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Is This Really The World's Sexiest Hotel Room?

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  Site Where: 33 Roland Gardens, London, United Kingdom, SW7 3PF
December 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM | by | Comments (2)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (of the boutique hotel guide, not the Brangelina movie) recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary by handing out their Smith Awards at a packed out event on London’s Brick Lane. Among the various categories was “Sexiest Hotel Room”, an award that was taken home by one of the first high-style, design-led hotels of the city: Blakes London, specifically for its Corfu Suite.

Watching the count down from 10 to runner up had us wondering whether we agreed with the result. Was this the sexiest hotel room? What would be our pick, and why? And what would you, dear reader, think?

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What Are the Affordable Luxury Hotels on Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Hot List?

April 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

We talk hotels all day long here at HotelChatter but over at Condé Nast Traveler they’ve put all the hotels we love to dish about in their annual Hot List.

You can start exploring the hundreds of hotels on the list herebut we were particularly drawn to the Affordable Luxury section which features new hotels under $300 a night.

There are hotels on this list that even we have yet to investigate like the Daniel hotel in Vienna which looks like an upscale Ace hotel with free WiFi, glorious showers and Vespa rentals. Or the Cooking and Nature Hotel in Alvados, Portugal which lives up to its name with a communal kitchen for guests (there are staffers who help do the prep work.) They've also highlighted hotels we've got the skinny on, like the Wythe in Brooklyn, the Saguaro Palm Springs, The Palihotel in LA and the Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco.

The only problem is the Affordable Luxury list features 63 hotels and we just don’t have the time to visit all 63 of them! We're gonna be making some tough decisions soon.

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Kate Middleton's Wedding Hotel Has Received a 'Royal Warrant' from the Queen

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  Site Where: 15 Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom
January 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

This hotel received an official "thumbs up" from the Queen.

Despite our initial pause about the term "Royal Warrant", no one at The Goring Hotel in London's swank Belgravia nabe is getting arrested. Rather, the Royal Warrant decree establishes the hotel as the Royal Family's "official favorite hotel of choice." It's the first time ever the Queen has bestowed the award on a hotel.

Not that we needed some fancy schmancy decoration from the Queen to understand how much the Royal Family loves the spot. After all, this is where Kate spent her last night as a commoner in the hotel's top floor suites. It's also where several of the royals retreated post-nuptials to let their hair down and have some real fun. Perhaps too much fun in Prince Harry's case. But the hotel isn't just a joint for stuffy royals. In fact, a pretty sexy bridal lingerie photoshoot inspired by Kate also happened at the hotel in 2011.

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Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards Picks World's Best Hotels

October 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Find out why this hotel in the Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the Top 100 in the World

Conde Nast Traveler recently released its 2012 Reader's Choice Awards in which over 46,000 participants weighed in on over the 1,300 of the best hotels, airlines, cruises and all things travel. We've said before that this compilation is what real travel is about--how the consumer gets to bypass all the PR hype that we see floating in our inboxes and really get in there and give the lowdown and report back on their findings. Naturally we wanted to know their hotel favorites, so here's a taste of what they love.

Chicago's Waldorf Astoria beats all others in the U.S. category. Do you agree?

Gasp! The Langham, is not tops in London! Guess who gets it?

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Have You Stayed at One of These Top Hotels in the U.S.?

January 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

TripAdvisor is doing away with their infamous dirtiest hotels list and is instead focusing on their Traveler's Choice lists like the "Top 25 Hotels in The U.S." as decided by the most favorable reader reviews.

Topping the list is the luxury Chicago hotel, The Elysian, which is now a part of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection. Taking the #2 spot is The Grand Del Mar in San Diego who won us over with their less stuffy teatime. Coming in with the bronze is the perennial award-winner Four Seasons Maui.

Also making appearances on the list are the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square (which we called a semi-secret, super luxe option in EssEff back in 2010), The Hotel Palomar Chicago (see our gorgeous photos of the hotel here) and the Sky Lodge in Utah where we fell in love with their freestanding waterfall bathtubs.

And while we are certainly familiar with most of the hotels on the list, we haven't actually stayed the night at many of them. But maybe you have? Please, fill us in.

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Hello, Captain Obvious: London Home to 14 of The U.K.'s Top Business Hotels

September 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen many a posh businessman quaffing whisky cocktails at the Mandarin Oriental London

File this under "Painfully Obvious": per results from the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards, London was voted the U.K.'s favorite city, with 14 of the top 15 U.K. business hotels located in London. Right. Because we expected Wolverhampton to give the nation's capital a run for its money in both categories.

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Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'

September 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?

According to the website:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".

The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.

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Why Did the Langham Win London's Best Large Hotel? This is Why

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  Site Where: 1 Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W18 1JA
December 14, 2010 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We were idly minding our online business the other day when a photo popped into our inbox. It didn’t have a press release with it – it didn’t really need one. It just had a caption. The picture was of two grinning people holding an award and the caption read “The Langham, London scoops top award at BT Visit London awards for Best Large Hotel in London”.

The Langham took the gold award. For the record, the Milestone Hotel got silver and the Jumeirah Carlton Tower took bronze, while for small hotels the Egerton House Hotel came out on top.

But it got us to thinking: what’s so great about the Langham? Let us count the ways:

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This Man Won the Grammy of the Hotel Industry

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  Site Where: 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75001
February 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

So, Beyonce and Taylor Swift scooped up all the Grammys last night, but elsewhere in the world, another fierce competition was recently decided. We’re talking about the award for Receptionist of the Year.

This is no Office Space joke, but a very serious honor for the winner—which, this year, was Francois Lenne of Le Meurice in Paris. Lenne was granted the award at the Presidium of the International Association for Deputy Managers and Front Office Managers of Luxury Hotels, held in Madrid in January.

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The Standard Hotel is The Best Building of the Aughts, So Says Curbed

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  Site Where: 848 Washington Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
November 19, 2009 at 11:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Curbed recently put out the first of what will be many lists across the internet universe, saying goodbye to the aughts. But this being Curbed, they focused on the The Best New Buildings of The Decade for New York City. And wouldn't you know it? The Standard Hotel is the #1 best building of the decade.

Yes, The Standard. Since we tracked the opening of this hotel pretty much from its inceptions, we're a little surprised to see it top this list. We say it looks way better from the inside looking out then just on its own. But we guess naked people in the windows helps.

Here are some of our favorite moments of the Standard NYC...through the years.

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The Only Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale That Lives Up to the Hype

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  Site Where: 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33304
November 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't heard already, the new AAA Five Diamond list is out and while the usual suspects are on the list, there is one notable addition for 2010—The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale.

While Florida is well-represented by a number of Ritz-Carltons, this is quite the milestone for Fort Lauderdale, which is still trying to do-away with its Spring Break reputation. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been to Fort Lauderdale recently, however. Have you seen the size of those yachts tied up on the Intracoastal?

Even more interesting is that this honor comes just over a year after the property joined the Ritz-Carlton family. Prior to August 2008, it was a St. Regis—and even then only for a year. So maybe Ritz-Carlton should carefully consider their restructuring strategy.

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London's Boundary Gets a Nod for 'Most Stylish Hotel' in Europe

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  Site Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom, E2 7JE
November 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (2)

Being from London, when we think about sexy hotels, we don’t immediately think London. We think a little lovenest on the Seine, private beaches on the Med, that kind of thing. But now we are thinking again, because Boundary in little East London just got named the most stylish hotel in Europe at the European Hotel Design Awards.

We’ve kept meaning to visit Boundary since it opened in January, but were put off by the fact that it’s a Terence Conran project and we think of him as a bit posh for our tastes (we once went to his Bluebird restaurant in Chelsea to find we’d missed Kate Middleton – AKA Ms Prince William – by a couple of minutes).

But turns out we were wrong.

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