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The JW Marriott Austin Will Have a Walk-Up Burger Window When It Opens Next Month

January 12, 2015 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

The JW Marriott Austin is set to open on February 13 and when it does it will be the largest JW Marriott in North America and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world with just over a 1,000 guest rooms.

That's all fine and good but we are far more excited for the planned Burger Bar on Congress restaurant, which is actually a walk-up food truck-style window . Burger Bar on Congress will be open at lunchtime and in the early evening and will serve the holy trinity of burgers, hand-cut fries and shakes.

Right now, we see no other reason to eat anywhere else when staying at the JW Marriott Austin but the hotel does have a few more restaurant options should you be sick of burgers. (Never!)

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Who'd You Rather: Bowie or DiCaprio, Asks The Palladian

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  Site Where: 2000 Second Ave [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98121
January 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Surely there is only one true answer

How d’ya fancy sleeping with David Bowie? No? Would Dave Grohl be more your type? Really? Leonardo DiCaprio? Please, no. Ok, then, go ahead and have the big one – have Tom Selleck.

This will be your choice at the Palladian, Kimpton’s latest hotel, opening in Seattle next month. The hotel has commissioned a whole series of male celebs dolled up in old-style portrait fashion – and, if you’re particular about who you end up in bed with, there’s a package for you. And you know what's even better? This is no sordid one-nighter; you get to take them home once you've had your fun.

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Three Killer Views From The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
January 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a reason why you should spend a little extra for a room with a view at the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World, and it's because you won't just get one killer view, you'll get a few different killer views.

Here are just three perspectives we snapped during a recent stay in November in a Park View King Room:

1. EPCOT: If you crane your head to the left from your private balcony, you'll see the iconic golf ball shape of EPCOT.

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The Beverly Hilton is Getting Gussied Up for The Golden Globes

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  Site Where: 9876 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
January 9, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forget Christmas and New Year's. Right now is the most wonderful time of the year for the Beverly Hilton.

On Sunday, the hotel is set to host, once again, The Golden Globes Awards in their International Ballroom, as well as an equally glamorous event outside the hotel--the red carpet arrivals.

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey or your favorite TV and movie stars, alas, rooms at the hotel are sold-out. Being able to watch the red carpet arrivals is also a lost cause this late in the game.

But should you want to know what the celebs are eating inside while you're stalking them outside, InStyle has the scoop on the menu and not surprisingly, it includes a "modern Waldorf salad." Wonder if it will be accompanied by advertisements for the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills that's being built next to the Hilton?

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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Hotel Indigo Has Landed in Newark

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  Site Where: 810 Broad St [map], Newark, NJ, United States, 07102
January 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just over two years ago, Newark got its first new hotel in four decades. And it looks like the fever is catching, because Hotel Indigo has just opened up in downtown Newark, making it the third in the New York area.

The theme is “modern industry” (tanneries, breweries and innovators hung around here in the 19th century), so there’s a mosaic tiled ticker tape (Thomas Edison’s invention) in the lobby, a bank vault-turned pizza oven in the restaurant, ALVA, and exposed brick walls in the bedrooms, giving it that authentic industrial vibe (the building itself is from 1912).

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What Did The Westin St. Francis Have That No One Else in America Had?

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  Site Where: 335 Powell Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94102
January 8, 2015 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might be hard to believe this but up until a few weeks ago, the Westin St. Francis in touristy Union Square in touristy San Francisco had something no one else in America had--a Goyard boutique.

If you're not familiar, Goyard is one of the oldest luxury "trunk maker" from Paris that's still in business. But today instead of trunks, they are most well-known for their pricey colorful tote bags in the signature Goyard print (monogramming is available too and recommended.)

While several high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus and Barney's in New York, Boston and Beverly Hills carry Goyard bags, the Goyard San Francisco store was the only actual Goyard boutique in America. That is, until the Maison Goyard in NYC opened quietly a few days after Christmas.

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Why is The Borgata Successful When the Rest of AC is in Ruins?

January 8, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

For a long time, especially during late 70s and 80s, Atlantic City was considered the Las Vegas of the east, attracting gamblers and partiers from the nearby cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for getaway weekends with its combination of casinos and beaches.

But as it typically does in tourism, a lack of long-term planning has led the city into the despair it currently finds itself today. The Revel was an absolute disaster - an insult to the State's taxpayers - and two other boardwalk casinos also closed down this fall.

When we arrived in Atlantic City last Friday night, it was certainly sad to see the three buildings on the boardwalk essentially abandoned. Things simply did not feel the same. But meanwhile, off in the distance, bright lights could be seen.

It was The Borgata, a Boyd Gaming hotel that, in the midst of all the closures and negativity, was jammed pack to the gills. Indeed, back in October, it was reported that the revenue at Borgata was up by five percent.

So we had to ask--what makes this property seemingly successful when so many others have failed?

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Everyone Chime in Now: Should Hotels Block Your Personal Hotspot?

January 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (2)

Before the holidays, we explained that as hotels begin to make Wifi more available and, most importantly, free, they are simultaneously policing the use of personal hotspots on their properties.

Marriott is leading the charge in the crack down. When it filed a petition with the FCC to make its policy legal, a debate erupted. The two sides of the argument are pretty straightforward:

Team Hotspot Blockers as represented by Marriott: Cybersecurity. They're concerned that unauthorized access points will make it easy to hack into a hotel operator's network and threaten guest privacy. In addition, too many hotspots could clog up the network, reducing both personal and hotel Wifi performance and speed. And the resulting bad WiFi service could translate into bad reviews.

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Ellie Goulding Wants to Know What's That Smell at The Miami Beach Edition?

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
January 7, 2015 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pop singer and royal wedding entertainer, Ellie Goulding, recently wrapped up a stay at the new Miami Beach Edition and like most jet setting travelers, took to Instagram to show off a snapshot. But while she definitely enjoyed herself, she had a burning question--what is that smell in the lobby?

When we were there in November, we didn't really smell anything in particular, except maybe the goodness wafting out of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market. However, we do know that Edition carries custom-created, faintly masculine scented Le Labo toiletries in their guest rooms. So perhaps it was a variation of that? Eh, we still think it was coming from the Market. That place is gooood.

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Everything is Crystal Clear at The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

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  Site Where: 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive [map], Rancho Mirage, CA , United States, 92270
January 6, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last month, we showed you all around the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, a resort that was well worth the seven-year wait.

But aside from lounging by the pool, grabbing drinks at the bar at State Fair or napping in your guest room, there's something else you must do during your stay--hit up the spa.

We realize that for serious jet-setters and luxury hotel enthusiasts, this was already on your agenda for Palm Springs as desert retreats and massages go hand in hand. However, the Ritz-Carlton is serious about not just relaxation but tranquility and inner peace.

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3 Chic Hotels Along 30-A in Florida

Where: FL, United States
January 6, 2015 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like the tony beach towns found along the nearly 30-mile stretch of scenic Highway 30-A in Northwestern Florida’s Walton County are a sort of well-kept secret. Outside of Florida and select southern states like Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, this area doesn’t seem to be on the radar of many travelers, especially those from the East Coast.

But it should be.

Gleaming white sand beaches -- better than those in many Caribbean destinations -- and coastal dune lakes are a beautiful setting for the hip towns they occupy. In areas like Rosemary Beach, Watercolor and Seaside, funky beach bars, oceanfront eateries and cool boutiques dot the coastline. A bike path runs all along 30-A, and for many visitors biking is the main mode of transportation.

Gorgeous beach houses are available for rent by the week, but if you prefer a hotel or your visit will be a short one, these are three favorites:

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