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The Good and Bad on Bourdain's "Layover" Hotels

November 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM | by | ()

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.

Layover Hotel Episode 1: Four Seasons Chicago:
If this isn’t an endorsement, we don’t what is. Bourdain says, "this hotel is swank as all get out. The industry gold standard in big ass, comfortable beds. I'm staying at the Four Seasons [bleep]!"

And we cosign on this choice, after all, it's amenity and treat Heaven, starting with the Martini Man and his traveling cart, where in-room chilled martinis(apple, Cosmo, chocolate or old-school dirty)are shaked and served for $20 a pop.
Honorable Mention: Longman & Eagle: We've stated this place is for the groovy guest and Bourdain seems to agree. “It’s too young and too hip for me, but it’s got affordable rooms and the added bonus of 38 different whiskeys at the bar,” he admits.

Hotel Particuler, Paris. Tres chic. Tres expensive, Tony?

Layover Hotel Episode 2: Hotel Particuler We've given major props to this boutique Montmatre hotel. It's in the right location, just near enough to the Sacré-Coeur basilica, but not overwhelming--though you'll pay the price for the privacy.
Honorable Mention: Hotel Amour: We had to think about this for a minute because the last time we heard about this hotel, it seemed of the no-tell variety. But we'll admit, that was about four years ago, and things can change. Maybe it's not the low-rent hooker and coke fest of yesteryear? Perhaps not. But we don't know because we can't get the website to load (a common problem, apparently). We've also read not to expect TVs, A/C, phones, or a minibar in the room. However,salacious French magazines? Oui!

[Photos:Travel Channel/HotelChatter/Hotel Particulier Montmartre]

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