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The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Where: Budapest, Hungary
October 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE, 10.16.13: Variety is now reporting that the movie will open on March 7, 2014. And the movie poster is out too!

Director Wes Anderson made train travel cool again with his movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

According to IMDB, the film will be a comedy-drama about a hotel concierge working at a legendary hotel in 1920s Europe. The concierge embarks on a friendship with younger employee who becomes his protege. But that's not all. The movie also involves "the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century."

Ralph Fiennes will star as the Concierge along with a roster of bona fide starts just as Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban.

Now the question is What hotel inspired this movie?

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A Rhode Island Strip Club Will Reopen as a Boutique Hotel This Year

Where: 122 Fountain Street [map], Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
October 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

Strip club hotels: we're calling this a thing. Hot on the heels of Scores opening up in Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and the revitalization of the boutique hotel associated with the infamous Clermont Lounge, comes news of a former strip club being turned into a boutique hotel.

The five-story brick building at 122 Fountain Street, Providence Rhode Island started out in 1912 as a refuge called Church House, built by the Episcopal Church, then was home to the Sportsman’s Inn strip club, which closed in 2012. The building then had a brief incarnation as a music venue, but soon it will become The Dean, a 52-room boutique hotel.

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The Marlton is Still in a Soft Opening Phase, But We Stayed There Anyway

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  Site Where: 5 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
October 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

How does Jack Kerouac's old pad hold up under the Sean MacPherson treatment? A HotelChatter Review

We've been patiently awaiting Sean MacPherson's new The Marlton Hotel (built out of a former SRO where some long-standing tenants have been in residence since the 1960s) for a while now. With still no confirmed official opening date on the horizon, we gave up waiting and went in to check out its soft opening.

Check In
We walked to the hotel from West 4th Street station, which was just about a five minute walk. We had to do a double take to make sure we were at the right place as there is no sign outside yet. With just a couple of guests milling around the book-lined and eclectic furniture-filled lobby, our front desk person wasn't rushed so check in was quick and easy. We were given a small black key fob emblazoned with the same lightning strike graphic you'll see on The Marlton's website and a business card scribbled with our room number on, then we were into the single elevator and up to our fifth-floor room.

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Healing Springs and History at the Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs

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  Site Where: 24 Gideon Putnam Road [map], Saratoga Springs, NY, United States, 12866
October 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Can a historic hotel still make for a comfortable hotel stay? A HotelChatter Review

Now that the Adelphi Hotel has closed its doors for at least another year of renovations, the Gideon Putnam Resort is the last one standing of Saratoga Springs' grand old hotels. We spent a few nights there to see how it was holding up.

Check-In
The resort's own shuttle bus was waiting for us at the train station and zipped us to the check-in desk in about five minutes. We loved the vintage-style key cabinet behind the front desk -- keys do come in a modern plastic card style, however. The old Otis elevator is just off the lobby opposite a retro twin phone booth.

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Hotel Belleclaire Freshens Up Its Lobby Space

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  Site Where: 250 West 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
August 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Belleclaire is one of those under-the-radar spots (as we mentioned not too long ago) that deserves a little more attention; and now its new look might just do the trick.

This Upper West Side hotel is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year -- and a history that has seen a lot of ups and downs. In its early years the Belleclaire was one of the hippest hotels in town, welcoming such guests as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, and Maxim Gorky. The late 20th century, however, was not so kind to the Belleclaire, and its reputation declined until it entered the ranks of the budget hotel category.

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A Peek at the Newly Redone Lexington Hotel in NYC

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  Site Where: 511 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
August 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

We told you back in March that the 725-room hotel formerly known as the Lexington, then Radisson Lexington, and then just The Lexington again had recruited Dash Design to handle its multi-million dollar renovation. Well, the renovation is in its final stages, and we've had a sneak peek at the results.

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Omni Hotels Snap Up The King Edward in Toronto

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  Site Where: 37 King St E [map], Toronto, ON, United States
July 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fresh off acquiring five vacation resorts, Dallas-based Omni Hotels have snapped up the esteemed King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Omni will assume management of the hotel from Skyline Hotels and Resorts on August 1 and will also oversee the completion of the $40 million renovation to the hotel, which was built in 1903. The transformation will update the guestrooms, the fitness center, the meeting spaces and most importantly, the hotel's rooftop Crystal Ballroom which has been closed since the 1970s. This ballroom has 20-foot ceilings and views of the skyline in all four directions.

For the most part, the TripAdvisor reviews of the hotel have been kind. Although, one reviewer griped that the WiFi was not free. That will change as Omni Hotels offer free WiFi to members of their Omni Select Guest loyalty program which is free to join.

Right now, rates are going for $199 a night on August 1 but we say wait until the renovation is complete which should be sometime next year.

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Best Chicago Hotels News Yet: Roman and Williams Is Designing the New CAA

Where: 12 S. Michigan Avenue [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60603
July 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

This once-secret bar with crazy mid-century modern design is bound to be a swank bar again

With stylin’ new Chicago hotels of all shapes and styles popping up and filing into the queue, you would think it not possible for the city’s hotel scene to get any better. And yet it does with the latest news that Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors will be designing the interiors of the Chicago Athletic Association, transforming the landmark building into a 250-room hotel by its target open date of fall 2014.

Design fanatics need no introduction to Roman and Williams, the white-hot New York design firm that has garnered much deserved attention for its remarkably thoughtful work, which has ranged from Hollywood movie sets and celebrity home design for Gyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson to ground-up buildings like 211 Elizabeth Street. Hotel fanatics will recognize the name behind the game-changing, gritty-pop Ace Hotel in New York, The Standard NYC’s Boom Boom Room and the forthcoming Viceroy set to open across from Central Park this fall. Pop culture fiends will know the name from recent news in The New York Times, GQ, Bazaar, WSJ, etc.

Founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, the couple has an extraordinary gift for merging past with future and creating tension between unexpected objects and time periods. All that is to say, they are really really good at restoring and reinventing historic places.

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London’s Great Northern Hotel Is Now Boarding At King’s Cross Station

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  Site Where: King's Cross, London, United Kingdom, N1C 4TB
June 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having shown you an aerial view of London's Great Northern Hotel and its integration in the redesign of King’s Cross Station, we ventured over earlier this week to find out how four years of renovation had spruced up this once-derelict 1854 hotel. Not surprisingly, its location at the intersection of six London underground (metro) lines, national, and international railway stations, means there is a hive of activity around the hotel.

Once you step through the doors and move up from the buzzy downstairs bar to the guest floors and one of its 91 rooms, all of that fades away, to be replaced by unexpected silence and lots of that new hotel smell we love so much. Three available room categories include entry-level Couchettes, top-floor Wainscots, and larger Cubitts. We could happily spend time in any of them, but to us the choice for one over the other is best based on your reason for staying and your color preference. Read on to find out why.

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Lessons In Cute: Swooning Over the Fullerton Hotel's Bellhop Bear

May 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know those people who can't walk by a pet store without coo-ing over the adorable puppies in the window? Or, say, walk around a mall without popping their head in every darn shoe store? Well, that's pretty much us when it comes to cute teddy bears, and we totally fell for this little guy on a recent spin through the lobby at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel.

Dubbed the "Fullerton Bellhop Bear," he is one of four collectible stuffed animals being offered by the iconic hotel.

The complete Fullerton Bear collection includes: The Fullerton Postmaster Bear (referencing the hotel's history as a former post office), The Fullerton Bellhop Bear (pictured), The Fullerton Bay Ship Captain and The Fulleron Panda Plush Bear.

And just in case you're rolling your eyes right now at the frivolity of this post, keep in mind that the sale from each bear goes towards supporting two charities chosen by the hotel: Mainly I Love Kids (MILK), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- Singapore). The fundraising initiative started last year with just the Postmaster Bear, but due to its popularity, the hotel debuted the other 3 bears this past April.

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The Ultimate Hotel Desk Amenity: Antique Custom Embossers

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  Site Where: 180 Tenth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
May 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's something you're not likely to find at too many other hotels in New York City (or anywhere, for that matter): an old-fashioned embosser, bolted to a desk at the brand new High Line Hotel.

We think the embosser perfectly sums up the historic, literary vibe of the guest rooms, which all have custom-built furniture, classic novels, and hand-picked antique rugs. As writers, we could happily see ourselves holing up in here, typing away at our antique wooden desk as the light streams in from the east-facing window.

Despite the plethora of old-school amenities here, the embosser is hands-down our favorite feature of the hotel, and one can be found in every single guest room.

If you're wondering just what you'll be embossing, each device contains a brass plate imprinted with one of the hotel's five logos. Yes, that's right—five logos. Overkill? Maybe. But then again, when you can boast about having a custom desk embosser in every room, why not five? Heck, why not twenty?

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New York Hilton Midtown Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity...Or, At Least, Hotels

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  Site Where: 1335 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
May 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comment (1)

We recently mentioned an Atlantic City casino hotel that was celebrating its 10th birthday with cash giveaways and a big ol' concert. Well, that's one way to do it.

Over in Manhattan, New York Hilton Midtown is celebrating the big 5-0 by launching a new website that fills people in on the hotel's colorful history (did you know this was the first hotel to replace keys with keycards? Yeah, neither did we!).

But there's more happening here than just reminiscing over old black-and-white photos (see above).

Another component of the birthday celebrations are what the hotel is calling 50 Random Acts of Hospitality, which calls for New York Hilton Midtown employees to "engage in random acts of hospitality". In case you're wondering just what that means, the acts will include: offering complimentary room upgrades, handing out umbrellas on rainy days and helping guests score tickets to local attractions and events.

In other words, everything a hotel is supposed to do anyway.

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