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Eat At Jamie Oliver's For Free With The Watergate Bay Hotel's New Winter Package

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  Site Where: Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom
October 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel packages are, of course, only worth doing if they’re really good value for money. And hotel packages, of course, are notorious for not providing good value for money. But here’s one that is.

The very specific Taste of the Bay Winter 2014/2015 package at the trendy Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall costs £249 per person (in a double room) for three nights. For that you get a room and breakfast, two dinners and a lunch.

But this isn’t just any old dinner. Cornwall is these days one of the top places in the UK for food, and Watergate Bay is one of the county’s foodie hubs – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is on site, the Beach Hut is famous for being a hut on a beach that serves upmarket, organic food, and the hotel has just opened a third restaurant, Zacry’s, which “combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie”.

Here’s what you should be paying, were you to take all those things on the package separately:

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M by Montcalm Shoreditch Is Aiming For Opening Early Next Year

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
October 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been wondering for a while now what’s happening with the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, under construction just north of Old Street roundabout in London. Between inconsistent information about size, opening date, and rumors that it could become a Virgin, the best we had were our own shots of the angular exterior on City Road and a guestimate of opening sometime next year.

Those Virgin rumors we’ll shelve as just that for now, given that we have official news from Montcalm Hotels that it will open the hotel early next year, along with a more extensive website. The first room photo isn’t really making our heart beat any faster with anticipation just yet if we’re honest, with the walls, curtains, carpet, and not-quite-balanced bedspread virtually the same greyish-beige color.

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And Now, Here Comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels

October 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another new hotel brand.

This week we've seen the introduction of two new hotel brands to the market--the badly-named Vib by Best Western and the sadly-named Canopy by Hilton. But wait, The Week Where Everyone Announces a New Hotel Brand is not over! Here comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels.

Much like Hilton's Curio Collection and Marriott's Autograph Collection, the OE Collection will be a grouping of different, independent hotels, operated by Loews Hotels. However, Hotel News Now reports that OE hotels will "fit into the upper-upscale and luxury lifestyle categories." So, kind of like Starwood's Luxury Collection, no?

The OE Collection is also Loews' answer for the overhyped all-important millennial traveler segment, promising edgy design and exciting F&B. Although, we're confused how it can be both for millennials and a luxury hotel collection. Are millennials making some serious dollars now? We'll find out when OE officially launches in January.

Now, let's all get to the giant elephant standing slightly inebriated in the room...

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From Jaunted and VegasChatter: Ebola Planes, Horror Nights and Something Called Omnia

October 16, 2014 at 6:42 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
· The Latest on The Ebola Panic
· What You Need to Know for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 24
· What Travelers Should Expect During Reopening of Los Cabos' Damaged Airport
· A Review of United's BYO-Device Entertainment, Still in Beta Testing

VEGASCHATTER
· RideGenie, Until There is Uber
· How Low Will They Go? Room Rates Plunge At SLS While Delano Plays Hardball
· VegasChatter Questions: What Is A Host And What Can They Do For Me?/b>
· This is the Nightclub Replacing PURE at Caesars Palace

(Photo via Jaunted]

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'Tis The Season for Sketch of the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree at Claridge's!

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  Site Where: Brooke Street, London, United Kingdom, W1
October 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halloween hasn't even happened yet Claridge's in London, a Must-Stay Hotel, is already looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

As usual, the Mayfair hotel has released the sketch for the fashionable Christmas tree. And once again, fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana will be in charge of the tree decorating.

To be unveiled on November 19, the "Fairy Merry Christmas" tree will be surrounded by an enchanted forest, tended to by woodland animals and decked with hand-painted, blown-glass spheres featuring famous landmarks from cities around the world. Well, this is certainly different than last year's outrageous tree.

You can peep the sketch for the tree here but we'll be back with pictures of the real thing on or around November 19.

[Sketch: Claridge's]

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Howdy, Dude: Hard Rock to Open in Texas at an Indoor Ski Resort

October 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Move over Dubai. Americans will now have a much easier way of skiing indoors. They will simply just need to fly to Texas.

The newly announced Grand Alps Village development for Grand Prairie, Texas will have an indoor snow facility on-site. Here's what is expected inside:

This expertly designed facility is 1,220' in length, 570' wide and just under 300' tall featuring the longest indoor ski run in the world. Multiple ski runs accommodate beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, and thrill snowboarders with an Olympic half pipe and snowboarding course. The snow center includes a snow play area, snow tubing, tobogganing, a luge track and a winter wonderland for kids of all ages.

Accompanying the indoor ski resort will be the Hard Rock Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth, a 300-room hotel with a rooftop pool complex, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness center and tons of music memorabilia throughout. Construction will being in January and the hotel is expected to open by January 2018 with 86 of its hotel rooms expected to overlook the indoor ski resort.

At first glance, this might seem like a random sort of move for Hard Rock but when you consider how family-friendly the brand has gotten recently, it makes sense. Having recently announced theirHard Rock Roxstars Kids Program, this indoor ski resort hotel is the perfect follow-up move for appealing to the family travel market.

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The HelloTel App is Great for Business Travelers, But Will Be Even Better for Random Hook-Ups

October 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We saw the news in our inbox earlier this week for a new hotel social networking app called HelloTel and made a mental note to come back to that never later in the week. But then we saw this write-up in Thrillist which called it "Tindr for hotel guests." Oh really? Now, we're interested. #sexstillsells

Although the app was pitched to HotelChatter as a "great way for business travelers to meet up so there's no awkward dinner by yourself at the hotel bar" and a way for groups to meet up during conference (complete with a picture of a hotel meeting room filled with people) it will, as Thrillist suggests, probably spur random hook-ups instead.

And why shouldn't it? Hotel rooms are perfect for random anonymous hook-ups where the only personal items your meet-up will see are the items in your suitcase, and perhaps your face cleanser on the bathroom sink.

Nevertheless, HelloTel does have some other features beyond finding you a warm body for the night. Since we're not a millennial, we decided to check out the app's promise to connect business travelers.

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Photos: An Inside Look at Marlon Brando's Former Digs Near Tahiti

October 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year ago, we dished on the details behind The Brando, Marlon Brando's posthumous hotel on Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Photos and guest-experience insight were limited at the time, but now that the hotel officially opened this summer - on July 1st, the 10th anniversary of Brando's death - it's time to take an inside look.

We guess we'll start with the bad news: This is one hotel that none of us will ever see the inside of. Rates start at $3,800/night for a one-bedroom villa (2 guests), and there is a three-night minimum stay. From here on out, we can consider this an eye-candy post, but just for fun, here's what's included in your daily rate at the Brando:

Accommodations; all meals in all dining venues; bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits; 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkeling equipment.

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10 Of The Scariest Things We've Found In Hotel Rooms

October 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Stanley Hotel, AKA The Shining Hotel

It’s Halloween in hotel land, but rather than tell you about any package with the adjective ‘spooktacular’, we thought we’d discuss scary things found in hotel rooms. Some are ghostly, and some are simply gross. Here are the scariest moments of the HotelChatter crew – do chime in with yours in the comments…

SCARY GHOSTS:
· Being warned, “Ladies, you may not want to go into this next room, since the gentleman ghost has a habit of, um, touching women," on a hotel ghost tour (at The Stanley Hotel, CO);
· Becoming aware of your hotel’s haunted rumors while getting ready to go to sleep (at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, PA);
· Getting a weird neck-tingling sensation walking down a corridor (at Claridge’s)
· Having the room key not work, getting it fixed, having it break again, having the lock replaced, and having it break again – and then having a very weird feeling about the room (at The Benson, OR)
· Checking into a hotel we knew had a haunted reputation, trying our best to ignore that fact overnight, reading in the morning that the ghosts are mainly concentrated in one room, asking at reception for a joke if we could see that ghost room, and being told “but it’s the one you slept in last night” (at the Cosmopolitan San Diego).

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Fall 2014: Southwest London

October 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Knightsbridge & Hyde Park

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. After Soho and Mayfair & the West End, we cut through Hyde Park into London's Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and South Kensington. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the city’s southwest (Knightsbridge, Belgravia, South Kensington). So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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Old And New In Perfect Harmony At Seville's New Palacio Pinello

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  Site Where: Calle Segovia 1, Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 41004
October 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

A brand new boutique hotel in a 15th century building in the middle of Seville – sounds good? Here’s what sounds better: it’s so new, it’s not even on TripAdvisor yet.

Palacio Pinello opened in September in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville, near the cathedral (you can see the Giralda from the hotel). It’s in a 15th century building, the Palacio de los Pinello, which was built by Pedro Pinello, a Genoese immigrant who was mates with Christopher Columbus. It’s either part of the same building, or is next door to, this historic one mentioned on TripAdvisor – but that’s the nearest you’ll come to it on there.

It’s also so new that there is no English version on the website, but from what we can gather, the rooms mix old and new with terracotta floors, feature wallpaper and slick marble bathrooms fitting in with coffered ceilings and a traditional scarlet exterior.

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These Pop-Up Eco Hotel Rooms are Not Too 'Shabby'

October 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Hotel Shabby Shabby, the name given to a group of 22 individually designed, pop-up hotel rooms that were scattered about Manheim, Germany during the recent Theater der Welt Festival.

These quirky temporary hotel rooms - aka cabins - were available for booking for 17 days and were a popular feature during the festival. No kidding. The event (always a competition when designers are involved) drew submissions from around the world and a select group of designers were then invited to build their shabby designs. No prize was awarded that we know of other than glory.

The rules of the game were that each entrant use recycled materials and that the total cost to create the room must not exceed 250 Euro. That's one tough budget right there, which may partially and understandably explain the hotel design event's name. No doubt, thinking outside and inside the box led to some off beat and highly creative solutions.

Here are a few of the designs that popped up during this popular lifestyle festival in Manheim.

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