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Bits: Starwood adds two Radisson hotels in Paris, inside the BA Cape Town lounge

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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.

Tribute is the SPG equivalent of Hilton’s Curio and Marriott’s Autograph, allowing independent hotels to gain marketing synergies from a larger group.

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.

Starwood Le Dokhans

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.

Slow - Upstairs Bar Area

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.

Slow - View from the Mezzanie

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.

Slow Buffet

A highlight, oddly, is the washrooms.  They are unisex and offer ‘a loo with a view’ as you can see below:

Slow - View from the Loo with a view

All in all, it is an impressive facility.

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Comments (8)

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  • Caoecam says:

    Be aware the slow lounge is airside on the domestic side of the terminal and is separate the the Galleries lounge for International departures. It is an excellent lounge, but is not exclusively for BA but is shared by several financial institution can cardholders-so can get busy. Nonetheless less the food offering is way above the standard for a domestic lounge anywhere in the world- look out for a brand New Emirates dedicated lounge opening in Caoe town on the next few weeks , in time for Easter

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Any idea when the Radisson reflag takes effect? Both are still bookable with Carlson points as well.

  • Alan says:

    I really liked Le Dokhan – stayed there a couple of years ago as a Club Carlson redemption. Nice location, friendly staff, definite boutique feel and nice upgrade as CC Gold. Hopefully it remains as nice under SPG!

  • aliks says:

    We were there in October last year – nice lounge especially upstairs which is a lot quieter. The far corner beyond the bar has great views and is quiet enough for business phone calls without disturbing other folk.

  • James says:

    I’ve used the Slow Lounge at JNB (accessible to BA Silver/Gold when on a Comair flight). Was really impressed and have to say that the “boutique” feel and food makes it one of my favourite lounges ever.

  • Paul says:

    I was there last month on a domestic BA flight from Cape Town to Jo’burg. I can’t believe Dawn didn’t send you a photo of the loo with a view. I’ll send the photos I took over on Twitter.

    • Paul says:

      Ah, didn’t recognise that last image as the loo with the view. There are 2 loos with a view. The one on the far left overlooks the apron so you can sit and watch the aircraft!!!

      • Olivula says:

        I shall wait for the Trip Advisor ratings before making a commitment

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