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Exactly one year since Mint Hotel Tower of London debuted its jaw-dropping panoramic Sky Lounge, the dreaded Hilton DoubleTree takeover that we announced back in September has finally come to pass. The hotel is now known as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London- Tower of London (bit of a mouthful, eh?)—and this is just one out of eight Mint hotels across the UK and the Netherlands that DoubleTree plans to re-brand over the coming year.
Second up is the Mint Hotel London Westminster, which is now the DoubleTree by Hilton London- Westminster.
But things aren't looking so bad! Aside from their newly-extended tongue-twisty names, both hotels will get to hang onto the the design elements and amenities that guests have become accustomed to over the past year—like the Sky Lounge, the Living Wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the in-room iMacs (phew!) Hilton will extend its HHonors program to both of the Thames-facing hotels, making London stays even more attractive to repeat Hilton guests. And the cookie? Well, we don't mind if we do...
How do you wash theWit? Very carefully...or rather gracefully as if it's a dance, if you're one of the window washers we watched prance across the glass of theWit Hotel in Chicago earlier today. No, they weren't messing around; they were just doing their job, which involves the very cool combination of walking and washing a piece of stunning modern architecture, while rappeling down it at the same time.
No awkward window washer carts here, which is a good thing considering what can sometimes happen if a cart goes rogue in the wind.
One more thing: let this be a reminder to always yield those warnings about window washing happening while you're staying in a hotel. Typically a little note will be placed on your pillow or desk regarding washing times, along with advice to keep your curtains closed. We know these guys probably have some great stories...
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In 1918, the building that currently houses the DoubleTree Arctic Club Seattle originally opened as a gentlemen's club called (unsurprisingly) The Arctic Club. Its clientele? Successful business men who had become wealthy from the Klondike Gold Rush. These days, the hotel attracts locals and visitors alike to its restored Northern Lights Dome Room, a restored ballroom whose leaded glass domed ceiling (above) simulates the effects of the Northern Lights. Luckily you don't have to go mining for gold in Alaska to enjoy it!
Inside and around the hotel, there is plenty to look at. Unique architectural details—like the 27 carved walrus heads on the exterior of the building, or the stairways lined with Alaskan marble—make the place feel less like a regular old DoubleTree and more like an independent boutique hotel. Which it is. Plus free cookies.
DoubleTree has made their baked-fresh-daily walnut chocolate chip cookies an important part of the operation. So important, that the brand decided to embark on a Cookie CARE-a-van tour this summer, spreading joy (and sugar highs) all over the country.
But, as it turns out, people want more. What else is new? According to a rep for the hotel, Doubletree regularly fields requests from guests all over the world to experiment with different variations of the recipe. Add coconut in Costa Rica (DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Puntarenas shown above). Add more nuts in Siberia. But what the kitchen wants those people to know is: it ain't happening!
Admit it, you're a toiletry hoarder. But that's ok because we are too! And like any good hoarder, we're always on the lookout for the newest kinds of toiletries to collect.
Last week, we told you about the new Peter Roth Thomas toiletries that can be found at Hilton Hotels. Now this week, we learn that DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels are carrying two new bath and body care lines from Crabtree & Evelyn.
At DoubleTree hotels, you will now find the Citron line featuring natural extracts of lemon, honey and coriander. (Gone are the Neutrogena products.)
Embassy Suites Hotels will be carrying Crabtree & Evelyn's Naturals line which is 99 percent naturally derived from botanicals using an avocado, olive and basil formula. (The brand previously used Bloom toiletries.)
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Last night in a terrifically rainy Chicago, Virgin top dog Richard Branson filled up theWit Hotel with VIPs and held court on the roofdeck, joined by celebrities just in on one of Virgin America's first flights to Chicago from LAX and SFO. We caught Tim Meadows in the elevator, Adrian Grenier shying away from cameras, and Creed Bratton from The Office chilling...just to name a few. Of course Creed was our absolute favorite spotting of the eve.
It was a motley bunch, but in true Virgin style. The purpose of the whole thing was to announce to the Windy City that Virgin America has finally begun flights here, after three straight years of battling it out with the legacy airlines. It's such a big deal, that the party to celebrate the flights' arrival was also a Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Wines affair. And it's rumored that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Branson in his suite for pow wow.
Here's some good news for anyone who's ever ooh'd and aah'd over DoubleTree's warm chocolate chip cookies: to celebrate the Hilton-owned brand's 25th anniversary, a "CAREavan" cookie truck will be making its way across "the roads of America" starting this Thursday, May 26. There's one way to ruin your appetite before dinner!
Wondering why DoubleTree would go to all this trouble just to wish itself a happy 25th birthday? The anniversary conveniently coincides with the steady unveiling of DoubleTree's $3 billion makeover that was begun in 2006, including: flat screen TVs, softer linens, and the addition of "by Hilton" to their logo.
But don't worry, fellow sweet-tooths, it's not all marketing mumbo jumbo—DoubleTree's global head, Rob Palleschi, revealed the singularly philanthropic appeal of the now internationally-renowned cookies: "We also understand that in today’s dehumanising travel environment small acts of kindness, like providing our warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, can have a positive impact on people all over the world."
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With the renos at Shelborne and the construction at The SLS Hotel at South Beach, the Delano stretch of Collins Ave is humming with activity lately. Now comes news that the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel will lose the 'tree and turn into a Kimpton come April 15.
The Miami Herald has the dirt on the rebranding, reporting that the hotel will stay open during several months of renovations. (Keep that in mind when booking!)
The new-look Kimpton Surfcomber (or whatever its official name will be) should be revealed in time for December's peak season around Art Basel Miami Beach.
If your dazzling persona makes Ryan Seacrest look like an American Idol reject that even JLo wouldn't feel sympathy for, theWit wants to hire you. The Chicago hotel is hunting for someone who can jump in front of the camera for its "Witisodes" Web series.
As the hotel's correspondent, you'd get to head out into the field to cover Chicago's 'hoods and various events going on around town. theWit is looking for someone with a sparkling personality and wit for the second season of its monthly series.
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With all of the new London hotel openings lately, it looks like the old ones are feeling the pressure to double up and open some new properties themselves. The first to duplicate is the DoubleTree by Hilton, who have just opened a new hotel in Bloomsbury. In case you hadn't figured out that it will be their second in London.
The hotel is located in the former Park Inn Russell Square, London which was given a complete makeover before reopening as the DoubleTree West End on March 7th. This is the second time the hotel has re-opened under a different name, so let’s just hope it stays a DoubleTree for longer than a single year.
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Hell's Kitchen had its eighth-season finale showdown last night, and it came down to Russell Kook, sous chef of cibo matto at theWit, and Nona Sivley, an Atlanta sous chef.
We applauded Kook for keeping cool in the crazy-as-all-get-out kitchen in early episodes. But as time went on, the Chicago chef became known for his foul mouth, ego and gangsta-like threats. On the other hand, theWit chef consistently delivered good food through the competition.
If you're looking to party on New Year's Eve—and who isn't?—theWit will give you a small incentive if you bring the festivities there.
TheWit will give you an 11 percent discount on the best available room rate on December 31 if you make a reservation for some fun at one of the hotel's venues on New Year's Eve.