Take a peek at rooftop pools at hotels in urban areas. This article recommends the Omni San Diego Hotel, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills and the pool at Warwick Denver Hotel (a rarity in that city), among others.
Raffles Dubai has transformed the 14th floor of the Wafi hotel from the hotel owner's home into a private accommodation worth $27,600 a day. The floor, accessible via private elevator, has a nine-seat cinema, three kitchens, a spa and hair salon, and six suites.
Several restaurants and bars are opening up in London this month. Oblix at The Shard is serving up a menu inspired by New York City grills and Kaspar's at The Savoy will make its debut with a luxurious yet casual atmosphere.
Isla Palenque in Panama combines luxury with eco-focused adventures -- and sweeping views of the Gulf of Chiriqui. The six-room inn garnered positive reviews and many of the initial guests received discounts to buy homes at the private-island resort.
As the economy rebounds and the hotel development arena improves, adaptive reuse is on the way back, too. In the lodging industry, adaptive reuse involves converting a building with a former purpose into a hotel. "As you go around the country, you’re going to see adaptive reuse of historic buildings," said Michael Cahill, CEO and founder of Hospitality Real Estate Counselors. "Anywhere from train stations to bank buildings to post offices, you’ll see a lot of these that have been done successfully into hotels. And when they work, they’re a very beautiful thing."
The wine inventory is tight these days, with some people calling it a shortage. As a result, the price of wine has skyrocketed. Restaurant Sciences says the biggest increase in wine prices was from the family dining sector, where costs soared 8.4%.