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The look of amour
Their eyes met across a crowded hotel lobby. He was caught in a slough of depression. She was the kind of girl who likes to rescue her men. The moment they saw each other, they realized they were meant for each other. They would treasure Le Bristol forever, for bringing them together...
At least, that’s the narrative we’re giving to the happy couple currently installed at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris. Feline couple, that is. Over the last week or so, according to the hotel’s laying-it-on-with-a-trowel Facebook page, Fa’aron, the Bristol’s resident cat, has been feeling down. They tried to cheer him up at the spa, in the garden, at the bar, in a ****** hotel room. He remained depressed. Qu’est-ce qu’on peut faire?
Ah oui. Cherchez la femme!
It's Friday. You know what you need to get you through the rest of the day? Cat pictures.
So without further ado, here are our current favorite hotel cats. These two, along with one other, reside at the Empress Zoe hotel in Istanbul: a one-of-a-kind boutique pad in Sultanahmet, just below Hagia Sophia.
All three are former street cats who walked in one day and never left. (Istanbul is all about the street cats.) They aren't BFFs with each other; but, luckily for you, they are with the guests. Cuddling opportunities, should you be so minded, are unlimited.
In case you were hoping to celebrate this year's World Cat Day, we're sad to say that you've just missed it. Instead, enjoy our photos of...cats in hats! Also, cats in dresses! And last but not least, cats in leather jackets!
The cat fancy fest went down yesterday evening within Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel as the property allowed its most famous resident, Matilda, lobby cat, to have a few friends over to celebrate the reopening after a complete renovation.
Now that NYC's historic Algonquin Hotel has renovated and reopened, and the resident lobby cat Matilda has returned to her roost, it's time to toast. But not so fast! Matilda is a cat after all, so you can't always rely on her to be hanging out near reception, awaiting any and all loving pats. Often she'll be sleeping on a luggage cart, or hiding behind a desk, oras was the case a few days agozonkered out in a cloakroom.
If the beloved kitty is nowhere in sight, at least there's some liquid consolation: the eponymous cocktail "Matilda" is $18 at the hotel, in the lobby and the Blue Bar, and it's tasty.
To attempt to make it home, here's the ingredients: Belvedere Pomaranza, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lemon & orange juice and splash of Perrier Jouet.
It's been a long winter (and spring) but soon things will be getting back to normal on "Hotel Row" aka 44th Street in New York City with tomorrow's reopening of the revamped Algonquin Hotel at precisely 10am. After six months and an $18 million facelift, everything will be back in its place, except better than before. And that includes the hotel's resident guest--Matilda!
To celebrate the hotel's reopening and the return of Matilda, you can book the Matilda Package which includes To celebrate its re-opening, the Algonquin has updated its popular Matilda Package to includes accommodations; continental breakfast for two; a welcome cocktail in the lobby, a Matilda coloring book, a feline-focused book called "Fabulous Felines" by Sandy Robins, a plush stuff Matilda cat and chocolates for the kids and a "CATabulous" eye mask to help you with your catnaps.
Rates for Matilda package start at $329 a night not including taxes. Meanwhile, regular room rates for tomorrow start at just $229.
Wanna see what the new rooms of the Algonquin look like? GO HERE for our extensive photo gallery!
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We came across this adorable email exchange a recent guest had with Hotel Monaco Portland in the weeks leading up to their stay, and thought we'd pass it along. Though Kimpton had us scratching our heads during the whole Elmo/NASA thing this summer, it turns out they actually have a pretty good sense of humor.
In the exchange, Kimpton asks an incoming guest if he would require any special services or amenities arranged prior to their arrival. The guest then jokingly invents two "absurd and outrageous" requests (a bed full of puppies, a bathtub full of Reese's Pieces), and suggests the hotel pretends he is in town to celebrate a "quintuple homicide acquittal."
The whole exchange was light-hearted and fleeting enough for the guest to have forgotten all about it by the time he checked into the hotel. So when he walked into his room, it was to his surprise that he found free Reese's Pieces, a handwritten note (congratulating him on his homicide acquittal) with a picture of a kitten, and a $10 minibar voucher. Not quite a bathtub full of candy, but way to go Kimpton!
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In case you haven't been keeping up with the royal kitty lineage over at The Algonquin, here's a refresher.
In November, Matilda II stepped down as the hotel's 13-year cat-in-residence. A replacement, going by the name of Matilda III (at The Algonquin, all females are named Matilda, and all males Hamlet), was acquired from the North Shore Animal League (we spied Matilda III posing on a luggage cart here). On Wednesday, Matilda III was officially welcomed into the fold with a Debutante Ball & Meow Wear Fashion Show. Unexpectedly, R&B singer Mya also made an appearance. What?
It was only a month ago that we stopped into the lobby of The Algonquin for tea and got the bonus of spotting the hotel's house cat, Matilda. We're so glad we did too, because Matilda (the second girl cat named Matilda in the hotel's history) retired over the holidays to go live in Brooklyn with her caregiver.
In her place steps Matilda III, another impossibly fluffy kitty, gotten from the North Shore Animal League. We made it a point to come by and meet the little lass, because ummm...it's a Friday and who doesn't like cat pictures?
And now, for a photo gallery of Matilda III in her natural habitat, The Algonquin's lobby:
So we ducked into New York's Algonquin Hotel today for a cup of tea and a glance at their Christmas tree, and were treated to a surprise cameo by the hotel's most famous guest: the resident cat, Matilda. Usually she's chilling at the front desk or on her kitty-sized chaise by the front door, but today she slinked around underneath the chairs, and it's only when we spotted a fluffy tail disappearing underneath the seat next to us that we realized she was out and about.
Without the time to grab our good camera, we stalked Matilda with our iPhone until she hopped up onto the luggage cart and gave this perfect pose. She is a Birman, "an exotic breed that resembles a fluffy Siamese," and she continues the hotel's tradition (started in the 1930s when the General Manager adopted a stray) of keeping a cat around.
Matilda not only delights guests by brushing up against their legs in the lobby, but she also hosts cat fashion shows every so often. Oh yea, and she tweets regularly.
It turns out there is a new permanent resident at the five star Hotel Le Bristol. His name is Fa-raon, he’s from Burma, and he’s white and fluffy and not even one year old yet. He is indeed le chat, yes that is the French for cat.
From his photo we can tell he will fit right in with the hotel's glamorous interiors, he is the ultimate glamour puss. We aren’t sure about the luminous green collar though; perhaps Fa-raon would have preferred a more classic black?