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Firenze Grand Hotel Villa Cora | Florence, Italy PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Hotels | Resorts | Spas
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In Florence is a historic park called "Biboli Gardens," in which sculptures reside that date back to the 16th century and through to the 18th century. Overlooking this wonderful park is the exceptional "Firenze Grand Hotel Villa Cora." The hotel is comprised of three villas, the main being "Villa Cora." There are 30 suites on 4 floors of the main villa, each with a distinctive decor. Decided attention to the original detailing, Villa Cora has been preserved almost exactly as it was when Baron Oppenheim built the main villa at the turn of the XIX century. Two restaurants, a spa and wellness center are also situated on the grounds.

 

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Ginza Steak TAJIMA by Doyle Collection | Tokyo, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Using three dyeing techniques, Horse-Chestnut wood is made to appear as stone and marble whilst preserving the natural warmth and feel of the wood. The plaques are the polished and used along with Oya-Stones to construct the interior of the restaurant. Oya-Stones are very significant to the Japanese. The hanging cupboards use a traditional Japanese curving technique called 'Naguri.' If you're in Tokyo, stop by the Ginzo Steak TAJIMA restaurant and enjoy their world famous Kobe Beef and clams in this one-of-kind establishment designed by Doyle Collection.

 

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Ciel de Paris Restaurant by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance | Paris, France PDF Print E-mail
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I am afraid of heights. However in defiance of this fear I would travel to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower in Paris to visit and enjoy a meal at the wonderfully designed Ciel de Paris restaurant. The restaurant's interior was designed by French designer Noe Duchaufour Lawrance. Take a look.

 

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The Tramshed Restaurant | London, England PDF Print E-mail
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Food and art rarely go hand in hand, or are thought of mutually in any particular fashion. However with London's newest restaurant, the Tramshed by Mark Hix prominently features a sculpture by English artist Damien Hirst. The restaurant also houses an intimate art gallery downstairs call 'Cock n Bull', named after the sculpture: Cock and Bull.

 

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Evolution Bar by Sebastian Barlica | Bucharest, Romania PDF Print E-mail
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Built into the basement of an old 18th century neo-gothic building, the 'Evolution Bar' features a large floating organic HI-MACS  bar, chandeliers made of garden hoses, classical elements intersperse throughout mixing contemporary with the history  of the building. Designed by Sebastian Barlica, a graduate of the National Art University, took the challenge of transforming a space traditionally used for storage into a contemporary space for entertainment.

 

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Fit for Royalty - Francis Hotel | Bath, England PDF Print E-mail
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This one-of-a-kind Regency townhouse hotel sits quite regal in the very heart of Bath, England. Occupying the south side of classical Queen Square, which was constructed between 1728 and 1735 by architect and town planner John Wood the Elder who created so many of Bath's prestigious buildings. At the time John Wood the Elder envisioned Queen Square, nine private townhouses connected by a single facade made up the south side. Today seven of those homes remain, being the foundation of the Francis Hotel Bath.

 

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Hell of the North Restaurant | Fitzroy & Collingwood, Victoria, Australia PDF Print E-mail
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Built around a 19th century hotel in the Fitzroy and Collingwood section of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, the new 'Hell of the North' is an ode to French one-day cycling event, the Paris-Roubaix. The restaurant-bar has characteristics inspired by Parisian bistros. Architects SMLWRLD worked closely with the owners looking to establish a relationship between dining areas and what's consumed within these spaces. So what came of this is the image of a French wine press, used of historic Melbourne Bluestone, with timber, burnished brass, and blackened steel found throughout the structure. Take a look. Stop by if you're in the area.

 

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