New and Old International Hotels Make the Scene
(Zurich, Switzerland) – As one 160-year-old hotel in Switzerland gets an international honor, another landmark lodging in Canada is set to open in January.
Zurich's Baur au Lac was recently honored with the Commitment to Quality award in the Europe category by The Leading Hotels of the World during its 2009 annual convention, held in Venice.
The Leading Hotels of the World is the largest international luxury hotel brand with what are considered the most stringent standards in the industry. The Commitment to Quality award recognizes a select group of hotels throughout the world with the highest levels of excellence in accommodation, facilities and services.
Operated by the same family since its opening in 1844, the Baur au Lac (pictured, at left) is Zurich's most celebrated hotel. It recently underwent an approximately US$45 million renovation, reinventing its Pavillion and Terrasse restaurants and converting 32 rooms and suites into 22 larger suites, junior suites and deluxe double rooms.
For more information and reservations, visit www.bauraulac.ch.
In Canada, a group known for boutique hotels is extending into western Canada. The family-led Groupe Germain will open the 143-room Hôtel Le Germain Calgary in January.
"We are thrilled to introduce our unique approach to genuine hospitality in Calgary with this remarkable opening rate," says Hôtel Le Germain Calgary General Manager Christopher Vachon. "Everything we do aims to create a warm, comfortable ambiance for guests, where the attentive and personalized service is always considerate without ever being indiscreet. These are the little touches that are part of the Germain difference, making you feel like a special guest, each time you visit."
The exquisite boutique accommodations offer the high standards in comfort, hospitality and commitment to excellence Groupe Germain's discerning clientele has come to expect.
To celebrate it's grand opening and for a limited time only, rates for Superior Rooms with a King size bed are offered at $199.00 CDN (per night based on double occupancy plus tax) and can be reserved via germaincalgary.com or at 877.362.8990. This exclusive offer provides the opportunity to discover Hôtel Le Germain Calgary before reverting to its regular prices, starting at $279.00 CDN.
Hôtel Le Germain Calgary offers a private sanctuary in the middle of one of Canada's most vibrant cities. Vistas allow guests to savour the dynamic Calgary skyline. Oversized hotel windows allow plenty of natural light - and, of course, they open. Rooms feature naturally lit, spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showers, the most comfortable mattresses, FRETTE linens, goose-down duvets, feather pillows and comfy seating designed to make you feel pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated. State-of-the-art ecological features have been incorporated throughout the construction, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-efficient lighting controlled by occupancy card reader, and the recycling of heat from the air conditioning system to produce the hotel's hot water.
Hôtel Le Germain Calgary will likely be a bold new landmark at the center of one of Canada's most sophisticated cities. It’s located downtown at 899 Centre Street SW, and is steps away from the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, the TELUS Convention Centre, Olympic Plaza and the popular Stephen Avenue pedestrian walk. Near the hotel, you can find nine major shopping centers and department stores, retro cinemas, some of Calgary's finest restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars, as well as an eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries. germaincalgary.com.
A family-owned Quebec company, Groupe Germain owns and operates three Le Germain Boutique-hotels - in Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto - as well as two "no-frills-chic" ALT Hotels in Montreal and Quebec City. The company is planning the opening of a second Boutique-hotel in Toronto as well as a real estate complex in Calgary which includes Hôtel Le Germain Calgary. Groupe Germain is renowned for the impeccable hospitality and style it brings to its boutique hotels. groupegermain.com