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Five From Flickr: Jet-Setting Ugg Boy Takes Us Where We Wanna Go

March 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you haven't looked at the HotelChatter Flickr Pool in quite some time, we strongly suggest you give it a look-see. It turns out our members are real jet-setters, staying in hotels around the world, some of which we can only dream of one day visiting. Thus we decided to ask a few "super-users" to tell us their Five Favorite Hotels and of course, share their glorious hotel snapshots with us too. Next up, is Flickr member UggBoy.

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Five From Flickr: Our Favorite Flickr Members Share Their Photos

February 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't looked at the HotelChatter Flickr Pool in quite some time, we strongly suggest you give it a look-see. It turns out our members are real jet-setters, staying in hotels around the world, some of which we can only dream of one day visiting. Thus we decided to ask a few "super-users" to tell us their Five Favorite Hotels and of course, share their glorious hotel snapshots with us too. First up, is Flickr member Corinna Witt.

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Worst Anti-View: Up Against A Wall In Baltimore

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
December 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.

We're not sure about you, but the first thing we always do when checking into a new hotel room is head for the window, throw open the curtains and take in the view. City views. Sunrise views. Views of the country. It really doesn't matter as long as we're high enough up that cars below turn into little dots on the ground.

And then sometimes, you get stuck with an anti-view like this one. After a prior positive experience getting a free upgrade at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, we were suddenly confronted with this vista of cinder block, exhaust vents, and medieval-style window slits a mere 20 feet from her window.

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This Peekaboo Bathroom in China is 'Sort of like a TSA Screening'

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  Site Where: 75 Yan'an Yi Road, Qingdao, China
December 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's bad enough that the TSA can see your junk with their new full-body scans at airports across the U.S. but it turns out you may not get that much privacy relief when you make it to your final destination, thanks to peekaboo bathrooms in hotels.

And it's not just the show-off boutique or arty hotels in New York City that are forcing you to shower and pee in front of the whole room. Even hotels in China now have peekaboo baths!

We found this snapshot from the Huanghai Hotel, Qingdaoin the HotelChatter Flickr Pool from member Chica-Tica. She writes:

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The Moore Hotel's Anti-Views Strike Again

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  Site Where: 1926 2nd Ave [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
June 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Oh, gross. This sort of looks like a shipwreck, doesn't it? Or some sort of a Disneyworld ride that has to do with pirates and pillaging and the ocean?

Yes, well. This is the view from the Moore Hotel in Seattle — which comes with no caption or commentary or anything via ntoper on Flickr — and we've got a couple things to say about it: number one, bummer. Number two: this is the Moore Hotel's second offense — and if we look closely, we can see a little snippet of the scene out the last anti-view-victim's window.

But like we said before: the location of this hotel is killer — near Pike Place Market, Belltown and the Space Needle, and the "European-style" rooms (where the bathroom is down the hall) start at just $59. So, uh, we suppose you could, like, go outside of your room to see Seattle.

[Photo: ntoper]

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A Budget Hotel in Toronto With an Appropriately-Budget View

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  Site Where: 30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5B 2E9
June 18, 2009 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Usually when you check yourself into a budget hotel, you're not expecting much out of the view — you pay a low price for a room, the most you can really hope for is a nice, comfortable stay. You're not so picky about the view. No frills needed.

But occasionally you luck out — take that Best Western with the sweet-ass view in Oregon, for example — and your less-than-a-Benjamin room rate lands you a more-than-a-Benjamin view.

Okay, but not the case here: this is a poopy view from a (somewhat dated-looking) Days Inn in Toronto. Room rates here look to be around 105 (CAD) right now, which comes out to $93-ish in the states. This comes from Rick's Pics, who was in Toronto for a conference — and then he switched hotels, apparently, for another conference and got majorly hooked up with one of those budget hotels with the expensive-looking views.

[Photo: Rick's Pics]

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The Saddest Non-Jail View in All of Mexico

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  Site Where: Nieto No. 102 , Aguascalientes, Mexico
June 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Do you ever wonder what kind of shenanigans you would get into if you wandered down to Mexico with a few of your friends and a few bucks, and no responsibilities to attend to except for drinking and getting into trouble? Eh, you probably wouldn't get into too many shenanigans because you'd probably end up in a Mexican jail.

Or maybe you'd end up at the Quality Inn, Aguascalientes, a room for which you'd shell out about $55 (USD) and end up with this view — which is what happened to jabbusch. What a bummer.

Rooms go up to $108 (USD) for a two queen-bed-suite, so you can pack all your friends into one and not have to worry about the view. Or you can land yourself in jail and not have to worry about finding a place to crash for the night.

[Photo: jabbusch]

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Kimpton Lobbies Have Been Lookin' Mighty Sexy Lately

May 8, 2009 at 10:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yo, Kimpton: we've gotta tell you something. We've been seriously impressed with your lobby-looks lately. We were kinda blown away by the lobby renovations you did at Muse New York (check out the video here if you haven't seen it through our eyes), and as we were wading through a vast and unvaried sea of boring hotel shots on Flickr, we we were struck by another one of your sexy lobby designs.

We're loving Kamikarin's Flickr set full of pics of the Hotel Palomar Atlanta — which (hooray!) opened on time — and we're totally diggin' the lobby look.

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Jamaica and a Stocked Hotel Liquor Cabinet? Yes, Please

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  Site Where: Mamie Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
April 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Friday! In other words, we’ve been ready for the weekend for about four days now. And hell if we couldn’t go for a laidback jaunt to Jamaica right about now, especially if this delightful amenity was to greet us in our hotel room — which it would, if we were to stay at Riu Ocho Rios Hotel.

As the date stamp concedes, this photo isn’t exactly new, but it still stopped us in our tracks while browsing the ol’ HotelChatter Flickr pool.

Says Flickr user His Naima:

The bottles are full when you arrive (the liquor is free), and the refrigerator is stocked with mixers of water, soda, tonic, juice, etc. (also free). This is a cool amenity, since all the bars on the property close at 10pm!

Brilliant.

[Photo: His Naima]

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Le Germain Toronto's Free WiFi is 'Blazing Fast'

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  Site Where: 30 Mercer St., Toronto, ON, Canada, M5V1H3
April 1, 2009 at 3:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Well, we don't know when we can expect Thompson Toronto (our guess is that it won't be opening its doors anytime soon), but whenever it does arrive, we're not so sure we're going to be jumping at the chance to stay there over the comparably-chic Le Germain — if only for the WiFi situation.

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Simple Is The Name of the Game at San Fran's Mosser Hotel

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  Site Where: 54 4th Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
January 21, 2009 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (2)

The Mosser Hotel in San Francisco put itself on the map because it's the only hotel in the The City by the Bay with its very own recording studio. Studio Paradiso is perfect for musicians to roll through and lay down a couple tracks (and it has open studio happy hours with free drinks, so maybe we'd even record something), but the somewhat teensy rooms aren't suited for rockstars or divas.

But you're not a rockstar — and you're probably pretty stingy with the ol' pursestrings right now, so take another look at this spot. We were cruising Flickr and found this snapshot and a mini-review from super-satisfied guest caribb:

Perfect for me who would be sleeping getting up going out for the day and coming back only to just sleep the night through again. It was clean, quiet, simple in style with all the necessary hotel amenities plus the best location I could have asked for. The downtown Mariott was across the street at probably 3 times the price. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful too... so anyone going to San Francisco and wanting to stay downtown without paying a fortune try this place at 54-4th Street.

Rooms with a single bed and a shared bath start at only $55.00, and a deluxe queen (private bathroom and a queen bed) will run you an easy $89.00.

[Photo: Caribb]

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Marriott's Fairfield Inn Brand Gets a Fly New Look

January 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you walk some of Marriott's Fairfield Inn properties, you may start to notice that some of them have a fly new look. We got word from the Marriott Twitter that the brand is getting a bit of a makeover to lend a bright, contemporary look to the hotel's spaces.

The refreshed lobbies will have lots of room for seating and socializing, plus a significantly breezier, more upbeat look, with blues, greens and reds dominating the decor. The yummy-looking complimentary breakfast offerings might put Fairfield in the running for the best budget hotel breakfasts we've been discussing lately, with "delicious breakfast sandwiches and healthy items like fruit, yogurt and whole grain cereals" (anyone tried these? Let us know!)

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