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Paris is crazy expensive, especially when you get into the five-star hotel world, but who doesn't want a hit of that kind of luxe?
Here's how to get your glam on at one of the most iconic hotels in all of hoteldom without having to spend the night: the Four Seasons George V in Paris where rooms start at 1,000 Euros a night. Your bank account will thank us.
1. Cocktails at Le Bar: Fresh off a renovation, Le Bar is the cheapest, er, easiest way to take in the ambiance of the George V. We recommend the George Fizz champagne cocktail for 28 EUR ($38) because hello, it's champagne. Mixed with fresh strawberries, raspberries and orange juice, as well as guava juice, we thought it had more than enough vitamins and phyto-nutrients to cancel out the alcohol.
We can't lie, we've been a bit jealous these past few days as we see kids of all ages galavanting around for Spring Break. Looking at Instagrams of tots having the time of their lives while we slog at work, longing for those days again.
So, when we saw this in-room tent at the tony Four Seasons Washington, D.C., we just wanted to jump in (and push everyone else under age 10 out) and play!
What comes with this "Camp Out" experience? The tent, hamburgers, and s'mores. And if you want, they'll bring up a Wii and video games, too. How cool is that?
Just makes you want to go all Tom Hanks in "Big", at least for a little while.
Rates for Four Seasons fun starts at a whopping $725per night (blame it on the cherry blossoms).
[Photo: Instagram/Four Seasons Hotels]
The Beverly Wilshire better hurry and get rid of the royal decor and pile on the pink. Sure, a Brit is coming to the hotel, but for a baby shower, not to celebrate the royal wedding. Victoria Beckham will be hitting up the Beverly Hills hotel on Friday for her baby shower.
According to the Mirror, Posh's bestie Eva Longoria will be throwing a "pink princess"-themed shindig to welcome baby No. 4, a girl, to the lucky-gened Beckham brood. It's interesting that she chose this hotel as it was made famous by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the film "Pretty Woman."' Of course, we hoe the child is pretty and not , you know, a hooker.
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You might do a double-take today when you see a royal guard in a furry black hat standing stoically outside of the Beverly Wilshire. It looks like the guy got lost on his way to Buckingham Palace.
Of course, it's just the latest case of royal wedding fever among hotels. If you weren't among the sleepy Kate and Wills fans to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding, you can still get into the festivities at the hotel.
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Funny-man Jon Stewart may have been a recent guest at the Four Seasons’ residence villas, but instead we got distracted by news that a Tinseltown lass was visiting the hotel itself and was going by the codename of "Cherry Cola." Most intriguing. So...who's that girl? None other than Mary-Louise Parker of Showtime “Weeds” fame (and two of our favorite chick flicks, Fried Green Tomatoes and Boys on the Side).
Many on Twitter guessed that "Cherry Cola" was Rihanna, but although RiRi is from Barbados and therefore would have good reason to be relaxing in the Caribbean, it was actually a huge surprise to find fair-skinned Parker hitting the beach instead.
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Today we continue our coverage (see yesterday's story here) of the Four Seasons Nevis’ re-opening. Tune-in tomorrow for detes on the resort's recent celebrity guest—a Showtime-series star whose new hotel code name is Cherry Cola.
Poor Four Seasons Nevis. The resort has had beacoup bad luck. Hurricane Lenny slapped the hotel silly in 1999 and in 2008, the hotel shuttered for two years after Hurricane Omar "mash it up" as locals called it. When the announcement came that the FS was definitely reopening in December 2010, at the tail end of a recession, we wondered if all would be the same. But, rather than cheap-out on amenities, treats, and services like other depressed hotels, the luxe keeps going, with a few new perks tossed in. We love a happy ending to a sad story.
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For the next few days, we'll give you the skinny on the re-opening of the Four Seasons Nevis in the Caribbean, and our favorite—and not so favorite—things. Be sure to tune-in Friday for the lowdown on the resort's recent A-list guest—a very cool lady who goes by codename at the resort.
At one point—oh, say the fourth time there was a reopening date on the Four Seasons Nevis’ website—we swore it was never gonna happen. Hurricane Omar put the hotel out of commission in 2008, and after several notices of rebound netted zero, we sorta lost interest. In fact, on a flight home from the island in 2009, several FS employees, including chefs and engineers, were boarding our plane en route to an extra-long vacation. They didn’t know if the hotel would ever come back. That is not a good sign.
It would be a pity too, since Nevis is one of those islands few know much about. It's a paradise unspoiled by crowds, but without the Four Seasons’ island revenue, it seemed like the island had lost its mojo, partially also because other local hoteliers depend heavily on FS traffic to their restaurants and business.
So, when the news broke last fall that the FS would definitely (though softly) swing open its doors in December, we did a little jig. The island would be saved! And we're happy to report that the hotel has reopened after an extensive renovation, and we've got some of the very first pics:
There's no doubt about it; Chicago looooooves its sports teams and their fans! Just like when the Peninsula Chicago's lions dressed up to support the Blackhawks in their bid for the Stanley Cup, so we see that both of the Windy City's Four Seasons is getting in the spirit for the big Bears game this Sunday. Their doormenand even the taxi-hailing statue outside the Delaware Place Four Seasonsare donning their jersey, scarves and hats in anticipation.
The Chicago Bears will be playing the Green Bay Packers for a slot in at Super Bowl XLV. And if we had to take a side, we'd take up the Bears' cause alongside the Four Seasons. After all, the Peninsula's dressing up in Blackhawks gear worked; they won the Stanley Cup. Now we've got our fingers crossed that luck is still on Chicago's side.
News outta W Hotels today (well, news besides the opening of W Washington DC): according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Starwood has agreed to sell the W San Francisco to Hong Kong investment company Keck Seng Investments Ltd for $90 million. Per a statement made by Starwood, the sale was made to reduce the 'wood's debt but never fear, the place will still operate as a W.
But the sale sort of sheds light on the sad-ish state of affairs in the hotel industry:
The high-water mark for San Francisco hotel sales was set around April 2007, when Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces based in Mumbai, India, bought Campton Place from Kor Hotel Group of Los Angeles for about $58 million. That amounted to more than $500,000 per room, nearly 60 percent more than the W's "per-key" price of less than $213,000.
Whew. That W had been for sale since the end of last year, though, so we guess it's good that someone bought the place.
Summer is officially here and while the weather on the East Coast has taken its sweet old time warming up, there's still no better way for us hotel nerds to celebrate the hot days and long nights other than with a Summer Reading List of Hotel Books.
Once a week, we will review a book about hotels whether it be fiction, non-fiction, historical, auto-biographical or even just a cool coffee table book with incredible photos. These could be the perfect books to kick back with while laying poolside, or while working the late-night shift at the front desk or while entertaining friends with your high-falutin' aspiring hotelier schemes.
First up, one for those aforementioned aspiring hoteliers: Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp.
The news is a tad old but we just discovered that the Four Seasons hotel chain is pairing up with Walt Disney World to build a luxury hotel, residences and an 18-hole "championship"* golf course on the theme park's northeast border.
Finally, a luxury hotel in Disney World that isn't all about Disney characters or so we hope.
The Toronto-based luxury hotel chain is part of two expansion plans that will take eight to 10 years to fully develop and will include single- and multifamily vacation homes, fractional ownership homes and a 450-acre retail, dining and lodging district, said Meg Crofton, Disney World's president.
Yes, that's right. There will be two Four Seasons development in Disney World, to be completed after 2010. The second resort will actually be closer located to Disney World proper and will include (what else?) retail shops, restaurants and small-scale entertainment venues.
But what we are really curious about is whether or not there will be Mickey Mouse stickers on the toilet paper.
*--How come these are "championship" golf courses if they haven't even been built yet? Shouldn't they at least have a championship there before using that description?
· Disney to team with Four Seasons on massive Disney World golf resort [PGA.com]
Travel writer Michael de Zayas is in Miami on an assignment--30 Miami hotels in 30 Miami nights. You will be able to find his detailed travel musings in Miami and Miami Beach books later this year. HotelChatter asked Michael to let us know his minute-by-minute thoughts on the Miami hotel scene during his guide book mission, which he will be doing over the next two weeks. During the fortnight, Michael will share with us every bed, maid, drink, pool, henhouse and outhouse that comprise the Grove, Gables, Sunny Isles, North Beach, South Beach and the Key Biscayne hotel scene in 2007. If you wish to ask him a question during his jaunt, shoot it our way.
At a New Years Even party in New York I met a man who had just spent 100 days at the Four Seasons Miami. He was a lawyer who was tied up with a long case - which ended up, ironically, declared a mistrial.
One hundred days is enough to expose the flaws of any hotel. Not this one? Exactly right: he loved it. Its flaws? "Nonexistent," except for not too much to do around the neighborhood.
Seventy stories tall--the highest building south of Atlanta--my taxi seemed to have no problem locating it. Yesterday we zoomed to the middle of the hotel, pulling into the porte cochere cleverly hidden from the street. After signing over my bags I was greeted by an employee who welcomed me and escorted me past monumental bronze Botero sculptures (part of the Miami and Latin American art collection here) up elevators to the seventh floor lobby.
After check in, I was presented to a different employee who ferried me to the room elevators, pointing out Acqua, a bar, and the "two-acre pool terrace."
That's a lot of introduction. My guide book received a letter complaining about this double elevator system - a guest said it grew wearying after three days. I spent only one night, but I found it elegant and ceremonious. But I happen to equate ceremony with fun. I also liked being escorted, immediately initiated into the vaunted service experience of the famous Four Seasons mark.
More on the Four Seasons Miami after the jump.