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Thompson Chicago Now Has Its Own Signature Scent

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  Site Where: 21 East Bellevue Place [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
March 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Thompson Chicago has decor filled with leather and aubergine hues— and now it has a scent to match. 12.29, the New York-based olfactory branding company that's developed custom scents for clients such as Rodarte and The Quin Hotel, has created a special scent exclusively for Thompson Hotels, and Thompson Chicago is the first to try it out.

Called "Velvet," the scent comprises notes inspired by the look and feel of Thompson Hotels. In addition to the components mentioned above, the spicy scent contains amber, smoky cedar wood, and fresh tobacco. We popped into the hotel last night to do a little sniff test, and found that the scent is noticeable but subtle, like a fragrance put out by a fancy candle burning (and not—don't worry—like a heavy cloud of room spray.)

Speaking of candles, 12.29 is hosting a pop-up boutique in the lobby through March 20. The company typically only sells its candles ($150 a pop) online, but the temporary shop will offer them up in four different scents. The fragrances come in poetic names such as "A Forgotten Memory" and "A Dark Desire Affair."

Photo: JennyBerg for HotelChatter]

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Oui! Rechargez Votre Mobile With This Machine at The Pullman Hotel

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  Site Where: 18 avenue de Suffren, Paris, France, 75015
March 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen phone charging stations pop up in airports but they aren't as common in hotels. While most hotel rooms now offer a USB charging component in their plug panels, if you're not a guest of the hotel, then you're out of luck. So when we saw this charging station just off the lobby at the Pullman Hotel Paris Eiffel Tower, we had to snap a photo.

The machine can refuel several types of phones from iPhones to Blackberrys, HTC, Samsung, Nokia and LG. The machine can even charge your iPod, PSP or Nintendo DS. Pretty cool.

Of course, it's not gratis. The cost is 2 euros for 30 minutes, 3 euros for an hour and 4 euros for 90 minutes. But that does beat the $20 we sprung for on an iPhone 5 cord at the airport.

Read more about what else is inside the Pullman Eiffel Tower, which is currently finishing up some major renovations, here.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The ACME Hotel Will Begin Offering Guests Google Glass on March 10th

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  Site Where: 15 East Ohio Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
March 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Billed as a "lifestyle boutique hotel alternative," the ACME Hotel in River North has a hip, young—dare we say "alternative"—way of doing things.

First, there are blueberry-lavender "doughssants" in its coffee shop and a bar made out of leather belts in its lobby. Then, there's the technology. If you thought the Smart TVs and loads of iPod docking stations were cool, wait till you hear what the hotel is doling out now as a guest amenity: Google Glass.

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Need a London Hotel Room But Like to Cook? Try a Studio at the Sloane Club

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  Site Where: 15 & 19 Sloane Gardens, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8EB
March 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

How often do you find a full Poggenpohl kitchen in a city hotel room that is not a suite setting you back four figures a night? Not very often, we’d like to think, though this is what we saw when we recently popped into the Apartments by the Sloane Club, just off of the swanky London square of the same name.

True, this is slightly different than a ‘normal’ hotel, being two red brick mansions on a tree-lined residential street, linked to a private members club around the corner, and generally a minimum stay of a week applies (though shorter stays are possible depending on availability). But starting at a not-extravagant-for-London £220 ($370) a night, a Studio gets you hotel services, a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom in a quirky triplex space.

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What Should The Newbie Hotelier Put In His Room Kitchens?

Where: OR, United States
February 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

You crowdsource your friends and followers on social media for help and advice on where to eat, where to stay and what to buy. So why shouldn't hoteliers crowdsource for ideas on opening and operating a hotel? That's what one newbie hotelier is doing right here on HotelChatter.

Here's the second in a series of questions on what should be included in his 30-bed hotel along the Oregon coast. We're not making promises or anything but imagine if, by opening day, the hotel has all of our suggestions inside. Pretty cool, huh?

But enough pipe-dreaming. Here's what our newbie hotelier, KB, wants to know now:

Next question, each room in the hotel has a kitchen. There is not a restaurant at the location. What type of items do you need in the room or available at the front desk?

We say, stock the pantries with some basic pots and pans and utensils as well as some dish soap and a dish brush. Also, have one-cup coffee makers (like Keurigs) on hand. Another nice touch would be a little basket of munchies but filled with snacks that are made in the area or Oregon in general. Lastly, since there's no restaurant, a binder of menus from nearby restaurants or delivery services would be helpful for folks who don't want to cook

Tell our newbie hotelier what you think in comments below!

[Photo: Newbie Hotelier]

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The Fontainebleau's Got You Covered If Your Luggage Gets Lost

February 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once an airline loses your luggage, it won’t be long until you lose your mind, too.

While wanderlust stems from a love of experiences over objects, even the most unmaterialistic person could throw a fit over having to go hours, or worse, days without their personal belongings. It’s a helpless feeling, waiting at baggage claim, for what seems like forever, to only discover that your luggage didn’t make it, and what’s to follow is a string of headaches and phone tag.

Vulnerable, tired and probably smelly, you begrudgingly arrive at your hotel wanting to do nothing but wash off the road, when you remember all the little things that make you look/feel human again are lost, too.

Enter The Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

While the iconic South Beach staple won’t replace your entire wardrobe, it has put together a thoughtful package of toiletries to help guests freshen up while an airline searches for your things. After assisting countless guests buy the sundries they need most, Fountainebleau introduces the Lost Luggage Care Package. It includes underwear, a toothbrush, a razor, mouthwash, facial wipes and a comb. The care package is available at Fontainebleau’s gift shop, Morris & Co., for $70.

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What Should a New Hotel Opening in Oregon Have In Its Guest Rooms?

February 6, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (11)

You crowdsource your friends and followers on social media for help and advice on where to eat, where to stay and what to buy. So why shouldn't hoteliers crowdsource for ideas on opening and operating a hotel? That's what one newbie hotelier is doing right here on HotelChatter.

Here's the first in what we hope will be a series of questions on what should be included in his 30-bed hotel along the Oregon coast. We're not making promises or anything but imagine if, by opening day, the hotel has all of our suggestions inside. Pretty cool, huh?

But enough pipe-dreaming. Here's what our newbie hotelier, KB, wants to know:

I was wondering what items definitely need to be in the room?

We say, start with the two Fs: free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Tell our newbie hotelier what you think in comments below!

[Photo of an already opened hotel via UGGBoy/HotelChatter Flickr Group]

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5 Hotel Pools For Taking a Dip in Chicago...In February

February 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

Done talking about the polar vortex? We are, too. Instead, let's discuss ways we can make it feel more like summer, even in Chicago, even in February. These five hotels have impressive indoor pools that are ready to host impromptu pool parties this very weekend. Dive right into our list, below.

THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO This Mag Mile property has a famously gorgeous Junior Olympic pool that's jazzed up with Spanish tiles and an ornate fountain. There are even poolside yoga classes held regularly. Rates start at $179 a night.

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Andaz NYC's New Amenity Line is a Breath of Fresh Air

Where: 485 5th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
February 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Andaz Wall Street and Andaz 5th Avenue partnered with upstate New York’s Beekman1802 farm to introduce a new in-room amenity line featuring a custom "Fresh Air" fragrance. The line includes a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, as well as a goat milk facial bar and body bar, made exclusively for Andaz and available in all rooms and suites.

Beekman 1802 was founded in 2007 and is owned and operated by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, businessmen turned “accidental goat farmers” who in 2012 won the CBS reality show, The Amazing Race. The soap and skin care line is made from only natural ingredients, which means no use of parabens, banned phthalates, petroleum, paraffin, diethanolamine or mineral oil.

We are even more pleased to hear that the products are cruelty-free and made with purified water. Sleek product packaging, too, is 100 % recycled material, so it's safe to say we will feel pretty good about slipping these into our bags next time we stay at a New York Andaz.

[Photo: Andaz Fifth Avenue/Facebook]

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Aesop Amenities Now in Place at The Gramercy Park Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
February 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (2)

When Gramercy Park Hotel first opened in 2006, the hotel prided itself on its hodgepodge of bath toiletries which were hand-picked by the editors at Allure magazine. Fast forward eight years, and the Gramercy Park Hotel has gone a different but still luxe route with Aesop skincare products.

The Melbourne-based line (also found at some Park Hyatt hotels) uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality, which sound like they will actually help out your skin and hair during your stay. Here's what can now be found in the bathrooms at GPH:

· Rind Concentrate Body Balm - An intensive hydrating body balm with orange peel, pink grapefruit and lemon rind to hydrate, soothe and cool.

· Body Cleansing Soap Slab - A soap slab rich with steam-distilled extracts of bergamot rind, ylang ylang and wild lime. Combined in a gentle soap, the trio effectively cleans and hydrates the skin.

· Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - An exhilarating, low-foaming shower gel with geranium leaf to cleanse without drying. It's an ideal alternative to conventional soap that leaves skin clean and refreshed.

· Classic Shampoo/Classic Conditioner - Lather with rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark and juniper berryent then condition with bergamot mint, cedarwood bark and lavender stem. Aesop's hair care products are inspired by new ingredients that cleanse without stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and condition to improve appearance and make hair more manageable. Both guard against breakage while working to soften, add shine and hydrate the hair.

Rates at GPH start around $450 a night.

[Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel]

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Book a Suite, Borrow a Snazzy Burberry Trench Coat at Claridge's

February 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury hotels can lift us up with their thoughtful amenity touches--plush bathrobes, slippers by the bedside, exotic scents and the like--but they also can bring our luxury high crashing back to earth with the prices they often charge to use or borrow other amenities. But at Claridge's in London, not only can you look stylish with the hotel's newest amenity offering, you won't have to pay a thing.

The hotel has introduced a Burberry Trench Program which places a Burberry trench coat in every closet of the suites for guests to borrow, free of charge, during their stay. Sizes can even be requested too. If you love it so much, you can buy it. Considering the chances of rain in London during your stay are very good, you'll definitely get some use out of the coat. But even if the sun is shining, we think you should still step out in at least once during your stay.

The Claridge's sister property, The Berkeley, has unveiled a new fashion amenity program as well--the The Fashion Trunk, filled with coveted pieces and rare finds from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, including Chanel earrings, a Dior necklace and a Pierre Cardin Studio evening clutch. The items are free to borrow and are also available for purchase.

Suites at Claridge's start at £720.00 a night, inclusive of all taxes.

[Photo: Claridge's]

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The Ace Hotel Los Angeles Makes It Easy to Tip The Maid

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  Site Where: 929 Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States
January 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

When it comes to tipping the maid, there is always a bit of confusion about where to put the tip. Do you leave it on the nightstand or the desk? Or perhaps you leave it on the dresser or the minibar?

At the just-opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles, there is no confusion about where your dollar bills go. On the desk atop the stationary is a little yellow envelope with the words "MAID TIP stamped in red. And there you go.

While we doubt luxury hotels would ever consider adopting this sort of hint for guests (it's probably considered too "vulgar"), we do think it could work at lots of other boutiquey hotels. But if this becomes a hotel standard, then we best remember to bring dollar bills with us. We'll feel pretty sheepish leaving that envelope empty. Wonder if they take credit cards?

Check out more of what's inside the rooms at Ace Hotel Los Angeles in the gallery below!

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