Luxury Hotels

Kimpton’s pets, The Peninsula’s Scotch – and Langham’s new COO

Kimpton hotels, wherever in the world, are really pet-friendly – they even have access to Spotify Pet Playlist, giving animals and owners  lightness and entertainment right now!  It is not only dogs, as shown above, and cats but Kimpton has, apparently, welcomed everything from micro pigs and penguins to alpacas and ostriches over its long history of being a pet-friendly hotel brand. Pets, whatever breed or size, stay free. For this they get beds, food and water bowls, homemade and specialty treats,  personalized door hangers and complimentary waste bags. There might be a  concierge list of pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques, and some Kimpton properties add on dog walking, and non-alcoholic Bowser Beer.

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From non-alcoholic to the real stuff. In 2016, Joseph Chong, then GM of The Peninsula Shanghai, travelled around Scotland sourcing the best whisky (he visited five distilleries in all, two in Speyside and one each in Islay, Highland and Lowland). He was learning the different regional characteristics in his search for a white label for the hotel. The result is The Peninsula Shanghai Owner’s Cask Macallan, which is now just about ending its supply of 220 bottles.. The hotel has set a trend. Thanks to Asian aficionados and wealthy investors, in China plus Malaysia, prices have been driven up considerably. A bottle of GlenDronach cost £250 in 2011 and the going price now is ten times that, £2,500 (as well as whisky, the status symbol, it is now a highly popular alternative investment).

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Bob van den Oord is to be COO of the Langham group. He will be based in Hong Kong, which will represent a homecoming for him as before moving to London, where he so brilliantly oversees the company’s The Langham Hotel, he ran The Langham Hong Kong.

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Now he will be the star – Forbes Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen is tonight’s guest on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST. Do not miss it https://anchor.fm/gostelow – and see the Almont Global Media hub, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQQ46fTWxv1u8g-Eq4oXAXQ