Great Escapes: A Titanic-themed hotel and new shopping for NYC...
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What's happening in travel this week? Liverpool has gotten a brand new Titanic Hotel, New York is getting two new outlet shopping malls, and group travel gets easier...
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Over a century since she sank, the fascination with RMS Titanic continues. Northern Ireland has its iconic Titanic Belfast, and now Liverpool – the city in which the liner was originally registered – has gotten a brand new Titanic Hotel.
The 153-bed development occupies a 19th-Century warehouse at Stanley Dock, with brick and iron features, Mersey views and a bar boasting 60 different varieties of rum all part of the fit-out.
It also features a sweeping replica staircase based on the original. It was designed by the Derry-based Specialist Joinery Group "using the latest in 3D imaging and CNC Technologies for efficiency and accuracy. Construction took three months, the company says.
Standard rooms are up to twice as large as the usual size for a four-star and, going to press, they were available from around €150 per night.
New York never sleeps. Two new shopping centres are set to open at the WTC site in Lower Manhattan in the coming months – Brookfield this autumn, with Westfield following in 2015.
Meanwhile, the new Park Hyatt New York opens this summer in Midtown at 153 West 57th. It's Manhattan's first new five-star in more than a decade, with features including a pool with speakers piping in music from neighbouring Carnegie Hall.
About 15,000 new rooms are expected in the city over the next three years, and Irish shoppers will be delighted to hear there are also plans for a new outlet shopping mall on Staten Island.
Travelling with a team, class, company or group of friends? GroupLeader.com is a new website that may help you get the trip together without losing your marbles. The platform offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for group travel organisers to book hotels, ground transport providers and tour guides for groups of 10 or more. It also allows you to buy as a group, bagging the all-important discounts, but pay as individuals.