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Let's see how good you are with pin-pointing a hotel's location with another installment of Guess The Hotel!
This place has one killer view and it comes highly recommended. But if you are lucky enough to be gazing out at this expanse from your balcony, there are very few things that could get on your nerves.
Need a few hints? Here ya go:
*The island is owned by one corporation. So a room card will get you everything.
*The hotel has power outlets in each parking spot for the sole form of transportation.
*Just down the road is a resort that takes home the title as one of the Top 100 in the World.
*Since the island is prone to some nasty weather, the hotel boasts the tallest, highest-speed, external observation elevators in the country.
Need a few hints? Here ya go:
Think you've got the answer?Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal!
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]
Elephants, zebra, water buffalo and ostrich roam the play pen surrounded by bungalows at Vision Quest Ranch
Last week we tried to stump you with another game of Guess the Hotel, sharing a photo of an elephant who had joined us for breakfast off our porch at Vision Quest Ranch B&B. We figured you'd assume an African lodge and never an exotic wild animal retreat in Salinas, California, but doggonit, you done figured it out in less than 24 hours in one correct reply. Right on, hotel smarty pants!
We shared a full report about a year ago when we recommended you Please Feed the Animals at Vision Quest Ranch B&B, but visited again recently as we were dying to bring the kids along and also wanted to check on rumors of a new, onsite zoo.
For the most telling clues, look beyond the obvious...
It’s time to test your hotel naming swagger with another game of Guess the Hotel!
Take a look at the photo below: can you name the hotel where this African elephant was swinging a little swagger of its own?
Here are some hints:
* Technically a B&B, stay here and you get to choose from eight differently-themed military grade tents, aka bungalows.
* In the morning, your first visit will not be from housekeeping but from an African elephant like Malika here.
* The B&B goes by several names and shares its grounds with a ranch (and soon to be zoo) that's home to a multitude of exotic animals, including zebra, ostrich, camel, baboon, Bengal tigers, African lions, black bear, hyena, Siberian lynx, bearcat, and lemur.
* One of the world’s best wine regions is so close you can almost taste the Pinot Noir.
Think you've got the answer? Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal!
Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn/HotelChatter
It's Guess the Hotel revealed!
If the hotel's name sounds familiar, it's because we did a quick run-down on this place back in August. You see, Miami has a kind of history with hotels that are named "Regent," so when we found out about this 87-room boutique hotel, we got a little excited. But interestingly, this hotel has two names.
But forget all that confusing naming business. Here's all you need to know: the Gale and Regent will boast a 5,000 sq ft rooftop pool deck, a subterranean nightclub, several dining options, and, best of all, free access to beach chairs at the adjacent Shelborne, which is owned by the same company.
The best part? It opens in less than three weeks!
Sometimes we do actually require a little privacy in our hotel room, but the "Do Not Disturb" sign is either missing, too cryptic to decipher, or we don't feel like fiddling with a flimsy piece of cardboard on the outside of our door.
Well, here's a nifty little device that lets us control our privacy situation with the push of a button!
But before we go any further, we're going to let you, the reader, guess which hotel has installed these ingenious little touch screen panels. Ready for your hints?
· This property is actually made up of two hotels. They're located at the same address, they both share a lobby, and there's no real difference between them—same rooms, same rates, same look.
· The twin hotels are actually landmarks from the 1940s. At some point, they fell into disrepair, and the building became a nursing home. Now, it's back to a hotel!
· This hotel is still finishing up construction, but when it opens later this year, it will be a shiny new mid-range addition to the sunny city in which it's located.
· From the rooftop pool of this hotel, you can spot a few iconic (but more expensive) hotels across the street.
Think you've got the answer? Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal on Monday!
You guys are way too good at this! Here we were thinking we’d pick a more difficult to identify hotel, but no: both in the article comments and on Twitter (@HotelChatter) several of you got it right in no time, so we couldn’t wait until next week for our reveal.
The hotel we were hinting at was Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi resort in the Himalayas. Located in Shimla, in the far northwest of India, with Tibet and Nepal to the (south)east, the hotel sits at an altitude of 8,250 feet (2,500 meters) in 22 acres of forest. Formerly the site of Lord Kitchener’s residence, the current six-story building was constructed after a fire in the early nineties.
Time for another Guess the Hotel! Following a week of all things Sandy (go here for our post-Sandy guide to New York hotels), we all deserve a little distraction. You’ll find the clues below, so tell us: where is that deck chair we’d like to be sitting on right now?
- That deck chair is far away. And we mean far, far away
- We called the outdoor Jacuzzi unlikely because the location of this hotel doesn’t necessarily conjure up images of lounging around outside in your swimwear
- Remote as it is, there is an extensive spa on site, with a mix of holistic treatments based on different traditions
- The hotel in its current form was built after the previous structure, the country villa of a British Lord, burnt to the ground
Do you know which hotel we’re talking about? Put your answers in comments below!
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On Friday, we posted a photo from a hotel that's just completed a $75 million renovation, though as the empty bookcase suggests, there's still a bit of work to be done re-furnishing the place. Nevertheless, a discerning reader correctly identified the hotel as the Westin Grand Central, formerly the New York Helmsley.
Westin officially took over the property back in January, though the official opening didn't take place until Friday, when Mayor Bloomberg showed up for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Now, construction is basically over (aside from the lobby restaurant and those empty bookshelves), and the new Westin is ready for guests.
But what do the new rooms actually look like? Click through to see our photo gallery!
It's been a while since we last spun the Guess The Hotel wheel, but something about this week told us we (and hopefully you) could use a little fun. So, without further ado, your clues:
· At the risk of making this too easy (or too impossible, for that matter), we'd like to draw your attention to the most obvious thing about this photo: the bookcase is empty. And it's empty for a reason...
· This hotel has been busy having 'work done' for quite a while, though it remains open. Still, things aren't quite put back together, as evidenced by this photo.
· This hotel is located in a major city, and specifically, near a major transit center. If there were books in the bookcase, there'd probably be a few about the iconic architecture that surrounds the hotel.
· Finally, the aforementioned renovations haven't affected the lobby (where this photo was taken) too much: a modest-sized check-in area, lounge, and restaurant remain mostly recognizable, save for some new colors on the walls and furniture, and new lighting.
Well, we think we've been generous enough for now with the clues. Think you know where we're talking about? Say so in the comments below!
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We clearly need to be more obscure with our Guess The Hotel hints: it only took an hour for the hotel to be named, and all four comments got it right! The hotel we were hinting at was Thompson’s Gild Hall on Gold Street all the way down in Manhattan's Financial District.
Our first Quikbook Secret Sale
We ended up at Gild Hall following our first experience with Quikbook and its Secret Sale, scoring a room for $159/night, excluding taxes. A fantastic rate for New York, but the caveat is that the name of a Secret Sale hotel is not revealed until after you've made a reservation, and rates are non-changeable and non-refundable.
Following a bit of research to determine as best we could which hotel we were going to end up with, and being fairly confident we were going to need a place to stay, we took the plunge and booked. Just a few hours later, the confirmation arrived in our inbox: Gild Hall it was indeed. Given the prices we were coming across everywhere else, we were pretty psyched with this deal.
Guess the Hotel is back! The rules are as you know them: we throw down some hints, you submit your guesses in comments below. We’ll reveal which hotel we’re talking about next week. Off we go!
- This is a smaller, boutique hotel in Manhattan that's part of a well-known group, with a few more properties in the same city
- The location is ideal if you’re in town for business, and would be apt if you happen to trade precious metals
- There are some changes to the hotel’s restaurant in progress
- Aside from the leather headboards and brass rings, there’s dark wood and a tartan print here and there, creating a clubby feel
Think you know what hotel we're hinting at? Drop your guesses in the comments below!
It's almost Friday and we're in a feisty mood. Let's play Guess The Hotel! This week we have a peek inside the Atari booth at a hotel that also obviously enjoys playing games.
As always, the rules for Guess the Hotel are the same--we throw down some hints, you ante up your guesses and we do the reveal the following day (tomorrow). So cheers and good luck!