Back to Helsinki – by Jens Hoffmann The day started with a happy landing. To travel with Finnair always makes me happy. Pleasant flight, quick ride to the city and a check-in the suite 919 in Hotel Glo Kluuvi. Beautiful and big suite. Later on we enjoyed a fantastic Tove Jansson documentary film about her life. Helsinki is a real cosmopolitan and design fascinated city on the Baltic. The sea around Helsinki is dotted by close to 400 islands, some large, some no bigger than…Continue Reading “Checkin in @ Hotel Glo Kluuvi Helsinki – Tove Jansson 100 th bday / Finland”

New York, New York. By Jens Hoffmann Besides all the visa trouble and the nightmare immigration stories. I stll love New York and especially the Mandarin Oriental. Stylish, contemporary in design, get some oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York redefines luxury as New York City’s high sophisticated hotel. For me the nicest hotel in New York. The Mandarin Oriental’s CEO is the german Susanne Hatje, a powerful lady with style. Before she was in charge for Mandarin Munic, Hongkong & Boston. The guests are kings,…Continue Reading “The big apple is back – Mandarin Oriental / USA”

Cities we love. Sawasdee Bangkok, I love it to be here. The Sukothai hotel is always my first choice. Its a great location on South Sathorn, near Lumphini Park and MRT Lumphini. Just nearby the area in Sathorn Soi 1 where I used to live for three years from 2006 – 2009. Luxury means different things to different people. For some people its a visual threat others define it in more sensual way both will be more than happy. The Sukothai staff makes guests feel…Continue Reading “Sukothai Hotel Luxury style in Bangkok”

Hong Kong is definetly one of my favourite cities worldwide. I used to work in 2009 on Causeway Bay, since this time I am in love with this place which gives you a very nice experiences 24/7. A bit of a luxury experience you will find here. The Peninsula HK better “The Pen” was build in 1928. It is the most historical hotel in Hong Kong. Located at the junction of Nathan Road and Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. My favourite 5 star++ hotel…Continue Reading “The Peninsula in HK – Fantastic hotel”

Amsterdam, July 2014 – Contributed by Francois Jobard & A. Hofmann The new 93-room Waldorf Astoria offers perfect luxury, it is located on Herengracht, which is the so called Gentlemen’s Canal. The hotel has a historical exterior comprising six monumental 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces and featuring a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot. The Waldorf Astoria offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service in a setting characterized by a long, rich history. The suites overlooking the city’s…Continue Reading “Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – dutch luxury – Holland”

Taiwan 2014. Contributed by Ben Harris. Check in @ the Okura Prestige, the luxury hotel opened in 2012. Located in the Zhongshan district in central Taipei, Taiwan. It gave us a great, luxury welcome. Take a look at the lobby. Nice rooms, spacious no one lees than 43qm. The hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy the city. The Okura has 25 stories, seven underground and 18 above ground and takes advantage of the natural beauty of Taipei. It’s location offers views of the city…Continue Reading “Luxury stay @ The Okura Prestige Taipei / Taiwan”

I love Hong Kong, we checked in @ the Mandarin Oriental which is probably the most famous upmarket hotel in Hong Kong. It’s smack-bang in the middle of everything, hasn’t lost any of its 1960s-era glam, has a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants and I can’t say enough good things about the beds. You want central Hong Kong? You’ve got central Hong Kong. The “old Mandarin” to distinguish from the smaller, boutiquey younger sister The Landmark Mandarin Oriental next door looks out on just about every…Continue Reading “Hong Kong for 36 hours – Mandarin Oriental / China”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. We made a nice press trip to Bad Saarow. Just a 40 min drive from Berlin-City. After arrival we checked in @ The Hotel Esplanade Spa & Resort. It is easy to see why people love to come to the Hotel and Spa Esplanade. With its softly bubbling pools and tranquil massage rooms, it sits right on the shore of Lake Scharmuetzelsee in the idyllic small town of Bad Saarow, just 45 minutes’ drive south-east from Berlin. The hotel Esplanade in…Continue Reading “Hotel Esplanade Spa & Resort / Bad Saarow / Germany”

Hotel Gstaad Palace is one of my favourite hotels in Switzerland. It is set on a hill overlooking the beautiful town of Gstaad and offers a breathtaking view of the majestic Swiss Alps. Built in 1913 it has earned an unrivalled reputation for discret, refined hospitality over the years, and has always welcomed the most discerning international stars like Roger Moore, Liz Taylor and Prince Charles. It is a great five star hotel in distinguished surroundings and a relaxing ambiance; over 250 employees makes you…Continue Reading “Suisse style de luxe – Palace Gstaad / Switzerland”

Paris, Paris,mon amour. Contributed by Francois Jobard. For the “House & Hotel” Magazine Francois explored a variety of exhibitions at Louvre, Scorsese and Warhol, as well as the quartier Montmatre. Arriving @ CDG. We checked in @ Hilton Paris Opera, the hotel got a significant restoration. Still balancing elegant style and sophistication in central Paris. After joining the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio the Concorde Opera Paris hotel began a significant $50 million restoration and enhancement programme ahead of its much anticipated re-launch as Hilton…Continue Reading “Cultural trip “Au coeur du monde” – Hilton Paris Opera – France”

Istanbul by Jens Hoffmann Arrival at the Atatürk International Atatürk Airport. 30 degrees, nice and easy. We took a taxi and went straight to the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. It is truly a lovely 5star luxury experience, the hotel of the Kempinski Group was formerly the palace of an Ottoman Sultan. Different strokes for differnet folks, nowadays it is the grand dame of Istanbuls hotel scene and it wows guests at every turn, from the sprawling, manicured grounds, to the heated infinity pool right on the…Continue Reading “Kempinski Ciragan / Istanbul / Turkey”

Back to Germany and check in @ the Weinhaus Henninger in Palatinate. The region is famous for excellent food, finest wines and the hotel is a legend well known for great rooms. We came by car and enjoyed it to be on the germam highway. Finally we arrived in the lovely “outback” of Germany. The fine country house hotel with restaurant is the place to be in the Palatinate. But let’s go back only four centuries. The history of the house wine is long, the…Continue Reading “Check in @ Weinhaus Henninger / Palatinate / Germany”