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Guy Fieri, the bleached-up Food Network chef and host of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", is killing it at his Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Linq Hotel in Las Vegas. Seriously. We walked in on a random Tuesday morning and it was nearly full (the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.)
This was surprising, "fo' sho'," since Guy's New York restaurant didn't fare so well, at least not with the critics. But foodies and culinary snobs aside, Guy has a huge following. And if you're one of his fans, then you'll want to get a ticket to his interactive dinner at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort in Scottsdale on December 19.
President Obama might be requesting privacy in Martha's Vineyard during his vacation but for your Labor Day getaway you can hit up the hotel he checked into a few months back, The Intercontinental Montelucia in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The hotel is offering rooms over Labor Day for just $95 a night through September 7. That includes a $25 daily resort credit and an upgrade to a Kasbah Village Poolside Room or Oasis Village Room (if available.)
The deal can only be found on TravelZoo. Guests must use the code TZ8 to book. We went and tested it ourselves and unlike some other low rates we've seen, this one actually worked. Without the code, a signature room was going for $160 a night. The Presidential Suite, where we assume President Obama stayed, was going for $10,000 a night. Hmmm...we'll pass.
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Soon (but not soon enough) a Ritz-Carlton and an Edition Hotel will grace this land.
Even in this economic downturn, hotel development in Scottsdale, AZ and neighboring Paradise Valley still seems like a hot item. In a development called "The Palmeraie" which is located on land in between both towns, two of Marriott's hotel brands the Ritz-Carlton and Edition will come in with a big bang.
The first hotel to be built on the property is the Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley which was originally supposed to commence construction last summer, but was held up due to a town referendum. Now ground breaking should occur soon, with an opening date of Fall 2010 scheduled. The hotel will have 225 room and 161 residences.
But the exciting part of the development (at least for us) is the construction of one of Marriott & Ian Schrager's first Edition hotels within the same development (on the Scottsdale side.)
Okay, we've found it, a cocktail bar that fits our wildest dreams: a place where the cocktail is the main course and everything else fits around it. The clever place with this idea is a new bar called edge (no capitals, thumbs down) at the luxury Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Arizona.
If you didn't know, Sanctuary is billed as more of a retreat than a hotel and it aims to offer amenities that cater to the "mind, body, spirit and senses" of its guests. But we guess the retreat must understand that even yogis need to let loose once in a while too.
Perhaps humbled by the confused reactions to their plans for Westchester, Ritz-Carlton is getting back to basics unveiling their plans for a resort in Paradise Valley in Arizona.
Plans for the 225-room hotel near Scottsdale will be presented today at another hotel, the Camelback Inn. (This hotel is also owned by Marriott and made famous by Britney Spears who hung out here for a while last year.) So far the only thing proposed for the hotel is the amount of rooms and that it will only be one-story. But we are guessing it will have the usual Ritz amenities with some added pools to cool down in heat.
This will be the second Ritz for Arizona. The first one opened in 1988 in Phoenix.
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