Mandarin Oriental Munich reopens after renovation

Travellers visiting Germany can once again consider the Mandarin Oriental Munich in their travel plans as the historic hotel has reopened to guests after a massive restoration project.

Following a similar restoration of the hotel’s public areas, the Mandarin Oriental Munich has now completed its biggest restoration project to date, with each of its 45 guest rooms and suites having been upgraded.

As part of the new design, all single-use plastic items in rooms throughout Munich’s smallest five-star hotel have been replaced with sustainable alternatives.

“We are proud to be one of the first hotels in Germany to have replaced all single-use plastic items in our rooms and bathrooms with sustainable alternatives that we hope our guests will appreciate,” said the hotel’s general manager, Dominik G Reiner.

Contemporary interiors at the Tower Suite living room at Mandarin Oriental Munich. 
Contemporary interiors at the Tower Suite living room at Mandarin Oriental Munich.

In juxtapostiion to the Neo-Renaissance building in which the hotel is housed, guestrooms now have a contemporary design visualised by Hamburg-based studio cm-Design. Mountain inspired art by contemporary local artists pays homage to the city of Munich and its proxomity to the Alps.

State-of-the-art technology has also been installed throughout rooms. This includes sustainable technologies in the monochromatic bathrooms that are designed to minimse energy and water consumption.

The renovated Presidential Suite at Mandarin Oriental Munich. All images courtesy Mandarin Oriental 
The renovated Presidential Suite at Mandarin Oriental Munich. All images courtesy Mandarin Oriental

The hotel is one of Munich’s most sought after addresses. Located within walking distance of the city’s museums, the boutique property is also just steps from the boulevard cafes of the Maximilianstraße in one direction, and the Viktualienmarkt – one of the most picturesque marketplaces – in the other.

Until March 2021, travellers can book an overnight stay from €600 ($709) which includes daily breakfast, early check-in, late check out and complimentary valet parking. There’s also €100 ($118) in daily

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An EF-3 Tornado Destroyed It In 2019, Today A Dallas Home Depot Store Reopens

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Home Depot store on Forest Lane in Dallas will reopen October 8, nearly a year after being ripped apart by a powerful tornado.

It was on October 20, 2019 when an EF-3 tornado swept through North Dallas, causing part of the store to collapse. On that one day there were 10 tornadoes — in Dallas, Garland and Richardson — that caused some $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses.

Today customers at the North Dallas location were happy to have their neighborhood home improvement store back open for business.

Customer Frank Jeffreys said, “It’s good to see them back smiling again, because it was such a hard time for them. I know it was, because it was pretty devastating when it [tornado] came through.”

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“Nice to be back home,” assistant store manager Jordan Jasper told CBS 11 News, be he admitted it took vision to get everything done. “We had a store that needed to be put back together and my mindset was ‘let’s figure out what we need to pick up and what we need to move out of the way so we can open up tomorrow at 6 a.m.’”

On Wednesday the store hosted a ‘board cutting’ — as opposed to the traditional ribbon cutting — to celebrate today’s reopening.

The store will have between 200 and 250 employees and associates, and if you’re looking for a job they’re still hiring.

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Gardens McDonald’s reopens dining room after $450,000 renovation

Jodie Wagner
| Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH GARDENS — COVID-conscious and color-coordinated, the McDonald’s restaurant on Alternate A1A in the Promenade Shopping Plaza welcomed back customers to its newly renovated dining room last month.

Owner Ricky Wade, who operates 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Palm Beach and Martin counties, including a second Palm Beach Gardens location at 3805 Northlake Blvd., transformed the eatery at 9880 Alternate A1A from a traditional look into a contemporary one.

The $450,000 renovation includes a modernized dining room with locally inspired decor, remodeled counters, digital menu boards, new furniture, privacy seating, curbside and in-store pickup through mobile order and pay, and remodeled bathrooms.

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“The new look is much more relevant to millennials and those ages 18-to-36,” said Wade, who has remodeled all but one of his McDonald’s restaurants. Work on the last location, at 181 N. U.S. 1 in Jupiter, is expected to begin later this month. “Our seniors also love it. It’s calmer.”

Construction began in June and was complete in late August, Wade said. The dining room, which was closed in mid-March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, remained shuttered during construction. The drive-thru stayed open.

Wade is taking significant steps to keep customers and employees safe as the virus continues to circulate.

The restaurant is sanitized and disinfected every 30 minutes, Wade said. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the restaurant for customers’ convenience.

Partitions separate employees from customers and from each other. Tables that are available for use are staggered throughout the restaurant, and customers can place their orders through mobile pay.

The self-service beverage station has been removed for now, and masks are required in the restaurant unless when

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Bahia Principe Grand Tulum Reopens November 15 Post-Renovation

Bahia Principe Grand Tulum will debut on November 15 following over a year of extensive renovations. It has been Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts flagship property since the brand first arrived in Mexico over 20 years ago.  

The ode to the Maya can be seen immediately in the breezy lobby where a massive pillar stands in the center adorned in symbols and engravings of the historic civilization. Similar accents can be found on the facades of structures throughout the resort. 

Available in four categories, each guestroom includes upgraded amenities and a sitting area that creates a relaxing home away from home. Bahia Principe Grand Tulum’s culinary offering will include everything from traditional Mexican staples to spices from the Far East. Guests can choose from the Yucatan Buffet, Hindu Thai Restaurant, Gourmet Don Pablo, Mexicano Tequila, Restaurant Rodizio La Gran Tortuga, The Truck Beach Restaurant, Andale Burger and La Isla Bar.


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An expansive kids zone named Zama, which was the original name of Tulum’s walled city, features numerous activity areas where children can learn about the Mayan culture through play, archaeology and exploration. There are 10 dedicated spaces, including: a Kids Club, with indoor and outdoor areas for activities, picnics, shows and more; a sand area uncover Mayan artifacts;  a playground to explore the Mayan jungle; an open-air space for the Eco Bahia Foundation that brings children closer to the natural wealth of the area; the jungle park with ziplines, tunnels, slides and more; and the Iguana, a massive emblematic structure of one the

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What Moon Dog World will look like once it reopens

Moon Dog World celebrates its first birthday on October 4 in lockdown, but the team at Moon Dog have used their creativity to bring the playful pub experience to us at home. 

While we can’t laze by the bright blue lagoon with an ice-cold pot of Lagoona Matata Sour Ale in hand, we can instead opt to enjoy a series of their beers at home. Play bartender with your housemate, pop one of Moon Dog’s bar mats onto your dining table and crack open a variety of their tinnies which come in the Pub in a Box.

Complete the experience with some of Moon Dog’s “drinking food” and order pork or tofu bao, buttermilk fried chicken ribs, buffalo cauliflower, a chicken or eggplant parma and crinkle-cut chips via Mr Yum.

“One of the biggest things that our team came up with was the Spring Box, and that comes with some fantastic beers and you get a planter,” says Karl van Buuren, co-founder of Moon Dog. The Moon Dog Spring Box comes with a range of 15 limited and core release beers and a DIY Kokedame Kit from Leaf and Bear, which is otherwise known as the ‘poor man’s bonsai’.

“Our team has been working hard to keep everything running and the ideas flowing,” he says. “Since day one our thing has been to always have a bit of fun and make our products accessible and inclusive. It’s to expand people’s ideas of what beer is and gives them an excuse to try something new. 

“In the midst of a pandemic and lockdown, that kind of attitude is more important than ever. When you’re looking at things that are doom and gloom, having a message from a local business and a company like us is all about fun and keeping that

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