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We have been spending so much time on cocktail culture (well, it has been a rough few months), we figured we should be a little more balanced with our beverage coverage.
We started a bit by paying some attention to another one of our favorite pasttimes--afternoon tea. That can mean a simple cuppa for some of you--a jolt of caffeine to carry you through the day, or for more leisurely sorts, a more elaborate weekend high-tea filled with all sorts of yummy delights. We want to focus on that one--so much more fun, yes?
Now that chillier climates prevail in many parts of the country, the call for afternoon tea is in full demand and these hotels put out what we think are mighty fine spreads. We’ve seen quite a few people duck in to a hotel around the 4’o clock hour and chill over a demitasse of Darjeeling, a curried-chicken finger sandwich, and a jam-filled tart. We heartily approve.
Just remember, pinkie's up!
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How's this for a yoga studio?
Los Angeles is a mecca for the yoga community, so it's no wonder there’s a heaping sun salutation's worth of glamorous hotels available for nomad yogis. Below, we've tracked down 5 of the hippest, most yoga-friendly hotels in LA for your next visit. Now, take a big breath, and let's begin!
Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA (pictured): How about an hour of yoga amidst lapping waves on the warm Santa Monica sand? Shutters offers yoga on the beach every Thursday morning at 8am, free to hotel guests. To participate, simply reserve your spot with the concierge desk by 6pm the evening prior. The next morning, meet in front of the hotel and saunter down to the sandy beach, stopping just in front of the water to embark on an hour of stretchy, sandy serenity. Yoga mats and towels are provided. Guests can also book personal sessions if it’s just too embarrassing to face plant in the sand while trying to balance on one leg.
There might be little argument that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie make for the most interesting celebrity couple on this planet. After announcing their pending nuptials, the hearts of world-wide paparazzo may have skipped a beat, but the couple may have scored a point against the camera lens after organizing a private dinner at one of the restaurants in the Montage Beverly Hills.
Perhaps they were picking the flowers or even color schemes for their big day, either way Brangelina wanted a little privacy while dining in the hotel's £10 restaurant. Allegedly, after a little coaxing, they shut their doors to the public and other hotel guests, and no doubt waited on the power couple hand and foot. No word on what they dined on (does Angie eat?), but with a menu like aged bison tartare and mini lobster rolls, no doubt the bill was more than £10 ($16).
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What's your least favorite part about staying in a hotel? If you're anything like us, check-in is a particularly tedious process—that awful time when we're worn out and cranky, and don't feel like answering to anyone or making small talk: we just want to get straight to our room and close the door.
Luckily, some hotels are willing to speed guests right along and close the gap between first arrival and bed-flopping. Here's a new program being launched by the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire that ought to satisfy the digital nomad contingent who've got little time to spare, but plenty of devices at the ready: guests that are en route to the hotel, can now Skype the Front Desk and check in with them face to face.
(Sure, you still have to actually interact with a person, but hey, you're just sitting in a car, so what else have you got to do?
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We popped into the hotel over the weekend to do breakfast in the Fountain Coffee Room downstairs and when we finished devouring that, we took a look around to check out the brand new lobby scene.
As we expected, the fussy old pink carpeting has been stripped. In its place is now a circular marble floor which is surrounded by stylish seating. The lobby also got a new chandelier, new pieces of art on the walls and a new coat of a soft white paint (not pink.) The reception area even got an upgrade with modern front desks and a mural on the wall behind them with the hotel's iconic logo and a map of its location.
But perhaps our favorite addition is the iMac next to the entrance for guests to use. Now that's bringing the hotel into the modern age!
Check out our snapshots below!
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A one-bedroom suite at The Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano
What’s the deal with extended stay hotels? Some people think they’re those seedy-looking places along a highway that house transient folks unable to commit to monthly rent or a mortgage. But while there are some questionable establishments, HotelChatter is fascinated by the surge in the more upscale extended stay properties and packages seemingly cropping up left and right.
The industry generally defines an “extended stay” as 5 or more nights in the same hotel. Once you pass five nights, the discounts start rolling out, starting at around 5% and get deeper once you get to 12 nights, usually up to 15%. The lowest rates are for those staying longer than 30 days.
We did a little digging and found out who’s booking these stays and why.
Residence Inn by Marriott
This chain has over 600 locations across the country, with their latest international hotel opening last December in Bahrain, the first outpost in the Middle East. So, who would spend over 30 days in Bahrain? Diane Mayer, RI's VP and Global Brand Manager says, “Our typical business guests are professionals working on projects, such as consultants, engineers, IT professionals and government employees. We also host training sessions and a small portion of our business is relocations.”
She goes on to say that a key component the extended-stay traveler is looking for is a spacious suite which allows them to spread out and be productive on the road. They also want a daily hot breakfast as well as health and fitness options so they can maintain their normal routines and a sense of balance while away from home.
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Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is back on TV now with the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo. Yet even though he's a jetsetter, Josh is not above staycationing in his hometown of Beverly Hills. And his dog Godzilla always goes along for the fun. After checking out the doggie offerings at the Four Seasons Los Angeles and the Montage Beverly Hills, Josh went to see how the The Beverly Wilshire stacked up.
Scenes for an upcoming movie were filming at my house recently so I had to move out for a while and I decided to take my partner Colton and Godzilla to the The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel.
We all had a wonderful stay in the hotel which was made infamous in the movie "Pretty Woman." Not only did Colton and I watch the movie on loop but we also reenacted the love-making scene on the piano between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (joke).
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While we couldn't get into the Peninsula's super secret technology laboratory where they custom make all the in-room tech for their hotels, we have been fortunate enough to experience some of these proprietary gadgets at Peninsula Hotels in person...like the control pad on the nightstand at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
When you settle into bed at night, you can not only set an alarm for the next morning from the control pad but also turn down the lights, set the air conditioning and signal a "Privacy Please" on your hotel room door so housekeeping won't disturb you. Heavenly! The more things we can do from the comfort of our bed, the better. Of course, when the rooms start at $525 a night, we expect nothing less. Good thing the WiFi is free!
Bonus shot of the room's media hub after the jump!
2012 will likely go down as one of the worst years in history at the Beverly Hilton.
Back in February, it unfortunately earned a spot on the Hollywood Death Tour map after Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub on the fourth floor just before a pre-Grammy party was to take place at the hotel. Not helping was the hotel's unwise decision to tweet about celebrities arriving at the hotel while Houston's body laid in the room for more than four hours.
Now death has visited the hotel again in the form of a murder-suicide which happened on Friday night. And once again the tragic event happened just before the hotel was to host a big Hollywood bash, the Daytime Emmy Awards.
The other week we popped into the AKA Beverly Hills with our camera eager and ready to snap pics of one of our favorite long-term stay hotel brands. (AKA actually prefers the term serviced apartments to extended-stay.) Yet upon meeting AKA execs in the stylish, residential apartment lobby, we were told that "all of this" was going to be redone.
"All of this?" we asked. "But it looks so good!" All of it, they told us. So it was pointless to take photos of suites and spaces that weren't going to be around much longer. Indeed, construction has already begun on the former apartment/townhome complex.
Up in the suites (which were formerly one and two-bedroom apartments), the major fixtures in the kitchens and the bathrooms as well as the in-unit laundry machines will not be changed but all the furniture, carpets and cabinets will be upgraded to reflect a more modern sensibility.
The furniture will actually be custom made for AKA. Plus, there will be new light fixtures put into the kitchens and the bathrooms. Renovations will also be done to the bi-level townhomes and penthouse suites that AKA will have on-hand as well.
Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is back on TV now that the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo premiered last night. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Today he returns to his old stomping grounds--Beverly Hills--by staycationing at the Montage.
Colton and I have Godzilla registered as a service dog so we don't even call ahead of time anymore when we bring her on planes or to hotels. When I checked into the Montage Beverly Hills on Friday night, I was delightfully pleased to find in my room a dog bed (which was equally as comfortable as the bed... I actually tried it out... I know most mentally stable people usually do things like that) and they brought her a dog bowl and a bottle of water.
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We snapped a picture of it but wrote it off as just another Beverly Hills-type event happening at the hotel, perhaps involving child actors. As it turns out, this is actually something for hotel guests and their little ones...because it's never too soon to start your kids on the red carpet?
The Little Legends package, available now at the hotel, includes a red carpet arrival for kids with sunglasses and a boa for girls and top hats for boys, an "autograph seeker" on hand to ask for their signatures, a paparazzi-style photo taken in front of a velvet rope and paparazzi wall and then presented in a keepsake frame, a VVIP card that offers them unlimited soda throughout the hotel, a personalized "Walk of Fame" chocolate star, an "I'm a Little Legend" t-shirt and the choice of an old-fashioned ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop.