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Hospitality continued...VENICEThe completely rebuilt Hotel Santa Chiara Venice is due to open early 2015.It is virtually opposite the railway station just by the Piazzale Roma and is a short walk to the cruise terminal. It will be one of the very few hotels in Venice to have car parking.Previously a 3-star property the Santa Chiara will emerge as a classic 4-star 44 roomed boutique hotel. The hotel has an annexe nearby, to the same high stand- ard, which has 12 rooms, all disabled friendly. The property has its own private luxury motor vessel. When opened, there will be a breakfast room but the design will allow for a restaurant which is planned for the future.The essence of the hotel is a 500-year- old Venetian palace, but with 21st cen- tury air conditioning and luxury fittings to the highest standard. Furnishing is typical Venetian style with big and luminous Murano glass chandeliers, splendid wall fabrics and precious furnishings. http://santachiara.hotelinvenice.coLuxury Collection Hotels have recently announced the re-opening of the historic Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan which is scheduled for 1 December 2014. The hotel will offer 235 rooms and suites,a restaurant and a bar with panoramic terrace on the top floor, a lounge bar and cigar room, a spa, swimming pool and gym, two ballrooms and meeting spaces.This five star boutique hotel is situated on the prestigious Via Veneto; Rome’s most elegant and fashionable street and the centrepiece of the Dolce Vita.The new NH Collection Torino Piazza Car- lina Hotel was recently opened in aThe	luxurious	4*	Hotel	RoyalcentralTurin location, just a few minutes’ walk from the Mole Antonelliana, Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama and the fashion- able shopping arcades of the first capital of Italy.ThepalazzooncebelongedtoAntonio eventswithupto1,000participants. Gramsci, one of the most respected politicalentire Kvarner Bay. Hotel facilities include a new restaurant, the Royal Club Café, Café Mahler and a Royal Hall ballroom forfigures in Italy’s history. The hotel offers 160 rooms, restaurant, fitness area and a rooftop terrace and aromatic herb garden.• OpatijaThe luxurious 4* Hotel Royal has recently opened in Opatija. Designed for lovers of games of intellect - such as chess, bridge, and sudoku - the hotel is located by the Lungomare coastal promenade. Its 54 luxury rooms and apartments offer stun- ning views of Opatija’s harbour and royal.php.• KorčulaHotel Korsal, a 4* family-friendly hotel, has opened on the peaceful island of Korčula. Located close to the beach, the hotel offers luxurious rooms.Guests are encouraged to try local wines on the hotel’s terrace or taste delicious, fresh seafood in the restaurant. Korčula - a traditional walled town - is a stunning coastal citadel, home to many vineyards and olive NewsBurns Supper at Burns Cottage... in an hour?Loved the world over, Robert Burns is Scot- land’s greatest poet. Treat your clients to the new one-hour Burns Express Supper. Spe- cially created for coach parties it includes:• Welcomefromamemberofthe‘Burns family’ in costume• Traditional2-courseBurnsSupperwith bagpipes and ritual address to the haggis• GuidedtourofBurnsCottage • WhiskytoasttotheBardintheroomwhere he was born in 1759 All for a special Burns birthday rate of£17.59 per person. Available for parties of 30-50 throughout 2014 and 2015 - pre-booking essential. Exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ visits and costumed tours are also available for pre-booked groups.Find out more about theBurns Express Supper. Download our DiscoveringRobert Burns itineraryFor bookings and information contact at Burns CottageRIJKS® the new restaurant at RijksmuseumIt opened on the 1st November in the refurbished Philips Wing. Studio Linse designed the 140 seater café and espresso bars for the Rijksmuseum. A mix of materi- als such as bronze, oak, marble, blue steel and suede in combination with designer furniture and lamps give RIJKS® a cool and stylish character. In the wide open kitchen diners have a view of the cooks at work from the white marble bar. One area can be closed off for a private lunch or dinner for 36 people, and there is a terrace seating 130people.Open7daysaweeksserving lunchanddinner.Open11.30amto11pm.TripAdvisor launchesInstant ReservationTripAdvisor has announced the launch of Instant Reservation, a feature that, byRIJKS® Chefs Jos Timmer, Joris Bijdendijk and Wim de Beer. Photo - Erik Smitsleveraging the recent acquisition of lafour- chette, allows users to choose a restaurant and easily complete the reservation with- out leaving the TripAdvisor site experience.Instant Reservation is currently available on the over 13,000 restaurants within the lafourchette network spanning France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.Following the acquisition of lafourchette in May, restaurant availability search has been integrated directly into TripAdvisor’s city pages in these markets, allowing users to search availability and reserve a table for a specific date and time from TripAdvisor.Some of the benefits diners receive when booking restaurants within the lafourchette network is the ability to view restaurant menus and take advantage of special offers, such as discounts of up to 50% off our fixed price menus. Discounts are automatically applied to the bill when users book applied to the bill when users book online, remov- ing the need to present a coupon at the restaurant.It also gives users the opportunity to see alternative dining times and restaurants.Instant Reservation is available across TripAdvisor apps (iPhone and Android), desktop and mobile web.On the Road issue 217Page 13

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