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Share your Insider tips about travel to Birmingham by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, the first ever 4-diamond luxury hotel in Alabama, will debut in Fall of 2015, and people are buzzing. Located in the tree lined and lushly landscaped city of Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, the hotel will feature an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery, signature Poseidon Spa, wine blending and tasting experience, and vibrant rooftop bar and restaurant. Evoking a Southern Bohemian renaissance, the hotel’s interior will take a surprising twist with a beautiful color palette inspired by nature. The hotel will pay homage to turn of the century English Tudor architecture which perfectly complements the adjacent Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The hotel will offer luxuriously appointed guestrooms and unique meeting spaces, such as a billiards room connecting to an outdoor terrace and fire pit.

The signature 2,800 square foot Grand Bohemian Art Gallery is a celebration of the artistic spirit and will feature more than 100 works of art by local, regional and internationally acclaimed artists. This stunning art gallery will have something for everyone, from paintings and sculptures to art, glass and jewelry.  Rare and original art will adorn the hotel walls and may inspire you to create your own masterpiece or take one home with you.

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Another unique amenity will be the interactive and artfully inspired wine blending experience, ideal for an evening out or even a team-building event. Afterward, guests are invited up to the vibrant and scenic rooftop restaurant and bar with views of beautiful Mountain Brook and the botanical gardens. The restaurant will feature farm-to-table culinary offerings sourced with regional ingredients. The roof top lounge will be a vibrant place to gather, socialize and enjoy crafted cuisine and cocktails. There are few bars in Mountain Brook that will have the character and view of the Bohemian Lounge. In the pleasant weather months the outdoor element with stylish furniture and fire pits will be cozy and exclusive. Throughout the year the chic décor and access to the adjoining rooftop restaurant and lounge will attract locals looking to see and be seen. Good food is king in the south and there is no exception at this hotel. Whether a Chef or a cooking novice, guests can craft their own cuisine at an engaging cooking class taught at Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook's Cooking School, a culinary experience for individuals and groups to enjoy.


If you are thinking about a trip to the Deep South, consider the charming town of Mountain Brook and the Grand Bohemian Hotel.


Michele M.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Moscow by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


The Circle of Light Moscow International Festival is an annual event at which light designers, as well as 2D and 3D graphic designers use Moscow’s urban spaces as canvases for their incredible multimedia and light installations. This year the festival will be held from September 26th through October 4th and will be celebrating its 5th anniversary. In honor of that, the show will feature new areas for the light shows as well as a new grand opening, utilizing not only buildings but also the bridge over the Moscow River. For the Circle of Light Festival, Russian as well as international designers and artists produce light and multimedia shows right on the various facades of the city’s most famous buildings, cultural monuments and other notable facilities in Moscow. These talented individuals use projection mapping to incorporate their creative ideas into the city’s architecture. Entrance to any of the Festival venues is completely free of charge. The only thing you have to worry about is finding a good place to stand because seats fill up very quickly!

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As a traditional part of the Festival, a video-mapping competition is run each year between professionals and aspiring artists from all over the world. Contestants can enter nominations for the following: Classic Architectural Mapping, Modern Video Mapping, and VJ contest. This is an event you do not want to miss! This spectacular light show is spread throughout the entire city; however, one of the central locations is in the heart of the city—near one of the most famous streets—Tverskaya. Close by you can find the Manege and Big Theater, which are both within walking distance of the Courtyard Moscow City Center Hotel. Moscow hopes to welcome you very soon!


Ekaterina Z.

Courtyard Moscow City Center Hotel



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Share your Insider tips about travel to Armenia by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


With the biblical beauty of Mount Ararat, a relaxed pace of life and welcoming residents, Armenia's capital city of Yerevan is the perfect place for an original and unpredictable city break. While it’s the undeniable cultural, economic and political heart of the nation, Yerevan can at times feel like a city on permanent holiday. All summer long in the evening people are outside, promenading up and down the main boulevards, enjoying nature, an ice cream, coffee or a drink in a café, or relaxing in any of the numerous green parks of the city. One of these cafes and a definite place to visit is the Meeting Point Outside Café of the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan, which has become a favorite place not only for locals but also for the city guests. Located right on the Republic Square in front of the singing fountains, from here one can enjoy breezy summer evenings listening to the sounds of the city enjoying a glass of a fancy cocktail.


The city also has some lovely 19th-century Russian edifices in its central core plus rings of parkland and handsome brick squares. Outer areas maintain an air of Soviet sprawl but these are limited by steep hills and gorges. Yerevan’s museums and monuments could keep you busy for a few days but the best thing about the city is the people. Expressive black eyebrows, proud noses and classical Greek and Persian profiles appear everywhere, in a street culture somewhere between that of Marseilles, village Armenia and old Beirut. When it comes to little-known destinations, the people are often the biggest selling point. Every Armenian you’ll meet will be smiling to you warmly and offering the best he can to make you feel at home.


The cultural life in Yerevan is intense for a city of its size, including dozens of theatres, concert halls, galleries and live music clubs. The main cultural centers of the city are located within a short walking distance from the Armenia Marriott Hotel. As a cultural break, the Armenian capital offers an original weekend away, with enough of an infrastructure to take the stress out of a visit and sufficient rough-edged, un-touristy charm to keep things pleasingly unpredictable. At the geographic heart of the country, the city also makes a perfect base to explore other areas. You could even make day trips as far afield as Lake Sevan, Mt. Aragats and Vayots Dzor. Please come visit our city and stay with us at the Armenia Marriott Hotel.


Mariam O.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan


Atlantis Summer Sale

Posted by communitymanager Aug 20, 2015

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I just got word of this great sale from Atlantis – book by 8/26 for September and October travel!


Reward yourself with the ultimate vacation – a trip to Atlantis Resort! For a limited time, take advantage of rates from $99 per night at Atlantis Resort PLUS receive a $250 instant airfare credit, $150 in free culinary experiences & more.


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Salalah Marriott Resort, Oman

Book with Marriott and pack more fun into your getaway to Jordan, Egypt and Oman. Enjoy more space to bring family and friends with 50% off a second room when you stay for three nights or more. And you’ll earn 1,000 Skywards Miles on your stay to put towards your next getaway, event tickets or even a treat from the Emirates High Street.


Uncover the secrets of Petra, explore underwater life in the Red Sea or follow the nature trail in Salalah. Wherever you choose to go, make the most of this offer at Marriott resorts in Jordan, Egypt or Oman.


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Since my trip to the Middle East last year (picture below), anytime I hear Petra my ears perk up! I just had to share this special offer with Emirates Skywards. I flew Emirates into Amman and made the drive to Petra; it was absolutely breathtaking – I highly recommend it.



Share your Insider tips about travel to Bexleyheath by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


One of the world’s most iconic sporting venues, Brands Hatch motor racing circuit, is only a 20-minute drive from our hotel, the Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel in England. The natural amphitheater plays host to many prestigious motorsport events on both two and four wheels, and offers unrivalled views of the action. This year don’t miss out on the final round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the UK’s biggest car racing series featuring highly-modified versions of saloons and hatchbacks, from 10th–11th October. Prefer to watch two wheels rather than four? Look no further than the final showdown between MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship contenders with a triple-header decider in Kent, 16th – 18th October. The first of the three races will take place on Saturday afternoon, with two races on Sunday.

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For those with a passion for the Classic’s, book your tickets for the Classic Sports Car Championships also in October, which gives you the chance to experience night racing with sights of flaming exhausts and glowing brake discs, from 31st October – 1st November. Why spectate when you could get behind the wheel and take a few laps around the track? Book yourself on one of the amazing driving experiences that Brands Hatch has to offer. From single seaters and rally cars to 4 x 4 off road driving and Rally Superide, they truly have a driving experience that everyone will love. Strap yourself in, get into gear and step on it!


Once you’ve finished your fun packed day out in the fast lane, come relax and unwind with us at the Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel. Enjoy a soothing massage or catch up with friends and share your experiences in our Copper Restaurant and Lounge Bar with a bite to eat from our delicious menus or enjoy our popular Traditional Afternoon Tea. 


Hayley W.

Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Taos by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

ENTRY Kessler-ElMonte-Exterior-Native_American_Rooms_TRB9794.jpgRecently voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Among ‘U.S. Towns that are Diamonds in the Rough’, Taos is an inspiring location luring visitors to taste the distinctive flavor of the town. As home to the Tiwa speaking Native American tribe of Pueblo people, the Taos Pueblo, at approximately 1,000 years old, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Whether guests come to immerse themselves in an ancient culture, stroll through local galleries in town, satisfy their adventurous spirit or simply sightsee among the breathtaking New Mexican landscape, Taos offers its visitors an experience that is never forgotten.


Located within the heart of Taos is El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa, a secluded sanctuary in harmony with the Earth. Here guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of the resort, with sunlit fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls. From exquisite accommodations inspired by Native American and global cultures to the dramatic Kessler family art collection from world-renowned and local artisans, El Monte Sagrado offers a truly unique destination for those looking to escape. The Living Spa invites guests to an all-encompassing eco-friendly, romantic, revitalizing and healing retreat, featuring 10 artistically designed treatment rooms and beautifully landscaped grounds for meditation and relaxation, promoting serenity, wellness and life enrichment. The spa also boasts two romantic, candlelit couple’s suites with extraordinary treatments that are sure to heal mind, body and spirit. The spa is passionately committed to a healthy environment as it only utilizes natural and organic products. For post-treatment meditation, The Sacred Circle, an on property relaxation area revered for hundreds of years by the local Taos tribes, invites guests to unwind among towering Willow and Cottonwood trees and breathe in the tranquility of the New Mexican landscape. After soaking up the warm sun, guests can enjoy the resort’s two hydrotherapy tubs or saltwater pool to further revitalize the body and soul.

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We hope you will visit Taos and El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa, your ‘Om Away from Home’.


Michele M.

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa




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Share your Insider tips about travel to Yorkshire by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Treat yourself to a real step back in history and discover Saltaire in Yorkshire, a village built by Titus Salt to give local people a better start in life. A lovely place to visit, wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere of this unique place. Saltaire takes its name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire, which runs through the village. In 2001 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. There are many reasons why you should visit Saltaire, from the spectacular architecture as you wander around the village, to the independent shops and restaurants scattered around the village. There is even world class art on display at Salts Mill with one of the largest collections of artist David Hockney, and all surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside and moors.


At the heart of the village is Salts Mill, which is not to be missed. It was the largest industrial building in the world when it was built in 1853, and it was where all the original inhabitants of the village worked. Sir Titus Salt wanted his workers to have a better life than those in the polluted industrial cities and the Mill was an unusual and pioneering project at the time. It was later converted in 1987, and is now a permanent gallery for the work of Bradford-born artist David Hockney. As well as the Hockney collection in the 1853 gallery, the Mill houses other exhibition spaces, restaurants and small boutiques.  To understand the history of the village and its regeneration as a center for the arts, a visit to Salts Mill is a must.


In Saltaire, the local buildings are individually listed to grade 1 status and the period look has survived remarkably. ‘Roberts Park’ has recently been renovated, providing the community with a beautiful communal area alongside the Aire River and Leeds-to-Liverpool canal. A visit to Saltaire at any time of year is a must do if you are passing through West Yorkshire, but every September Saltaire opens its arms to their Festival, an annual event celebrating the heritage of Saltaire through the arts. The Saltaire Festival features over 100 different events and performances in a range of local venues and settings.  Highlights are spoken word, comedy, theatre, live music, craft markets, food markets and exhibitions. We hope you will come and discover this lovely village soon!


Beverly O.

Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

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Share your Insider tips about travel or shopping in Duesseldorf by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Being the Fashion Capital of Germany, Düsseldorf is a fun place to renew style and belongings. Come and discover a few of the variety of shopping spots in this beautiful town. Let us start very down-to-earth styles and check out the Flea market at Aachener Platz, which appears rain or shine every Saturday of the year. Easy to get to (buses and trains are available), you can stroll up and down the aisles and decide for yourself what is worth the Euro and what may not be. Don’t miss the halls in the middle of the market area as they usually hide the best treasures here. Enjoy live music playing as well.


Going back North toward the city centre you could go into the mall that has the typical stores that every town in Germany offers. Here you will find a very nice children’s toy store on the ground floor, where you may conquer the perfect gift for your little one. Old Town with its antique buildings and vibrant bar scene also offers nice shopping possibilities. Stop in Carlsstadt first and take a moment to pass through the farmers market there. Flowers, fruits and vegetables, and handcrafts are available for sale. One store that is recommended warmly is the almond store Gagliardi on Kapuzinergasse. They used to only travel the streets with fun fairs and sell their roasted almonds, but finally they have found their home in Düsseldorf’s Altstadt. Try sweet to spicy almonds and enjoy some nice coffee.


If you prefer sauntering along the street with high society you should head toward Königsallee, or Kö as the Düsseldorfers call it. Along this street you will find all the stores of high class shopping. It is worth turning in to all the little entrances because the city mall “Kö Gallery” hides more valued stores behind the ones you first see. So dare to be curious. Close to Königsallee you will find the Schadow Arcades. Relax here on the first floor as you enjoy one of the last great music stores: “Der Laden – Aundo Medien”. CDs, LPs and DVDs, magazines and more are found here. You will want to spend hours, we promise!


From the arcades you can finish with shoes and clothing, as there are plenty of options while strolling up Schadowstrasse. When you are finished here you will be at the corner of Schadowstrasse and Jacobistrasse. If you make a left and keep walking for about 7 minutes you will get to a restaurant called Hirschchen. Sit down. Have a beer. Order the pig nuckle (Hax’n) and enjoy your evening. Notice the different spots that you have seen in town? We are always happy to point you in the right direction. Ask us where to go when you check-in at the Renaissance Düsseldorf Hotel, as we know the secret spots all over town.


Afra C.

Renaissance Düsseldorf Hotel


Share your Insider tips about travel to Swindon by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


It’s hump day (for those of you who have never heard of this expression - it is half way through the week).  Looking to start winding down for the week or revving up for the weekend? Here at the Swindon Marriott we have made Wednesday nights “Steak Night” in the Source Grill, our main restaurant which seats up to 100 guests and features European fare and an extensive wine list. On Wednesday nights we offer 8 oz. sirloin or rump steaks with a side order of your choice alongside our a la carte menu.

To bring some added ambiance to this evening we have a variety of local musicians entertaining us in the Chats Bar, where you can enjoy lighter meals, sandwiches and desserts. So do come along and experience our steaks while relaxing and listening to local up-and-coming musicians. Weather permitting, we also have the most lovely patio and manicured grounds where you can relax after a long day of sight-seeing or working. If you let us know your music preferences and what you might like to listen to on this night, we will see if we are able to source local musicians to entertain you whilst you eat in the Source Grill. We look forward to seeing you!


Emma R.

Swindon Marriott Hotel


Just in time to help make summer travel a breeze, SpringHill Suites by Marriott has launched its award-winning Comfort Zone experience at Dulles International Airport (IAD). This is the brand's first zone to capture 100 percent of departing passengers, transforming all three of Dulles International Airport's security checkpoints. With nearly 22 million travelers passing through the airport yearly, the transformed security checkpoints offer little extras that add up to make the travel experience a lot less ordinary for more passengers than ever before.

The transformed security checkpoints are designed to offer new levels of comfort to airport travelers, while still maintaining the highest levels of security.  Pre-screening zones are outfitted with modern yet comfortable seating allowing passengers a moment to prepare to pass through the security checkpoint. Additionally, post-screening re-composure zones replace hard benches with soft, comfortable couches and convenient tables that invite travelers to relax, re-gather their belongings and put their shoes back on after passing through security. PreCheck(1).jpg

The Comfort Zone launched on July 14th – has anyone flown out of Dulles and seen or experienced it? I have a flight in November out of IAD and I’ll be sure to check it out!


You can read more about the Comfort Zone here: SpringHill Suites' Comfort Zone Offers Little Extras to Summer Travelers at Dulles... -- BETHESDA, Md., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

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