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Inside and All Around the Rooms at the Dean Dublin

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland, 2
January 7, 2015 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fab amenities: check. Fantastic restaurant: check. But how do the rooms at the Dean Dublin measure up?

We stayed in a Punk Bunk - one of the smaller pod rooms, only with bunk beds. There’s a double bed on the bottom, and a single on the top. The rooms are 12.6sqm. Yes, that’s tiny – there’s the bed area, a teeny desk area, and the fridge and minibar stuff in the corner. Then there’s a narrow passageway taking you to the door and the bathroom. We had one big suitcase, and one small, and it was a squeeze.

But having said that, it was comfortable. Obscenely so. The enclosed bed was slightly too short for our 6ft frame, but the mattress was the comfiest we’ve slept on in months – strip-the-sheets-and-write-down-the-name comfy (King Koil Club Class, since you ask).

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What’s in the Bag at the Dean Dublin?

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland, 2
December 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel amenities. They can be crazy or sensible. They can be extravagant or parsimonious. But sometimes, they can be simple, sensible and also super-cool. Like at The Dean, Dublin’s newest (and, probably, trendiest) hotel.

We checked into a pod-like Punk Bunk last week to be greeted with these three bags hanging up by the bed. Early Christmas stockings? Laundry bags with the last guest’s stuff left over? Nope, amenities. A hairdryer. A clothes steam cleaner (in addition to the iron – pretty novel). And, the best one:

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Hotel Figueroa to Suffer a Modern Makeover Next Year

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  Site Where: 939 South Figueroa Street #930 [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

File under things you already knew: Downtown LA is, apparently, the place to be. File under things you might not have known: Downtown LA has the best preserved pre-1950s buildings in the United States. Really! When you wander around like we did the other week, saying “Why, it’s like Chicago, but better,” it really is. Which is why we’re sad to hear of the renovations coming up at one of its most historic hotels, the Figueroa.

This HC member only got her first glimpse of the Fig this month, but one foot in the door was enough to know it was true love*. The coffin-shaped pool. The Moroccan interiors. The belly dancers entertaining a Christmas party in the bar, while off duty cops ate in the kasbah-like lobby. It was like a film set. My god, this is what America is all about!

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A Seriously Last-Minute, Niche Deal For Nantucket Residents at the Island's Newest Hotel

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  Site Where: 77 Easton Street [map], Nantucket, MA, United States, 02554
December 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a niche offer: If you’re from Nantucket, and are staying home over the holidays, the island’s newest hotel – The Nantucket Hotel & Resorthas a rather nice Christmas present for you. They’re offering fellow Nantuckians a complimentary one-night stay on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

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Sing 'O Christmas Tree' In The Privacy Of Your Suite At The Greenwich Hotel In TriBeCa

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
December 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, The Greenwich Hotel (Robert de Niro’s TriBeCa hotel) doesn’t want you to be green with envy of those sitting around their fresh Christmas tree at home.

The 88-room hotel -- where no two rooms are alike -- will either set up a fully-decorated tree in your suite based on your ever-so-particular decorating style or, for some true down-home fun, will set up a tree-trimming party in your suite.

Once you’ve decorated the tree, head down to the cozy drawing room where the kids can have some hot chocolate from Locanda Verde and you can have a hot toddy – just to loosen up those vocal chords for carol-singing, of course.

Rates at the hotel this week start at $575 -- let's face it: this is the definition of last minute.

[Photos: The Greenwich Hotel]

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Check Out the Stocking-Top Beds at Beijing's Newest Boutique Hotel

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  Site Where: 85 Huguosi Street (Floors 1-5), Xicheng District, China, 100035
December 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

China, bless its little cotton socks, is not a country that we’ve traditionally associated with a thriving boutique hotel scene (the recently opened Jade Gallery Boutique Hotel in Chengdu, for instance, has an onsite casino!). But while the rest of the world busies itself with the millennial market, it looks like China is focusing on its boutique properties.

The latest to open is the Sofu Hotel in Beijing. It’s a fun location, on Huguosi Hutong (Street), a traditionally styled shopping street, which is also home to one of Beijing’s most famous snack bars.

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Historic Roots and Cool Rooms at the New Norman Tel Aviv

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  Site Where: 23-25 Nachmani Street, Tel Aviv 6579441, Israel
December 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new boutique hotel has opened in Tel Aviv and, from the looks of it, it's a keeper. The Norman Tel Aviv, in the heart of "White City," blends its local history with modern art and design, while taking a much hipper approach to elegance. Just the way we like it.

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The Laslett London Is Opening In Notting Hill Next Summer

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  Site Where: 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W2 4DU
December 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Notting Hill may have found a permanent place in the London visitor’s heart due to one minor Hugh Grant / Julia Roberts movie (by the way, are you ready to feel old? Yes? It was released fifteen years ago), but the number of (interesting) hotel choices in the area has always been limited.

The list of options will have a new addition by next summer though, with the planned opening of The Laslett on Pembridge Gardens, around the corner from Notting Hill Gate tube station and close to the bottom end of famous Portobello Road. Set within five Victorian mansions, The Laslett is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local community activist and organiser of the Notting Hill Festival, the predecessor of the current annual Notting Hill Carnival.

From the people behind Living Rooms, a small collection of apartments for short and long stays, The Laslett will have 51 rooms and suites, meant to give you the sense you’re staying in a friend’s stylish townhouse rather than in a hotel. The first image we have (above) does seem to strike that balance well, with a nice deep grey on the walls, carefully misaligned artwork, and the odd bit of color and pattern thrown in. The ground floor will be “part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery, part concept store”.

We’ll have to wait to see more from inside The Laslett, but we can tell you that opening rates will start from £215 ($335) a night. Blame Hugh and Julia for Notting Hill having become so expensive.

[Photos: The Laslett]

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Olive Trees and Wraparound Headboards: The Dean Dublin Is Open

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland
December 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

First look at a Mod Pod

The doors are open and the photos are in of the Dean Dublin, which opened last week.

What we like:


· Rooftop restaurant Sophie’s, with its 360-degree views of Dublin and what appear to be olive trees growing inside;
· Deft touches like Smeg fridges and old-style telephones in the rooms;
· The colors and textures – deep blues and velvet sofa-style wraparound headboards in the tiny Mod Pod rooms – trendy yet chic;


· Wraparound windows and massive desks in the Hi-Fi rooms – perfect workstation or what;
· Local elements like trays of “Irish munchies” and Grafton Barber toiletries;
· The €250m worth of local art about the place, and the ability to purchase some of it.

What we don’t like:

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Rave Reviews But No Bikinis: Checking In On 25hours Bikini Berlin

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  Site Where: Budapester Straße 40, Berlin, Germany
November 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Nine months after its opening date, and three months since its visible bathrooms caused a storm, the results are in for 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. And you know what? They are pretty astonishing.

Idly surfing TripAdvisor the other day, we noticed that 25hours is now number 20 of 663 hotels in Berlin. Slash off a few negative reviews for those bathrooms and the fact not everyone who books a trendy hotel does so knowing it’s a trendy hotel, and that is actually quite astonishingly good.

“Jungle rooms” are the obvious winning rooms – these overlook the elephant enclosure and ape house in the Berlin zoo below (“Jungle M” category rooms even have a hammock from which to observe the animals). Comfy beds, spacious rooms and free bike ‘rental’ are the name of the game, here. We’re less keen on the glass-walled bathrooms, but nobody else seems to mind and they have a privacy curtain, so we’ll give them a break and categorize them as not totally peekaboo. (No, totally peekaboo would be the public ones.)

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Introducing Yangon's Newest Hotel. It's Also Its Weirdest

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  Site Where: 6 Botahtaung Jetty, Botahtaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar
November 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mingalabar! All this week we'll be focusing on one of the fastest changing hotel scenes on the globe: Burma, or Myanmar. (For Burma or Myanmar, see here - as fence-sitters, we'll be using the two interchangeably throughout the week.) We’ve already covered your hotel basics, and looked at Yangon’s most expensive hotel and its most historic. Today, let’s check in at its weirdest property.

You thought you had seen themed hotels. You thought you’d seen retro hotels. You even thought you’d seen boat hotels. Promise, you’ve seen none of these things until you see the Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel in Yangon. It is the delicious trifecta of all the things above.

We discovered the LVYH by chance, looking for a same-day room on Agoda. Most of the four and five star hotels ranged from $200-500 that night. But there was one that was significantly cheaper: the Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel was offering a room with balcony for $112.

Boat hotels are something that always intrigue us but rarely satisfy us, and we assumed this would be small, a bit grimy or past its prime. But the reviews were good and the price was unbeatable for its category, so we booked. And that’s how we arrived at the weirdest, most genius hotel we’ve ever stayed in.

The Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel opened this summer, the first of a few planned for Botahtaung Jetty, on the Yangon River, just round the corner from the spectacular Botahtaung Pagoda. It’s a modern ship that came from Northern Europe, but it’s been styled as a total immersion 1920s experience. “Would you like to be a King… Sir…!” (sic) says the website. “Time Travel Yacht Will take you back to year 1920 in 30 seconds & Be a King…”

We’ll show you the public areas and talk about the full experience in another post, but for now, look at the photos of our room: 302, a standard room with balcony overlooking the river.

This is no poky cruise ship room – the bathroom is small, if perfectly comfortable, but the bedroom is relatively large. The beds are insanely comfortable memory foam, adjustable ones – you know, like the Tempurpedic hospital beds, that can form Z shapes, or raise your head or your legs, without you moving. Each has a remote control on the bedside table.

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6 Creative Design Products Sure To Spice Up Boutique Hotels

November 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

We recently stopped by the Boutique Design New York show (BDNY) to see what's new and different in the world of, well, boutique design. We found a new products coming to the market, as well as design firms that have been around for awhile but have new collections to show off. But here are a few notable items we could totally see in a hotel setting, in the New York area and beyond.

1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)

Just when you thought you'd seen enough Andy Warhol artwork in a hotel, now there's an entire Andy Warhol Collection of wallpapers, offered by Brooklyn based Flavor Paper. Flavor Paper has a wide range of creative hand screened patterns and digital imagery on paper, and we've seen their work in the Wythe Hotel and W Seattle, and the company reportedly added SLS Las Vegas to their list of projects. This Warhol collection was made possible via special licensing agreement with the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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