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The Hotel Indigo is thataway!
Indigo's parent company, InterContinental Hotel Group, has converted the Holiday Inn Express at 435 Katella Avenue, near the convention center, into The Hotel Indigo Anaheim, a"retro-style" hotel with 104 rooms, a pool, a fitness center and restaurant, The Chambers Bar & Bistro. (The rebranding was made possible by New Century Enterprises, LLC who poured about $5 million into the property.)
As with all Hotel Indigos, the surrounding area and its history play an important in the hotel's identity. But how does this work when the surrounding area is ruled by Mickey? Well, Indigo went way back for inspiration. Apparently, the hotel is located near what used to be a wagon trail that connected several ranches responsible for producing nearly half of America's walnuts in the early 1900s. Seriously. So the Hotel Indigo Anahemi now features mosaic murals with blooming walnut trees. (No nutcrackers in the minibars though.)
Additionally, the hotel's restaurant is an homage to the Chambers Ranch which was home to the families who made their living growing walnuts.
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Bitcoin is an electronic currency that's only accepted in the digital world. It's not recognized by any government, it's entirely unregulated and the only ways to get your hands on bitcoin is to either buy it with real cash or spend days "mining" for it on the internet. For more on how it works, you can (try to) read the bitcoin entry on Wikipedia.
Yet, Jefferson Kim, the owner and manager of both the Howard Johnson and the Red Roof Inn in Buena Park was eager to use bitcoin for hotel reservations saying that he would "personally like to see the BTC succeed." On the hotel's website, he detailed how to pay for a room with bitcoin.
One person who took him up on this? Wired contributing editor, Joshua Davis, who wrote about bitcoin for a piece in the New Yorker (the October 10th issue.) Davis booked a room at the hotel online for 10.305 bitcoins.
In the mood for a lil' bit of Disneyland magic? Maybe some Angels baseball? Or do you, perhaps, have a crisp Benjamin lying around and you want to spend those dollas on a hotel room and an $11 bottle of wine for you and your honey?
The newly-renovated Hilton Anaheim's gotchya: throughout the rest of 2009, the hotel is offering 89 of its rooms every day for the semi-ridiculous price of $89 per night.
The massive 1,572-room hotel located just next door to the Anaheim Convention Center and about a block from Disneyland was given a complete overhaul that wrapped up in January. And to fill up those crisp, clean new rooms, the hotel is running an 89@89 Promo (looks like someone went a little cray-cray with the numbers line on the keyboard) via their Advance Purchase Rate i.e., you have to book your room at least 21 days in advance to snag one of the cheapie rooms.
It's probably in your best interests to stay away from Disneyland and all of its hotels this week, as things are so chaotic over there right now that they've gone and arrested Tinkerbell. What is this world coming to?
Yesterday, we caught wind of the plans for Disneyland hotel workers' protests to go down last night. The issues involve about 2,300 unionized hotel workers at three Disney-owned hotels: the Paradise Pier, the Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel.
Just before noon, a decent-sized quake--5.8 on the Richter--struck the Los Angeles area, sending shocks from Los Angeles to San Diego and as far away as Las Vegas. The epicenter was 29 miles from downtown LA near Chino Hills in San Bernadino County.
No major disasters have been reported yet but a couple thousand donut fans were affected in Anaheim.
About 2,000 detectives were attending a gang conference at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim when a violent jolt was felt in the main conference room. Mike Willever, who was at the hotel, said, "First we heard the ceiling shaking, then the chandelier started to shake, then there was a sudden movement of the floor."
But what about the donuts? Are they ok? (We kid, we kid.)
Since Anaheim is also home to Disneyland, the park rides have been evacuated and will be inspected for any damage. Fortunately, everything else in SoCal seems ok--a little rattled but ok.
Any Los Angeles hotels affected by the earthquake? Let us know.
For those who frequent Disneyland, the Hilton Anaheim recently got some room renovations. The hotel is located about a mile from the park and judging from some reviews on TripAdvisor, the Hilton was desperately in need of renovations. As one reviewer wrote:
I was shocked by the shabbiness of the room that I was assigned. The prior reviews are valid - this hotel is like something out of the 70's - beige wicker - pale pink florals.
Beige wicker, yikes! We actually got our hands on a pic of a room before renovations. While we didn't spy any pink florals, there was some suspicious beige furniture.
Thankfully, the Hilton will be getting a more modern look. This is a shot of one of the renovated rooms. The hotel has nearly 2,000 rooms (it's also located next to a conference center) and about 240 of the rooms have been renovated. The rest of the rooms will be done floor by floor with all rooms expected to be finished by August 2008.
If you book here and want to stay in a renovated room, call the hotel and ask for one. (We don't trust computers to handle these sort of requests). There will be a $30 premium for a renovated room. But at least you won't have to look at beige wicker.