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Speaking of Hotel Bikes....
Last month, Jaunted let us know that Portland, Ore. was incredibly bike-friendly as evidenced by this sign in the airport. And this bike love extends to the city's hotels as this is what we found chilling above the entrance of the Benson Hotel.
So will bicyclists want to stay at the Benson? Maybe bikers of a certain age would be happy here at this older luxury hotel which has modern amenities but a more "traditional" hotel feel. Yet regardless of whether you like older hotels or pretty young things, we encountered two pesky problems during our stay that anyone would hate.
While we loved the large, comfy beds, the free WiFi, the lounge act on Saturday night and the Gilchrist & Soames amenities, we had some crazy issues with our room key in that it never worked again after we first used it. Not even after getting three new keys made. Ultimately, we had to be moved to a new floor at 9:30pm at night (with a baby in tow.)
It's Amsterdam Week over at our sister site Jaunted, so we're going a little Dutch ourselves. In Amsterdam, hotels don't just have one or two bikes available for rent. They have a whole rack ready and waiting out front. Biking is a way of life, it's how you commute, have fun, exercise and socialize. Therefore it's pretty easy to lay down the extra 13 Euros to take out one of the Hotel JL No. 76's bright orange Beicks and spend the day getting purposefully lost in Amsterdam's web of canals and bike lanes.
The Beicks used are standard Dutch city bikes, with wider tires for navigating cobblestones and tram tracks, but outfitted with a big black basket perfect for toting home wedges of cheese and bouquets of flowers and pairs of wooden clogs and bottles of Amstel or Grolschaka the makings of a pretty good time.
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Oh, London. You may not have a slew of food trucks like LA, Austin or New York City, but you've got bikes and sometimes that's just perfect. Take for example the way the J.W. Marriott Grosvenor House is marketing their steakhouse. It's a tricycle equipped with a freezer, filled with mini cheesecakes for purchase and the exterior splashed with steak-associated adjectives.
We're assuming it tools around Hyde Park most of the time, since that's just across the street from the Grosvenor House's enviable Park Lane location. We didn't stay overnight this timewe'd already done thatbut we did stop into the hotel's coffee shop for an espresso macchiato earlier today and the surprise of finding this bike. Too bad it wasn't stocked with cheesecakes at the moment, but we'd keep our eyes open for it out and about this weekend with the return of nice weather (it's 68 and sunny here, New Yorkers!).
In Santa Monica, Calif. the June Gloom has finally lifted (on most days at least) to make way for perfect beach cruising weather. And now at the beachfront luxury spot, Shutters on the Beach you can do your cruising in high style, thanks to their new Kate Spade bikes.
The eye-popping green bikes are actually handmade Italian bicycles from Adeline Adeline but they've been styled by Kate Spade and the green is the brand's signature color.
Remember last year when we told you that Fairmont Hotels was offering BMW cruise bicycles in all of their U.S. hotels? Well, this summer Fairmont has one-upped themselves by rolling out the BMW bikes to all of their hotels worldwide. And these bikes aren't some flimsy fixie bikes or cumbersome beach cruisers either.
A striking frame, achieved through hydro-forming manufacturing, an advanced process using high-pressure water to allow the walls of the tube to expand inside a mold and free the aluminum of any shape restrictions, complements other original features including an integrated brake routing system that enables riders to stop on a dime.
The best way to explore a city is on foot, but a bike works just as well. The Clift Hotel wants to make it easier for guests to get around San Francisco by offering free bikes.
You won't have to worry about lugging around a heavy bicycle, since the hotel has a fleet of Public J7s, lightweight two-wheelers designed for stop-and-go city riding. Plus they come in fun colors like the above orange European-looking design.
stumbled elegantly exited The James New York last week, we were greeted with this sight right outside the hotel's entrance. Perhaps it was the strong cocktails we'd just downed at Jimmy, but we were delighted.
Even though we wouldn't be seen dead in one of the pedicabs that shuttles tourists around Times Square, we love branded hotel amenities, and that seems to make it OK that The James has its very own pedicab for guest use.
Forget the taxis and towncars; the hottest way to get around a city from your hotel is by the hotel's own fleet of bicycles. Transportation of the two-wheeled sort first became popular with the hip and boutique hotel names, most notably in New York when The Maritime introduced their classic blue cruisers, The Tribeca Grand brought out the black ones and The Bowery rode by on red Schwinns.
Now the big guys are eyeing the mini-phenomenon of hotel bikes, and Fairmont Hotels are the first big chain to add bicycles to their amenities list at all of their US properties. You see, the Fairmont hotels in Canada have had them already since early 2009 and the program was a success.
The latest news from the Jane Hotel isn't quite what we were waiting for—ie. the re-opening of the Jane Ballroom—but it's nothing if not in character for the funky hotel over on the west side. Like its sister properties, the Bowery and the Maritime Hotel, the Jane will now offer guests the use of bikes during their stay.
They're not just any bikes either, but black Urban beach cruisers—the kind you could feasibly be snapped riding by The Sartorialist, bringing you instant street-fashion fame. (Guest of a Guest tells us that the bikes at the Maritime are blue, and at the Bowery, they're red Schwinns—in case this becomes a deciding factor in where you park your bike for the night.)
The hotel is located on Ocean Avenue near the beach and Santa Monica is definitely a bike-friendly city. (We like to ride ours to all the local pubs. Of course, we are never sober enough to actually ride them back home.) But riding the bikes along Santa Monica's beach path will take a bit of a trek down across the Pacific Coast Highway. This will definitely involve carrying the bikes.
You might be better off renting down on the beach. But for cruising around town, this is a great perk from the Oceana.
Ah, fall in the Pacific Northwest; it just makes you long to be outside, wearing your favorite flannel shirt and dreaming of chai tea. Luckily, The Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon anticipated this and they've amped up their offerings for a refreshed and outdoorsy autumn.
First up are their new, specially-outfitted-for-Portland Swobo bicycles. Now we've all heard about the classic cruisers availabe at New York hotels, but Portland requires something more rugged, more street and trail-ready, and they've found it in their new fleet of six Swobos, with the customizations done by six different Portland bike shops. If you're a hotel guest, then you can feel free to borrow them for the day for free, and take in the fall foliage under your own power.
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station is trying to make transportation even easier for PDX residents with the country's first ever “Bike & Fly” program. With the purchase of a one-night stay (starting at $130), guests departing Portland International Airport can stash their bikes in a secure bike parking storage area for up to 14 days. The city’s MAX light rail line conveniently stops right in front of Aloft.
This all sounds good and green, but we’re having a hard time wrapping our head around why anyone in the Portland area would want to plunk down $130 to store their bike and what instances would require an overnight stay on an outbound itinerary? Wouldn’t it be more economical (and easy) to simply take MAX light rail line straight to the airport, suffer through TSA and call it a day?