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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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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.
"The purpose of this advertising is to bring a degree of sophistication."
The J House in Greenwich is a swank boutique hotel that opened in May inside a former HoJo. TripAdvisor reviewers so far have had nice things to say about it, like the service is excellent, rooms are super-clean, modern decor, nice pillows, etc.
Well, last week, it got peed on. According to Patch, a "very intoxicated" man was arrested at the hotel on Thursday night after three witnesses saw him drop trou and urinate all over the lobby. Which didn't make us laugh as hard as when we remembered that, yes, we've stayed at this hotel, and, interestingly, one of the first things we commented on about the room was the high-tech Neorest R 550 Dual Flush 1.6 GPF Japanese toilet. It even came with a remote.
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There’s just something about those little (and sometimes big!) bottles of shampoo, shower gels and lotions that we adore and can take back home without feeling guilty. Lately, some hotels are getting even fancier with their offerings (no more boring Aveda!) by partnering with interesting boutique brands.
The latest to tickle our fancy is InterContinental Hotels' new Agraria line. It’s actually one of the oldest and largest American luxury home fragrance company, which makes us smile that the company appreciates a boutique classic. The products made their way into rooms this month and will be in all 169 properties by January 2013.
Lemon verbena, Agraria’s number one scent, has been chosen for the hotels. The brand, which was born in San Francisco in the ‘70s, uses natural ingredients, plus its packaging uses recycled paper and is 100% biodegradable.
Bonus: If you’re a InterContinental VIP guest, you’ll get a special “Sweet Dreams” Agraria evening turndown service with a gift of either homemade lemon verbena cookies to a take-home lemon verbena TasselAire, unique perfumed tassels that can be used as room fresheners.
Over the weekend, a family wedding drove us out to the Hamptons, where we booked a room at the quaint 1708 House, a 15-year-old bed and breakfast whose building dates back to—you guessed it—1708. Joe Biden, Kristin Davis (that's Charlotte from Sex and the City), and even Bill Marriott have all stayed here as guests.
Some of the B&B's main selling points include a small patio that connects the different wings of the house (perfect for afternoon tea, which is served complimentary every day, buffet-style), a charming dining room with the original wooden ceiling beams, and a hammock in the backyard.
But it's what we discovered in Room A that made us even happier: a gigantic bathroom with marble finishes, a wide jacuzzi tub with separate shower stall, Molton Brown toiletries, and the largest vanity we've seen in a hotel since moving to New York.
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A small earthquake struck the Beverly Hills neighborhood of LA earlier this morning, which followed a 3.2 magnitude rumble that hit the same area on Monday.
As it happened, recently-traded NBA star Dwight Howard was in his hotel bathroom when the Monday quake hit. How do we know this? TMZ asked him, obviously, since this was technically his first earthquake since being traded to the LA Lakers. When Howard was asked how he handled things, he answered:
"I was in the toilet … and It shook me off the toilet."
If you've ever used the lobby bathrooms at the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver and thought to yourself, 'That was an experience I'd like to have again,' then it probably won't come as too much of a surprise that the hotel is up for an award in Cintas' annual "Canada's Best Restroom" contest. Yes, you may well have relieved yourself in an award-winning bathroom!
But don't congratulate yourself just yet. The winner still has to be picked—though we're certainly rooting for Vancouver, as it's the only hotel represented in the lineup of five finalists. Among the other contenders are: a fancy restaurant in Toronto, a graffiti-proof public toilet in Victoria, and a vocational school near Montreal.
May the best can win!
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Working in a hotel must be tough. Between the constant upkeep of rooms, the late hours, the cranky guests, we imagine most hotel staffers are always on the verge of snapping. Come to think of it, they probably could benefit from a little venting once in a while...
Well, that's exactly what happened in an online discussion thread asking hotel employees to share secrets they normally keep from guests. Started just yesterday, the thread has already accumulated over 5,000 responses, which are alternately helpful, hilarious, and gross—many of them relate specifically to misplaced bodily fluids (yuck).
If you're brave enough to read them, you might wind up with a whole new, slightly paranoid, outlook on life in a hotel room. Here are a few of our favorites...
As many know, the Ace New York does more than just put people up for the night. A Michelin-starred restaurant, action-packed lobby, oyster bar, frequent art exhibits all play into the hotel's hip, bustling atmosphere.
Opening Ceremony, the Ace's hipster Stop & Shop located off the lobby, is perhaps one of our favorite places in the hotel. We've found wallets, vintage magazines, sunglasses, travel-sized Scrabble boards—you name it, the store has it. Trouble is, the selection is often too overwhelming, and with all the cool stuff, we never know what to pick.
To save us from our debilitating dillydallying, it's Afar magazine to the rescue! The travel mag recently published an interview with OC's founders, who revealed the one item in the store they're currently most proud of: Elmex toothpaste.
Last week, we asked you about hotel check-in rituals, and received quite an assortment of responses. Today, we're focusing on hotel bathing rituals: what are yours?
Having visited a number of hotels, we've seen our fair share of hotel bathrooms. And we've bathed in them plenty, too. But one thing that always confronts us upon checking into a new hotel is whether we indulge in a full-on bath, or just stick to the regular ol' shower.
Sharing a cramped NYC apartment as we do (save that story for another day), baths aren't a luxury we normally enjoy. But then again, we prefer the quick, in-and-out efficiency of showers anyway, and don't usually feel like straying too far from our routine.
But what about you? Is a hotel room automatically synonymous with hour-long, classical music-serenaded, rose-petaled sessions in the tub? Or does it depend on the hotel?
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After teasing you with a mystery snapshot from the meeting room, followed by a tour around the circular lobby, it's finally time to take a look inside a room at Boston's The Revere. Because, yes, there's more to this hotel than just models abseiling down the side of the building in the face of death.
Take a look at our photo gallery below!
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We're not sure how this one managed to fly under our radar, though this isn't exactly the kind of thing we receive media alerts about, either. Turns out an employee at Omni San Diego was recently caught planting a hidden camera inside one of the hotel's public bathrooms. Ick!
The good news? The camera was found within hours of being installed. The bad news? Well, we're not sure which is more troubling: the act itself, or the fact that, because of what happened, Omni staff had to conduct an "exhaustive search" throughout all the hotel's bathrooms looking for other possible hidden devices. Ick again!