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5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

What better way to celebrate the return of good weather than by hopping on a bike and exploring the city you're visiting? Thanks to these hotels, you don't need to look much further than the front desk for your new two-wheel joyride. Just be sure to return the bike to the hotel when you're done. Don't want that charge added to your check-out folio.

5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

1. Room Mate Aitana Amsterdam: The hotel is providing guests with discounted bicycle rentals from local bike shop, Amsterbike as well as dishing out "5 Under 15", five bike rides under 15 minutes that will get guests to some of the city's notable landmarks (tulips, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, The Central Library and The Pancake Bakery.)

2. The Greenwich Hotel NYC: The luxury downtown hotel has partnered with Detroit-based Shinola (of watch-making fame), to offer his & her bespoke "Bixby" bicycles for guests. Conveniently, the Shinola flagship NYC store is within walking distance to the hotel so guests can head on over there after their ride to peruse the brand's handcrafted accessories.

3. The Ace Hotel London: The Shoreditch outpost of Ace Hotels now has custom-made bikes for guests from tokyobikes. The hotel has also put together a Bed and Bike package that includes £20 per person to spend at Hoi Polloi, Lovage, Bulldog Edition or the lobby bar, access to an Ace x tokyobikes for each day of your stay, and a cycling map of London.

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Guitars Now Available at Turtle Inn for Guests to Do Their Best Jason Mraz Impression

April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

It turns out guitars as in-room amenities are not just for hipster hotels.

Turtle Inn, director Francis Ford Coppola's beachside resort in Belize, has been offering complimentary guitars for guests to use during their stay. As you can see from the photo above, they make a good addition to an impromptu jam session when you're chilling by the beach. (Please pray that someone in the group knows how to play Mr. Big's "To Be With You.") Or you know, in case a guest has a hilarious Jason Mraz impression they want to show off.

Rates at Turtle Inn start at around $450 in May for a garden view cottage. There is a two-night-stay minimum.

Also, we'd like to point out that it's really cool to see that a HotelChatter contest winner back in 2009 has started a bonafide trend for hotels.

[Photo: Turtle Inn]

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You'll Never Look at Aveda Bathroom Amenities the Same Way Again

April 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (7)

Regardless of whether it's a huge resort or a small inn, bathroom amenities are so commonplace now that we simply expect them to be by the sink in every room. But next time you come across Aveda products at a hotel, don't take them for granted. As it turns out, not all conditioners are easy to come by.

As a male contributor on this site, I sometimes have a hard time understanding all the hype over our stories on toiletry products. Consider me a changed man. On a recent stay at the Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride, I learned that carrying certain brands isn't as easy as just calling up and ordering them.

Aveda, for example, requires properties to complete an application to purchase its products, which includes three pages of environmental analysis. A spokesperson for the company said it all goes back to the green beliefs of its original founder, and that a lot of the questions revolve around the idea of recycling and ecological policies of the hotel. Do you have recycling cans in your lobby? Do you recycle towels? Do you have someone who oversees your recycling programs?

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The Viceroy Maldives Offers Front-Row Seats to a Manta Ray Cleaning Session

Where: Maldives
April 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

You learn something new every day. And today, we're learning that Manta Ray Season has officially begun in the Maldives. And at The Viceroy Maldives you can spy on the Manta Rays as they get "cleaned up" on the coral reefs around the resort. Don't worry, you won't have to put on rubber gloves to get involved.

Manta Rays descend on the coral reefs in the Maldives to be cleaned by little "cleaner fish." Here's how the process works, according to Best Dives Maldives which operates the Viceroy's dive center:

A manta pulls up to the reef and either open its mouth wide or positions its body in a special way that signals it would like a cleaning. Then the fish get to work cleaning the plankton from the manta ray's gills and mouth and other parts of the body. #NowYouKnow

Rate at the Viceroy vary depending on the length of stay and how many people are in the room but you can budget at least $800 a night for a stay here. A single-person dive at the dive center is about $110 but there are snorkeling options available too.

[Photo: Best Dives Maldives]

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Hotel Vermont Offers Fun 'Bedtime Menu,' Lets You Shop Your Room Decor

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  Site Where: 41 Cherry St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
April 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

An amenities-filled "Bedtime Menu" and "we sell everything!" approach to room decor is cute, clever, and only slightly bad for the bank account.

Finally, a hotel that insomniacs and kleptomaniacs can agree on! (This’ll show that marriage counselor!) Welcome to Hotel Vermont, a rustic-chic destination (opened just last year) that brings urbane gloss to the cobblestone streets of quaint Burlington, Vermont. (Things it also brings: acclaimed dining at the six-time James Beard award nominated restaurant Hen of the Wood.)

The 125 contemporary guest rooms are perfect for city slicker couples who want the fresh air and relaxation of a northern New England retreat, minus all the lace and doilies and crumpets associated with your average Green Mountain State B&B. They’re also perfect for those who can’t help themselves from filling their suitcase with “souvenirs” of a getaway. But instead of resorting to hording sample-sized shampoo bottles (you desperate keepsake cat burglar), guests can take home not just the soap – but also the handmade soap dishes.

Oh, and the Johnson Woolen Mills flannel blankets, the alarm clock, the Tivoli radio, the felt flowers and vase, the water glasses and carafe… need we continue? “Almost everything is for sale!” explains an in-room price list, which points out all the accommodation accouterments that will simply be charged to your tab if they go “missing.”

They should, because basically everything is also hand-made by local New England artisans. This is good Vermont-y swag.

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Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Jazzed About Keurig Machines in Hotel Rooms After All

April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

A few years ago when Keurig machines started appearing in hotel rooms--we couldn't have more thrilled. At last! A quick and easy way to make coffee in our rooms without having to deal with an ancient coffee maker or fumble with those paper filters. But maybe this perfect cup of coffee wasn't as ideal as we first thought.

Today, Keurigs are very common amenities in hotel rooms as are Nespressos and other one-cup coffee wonders. But this article, published in 2012, has recently been making the rounds on the internet about the dangers of the plastic Keurig casings. Here's a snippet of the piece to get an idea:

So, we do our best to avoid putting hot beverages and food leftovers into plastic containers (glass, stainless steel and food-safe designated ceramics are much better choices.)

But now there are K-cups- a fresh cup of plastic, er- I mean coffee, brewed into your mug every day. Combine hot water temperatures and the acidic qualities of coffee and now there’s a chance to spike leaching and chemical contamination to new heights.

And, because K-cups can’t be recycled, there is no recycling code on them to even tell us which chemicals are in the plastic containers- their ingredients are completely hidden from consumers.

Whoa.

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Out with the Old and In with the New: Shangri-La Introduces Digital Newspapers

April 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has decided to save the planet in their own small way by introducing environmentally-friendly digital newspapers rather than offering daily delivery of the real thing to each guest’s room. Considering the digital service replaces approximately two million print newspapers annually, there are a pretty significant number of trees that are all breathing a sigh of relief.

They’ve partnered with PressReader, a digital newspaper and magazine service, to do the deed. Hotel and restaurant guests can connect through each hotel’s complimentary WiFi via their laptops, tablets or smartphones and read to their heart’s content over 2,000 local, regional and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages. That’s a lot of words.

The service can be found across all Shangri-La and Kerry Hotel properties in any and all WiFi enabled areas of the properties, including — yes — hotel cars.

For those of us who still prefer the smooth feel of the newsprint and black, inky fingers in the morning, Shangri-La Hotels are offering a limited number of print newspaper editions by request.

[Photo: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts]

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The Eventi Hotel Has a New Bar Everyone Will Hit Up, The Business Bar

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  Site Where: 851 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States
April 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's never fun to arrive at your hotel only to discover you forgot your phone charger, or worse, your laptop. We've long believed that hotels should at least carry spare chargers behind the front desk yet keeping back-up tech supplies is still a rarity in this biz. But now at The Eventi Hotel in NYC, they've launched an entire Business Bar for absent-minded gadget hoarders like us.

While the "bar" is not an actual physical bar, the offerings are very real from a selection of Apple products (iPads, iPad Minis, and MacBook Pros) to reading tablets (Kindle or Nook) and even digital cameras and a GoPro. Plus, there's a plethora of tech accessories available too, including the all-important chargers.

All guests need to do is stop by the front desk to reserve their item of choice. The amenities are available on loan for the length of your stay.

Rates at The Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, start at $379 a night next Monday.

[Photo: Eventi Hotel]

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Milk the Mini-Bar for All It's Worth at The Loews Regency Hotel

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
March 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (2)

Ah, the hotel mini bar: source of $5 candy bars and regret. We predicted last year that this amenity was on its last legs and bid it a hearty good riddance, but now The Loews Regency Hotel has just introduced a twist on the normally overpriced service that we can get on board with.

For an additional $30 per night, guests of Loews Regency Hotel will have free reign over the entire contents of the in-room mini bar, including sweet treats like Dylan's gummy bears and M&Ms; salty snacks, beverages including fruit juice, soda, and Red Bull, beers that include Brooklyn Lager; even Champagne and hard liquor (vodka, tequila, rum and Scotch).

There is a catch, though -- and it's a big one -- the mini-bar is not replenished during your stay, and the offer requires a two-night minimum. Still, with 25 items on offer, that adds up to just a little over $1 each. A fair deal for someone hungry, accompanied, and planning an evening in.

The Milk the Mini Bar offer ends August 31st. Early April rates start at $449.

[Photo: Facebook/Loews Regency Hotel]

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8 of The Best Hotel Pillows in New England

March 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not all pillows are created the same. Here are some of the comfiest sleep aids around.

How would you like your good night's sleep? With a side of spritzed fragrance? Extra plush panels? Headache-reducing magnets? Whatever you want, there's probably a pillow menu that has it. We found eight New England hotels with some of our favorite feather (and rubber, and foam…) filled treats.

1. Chebeague Island Inn. Relaxing: laying down your head on a peaceful island 10 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine. More relaxing: laying it on a pillow made by CuddleDown, a local company out of Freeport. Chebeague (pictured) outfits its accommodations with CuddleDown’s 800-Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillows. (That’s a mouthful.) Made with 450-thread count cotton and boasting high fill power, the pillows are spritzed with L’Occitane lavender pillow mist at turndown for an extra olfactory lullaby.
Rates start at $220 a night.

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Cherry Blossom S'mores? Only at The Ritz-Carlton in D.C.

March 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival again in Washington, D.C. (March 20-April 13) and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in town want to make sure you can really taste the cherries this spring.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is serving Cherry S’mores, made with cherry marshmallows, gooey chocolate sauce and homemade pistachio crumble and, if that weren’t enough, the s’mores will be complimentary in The Living Room between 6:30 to 7 p.m., passed around by whom, you may ask? S’morelliers, of course.

The hotel is also serving up Festive Cherry Blossom Cocktails to go with the s'mores. And you betcha, cherry is a prominent flavor in all of them.

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Loews Hotels Now Offering Chauffeured Rides in a Fiat 500L

March 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Select Loews properties have revved up a partnership with super-cool car brand, FIAT.

Five Loews Hotels & Resorts across the U.S.—Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., Loews Regency Hotel in NYC, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Loews Miami Beach Hotel—will ensure you keep your very important appointment in a chauffeured 2014 FIAT 500L.

Plus, three of the properties—Loews Miami Beach, Loews Hollywood and Loews Santa Monica Beach—really go the distance by offering two complimentary FIAT loaner vehicles (the Fiat 500L and either the Fiat Cabrio or the all-electric Fiat 500e depending on location)—for you to tootle around town on your own for up to three hours a day.

Rooms at Loews Hotels & Resorts go for approximately $209 per night depending on the individual property.

[Photo: Loews Hotels & Resorts]