Hotel Gift Shops 2.0

May 18th, 2022

These hotels are bringing their gift shops to the next level


Instead of the requisite trinkets that often fill hotel gift shops, these next generation gift shops at hotels are filled with locally made pieces that are of-the-place, and things you would actually seek out.


Dromoland Castle’s new Charlotte & Co. boutique, Ireland

Dromoland Castle just opened Charlotte & Co on May 2, a boutique celebrating Irish artisans and giving visitors a one-stop shop to pick up an authentic, Irish-made item to remember their trip. The boutique features a collection of Irish contemporary design comprising chunky, hand knit Colin Burke sweaters that reimagine traditional motifs; homewares by KOPPER KREATION made with reclaimed copper, steel, and brass; handmade perfumes made in and inspired by The Burren national park from Burren Perfumery; super chic freeform architectural modeling kits from ARCKIT (think Lego goes high design); and several other proudly Irish makers. While only in-person right now, the shop will go online (and will ship internationally) starting in June 2022.

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The Doyle Collection Hotel Group Awarded with Green Tourism Gold Award

May 16th, 2022

The Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. and The Kensington, London are the latest properties in The Doyle Collection Hotel Group to receive full Gold Status accreditation from Green Tourism. The Dupont Circle remains the first hotel to achieve this highest accolade from Green Tourism in the United States, setting it apart in the luxury market.


May 2022The Doyle Collection, an Irish family-owned luxury hotel group with eight hotels located in Ireland, tThe UK and the USA, will now hold full Gold Status across all properties and Head Office for its exceptional environmentally friendly practices and conscious consumer ethos. The group is committed to ensuring that it operates in an ethical, socially conscious and sustainable manner. Each of the hotels are actively continuing to make climate positive changes throughout every touch point of the business, to achieve its sustainability mission.


Founded in Scotland in 1997, Green Tourism currently boasts 2500+ members and operates in 20 countries worldwide. They endeavor to assist businesses in reducing their environmental impact through a world-leading sustainability standard, endorsing an overarching vision to care for our planet.


Based on three fundamental pillars – People, Places and our Planet – the Green Tourism Assessment criteria considers 70 indicators across 15 sustainability goals which include: carbon, waste, water, biodiversity, local produce and products, ethical purchasing, health and wellbeing, equality and inclusivity, culture and heritage, active travel and community giving, all of which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Its awards certification program shines a light on the commitment of tourism businesses and industries actively working towards becoming more sustainable and recognized worldwide as indicators of environmentally friendly operations.


Bernie Gallagher, Chairman of The Doyle Collection states: “We are truly delighted to receive this accolade across the entire portfolio of The Doyle Collection hotels, alongside our head office in Dublin. The recognition of Gold Status is a true testament to the ongoing hard work we continue to put into striving to become more climate conscious in every possible facet of our business. We are on a committed journey to constantly improve the way in which we operate in an effort to safe guard our planet for future generations.”


Green Tourism CEO, Andrea Nicholas, remarked: “The investment and support from The Doyle Collection in incorporating sustainability into day-to-day operations and standards has been impressive and an excellent example of corporate commitment.  This along with the dedication, hard work and creativity of the on-site teams at all the hotels has been central to them achieving the highest standard Gold Awards. What is particularly impressive is the success of The Dupont Circle which can be credited with achieving a number of firsts; it being the first hotel in America to become a member of Green Tourism, and the first to be certified with a Gold Award.”



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About The Doyle Collection

At the heart of our business is a warmth of service that stems from our family ownership, imbuing our properties with the familiarity and intimacy of a private home. Each of our eight hotels – landmark buildings in unrivalled city locations, has its own distinct personality that is rooted in, and authentic to, its neighborhood. Innovation and ongoing investment ensure a boutique, cosmopolitan yet local feel – as seen in our cool destination restaurants, bars, and event spaces – while our heritage lends character to our vision of informal luxury, timeless style, and the very best guest experience. |

About Green Tourism

Green Tourism is a world leading sustainability standard, influencing and advising tourism and hospitality businesses. Its awards are globally acknowledged as an indicator of environmentally friendly best practice. Founded in Perthshire, Scotland in 1997, Green Tourism now has 2500+ members and our reach extends to 20 different countries worldwide. Based on the three pillars of caring for People, Places and our Planet the Green Tourism Assessment criteria covers over 70 indicators across 15 sustainability goals including Carbon, Waste, Water, Biodiversity, Local Produce and Products, Ethical Purchasing, Health & Wellbeing, Equality and Inclusivity, Culture and Heritage, Active Travel and Community Giving.  All the criteria are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Japan plans to open borders in June

May 13th, 2022

With the announcement this week that Japan plans to open to tourists shortly (after more than two years), all eyes will be on the island nation. Interest in Japan has only grown – according to Virtuoso (luxury travel agency network with more than 20,000 travel advisors across 50 countries and annual sales between $25-30 billion), leading up to last summer’s Olympics, Japan was the #3 destination American travelers were dreaming about visiting.


Park Hyatt Tokyo floats over the city at the top of a 53-story building with views across the metropolis and all the way to Mount Fuji in the distance. Immortalized by Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Coppola in Lost in Translation, the hotel is still a must-see for visitors to Tokyo.


For when travelers are ready to visit, here are some reasons and fun facts why Park Hyatt Tokyo should be on the itinerary.

  • New York Grill serves 3% of the world’s wagyu beef.
    • Launching this summer at New York Grill is “Olive-fed Wagyu Beef,” a premium Sanuki beef. The cattle are raised on a farm where olives are grown. Frist, olives are pressed for oil, then the leftovers are fed to the cattle who then in turn fertilize the olive trees. Nothing goes to waste in the cycle. At New York Grill, Chef Paul Gajewski serves the rich, buttery, supremely marbled meat with a its high oleic content which improves the tenderness and umami flavor. In conjunction, cocktails and snacks featuring local olives will also be prepared at New York Bar. This is running from July 6-August 31.
  • New York Bar has live jazz nightly and its Japanese Whisky flight is a must-try, tracing the history of Japanese whisky and its evolution.
  • Guests can participate in the bi-weekly Goodnight Sleep Stretch, a complimentary 30-minute program designed to prepare the body for restful sleep through stretches and breathing exercises.
  • Sankt Gallen – Japan’s pioneering craft brewery – partners with the hotel every summer to create the Park Brewery Ale, hopped with 20 aromatics.
  • The 65-foot pool sits in a glassed-in tower atop the sky with views over the city.


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