Monthly Archives: December 2013

TRH Hotels lanuches new individual websites for its hotels

The hotel chain TRH Hotels has launched new individual websites for two of the most exclusive hotels in Spain: the TRH Alcora, a business hotel in Seville, and the TRH Paraiso, a holiday resort in Estepona, Malaga, surrounded by some of the best golf courts of the Costa del Sol.

This initiative is set within the context of the efforts that the Spanish tourist sector is making to benefit from all the advantages the online direct marketing offers us, among which we find the possibility to offer better prices and more personalised services to our clients.

Both websites have a renovated design, of modest lines and a much more graphic essence than the previous sites. Besides, the reservation engine has been simplified and improved with cutting edge security systems.

As an added value, both the TRH Alcora official website and the TRH Paraiso official website have used this launching as a marketing tool to offer the users the possibility to book their hotels in Malaga and Seville with special discounts.

Thus, the Alcora Business & Congress Hotel offers a 40% discount, while the Paraiso Beach offers a 20% discount in early bookings until the 31st of December.

 

 

About the TRH Hotels

The TRH Hotels chain has hotels in the main tourist destinations in Andalusia and the Balearic Islands: Seville, Costa del Sol, Baeza (Jaén), Mallorca and Minorca. 

In total, there are 9 4 and 3-star hotels with services specialised in different public sectors (urban and business, families, couples, youngsters…) and with a well-cared design, with modern touches that respond to TRH Hotels’ aim to offer their clients an added value during their stay.

Trip to Andorra on the Epiphany Day

Ski trips have become one of the preferred winter plans by families with children or young students, as they allow us to enjoy winter sports and the best natural spots of our country at the same time. Besides, the endorphins we produce when practising ski or snowboard allow us to recharge energies for the back to school and for a new year. 

The team of the Coma Bella Hotel has developed a new concept of ski hotel which totally adapts to the needs of sportspeople and of those travellers who want to discover the best spots of the mountains of Andorra. First, the Coma Bella Hotel has an ideal location approximately 30 minutes away from the Encamp ski station, and it has a free parking with an easy access.  

Besides, the Coma Bella Hotel has created a series of services for sportspeople, for both winter sports lovers and for summer sports lovers, and it also offers a number of facilities to business travellers, such as free internet, a meeting room, a fax or daily international press.

This hotel is perfect for travelling with children, as apart from featuring a games room for the youngest members of the family, it is located just 5 km away from Naturlandia, a natural park where children will be able to enjoy a sledge trip through the “Tobotronc”, an attraction which goes through the mountains of Andorra and La Rabassa.

The Prince Park Hotel launches a new individual website

The Prince Park Hotel, a modern 3-star hotel located at the heart of Benidorm, has launched this week its new individual website, which will allow the hotel to offer direct online marketing and a more personal attention to its clients. The new website has a renewed design, with a powerful engine which increases the effectiveness of the new site to the maximum.

On the new website, users can perform a variety of actions, from virtually visiting the hotel rooms through the photo gallery, to sending reviews about their stay in the hotel or even making a direct reservation with unique discounts. Furthermore, users may also contact directly with the hotel through the contact form or the contact information of the hotel.

The Prince Park Hotel is an ideal hotel for families, not only because it has an excellent location in the sun&beach destination par excellence, Benidorm, but also because its varied services will allow you to plan a holiday to your and your children’s liking: outdoor swimming pool with an area reserved for children, buffet restaurant, internet access, 24-hour reception or a pleasant bar with terraces and gardens for children.

Besides, the hotel is located just 500 metres away from Benidorm beach and just within a 10-minute drive to Aqualandia, a fabulous water park awarded for two consecutive years with the excellence certificate by Trip Adivisor, where children will enjoy their time with the highest toboggan in Europe.

The Prince Park Hotel also features different type of rooms for all type of travellers: double rooms, single rooms, rooms for two adults and a child or rooms for 3 adults. All the rooms have wooden finishes and are equipped with a flat screen satellite TV, heating and a pleasant terrace where to contemplate the views of the idyllic Costa Blanca.

December; Latest news of the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey

Every month, we bring you all the latest news from the Mencey Cookery Classroom and this month of December, as it could be no other way, the Grand Mencey is bustling with Christmas spirit. Christmas is just around the corner, and all the preparations for these dates have already started.

Christmas at the Grand Mencey

Christmas at the Grand Mencey

As usual, the first Saturday of each month, a new Master Class will be held, as part of the gastronomic cycle of “Women with a Star”. On this occasion, on Saturday 7th of December, the Catalan chef Fina Puigdevall, from the restaurant Les Cols, will present their most iconic dishes under the title, “The Buckwheat in our cuisine.” Those present will enjoy a Master Class during the morning and/or a tasting menu with wine pairing for dinner.

The following Saturday, the 14th of December, the Iberostar Grand Mencey will host the Winter Edition of the Mencey Fashion Room. This event brings together fashion, beauty, art, music and gastronomy, an authentic concept store in Tenerife, where you will find all the main international fashion brands and important discounts and promotions. You can’t miss this event!

Cooking courses in Tenerife

Cooking courses in Tenerife

One of the most popular cooking courses held in the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey, is the special course for Christmas desserts. It is celebrated on Wednesday 11th of December and the head of pastry of the hotel, Rayco Chinea Gutierrez, will be responsible for the lesson. Those assisting the coking course will discover the secrets to prepare exquisite “turrones” made from chocolate, “mantecados”, shortbreads, “panales de yema”, chocolate truffles and other sweets that will delight friends and family this Christmas.

Finally, it is important to announce changes in the menu card of the restaurants of Los Menceyes and Los Laureles, more according with the Christmas holiday season, to enjoy with family and friends, at one of the best restaurants in Tenerife.

What to ask for from a beach hotel?

What can we or should we demand from a beach hotel?

Although for many the answer is obvious (or maybe the actual question seems to be), to know what to insist upon in a hotel for sun and beach holidays, is not so simple because the boundaries between the minimum required are, at times, diffuse.

The hotel industry in Spain has large hotels and apartment complexes in coastal areas such as Mallorca, Benidorm or Fuerteventura, to name a few destinations traditionally involved with sun and beach tourism in our country, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. At the base exists a network of hotels, hostels and other accommodations of questionable standards which undermine the efforts of the others when presenting a beach hotel in good condition at truly competitive prices.

Flintstones Hotels

Flintstones Hotels

To avoid choosing one of these places which could spoil your holiday, the best thing is to be demanding, not just with the price but with the services offered.

For example, that a hotel in this day and age, only offers rooms with Pay TV, this will give you a good idea of the standard of rest of the establishment.  You need to be careful with those that appear to offer a very low price because it could be that they charge for services which other more expensive hotels offer included in the final price.  Another example are the sun loungers and umbrellas by the swimming pool, contrary to what you may think, there are hotels which demand payment of a supplement to use them.

This is the old story of you get what you pay for.  Above all, especially in this day and age, in a very competitive market place, where the difference in price between an acceptable and unacceptable beach hotel, is much more reduced than years ago.

What are the basics that my beach hotel should have?

   *  Swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas.

*  Snack bar, for when you feel hungry while sunbathing.

*  Bedrooms with climate control, TV, and private bathroom.

*  24 hour Reception.

*  Daily cleaning.

Actually these are five essentials to guarantee a comfortable holiday where you can enjoy the sunshine at an affordable price.  From there onwards the rest of the services can be optional or at a supplementary cost: children’s pool, mini club, parking or transfers to the airport, restaurant, breakfast room, Internet connexion, safe deposit box……

Essential service or additional

To understand the difference that marks this fine line (that is very often a question of very personal ideas and conceptions), a good example are the hotels for children,

Hotel Intertur Hawaii Mallorca

Hotel Intertur Hawaii Mallorca

The hotels with services for children in Majorca which could be the well known Marina Skorpios, Marina Corfu, the Intertur Hawaii Mallorca or other establishments in the north of Majorca of the chain Garden Hotels, are among the most valued by users of Tripadvisor and Expedia year after year, due to the good relation between quality and price and their inclusion of animation for children which allows parents to relax knowing that their children are well looked after. It is true that this may result in a higher price than a hostel or apartments but the advantages are numerous.

However, in this case the animation or mini club cannot be considered chargeable services in the hotels for families, and also family hotels must have sufficient rooms large enough to easily accommodate a couple with one child.

So if this does not happen, then by this token, the only service a beach hotel must have is the beach….. The reality is that many of those that are sold as such, cannot presume to have this service.

A tour of the coast of Ibiza: Es Canar (Part II)

On our tour of the coast of Ibiza we could not forget to include one of the most marvellous beaches of the “White Island”, the beach of Es Canar. Full of light, white sand, spectacular cliffs, typical Mediterranean vegetation and with a hippie spirit, is the perfect description of this small corner part of the municipality of Santa Eularia des Riu, visited by thousands of people from all over the world that look to relax and reconnect with nature, and the peace of a unique place in the world.

The coves, bays and white sandy beaches surround this lively town where small coves predominate and where some of the most exclusive accommodations and tourist services in Ibiza: Sa Galera, Sa Carbonera, Ses Pedrises, Calo des Gat and Cala Martina, Cala Nova and Punta Arabi, where every Wednesday a hippy market is held, one of the essential events during the summer in Ibiza.

Hotels in Ibiza

Hotels in Ibiza

But, if there is an emblematic place in the area, this is the beach of Es Canar (or Es Cana).  This is a long white sandy beach, of about 400 meters long and 10 meters wide, with turquoise waters, small waves and a welcoming atmosphere. It has the distinctive Blue Flag due to its comprehensive services and its own anchor zone, but it is common to see in summer numerous yachts close to the shore. Also, it is one of the few beaches in Ibiza that is still considered nudist, although it is practise less nowadays.

On the beach of Es Canar, one can find some of the best family hotels in Ibiza, more modest hostels and numerous family apartments just a few steps from the beach, like the Miami Ibiza Apartments or the Art Apartments. Bars and Restaurants apartments can be found along the swimming area and they offer wonderful views of the Mediterranean.

The shallow waters of this coastal area in Ibiza make it the perfect family destination. In contrast with places like San Antonio or the centre of the town of Ibiza, which are orientated towards a young audience and nightlife, the municipality of Santa Eulalia and, Es Canar in particular, are quieter destinations.

 

Petit Palace Guide of Barcelona

LA BOQUERÍA MARKET
The Petit Palace Boquería Hotel is a few steps from La Boquería famous Market, off Las Ramblas.  Its real name is Sant Josep’s Market, but it has become a unique attraction for those willing to really discover Barcelona’s genuine atmosphere.  Here, Mediterranean typical smells and colors meet with exotic products you won’t find anywhere else.

THE GOTHIC DISTRICT
The Gothic District is the heart of Barcelona. Made up of tiny districts like Santa Ana and La Merced, its streets are live gothic Mediterranean art.  Here you’ll find many famous monuments and beautiful buildings like Barcelona’s Cathedral, which still preserves a piece of its ancient walls.  The Gothic District is the right place to go shopping, strolling along or having a drink. Discover el barrio Gótico by staying at Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel.

SAGRADA FAMILIA
The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s famous symbols, and the finest example of Catalan modernist architecture.  Conceived by Antonio Gaudi, the construction begun in 1882 and its majesty crowns Barcelona from his famous circular towers, the artist’s personal brand.  Don’t forget paying particular attention to the façade of the Nativity, which Gaudí achieved at his death, ensuring others might give continuity to the temple. Petit Palace Museum Hotel is the perfect accommodation for any Gaudí trip to Barcelona.

LA PEDRERA

The Casa Mila, one of the most acclaimed works of Gaudí, is popularly known by the name of La Pedrera.  Located in one of the most characteristic areas of Barcelona in the Eixample, right on Paseo de Gracia, it is a large 6-floors building arranged around two courtyards and an impressive roof.  The building represents Gaudí ‘s naturist period in full bloom, sweeping and daring. Petit Palace Barcelona Hotel is the perfect accommodation for La Pedrera.

Petit Palace Guide of Madrid

IFEMA
The Petit Palace Madrid Aeropuerto Hotel is set nearby IFEMA’s Fair and Exhibition Grounds in Madrid.  This is one of the Spanish largest centers, offering more than 90 halls and corporate fairs and events all year long: fashion catwalks, art, tourism fairs, innovation, electronic… More than 1, 4 million m2 a few steps from Barajas’s Airport.

SAN MIGUEL MARKET
San Miguel Market is one of Madrid’s most beautiful attractions.  Set nearby the Plaza Mayor, its spectacular iron structure was built at the beginning of last century.  This is one of the finests Madrid’s gastronomy meeting points: typical and sophisticated dishes, unique atmosphere… Here, modernity meets tradition. Petit Palace Mayor Plaza Hotel, Petit Palace Londres Hotel and Petit Palace Puerta del Sol Hotel are very close to San Miguel Market.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF ART
The Golden Triangle of Art is made up of Madrid’s most important museums and Paseo del Prado’s gardens, between El Retiro and Huertas, were you can have Madrid’s typical tapas.  The golden triangle brings together: The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Caixaforum, La Casa Encendida and Casa de América, among many others art centers. Petit Palace Lealtad Plaza Hotel and Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII Hotel are the perfect accommodation for these museums.

SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL

San Lorenzo de El Escorial is set in Guadarrama, at the Madrid’s Mountains, in a spectacular hill in Monte Abantos, 47 km from Madrid.  This typical village hides the stunning Escorial Monastery.  Car access is really easy and beautiful: enjoy the charming Sierra and its sight views! Petit Palace President Castellana and Petit Palace Arturo Soria are the ideal hotels to discover Madrid and San Lorenzo de El Escorial.