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If you find a room in London – the most expensive city in Europe – for around £150, you tend to run the risk of it coming with added extras like bedbugs or in-a-bad-way floral décor. Not so at the new Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside – the 11th Doubletree in London – which has just opened in the Docklands area (after an extensive renovation of what was the Hilton London Docklands Riverside).
Or, to be precise, south of Docklands, south of the river to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and way out east compared to everywhere else. That’ll explain the affordable prices, but don’t write it off. Even if you’re not in town for meetings, Docklands is exceptionally well connected to the rest of the city. The downside is that it’s probably too expensive for a taxi so you’d have to rely on public transport, and although there are restaurants and bars, it’s creepily empty at night.
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So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!
· Conrad Chicago, shown above, will cease to be a part of Hilton Hotels later this fall and will instead join Starwood's Luxury Collection group. No word yet on what the new name will be. [Source: Hotel News Resource]
· Fresh off opening their New York property, EDITION Hotels will open next year in Sanya, China; Thailand and Abu Dhabi with Shanghai and Times Square to happen in 2017 and West Hollywood in 2018. Paris has inexplicably dropped off the website although Edition folk say it is still happening. Also happening that's not yet listed? The Reijavkik Edition in Iceland. We cannot wait. [Source: Edition Hotels website]
· The 342-room JW Marriott Minneapolis, which will have direct access to the Mall of America, is set to open in November. However, the website is accepting reservations right now for stays from January 1, 2016 and beyond. [Source: JW Marriott Hotels]
· A tipster wrote into tell us that the W Retreat Kanai in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which last we heard was opening in July 2015, is now opening in January 2018, according to the W Hotels website. Yup, that seems about right for W Hotels. [Source: Tipster and W Hotels]
· After announcing a Hilton Garden Inn for Hawaii, Hilton is now going to install their DoubleTree by Hilton brand in the iconic Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club on the Big Island. The hotel is currently closed as it goes under a $16 million renovation. It should reopen as DoubleTree later this year. [Source: Pacific Business News]
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¡Feliz año nuevo! We're getting ready to close out 2014 with our year-end awards, happening later today but before we go, here's one last Hotel News Briefs for the year. Enjoy! We'll be back with a full slate of news on Friday. Well, maybe Monday if we haven't recovered from the hangover then.
LA RESERVE PARIS HOTEL TO OPEN ON JANUARY 19: In just a few short weeks, French hotelier and vintner Michel Reybier will open a companion hotel of sorts for the existing La Reserve Paris Apartments. The 40-room hotel La Réserve Paris Hotel will open in a Haussmannian mansion off of Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel. The large rooms and even larger suites, all designed by Jacques Garcia, will pay homage to the Belle Époque era with "muted lighting, antique furniture, lush fabrics and regal colors." There will also be a spa onsite with three treatment rooms, a gym and a 52-foot indoor pool. Rooms at the hotel on January 19 start at 1,100 Euros a night for a deluxe room, shown above. Not that flush? Consider the Generator Paris instead, opening on February 1.
DoubleTree Hotels will be starting the new year in an "active" way--by installing a new toiletry line in all of their hotels called, Aroma Actives.
Previously, DoubleTree carried the Citron line from Crabtree & Eveyln, which they began using in 2011. Before that, DoubleTree used Neutrogena products. #toiletryhistory
Aroma Actives, from London-based Aromatherapy Associates by Geraldine Howard, keeps the natural vibe that DoubleTree has been after since the line is made with natural ingredients and essential oils and promise to "enhance the circulation and boost the radiance and health of the skin." A perfect way to balance out all those DoubleTree cookies you ate at reception perhaps.
The Aroma Actives line at DoubleTree will include body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bar soap. Want to get Active without booking a room at a DoubleTree? You can start following the hotel brand on Instagram at @DoubleTree to enter to win a set.
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First, we go inside a Hello Kitty Suite. Now, we get a look at a Barbie Hotel Room.
This year, however, the hotel has really gone over the top with the Barbie amenities. For starters, when guests arrive at the hotel, there will be a giant Barbie shoe for photo ops. Guests who actually book the Barbie room (room 136), which was created in partnership with Barbie-maker, Mattel, will get a special dedicated check-in before taking a set of private, pink stairs up to the room.
Once inside, they will find a so-called "Barbie-themed paradise" filled with exclusive Barbie items not found anywhere else, including a changing closet full of fashion accessories and a pink catwalk for impromptu fashion shows. To die for.
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$7.5 million of refreshments went into both an interior and exterior spruce-up, ranging from a new lobby and revamped pool area to refreshed guestrooms. The last stop on the renovation track has been the opening of restaurant Barbianca Local Kitchen. More shots from inside below.
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It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.
For those of you have ever sunk your teeth into DoubleTree by Hilton’s gooey-good chocolate chip cookies (each and every DoubleTree Hotel—from Anaheim to Zanzibar—hands these babies out to guests to the tune of 60,000 per day) knows why we’re excited about these cocktails. Now, you don’t just get to eat the cookies, you can drink ’em too.
If you can’t make it to one of these hotels to try these cookie bevvies in person (although you’ll miss out on that hotel bar ambiance) you can always make one (or all) at home.
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
For a hotel located across the street from a hospital, you’d think that that the DoubleTree Hilton Boston would have had a facelift sooner. But this month the property announced the completion of an $8.6 million renovation that gave the 267 guest rooms a much needed new look. That's the "Before" picture above. Now brace yourself for the "After" shot below.
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We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.
Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?
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A few weeks ago, we showed you the before and after pics of the Fess Parker's most recent renovation. The revamp ensured that the hotel will remain one of the city's flagship hotels going forward, at least as far as aesthetics go. We love the new rooms, and one thing that hasn't changed is the beautiful ocean and mountain views they provide.
Next week, we'll poke around town and dish on all the hotel news happening around town, including other hotel renovations as well as offerings you can expect from different properties this summer.
For now, enjoy this wonderful view from the hotel's Gardenia Building, and feel free to daydream about the warm California sun as we transition into spring.
[Photo: Will McGough]
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As the site of a year-long Homecoming celebration, the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Andy Murray hotel, and possible declaration of independence, Scotland is having a huge year in 2014. Good time for a new hotel to open up in the capital, Edinburgh.
The just-opened 138-room DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre is the first DoubleTree by Hilton in the city, joining 21 of the brand's properties in the United Kingdom. While the hotel at first looks to be a wee bit out from the main Old Town/Grassmarket/Princes Street drag, it's actually in a pretty handy location, a few minutes' walk from the castle, the bars and restaurants of Lothian Street, and the National Museum.
Got a craving for a cookie? Then get yourself to the nearest DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel because the hotel brand is celebrating its 300 million cookie milestone by giving out even more cookies to guests and non-guests around the world.
That's right. Whether or not you're a guest at a DoubleTree today or just passing by, you can stop in and get one of their signature chocolate chip cookies. And if you live in NYC, keep an eye for DoubleTree team members who will be roaming the streets handing out two cookies to people from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. DoubleTree is hoping folks will take one cookie to keep and one to share with their friends. (We'll see about that!)
The DoubleTree cookie was first handed out to all guests in the late 1980s at a time when it was common for hotels to only give them to VIP guests. By 1986, a secret recipe for the cookie was created and to this day, only a handful of bakeries around the world hold the secret recipe. However, each chocolate chip cookie is baked fresh daily at the hotel. And yes, the cookie is served at EVERY DoubleTree hotel in the world from Chile to China.
"It's something that seems to transcend all cultures--a chocolate chip cookie," said John Greenleaf, global head of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels.
Here are 5 more interesting, and tasty, facts about the delicious DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie:
1. 77,000 chocolate chip cookies are given out each day.
2. 28,000,000 warm welcomes happen at DoubleTree annually
3. 300,000,000+ chocolate chip cookies have been given out to date
4. 20 is the average number of chocolate chips per 2 ounce cookie
5. 950,000 pounds of chocolate chips are used each year.