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James Bond Loves a Good Breakfast: New Bond Novel Brings 007 Service to The Dorchester

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  Site Where: Park Lane, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K1QA
October 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you’re checking into The Dorchester and they ask you to state your name, you could just say, “Bond. James Bond.”

With the release of William Boyd’s new 007 novel, Solo, a few short weeks back, you can—quite literally—insert yourself in the story at The Dorchester. The London hotel is the setting for the opening scene of Boyd’s new Bond book, in which 007 is described as treating himself to a 45th birthday breakfast in 1969. In the book, Bond’s breakfast at The Dorchester consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee.”

If you order Bond’s birthday breakfast, the hotel will help set the scene by offering you an iPod loaded with hits from the 60s, giving you an extract from a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and serving your breakfast silver service-style in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged The Grill's 1969 price, a sum just short of £2 ($2.70).

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SpringHill Suites Offers a Free Breakfast You Might Actually Want to Eat

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  Site Where: Various Locations
July 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We told you about the JW Marriott's new spin on turndown service (free wine!), and now its sister brand, SpringHill Suites, is busy ramping up its complimentary breakfast.

In addition to the usual hot-and-cold suspects that come along with a free breakfast buffet (you know, toast and stuff), the new spread now includes fresh spinach, deli ham, cheddar and Havarti cheeses, sweet breads, croissants, whole strawberries, Kashi cereal and Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt. There is also a toppings bar (shown above) with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips and coconut flakes to spruce up your morning.

We were joking about the "toast and stuff" comment, but seriously, maybe we weren't. We've certainly been lured into a booking decision by the "free breakfast" perk, only to find ourselves choking down runny eggs, a plain bagel with cream cheese, and a banana as it rots before our eyes.

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DoubleTree's New "Made Market" is Making Us Hungry

July 15, 2013 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen plenty of hotels change up their food offerings to entice new guests and keep the old ones happy. Yet while luxury hotels focus on bringing in celebrity chefs and starchitects to liven up the hotel restaurant, the road warrior hotel brands are focusing on their all-day (or most of the day) dining options.

Lately, we've seen many a brand revamp their free breakfast offerings from Holiday Inn to Hampton Inn as well as up their grab n' go offerings like we've seen at Aloft, Element, Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt Place. But we're not talking about package of cereal and box of milk or a microwavable meal to take up to the room. We're talking about freshly made meals. With real food used for ingredients.

And now DoubleTree is gearing up to roll out their new dining concept, Made Market.

Officially introduced earlier this year in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the DoubleTree Made Market gives guests a choice of "fresh-made specialties and classic recipes from fresh, wholesome ingredients." Some of the menu options include omelets, fritattas and souffles for breakfast and flatbreads, salads and burgers on brioche buns for lunch and dinner. Guests can also grab their morning coffee here or unwind with a glass of wine or draft beer in the evening.

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Get Thee To The Kimberly For NYC's Shakespeare In The Park This Summer

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  Site Where: 145 E 50th St [map], New York, NY, United States
June 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

To stay, or not to stay—that is the question. At a hotel, that is. And this summer, The Kimberly Hotel is making the decision a whole lot easier by offering guests exclusive access to performances of Shakespeare In the Park, a popular NYC summer tradition of high-quality, free theater in Central Park.

As the official hotel partner, the Kimberly has launched a Shakespeare In the Park travel package that makes a serious case for battling through the unpleasant summer crowds. Starting out with a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite (it's worth noting that all suites come with marble bathtubs and balconies overlooking the Manhattan skyline), the deal also covers breakfast on the hotel's rooftop (another, lesser-known, but equally pleasant NYC summer tradition), and, finally, two tickets to a Shakespeare play of your choice.

And just so you know what you'd be getting yourself into, this summer's Shakespeare In The Park lineup includes two featured plays: 'The Comedy Of Errors' (May 28-June 30) and 'Love's Labour's Lost, a New Musical' (July 23- August 18).

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Fantasy Friday: Le Meridien Serves World's Most Expensive Omelette

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  Site Where: 118 W 57th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it many a time, we're a dreamy lot here at HotelChatter, and part of our job is to help you escape daily life with a bit of travel fantasy. Today's enticing entry might be a bit do-able, though, something you could re-create at home! Ok, that's a stretch, but read on anyway!

Perfect for this weekend's breakfast and brunch plans, we've got The Most Expensive Omelette in the World, courtesy of Norma's restaurant at Le Parker Meridien Hotel. It's called the "Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata" and it costs a cool $1,000. The restaurant's tag line for this eggy-goodness is, "Norma dares you to expense this." Yep, for real. Now why does it cost so much? Simple, it's filled to the brim with a whole lobster and topped with 10 ounces of caviar. That's over $500 worth of fish eggs right there. The rest of the cost is for the lobster, eggs, cream, and herbs.

Obviously this omelette is mostly for show as the restaurant only sells about a dozen of them a year.

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The Sheraton's Oldest Employee Shares A Few Memories From The Hotel's Heyday

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  Site Where: 811 7th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Back in May, our resident hotel archivist JetSetCD posted scans of the very 1960s-looking Hotel Americana, which these days we all know as the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. And while plenty about the hotel has changed over the years, one thing that's remained constant is a particular server that's worked for the hotel since it opened in 1962.

Tilla Soeder came to the US from Germany in 1959 when she was 21 years old, and, on the advice from her aunt and uncle's neighbor, she applied for a job as a server at the soon-to-open Americana Hotel. The rest, as they say, is history...

HotelChatter: Do you still work here?

Tilla: I still work here. But right now I'm on sick leave, unfortunately.

HC: What is your favorite part about working here?

Tilla: My favorite part is the atmosphere, the connections we make with guests; it's just a big family. Yes, things get hectic, but that comes with the job. At least we don't get bored!

HC: How different was the hotel back in the 1950s?

Tilla: When I came, we had the Colombian Coffee House downstairs. That was such a popular restaurant, we seated 350 people each day. People would be waiting on the stairs when we opened in the morning: the line never stopped!

HC: Who used to have breakfast there?

Tilla: Business men would come and have breakfast down there because we had a public announcement system. They'd show up, put their name down, and every other second you would hear, for example, "Mr. Goldstein, would you come to the desk, please?" They just wanted to get their name called out in public—the business men loved it!

For more of the interview, read on below!

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Guests At Morgans Hotel Are Getting Treated To the Penthouse

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  Site Where: 237 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
August 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

With all the news lately about Delano moving to Russia, and Hudson crossing the pond, it's easy to forget about some of Morgans Hotel Group's other properties. Like the hotel that started it all: Morgans Hotel, which Ian Schrager opened in 1984 as his first boutique hotel.

Described by its prolific progenitor as "a kind of quiet, understated European Inn," the hotel is certainly more understated than the other MHG properties in Manhattan. Though personally, we don't know of any quiet European inns that have flashy duplex penthouses like the one pictured above.

And speaking of that penthouse—since the hotel is currently finishing up renovating its restaurant and lounge (due to re-open at the end of 2012), this summer and fall, all guests are being kindly treated to a lofty breakfast up on the penthouse's two terraces.

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At Giraffe Manor In Nairobi, Breakfast Is A Truly Communal Experience

Where: Nairobi, Kenya
August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (2)

It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.

Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.

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Andre Balazs Has Officially Appointed A Basket-Toting 'Egg Girl' At The Standard Grill

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  Site Where: 848 Washington [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
August 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

And the saga of hotelier-turned-upstate-farmer Andre Balazs—who's either going through a midlife crisis, or was just in desperate need of a career change—continues.

Now that Balazs' Locusts-on-Hudson farm continues to supply more and more produce to the Standard, it only made sense for him to install a designated "egg girl" at the Standard Grill, whose sole job it is to be, as the NY Post writes, "the modern-day version of the cigarette girl...in pigtails, a lemon-yellow gingham dress and Mary Jane shoes, selling eggs out of a basket ($5 for a half dozen)."

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Is This The Saddest Bowl Of Hotel Oatmeal You Ever Did See?

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  Site Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1J 6QY
March 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (5)

Does this look like the kind of breakfast you’d expect from a five star hotel? Or is it as appetizing as the oatmeal you’d whip up at home and then leave to congeal a bit as you realized you were out of milk, and berries, and anything else to make it actually taste good?

This is the oatmeal that was brought to us at the Intercontinental Park Lane this week. The menu promised:

Scottish porridge oats with full cream or skimmed milk, served with honey and sultanas

Yummy! If anything could get us out of our Eggs Benedict breakfast rut, we though, that would be it.

And then this arrived, and it was not lovely or creamy or glistening with honey and sultanas. It was, instead, the saddest bowl of oatmeal in the history of mankind.

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Where To Eat Pancakes in Hotels For National Pancake Day

February 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yup, today is National Pancake Day—always kinda sneaks up on ya, doesn't it?

In an effort to raise awareness for Children's Miracle hospitals, IHOP is offering a free short stack to every customer that walks into the restaurant today. Which is awesome. But, at the same time, it's IHOP, and we like to think our palates are slightly more refined.

Instead, consider a pancake breakfast at a hotel today. Not a guest? Not a problem. These hotel restaurants are all open and accessible to non-guests—trust us, the food is so good, they're worth the trip. And yes, we've managed to come up with more suggestions than just the pancake machines at Holiday Inn Express hotels. If we wanted to make our own, we'd just have stayed at home!

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Is This The Prettiest Breakfast Room In Paris?

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  Site Where: 8 Rue de Bellechasse, Paris, France, 75007
February 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why, isn’t this just the prettiest darn little breakfast room you ever did see? It’s the vision that greeted us in the morning at Hotel Le Bellechasse in Paris recently.

The hotel was designed by Christian Lacroix, meaning that the rooms are really something – butterflies, horses, zodiac signs on the ceilings, for example – but the public areas are just as special.

The walls were amazing – Roman columns and Pompeian frescoes here, orange trees and parrots there, a still life, a medieval picture of a grocery store, and an Impressionist lady sitting at a table in the corner by the entrance.

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