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Wake Up With John Wayne At Hotel Derek

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  Site Where: 2525 West Loop South [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77027
June 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Derek's pool

Ever fantasized about waking up with a celebrity? Actually, that hardly needs a question. We know you’ve done it, and we all know how that fantasy goes. Hotel bed, rumpled sheets, pillows shmooshed and a glass of champagne on the table. Shower running and the dulcet tones of singing to themselves under the water, acting as your sweet alarm clock.

Ok, so we can’t exactly make that happen, but we can get you part of the way, by telling you about the Hotel Derek in Houston, which has none other than John Wayne delivering its wake up calls.

And no, “Rise and shine sleepyhead, it’s time to giddy up and get those feet on the ground,” may not be the romantic arousal you were envisioning, but you can’t have everything, plus John Wayne strikes us as the type who’d have enjoyed a bit of flirtatious banter.

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Wake Up, Work Out At Profil Hotels In Sweden

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  Site Where: Rådhusesplanaden 14, Umea, Sweden, 903 28
June 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes in a hotel, you just want to hit the gym. Sometimes, though, it just seems like too much hassle. Getting changed, walking over, getting changed into normal clothes – not enough time, right?

No such excuses if you book at a Profil Hotel in Sweden, as we learned from a friend who stayed in one last week. To make working out as obligatory easy as possible, they’ve put dumbbells by the bed in every room.

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Meet The Resident Cats At Istanbul's Empress Zoe

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  Site Where: Akbiyik Caddesi 10, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34122
June 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Friday. You know what you need to get you through the rest of the day? Cat pictures.

So without further ado, here are our current favorite hotel cats. These two, along with one other, reside at the Empress Zoe hotel in Istanbul: a one-of-a-kind boutique pad in Sultanahmet, just below Hagia Sophia.

All three are former street cats who walked in one day and never left. (Istanbul is all about the street cats.) They aren't BFFs with each other; but, luckily for you, they are with the guests. Cuddling opportunities, should you be so minded, are unlimited.

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Jade Mountain Laughs At Your Inferior Turndown Chocolates

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  Site Where: PO Box 4000, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
June 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

A hotel with its own cocoa plantation? Pretty cool. A hotel with its own cocoa plantation that organizes weekly tasting sessions of the inhouse chocolate? Even better.

A “chocolate laboratory” is the newest amenity at St Lucia’s Jade Mountain, in which you can learn how to make your own chocolate. Pretty good, and not too expensive at $45 per person for an hour-long session.

But better still are the new “chocolate sensory tastings”, held every Tuesday at 10am. You’ll get to taste all incarnations of chocolate and soon-to-be chocolate, from the cocoa bean to cocoa mass; and after you’ve put in all that hard work, they’ll reward you with Emerald Estate (the house label) chocolate bars and homemade truffles.

Oh, and the tastings are free.

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The Rain in Spain Doesn't Matter With Thoughtful Room Mates

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  Site Where: Travesia de Trujillos 3, Madrid, Spain, 28013
June 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ok, so it may not be a turned down plunge pool or drone-delivered champagne, but sometimes, as your guru would say, the most pleasure comes from the simplest things.

Which is probably why we were so excited during our recent stay at Room Mate Laura in Madrid. Because, of course, we can barely stay in a nice hotel without a fancy umbrella being thrust at us by the concierge or the cupboard. But an offer of a raincoat? That’s a new one. A thoughtful one, too.

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7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)

May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're pretty jaded folk here at HotelChatter. There's not much that we haven't seen already when it comes to amenities and services. But lately, hotels have been killing it, rolling out novel or useful or just plain fun goodies that hotel guests of all tax brackets can enjoy. Naturally, we thought it was worth a round-up. Now presenting...

7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)

1. A Light in the Toilet Bowl

We called this the "manliest bathroom amenity ever" when we spotted it at The Landing Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, because it ensures that men will always have the correct aim in the middle of the night.

2. Drone Room Service

High-paying guests at The Casa Madrona in Sausalito, Calif. can (and should) have their pricey picks of champagne delivered by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones from the hotel's wine cellar to an outdoor deck of the hotel's exclusive Mansion suite.

3. USB Ports in The Room Telephone

We've seen USB ports near the bed or on the nightstand but never have we've seen them IN THE PHONE until we took a tour of the Delano Las Vegas, opening in September. Now you don't have to get out of bed to drunk sext check your email.

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The Mark Hotel Has Clever New Illustrations on Their Toiletry Bottles

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  Site Where: 25 E. 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
May 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mark Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is nothing but consistently stylish from their timeless black and white decor to their guests, both big and small.

So when it came to introduce a new line of bathroom amenities, the hotel had to go beyond the bland, diminutive plastic bottle. Instead, they collaborated with branding expert Richard Pandsicio and French illustrator Jean Philippe Delhomme, who've done a couple of other cheeky branding and caricature projects for the hotel from the website to hotel stationary and adverts.

But while you may not think much of the stationary stashed in a drawer, you will certainly notice the illustrations on the toiletry bottles which include a topless lady combing her hair (conditioner) and a man reading the paper in the bathtub (body wash.) And what's inside the bottles are note-worthy too as the products come from La Bottega, an Italian manufacturer.

Rates at The Mark start at $745 a night this weekend for a superior courtyard view room. We say grab all the toiletry bottles you can on your stay!

[Photo: The Mark]

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5 Awesome Room Amenities at the Revamped Peninsula Kong Kong

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We knew Peninsula Hotels was spending some serious money to refresh its Hong Kong flagship, and that lovers of tech would be well looked after. Having just stopped by the hotel, we now know what those proprietary bedside tablets look like in their natural environment, and spotted a number of other cool room amenities – including the futuristic-looking thing above.

We honestly had no clue what it was, but in this case we’re not the target audience. Ladies, any guesses? Read on to find out.

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This Safari Camp Amenity Should Be Used Everywhere in the Winter, Don't You Think?

Where: Kenya
May 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

During our trip to Kenya, we stayed in a variety of safari camps in the Masai Mara, Laikipia, and Nairobi reserves. As you'll see next week when we begin to highlight them, each camp is a little bit different in terms of what it offers in design, decor, service, and food.

Despite those differences, one amenity was common and consistent throughout. Because the camp rooms are all open air and the nights can get chilly, a hot water bag is placed in the sheets during turn-down service. The bag is soft and covered with a liner that keeps it insulated, welcoming those who return to their rooms after dinner with warm sheets. Depending on your preference, you can either lay on it, next to it, or simply remove it and enjoy the heat it has already created under the covers.

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This New Sausalito Hotel Will Send Champagne to Guests Via Drone Delivery

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  Site Where: 801 Bridgeway [map], Sausalito, CA, United States, 94965
May 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was only a matter of time before a luxury hotel picked up on the drone delivery trend.

The brand-new Casa Madrona in picturesque Saualito, Calif. (it just opened yesterday!) would have wowed guests with its intimate accommodations--ranging from deluxe guest rooms to junior suites and the 11-room Casa Madrona Mansion--but the hotel decided to go over-the-top with a distinctive service--drone deliveries of champagne. Ah, get it? Casa Ma-drone-a.

The drone delivery is available to guests who book the entire Mansion or the 5,000-sq.ft Alexandrite suite which costs $25,000 and $10,000 a night, respectively. Guests pick of pricey champagne will be drone delivered from the hotel by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones to the two-tiered deck of the Mansion.

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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]