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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Fall 2014: East London

October 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shoreditch High Street from the Ace rooftop

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. We’re rounding up the last few weeks with a stop in east London. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in east London. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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The Langham London Presents the Art of the Aperitif

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  Site Where: 1C Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
October 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pouring the Martini Royales

It’s the terrible dilemma that faces you when you set foot in the Langham London. Does one head straight into Palm Court for one of the best afternoon teas in the world capital of afternoon teas? Or does one turn left and nip into Artesian for a perfectly blended cocktail?

Clearly, it wasn’t just us having a moral dilemma, because the Langham has just started The Art of the Aperitif - a pop-up bar bringing drinks from Artesian into Palm Court.

It’s being run in conjunction with Martini, so all the drinks (there are seven) have vermouth and, and there’s Martini memorabilia scattered around. But it’s no boring promo thing – the drinks have been created by Artesian’s Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale (head bartender and assistant head respectively), and there are food pairings (or snacks, rather), too, for the all important stomach-lining process.

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As 2014 Begins to Wind Down, Here's a Look at London's Newest Hotels

October 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six pictures of six London hotels. Which one is the odd one out? Your time starts…. now.

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The Z Hotels Branches Out West To Marylebone Too

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  Site Where: 51-55 Gloucester Place, London, United Kingdom
October 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here a hotel, there a hotel, everywhere a hotel, hotel: The Z Hotels is not letting up on its London expansion. It opened just south of Piccadilly earlier this year, which couldn’t be more central unless you camped out under the neon of Piccadilly Circus itself. It’s heading east, like everyone else, with a hotel in oh-so-fashionable Shoreditch coming next year, but despite its affordable roots, it’s not afraid of a little Marylebone action.

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Eat At Jamie Oliver's For Free With The Watergate Bay Hotel's New Winter Package

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  Site Where: Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom
October 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel packages are, of course, only worth doing if they’re really good value for money. And hotel packages, of course, are notorious for not providing good value for money. But here’s one that is.

The very specific Taste of the Bay Winter 2014/2015 package at the trendy Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall costs £249 per person (in a double room) for three nights. For that you get a room and breakfast, two dinners and a lunch.

But this isn’t just any old dinner. Cornwall is these days one of the top places in the UK for food, and Watergate Bay is one of the county’s foodie hubs – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is on site, the Beach Hut is famous for being a hut on a beach that serves upmarket, organic food, and the hotel has just opened a third restaurant, Zacry’s, which “combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie”.

Here’s what you should be paying, were you to take all those things on the package separately:

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M by Montcalm Shoreditch Is Aiming For Opening Early Next Year

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
October 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been wondering for a while now what’s happening with the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, under construction just north of Old Street roundabout in London. Between inconsistent information about size, opening date, and rumors that it could become a Virgin, the best we had were our own shots of the angular exterior on City Road and a guestimate of opening sometime next year.

Those Virgin rumors we’ll shelve as just that for now, given that we have official news from Montcalm Hotels that it will open the hotel early next year, along with a more extensive website. The first room photo isn’t really making our heart beat any faster with anticipation just yet if we’re honest, with the walls, curtains, carpet, and not-quite-balanced bedspread virtually the same greyish-beige color.

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'Tis The Season for Sketch of the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree at Claridge's!

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  Site Where: Brooke Street, London, United Kingdom, W1
October 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halloween hasn't even happened yet Claridge's in London, a Must-Stay Hotel, is already looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

As usual, the Mayfair hotel has released the sketch for the fashionable Christmas tree. And once again, fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana will be in charge of the tree decorating.

To be unveiled on November 19, the "Fairy Merry Christmas" tree will be surrounded by an enchanted forest, tended to by woodland animals and decked with hand-painted, blown-glass spheres featuring famous landmarks from cities around the world. Well, this is certainly different than last year's outrageous tree.

You can peep the sketch for the tree here but we'll be back with pictures of the real thing on or around November 19.

[Sketch: Claridge's]

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Fall 2014: Southwest London

October 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Knightsbridge & Hyde Park

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. After Soho and Mayfair & the West End, we cut through Hyde Park into London's Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and South Kensington. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the city’s southwest (Knightsbridge, Belgravia, South Kensington). So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room Is Ready for You to Romp Around In

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  Site Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD
October 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having set sail a few weeks ago, Mondrian at Sea Containers has added its promised rooftop bar: “1920s hedonism-inspired” Rumpus Room is now open.

Unlike New York, the list of rooftop bars in London isn’t that long, and even fewer can boast floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and outdoor space for al-fresco lounging and drinking, but Rumpus Room has both.

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Manchester's Hotel Football Had A Killer Marketing Strategy. Literally

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
October 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (3)

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Ryan Giggs. We said almost.

He’s all excited, gearing up to launch Hotel Football, his imaginatively named hotel in Manchester, and if those drawn-by-a-teenager renderings weren’t embarrassing enough, this week it emerged that he's been using a convicted killer to promote the hotel.

Kevin O’Dea was part of a gang that attacked and killed student Sion Hardy in 2008, as he left a nightclub. Since he was released from prison in 2011, he’s reinvented himself as a model, which is how he turned up on the Hotel Football website, being poured a beer by a not-at-all-patronising stock sexy woman (we read today that 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers – can’t think why), in front of a spectacularly misplaced sign saying “Attack The Day”.

(Two things we’re not commenting on: just how big the dearth of models in the Manchester area must be if O’Dea makes the cut; and just how it’s possible to spend a mere three years in jail for killing someone.)

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Donald Trump's Scottish Hotel Is Officially Five Stars

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  Site Where: Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not really a surprise, though it pains us to say it on a Monday morning: Donald Trump has just been awarded five stars for his Scottish hotel.

Macleod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire has been given the full shebang by Visit Scotland, who called it a “marvelous achievement”. Apparently they particularly like the range of options in the bar and restaurant (which are hopefully a little less overpriced than Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel).

The hotel is an adjunct from last year to Trump’s golf course, the creatively named Trump International Golf Links course. It has 19 rooms, ornate Italian marble-clad bathrooms (how very… Scottish) and a “whisky snug” in the basement for booze sampling.

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Introducing Tulse Hill, Your Next London Hotel Stop

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  Site Where: 150 Norwood Road, Herne Hill, London, United Kingdom, SE24 9AY
October 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

First Greenwich, now Tulse Hill – the hotelification of South London continues apace with the Tulse Hill Hotel, due to open in November in the Tulse Hill/Herne Hill area (way south, but with easy rail connections to Kings Cross and Clapham Junction).

This is a place with history – it’s in an old pub, the Tulse Hill Tavern, although according to this local blog, it originally opened as the Tulse Hill Hotel in 1840. From the outside, it’ll look much the same as it did originally, with copper lanterns and the original ‘sign’, painted on the exterior.

Inside, it’s a rather different story: a reclaimed 1920s bar, with restaurant and lounge, and nine bedrooms above it. There’s not much info on these yet – the website just mentions that they’ll be “design-led”, and the sketch looks pretty-boutique standard, but pleasantly so.

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