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You know how acting legend Spencer Tracy is quoted as saying that when he died, he didn’t want to go to heaven, but to Claridge’s instead? Well, we might just have found our hotel equivalent of heaven: the Penthouse at the Four Seasons George V in Paris.
Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon as a Parisian apartment, it’s one of the most memorable suites we have seen in a very long time. The space itself, the furniture, the materials, the artwork, the winter garden, the views, the terraces, we’re not ashamed to say we had a total hotel geek moment here.
Plus, for some reason, despite it being SPRING (hear that Mother Nature?) a good many of us are still shivering in our friggin timbers and would love a hot bath. So here's where to get it.
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We love a good hotel bathtub, especially when it has a view. During a recent visit to the London’s InterContinental Park Lane, we spotted a worthy entry for our Bathroom Tuesdays in the hotel’s lofty London Suite.
With its soaring two-story windows, this suite – and its bathroom – takes full advantage of the hotel’s vantage point on Hamilton Place, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the gardens behind Buckingham Palace. Time it right, and you can watch the mounted Horse Guards pass underneath Wellington Arch right from the tub. More of a shower person? Not to worry, you’re covered too.
This New York's Millenium Hilton bathtub overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge.
Today is supposedly the last day of winter. But looking outside at our snow-covered car, we think “what a bunch of bunk!” Mother Nature has bamboozled us. And unless we wake up tomorrow with daffodils in our yard and bunnies hopping around the neighborhood, it’s time for Calgon to take us the hell away.
That’s what Bathroom Tuesday’s are about—luxe hotel lavs where you can have a deep soak (yeah, yeah we know some of you aren’t down with the tub) filled with tiny bubbles. Maybe there’s a flute of bubbly and a good book involved to complete the unwinding process and take the chill off this last (hopefully) cold day of the season.
Looking to wash the day away? Here’s a little photo (and video) inspiration to set yourself up right tonight.
We know how lonely it can get in hotels sometimes. In fact, just the other week we (quite enjoyably) watched a 25-minute tutorial by celebrity chef G. Garvin, dispensing wisdom on, among other things, how to keep things interesting when you're on the road.
You know who we won't be taking that kind of advice from? Steven Rinella. The guy in the picture above, spearing a chunk of unidentified barbecued meat with an orange pocketknife, who recently told NPR host Kris Boyd that he occasionally butchers the odd deer right in his hotel bathroom.
Though he did make sure to point out that he always lays down a sheet of plastic on the floor. Ah, good. Don't we all feel better now?
Over the weekend, a family wedding drove us out to the Hamptons, where we booked a room at the quaint 1708 House, a 15-year-old bed and breakfast whose building dates back to—you guessed it—1708. Joe Biden, Kristin Davis (that's Charlotte from Sex and the City), and even Bill Marriott have all stayed here as guests.
Some of the B&B's main selling points include a small patio that connects the different wings of the house (perfect for afternoon tea, which is served complimentary every day, buffet-style), a charming dining room with the original wooden ceiling beams, and a hammock in the backyard.
But it's what we discovered in Room A that made us even happier: a gigantic bathroom with marble finishes, a wide jacuzzi tub with separate shower stall, Molton Brown toiletries, and the largest vanity we've seen in a hotel since moving to New York.
If you've ever used the lobby bathrooms at the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver and thought to yourself, 'That was an experience I'd like to have again,' then it probably won't come as too much of a surprise that the hotel is up for an award in Cintas' annual "Canada's Best Restroom" contest. Yes, you may well have relieved yourself in an award-winning bathroom!
But don't congratulate yourself just yet. The winner still has to be picked—though we're certainly rooting for Vancouver, as it's the only hotel represented in the lineup of five finalists. Among the other contenders are: a fancy restaurant in Toronto, a graffiti-proof public toilet in Victoria, and a vocational school near Montreal.
May the best can win!
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We're not sure how this one managed to fly under our radar, though this isn't exactly the kind of thing we receive media alerts about, either. Turns out an employee at Omni San Diego was recently caught planting a hidden camera inside one of the hotel's public bathrooms. Ick!
The good news? The camera was found within hours of being installed. The bad news? Well, we're not sure which is more troubling: the act itself, or the fact that, because of what happened, Omni staff had to conduct an "exhaustive search" throughout all the hotel's bathrooms looking for other possible hidden devices. Ick again!
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Even if you're not normally a fan of taking baths (like us—they take too long and we don't always feel that clean after), we think you'll agree this bathtub view from the Radisson Royal Dubai kind of negates any aversion to bath-taking you may have had in the past.
While about half of the guest rooms at the hotel face in the direction of the Downtown area (pictured), it is the upper floors, of course, who benefit most from watching cars zip down busy Sheikh Zayed Road. Though, as high as you go in this hotel, you'll never even come close to being level with the 160-story Burj Khalifa, which is indeed also visible from the top left hand corner of this bathroom window.
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One thing Manhattan hotel terraces tend not to be is big. NYC is simply short on space, and hotels have to be very efficient with how they apportion what precious terrace and rooftop space they have.
So upon visiting one of the city's latest Suite Glamping spots at a penthouse inside Hyatt 48 Lex, we discovered that as much as the outdoor terrace appeals, the part that really wowed us was inside the room: the luxurious, bug-free, and fully private bathroom. Not the most ideal place to have a picnic, but great for pretty much everything else.
Want to decide for yourself? Click through for our photos of the penthouse and accompanying terrace!
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Now that Lady Gaga has gone and upstaged the most famous hotel in all of Australia, the Park Hyatt Sydney, let's take a look at the super-swank Sydney Suite which she called home during her visit down under.
The suite was occupied--by someone other than Gaga--during our recent tour of the property, but we can show you these PR shots from the hotel. And if you click through our gallery, you'll also see our snaps of the Park Hyatt's Harbour Suite, not so shabby itself, and going for AU$5,500 a night this weekend.
We can tell you that Gaga's digs, the Sydney Suite, usually rents at $16,000 a night. Or, if you decide to rent it along with the two Rooftop Suites on the same level, to create a super A-list compound for yourself, the whole floor will set you back $50,000 a night.
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Remember when we learned about Andaz Liverpool Street's plans to launch a World Food Marathon menu next month to coincide with the Olympics? Well, it turns out The Goring (aka Kate Middleton's hotel of choice) is preparing a 'global menu' of its own—except you'll find this menu in the bathroom, not the dining room.
The NY Daily News reports that a bath menu wil be available this summer, in order to let guests take "a trip around the world" through different bathroom scents.
But wait, it gets better. The toiletry company that The Goring has tapped for the bath menu program is none other than Molton Brown, one of our personal favorites. We'll take two of everything, please!
But fear not, we're not going to be roughing it here - each massive safari tent comes with en-suite bathroom complete with these lovely open air hot showers. By day you may see all sorts of wildlife wander by (there are no fences, so animal encounters inside the camp are common), at night the view is equally stunning looking up at the star-filled sky.
We'll have more on Selous Safari Camp, as well as other lodges and retreats in Tanzania, for you soon.