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A food-lover's paradise...too bad they'll have to walk allll the way from their hotel to get here
Someone please tell us how we missed this bit of Manhattan hotel madness news: Chelsea Market, which houses over a dozen of Manhattan's most beloved food vendors (Amy's Bread, Fat Witch Bakery, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Ronnybrook Dairy, The Lobster Place, among others) was for a while being considered as the site of a new hotel. However, it now looks like those plans may take a while to come to fruition, if ever.
Jamestown Properties, the building developer, wanted to celebrate the former Nabisco factory's history as the birthplace of the Oreo 100 years ago by adding two new towers onto the complex, one of which was slated to be a hotel. And while that expansion might still totally happen, it might be offices, rather than a cookie-themed hotel, that go up. Boo!
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2012 is Year of the Dragon, and In case you didn't know, the dragon is a pretty big deal on the Chinese zodiac. So, to match the excitement of the new year, New York's Cassa Hotel & Residences is running a pretty nifty Chinese New Year promotion.
Guests who "like" Cassa on Facebook (and prove it by showing their computer or smartphone to the Front Desk) will be given a fortune cookie. Which at first sounds like not such a great trade-off. But hidden inside one of the fortunes is a voucher that will let you book your next stay for only $47.10/night—roughly 80% off the normal rate. All those limestone tubs and minimalist rooms just by
eating opening a cookie? This might be our new favorite holiday.
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There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
We don't know quite what to make of this photo @ConanOBrien tweeted from his DC hotel room yesterday. On the one hand, we're happy that he was greeted by such a thoughtful, though slightly bizarre, gesture. On the other, we're a little jealous. Seriously, a phallic cookie? With frosting? Normally, we count ourselves lucky just to get a few apples when we check in. Ah, life at the top...
Here's some good news for anyone who's ever ooh'd and aah'd over DoubleTree's warm chocolate chip cookies: to celebrate the Hilton-owned brand's 25th anniversary, a "CAREavan" cookie truck will be making its way across "the roads of America" starting this Thursday, May 26. There's one way to ruin your appetite before dinner!
Wondering why DoubleTree would go to all this trouble just to wish itself a happy 25th birthday? The anniversary conveniently coincides with the steady unveiling of DoubleTree's $3 billion makeover that was begun in 2006, including: flat screen TVs, softer linens, and the addition of "by Hilton" to their logo.
But don't worry, fellow sweet-tooths, it's not all marketing mumbo jumbo—DoubleTree's global head, Rob Palleschi, revealed the singularly philanthropic appeal of the now internationally-renowned cookies: "We also understand that in today’s dehumanising travel environment small acts of kindness, like providing our warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, can have a positive impact on people all over the world."
We would have done a Guess The Hotel here, but that just seems a bit too easy, no? Even if you're not familiar with Newport, Rhode Island, and the Cliff Walk (that starts right here), the Adirondack chairs, the rolling green lawn, and the rolling waves tend to give it away. Welcome to The Chanler, a historic property right on the beach in Newport.
If the views don't reel you in, then maybe the pear cookies will.
Introduced just this week, the cookies are made right here on the premises, and are deceptively decadent. The welcome amenity used to be fresh fruit until the hotel decided cookies would be a tastier (and economical) choice.
Within a day of the cookies' debut they knew they were onto a winner.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you're stuck working today and tomorrow but even if you are, there's a free pick-me-up to be found at Doubletree Hotels.
Much like their free cookie giveaway at Halloween, the hotel chain is handing out free chocolate chip cookies starting today and lasting through New Year's Eve.
Just in time for the jolly old elf to slide down chimneys everywhere, Doubletree is offering complimentary freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies – Old Saint Nick’s favorite kind – to anyone who drops by any of its more than 200 locations in North America from 12:01 a.m. on December 24 through 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2009. All ages are welcome and no purchase is necessary. Simply visit a Doubletree hotel to request your complimentary cookie.
So take a break from your Christmas shopping, gift wrapping and
fighting catching up with relatives to indulge in a little chocolate chip cookie action.
To find a Doubletree Hotel near you, go here.
If donuts are the new cupcakes, then cookies are the new turndown mint. It's no secret that we at HotelChatter love cookies. If you didn't, well then see our reaction when someone mentioned taking away our cookies.
Thanks to our sweet tooth, we were delightfully surprised to see that the hip Establishment Hotel in Sydney's Central Business District offers cookies at turndown.
And it might be really strange to hear us say this but it's almost as if Doubletree Hotels knew all along the power of the cookie long before the rest of the hospitality world caught on. Imagine that: Doubletree, the hotel cookie pioneer.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Hotels Are Cutting Back Severely On the Complimentary Stuff: Amenities, bath towels, free coffee, spa times, hand lotion and breakfast fruits are all being cut back as hotels look to save some money. And btw, hat quote above came from a Courtyard by Marriott manager. [WSJ]
· Above Allen: Thompson LES's Above Allen rooftop bar will open this Friday. Yes, it's freezing in NYC but this place is covered. In the summer, the retractable roof will roll back to shine on the hipster sun gods and goddesses. [Grub Street]
· W Scottsdale Still Has Steep Rates: With all the hubbub over the W Scottdale's foreclosure status, we thought maybe room rates would drop a little. Nope. This weekend rates on the website were $299 for a king bedroom. [Official Site]
· More Hotel Housekeeping Horrors: A hotel maid details the dirty secrets, literally, of her job. Or the lack of job that she did. Gross. [Budget Travel]
[Cookie Photo: SchneeLocke]