Friday, 29 June 2012

The Setai, Miami Beach

The Setai



The Setai is an intimate, serene oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Its design vision artfully combines the rich architectural history of the neighborhood and its cultural diversity with the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia.
The Art Deco landmark building was originally built between 1936 – 1938 as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Next to it is our 40-story glass tower that surpasses all around it in elevation, views and design.
 
The Setai & The Environmen

General

  • Goals are updated at least on an annual basis and are the responsibility of the hotel Green Team
  • Unless specifically stated otherwise, all goals will be set to at least a 5% improvement per year and are based on specific quantifiable data
  • Employees (and guests when appropriate) are kept aware of our green efforts and are encouraged to actively participate in helping the hotel to become more environmentally sustainable
  • The message portrayed to guests about our operational standards shall always be accurate and complete
Energy
  • Switch lights off when possible (and where possible through the use of timer switches or sensors)
  • Use energy-efficient bulbs where possible & aesthetically pleasing, including all back-of-house areas
  • Default room temperatures and controls for when occupied / not occupied
  • Monitor refrigerator & freezer temperature controls after each checkout
  • Sleep timers on computers set to conserve energy
  • Minimize room lighting after turndown service 
Local environment 
  • Support local environmental organization - ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches) through physical and financial efforts
  • In this program we will assist in Miami Beach clean up programs on a regular basis
  • We will participate in the ECOMB candidates Forum and provide financial aid where appropriate
Hygiene, Health and Safety
  • No smoking policy
  • Ensure adequate air circulation and quality
  • Green training & “Green Team” 
The Beach


The Setai is a masterful collaboration of nature and inspiration.

Set amid tropical gardens and sparkling pools at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the resort is infused with the revitalizing and soothing essence of water.  

Beyond the elegance and tranquility of The Setai lies the horizon-defining beaches and adult playground of South Beach. Our location allows you to craft your preferred blend of daytime relaxation and nighttime exploration.

Water, sand and spectacle. South Beach awaits your discovery.

The pools 


 At the gates of our property lie the white sand and turquoise waters of South Beach.

Whether you choose to spend your day by one of our three pools or at the beach in front of The Setai, our service will elevate your experience.

Available by the pools or on the beach, our day-beds allow you to linger by the water in complete comfort. Our full service includes towels, water, magazines and iPods for your use while you enjoy the sun. Select from our menu of light fare and refreshing beverages available from our pool-side restaurant. Our beach service also includes a range of jet skis for rent.

You can also enjoying refreshments in our courtyard, or in the dining pods, which are punctuated by water pools.

Surroundings

Coral Gables and Coconut Grove in Greater Miami are rich with historic sites, restaurants and shopping and make an ideal day excursion.

The world-renowned Everglades, located southwest of Miami is an intriguing eco-system that’s host to more than 45 variety of plants that grow nowhere else on Earth. As well, the Everglades are home to over 350 types of birds, 500 types of fish and dozens of reptiles and mammals.

The Keys are a string of low-lying islands that stretch about 200 miles from the southern tip of Florida’s mainland. From Key Largo, across the amazing seven-mile bridge to the storied Key West, which was home to Ernest Hemingway, this is a special part of the country that beguiles and delights.

Activities

Culture
  • Bass Museum of Art. Located next to The Setai, the Bass Museum is the only fine art museum on Miami Beach.
  • The Wolfsonian. This museum is built around the private collection of Mickey Wolfson and the works celebrate the decorative arts of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Jackie Gleason Theater. The home of the Jackie Gleason Show of the early 1970s, this celebrated building is now a performing arts theater.
  • Lincoln Road Theatre. An easy walk from The Setai, the Lincoln Road Theatre is home to the renowned New World Symphony.
  • Miami City Ballet. Founded in 1986, the Miami City Ballet has grown to be one of the largest, most acclaimed companies in the US.
  • Lowe Art Museum. Located in Coral Gables, this museum is now one of the largest in Florida. 

Shopping

Miami welcomes the shopper with varied choices in shops and locales. 

  • Lincoln Road. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of boutiques, brand name shops, bars and restaurants.
  • Bal Harbour shops. This area offers designer fashion and labels.
  • Village of Merrick Park. Located in Coral Gables, it offers a mixture of designer fashion and well known brand names.
  • Collins Avenue. Stretching the length of South Beach, Collins Avenue provides a wide range of shopping options, from boutiques to designer fashions
  • Coco Walk. Nestled in Coconut Grove, this village atmosphere offers a combination of fashion and dining options.

Outdoor Activities
Our Concierge will be delighted to arrange any of a host of outdoor activities for you.

  • Yacht rentals, including catered meals
  • World-class deep sea diving
  • Yoga and Tai Chi classes available through the spa
  • Golf and tennis
  • Parasailing
  • Boating
  • Snorkeling


Nightlife

When the sun goes down, South Beach comes to life. From bars to clubs and live music venues, Miami is ever-changing and never predictable. Speak with our Concierge to discover locations that best suit your tastes and interests.


Children’s Attractions
Miami has a host of activities available for our youngest guests.
  • Miami Children’s Museum. A place of wonder where pre-school-aged children can learn through play.
  • Jungle Island. This massive aviary is home to more than 3,000 parrots and over 500 other animals, including monkey and reptiles. Jungle Island also offers an exceptional 90-minute private VIP Tour.
  • The Museum of Science. Dedicated to bringing science to kids, it’s an ideal place for children to have a hands-on experience of the marvels of science.
  • Seaquarium. A marine-life rehabilitation center, this attraction offers whale and dolphin shows as well as many other exhibits.
  • Miami Metrozoo. A habitat-based zoo, in this extensive compound animals are grouped by their native continent and feeding demonstrations provide wonderful opportunities to see them.

 

Schilthorn and Piz Gloria

Schilthorn




The Schilthorn is a 2,970 metre high summit of the Bernese Alps, overlooking the valley of Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss canton of Bern. It is the highest mountain in the range lying north of the Sefinenfurgge. The Schilthorn lies above the village of Mürren, from where a cable car leads to its summit.
It has a panoramic view which spans from the Titlis, Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, over the Bernese Alps and the Jura mountains up to the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest. Mont Blanc is also just visible.

To get to the Schilthorn from the valley floor either of a series of cable cars must be taken. The cable cars begin in Stechelberg leaving to Gimmelwald and then onto Mürren. From Mürren another cable car is taken to Birg, which is the final change before the Schilthorn. this cable airway is the longest and was the most technically challenging airway to be built. The other way up is to take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and a train to Murren, from where the cable car must be taken. Between Birg and the summit, the cable car passes over Grauseeli, a small lake. It is also possible to hike to the peak, along the myriad of small, but well-marked paths to the top. The hike to the top takes roughly 5 hours from Gimmelwald for an experienced hiker.
There is a panoramic revolving restaurant, named Piz Gloria, at the summit, which is where the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service was set. A famous black ski run featured in the film starts at the summit and leads down to the Engetal below Birg. The restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees in 55 minutes.
After considering a number of locations, the stalled construction of the sports bar atop the Schilthorn was chosen when the film's producer financed the completion of the famous revolving platform for the right to use the facility for his next film, the first and only Bond film starring George Lazenby.
Quite a number of scenes in the film were photographed by cameraman, John Jordan, hanging below a speeding helicopter. Jordan had previously lost a foot to a helicopter rotor while filming the movie You Only Live Twice.
During the Winter the Schilthorn is the traditional start for the world longest down hill ski race the "Inferno" which started in 1928.
During the summer the Inferno Triathlon finishes at the summit after a run up from the Lauterbrunnen valley.

SCHILTHORN CABLEWAY LTD.Revolving restaurant Piz Gloria
CH-3825 Mürren
+41 33 856 21 56 (Tel.)
info(at)schilthorn.ch


Contact:
SCHILTHORN CABLEWAY LTD.Head Office
Höheweg 2, CH-3800 Interlaken
+41 33 82 60 007 (Tel.)
+41 33 82 60 009 (Fax)
info(at)schilthorn.ch

Piz Gloria


Piz Gloria is the name of the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. The cable car station and the restaurant were designed by the Bernese architect, Konrad Wolf. The Piz Gloria restaurant claims to be the world's first revolving restaurant, although others already existed, such as the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., which opened during the 1962 World's Fair

Given the difficult topographic and climatic conditions, construction units were prefabricated. The outer skin of the glass circular upper floor is of aluminium-skinned wooden panels, that originally was an aluminum-coated tent roof. The rotative mechanism — a 12m-diameter core with a 3.0m annulus that completely rotates the upper floor in approximately an hour — allows every guest to have a view. In 1990, the restaurant was enlarged to accommodate some 400 diners, while retaining its original architectural character.
The name Piz Gloria originated in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), wherein the hideout of the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is Piz Gloria, a mountain-top building containing an allergies investigation clinic. In the movie the location is implied as being near St Moritz where Romansh is still spoken, and "Piz" would be appropriate as the dialect name for peak. However the restaurant is actually located in the Bernese Oberland, where Romansh is not spoken and "piz" is not used.
The movie production team found the restaurant partly constructed, and financially contributed to its completion in return for exclusive use for filming the movie (released in 1969), where the building is shown quite prominently.
In the film, Bond's cover at the clinic is blown after he is caught seducing women, but he manages to escape the complex by skiing down the mountain sides despite the attempts of Blofeld and his men to kill him.
Afterwards, the restaurant retained the Piz Gloria name of the film location, and currently acknowledges the film's significant contribution to its commercial reputation; it features a James Bond exhibition, containing memorabilia and film clips, in the lower floor.
The world's highest revolving restaurant is now the Metro-Alpin restaurant at 3,500m (11,483ft.) at the top of the Saas-Fee lift system. The Piz Gloria is 2,970m (9,744ft.). Switzerland has a newer, third revolving restaurant, the Kuklos, above Leysin in canton Vaud.




Saturday, 23 June 2012

Wengen-Murren in Jungfrau Switzerland

Wengen-Murren




Wengen

Wengen is a village in the Bernese Oberland in the canton of Bern, located in central Switzerland at an elevation of 1274 m (4180 ft.) above sea level, and is part of the Jungfrauregion. Wengen has approximately 1,300 year-round residents. This number swells to 5,000 during summer and to 10,000 in the winter tourist season.

History

Wengen was first mentioned in official documents in 1268. The origin of the name is unknown.
Over the centuries Wengen has been visited by Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, as well as leaders of science, business, sports and mountaineering. Primarily an alpine farming community, the first tourists started to arrive in the mountain village during the early 19th century, when Felix Mendelssohn made it a tourist destination which was followed in the 1817 publication of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley's History of a Six Weeks' Tour and Byron's Manfred, in which the scenery of the area is described. This became the advent of the modern tourism industry for the village.

 The first ski races were held in the early 1920s with the British downhill championship held in 1921; the following year a ski race was held between Oxford and Cambridge.These events were the first to have downhill races as opposed to Nordic races, which were held in other Swiss resorts. In Wengen, skiers requested use of the train system for access to the slopes; for some years trains were the earliest ski-lifts in the area.Arnold Lunn used the natural terrain of the mountains for the courses; the downhill event followed the slopes above Wengen and was called the "straight down": skiers went straight down the mountain. Also during this period, Lunn invented, and introduced in Wengen, the first slalom race, in which skiers followed the terrain through the trees, replaced with ski gates in later years. These events are considered the birth of modern ski racing and Alpine skiing.


Transport

It is one of very few car-free resort villages in Europe, although there are a few service vehicles, local farm vehicles, electric vehicles for taxiing to and from the railway station. The only other resorts in the Alps to follow the restrictions on vehicles are Zermatt and Avoriaz, although for ecological reasons other resorts are considering following the examples of these resorts.

Wengen is serviced by the Rack railway system Wengernalpbahn (WAB), and the village is accessible directly from Lauterbrunnen, or by train from Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg, as well as by a series of gondola lifts from Grindelwald via Mannlichen. In Kleine Scheidegg, the mountain pass at the foot of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, passengers must disembark and change trains to travel down to Grindelwald and Grund. The rail service from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen railway station runs daily from early in the morning until very late at night and is the most intensively operated section of the Wengernalpbahn. There are approximately 40 services between Lauterbrunnen to Wengen every day. Each service may consist of up to 4 separate trains, running closely behind each other because during busy periods, the scheduled train can be followed by additional trains as necessary, optimizing capacity

The cable car Luftseilbahn Wengen-Männlichen operates seasonally. The view from the tram and from Mannlechin above, affords clear vistas of Wengen and much of Lauterbrunnen Valley and small villages.

Recreation

Wengen hosts the internationally well-known Lauberhorn ski races, and it is on the route of the Jungfrau Marathon.
Since 1930, the Lauberhorn ski races have been held in Wengen. The races traditionally consist of a downhill run, a slalom, and a combined event. In addition to being one of the technically most challenging downhill races, the Lauberhorn is the longest race in the FIS World Cup circuit and arguably the most scenic. The top racers complete the 4.455 m (2.77 mi.) run in about 2.5 minutes and the top speeds reached at Haneggschuss are the highest on the circuit.

Mürren



 Mürren is a traditional Walser mountain village in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,413 ft.) above sea level and unreachable by public road. Tourism is popular through the summer and winter; the village features a view of the three towering mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Mürren has a population of just 450, but has 2,000 hotel beds.

Transport

A series of four cable cars, known as the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn (LSMS), provides transportation from Mürren downhill to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg, and uphill to the summit of the Schilthorn and the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. This was a principal filming location for the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, released in 1969, in which Bond (George Lazenby) made his escape from the headquarters of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) and fled four of Blofeld's henchmen in a car driven by his girlfriend Tracy (Diana Rigg). There is an additional cable car that runs directly from Mürren to Stechelberg, but this is provided solely for the movement of freight. Mürren is also connected to Lauterbrunnen by the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren, which consists of a narrow gauge railway and a connecting aerial tramway. Mürren is also the lower terminus of the Allmendhubelbahn funicular.

 

Recreation

There are a total of 52 km (32 mi.) of ski runs with 14 ski lifts (6 cable cars, 7 chair lifts, 3 railways and 2 drag lifts). There is also off-piste skiing, but guiding is often needed and should be used. Although there is good skiing, a popular activity is sledding (sledging). There are many paths that are used for sledding including a route from Mürren to Gimmelwald (once in Gimmelwald, you can follow the short path through the village and take a cable-car back to Mürren) and from Gimmeln to Mürren that are used solely for hiking and sledding. The "bobrun" (which was a bobsleigh track) is also used for sledding and hiking but is also a well used ski run, often used by the ski school.

Hotels

There are quite a few hotels in Murren that include hotel Alpina, hotel Alpenruh, hotel Edelwiess, hotel Alpenblick, hotel Jungfrau, hotel Blumental, Eiger Guesthouse, Eiger Swiss Quality Hotel, Sportschalet, Hotel Jungfrau and Hotel Regina.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus (in Greek, Μαυσωλεῖον τῆς Ἁλικαρνασσοῦ) was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire, and Artemisia II of Caria, his wife and sister. The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.

The Mausoleum stood approximately 45 m (148 ft) in height, and each of the four sides was adorned with sculptural reliefs created by each one of four Greek sculptors — Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus. The finished structure of the mauloseum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The word mausoleum has now come to be used generically for grand tomb.



Location

In the city of Bodrum (f.k.a. Halicarnassus) on the Aegean Sea, in south-west Turkey.

Description

The structure was rectangular in plan, with base dimensions of about 40 m (120 ft) by 30 m (100 ft). Overlying the foundation was a stepped podium which sides were decorated with statues. The burial chamber and the sarcophagus of white alabaster decorated with gold were located on the podium and surrounded by Ionic columns. The colonnade supported a pyramid roof which was in turn decorated with statues. A statue of a chariot pulled by four horses adorned the top of the tomb.

The total height of the Mausoleum was 45 m (140 ft). This is broken down into 20 m (60 ft) for the stepped podium, 12 m (38 ft) for the colonnade, 7 m (22 ft) for the pyramid, and 6 m (20 ft) for the chariot statue at the top.

The beauty of the Mausoleum is not only in the structure itself, but in the decorations and statues that adorned the outside at different levels on the podium and the roof. These were tens of life-size as well as under and over life-size free-standing statues of people, lions, horses, and other animals. The statues were carved by four Greek sculptors: Bryaxis, Leochares, Scopas, and Timotheus, each responsible for one side. Because the statues were of people and animals, the Mausoleum holds a special place in history as it was not dedicated to the gods of Ancient Greece.

Since the nineteenth century, archeological excavations have been undertaken at the Mausoleum site. These excavations together with detailed descriptions by ancient historians give us a fairly good idea about the shape and appearance of the Mausoleum. A modern reconstruction of the shorter side of the Mausoleum illustrates the lavish nature of the art and architecture of the building... a building for a King whose name is celebrated in all large tombs today -- mausoleums.

INSIDE OF Mausoleum







Construction of the Mausoleum

Artemisia spared no expense in building the tomb. She sent messengers to Greece to find the most talented artists of the time. These included Scopas, the man who had supervised the rebuilding of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus. The famous sculptors were (in the Vitruvius order) Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas and Timotheus, as well as hundreds of other craftsmen.
The tomb was erected on a hill overlooking the city. The whole structure sat in an enclosed courtyard. At the center of the courtyard was a stone platform on which the tomb sat. A stairway flanked by stone lions led to the top of the platform, which bore along its outer walls many statues of gods and goddess. At each corner, stone warriors mounted on horseback guarded the tomb. At the center of the platform, the marble tomb rose as a square tapering block to one-third of the Mausoleum's 45 m (148 ft) height. This section was covered with bas-reliefs showing action scenes, including the battle of the centaurs with the lapiths and Greeks in combat with the Amazons, a race of warrior women.

Discovery and excavation

In the 19th century a British consul obtained several of the statues from the castle, which now reside in the British Museum. In 1852 the British Museum sent the archaeologist Charles Thomas Newton to search for more remains of the Mausoleum. He had a difficult job. He didn't know the exact location of the tomb, and the cost of buying up all the small parcels of land in the area to look for it would have been astronomical. Instead Newton studied the accounts of ancient writers like Pliny to obtain the approximate size and location of the memorial, then bought a plot of land in the most likely location. Digging down, Newton explored the surrounding area through tunnels he dug under the surrounding plots. He was able to locate some walls, a staircase, and finally three of the corners of the foundation. With this knowledge, Newton was able to determine which plots of land he needed to buy.
Newton then excavated the site and found sections of the reliefs that decorated the wall of the building and portions of the stepped roof. Also discovered was a broken stone chariot wheel some 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in diameter, which came from the sculpture on the Mausoleum's roof. Finally, he found the statues of Mausolus and Artemisia that had stood at the pinnacle of the building. In October 1857 Newton carried blocks of marble from this site by the HMS Supply and landed them in Malta. These blocks were used for the construction of a new dock in Malta for the Royal Navy. Today this dock is known at Dock No. 1 in Cospicua, but the building blocks are hidden from view, submerged in Dockyard Creek in the Grand Harbour.
From 1966 to 1977, the Mausoleum was thoroughly researched by Prof. Kristian Jeppesen of Aarhus University, Denmark. He has produced a six-volume monograph, The Maussolleion at Halikarnassos.
The beauty of the Mausoleum was not only in the structure itself, but in the decorations and statues that adorned the outside at different levels on the podium and the roof: statues of people, lions, horses, and other animals in varying scales. The four Greek sculptors who carved the statues: Bryaxis, Leochares, Scopas and Timotheus were each responsible for one side. Because the statues were of people and animals, the Mausoleum holds a special place in history, as it was not dedicated to the gods of Ancient Greece.
Today, the massive castle of the Knights of Malta still stands in Bodrum, and the polished stone and marble blocks of the Mausoleum can be spotted built into the walls of the structure. At the site of the Mausoleum, only the foundation remains, and a small museum. Some of the surviving sculptures at the British Museum include fragments of statues and many slabs of the frieze showing the battle between the Greeks and the Amazons. There the images of Mausolus and his queen forever watch over the few broken remains of the beautiful tomb she built for him.



Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro
 environs de wengen painting


Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 metres (31 ft) pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tonnes (625 long,700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.

History

The statue was struck by lightning during a violent electrical storm on Sunday, February 10, 2008 and suffered some damage on the fingers, head and eyebrows. A restoration effort was put in place by the Rio de Janeiro state government and archdiocese to replace some of the outer soapstone layers and repair the lightning rods installed on the statue.

On April 15, 2010 graffiti was sprayed on the statue's head and right arm. Mayor Eduardo Paes called the act "a crime against the nation" and vowed to jail the vandals, even offering a reward of R$ 10,000 for any information that might lead to an arrest. The Military Police eventually identified house painter Paulo Souza dos Santos as the suspect of the act of vandalism.



Restoration

Declared a protected monument by the National Heritage Institute, IPHAN, in 2009, the Christ the Redeemer monument underwent restoration work in 1980 before the visit of Germano Wallerstein.
In 1990, further restoration work was conducted through an agreement between the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, media company Rede Globo, oil company Shell do Brasil, environment regulator IBAMA, National Heritage Secretariat SPHAN and the city government of Rio de Janeiro.

More work on the statue and its environs was conducted in 2003 and early 2010. In 2003, a set of escalators, walkways and elevators was installed to facilitate access to the platform surrounding the statue. The four-month restoration in 2010, carried out by mining company Vale in partnership with the Archdiocese,[citation needed] focused on the statue itself. The statue's internal structure was renovated and its soapstone mosaic covering was restored by removing a crust of fungi and other microorganisms and repairing small cracks. The lightning rods located in the statue’s head and arms were also repaired. New lighting fixtures would be installed at the root of the statue to produce an all new dynamic lighting effect on the statue.

The restoration involved one hundred people and used in excess of 60,000 pieces of stone, taken from the same quarry as the original statue. During the unveiling of the restored statue, it was illuminated with green and yellow lighting in support of the Brazil national football team playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Maintenance work needs to be conducted periodically due to the strong winds and rain to which the statue is exposed.

How to get there

By train – The most popular access to Christ is located at Rua Cosme Velho, number 513, and can go up by train every day between 8:30am and 6:30pm. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs R$ 30.00 for adults (round trip) and R$ 15.00 for children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 years old don’t pay to get in and seniors over 60 years old pay half ( Wednesday and Thursday). The train travels into the Corcovado railway, inaugurated by Emperor Dom Pedro II in 1884. On the way up it’s possible to appreciate the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world.
Subway to the Cosme Velho station – Exit on Largo do Machado subway station and catch the bus 584A, which leaves in front of the Cosme Velho Station.
Bus to Cosme Velho Station – Take the 422 or 498 bus lines at Praça XV square in city center and get out in front of Igreja Sao Judas (St. Jude Church).
By car – Take Cosme Velho street then Ladeira dos Guararapes street. Then eturn right on Conselheiro Lampréia street. From there, already in the Paineiras Road, follow the signs. You pay R$ 5.00 more per person, plus R$ 5.00 for the car. But beware: At weekends and holidays it is congested. There is another option, park your vehicle in Paineiras and walk for about 8000ft uphill.
When you are up there – There are 3 panoramic elevators. Access is through an area that serves both visitors arriving by car and arriving at the train platform. There are also 4 escalators.


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Friday, 15 June 2012

Quay Grand Suites Sydney

Quay Grand Suites Hotel

61 Macquarie Street,
Circular Quay
Sydney
NSW 2000 
With stunning suites, designed to take maximum advantage of Sydney's spectacular views, Quay Grand Suites Sydney is situated on the eastern shore of Circular Quay and offers guests an exceptional Sydney hotel experience - all-suite accommodation combined with superb five-star hotel service.
Each Quay Grand suite comprises of a spacious lounge/dining room, a choice of one or two bedrooms, a stylish, fully appointed bathroom with spa, meticulously equipped gourmet kitchen with integrated laundry and private balcony.

The guest services at the Quay Grand Suites Sydney include 24 hour in-suite dining, daily housekeeping service, 24 hour Reception and Concierge, valet grocery, shopping, dry cleaning and laundry services, undercover valet security car parking and complimentary daily newspaper.

Enjoy the culinary delights at our restaurant - the Quadrant Restaurant - which boasts spectacular views to Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour and features contemporary Australian cuisine, with Mediterranean and Asian flavours. Alternatively, why not enjoy a drink at the ECQ Bar, located on the mezzanine level, providing guests with the city's most talked-about views of Sydney Harbour, the Bridge and Circular Quay.
Exceptional Sydney accommodation to make your next visit to Sydney and enjoyable and memorable one.




Nearby Attractions

Sydney Opera House
Circular Quay
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney shopping, dining and nightlife
The Rocks

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    Sydney Harbour Accommodation

    Sydney Harbour hotel accommodation situated at Circular Quay. Quay Grand Suites Sydney provides luxury apartment-style Sydney Harbour hotel accommodation.
    Superbly located, close to:

    • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Sydney Opera House
    • Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Sydney CBD
    • Sydney's shopping precinct
    • Circular Quay Ferry Terminal
    • Circular Quay City train station 
    Quay Grand Suites Sydney has been named the South Pacific's Best Luxury Hotel in the TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice Awards and also voted one of the top 5 Luxury Hotels of the World.

    Circular Quay Accommodation
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    Circular Quay Hotel Accommodation

    With apartment-style Circular Quay accommodation, Quay Grand Suites Sydney offers a luxury Sydney hotel experience.
    Quay Grand Suites Sydney provides both al-a-carte and casual dining options as well as in-suite dining and valet grocery services, 24-hr reception and concierge, an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and enclosed deck overlooking Sydney Harbour.
    Quay Grand Suites Sydney boasts fully-equipped suites, each with unique features and views of Sydney.

    • Garden View one & two bedroom apartments looking towards the Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Harbour View one & two bedroom apartments with spectacular views over Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay
    All rooms include:

    • Separate lounge and dining areas
    • King size bed in bedroom and spa bath in bathroom
    • Opening windows and private furnished balconies
    • Fully equipped gourmet kitchen and integrated laundry
    • Flat screen television, DVD player, CD stereo and in-house movies available. Second flat screen television in the bedroom
    • Luxuriously appointed bathroom with spa bath
    • Work desk, wireless internet and in-suite safe



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    Activities in Sydney

    Providing Sydney Harbour accommodation, Quay Grand Suites Sydney is ideally situated to explore Sydney's major events and activities including:

    • New Years Eve fireworks display
    • Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
    • Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race  
    • Sydney Film Festival
    • The Rocks Markets
    • Sydney Good Food Month
    • Australia Day celebrations and Air Show
    Multiple sporting events occur throughout the year at the Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium. Sydney Harbour is always full of life with various boat races.

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    Circular Quay Dining

    Located within Quay Grand Suites Sydney at Circular Quay, Quadrant Restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience with spectacular views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    The newly refurbished ECQ Bar offers a stylish and cosmopolitan look in a sophisticated environment. Combined with a fabulous new menu and delicious cocktails, live entertainment and regular special events, ECQ is the ultimate place to be seen on weekends. 

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    Distinctively Different Sydney Fine Dining


    Quadrant Restaurant

    Exceptional dining commands an exceptional location; Quadrant is the ideal waterfront restaurant in Sydney.
    With impressive floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking Sydney's magical harbour, you are guaranteed the best food and views in town at the acclaimed Quadrant Restaurant at Quay Grand Suites Sydney.
    Situated on the edge of bustling East Circular Quay, this Sydney Harbourside Restaurant provides an exceptional Sydney fine dining experience, spectacular views and attentive, yet unobtrusive service.
    Our Executive Chef provides a distinctive Australian style menu which features a range of influences including Mediterranean, Asian and French. Boasting a flexible menu that alters regularly and includes daily specials based on Sydney's wonderful climate and the availability of seasonal produce ensure your dining experience is a delight.
    Quadrant also offers a unique venue for that special occasion, wedding or exclusive event
    The boardroom located on level 2, opposite Quadrant is ideal for private dining for up to 14 guests, offering the same signature service, views over Circular Quay and menus customised to suit.
    For larger exclusive events or weddings, this waterfront restaurant Sydney offers a unique venue for up to 65 guests.
    Enjoy fine Sydney dining in fine surrounds with an inspiring dinner menu or pre-theatre supper, available Monday to Saturday. 

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