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Thursday, January 27, 2011

10 Unique Hotel Concept

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

These 10 hotel concepts are all unique in their own ways, each of them offering the guests a splendid and unique getaway experience that is pretty far from the norm, and one that it would be very hard to forget.


Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

The cave was originally inhabited by the Christian monks in the Byzantine era for more than 5,000 years. The volcanic rock insulates the cave, keeping the temperature naturally comfortable. Opened in 1999, the restored cave hotel has a total of 18 rooms at around $100 – $150 per night.

Kokopelli’s Cave, New Mexico, USA

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is actually a privately owned luxury cliff dwelling in Farmington, New Mexico. The one bedroom cave home is carved from a 65 million year old sandstone formation. For about $280 per night, not only you will get a “living-in-cave” experience but also a superb view of the La Plata River as well as La Plata and San Juan mountains.

Woodpecker Hotel, Vasteras, Sweden

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is a tree house built on a 130 year old oak tree located in the Vaserparken park. At 13 meters above ground, the only access to the tree house is by a rope ladder. The tree house was built by a Swedish artist, Mikael Genberg. Even though small, the tree house is furnished with all the basic amenities. As this is the only tree house in that area, early booking is necessary and expect to pay around $300 per night.

Green Magic Tree Houses, Kerala, India

>10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is a tree house built on a tropical rainforest tree at around 100 feet high above the ground. The only access to the tree house is via a hanging bridge. As the tree houses are located in a protected rainforest, they are all eco-friendly and use alternative energy to keep running. There are four double rooms in two tree houses. Costing around $250-$300 per night, each room is equipped with a bathroom and telephone.

3. ICE

Ice Hotel, Sweden

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

Ice Hotel of Sweden is the original and the world’s first ice hotel made of 6,000 square feet of ice and snow. This hotel only exists from December to April every year since 1990. At an average temperature of about 17 degrees Fahrenheit, the hotel beds are also specially made of ice and snow, topped with a couple of layers of reindeer skins with a thermal sleeping bed for the guests to sleep. The hotel charges around $200 per night. It has 80 rooms including suites, a church and a bar called the Absolute Icebar.

Alta Igloo Hotel, Norway

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This hotel is made of snow and ice, measuring about 2,000 square meters. The hotel is decorated with ice sculptures depending on the theme set each year, for instance, Viking myth (2004), Norwegian fairytales (2005) and wild animals (2006). The temperature in the igloo remains between minus 4 and minus 7 degrees Celsius. To ensure comfort of the guests, the bed is made up of reindeer hide mattresses and a thermal sleeping bag. The hotel has 30 rooms which cost around $250-$300 per night.

Al Maha Desert Resort, United Arab Emirates

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This luxurious hotel has received world recognition for its architecture which comprises 40 Bedouin-tent shaped villas and two suites. The resort has a full spa complex with a large pool and gym. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, a giant bed and a luxurious bathroom, costing between $800-$1500 per night.

Utter Inn, Stockholm, Sweden

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is an underwater hotel with a floating top which looks like a little red house in the Lake Malaran. The bedroom is like an underwater hatch with windows. This is in fact another creation of Swedish artist, Mikael Genberg. Access to the underwater hotel is by boat. Meals will also be delivered by boat. A night stay with dinner costs around $350.

Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

It claims to be the world’s first underwater hotel, 21 feet below the sea. It was originally built in the 1970s as a research lab off the coast of Puerto Rico. It was only opened to public in 1986. The only access to the hotel is by diving for 21 feet underwater. Each room is equipped with a kitchenette, shower and window (for underwater viewing), costing around $350 per night.

Capsule Inn, Tokyo, Japan

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is more like a capsule than a standard hotel room. These capsules are made of reinforced plastics. Each capsule has all the basic amenities such as TV, radio, alarm clock and lightings. The Inn also provides lounge and also shared bathrooms. It charges around $50-$100 per night.

Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Otorohanga, New Zealand

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

Hobbit Motel is one of the 3 unique motel units in Woodlyn Park. It resembles the authentic Hobbit home based on Tolkiens’s books with the Hobbit furniture and circular windows. Comes with a very basic amenities, you can stay here for under $100 per night.

Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin, Germany

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This hotel is especially designed for people who like weird decorations and arts. Each room at Propeller Island Lodge is distinct in its own way. For instance, one room is orange in color, another comes with a slanted bed as if floating in the air. There’s also a room complete with coffins that double as beds or you can even sleep in a lion cage. Cost per night comes to around $150-$200.

Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach California, USA

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

Queen Mary was once a luxurious ocean liner and first set sail in 1934, carrying about 3,000 passengers and crew. During World War II, the ship carried around 16,000 troops at a time and also became a hospital for a short while. Right after the 1,001th voyage, the ship was permanently docked in Long Beach in 1967 and was transformed into a hotel with an interactive museum. Ghost sightings are quite common among the guests and the crew. However, if you can’t see one, there is also the “Ghosts and Legends” tour, which is a special effect walk-through tour that dramatizes most of the ghostly stories reported on the ship. There are 365 rooms and suites. Price starts at around $150-$200 per night.

Old Jail Mount, Mount Gambier, Australia

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This old jail house was transformed into a lodging aimed at budget travelers and backpackers. Guests will get the experience of being locked up during the night, pay legal fees, court appearance, eat in mess hall, sleep next to a toilet; all for less than $100 per night.

Imperial Boathouse, Hotel Cheong Mun Beach, Thailand

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

These boathouses were originally rice barges which are transformed into 34 luxurious beach-front suites. These two-storey boathouses are equipped with a luxurious bedroom, bathroom, dining area, living room and sunbathing deck, with a starting price of about $600 per night.

Exploranter – Overland Hotel, Sao Paulo, Brazil

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is actually a hotel on wheels. The hotel amenities include a shared kitchen, hot showers and a total of 28 beds. There is also a traveling chef on board who are also adventurous in preparing international cuisine. You can expect to pay less than $100 per night.

Dog Bark Park Inn, Indiana, USA

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This is a two storey building in a shape of a giant beagle. For less than $100 per night, the rooms are well equipped with a queen sized bed, bathroom, fridge, microwave, hair dryer and a coffee maker.

Paw House Inn, Vermont, USA

10 Unique Hotel Concepts of the World

This hotel is specialized for pets traveling with their owners. The pets get its own custom made dog bed complete with quilt and pillows. There is also a day care center for the pets to enjoy the scenic countryside. Price starts at around $200 per night.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Gunner news : Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic: Robin van Persie Refuses To Be Denied Hat-Trick As Gunners Cruise Into Second

An easy win for the home side against a poor display from the Lactics

A Robin Van Persie hatrick helped Arsenal take all three points against struggling Wigan Athletic in a game the home side easily won.

Arsenal started the game with positive intent as they began to dominate early on creating chance after chance went begging. Wigan were forced to stay awake at the back as the home side pummelled their defence and goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi was on hand to keep out any shot that came his way.

The deadlock was finally broken after a wonderful passing play by Arsenal and a perfect ball from Alex Song reached Robin Van Persie who blasted the ball past the Omani keeper. As the first half ended the stats showed a complete contrast to the score; Arsenal’s shot attempts within the first 45 minutes stood at 13, with 11 of those hitting the target. Meanwhile Wigan had yet to even conjure up even the slightest hint of a shot.

It was Wigan who came out brighter of the two sides after half-time and showed some positive attacking play for the first time in the game. Hugo Rodallega had some early chances, but the Arsenal defence stayed firm. Van Persie doubled his tally after a sublime long ball from Fabregas found him deep in the Wigan box and the Dutchman struck it first time on the volley.

The striker should have completed his hatrick with a penalty after he was brought down just yards from goal by Gary Caldwell, who was shown an immediate red for his disastrous tackle, but Van Persie smashed the ball over the bar. But Van Persie was not put off by his poor effort and struck for the third time in the last five minutes with a shot from just three yards out after taking the ball off of Walcott’s foot and completed a comfortable win for Arsenal.

Samir Nasri was the first man to cause trouble for the visiting side with a shot from inside the box that tested the Wigan keeper who was forced to put it out for a corner.

It didn’t take long for another good chance to come along for Arsenal; after a fantastic diagonal cross from Gail Clichy found Nasri, the midfielder placed it in the box for Robin Van Persie who should have scored from just seven yards out, but Ali Al Habsi made a great safe to keep it goalless.

In an almost identical piece of play by Arsenal Theo Walcott worked his way in the box just as Nasri had barely 10 minutes before and found Cesc Fabregas whose close range shot was brilliantly blocked by a strong Gary Caldwell.

Arsenal deservedly took the lead on the 22nd minute after a beautiful phase of play by the home side which consisted of a blend of perfect passing and patience. A defence splitting ball from midfielder Alex Song that found Robin Van Persie who stayed onside by the faintest of margins to slot the ball past the Wigan keeper.

Wigan’s defence had to stay dogged as the North London side bombarded the Lactics’ penalty area with shots from Fabregas and Nasri having to be beaten away by a goalkeeper who had already been persistently tested.

A counter from a Wigan corner lead to a great break for Walcott who seemed to be clear to take on a shot himself just inside the area, but instead decided on giving the ball to his captain, however Fabregas couldn’t get his shot passed Gary Caldwell, who again had to save his team’s blushes.

On 38 minutes Nasri again was there to force a save from Al Habsi who tipped over a well struck shot from 18 yards out. The resulting corner led to the shot stopper to come into action again, this time beating out a Cesc Fabregas attempt.

Wigan made two substitutions for the second half, bringing on youngster Franco Di Santo for Mohamed Diame, and also James McArthur for Ronnie Stam.

The visitors looked a little bit brighter as the second-half started up with Hugo Rodallega having a shot blocked by Song and was nearly through again after some good passes worked the ball toward the Arsenal end.

However, it was Arsenal again that showed pure footballing initiative and extended their lead on the 58th minute after a pin-point pass from just inside the Wigan half from Fabregas reached Robin Van Persie in the box and smashed the ball home on the volley.

The Dutchman should have made it 3-0 deep into the half after Arsenal were rewarded with a penalty when Gary Caldwell brought him down in the area, from which he was shown a straight red card, but Van Persie couldn’t complete his hatrick from the penalty kick after smashing the ball over the goal, much to the relief of Al Habsi.

The game quietened down towards the end, but Robin Van Persie was in the action again on 85 minutes taking the ball off of Walcott’s foot who had his back to goal and completed his hatrick with a powerful short range shot, bouncing off Al Habsi.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Gunners news : West Ham 0-3 Arsenal

West Ham 0-3 Arsenal: Van Persie Nets Double As Clinical Gunners Keep Grant & Hammers Rooted To The Bottom

A completely dominant display from Arsenal compounded the misery for West Ham and Avram Grant, a manager destined for the exit from West Ham.

A Robin Van Persie brace either side of Theo Walcott's goal was enough for Arsenal to gain all three points, but the gulf between the two teams was huge.

A terrific clearance from Julien Faubert was all that stopped Arsenal from opening the scoring in the first five minutes, as he hooked away with Cesc Fabregas waiting to head in Robin Van Persie’s knock-down.

Samir Nasri then let fly with a free-kick from 35-yards which seemed to be heading for the corner before taking a deflection and heading straight into Rob Green’s arms.

Having given thorough warnings, Arsenal scored in the 13th minute. Theo Walcott was given far too much time on the ball by Wayne Bridge, allowing him to pick out Nasri, who dummied the ball for Van Persie to sweep home from 12 yards on his right foot.

Faubert could then easily have seen red only minutes later, but his lunge towards Fabregas didn’t connect with full force. It was still bad enough to warrant a yellow, however.

Walcott could then have finished off the match before the 20-minute-mark, but having gotten the better of James Tomkins, he failed to show composure on the ball and his effort was easily saved by Green.

West Ham’s hopes of garnering anything from the match were dealt a further blow when Mark Noble was forced off through injury in the 21st minute. With Scott Parker already missing out after failing a late fitness test, the Hammers were reeling.

A seed of hope was then planted, and Arsenal’s main deficiency was exposed, as their centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Johann Djourou failed to deal with a long ball, a tactic which cost them dear against Ipswich earlier on in the week.

Djourou’s back pass was far too weak, allowing Carlton Cole a slight chance with a one-on-one which Wojciech Szczesny did well to block, and from the rebound Zavon Hines blazed his shot over when he really should have hit the target.

Arsenal’s lightning counter-attacking threat was displayed in the 28th minute, as Fabregas broke before feeding van Persie, who in turn found Alex Song, whose effort troubled Green due to a deflection which took it high to the keeper’s right.

Arsenal were playing some brilliant football, and could have added a second as Van Persie elected for power in his shot which cannoned off the foot of the post, after being found far too easily by Nasri, whose ball was perfectly weighted and timed.

West Ham were struggling to keep up at times, but their tactic of playing the ball long and putting the defence under pressure was certainly effective, with Cole bullying both central defenders and right-back Emmanuel Eboue.

Arsenal were in complete control, however, and finally added a second in the 41st minute, seconds after successfully making their 200th pass of the match.

They ripped the West Ham back-line to shreds with pace as Van Persie chased a ball to the goal-line before firing the ball across goal for Walcott to slam into the roof of the net - who, in the process reached double figures in a season for the first time in his career.

Only a minute later Cole should have made it 2-1 as he met Freddie Sears’ cross, but his header was poor, failing to make a proper connection with it. However, it took a deflection off Djourou’s head and almost found the corner of the net.

The Arsenal fans’ chants first of ‘Sacked in the Morning’, then followed by ‘Sacked in an hour’ regarding Avram Grant’s increasingly unstable position as West Ham manager were cruel, but with his West Ham team showing such little fight there was little to cheer about as the players departed to boo’s at half time.

A stat that came to light at half time was that Fabregas had touched the ball more than the entire West Ham midfield combined. It was a measure of how dominant the Gunners were, as well as how poor West Ham had been in possession.

Arsenal were also dwarfing West Ham in attempts, with 15 to five shortly into the second half, with Van Persie driving narrowly over in the 50th minute.

Wayne Bridge then had an effort deflected narrowly wide from a free-kick; and while there was a small sense of determination about the Hammers, Arsenal soon strangled it, keeping a chokehold on possession.

The Arsenal tiki-taka style of play was in full flow, and West Ham couldn’t get close to the ball, with the Upton Park faithful struggling to find a voice.

West Ham almost found an equaliser in the 61st minute, as Song was dispossessed far too easily by Jonathan Spector who fed Freddie Sears. Sears attempted a cross, but it arced back round to cause Szczesny plenty of trouble as he palmed wide.

The Polish keeper was almost embarrassed straight afterwards, as Bridge’s cross bounced high, almost looping over the 20-year-old and in.

In the 76th minute Van Persie put the result beyond doubt, planting a penalty kick inside Green’s right-hand post, following Wayne Bridge’s scythe on Walcott just inside the box.

The England winger was just too quick for Bridge, who had looked off the pace for much of the match – though Walcott could make most left-backs look off the pace in all fairness to the man who started only four Premier League matches in the previous six months.

To say he’d made a good impression would be a lie, however, as blame for all three goals could easily be pinned on Bridge. Kicking a man when he is down is not pleasant though, and to say it was all his fault would be to ignore the brilliance of Arsenal’s display.

Arsenal were completely dominant in every area. The midfield was exceptional, displaying the form that if replicated often enough would see them end their five-year hunt for a trophy extremely swiftly.

West Ham will be glad they don’t have to play Arsenal every week. But with Avram Grant seemingly headed for the exit, they will need to make changes – and fast.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gunners news : Ipswich 1-0 Arsenal

A second half goal from Tamas Priskin gave Ipswich Town a 1-0 advantage in their Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal after Ian McParland's side dominated the Gunners in a surprisingly one-sided affair at Portman Road.

With incoming manager Paul Jewell watching from the stands, McParland's men had the better of the game and revived memories of Ipswich's glorious past.

The Suffolk side have great cup heritage with the Sir Bobby Robson sides of the late seventies and early eighties winning both the FA Cup in 1978 and taking home the UEFA Cup three years later.

Their only other major silverware was clinching the league title under Sir Alf Ramsey way back in 1962. Both these men have had such an enormous effect on the English game that statues of both stand outside Portman Road. Those halcyon days seem an eternity away as the club finds itself languishing at the wrong end of the Championship.

A lack of silverware is not the sole preserve of Ipswich. Five long years have passed since a trophy was won at the Emirates and is now a growing concern for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal which indicates the need to field strong teams in all competitions this year, and this game was no different. Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin were all in the starting XI. A clear statement of intent by the Gunners.

Ipswich too entered the game all guns blazing and McParland decided to go out with a bang by selecting a 4-3-3 formation, a ploy which very nearly paid off as after 13 minutes Hungarian Tamas Priskin’s powerful run from the left channel resulted in a shot which narrowly whizzed by the left hand upright of Wojciech Szczesny’s goal.

Surprisingly it was Ipswich who controlled the tempo of the first half and it took Arsenal over half an hour to have an attempt of any real value. A pass from Denilson found Walcott in the middle of the park and his shot was fired directly at Marton Fulop.

Things remained in favour of Ipswich but Arsenal did have a great opportunity when Mark Kennedy obstructed Emmanuel Eboue on the edge of the box. Fabregas stepped up to take the dead ball but delivered into the wall and the frustration grew for the Londoners.

Any neutral would say that McParland’s side were clearly the better of the two teams and once again Arsenal were fortunate to not be losing when after 38 minutes more great work from the talented Priskin lost two defenders but his cross was too high for the diminutive David Norris.

Only moments later Ipswich scored a terrific goal which was called back for offside. Carlos Edwards cut into the right channel, and sent the ball inside to Colin Healy who’s heavy touch meant the famous Arsenal offside trap was sprung before the spectacularly controlled and finished bicycle kick from Priskin hit the back of the net.

As the teams made for the dressing rooms, the Suffolkers would have been immensely proud of their first half. Paul Jewell, wanting in the proverbial wings, will also have been delighted with what he was watching.

The second half continued in the same vein and Ipswich had their best chance of the evening when, on the hour a long ball over the top from Jamie Peters beat Laurent Koscielny and fell for the ever busy Priskin. The forward, who was being tracked by Koscielny and Eboue, couldn’t manage to get the shot away and Arsenal breathed a sigh of relief yet again.

Wenger decided enough was enough and brought on Alex Song and Marouane Chamakh for Jack Wilshere and Nicklas Bendtner.

The changes did make a difference for Arsenal as the Gunners fashioned another chance when a strong run down the left form Kieran Gibbs resulted in a great cross which Fabregas could only connect with with his thigh.

That wastefulness was punished shortly after when the tireless Priskin's labours finally bore fruit with another ball over the top which allowed the Hungarian to run onto goal and coolly stroke under the advancing Szczesny to give the Tractor Boys a deserved lead in the tie.

He was later taken off for Ronan Murray and given the standing ovation he truly deserved.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The World According to Stereotypes

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Gunners news : Birmingham City 0-3 Arsenal

BPL, Birmingham City and Arsenal, Robin Van Persie (Getty Images)

A measure of how Arsenal have developed over each season can always be taken from their performances from the more physical sides in the Premier League – and judging by how comfortably Arsene Wenger’s men eased past Birmingham City, they can now seriously be considered title challengers.

The win leaves Arsenal just two points behind league leaders Manchester United but Wenger will take more heart out of how his side brushed off Birmingham’s robust presence and prevailed with sharp and intricate passing which often left the hosts bewildered.

But much depended on the form of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, as the duo combined on regular occasions to expose Birmingham’s typically resilient defence. Twinned with how Jack Wilshere and Alex Song controlled the centre of midfield with presence as well as ability, as well as Johan Djourou’s confident display at the back, Arsenal’s title challenge once again looks on course.

Wenger, perhaps conscious of dropping further points away from home, decided to make eight changes to his side which drew with Wigan three days ago and revert back to the starting personnel who dispatched champions Chelsea with relative ease at the Emirates.

Alex McLeish elected not to change his starting lineup from the one which gained a point against Manchester United on Tuesday and similar to their approach to the current league leaders, Birmingham started the game with plenty of work rate but little possession.

Birmingham, buoyed by their recent record at St Andrew’s against Arsenal, continued in similar fashion to their previous encounters, as a series of robust challenges were made on the visitors in the opening exchanges.

But Wenger’s side took an early and thoroughly deserved lead as a direct result of one of Birmingham’s heavy tackles, as Van Persie’s free-kick on the edge of the area took a deflection off the hosts’ wall and bounced low past a sprawling Ben Foster.

The Arsenal of old may have been less inclined to deal with Birmingham’s physical approach, but Wenger’s men have developed a tough skin and the duo of Wilshere and Song in the centre matched the grit of Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson.

Arsenal’s title hopes are also pinned on their captain Fabregas. The Spaniard relished once again in the opening half against Birmingham upon his return from suspension and the midfielder orchestrated the majority of the visitors’ attacking play.

Birmingham, aside from their work rate, offered little in the way of chances before the interval and Cameron Jerome, who operated as a lone striker, was marshalled well by Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.

McLeish’s side forced Lukasz Fabianski into quick action only once before the half-time whistle. Seb Larsson’s free-kick was on target and struck well, but the Polish goalkeeper superbly tipped the ball round the post.

Wenger’s primary concern in the opening half would have been his side’s evident inability to fashion clear-cut chances against such a resilient opposition. Theo Walcott, offered pace but was frequently ignored by the overlapping Bacary Sagna, and Robin van Persie spurned a glorious one-on-one opportunity with a lethargic finish which Foster saved comfortably.

Moments earlier, the Dutchman was guilty of handling the ball in his own area but the officials missed the infringement, much to the disgust of the home fans and McLeish on the touchline.

Birmingham could have levelled proceedings after Larsson’s lofted free-kick was flicked on by Jerome but Roger Johnson at the back post could only direct his effort harmlessly over the bar.

Birmingham started the second half brighter but Arsenal could have doubled their advantage in quick succession as Wilshere smashed his volleyed effort over the bar after a piece of incisive play on the right wing by Walcott, and moments later, Nasri raced clear but failed to loft his shot high enough over Foster, who spread himself well.

But the Frenchman put Arsenal two ahead after a spell of sustained possession and intricate passes which left the hosts watching and admiring. Finally Nasri was slipped through and the midfielder was given far too much time to guide his effort low past a helpless Foster.

Wenger’s men put the game beyond any doubt eight minutes later as another passage of short and sharp passes, with Fabregas and Nasri at the heart, allowed the Spaniard to find room in the box but his hard shot from a narrow angle was blocked by Foster, but unfortunately for the hosts, Johnson on the goal-line could not react quick enough and the ball bounced off the defender and into the net.

Following their third, Arsenal could have gone on to score more and further damage the goal difference of Birmingham but a combination of poor finishing and over-passing kept the score at three-nil and subsequently left the hosts in the relegation zone.