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Killer views that involve a beach do not always have to be the tropical kind if you ask us, which is why today’s shot is courtesy of a deep pink sky just after the sun has dipped into the Pacific Ocean off of the Washington State coast, in the tiny hamlet of Moclips.
That’s where you will find Ocean Crest Resort, which clings above a small forested ravine just behind the beach. Why would you find yourself in Moclips? Aside from the beautiful beaches themselves, Moclips can be a perfect stop when exploring the Olympic Peninsula and National Park, home of the temperate rainforest that is one of the wettest places in the contiguous United States.
Now that traditional room service appears to be on its last legs, savvy hotels are coming around to the fact that they need to shake it up a bit.
At Seattle's Hotel Max, a new restaurant called Miller's Guild, the second from James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson of Seattle’s celebrated Crush, opened in December -- and now they are providing a new twist on room service.
Based on the hotel's premise that "guests are not interested in getting wilted carnations and plastic salt and pepper shakers," Miller’s Guild’s culinary craft -- an open faced Piedmontese steak tartare sandwich, for example, or sausage-topped kale and hazelnut salad -- is delivered in custom-stamped brown paper bags with butcher’s twine, compostable containers and personalized labels and tags, complete with the name of the cook who prepared your meal. So thoughtful! We whole-heartedly approve.
Rates start at $109 a night.
[Photo: Hotel Max]
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We do love the free wine Happy Hour trend that has been catching on over the past few years -- thank you Kimpton, Affinia, Andaz, et al. But while wine is more than fine, sometimes we just crave an ice cold brewski.
Hotel Max in Seattle, home to many a craft brewery, is inviting guests to kick back and relax with hand crafted cold one during a daily complimentary craft beer hour in its lobby. The hotel will be pouring full pints for thirsty guests every evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All guests need to do to get their free beer is show a valid photo ID to prove they are of age as well as their hotel key card (guess that means you can't just sneak in off the street; shame).
Kimpton Hotels can be found all over the West Coast, especially in San Francisco where the company originated, but right now, they are ramping up their Pacific Northwest properties.
The friendly boutique chain has just announced plans to open a 97-room hotel in Seattle by late 2014. It will be their fourth hotel for the city. Here are the juicy hotel detes:
An adaptive reuse of the landmark Palladian Building, originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, this new project will embody the gritty elegance of the city showcased in 97 rooms, 1,100 square feet of swank meeting and event space, a trend setting restaurant and a lounge with an edgy urban vibe.
Slated for a late 2014 opening, the historic building is located in the trendy West Edge neighborhood in downtown Seattle, just steps away from Pike Place Market and the famed Seattle waterfront as well as many favorite Seattle attractions. Designer Nicole Hollis will oversee the project.
And just to be clear, Kimpton does not own the property but rather they were selected for the management contract by local development company Shemiran Trade.
Meanwhile, Kimpton has even more properties lined up across America including Austin, Grand Cayman, Milwaukee, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Savannah, and Sedona. What's next, London? (We hope!)
We first heard about plans for an SLS Hotel in Seattle in February and now just seven months later, we've got a Super Secret Seattle Spy who sent in this snapshot of the construction site. The SLS will go in that hole, barely visible in the bottom left, with plans to annex that church next to it for a ballroom or other event space.
We know. It doesn't look like much right now but by 2016, it will turn into a 184-room hotel designed by Philippe Starck and of course, you can expect a Katsuya restaurant, a Jose Andres dining concept and some other nightlife component from SBE. The SLS hotel will actually be part of a mixed use building, set to be Seattle's tallest tower in 20 years. The hotel will be on floors 2-15 of the 43-story building.
Word is construction will start soon and hopefully by next year, we'll be able to see something rising out of the ground. Please, we can't handle another Seattle hole that never gets filled.
[Photo: HotelChatter Spy]
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The folks over at SLS are on a roll this week. One day after announcing SLS Las Vegas will open in 2014 (allegedly), they're looking even further into the future with plans for SLS Seattle to open in 2016.
Can you say 'overachiever?'
Admittedly, SLS/sbe/Sam Nazarian are in a far better position, with four properties already up and running (SLS South Beach, SLS Beverly Hills, The Redbury, and The Raleigh). So for now, we'll take their word for it that construction on a $400 million development, located at 5th and Columbia in Downtown Seattle, is set to begin at the end of the year, with an anticipated completion of 2016.
The hotel will have 184 rooms (designed by Philippe Starck, of course), and will occupy floors 2 through 15 of a mixed-use tower with a whole bunch of food, beverage and retail outlets, not to mention a spa and fitness center.
Read a quote from sbe founder Sam Nazarian after the jump!
Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.
In the season finale, our guy heads to Seattle. He’s got 48 hours to play in a place with a thousand nicknames, and lets viewers know “people love to hate this city, ” the reasons apparently boiling down to the weather. No surprise, there. As he hops into his $100K loaner electric Tesla S which has WiFi (!), he mentions he could watch porn while he’s driving--until his faceless passenger mentions he might need two hands on the wheel while driving. Oh. Then he’s off and running around this hipster (yeah, we’ll say it) town, making tons of Dave Matthews jokes all the way.
We cross our fingers hoping he'll make his last hotel choice of the season a good 'un.
It's one thing for your hotel to have its own swimming pool or, if you're seeking to get "out in nature," perhaps a pond or lake for boating. It's entirely another thing for that hotel to boast a waterfall in its side yard.
Well, that's actually the case at Washington's Salish Lodge, a small five-star retreat 30 minutes outside of Seattle. While it's all Pacific Northwest-typical dark leather couches, wool and stone on the inside, the exterior of the main building is awash in the green and granite of the raw parkland and Snoqualmie River, into which the Snoqualmie Falls drop.
The luxury Melbourne hotel and casino, Crown, has decided to head west--way west, to the other side of the country in Perth. Specifically, Crown is looking to expand their operation in the the Burswood Entertainment district of the coastal city.
After a significant investment in the entertainment complex, Crown is hoping to lure more guests from not only Australia, but from Asia (and who isn't going after the Asian travel market these days).
For the last eight years, the hotel group has been upgrading an existing hotel they acquired from Intercontinental Group but the very dated pyramid building needs a major facelift. So now its time for Crown to recreate their signature luxury known to Melbourne with a completely new hotel.
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We already know that Hotel Max in downtown Seattle likes to express itself. Artistically, that is. The 350 original paintings and photographs scattered around the hotel ought to tell you so—least of all the funky guest room doors, which each showcase one of 39 different designs by local artists.
Now, with two new promotions—"Shoot From The Hip" and "Fifty Shades of Seattle"—guests at the hotel will be able to be part of that creative process, though in two very different ways.
But whether you end up enjoying Seattle from behind the lens of a tricked-out analog camera, or gazing at it from above during a 30-minute "helitour," we don't think you'll be struggling for any inspiration.
We love to taste our way around the Pacific Northwest wine appellations. So when we finally visited the quintessential Northwest style Willows Lodge in Woodinville, we were really happy to find out that in addition to delicious local wines, there are three more reasons to stay here.
Number one is the location. The hotel Willows Lodge is tucked into the Columbia Valley wine appellation about 15 miles northeast of Seattle making for a perfect base for exploring the surrounding wineries including the grand-mere of them all Chateau Ste. Michelle, which is conveniently just across the road.
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Dropping off portfolios, sitting down to meetings, providing references—sooo old-fashioned. These days, all it takes to get your foot in the door is quick glance at your prospective employer's Facebook wall.
Yesterday afternoon, the Hotel Murano Tacoma posted that their lobby retail space is currently available for lease, and that interested parties should get in touch with the GM, Stan. Of course, a more traditional interviewing process would likely follow, but we're still fascinated by the way social media has managed to tap into every single aspect of hotel life. And why shouldn't it? If you want a late check-out, check in on Foursquare. If you've accidentally locked yourself in the hotel bathroom, tweet about it.
And if you feel like owning your own hotel gift shop, hie thee to Facebook!