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Gap and Virgin Hotels Come Together To Bring The Dressing Room To You

July 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re hardly surprised that Virgin Hotels is thinking outside of the box when it comes to in-room amenities. But their latest idea has nothing to do with WiFi or the mini-bar, as this time it’s all about shopping for clothes right from the comfort of your room—thanks to a new partnership with the folks over at Gap.

Utilizing Gap’s "reserve in store" technology, Virgin Hotel guests can shop ‘til they drop over at Gap.com, and they won’t even have to wait—or pay—for shipping. Items will be delivered right to their room in as quickly as three hours, and from there they can try them on, check them out, and decide what they like. It’s kind of like the ultimate dressing room if you think about it.

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From Ludlow and AKA, Two New Suites to See in NYC

July 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York is never short of hotel rooms big and small (mostly small), but suites are still something special, even if they cost more than your monthly rent. Here are two new hotel suites from The Ludlow, a casual boho joint on the LES side and from the AKA United Nations, a buttoned up spot for professionals to er, let their buttons out in Midtown East.

THE LUDLOW: This LES hotel from Sean MacPherson opened last June but the Ludlow Penthouse took a little longer to open and for good reason too. The 1,500-sq.ft. pied-à-terre has a full kitchen, a dining table for six, a large living room, a skybox sitting area, two full bathrooms with rain showers, a windowed soaking tub and a large bedroom with a king-sized bed. The vibe is decidedly "rocker-chic" with intriguing handmade Moroccan chandeliers, cheeky bronzed backside stools from Novello Finotti and an entertainment center stocked with a record player and vintage vinyls.

But the pièce de résistance is clearly the 1,000-sq.ft. outdoor furnished terrace, located along the side of the building, with killer views of the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the city beyond. Rates start at $1,950 a night.

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Finally, a Happy Story about Room Service

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
July 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (3)

A $16 omelet, plus $7 delivery fee and 22% service charge

Room service – and, normally, complaints about it – are normally stock fodder for HotelChatter. So here’s something a little different: a selfless room service tale to warm the cockles of your heart.

This week I stayed at SLS Las Vegas, possibly the most pilloried hotel on the Strip at the moment. I ordered room service, noting the $7 delivery charge and 22% service fee that would automatically be added to my bill. I thought back to the last time we talked room service and wondered whether – surely not – I’d be expected to add a tip on that.

On the phone I was told the food would be with me within the hour - too long! But that’s 1613-room casinos for you for you. 40 minutes later - huzzah - there was a knock on the door. Not only was the food early (“We like to manage expectations,” said the delivery guy) but as he handed me the check, which I immediately saw had a space for a tip on it, he said seven magical words.

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The Hall South Beach Now Taking Reservations for October 1

Where: 1500 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few months ago we reported that Joie de Vivre's first East Coast hotel would be opening in Miami and my how time flies--reservations are now open for The Hall South Beach starting on October 1.

Rates begin at $188 a night for a deluxe room with a full bed. If you're planning on visiting Miami with a close friend or lover, you'll want a deluxe room with a queen bed instead. Those rooms are roughly the same size as the full rooms, but with a slightly bigger bed.

Deluxe rooms with king beds start around $200 a night while a room with two queen beds is $220. Rooms with views of the pool are close to $300 a night. (Since the hotel sits on the opposite side of Collins from the beach, there aren't any ocean views.)

There's also a $20 resort fee per night that's added to your rate, along with taxes, making a three-night stay in deluxe queen room around $700 total.

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The Baccarat Hotel Uniforms are Not Just Uniforms, They’re Art Forms

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  Site Where: 28 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Front office host Margarita takes to the runway in the Grand Salon, displaying art in motion in this light catching, heavily pleated skirt inspired by facets of Baccarat crystal

Fresh off a Hospitality Design Award, The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, might just win a fashion award next.

We've toured the opulent guest rooms of the hotel and now we're taking a focused look at the Baccarat uniforms. Or rather, the art of the uniforms.

One might assume that a high-profile luxury hotel would select a household (er, palace) name of French haute couture to design custom apparel for the staff. Oh, that would be too predictable, not to mention a tough choice.

Under the acutely watchful eye of Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group, along with Baccarat’s “all things visual” team, freelance pattern maker Venucia de Russi was commissioned in lieu of going with a single design studio.

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Checking In On All That Palm Springs Construction

July 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sleepy Palm Springs is undergoing precedented construction at the moment, so it felt only right to check in on a couple of projects when we were in town last week.

First, Arrive. No extra info on the project since we last checked in – but from these photos it looks like the winter opening may finally be on track. Look at those midcentury lines!

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HotelTonight Gives You A Little In-App Advice With 'Aces'

July 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we’re pretty darn familiar with HotelTonight, and if you’re reading this you probably are too. Well the booking just got better, as the HotelTonight app is adding on a little something extra for your next stay—a virtual concierge.

HotelTonight is the latest company to go all in with tips, tricks, and other advice right from their mobile platform. They’re calling their version of thing Aces, and they describe it as an in-app chat feature that connects guests with their team of insiders. Advice includes insight from locals as well as recommendations, and they’re also helping out with hotel and room requests.

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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Has Their Own 'Director of Romance'

July 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Don’t you just love creative hotel industry titles? Well, to add another Puerto Rico’s Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa has appointed Brian Lewis Postle, a 20-year hospitality veteran, as its new “Director of Romance.” If he spies any couples not being romantic, he’ll put them in a romance time out. We kid!

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Chicago's Westin River North Now Has a Treadmill Desk in Their Guest Rooms

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  Site Where: 320 N Dearborn Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60654
July 10, 2015 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fitting in a workout during a trip is getting a lot easier these days, but there are still many travelers who make excuses to avoid a sweat session while on the road. But if you're staying at The Westin Chicago River North there's no excuse to miss a workout, now that they've installed a treadmill desk right in the guest room.

All 429 rooms at the hotel have a fresh new look, thanks to a recent renovation, but if you're really interested in burning calories while checking email, you'll need to request room 404; the one room that features the treadmill desk.

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This Month Central Park, Next Year Brooklyn Bridge Park for 1 Hotels

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  Site Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park [map], New York, NY, United States
July 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (2)

We’re eager for 1 Hotels to open its flagship hotel on Central Park this month, but our eye is equally on the project that’s been in the works over at Brooklyn Bridge Park since, well, the last time real estate was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Remember those days?

When trying to sort out what to pay for a night over in Central Park, we came across a whole bunch of new renderings of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, so naturally we had to share them with you. First thing to notice? In 2012 we said that we weren’t “totally wowed” by the hotel’s design and boy has it changed. Rather than a simple rectangular shape, we now have various angles, both in the footprint and in the façade, with lots of green. The above aerial gives a much better impression of the hotel’s location versus the park and the bridge as well. Opening should be mid-2016.

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You Can Now Get Gourmet Pizza To-Go at The Mark NYC

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  Site Where: Madison Avenue at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
July 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for take-out that will complement your fashionable black-tie outfit, The Mark is the place to go to get your pizza-to-go.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has just started offering their gourmet pizzas on a “get it to go” basis, and they enlisted design shop Pandiscio & Co. to come up with a chichi box design that incorporates the hotel’s iconic black-and-white stripe from the lobby floor.

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Inside the Renovated Soulstice Rooms (and the 1940s Grotto Rooms) at Two Bunch Palms

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  Site Where: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail [map], Desert Hot Springs, CA, United States, 92240
July 9, 2015 at 6:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we talked green stuff as Two Bunch Palms becomes the first carbon neutral resort in North America, thanks to its swanky new solar farm. Today, let’s talk renovations.

Two Bunch Palms celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, but it’s in the last couple of years that it's got really interesting. The resort got new owners in 2012, having been in receivership. Kevin Kelly of Canyon Ranch fame became CEO in July 2013. In September they stripped out the heavy, steakhouse-style restaurant and made a fresher, more Californian area (see it after the jump).

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