200-YEAR-OLD PRADO MUSEUM completed a $202.6 million
restoration of the 17th century cloister of the monastery of San
Jeronimo el Real. The improvements, which also include galleries
for temporary exhibitions, increased the museum's space by 50%. The
167,023 square feet of additional space includes an underground
area that connects the new building to the original Villanueva
structure. The official inauguration will be in October. For museum
information, visit http://museoprado.mcu.es/home.html.
AIRPORT SCHIPHOL was awarded Europe's Best Airport Award
2007 by the Airports Council International. The prize was awarded
in the category of airports with annual passenger numbers exceeding
25 million. Schiphol served 46.1 million passengers and handled
more than 1.5 million tons of cargo in 2006, ranking as Europe's
fourth-largest passenger and third-largest cargo airport. Airports
were judged on retail, security, facilities, community
relationship, environmental awareness and service.
HOTELS AND RESORTS BRAND will enter the U.K. with the
reflagging of The Conrad London, the five-star, all-suite hotel of
Hilton Hotels Corp. The property will become the Wyndham
London-Chelsea Harbour. A Wyndham Hotel Group International
subsidiary, Chelsea Harbour Management, will operate the 160-unit
hotel under a 20-year agreement with the owner, Blue Harbour 2, a
privately held entity in the U.K.
EUROPE is debuting scooter-rental service in France and
Italy that will enable visitors to do their exploring like the
locals do. Italian Vespas are available for rent in Rome, Venice,
Milan and Florence, while Yamaha YP 125 Majesty scooters are
available in Paris, Marseille, Nice and Cannes. In addition to
saving money on gas, the company is touting the benefits of
sidewalk parking and ease of maneuvering in high-traffic locations.
To book, see www.autoeurope.com/scooters.cfm.
RIVERSIDE HOTEL HAMBURG, a four-star property set to open
Nov. 1, is accepting reservations. All 328 rooms, which were
designed by British architect David Chipperfield, will offer views
of the city of Hamburg, the harbor or the River Elbe. The hotel
will also feature a rooftop bar called 20up, located on the 20th
floor and dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows. For details, go to
Editor: Felicity Long
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