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    Most expensive hotels suites around the world that could cost you more than your annual salary for a day or as expensive as buying a two BHK flat in a small city, shocking yet true, click and explore....

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    Finding a hotel that provides all the facilities that you need in your budget is tedious and time consuming job. We Bring some ideas to cut the cost of your hotel bookings.....

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

10 Most Expensive Hotel Suites in the World

What do you think it costs for a luxury hotel suite at a lake hotel in Geneva or perhaps a heritage hotel suite in Jaipur, India? Maybe you would have guessed somewhere between $4000 to $10000 but what if I told you that it can be as much as buying a two bedrooms apartment in a small city!? It may be shocking but it is nonetheless true, because these are the most expensive hotel suites in the world. In this post we will be talking about some of the world's most well known but very expensive hotel suites.

1. Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland:

$65000 per Night
Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson
Image Courtesy: http://www.hotelpresidentwilson.com
The Royal Penthouse Suite is one of the most expensive suites in the world with an eye-watering tariff of about $65000 per night. One of the largest and most luxurious suites in the world, the Royal Penthouse is situated on the eighth floor (the top floor) of the President Wilson Hotel with a stunning panoramic lake view and an impressive mountain backdrop.

Royal Penthouse Suite covers 1800 square metres and includes 12 rooms with 12 bathrooms, a private terrace and a bioVision 4-103 flat screen TV. Other features include a private gym, a Steinway grand piano and a billards table. For security it has bulletproof glass and a private elevator to take guests directly to their rooms.

2. Shahi Mahal Suite at Raj Palace, Jaipur Rajasthan:

$45000 per Night
Shahi Mahal Suite at Raj Palace
Image Courtesy: http://www.rajpalace.com
If you want to feel like an Emperor, the Shahi Mahal (Royal Palace in English) at the Hotel Raj Palace is the second most expensive hotel in our list with a tariff of about $45000 per Night. The 17th century Maharajas Palace now converted into a heritage hotel. Shahi Mahal was restored over 12 years by some of the world's best architects and now the perfect combination of 17th century Maharaja’s luxury lifestyle and modern conveniences.

3. Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC:

$45000 per Night
Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel
Image Courtesy: http://www.fourseasons.com/
The Ty Warner Penthouse is situated in the heart of one of the world's true global cities, New York. It is on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, a daunting 244 metres from the ground making it the world’s highest hotel suite and not one for the faint-hearted or for vertigo sufferers!

With a total space of around 400 square metres the Ty Warner suite offers a 360° view of the city with modern amenities like TV with all channels, unlimited calls, a personal butler, a personal trainer, your own private elevator, a library and unlimited travel with a Rolls Royce Phantom or Mercedes Maybach during your stay. The price for all this...? A mere $45,000 per night!

4. Hilltop Estate Owner's accommodation at the Laucala Island Resort on the Laucala Island, Fiji:

$40000 per Night
Hilltop Estate Owner's accommodation at the Laucala Island Resort
Image Courtesy: http://www.laucala.com/
This is the fourth most expensive suite on our list at a cost of $40,000 per night. Hilltop estate has large living space of 1,200 square metres with an additional 1,100 square metres of bedroom space – this is why it is called “a resort within a resort”. Two out of the three villas has private swimming pools.

5. Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France:

$37000 per Night
Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel
Image Courtesy: http://cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com
This spacious 300 square metres suite on the seventh floor of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel penthouse suites also includes a 270 square metres private terrace with a spectacular view over the bay of Cannes and the Boulevard de la Croisette.

As you might imagine, the Penthouse Suite includes all the usual amenities and facilities such as high speed internet access, 24 hours concierge services, a private balcony with bay views, a fax machine, robes etc. The cost per night for the Penthouse Suite is a mere $37,000.

6. Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Greece:

$35,000 per Night
Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi
Courtesy: http://www.lagonissiresort.gr/
The Royal Villa at The Grand Resort is located on a private peninsula. It covers 400 square metres and includes two master bedroom with king size beds. It also has indoor and outdoor heated (on request) pools.

The Royal Villa also features large bathrooms in each room, a fireplace, high speed internet, a laptop, fax machine, a private bar with fully equipped kitchenette and grill, a room safe box, plasma TV etc.

7. Royal Suite at the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France:

$27,000 per Night
Royal Suite at the Hotel Plaza Athene
Image Courtesy: http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee
The Royal Suite is located on the fifth floor of the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, the city of lights. Much of the furniture is in the Parisian style and dates from the 1800s. The curtains are a weave of three different threads with gold embroidery. This is topped off with an impressive Italian marble floor.

Facilities at the Royal Suite include four bedrooms and bathrooms, king size beds, three lounges, one dining room, an open kitchen, a steam room, a 24/7 concierge and room service, individual safes etc.

8. Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China:

$26,450 per Night
Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong
Image Courtesy: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/shanghai/

The Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental is a true luxurious suite, combining traditional Chinese architecture with contemporary design. Situated on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, you get a stunning view of the city of Shanghai from the air. The Presidential Suite is 788 square metres with five guests permitted to stay at any one time. It is equipped with a large master bedroom, a private meeting room, a wine bar, living rooms, a spacious 50 square metres bathroom and it own steam room.

Additionally, the Suite features a large working desk, coffee machine, fast internet access, TVs in the living rooms and the bedroom, a state of the art audio system, concierge service and much more.

9. Shangri-La Suite at the Shangri-La Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey:

$26,385 per Night
Shangri-La Suite at the Shangri-La Bosphorus in Istanbul
Image Courtesy: http://www.shangri-la.com/istanbul/shangrila/
The Shangri-La suite is 366 square metres specious, with two bedrooms, a separate dining room, and a living room with a private terrace. The suite is situated on the sixth floor (the top floor) of the hotel and gives amazing views of the legendary Bosphorus Strait and all seven silhouettes of Istanbul.

In room amenities includes a 42” LCD TV, complimentary internet, an in room safe, voice mail, a marble clad bathroom with shower and bathtub etc.

10. The Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Italy:

$26,000 per Night
The Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto
Image Courtesy: http://www.caladivolpe.com/
A total space of 450 square metres, three luxurious bedrooms and a price-tag of $26000/ night secure the Presidential Suite a place in our list of the top 10 suites of the world. The Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe includes a wide rooftop terrace with deck-chairs, a private swimming pool, a solarium, a fitness area, wide screen TV and in room amenities such as a work desk, fresh flowers, a safe and a fabulous balcony.

Note: Prices shown in post are gathered from online resources and author does not guarantee that they are 100% accurate.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

10 Secret Tips to Save More on Hotel Booking

Booking a hotel for holiday or business travel can be a very daunting task, particularly if you are on a tight budget. Finding a hotel that provides all the facilities that you need within your price range can be a tedious and time consuming job. Here we have some tips that will help you cut the cost of your hotel booking.


1. Determine your budget:

The most important thing to do at first is to decide what your budget is. For example, if you are on a business trip you may need to have access to conference call facilities or fast, reliable Wi-Fi access, so it is always advisable to decide what you need first off and narrow down your search by looking only at hotels that meet your specific needs and that fall within your budget.


2. See what is and is not included in the price:

: Always check to see what is included – for example, different hotel tariffs include different things that others may well charge for – e.g. breakfast, free-

Save on Hotel Bookins

shuttle service (either to and from the airport or even into the city centre or to the beach), free phone calls and Wi-Fi, use of gym/ spa, office facilities etc. Compare the price that you are quoted and the facilities offered with similar hotels to see which offers the best value for money. Don't forget that the cheapest price is not always the best value and may not include many important and chargeable extras.


3. Book early and (where possible) have a flexible schedule:

Almost every hotel runs early bird offers or special deals for times when they are not busy. For example, business hotels are generally quieter and have more availability (more availability = better prices) at weekends or during public holidays. Conversely, leisure and city centre/ tourist hotels will be busier during these periods. Plan your holiday as far in advance as you can (preferably at least two to three months before for leisure travel) as it may save you a considerable amount of money. Most hotels change their tariff every month or according to the season (high, low, shoulder season etc.) so if you don't have to travel in high season, you may well save a considerable amount of money by looking at alternative dates.


4. Be flexible on location:

Hotels near the city centre are almost always much more expensive when compared to hotels further out. If you have to be in the city centre (for example for a meeting or if you are only going to be staying a very short time), then you can expect to pay signifcantly more than a hotel in the suburbs or one at the airport or exhibition centre. If budget is an issue and you are staying for more than a couple of nights, check the prices further out from the centre and whether these hotels are well connected by transport links to the city centre. For example, you may find that a ten minute metro or bus ride into the city centre gets you a considerably cheaper hotel where you will get far more for your money. You may also find that it offers the bonus of being quieter in the evenings and you could even discover a part of the city that you might not otherwise get to see.


5. Do you know anyone that works at a hotel in the destination you are planning to visit?:

It may seem a strange suggestion but if you have any contacts e.g. friends (or friends of friends) or relatives that work in the hotel industry (especially in branded hotels that are part of a chain of hotels and have more than one property in your desired destination) you may get a significant discount – perhaps up to 50% off of the normal tariff. Almost every hotel has some special discount for their employees and their families and you may be able to get access to this discount.


6. Compare prices online:

It is very important to compare any prices that you find with other similar hotels and with other prices available for that particular hotel. There are many price comparison websites that will be able to help you compare like for like prices for any given hotel or destination. These sites get their prices directly from hotels or via travel agents such as Tickets to India which has specially negotiated prices and which most of the time will have rates lower than with the hotel directly.


7. Check for any special offers and discounts, deals and coupons:

There are many deal/ voucher sourcing websites such as vouchercodes.co.uk that collect and display deals from different websites. These deals can be in the form of cash discounts, cash-back offers, discount coupons etc. Simply visit one of these sites and search for deals on your desired hotel and redeem it on the hotel's website. Alternatively, do a search on a search engine for discount codes for your preferred hotel. Don't forget that some websites provide discounts or cash back on certain credit and debit cards.


8. Contact the hotel directly and be prepared to haggle:

If you have decided on a particular hotel, it may be worth contacting the hotel directly. Rates are not set in stone and there are many hotels that will allow negotiation on price (assuming you are speaking to the right person e.g. the sales team) which could save you some money – particularly if you are a frequent visitor to that hotel or if you are staying for an extended period. To strengthen your bargaining position, it is worth doing your homework and checking the prices or nearby cheaper hotels. Many hotels would rather have your business for a lower than advertised price (particularly during slow periods) than have no business at all. It is also possible that when you can't find availability for your hotel online, they may have access to more capacity.


9. Check for loyalty programmes/ schemes:

If you are a frequent traveller this option may help you to save a lot of money as well as giving you access to more services and facilities. Many travel agencies run loyalty programmes for loyal and repeat customers – for example, www.ticketstoindia.co.uk offers a flat £10 off of any second booking. Similarly booking.com’s “Booking Genius” scheme provides special offers and discounts to loyal customers. If you are returning to the same hotel (or booking a hotel via a travel agency where you booked your hotel last time) check whether they have a loyalty programme – if they do, join up!


10. Book a package:

It is almost always cheaper to book a flight and hotel together instead of booking separately. This is because travel agents use “nett” rates which are considerably cheaper than the published rates when used as part of a package. There are many, many online and offline travel agencies who provide flight and hotel packages.


11. Delete your browser history before search Online

Delete your browser history or active incognito mode before searching hotel or flights from booking engine may give you a cheaper price.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Top 10 Shopping Destinations of Delhi

Delhi is not only a city rich in beautiful places to visit but it is also a major shopping destination in its own right. In fact many would consider Delhi as one of the most important places in India in terms of shopping. From large shopping malls to local street markets, there are shopping options for just about anything you could imagine including handicrafts, jewellery, textiles, clothes, books, electronics etc. Below we have given you a guide to the 10 best markets for you to make the most of your shopping experience in Delhi.


1. Delhi Haat:

Delhi Haat, INA

Delhi Haat is situated opposite the INA market close to the All India Institute of Medical Science and the INA metro station. Covering an impressive 6 acres. Delhi Haat is renowned as the place to go for handicraft items. It has 62 hut shaped stalls giving it a cosy village feel. Stalls are allotted to craftsmen registered to DC handicraft on a rotation basis for a maximum of 15 days. At Delhi Haat you can find beautiful handicrafts and arts and crafts items from just about every state in India as well as delicious foods and cultural programs, Indian folk dance and much more.



2. Janpath:

Janpath Market

Janpath is one of the most famous and one of the oldest markets in Delhi spreading out from the outer circle of Connaught Place to Windsor Place. Here you can find many products that you won't find in many of the other malls and markets such as genuine Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, scarves, Kashmiri woolen shawls, Indian Kurtis, bangles, handicrafts and decorative items.



3. Khan Market:

Khan Market delhi

This is one of the most expensive retail markets in Delhi where you can buy just about everything including clothing and fabrics, jewellery, electronics, hardware and books. As well as the shopping options, there are many famous restaurants to cater for just about any tastes including American, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Malaysian, Burmese, Lebanese & Indian foods. Khan Market is also well regarded with locals for its delicious Momos and Kabaab.



4. Chandni Chowk:

Chandni Chowk Market

Although you can buy just about anything at Chandni Chowk, it is most famous for its saris with Zari work. There are a number of shops in a lane in narrow streets with a variety of clothes and fabrics from cheap to very expensive. There are other dedicated markets near Chandni Chowk including a specialist book market, the market at Nai sarak for pearls and jewellery, Dariba Kalan and Dariyanganj book markets, Bhagirath Palace for electronics and the Chawri Bazar for sweets and foods.



5. Sarojini Nagar Central Market:

Sarojini Nagar Market

This is another well known market for clothes. Given the keen prices here, it is particularly popular with those looking for a bargain. You can find products from well known brands here at very low prices compared to the malls and shops as it deals with seconds and otherwise rejected goods. Please note that this market is closed on Mondays.



6. Lajpat Nagar (Central Market):

Lajpat Nagar Market

This is a very popular shopping destination in the south of Delhi. At Lajpat Nagar Central Market you can buy just about anything you need including bags, footwear, suits, Salwar Kameej, Saares, Kurta as well as furniture and other home d├ęcor items.



7. Palika Bazzar:

Palika Bazzar Market Delhi

Palika Bazzar is a completely underground market located near Rajeev Chowk at Connaught Place. It has about 380 shops with a variety of products such as bags, clothes, footwear etc., however, the main draw of this market is electronics. You can buy just about any modern electronic gadgets including software, music, CDs, Pen drives etc.



8. Gaffar market:

Gaffar market

This is probably the best place for electronics lovers, particularly for larger household items such as TVs, fridges, AC units etc. Aside from the larger items, most people come to Gaffar for its mobile phones. You can buy anything from new phones to secondhand, including branded, Chinese and just about any other imported mobile phones released for the US and European markets . This market also has a reputation as a place where you can unlock mobile phones using specialist software.



9. Hauz Khas Village:

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village was called the national capital of ethnic chic by the New York Times. At HauzKhas Village shops and boutiques are set in old homes that sell handicrafts items, curios, carpets and designer clothing.



10. Nehru Place:

Nehru Place

This is Asia’s largest computer market. Every type of computer, software, hardware, storage devices and accessories are available at Nehru Place Market at very competitive prices. If you are looking for anything related to computing, Nehru Place is the only place you will need to visit. Other than computers, the market also deals in branded clothes and there are book stores here too. Nehru Place is also infamous for dealing in pirated software.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Know Your Airport: London Heathrow Airport

In United Kingdom there are 141 public airports of which 94 are in England. Of these, about 80 are considered to be major airports. Now we are bringing you a series of UK airport guides with detailed information - let’s start with Heathrow
London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport (London):  Opening in 1929 as a small airfield, Heathrow international Airport is now the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world in terms of total traffic.

Heathrow airport is situated about 14 miles to the west of central London spread over an area of 12.14 Km area.  It has two east to west runways and five terminals . The most recent, Terminal 5 was voted the best airport terminal in the world for year 2014 by Skytrax (http://www.worldairportawards.com/awards_2014/
best_airport_terminal.htm
) in the annual world best airport awards. Heathrow Airport Holdings own and operate the airport that also operates three other airports.

Heathrow airport is the main hub and base of Virgin Atlantic and the primary hub of British Airways.  From Heathrow 90 airlines fly to about 170 destinations worldwide. There are around 69 million passengers using the airport annually and it is worth noting that around 3.8 million of these travelled between Heathrow and JFK Airport in New York.

Heathroe Airport Map

Heathrow in a Glance

Airport Name: London Heathrow
Airport Code : LHR
Operatore      : Heathrow Airport Limited
Location         : London Borough of
                          Hillingdon
Coordinates   :51°28′39″N 000°27′41″W
Website          :www.heathrowairport.com

It had been proposed for Heathrow to extend and add one more runway and a sixth terminal in 2009 but this proposal was met with significant controversy because of the likely impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the local community. Another proposal being mooted is to extend the airport by expanding its capacity. The aim of this proposal is to extend the length of both runways to 7000 metres and divided into four runways.

How to reach Heathrow: As you would expect from such an internationally important airport, there are plenty of options to reach Heathrow airport; including by train, bus and taxi.

By Train: There are a number of trains available that connect the city with airport including the fast Heathrow Express non stop service between Heathrow and Paddington station which has departures every 15 minutes. In addition to this, Heathrow Connect offers a stopping service to Paddington and connects with five other railway stations. A cheaper option is the London Underground that connects the airport to central London and serves all terminals (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). For other destinations outside of London, there is also South West Trains

Bus: Many bus and coach services depart Heathrow connecting the airport with destinations across the UK from Heathrow airport central bus station which serves terminals 1 and 3. National Express and the Oxford Bus Company provide long distance bus services to the airport from various parts of the UK. From the airport there is also a HotelHoppa bus service connecting the airport with hotels in the area.

Taxi: Taxes are available to Heathrow from anywhere in London and just about anywhere in the UK.

In addition to the more traditional means of reaching the airport, Heathrow also has cycle routes and bicycle parking as well as inter terminal services.

Airlines flying from Heathrow: Heathrow airport is the main base of Virgin Atlantic and a major hub of British airways. About 90 airlines fly from Heathrow to around 170 destinations worldwide. A few of the major airlines flying from Heathrow airport are:

Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, EVA Air, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airline, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, Qantas Airline, Royal Brunei, South African Airways, Srilankan Airline, Swiss Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Uzbekistan Airlines

Destinations Served: Heathrow airport has direct flights to about 170 destinations worldwide. Some of the most popular destinations include: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Chicago, Colombo, Copenhagen, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Malta, Manchester, Marseille, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Nice, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Washington, Zurich