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The Biggest Attraction At Dana Guest House in Jordan? Killer Sunset Views

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  Site Where: Jordan
July 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | ()

Recognized in 1994 as the country's first government-protected natural site, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of Jordan's most scenic, and sought-after, desert hideaways. And when it comes to lodging, you can't do much better than the Dana Guest House, located right in the heart of Dana village, overlooking Wadi Dana.

Though it's finishing up renovations that will double the number of available rooms, there are currently only nine rooms that make up the entire hotel.

Small, simple rooms with wrought-iron bed frames, a vanity, and a nightstand. But taking in the view at sunset from one of the private balconies allotted to each room has to be one of the most satisfying features about the place.

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Zac Efron Mistakes His Hotel Balcony For Someplace Paparazzi Won't Actually Find Him

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  Site Where: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NW, Australia, 2000
April 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

Zac Efron has done a lot of growing up since playing 'Troy' on the hit Disney trilogy High School Musical. These days, he's busy being a bona fide movie star, jetting around the world, condoms exploding out of his pocket, and frolicking around on hotel balconies in his undies.

The 24-year-old actor was photographed half-naked making some pretty suggestive poses on his balcony at the Park Hyatt Sydney, with no apparent knowledge that the paps were waiting below. Which is slightly ridiculous, given the fact that he was on a balcony. According to the website that posted the photos, his suite was facing out to Sydney Harbour, so technically he might have had reason to believe he was in the clear.

Or maybe, he just really wanted to show off how well he can carry a room service tray without spilling anything.

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Do Yourself A Favor and Make It An Ocean View At Westin Playa Bonita

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  Site Where: Km 6 Camino a Veracruz, Panama City, Panama
February 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

You're checking into your hotel. You're tired from the trip, yet excited to be somewhere new, yet disoriented by the unfamiliar scenery—often all at once. Without your wits about you, how are you supposed to determine which side of the building to request to get the best room view? Well, in the case of Westin Playa Bonita, let us point you in the right direction: between two options (Rainforest view and Ocean view), always, always pick the Ocean view.

We were lucky enough to get given a room with an Ocean view right off the bat. And sure enough, one of the first things we did upon entering our room was rush over to our balcony, slide open the door, and gush for a good five minutes (to ourselves) about how amazing the view was.

Facing south, the Ocean view side of the building looks straight at the Pacific. From here, you can see islands in the distance, watch the sun rise and set, and even spot ships queuing up to cross the Panama Canal.

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Wake Up To The Caribbean On This Balcony

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  Site Where: Grand Anse, P.O. Box 3858, St George's , Grenada
December 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

What is one thing people really, really love about Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada? According to TripAdvisor, it's Grand Anse Beach. Which isn't that surprising, considering these stunning snapshots taken by reader Cynthia during a recent stay there.

On a cold, gray day in New York, this is pretty much all it takes to perk us up (simple pleasures, right?) and induce visions of long-lasting sunsets by the beach and rickety old hammocks. According to our tipster, these delicious views are common throughout all the resort's suites—whether it's the St. George Carenage (harbor), mountain views, or just the good ol' Caribbean Sea, guests at Mount Cinnamon basically have no reason to ever leave their balconies.

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The Gansevoort Miami Beach is Neglecting Some of Its Hotel Rooms

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  Site Where: 2377 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 4, 2011 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

The Gansevoort Miami Beach underwent some managerial woes nearly two years ago and it looks like the scuffle has started to affect the hotel rooms.

A HotelChatter reader sent us this note along with the following photos about the sad state of the rooms, particularly room 536. They write:

I just got back from the Gansevoort in Miami Beach. After some research, I found your article which may explain why our rooms were in such sad shape. While the public areas of the hotel are beautiful, the room seemed to be one of the forgotten ones. The balcony was pretty shoddy looking (see photos), a handle to the shower controls was constantly falling off. One of the electrical sockets didn't work. The phone was broken, and the coffee maker didn't work. There's more, but no need to go any further.

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Going Pink On Madison Avenue

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  Site Where: 21 East 52nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
August 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

Spoiled princess? Grandma chic? What's your take on this week's all-pink bathroom?. After last week's all black-and-white affair, we felt a little color was necessary. Perhaps we ventured too far to the other side of the spectrum?

As a bonus, we also are including a special video we shot from the wraparound Madison Avenue-facing balcony, attached to the suite. Though, when you're this high up, "avenue-facing" becomes more a figure of speech than anything else. It might be more accurate to say "avenue-defying."

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Do a Balcony Dance at the Copacabana Palace

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  Site Where: Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 8, 2010 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

The current big news on the celeb front has to do with the migration of the Twilight cast and crew down to Rio de Janeiro, where the honeymoon scenes of the upcoming Twilight: Breaking Dawn are being filmed. Stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are of course staying at the most iconic hotel in town, the Copcabana Palace, where their top-floor suite hasn't escaped the telephoto lenses of the paparazzi.

The Daily Mail claims that the duo briefly stepped out onto their terrace to wave and shimmy for the fans down below, but as you can see from the location of their suite on the picture of the hotel below, we doubt the fans without binoculars could even seen them.

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Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Get Cozy at Park Hyatt Sydney

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  Site Where: 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia
March 2, 2009 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

The ultra-posh Park Hyatt Sydney is known for its killer views out onto Sydney Harbour — but obnoxiously hot couple Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr are giving Sydney Harbour a name for, er, its killer views onto hotel balconies.

We spied these pics of Bloom and his Aussie model girlfriend over on TMZ — and as only the most embarrassingly-obsessive type of hotel geek can, we instantly recognized that balcony as Park Hyatt's. The luxe hotel has 158 "grand mansion-style" rooms sitting right at the base of the famed Harbour Bridge, overlooking the Opera House (which these two seem to be doing here) in Sydney's historic Rocks district — but last time we hit up the place, we realized it was key to make sure to book a Harbour View room (otherwise the city view looks out onto a wall; bummer).

Hmm, wonder if they're taking V Australia to LA afterward? And hey, you never know: maybe the two were out on the balcony discussing Bloom's potential to get busy with little bit of hair dye to enter the Richard Branson lookalike contest. There's gotta be a reason Bloom still has that haircut.

[Photo: Flynet via TMZ]

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Crazy Hotel Workers Update: Don't Climb on the Balcony

July 30, 2008 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

Crazy Hotel Workers stay sane by whining about their life as hotel staff on their huge livejournal site and we never tire of reading it.

This week they mused about the warning signs one hotel is having to put up on new balconies, after a guest climbed on to the railing cables and broke a couple of them. Other Crazy Hotel Workers chimed in with a few good suggestions for the signage, like "Idiots cannot fly or land on their feet". But we think this sign might get the message across more succinctly than the rest:

Do not climb on the railings of the balconies. If you choose to do so and fall, the hotel staff will laugh at your sorry ass while they call an ambulance. You will also be charged triple for the room for being an idiot.

[Photo: bookgrl]

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Snapshot :: More Private Infinity Pool Lovin' at Las Ventanas al Paraiso

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
January 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

Hotel Maven Jletter so kindly sent us some snapshots of his recent stay at the Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.

These were taken from a One-Bedroom Oceanview Luxury Suite which has a private infinity pool and jacuzzi on the terrace. The suite overall totals 1,600 sq. ft. with a king bed, adobe fireplace and your own telescope for star-gazing. Oh yeah, and a steep price tag of around $2,950.

MORE snapshots of the killer suite and view after the jump. Warning: Extreme jealousy will occur.

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Sweet Suites: The Presidential Suite at the Tides Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S N, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
January 7, 2008 at 3:56 PM | by | ()

Add this to both the Sweet Suites category, our growing list of cool Hotel Infinity Pools and our Best Hotel Balconies stories.

This is a shot of the Presidential suite at The Tides Zihuatanejo which has a 435-sq.ft. terrace with its own private infinity pool that overlooks the ocean thus offering up 180-degree views of Zihuatanejo Bay. Overall the suite encompasses 1,465-sq.ft. and has two bedrooms and two baths. More on the suite from the Tides website:

An expansive open-air living area is intricately tiled with marble and inset with natural pebbles and features an over-sized wicker daybed, two comfortable seating areas, a complete wet-bar and a gorgeous private infinity pool with panoramic views of the bay.

Of course, a private infinity pool comes at Forbes 500 prices. The Presidential suite costs $1,150 in the low season to around $1,700 in the high season.

But don't give up hope yet. All suites at the Tides come with their own private infinity pools. The lagoon suite is the smallest of the bunch ranging from 700 to 800-sq.ft. High season prices start at $875 a night and include a private terrace with outdoor infinity pool (a teeny one), a separate sitting area and lagoon views. When we hit it big, we're coming here...in the low season of course.

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The Best Hotel Balconies

December 20, 2007 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

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We always enjoy a good room with a killer view when we check-in to a hotel but sometimes we want more. Sometimes we want to stand outside of our room on a hotel balcony and yell, "I'm not wearing any underwear!" Wait. No, that's Paris Hilton but you get what we are saying. We covet hotel rooms with spacious balconies.

Most of the time, you will have to pony up more money for a suite to get a view and the space to enjoy it. But if money were no object, here are a few places we would check out.

This list is merely a hotel balcony jumping off point (oh, terrible pun) Let us know your favorite hotel balconies here.

The best hotel balconies are here.

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