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Funky Friday: Inside Munich Neue Messe is Not Kind to Lefties

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  Site Where: Humboldtstrasse, 12, Aschheim Dornach, Munich, 85609
July 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Eeny meeny miny moe, tell us where’s a lefty to go?

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Occasionally, an individual piece of furniture in a hotel grabs our attention, and these artful lounge chairs at INNSIDE Munich Neue Messe certainly did. Are they stylish, well-placed and inviting? Yes, yes and yes. But does "form follow function" in this design? Ah, that may depend on which side of the brain rules your world, and for this week’s Funky Friday we’re taking a light-hearted stand—er, seat rather—in support of the southpaw.

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'Gals on the Go' Get Special Perks at The Four Seasons in Washington, D.C.

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  Site Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20007
July 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of Washington D.C. today, we happened to stumble across these special amenities for women offered at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.. Here's what the luxury hotel is giving out to its gals on the go. We think Olivia Pope and her female gladiators would approve.

1. Access to the fitness center: This is given to all guests but the Four Seasons will also give you a local guide to the area's best yoga, Barre and Pilates studios.

2. In-Room Amenities: Rooms are stocked with a plethora of pampering goodies like nail kits, pro hair dryers, straightening irons, hairspray, hair serum, bobby pins, bath salts, loofahs and eye masks. You will also get a kit from Amala which includes organic face cream, cleansing milk and serum. You can peep a similar kit here.

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These Hotel Staffers Will Contort Themselves to Please You

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  Site Where: Urubamba, Peru
July 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our front desk guy has been stressing the importance of great hotel service in the past few weeks but this five-star hotel in Peru is going to the extreme.

The Sol & Luna Lodge and Spa, a new addition to the Relais & Chateaux portfolio in the Urubamba Valley, has hired four former Cirque du Soleil acrobats who perform outdoors on the trapeze and ropes with the views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the background.

Yes, it's come to this. Hotel are now so eager to please their guests they have hired people who will literally bend over backwards for them. Guess we can't really complain about that.

Superior Casitas at Sol y Luna, which is 30 minutes from the Inca Rail to Machu Picchu and an hour from Cusco, start at $266 a night and that includes free WiFi.

[Photo: Sol & Luna]

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That Time When EDM Took Over Europe's Staidest City's Business Hotels

Where: Brussels, Belgium
July 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)


Not your usual hotel doorpeople

What happens when you hold an upmarket music festival in a place with no accommodation just outside a major hotel town or city? Neon everywhere and flower headdresses in totally unthinkable hotels, that’s what.

Yes, if you thought Coachella was bad enough unique for colonizing Palm Springs, you clearly haven’t heard of Tomorrowland, a gargantuan EDM festival that takes place in Boom, an appropriately named town 20 miles outside of Brussels, over two weekends: this and last.

Boom doesn’t really have any hotels, which is where Brussels comes in. For two weekends of the year, the supposedly staid (it’s not, but more on that another time) centre of the European Union is full of dayglo, and three of the city’s poshest hotels get done up as rave accommodation, having been bought up by the festival for the exclusive use of their guests.

Take The Hotel, the European Union's hotel of choice for businessmen, diplomats, and President Obama, where we’ve spent the last few days. Normally, it’s full of suits; this weekend, it’s awash with fairy wings, bro baseball caps and t-shirts that read “Fuck off reality, we’re going to Tomorrowland”. The lifts are paved with fake grass instead of the normal marble, and there are butterflies and flowers 'embroidered' all over the lobby.

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The Trump Hotel in D.C. Is Now Officially Underway

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
July 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

It was almost a year ago when we heard Donald Trump sound off about his newest hotel--Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office--in Washington, D.C.

Now, this week, the hotel officially broke ground on construction. Well, actually it was just a ceremonial groundbreaking since the hotel will be rise within the bones of the historic Old Post Office building.

Here's a snapshot of the Trump family of hoteliers--The Donald, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump--along with DC dignitaries Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for the U.S. General Services Administration. Is it just us, or are those shovels plated in gold? #trumplyfe.

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The Pets At The Portofino Hotel In Redondo Beach Are A Little Noisy

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  Site Where: 260 Portofino Way [map], Redondo Beach, CA, United States, 90277
July 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

No cute hotel doggy to share this week; instead we’ve got cute hotel sealions, the guests of honor at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, where we stayed the week before last.

We’d been warned about the sealions before our arrival – apparently, it’s mating season at the moment, and they’re right outside the hotel – and LOUD. In fact, the hotel even provides earplugs to drown out their racket in every room:

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How to Make Every Day National Tequila Day, Thanks to the Las Ventanas Resort in Cabo

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Ctra. Transpeninsular, Los Cabos, Mexico, 23400
July 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today is National Tequila Day, one of our personal favorite holidays of the year--after National Margarita Day of course.

While many of you might be celebrating with some shots of Patron at a bar after work, down at the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso Resort, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, it's an all-out affair. Never mind that the National Tequila Day holiday only applies to the U.S.

Here's what Las Ventanas has on offer for those love the tequila:

Chocolate Covered Tequila Ice Cream
Margarita Popsicles
Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

But only mentioning these tequila specialties and posting pics of them would just be cruel. And we're not like that. Neither is Las Ventanas. The resort has graciously shared the recipe for each tequila treat below so every day can be tequila day. Salud!

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5 Easy Ways to Truly Enjoy a Historic Hotel

July 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our former front desk has given us many helpful tips from how to deal with getting walked and how to effectively complain to the front desk. He's even doled out some tips for hoteliers too. Now he's back with some ways to enjoy a grand old dame...hotel.

Staying at a historic hotel is one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to experience a city and get engulfed in its history.

Many hotels carry with them fascinating stories of yesteryear from being World War shelters to long-term residences for prolific authors and politicians to venues of scintillating scandals and tales. Most of these hotels are over 100 years old with marvelous exterior architecture and opulent interiors, of which guests can spend hours staring at. These historic properties are often protected by dogged conservationists, who want to ensure the protection of the city’s culture and heritage.

Unfortunately, sometimes with the history come challenges in standardized hotel operations and the ability to provide consistent service and product across all guest rooms and public areas. Having worked in multiple historic hotels, I have come to not only appreciate these challenges but also have tried to identify ways for guests to really get the most out of these historic wonders and be transported back in time!

Here are The Mayflower RenaissanceThe Mayflower RenaissanceThe Mayflower Renaissance5 easy ways to truly enjoy a historic hotel and get the most out of your stay:

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Inside the Maui Hideaway That is The Hotel Wailea

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  Site Where: 555 Kaukahi Street [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you a list of Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're heading up the mountains for a different side of Maui. Don't worry, it's not too far from the ocean. Mahalo!

Your dream vacation to Maui probably involves lounging on a beach and sipping on a Mai Tai. What your dream vacation probably doesn't involve is getting up early to wait in line to reserve a beach lounge chair. Or dealing with screaming kids by the pool. Or waiting for an elevator in a sopping wet bathing suit.

While the resorts along the beach in Wailea offer easy access to the ocean and beach activities, along with several different pools to try, they aren't exactly the most tranquil spots in town. Enter The Hotel Wailea, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.

Located in the hillside, about a mile from the beach resorts, the Hotel Wailea features 72 suites spread across a 15-acre property. Each one-bedroom suite has generous bedrooms, and living areas with sectional couches, along with outdoor lanais. All of them are extremely private and quiet and most have full ocean views. None of them require elevators to reach. Rather, you meander along winding pathways, admiring the waterfalls and koi ponds along the way.

Now, beach bums, don't fret. The hotel has complimentary shuttles to the beach along with a dedicated beach attendant, ready with complimentary water bottles, chairs and umbrellas. It's the best of both worlds.

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6 Signs Of a Very (Very, Very) Bad Hotel Spa

July 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa. Now, here's what to steer clear of in a bad spa.

It’s mind-boggling how many five-star hotel spas miss out on those 6 signs of a very good spa that we shared this week. The rule is simple: if you’re at a five-star hotel, then your spa should be five-star as well. .

Now, here are the 6 telltale signs that a hotel spa isn’t quite deserving of its reputation.

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The World's Largest Novotel Is Coming To Madrid

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  Site Where: Calle de O'Donnell, 53, Madrid, Spain, 28009
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bigger is always better, of course – or mas grande, mas bueno, as people who don't speak Spanish they say in Madrid. Because not content with the three Novotels Accor already owns in the city; they’re getting another – and this one is going to be the biggest Novotel in the world.

The Hotel Convención – a gargantuan four star hotel a few blocks away from Retiro Park – is going to be completely redesigned, refurbished and will debut as a Novotel in 2016. Plans include a rooftop pool, business floors, and a children’s corner.

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Demolition Is Done for Achenbaum's New London Hotel

Where: 45 Curtain Road, London, United Kingdom
July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six months after we first cycled past Michael Achenbaum’s future London hotel, phase one of the project seems to be complete: razing the drab 3-story office building that stood between the hotelier and the British version of his rooftop pool parties.

Nothing but a small pile of rubble remains on Curtain Road, a couple of blocks away from Ace Shoreditch (a few years from now, you’ll be able to wave from one rooftop to another).

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