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Shady Westin Valet Makes Off With Reggie Wayne's Bentley

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  Site Where: 50 South Capitol Avenue [map], Indianapolis, IN, United States, 46204
December 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you happen to enjoy getting your car stolen by delinquent 21-year-old valets, then, boy, do we have a hotel for you. This weekend, Gunner Belcher (what a name!), a valet employed at the Westin Indianapolis, was pulled over at 2am on Sunday morning by cops who suspected he might be drunk driving.

Well, he was.

But what cops also found out was that Belcher, "with glassy eyes and slurred speech," was behind the wheel of a 2007 Bentley belonging to Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne had dropped the car off at the Westin just a few hours earlier, and, around 9pm, Belcher decided it was time to take her for a spin.

To make a bad situation worse, Belcher then lied to cops and told them he was "Wayne's cousin by marriage," which is completely absurd, yet exactly the kind of quick-thinking logic we'd expect from someone on a mindless, drunken joyride through the streets of Indianapolis at 2am on a Sunday.

Without a seatbelt, no less.

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What's Inside the Box House Hotel?

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  Site Where: 77 Box St [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11222
November 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

With plenty of subway lines still down in NYC, we decided to take a ride around Brooklyn yesterday afternoon on our bike. Lo and behold, cruising down a small side street in Greenpoint, what do we find, but an adorable little boutique hotel tucked away under the Pulaski Bridge, the northernmost section of Brooklyn.

Though we've never heard of it, the Box House Hotel has in fact been open for a year and a half, and is just now starting to get some attention. For starters: the shout-out they got in this weekend's travel section of the NY Times. The Brooklyn hotel scene, says the Times, is blowing up, with certain places (ahem, King & Grove Williamsburg) charging about as much as the average Manhattan hotel.

Our first question, therefore, was how much does a standard room here go for during the off-peak: $159/night. Not bad!

So what's it like inside?

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P Diddy Crashed His Car Outside the Beverly Hills Hotel

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
October 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

Another month, another celebrity car accident outside a hotel. This time, x17online reports that P Diddy and his chauffeur were cruising near the entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday afternoon when another driver swerved in front of him, causing Diddy's SUV to slam into the other vehicle.

Unsurprisingly, several photographers were on the scene lickety split, and caught shots of Diddy looking slightly dazed and confused, laying down on the Bev Hills' lawn.

The front of his Cadillac Escalade was pretty smashed up, and as of now it is unconfirmed whether Diddy, his driver, or the other party, sustained any injuries. (Though for the sake of future hotel bathtub music video hilarity, we hope he's ok!)

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Make Your Night At St Regis Go 'Vroom' By Sleeping In the Bentley Suite

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  Site Where: 2 E 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
August 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

You gotta hand it to Starwood. When it comes to partnerships, they certainly know how to align themselves with the right brands to make people really sit up and take notice (a few that come to mind: W and Instagram, Westin and Amazon, Aloft and Bud Light...oh, and Pitchfork).

Back in April, St Regis made a lot of guests happy by ordering fleets of the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur model to be "stationed" at their hotels around the world. Now, St Regis New York has decided to take the partnership one step further by creating a dedicated Benley Suite. And it's taking reservations for next month.

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6 Father's Day Hotels To Make Dad Feel Like A Man

June 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's coming up on Father's Day, and once again, we're here to make your gift-giving experience go as smoothly as possible. How, you ask? By providing a range of perfect hotel experiences to suit all dad types! From smoking lounges to motorcycles to "sports" manicures (if you want to make a spa treatment guy-friendly, then that prefix is compulsory), we've rounded up six hotels with the best man-centric activities.

So, what are you waiting for? Read on! You've only got six days to book!

Though it's home to three championship golf courses, a shooting school and one of the best father-and-son fishing getaway spots, The Cloister at Sea Island off the coast of southern Georgia has one other man-centric feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the resorts: a Smoking Lounge. The wood-paneled room helped win the hotel a coveted spot on T+L's "World's Best Resorts" in 2006, and provides the ultimate man-cation hangout spot, with cozy leather armchairs, a fireplace, and an on-site Cigar Sommelier to help dad pick out his smoke of choice.

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Four Seasons San Francisco Now Has a Nissan LEAF Available for Guests

May 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco's a pretty green town but when the U.S. Open golf tournament comes to town on June 11, the place will get even greener. And if you happen to be staying at the Four Seasons San Francisco, you just might be the greenest of them all thanks to the Nissan Leaf that's available for you to rent.

Booking the hotel's new Nissan LEAF package will get you a room at the hotel, two tickets to the California Academy of Arts and Sciences, breakfast for two at the Seasons restaurants and complimentary rental of the Nissan LEAF. If you're not familiar with the LEAF, it's a completely electric vehicle which uses no gasoline and can go about a 100 miles on a single charge. And thanks to the LEAF, The Four Seasons is now the city's first and only hotel to have an electric vehicle rental program as well as charging station.

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What's That Formula One Car Doing In The W Barcelona's Lobby?

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  Site Where: Passeig Joan de Borbó , Barcelona, Spain, 08039
May 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

No, the W Barcelona hasn't turned into one of those European shopping malls with cars being raffled off by pretty women in tight dresses. The answer is pretty simple, actually: Starwood is gearing up to announce a new partnership to sponsor the Mercedes-Petronas Formula One team, and just in time for the press conference tomorrow, an actual formula one race car has been put on display in the lobby, for guests to admire.

We're used to just seeing cool art, a cocktail bar, and maybe some of that weird signature W grass in lobbies. But a race car? That'll do nicely!

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What Really Happened at The Hotel Ritz During Last Week's Fire

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  Site Where: 15 Place Vendome, Paris, France, 75041
March 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Contrary to alarmist reports last week, the Hotel Ritz in Paris did not burn down during that random fire that broke out along Place Vendome. True, the hotel was covered in large amounts of black smoke but we now know the hotel's interiors are safe...until the hotel closes down this summer to make way for its planned renovations of course.

A French reader emailed us the latest info on the fire:

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There's Nothing Subtle About the Langham's New Taxi

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  Site Where: 250 Franklin St [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02110
December 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Though we don't know what exactly goes into converting a British car to fit fit US driving standards, we're grateful the work's already been done by Langham Boston. Eager to show off their imported London-style taxi, the hotel has started a promotion which will award a plane ticket to London, plus a three-night stay at sister hotel the Langham London, to anyone who spots the taxi on the streets of Boston and posts a photo onto the Langham's Facebook page.

Sound easy? Well it's about to get easier. As you can tell from the above photo, the taxi has been painted a bright, though still rather elegant, shade of pink, in honor of the hotel's signature color. So now, instead of just hunting through Boston for a rare model of car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, now you'll be hunting for a rare model of car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, and one that happens to be pink. Already, this contest sounds a lot easier than the art thief tournament going on in Melbourne.

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Above and Beyond Hotel Bike Rentals: Hotel Vespas

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  Site Where: Nieuwezijds Kolk 19, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012
November 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're not going to lie; this autumnal weather makes us want to do two things: drink lots of hot "seasonal" beverages and ride mopeds around on quaint cobblestone streets. Fortunately both of these can be had in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and even at your hotel if you choose the right one. For sure, we know two properties in the Dutch capital that rent Vespas right from the front desk: Hotel JL No. 76 and Inntel Centre.

Of course if you're unwilling to fork over around 40 Euro/day for the privilege of breezing by the masses of cyclists in the city, you can always join them with a bike rental.

Know of any other hotels with Vespa rentals? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The Carneros Inn's Audi Partnership: Cars and Carafes in Wine Country

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  Site Where: 4048 Carneros Highway [map], Napa, CA, United States, 94559
October 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t usually mix wine-country getaways with fancy cars—after all, we’d never advocate drinking and driving—but a recent experience at the tony Carneros Inn in Napa has us thinking that cars and carafes (with a driver!) might just be our new favorite mash-up. That’s because this luxury resort is one of only four in the country that has partnered with Audi to have a couple of primo vehicles that will shuttle guests around the property.

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Inside the New Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate

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  Site Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom, SW1E 6AF
August 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most hotels would be satisfied with just having a luxury Jaguar ride onsite to squire guests around town but the 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel in London has gone all out with the first-ever Jaguar Suite, set to open in September.

The 1,832-square-foot, two-bedroom residential-style suite is the result of a new partnership between two TATA-owned companies, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and of course, Jaguar. So what's inside?

Well, Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum and his designers have taken materials from the cars--leather, metal and high gloss veneer--and worked them into the suite like the sleek wood panelling in the entry, the Jaguar damask that lines the bedroom walls, a clean-fuel fireplace that looks like the Jag's rear window and get this, custom-made Jaguar wallpaper. Let the Shaguar jokes begin!

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