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Trump Soho Makes Its Penthouse 'Sweet' with Its Insanely Expensive New Package

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  Site Where: 246 Spring Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
July 8, 2015 at 9:44 AM | by | ()

Penthouse + obscenely expensive chocolate = sweet suite

That Donald Trump – he may have controversial political views but he doesn’t half know the value of chocolate. What is the value? $260 for 1.5oz, apparently.

Because only the finest chocolate will do for The Donald, Trump SoHo has launched a package celebrating what purports to be (and almost certainly is) the most expensive pure chocolate in the world: To’ak (us neither, it's from Ecuador).

The going rate for a 1.5oz bar of To’ak is $260, but the hotel is upselling it for its Sweetest Thing To’Ak Tasting Package. It’s really pretty sweet, if you let yourself entertain the idea of blowing half your annual salary in a night. You’ll get:

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Stay at Hotel Hershey for Kisses in Bed

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 7033-0400
April 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

You already know about Hotel Hershey. You know about the chocolate martinis and edible chocolate facials.

But did you know the chocolate theme stretches as far as the sheets on the bed?

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Expect Sugar Highs in Mayfair as Claridge's Unveils its 2015 Easter Egg

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  Site Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 4HR
March 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Easter is on its way, and that means chocolate. And while not every hotel can have a chocolate store inside, they can at least do things like commission their own bespoke Easter eggs. At least, if they’re Claridge’s, they can.

The 2015 Claridge’s Easter Egg, which has officially been “unveiled” by pastry chef Ross Sneddon, is on sale in the hotel shop, McQueens, now. It’s an Art Deco egg, inspired by the checkerboard lobby. There are 100 limited edition eggs up for grabs – made of dark, milk and white Valrhona chocolate. Inside each is a stuffing of chocolate mini eggs (“quail eggs”, as Claridge’s calls them). It’s wrapped in monochrome Art Deco foil and put in an eau de nil box – so you will at least have those remains once you’ve massacred the egg.

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Only in Belgium Will You Find a Hotel with a Chocolate Laboratory Downstairs

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  Site Where: Rue du Marché aux Herbes 110, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
March 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Chocolates at turndown are all well and good, but here’s a hotel that’s going a step further – a chocolate store and workshop. This could only be in Belgium, of course – and it’s at the new NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe.

The hotel was previously a Best Western, but was taken over by NH this month. It’s in the Grasmarkt – a pretty square of medievalish buildings in the old town (though it’s very touristed, quite noisy, and even a little bit drunky – and most of those old buildings are now hotels). You’re right at the foot of the hill that leads to the Royal Palace, and a quick walk across from the Grand Place.

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Eat Your Chocolate Face Mask at Hotel Hershey

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 17033
June 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | ()

Last week we told you about the chocolate-making classes at Jade Mountain and the chocolate massages at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Could the hotel chocolate theme get any better? Yes: at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania.

The hotel is, of course, part of the chocolate extravaganza that is Hershey PA, The Sweetest Place On Earth™, and the spa has chocolate all over the place, from cocoa massages to a chocolate-dipped coconut immersion wrap.

But it’s the edible chocolate facial that’s really sparked our imagination. Yes, edible. Chocolate. Facial.

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Love Chocolate? Try A Full Body Rubdown, Says The Hotel Sacher

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  Site Where: Philharmonikerstraße 4 , Vienna, Austria, 1010
June 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

If you thought life couldn’t get sweeter than yesterday's chocolate tastings at Jade Mountain, think again. Specifically, think of Vienna’s legendary Hotel Sacher.

The hotel is, as the name suggests, where the Sacher Torte cake was invented, and as such there’s a subtle-yet-classy chocolate theme in the hotel, from the inroom toiletries to the spa and its signature Time to Chocolate treatments, using the Sacher’s own line of chocolate beauty products, made from the same cocoa beans as the chocolate icing for their Sacher Torte. And yes, they smell divine.

There are four treatments to choose from, starting from A Symphony in Chocolate, which lays on a steam bath, cacao bean peeling massage, chocolate body mask and a final chocolate massage over a 110-minute period. The other three - A Dream of Chocolate, A Taste of Chocolate, and A Sensation of Chocolate - are 60-minute combinations of two of the Symphony’s elements: so scrub and body mask, scrub and a chocolate rub down, and body mask, scrub and chocolate body care.

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Jade Mountain Laughs At Your Inferior Turndown Chocolates

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  Site Where: PO Box 4000, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
June 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

A hotel with its own cocoa plantation? Pretty cool. A hotel with its own cocoa plantation that organizes weekly tasting sessions of the inhouse chocolate? Even better.

A “chocolate laboratory” is the newest amenity at St Lucia’s Jade Mountain, in which you can learn how to make your own chocolate. Pretty good, and not too expensive at $45 per person for an hour-long session.

But better still are the new “chocolate sensory tastings”, held every Tuesday at 10am. You’ll get to taste all incarnations of chocolate and soon-to-be chocolate, from the cocoa bean to cocoa mass; and after you’ve put in all that hard work, they’ll reward you with Emerald Estate (the house label) chocolate bars and homemade truffles.

Oh, and the tastings are free.

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Funky Friday: The 'Chicolate Room' at the Four Seasons Milan

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  Site Where: Via Gesù, 6/8, Milan, Italy, 20121
May 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

The subject of chocolate has many times filled our stories, as hotel pastry chefs from around the world show off their talents and compete for our hard earned calories. The Four Seasons Hotel Milan, not to our surprise, goes the extra mile (or pound) in its very own creation of an entire room devoted to and made of chocolate. This is a feature of the hotel’s Il Brunch del Teatro and being so totally unique and off the chocolate charts, is this week’s Funky Friday.

The chocolate room has been a popular display since 2008, each year presenting a different theme. This season, Pastry Chef Johannes Walk created The Chicolate Room, celebrating fashion and glamour. It is gorgeous and a perfect fit, so to speak, for Italy’s capital of all things design.

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One Very Decadent Cup of Hot Chocolate at The Four Seasons Vail

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  Site Where: One Vail Road [map], Vail, CO, United States, 81657
March 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM | by | ()

We're hearing another snow storm's coming in and that's making us want to cuddle up with something hot and body-warming (get your mind out the guttah!). A cup of hot chocolate would hit the spot, but not some old packet of Swiss Miss, which is all we have access to right now. Sigh.

So, we're doing what we always do, daydreaming about something decadent--namely the Haut Chocolat from the Four Seasons Vail where it's 9F. And boy, do they serve it up right! The ingredients arrives in a French ceramic pot and presented on a silver tray at the hotel's Fireside Lounge.

The drink is prepared tableside, and to make it thick and rich, your server muddles Valrhona chocolate with steamed milk, then pours the mixture over two giant hand-made marshmallows and a chocolate lattice that begins to melt from the liquid heat. But that's not all. Then it’s topped with whipped cream and chocolate streusel. Then they go OTT and add chocolate shavings and even more whipped cream. The price for this indulgence? $16.

We're thinking it's snuggle time now, don't you?

[Photo: Four Seasons Vail]

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Where To Stay In NYC If You're A Choco-holic

August 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

We know we can't be the only ones who pay serious attention to the dessert options in a hotel before booking a room there. And whether that's a new donut shop at the Four Seasons, or wine-paired girl scout cookies, all we really care about is getting our daily sugar fix.

But as it turns out, New York is a particularly good place to visit if you're a choco-holic. And we're not just talking about the M&M store in Times Square...

Downstairs in The Plaza, one of the city's most decadent chocolate havens is FP Patisserie, which offers Francois Payard's signature truffles, tarts, cakes, hot chocolate, and, one of our favorites—peanut butter and raspberry jelly chocolates.

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First Look: The J House in Greenwich, CT

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  Site Where: 1114 E. Putnam Ave. [map], Greenwhich, CT, United States, 06878
June 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM | by | ()

Ah, Greenwich, Connecticut, home to finance and insurance companies plus blonde monied madams (both young and old) sporting twin-sets and driving fast cars. Corporate viking GE is in nearby Fairfield, and they also come to play here. So, it's fitting that an old HoJo hotel was torn down to make way for the new J House opened last month care of Brenwood Hospitality Group. We drove our beat-up minivan to the hotel, handed it to the valet with nary a blink, and went inside for a look.

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Worshipping at The Chocolate Boutique at The Shangri-La Bangkok

May 31, 2012 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

We at Hotel Chatter like to indulge our desires on a regular basis (cake from the Mandarin Oriental Paris, anyone?) and few come any more passionate than chocolate.

The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok with its splendid setting on the banks of the Chaopraya River is home to a confectionery cornucopia called, simply, The Chocolate Boutique.

The classy signature outlet is located on the lobby level and a heaven for chocoholics. After being greeted at the imposing entrance to the hotel by pith helmeted and putteed doormen, a homage to colonial style, head inside the chandeliered lobby, go forward and turn right and there you see it. The duck egg blue and rich mahogany exteriors and subdued lighting are enticing and suggest the dark pleasures that await.

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