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Check-Out Folio: Be Sure to Leave a Tip

September 20, 2014 at 12:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it!

CREDITS
· RADISSON HOTELS STAND UP TO THE VIKINGS

· WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TIPPING IN HOTELS

· COOLEST TWIN-BEDDED HOTEL ROOMS

ALSO: 5 New Hotels Coming to Miami This Winter

CHARGES

· RESORTS IN CABO GET HIT HARD BY HURRICANE ODILE

· MOXY MILAN HAS NO PHONES IN THE GUESTROOMS FYI

· SCOTLAND STAYS IN THE UK BUT THIS HOTEL IS OUT

ALSO: TAJ HOTELS PEACE OUT

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Delano Las Vegas Put on a Magic! Show for Its Grand Opening

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  Site Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
September 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

South Beach meets the desert...Delano style.

The Delano Las Vegas may have technically opened to guests over Labor Day Weekend but the desert outpost of the Delano South Beach made it official last night with a grand opening party that was hosted by model/actress Jaime King and included South Beach-inspired cocktails and appetizers, a Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show from designer Charlotte Ronson, and a small acoustic set from the Toronto-based reggae band, Magic!

You've probably never heard of this band before but you haven't gone anywhere without hearing their hit song, "Rude." (Come on, sing it--"Why ya gotta be so ruuuude? Don't you know I'm human too?")

The opening party was actually a trial event of sorts for the Delano as the hotel hopes to put on more exclusive shindigs and events like this in the future. While the hotel's bars and restaurants--Franklin, Della's, Mix and 3940 Coffee +Tea--are open to the public, folks who book the all-suite rooms at the hotel will have priority access to these events. Rates for the rooms start at $599 on the weekends and around $150 during the week.

Stay tuned next week for more from inside The Delano! In the meantime, peep a room below and head on over to VegasChatter for more info!

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Mind Your Head or Leave The Light On At Hotel Saint-Merry

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  Site Where: 78, rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
September 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Now here’s a hotel room you can't miss, but should probably try to if spending the night.

The Hotel Saint-Merry is a 12-room boutique located in the former presbytery (high-ranking clergy quarters) of the Church Saint-Merry in Paris’ Marais District. The elaborate, often over the top, Church Saint-Merry was named for Saint Merri, the patron saint of the Right Bank, which seems fitting given the church's rich decorations and accessories.

Referred to as the little sister to nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, this church had money to spend on extravagant materials such as marble and carved stone, intricate woodwork and a little gold paint here and there. It's a pretty spiffy space for a hotel to be attached to, historically and physically. But those giant stone beams above the bed do cause some issues.

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5 Hotels in the Scottish Borders That are Still a Part of the UK

September 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh displays both the Union Jack and Scotland flags and will continue to do so.

It’s official-- the United Kingdom is still a family of four, now that Scotland's independence was voted down by the people. (The UK also includes Wales and Northern Ireland.)

There are important arguments that could still be made in defense of Scotland and the situation is still quite tense, but for now, the Royals don’t lose a huge fan base, soccer matches between England and Scotland will sell out before they are scheduled, and hotels (hey, we needed a segue) will not have to spend money reprinting anything that has their address on it.

Given the events of this week, one of most interesting places in the UK right now is the line of separation between England and Scotland, known as the Scottish Borders. We’ve put together a list of some great hotels and inns in the borders that should be hopping for some time, so if you’re traveling in the area, stop and have a pint in the pub, some sure to be interesting conversation, and of course, a room for the night.

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InterContinental Sydney Double Bay Unveils Their Fresh New Design

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  Site Where: 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW, Australia, 2028
September 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew that InterContinental planned to take over the former Ritz-Carlton in Sydney and turn it into the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, but today, we've got a few snapshots of the renovated, InterContinentalized space and it looks very sleek.

This bay-side sanctuary half-way between the city center and iconic Bondi Beach will feature restored rare white marble, Parisian-style balconies, a nautical-themed gin bar and an open rooftop retreat. The hotel's design, done by Aussie firm, Bates Smart Architects, will feature a neutral palette, metallic finishings and splashes of pale blue and yellow tones with each room sporting soft blue, white and charcoal furnishings against framed dark timber elements. It's classic decor married with laid-back Aussie style and topped off with a sophisticated European aesthetic.

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The Parker Palm Springs Wants You To Celebrate Its 10th Birthday

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  Site Where: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92264
September 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not particularly eagle-eyed readers of HC will know we love the Parker Palm Springs with a passion that verges on the stalkeroo, but that our passion is burning a rather large hole in our pockets.

So join with us in rejoicing that the Parker is turning 10 years old on October 1, and to celebrate, it’s inviting us all over for a party at a pretty spectacular rate: a four-course dinner at Mister Parker’s and a room for just $75 per person.

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Watch Out Greece, Nikki Beach Has Descended On Porto Heli

September 19, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, questionable American chains ruining encroaching on arriving in peaceful Europe. If it’s not the Hard Rock opening in Ibiza, it’s Nikki Beach descending on Porto Heli, on the Peloponnese in Greece (two-and-a-half hours from Athens by car, or a mere 25 minute via helicopter, as they helpfully tell us).

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli, which opened last month, is the only seafront hotel in Porto Hell Heli. All 66 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows (all overlooking the Porto Heli gulf), balconies, separate showers and tubs (warning – it looks like the Luxx rooms have peekaboo bathrooms) and yummazeballs Malin & Goetz toiletries. The décor is just what you’d expect – white, white and more white, with white drapes wafting about in the Mediterranean breeze.

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Four Seasons Will Have its Third London Hotel at Ten Trinity Square

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  Site Where: Trinity Square, London, United Kingdom
September 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bummed because Four Seasons got edged out by Pan Pacific for the hotel portion of the Heron Plaza development? We’re here to brighten up your day, because not even a month has passed since that announcement and Four Seasons is back on track for its third London hotel, miraculously enough also midway between its current Park Lane and Canary Wharf outposts.

How? The Canadian group will be managing the hotel portion of Ten Trinity Square, a development at Tower Hill we first looked at at the beginning of the year (it’s the conversion of the former Port of London Authority if you recall) and then over the summer together with its neighbor citizenM to see whether they’d be opening next year.

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Domingo Zapata Has Brought His Artist's 'Studio' to The W Union Square

Where: 201 Park Avenue South [map], New York, NY, United States
September 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two years ago, The W Hotel Union Square in New York debuted a new lounge concept for the space once occupied by Underbar, which in its heyday of the early aughts, was the place to see and be seen. Called Lilium, the space operated as a small nightclub with hand-sculpted steel lilies hanging from the ceiling and video art played on a loop on a flat-screen TV behind the bar.

Today, Lilium is out and Studio is in. The space, officially opening tonight, is a partnership between the Gerber Group (who also ran Underbar and Lilium) and contemporary artist, Domingo Zapata, who designed the club's interiors which are inspired by Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Here's how the space is described:

Upon arrival, guests will descend into Zapata’s richly imagined interior world, falling down a veritable “rabbit hole” as they experience Alice-inspired murals leading down to a subterranean lounge. Once inside, a continuous, vaguely narrative mural runs through the space’s perimeter. Inspired by the style of his own Gramercy Park studio, Studio’s shadowy enclaves and seating areas are reupholstered in rich velvet red fabrics, and allude to a glamorous old New York feel contrasted by the rawness of open ceilings and untainted floors.

We call the Queen seat.

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What You Need to Know About Tipping in Hotels

September 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (4)

Now that Marriott Hotels are encouraging guests to leave tips for housekeepers by placing tip envelopes in the room, we thought it was a good idea to have our front desk guy, Aditya Rajaram offer some of his own, er, tips, on tipping in hotels.

The never-ending question of whether to tip, how much to tip, and who to tip at a hotel drives all guests a little crazy. In some parts of the world, it is frowned upon to give a tip and in others it is customary. In U.S. cities that are heavily unionized, well, you are pretty much booed if you don't.

Here are a few careful thoughts on tipping in the hospitality industry.

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The Mother of All Virtual Tours is Now Making Its Way Around the Country

September 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

About a month ago, our bro Jaunted wondered aloud whether virtual reality could make waves in the travel industry, allowing people to be mentally transported to destinations around the globe without physically leaving their home cities. We've thought about this very same concept in the form of hotels and online virtual tours as a way to experience properties before booking.

This morning, Marriott unveiled the mother of all virtual tours, a piece of technology it calls "The Teleporter," a virtual reality machine that allows people to "tour" some of its hotels in the States. The Teleporter made its public debut at the Marriott in New York. It will remain there for five days, then take off for the rest of its eight-city tour to its properties in Boston, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Judging from the early reports, Marriott didn't cut any corners when developing the technology. A journalist from Wired had great things to say about the experience, noting that "pumps embedded in the floor, misting nozzles in the walls, heater blowers in the ceiling, fans in the ceiling and floor, a scent dispenser, and a 1000-watt amplifier all deepen the feelings of immersion. When you land on the beach, the pumps in the floor create the feeling of a cushioned landing, and you feel 80-degree warmth, a sea breeze, and ocean mist."

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Guests are Still Stuck in Broken Down Cabo San Lucas Resorts

September 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Playa Grande resort

We are starting to keep tabs on when the resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will reopen after being hit hard by Hurricane Odile but the resorts are tasked with another, bigger job--getting the guests who were there during the storm back home safe and sound.

It is reported that more than 30,000 tourists were in the area when the storm hit. The airport is still closed (it too suffered major damage) and the efforts to arrange trips out of the country are rather disorganized.

According to Instagrammer, MPWilli910, who has been providing updates throughout the storm's aftermath while at the Hilton Los Cabso, said the Mexican military is stepping in to transport guests to either Mazatlan, Guadalajara, Tijuana or Mexico City. From there, folks can get flights back to their hometown/airports.

But we received this email from a guest stranded in Cabo at the Playa Grande Resort and the situation is dire. Here's what she had to say:

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