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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 | Comments (0)

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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Comic-Con in San Diego: Go for The Comics, Stay for The Hotel Goodies

July 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The annual nerd fest that is Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday in San Diego and whether you're headed there to see Kiefer Sutherland relive Jack Bauer's greatest moments on 24 or learn some "cool" Star Wars origami tricks or celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons or pick up some new comic book collectibles, we suggest making a stop off at these hotels for some Comic-Con-themed goodness.

· The US Grant Hotel, where the first Comic-Con was held in 1970, has partnered up with The Cravory to create special Comic-Con cookies. If you were lucky enough to get a room before the hotel sold-out, on Friday, July 25, four Comic-Con inspired Cravory cookies will be placed on the guest room beds at turndown. Guests who dine at The Grant Grill will also receive a commemorative Captain Grant coaster, letter-pressed with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist for the Union Tribune, Steve Breen's exclusive artwork, while supplies last.

· Manchester Grand Hyatt is honoring Marvel Comics with three specialty cocktails ($11). Starting tomorrow, at the hotel's rooftop bar, Top of the Hyatt, Thor's Hammer(ed) will be a fun spin on the classic Long Island Iced Tea. In the Grand Lobby Bar, The Hulkito, essentially a Mojito, will be served to honor the green superheor while in Redfield's Sports Bar, the Marvelrita, a margarita, will be served in Marvel Comics' signature red color.

· Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has created a Captain America cocktail ($9) which tastes like a Pina Colada but instead is colored red, white and blue, just like Captain America himself.

[Photos: US Grant & Sheraton San Diego Marina]

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Meet The Coachella Valley Hotel With Its Own Waterpark

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  Site Where: 41-000 BOB HOPE DRIVE, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270
July 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we were writing about Palm Springs all last week, we were trying to stick to hotels in Palm Springs itself. But as well as the 10 in town that we already mentioned, there’s another desert pool that deserves a mention: that of the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage.

We say pool – but actually, it’s a waterpark. Yes, a hotel with its own waterpark. Splashtopia Water Playground is 2 acres of family-friendliness, with a sandy beach, 100-foot waterslides, a 450ft ‘lazy river’ (traversable by inner tube), a ‘cliffside’ Jacuzzi, water play zones with sprinklers and fountains, as well as an adults-only pool, Azure. As if that wasn’t enough, they also have ‘dive-in movies’ every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, featuring animated family-friendly films, like Frozen and Despicable Me 2.

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Downtown LA to Get Another Hip Hotel, The Freehand

July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're loving Downtown LA these days and so are hotels. On the heels of an Ace Hotel opening with its excellent historic theater and a new hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel comes news that Freehand Hotels/Hostels will open in DTLA in 2016.

The LA Times reports that the site of the Freehand Hotel will be the 13-story Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive streets. The former office building, built in 1924 and once home to Edgar Rice Burrough's publishing company, was recently purchasedby the Sydell Group Ltd, the same company who did the awesome Ace Hotel in New York and (see clarification below) the excellent Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown. The LA Freehand, like the original in Miami and the upcoming one in Chicago, will be developed in partnership with Yucaipa Cos., Ron Burkle's investment company.

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Indulge in 'Face Time' and More at The Chuan Spa at Langham Pasadena

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  Site Where: 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue [map], Pasadena, CA, United States, 91106
July 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

On a visit to the Langham Pasadena a few months ago, one of the better perks of our guest room was the Chuan Spa toiletries found in the bathroom. Now, guests at the Langham can spend a whole day inside the hotel's new, real-life Chuan Spa.

Chuan Spa, the Langham brand's signature spa experience, creates its offerings using Traditional Chinese Medicine which balances the five Wu Xing elements--fire, water, earth, metal and wood. Such treatments include the Chuan Balancing massage and the Chuan Harmony massage, both of which incorporate acupressure, and the Chuan Stone Therapy, which aims to balance your yin and yang through both hot and cold stones. Regular massages start at $160 for an hour, while the special Chuan massages start at $205 for an hour.

But this being Los Angeles, many folks care not just about their bodies, but probably more of them care about their faces. (Hand raised here.) Which is why this Chuan Spa has cutting-edge skin care technology like HydraFacial MD® and Mistral LHE, essentially a laser machine that provides an advanced combo of light and heat. It works as an anti-aging therapy but also works to clear acne and remove hair.

Other facial treatments include specially designed ones by Kerstin Florian and PRIORI (Caviar Facial anyone?) In short, in the spa brochure, there's one page for massages and three pages for facials.

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5 New and Renewed Palm Springs Hotels to Look Forward To

July 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Palm Springs Hotel

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

Be still, breaking hearts – it’s the last day of Palm Springs week! We’ve covered how to get there on the cheap, the must-stay hotels, and your essential pools and spas. We’re wrapping up today with forthcoming hotels that should be on your radar in the coming months – either brand new or refurbished.

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Five Essential Palm Springs Hotel Spas (And One To Avoid)

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (2)


The hot spring pool at The Spring

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

First we told you how to get there on the cheap. Then came your must-stay hotels and essential pools. Today, let’s talk spas. Here are five of the best in town.

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10 Essential Palm Springs Hotel Pools

July 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (4)


The adult pool at the Parker

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

First we told you how to get there on the cheap. Then came your must-stay hotels. Today, let’s move onto the pool scene.

Pools are difficult, of course, because everyone wants something different from them. I want to do a bit of swimming. You want to tread water under the sun wearing your brand new fedora. He wants to read by it. She wants to drink so much that she vomits on it. And that couple – you know there’s always that couple – wants to dry-hump in it. Is there one Palm Springs pool to rule them all? Not really. But here are 10 that might get you what you want.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Palm Springs

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

The pool at the Sparrows

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

Yesterday we told you how to get there on the cheap. Today, here are your must-stay hotels. Or, rather, my must-stay hotels - as I said yesterday, Palm Springs caters for all types of people, and one man's Hard Rock is another man's Motel 6. However, having stayed in all these (apart from Caliente Tropics) and more, these are my top 10 in the city.

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5 Ways To Stay In Palm Springs On The Cheap

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

The Del Marcos

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week. Your essential pools, spas and hotels are all to come, but for today, here’s how to get there on the cheap.

Palm Springs is one of those places that can be whatever you want it to be. Retro or hipster. Gay or bro-ey. Active or poolside. Gourmet or cheap-omelet-with-bottomless-‘champagne’. Cheap or luxury.

Or, if you know how, cheap and luxury. Here are five ways to make it so. You’re welcome.

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Funky Friday: The Surrealistic Pillow Revisited at Hotel Triton

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  Site Where: 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94108
July 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Free-spirited self-expression is alive and well in San Francisco—where it all began—and the Hotel Triton aims to keep it that way. Now a Kimpton hotel, Hotel Triton celebrates individuality and the creative spirit, certainly its own, and invites us along for the ride.

The hotel’s mission, and its interiors, draw inspiration from the city’s culturally rich and colorful past. One would not have to have lived in San Francisco to be affected by its free-mindedness, which spread around the world via icons of 60s and 70s pop culture. We like this hotel for its upbeat, fun looks but also for what it stands for, and find it most fitting for Funky Friday.

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The Chilled S'mores at The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey Have Us in a Holiday Mood

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  Site Where: 4375 Admiralty Way [map], Marina Del Rey, CA, United States, 90292
July 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

What better way to kick off the holiday weekend than by sampling a chilled s'mores concoction on the waterfront? That's what we did today at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles.

The hotel recently opened a brand new, farm-to-table restaurant concept called Cast & Plow. Previously, this space was home to the stuffy JER-NE restaurant. But the entire dining room, as well as the extended lobby space, was gutted to create a light, airy and breezy social setting, complete with flat-screen TVs and communal tables with outlets.

Cast & Plow prides itself on locally sourcing ingredients and the menu even shows you exactly where the food comes from in California. The shareable dishes like a cheese plate ($14), kale chips ($7) and avocado & chips ($12, the avocado is mixed with blue cheese and sriracha) make Cast & Plow a great place for a quick bites while larger entrees like the chicken sandwich ($17), a local cod with grilled corn ($24) and an all-natural prime beef hamburger ($19) give you an excuse to linger and admire the incredible view. Boats, boats, and more boats!

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