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Is There Ever A Time When A Peekaboo Bathroom Is Ok?

August 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | ()

The public bathrooms at 25hrs Hotel Bikini Berlin

The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin hit the headlines last week, not for its funky rooms or its already heaving-with-locals bar, but for its public bathrooms, which are rather more public than intended (at least, we hope so – you know Germans and their toilet obsession). The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the public area bathrooms, and it’s only 10 stories high, meaning that you’re as on display as the animals in the zoo next door while you get down to business. This is the very definition of 'horrendous'.

This is clearly (hopefully?) the nadir of the ghastly peekaboo bathroom trend, but it got us thinking – are they ever ok?

It’s what we wondered during a recent stay at The Hotel (yes, The Hotel) in Brussels. It’s the former Hilton and is a huge tower block perched on a hill overlooking the city center. The views are spectacular, and the renovations of the hotel (The Hotel?) have made the most of this, putting walls of windows center stage, and letting that light and those views flood each and every room.

Yes, the whole of each and every room. Including the bathroom.

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Stay at The Madison Next Week And Eyes Will Be On You (and Obama, too!)

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  Site Where: 1177 15th St NW [map], Washington, D.C., United States, 20005
January 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

Next week, as the world watches President Obama during the US Presidential Inauguration, eyes will be on you, too if you book The Madison Hotel’s "Inaugural Town and Country Package". Why, you may ask? Well as part of this $47K five-night extravaganza, you get your very own Social Media Butler. That’s right--someone will post your comings-and-goings during the inauguration festivities in real-time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. So if you’ve ever fantasized about being a celebrity for a day (or five in this case), this is your chance.

As part of the package you get four nights in one of The Madison’s Presidential Suites (sweet!), a private presidential inauguration tour for you and 22 of your closest friends (with you in person, that is – you can have hundreds visit virtually), a $5,000 shopping spree at Brooks Brothers, and a personal car and driver at your beck and call during your stay.

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Is This What Presidential Candidates Do In Hotel Rooms?

October 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM | by | ()

Time for a touch of levity, we think, and this one we couldn't resist. A video by Funny or Die detailing what life might look like inside the Boca Raton hotel rooms of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney while they're on the campaign trail.

We cracked up at the Michelle Obama bits and gigglesnorted at Ann Romney's choice of bedside reading material.

Sigh. If only politics were always this funny!


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Find 12 Pals For AKA's $57K "Inauguration Package"

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  Site Where: 1710 H Street NW [map], Washington, D.C., United States, 20006
September 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM | by | ()

We saw President Obama on “The View” this morning just as we were taking a look again at the AKA White House's “Presidential Pampering Package” that had landed in our inbox. We’d been going back and forth on it because the price tag is just so hefty, it’s just one of those things where you 1) you wish you were friends with someone who could afford it 2) know there are people who can afford it, and you hate them.

But, as we begin our own Presidential-election hotel coverage, we thought we’d kick it off with this bit of fantasy for your daydreaming pleasure.

The AKA White House’s “Presidential Pampering Package” is designed for 12 guests to take over the Washington D.C. residential-style hotel’s entire penthouse floor during the presidential inauguration. Four suites comprising of two, one-bedroom suites and two, two-bedroom suites, and a 1,100-square foot outdoor terrace are just the living basics, but it’s the perks that dazzle enough to make one wonder if they have $57,000 (in honor of the 57th inauguration) to blow on a seven-day stay with 11 of their closest friends.

Let’s list them, and you do the math:
*Daily continental breakfast served en-suite
*Personal 24/7 on-call butler
*Personal 24/7 chauffeur
*Fully-stocked refrigerator
*A private two-hour en-suite cocktail party with open bar and appetizers
*Daily housekeeping service & turndown service
*Twelve plush AKA robes
*Airport transportation

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Obama and Hill Keep it Tranquil in Los Cabos' Esperanza

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  Site Where: 7 Carretera Transpeninsular, Punta Ballena , Los Cabos, Mexico, 23410
June 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

We love Cabo San Lucas and apparently so does the White House, as President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton chose the posh 57-casita and suite Esperanza Resort as the official host for the entire U.S. delegation during the G-20 Mexico Summit on June 18-19th.

Our question is, did the Prez have to stay all official-like the whole time, or did he manage to sneak away for a quick dip in the pool?

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Ann Romney Stays at Hampton Inn for The Free WiFi

April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM | by | ()

It turns out it's not just us hotel nerds that choose our hotel stays based on whether the joint has free WiFi or not.

According to CNN's Political Ticker Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says that she prefers Hilton's Hampton Inn Hotels when she's on the road because they have free WiFi.

As someone who spends life on the road, Ann Romney knows a thing or two about hotels. Her favorites, she said Wednesday, are the ones that come with free Wi-Fi.

"It's so convenient just to be able to get your internet," Ann said on Mike Huckabee's radio show. "I personally like Hampton Inns, but that's an aside."

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The POTUS Is Just Like Us--He Stays at The Element Hotel!

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  Site Where: 10555 Discovery Drive [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89135
January 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM | by | ()

It's been a while since we checked in on the hotel habits of the POTUS but yesterday we we were psyched to see that Barack Obama stayed at a hotel that we've actually stayed at before...twice!

When visiting Las Vegas on the campaign trail, Obama eschewed the hotel casinos on the Strip and instead took over the entire Element Las Vegas hotel in Summerlin, about 15 minutes from the Strip. 8newsnow.com reports:

Onlookers were curious as to why President Obama chose to stay farther away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. "This Element is earth friendly, and I think he's trying to promote that on his visit," Carol Bieganowski said.

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Get Rebranded, Get a First Family Visit, If You're the Sebastian Vail

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  Site Where: 16 Vail Road [map], Vail, CO, United States, 81657
February 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

The brand new Library, before its Obama baptism

How’s that for a ringing endorsement of your new name? Just over a month after the Vail Plaza Hotel & Club was reinvented as The Sebastian, it swung itself a presidential visit this week. Or, rather, a presidential family visit – while Obama stayed in DC this weekend, Mrs O took the kids on a jaunt to the hotel.

According to the Mail Online, there’s a spot of controversy over the First Family’s trip to Vail following Obama’s advice on saving money – that one might like to cut back on one’s vacations. But hey, it was Presidents' Weekend after all.

Michelle Obama would almost certainly approve of Block 16, the hotel’s brand new restaurant that serves local, organic, seasonal food, as well as the newly dedicated Library (it’s just 10 days old, according to Facebook) – a room stuffed full of books, games and art which the hotel website reckons is perfect for “lively debate”. There’s also a new spa (which offers pop-up services around the hotel) and live music at the new bar, Frost, but we reckon Mrs O is too clever to risk coming over all Marie Antoinette by getting her nails done or throwing back a scotch.

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POTUS Rents Out an Entire Hotel in New Delhi, The Maurya

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  Site Where: Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi, India, 110 021
November 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

The talking heads may still be yapping about how much President Obama's trip to India is costing, but the locals are loving it, with the ITC Maurya giving the President and First Lady a lavish welcome today.

The hotel not only spruced up its gardens and filled its lobby with flowers for the Obamas' arrival--it also organized a traditional 'Brides of India' ceremonial welcome.

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Spain's Hotel Villa Padierna Prepares For Obama Girls

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  Site Where: Ctra. de Cadiz, Marbella, Spain, 29679
August 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM | by | ()

Forget Whatshername who just got married in Rhinebeck, there's much more exciting Presidential Daughter news going on in hotel land: the Obamas are headed to Marbella, Spain. Well, two of them are: First Lady Michelle and First Daughter Sasha.

The pair, along with longtime family friends, are said to have booked four nights at the luxurious Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton property that we've ogled before.

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Hotel, Motel, President Obama Stays at the Holiday Inn

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  Site Where: 123 Eden Street [map], Bar Harbor, ME, United States, 04609
July 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM | by | ()

Wow, well it looked like the modern rebranding of Holiday Inn is working out for them, because President Barack Obama and his family are staying at the Holiday Inn Regency Bar Harbor this weekend.

Michelle and the girls headed up to Maine with Barack earlier today, all packed and ready for a relaxing weekend of hiking Acadia National Park and hanging out in cooler temperatures. Bo the dog is joining them too! He flew up a few days early though, with secret service and security detail who've been working to nail down the specifics of the President's long weekend stay.

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POTUS Hotel Hopping Hits the Fontainebleau in Miami

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  Site Where: 4441 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33140
October 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM | by | ()

Miami’s Fontainebleau Resort is no stranger to celebs, from Frank Sinatra to Dennis Rodman. But last night the revamped resort got a return visit from the most famous person on the planet: POTUS.

President Obama has been on a bit of a hotel tour lately, doing his Democratic Party fund-raising at a series of fancy dinners across the country. Last night, his arrival at one of these events was marked with protests as about 200 people carrying placards lined Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau.

Inside, around 450 people paid between $500 and $15,000 a head to hear POTUS talk, raising an estimated $1.5 million all up. (We’re guessing that’s just a little over what LIV or Hakkasan rakes in on an average Monday night.)

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