5-star hotel to become leader in tech

The Peninsula Chicago is refurbishing 331 of its 339 guestrooms to become, it claims, the most technologically advanced in the world. Interactive digital bedsides and desk tablets are being fitted in the deluxe suites as part of the hotel's large refurbishment. The digital devices will control all in-room functions, including temperature and lighting, and will provide digital versions of restaurant menus and hotel information. They will also come with a PressReader, providing access to more than 2,000 international publications for free. The new interiors, designed by Bill Rooney, take cues from luxury yachts, with fine wood finishes, lush fabrics and rich leathers. Peninsula Hotels has submitted plans for a London hotel near Hyde Park.

Restoration project for Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome's heritage features will undergo restoration following an $80,000 (£52,5000) grant from the American Express foundation. The Dome's decorative pinnacles, distinctive mosaic flooring and the Concert Hall's art deco ceiling will renovated as part of the improvements. The venue recently installed a new audio-visual hub in the foyer which provides a host of information about the heritage of the building, events and more via specially-created touch stone screens. Tim McClimon, president American Express Foundation, said: "We are proud to fund Brighton Dome’s restorations to help ensure the venue can continue to sustain and attract visitors for years to come.”

Dog running and ballooning at Ellenborough

Corporate groups will be able to run Siberian Huskies without having to travel to the Arctic Circle, in a new activity being offered by a Gloucestershire property. Ellenborough Park, in Cheltenham, is offering to teach delegates how to run their own team of Huskies in their new Husky Sled Dog Adventures. The activity starts off with a training run, before delegates are able to race one another with the dogs. Ellenborough Park has also introduced a hot air balloon build challenge, where it will teach group show to assemble the basket, burners and balloon. The teambuilding activity can be turned into a competition, and takes delegates through the theory and facts about ballooning.

Radisson Blu opens in Kenya

Kenya's first Radisson Blu Hotel will open November 2015 in Nairobi, one of Africa's fastest growing economies. The 271-bedroom Carlson Rezidor will feature a health club and more than 1400 square metres of conference space. All conference rooms will have natural daylight and meeting delegates will be able to enjoy Radisson Blu’s exclusive meetings concept – Experience Meetings. This new concept for meetings and events in Kenya harmonizes the meeting essentials: breakout rooms, food and connectivity with the intangibles: service, satisfaction and sustainability. It includes brain food, which is responsible food and beverages developed by nutritionists and chefs, as well as a brain box; a breakout room designed to elevate efficiency and stimulate creativity.

Florida resort celebrates 70 years

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Florida is spreading its 70th birthday cheer by offering a packages for group bookings made this year. The hotel will offer one complimentary guest room for each 40 rooms booked, along with a welcome pack for each room, Wi-Fi and other incentives. The 319-room resort has completed $45m in renovations and is Southwest Florida's only beachfront resort with an on-site championship golf course, spa and tennis centre. It also features 34,000sqf of meeting space and several outdoor venues.

Boutique York hotel celebrates launch

Chocolate making was on the menu when the Hotel Indigo York celebrated its official launch this week. The new boutique hotel treated guests to a champagne reception, meatball canapés served by The Yorkshire Meatball Co and a delicious chocolate making table. Chairman Shiraz Boghani, vice chairman Nadeem Boghani and CEO Stuart Bailey welcomed special guests including The Lord Mayor of York Sonja Crisp, MD of Visit York Steve Brown and a delegation from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). The launch was hosted by Splendid Hospitality Group. The 101-room hotel also features a small private dining area available for meetings for up to ten people.

Local sights inspire refurbishment

A Cardiff hotel has used the city as inspiration for its extensive refurbishment, which has now finished. The four-star Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa drew ideas from Cardiff's Millennium Centre, it's bay and castle for its new interior design. Some of the features include Welsh copper and slate incorporating copper pendant lighting, slate feature wall and Welsh woolen upholstery. The refurbishment is in keeping with Mercure’s welcome concept, which has reinvented the guest experience through a new open-plan and inviting lobby design. The hotel is the largest hotel-based conference venue in the city with 15 meeting spaces including the Calon Suite, which is able to hold 700 delegates theatre style.

Beachside resort goes green

Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club has been awarded a Green Globe certificate in recognition of the commitment to sustainable practices. The resort, located in Grenada in the West Indies, has committed to reduce energy, water and waste volume by 5 per cent. LED lighting has also been installed, while eco-certified cleaning products are being used to reduce the property's impact on the environment. The restaurant's chef is also actively involved in educating suppliers in the community about environmental sustainability and Green Globe objectives. Jonnel Edwards, reservations manager said: “Mount Cinnamon is very proud to have achieved Green Globe Certification this year. The property has always prioritized sustainability as part of our overall management plan, and we saw it fit to go the extra mile."

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