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The other week we were outraged to see that the not-yet-open 1 Hotel Central Park was (mistakenly) advertising a $70 breakfast. The price was actually an error as breakfast is only $35 (phew!) but it did get us wondering how much we, and you, would be willing to spend on breakfast just so you wouldn't have to leave the hotel in search of food.
Now today, we have a different question--how much would you be willing to spend to go inside a hotel and have a drink?
One concept that’s huge in Rome: the aperitivo hour, between around 5-8pm, when bars serve platters of free food (sfizi) alongside spritzes and proseccos.
One concept that’s not huge in Rome: the hotel bar. Why go to a boring hotel bar when you could sit with the beautiful people in Piazza di Pietra?
But when in Rome, you don’t always have to, you know – at least not at the Hotel Corner, slightly out of the centre, between the Circus Maximus and Piramide.
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About a year ago the barkeeps at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square hotel (part of The Town House Collection) had the brainiac idea to house a whisky Bottle Keep in The Salon for locals and guests who visit the bar on a regular basis. The set-up is super simple: Buy a bottle at the bar, ranging in price from 135 GBP to 2,500 GBP, store your golden liquid in the hotel’s Bottle Keep, and drinks will appear upon request.
With your purchase you get a session with a skilled bartender who will tell you the proper way to drink your purchase – for example, who knew that Johnny Walker Blue Label (250 GBP) is properly served with shaved ice and water? – or the mixologist will create a signature cocktail tailored just for you, preferably made with your newly-purchased Haig Club whisky (135 GBP).
Why this whisky, you may ask? One reason is that one of the owners is – still-hunky after all these years – David Beckham, but perhaps the more-important reason is that this whisky, only launched a few months ago, is lighter and less sweet than your standard Scotch.
In other words, it’s made specifically for the cocktail lover. This recipe is stored with your bottle and you can partake of it whenever you’re in a cocktail mood.
If, however, whiskies are not your thing, don’t despair. The Salon has a wide array of delicious cocktails on offer, and all can be found in the recently-begotten Bar Book. Already in its third installment since the hotel opened in 2009, the book is a collection of cocktails unique to the hotel along with some classics that have withstood cocktail culture’s test of time.
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What says, “Let’s snuggle in from the cold” better than a cup of hot chocolate? The hot choco cups coming from these three hotels should give Hershey's Cocoa Powder an inferiority complex.
The Mark Hotel in New York (a Preferred Hotel) has opened up their Mark Cocoa Kiosk just outside the hotel’s doors. The festive Kiosk has their signature Jacques Grange black and white stripe and serves The Mark Glazed Gingerbread to go along with their decadent, over-flowing with whipping cream, Jean-Georges Cocoa concoction. If you’re in the neighborhood and need a break from shopping on Madison, stop in and enjoy: the price is $8 for the cocoa and $4 for a two-pack of the cookies (guests enjoy them at no cost). Open daily throughout the holidays.
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Menu items at the Renaissance Denver Downtown.
Last week, while having a drink in the lobby of the Renaissance Denver Downtown - we opened the bar menu to take a peek at the fare. Amongst the typical city-priced items, we noticed that one option stood out from the rest.
It looked strange and out of place, that last item with the peculiar price tag: 99 cent homeamde chips and dip. Was this a mistake? If soft pretzels are $8, and almonds $6... were the chips stale or something? We immediately put our hand in the air for the bartender to come over. We pointed at the menu. Are you serious with these chips?
Well, wouldn't you know that we just so happened to stumble upon one of the industry's best kept secrets. Turns out, all 157 Renaissance Hotels around the world have featured 99 cent chips on their bar menus since 2010. We've always been told to never question a good thing, but that simply doesn't work for a writer. Why, in a world where, quite frankly, hotel guests have become complacent and accepting of overpaying for food and beverage, would a hotel do such a thing?
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Cosmopolitans. During the Sex & the City era, it felt like they had been popularized past the point of no return. A once-great cocktail was nearly turned into a parody of itself, like your friend who stumbles out of a bachelorette party with her once-classy designer dress now covered in martini stains and pink feather boa feathers. (And she’s wearing a hat. And it’s shaped like a – oh god, can someone take Melissa home?)
Carrie Bradshaw & Co. would approve of the cocktail’s centerpiece, a massive orb of ice filled with frozen flower petals (pansies, in our visit). The ice melts slowly to maintain the appropriate booze-to-water ratio of the drink — a mini-carafe of extra cocktail is used to occasionally re-up the well-balanced combination of Imperial Silver vodka, St. German Elderflower Liqueur, and white cranberry. (“Pour it on often enough so that the ice is always glistening,” advised Bar Boulud’s barkeep.)
But don’t be fooled by the flowery veneer, this is a serious drink that packs a serious (and seriously deceptive) punch. Monitor your stool-to-stiletto transition carefully. (You can also find the drink at Bar Boulud in NYC - and we hope it'll make an appearance this Fall when Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston opens its highly anticipated Bar Boulud location.)
Boston are you ready for this jelly?
Jell-O shots: they’re not just for parties in your parents’ basement anymore!
On Saturday, May 17, the swanky lounge Rooftop @ Revere will reopen for the season, inviting hotel guests and local glitterati (read: drunk girls in strappy heels) to sip, sun, and swim on a spacious and sunny terrace with skyline views on the seventh floor of the trendy Revere Hotel Boston Common.
If you've had a chance to draw yourself some tan lines during last year’s inaugural season, you know some of what to expect: shady white cabanas offering a hint of Miami gloss; oversized, fantastical statues that bring a hint of the local art scene; and cute staffers serving light bites and pouring drinks while outfitted in Pret-a-Surf, a fashion-forward surf and swimwear line co-designed by the entertainment editor of Vogue and famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s studio manager. (In other words, they’re totally photo-ready for #selfies.)
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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.
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If you’re not only a hotel geek but kinda a science geek too, you probably already know that March 14 is Pi Day (because the mathematical constant π, or Pi, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is approximately equal to 3.14, but with 1.2 trillion digits after it).
If you didn’t know that, you might want to know this: Some hotels are using this as an excuse to bring out their best pies for the occasion. And who doesn’t like a nice pie?
The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is offering a scrumptious-looking Apple Pi Tartlet (that's it above) that’s made with 3 Pi (9.42) Granny Smith apples. The tartlet is topped with decorative apples made of white chocolate—can you stand it?
Okay—we admit we’ve partied maybe a little too heartily over the holiday season and we’re a bit relieved that things are starting to get back to normal levels of food and drink consumption.
COMO Hotels is planning to help us get back on the straight and narrow with their fresh fruit and veggie wellness drinks, originally found only at their COMO Shambhala property in Bali and now available at all of their properties in London, Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Bali, Bhutan, The Maldives, Turks and Caicos, and Miami Beach (opening later this month.)
All of the thirteen drinks have been developed by the COMO Shambhala’s resident dietician and are designed to combat any number of ills you may have. For instance, the Blood Builder is made with carrots, beetroot, pineapple, apple and ginger to cleanse the blood, improve circulatory flow, boost immunity and lift mood. Muscle Mylk is a creamy concoction of coconut, banana, almond milk, dates and cocoa beans said to reduce muscle inflammation and accelerate post-workout recovery. Our particular favorite for this week is the Liven Up Your Liver, promised to boost liver function and cleanse the blood with a potent blend of green apple, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, ginger, and turmeric. Santé!
Keep reading for more hotel who offer similar wellness drinks!
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The extremely rare bottle of cognac, one of 738, arrived at the hotel in a Rolls Royce Ghost, whose Inca Gold color interior matches the 22-carat rose gold neck of the Rare Cask 42,6 decanter, designed by Baccarat. It was carried by Yves de Launay, Rémy Cointreau's USA Vice President of Prestige Brands.
Why is this cognac so special that it deserved a ride in a Rolls Royce Ghost? Here's a brief explanation:
LOUIS XIII RARE CASK 42,6 celebrates the classic LOUIS XIII blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie, 100 years in the making, here featuring salient aromas that are unique to this one precious cask. Discovered in the fall, it appropriately features autumnal notes of plum and dates, mingling with flavors of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, and punctuated by a final touch of tobacco leaf.
The iconic black crystal decanter for the LOUIS XIII RARE CASK collection was created exclusively by Baccarat, utilizing all the skill and expertise of the famed crystal house’s talented masters. A team of more than 20 master craftsmen complete more than 50 steps in creating a single RARE CASK decanter, all of which must be carried out while maintaining the opaque crystal at a constant temperature.
As for what 42,6 means, that's the percentage of alcohol by volume--42.6--making it slightly higher than the 40 percent found in the classic Louis XIII cognac.
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It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local" bar. So all this week, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our first-ever Hotel Cocktail Week. We'll be posting specialty drinks, booze trends, mixology tips and most importantly, drinks recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. Everyone will be getting tipsy this week! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.
Mixology is masterful skill to have and bespoke bevvies are all the rage right now so it's no wonder that hotels around the world are putting together Create Your Own Cocktail offerings. We remember Tom Cruise flamboyantly throwing around bottles of liquor in "Cocktail" and thinking we could do that. It didn't turn out so well. Luckily, these hotels have come to the rescue.
Yesterday we gave you some of the best cocktail recipes to imbibe on your favorite hotel drinks in the comfort of your own home. What happens if you want to shake up your own concoction while on the road? Hit up these hotels who will happily welcome you behind the bar to create your own poison.