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The Smooth Operator's Secret Hotel Notes

September 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene and rooms are up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

From The Smooth Operator: I have a list I keep in my notes section of my Blackberry keeping track of rooms I've especially liked so I can book them on return trips. They include little tips that I'd like to share with you in case you're ever staying at these places, too.

Hudson Hotel, NY (Suite 877)
The Hudson is undergoing a room-by room-reno. Hopefully, the Philippe Starck dream decor will remain in tact as best as possible. Their new rooms(make sure you ask for one in advance of your stay so you're not stuck in the old wings) have new furniture, updated wood headboards, and many with new bathroom fixtures. The custom furniture fits the tight rooms very well. Be kind to the front desk manager and you may be in for a great upgrade. It helps to say 'please'.

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Hyatt Will Sashay Into Colombia With A Grand Hyatt in 2015

Where: Bogota, Colombia
June 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt's certainly been keeping busy lately in all the corners of the world—from PH Sydney's big re-opening to the much-anticipated Union Square property in New York to the company's new locally-sourced food program. It seems like the Chicago-based company just can't sit still for a minute!

And now, Hyatt is setting its sights on Colombia. A 297-room Grand Hyatt will open in Bogota in early 2015, making it the first of two Hyatt hotels to open in Colombia in 2015 (another Hyatt Regency is slated to open in late 2015 in Cartagena)—but this one will be the biggie, serving as the brand's flagship hotel in the country.

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Chancing the Beaches of Colombia at The Karmairi Hotel Spa (and Loving It)

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  Site Where: Km 3 Via Manzanillo del Mar, Cartagenas de India, Colombia
January 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, Jet Set Life's Kimberly Murgatroyd returns with another VIP Hotel Review. You may recall her last visit to the XV Beacon Hotel in Boston. This time she headed to Colombia to relax at the Karmairi Hotel Spa. Enjoy.

When the average American thinks of Colombia, they probably think of the drug cartel and Pablo Escobar. This is changing, and as Americans, it's time to realize that we have a unspoiled Caribbean paradise just hours away!

Cartagena is only a short two hour flight from Miami International Airport and does not require an additional Visa or permit for Americans. The old-city of Cartagena offers a mix of Latin cultures and a complicated history that rivals many European cities. Inside the protective walls of the old-city, you'll find superior restaurants offering menus filled with fresh ceviche, local beef and freshly caught fish all cooked with a Latin flair.

The old-city itself is walkable and if you use the same common sense you would use in any large city, it's very safe. The narrow, cobble stone streets are lined with colorfully painted homes, boutiques, restaurants and salsa clubs. Street vendors offer fresh coconut, sliced local fruit and an incredible selection of Cuban hats.

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The Little Fashion Hotel That Could: Tcherassi Opens In Colombia

October 23, 2009 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

This year, Fashion Hotels have been very much...well, in fashion as it seems. Missoni debute the first edition of their hotel brand in Edinburgh, and Armani is still awaiting the opening of his first in the Burj tower in Dubai, and now designer Silvia Tcherassi has renovated a mansion in Colombia to become her own fashion hotel.

The 7-suite property sits in the UNESCO site of Cartegena de Indias, Colombia and is your typical retreat from the city, although with a true designer's touch as each room is uniquely decorated and sporting an open layout—yes, this means peekaboo bathrooms. Our favorite part of flipping through the gallery of images after the jump has got to be the vertical garden dominating a side of the pool courtyard; that's some very nature-conscious landscaping, if you ask us. Talk about maximizing space and bringing the outdoors in.

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Tough Choice: Office Desk or a Hammock on a Remote Colombian Island?

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  Site Where: South West Bay, Providencia Island, Colombia, 57000
September 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K skips off to Providencia Island...in her mind. Enjoy.

After reading the UK Guardian's weekend piece on Providencia Island in Colombia – they raved – that's the new destination on my wishlist. They describe it as a tiny hidden island which is not quite Spanish at all – in fact, they say you get a "do-it-yourself Caribbean experience" on Providencia. Which sounds just like the relaxing, laidback kind of vacation I could do with.

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Newest Fashion Hotel On The Block: Tcherassi In Colombia

August 3, 2009 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (4)

It's official: 2009 is the year of fashion designer hotels. Missoni just debuted their first in Scotland, Palazzo Versace continue to proliferate, Diesel's creative director opened a Brazil retreat in spring, and Armani will have his first in Dubai on December 2. We can't just look at the biggest names as the only creators of boutique properties, however, as Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi steps up to open her own tropical resort in fall.

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The Hotel Bahia Blanca Is Not Luxury But You're Treated Like Family

Where: Carrera 1-C, Santa Marta, Colombia
March 12, 2009 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last month, Amanda Pressner gave Jaunted a report on her jaunt down to Colombia. This week, she is giving HotelChatter reviews of the hotels she checked into during her trip. Any questions or suggestions about the Colombia Hotel Scene? Let us know. Enjoy.

Provided you’re willing to shell out the bucks, it’s never that difficult to find a decent night’s sleep, no matter where on the planet you go. But once you put the term “budget” before your title of traveler, well, that’s when you start playing the game of hotel room roulette

Unable to assess the quality of the backpacker lodging in the seaside Colombian city of Santa Marta simply from the web, my guy Jeff and I waited until we’d been dropped off in the city, at dusk, to choose our hotel. After immediately rejecting the so-called best waterfront lodging (we wonder—do the Lonely Planet people actually enter the asylum-like places they recommend so fervently?) we opted for the Hotel Bahía Blanca, a quaint ground-level property with about a dozen rooms flanking a small, but pleasant interior courtyard.

It appeared that we were only two a few guests in residence at the time, but in theory, that meant more personalized attention from the staff.

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The Hotel Caribe Cartagena Looks Grand But Really Isn't

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  Site Where: Carrera 1a no 2-87, Cartagena, Colombia
March 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, Amanda Pressner gave Jaunted a report on her jaunt down to Colombia. This week, she is giving HotelChatter reviews of the hotels she checked into during her trip. Any questions or suggestions about the Colombia Hotel Scene? Let us know. Enjoy.

In the Bocagrande section of Cartagena, a crook-armed, sea-level stretch of beach primed to sink under the weight of so many tightly-packed, modern high rises, you’ll find the Hotel Caribe, a pastel wedding cake of property that appears left over from another era, a earlier time when the wealthiest Colombians escaped the chill of Bogotá and Medellin to winter along the coast.

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A Holy Night's Stay at the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara

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  Site Where: Calle Del Torno 39-29, Cartagena, Colombia
March 9, 2009 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, Amanda Pressner gave Jaunted a report on her jaunt down to Colombia. This week, she is giving HotelChatter reviews of the hotels she checked into during her trip. Any questions or suggestions about the Colombia Hotel Scene? Let us know. Enjoy.

There’s something a touch naughty about shacking up for the night in a 400-year-old former convent that once housed an order Clarisian nuns. You wonder, as you prepare to spend a weekend living in sin in a room transformed from the women's spartan sleeping quarters into a sexy, 500-thread count love den—what would the sisters say if they could see you now?

Fortunately, while staying at the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara may qualify as a religious experience (it’s widely considered the most luxurious hotel in the old city) there’s no need to act discrete or be on your best behavior.

What was once a nunnery in the 1600s, and then a charity hospital in the mid 19th century was painstakingly restored in 1994 and eventually turned into a five-star 121-room property that’s has hosted everyone from the King of Spain, Bill Gates and Mel Gibson to Jasser Arafat, Fidel Castro and Mick Jagger.

We can bet that no matter what kind of bad behavior you’ve got cooked up for your stay, you’ve already been trumped by one of these guys—so have at it.

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