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Trump National Doral Has the Best Minibar Snacks (For a Price, Of Course)

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  Site Where: 4400 N. W. 87th Ave. [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33178
May 21, 2015 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

For some hotel properties, bidding fond adieu to the minibar is part of the new and improved way of operating efficiently. For others, they've gone different routes--like Kimpton and Andaz, who include certain minibar items in the room rate. But as for the cream of the crop, some luxury hotels are going overboard and stocking some of the coolest stuff and, subsequently, charging out the nose for them.

Take for instance a recent stay of ours at the Trump National Doral just outside Miami. After exploring the comfy Ivanka Trump-designed interiors accented with lots of signature gold trim, we opened up the minibar drawer and almost had to catch our jaw from smashing down into the immense selection of gourmet treats that rolled out of the cabinet.

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What Goes On Almost Every Day at The Palm Beach Singer Island Marriott

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  Site Where: 3800 North Ocean Drive [map], Singer Island, FL, United States, 33404
April 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

As one of the only beachfront resorts in the Palm Beach area, The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is a popular spot for Northeast vacationers, especially during the winter months.

We toured the hotel during a busy Spring Break season and were amazed at how much was going on from the poolside activities for kids to the fun games set up on the beach, tropical drinks served at the bar, and relaxation treatments offered at the spa. To say nothing of the rooms upstairs, which start at one-bedroom suites and come with a separate living area, a mid-sized kitchen, a washer and dryer, and two balconies that offer partial ocean views and views of the intracoastal.

To put how busy the resort gets into perspective, we asked them for a "By the Numbers" sort of report on the daily happenings at the hotel, including the spa and the restaurants, with a few other bonus figures thrown in. And here's what they sent us. Hotel nerds, this will make your day.

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This Florida Hotel Has a Genius Way of Waking Up its Spring Breaker Guests

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  Site Where: 11127 Front Beach Road [map], Panama City, FL, United States, 32407
March 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you think of Spring Break, you normally think of non-stop partying, bikinis, tank tops, shots, beer, drinking games, red Solo cups, instantly regrettable hook-ups and...The Lion King?

That's what's on the "playlist" for the college Spring Break guests at the Holiday Inn Resort on Panama City Beach, as the hotel's owners have been blasting the "Circle of Life" song from the movie soundtrack every morning at 11am. Conveniently, that's also check-out time.

At first, we thought this hotel was doing it to deter Spring Breakers from staying at the hotel, or at the least, getting them to wake up so that they could check-out.

But the resort is actually very Spring Break-friendly and their unusual wake-up call is now a bona fide Spring Break ritual, almost a siren call to begin a new day of partying.

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Check Out The Gates, A New Hotel in Key West’s New Town

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  Site Where: 3824 N Roosevelt Blvd [map], Key West, Florida, United States, 33040
February 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

The furniture’s arriving, paint is setting and staff is training: preparations are well underway to herald the opening of the 245-room boutique lifestyle property, The Gates, in Key West’s New Town.

Scheduled to open in April, the property is aiming to be the sophisticated design hotel that hasn’t been seen in these parts before. It will combine “refined luxury, modern design, organic touches, and Floridian flare to recreate the verve of Hemingway's ‘old school Key West.’ " What that means, in less marketing speak, is that you should expect lots of white and grey, whitewashed wood, blue sky- and ocean-colored accents, and some contrasting modern design touches just to make it interesting.

The Gates is designed by Andrea Henzlik of AHD in Atlanta and her goal was to make the property feel home-grown, chic, convivial and relaxed. To this end, the hotel will have a residential feel without the traditional front desk and has partnered with locals including photographer Jorge de la Torriente of De La Gallery, whose work will be found in the public spaces and rooms, the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery will be supplying their farm-to-bottle craft-distilled blends at Rum Row, the hotel’s bar, and Rodriguez Cigar Factory, the oldest cigar maker on the island, will be providing its premium cigars to be savored in the hotel’s Cigar Garden.

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Just When You Thought Hotel Charges Couldn't Get Any More Ridiculous, Enter Orlando's 'Safe Charges'

February 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (7)

It's time for another Hotel Rant! Today, let's talk ridiculous hotel charges – but one you might not have heard of – courtesy of reader J Jacobson. Got a hotel rant you want to share? Let us know!

Up this week is reader J Jacobson. From the horse’s mouth:

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3 Chic Hotels Along 30-A in Florida

Where: FL, United States
January 6, 2015 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like the tony beach towns found along the nearly 30-mile stretch of scenic Highway 30-A in Northwestern Florida’s Walton County are a sort of well-kept secret. Outside of Florida and select southern states like Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, this area doesn’t seem to be on the radar of many travelers, especially those from the East Coast.

But it should be.

Gleaming white sand beaches -- better than those in many Caribbean destinations -- and coastal dune lakes are a beautiful setting for the hip towns they occupy. In areas like Rosemary Beach, Watercolor and Seaside, funky beach bars, oceanfront eateries and cool boutiques dot the coastline. A bike path runs along 30-A, and for many visitors biking is the main mode of transportation.

Gorgeous beach houses are available for rent by the week, but if you prefer a hotel or your visit will be a short one, these are three favorites:

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Here's the Newest Hotel to Make its Mark on Key West

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  Site Where: 200 William St [map], Key West, FL, United States, 33040
December 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Retro right down to its window frames. That’s the verdict on The Marker, which just opened in Key West – in fact, it’s the first new-build hotel to open in the Old Town in 20 years.

Yes, new-build. Not that you’d know from the photos. Coffered, whitewashed ceilings, art deco-style stucco around the windows, rattan sofas and leopard print armchairs. It’s deco meets 1950s meets the present day, and the result is 100% delicious. In fact, can we say Kimptony?

More photos after the jump!

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Hotel Toiletries Made in the Good ‘Ole U.S. of A.

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  Site Where: 254 South Kitley Avenue [map], Indianapolis, IN, United States, 46219
December 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who would have thought 20 years ago – even 15 – that we would go so ga-ga over hotel toiletries that savvy hotel marketers would list what brand they carry on their websites? Now there’s a new player (playuh – you have to say it right) in town and their products are all American-made.

William Roam was created to take on the task of making hotel toiletries that were not just promoted and sold in the US, but were thought of, sourced and made in America. They currently offer three lines from their head office in Indianapolis: Roam, Float and Sense, each made with fresh ingredients sourced across the country.

Their signature line, Roam, is made with blueberries from Maine, wheatgrass from Kansas and red wine grape extract from Napa Valley and products are packaged in classy-like square bottles. The soap even contains bits of grape fiber and root to gently exfoliate your nutrient-needy skin.

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This Holiday Inn Is Also A Classified Military Base

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  Site Where: 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway [map], Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States, 32548
June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it (fittingly) a giant beach ball on the roof of this beachside Holiday Inn?

Nope, none of them. It’s a military radar thingy.

Taking working with the military to a whole new level beyond giving servicemen and women discounts, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn in, you’ve guessed it, Florida, has joined forces with the military to create a beach resort-military base combo. Why hasn’t Vegas thought of this before?

According to the Miami Herald, in a story that made us triple check it wasn’t April 1 today (until the hotel confirmed the news on its Facebook page):

The combination resort hotel and military test site opened in late May in an unusual partnership between the military and private business in a time of tighter military budgets. In exchange for allowing the Innisfree Hotel company to build the 152-room resort on Air Force land, the military was able to construct a rooftop station that receives radar signals and a secure conference room for classified meetings. The dome hiding the military equipment is painted red, white, blue and yellow like a beach ball.

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St. Pete's Beach Gets First New Hotel in 20 Years

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  Site Where: St Pete Beach [map], Long Key, Flordia, United States
May 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Zamora, the first new hotel in more than 20 years on St. Pete's Beach, is slated to make its debut next month.

Influenced by the architecture, design, and feel of the rocky hills of the Spanish province of the same name, the waterfront hotel will feature Mediterranean-style rooms and suites with high ceilings, crown molding, arched windows, and Spanish-influenced details in the form of wooden doorways and artwork. Outside, the hotel has a marina with space for seven boats, a fresh-water pool, and access to the Gulf of Mexico’s white-sand beaches to the west of Tampa Bay. Both regular and suite rooms feature walk-in spa showers and soaking tubs to mirror a spa retreat.

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Chile's Atton Hotels to Build First U.S. Property in 'Capital of Latin America'

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  Site Where: 1500 SW 1st Ave [map], Miami, Florida, United States
May 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seeking to tap into the ever-growing Latin American market in South Florida, Chile’s Atton Hotels has announced that it will build its first U.S. property, a $65 million project to be named the Atton Brickell Hotel, in Miami. Scheduled to open in 2016, Atton says it will instantly become the chain’s flagship hotel due to Miami’s ties to Latin America and its growing international business community.

The property will be the company’s fifth overall and will be located in the Brickell Financial District of downtown Miami. It will be 12 stories high and have 275 rooms, offering free buffet breakfast, an outdoor pool, and on-site restaurant and bar concepts (specifics have yet to be announced).

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Bite Into Gooey Goodness as These Hotels Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month

April 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen — April is National Grilled Cheese Month (who’s coming up with this stuff?).

Some hotels have embraced the concept as a means to reinvent this American classic, some even going so far as to create over-the-top versions of what’s, already, a delectable comfort food.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa, for instance, is celebrating the month by offering a new specialty grilled cheese available at the hotel’s Beach Club. Are you ready for it? The Lobster & Pork Belly Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwich, created by Chef Chris Schaefer, features pickled green tomato on Texas toast.

Executive Chef Gabriel Ask of Parq Bar at Montage Beverly Hills serves up a more traditional Brioche and Aged English Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and kids staying at Gramercy Park Hotel can try their own version with brioche by having an American or Gruyere on Brioche Grilled Cheese Sandwich with French Fries from the Room Service menu.

And then there’s the Grilled Mac ‘n Cheese at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, created by Sous Chef Chris Salazar, which combines homemade mac ‘n cheese, ham, grilled balsamic tomato and guacamole on grilled sourdough bread.

See what Loews Hotels are doing for National Grilled Cheese Month after the break!

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