Friday, 11 April 2014

Istanbul bank is now a hotel

Original features from the latter days of the Ottoman Empire have been preserved at a new boutique hotel in Istanbul. Called Vault Karakoythe House, it owes its name to the fact that one of the two back-to-back properties it occupies is a mid 19th century neo-renaissance bank building. Marble staircases, ceramic tiles and intricately stencilled ceilings are among the original features retained. The 63 room hotel is in the Karakoy district, a 15 minute walk from the old heart of Istanbul across the Galata Bridge. It has a spa and a terrace restaurant with views over the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cruise line offers dance partners for men

Single men need no longer be wallflowers on Crystal Cruises. The line is to provide partners on its ballroom dancing themed Transatlantic crossings. It has long provided “Ambassador Hosts” for unaccompanied women passengers – or those whose husbands or partners don’t dance. Now there will be two potential partners for men. The first voyages on which they will appear are Lisbon – Miami (October 5 this year and December 11, 2015) and New York – London (June 12, 2015).