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The Ace Hotel in London Finally Opens Their Rooftop Bar and Terrace

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  Site Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, United Kingdom, E1 6JQ
July 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just as London was sweltering through one of the stickiest days of the summer so far, did Ace Shoreditch open its rooftop bar and terrace last night, crowning its nearly year-old European venture on the hotel’s 7th floor together with a number of meeting spaces.

Running along virtually the length of the building, the terrace offers views ranging from the City (you can see the famous Gherkin in the above shot) to St. Paul’s, the Barbican, Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road, and the far north.

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Copley Square Hotel Sprouts Rooftop Garden for Cocktails

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  Site Where: 47 Huntington Ave. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
July 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Growing herbs on a rooftop? Been there, done that. It was our first post-college apartment, man. It was pretty tight. But then we realized our Doritos budget was climbing higher than the cable bill, and our roommate started dating a cop, so…

Oh, never mind. Apparently the Copley Square Hotel is growing very different kinds of herb on a new rooftop garden that it rolled out this summer. Basil, thyme, tarragon, mint and rosemary are all sprouting up atop the Back Bay property, and they’re plucked fresh for starring roles in a new herb-focused cocktail menu at its restaurant, Xhale.

There, tarragon is combined with grapefruit for a summery take on a gin & tonic. Rooftop basil is muddled with blueberries in lemonade, and then spiked with rum for a refreshing “Crush.” And chef Alex Deamicis is using the garden’s thyme to create a simple syrup that is combined with honey and whiskey. All sound intoxicating.

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Gŏng on Floor 52 of Shangri-La at the Shard Is London’s Highest Hotel Bar

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
July 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Shangri-La at the Shard finally opened in May, the highest bit of London’s first hotel high up was still a work in progress: the 52nd floor with bar Gŏng, swimming pool, and gym. While the pool will arrive mid-August, bar Gŏng (derived from dougong, a Chinese architectural element of interlocking wooden brackets) is now open and has claimed its title as the city’s highest hotel bar.

We headed over earlier this week to see it for ourselves, arriving without a reservation – something that, given the capacity restriction at 90 people, we wouldn’t recommend during weekend peak times. You make your way up to the 35th floor first, where you switch elevators to complete the journey to level 52. Once there, you’ll find two main sections: a cocktail bar facing north with a range of seating, and a larger section facing east with a champagne bar towards the back.

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You'd Best Be Off The Booze When Visiting Andy Murray's Scottish Hotel

July 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shhh, if we concentrate on the food, they won't notice the price of the wine

This had better not be a dastardly plan to put Andy Murray off his game at Wimbledon. The Daily Mail (for who else would criticize a national hero at such a critical time?) that Murray’s hotel in Stirling, Scotland, which opened in April, is overcharging guests on the booze. And we mean overcharging.

For instance, a bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac costs £1800 ($3078) at The Cromlix. What’s that, you say? You gotta pay for top quality? Not when the Berkeley charges a mere £990 ($1694) for a bottle of the same. And London overheads sure ain’t the same as Stirling ones.

A bottle of Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2000, meanwhile, costs £425 at the Cromlix, but £275 at the even more famous Gleneagles, 14 miles down the road.

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Welcome To Croatia's Newest Beach, At Rovinj's Hotel Lone

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  Site Where: Luje Adamovića 31, Rovinj, Croatia, 52210
June 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing says summer like a beach club – at least, that’s what Hotel Lone in Croatia thinks. A trendy hotel (it’s a member of Design Hotels) in Rovinj, the Lone opened its pool area last summer, and has now launched a club, Mulini Beach, to join it.

As you’d expect from the kind of joint that has a concept store selling the work of local artists, it ain’t your bog standard beach club. Instead, there’s almost a lido feel to it, with a white stone and concrete platform arcing out into the water, surrounding a manmade pebble beach – the first in Rovinj, no less (not that Croatia exactly needs manmade beaches, having one of the greatest coastlines in Europe).

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Not a Fan of Soccer? The New Wine Game at Shutters on The Beach May Change Your Mind

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA , United States, 90405
June 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're not a fan of soccer, or football, and could care less about who's winning or losing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then shame on you, er, that's totally acceptable. But over at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., we think you'll find it hard to resist their own clever version of the tournament called, The World Cup of Wine.

The hotel's general manager, Gregory Day, and Master Sommelier, Peter Neptune, have created a wine menu that represents each of the 32 participating countries. Yes, some of the wines were harder than others to secure but as you can see in the menu above, Shutters is serving wine from the Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia and South Korea.

Now, the way the game works is like this--once a team is knocked out, so is its corresponding wine. Adios Espana!

The hotel will be showing the games and offering the World Cup of Wine menu in their Coast Cafe and Beach Bar throughout the tournament which ends on July 13. Interested in spending the night? Rates start at $468 a night this weekend. Remember: USA plays on Sunday.

[Menu: Shutters on The Beach]

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Mandarin Oriental Opens - Swoon - A Mimosa Garden

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  Site Where: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, Barcelona, Spain, 08007
June 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They had us at mimosa garden.

Really, there’s not much else you need to know. Ok, maybe: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is opening two outdoor venues just in time to catch that blazing summer heat. One is called Terrat, and is, unsurprisingly, a rooftop terrace. So far, so blah – what five star hotel doesn’t have a rooftop terrace?*

The other one, though, is called Mimosa Garden, which the hotel describes as “a lush courtyard oasis” on the Passeig de Gràcia, the main thoroughfare of the modern Eixample district. It opens every summer and was designed by Bet Figueras, the landscape architect who also did Barcelona’s Botanical Gardens. It’s shaded by olives, cypresses, holm oaks and oleanders, as well as lavender bushes and mimosa trees. See, they mean actual mimosas. But we’re pretty sure you could enjoy a mimosa under the mimosa trees. That would be nicely meta.

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Did You Know That All Renaissance Properties Have This Secret Menu Item?

June 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Menu items at the Renaissance Denver Downtown.

Last week, while having a drink in the lobby of the Renaissance Denver Downtown - we opened the bar menu to take a peek at the fare. Amongst the typical city-priced items, we noticed that one option stood out from the rest.

It looked strange and out of place, that last item with the peculiar price tag: 99 cent homeamde chips and dip. Was this a mistake? If soft pretzels are $8, and almonds $6... were the chips stale or something? We immediately put our hand in the air for the bartender to come over. We pointed at the menu. Are you serious with these chips?

Well, wouldn't you know that we just so happened to stumble upon one of the industry's best kept secrets. Turns out, all 157 Renaissance Hotels around the world have featured 99 cent chips on their bar menus since 2010. We've always been told to never question a good thing, but that simply doesn't work for a writer. Why, in a world where, quite frankly, hotel guests have become complacent and accepting of overpaying for food and beverage, would a hotel do such a thing?

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The Lydmar Hotel Is Bringing Music (And Then Some) to Stockholm's Harbor

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  Site Where: SÖDRA BLASIEHOLMSHAMNEN 2, Stockholm, Sweden
June 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Walking across one of Stockholm’s many bridges earlier this week (the Swedish capital stretches across 14 islands), our attention to the pretty historic buildings and passing yachts was drawn away by a DJ’s tunes and thumping bass, reverberating magnificently around the harbor, courtesy of the city’s abundant water.

Investigating a little further, it turned out to be the terrace at the Lydmar Hotel, which was packed out and literally jumping on a fairly grey late afternoon. The short video we shot doesn’t really translate how much the music was bouncing off of the buildings around and the Royal Palace across the water; you could feel the bass in your bones.

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Funky Friday: The Amazing Floating Candles In the Bar At The Dolder Grand

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  Site Where: Kurhaus Strasse 65, Zurich, 8032
June 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we’re stepping up to the bar at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, at least via the internet. Now look up. It is a magical sight to behold – an array of sparkling candles seemingly floating in mid-air.

OK, they’re not real candles and they're not really floating, they’re custom lights made by Swarovski crystal, which explains the extra sparkle. Swarovski is not just about jewelry or your favorite figurine. It has a successful architectural lighting division and has created some pretty amazing designs for hotels such as the Sparkling Hill Resort in British Columbia.

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Ritz-Carlton Berlin Launches a Most Unusual Bar Concept, But Will People Like It?

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  Site Where: Potsdamer Platz 3, Berlin, Germany, 10785
June 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The dream of every prestigious hotel is to create a unique environment, one that will bring locals in off the street as much as it will entice its guests to stay put. During a recent trip to Germany, we stumbled upon a brand-new bar (no pun intended) at the Ritz Carlton Berlin that might just be the most out of the box concept we've seen at a hotel in a long, long time.

Called Fragrances, the bar's premise combines perfume with cocktail creation, encouraging patrons to use their sense of smell to pick their drink. The visual menu is set up right inside the entrance to the lounge-like bar, a lineup of perfume bottles displayed alongside the ingredients used to make the drink. Above, a photo of the cocktail's presentation hangs.

When selecting a drink, you smell the perfume carefully because the drink will 1) also smell like that perfume and 2) reflect that smell in its taste. The concept was designed and implemented by mixologist slash perfume expert Henning Heissen, who through a number of trials, was able to find the combination of ingredients that replicated the smell of the perfumes. Each drink is served in a unique way, from glasses in buckets and birdhouses to those that resemble baby bottles.

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Artisanal Ice Cubes at Rosewood Hotels Are... Wait For It... Pretty Cool

May 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Awesome things that were frozen: Walt Disney (not really), Ted Williams (yes, really), Adela Dazeem, Madonna that one time, and lots of really important water. Even better things that are frozen: rosemary sprigs, pomegranate seeds, lemon grass, and Tabasco sauce. In ice cubes. In your cocktail. Clink-clink.

Because the craft mixology boom wasn’t satisfied with simply pouring small-batch spirits into hand-blown mason jars, we have moved into the uncharted territory of artisanal ice. And at the forefront, it would appear, is Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Several properties in the group have launched ambitious cocktail menus that use ice cubes with recipes as complex as the drinks they chill.

Suspended inside these glass-cooling glaciers are ingredients like blackberries, pineapple compote and thyme. And though most cocktail nerds already know that expertly used ice helps control the booze-to-water ratio of a drink, these artisanal cubes time-release additional frozen flavors in a smart, inventive way that further refines the taste of the drink.

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