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The One Where We Hear Moxy Hotels are Coming to the U.S.

October 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you liked the man meat that you saw at Moxy Milan earlier this week, then keep your fingers crossed that Moxy Hotels will open in the United States.

We can't reveal our sources but there is word going around that a Moxy Hotel is being developed for New Orleans, which really could not be a more perfect city for the young and fun Moxy brand. It's also a favorite city for Marriott International.

The hotel company already has 18 Marriott-branded hotels in or just outside the city, with several more within an hour's drive. And every brand is represented there from Residence Inn to Couryard, Springhill Suites, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott and even the first-ever AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States. That hotel is opening next month.

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1 Hotel Central Park to Open in March and It Will Be the Most Eco-Chic Hotel Yet

October 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)

A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:

Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.

Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.

Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.

There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!

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Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room Is Ready for You to Romp Around In

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  Site Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD
October 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having set sail a few weeks ago, Mondrian at Sea Containers has added its promised rooftop bar: “1920s hedonism-inspired” Rumpus Room is now open.

Unlike New York, the list of rooftop bars in London isn’t that long, and even fewer can boast floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and outdoor space for al-fresco lounging and drinking, but Rumpus Room has both.

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Best Western Announces a New Boutique Hotel Concept, Vib

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After nearly 70 years as a cornerstone of America's mid-range hotel scene, Best Western has announced that it will take a step into two new markets with two new brands, Vib (pronounced "vibe") and BW Premier.

The Premier Collection has actually been up and running for a while, and includes this recently opened eco-resort in Malaysia. In fact, last time we checked in on Premier, it was planning properties in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nairobi and Oman. Just to catch you up if you missed it, the BW Premier Collection will be a "soft brand" offering, meaning that it will consist of a variety of high-end properties in different markets (as opposed to a single hotel brand, like Vib). Hotels in the Premier Collection will be bookable through the Best Western website, and guests will be able to earn and use their Best Western reward points at any hotel in the collection.

The big announcement is the new boutique Vib concept, short for Vibrant. It is being described as a "stylish and technology-centric hotel concept created to meet the needs of today’s connected traveler," featuring "vibrant and modern design with a focus on convenience, technology and social engagement." That's about as vague as it gets, and the details are pretty scarce except for the fact that the properties will be tech-savvy and have large lobbies that incorporate local flair. You can check out the short promotional video below.

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Drink Your Own Water In Your Room, Pay A Corkage Fee At The Fairmont Monte Carlo

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  Site Where: 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 98000
October 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (3)

Charges for keeping your own stuff in the hotel minibar – that’s so Vegas. Our sister site VegasChatter spotted a $50 “restocking fee” at MGM Grand last year, and the story went round again last month at MGM’s sister property Mandalay Bay.

But a “corkage fee” for merely having a bottle of water in your room? Now that’s a new one.

This was a note we saw in the info book at the Fairmont Monte Carlo when we stayed earlier this year. The Fairmont is one of Monaco’s iconic hotels, right on the Mediterranean. At check in, we were impressed that staff went out of their way to tell us that we should sign up for the President’s Club in order to get free WiFi (if you can’t be bothered to do it now, do it at some point during your stay and we’ll take the charge off at check out, they said, which was awesome).

And then we stumbled upon this note. This penny-pinching, parsimonious note. “A corkage fee will be charged on an item purchased outside and consumed at the hotel”, it said. €15 for champagne and spirits. €10 for wine. €5 for soft drinks and water – water! Not bottles illicitly stored in the minibar, remember – bottles merely kept in the room.

There are so many problems with this. For starters, the sign wasn’t prominent – it was buried in the info guide, which is only read properly by geeks like us. Not a peep on the minibar, not a squeak on the bedside table.

For another, how can the hotel distinguish between drinks consumed in-room and bottles from drinks you bought earlier and didn’t bother to throw away? Chuck out that empty bottle of water in your bag you’ve been carrying around all day, and suddenly it’s chargeable.

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Manchester's Hotel Football Had A Killer Marketing Strategy. Literally

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
October 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (3)

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Ryan Giggs. We said almost.

He’s all excited, gearing up to launch Hotel Football, his imaginatively named hotel in Manchester, and if those drawn-by-a-teenager renderings weren’t embarrassing enough, this week it emerged that he's been using a convicted killer to promote the hotel.

Kevin O’Dea was part of a gang that attacked and killed student Sion Hardy in 2008, as he left a nightclub. Since he was released from prison in 2011, he’s reinvented himself as a model, which is how he turned up on the Hotel Football website, being poured a beer by a not-at-all-patronising stock sexy woman (we read today that 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers – can’t think why), in front of a spectacularly misplaced sign saying “Attack The Day”.

(Two things we’re not commenting on: just how big the dearth of models in the Manchester area must be if O’Dea makes the cut; and just how it’s possible to spend a mere three years in jail for killing someone.)

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5 of The Creepiest Spa Treatments in The World

October 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the spirit of the Halloween time, we're keeping up with the terrible, horrible, no good side of hotels with this latest feature on hotel spa treatments.

Although you will rarely find us shying away from pushing the boundaries, these extremely bizarre spa treatments being administered all over the world aren’t for the faint hearted.

You’ve probably heard of strange treatments like beer baths, milk baths, cactus massages and caviar facials, but what we’ve got lined up here goes so far beyond that, that you’ll have to pinch yourself to check you’re not having a bad dream.

While we would quite readily try a gold leaf facial in Dubai we’d happily leave out the bird poop, human placenta facial (yes, you read right), having snails slithering all over our faces or being wrapped up in...hay. And before you ask, no we’re not pulling your leg. This is the Halloween season folks, not April Fool's.

Many of the creepy treatments originated in regular spas but it's only a matter of time before they start to appear on hotel spa menus. In fact, some already have and we've listed those below. Look away now if the thought of animal fluids on your face gross you out.

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A Different Way to Saddle Up at The Alisal Guest Ranch

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  Site Where: 1054 S. Alisal Road [map], Solvang, CAa, United States, 93463
October 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

The last time HotelChatter checked in on the Alisal Guest Ranch, we were taking in the scenery of the working cattle ranch, just outside of Solvang, Calif., on horseback. But now, you can cruise around the scenic Santa Ynez Valley in a quicker way--by cycling.

The Alisal Guided Cycling Package includes a two-night stay for two people in a studio room at the resort; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, a welcome basket, two guided rides a day, Alisal logo cycling jerseys (whoa, they mean business!), and two massages at The Alisal Spa. Guests will also have access to all the other activities at the resort like horseback riding, golf (green fees included), tennis and fishing at the 100-acre spring-fed Alisal Lake. (See why it's an especially great spot for families here.)

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A Sneak Peek at The First Airport Andaz Hotel in Delhi

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  Site Where: Delhi, India
October 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Andazms won't stop coming!

We gave you a little update last week on the new Andaz Hotels expected to open in the next few years. Thanks to a connected tipster, we've got some scoop on one of those upcoming hotels--The Andaz Delhi in India.

The hotel will be close to the Delhi International Airport in a mixed-use project called, Aerocity. This will be the first airport hotel for the Andaz brand. According to the architect firm, the hotel will have seven stories, 446 guest rooms, ballroom space, meeting rooms, two rooms, gardens, fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool. Sounds pretty swish for an airport hotel, we have to say. But you know, don't make this a thing, Andaz.

The hotel has no opening date but it is in pre-opening stages and already has a rather experienced general manager, which is a very good sign. In total, there will be three Andaz Hotels in India--Andaz Aerocity, Andaz Gurgaon and Andaz Jaipur. That's good for us, is it good for you?

[Renderings: BauerLatoza Studio]

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A Glimpse Of The Sexy Modern Me Milan Il Duca, Opening 2015

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  Site Where: Milan, Italy
October 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've got Milan on our minds today

The "young and rich" luxury brand that is ME by Melia is in the midst of a global expansion, making powerful modern design statements (to put it lightly) in each city it debuts.

With hotels like ME London, a futuristic class act by Foster + Partner; the recently opened sexy cool ME Majorca and ME Ibiza; and the mind-altering ME Dubai, coming in 2016, it should be no surprise that when ME Milan Il Duca opens next year, it, too, will be something very special.

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Montage Hotels Breaks Ground on New Gaslamp Hotel, The Pendry

Where: 5th Avenue and J Street [map], San Diego, California, United States
October 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, San Diego broke ground on its newest hotel project, a 317-room, 12-story Montage Hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter.

Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will have just 36 rooms with only one and two-bedroom suite options. The property, which will not be called Montage, but rather Pendry San Diego, will also have two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a nightclub, and a beer hall. Is it expected to draw both business and leisure travelers with its location three blocks from the convention center in the heart of the city's main leisure district, the Gaslamp.

The hotel says it will "appeal to young, hip guests looking for both superior personal service and high-quality design and amenities," and rates are projected to start between $250 and $300 a night. Few details have been released about the restaurants, nightclub, and beer hall, but the hotel hopes to attract locals as well as visitors and become a destination in themselves.

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Introducing The Foxy Men Of Moxy Milan

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  Site Where: Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy
October 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comment (1)

Because who doesn't love a man who irons?

There was one thing that really stood out for us when we stayed at Moxy Milan last week. A free-flow work-eat-drink-socialize space? Nope. A surfeit of millennials selfie-ing their way around said work-eat-drink-socialize space? Nah – although it made a lovely change not to be the only one obsessively photographing every single yoghurt in the to-go fridge.

No, it was the men. Sexy, semi-naked men. Tattooed, ripped, even dressed – man flesh at every turn. Behold!

A shirtless man on the room key:

A shirtless tattooed man in the ironing room (no, those abs aren’t making you see double, he was on the inside and outside wall – and the outside one was more graphic #boxers):

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