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Last fall, we let you know that NYC would soon be getting its first Homewood Suites Hotel and now today, we've got pictures from inside the spot, opening on June 1.
Located in Times Square South at 37th Street and 8th Avenue, this Homewood has two big amenities that we love--full kitchens (with a full-sized fridge, microwave and oven) and free WiFi. It's also got all-suite accommodations, free hot breakfast every day and complimentary dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday.
We especially dig the "homey" part of this Homewood suites. The rooms look quite...well...pretty to be honest. We like the hardwood floors, the color scheme and even the wall paper that looks like flecks of light behind the bed. Much better-looking than this Homewood Suite.
Rates for opening night start at $279 for a king studio suite, which is a nonrefundable rate. A more flexible rate of $301 is also available. A one bedroom suite starts at $379 a night.
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Uhhh...yeah, we hope put a little New York twist on this guestroom.
But that should change early next year when the Homewood Suites New York City Midtown Manhattan opens up on 37th Street/8th Avenue, three blocks from Penn Station. The site is the former home of a parking lot, which had reportedly been owned by the same family since around the Civil War and, in previous lives, housed horses and an embalming business. Back in 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported on its purchase for $21 million by "a venture of the Albanese Organization Inc. and the Buccini/Pollin Group Inc."
The sad reality about flying these days is that every time you step on a plane, you need to pull out your wallet to pay for something that used to be included in the price of the ticket.
There's the checked bag fee. There's the in-flight meal. On some airlines, you have to pay to use a pillow and now Spirit Airlines has started to charge for carry-ons. Yes, carry-ons!
Fortunately, there are some hotels out there where most of the amenities and services are still free, like Homewood Suites by Hilton.
In light of the Spirit Air's ridiculous new
attempt at ripping off passengers fee, Homewood Suites has put together a neat little comparison chart to remind us how staying with them could balance out all those silly airline fees.
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Alright people. The Saints vs. The Colts are playing next Sunday in Super Bowl XLIV (that's 44 if you don't speak roman numerals.) You know this much. But do you know where you will be staying? Folks have been leaving Super Bowl hotel options in an open forum sort on our post here. Yet the hotel packages are now coming fast and furious from Miami hotels. We're rounding up the ones we've received since Monday along with a refreshing, really affordable option. Get clicking to see the Super Bowl insanity that is sweeping up Miami hotels.
Looking to say goodbye to the craptastic year that was 2009 and still in need of a hotel room somewhere? We've already told you where to book in Miami, New York and the important timezones but we'll be hitting up more cities today for New Year's Eve. Did we miss a city? Want a better deal? Let us know and we'll help you out.
There's no contest on where to go for Orlando's coolest New Year's Eve party. Made of more than 50 tons of ice, Icebar Orlando is decorated with ice sculptures and frozen thrones, where you can sip libations from ice glasses. There's actually only one section completely made of ice, but don't fret about freezing in your skimpy NYE dress; the bar lets you borrow a parka and gloves so you can enjoy your drink in the 27-degree frostiness.
For New Year's Eve, the bar will host the Ice Ball, which includes live entertainment, some vodka—which doesn't freeze—in the icy section of the bar, bubbly at midnight and a breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. for $75 or $150 per couple. If you can't shake the cold in the bar's regular-temperature section, the Fire Lounge, book a room at the Homewood Suites Orlando-International Drive/Convention Center.
Hilton's Homewood Suites is coming to New York City for the first time and it's just five miles from midtown Manhattan! Wait, what?....Yeah, that's what it says on the press release but these peeps are actually talking about Brooklyn. Still, nice try. We're sure someone in Fargo bought that.
Anyways, the 100-suite property at 313 Gold Street, is in Downtown Brooklyn near Manhattan Bridge, likely affording guests some killer views of the city's famed skyline.
The groundbreaking, which will be part of a joint new build with a Hilton Garden Inn, is expected to start this September and be completed a year later. The hotel will sport all of the amenities Homewood Suites is known for, like the Suite Start breakfast, Welcome Home Reception and free Internet.
We're guessing the hotel will appeal to cost-conscious travelers who aren't afraid to navigate New York's subways, because anyone who's attempted to go to Brooklyn from Manhattan via taxi knows how often cab drivers refuse to go there.
One suggestion to Homewood Suites Brooklyn: Don't put an advert for Grand Theft Auto on the side of your building. Or pictures of the Twin Towers on your website for that matter either.
[Photo via Brooklyn Eagle]
Here is a perfect example of Hotel Hype that doesn't come from a press-hungry boutique hotelier or more specifically, Jason Pomeranc.
Hilton has just announced that they will build a $15 million, 93-suite Homewood Suites hotel in Abacoa, Fla. (next to Florida Atlantic University, just outside the North Palm Beach area.)
Now, getting the hotel built by the expected opening date of January 2007 should not be a problem because Hilton is behind it. But the developer has already said the hotel will be "very high tech" in order to accommodate the FAU and soon-to-open Scripps Research Center. But there are no more details after that, leaving us to wonder what the developer's definition of high-tech is.
Does this mean flat-screen TVs? Free wireless? E-check in stations? Mini-bars with automatic sensors? Imagine how disappointed a traveler will be when they arrive at the Abacoa Homewood Suites expecting high-tech amenities and all they get is ethernet access. Homewood better deliver.