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The staff at the Hotel Monaco Philly demonstrates their selfie stick prowess.
Our brother site Jaunted defended the Selfie Stick last month, and it looks like Kimpton Hotels took that to heart, because now the boutique hotel brand recently acquired by IHG is offering all guests at all their hotels selfie sticks during their stay.
The sticks will be available to check out at the front desk, much like when you check out their free bikes. Kimpton promises their front desk staff is "well versed in selfie stick strategy and is happy to help you with a little Selfie Stick 101." (But we presume that if you take the selfie stick home or lose it you will probably be charged.)
And where there is a selfie stick there is a chance to win something, thanks to Kimpton. The hotel chain is offering guests who borrow the selfie stick during their stay a chance to win a $150 Kimpton gift card plus their own personal selfie stick. All they have to do is take a pic with the selfie stick, upload it to Twitter with the hashtag #AdoreThySelfie and wait for their name to be announced.
The contest will be happening on a monthly basis, culminating in a year-end raffle where the 12 winners are entered to win a grand prize two-night stay at the Kimpton of their choice. So get snapping. #selfiesforever #andever
[Photo: Kimpton Hotels]
An ocean tower suite
We're all about bringing the FUN! back into a hotel stay but sometimes, it's hard to motivate to leave the hotel room, especially after a long day of
shopping travel, partying meetings or Instagramming your feet on the beach exploring.
Eden Roc Miami Beach totally understands how tired you are, which is why they are now offering to bring the fun up to your room, cleverly pairing traditional board games with decadent room service items. Here are the six new additions to the room service menu:
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We've been teasing you about the items in the minibar at the Miami Beach Edition but you won't have to wait any longer.
Here's a look at some of our favorite items from the minibar tray that's stashed in the closet of the guest rooms (the closet also has gorgeous banana leaf wallpaper.) The goodies are separate from the mini-fridge filled with just as interesting drinks (Cafe Bustelo forever!) so don't be alarmed if you can't find them right away.
Forgot underwear? You can buy that from the minibar. Need a backpack to tote your beach gear around? You can find that here in the minibar too, along with Sun Bum sunscreen, Joe's Kettle chips, Joe & Seph's popcorn, Dang coconut flakes, Sir Richard condoms, Urbanears ear buds, Japanese facial masks, lip balm, the "Where Chefs Eat" book and even, Illesteva sunglasses. All at an additional charge, of course.
Since the Edition London carried a jar of bacon jam we shouldn't have been that surprised by this minibar extravaganza but still, it seemed way more exciting than we had anticipated. Just when everyone thought minibars were nearly extinct, Edition finds a way to bring them back to life. (For what it's worth, the minibar was overseen by someone on the Marriott side, not Schrager's side. #innnteresting.)
Oh, and don't worry, there's a Snickers in there for old times sake.
We're pretty jaded folk here at HotelChatter. There's not much that we haven't seen already when it comes to amenities and services. But lately, hotels have been killing it, rolling out novel or useful or just plain fun goodies that hotel guests of all tax brackets can enjoy. Naturally, we thought it was worth a round-up. Now presenting...
7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)
We called this the "manliest bathroom amenity ever" when we spotted it at The Landing Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, because it ensures that men will always have the correct aim in the middle of the night.
High-paying guests at The Casa Madrona in Sausalito, Calif. can (and should) have their pricey picks of champagne delivered by state of the art, remote-controlled, octo-copter drones from the hotel's wine cellar to an outdoor deck of the hotel's exclusive Mansion suite.
We've seen USB ports near the bed or on the nightstand but never have we've seen them IN THE PHONE until we took a tour of the Delano Las Vegas, opening in September. Now you don't have to get out of bed to
drunk sext check your email.
D'USSEis the cognac that makes Beyonce and Jay-Z all drunk in love (and Solange possibly all violent) but you don't need to be a rap superstar to enjoy it. Instead, just pop into a W Hotel in New York.
The hotel collection is now offering a D’USSE de Leche, a cognac-flavored ice cream. It will be available through the W Hotel's room service as well as the hotels' Living Rooms (lobbies, in W-speak.)
“W is all about bringing its guests insider access to exclusive offerings they can’t experience anywhere else,” said Patrick Horstmann, General Manager of W New York - Downtown. “We’re honored to offer D’USSE de Leche, combining our passion for cocktails and the finest luxury products into one delicious indulgence.”
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This is what happens when Macauley Culkin circa 1990 plans your company meeting.
Tech entrepreneurs are sort of like kids, right? They have wild and active imaginations, they love building and playing with new toys, and they frequently rely upon the indiscriminate generosity of wish-granting fairy godmothers. (Except in tech they’re called “angel investors,” and probably dudes, because #sexism.)
So naturally, San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel has created a new series for group meetings, dubbed “Be a Kid Again,” that coaxes out the gold coin-counting, POG-playing Richie Rich that lives within every Bay Area mobile app developer in skinny jeans.
According to a release, the series features “nostalgic catering, thematic décor and playful break-out sessions.” Basically, it's the wet dream of every Gen Y "innovator" patenting million dollar ideas between BuzzFeed quizzes. More from the release: “Harkening back to a simpler, more playful time is sure to increase positive energy, enhance creativity, and draw upon the retelling of childhood memories for a much-needed dose of bonding.”
Translation: Meeting room extras include conference tables covered with paper and crayons, a toy chest’s worth of Silly Putty and Lego’s, and jumbo versions of Jenga and Connect Four.
The upcoming Archer Hotel in Manhattan has been cultivating an air of mystery about its concept, being careful not to reveal much before its spring 2014 opening. But the hotel has parted with information on one amenity that will be available to guests -- a house deck of playing cards featuring etiquette tips.
But that's not all. The cards will also give guests the chance to interact with each other and the staff as well as serve as a mini-loyalty program. In short, staying at The Archer will be like playing a card game. Here are the "rules:"
When guests check-in to The Archer, they will be handed a "Destination Joker" card which are meant to be collected on subsequent stays. Two or more of these cards will earn guests upgrades and other perks. Collecting six Jokers will get them "even more benefits" (so says the hotel). If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
It used to be that ice skating rinks at hotels were a holiday novelty. When we made this list back in 2009, those five hotels were rather, for lack of a better phrase, cutting edge. Fast forward to 2013 and it seems like everyone has an ice skating rink in their hotel backyard, even hotels in the desert. Especially hotels in the desert.
So, in case you feel the need for speed...on skates, here are 13 hotel ice skating rinks to glide on this winter season.
1. THE STANDARD HIGH LINE
The Standard Plaza's Ice Rink is now open from 12pm to 12am during the week and 9am to 1am during the weekends. The cost is $12 to skate plus a $3 skate rental. Kids can skate for $6 and a Standard Skater will be available to help you get your footing. Hot ciders, hot toddys, hot chocolate, donuts and waffles will all be served rinkside.
2. CHARLES HOTEL IN BOSTON
The 2,900 square foot ice Rink at The Charles Hotel will open this Sunday, December 15th at 12pm. The rink will be open to hotel guests and the public and the opening event this weekend is free.. Skate rentals, season passes, and lessons will also be available this season.
3. BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
The new 2,500-sq.ft Rotunda Rink will open on December 14 and will be open until February 28th. While opening day is complimentary, rates will be $10 for adults and $5 for kiddos going forward.
4. FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Connecticut
The Foxwoods Resort Casino just opened its Rink & Winter Patio last week with Nancy Kerrigan christening it with a special performance. The rink will stay open from now through the end of February. The cost is $10 for adults aged 13 and up and $6 for kids 12 and younger. Skate rentals are $ but Rewards Card Holders and a guests can skate for $8 a person and for free on Tuesdays.
Did you realize that almost 50 songs mention the Holiday Inn hotel chain? Some are more flattering than others, for sure, but it is really interesting. A few of them even have "Holiday Inn" in the song title. Can you think of any other corporate company, let alone hotel chain, that has received even close to that amount of pop-culture references? From hip-hop to country, the number of mentions is really bizarre.
We know it's a popular and well-known establishment, but we're somewhat baffled/majorly impressed as to how it has managed to work its way into so many songs. You know, McDonald's is popular, and so is Walmart, but we're having trouble thinking of one song that mentions them, let alone 50.
Hats off to Holiday Inn -- somehow, someway, people feel the need to sing their praises. Here are a few of the more popular mentions. Do you have any favorites? Feel free to share them with us on this fine Friday!
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We usually flock to hotel lobbies to admire their artwork, slurp down specialty cocktails and entertain ourselves with some people-watching (tourist or local? trophy wife or escort?) but over at the Casa Del Mar this treasured ritual of ours could soon be replaced with mind-reading.
Yes, thanks to these newfangled gadgest from Necomini we can see what it's like to be in Sookie Stackhouse's shoes for once. Kind of.
The futuristic headsets called. Necomimi Brainwave Catears, are on loan to guests at the hotel's Lobby Lounge bar. Here's how they work: One sensor is placed on the user's forehead and another is clipped to their ear. And atop their head, sits a pair of giant cat ears. As the sensors monitor the user's brainwaves, the ears will move accordingly. Apparently, the ears perk up when the user is "alert" and will drop down when the user is relaxed or "in the zone."
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The SPiN table at the Mondrian LA.
It looks like the SPiN Ping Pong Club is once again trying to make it in Hollywood.
failed venture limited engagement at the Mondrian Los Angeles last year, SPiN LA is being revived by Susan Sarandon and her boyfriend/biz partner, Jonathan Bricklin, along with fellow co-owners Franck Raharinosy and Andrew Gordon at the The Standard Downtown LA.
The Huffington Post reports that hotelier Andre Balazs is very much on board with the idea and will even make some "major" changes to the hotel's mezzanine floor of which SPiN will occupy the entire space.
The club is expected to launch in early Fall and its opening will be the culmination of a bunch of SPiN tournaments held at other Standard Hotels in Miami and New York.
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It's still not clear whether the mega-resort, uh, Resorts World Miami will get its casino or not. Developers, the Malaysian firm Genting Malaysia Berhad, certainly hope so. Florida lawmakers, not so much.
But that doesn't mean Genting is sitting around wringing its hands over the ultimate decision. The company is moving right along--just across the water to Bimini Bay in the Bahamas.
That's right; if you can't get a casino opened in Miami, just open one in Miami's backyard. Genting has partnered with RAV Bahamas, developers of Bimini Bay Resort and Marina and the soon-to-come Rockwell Island Beach Estates to launch a casino called... surprise, Resorts World Bimini Bay.
The fancy new gaming facility is scheduled to open in mid-December, joining Bimini Bay Resort's existing marina, expansive grounds and two large pool decks. We can expect table games, slots and of course all the splashy entertainment and dining that is synonymous with a casino.