Ritz-Carlton is among the top luxury-hotel brands worldwide. With more than 70 properties and plans in place to increase locations, the reach of the distinguished hotelier expands yearly. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., and the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center, are two of the properties slated for opening in fall 2009.
The status of the luxury-hotel franchise as a leader in the hospitality industry is a matter of record, as numerous Ritz-Carlton destinations have received AAA Five and Four Star awards and Mobil Four and Five Star citations as well for both hotels and restaurants. Travel and Leisure Magazine has the storied franchise on its "500 Greatest Hotels in the World" list, and it appears perennially on Conde Nast Traveler's coveted Gold List.
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Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Is there any better way to do NYC than the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park? This midtown Manhattan luxury enclave offers spectacular views of Central Park and is centrally located to all the wondrous sights and spectacles that make New York so enchanting. The hotel features 47 opulent suites in its mix of 259 lavish guestrooms.
The hotel's La Prairie spa is the perfect antidote for a heaping dose of relaxation and rejuvenation, with its six enthralling treatment rooms, including a wet room and separate steam rooms for men and women. This is the first U.S. based location for the renowned
The BLT Market is a gastronomical fete for the palate with the mouth-watering offerings served up by celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel. The Bistro Laurent Tourondel keeps many guests on the premises for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
Going from the right to the left, or East Coast to West Coast, the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, puts visitors on one of the most desirable beachfronts of the continental USA. All guestrooms offer a sensational view of either the marina the ocean or both. The Ritz-Carlton Suites on the top floor offer more than 1,300 square feet of living space. The onsite full spa has eight treatment rooms, including a massage suite for couples, plus a cardio and weigh-lifting area that overlooks a waterfront swimming pool.
Located between Venice Beach and Playa del Rey, its proximity from Los Angeles makes it appealing in more ways than one. It is close enough for easy access to "LA-LA land" yet sufficiently distanced to escape the madness of the buzzing metropolis. Did you know that the largest manmade harbor in the world is in Marina del Rey?
Beyond the Glitz of the "Ritz"
The Ritz-Carlton's pedigree in providing the finest in luxury-hotel accommodations goes back to 1927. As a corporate citizen, the organization also takes great pride in its social and environmental initiatives through its Community Footprints outreach program. Since its inception in 1983, employees have given more than 40,000 hours of service to numerous charities and causes, while the entity has donated more than $7.4 million toward environmental issues, disadvantaged children, and hunger and poverty relief.
It is Ritz-Carlton's commitment to being an all-encompassing force for the betterment of mankind that has made it such a global success story.
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