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It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.
The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.
The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.
Another day, another new hotel brand. This time it's from Red Roof Inn, who is now rolling out "upscale economy" hotels to be known as Red Roof PLUS+ Yes, it sounds a bit like an airline seat category but hey, we like upgrades.
The PLUS+ brand is hoping to offer guests an “enhanced experience at a value price”. Thirty-one hotels will be launched immediately with nine more set to open by the end of the year. All will feature a NextGen design that has modern furniture, flat-screen TVs with HD channels, wood-like floors, extra outlets, and Rest Suite beds by Serta with high-end bedding. Red Roof says that within two years, 20 percent of its portfolio will actually be PLUS+ hotels.
Here are some more "pluses" that guests can expect from Red Roof PLUS+:
This Sunday, we're springing forward for daylight saving time which means we lose an hour of sleep but we gain an extra hour of daylight. And after a long, hard winter, we're really looking forward to that.
In the past, changing clocks for the time change was kind of pain. Today, not so much since most of use cellphones and tablets and those automatically adjust to the change. Sure, there's a watch or a kitchen clock to change here and there but usually it's pretty easy. However, if you're a hotel with nearly 2,000 hotel rooms, preparing for daylight savings time is a major event.
General manager Terry Lewis of the The Sheraton Times Square Hotel, the third largest hotel in NYC, with 1,781 rooms and her staff are tasked with not only updating their clocks but also reminding guests staying at the hotel that daylight savings is happening. And it goes way beyond slipping a note under the door. Here are 12 Ways The Sheraton Times Square Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time (#8 is REALLY important to read.)
As part of a big upcoming year for Denver's hotel scene, The Crawford Hotel will open in the repurposed Union Station this summer on July 12th. Looks like the momentum will continue into 2015, as Kimpton has announced it will build a property nearby in the same "LoDo" neighborhood.
Details are very slim, but we do know that the new hotel, which is currently without a name, will have 200 rooms and become the city's second Kimpton property and the third in the state overall, joining the Hotel Monaco a few blocks away and the party-oriented Sky Hotel in Aspen.
It's hard to believe that the Hotel Monaco opened over 15 years ago in 1998, and we're happy to see Kimpton make a return to the Mile High City, which has been absolutely blooming of late. The new property is slated for a late 2015 opening, and we'll be sure to pass on details as they are announced over the next year.
If you happen to be reading HotelChatter.com from a hotel -- and how great if you are -- take a look around. There's a very good chance you will see one of the most popular and re-invented lounge chairs ever -- the wingback chair. Maybe you are sitting in one now and if so, it's pretty comfy isn't it?
The wingback chair has been around since the 17th century yet seems to have found a permanent home in modern hospitality. What a difference 300 years can make, as there are about as many different versions on the market to entice us.
It is a design that has always been intended for comfort first. This chair generally features a high back that you can fully rest your head against, and projecting side sections that offer a subtle sense of security, especially at the top (hence the term "wings.") This goes a long way in a great big hotel lobby -- designers love it and guests love it. Win win.
This photo gallery celebrates the chair that has won the hearts of hoteliers, their designers, and perhaps more often than we realize, our derriere. Have a seat and take a look at our first round of images. Trust us, we've got more.
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If you’re not only a hotel geek but kinda a science geek too, you probably already know that March 14 is Pi Day (because the mathematical constant π, or Pi, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is approximately equal to 3.14, but with 1.2 trillion digits after it).
If you didn’t know that, you might want to know this: Some hotels are using this as an excuse to bring out their best pies for the occasion. And who doesn’t like a nice pie?
The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is offering a scrumptious-looking Apple Pi Tartlet (that's it above) that’s made with 3 Pi (9.42) Granny Smith apples. The tartlet is topped with decorative apples made of white chocolate—can you stand it?
The Godfrey, slated for late 2014, will be Boston's next grand opening
There’s a spate of hotel developments afoot in the Hub. But according to a recent report released by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the next hotel opening to hit the city will be The Godfrey in late 2014.
The property comes from the same team behind the just-opened Godfrey in Chicago, a Cubist-influenced building that, to those of us without art history degrees, could also be described as “Jenga chic.”
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It’s only fitting that an American hotel brand carrying a French name would branch out further into la douce France, and so it is: Renaissance Hotels has opened its fifth hotel in the country, going beyond Paris and setting up shop in the deep south, in Aix-en-Provence.
With a history dating as far back as 123 BC, when it was founded by a Roman consul, Aix is not only a beautiful city, but a perfect base for exploring the lavender fields and villages of the Provence. A high-speed TGV train takes you from Paris to Aix in around 3 hours, or you can fly into the southern port city of Marseille. Heading east from Aix will take you towards St. Tropez, the Esterel Massif, and of course, the Côte d’Azur.
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.
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While we're on the subject of hotel room keys today (or lack thereof), we noticed this super cool key system when we stayed at The Berkeley Hotel in the Knightsbridge neighborhood of London last week.
At check-in, (which is discretely done at individual desks off the lobby, with cushy chairs for the guest to sit in), we were handed two small plastic black keys. At first we thought, "Cool, old-school door keys." But when we arrived up to our room, the keys weren't used the way we expected.
Just off to the right of the door handle is a mirrored plate which has the room number. Below that is a little slot for the key, which is actually wired to the door. Once your key goes into the slot, a green light will appear at the top of the key, letting you know the door is ready to open. You can leave the key in the slot too so you don't have to simultaneously insert the key and push the door open.
Looking for a place to lay your head while 'Hanging 10' in the seaside surf town of Narragansett? Well look no further, Daddy-o, ‘cause The Break, with its retro chic surfer vibe, is set to open in June.
Part of Lark Hotels, who have boutique coastal properties throughout New England, The Break is decked out by local designer Jocelyn Chiappone, who has tapped into the late 60s, vintage surfer feel of the place. Bold modern textiles pop with color palettes of bright orange, earth tones, crisp white and shades of green and blue. Furnishings combine dark woods with wicker chairs and chandeliers, mid-century inspired armchairs and sofas, fabric headboards and ceramic tables.
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If you thought it was cool that the hotel you last stayed in offered jogging maps, then wait until you hear what the Four Seasons Westlake Village is offering--the Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp.
The one-time only camp will run from April 16-20 and it includes a five-day, four-night stay at the luxury hotel, just outside of Los Angeles. Guests will be trained by professional triathlete coaches in a variety of exercises along with some personalized programming at the on-site California Health and Longevity Institute that includes diagnostic testing (VO2 lung capacity tests for example), nutrition consulting and sleep and recovery education.