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MGM Resorts and Hakkasan Are Forming a Hotel Management Group

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

Nightclubs with hotels attached are no longer a punchline or the start of a bad review on TripAdivsor. They are the real thing.

Just a few months after Hyde Hotels was announced, comes news that MGM Resorts have partnered up with nightlife company, Hakkasan (they of restaurant and nightclub fame) to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

The new venture will, according to an official statement, "focus on the design, development and management of luxury non-gaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings under the Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and SKYLOFTS brands in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations across the globe. "

Okaaaay.

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5 Hotel Deals to Cheer You Up After Filing Your Taxes Today

April 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The dreaded APRIL 15 is here. Yes, it's time to break out your checkbooks and pay the tax man.

But according to these hotels, it's also time to break out your credit card and book a discounted hotel stay in honor of Tax Day. See? We're so good at spending money accentuating the positive! Here are 5 hotels with discounted rates to book in the next few days along with two hotels offering stress-relief from tax filings.

And if you're looking for suggestions on where to spend your tax refund (fingers crossed!), look no further than these Hotels With Killer Views.

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HotelTonight Gives Users a Heads Up on Room Rates With 'Look Ahead' Feature

April 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The brilliant idea behind HotelTonight, which separates it from all other booking sites out there, is that you can book a last-minute hotel room for a steeply discounted rate, all from your phone (or tablet.) The only problem is, you have to wait until 9am the day of to see what the room rates are like.

This typically isn’t a problem when you’re unexpectedly stranded somewhere and desperately need a hotel room, or if you decided spur-of-the-moment to spend the night in the big city. But true deal hunters start looking at HotelTonight a few days before their trip to get a feel for the room rates. Why, just the other day we were on HotelTonight to see the rates in Vegas in case we felt like heading out there this week. (Confession: we've also been known to do this, just for fun, while we're sitting in a doctor's office, stuck in traffic, waiting for take-off, etc.)

But now, HotelTonight is gonna do that rate guessing work for you—with their new Look Ahead feature. Here's how it works:

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Well, That Didn't Take Long: Denver to Get Its First 'Bud and Breakfast' Soon

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  Site Where: 1430 Race Street [map], Denver, CO , United States, 80206
April 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in January, we asked the question, "When will the first Denver hotel openly allow pot smoking?" now that the state has legalized marijuana and today, we find out that a hotel is already in the works.

Except it's not a traditional hotel. But rather, a bed and breakfast which will be turned into a...wait for it...bud and breakfast.

Eater reports that a company called...wait for it... The MaryJane Group, Inc. has bought the Adagio Bed and Breakfast with the hopes of turning it into a "pilot project in the marijuana-friendly lodging industry." And...wait for it...the B&B will be all-inclusive!

Guests will have "unlimited food, drink and, of course, the best marijuana and marijuana edibles Colorado has to offer." There will also be an on-site chef available to cook meals to order as well as unlimited luxury transportation within Denver city with...wait for it...24 hour security. Here's the full press release if you're interested.

If this pilot project is successful, The MaryJane Group hopes to expand to other B&Bs.

So we gotta ask--Would you stay at a Bud and Breakfast? Sound off in comments below!

[Photo: Adagio B&B]

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Get Married 'Under The Sea' by a 'Mermaid' at The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale

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  Site Where: 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33316
April 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Daryl Hannah would be so proud to tie the knot at Sheraton Forth Lauderdale Beach Hotel with their newest wedding package that's fit for those with fins. While we might be over underwater hotels, we can really get behind a picture-perfect, underwater-wedding day.

The Mermaid Wedding package offers love-dovey couples the opportunity to say their "I Do's" under water with an "actual" mermaid while up to 50 of their closest friends watch from the dry deck of The Wreck Bar, the hotel's nautical-themed bar. (See a photo of a vow-renewal here.) From portholes and picture windows, your guests have a view under the surface of the hotel pool for the bride and groom's 10-minute ceremony. Something tells us there wont be a dry eye in the house.

Once the happy couple dries off, a 90-minute reception in the bar for toasts and mingling with your guests. The package includes a choreography session prior to the ceremony so neither the bride or groom look like a dead fish and mermaid tails will be on offer for photo-ops.

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Spot Prince George, Mick Jagger, and More at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1 7EN
April 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Little George Alexander Louis of Cambridge may be making his Antipodean debut on the current royal tour (and looking as a cute as a button in the process, we might add), but closer to his home of Clarence House, the baby Prince can now also boast his first caricature at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar.

Drawn by cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, Prince George is in good company for many reasons: his creator’s credentials range from illustrations for the New Yorker to Pink Floyd, and aside from his immediately family (including QEII and one of her corgis), he is surrounded by everyone from James Bond and Simon Cowell to the Rolling Stones and David Beckham across eight large canvases.

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Beer Canoe? Don't Mind if We Do at The Sanderling Resort

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  Site Where: 1461 Duck Rd [map], Duck, NC, United States
April 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has some rather clever culinary presentations that they do for wedding receptions and other events at their beachfront property (check out the I Love Bacon station here.) But with everyone else but us (or it seems like) kicking back on Spring Break this week, we're really loving this Beer Canoe.

Yup, a canoe filled with bottles of beer. So simple and yet so right. The hotel will also do a seafood buffet out of a canoe too. Hello there, lobsters!

More pics below!

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Brace Yourselves For Another Mind-Bending Hotel by Zaha Hadid, in The City of Dreams

April 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when we were beginning to wrap our heads around architect Zaha Hadid’s design for ME Dubai, we learn that the firm is working on another hotel, due to open in early 2017.

This one, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower, will no doubt stand out in the crowd in Macau's newest entertainment and gaming destination.

The hotel will be the fifth developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited in China and it will be their flagship at this mega-playland. No kidding. Other Melco Crown-owned hotels at the City of Dreams include Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau, and Crown Towers Macau. They also own the 5-star Altira Macau, located on the neighboring Taipa island.

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5 Reasons To Get Excited About The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Blvd [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
April 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World won't open until August 3 but they keep teasing us on their Facebook page with photos of the property.

And even though we'd normally stay away from the humidity of Orlando in August, we find ourselves practically crossing the days off on the calendar. Here are five reasons why we're hoping the Four Seasons Orlando will make all our dreams come true.

1. The Adult Pool. The adult pool (separated from the family pool) will have cabanas, cocktail servers and specialty services like "sunglass cleanings." We hope massages are on that list too. #serenitynow

2. Firework Chandeliers in the Lobby. Night time is ruled by fireworks at Disney World but we're loving this cool chandelier of "fireworks" above the lobby's grand staircase.

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The Archer Hotel and Its Sweet Turndown Service Will Debut in May

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  Site Where: 45 West 38th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The much-anticipated and slightly secretive Archer Hotel in NYC is getting very close to opening day.

Although we are still waiting on an exact date, we are told that the hotel will now be opening in May -- that's quite an improvement on the July date we were expecting, although, currently July 1st remains the first date open for booking through the website (starting at $229 a night).

At the construction site on West 38th Street, scaffolding is down and signs are being pasted up as we speak.

We also hear that there will be an eight-item rotation for turndown that will offer complimentary treats including Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Fatty Sunday Pretzels, Dylan’s 100 Calorie Bars, Kanpekies Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Fancy Fortune Cookies with Archer messages, and, from David Burke (who will be running the hotel's restaurant), black and white Cookies, fruit pops and truffles. Oh dear, we're already sweet on The Archer.

We're hoping to get an exact May opening date for you soon. Stay tuned!

[Photo: HotelChatter}

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The Pullman Bed is Not Just Comfy for Guests But for Housekeepers Too

April 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

A new bed at the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower

A hotel bed has to be many things--clean, comfortable, plush, spacious and clean. Yes, we purposely mentioned "clean" twice.

However, so often the bed that fulfills every hotel guests' fantasy (satin sheets not included) is a huge pain for housekeepers to make, over and over, several times a day.

But the pillow top Pullman Bed found at Pullman Hotels does its best to keep both the guest and the housekeeper happy. We learned there's a secret lever under the bed which housekeepers can pump up and down so that they can make the bed without having to bend too far over and without straining their back. Then they can send the bed back down to its regular height once they've finished.

Imagine that? Two backs saved with just one lever. Now, if only the lever could guarantee us a good night's sleep.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is Now Open (and With Free WiFi, Too!)

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  Site Where: 26-28 Agron Street, Jerusalem, Israel, 9419008
April 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe we had the date wrong but we could have sworn the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was opening in August, not April (after missing a Summer 2013 opening date.) But whatever the reason for the mix-up, we don't care. Because the luxury hotel is now OPEN.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was built on the site of the former Palace Hotel within walking distance to the Old City and Jaffa Gate. Here is a gushing description of the hotel from the press release:

The breath-taking centrepieces of the hotel are the grand entry and lofty atrium promenade, featuring a retractable glass ceiling which floods the hotel with natural light throughout the day. Complemented by arched windows, this open-air architectural style creates the atmosphere of a Jerusalem city street. Drawing on the rich heritage of Waldorf Astoria, a towering, iconic clock rests in the atrium expanse, with four sets of numbers covering its four bold faces. Blending Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture, the hotel is a wonderful mixture of cultures, creating a fascinating space beyond the hotel’s beautifully preserved 80-year old façade.

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