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America's Best Bathroom Contest Is a Battle of the Bowls

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  Site Where: Various Locations , United States
April 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, so apparently this contest was not an April Fool's joke despite what our spam folders decided -- we really are going to vote on America’s best bathroom this summer. America’s Best Restroom Contest is looking for the “top 10 places to go when you’ve got to go.” A battle of the bowls, if you will.

The contest is open to any non-residential restroom in the U.S. that's accessible to the general public. Entries will be judged on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

“Nominees and finalists run the gamut, from historical buildings or five star luxury hotels and restaurants in big cities, to gas stations along remote highways and mom & pop style diners in the rural Midwest,” says Sabrina Zimring, Survey Editor for Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest.

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The Ultimate Bathroom Resides at The Four Seasons George V Paris

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  Site Where: 31, Avenue George V, Paris, France, 750008
April 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know how acting legend Spencer Tracy is quoted as saying that when he died, he didn’t want to go to heaven, but to Claridge’s instead? Well, we might just have found our hotel equivalent of heaven: the Penthouse at the Four Seasons George V in Paris.

Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon as a Parisian apartment, it’s one of the most memorable suites we have seen in a very long time. The space itself, the furniture, the materials, the artwork, the winter garden, the views, the terraces, we’re not ashamed to say we had a total hotel geek moment here.

Plus, for some reason, despite it being SPRING (hear that Mother Nature?) a good many of us are still shivering in our friggin timbers and would love a hot bath. So here's where to get it.

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Watch London’s Horse Guards From the Tub at InterContinental Park Lane

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  Site Where: One Hamilton Place, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7QY
March 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love a good hotel bathtub, especially when it has a view. During a recent visit to the London’s InterContinental Park Lane, we spotted a worthy entry for our Bathroom Tuesdays in the hotel’s lofty London Suite.

With its soaring two-story windows, this suite – and its bathroom – takes full advantage of the hotel’s vantage point on Hamilton Place, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the gardens behind Buckingham Palace. Time it right, and you can watch the mounted Horse Guards pass underneath Wellington Arch right from the tub. More of a shower person? Not to worry, you’re covered too.

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Soak In These Sumptuous Hotel Bathtubs

March 19, 2013 at 8:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

This New York's Millenium Hilton bathtub overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge.

Today is supposedly the last day of winter. But looking outside at our snow-covered car, we think “what a bunch of bunk!” Mother Nature has bamboozled us. And unless we wake up tomorrow with daffodils in our yard and bunnies hopping around the neighborhood, it’s time for Calgon to take us the hell away.

That’s what Bathroom Tuesday’s are about—luxe hotel lavs where you can have a deep soak (yeah, yeah we know some of you aren’t down with the tub) filled with tiny bubbles. Maybe there’s a flute of bubbly and a good book involved to complete the unwinding process and take the chill off this last (hopefully) cold day of the season.

Looking to wash the day away? Here’s a little photo (and video) inspiration to set yourself up right tonight.

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The Quin Will Let You 'Freshen Up' With Fresh Toiletries

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the New York openings we're most excited about this year is The Quin, a 205-room luxury property located on West 57th St, two blocks from Central Park and one block from Carnegie Hall (we've walked by ourselves, so we know).

Location? Check. Gold leaf ceilings and leather-wrapped columns? Check. Touch-screen tablets on the nightstand? Check.

But here's another thing for the Quin to brag about: it'll be the first hotel in New York to offer "Fresh" toiletries in all the guest rooms. Whoopeee!

For those of you uninitiated into the world of hotel toiletries, Fresh is a French boutique skincare line that uses yummy—and, err, fresh—ingredients like sugar, milk, soy and rice in all their products. They're one of our absolute faves.

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See Cherry Blossoms Bloom From Mandarin Oriental DC Bathroom

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  Site Where: 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20024
March 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the start of the magical cherry blossom season in Washington DC and it's also HC’s unofficial “Bathroom Tuesday”. So what better way to celebrate both than highlight a hotel with a stunning bathroom that will give you views of the city’s natural pride and joy?

The baths at the swank Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. are filled with glossy marble and have both separate shower and deep soaking tubs. Some rooms and suites (those are the ones you’ll want for this time of the year) have views of the Washington Monument. And if peeping the cherry blossom trees while you’re having a soak in your tub isn't enough, you can always turn on the in-bath television.

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We Kinda Wish Every Shower in Vegas Had This

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  Site Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
January 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, we really wish every shower in Vegas featured this crazy contraption. So what is it?

Well, it's a Vitamin C infused shower head that is found in one of the brand new Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand. These rooms are tricked out with the new furniture, bedding and technology that all MGM Grand rooms feature as part of the property-wide renovations but the Stay Well rooms also have a bunch of goodies the regular rooms do not. Like air purifiers, wellness lighting in the bathrooms (they give a shot of melatonin), funky nightstand sleep machines and these vitamin shower heads.

We'll have an in-depth tour of the Stay Well rooms next week but we will say now that we came to Vegas feeling as if we were on the cusp of a cold and right now, we're feeling pretty fantastic.

Best of all, this room, with taxes and resort fee included only cost us $114 for the night.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]

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Worst Hotel Hell of 2012: Hidden Camera In Omni Hotel Bathroom

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  Site Where: 675 L Street [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
December 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

As if we didn’t have enough paranoia to occupy our everyday living, we learned that an employee at the Omni San Diego was caught planting a hidden camera inside one of the hotel's public bathrooms. Spies like us? We don’t think so!

The creep in question was the hotel’s Chief of Engineering, who'd been with them for five years and no doubt had studied the ins and outs the property before deciding that the free-for-all lav was the place to catch people off-guard and with their pants down. Literally.

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Japan Says, Why Not Use a Public Toilet As A Hotel?

Where: Osaka, Japan
November 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you equate urinal cakes, public parks, and the sound of toilets flushing with the pinnacle of luxury, then, boy, does Japan have a hotel for you.

Artist Tatsu Nishi (the same man who recently created a living room in the middle of New York's Columbus Circle) has built a one-room hotel inside a public toilet in Osaka's Nakanoshima Park. He's calling it "Nakanoshima Hotel." And before you go thinking it's just some fanciful, high-concept, bunch of art baloney, keep in mind that this is an actual hotel that costs 10,000 yen ($125) per night, and includes a proper bed, shower, and separate bathroom for hotel guests.

There's even a desk! Because, after all, everybody does their best thinking in the bathroom.

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It Can Be Done: Recreating The Japanese Budget Hotel Experience In The US

October 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've had our fair share of Japanese hotel adventures, though we never quite tire of hearing about the country's unique taste in budget accommodations. Starting at around $38/night, these places are ideal if you have little cash to spare but need more than just a washing machine-sized capsule.

RocketNews has put together a handy list of the best amenities offered at Japanese budget hotels, explaining in 26 concise bullet points all the useful little extras that get thrown in, like free internet, free toiletries, free water, hand-written notes from housekeepers, pillow menus, origami souvenirs, and air purifiers. Oh yeah, and high-tech toilets.

Which got us thinking...where in the US can we find similar types of amenities?

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Beware The Artful Hotel Bathtub Butcher

September 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (3)

We know how lonely it can get in hotels sometimes. In fact, just the other week we (quite enjoyably) watched a 25-minute tutorial by celebrity chef G. Garvin, dispensing wisdom on, among other things, how to keep things interesting when you're on the road.

You know who we won't be taking that kind of advice from? Steven Rinella. The guy in the picture above, spearing a chunk of unidentified barbecued meat with an orange pocketknife, who recently told NPR host Kris Boyd that he occasionally butchers the odd deer right in his hotel bathroom.

Though he did make sure to point out that he always lays down a sheet of plastic on the floor. Ah, good. Don't we all feel better now?

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The Standard's New Attention-Grabbing Ads We Can't Ignore

September 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We spy with our little eye...something that's weird and unsettling.

Never one to back away from the odd or the outlandish, Standard Hotels have launched a new ad campaign that's running in highbrow magazines like Apartamento, ArtForum, Interview, Paper Magazine, and V. The content? Pretty people doing not-so-pretty things like drooling, peeing, and sticking their heads in other people's shirts.

Commenting on the ads to the NY Times, Andre Balazs said:

"The purpose of this advertising is to bring a degree of sophistication."

Um, right.

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