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Hotel Indigo Paris Opera: No Longer a Phantom, Opening Next Week

Where: 2 Rue Edouard VII, Paris, France, 75009
September 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s stayed so under the radar during its pre-opening period that you could practically call Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera a phantom. But now it’s time for the great unmasking, since the hotel will open 22 September.

There’s not a vast amount of information about – 57 rooms (“very spacious”, according to the hotel website) including 12 suites and duplex apartments – some of which have views of the Eiffel Tower. The location is peaceful: a pedestrianized street near Place de l’Opéra, yet still in the middle of the business area. Before the year-long remodel, it was the Edouard VII hotel.

Rooms promise "unique murals celebrating Paris" and from the photos, they look rather lovely - theatrical but understated, with feature walls draped by curtains.

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Check-Out Folio: A Floating Snowflake Hotel Is Happening, EOM

September 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM | 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!




ALSO: Seriously stylish new hotel uniforms at the JW Marriott Houston Downtwon





ALSO: How the heck did that random person end up in your hotel room?

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Funky Friday: All Night Interactive Fun at Hotel Parchi Del Garda

September 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Meet Aki, your master of ceremonies for a night of 4D interactive fun, where special effects are the best amenity in the room

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.

Lake Garda, Italy – images of scenic beauty, historic summer villas, and romantic escapes come to mind, right? That might have been the case if you had been there before 1975. Lake Garda now has very different scenery and could be regarded as Italy’s answer to Orlando. The shores are now populated with ginormous resorts and theme parks unique to Italy (Gardaland) as well as a few we know well (Medieval Times.) It should be no surprise then, to find hotels that seek to extend the entertainment value of the area to the accommodation. One hotel in particular, Hotel Parchi Del Garda, offers a unique interactive experience that highlights the fun in this week's Funky Friday.

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The Line Hotel Will Be The Official Hello Kitty Con Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
September 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hello Kitty, not actually a kitty, is turning 40 years-old this year and to celebrate, Sanrio is hosting the first ever official Hello Kitty Con 2014 in Los Angeles from October 30-November 2. EEEK!

If you're a huge Hello Kitty lover (as if there is any other kind), then you should book your room at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, STAT. The hotel, which is the official Hello Kitty Con Hotel, has put together a "Hello Kitty Sweet Stay" Package which includes an exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Welcome Kit at check-in, and lots of "super cute" Hello Kitty themed surprises throughout the hotel like HK limited edition items at the hotel's Poketo gift shop and Hello Kitty food. Yes, food. There will even be Hello Kitty-styled theme rooms, although we're not quite sure what those will look like. We do know that LA-based designer Sean Knibb will be designing a special Hello Kitty Suite that will be open to the public.

The Line is also hosting a Hello Kitty Birthday Party on Saturday, November 1 with the Hello Kitty suite serving as the VIP room. Tickets were available through the package but the hotel is now sold-out on Saturday night. Saddies. Rates are still available for Thursday and Friday nights at $344 and $229 respectively. At least you can still get that welcome kitty. Er, we mean, welcome kit.

[Screengrab: The Line Hotel]

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A New Way to Split The Cost of Hotel Room

September 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

While no one likes sharing a hotel room with an unexpected guest, a lot of you purposely share hotel rooms with your friends, families and sometimes, coworkers (the ones you like, of course) simply so you can split the cost of the stay.

But figuring out who owes what and how to split the cost of the room can get a little hectic. Once you figure out the money details, then you have to go back and forth with how to pay each other--"Write me a check?" "Just give me cash for my cab ride and we'll be even?" "I'll get dinner if you get breakfast?" That's too complicated, especially when you can just do it all over the phone.

We've often used the Venmo app to split costs of events, dinners, bar tabs and the like amongst friends and of course, many folks still use Paypal, the granddaddy of the payment services, to take care of IOUs.

But now there's also Square Cash which allows you to send and request money directly to and from your bank account. You can do these transactions from a web browser, from the Cash mobile app or even by emailing the recipient, so long as you cc cash@square.com and put the dollar amount in the subject line. It's like, the perfect way for Millennials to split the cost of their hotel room during Coachella.

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Hotel Hugo NYC Opens Today, Will Loan You a Vespa During Your Stay

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  Site Where: 525 Greenwhich Street [map], London, NY, United States
September 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

It didn’t take Hotel Hugo New York nearly as long to open as was expected after its name change earlier this year: rather than winter 2014, the hotel soft-launched in April, and today the hotel is officially saying “we’re here, come on in!”.

Located on Greenwich Street in Hudson Square, the hotel has 124 rooms with gleaming walnut headboards and lots of design features, but there are interesting amenities to be found outside too. We’re not just talking about the city and river views either: you can get your hands on a Vespa to tool around Manhattan with.

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In India, Fall Means Luxury Camping With Leopards And Tigers

Where: Rajasthan, India
September 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The bad news, guys, is summer is ending.

The good news is, winter means opportunities to do things you couldn’t face in summer – like sleeping outdoors in India. Especially when it’s tiger season.

This month sees the (re)opening of three tented camps from Sujan in Rajasthan: Sher Bagh, in Ranthambhore, the Serai in Jaisalmer, and Jawai Leopard Camp.

Sher Bagh (top pic) isn’t new, but it’s been completely renovated for the 2014 season, with all tents getting their ensuite bathrooms refurbished and enlarged (yes, ensuite bathrooms being enlarged - as you can imagine, these aren’t your ordinary tents). Two new suites have also been created – one with a walled garden, one with a private pool (and both with butlers). The location, meanwhile, is tiger central – 81% of visitors last year saw at least two per day.

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Well, This Is A Novel Type Of Room Category...

September 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Dar Ayniwen, in Marrakech, looks like a beautiful place to stay.

Surrounded by two hectares of grounds in the modern Palmeraie district. A beautiful hammam. Eight beautiful suites, including some freestanding ones in their own pavilions. Like the Pavillon à la Rotonde, which is “romantic and secluded”, “ideal for an intimate getaway” with its “private garden and jacuzzi”. How glorious! Until you come to the booking page, and it describes it as “Poo Suite: Rotonde”.

Yes, of course this is an extremely juvenile thing to be giggling over. But it’s also a serious reminder to hotels to check through every page of your websites, and to keep names uniform across the site – because even if it said “Pool Suite: Rotonde”, we’d be wondering whether that was in fact the Pavillon à la Rotonde we’d so wanted to book.

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The Watson in Adelaide, Australia is More Than Elementary

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  Site Where: 33 Warwick Street, Walkerville, South Australia, Australia, 5081
September 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When pinning places to go on your next vacation, hopeful travelers might be surprised to find that Adelaide, Australia is a perfect destination to explore a budding art scene and stay in a new hotel. The city has witnessed a few new hotels enter its borders, but The Watson will be the coolest addition to an otherwise sleepy city.

The Watson is the brainchild of Art Series Hotels (the folks behind Melbourne's The Olson, The Blackman and The Cullen.) Planning to open next week, the hotel will offer up 140 suites, an in-house restaurant and fitness center. If you just need to provide this cool address to friends back home, a few long-stay apartments are available as well.

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If You Use The Hotel Iron To Cook Food, You're Doing It Wrong

September 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is your brain on drugs in a hotel room.

Once upon a time, we called the in-room hotel iron one of the most useless hotel amenities. However, business traveler readers of the site disagreed since they often use the iron for last-minute crisping up. As it turns out, other travelers are using the iron for crisping up too. Just not for button down shirts and linen pants.

The Best Reviews site said they heard a rumor "that some guests use hotel irons to prepare simple meals. Allegedly, it's the convenience, cost savings, and special diets that drive the behavior."

Ok, special diets are one thing. Convenience and cost savings are another. Are you out of your minds? Why would you do this? If you can afford a hotel room that has an iron in it, surely you can afford some food nearby. Unless it's 3am and you've got the munchies. But still. Cooking a hot dog, or other food, on a hotel room iron means you went somewhere to purchase a hot dog and a bun and some ketchup, instead of just buying something that's already cooked.

Of course, Best Reviews, being a product review site, went one step further and actually cooked a hot dog on an iron. And an egg and a hamburger, a pizza, s'mores and more. They also recommended the best irons to use for this sort of thing. #SMH #NIMBY #WTF #STFU #NOPE #DROPSMIC #PEACEOUT

Have you ever used a hotel room iron to cook a meal? You are going to have to tell us about it in comments below. Some judging may occur.

[Photo: Best Reviews]

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'Mama Wants To Cream You Up': Now Available at The Mama Shelter Shop

September 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mama Shelter Hotels just launched their very own Mama Shelter Shop and is now hawking the skincare line found in their hotels, called...wait for it...Mama Shelter Skincare.

As expected it is full of "Mama" jokes. Well, actually, the skincare line itself is full of organic goodness made by Absolution Cosmetics like aloe, almond and sesame. The products are also without paraben, PE, phthalates, fragrance, synthetic dye, and aggressive surfactants. And they are made in France, to boot. (A 200ml bottle costs 14 Euros.)

But what really catches our eye are the names of the products. There are actually only three products--an all-in-one cleansing wash for face, body and hair; a body cream; and soap, but with the exception of the body cream, they all have different mama sayings..

Mama Loves You From Head to Toe
Mama Likes to Keep It Pure
Mama Wants To Cream You Up (Face and body cream)
Mama Loves You From Top to Bottom
Mama Only Wants What's Best for You
Mama Says Its Totally Natural

Getting clean has never felt so dirty.

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This Aussie Hotel Restaurant Lets You Cook Your Own Kangaroo

September 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Travelers who come to Australia's Northern Territory to walk amongst the peculiar red rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta will find that they have one choice when it comes to lodging: The Ayers Rock Resort.

Sounds like trouble, but luckily the Ayers Rock Resort breaks down into four different hotels, each with its own vibe, service-level, and pricepoint: The $2,000+ per night Longitude 131, the 3.5-star Outback Pioneer Lodge, the 4.5-star Desert Gardens Hotel, and the 5-star Sails in the Desert. Each are located less than a 5-minute shuttle ride from one another, and while the four carry different brands, they are all connected under the same umbrella of the Ayers Rock Resort. Meaning, you can eat, drink, and play at any of the hotels and charge back to whichever room you occupy.

Seeing as how Uluru is over a 100 miles from the next nearest town and has no infrastructure outside the hotel (there is a community of aboriginals, but you need a permit to enter), you have no choice but to hang at the Ayers Rock complex. Most of your time will be spent touring the outback and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - it's why you came - but when it's time to rest at the end of the day, there's plenty of variety for eating and drinking, from white tablecloth dining to noodles from "Ayers Wok." But the most unique, without question, is probably the least sexy place on the complex, the Pioneer BBQ and Bar, where you can grill your own game meats, including kangaroo.

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