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Did You Know That All Renaissance Properties Have This Secret Menu Item?

June 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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A Blooming Great Cocktail at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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  Site Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X7LA
May 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

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?)

Slowly the drink is being restored to its former, more elevated position. And we discovered one glorious reason why: the White Cosmopolitan(£13.25) at Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

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.)

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Revere Hotel's Rooftop Lounge Debuts 'Classy Jell-O Shots' (And We Secretly Want One)

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  Site Where: 200 Stuart St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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It's 5 o' Clock at a Langham Hotel Somewhere With These New Specialty Drinks

March 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Hotels Are Going Nuts For Pie on Pi Day

March 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

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?

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Drink Up the Healthy Goodness at COMO Hotels (and Other Hotels On The Juice Trend)

January 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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A Drink So Expensive, It Arrived at The Four Seasons in a Rolls Royce

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  Site Where: 300 S. Doheny Drive [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90048
August 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, The Four Seasons Los Angeles took delivery of a very precious decanter of the Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6.

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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Step Behind the Bar to Mix Up Your Own Drink at These Hotels

August 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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10 Hotel Cocktails to Make At Home

August 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, including your own house, thanks to these 10 Hotel Cocktail Recipes. We cherry-picked specialty cocktails from hotels from around the world that we thought would be fun, and in some cases, even a little challenging to try at home. Most of these drinks are pretty easy to make--add together, shake, stir, garnish, etc--but some of them can't be whipped up in a moment's notice if you have unexpected guests (we're specifically talking about #10.)

Still, mixing cocktails at home can be a fun alternative to another routine night out at the bar. And, it's cheaper since you won't have to tip the bartender. Not quite sure how to sling cocktails on your own? Stay tuned tomorrow for our mixology tutorial. For now, get mixing! And sipping too.

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Now Has a Camel Milk Mixologist On Hand

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  Site Where: PO Box 91888, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
July 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your fancy luxury hotel may have a mixologist crafting up specialty cocktails at bar downstairs but does your fancy luxury hotel have a Camel Milk Mixologist working there? Didn't think so.

That rare kind of mixologist can only be found at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi which just opened in March. Mohammad Daoud does pretty much what his job title implies--mixes drinks with freshly muddled ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, ranging from flavors such as sweet strawberry and refreshing mint. “I wanted to create something special for the upcoming Holy Month of Ramadan,” said Daoud. “Because camel milk has a high level of protein and additional nutrients, it’s an excellent beverage to consume during Sohour, the meal taken prior to sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.”

Ramadan begins next Monday and lasts through August 7 but the hotel will continue to offer its camel milk menu in Mijana, the hotel's Arabic restaurant. There, the mixologist can help camel milk newbies guide them through their first-time tasting as well as come up with different camel milk flavors to pair with various dishes. Of course, all these preferences can be saved for their next visit.

Want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi? Room rates start around $750 AED a night, or about $205 USD. Contacting the camel milk mixologist ahead of your stay is highly recommended at +9712 818-8282 or emailing restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com. Camel milk not your thing? Head over to the Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay, where there's a spice concierge instead.

[Photo: Ritz-Carlton/Facebook]

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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 | Comments (0)

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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Need Drink Ideas for Your Oscar Party? These Hotels' Bartenders Can Help

Where: Various Hotels , United States
February 6, 2013 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Le Mizz Fizz doesn't look so mizz after all!

It's high season in Los Angeles right now as Hollywood folks spend the next few weeks preparing for the main event, The Oscars, on February 24. Everyone who's anyone is flitting about town "doing lunch", blowing air kisses to "friends", picking up free swag and gushing about this year's nominees, whether they mean it or not.

If you're headed to LA for a visit soon or if you're a struggling actor/screenwriter local, we've got an easy way for you to get in on the Oscar fun--by drinking at hotels, of course.

We've rounded up a bunch of Oscar-themed cocktails currently being served at a few hotels in Los Angeles as well as outside of Tinseltown. We've even included their recipes so you make your own Academy Award-winning libations. And we especially like how you don't have to book a room at any of these hotels to sip these suckers.

Keep reading for more Oscar drinks from hotels!

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