The New Kid on the Cork Block!

23 10 2007


Now in our home town of Cork people tend to think that there are way too many hotels. In the last five years, we’ve added at least a half dozen new hotels to the area including some heavy hitters like the Clarion, Sheraton, Radisson, Capella, as well as extensive renovations to existing properties resulting in the new Jurys Cork Hotel and Montonette Hotel.

Still, as hotel fans, we’re really glad to see that there’s still room in the market for hoteliers with a bit of imagination and at the new Cork International Airport Hotel, imagination is an understatement.

From when you first walk down the timber walkway and through the glass doors into the expansive lobby, you know you’re in for treat. Quirky décor is combined with a feeling of comfortable surroundings and an almost intuitive feeling of where everything is located.

It’s only when you start to explore the nooks and crannies that the magic of the hotel becomes apparent. From the Pullman Lounge off of reception where guests who are waiting on their flights can relax in the comfort of a recreated first class airplane cabin, complete with first class airline seats, to the bakery in the lobby, fantastic bar and restaurant, the hotel just seems to go on and on in its efforts to amaze and surprise.    

This attention to detail extends into the lifts, corridors and into the bedrooms which are meticulously planned to ensure guest comfort. We look forward to checking in soon at what we’re sure will be one of the hotels leading hotel and dining destinations.

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Hotels go even more aloft

23 10 2007

Aloft Bukilding

aloft is the exciting new hotel concept from hospitality giants Starwood, who have aimed to have 500 aloft properties worldwide by 2010.

Starwood were the first of the big five hotel groups to adopt the concept of boutique-style hotels when they launched their W Hotels concept. Now having learned there lessons from that extremely successful city-based chain, they have developed a new concept that should sit nicely in most locations.

As a vision of W Hotels, aloft carries the DNA of W by bringing a new level of style and experience to the select-service market. Key to the uniqueness of the brand will be its innovative food and beverage concepts: re:fuel and w xyz.

re:fuel, an urban inspired, 24-hour a day gourmet food offering, will redefine the way travelers think about eating on the road – banishing forever powdered eggs and instant coffee. Guests at aloft hotels will instead enjoy sweet, savory and healthy foods such as fresh fruit, custom coffee drinks and freshly made sandwiches.

After the workday is done, guests and in-the-know locals will unwind at w xyz, aloft’s destination bar. By combining signature cocktails and a sommelier-curated wine list in a comfortable, loft-inspired environment along with stylistic features like oversized windows looking out into the backyard and the splash pool, w xyz will delight all the senses.

Aloft Bedroom

Each aloft hotel incorporates unique, natural materials, innovative architecture and industry leading guestrooms. The guestrooms feature generous nine-foot ceilings and full-height windows, creating a decidedly loft-like feel, a signature ultra-comfortable bed, well-engineered work spaces with the latest in technology, generous bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers and amenities.

In addition, the aloft brand team has developed innovative training programs, operating procedures and brand standards, all to ensure that a stay at an aloft hotel is unlike any other travel experience.