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Craving “Swans a Swimming” this holiday season? Well you’re in luck, as we’ve found eight Embassy Suites Hotels that feature mated pairs of Royal Swans swimming year-round in their atrium lobbies.
Real live swans? Yes! At first glance, their serenity is surprising—after all, they’re being kept in captivity. Yet these swans are happily coupled up and swimming to-and-fro in their lobby ponds without a care in the world. In fact, most of the day, they’re sleeping. With all that peace, elegance, and togetherness (they mate for life)--perhaps married couples should take notes!
We take a sweet look at the animal love stories:
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We're used to celebs behaving badly at hotels but now there's a whole new category of celebs to watch out for at check-in--celebrity kids!
Like Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, who was arrested in Omaha at an Embassy Suites Hotel for a three pointer of charges--resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.
Apparently, Marcus was in Omaha to watch a friend at the U.S. Olympics Swimming Trials but instead got into a fight with two women in the driveway of the hotel early on Sunday morning. (We doubt it had anything to do with the hotel itself although their lack of free WiFi is irksome.) In case you forgot, this is the same son who spent nearly $50,000 partying in Vegas two summers ago.
Hotels putting out their own brand of wines is nothing new but it is quite unusual to hear of a private wine label from an Embassy Suites Hotel. Yet when the Embassy Suites opens their hotel in the Horn Rapids golf community of Richland, Wash., next year that's exactly what the hotel will have.
The hotel will sit on three acres of vineyard which will be open for guests to tour and explore. Grapes from the vinyeard will be used to make the private label wine that will be sold exclusively at the hotel and of course, offered in the hotel's full service restaurant and Bistro wine bar.
But don't worry, you won't be stuck drinking just Embassy Suites wine. The hotel promises to feature over 160 wines from wineries located within 60 minutes of the hotel.
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The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront wanted to wear its eco-consciousness like a flashy Lady Gaga getup, so it decided to put up a 720-square-foot indoor living green wall—the largest in Chicago—right in its lobby.
Okay, it may not be as much of a spectacle or as carnivorous as Gaga's meat dress, but the giant standalone wall is made of 3,840 plants, including the hardy neon, rabbit foot fern, aboricola and rex begonia.
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.)
Are you a die-hard uber fan? Whether you are a super fan of da Bears, a Twihard, a Trekkie or you have a serious case of Bieber fever, you can cash in on your fanaticism. Embassy Suites Hotel will feed your fixation by giving you $10,000, 20 free hotel stays and an iPhone 4 to hit the road and follow your obsession.
Throughout September, the hotels group is scouting for the ultimate uber fan. No matter what your chosen fan affliction is, Embassy wants you to apply.
Not too much imagination or hard work needed to have a chance in this contest: all you have to do is book a stay in an Embassy Suites hotel between now and December 31, 2009, using the "Embassy Suites Vacation" promotion rate, and you will be put in the draw. FYI: they say you should use the code FSR to book that rate.
A hundred people will win $100 Visa gift cards, but the grand prize winner gets something much better. They'll be whisked off, airfares included, to any of Embassy's nine resorts for a five-day, four-night stay. Possible destinations includes Embassy Suites Boca Raton, Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe and Embassy Suites Los Marlins in the Dominican Republic. Not a bad result for doing nothing more than booking a one-night stay, but of course you have to be the lucky one.
Travelers to Napa Valley are used to the finest wines and freshest foods around, so in order to keep up with the gourmet competition and cater to its demanding guests, even the Embassy Suites (which in the town of Napa itself) is taking its food and beverage operation upscale.
Starting now, the 205-room all-suite hotel, which is managed by Hilton, has brought in a new food and beverage management team headed up by Napa native Christy Gianelli, who has worked with a who’s who of Napa hospitality including Wine Adventures, the ultra-luxe Silverado Resort, and the Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau.
It's looking like more and more hotels and hospitality-focused companies are zeroing in on the business travel sector (er, are they maybe the only ones that are really traveling these days?) and now Embassy Suites has gotten in on what seem to be two of the hottest trendy-trends in the industry: social media (or, like, blogginess) and business travel.
The chain has revamped and repositioned its BusinessBalance.com site, and while the previous iteration of the site was all about offering advice to biz travelers, it's keeping all that up but with new experts dishing out the tips and in a blog format. Sweet. Oh, and they switched from a Flash site to a more reader-friendly HTML-style site. Yay!
The blogging experts offering up the tips are:
· Jane and Michael Stern of Roadfood.com (writing about food, obviously)
· Erin Whitehead and Jenn Walters of FitBottomedGirls.com (writing about fitness)
· Erin Kane and Kristin Brandt of ManicMommies.com (writing about balancing work and life)
Some of the newer blog entries give tips on how to stay fit on the road (whether it's heading out of the hotel's immediate area to find a hiking trail or just treading water downstairs in the hotel pool) and there are some pretty sweet food tips here, too.
Head on over to check out the new site. We dig.
Now you don't see 'em, now you do: the Hilton chain is going back into Panama City, Panama. And they're not doing it lightly, with plans announced for four different Hilton-branded hotels to hit the capital within the next couple of years.
Two of the four will be brand spankin' new: the Hilton Panama in the financial district will take up 27 floors of a 68-floor building and be just 5 miles from that famous canal, and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Panama City is also in the financial district and should be ready in October 2011.
The other two Panama City Hilton properties are franchise agreements. One will be the Doubletree by Hilton Panama City, a big renovation of an existing eight-story hotel near the Iglesia del Carmen. The Doubletree reopening should be ready by the spring of 2010. Hilton's also taking on the Hilton Garden Inn Panama; it's the only one of the four where they explicitly mention free WiFi and wired internet access, but we're hoping they'll be including it everywhere. Hilton says they're looking to expand throughout the Caribbean and Latin America so this big Panama City expansion is probably just the beginning.
Know of a hotel room open for Super Bowl? Tell us where right here.
Another day, another hotel has rooms open for Super Bowl XLIII. Today it's the Embassy Suites Tampa Airport/Westshore with availability. A rep from the hotel contacted us to say that the hotel currently has 25 rooms open for the Big Game.
While many hotels we've covered are further outside of Tampa, this one is two miles from Tampa Stadium. But that proximity is going to cost ya.
The required stay is 1/29-2/2/09 and the rate is $1,050 per night.
At that rate and with the three-night minimum, your total will come out to $3,150. The hotel does have a restaurant on-site, as well as cooked-to-order breakfasts and a nightly manager's reception that serves snacks and drinks. So we suggest splitting that rate and the two-room suites with a couple of friends.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
Ok, this has to be one of the craziest anti-views we have ever encountered. We have seen frosted windows before, nothing new there. However, the Embassy Suites LAX South took it up a notch by frosting the one big giant feature window in room 247.
Yup, completely frosted. So tell us El Segundo Embassy Suites, what exactly were you hiding behind that frosted glass?