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From Jaunted + VegasChatter: Best Biz Classes and Biz as Usual for Resort Fees

January 29, 2015 at 8:43 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
· Tired of Football? Here are 5 Other Things to See and Do in Phoenix This Weekend
· Slurp It! The 6 Best Oyster Bars in America Right Now
· Everyone Chime In Now: Who Has The Best Long-Haul Business Class?
· 17 Things to Buy Before SkyMall Says Goodbye

VEGASCHATTER
· Griddle Cafe Closing At SLS, Northside Cafe Taking Spot
· Déjà Vu As Hooters' Resort Fee Rises Again
· The Cosmopolitan Preparing To Raise Resort Fee
· Worth It? Breaking Down The Value Of The New Vegas Attraction Passport

(Photo via Jaunted

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You Can Now Use Your Phone to Open The Door at The Cromwell in Las Vegas

January 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are many things that you can lose in Vegas--money, inhibition, dignity, and most certainly your room keys. Raise your hand if this happened to you not once but twice this weekend in Vegas. Oh? We're the only ones?

But if you're staying at The Cromwell Las Vegas, a part of Caesars Entertainment, there's no way to lose those pesky key cards at 2am as the hotel has just announced mobile keys, aka keyless entry, or as Caesars is calling it, eKey. The boutique casino hotel (formerly Bill's Gambling Hall) is now part of exclusive club of hotels that offer keyless entry.

Here's how it works:

Hotel guests using the eKey will receive a link to download The Cromwell app and an access code tied to their iOS device and reservation. When the app is downloaded, guests enter their ID number and will be able to enter their room by placing their iOS device next to the lock. The eKey will also activate the hotel elevator as a traditional key would.

And here is a helpful illustration:

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Music to Our Ears: Developers in Detroit Plan to Turn Former Wurlitzer Building into a Hotel

January 29, 2015 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s always great to hear of an endangered landmark that may be saved from the wrecking ball and given back to its city as a hotel. When such salvaging happens in Detroit, it especially thrilling as we are all rooting for Motor City to make a comeback. Here is what we know about the latest effort to turn an abandoned building in Detroit into a hip, hotel (as if there was any other kind.)

Brooklyn-based developers ASH NYC have a contract to buy one of the most delapidated, graffiti adorned, buildings in Detroit for conversion to a boutique hotel. The slender 14-story building, pictured above, was once offices and a retail music center for Wurlitzer, the American company acclaimed for its organs and pianos, but who also made jukeboxes and electric guitars. Yes, we're already imagining some of these musical instruments displayed inside the new hotel.

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If There is To Be a Women-Only Floor, You May as Well Fill It Up With Chopard

January 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dubai is never short on luxurious experiences. And Dubai never goes for "understated." Everything in this desert city is done bigger and better than anywhere else. So it's no surprise that the Ladies Only Floor at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers is one of the luxurious women-only floors we've seen yet.

The hotel, which was built in 2000, was one of the first hotels in the Middle East to have a Ladies Only Floor. Located on level 40, there are just 10 guest rooms (including some with twin beds #ladiesgetaway) and the entire floor is staffed only by female Jumeirah employees. Oh and the rooms come with in-suite yoga facilities, a make-up fridge, soft bathrobes and kimonos and exclusive Chopard toiletries. Yes, please.

Rates at the hotel start around $345 USD a night. Guests also get complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and the beaches at sister hotels, Jumeirah Beach Hotel or Madinat Jumeirah.

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If You Text Them, This Hotel Will Place a Pic of Nic Cage On Your Pillow

January 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

A few years ago, hotels began texting their guests during their stay. Often the texts usually come from the concierge desk to follow up with information about a request. Other times, it comes from the front desk, updating the guest on whatever they might need out of the room.

But at the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk, the concierge and the front desk teamed up on text to get the guest whatever they wanted, which turned out to be various pictures of Nicolas Cage.

You can read the hilarious text message exchange on Imgur. It all started when the hotel welcomed the guest to the hotel and told them to text if the guest needed anything. To which the guest replied:

Can I please have a framed pic of Nic Cage in Conair on my bed by 6?

Strange wish granted.

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Which Country Has the Wackiest Hotel Designs?

Where: China
January 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have read the story about the hotel that looks like an amethyst last week, and thought immediately, “Ah, there is only one place for that – China.” And you would be right. The architects envision it as a chain, but the first is being planned for the manmade Ocean Flower island currently in construction in the sea off Hainan province.

And from that came the obvious question – which country designs the maddest hotels?

Several contenders spring to mind immediately:

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Sir Hotels Brings Albert to Amsterdam, Adam Is On His Way

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  Site Where: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1072 CT
January 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Like the very handsome rooms The Hoxton is tempting us with for its upcoming Amsterdam hotel, but need a place to stay that gives you something similar in the meantime?

Here is one suggestion that floated into our inbox: the new Sir Albert Amsterdam, just opened in a former diamond factory next to the city’s Museum Square. Part of Sir Hotels, with each property based on a particular character in a borderline millennial-esque way, the group has a few hotels in Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg) and one in Tel Aviv, Israel. Above a shot of one of the 90 rooms and suites: white walls contrasting with dark floors, furniture, and a shade of brown in the curtains and throw on the bed. The building being a former factory has the advantage of high ceilings and those factory-style windows we love. The vanity you see gives you a hint of where the bathroom is going for its color scheme – check it out below.

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Wait, What's Happened to the James NYC's Outside Wall?

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  Site Where: 27 Grand Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel art: it’s sometimes expensive, usually exclusive, and normally kept well within the hallowed lobby walls.

Not so at the James New York, which has just unveiled a mural on its façade on Sixth Avenue. Created by Paul Wackers, a Brooklyn artist (below), and done in conjunction with the trendy Grey Area art boutique, “Slow Dance and the Daylight” is the first external artwork for any of the James properties.

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At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

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  Site Where: Mexico
January 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.

Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos.

Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.

While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.

Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!

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Marriott is All 'Aboot' Canada Now That They've Picked Up Delta Hotels

Where: Canada
January 28, 2015 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we had a first look at Delta Hotels (not related to the airline) flagship hotel in Toronto? So pretty, so sophisticated, so very Alexandra Champalimaud.

And now, it is also so very Marriott.

Fresh off announcing its U.S. expansion plans for Moxy Hotels, Marriott has now gone and snapped up all 38 Delta Hotels, all of which are located in Canada. Here are the terms of the signing over of Delta's soul acquisition:

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Which Country Has the World's Best Hotel WiFi?

January 28, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

While we're on the topic of hotel WiFi today....

As we travel and review properties, we're constantly pressing hotels to improve the quality and reduce the price of the WiFi they offer guests. It should be free and fast, and we applaud those who make it an expected and reliable amenity. (Also of note, we applaud the FCC for smacking down hotels attempts' to block WiFi hotspots. Cough, Marriott, cough.)

This week, a company called Hotel WiFi Test used those exact two criteria to create a hotel WiFi "State of the Union," if you will. The company released data that ranks the top cities and countries with both the best and the worst hotel WiFi.

Basically, the company crowd-sourced data from travelers and aggregated it to make a usable study. Overall, it tested 4,000 hotels worldwide, including 241 in Manhattan.

A few takeaways that stand out:

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Stop What You are Doing and Check Out This Puppy in a Kimpton Hotel Bathrobe

January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let's just take a quick break right now from the stress and anxiety we're all under on this Wednesday morning and focus on this snapshot of the Today Show's puppy, Wrangler, chilling in a Kimpton Hotels animal-print bathrobe during the "blizzard" the other day. The cuteness, it kills.

There's also another pic of Wrangler "reading" the room service menu. Glad to see someone else feels the same way we do about this supposedly waning hotel tradition.

Kimpton Hotels has long been a fave pet-friendly hotel brand of HotelChatter. We think half of the stories in our dog-friendly hotels section feature Kimpton properties. But now that Kimpton is officially a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, we guess they're able to take their pet-friendliness national now. Thanks, IHG!

[Photo: Kimpton Hotels/Facebook]