Edinburgh & London Report

I visited Edinburgh and London this past November and here is my report, in photos. The hotels stayed in were The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, a grande dame set above the railway station in Edinburgh.  And in London, another Rocco Forte hotel, Brown’s Hotel, a classic central Mayfair establishment which has been around longer than any of us.

I flew over in Delta’s quite nice Business Class, Delta One, and back in Upper Class with  Virgin Atlantic.

 

 

Edinburgh and London
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British Airways Oakland to London

Friends and Clients…   Did you know?  Incredible introductory fare, too.  Give me a call,

Josh

New BA route from Oakland plus special business class fare

British Airways will fly from Oakland (OAK), California to London Gatwick from
March 28, 2017.

The city across the bay from San Francisco will be served year round by a 3-cabin B777 to London Gatwick. During the summer season the frequency will be four times per week, reducing to 3 times per week for the winter. BA2278 will depart OAK at 3:05pm and arrive in LGW the following day at 9:25am. BA2279 will depart LGW at 10:20am and arrive OAK at 1:15pm.

Special business class fare from Oakland (OAK) to London Gatwick

Your clients can enjoy an exceptional business class fare from Oakland, California, to London for travel from March 28, 2017, to August 29, 2017. Hurry, offer ends November 14, 2016.

Business class fares from Oakland to London starting from just $2350* round trip withseven day minimum stay.

Learn more about the Club World experience on British Airways.

Hurry and call your clients as they only have until Monday, November 14, 2015, to book this exceptional offer. Fare basis INX9D3T3/INW9D3T3 and booking class is I.

Please refer to JOSH for more details on fares including terms and conditions.

*Fare is for midweek travel and does not include taxes, fees or carrier charges.

 

 

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.  To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

 

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Top Boutique Hotels |London Paris Madrid Barcelona

Dear Clients & Friends,

This is Part Two of my European update for information helpful in your European vacation planning for 2016. It’s brought to us by a top hotel and local agency rep of mine.

This blog includes some of the best suggestions for small hotels, luxury estates and manor homes.  See our other blog for special events happening through 2016 in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain & More.

For customized luxury vacation planning, including stays at these hotels and more, contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel.
CAMERON HOUSE on Loch Lomond (Scotland)

Cameron House stands in a stunning position on the shores of Loch Lomond just 45-minutes’ drive north of the city of Glasgow. This is a charming Scottish country house that has developed into an important Scottish golf resort, spa and sailing and yachting center. The house has maintained its Scottish-manor feel, with a cozy restaurant and bar and lots of tartan. The spa is state-of-the-art and has glorious views of the Loch. The 18-hole Carrick golf course has views of the Loch throughout, from the “high road” to the “low road.” Peppered with bunkers, the course incorporates one of the greatest water hazards in golfing experience—the great Loch itself! Rooms are very spacious, some with four-poster beds. Many bathrooms have walk-in showers, and most have views of Loch Lomond. This is a perfect place to start or end a tour of the Highlands; Inveraray Castle and Glencoe are just to the north.

 

THE PRINCIPAL MADRID (Madrid)

The Principal in Madrid has the air of a private English club, and the location, at the lower end of the Gran Via just a short walk from the Prada Museum and many restaurants, is one of the best in Madrid. The hotel’s public spaces are located on the sixth and seventh floor. Reception is on the sixth floor, and is the “private club” part of the hotel. It is very tastefully decorated, with comfortable corners and bars and private terraces for lunch looking onto the Gran Via and Madrid. In the summer, the seventh floor terrace comes into its own, with different areas for dining and enjoying a drink or having lunch under colorful umbrellas. This floor is open to the public and locals come up here to enjoy a drink after work. There is also an area reserved exclusively for guests of the hotel, with sun beds, a cooling fountain and showers. Bedrooms are on floors two through five, and are well thought out and very quiet, with triple sound insulation on the windows. Some bathrooms have walk-in showers, and many of the rooms, including junior suites and suites, provide unique panoramic views down the Gran Via. This hotel is a sister hotel to the Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona and the Hotel Unico in Madrid and is overseen by the same management.

 

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, FRANCE & SPAIN

London:
CHARLOTTE STREET – a Firmdale hotel on a lovely street full of restaurants.
COVENT GARDEN HOTEL – Firmdale’s most popular, with 65% repeat business.
DORSET SQUARE – Firmdale – great value and good for single ladies.
HAM YARD HOTEL – The newest Firmdale hotel in London. Amazing buzz!
HAYMARKET HOTEL – Firmdale – great for families. A fabulous pool.
THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE HOTEL – Firmdale -around the corner from Harrods.
NUMBER SIXTEEN – Firmdale in South Kensington with a gorgeous garden.
THE SOHO HOTEL – Firmdale – where the stars stay in the heart of Soho.
THE CAPITAL HOTEL – Next door to Harrods with a Michelin star restaurant.
THE LEVIN HOTEL – Sister to The Capital and a great bargain next to Harrods.
THE STAFFORD HOTEL – Stuart Procter is back in charge!

English countryside:
HAMBLETON HALL, Rutland Water – English country elegance on a beautiful lake.
LUCKNAM PARK, Bath – grand country-house style, cooking school, spa and horses.

Scotland:
CAMERON HOUSE (NEW) See above
CULLODEN HOUSE, Inverness – Highlands, battlefields, cashmere and Outlander!
KILLIECRANKIE, Pitlochry – Henrietta Fergusson hosts at this private hotel gem.
RUFFLETS COUTRY HOUSE, St. Andrews – the place for golf!

Paris:
PAVILLON DE LA REINE – Elegance in the Place des Vosges/heart of the Marais.
HOTEL PONT ROYAL, 7th – the hotel has undergone soft refurbishment in 2015.
HOTEL SAN REGIS, Right Bank – beautifully refurbished family-run hotel.
RENAISSANCE LE PARC, Right Bank – gorgeous garden and quiet location.
RENAISSANCE VENDOME, Right Bank – great location near the Louvre Museum.
VICTORIA PALACE HOTEL, 6th – comfortable, friendly hotel – good for families.

Spain:
ABAC RESTAURANT & HOTEL, Barcelona – Two-Michelin star restaurant – star chef.
GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL, Barcelona – Pool on roof – central and great for families.
HOTEL NERI, Barcelona – in the heart of the Gothic Quarter – attractive and unique.
HOTEL ORFILA, Madrid – classic European-style family-run hotel with great service.
HOTEL UNICO, Madrid – in fancy neighborhood with a two-Michelin star restaurant.
THE PRINCIPAL MADRID (NEW)– See above
CORRAL DEL REY, Seville – chic four-star hotel in the old quarter.
HACIENDA DE SAN RAFAEL, near Seville – Attractive Spanish country house.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
facebook  twitter  flickr  you tube
four seasons preferred partner

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

 

Virtuoso Travel Mart 2010 | Report from Bellagio

Every year for the last 20 something, the world’s top travel advisors have met annually with representatives of 5 star hotels, lodges, cruise lines and local speciality travel companies around the world. I attended this year’s event which just ended Thursday evening at Bellagio & Aria in Las Vegas.

Advisors and suppliers learn from each other and pass on their new learning to clients and/or to improve their products and services. All are members of Virtuoso, a by invitation only marketing group representing the creme de la creme of the travel industry. And quite a group it is.

But I think even more important, for me as a luxury travel advisor, is the one to one connection with these suppliers. Personalized luxury travel is different from mass market travel. If Joe Traveler books a one week Mexico package at a 3 star, or even a 5 star resort, they’re just another body filling a bed. Granted, the experience at a 5 star resort will be better, but nonetheless, there’s no personal connection between the traveler and the resort’s management.

However, when I meet a supplier at Travel Mart, or in my office, or at their hotel, and I get to know them, and they me — then that degree of separation from this traveler (my client) to the supplier is closed.

Meet some of my travel partners and see what I mean:

Guillaume
Take Guillaume from the Connaught Hotel in London. The Connaught is a traditional English hotel, recently refurbished, and a sister property to Claridge’s and the Berkeley. I met Guillaume a year ago when I was invited to stay at Claridge’s where he was the Food and Beverage manager. Now he’s the #2, or the Hotel Manager, at the Connaught. I can guarantee anybody booking that hotel with me that Guillaume will assure them a very memorable stay there. If on business, he’ll make sure his staff has simplified all necessary arrangements for a productive visit. And if for leisure, he’ll be sure theater tickets, restaurant reservations, guides and the like are handled beyond the guests expectations. Sure, Guillaume is a great guy, but the one-to-one cannot be underestimated.

Maita
Maita owns a local travel company in Argentina and arranges the most amazing customized luxury vacations of her home country (and neighboring ones) you can imagine. She’s put together 1) a 3 week vacation for a single adventure traveler who wanted to hike glaciers, explore Iguazu beyond the norm and climb mountains, 2) a 10 day customized & escorted tour of Chile and Argentina for a California winery club focusing on gourmet dining (in the Andes no less) and wine tastings and 3) a pre-cruise exploration of Buenos Aires with tango lessons, private guides and a day at an Estancia.

David
David is an Englishman now living in Hong Kong and owns, like Maita, a small company focused on providing the visitor to HK or China with a visit they’ll always fondly remember. He’s arranged pre and post cruise stays for my clients in Beijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong. But beyond the usual, because my clients have already been to these places before, he suggests places and activities (i.e. Jewish Shanghai, Hangzhou, Lamma), and the latest hotels. Do you know the Upper House on Hong Kong Island?

Christophe, Aiko, Peter & the Dorchester Collection
Christophe is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Le Meurice in Paris. It’s one of the the hotels in Paris, along with their sister property, Plaza Athenee (you can meet Peter there). They also own the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan (Antonio), and of course their namesake, The Dorchester in London (Louise), and several more in the UK and USA. Kings, queens and my clients love these hotels. And so did Carrie Bradshaw for a few days. And I can guarantee that this team of amazing hotel professionals will do whatever it takes to ensure that your stay in their hotel, and in their city will be perfect. A Virtuoso saying — it’s the power of one to one.