it comes to any real estate development, it is always about location, location and location. It does not matter what you build or how much you spend, if you get the location wrong, you significantly decrease the chance of success.

- What about the new developments that have put entire towns on the tourist map?

If you analyse those cases closely, they were pretty high risk. In the majority of them, only the second or third person in actually made money.

- In fast-developing and evolving markets, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, how can the choice of location be made? What should hoteliers look for?

The lessons have been learnt about the dangers of rushing into things, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and all over the world. Taking the time to analyse the market and doing feasibility and market studies helps hoteliers avoid picking the wrong location.

Once the location has been decided, it is then about understanding the client market, and including the amenities, experience, rooms, cuisine and activities that they look for. You can get the location right and build a beautiful resort, but if you do not have the right amenities, the project can fail.

- What is driving the growth of this sector in the region?

In spite of the global financial crisis, we have had pretty buoyant international travel markets, driven primarily by Asian travellers, from China, Korea and the BRIC countries, who tend to travel in large groups.

As the Gulf countries continue to build quality airports, ease visa requirements and so on, we will see the region becoming a more globally competitive tourist destination. However, the higher up one goes in the luxury sector, the higher customers’ expectations are in terms of perfection.

- How can luxury hotels differentiate themselves from each other?

At the end of the day, it is about value. Five-star luxury hotels might look similar on paper, but a lot of the times they are not. They might have different types of client, more guests from particular countries, be more or less family-oriented, and different price packages. What the customer gets for his money will differ. To succeed in this industry, hoteliers have to know their customers and deliver on their promises.

About the Hospitality Summit EMEA 2012

This unique forum will take place at the Ceylan InterContinental, Istanbul, Turkey, 29 – 31 October 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on capturing a hotel’s target market, upgrading properties, and integrating green systems and solutions. For more information please send an email to or visit the event website at

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Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit

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L’Auberge Del Mar hotel up for sale – U

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— L’Auberge Del Mar, an ocean-view resort that underwent a $26 million renovation four years ago, is now on the market.

Eastdil Secured, a brokerage firm, is marketing the 121-room property on Camino del Mar, according to a real estate flier obtained by U-T San Diego.

The flier, while it does not indicate an asking price, does reference the multi-million-dollar makeover, which required the hotel to shut down for several months before reopening in 2008.

The extensive remodel included updated guest rooms, a new lobby, restaurant and spa, extensive landscaping and more than 12,000 square feet of revamped indoor and outdoor space.

The sales brochure characterizes the L’Auberge property as a “compelling opportunity to own a boutique resort that benefits from an irreplaceable location.”

Lowe Enterprises, the parent company of Destination Hotels and Resorts, which manages L’Auberge, would not confirm that the hotel is up for sale.

Given the relative scarcity of Southern California coastal property listings, the owners of L’Auberge can expect considerable interest from prospective buyers, said hotel broker Bob Kaplan.

“Coastal Southern California is in high demand by the buyers, and it’s where the money is today,” said Kaplan, a broker with CB Richard Ellis. “Properties like this don’t come along that often. We’re marketing the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, and it’s getting higher than usual interest because of its coastal location.”

Len Howell, vice president of hospitality acquisition for Pacifica Companies, which last year purchased La Valencia in La Jolla for $41 million, said his company has some interest in L’Auberge.

“We’re always interested in looking at high quality, coastal-oriented properties in California,” Howell said. “I would suspect their pricing expectations will be greater than what we would be willing to pay. Most people, though, will see that they went through a substantial renovation and will be pleased they won’t have to do that.”

L’Auberge Del Mar, which opened in 1989, last changed hands in 1994 when it sold for $12 million, according to the San Diego County Assessor’s Office.

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B Hotels & Resorts® Is On the Move With Announcement of Third B Hotel and …

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
South Florida-based B Hotels Resorts® is on the move with two additions to their portfolio and a new ‘value-full-service’ category, b2 hotels, within 18 months of their first hotel opening. Today in conjunction with the 34th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, B Hotels Resorts® announced its first b2 hotel and the third location for the parent B brand.

“The growth B Hotels Resorts® has experienced over the past year is very exciting,” said CEO and President Ayelet Weinstein. “We are developing the brand to offer distinctive benefits to the consumers, associates, hotel management companies, hotel owners, and the communities we do business in. The combination of the lifestyle self-expression experience, the unique open-source operation models, and the fresh owner-friendly terms, delivers tangible value.”

B Resort in the Walt Disney World® Resort

B Hotels Resorts® announced it will open its next hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort area in the fall of 2013. The B in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is going to offer a family-friendly lifestyle experience within one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the Walt Disney World® Resort. The B resort, currently the 394-room Royal Plaza, is ideally situated within walking distance to Downtown Disney®, and easy access to all Walt Disney World® and Orlando theme parks, as well as numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife venues.

The property was acquired by InSite Group and Cube Capital in December 2011 and will remain operational during a complete renovation and repositioning. It will be officially launched as part of the B Hotels Resorts® family in the fourth quarter of 2013, joining the AAA Four Diamond Rated B Ocean Fort Lauderdale which opened March 2011, and the B South Beach which is planned to open first quarter of 2013.

“The B in the Walt Disney World® Resort is going to be a unique venue for visitors who are looking for an upscale lifestyle experience, tranquility and relaxation after and between fun-filled days at the adventure parks,” said Weinstein. “It is being designed to allow interaction of families, couples, groups and individuals in an inspiring and stylish environment, with great amenities including international culinary concepts and a full service spa, while implementing the B brand approachable service culture.”

The First to b2

The company’s first b2 hotel will debut in downtown Miami at the site of the former Continental Bayside Hotel located at 146 Biscayne Boulevard. The 243-room property, which will undergo an extensive renovation and open as b2 miami downtown, is steps from the Port of Miami, the shops and restaurants of Bayside Marketplace, world-class cultural and arts venues, and the American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA’s, Miami HEAT). b2 miami downtown is in a prime location to benefit from leisure travel including its proximity to the largest passenger cruise port in the world. Surrounded by 16 million square feet of office space and city, state and federal court houses, it will also attract corporate travel and local business opportunities. The property was acquired by InSite Group and affiliates of The Carlyle Group in September 2011. The hotel is expected to open as b2 hotel in the first quarter of 2013.

Introduced in May, the b2 hotel brand will revolutionize the traditional hotel model with a new ‘value-full-service’ class, offering sophisticated travelers access to the full-service lifestyle amenities found atB Hotels, but at an even more affordable price point.

The B resort in the Walt Disney World® Resort and b2 miami downtown will feature the various B Hotels Resorts® Signature Elements including:

B Social(TM) – As a brand focused on social interactions, standard design elements incorporate communal seating, tables and inviting gathering spaces.

B in Touch(TM) – FreeB(TM) Wi-Fi, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout all public spaces and guestrooms, as well as courtesy iPads and the touchscreen Monscierge®, a digital concierge and destination guide.

B Ambiance(TM) – Specially-selected sound, lighting and scent enhance the public space environment.

B Nourished(TM) – Food and beverage offerings include distinct culinary concepts, banquet and catering services and 24- hour in-room dining.

B Indulged® – A full-service spa facility or intimate spa suite, with tailored massage offerings performed in an inviting, tranquil environment.

B Active® – Guests stay fit and re-energize while traveling with access to a state-of-the-art fitness center.

B Adventurous(TM) – Excursions and event offerings developed to explore and discover all that each destination has to offer.

B Sensitive(TM) – Green initiatives and sustainable alternatives are implemented during the renovation process and long-term operations.

“We’ve continued to garner genuine interest amongst travelers and industry experts as the portfolio of B Hotels Resorts® expands and as we enter new markets,” said Christopher Tompkins, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Programs. “We are thrilled to announce our third B hotel, which will debut in Orlando in the fall of 2013, and Miami as the destination for the first b2 hotel, a few weeks after unveiling the new value-full-service category. Like our properties in Fort Lauderdale and South Beach, these hotels will cater to a variety of business and leisure travelers, offering warm, approachable service and amenities.”

Revolutionizing traditional hotel branding since the opening of its first property in March 2011, B Hotels Resorts® is an innovative alternative for the conversion of existing flagged and independent hotels. The company is led by Weinstein, Tompkins and a diverse Advisory Council of hospitality industry experts. B Hotels Resorts® features the B brand with full-service property designations, and the new b2, a value-full-service model.

About B Hotels Resorts®

Headquartered in South Florida, B Hotels Resorts® is a fresh and innovative alternative for today’s business and leisure travelers. As a brand, B Hotels Resorts® is taking the lifestyle hotel experience to the next level with distinct B Signature Elements that attract a broad spectrum of dynamic guests. These B Signature Elements add to the overall guest experience and are consistent across all B Hotels Resorts® properties. B Signature Elements include: B Ambiance(TM) (specially-selected sound, lighting and scent program); B Social(TM) (communal seating and inviting gathering spaces); B In Touch(TM) and FreeB(TM) Wi-Fi (complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout all public spaces and guestrooms and advanced technology offerings); B Active® (state-of-the-art fitness center where guests can exercise and re-energize); B Indulged® (spa facility or spa suite featuring an invigorating variety of treatments so guests can customize their own experience and B Pampered) and more.

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Hooha! Israel’s first hotel for bikers up and running

aMany seasoned travelers are so over the one-week all-inclusive vacation packages to Cancun. New values have streamed into our consciousness: values like environmental awareness, keeping fit and getting in touch with the local culture and surroundings.

 Looking to fill the niche market of cycling holidays, the HooHa Cyclists House is the first cyclists’ hotel in Israel. Established six years ago in northern Israel, the hotel offers single rooms and dorms to accommodate up to 30 people looking to bike around Israel’s scenic Mount Tabor and Lower Galilee region.

HooHa caters to amateur and pro cyclists as well as teams.

Dror Nevo and his wife, Hadas, opened HooHa in the village of Kfar Tabor, but not because they were lacking work. The parents of two both had lucrative careers: he as a vice president in a high-tech software company, she as a veterinarian.

However, after a three-month cycling vacation in New Zealand seven years ago, they decided to turn their dream into reality: They would open a cyclist hotel. They scouted around, found a location, and a year later the doors were open and the wheels were rolling.

About 85 percent of their guests are Israelis, Dror surmises, about 60 percent of them cyclists, the rest just visitors who enjoy the location and ambience.

Dror has launched a marketing campaign to attract tourists, and  already has  a dream itinerary for a three-day ride.

“Of course it depends if they are mountain bikers or road bikers,” he explains. “Most of the people would like the Beit Keshet single track, a trail we established with the Jewish National Fund. And all the area of the Tabor River. We could end the trip in the area of the Jordan River or the Kinneret [Sea of Galilee].”

HooHa offers a range of room rates — the least expensive is comparable to a hostel, while the most expensive is more like a three-star hotel. Cycling equipment can be rented as part of a package, and it’s also possible to hire Dror as a guide.

He believes that bicycling is becoming a way of life for some Israelis, especially on the weekends: “It’s become like a culture and I hope it’s here to stay.”

The entrepreneur is already planning a cycling hotel network throughout Israel, linking it to Europe. — israel 21c



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By air
By boat
Get out
Tarawa is an atoll in the central Pacific Ocean, and the location of the capital of Kiribati.


Tarawa was the site of the Battle of Tarawa, one of the most brutal battles in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. It was previously the capital of the former British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. For a full understanding of this atoll you should pick up a book called “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” by J Maarten Troost. This is a very informative insight to the everyday life on Tarawa. (The title is only catchy as there was nothing naughty inside the book.)
By air

Tarawa airport, Bonriki International Airport(IATA: TRW), is on South Tarawa.
with a 737 aircraft operates flights from Suva on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[Our Airline] operates a weekly flight from Brisbane, Australia via Honiara and Nauru leaving on a Saturday and then interlines with Air Kiribati who fly a 737 aircraft onto Nadi and returns on a Monday.
By boat

Supply boats leave Fiji every now and then. No use giving schedules or details here, because there are none. Just ask around in Suva, Nadi or Lautoka harbours. Captains usually accept hitchhikers for a small fee. Prepare for the worst: no comfort, bad food. And for the best: great company, Polynesian and Micronesian hospitality, adventure. Private Yachts cruising the Pacific sometimes also take passengers. Ask around in yacht clubs, marinas, slipways. Good luck! There’s just one way to travel (and it’s not by plane…)

South Tarawa has a few international ATM’s through the Bank of Kiribati.

Otintaai Hotel ☎ (686) 28084,
Mary Bairiki, ☎ (686) 22227, fax: (686) 21362,



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Get in
Get around
Embassies and High Commissions
Get out
Belmopan is the capital of Belize, nearer the geographic center of the country than (former capital) Belize City. It was established following the massive damage that occurred when Hurricane Hattie struck Belize City in 1961; an inland location was deemed a safer location for the national government than the low-lying seaside metropolis of Belize City.
Get in

Getting in to Belmopan is easy; two highways serve as a entrance to Belmopan: the Hummingbird Highway and Western Highway. Travel from Belmopan to Belize City using the novelos or the batty bus lines is less than US$6 (BZD12) per person.
Get around

You can get around Belmopan by car or taxi, but Belmopan is a small city. Walking can get you around and really show you the true city.

There is The Artbox, an art gallery which is great for tourists.

Belmopan is a good place to walk around the neighborhoods and market plazas. It is a great place to discover, as it has a low crime rate and is very laid back and relaxing.

Things to buy in Belmopan include Belizean groceries and gifts from the gift shops. Angelus Press is a great place to shop for gifts where you can buy flags, maps, books and Belizean trinkets. Every Tuesday and Friday there is a market day held in the center of the city. Many locals set up booths selling inexpensive clothes, DVDs, trinkets, food, and produce. Many Belizians from surrounding towns and villages ride the bus to get to Belmopan’s market day so it is a great way to experience the culture. If you want to experience it at its busiest point, plan to come early, because many booths close downs during the hottest part of the day.

There are a lot of clean Chinese-owned restaurants in Belmopan that make great Belizean food. The yim-sann restaurant has great food and is a 4-star restaurant/hotel.

Drink only the bottled water.

Bullfrog Inn
Yim Sang
Belize Jungle Dome Banana Bank, ☎ 8222124, (
Banana Bank Lodge ☎ 501-820-2020, (
Super Palm Resort ☎ 011+501-822-3258, (
Embassies and High Commissions

United Kingdom (
United States Floral Park Road
Belmopan, Cayo Belize, ☎ (501) 822-4011, fax: (501) 822-4012, (
Mexico 3 North Ring Road, Embassy Square, Belmopan
, ☎ (501) 822-4011, fax: (501) 822-2487, (

Ski Hotels: Ultimate Guide to Luxury Ski Town Lodging

The Park Hyatt (right) has the best location in Beaver Creek Village. It also has the best ski-in/ski-out location, with luxury ski valet.

Last week I wrote about the very best fine dining restaurants at North American ski resorts.

Today I am tackling the finest hotels and resorts you can stay at on your ski or snowboard vacation.

One caveat: as with the restaurants, these recommendations are not for the weak of wallet. These are bonafide luxury hotels, akin to the best digs you would expect in any major city or world-class resort destination. There are plenty of ski hotels and condos and inns that are very pleasant and great bargains – these are not them. These are 4 ½  and 5-star properties with white glove service, decadent rooms, powerful concierges, and in almost every case, they are ski-in/ski-out, a luxurious convenience that those who can afford it often put a high premium on. They also tend to have fawning ski valets to dry and warm your boots, excellent restaurants, and lavish spas.

As I did last time, I am only including hotels that are exceptional by any global standards, not merely the best in a ski town. I have been to just about every major ski resort town in the continental U.S. other than Taos, NM, so if you don’t see yours on this list, there is probably a reason. There are even fewer true luxury hotels than there were standout fine dining restaurants, and the closing of the Capella Telluride after last ski season took one more high-end resort town off this list.

Park City, UT: No American ski town has as much upscale lodging as Park City, home to three world-class ski resorts, Deer Valley, The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort. The first luxury ski hotel in the nation, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is here, as are the newer St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria, but the one that stands out above them all is the huge Montage Deer Valley, a spinoff of the beloved Southern California beach resort that is a self-contained city with everything from bowling alley to gorgeous residences available for rent, and an on-mountain location that gives easy access to two different lifts. It has THE best ski concierge in the nation, and one of the best spas – its only weak link is so-so dining.

Jackson Hole, WY: It’s really hard to beat the Four Seasons here for a combination of great lodging and a great mountain – Jackson is my favorite. The service is impeccable, the rooms feature the brand’s signature oversized luxury bathrooms, and the spa is perfect, as is the trailside location that is optimum for both skiers and guests exploring Teton Village. I love the lobby bar and sushi, but the main restaurant is nothing special. The Amangani has its fans, but since it is nowhere near the ski resort and really more of a summer property (high season in Jackson, gateway to Yellowstone National Park), it doesn’t make my list.

Vail, CO: The Four Seasons here ups the ante on its Jackson Hole sibling with an exceptional hotel restaurant, Flame, the best ski country steakhouse in the nation – and the best breakfast buffet too. But like almost every hotel in Vail, it is not ski-in/ski-out, and neither is its off -site ski concierge, though it is a great facility. I don’t mind walking a block tor two, but for some guests this is a deal breaker. Fortunately for them, there is the Arrabelle, a great luxury boutique hotel that is Vail’s only real slopeside property, with really nice rooms, an impressive spa and a helpful ski concierge staff. It has a great location in the heart of Lionshead village, and its own ice skating rink and tons of good shops connected. The restaurant is pretty good, but not a must. For this winter, the all residential luxury Solaris has started renting out its apartments, and while they are very pricey, they are also large and very comfortable, and this complex has the best set of amenities in town, including an upscale bowling alley/cocktail lounge, a gourmet movie theater, ice rink, and Vail’s new outpost of celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Virtually every great luxury ski hotel has excellent access to the slopes, but none more so than the Montage Deer Valley.

Aspen, CO: Every hotel on this list has a weakness – except The Little Nell. It has great service, great rooms, a best-in-Aspen location at the main gondola, and possibly the best ski town restaurant in the nation, Montagna. The friendly valets will drive you just about anywhere in their oversized SUVs, and guests get preference into the town’s most coveted après ski scene, the Terrace Bar. The only criticism I can give is that Ajax, aka Aspen Mountain, is the only major ski mountain in the nation with no green terrain, making this a poor spot for groups with beginners. Then again, the valets will drive you to beginner heaven Buttermilk, 5 minutes away, and there is no better lodging. Aspen/Snowmass has other good hotels, but this is the great one.

Beaver Creek, CO: I’ve always loved the Park Hyatt, one of the first real slopeside luxury hotels in the nation, the one that helped kickoff the boom of the past decade. It introduced the concept of the luxury ski valet, opens onto both its own small lift and the base of the main Mountain, and on the other side of the hotel, has the best location in Beaver Creek village, overlooking the ice rink with immediate pedestrian access to all the shops and restaurants. The rooms are very nice, but the rental residences are even better. The spa is great, and I like the general store approach to casual dining, but the main restaurant is nothing special. From a purely luxury hotel perspective, the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch probably enjoys a slight edge, also has a great spa, and definitely wins the dining battle with its Spago, but although it is ski-in/out, its location is difficult and isolated, with nothing else here, requiring tedious trips into the village.

Whistler, BC: Whistler has an impressive roster of solidly upscale hotels (Westin, Pan Pacific, Fairmont Chateau Whistler) but the premium choice is the Four Seasons. Like virtually every other property in the chai, it has all the hallmarks one of the world’s finest hotel brands, and its chief competitors in that high-end space, Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula, don’t do skiing.