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A room at One & Only Ocean Club.
Health-conscious hotels are trending. But it's not just entire hotel brands dedicated to healthy living that are popping up--existing hotels, including those known for spoiling their guests, are getting in shape, too.
Next month, two Paradise Island hotels, The Cove Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club, will be jumping on the juice craze thanks to a partnership with New York-based superfood beverage company Body&Eden. According to the hotels, the elixirs promise to "ease the sometimes challenging transition from daily life to the pure pleasure of vacation."
What is kombucha, you ask? It's that fermented, sparkling, slightly vinegar-y drink that everyone's obsessed with lately (brands like Synergy and Wonder Drink are the ones most commonly found in stores). Because it's made with live cultures, the health benefits—digestion, immune system boost, energy boost—are supposedly out of this world.
And now, Hyatt 48Lex guests can get it whenever they want. Lexington Brass, the hotel's ground-floor, mirror-walled eatery, is serving kombucha on tap, and it seems like people are kinda into it. Lexington Brass' manager, Todd Enany, said the drink is popular during the breakfast crowds, and they've been averaging about 100 glasses per week.
We just hope that fermented smell stays put in the restaurant, and doesn't start wafting up into the rooms!
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New York most definitely was getting too cold for us yesterday, when we found ourselves strolling through lower Manhattan, near the 9/11 memorial. So cold, in fact, that we made an impulse decision to go hide out in the W Downtown for a few minutes, seeing as the crowds on a Wednesday afternoon were minimal.
The hotel's relative emptiness also worked in our favor when we got up to the fifth-floor Living Room bar and noticed, to our sheer delight, the bar was offering free cups of hot chocolate. And not, like, a one-cup-per-person deal. It was self-serve. And it was gooood!
Tucked in a corner at one end of the bar was a small thermal dispenser, surrounded by candles, as well as a small placard that read: "Yummy hot chocolate! Enjoy!" So we did.
Our hot chocolate at Stumptown
Despite all the weird weather of late, it's finally cold enough in New York City to warrant sitting down and ordering a hot chocolate. Luckily for you, we're kind of pros at this, as we frequently turn the cafes of NYC hotels into our makeshift drawing rooms. Here's three of our favorite hotel spots for a hot chocolate:
Ace Hotel Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Don't expect to snag a free seat in scenester lobby, but rather take your tall glass of hot chocolate (ever so perfectly whip cream-topped) to the window and stand, idly gazing out and enjoying these ten minutes of pure nothingness. Take a tiny, shiny pastry to go.
A recent HotelChatter minibar experience. We could have done with this being free.
Book two (weekend, obvs) nights with the Weekend Extender package and they’ll give you a free 5pm checkout on the Sunday. And in case you’re stumped for what to do with your extra hours, they’re giving you a free run of the minibar.
You'll have to stagger your boozing, because they won't restock the minibar on your second night, and there aren't any bars in the rooms at quite a few of the hotels (for a list, see here.
It's not often hotels call us in to do taste tests (hell-oooo, Todd English? Laurent Tourondel? Anyone?) So when The Greenwich Hotel invited us over for one this week, we jumped at the chance. Alas, it was not a Locanda Verde tasting menu we got to sample, but something much more humble—and universal. A glass of Coca-Cola.
The hotel has recently made a drastic Coke change, you see. Being conscious of the health-slaying, fat-boosting properties of high-fructose corn syrup, the folks at the Greenwich decided that American Coke just wouldn't cut it anymore. They decided that Coke made with natural sugar would be, if not healthy, a little less likely to raise their guests' blood sugar levels. So they did the switch and guestroom minibars—which are complimentary (except for booze)—now carry imported Coke from Mexico.
What they wanted to know was: could we tell the difference between the two? We sat down in the Greenwich lobby to see if we could finger the "healthy Coke" and the "bad Coke" during a blind taste test.