BLEISURABLE TRAVEL WITH DESIGN HOTELS™
MIXING BUSINESS AND LEISURE FROM SWITZERLAND TO SINGAPORE
Berlin, August 22, 2012 – As new creative workspaces continue to adapt to the needs of an evolving workforce, a clear distinction between business and leisure is being put to rest. Increasingly, these travelers are seeking hotels that provide the convenience of mobile offices and reflect the spirit and attitude of their surroundings. Get away from the mundane and monotonous with these five Design Hotels™’ member properties: each hotel exudes unmistakable personality and is woven into the fabric of its neighborhood. Here’s to mixing up business and leisure, i.e. “bleisure”.
Located in the heart of the buzzing metropolis, The Mira Hong Kong offers guests a convenient in-room remote office, as well as different colors and design options for the rooms. With its Michelin-rated restaurants, award-winning spa and the best shopping and eating options right out the door, instantly plug into the pulse of Hong Kong. At Brown TLV in Tel Aviv, a chic ’70s retro décor, a multilingual 24-hour business center and a vibrant neighborhood ensures an all-round work and play experience. The fabulous new rooftop terrace provides an oasis with panoramic views of Tel Aviv’s intertwined Bauhaus and business skyline. klapsons, The Boutique Hotel has superlative views of the Singapore Port and Central Business District, even from the three meeting rooms. Each of the guestrooms has a unique design, leaving no detail arbitrary. Orient and occident balance at Bentley Hotel in Istanbul, designed by star architect Piero Lissoni and Nicoletta Canesi. The hotel’s interior clad with clean lines, over-sized windows and subtle colors, makes it a temple of radiance in the European center of the city. The Hotel in Lucerne, designed by Jean Nouvel, is the very definition of a boutique hotel with its 30 rooms created in different color compositions and with stills from movies from Pedro Almovodar to Lars von Trier adding a surprise visual element.
Urban Escape in Hong Kong
The innovative urban retreat The Mira Hong Kong, located in the heart of Tsimshatsui, provides guests with rooms dressed in shades of red, green, silver or purple, encouraging them to creatively select a color to suit their mood. The rooms can also be easily transformed into a personal office, with an ultra-smart infotainment system, a Bose sound system, and the unique “My Mobile” service, transforming the standard hotel-room telephone into a mobile phone so no calls are missed. The 18,000 square foot spa is a lavender-scented sanctuary for wellness, with state-of-the-art heated waterbeds in floatation lounges and 9 treatment rooms including an aura room in which traditional Asian hospitality and effective treatments blend. The hotel also provides guests with the Mira 24 flexible room package, with room availability for 24 hours from the check-in time, ensuring you miss nothing just because of a late-night or early-morning arrival or departure.
Tantalizing Tel Aviv
What better way to unwind than with a fresh watermelon or lychee martini and a spectacular sunset? At Brown TLV, guests can enjoy the glittering views of Tel Aviv’s skyline from the newly opened rooftop terrace. Plus, the bar is a great place to meet and mingle with the locals at one of the latest hotspots in the city. The hotel is located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s most vibrant district, with numerous galleries, restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. The staff goes the extra mile to make corporate meetings as memorable as possible, with amenities such as complimentary champagne receptions for events, and the exclusive use of the fabulous terrace for private gatherings. To really get a feel for the city, the hotel provides guests with free bicycles to escape the woes of local traffic, as well as complimentary guest passes for a nearby gym. After exploring all the city has to offer, guests can pamper themselves with a treatment either in the hotel’s spa suite, or on the rooftop with views towards the Mediterranean.
Superb Views in Singapore
klapsons, The Boutique Hotel is located along the southern edge of Singapore’s Central Business District, ten minutes from the city’s premiere retail and lifestyle destination, Vivocity, and the island getaway Sentosa. The hotel’s three intimate meeting facilities all offer superlative views of the Singapore Port and Central Business District. Whether it is a formal sit-down banquet or a cocktail reception, the hotel’s experienced staff provides excellent service for up to 300 guests. klapsons’ unique design provides for a truly different experience, be it through the color-changing light fixtures to suit guests’ moods, to suites with outdoor terraces and a private Jacuzzi. The hotel’s small size with its 17 guestrooms allows for an intimate setting, where guests will feel well-cared for while benefiting from all the amenities of a large hotel. For a quick escape from the chaos of the city, the island getaway Sentosa, with a stretch of sand beach and various recreational activities, is perfect for a stint of leisure.
Occidental Minimalism in Istanbul
Milanese design at the bridge to the Orient is what guests will find at the Bentley Hotel, located in the heart of the European sector of Istanbul. The hotel has a meeting room perfect for a small event, and the private lounge may also be used for business dos. What’s used by day for work transforms into a hip and vibrant hub for locals and international trendsetters, with spinning club sounds playing into the night. Despite the city’s jumbled and pulsating vibe, the pale blue, beige, green and grey hues are employed to establish a transparent, light-flooded scene, providing a serene retreat. For those who want to explore the city, the Bentley Hotel is located right in the middle of the business and upmarket districts, close to the best cafés, shops and restaurants that Istanbul has to offer.
Avant-Garde in Lucerne
In cool contrast to the grand, gilded properties common to Lucerne, The Hotel is a refreshing, whimsical take on the classic. World-renowned designer Jean Nouvel forgoes opulent frescos and artworks on the ceilings of the guestrooms in favor of projected scenes of movies from his favorite directors – from Luis Buñuel to Fellini. The main bar, The Lounge and Bam Bou restaurant, the first to introduce fusion French-Asian cuisine to the city, have become popular local hubs. The Hotel provides business travelers with excellent meeting facilities in an offsite address with a professional events team to assist with any requirement. The property is also located just five minutes from the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center, one of Europe’s premiere concert halls, with some of Switzerland’s most spectacular modern architecture.
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