News in brief:
Starwood adds two Paris hotels from Radisson
Starwood‘s nascent Tribute Porfolio has added two hotels in Paris. Le Metropolitan and Le Dokhan’s are both dropping their existing Radisson branding. Previously 70,000 Club Carlson points under Radisson, both are now bookable for 20,000 SPG points per night. Starwood was not short of Paris options, however, so there is no new ground being broken here.
Both are marketed as niche boutique hotels:
Designed by French architect Francois Champsaur, Le Metropolitan’s elegant and modern aesthetic brings the essence of Paris to life in a traditional 19th Century Haussmann-style building. The rooms and suites feature a soothing color palette complemented by hardwood floors, beautiful local artwork and inspiring views over the city. Guests can relax in the hotel’s pool and wellness center before sampling local and Mediterranean cuisine in the property’s glamourous restaurant.
Originally conceived as a private townhouse, Le Dokhan’s (pictured below) retains the feeling of an intimate Parisian residence. The hotel’s interior design was crafted by celebrated local designer, Frederic Mechiche, who stayed true to the property’s neo-classical style. A treasure trove of antiques, the hotel features an original Louis Vuitton lift cabin, hand painted friezes, custom made fabrics and works of art by Picasso, Klee and Matisse. Le Dokhan’s is also home to the city’s very first Champagne bar, where guests can still choose from more than 200 different varieties of premium champagne.
Details of both can be found on the Tribute Portfolio website.
A look inside the British Airways ‘Slow Lounge’ in Cape Town
I don’t normally run reader reviews, but Dawn sent sent in these pictures of the ‘Slow Lounge’ used by British Airways in Cape Town and I though they were worth sharing.
The Slow Lounge is on the 4th Floor of the terminal in Cape Town and a five minute walk from security. There is a lot of space – two floors (upstairs is pictured above) and an additional mezzanine (pictured below) – so don’t be put off if the area near the entrance looks busy.
Food was described as very fresh with Greek salads, mini burgers in brioche buns, hot soup and a hot chicken dish. Wine is plentiful but, oddly, served from dispensers. There is no champagne available.
A highlight, oddly, is the washrooms. They are unisex and offer ‘a loo with a view’ as you can see below:
All in all, it is an impressive facility.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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