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We don’t know anyone not mildly obsessed with food trucks, so this bit of news made us grin with greedy pleasure. Thompson Hotels’ New York properties have a dedicated Food Truck Concierge!
Just let that one sink in for a sec...OK? You ready?
Here’s the deal, this person’s job is to help guests find their favorite food truck without the agony and wails of “For the love of Lucifer, where is the Grilled Cheese Truck today?” Because we’ve all been there, in whatever city that has these culinary mobile kingdoms. We can never find them, we’re Tweeting like a mofo looking for their location, or dammit Jim, we just missed ‘em.
That’s why we think the Thompson Food Truck Concierge is flaming genius. Let's explain the concept.
Tired of waiting in line at the airport, en route to your hotel?
Good thing the folks at The Mark have taken the initiative to start providing a dedicated airport concierge to help guests navigate the unsavory experience of landing in—and departing from—JFK, La Guardia and Newark.
From the moment they arrive, guests will be greeted at the gate, escorted through immigration, assisted with luggage, and whisked off to a waiting car. Not bad! Kind of makes us think of the way celebs get to travel, minus all the paparazzi.
Though if you assumed the VIP service came gratis, think again. The hotel is currently charging $400 per couple, though the good news is you don't need to go crazy planning ahead. If the need arises, simply call the hotel on the day of your flight, and they'll arrange for an airport concierge to be there waiting.
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And the saga of hotelier-turned-upstate-farmer Andre Balazs—who's either going through a midlife crisis, or was just in desperate need of a career change—continues.
Now that Balazs' Locusts-on-Hudson farm continues to supply more and more produce to the Standard, it only made sense for him to install a designated "egg girl" at the Standard Grill, whose sole job it is to be, as the NY Post writes, "the modern-day version of the cigarette girl...in pigtails, a lemon-yellow gingham dress and Mary Jane shoes, selling eggs out of a basket ($5 for a half dozen)."
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We were excited to step into the lobby at San Francisco's Hotel Carlton, part of the
Joie De Vivre—ahem, Commune—family, mainly because the hotel offers a free wine tasting every afternoon from 5:30pm to 6pm. Very Kimpton of them, indeed.
But we got more than we bargained for. Yes, the wine was wheeled out on the dot at 5:30, and, sure enough a crowd (comprised mainly of middle-aged Dutch and German couples) began to form there in the Middle Eastern-decorated lobby.
What we weren't anticipating: Theo, one of the hotel's Front Desk agents, setting up in the corner of the lobby with aviator sunglasses, a Yamaha keyboard, and some of the sickest synth beats we've heard since Flight of the Concords was still airing on HBO.
It would be hard to come up with a single genre to classify the strange music we were bopping our heads to, though if we had to pick a word that best sums up the whole experience, it would be this: snazz.
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Most of the time, a writer's fate is to be stuck behind a blank computer screen, itching for an excuse to get up and go do something else. Once in a while, however, some writers actually score gigs worth envying, as in the case of celebrity journalist Neil Sean, who's become the first-ever writer in residence for budget hotel chain Travelodge.
As part of the deal, Sean will travel to some of the brand's 504 European hotels throughout England, Ireland and Spain, while writing his latest book, How To Live Like A Celebrity For FREE. Interesting title. In the guide, Sean will apparently share some money-saving tips he's learned over the years from interviewing A-listers like J-Lo, Simon Cowell and Beyonce.
Step one, we're guessing, involves saving piles of money by staying at a—wait for it—Travelodge!
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Now in its second month of soft opening, things are only just starting to heat up at the Out NYC. After recently speaking with the hotel's GM, David Lopez, we learned the hotel's big opening is actually scheduled for Gay Pride in June, when a full-force grand opening bash will kick the "straight-friendly urban resort" into high gear for the summer season.
But that's not all. We also learned that Out NYC is planning to hire what they're calling a "cultural guru" to steer the direction of the brand as a whole and curate interesting partnerships among leaders in the fields of art, fashion, design and architecture. Sounds a little like those "connoisseurs" that St. Regis likes to hire. Except the Out NYC is much smaller, and has much more of a targeted audience.
So what exactly does the Out NYC have in mind for its cultural guru? Read on to find out!
Boca Beach Club in Boca Raton, FL, must get a lot of good kite-flying weather. Because, as part of its new beefed-up roster of activities, the hotel is launching a beachfront kite-flying program, helmed by master kite-flyer (and former math teacher) Randy Lowe (pictured, top right).
If you've ever been curious about the world of kite-flying, this is the guy to talk to. Randy not only loves flying kites, but a rep for the hotel calls him a "true performer"; plus, he's invested over $100,000 on a private specialty kite collection, which he keeps at his home in Delray Beach. Wanna catch this guy in action? Read on to find out how.
There's only about two more months until the new Legoland Hotel opens at the LEGOLAND UK but their hiring plans are already in full swing. Yet there's one unusual position that stands out--that of Junior Concierge.
The hotel is putting together a team of six boys and girls, ages 8 to 12, who will help young hotel guests to decide what to do at the park. Aside from getting to wear a funny costume, er, uniform, and to talk at length about their favorite things at Legoland, these junior concierges will get some killer employment perks: The NY Daily News reports:
Each concierge will receive a free weekend with their family over their tenure, the park says, which includes a stay in a Lego-themed room, two days in the park and plenty of Lego to play with.
And we're guessing they will only have to work when school's not in session.
If you have any desire to catch a glimpse of the New York Palace's Snowflake Princess this month, you better plan your visit well. Her majesty will only make appearances on Friday evenings (3–5pm) and on Saturdays and Sundays during brunch (noon–3pm)—but even then, you'll still have to pin her down.
Modeled after the princess at Disney World, the Snowflake Princess will routinely flit between balconies and windows in the lobby—appearing one minute, disappearing the next—to make her presence all the more magical. Flanking her will be two rosy-cheeked Palace Guards (above), who add some
testosterone color to the whole holiday fantasy. The fanciful trio made their debut at the hotel's tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday night, and thankfully, the Princess stood still long enough to pose for pictures outside in the hotel's courtyard.
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This winter, both Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Ave are battling Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with a new promotional package that includes things like a duplex penthouse suite, a tropical cocktail, vitamin D-infused facial, and beach attire for hanging out in your room. For many people, this might just be enough to lift the heavy winter blues.
But Gansevoort's not stopping there. Taking all precautions, the hotel has also decided to photoshop pictures of you with Santa Claus. And provide you with a "friend for the day" (it's exactly how it sounds). Or, even, if that glum mood just won't pick up, to offer a Compliment Concierge that will shower you with praise throughout your entire stay—by the end of which, no doubt you'll be positively elated.
If not slightly stuck-up.
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Even though the temperatures are falling Chicago, the hotel scene is getting hotter! And over at the Four Seasons Chicago there's a "doc" on staff whose sole job is to warm you up.
Starting November 25, The Hot Chocolate Doctor will be making "room calls" at the hotel with his mobile hot chocolate bar. Yes, a mobile hot chocolate bar. Swoon.
The doctor's bag is stuffed with toppings and flavor infusions such as marshmallow crème, caramel drizzle and cinnamon cotton candy which will surely please the kids. Adults can also ask the doctor for some "medication", i.e. a selection of rums and schnapps. Drinks are $8 for the kiddie drinks and $14 for the "grown-up" versions.
And much like a real doctor, the hot chocolate doctor is on a tight schedule as he's only available from 4pm to 6pm daily. Thankfully, there's no $45 co-pay.
For more on what the Four Seasons Chicago is doing for the holidays, go here.
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If our recent coverage of the Bangkok hotel scene hadn't already whetted your appetite to visit the Land of Smiles yourself (perhaps you could time your trip to the opening of the future W Bangkok?), then maybe this will get your travel wheels spinning. To the Four Seasons, that is.
Four Seasons Bangkok has a special trick up their sleeve, in the form of what they call the "Magic Doorman". Narongsak Khamkaew is a Bangkok-born doorman at the hotel who just so happens to be an amateur magician. Or is he an amateur magician who also happens to work at a hotel? We can't really be sure.
Either way, he bought a David Copperfield DVD on day on a whim, and now dazzles young guests with his "lightning-quick hand movements." His favorite trick? The flying card.