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Graduate Hotels Start New Semester in Madison, Durham and Others On Horizon

May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been almost a year since we first learned of Graduate Hotels, and since then the chain has been busy doing their thing—showing everyone how to relive the glory days of college but in hotel form.

The latest property just opened up in Madison, Wisconsin, and with it comes 72 rooms. The new Graduate Madison takes over for the former Campus Inn, and we can only imagine that brings quite an upgrade. Campus visitors take note, as this place is only a couple blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.

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'Endless Summer' Begins Here at The Laguna Beach House

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  Site Where: 475 N Pacific Coast Highway [map], Laguna Beach, CA, United States, 92651
May 27, 2015 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Laguna Beach has always been a favored destination for quick weekend getaways along the California coast. Yes, even before LC and her crew made the laid-back surf town infamous. And now that summer has (unofficially) arrived, there's no better time to seek out a little R&R by the beach.

While Laguna is home to some pretty fabulous resorts such as Montage, St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton, the newly renovated Laguna Beach House perfectly captures the "Endless Summer" vibe you might be looking for.

Designed to reflect a funky beach cottage, the Laguna Beach House has skate and surf decor accents throughout from the surfboards mounted above the guest beds, to the vintage-inspired Laguna Beach travel posters hanging on the walls, the giant framed California flag near check-in, the G&S skateboards that serve as towel racks to the daily surf reports written on a chalkboard in the lobby. A sure sign of a redesign done well? Every nook and cranny of the hotel is Instagrammable (even the parking garage has been prettied up with string lights.)

And with only 36 rooms, the "house" is able to give guests an intimate inn experience yet in a totally updated way.

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Your Body Will Say Mahalo After a Visit to the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

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  Site Where: 1571 Poipu Road [map], Koloa, Hawaii, United States, 96756
May 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a reason the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa routinely makes top spa lists – it’s simply fabulous.

At 45,000-sq.ft., it’s the largest on Kauai and each treatment suite opens up into its own tropical garden. So while you are being massaged, polished and scrubbed, the birds are chirping, the breeze is blowing and you actually know you are in Hawaii, unlike some staid, common spa treatment rooms where you can’t tell if you're in Hawaii or North Dakota.

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Cleveland's New Hilton Wants Your Snapshots For Its Art Installation

May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Hilton isn’t generally that exciting a prospect, but with a little local flair and art it certainly can be. That’s the case over in Cleveland, as hotel developers are asking for snapshots and shares of The Forest City—yep, we had to look the nickname up on Wikipedia.

Hotel officials are asking locals to show off some of why Cleveland rocks, and that’s what they’re going to use to decorate bits and pieces of the new property. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the arts and crafts is all taking place as part of construction at the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Doorman Does Sick Kid A Solid

May 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Here’s a warm and fuzzy story to keep that holiday buzz going, and well—it’s actually something warm and fuzzy. One doorman in Boston went above and beyond, and in doing so the Fairmont Copley Plaza might just have become the go-to property in that city.

From the folks over at CBS Boston, Michael Eades has worked at the hotel as doorman for well over 20 years. Recently he has found a special place in his heart for a 12-year old boy living at the hotel with his mom, as the little guy seeks treatment for a rare disease at a nearby hospital.

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Conrad Will Come Back to Chi-Town

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  Site Where: 101 E. Erie Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States
May 26, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is a bit of a pattern: day one, a brand’s exit from a certain market is announced. The clock starts ticking, and by day two or three, re-entry – in something newer, bolder, shinier – follows. So it was with Four Seasons in Bangkok, and now the same happens for Conrad Hotels in Chicago.

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Maui's Grand Wailea Goes for a Grand Refresh

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  Site Where: 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
May 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

“Families look no further than the Grand Wailea”, we said last year when we listed our Must Stay Hotels for Wailea, Maui. The vast resort has an almost overwhelming list of pools, activity slides (including this, which looks terrifying) and other things on its 40 acres of grounds to keep the kids happy.

In order to keep things fresh as well, a major renovation project kicked off last October, which will last throughout this year. Those pools and activity slides were re-tiled in December, and all rooms are getting an overhaul – above, the end result.

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Now Mandarin Oriental DC Wants You to Take a Selfie

May 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

At first we thought they were funny, but now we’re slowly realizing life wasn’t worth experiencing without them. We’re talking about selfie sticks of course, and now it looks like Mandarin Oriental is all about them once again.

This time it’s Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, as this summer they’re all about the new See Your Selfie in DC offer. It goes without saying that this is much, much better than a free continental breakfast, as this package gets you access to an exclusive Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC selfie stick!

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Trump National Doral Has the Best Minibar Snacks (For a Price, Of Course)

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  Site Where: 4400 N. W. 87th Ave. [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33178
May 21, 2015 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

For some hotel properties, bidding fond adieu to the minibar is part of the new and improved way of operating efficiently. For others, they've gone different routes--like Kimpton and Andaz, who include certain minibar items in the room rate. But as for the cream of the crop, some luxury hotels are going overboard and stocking some of the coolest stuff and, subsequently, charging out the nose for them.

Take for instance a recent stay of ours at the Trump National Doral just outside Miami. After exploring the comfy Ivanka Trump-designed interiors accented with lots of signature gold trim, we opened up the minibar drawer and almost had to catch our jaw from smashing down into the immense selection of gourmet treats that rolled out of the cabinet.

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Are You a People Person? Then Choice Hotels Wants You

May 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know Choice Hotels? It’s the chain responsible for everything from Comfort Inn to EconoLodge, and all the brands in between. Well they’re looking for a little help, and apparently if you’re a digital dynamo, a media maven, or a social butterfly—their words not ours—you could be what they’re looking for.

Ready your resume, as Choice Hotels are welcoming one and all to apply for a little gig this summer. It’s something they’re calling the Ultimate People Person. If you’re the best candidate for the job you’ll be traveling across the nifty fifty—or at least the lower 48—sharing and caring about those who are having a good time at one of the brand’s many properties.

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The Gregory Finally Shows What Kind of Man He Is

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  Site Where: 42 West 35th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
May 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

And what kind of man is that? Perhaps reserved, slow to warm up, are things that come to mind when describing our first impression of The Gregory. We have had a placeholder website with little information for a while now, our date in May has been pushed back to “summer”, and a first few photos of Greg reveal him to dress understated, relatively conservatively.

Parallels to the world of dating aside, this is the first look inside the former Hotel 35 / Gregorian on West 35th Street: lots of whites, creams, a hint of dark wood, and a few tasteful frames on the wall. The Gregory will have a total of 132 rooms that “channel the elegance of 1940s New York City street style to instantly transport guests back in time.”

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