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Starting on June 1, Miami visitors can try out a King room at Dream South Beach, which is now in its second year, for $199/night, which is slightly higher than last year's opening rate of $149/night. But we're going to assume that after a year, they've had time to tidy up the edges and can get away with charging more.
As a bonus to the $199/night rate, the hotel is also throwing in continental breakfast for two, a bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries for an additional $50 fee. Which is another way of saying the room is actually $250/night, but with some light nibbles thrown in that still won't really fill you up so you'll just end up heading to Tudor House for dinner and drinks anyway.
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If you're in the Boston area and happen to get a case of the munchies, you'd do well to hop over to the new Hyatt Place Braintree, opening on May 15. The 204-room hotel, which is located 12 miles from downtown Boston, will offer guests free WiFi, one of the brand's 24-hour Stay Fit fitness centers, and a 24-hour "Guest Kitchen" with made-to-order snacks like soups, burgers, hot sandwiches, pizza and salad.
The Guest Kitchen, reminiscent of Aloft's re:fuel pantry except with an actual server, is available at other Hyatt Place properties, and is in fact just one of a few dining amenities designed for guests on the go.
Guests can also choose from a free hot breakfast, a Bakery Cafe with fresh-baked muffins, Starbucks coffee and Hyatt-branded Mondavi wine, and a Grab 'N Go case with packaged sandwiches and juice bottles. But if it's something more...personal you're looking for, simply place an order with the Kitchen Host, have the food sealed up in a to-go container, and bring the comestibles up to your room.
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They sure do things different in England. As the country's capital preps for the 2012 Olympics this summer, Andaz Liverpool Street has come up with a cool way to celebrate all—or, at least, some—of the nations that will be calling on the city over the coming months.
Their idea? A World Food Marathon, in which each of Andaz's restaurants will concoct a different "international" dish every day from July 2 to July 27, leading up to the Olympics Opening Ceremony. That's 26 distinct dishes, each inspired by a different staff member's native country.
Interestingly, the total number of nationalities represented by the hotel's staff actually numbered 40, but they had to narrow it down to 26 to represent the number of miles in a marathon. For the dishes that made the final cut, each staff member worked together with the chef to make sure the recipe was accurately recreated.
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We thought we heard some funny noises coming from the Waldorf-Astoria last time we visited, and it turns out the hotel does indeed have some rackety new residents who have set up shop on the roof. The NY Post reports that 48,000 honeybees have been installed to make Waldorf-Astoria-branded honey, which will then be served to guests during meals as well as packaged and sold.
We would normally expect this from other, balmier destinations (like, for instance, Grand Wailea, whose honey we've tasted and enjoyed), but we guess there's no reason why New York can't get in on the fun. Come to think of it, this is something that's been done for a while now—we spotted this emerging trend back in 2010 in places like Toronto, Chicago and Charlotte. And as the saying goes, if bees can make
it honey in New York, they can really make it anywhere.
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We used to have to submit to a rather terrifying headmistress in boarding school, who would never let any student leave the dining hall until every last bite was swallowed. We thought we had grown out of and away from such lunchroom fascism. That is, until Sheraton came along with its new "Color Your Plate" healthy-eating program.
The new menus, which have been installed at over 400 Sheratons worldwide, offer supposedly healthy items like "portobello burgers" and "skirt steak chimichurri". Hmm...sounds pretty brown to us. But they're saying it's the side dishes that will fill in the rest of the rainbow (we're thinking spinach, carrots, eggplant and cauliflower). Either way, we'd probably be more interested in Instagram-ing the whole thing rather than eating it.
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It seems like the US is slowly coming around to the idea that unhealthy foods make unhealthy people. Hence programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, and NYC's crusade against sugary sodas. But now, hotels are starting to catch on too (hello Even Hotels!), which is why we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some fitness-loving hotels this week.
Like Wisconsin's Sundara Inn & Spa, one of the first hotels to join a new program that aims to educate hotel guests about healthy raw foods and even help them implement diet changes during their stay.
Now, we're generally against hotels barging in on our vacation and telling us what we should and shouldn't eat—there's just too many delicious treats everywhere. But in the name of moderation, we're willing to go along with this. Just as long as we can enjoy our raw foods with a pancake or two on the side.
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And, just because we can't include an item about fitness without balancing it out with some yummy hotel dessert porn, here's a new promotion being launched by Provenance Hotels, which owns Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Hotel Murano in Tacoma, and Hotel Preston in Nashville.
For every slice of chocolate cake sold through room service, fifty percent of the profits will go straight to Share Our Strength, a group that fights childhood hunger in the US. A pretty worthy cause, say we.
Though the whole combat-hunger-by-stuffing-your-face-with-chocolate-cake concept is a little questionable, we get what they're doing—and with a cake as appetizing as the one above (which will be served by The deLuxe starting today), we'd have a hard time saying no to "charity."
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Yup, today is National Pancake Day—always kinda sneaks up on ya, doesn't it?
In an effort to raise awareness for Children's Miracle hospitals, IHOP is offering a free short stack to every customer that walks into the restaurant today. Which is awesome. But, at the same time, it's IHOP, and we like to think our palates are slightly more refined.
Instead, consider a pancake breakfast at a hotel today. Not a guest? Not a problem. These hotel restaurants are all open and accessible to non-guests—trust us, the food is so good, they're worth the trip. And yes, we've managed to come up with more suggestions than just the pancake machines at Holiday Inn Express hotels. If we wanted to make our own, we'd just have stayed at home!
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We've never known a hotel to be modest about showing off its awesome views. Still, we usually reserve our best window-gazing for later in the evening, when skylines are a-twinkle and sunsets are killer. But guests at the Kimberly Hotel in Manhattan get to enjoy awesome views of the city first thing in the morning, with free breakfasts in the rooftop lounge, Upstairs.
A buffet spread will offer French toast, pancakes, oatmeal, pastries, omelets, bacon and hash browns. Though the usual cost of the meal is $25 per person, all guests will get it for free through the end of the month. Turns out February isn't such a bad time to stay in hotels after all.
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We showed up to a pre-Fashion Week party last night at W Union Square and, as usual with these types of events, made a beeline for the bar. Planning on ordering a quick cocktail, we then noticed something that made us chuckle. At one end of the bar on a silver tray were rows of mini cupcakes—thick with icing, delicious looking, and virtually untouched.
Not that these sugar bombs put a damper on anyone's fun. Indeed, with guest appearances by DJ Chelsea Leyland, W Global Fashion Director Jenné Lombardo, and man-about-town Waris Ahluwalia, the music was loud and the paparazzi bulbs were a-flashin'. Boy, were we glad for that drink.
Sexy environs at The Corner Room at Town Hall Hotel
Nuno Mendes' culinary "street cred" comes from stints at Jean Georges and El Bulli. As one of London's foremost chefs, he's turned Viajante at the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel into a destination for discerning diners.
Last year, Mendes opened a sister restaurant at the hotel, a less-expensive and more casual alternative to Viajante's Michelin-starred environs. Despite its comparative modesty, The Corner Room has stirred up considerable talk among buzzy food bloggers and critics. We recently dined at the lauded Corner Room with a couple of fellow gourmands, leaving sufficiently sated and impressed at the value for money.
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We don't know about you, but the post-holiday void has left us in need of a little diversion, so we're just going to play along with all this Hotel Week business—however much it feels like a bootleg version of New York's more established Restaurant Week. Here to bolster a select batch of NYC hotels through the dreaded January slow season, the nine-day promotion starts today.
And to help you get excited, here are a few tips on ways to get the best bang for your buck.
#1. By saving money on the room, you can relax (read: spend) a little more at the hotel restaurant. For example, Lexington Brass, the glazed brick-lined brasserie on the ground floor of Hyatt 48Lex, has made a point of luring guests with delicious comfort food items like buttermilk fried chicken, deviled eggs with caviar, and, of course, our favorite, the jelly-filled doughnut pancakes.