Luxury Hotels


Time to have fun, folks.  See the wallpaper, above, behind beds at 25HOURS HOTEL MUSEUM QUARTIER VIENNA. Makes one smile just to look at it.

Like watching Cirque de Soleil, brilliant. They have it on television, they have it live in Las Vegas,  Why not a Cirque de Soleil hotel, with clowns as servers and acrobats as Chief Bed Officers, CBOs – Girlahead’s new name for room attendants.

Wherever, let’s have FUN. Think a life that is half-full-glass rather than half-empty glass, a smidgen of Screaming Eagle, in Riedel, rather than far-too-prevalent pessimism, doom and gloom.

Ralph Radtke, GM and RVP at CIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI in Istanbul had lots of fun on 14th July, not with La Marseillaise but with a regional celebration of its top-rated Forbes Travel Guide hotels, plus FTG CEO Hermann Elger, Ambassador Filip Boyen, President Ratings Amanda Frasier and Regional Head Chris Fradin.

Michael Sorgenfrey, GM of ADLON KEMPINSKI, Berlin, will have fun on 22nd August. That night kicks off massive celebrations for the 25th birthday of the ‘new’ Adlon, and significantly it starts with a staff party. On the birthday itself, 23rd August, it will be a Berlin bonanza. Bellboys will hand out Berlin pancakes with the 25th anniversary logo and branded balloons on Pariser Platz. That evening there is a formal dinner for companions of the past 25 years: from politics, business, culture, regular guests and customers.

But celebrations continue. 25th and 26th August will see kitchen parties at the hotel’s Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer restaurant (among those cooking up a culinary storm will be Karlheinz Hauser, head chef from the very beginning of the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. On 27th August, it’s Adlon Classic, an 18-diner extravaganza that includes, for a cost, for two, of €1997 – a reminder when the hotel opened – foie gras, lobster, loup de mer in a salt crust, champagne sorbet, beef Wellington with black truffle, and an omelette surprise Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Eating can certainly be fun – read on down to find picnicking with elephants in Northern Thailand. Girlahead was invited to a picnic in Petra on her last Jordan visit. Everyone, like all three of us, climbed up to the top of The Treasury. The bottle of Laurent-Perrier, chilled of course, and three flutes were in a bag strapped firmly to the back of George the Goat. George banged into the stone wall, intentionally methinks. Broken bottle, broken flutes (thankfully not Riedel).

Let’s return to Vienna, and listen to the newest PODCAST – please share it, and this, with friends. And see you tomorrow…