United States Travel Guide
Once again, hotels are going all out for Breast Cancer Awareness month, offering up pink cocktails, pink sheets, and pink-themed room packages.
Yet while we love the pink passion that hotels have this month (especially since costs for your pink hotel purchases go to a breast cancer awareness charity), we're really in love with this giant pink bra that's been hoisted upon the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
The 12-foot-high, 25-foot wide, 300-pound pink bra was constructed by artist Jonathan Bertuccelli of Studio3 inc. on behalf of the breast surgeons at The Omega Breast Center at The Omega Hospital in Metairie. It was raised up onto the hotel's exterior by crane on October 15, which was National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.
But the bra will get its moment to shine tonight as it will greet hundreds of breast cancer survivors who will be honored tonight at The Pink Gala, hosted by Omega Hospital and New Orleans Living Magazine, at the Windsor Court Hotel.
The bra will stay on the hotel until October 20. If you're in New Orleans, hurry by to see it!
[Photos: Windsor Court Hotel]
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Move over Dubai. Americans will now have a much easier way of skiing indoors. They will simply just need to fly to Texas.
This expertly designed facility is 1,220' in length, 570' wide and just under 300' tall featuring the longest indoor ski run in the world. Multiple ski runs accommodate beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, and thrill snowboarders with an Olympic half pipe and snowboarding course. The snow center includes a snow play area, snow tubing, tobogganing, a luge track and a winter wonderland for kids of all ages.
Accompanying the indoor ski resort will be the Hard Rock Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth, a 300-room hotel with a rooftop pool complex, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness center and tons of music memorabilia throughout. Construction will being in January and the hotel is expected to open by January 2018 with 86 of its hotel rooms expected to overlook the indoor ski resort.
At first glance, this might seem like a random sort of move for Hard Rock but when you consider how family-friendly the brand has gotten recently, it makes sense. Having recently announced theirHard Rock Roxstars Kids Program, this indoor ski resort hotel is the perfect follow-up move for appealing to the family travel market.
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We can't reveal our sources but there is word going around that a Moxy Hotel is being developed for New Orleans, which really could not be a more perfect city for the young and fun Moxy brand. It's also a favorite city for Marriott International.
The hotel company already has 18 Marriott-branded hotels in or just outside the city, with several more within an hour's drive. And every brand is represented there from Residence Inn to Couryard, Springhill Suites, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott and even the first-ever AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States. That hotel is opening next month.
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Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)
A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:
Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.
Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.
Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.
There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!
The last time HotelChatter checked in on the Alisal Guest Ranch, we were taking in the scenery of the working cattle ranch, just outside of Solvang, Calif., on horseback. But now, you can cruise around the scenic Santa Ynez Valley in a quicker way--by cycling.
The Alisal Guided Cycling Package includes a two-night stay for two people in a studio room at the resort; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, a welcome basket, two guided rides a day, Alisal logo cycling jerseys (whoa, they mean business!), and two massages at The Alisal Spa. Guests will also have access to all the other activities at the resort like horseback riding, golf (green fees included), tennis and fishing at the 100-acre spring-fed Alisal Lake. (See why it's an especially great spot for families here.)
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Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will have just 36 rooms with only one and two-bedroom suite options. The property, which will not be called Montage, but rather Pendry San Diego, will also have two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a nightclub, and a beer hall. Is it expected to draw both business and leisure travelers with its location three blocks from the convention center in the heart of the city's main leisure district, the Gaslamp.
The hotel says it will "appeal to young, hip guests looking for both superior personal service and high-quality design and amenities," and rates are projected to start between $250 and $300 a night. Few details have been released about the restaurants, nightclub, and beer hall, but the hotel hopes to attract locals as well as visitors and become a destination in themselves.
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Need an excuse to start planning another trip to the wine country? Starwood Hotels has got your back, with the announcement that historic Acacia House, on Main Street in St. Helena, will be renovated and become Las Alcobas, one of its Luxury Collection Hotels.
True, you need a little bit of patience, with opening planned for somewhere between autumn 2015 and early 2016, but it’s never too early, right?
The renderings of the site and the building above are all we were able to dig out from the architect’s website, which shows how everything around the main house will be razed to make way for a number of new annexes that we presume will house the majority, if not all, 57 rooms. The above doesn’t scream luxury hotel to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen more. Meeting facilities, a signature restaurant, and spa with outdoor pool will be added as well.
Nowadays, it's rare for a hotel to open up without some sort of spa component--whether it be its own state-of-the-art spa facility or simply, a partnership with a local spa. But while it's convenient to have a massage therapist who's just a button on the house phone away, guests in need of a deeper physical work, and emotional healing, should head to a real spa, one that just happens to have hotel rooms attached.
Like the new incarnation of Golden Door near San Diego which has reopened for week-long, spa intensive stays.
Golden Door first opened in 1958 and was a favorite for screen stars like Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, and Elizabeth Taylor. It remained a fave of the A-list, through an expansion in the 1970s, up until the late 90s when the retreat was acquired by a larger corporation and lost a little bit of of its soul. But in 2012, the spa was given back to private ownership (Joanne Conway to be exact, a frequent guest and wife of billionaire philanthropist, Bill Conway) and has since undergone its own dramatic transformation.
If you still wear contact lenses, then chances are you've probably done this trick while staying at a hotel when you've realized that you forgot your contact lens case--you fill up the two glasses in the bathroom with contact lens solution.
We've done this before. (After cleaning out the glasses of course. We'd like to keep our eyeballs, no matter how poorly they function without corrective lenses.)
However, we've always been careful not to drink from these glasses. Sadly, the same can't be said for actress Mindy Kaling during her recent hotel stay in New York. Check out her recent post to Facebook:
So this morning I drank my best friend @joce808 contact lenses. They were sitting in this glass unguarded in a shallow pool of contact solution. I drank it with my morning glug of water and we are debating whether I should have known better given context clues.
Or maybe, having contact lens cases on hand for guest who've forgot theirs is something that Trump Hotels should do. Kimpton does it. That way, Mindy's friend wouldn't have to improvise with the bathroom glasses. (The toiletry on the sink is a giveaway of her hotel stay.)
Either way, we think the incident would be perfect for "The Mindy Project", which chronicles Dr. Mindy Lahiri and her revolving door of boyfriends. #DiamondDanForever
[Photo: Mindy Kaling/Facebook]
Chicago has been a breeding ground for new hotels and new hotel concepts for a few years now. We even named it the Best Hotel Scene back in 2011. But the hospitality winds of change are just starting to pick up.
By our count, 8 very important hotels will open in Chicago in the next two years. Of course, there will be many, many, more hotels opening than just eight. But here are the ones we're dying to sleep with.
1. Virgin Chicago: At long last, Virgin Hotels finally revealed its much hyped but much covered up hotel concept last week. And we are loving it. Rooms will officially open to guests in the dead of winter on January 15 at $209 a night. We're currently hunting down a faux fur coat to accompany us on our virgin stay with Virgin Hotels.
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Does it sound rude if we say this is not the kind of style we’d have thought Miranda Lambert would go for?
Welcome to The Ladysmith, the country singer’s new inn in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It’s an old building from 1901; Lambert and Blake Shelton bought it last year as a bed and breakfast and events center (bridal parties rather than sell-out country shows).
It’s had a year-long renovation thanks to Lambert, and has emerged – well, as you can see. The clashing colors and pattern-on-patterns won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s definitely to ours – distressed wooden paneling with patterned wallpaper, yes please! Exposed brick walls with velvet chairs – book us in now! It’s like a shabby chic version of a Kit Kemp property, and we love it.
Lambert has been playing it coy, so far. "I have no idea what I’m doing," she told Taste of Country. "I don’t know how to run a bed and breakfast or anything about it. But it’s too beautiful of a building not to restore." It's ok, Miranda - you've done it proud.
The eight rooms all have names like the Knaughty Pine or Curtain Call (The Judge (up top) is probably our favorite with those exposed brick walls and modern chandelier above the bed). In fact, the only thing we don’t like are the plastic-looking cushions on the Knaughty Pine bed. Speaking of the beds, they’re Comforpedic IQ by Beauty Rest, a brand we don’t know personally, but one that sounds promising.
The only real downside is the price - $200 tonight for a room with shared bathroom, while the cheapest with an ensute is $280. We’d need a private performance for that price, Miranda.
There's one hotel we missed on our recent openings list--The Hyatt Herald Square New York, which is now officially open. Perfect timing, ahead of the holiday season, even Halloween, which to many of us is a bone fide holiday in itself.
Here's what to like about Hyatt Herald Square, so far:
· Close to Shopping. Herald Square has always been a
clusterF high-energy Manhattan neighborhood, with a history of both the fashion and publishing worlds to keep things current and looking good. While the publishing sector has mostly moved on, on-line that is, Herald Square is still home to big-brand fashion, including those celeb lines at Macy's.