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The dreaded APRIL 15 is here. Yes, it's time to break out your checkbooks and pay the tax man.
But according to these hotels, it's also time to break out your credit card and book a discounted hotel stay in honor of Tax Day. See? We're so good at
spending money accentuating the positive! Here are 5 hotels with discounted rates to book in the next few days along with two hotels offering stress-relief from tax filings.
And if you're looking for suggestions on where to spend your tax refund (fingers crossed!), look no further than these Hotels With Killer Views.
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If you haven’t caught Colin Field, head bartender of Hemingway at Hotel Ritz Paris, at 30,000 feet on Air France, next week you will have the chance to drink his cocktails at lower altitude. Much lower in fact, as he will be setting up at the Bar in the Connaught London, during a week-long residence from April 7 to April 13.
Colin will be joining Agostino Perrone, director of mixology for the Connaught Bar, to create a special drinks menu that brings together their individual styles.
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Meet Alex Kratena, the award-winning bartender at the Artesian bar at The Langham London. Some of his accolades include winner of “The World’s Best Cocktail Menu” at Tales of the Cocktail (2011), and “International Bartender of the Year” (2012). Artesian, under Kratena's helm has also won "Best European Bar” at the Cocktails & Spirits Awards in Paris, and has been deemed “The World’s Best Bar" by Drinks International Magazine.
Kratena is also the bartender who made us a gin martini that we actually enjoyed enough to finish to the last drop. No small feat there.
We caught up with Kratena at the Langham Pasadena where he unveiled his latest concoction, The Social Club, a limited edition drink, inspired by the hotel and made with vodka, lilt, vetiver, citrus and rose water, a nod to the city's famous Rose Parade.
It's an absolutely refreshing drink, perfect for a hot day in Pasadena. We were a little skeptical of the rose water (which we've only ever used on our skin) but it's not overpowering at all. It's quite perfect, actually. The chocolate lips on the stem were an added treat too.
When in Paris, it's hard to say no to champagne and Chablis at every meal but while dining at the Cafe Atlantic restaurant at Pullman Hotel Montparnasse we had to resist the bubbly and fine wine to try the hotel brand's signature drink instead. As if we're going to pass up a cocktail named after and inspired by a hotel brand! (Unless it has gin. This editor doesn't do gin.)
The Pullman Cocktail is made with vodka, Midori, lychee liqueur, pineapple juice and sweet and sour. As you can tell, it's a fruity drink that probably would taste better on a hot day, perhaps in one of Pullman's more tropical locales but nevertheless, it's tasty. Whether it's worth 18 Euros is another matter. (Parisian prices!)
If you do want to switch to wine after the Pullman cocktail, the hotel (like all other Pullman Hotels) boasts a specially curated Vinoteca by Pullman wine list created by award-winning sommelier Olivier Poussier with much more reasonable prices. Here's a snapshot of some of the wines listed. And yes, all diners get to peruse an iPad instead of a traditional paper menu before ordering. Just another way Pullman is integrating technology into the hotel experience.
Stay tuned for a look at the renovated rooms and public spaces of the Pullman Paris Montparnasse next week!
It's cold, snowy and miserable, and Cinco de Mayo is just too far away. So what are NYC hotels to do to cheer us all up? Why, celebrate National Margarita Day, of course. (Yes, that really is a thing). It's officially tomorrow, but, we say, why not get started tonight?
Here's where and what to drink (and how to make your own):
Classic Margarita ($19, in above photo) from the Vintage Specialty Cocktails menu at Trouble’s Trust in The New York Palace 1.5 oz Patron Silver 1 oz Cointreau 1.5 Fresh Lime Juice 0.5 oz Simple Syrup Serve on the rocks or in a Martini glass. Garnish with salt.
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What's the Super Bowl without a few drinks? We're not talking a weak can of Bud, this year you can sip on a specially created Super Bowl themed cocktail from the following Manhattan hotels:
At JAZZ at KITANO at the Kitano New York house mixologist Pablo Villareal has created two special cocktails in honor of each of the teams:
Gridiron Margarita (Inspired by the Seahawks) $16. Pictured above.
2 oz. Don Julio Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 red chili pepper
1 lime slice
Muddle strawberries, lime & chili with simple syrup. Add tequila and ice, shake. Serve in rocks glass on ice. Garnish with sliced strawberry and chili pepper.
Zone Blitz (For the Broncos) $16
2 oz Absolute Pepper Vodka
Top off with lemon lime soda
Splash of blue caracao for color
Serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass.
The Beaufort Bar at Savoy
While some hotel rooftops continue to go strong no matter how far the mercury drops, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere you will have in most cases – reluctantly or not – headed indoors to seek refuge from winter by now. As much as we love being outdoors on a balmy summer evening, curling up inside with a drink during the colder months, roaring fire possibly nearby, has a charm all its own.
Here are four London hotel bars we will be heading to until the daffodils come out to play again.
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Looking at cocktails menus these days, it’s clear bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves), are shaking and stirring drinks intended to warm your insides—perfect for the crisp, fall weather many of us are experiencing.
These are some seasonal sips from some of our favorite hotel bars.
If you’ve never heard of “Movember” before, you can read about the male mustache-focused charity here. This year the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is supporting the cause with its Whiskey & Whiskers drink served at their Bernard’s bar. 20% of the proceeds from the $16 drink will be donated to the Movember Foundation. We love the mustache-stencil garnish created with sprinkles of ginger-cinnamon powder.
Sip the Pink Cotton Candy Cocktail in support of breast cancer research
As we mentioned last week, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many hotels are "Thinking Pink", offering packages and programs to support breast cancer research. This week, you can do your part to help in this simple, but fun way--ordering these hotels' blush-hued beverages. Cool cocktails for a cause? We're so in!
The Pinkellini cocktail at deca bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is a sweet and sour sipper of sour cherries, yuzu, lime and tangerine juices added to Brut Champagne. The cocktail is $14 and half of the proceeds for each drink will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation, a local breast cancer research initiative.
During daily happy hour this month, the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco's Brasserie S&P bar will feature an assortment of pink drinks like the Victorian Drop made with Purity vodka, rose water, lemon, and hibiscus rose sugar. $1 from each beverage will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The restaurants and Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills will shake up limited edition Pink Stoli Strawberry Cosmo cocktails. They're made with Stoli Strawberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice. Order this sipper to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
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While staying in DC's Georgetown district, we saw many an image of George -- Washington, naturally. What we didn't expect, when we headed out to find another hotel bar, was to stumble into some kind of Hollywood shrine, complete with giant plastic bamboo shoots, gigantic sun umbrellas, and an oversized framed photograph of another, but certainly not lesser, George: Gorgeous George Clooney!
The James Chicago has always been a bona fide "cool" spot for boutique hotel lovers as well as "food enthusiasts" but now it's destined to be the place for (refined) drinkers with its new JIMMY Chicago bar.
A spin-off of the popular spot JIMMY at the James Hotel in New York, this Windy City Jimmy is done by the same partners, David Rabin, Larry Poston and Johnny Swet. While it doesn't have a killer rooftop location, it does have a semi-secret entrance.
JIMMY is located behind the new Burke's Bacon Bar, the sandwich shop from Chef David Burke. And yes, that's located inside the hotel as well. Here are some step-by-step directions to getting into JIMMY:
Enter through the side of the hotel, then walk to the back of Burke’s Bacon Bar thorough a small vestibule room lined with sparkling chrome ball chain curtains.
Once inside, you'll find a "jewel box of a cocktail bar" designed by Thomas Schlesser, reminiscent of the 1970s with earth tones, bronze surfaces, lounge chairs, a wood-paneled bar and sexy low lighting.
But what will catch your eye the most is the cocktail menu, which is inspired by cinema. JIMMY partner and NYC star mixologist, Johnny Swet, has hand-crafted each drink such as the Bondsman (apple brandy, vodka, lime, cranberry juice, agave and seltzer) and the Mexican Julep (tequila, watermelon, lime, agave and cilantro muddled in a silver cup with crushed ice.)
Our favorite West Village 1920s-style hotel, The Jade is taking a cue from our favorite 1920s-set television show, Boardwalk Empire to bring its guests a Prohibition Package. No bootlegging required.
The fourth season of Boardwalk Empire begins on Sunday, and to get you in the mood, The Jade is offering accommodation in a Standard Room, two tickets to the Blue Note Jazz Club, an in-room cupcake treat from boozy bakery Prohibition Cupcakes, two specialty prohibition-era cocktails and a cocktail demonstration at their restaurant with a speakeasy vibe, Grape & Vine. Note: we recommend the Grape & Vine's "Bee's Knees" (gin, honey, and fresh lemon).