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From Jaunted + VegasChatter: WiFi In The Sky Flies High While Uber Will Ride Or Die For Vegas

October 30, 2014 at 6:33 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.

JAUNTED
· Neighborhoods to Know and Go: See You by the Seaside in Matosinhos
· These Special Airplanes Offer Halloween Costume Inspiration Straight Off the Tarmac
· How Much Does In-Flight and On-Track WiFi Cost These Days
· New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger

VEGASCHATTER
· More On What's To Come at The LINQ Hotel
· Uber Can Uber Again, For Now
· Wynn's New Broadway-Style Show Gets A Name
· If You Miss The Design Flair Of THEHotel, Head To New York-New York

(Photo via Jaunted]

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Now We're Talking: Marriott to Give Free WiFi to All Marriott Rewards Members Next Year

October 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The reason we were all "meh" about Marriott Hotels' wireless phone chargers a few weeks ago was simply because Marriott is still charging for WiFi up in the guest rooms. But it looks like they've had a change of heart because...

Marriott International will be giving all members of its Marriott Rewards program free WiF at all Marriott brands (about 3,800 hotels) starting on January 15, 205. #stunned #flabbergasted #theendishere

Here's the official Marriott statement:

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Inside the Valley Ho Hotel's New Presidential Suite

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  Site Where: 6850 E. Main Street [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85251
October 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale was once-upon-a-time a Hollywood hangout back in the 50s. It has been awarded up and down for its vibe and style, and while it may not have the celebrity status it once did, this week's opening of its new high-end suite shows it still has plenty of star power.

The Presidential Loft Suite is essentially a large apartment with 1,500 square-feet of interior space and a ridiculous 550 square-feet of balcony/outdoor space. Featuring two floors, the downstairs level has a living room, dining room, half bathroom, and a full kitchen. The bedroom is upstairs, with a walk-in closet, washer/dryer, and terrazo-tiled bathroom.

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Hard Rock's Next Property Will Be in Dubai

October 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of themed-restaurant competitor Planet Hollyhood's announcement of its new digs in India, Hard Rock International has revealed plans to build a hotel in Dubai, the Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina.

The project will be Hard Rock's first built in the UAE and the Middle East. The entire structure will be a huge 101-floor tower that includes residential units, and the hotel will have 281 rooms and occupy the first 33 floors. Its location in Dubai Marina puts guests within launching distance to Jumeriah Beach, Dubai Media City, the Mall of the Emirates, and other restaurants, shops, and attractions.

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Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room.

If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!

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AmanDayan in Lijiang, China Is Hiring, Could this Be What it Looks Like?

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  Site Where: Lijiang, China
October 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

While Venice and Vietnam got their Aman Resort in 2013, the openings we so optimistically wrote about for China and Jordan never materialized. Another year on, and we’re still waiting, but just like that we stumbled onto two things for one of them: a recruitment ad and an interior image.

This page has the ad for an Executive Assistant Manager (Rooms) at AmanDayan, the 32-suite resort on Lion Hill in the ancient city of Lijiang, in China’s Yunnan province. While the ad refers to it without the capital letter, we were explicitly told at the time that AmanDayan is how it should be spelled. We’re going to liberally take the closing date of mid-November as a sign that the resort is nearing completion, so perhaps we’ll see an early 2015 opening?

Diving a bit further down the rabbit hole that is the internet, we came upon the above photo here, in a post now about a year old. While we’d take it with a grain of salt, the design does strike us as being very Aman, so who knows. We’re hoping to get some more detail soon, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, further east in Japan, we wouldn’t hold our breath for a 2014 opening of Aman Tokyo either – expect that to be a 2015 affair too. When we have more detail, we'll be sure to let you know.

[Photo: Weibo via Flyertalk, JasonD]

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Exploring the Green Mountains of Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

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  Site Where: Nizwa, Oman
October 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the hotel overload in Dubai, and to a lesser extent in Doha (Qatar) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), Oman has had a slightly lower profile among the emirates, but that seems to be changing: Four Seasons is heading to the sultanate, and so is Aman, and looking at the photos of recently opened Alila Jabal Akhdar makes us want to book a ticket to capital Muscat as soon as possible.

A two and a half hour 4WD-only drive from Muscat into the Al Hajar mountains, the hotel is built to fit within the natural environment, perched on a cliff overlooking the gorge below (Jabal Akhdar means “The Green Mountain” in Arabic). There are just 78 suites and villas, all with outdoor space like above to soak in the surrounding landscape and dramatic sunsets – more photos below.

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South Kensington Will Get Its Exhibitionist Earlier (And Cheaper) Than Expected

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  Site Where: 8-10 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom, SW7 2EA
October 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well this isn’t very true to character. The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, which we told you about last month, is opening earlier than its scheduled 1 December date – rooms are available to book from 10 November.

An early opening is weird in itself, but what’s weirder is that the hotel’s own website, which was imminent last time we checked in, is still not up and running - there’s just a placeholder page with email addresses to contact. Less than two weeks to go and no website? That’s brave.

You can, of course, still book through the Preferred Hotel Group, which is showing rooms from £368 on opening night. But if you’re planning to book, you should do it through flash sale site Secret Escapes, which has it for £199 – good value for the location.

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Four Seasons Moscow Opens Today With Lower Rates Than Expected

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  Site Where: 2, Okhotny Ryad Str. , Moscow, Russian Federation, 109012
October 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Добро пожаловать!* We may have got a little sidetracked by the insane suites of St Petersburg yesterday, but today our eyes are pointed back towards Moscow, where the Four Seasons finally opens in a recreation of the legendary Hotel Moskva which featured on the Stolichnaya vodka label and which was bulldozed 10 years ago. (In fact, it ‘opened’ two days ago with a big party, but is only available for bookings for normal folk from today.)

As we said before, the location is spectacular, on Ploshchad Revolyutsii, which filters into Red Square. It has five food and drink venues including Italian and Russian restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, a glass-roofed lap pool and a whopping 32,292 square feet spa, which will open early next year.

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O.M.G. A Legit Hello Kitty Hotel Suite is Now Open at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
October 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are kind of at a loss for words right now. We just went into the Hello Kitty Suite at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles and it is all kinds of super kawaii.

The suite was created by a team of designers and artists led by Line designer Sean Knibb in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday, which is also being celebrated with the first official Hello Kitty Con at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown LA, starting tomorrow. (Knibb was the vision behind the t-shirts on the ceiling at check-in at The Line.)

But there's so much more.

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All Hotel Bars Should Take a Lesson From The LINQ Hotel in Vegas

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  Site Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek of the drastic overhaul of the old Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, which will officially reopen as The LINQ Hotel & Casino tomorrow (it was formerly known as The Quad, a transition brand of sorts.)

The new rooms at The LINQ are like nothing we've seen before in Vegas, but we've definitely seen that sleek yet functional furniture making the rounds with all the millennial brands. The LINQ is clearly targeting the younger generation of Vegas visitors but it has a lot of touches that really hit the mark...for everyone.

Like USB ports and outlets in the lamps so you don't have to hunt for a spare outlet to charge your phone. Like WiFi hotspots in every room to ensure the best internet connections. Like toiletry dispensers that are easy to use (no struggling to open a teeny tiny toiletry bottle) and are filled with good for you and the earth products from Zero Percent (a division of Gilchrist & Soames.) And the option to send up some old-timey board games to you room for some pre-gaming fun.

But downstairs at the hotel's lobby bar, 3535, is where we think the future of hotel bars should be headed.

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The Standard Whips Out a 'Nude' Collaboration

October 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Standard Hotels are well known for their naughty nude guests so we find it very cheeky of them to partner up NudeAudio to unveil a flesh-colored, portable speaker called, The Super-M. (What, Super-O was taken?)

The Bluetooth speaker is extremely compact, and if you were wearing pants, which you're obviously not doing at the Standard, you'd able to slip it into your back pocket. The speaker also promises to be be waterproof, sand proof, and shock proof. Here's some technical aspects that you engineers out there might be able to understand:

4 full-range, high-performance neodymium drivers are tightly packed on both sides of the Super-M, with each pair complemented by a passive radiator, for a total of 6 drivers.

These are driven by highly efficient amplifiers and a powerful Lithium-ion battery. A state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.0 chipset ensures efficient battery use and the best possible signal.

Party monsters, you'll be happy to know the speaker can go for up to eight hours. No Molly, er battery changes, required.

The speaker is available in The Standard Shop for $99.