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Independence Day: A Look at The Hollywood Roosevelt's Revamped Guest Rooms

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90028
May 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It comes as no surprise when we hear of Hollywood icons reinventing themselves. No, we’re not talking about stars of the silver screen, but rather an iconic hotel that has catered to them for the last 88 years--The Hollywood Roosevelt.

As we told you last month, the new owners of the hotel, David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, reclaimed management of the hotel, turning it back into an independent property that's now a part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. (Meanwhile, former management company, Thompson Hotels, just announced their new Hollywood hotel yesterday.)

To go along with their newfound independence, the Hollywood Roosevelt now sports a new website, renewed top brass and oh, yes, revamped guest rooms, given the Midas touch by the house of Yabu Pushelberg.

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Check Out OZO Kandy, Sri Lanka's First Millennial Hotel

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  Site Where: Kandy, Sri Lanka
May 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

When we first heard about a “new Kandy hotel,” our hearts sank. This could only be the launch of a new millennial or ravers place, surely? And then we realized that Kandy is actually a place in the middle of Sri Lanka, and it was all going to be OK.

OZO Kandy is actually the first hotel to open in Kandy in 20 years (and the last international brand in 35 years). It has 122 rooms, which look rather budget chic – small but well done with local-inspired artwork over the beds and crisp materials and colors.

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Your Next Social Media Share Might Score You a Trip to Turkey

Where: Turkey
May 29, 2015 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that your application is under review for one great job why not focus your attention on another? After all, it never hurts to have a couple different options from which to choose. This time it’s the title of Chief Instagram Officer, so if you think you have what it takes to be a solid CIO—if only for a week—better spend some time thinking about how to impress the decision makers over at Hillside Beach Club on Turkey's Dalaman coast.

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Here's a New Opening to Fill You with Turkish Delight

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  Site Where: Ayvalik, Turkey
May 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another smashing hotel opening. Today it’s the turn of the Murat Reis in Ayvalik, Turkey - a project so new that the website is still under construction.

The hotel has opened with 91 rooms for a look that it describes as “modern with a Mediterranean accent”. And it’s pretty lush and beach-ready – look at those Travertine floors and matching headboards, the striped linen (why do we never see striped linen in hotels?) and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beach.

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Why Has Nobody Thought of This Breakfast Buffet Amenity Before?

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  Site Where: 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
May 29, 2015 at 8:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scenario. You’re going for it at the breakfast buffet, possibly trip number 3. If you’re with someone else, they stay while you go up. If you’re not, there’s a moment of anxiety as you’re away. What if they clear my stuff away while I’m gone? Oh, the humiliation of realizing they thought I’d already eaten enough! Let me just leave my phone there, so they realize I’m coming back. Cross fingers nobody steals it.

Turns out it’s not just us living in this circle of shame, and at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong this week, we spied a brilliant solution.

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From Jaunted + VegasChatter: Selfie Stick Bans and Blackjack Tans

May 28, 2015 at 6:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City.

· 'SkyMall' Is Back and OMG Take All Our Money Plz
· Where to Learn About Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg
· Delta Wins The Internet With This Latest Safety Video
· Official Proof That Disneyland Has Banned Selfie Sticks on All Rides

· Where You Can Play Blackjack Poolside in Las Vegas This Summer
· Should You Play the Field When it Comes to Casino Hosts?
· The Very Last Days of The Riviera Have Become Even More Tragic
· Tuscany Suites' New Resort Fee is Almost as Much as Their Room Rate

(Photo via Jaunted

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'Entourage' is Back and So Are The Hotel Packages

May 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

No, you are not imagining things. Nearly four years after the HBO bro-show, Entourage, went off the air, it has returned with a bro-movie of the same name.

Entourage, The Movie premieres on June 3 and for old-times' sake, hotels are getting the gang back together again with Entourage-themed packages.

Here a few party-animal packages that have come across our inbox. And since hotels made numerous cameos in "Entourage" episodes over the years, we'll be sure to report on the movie cameos as well. But remember, as the wise Titus Andromedon discovered, "There is no Entourage 2!" For now.

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Chocolate on the Pillow? The Benjamin's Sleep Expert Says No

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  Site Where: 125 E 50th St [map], New York, New York , United States, 10022
May 28, 2015 at 5:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Meet Rebecca Robbins, The Benjamin NYC's Sleep Expert

Last year this time, we wondered whether the new trend of sleep ambassador programs was a valuable hotel amenity or just another useless marketing gimmick. During an interview with one such ambassador, we learned about the steps travelers should take to get a better night's sleep at a hotel. Basically, it was a "do this, don't do that" sort of conversation.

But one thing we failed to discuss was whether a sleep ambassador had any impact on a hotel beyond guest suggestions. Is there any concrete impact, or just a list of dos and don'ts? On a recent stay at the Benjamin NYC, we discovered that a sleep ambassador's job is not all about pleading to guests to make good bedtime decisions. During its renovation, The Benjamin actually called upon sleep expert Rebecca Robbins to help design the room.

Turns out, she helped the hotel make decisions surrounding the room's design that are aimed at getting a better night's sleep. Some, like eliminating noise, are obvious. Others, like using analog clocks, go a little under the radar. And chocolate on the pillow? To that, Ms. Robbins says no. Read on to see the complete list.

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Both Tommie and Thompson Hotels to Take on Hollywood (Again)

May 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

That didn't take long. Just last month, it was revealed that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel had left the Thompson Hotels collection to be an independent hotel (that's part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.) But Thompson won't be gone long from the Hollywood scene.

A press release put out by Thompson's parent hotel company Commune Hotels & Resorts announced an all-new Thompson Hollywood Hotel, opening on Wilcox Avenue, north of Sunset Boulevard. (FWIW, this will be incredibly close to the Mama Shelter Hotel, due to open next month.)

The Thompson Hollywood will be a 200-room hotel in a 10-story building with a nearly 5,000-sq.ft. restaurant, a 1,862-sq.ft. bar and an outdoor plaza. The rooftop "penthouse" level is promising views of the Hollywood sign and DTLA as well as an outdoor pool deck, a second restaurant and a fitness center. But that's not all.

A new build of Commune's made-for-millennials brand, Tommie Hotels, was announced for Hollywood as well.

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Time to Spa at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel Will Be From July

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  Site Where: Beau Street, Bath, United Kingdom
May 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not quite the promised “Spring 2015”, but we’ll take it: The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel will open July 1.

It was last November that we walked you through a load of renderings from inside the listed building in Bath, which will have direct access to the original Roman thermal springs. Naturally, this is what your spa experience will be all about. The hotel’s “private water reserve bubbles to the surface at 47 degrees centigrade, packed full of rich natural minerals”. A one-hour “Bath Circuit” is a “ritualised self-guided tour of the thermal pools, saunas, steam room, ice alcove and elegant relaxation rooms”, which concludes with a “very special Water Ritual Ceremony”. What exactly that is, we’ll have to find out.

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That Moment When You Realize That Luxury Isn't Always Best

Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (2)

Private pool at Rumah Surga

Sometimes being a hotel fan feels like it’s all about what’s new and pricey, where has the best pillow menu or tanning butler. But as I realized this past couple of weeks, sometimes a cheaper experience can be a much more real experience.

I was in Bali and had 10 days scheduled in Ubud. Initially I had fantasies of trying out all these kinds of fancy new places. Then I remembered I couldn’t afford even one night in most of those hotels. So I booked a villa instead: Villa Rumah Surga. It was $58 a night instead of the $250+ most of the decent hotels were, and I wasn’t expecting great shakes. But great shakes is what I got.

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Graduate Hotels Start New Semester in Madison, Durham and Others On Horizon

May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been almost a year since we first learned of Graduate Hotels, and since then the chain has been busy doing their thing—showing everyone how to relive the glory days of college but in hotel form.

The latest property just opened up in Madison, Wisconsin, and with it comes 72 rooms. The new Graduate Madison takes over for the former Campus Inn, and we can only imagine that brings quite an upgrade. Campus visitors take note, as this place is only a couple blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.

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