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Nothing like a big anniversary to think about doing something new for the future, right? The Langham London is hitting the big 1-5-0 this year (the hotel opened in 1865), and as part of its celebration it’s not only a doing a round of renovations, it has revamped and renamed the former Club Wing into the Regent Wing.
The wing, with its own private entrance, has 43 Grand Executive Rooms, two Studio Suites, a Regent Suite, and a Wedgwood Suite. The Regent Suite goes up to four bedrooms, while the Wedgwood Suite of course has “artefacts and bespoke items of English heritage chinaware”. First impression is a lot of subdued light grey, a pop of purple in the two chairs and the headboard, and contrasting dark wood in the dressoir and desk.
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Prepare to feel old – really old. Pretty Woman came out 25 years ago. 25 years! A whole quarter of a century! Yup, we feel old too.
How much does it cost to feel pretty? Why, a minimum of $15,000.
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Even more surprising perhaps? By the time the film crews zoomed up to the 41st floor lobby and 52nd floor New York Bar & Grill, the Park Hyatt had already been around for nearly a decade too, which means this month the hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, you can sample the “Timeless Passion” cocktail (above) while taking in the consistently awesome views from the hotel. There are a number of events over the next few months at the various restaurants and bars, and while nothing is confirmed yet, we think there might be some more news on a refresh of the rooms in the works.
The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong sent us a sweet summer reminder that it’s celebrating its 50th birthday all year long – and everyone’s invited, as long as your “splurge travel” budget can handle it. With special spa treatments and commemorative cognac, dining promotions in all 10 F&B venues and champagne flowing from every direction, the hotel is wooing travelers on every front.
The list of “50 Fantastic Years” promotions goes on and on, so here’s the Cliff Notes verision of the MO, HK Glorious Excess.
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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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Now, it's The Borgata's turn to crank up the volume, as the casino hotel's big 10th anniversary is fast approaching, and you can bet (heh) they're going out of their way to let you know about it.
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Tomorrow, April 20, is a big day for Plaza Athénée Paris, when it will be one hundred years ago it first opened its doors on that same day in 1913. A major party is set to take place in the hotel’s courtyard, with over 600 guests expected, who among other things will be able to snack on a 10-meter anniversary cake.
Don’t be disappointed though if your invite got lost in the mail, as there are various ways throughout the year to join in on the fun, including a dedicated celebratory cocktail “Harcourt Baccarat”. Naturally, we had to venture over to the hotel and try this baby out.
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InterContinental Le Grand is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so happy birthday to it! As with any major milestone, certain festivities have been planned to mark the occasion. But if you're expecting cake and streamers, think again.
This is Paris, after all, and when has Paris ever missed an opportunity to get all highbrow and cultured on everyone?
No. Rather than blowing its special anniversary on one fleeting night of drunken debauchery, the century-and-a-half-old hotel is dragging out its birthday by dedicating a month to each of the seven arts (architecture, music, literature, film...and those other three ones). Starting with this month's theme: literature.
The Pink Palace aka The Beverly Hills Hotel is turning 100 this year and as promised, the hotel is starting on a "thoughtful refurbishment" that will leave the hotel's signature banana leaf wallpaper, green and white stripes and the pink exterior untouched, but will upgrade practically everything else.
We spoke with the hotel's general manager Edward Mady back in October and he told us then that the hotel would do a soft goods upgrade of the guestrooms, put in some new technology and switch up the carpeting in the ballroom and the lobby. But the renovations will also extend to the hotel's Polo Lounge restaurant and its pool scene.
There’s nuffink like a grande dame hotel, especially when it’s in as spectacular a setting as this one. The Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste, Italy, has just turned 100. Happy birthday SEP!
Sadly, that’s as far as the festivities go – there are no special offers marking the centenary, but it did remind us of what a gorgeous hotel it is – standing on the seafront, just off the side of Trieste’s extraordinary Piazza dell’ Unità, which is three sides Austro-Hungarian magnificence, one part Adriatic sea.
Luckily the rooms aren’t 100 years old: in 2009 it completed a two year restoration, and rooms look classic but modern (see here, which is more than we can say for a lot of old Italian hotels. Props to the SEP.
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Kimpton robes spotted in the wild...aka a guest room.
If you've ever lusted after one of Kimpton Hotels's signature animal print bathrobes, this month might be the month to get one.
The hotel brand is commemorating the 10th anniversary of their robe all month long at their hotels by doing several giveaways.
The first way to win a Kimpton bathrobe is to simply attend the hotel's nightly wine hour, which has actually been renamed Wild Wine Hour this month and will be two hours long instead of the usual hour. (Sorry, this is for guests only!)Guests are invited to to strut around in their animal print robes while employees (also rocking the robes) will raffle off robes for guests to take home. Please be mindful of fellow attendees if you decide to "freeball" it.
Party time! The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne turns 10 this summer, and to celebrate, they've got a slew of promotions priced at just ten bucks--yes, even guest rooms. It's also offering an Insane Hotel Package for $60,310, but let's cover the cheap stuff first, eh?
The $10 rooms are clearly the prize present in this lineup, and they will be available July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25, 26. There are only 10 rooms at this rate--naturally--so you'll have to be fast when the reservations line opens on June 10. (The number to call is 305-365-4582.)