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The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an: Blending Luxury with Cultural Heritage

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C today announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an in one of China’s most historic cities, and the home of the country’s legendary 2,000-year-old Terracotta Warriors. Owned by Zhongda. Zhongfangxin Proprietary Company Ltd., the hotel elevates luxury by connecting guests to the destination’s rich way of life through a contemporary take on local culture, history and cuisine. Known as ‘the cradle of Chinese civilization’, Xi’an is the ancient provincial capital of Shaanxi located in the central-northwestern region of China. With a history that spans thousands of years, Xi’an is one of China’s four ancient capitals and the former home to thirteen imperial Chinese dynasties. The city marks the eastern end of the ancient Silk Road and today is a key crossroad to one of the country’s most important trading corridors.

“We are delighted to bring the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton to Xi’an, a city that blends the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present, and the promise of the future,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “By creating a unique sense of place while also celebrating the vibrant cultural legacy of the destination, The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an will offer guests and visitors from around the world a truly authentic experience.”

Ideally located in the business center of the Gao Xin District, The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an boasts unique access to a variety of historical and cultural sites, including the legendary Terracotta Warriors, Great Wild Goose Pagoda and old City Walls. Designed by Remedios Studio, the hotel is imbued with a spirit of timeless luxury that reveals the distinctive soul of the city. Interiors pay homage to the architecture, history and culture of Xi’an through patterned motifs created by local artisans that offer a thoughtful path towards discovering the hidden parts of the destination. To further unveil the ancient capital, at the transition from day to night, guests will be treated to traditional pipa music and locally inspired drinks and snacks.

The hotel’s 283 elegantly appointed guestrooms include 31 contemporary suites, designed as refined and relaxing sanctuaries. Guests staying on the Club Floor will enjoy access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, located on the 23rd floor, where they will be immersed in downtown skyline views, experience dedicated service and enjoy remarkable culinary presentations throughout the day.

Celebrating Xi’an’s culinary scene, The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an captures the essence of the destination with five signature dining experiences. All-day dining at Xian Kitchen welcomes guests with its clean lines, rustic accents and both local and western cuisine. The sophisticated Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, Tasuro, with its six live cooking stations features the freshest seasonal produce and ingredients as well as an expansive selection of sake. Jing Xuan produces the finest and most authentic Cantonese cuisine in a graceful, elegant setting, while the Lobby Lounge provides an elegant and refined space with outdoor terrace, ideal for a business meeting or leisurely afternoon partaking in the time-honored custom of afternoon tea. The fashionable Flair captivates with 180-degree views of the city, and drinks created by expert mixologists.

The Fitness Center will allow guests to maintain their wellness routines even while traveling, while a Yoga Studio will ensure physical and mental balance. The Ritz-Carlton Spa combines bespoke services and unique treatments inviting guests to indulge in relaxation while they immerse themselves in discovery of the local culture. Treatments are steeped in Chinese traditions, using local ingredients to create a selection of Chinese rituals that hark back to ancient beauty rituals and natural methods. One of the many spa menu highlights includes Silk Reviver, which features a series of age-old traditions including rescue release massage, back exfoliation, a facial and signature scalp treatment with a silk wrap that nourishes the body while easing the mind.

The rooms, and state of the art banquet facilities can host a range of events from business meetings to larger social affairs, while the Junior Ballroom, with its access to a beautiful outdoor garden area, is the perfect venue for intimate gatherings and romantic weddings.

“We are extremely pleased to debut The Ritz-Carlton in historic Xi’an, and expand our portfolio in major cultural destinations in China,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer & Managing Director, Greater China, Marriott International. “Affluent Chinese and international tourists traveling to Western China are increasingly seeking enriching experiences, and this opening reflects our continued commitment to provide those travelers with opportunities to explore destinations like Xi’an.”

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Hilton Announces Tajikistan Premiere with Flagship Dushanbe Property

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Hilton today announced its debut in Tajikistan with the opening a flagship property in the heart of the country’s historic capital city – Hilton Dushanbe. The hotel joins seven Hilton properties trading or under development in Central Asia, demonstrating the group’s growing international presence in new and emerging tourism markets worldwide.

Conveniently located only a seven-minute drive from Dushanbe International Airport, and just three miles away from the Tajik Railway Station, Hilton Dushanbe offers both working professionals and leisure travellers a comfortable stay with 145 spacious rooms, all ergonomically fitted and with stunning mountain views. The property also offers Executive Rooms and access to its Executive rooftop lounge, featuring a private meeting room and terrace overlooking the city.

Hilton Dushanbe offers state-of-the-art amenities for hosting meetings and events, including ranging six conference rooms equipped with the latest A/V technology, two large ballrooms and a stunning outdoor terrace that can accommodate up to 400 people. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing treatment at the hotel’s spa following use of the fitness centre, cool off in the on-property swimming pool, or indulge in a number of delectable dining options.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to a world-class Hilton hospitality experience right here in Dushanbe. Whether celebrating a special occasion, hosting a memorable event, travelling for business, or simply exploring the city’s historic sites, guests can take comfort in our spacious rooms, distinguished amenities, and exceptional service,” said Pavel Jindra, general manager, Hilton Dushanbe.

Gagan Malhotra, Director of CJSC CHL International, the hotel’s owning company, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Hilton as we introduce their iconic brand in Tajikistan with the debut of Hilton Dushanbe. We believe that our partnership with a globally recognised company will have a positive impact on hospitality in Dushanbe as well as Tajikistan going forward.”

Hilton Dushanbe is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, and free standard Wi-Fi. Book direct at Hilton.com, the Hilton Honors app or through any official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee.

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Marriott International Signs Deal To Introduce The Luxury Collection To Saudi Arabia In 2020

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Marriott International, Inc. has signed an agreement with Assila Investments to bring its Luxury Collection brand for the first time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Situated in the heart of Jeddah, Assila Hotel is anticipated to join The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of more than 100 world-renowned hotels and resorts in 2020.

“We are thrilled to have Marriott International manage the beautiful Assila Hotel, under the Luxury Collection brand,” said Bader Alissa, CEO, Assila Investments. “This only affirms Assila Hotel’s position as a premier luxury hotel in Jeddah.”

“We are delighted to announce plans for the first Luxury Collection property in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with Assila Investments,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “This deal signing supports our plans to further diversify our footprint in the Kingdom while enhancing our overall luxury portfolio in the region.”

Assila Hotel features 210 guestrooms, including a 590 sqm Royal Suite, and 94 apartments. It comprises multiple food and beverage venues, including a Café Lounge and Argentinian and Mediterranean specialty restaurants. The hotel also includes a 348 sqm ballroom and nine meeting rooms, as well as full-service recreational facilities such as a spa, fitness center and squash courts.

The hotel is situated on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) Street, on the main commercial and retail strip of the city and within close proximity to the Corniche and many of the city’s landmarks. The site is also within five kilometers of the planned ‘New Jeddah Downtown’ development, a mixed-used project on Jeddah’s five million square meter waterfront anticipated to launch in 2022. The waterfront corniche is expected to include residential, cultural and retail spaces.

This signing of Assila Hotel under The Luxury Collection also underscores Marriott’s growing luxury portfolio in the Middle East, where the company now has more than 30 open luxury hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh and The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah.

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Hyatt Announces the Opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland, managed by Hodson Bay Group.

Located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century, the hotel is the ideal destination for adventure-seeking travelers wanting to stay in the heart of the action. Guests will be within 10 minutes of a number of attractions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Liberties Distillery and Ireland’s top tourist attraction – the Guinness Storehouse.

The lively Liberties district offers an incredible amount of history to explore. Guests will have the chance to learn about the stunning artefacts that were unearthed on the hotel’s site during construction, some of which are up to 900 years old. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin has embraced these exceptional artefacts and their stories by embedding them in unique ways throughout the hotel.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin – representing a milestone for Hyatt in Europe,” said Declan Curtis, general manager of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin. “With passionate colleagues providing local expertise, we aim to prepare our guests to explore the best that Dublin has to offer so they can go forth and discover.”

From the large windows overlooking the bustling city, to the spacious guestrooms, the hotel delivers shareworthy experiences for socially connected guests due to its modern feel and exceptional social spaces. The private, landscaped Poddle Garden, along with The Corner – a relaxing reading lounge – offer places for guests to unwind. Business travelers will also benefit from the hotel’s intuitive service and plentiful meeting space.

“Dublin is world-renowned for its cultural heritage and as a buzzing business hub, making it a natural fit for the vision of the Hyatt Centric brand. In addition to providing sophisticated accommodations and personalized service, this is the perfect hotel for travelers with an adventurous spirit, wanting to explore all the destination has to offer,” said John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group.

Guestrooms

The hotel’s 234 contemporary guestrooms include nine spacious suites. The King Suites create a home-away-from-home experience, while the Liberties Suites enjoy open views of The Liberties. Guests can also choose between the 506-square-foot (47 square meters) Cathedral View Suite, which overlooks St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 538-square-foot (50 square meters) Terrace View Suite, which offers stunning views of the Dublin Mountains.   

Dining

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin boasts two distinct dining experiences, with menus carefully crafted by Hodson Bay Group’s Executive Chef Gavin O’Rourke whose years of experience include a period as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Peacock Alley Restaurant.  The signature Liberties Gate Restaurant provides fresh, locally inspired cuisines, which combine simplicity and elegance.

The Liberties Gate Bar features the finest selection of whiskey from numerous local distilleries and Guinness straight from the Guinness Storehouse at St James’ Gate. Guests can also choose from an all day dining menu that includes specialty breads, gourmet sandwiches, soups, stews and salad options, all served in a relaxed, warm and cozy setting.

The hotel sits in what’s known as the Golden Triangle, a historic center for the brewing and distilling industries in Dublin. Anyone wanting to learn a bit more about the rich tradition of whiskey distilling in The Liberties can take part in a unique Golden Triangle Whiskey Masterclass that has been specially created by the Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin in collaboration with three local distilleries – Teeling, Pearse Lyons and Dublin Liberties Distilleries.

Meetings and events

With its superb central location, the hotel serves as the ultimate venue for a variety of events, meetings and conferences. With 4,000 square feet (371 square meters) of flexible meeting and events space, as well as a dedicated and experienced Events Team, guests can relax knowing that all their needs will be fulfilled. The meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including LCD projectors and electronic screens, as well as on-site tech support. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin offers everything in one place making it a convenient choice for conferences.

Fitness center

The hotel features a modern fitness center, open 24 hours daily. With cardio machines, free weights and additional equipment, guests will be able to maintain their fitness routine effortlessly while away.

There are currently six Hyatt Centric properties across Europe, in Madrid, Istanbul, Venice, Milan, La Rosière and Dublin. The brand is also established globally with a presence in major cities, such as New York, Tokyo and Santiago.

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