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The Out NYC Wants You In The Dog House

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  Site Where: 510 W 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
August 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hospitality for pets is apparently “the fastest growing sector in the travel market”, which makes all the cute hotel doggies we’ve seen recently seem slightly less cute and slightly more cynical. Joking! Obviously nothing could make those dogs any less cute.

The latest hotel to jump on the furry bandwagon is The Out NYC, which has just opened some Dog House Suites – dog-friendly rooms attached to private courtyards – particularly handy for offleash activities or, we guess, doing their business. Even better, access to the courtyard is via a pet door, so they can come and go while you’re taking care of your own business. They’re not just any old courtyard, either – each has a dog house, fake grass, “faux fire hydrant” (not sure of the appeal of this one) and seats for you humans.

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From Movies To Drag Shows: 5 Reasons Why The Hard Rock Palm Springs Is Not Your Standard Hard Rock

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  Site Where: 150 S Indian Canyon [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
August 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Never judge a book by its cover, people, especially if that book is the Hard Rock Palm Springs.

Because the Hard Rock is launching a “dive in” movie season this Friday at 8pm. That’s right – not a pool party. Not a rave. Granted, the movie is Tommy, but even so – a genteel movie screening on a Friday night. In conjunction with the Palm Springs International Film Society, no less. Whatever next?!

But the Hard Rock Palm Springs is not your usual Hard Rock. This is Palm Springs, darlings, and they go after a different crowd. Eclectic. Open-minded. Party-orientated, yet not necessarily of a bro disposition. Some more reasons why it’s not your typical Hard Rock:

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Why Come By Helicopter When You Can Arrive By Chariot At This Provincetown Hotel?

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  Site Where: 280 Bradford St [map], Provincetown, MA, United States, 02657
July 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

How do you like to reach your hotel? By car? Public transport? Chartered helicopter? Or by chariot?

Yup, when we stayed at the Cape Colony Inn in Provincetown MA, we found chariots mentioned in their detailed transportation guide.

Of course, they’re not real chariots – they’re pedicabs. But any hotel with a sense of humor is a hotel for us.

In fact, although the Cape Colony Inn is more of a motel than a posh hotel, we couldn’t fault it. Large, spotless rooms, tasteful – nay, even boutiquey – decor, Keurig coffee machines, and comfortable Simmons beds. They have a pool… and shuffleboard... and, more importantly, great customer service (they actually upgraded us to a two-bedroom suite because we had a terrible cold and feared passing it on to our travel companion).

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10 Essential Palm Springs Hotel Pools

July 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (4)


The adult pool at the Parker

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

First we told you how to get there on the cheap. Then came your must-stay hotels. Today, let’s move onto the pool scene.

Pools are difficult, of course, because everyone wants something different from them. I want to do a bit of swimming. You want to tread water under the sun wearing your brand new fedora. He wants to read by it. She wants to drink so much that she vomits on it. And that couple – you know there’s always that couple – wants to dry-hump in it. Is there one Palm Springs pool to rule them all? Not really. But here are 10 that might get you what you want.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Palm Springs

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

The pool at the Sparrows

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

Yesterday we told you how to get there on the cheap. Today, here are your must-stay hotels. Or, rather, my must-stay hotels - as I said yesterday, Palm Springs caters for all types of people, and one man's Hard Rock is another man's Motel 6. However, having stayed in all these (apart from Caliente Tropics) and more, these are my top 10 in the city.

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5 Ways To Stay In Palm Springs On The Cheap

Where: Palm Springs, CA
July 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

The Del Marcos

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week. Your essential pools, spas and hotels are all to come, but for today, here’s how to get there on the cheap.

Palm Springs is one of those places that can be whatever you want it to be. Retro or hipster. Gay or bro-ey. Active or poolside. Gourmet or cheap-omelet-with-bottomless-‘champagne’. Cheap or luxury.

Or, if you know how, cheap and luxury. Here are five ways to make it so. You’re welcome.

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New Residence Inn Midtown East Names Cat Cora "Mom of the Year"

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  Site Where: 148 E. 48th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
May 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Somehow a new Residence Inn opened in NYC on March 1st, and we heard not a whisper about it, until we were invited to their grand opening last week. The day happened to coincide with the brands third annual "Resident Mom of the Year" celebration, which always occurs near Mother's Day.

Sister hotel Residence Inn Times Square usually hosts this event (the first honor went to Holly Robinson Peete), however, this was an opportunity to showcase the new, 211-room Midtown hotel.

So, who was bestowed the honor of spokeswoman for Residence Inn's, all-suite, family-friendly properties? None other than Iron Chef, tv-host, and mama extraordinaire, Cat Cora.

Cat dazzled the crowd with her cute southern twang, warm personality, and ability to convince the crowd that cooking quinoa, stir fry, and parfaits is simple as pie in the hotel's kitchen.

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Hilton's New(ish) Campaign Aims To Gain More Gay Customers

April 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the important quest for the mighty "pink-dollar", the folks over at Hilton have introduced a creative way of attracting more gay and lesbian travelers to check-in to their hotels. Last week, the company re-launched a campaign to turn a few heads when it comes to same-sex relationships.

Hilton originally started the program in 2012, but have added more hotels and revamped the offering; the package will include perks like complimentary internet, two welcome drinks, late checkout and a full-year digital subscription to OUT magazine. Of course nothing says 'gay' like free WiFi and booze, right? Pfft. But hey, we'll take it. An effort is being made.

With a slogan like "Stay Hilton...Go Out", the brand plans to pull in the reservations by sponsoring some major gay-themed events around the world. From Chicago's North Halsted Marketdays to San Fran Pride, the chain is slapping their name on various gay events. Along with the sponsorship, they've created a gay newsletter highlighting major gay global events like Amsterdam Pride and Sydney Mardi Gras.

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Palm Springs' New Skylark Hotel Is As Gay As It Gets

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  Site Where: 1466 N. Palm Canyon Dr. [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
February 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're familiar with Camp Palm Springs—the clothing-optional resort where guests get super naked for some random meet and greets—then a) shame on you! and b) you should know it's no longer in operation. It's now Skylark Hotel, featuring 28 contemporary rooms, a large pool, shamrock-shaped hot tub and an al fresco bar. Oh, and the cruising is still 24-7 but only clothed (nothing but a jockstrap counts, we think).

You'll notice the gay themes haven't changed much (gay owners, gay clientele, gay staff, gay magazines in rooms) but heteros are welcome. All rooms look out into the central pool area, so whether you're voyeuristic or egotistic, everyone wins. Except uncomfortable heteros.

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The Video of The Plaza's First Gay Wedding

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  Site Where: 768 5th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

Back in June, The Plaza, whose neoclassical Grand Ballroom is one of the most expensive, lavish, and coveted hotel wedding venues in all the land, hosted its first-ever-in-106-years gay wedding. Now, you can witness Jay & Tony's ceremony for yourself in all its fabulous -- and in many ways, quite traditional--glory (heck, it is The Plaza!).

Here's the recently released wedding video, shot by John Armendariz of NewYorkFilmworks. We love how it starts off with a chuckle as the priest awkwardly stutters, "Well, it's a little unusual for me to be the only one in white at one of these things!".

But we warn you, have a tissue in hand--this one's a tearjerker!

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All Inclusive: Hyatt Named Top Place to Work for LGBT Equality

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  Site Where: Hyatt Hotels, Various Locations
November 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

A myriad of obstacles have plagued LGBT travelers over the past decades, situations on the road when things didn’t feel quite right. We’re talking awkward moments at check in when same-sex couples ask for one bed, weird looks after romantic embraces – incidents that have made travel discouraging at times for the nomadic souls of LGBT travelers.

You can find horror stories around every corner, but we’re pretty sure you aren’t going to hear many complaints involving a stay at a Hyatt. For the ninth consecutive year, the hotel chain was honored for its LGBT love, earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and named one of the best places to work for LGBT equal opportunity by the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

Protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners, diversity training, internal resources for LGBT workers, and external support for the LGBT community were all areas in which Hyatt received a 100% rating.

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W Vieques Is Hosting Its Own Gay & Lesbian Short Film Fest

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  Site Where: Route 200 Km 3-4 , Vieques, Puerto Rico
April 29, 2011 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's been a few hotels this week that haven't been very accommodating to the GLBT crowd but down in Puerto Rico, it's a much warmer scene, in more ways than one.

That's because the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques is hosting its own short film festival from May 13–15. W Happenings Presents: Out On Film will feature screenings of award-winning gay and lesbian short flicks--and parties to go with them, natch.

The resort partnered with The Puerto Rico Film Foundation and CineFiesta, the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival, on this latest artsy endeavor, emphasizing the laidback, creative vibe the island of Vieques seems so infused with.

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