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Inside the Maui Hideaway That is The Hotel Wailea

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  Site Where: 555 Kaukahi Street [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you a list of Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're heading up the mountains for a different side of Maui. Don't worry, it's not too far from the ocean. Mahalo!

Your dream vacation to Maui probably involves lounging on a beach and sipping on a Mai Tai. What your dream vacation probably doesn't involve is getting up early to wait in line to reserve a beach lounge chair. Or dealing with screaming kids by the pool. Or waiting for an elevator in a sopping wet bathing suit.

While the resorts along the beach in Wailea offer easy access to the ocean and beach activities, along with several different pools to try, they aren't exactly the most tranquil spots in town. Enter The Hotel Wailea, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.

Located in the hillside, about a mile from the beach resorts, the Hotel Wailea features 72 suites spread across a 15-acre property. Each one-bedroom suite has generous bedrooms, and living areas with sectional couches, along with outdoor lanais. All of them are extremely private and quiet and most have full ocean views. None of them require elevators to reach. Rather, you meander along winding pathways, admiring the waterfalls and koi ponds along the way.

Now, beach bums, don't fret. The hotel has complimentary shuttles to the beach along with a dedicated beach attendant, ready with complimentary water bottles, chairs and umbrellas. It's the best of both worlds.

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6 Signs Of a Very (Very, Very) Bad Hotel Spa

July 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa. Now, here's what to steer clear of in a bad spa.

It’s mind-boggling how many five-star hotel spas miss out on those 6 signs of a very good spa that we shared this week. The rule is simple: if you’re at a five-star hotel, then your spa should be five-star as well. .

Now, here are the 6 telltale signs that a hotel spa isn’t quite deserving of its reputation.

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The World's Largest Novotel Is Coming To Madrid

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  Site Where: Calle de O'Donnell, 53, Madrid, Spain, 28009
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bigger is always better, of course – or mas grande, mas bueno, as people who don't speak Spanish they say in Madrid. Because not content with the three Novotels Accor already owns in the city; they’re getting another – and this one is going to be the biggest Novotel in the world.

The Hotel Convención – a gargantuan four star hotel a few blocks away from Retiro Park – is going to be completely redesigned, refurbished and will debut as a Novotel in 2016. Plans include a rooftop pool, business floors, and a children’s corner.

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Demolition Is Done for Achenbaum's New London Hotel

Where: 45 Curtain Road, London, United Kingdom
July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six months after we first cycled past Michael Achenbaum’s future London hotel, phase one of the project seems to be complete: razing the drab 3-story office building that stood between the hotelier and the British version of his rooftop pool parties.

Nothing but a small pile of rubble remains on Curtain Road, a couple of blocks away from Ace Shoreditch (a few years from now, you’ll be able to wave from one rooftop to another).

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The Best Room(s) To Book At Hotel Erwin

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  Site Where: 1967 Pacific Ave [map], Venice, CA, United States, 90291
July 24, 2014 at 4:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Considering it’s right on Venice Beach (or pretty much right on Venice Beach, anyway), the Hotel Erwin was always going to have top notch views of the Pacific from its rooms.

But, on a recent visit to the rooftop bar, High, we couldn’t help but noticing that not all views are created equal.

From High, the coastline was spectacular – both north, towards Santa Monica, and south, beyond LAX – and the whole rooftop was in the sun.

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Vegas Keeps Getting Brighter and We're Not Just Talking About Bathing Suits

July 23, 2014 at 7:55 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.

VEGASCHATTER
· The Quad Starting To Morph Into The Linq Hotel
· Not Yet Officially Here, There's Still An Early Word On Delano
· What Would You Do With A $100 Gambling Budget?
· Vegas Pool Fashion for Men Looks Like This

JAUNTED
· Easy Day Trips from Denver: Rafting the Little Known Poudre River
· Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Until Further Notice
· Fraser Island Field Trip: Where Life is a Beach AND a Highway
· Monday Five-Thirty: Drink These Four Feathers in Costa Rica

(Photo: Greg Clarke)

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Inside and All Around The Andaz Maui in Wailea

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you the Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're going inside one of them--The Andaz. Mahalo!

It’s no secret that HotelChatter loves the Andaz brand so when we rolled up to the Andaz Maui in Wailea we were not surprised at how much we wished we were actually staying there, instead of just visiting.

Fortunately, there are so many ways to enjoy the Andaz Maui without actually being a guest. So whether you’re staying in a different resort or renting a villa, here’s what you should pop in and try:

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A Peek Inside Mama Shelter Bordeaux

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  Site Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, Bordeaux, France, 33000
July 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we gave you a peek at the hip Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux and now it’s Mama Shelter’s turn. If you know other Mama Shelters, then you know that the hipness tap stayed on during the making of this little gem.

Located right in the heart of things at Place Saint Christoly, this 97-room hotel opened in October of 2013. Like all of the Mama Shelters the concept is simple: Give the people what they need and charge ‘em extra for the stuff that they might want. That, plus a Philippe Starck design concept that’s stark (or Starck! yuk-yuk) white minimalism in the rooms and wild and wacky design in the public areas.

(Plenty of pics in the photo gallery!)

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JW Marriott is Launching a New Spa Concept With Quickie Treatments

July 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

JW Marriott Hotels want you to relax. Wait. Actually they want you to "demystify and re-imagine the spa experience" with their new spa concept---Spa by JW.

While JW Marriott hotels around the world often have a spa component of some sort, the hotel brand is now officially getting into the spa game with Spa by JW. Not very creative but at least, we know whose spa it is.

The first Spa by JW will open at the new JW Marriott Hotel in Houston Downtown when the hotel itself opens in September. Another Spa by JW will open at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in December followed by at least 20 more.

Through a variety of treatments--short and long--Spa by JW will concentrate on four purposes--Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew. Here are some examples of that:

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Before and After: Palace Hotel Tokyo Is Way Ahead Of The Game

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  Site Where: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0005
July 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Okura might be preparing itself for a multi-year closure–demolition–redevelopment cycle next year (if the Monocle petition to keep it won’t throw a spanner in the works), but another iconic Tokyo hotel will have shrugged when they read that news and thought: been there, done that, way ahead of you.

Above is what Palace Hotel Tokyo looked like in late 2008, presiding over its own moat in its second incarnation, after starting life as the government-run Hotel Teito just after WWII. The following year it closed and reinvented itself over the span of three years into something worthy of the theme “Before and After” – check it out after the jump.

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Design Giant HBA Creates A New Look For Hilton, In Santa Fe Mexico City

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  Site Where: Antonio Dovali Jaime No. 70, Mexico City, Mexico, 1219 Feder
July 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest names in hospitality design, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has completed its first interiors project for Hilton Hotels & Resorts as part of a new branding initiative for the hotel group. The Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City debuts under this initiative with a brilliantly executed new look that shows the strength, longevity, and aliveness of the brand.

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Hotels, If You Advertise Free WiFi, Please Make Sure The WiFi's Free

July 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (2)


The business center at the Atlas. At least this internet is free

One of the most important questions to take into account when picking a hotel? Whether or not there is free WiFi. You know how we feel about this at HotelChatter. It is imperative to our stay. We would not stay in a hotel with paid for WiFi.

But what’s almost worse than charging for WiFi? Advertising it as free, but actually imposing limits. We already told you about one reader’s encounter with a Fairfield Inn that had a limit of one device per guest, but we can go one better with our stay at the Atlas Hotel in Brussels last week.

The Atlas is a really nice, fashion-themed three star hotel in a great area of the city. It has OCD-friendly disposable coffee cups. It’s lovely. And it trumpets its “FREE Wireless High Speed Internet Access in ALL ROOMS, the Lounge, the Breakfast room and the Conference room” (sic) on its homepage.

The Atlas doles out the WiFi via individual codes at the front desk. We were given one, which we immediately tapped into our phone. We asked for another for our computer. And were told that there was a one code per room policy.

One device per room in one of the business centers of Europe? One device per room when you’re selling doubles, twins and duplexes? One device per room in 2014? Non non non, c'est pas possible!

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