LHW Debuts “Destination Experiences” for the Curious Traveler

June 5, 2017



Calling all curious travelers who are in search of the undiscovered and the uncommon on their next trip to their favorite cosmopolitan city! The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.’s (Leading Hotels) recently unveiled five “Destination Experience” guides for Paris, Dublin, London, New York and Rome to help guests find what lies beneath the surface of these cities and explore beyond the doorsteps of the collection’s 375 independent, luxury properties.

“Leading Hotels’ members are part of the cultural fabric of the world’s most popular destinations,” said Shannon Knapp, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at The Leading Hotels of the World. “Our ‘Destination Experience’ guides uncover uncommon ways to experience well-known locations through our hoteliers’ deep, personal connections to their destinations. Within the guides, curious travelers will find experiential offerings crafted by our hoteliers and recommendations from local artisans and influencers who call these cities home. The five current guides will be followed by seven additional destinations, providing a trusted platform for trip planning and inspiration.”

Travelers who are making their first, or fifteenth trip, to Paris, Dublin, London, New York or Rome, will find surprising recommendations from a roster of discerning local experts. Explore Paris through the eyes of French digital photographer Jean-François Rauzier, or New York City through the palate of Victoria James, one of the city’s youngest sommelier. The guides also reveal activities reserved exclusively for guests of Leading Hotels, including a private Prestige Portrait photo shoot at Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris, and an exclusive tour through Rome’s lesser known frescoes for guests at Hotel Majestic Roma.

Uncover hidden treasures in Paris, Dublin, London, New York and Rome by exploring “Destination Experiences”:

Uncommon Paris: Meet the Paris travelers are yet to be acquainted with - a burgeoning craft cocktail scene, state-of-the-art cinemas nestled in historic palace hotels, art concierges who hold the key to after-hour entry into the city’s top museums, and much more. Hotel Insider Activity: La Reserve guests inspired by the hotel’s design can return home with a memento of Belle Époque Paris by arranging a hotel-created excursion to the flea markets at Saint-Ouen, with Riad Kneife, local vintage and antiques expert.

Uncommon Dublin: Connect with vibrant and unpretentious Dublin. Highlights include afternoon art tea inspired by 19th and 20th century masterpieces, private rooftop yoga sessions overlooking the Docklands, and authentic Irish music venues with free nightly shows. Local Tastemaker Recommendation: The owners and co-founders of Teeling Whiskey Company suggest a stop at the James Fox Cigar & Whiskey Store, the oldest family-owned cigar shop in the world, followed by a visit to The Little Museum of Dublin, boasting colorful memorabilia and stories of the city.

Uncommon London: Explore undeniably cool London, where quintessential British traditions meet cutting-edge art and architecture, music and design. Discover a theater lit only by candles on the banks of the Thames, learn about The Ritz London’s head concierge’s little black book, and find where a prominent British architect recommends cocktails with a view at a surprising pop-up-bar. Hotel Insider Activity: At The Milestone Hotel guests can learn the centuries-old art of sabrage and join “the brotherhood of the golden sabre.” After the lesson’s completion, participants will enjoy their recently sabred bubbly over a three-course meal.

Uncommon Rome: Limitless surprises await in The Eternal City. Find out where a famous gelato-maker’s favorite piazza fountain is located and how to arrange a tour that reveals cameo views of Rome through hidden city keyholes. Local Tastemaker Recommendation: Margherita Buy, Italian cinema’s leading lady, recommends grabbing a backstage pass to “Cinecittà Shows Off,” a tour which goes behind the scenes at Cinecittà Studios. Opened in 1937, Cinecittà is the largest film studio in Europe where many 20th-century American classics were made, including Roman Holiday and The Pink Panther.

Uncommon New York: There’s a reason it’s known as the city that never sleeps. This guide shares where a Tony-Award winning producer prefers to catch a show and dinner, the ideal location for drinking Martinis while perched above the buzz of Times Square, and how a fireside butler can create a cozy NYC getaway. Hotel Insider Activity: The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca is a hub for innovative art and design. The hotel will arrange for an expert guide to lead guests through the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art, followed by a visit to a series of dynamic galleries in nearby Chelsea.

The upcoming “Destination Experiences” will include Barcelona, Tokyo, Zurich, Miami, Brazil, China and the Caribbean. Visit www.LHW.com to explore the guides and for more information on The Leading Hotels of the World.

About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels)
Comprised of more than 375 hotels in over 75 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has an eight-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive two-tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world. For more information visit:www.lhw.com, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LeadingHotels and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld
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