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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is On at These NYC Hotels

April 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Designed by Mattia Bonetti, on display at The Mark Hotel

The world's biggest egg hunt, the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, raises money for good causes across the globe, from children in New York City through Studio in a School to conservation efforts to save the Asian elephant through Elephant Family.

New York City is hosting the egg hunt from now through April 26, and more than 250 egg sculptures, each individually created by leading artists and designers, will be hidden across the city. The public are encouraged to participate in the “hunt” by finding all of the eggs – with gemstone prizes from Fabergé serving as an incentive. The hunt will culminate with an auction of the collectible and one-of-a-kind egg sculptures, held by Sotheby’s and online via Paddle8.

No surprise that some of these special eggs have found their “nests” at hotels around New York City. Here's the run-down of the hotel eggs, with descriptions provided by the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt:

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Detroit Fire Station to Become Foundation Hotel, Poles Included

Where: 250 West Larned [map], Detroit, MI, United States
April 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our calls have been answered!The former headquarters building of the Detroit Fire Department officially be turned into the Foundation Hotel in late 2015 after an extensive renovation.

Aside from the novelty of staying in an old fire house, you have to feel at least a little comfort in knowing that the building was probably (we hope) up to speed on its fire protection and alarm systems. If nothing more, it is a cool building that should translate well into a 100-room boutique hotel. And maybe, this could be the start of a new trend since Andre Balzas is turning another fire station in London into a hotel.

The new hotel in Detroit will be managed by Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group, who also operate the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, another historic building conversion. The fire house building, located at 250 West Larned in Downtown Detroit, once accommodated most of the city's emergency fire service needs. The building is included in the National Register of Historic Places, though oddly it is not a city or state-listed landmark.

It was built in 1929 in the popular Neoclassical style that dressed up many a governmental building. It remained a working fire station until 2011, after which it was used as headquarter offices.

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Hotel Vermont Offers Fun 'Bedtime Menu,' Lets You Shop Your Room Decor

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  Site Where: 41 Cherry St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
April 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

An amenities-filled "Bedtime Menu" and "we sell everything!" approach to room decor is cute, clever, and only slightly bad for the bank account.

Finally, a hotel that insomniacs and kleptomaniacs can agree on! (This’ll show that marriage counselor!) Welcome to Hotel Vermont, a rustic-chic destination (opened just last year) that brings urbane gloss to the cobblestone streets of quaint Burlington, Vermont. (Things it also brings: acclaimed dining at the six-time James Beard award nominated restaurant Hen of the Wood.)

The 125 contemporary guest rooms are perfect for city slicker couples who want the fresh air and relaxation of a northern New England retreat, minus all the lace and doilies and crumpets associated with your average Green Mountain State B&B. They’re also perfect for those who can’t help themselves from filling their suitcase with “souvenirs” of a getaway. But instead of resorting to hording sample-sized shampoo bottles (you desperate keepsake cat burglar), guests can take home not just the soap – but also the handmade soap dishes.

Oh, and the Johnson Woolen Mills flannel blankets, the alarm clock, the Tivoli radio, the felt flowers and vase, the water glasses and carafe… need we continue? “Almost everything is for sale!” explains an in-room price list, which points out all the accommodation accouterments that will simply be charged to your tab if they go “missing.”

They should, because basically everything is also hand-made by local New England artisans. This is good Vermont-y swag.

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A Big New Hotel is Headed for Midtown Manhattan But It's Not Much to Get Excited About

Where: 350 West 40th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's yet another new hotel coming to Midtown Manhattan and the elements are likely the dullest words we will write today.

The men behind this underwhelming project are the ubiquitous Gene Kaufman and Sam Chang, and it is depressingly located across from Port Authority Bus Terminal and down the street from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. (Still, though, we'll admit it's a handily central, though not exactly scenic, location).

In a little bit more interesting news, however, Curbed reports that the hotel will rise 35 stories and hold a massive 594 rooms That's definitely one of the most biggest developments we've heard of for a while in this area. We just hope they find a way to jazz it up.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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An Idyllic View of Santa Barbara From The Fess Parker Hotel

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  Site Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard [map], Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93103
April 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, we showed you the before and after pics of the Fess Parker's most recent renovation. The revamp ensured that the hotel will remain one of the city's flagship hotels going forward, at least as far as aesthetics go. We love the new rooms, and one thing that hasn't changed is the beautiful ocean and mountain views they provide.

Next week, we'll poke around town and dish on all the hotel news happening around town, including other hotel renovations as well as offerings you can expect from different properties this summer.

For now, enjoy this wonderful view from the hotel's Gardenia Building, and feel free to daydream about the warm California sun as we transition into spring.

[Photo: Will McGough]

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Inside The Langham Pasadena's Club Lounge

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  Site Where: 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue [map], Pasadena, CA , United States, 91106
April 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Club Lounge at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

The Langham Pasadena, a grand hotel with an old world luxury style (personally, one of our favorite kinds of hotels), features quite a bit of modern creature comforts in the guest rooms--from plush bedding to flat-screen TVs, Chuan Spa toiletries, 24-hour room service, comfortable work spaces and best of all, free WiFi. Which is why booking a club room at an extra $150 or so a night isn't exactly a necessity. But it doesn't disappoint either.

Located on the 8th floor, the club is open from 6:30am to 9pm during the week and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. There are five different food and beverage services throughout the day from continental breakfast to light snack to "cordials" in the evening.

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3 Boston Hotels We’re Watching for 2015

April 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It takes a long time for a hotel project to go from idea to groundbreaking, from construction to first check-in. So even as we luxuriate (hopefully) in new openings and exciting upgrades, we’re already looking into our crystal ball (AKA the Internet) for buzz on what’s coming down the pipeline. Herewith, we present the three Boston hotel openings in 2015 that have us most excited right now — and why.

1. Envoy Hotel

Why we’re excited: Because a hot neighborhood needs a hot hotel. Nothing makes something sound less hip than using the word “hip.” But if you’ll allow us to don our verbal Mom Jeans for a moment — Boston’s Fort Point is hip. It’s hot. It’s very “now,” a little sliver of a neighborhood bordering the Seaport that happens to be filled with some of the most buzz-worthy restaurants in recent years: from legendary chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining flagship, Menton, to the self-professed “working man’s oyster bar” (if you’re a “working man” in finance, maybe) that is Row 34.

Now the transformation from industrial area to hot hospitality ‘hood is nearly complete, with word that the $70 million Envoy Hotel (a rendering shown here) will open in 2015 on Sleeper Street near the Barking Crab restaurant. The six-story property is an entry in Marriott’s luxury Autograph Collection which also includes Maine's upcoming Press Hotel. Expect 136 rooms, plans for a pedestrian plaza that will link to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with skyline and harbor views, and 4,000 square feet of space on the ground level for – what else? – restaurants. Hip.

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This Durango Hotel Had a Housekeeping Trick That Transformed 'Hotel Rooms' into 'Guest Rooms'

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  Site Where: 726 E 2nd Ave [map], Durango, Colorado, United States, 81301
April 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The neon sign outside the Rochester Hotel in Durango, Colo. was definitely an interesting first impression, and even moreso of an eyebrow raiser when we saw it again upon checkout.

The Rochester was built in 1892 and is one of the oldest hotels in Durango. Once a 33-room boarding house, the current owners remodeled it into 15 king and double queen rooms. The original antiques and woodwork are still found in the hallways and rooms, but the hotel has adopted a Western movie theme based on films that were shot in the area. Think framed movie posters, film histories, and photographs in the hallways.

Despite the images that movie posters and out-of-place neon signs bring to mind, the hotel was incredibly genuine, feeling more like a B&B than anything else. It essentially was at the end of the day, with a free made-to-order breakfast included in the rate, and a little housekeeping trick that did a really good job of making us feel like we were a guest at someone's house rather than customers at a hotel: After it was made up, they left the doors of all the unoccupied rooms open.

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The Paramount is Now the Official Partner of the Tony Awards

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  Site Where: 235 West 46th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having hosted theatrical extravaganza Queen of the Night for the past three months, the Paramount Hotel has surely earned its luvvie chops, so its recent announcement that will become the official hotel partner of the Tony Awards seems like a natural progression.

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The Eventi Hotel Has a New Bar Everyone Will Hit Up, The Business Bar

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  Site Where: 851 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States
April 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's never fun to arrive at your hotel only to discover you forgot your phone charger, or worse, your laptop. We've long believed that hotels should at least carry spare chargers behind the front desk yet keeping back-up tech supplies is still a rarity in this biz. But now at The Eventi Hotel in NYC, they've launched an entire Business Bar for absent-minded gadget hoarders like us.

While the "bar" is not an actual physical bar, the offerings are very real from a selection of Apple products (iPads, iPad Minis, and MacBook Pros) to reading tablets (Kindle or Nook) and even digital cameras and a GoPro. Plus, there's a plethora of tech accessories available too, including the all-important chargers.

All guests need to do is stop by the front desk to reserve their item of choice. The amenities are available on loan for the length of your stay.

Rates at The Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, start at $379 a night next Monday.

[Photo: Eventi Hotel]

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The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Already Has Its Opening Packages Lined Up

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Aven NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
April 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The singsongy sounding Marriott Marquis Washington DC is still planning to open on May 1, but right now, reservations are being accepted online only for June 1 at a grand opening rate of $269 a night.

Yet in an effort to capitalize on the summer travel to DC (did you know this summer will be the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?), the soon-to-be-largest hotel in DC (with 1,175 rooms) has put together three opening packages and they are actually deal-worthy. Here they are:

· Summer Weekends Deal: From June 1-September 1, the hotel is offering 40 percent off two night stays and 50 percent off three-night stays from Thursday-Sunday nights. Suites are exempt. All stays must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Still, you can get a two night stay for just $108 a night or a three-night stay for just $90 a nigt. Book by May 23 to score the best rate. Use code NEW to book.

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No Joke: This Hotel Left a Sticky Note On the Headboard

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  Site Where: 2481 S.El Camino Real [map], San Clemente , California, United States, 92672
April 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (5)

Hmmm... this was definitely a new one for us. This weekend, we stayed at the Hampton Inn in San Clemente, California, while attending a wedding on the adjacent golf course, and when we entered our room, we found this note waiting for us, pressed on the headboard.

As snotty as it sounds, our first thought was whether the hotel wanted a cookie for this typically routine service. We also wondered if sticky notes are now the new way to communicate in our technologically advanced world.

But alas, the note is actually just a marketing opportunity by Hampton Inn. (We've seen another hotel use sticky notes before as a marketing gimmick too.)

A few years ago, the brand rolled out these printed sticky notes to assure guests that the sheets on the bed are clean. Which makes sense since our #1 fear is usually that the duvet cover hasn't been washed and contains god-knows-what kind of stains.

But while we definitely appreciate clean linens, we're not sure we need a note, much less a sticky note on the headboard, to remind us. This isn't Office Space, it's a hotel room.

What do you think? Should Hampton Inn use sticky notes on the headboard to remind guests about the clean linens? Or is there another way to do this? Sound off in comments below!

[Photo: HotelChatter]