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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Gives You Killer Views of, Erm, Everything

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
April 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other week, we were chatting to a friend of ours that we knew was traveling in Costa Rica. She sent us a few snaps of the hotel she was staying at, including the pretty killer view from a room above. Being who we are, we asked the most important question: which hotel?

The response? “It’s this place called Andaz, which I think may be related to Hyatt? But it’s not at all like a Hyatt.” We nearly fell off our chair: we were talking to someone inside Andaz Peninsula Papagayo that very minute, a hotel we duly obsessed over when it opened, based on the renderings and descriptions of native Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher having "imagined a gathering of animals and used the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities...to stimulate the senses of guests in new and refreshing way".

Having laughed at us and called us a hotel freak (guilty), she sent us some more photos our way, which we of course had to share. The more we saw, the more we liked it, it was all so good… until it wasn’t, and Andaz broke our heart a little bit. Here’s why.

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Reservations for the New Ritz Paris Will Open in June

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  Site Where: 15 Place Vendôme , Paris, France
April 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Progress on the Salon César Ritz

Saying the Ritz Paris has been closeted away for a while now is something of an understatement – we're talking July 2012 - but as the interminable renovations finally begin to drag to a close, some concrete information is emerging.

Specifically, information in the shape of this interview with Christian Boyens, the General Manager.

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Rydges Sydney Airport Has Both the Good and Bad of (Airport) Hotels

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  Site Where: 8 Arrival Court, Mascot, NSW, Australia, 2020
March 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve just looked at the basic amenities and services an airport hotel should offer its guests, knowing there is many an airport where you can get a really decent stay, but a total stinker may still be yours to deal with.

Luckily we found a lot of the good of airport hotels during an overnight at Rydges Sydney Airport. We chose to stay at the Rydges (for a second time) mainly for its location, knowing we had an international flight the next morning. The address being Arrival Court should tell you that there is no need for something as bothersome as a shuttle; all you need to do is cross the street and you’re inside the international terminal.

No fusty or dated rooms either; there are 318 of them in total, and all feature modern furniture, clean white sheets on comfortable beds, and proper soundproofing.

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3 More Basic Things Hotels Must Offer Their Guests

October 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (3)

Our Front Desk Guy, Aditya Rajaram, is sipping pumpkin spice latter right now as he rounds up three more basics for hotels. Got a question about what goes on behind the front desk? Let us know.

Earlier, we gave you 10 Basic Things a Hotel Must Offer Guests, no matter what the service level, as these basics are the core of any hospitality offering.

Those requirements ranged from security to cleanliness to service responsiveness. However, as the industry has evolved, the needs of guests too, have evolved. The constant demands for technology and customization have elevated the need for hotels across all service levels to keep up with these demands and ensure that they offer them through accessible and affordable options. Here are some of those requirements that have become, The Basics 2.0.

We'll be continually posting new "basics" so if you've got an idea for one, let us know.

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Mindy Kaling Drank Her Friend's Contact Lenses at a Trump Hotel

October 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you still wear contact lenses, then chances are you've probably done this trick while staying at a hotel when you've realized that you forgot your contact lens case--you fill up the two glasses in the bathroom with contact lens solution.

We've done this before. (After cleaning out the glasses of course. We'd like to keep our eyeballs, no matter how poorly they function without corrective lenses.)

However, we've always been careful not to drink from these glasses. Sadly, the same can't be said for actress Mindy Kaling during her recent hotel stay in New York. Check out her recent post to Facebook:

So this morning I drank my best friend @joce808 contact lenses. They were sitting in this glass unguarded in a shallow pool of contact solution. I drank it with my morning glug of water and we are debating whether I should have known better given context clues.

Or maybe, having contact lens cases on hand for guest who've forgot theirs is something that Trump Hotels should do. Kimpton does it. That way, Mindy's friend wouldn't have to improvise with the bathroom glasses. (The toiletry on the sink is a giveaway of her hotel stay.)

Either way, we think the incident would be perfect for "The Mindy Project", which chronicles Dr. Mindy Lahiri and her revolving door of boyfriends. #DiamondDanForever

[Photo: Mindy Kaling/Facebook]

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What's Worse Than A Peekaboo Bathroom? A Wet, Leaky Bathroom

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  Site Where: Sheikh Khalifa St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
August 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

This looks like a nice bathroom, right? Granted, the toily is a little close to the shower, and we’d prefer a proper bidet to a hose that someone else might have done who knows what with, but overall it looks good. Props for the separate tub, sexy streak of brown marble and omg-yes-gimme-dat dinnerplate showerhead.

Except the hotel left out one thing. A panel of glass.

This was the tweet that alerted us to the problem recently, from friend of HC and intrepid traveler, Jonathan Khoo.

Yes, as much as we may bitch about peekaboo bathrooms, there is a worse bathroom sin, and that is the bathroom that leaks everywhere.

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Is There Ever A Time When A Peekaboo Bathroom Is Ok?

August 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The public bathrooms at 25hrs Hotel Bikini Berlin

The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin hit the headlines last week, not for its funky rooms or its already heaving-with-locals bar, but for its public bathrooms, which are rather more public than intended (at least, we hope so – you know Germans and their toilet obsession). The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the public area bathrooms, and it’s only 10 stories high, meaning that you’re as on display as the animals in the zoo next door while you get down to business. This is the very definition of 'horrendous'.

This is clearly (hopefully?) the nadir of the ghastly peekaboo bathroom trend, but it got us thinking – are they ever ok?

It’s what we wondered during a recent stay at The Hotel (yes, The Hotel) in Brussels. It’s the former Hilton and is a huge tower block perched on a hill overlooking the city center. The views are spectacular, and the renovations of the hotel (The Hotel?) have made the most of this, putting walls of windows center stage, and letting that light and those views flood each and every room.

Yes, the whole of each and every room. Including the bathroom.

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Another Basic Thing All Hotels Need: A Bathroom Fan

July 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

While our front desk advisor listed 10 basic things a hotel must offer guests yesterday, a current hotel guest is demanding something else be added to that list--Bathroom fans. We'll let her do the talking here to further explain what she means. Warning: if you don't like potty humor, click away now.

It absolutely boggles my mind why there is not a bathroom fan in every hotel room!

This is not only essential for a basic human function, whether you are with others or not, no one wants to sit in there own stench like a fat cat, but also for any queen diva that needs to get ready in a jiffy -that fan is needed for refreshing the air from a shower, hair dryer and hot lights, without it is hellish hot and humid in there. All that effort just to come out like a wet poodle that smells of its own poo or drowning in cologne.

There is also the environmental issue here, without that white noise factor that allows for some sense of decent privacy, now ladies have to result to running the sink water in a pinch. Let's not also forget the need for strategy without the fan, "Who is going to spend some QT in the lobby bathroom now? Don't forget your card, will meet you over here, meet you over there". Bottom line somebody is standing around waiting while you expunge your demons.

To choose not vent a bathroom is to choose to kill the mystique factor in every relation, even with ones self.

Bring the fan back along with human decency !

Ps. I am writing this right now from a five star hotel while my husband is currently in the bathroom lobby - 5 minutes and counting.

Thank you,
From
Cramping Up

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Tahoe's Newest Hotel Sports the Manliest Bathroom Amenity Ever

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  Site Where: 4104 Lakeshore Blvd [map], South Lake Tahoe, California , United States, 96150
March 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason since the campgrounds and harbors are closed, awaiting the spring sun. This year, the area has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season, especially in South Lake Tahoe. We'll be dishing on those details in a separate, in-depth piece but first, let's talk about the area's newest hotel--The Landing.

The hotel in opened in December and is already one of the most luxurious properties in South Lake Tahoe. We'll get to the specifics about the property next week, but as a quick teaser--and to highlight that today's upscale properties aren't designed totally for women--we must share with you the most manly amenity we've come across in some time. Believe it or not, it's in the bathroom.

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What is Going On In This Bathroom at The W Mexico City?

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  Site Where: Campos Eliseos 252,Chapultepec, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico, 11560
October 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

We saw a friend Facebook a picture of her bathroom at the trendy W Mexico City and we were all like, WHAT. IS. THIS. So we went over to the W's website and found out that yes, there is a hammock suspended over the bathtub. Here's how the folks at the Doble Ve describe it:

Zone, suspended over the bath area in the silken hammockover the warm (or cooling) bathtub in the silken hammock.

Did you get that it's a silken hammock? Anyways, we're all for adventurous design but we are just imagining all sorts of difficulties climbing into this hammock. And we'd be naked, yes? That wouldn't be pretty. That said, we'd be willing to give it a try--before we had any tequila. Alcohol and hammocks over bathtubs do not mix. At all.

Wanna give it a go? Rates at the W Mexico City start at just $189USD for a Spectacular room.

[Photo: W Mexico City/Facebook]

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Some Hotel Bathrooms Are Kinda Like Mini-Spas... Should This Be Standard?

September 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

One thing we've noticed over the past few years of travel is how the hotel bathroom is becoming more and more like a mini-spa at certain locations, going beyond the white bar of soap and terse wash rags to offer plush amenities, such as spa benches in the shower and fancy designer toiletries.

And it's not just about soap and cream. Bathrobes, flowers, candles, rainshowers, jacuzzi tubs, televisons... we've seen the whole deal, and guess what? We like it! Hell, we even know that it is possible to create a steam room/shower combination, so the sky is the limit. In our mind, a "personal spa" is a great way for hotels without spas to gain some ground on those that have in-house spa facilities.

Obviously, we don't expect this type of treatment from Motel 6, but would it be wrong to suggest that most mid-range to luxury hotels should focus on making the bathroom more than just a place to brush your teeth? Even business travelers would probably appreciate it after a long day of meetings, no?

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A Peek Inside the Eight Rooms of Richard Gere's Bedford Post Inn

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  Site Where: 954 Old Post Road [map], Bedford, NY, United States
July 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, we turn the question toward the Bedford Post Inn and ask what came first, the restaurant or the hotel?

The answer is the restaurant, as the Bedford Post Inn opened in 2008 when actor Richard Gere and partners swept in and saved the historic 18th century buildings from demolition. Still, it had been an inn (named the The Boot and Spur) in the early 20th century, after exhausting pastoral pursuits. The celebrity backing, exquisite food, and membership in Relais & Chateaux put it on the map, but it's the addition of the eight rooms that truly makes the Bedford Post Inn a destination.

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