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Who Is The Magic Doorman?

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  Site Where: 155 RAJADAMRI ROAD , BANGKOK, Thailand, 10330
November 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Now Has a Hookah Sommelier on Staff

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  Site Where: Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
November 1, 2011 at 1:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've ever wanted to smoke a hookah but were afraid of looking like a novice, the Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Finance Centre now has an expert on hand to ensure that every puff you take is perfect.

The Shisha Sommelier is a part of the hotel's Shisha Terrace. Shisha, also called hookah, is just smoking tobacco in a glass-based waterpipe but the Shisha sommelier is there to help guests choose the shisha flavor that will compliment their food and beverage or simply, their preference of tobacco flavor.

So who is this man tasked with such a cool hotel job? Sadek Zeineddine, a Lebanese national, who has worked in a food and beverage capacity in several different areas of the Middle East like Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Most recently, he was at another Ritz-Carlton hotel, the Sharq Village and Spa, before joining the Ritz Carlton Dubai on the pre-opening team.

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Open Call For Artists At The Flatiron Hotel Toshi

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  Site Where: 1141 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
October 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Flatiron Hotel Toshi has come a long way since last year. Seemingly left between owners for quite some time, these days the hotel has actual guests and a flashy new lobby (though the IKEA furniture is questionable). And now they're ready to hire some local talent.

The folks at Flatiron Hotel Toshi tipped us off to an ambitious arts program they're planning, which aims to bring together all sorts of local performers: musicians, actors, dancers, poets. They've ordered a piano, and are even planning a stage to be built in the southeast corner of the lobby. Think you've got something to offer? Read below for details!

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Pillow Talking With Affinia's New Chief Comfort Officer

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  Site Where: 303 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
October 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Affinia Hotels is still on track to be the hotel leader of all things cute (here's a refresher: cupcakes, toys, and flower-painted walls). Yesterday, the group launched its newest customer service initiative, the Tender Loving Comfort Movement (that's TLC to you), which uses behavioral science to anticipate exactly how guests want to be treated, and what treats to treat them with.

The brand's new Chief Comfort Officer (that's CCO to you!), Christina Denihan, was on hand last night to show off the new "comfort cart," which is available starting today in all the Affinia hotels during a trial period, in which guests can try any of its amenities for free. We chatted with Denihan about her history with the hotel, the idea behind the TLC movement, and what her favorite pillow is.

How long have you worked for the hotel?

I've been working for the company for five years. I've done every position at the hotel—housekeeping, concierge, front desk—so I know the people really well. In order to ignite the TLC movement, it's important that I know all the associates, because they're the people that are going to make this work. They're the ones who know our customers most, they're here every day.

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Best Hotel Job Perk: Montage Laguna’s Sommelier Classes

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  Site Where: 30801 Coast Highway [map], Laguna Beach, CA, United States, 92651
October 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we told you about how seriously the Montage Laguna Beach’ takes its wine program, and about its weekly Sunday Artistry of Wine tasting series. This time, we’re going to fill you in on the employee continuing education class that just might be the coolest hotel job perk ever: sommelier training open to every staff member interested.

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Kick Back On Some Handmade Furniture In Jamaica

September 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here at HotelChatter, we read about hotel furniture on a (far) too-regular basis—mostly in press releases about newly-renovated hotels, or the occasional hotel furniture sale. A lot of it goes in one ear and out the other. But when we learned of a resort in Jamaica that was making its own furniture, we decided it was worth a closer look.

Husband-and-wife team Braxton and Debbie Moncure stumbled upon the un-developed land of Bluefields Bay in 1981 (at the suggestion of a local friend), and quickly set about converting the property into one of Jamaica's most coveted all-inclusive luxury resorts. Now, with the help of their two kids, Houston and Rachel—plus a team of 50 locally-employed staffers—the family continues to grow Bluefields into a diverse, artistic, sustainable hotel community, whose six villas just so happen to boast some killer seafront views.

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Green Hotel Jobs: Babysitting Turtles In The Maldives

August 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.

In case you didn't know, we kind of have a thing for endangered turtles: we've documented turtle-friendly spots like Big Pine Key in Florida, Playa Viva in Mexico, the Hilton Barbados, the Bolivian Amazon, and even all the way over in Oman.

So for the final installment in this week’s series on the Coolest Green Hotel Jobs, we’d like to introduce you to Patrik Svensson, the Marine Discovery Centre Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

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Green Hotel Jobs: Managing The Subterranean Rivers At Fairmont Mayakoba

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  Site Where: Carretera Federal Cancún- Playa del Carmen Km. 298 Playa del CarmenSolidaridad, , Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Mexico, 77710
August 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.

When we think of interesting ecology, the tequila-soaked clubs and crowded beaches of Cancun don’t spring to mind. But just 45 minutes south of party central on the way to the Riviera Maya, is the exclusive enclave of Mayakoba, a lush, jungly environment with three luxury resorts discreetly arranged among the winding limestone canals and mangrove-anchored beaches.

There, we talked to the Fairmont Mayakoba’s Ecology Manager and Green Team Leader, Lyn Santos. Hear about the resort's natural underground rivers, stingless Melipona bees, and why Santos loves boating on the resort’s freshwater lagoons and wetlands.

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Green Hotel Jobs: What It's Like Overseeing A 4,000-Acre Reserve In Australia

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  Site Where: 2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, NSW, Australia
August 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.

Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in Australia’s picturesque Blue Mountains is the world’s first certified carbon neutral luxury resort, so naturally when we were thinking of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there, we thought we’d say g’day to the resort’s Senior Field Guide, Ben Boothby, whose job it is to basically oversee every living thing on the 4,000-acre reserve.

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Green Hotel Jobs: 'Naturalists' At the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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  Site Where: 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr. [map], Dana Point, CA, United States, 92629
August 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.

Today we travel from one coastal environment (Hawaii) to another (Laguna) to talk to one of the naturalists at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

30-year-old Will Steinreide, a Dana Point native who, after working with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) on Catalina Island, now leads AOTE-partnered guest activities and programs at the Ritz-Carlton. In the role, he gets to take guests on scavenger hunts, while educating them about indigenous peoples of the area, tending to the hotel kitchen’s organic garden, and snorkeling in the kelp forests of nearby Hidden Cove.

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Green Hotel Jobs: Four Seasons Hualalai’s Director of Natural Resources

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  Site Where: 72-100 Ka’upulehu Dr. [map], Kailua-Kona, HI, United States, 96740
August 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

After last week’s turbulent stock market rollercoaster at least there was some good economic news: unemployment is down. And they say that one of the biggest growth markets will be in environmental fields. So all this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.

Islands are some of the most fragile environments on earth. Before the advent of modern technology, islands had to be self-sufficient, self-sustaining ecosystems. So it’s no wonder that some of the most interesting, innovative eco-jobs in the hospitality industry are at island resorts. That’s why we start out this week’s series on the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there by talking with David Chai, the Director of Natural Resources at the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai.

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This Is Why You'll Never Get A Sunburn At The James New York

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  Site Where: 27 Grand St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013-1618
July 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

You all seemed to enjoy the news of the W Scottsdale's tanning concierge, so we thought we'd bring this one to your attention. Your un-burnt skin will thank us later.

Word is that James New York is now asking pool attendants to issue a "turn-over call" as a reminder for guests who are laying out too long in the sun. We seriously hope this is someone's actual job—you know...lifeguard, cocktail waiter, towne pool crier. The feature is part of a new "Rooftop Retreat" promotion the hotel is pushing. Hmm. Only two days after we put them at the top of our NYC rooftop pool list? Looks like someone's been reading HotelChatter!

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