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Now that Loews Hotels has officially taken over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, it's as good a time as any to unveil a new hotel brand.
The Loews Regency San Francisco will join the Loews Regency New York, which reopened last year after a major innovation, and these two properties will be the start of the Loews Regency brand. This also means Loews will now have three brands--the flagship Loews brand, the Loews Regency and the upcoming OE Collection.
Here's what you can expect from a Loews Regency brand. If you like important breakfast meetings, then pay attention.
· Location: Situated in the most sought after locations within a destination.
· Service: Approachable luxury with a personalized style that is warm and engaging.
· Energy : Featuring vibrant lobby bars and lounges, as well as a culture that exudes sophisticated, modern and comfortable touch points. Additionally, each location will have its own Power Breakfast. The famed Power Breakfast was first established in New York and is now a storied institution that attracts top professionals and celebrities to the Loews Regency New York.
So far, there's only New York and San Francisco in the Regency mix but maybe the recently-opened Loews Chicago hotel could be a contender too. We'll keep you posted.
Yesterday, we gave you a brief look at the first AC Hotel by Marriott to open in the U.S. We'll have more on the rest of the property and the AC experience next week but we thought we'd leave you with this snapshot of a staple breakfast item at all AC Hotels going forward--croissants.
The buttery, perfectly flaky breakfast pastry is served daily in the AC Kitchen along with other sweet and savory fare, as well as the all-important coffee. (You can get it hot or iced.) But these aren't any old croissants. The dough was made in France, frozen and shipped to New Orleans. It is near perfection. (Perfection is obviously a croissant made and eaten in Paris.)
Breakfast at the AC Kitchen costs $14 for all you can eat. There's no lunch at the kitchen but in the evenings, the adjacent AC Lounge serves up small plates alongside specialty cocktails. We'll have more on that next week as well. Stay tuned!
The note is all a part of Hampton Inn's plan to assure guests that while Hampton might not be a five-star luxury hotel, the beds (and arguably the most important thing in a hotel room) are clean. And now, Hampton is updating the comforting of the bedding too.
The Clean & Fresh Hampton Bed has new fluffy duvet inserts and covers with streamlined bottom corners. The beds will also have four pillows instead of three and at least one of those pillows will be the Down Dreams Soft pillow, reportedly a guest favorite.
The post-it notes are also getting switched up, although we aren't exactly sure what they will say. If you see them in the wild, let us know!
Meanwhile, Hampton's free breakfast is also getting some new options as well as a new name.
Back in 2009, we put out a poll that asked HotelChatter readers what they thought was the best free breakfast amongst U.S. budget chain hotels. The answers ranged from humorous to discouraging, from "Hampton gets me percolating" to "Lets be honest, all the free breakfasts are pretty gross!"
Well, here we are four years later, and we have a whole new host of free breakfast options out there, including Element, Hyatt House, and Home2 Suites to go along with the usual suspects (Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard, etc).
Although we still think European hotels do a better job of providing solid complimentary breakfasts, it's good to see the concept catching on in the States. We'd love to see it keep going and become a normal inclusion in the rate at all hotels, and we think the ensuing competition would lead to better breakfasts overall.
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The Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue shuttered its doors last January leaving the NYC's power breakfasters suddenly homeless. But come January 16th, the landmark hotel will be making eggs and bacon again, amongst other things.
The hotel is finishing up an extensive $100 million renovation, that's been spearheaded by Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, and which has overhauled 379 guest rooms (above) including 58 suites as well as created a new restaurant and a new salon and spa, along with new private meeting spaces and a fitness center.
While we already knew that the salon and anti-aging spa will be run by celebrity stylist Julien Farel, we're a little more interested in the return of the restaurant, especially since it was so well-loved by so many powerful people.
Loews promises a new dining concept managed by New York restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. (Their Sant Ambroeus restaurant on West 4th is favored by celebs and models alike.) Together they will work Executive Chef Dan Silverman to bring a market-fresh menu filled with "modern interpretations of classic dishes" combined with "international flavors and palates."
But will Larry King still be able to get his Cheerios with blueberries? We hope so.
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No hotel breakfast can (or should) ever compete with a proper home-cooked meal in the comfort of your own kitchen, but it certainly helps when the breakfast is free. And that's what Fairfield Inn & Suites is planning to do at every one of their hotels, starting tomorrow.
On Friday April 5, the Marriott-owned brand will join the ranks of competitors like Hampton Inn and Hyatt Place by offering complimentary hot breakfasts for all guests. On the menu will be freshly scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, sausage patties, turkey bacon, Belgian waffles, and Quaker oatmeal (all, of course, in addition to the regular cold spread of yogurts, cereal, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels and pastries). Mmm…we're getting hungry just thinking about it.
And speaking of hungry: if you live in Manhattan, you'll get to celebrate the launch by claiming a free breakfast burrito at a food truck that will be parked outside Penn Station, on the corner of 33rd and Seventh Avenue.
The free meals will be handed out to the first 2,500 morning commuters who pass by. Though, if you happen to be an actual Fairfield guest, then you don't need to worry, as the complimentary hot breakfast menu kicks in at all of Fairfield's 700 properties throughout the US, Canada and Mexico on the same day.
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Remember when we said the Loews Regency was prepping for a $70 million renovation? Well, the hotel is now scheduled to close on Jan 1 when the work begins. No big deal. The city has about a million other hotels to choose from.
However, the news has proved slightly traumatic for a particularly attached group of executives, investment bankers and media personalities, all accustomed to having their "power breakfasts" inside the hotel. To accommodate them, the hotel has signed a contract with a nearby Park Avenue restaurant to recreate the scene between 7am and 10am each morning, ensuring Larry King gets his usual Cheerios with blueberries, and Rev. Al Sharpton's whole wheat toast is browned just the way he likes it.
Loews Chariman Jonathan Tisch told the Post: "When we announced the closing, people stopped me on the verge of tears." Yikes.
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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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If you've ever had the luxury of staying at Le Meurice in Paris, then hopefully you've had the luxury of dining on some of their sumptuous treats like Flowerbomb cake or their macaroons or their Queen cake or the vegetarian club sandwich down in 228 Bar.
But now, instead of cakes and sandwiches, it's room service breakfast that's getting the royal treatment at the hotel. And it sounds amazing.
The NY Times reports on new type of room service that's being developed by the hotel's master chef, Yannick Alléno, using an exquisite handcrafted trunk from trunk maker Moynat:
The master chef from Hotel Le Meurice had the idea of making hotel breakfasts as exquisite as a Michelin starred dinner. So his concept was literally built into a trunk — a roll-along case with five doors opening on fine bone china, cutlery and condiments. A meal can then be cooked in the room in front of the guests. To demonstrate, Mr. Alléno produced eggs, butter and herbs, turned on the gas and proceeded to cook, saying: “There are no limits for breakfast: poached eggs, scrambled, omelettes and if a guest wants an English breakfast, we have bacon.”
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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!
A quick tip for a stay at the ridiculously well located Peninsula Tokyo: pay the extra to secure a Deluxe Park View, because that "Park" bit actually means Imperial Palace gardens. They may be out of focus in the photo above, but can you blame us for being far more focused on a large Japanese breakfast spread at the moment?
Rooms on the park side of the hotel have commanding views of the Imperial Palace and its acresbring mini binoculars to watch the processions, full of pomp, without having to even venture outside and join the throng of photo-snapping tourists.
At night the view is just as pleasant, since having all of these private gardens next door means it's one of the only areas in the metropolis to get truly darka luxury on its own.
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We've never known a hotel to be modest about showing off its awesome views. Still, we usually reserve our best window-gazing for later in the evening, when skylines are a-twinkle and sunsets are killer. But guests at the Kimberly Hotel in Manhattan get to enjoy awesome views of the city first thing in the morning, with free breakfasts in the rooftop lounge, Upstairs.
A buffet spread will offer French toast, pancakes, oatmeal, pastries, omelets, bacon and hash browns. Though the usual cost of the meal is $25 per person, all guests will get it for free through the end of the month. Turns out February isn't such a bad time to stay in hotels after all.