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The W Chicago City Center's New Suite Has Champagne Chilling...In the Bathtub

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  Site Where: 172 West Adams Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60603
February 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The W Chicago City Center hosted an early Valentine's Day bash on Tuesday night in their new Extreme Wow (or "EWow") Suite, which is different from any other suite in a few ways.

First: it has Space Invaders. That's right— just off the entrance, a small arcade area houses throwback games. As for the rest?

The 22nd-floor suite, which opened quietly in August, spans 1,500 square feet. In a made-for-entertaining living room area, a serpentine couch is topped with fuzzy throws and jewel-hued pillows; there's also a 55-inch TV and a high-top bar with seating for four. On the night we stopped by, the hotel's in-house mixologist Lauren Parton was whipping up personalized "love potion" sips behind the bar; we hear she works her magic, and can even lead demos, at all types of private W functions.

In the bedroom, a king-size bed is topped with 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. A corner dressing salon—kind of perfect for bridal parties— has two, floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobes, a vanity desk with an illuminated oval mirror, and a three-way dressing mirror.

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Our Close Call With The Cosmopolitan's Killer View Bathtub

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  Site Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
April 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The bathtubs in the East Tower at The Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas have some drop dead gorgeous views. Just take a look! But the thing is, we almost dropped dead this morning trying to get into the tub.

Despite having an oddly square and rather deep shape, the tub has little "seats" on the bottom which make it easier to sit in. But the problem is getting into the tub. There's a big distance between the step up into the tub and the tub itself. We tried to climb up it but after slipping and denting our shin bone, we realized the best way is to probably sit on the tub ledge, swing your legs over and drop down. The same should be done on the way out, especially since you'll be extra slippery.

Geez, bathtubs should not be this complicated, right? Or maybe we're just feeling the effects of all those Cosmos from last night. Either way, safety first when entering and exiting these tubs.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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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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Bathtub, Shower, Or Both At The Same Time? What's Your Ideal Hotel Bathroom Setup?

August 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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What Is This At Le Royal Hotel In Amman?

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  Site Where: 3rd Circle, Amman, Jordan
July 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Le Royal Amman, which happens to be the second-tallest building in the whole city, has been catering to the wealthy and well-to-do of Jordan's capital since it opened in 2002. From the lobby, a 3-story boutique retail outlet, 3 cinemas, and 10 restaurants provide plenty of distraction, but there's also some stuff worth seeing inside the rooms.

Like this decadent bathroom feature, found in one of the hotel's two Royal Suites.

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A Royal Bathroom View From The Top Of Radisson Royal Dubai

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  Site Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
July 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (3)

Even if you're not normally a fan of taking baths (like us—they take too long and we don't always feel that clean after), we think you'll agree this bathtub view from the Radisson Royal Dubai kind of negates any aversion to bath-taking you may have had in the past.

While about half of the guest rooms at the hotel face in the direction of the Downtown area (pictured), it is the upper floors, of course, who benefit most from watching cars zip down busy Sheikh Zayed Road. Though, as high as you go in this hotel, you'll never even come close to being level with the 160-story Burj Khalifa, which is indeed also visible from the top left hand corner of this bathroom window.

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A Bathtub Surprise Only a Hotel Geek Could Love

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  Site Where: Bali, Indonesia
April 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Warning: for serious hotel geeks only!

Step into a suite (they're all suites) at the Anantara Resort and Spa Seminyak, Bali as we did last week, and you'll notice the seamless smooth stone walls, the huge sitting area, the view to the ocean, the fresh passionfruit on the coffeetable...but in the bathroom it's a coffeetable of another sort—a coffeetable book.

On the bath tray above a deep soaking tub sits a coffeetable book titled Overnight Sensations. The bath oil and bath salt also on the tray are things you'd expect to see in a bathroom, but this giant book? What if it gets wet? No matter—it's a whole tome that addresses hotel design details such as this very thing; the book features other stunning properties around the world, perhaps the better to help you plan your next stay from the comfort of this one. And they're not all Anantaras either—they're any property worth profiling and we love it.

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How Do You Fit 34 Hotel Bathtubs Into The Back Of A Pickup Truck?

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  Site Where: 443 Main Street, Main Street & Rainbow Blvd [map], Niagra Falls, NY, United States, 14301
April 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

A Days Inn in Niagra Falls, NY has been the unlucky victim of every hotel's worst nightmare: bathtub thieves. Local police became involved when the hotel reported that nearly three dozen cast iron tubs were swiped from the property over the course of a month, and no one really knows where they've ended up.

But in case you're picturing a scene out of Penn & Teller, these tubs didn't just disappear right under guests' noses. In fact, the tubs were hanging out in the basement while the rooms upstairs were getting renovated. And since they were all piled up and ready for the taking...well, they got taken.

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What is This at The Opposite House in Beijing?

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  Site Where: 11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China
February 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms 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.

If you're looking for a luxury boutique stay in Beijing, look no further than the Opposite House in the city's Chaoyang District and which is also attached to the upscale shopping mall, Sanlitun Village. (Remember when the Apple store in Beijing got bombarded before the new iPhone release? Yeah, that's right near the Opposite House.)

But once you get inside one of the cool and modern guestrooms designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, you might find yourself asking what is this white boxy thing in the bathroom?

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In The UK, Hotel Showers Come With Their Own Instructions

November 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every week, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

We pulled this hotel bathroom snapshot from @helenzaltzman, who was staying in one of the UK Principal Hayley hotels. Whether all 24 European properties contain bath mat instructions like these, we cannot be sure. For their sake (and yours), we certainly hope the answer is yes.

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This is Not Your Average Hotel Bathtub

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  Site Where: 6/11 Decho Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
October 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you're staying in a "design hotel" and you've been upgraded to a suite. You walk into the bathroom expecting a large, luxurious white soaking tub and you come face to face with...this.

This is a traditional wooden tub, found in each of the bathrooms at the 13-room boutique Luxx Hotel in the center of Bangkok.

You've got a couple options with this sort of tub. You can take a regular stand-up shower, a sit-down bath, or fill the thing up with hot water, letting the water spill over the edges onto the floor as you lower yourself in for a good soak. The floor of the bathtub is set with something of an infinity drain, so it's all good. Now if only the vintage aspect of this tub could be paired with the modern comforts like a bathroom TV...and we'd be all set.

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Soak in Lake Michigan from The Deep-Soaking Tub at The Park Hyatt Chicago

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  Site Where: 800 N. Michigan Ave [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
September 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're not only suckers for a killer view here at HotelChatter, we're suckers for a deep-soaking tub with a killer view, a few of which we've lusted after here.

But the other week when we were in Chicago we got to soak in the views of Lake Michigan while doing some soaking of our own in the tub at the Park Hyatt Chicago.

This here is the view from the hotel's Lake Suite, an enormous suite on the 16th floor with prime views of the Water Tower and in the distance, Lake Michigan. And yes, you can even see this view while sitting in the suite's oversized tub, thanks to a set of sliding wood doors that open out to the bedroom.

Further setting the mood are trio of candles and a vessel of bath salts. Even better, the entire hotel has free WiFi so you could actually peruse your iPad while soaking if you want. (We didn't trust our clumsy selves to do that.)

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