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Luxury Victorian villa opens for guests in Queenstown

first_imgLuxury Victorian villa opens for guests in QueenstownHulbert House, a new luxury, boutique accommodation in a restored Victorian villa, opens in Queenstown on 1 June.The six suite property is managed by Brook Serene and Co Limited, the same company behind The George Christchurch, Hotel Montreal Christchurch and The Regent of Rotorua.Managing Director of The George hotel collection, Bruce Garrett says the new Queenstown property is a perfect fit for the company’s growing portfolio.“Hulbert House is a rare gem in Queenstown – an outstanding piece of Victorian heritage, beautifully restored, offering a high level of service and attention to detail,” he says.The property’s six uniquely designed suites have views overlooking either Lake Wakatipu and the Skyline Hill. Located one block from Queenstown’s CBD area, Hulbert House was built in 1887 during the height of the New Zealand gold rush.Award-winning designer Neil McLachlan has created an elegant and opulent palate to capture the heritage of the building and grounds. “The fittings include intricate chandeliers, French antiques and wrought iron balustrades. The Chinese willow pattern carpet, especially designed by McLachlan, was tailor-made in England from pure New Zealand wool,” Bruce Garrett says.Hulbert House guests enjoy personal concierge service, breakfast, refreshments during the day and pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Also included are free wi-fi and carparking.Family-owned company TJK New Zealand and its management company, Brook Serene have owned and managed The George since 1988, establishing a 28-year reputation for excellent service and style. Last year they took over management of Christchurch’s only other Qualmark five-star property Hotel Montreal, and ownership and management of The Regent of Rotorua, an established boutique property in central Rotorua. The George is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has won numerous awards, including several years as New Zealand’s Leading Boutique Hotel in the World Travel Awards.The George’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Jan Stuart now represents all four properties including Hulbert House.Source = Hulbert Houselast_img read more

A new President arrived in Washington bringing wi

first_imgA new President arrived in Washington, bringing with him a promise of transformative change. And, in summer 2009, the spirit of another President returns with the reopening of The Jefferson, Washington, DC, following the historic hotel’s most significant transformation to date. An enlightened renovation of this 99-room Beaux Arts jewel, led by renowned interior architectural and design firm ForrestPerkins, is well on its way to producing the city’s best small luxury hotel. It is destined to once again cater to Washington’s elite and the most discerning travelers – among them U.S. Presidents and power brokers, foreign diplomats and dignitaries, and international celebrities.“The Jefferson has played an integral role in Washington’s political and social circles since the Coolidge presidency,” said veteran hotelier Franck Arnold, who joined the hotel in November 2005 as its managing director. “It is fitting that our own fresh start will coincide with the arrival of a new administration, especially one that has so energized the nation’s capital and the world beyond. Thomas Jefferson once said ‘every generation needs a revolution.’ In that spirit, his namesake hotel will revolutionize Washington’s hospitality scene.”Presiding over the corner of 16th and M Streets, NW, just four blocks north of the White House, the new Jefferson will introduce the mid-Atlantic’s only Spa Suite, as well as expansive top-floor Presidential and Bridal Suites, a restaurant and lounge that promise to be the talk of the town, intimate meeting space, an exclusive spa, and 24-hour fitness facilities. Service will be intuitive, flawless and highly personalized, creating a guest experience reminiscent of a stay at a friend’s grand estate. This sense will be furthered as arriving guests are greeted by a personal butler – there to handle every aspect of their stay – and ushered to comfortable chairs facing a residential-style desk for check-in. If a guest so desires, a more private and expeditious check-in can be completed during the walk to the guest’s room or even within the room itself.The hotel will preserve its original exterior by leading 1920s architect Jules Henri de Sibour. This historic facade reflects a rich legacy dating back to The Jefferson’s opening as a prestigious apartment house in 1923, and its later conversion into a hotel in 1955.Plume, The Jefferson’s fine dining restaurant, is destined to be one of the most sought-after dining destinations in the capital – a showcase for the culinary artistry of its executive chef, Damon Gordon, whose impressive resume includes Alain Ducasse’s Mix in New York City and the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in his native U.K. Here, guests will dine beneath a 1923 vaulted skylight rediscovered during the hotel’s renovation. A Monticello landscape hand-painted in sepia will grace the silk-covered walls. Tables tucked into private nooks and a welcoming fireplace will create an air of discretion and warmth.Complementing Plume will be an elegant lounge, Quill, whose house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols will reintroduce the art of cocktails to Washington. Private dining will be a memorable experience in the Private Cellar, with its plaster groin-vaulted ceilings and a dumbwaiter, inspired by Jefferson’s own, that will convey bottles ordered by guests (selected from more than 1,000 labels on The Jefferson’s extensive wine list) from the cellar to their table. Guests can also gather for tea in the Book Room, whose shelf-lined walls will be stacked with leather-bound books on the Jefferson era as well as signed editions of books by contemporary authors counted among the hotel’s past guests.www.jeffersondc.comlast_img read more