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The Stanley Hotel, AKA The Shining Hotel
It’s Halloween in hotel land, but rather than tell you about any package with the adjective ‘spooktacular’, we thought we’d discuss scary things found in hotel rooms. Some are ghostly, and some are simply gross. Here are the scariest moments of the HotelChatter crew – do chime in with yours in the comments…
· Being warned, “Ladies, you may not want to go into this next room, since the gentleman ghost has a habit of, um, touching women," on a hotel ghost tour (at The Stanley Hotel, CO);
· Becoming aware of your hotel’s haunted rumors while getting ready to go to sleep (at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, PA);
· Getting a weird neck-tingling sensation walking down a corridor (at Claridge’s)
· Having the room key not work, getting it fixed, having it break again, having the lock replaced, and having it break again – and then having a very weird feeling about the room (at The Benson, OR)
· Checking into a hotel we knew had a haunted reputation, trying our best to ignore that fact overnight, reading in the morning that the ghosts are mainly concentrated in one room, asking at reception for a joke if we could see that ghost room, and being told “but it’s the one you slept in last night” (at the Cosmopolitan San Diego).
It's the day after Halloween and many of you are probably nursing a wicked Halloween party hangover and/or sugar crash. So we'll make this post super easy for you by giving you some snapshots of 7 hotels that dressed up for Halloween yesterday. We know there's way more of you out there so if you want to send along your fun staff costumes, please do so.
The Refinery Hotel, New York: Staffers got sexy for the hotel's Penthouse Freakshow Rooftop Costume Party.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, Fla.: The marketing department dressed up as different characters from the musical Grease.
Spent so much time planning your costume and parties that you forgot to reserve a place to retire to after the Halloween festivities? No worries. These last-minute NYC hotel deals (for standard rooms unless otherwise noted), via a few of our favorite booking sites, will have you sorted.
HotelTonight's "High-Roller Suite" comes from 6 Columbus who are offering their Columbus Loft for $1,050 -- the two-story penthouse loft with floor-to-ceiling windows is showing on the Thompson Hotels site for $5,500.
Halloween is less than 48 hours away and if you've been putting off putting together a costume, we've got some easy, DIY but most importantly, hotel-inspired costume ideas. (Yes, we're really that hotel nerdy.)
Sadly, we didn't have enough time to put these costumes together on our own so you'll have to use your powers of imagination to visualize what they will look like. Got some other good ideas for hotel-inspired get-ups? Share them in comments below!
1. Hotel Housekeeper. Consider this the alternative to the sexy French maid costume. Instead of a corset and an extremely short tutu, put on a pair of matching tops and bottoms (pajama sets in solid colors will work) and carry around a pail of cleaning supplies. You can also wear a back brace for an added "real life" effect. And of course, you will have the liberty to bust in on someone when they're in the bathroom. All you have to do is knock and say, "Housekeeping" and then enter.
2. Crappy Hotel WiFi. This one is super easy to DIY. Get a white t-shirt and a black permanent marker. Copy the WiFi signal often found in the top right corner of your computer onto the shirt. But only color in the bottom two lines to indicate poor signal strength. Then write "Hotel WiFi" above it and then "$19.99 Will Be Charged To Your Guest Room" below it.
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Judging by the number of costumes we saw on the streets on New York last weekend, many of you were celebrating Halloween early. If you're holding out for the day itself, here's a few hotels that will be throwing spooky parties this Thursday. For more check our previous list of hotel Halloween parties.
The Lost Icons Halloween costume party at Hôtel Americano will honor the "most cherished yet dearly departed" cultural icons. The hotel will be offering a special three course prix fixe menu at the rooftop restaurant Artico for $75 per person followed by a costume party with music by DJ Angola. Reservations are available from 7pm by contacting rsvp @ hotel-americano.com.
Love it or hate, there's no escaping Halloween. Might as well get into the spirit, we say; don a ridiculous outfit and dance (and drink) the night away at one of these hot hotel Halloween parties.
The Refinery's Penthouse Freakshow Rooftop Halloween Costume Party offers a four-hour top-shelf open bar from 9 pm to 1 am, sounds by The Baldwin Sisters, live performances, and small bites by Executive Chef Jeffrey Forrest. The bash takes place on the rooftop (13th floor!) and tickets cost $125; available here.
While we think Hurricane Sandy has been one hell of a Halloween trick, it appears that today on All Hallows' Eve, Hotel Tonight became the innocent-looking neighbor that offers unwrapped candy to trick-or-treaters.
We received the above email and thought "Wow, there's some good deals here!" And like a big kid searching for the full-size candy bar in a bucket o' treats, we saw good rates--rooms in Atlanta for $79! Dallas for $55! Even San Francisco, where today they had an banging Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion's, the Giants, beds for $105! These were the Snickers, Reese's, and Baby Ruth's of hotel deals.
So what's the problem? We'll show you.
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We're going to do it. Use every Halloween pun known to man, because it's just the thing to do. Everyone likes to get their fright-on for Halloween including some of our favorite hotels. So don’t be squeamish – dig into some of these devilish deals and ghoulish goings-on. See? We're doin' it!
If you’re looking for a horrifically good time, visit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as it transforms into a Victorian London terror attraction: Bloody English, through Oct. 31. Jack the Ripper, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera – you know you’ll find them all there. Why? Because it’s Vegas baby!
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Nevermind the bikes at Hotel Lincoln, zero in on that cool safari-style helmet
The cool air, the brilliant leaves, the pumpkin spice lattes, the big sweaters to hide our bellies—ah, fall, how we’ve waited for you. And how we love to getaway to big cities like Chicago now, when the autumn season makes for a beautiful, sensory backdrop to our hotel shenanigans. Think it's a coincidence "The Layover's" first episode is in Chi-Town next month? We think not!
Speaking of Chicago hotels, several grabbed our attention this week, especially those hotels wooing us in with all the right moves well before the wicked cold snap of winter kicks in. Leaf peeping in Lincoln Park? Check. Hearty fall fare and ghoulish cocktails? Right on. Spooky pumpkins carved side-by-side with a chef? Sweet.
Yep, we’ve honed in on the best Chicago hotels to get your fall swagger on, so go on and get it now.
Is your costume all ready? We've been working on ours for well over a week (OK, more like fifteen minutes, but hey—we're New Yorkers, we're busy people!). In any case, it looks like there are a few options for you crazy hotel party crashers out there this weekend. From vodka open bars to haunted hotels to a fashion editor-judged costume contest, you certainly won't be twiddling your thumbs!
First up, Hudson Hotel has commissioned the talent of Adam Aleksander to transform the entire hotel into a creepy, crawly, underworld lair. Each of the hotel's three venues (Hudson Hall, Hudson Bar, and Library Bar), in addition to hosting eight separate DJ acts on Saturday night, will morph into different "concepts" like the formaldehyde-ridden Laboratory, Overgrown Swamp, and Butcher's Den.
Scared yet? It only gets better!
Halloween may be a crisp, fall-weather kinda holiday but that doesn't mean South Beach doesn't get into it big-time. After all, it involves slutty costumes and getting drunk and those are two things the beach knows back to front and back again.
If festive cocktails and mingling with monsters is what you're after, your best bets for spending Halloween in Miami is to head to one of the South Beach Group hotels--these boutique party palaces have decorated their lobbies and are offering Halloween guests a slew of 'treats'...
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West Hollywood is raising the bar for this year's Halloween Carnival, with a Project Masquerade contest that will attempt to pre-determine the most outlandish costume designs. Contestant are asked to submit their sketches to West Hollywood's Facebook page by next Monday, and three creative minds will be rewarded with a free night at The London West Hollywood. On the day of the parade, one finalist will be chosen for the $250 grand prize.
Luckily, The London isn't the only hotel getting in on the fancy-dress action. Several other spots around the city are doing it up with costume parties of their own. So whether you're into Oompa-Loompas or dead British people, we're pretty sure you'll find something that appeals. And if none of these options seem scary enough for you, just be thanksful you don't have to attend any parties at the spookiest hotel of them all.