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7 Cool New Things We've Seen at Hotels This Year (So Far)

May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

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)

1. A Light in the Toilet Bowl

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.

2. Drone Room Service

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.

3. USB Ports in The Room Telephone

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.

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W Hotels of New York to Have D'usse del Leche On Offer This Summer

May 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Sir Francis Drake Hotel Launches 'Be a Kid Again' Meetings; Millennial Techies Squeal, Faint.

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  Site Where: 450 Powell St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
May 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Archer Will Know How to Hold Them When It Opens This Spring

December 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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13 Pop-Up Hotel Ice Rinks to Skate On This Winter

December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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How the Hell Did Holiday Inn Get So Many Song Shout Outs?

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  Site Where: Various Locations
May 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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'Mind-Reading' Cat Ears Are All The Rage at Casa Del Mar

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  Site Where: 1910 Ocean Way [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405
August 14, 2012 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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SPiN Ping Pong Returns to LA at The Standard Downtown

Where: 550 South Flower Street [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071
August 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

The SPiN table at the Mondrian LA.

It looks like the SPiN Ping Pong Club is once again trying to make it in Hollywood.

After a 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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Malaysia's Genting Bets on Bimini Bay as Miami Waits in the Wings

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  Site Where: Bimini, Bahamas
July 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Auberge Du Soleil Has a Great Idea for All Those Girl Scout Cookies You Had to Buy...

Where: 180 Rutherford Hill Drive [map], Rutherford, CA, United States, 94573
March 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's the most annoying wonderful time of the year when irresistible little Girl Scouts set up shop everywhere you go selling their delicious Girl Scout cookies. (We confess, we gave into a box of Samoas outside a Bed & Bath last week).)

But now thanks to Kris Margerum, the wine director at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, you can make chowing down those cookies a little more "adult"-like thanks to his inventive wine pairings. Yes, Girl Scout cookies and wine. Delightful!

Combing the hotel's extensive 17,000-bottle wine cellar, Margerum came up with the following pairings for these Girl Scout cookies:

· Trefoils-Old Fashioned Shortbread: Margerum recommends pairing the cookies with the 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. Tasting Note: "The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine."

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Auberge Resorts Now Offering Awesome Adventures Like Alligator Tracking

February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Gator tracks!

If you've been finding your recent hotel stays rather boring--check-in, order room service, sleep, repeat--then perhaps you need to stay at an Auberge Resort on your next vacation.

The luxury resort chain has just begun offering Auberge Adventures at several of their properties. These adventures are inspired by individual resort's local culture, natural environment and culinary traditions. And they are a thousand times better than a jogging map.

Take for instance, the adventure on offer at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in the lowcountry of South Carolina---Alligator Tracking. For two hours, guests can tag along with researcher Kimberly Andrews as she uses radio telemetry to locate American Alligators. The adventure is actually part of on-going research at Palmetto Bluff, studying the uses of local habitat types and the influences of a changing landscape on alligator movement patterns.

Don't worry, the group will keep a safe distance from the alligators but it is recommended that you bring closed-toed walking shoes.

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Smile! You're On Camera (If You Want to Be) at The Shore Hotel

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
January 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aside from having stylish and green guestrooms with Pacific Oceans views, an eco-friendly fitness center and an upcoming Blue Plate Taco restaurant, The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica has now added a bit of fun for their guests in the form of a digital photo booth.

Found in the lobby near the check-in desk the photo booth lets guest take either a single image or an old-school photo strip with the Shore Hotel logo (as you can see in the gallery below, the hotel's logo is everywhere!).

And keeping in line with the hotel's emphasis on being green and conserving waste, the photos are only emailable (no paper waste here) and you can share them on Facebook and Twitter as well. Cheeeeese!

Room rates at the hotel start around $220 a night.