BW2022 JAN 11,2002 4:01 PACIFIC 07:01 EASTERN

( BW)(NJ-STEPHANIE-ABRAMS/HOTELS) FEATURE/Le Meridien Beverly Hills, The Orchard, The Castle Top List of Hotels for Sweethearts Chosen by Travel Industry Expert Stephanie Abrams

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FEATURE...

CLOSTER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Jan. 11, 2002--With Valentine's Day approaching, Stephanie Abrams, asked to identify hotels appealing to sweethearts for the Cooperative Marketing Alliance(CMA), a travel agency group of over 2000 travel agencies, announced today that, "Le Meridien Beverly Hills tops the list with The Orchards, Williamstown, MA, and The Castle at Tarrytown, NY close behind.
"A romantic atmosphere abounds here which is confirmed in scenes shot at the hotel in the Robert Redford/ Demi Moore film, 'Indecent Proposal' and TV show, 'Sex and the City,'" Abrams notes.
Formerly the Hotel Nikko, its recent $15,000,000 renovation blended Le Meridien's European sophistication with Japanese serenity. "Relaxation begins at check-in," Abrams explains, "where the staff and guests sit comfortably throughout guest registration. The sensual rooms enhance the romantic atmosphere with the added luxury of deep Japanese-style 'soak-tubs' offering couples secluded moments of complete relaxation."
By contrast to the attractions which surround Le Meridien Beverly Hills, Abrams describes The Orchards as "a 49 room European treasure nestled in The Berkshire Mountains just three hours drive from NYC or Boston as a year 'round Valentine, a fairy tale experience that begins as you drive through the imposing stonewall gated entranceway. The Orchards bubbles over with European charm and friendly first class service from its European-trained staff. Fireplaces in the livingroom-style lounge, the gourmet restaurant and guest rooms, add to the overall enchantment of the hotel." Abrams suggests that sweethearts, "choose your wine in the hotel's extensive wine cellar and choose your fireside spot to toast one another!"
Abrams credits the charm of The Orchards to its on-site owner-management whose fastidious attention to detail creates the ambience where romance flourishes.
At The Castle in Tarrytown (NY), "all that's missing are trumpets announcing your arrival!" Abrams notes. "Barely an hour from NYC, this 31 room hilltop English-style stone castle with spectacular views of the Hudson River makes every couple feel like King Arthur and Guinevere."
Ready to book? Abrams suggests that you check out www.travelauthority.com or www.travelnetwork.com "to locate a sweetheart of a travel agent!"
Stephanie Abrams, with over twenty years in the travel industry, is recognized as an expert in the travel industry and has been repeatedly named to "Travel Agent Magazine's" list of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Travel." Abrams has been honored for her work in the travel industry having been the recipient of the prestigious Travel Agency Achievement Awards given by Travel Weekly Magazine for Best Public Relations Campaign, Best Marketing Promotion and Best Radio Advertising. She has served on the Advisory Boards of Dollar Rent a Car, Amadeus Global Distribution System, Hong Kong Tourism Authority, The American Society of Travel Agents Council of Travel Marketing Organizations and the International Affairs Committee of the International Franchise Association.


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CONTACT:
Stephanie B. Abrams, 201/522-8505
stephaniebabrams@aol.com

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SOURCE: Stephanie B. Abrams