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Great Hotels of the World announces the latest news from its member properties

Sandymount Hotel announces extensive refurb



Dublin’s much-loved Sandymount Hotel is undergoing a detailed refurbishment this winter on 60 bedrooms, to be ready this spring. A million euros has been earmarked for the upgrade, which will be launched to celebrate the hotel’s 60th birthday. Opened in 1955 by the Loughran family, the hotel was originally called the Mount Herbert. It occupies a number of beautiful Victorian houses that were originally built in 1866 and were once home to Dublin’s aristocracy. Refurbishment began in November 2014 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of February 2015. The bedrooms will be completely refitted with new bathrooms and a refreshed contemporary décor.



Old Swan & Minster Mill receives Condé Nast recognition



Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Old Swan & Minster Mill, a de Savary Property, has been nominated second best hotel in the UK & Ireland in the recent Condé Nast Johansens Awards of Excellence 2015. The de Savarys bought the historical Old Swan & Minster Mill in 2010 along with an adjacent 18th century mill and restored both properties into a beautiful country-style luxury property with a celebrated restaurant and bar.


Patrick Jones, general manager, accepted the Readers\' Award at the 33rd Annual Awards for Excellence dinner at the May Fair Hotel in London. Lana de Savary, wife of entrepreneur and philanthropist, Peter de Savary, said: \"We are absolutely thrilled with the accolade, the team have worked extremely hard, and recognition in this way proves their continued dedication and commitment has paid dividends. We continue to receive wonderful feedback about the staff, facilities, food and overall hospitality. Well done them!\"



Altis Grand awarded Best Hotel Renovation in Portugal



The International Hotel Awards, sponsored by Rolls Royce Motor Cars, will be held on January 26 at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, where Altis Grand Hotel will receive the award for Best Hotel Renovation / Refurbishment - Country Winner 2014. This is to recognise the renovation project lead by the duo of architects Cristina Santos Silva and Ana Menezes Cardoso.


Francisco Moser, General Operations Manager at Altis Hotels Group, said: \"This award is the recognition of the huge investment made in the Altis Grand Hotel, amounting to 7 million euros, with the main objective to make it more competitive and updated.” Stuart Shield, president of the International Hotel Awards, commented: “With many five-star hotels offering an exemplary service on a 24-hour a day basis, we feel honored to be able to highlight those that are making an art out of the process. They really do deserve recognition for all the effort they put into their business as well as their overall presentation and innovation.”



Dom Pedro Palace – in with the in-crowd



Dom Pedro Palace in Lisbon is looking forward to a star-studded 2015. The grand hotel in the heart of this fascinating city will be the official hotel of Modalisboa, welcoming the event’s media, designers, models and guests. This cooperation will continue until 2016. The hotel is also set to be the official hotel of the 18th Portuguese Golden Globe awards, and will host many of the celebrities participating in the event.



Vidago Palace is a double winner



Great Hotels of the World member Vidago Palace Hotel in Portugal has recently been recognised by two new fixtures of the hospitality world. The extensive luxury resort located in Algarve was awarded Best Golf Hotel in Portugal at the first World Golf Awards that took place in November 2014. The award recognised the resort’s revamped 18-hole golf course, one of the leading courses in Europe that has hosted several important events within the sport. Vidago Palace was also named the Portuguese winner at the Luxury Spa Hotel category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014, for the quality of its treatment programmes. The Vidago Palace was recently also declared the best hotel in the world in which to get married by the Prestigious Star Awards 2014.



Metropolitan Hotel & Spa celebrates 15 years



New Delhi’s luxurious five-star hotel The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, will observe its 15th birthday this year with a number of innovative packages and experiences. Celebrations to be rolled out over the year include the 15 Year Room package, tantalising food festivals, the 15 Year Rejuvenating Spa Treatment, exceptional discounts and special offers. The hotel is also looking to the future with its new signature fine-dining outlet, Sakura, luxury lifestyle store Craft House and the lavish wellness spa, NeoVeda Spa. The past 15 years have seen awards and accolades at international platforms such as the World Luxury Hotel Awards, International Hotel Awards, Luxury Travel Guide, Tripadvisor,  and many more. Executive Director, Vipul Gupta says: “This is an exciting year and a momentous occasion for The Met as it celebrates a historic past and looks forward to the future.”



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