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The Ludlow Will Open June 3rd at $159 a Night

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
April 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Ludlow, the latest (and long-awaited) venture from Sean MacPherson and BD Hotels is now open for bookings starting June 3rd.

We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds.

Amenities include Bellini sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower, while bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats come from French label Maison Martin Margiela. Let's just hope for more space than at MacPherson's last hotel, The Marlton.

You can also look forward to a lobby bar, covered garden and restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. And free WiFi.

[Photo: The Ludlow]

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Philly's Hotel Palomar is Holding a Hot Twitter Contest

April 24, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of Philly's Kimpton properties, the Hotel Palomar near Rittenhouse Square, kicked off a Twitter contest today that gives participants a chance to win a VIP “Romp n’ Roll” package, which includes overnight accommodations in the Palomar’s Presidential Suite, a romantic dinner for two at in-house Square 1682’s Chef’s Table, and next-day “Punch Brunch” at Square 1682. The question is: Are you and your honey hot enough to win?

To enter the contest, which is called "Sheets on the Streets," couples must submit their photo to @KimptonInPHL with the hashtags #SheetsontheStreets and #PalomarPhilly by May 1st at 12 a.m. The content of the photo and your level of attractiveness doesn't matter at this point because Kimpton will randomly select ten finalist couples to compete in a pose-off in a pop-up guestroom at the 2014 Rittenhouse Row Festival on Saturday, May 3rd.

This is where your hotness comes into play. The finalists don Kimpton’s signature animal print robes and frolic around the pop-up guestroom, and each couple will be given a half hour to convince festival goers to vote for them on Twitter. The couple that receives the most votes will win the grand prize, and from the looks of the Prez Suite bathroom, shown below, it'd be a hot night for a hot couple.

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This Boston Hotel Proves That Good Service Does Not Depend on Tipping

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  Site Where: 1 Seaport Lane [map], Boston, Massachusetts , United States, 02210
April 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When this writer checked into the 428-room Boston Seaport Hotel, one of the first things the clerk went out of her way to tell me was that there was no tipping at the hotel. I figured I'd heard her wrong, so I asked her to repeat it. She smiled. The craziest part is when she told me it's not a new thing - the hotel has had a no tipping policy since it opened in 1998.

Fifteen years ago, it put its then 260 employees through 35,000 hours of training on all aspects of guest service, from opening doors to room tidiness, and taught them to do it all without expecting a tip.

We've talked a lot about tipping on this site in the past, and there's always a debate about who should be tipped and for what. I found the no tipping policy at the Seaport to be extremely refreshing and impressive. Two reasons stand out in particular. 1) When receiving help from the staff, I didn't immediately feel like I owed them money and 2) I felt like the employees genuinely wanted to help me, and when it comes to the travel industry, that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle when money is involved.

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Feast Your Eyes on What the Knickerbocker Hotel Will Look Like

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  Site Where: 1466 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

The historic Knickerbocker Hotel is gearing up for its summer opening with an announcement that it has partnered with leading design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates to design all public spaces and guestrooms (we actually kinda told you that ourselves back in November, but OK).

The hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World, will have 330 guestrooms, including 40 suites, a signature restaurant by Charlie Palmer and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.

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Ogunquit's The Cliff House Has New Owners, Will Renovate Next Year

April 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The historic property on the rocky Maine coast has a new owner - with new tricks up their sleeve. The 70-acre Cliff House Resort & Spa has been a popular property in the summer resort town of Ogunquit, Maine for nearly 150 years. Now it’s about to get a new owner: Rockbridge, a hotel firm that is behind over 325 properties in 45 different states, just announced that it has purchased The Cliff House from the local Weare family. The property was founded by Elsie Jan Weare in 1872, and has been run by her descendants ever since.

That family tree ends this month, as The Cliff House opens for the season under its new owner. The 166-room resort will now be managed by New Castle Hotels, the team behind 29 properties like The Westport Inn in Connecticut and The Westin Portland Harborview, Maine’s first Westin-branded hotel, which just re-opened in December after a full restoration.

The Cliff House will also receive a “comprehensive renovation after the 2015 season, revitalizing the distinguished property,” according to a statement released by Rockbridge, though the firm wouldn’t elaborate on what those renovations will entail. (Okay, they did mention it would “preserve the resort’s significant tradition while updating technology and back-of-house equipment to increase the property’s efficiency and improve the guest experience.” So, things will happen, basically.)

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Hotel G's Up and Will Open on May 2 in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94102
April 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco's old Hotel Frank in Union Square will re-open as the Hotel G on May 2.

We already told you about what to expect from the hotel here but we're impressed with this latest room shot they've put up. Wow. The hotel has come along way from this.

We couldn't book a room on the hotel's website until May 12 but rooms on that date are available for 30 percent off at $160.10 a night. Regular room rates will run about $229. And of course, there is free WiFi. C'mon, this is San Francisco.

[Photo: Hotel G/Facebook]

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The Palms in Las Vegas Will Now Have a Bikini Concierge on Hand

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  Site Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89103
April 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month we looked at a range of niche hotel butlers, from fireside butlers to tanning butlers and even camping butlers. We've also documented some of the more unusual specialty concierges out there (Spice Concierge, anyone?)

Today, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas tells us of another hotel service we didn't know we needed--bikini concierge.

The Palms Pool & Dayclub has partnered up with Bikini.com for the weekly pool party, Ditch Fridays, which begins again on May 2. The bikini concierge will help gals shop for bikinis at the poolside pop-up shop which will be open on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The bikini concierge also promises to deliver bikinis to guests on property within 60 minutes.

Some of the styles on display in the shop include monokinis and two-piece styles from brands like Mikoh, Luli Fama, Bettinis, MinkPink and Solkissed. As you could probably already tell, this won't be the place to shop for modest aka Mom swimsuits. This is Vegas baby, Vegas. Let it all hang out.

Rooms at The Palms are going for $239 on May 2, but they are sold-out for Saturday, May 3. Rates drop back down to $129 on Sunday, May 4.

[Photo via Palms/Facebook]

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East to Head South to Miami in 2015

April 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

A year ago, we learned the excellent news that Swire Hotels' East Hotels brand would be opening in Miami. Today, we've now got a look at what the hotel will look like thanks to the South Florida Business Journal.

The 263-room hotel will open in Fall 2015 in the Brickell City Centre Project, a mixed-used development in Miami's Brickell neighborhood. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, (who are also doing the Hyde Hotel in Midtown Miami), the East Miami will have two restaurants, a poolside bar and lounge, a rooftop bar, fitness center, and a banquet hall along with 89 serviced apartments known as East Residences.

Sadly, there aren't any room photos but if the hotel looks anything like the East Hotel in Hong Kong, we'll be very happy.

[Rendering via SoFla Biz Journal]

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Hotel Indigo Downtown Atlanta to Open in 2015

Where: 230 Peachtree Street [map], Atlanta, GA, United States
April 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Indigo is heading back to where it all began.

Ten years ago, the very first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta. Today, the hyper-local, on-trend design hotel has 55 hotels in 11 countries. But it can't get enough of A-town. The city's third Indigo, Hotel Indigo Downtown Atlanta, will open in the fall of 2015 at 230 Peachtree St. NE.

The hotel will takeover eight floors of a building first developed 50 years ago by architect John C. Portman. In a full circle move, his real estate development firm, Portman Holdings, now owns the building. And it looks like Hotel Indigo will capitalize on all the changes in the area:

“Downtown Atlanta is experiencing a surge in growth and development, and we look forward to connecting guests to the newly revitalized neighborhood,” said Mary Winslow, director, Americas Brand Management, Hotel Indigo. “The hotel will be located in the center of downtown and very close to the new Atlanta Streetcar line, making it easy to step out and explore. We are very pleased to be part of a new project in our hometown, and we’re excited about helping guests discover something new about the neighborhood every time they visit.”

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NYC's Largest Hotel Goes Minimal For Its New Look

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  Site Where: 1335 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

In Midtown Manhattan, you need a break sometimes, so it's good to see New York City's largest hotel, the the 1,985-room New York Hilton Midtown has gone for a tranquil look in its multi-million dollar room renovation.

The hotel has just completed the first phase of a renovation program that is expected to last until 2016. With the help of Dallas-based interior design firm, Looney & Associates, 187 Executive level guest rooms and 41 suites now have a minimal, sophisticated new look.

Functional design features include custom dimmable lighting, oversized televisions, multiple power point options and abundant workspaces. Renovated bathrooms have new architectural finishes, vanities and illuminated mirrors, while the lobby features a new reception area, luxurious Executive Lounge, improved lighting design, and new stone flooring.

Up next is the Grand Ballroom, the city’s largest hotel ballroom. Its Foyer, Promenade Sutton Hall and Nassau ballroom complex are scheduled to be completed by end of third quarter 2014.

Alas, despite the renovations, Hilton still isn't bringing back room service or a full-service restaurant.

[Photo: Hilton Midtown New York]

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The Four Seasons Miami Used This Much Chocolate To Make Their Easter Display

April 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

What you're looking at is nearly two thousand pounds of chocolate. Ok, 1,700 pounds to be exact. But that's how much chocolate was used for the new "Easter Wonderland" display at the Four Seasons Miami.

Created by the hotel's new pastry chef, Keith Wallace, the display is meant to capture both the playful and colorful scenes of "Alice in Wonderland" and the playful and colorful side of Miami. Aside from the massive amounts of chocolate, the display and its 30 chocolate eggs, along with some chocolate mushrooms, took 20 hours to build.

Wallace and his team will have even more chocolates and other desserts on display at the hotel's Easter Brunch, happening on Sunday at the Edge Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $99 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12. Make your reservation by calling (305) 381-3190 or book online at www.edgerestaurantmiami.com.

[Photo: The Four Seasons Miami]

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Hop Over to These New England Hotel Easter Egg Hunts

April 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all - so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.)

To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and families. At the very least, they’ll get the children to play with something other than an iPad. The best-case scenario: Hopping all over the hotel puts them down for a nap, and that spa is all yours.

Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH The property is hosting not one, not two – but FIVE different Easter egg hunts that are open to various age groups (and guests and locals alike). Among them: the all-ages “Great Bretton Woods Hunt,” which will scatter eggs (including a prized “golden egg”) across 464 acres of New Hampshire’s largest ski area. (“Powdery treats” are promised as you search.) There’s the “Easter Egg Extravaganza Hunt,” that will hide 600 colored eggs around the hotel itself, and there’s the “Slopeside Pub Easter Egg Hunt,” an adults-only afternoon hunt in the property’s tavern. (Other weekend activities include a “Tortoise and Hare” themed ski and snowshoe race, and story time with the Easter Bunny.”)

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