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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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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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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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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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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)."
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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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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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.
Great news, hotel geeks! The Conrad New York has a website! Well, kinda. We skipped on over to the home page for the upcoming hotel (the first Conrad Hotel from Hilton Hotels in the city) and saw some new descriptions to the property but no photos. (Or no XML, rather.) Still, what we read got us excited.
Complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast provided to each guest daily. Complimentary Nightly Manager's reception featuring your favorite snacks, beverages and cocktails.
Hear that? Breakfast in the morning and cocktails in the eve'n! Woot! Not to mention there's already a Shake Shack on site.
Nothing says fresh breakfast like a pancake machine?
UPDATE: This picture from a tipster was actually taken at a Holiday Inn EXPRESS which will not be getting the new social hubs. Long story short, the pancake machine lives! Thanks @Expresser24 for pointing this out.
Pancakes slide out on a conveyor belt off to the side "in about a minute." It's not exactly homemade but if you have a hankering for pancakes on the road, we guess it will do.
As for the new Holiday Inn breakfast offerings, the first place to get it will be the Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center in Atlanta. After this, the rest of Holiday Inn's 3,000+ hotels worldwide will start to roll out their new social hubs which aside from better food will include a tech concierge, a 24/7 Grab 'n Go market, a video gaming area, a bar, a modern dining area and in some cases, firepits with cabanas. Pancake machines not allowed.
In a late-night town like Miami, breakfast is all-important. So we feel it is our duty to let you know about the impending move of one of the beach's favorite breakfast joints. The Front Porch Cafe Ocean Drive is moving on over to Collins Ave next month--into this spot at the Z Ocean Hotel.
Now that we've finally gotten our heads around the constant name changes at this hotel, we think we can adjust to a new sidewalk cafe as well. Especially when there is a breakfast pizza--available at all hours--involved.
AdvilJunky guessed it right. We recently spent some time at the Element Las Vegas which is actually a ways off the strip in the suburb of Summerlin. Considering how much we disliked Starwood's Aloft Hotel, we were concerned about what Element would be like.
But we have to admit, we're in love. We only planned on staying two nights and then we decided to stay two more. We'll have more on the room we stayed in and all the amenities at our disposal (pool, fitness center and a laundry room are some of the perks) but let's talk breakfast.