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Have You Stayed, Er, Played Radisson's New iPhone Game, The Rad Hotel?

January 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever stayed at a hotel and said to yourself, "I can run this place!" Well, thanks to Radisson Hotels who has created a new iPhone/iPad gam, we can test our ability to clean rooms on time, answer questions for the concierge and welcome new guests on a regular basis, all the while keeping current guests happy. It doesn't sound so easy now, does it?

Rad Hotel is the name and managing a hotel is the game where wannabe-hotel-managers can choose between eight different hotel types and locations, ranging from "downtown" properties to beach and ski resorts. While all of the hotels share the same look, the sightseeing tours change from hotel to hotel.

The object of Rad Hotel is to check-in guests, assigning them the most appropriate room; for example, business men score the single rooms and families can only grab a double. Makes sense. Then each of your "guests" stay in the room for an unknown amount of time while calling the front desk for housekeeping, room-service, maintenance and concierge requests.

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What Is This At Trump Taj Mahal?

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  Site Where: 1000 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Most things in Atlantic City hotels you can pretty much take at face value. Casino floor. Slot machine. Starbucks. Jimmy Buffett-inspired beach bar.

But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.

But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?

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It's A Library Face-Off Inside Two of NYC's Newest Hotels

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  Site Where: 80 Wythe Ave [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
September 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

 

The other day we were wandering around inside Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel when we headed to the back of the lobby area, and discovered that the floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which sat empty on our last visit, had finally been filled—and boy, did someone get creative.

Looking through each shelf, we spotted everything from the Idiot's Guide To Learning Yiddish to the entire The Hardy Boys series to cookbooks to vintage board games like Monopoly, Connect 4 and the MAD Magazine game.

But as we recall, we also stumbled upon a nifty collection of books earlier this summer over at the The NoMad—so is this all part of some new trend? Wasn't print media supposedly going the way of the dinosaurs? Well, apparently not if NYC's two biggest new boutique hotels have anything to do with it.

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The Wave Hotel In the UK Is Making Waves With Gadget-Loving Kids

July 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new hotel in the UK has found a way to take all the interactive hotel tech stuff we've come to love (and expect), and use it for more kid-friendly purposes. So nevermind boring grown-up things like room service, e-concierges, and controlling the TV from your iPhone: the Wave Hotel in Bognor Regis is all about games, gadgetry, and fun.

Shaped like a cruise ship, and with plenty of ocean views, the 215-room Wave offers a Kindle library, a games room outfitted with iMacs, Wii consoles and PS3s, 3-D-augmented walls, iPod docking stations and individual TV screens at the foot of each bed.

Oh, and the WiFi is free.

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Art Series Hotels Launch Another Art Series, This Time With A Fake Warhol

May 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

In other (not so major) hotel news today, our favorite art-loving Aussie hotel brand, Art Series Hotels, has launched their newest promotion, "Which Warhol." Over the course of the next few months, guests will be presented with multiple Andy Warhol replicas hanging in the hallways, and among the fakes will be an original Warhol, valued at $20,000, which only the keenest of eyes will be able to pick out.

Whoever is actually able to figure out which Warhol is which gets to take it home!

We've always dreamed of hanging an actual Warhol in our bedroom, and never thought that would come about by visiting a hotel in Australia. But now that the possibility is out there...

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We Spy With Our Little Eye, At The Standard East Village...

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  Site Where: 25 Cooper Square [map], New York, NY, United States, 10003
April 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

...a ping pong table! And real live guests are playing!

We've all been a little a lot curious about what changes might be coming to the Standard East Village, ever since it officially took over the Cooper Square Hotel in December. So far, the place looks kinda the same. Same curved glass tower. Same outdoor terrace. Same cramped rooms.

But one new bit of Standard-ization has brightened up the whole lounge...

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The Roger Smith Does Bingo Night A Little Differently

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  Site Where: 501 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
September 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Though summer's not quite over, the days of idly cracking lobsters and nibbling corn under the stars has passed. So instead, the ever-imaginative Roger Smith Hotel has thought up a newer, more seasonal way to pass the time (and get drunk): Bingo, Bourbon, and Brownies Night.

Yes, you read that correctly. Coming up on October 12, the RS team is inviting bingo enthusiasts (that means YOU) to get cozy in the hotel's Starlight Room for a few friendly rounds, plus homemade brownies and Bourbon. Unlike other events of theirs, which tend to directly promote in-house exhibits at The LAB Gallery, the theme here is the season two premier of Bravo's hit show Work Of Art, which will be screened publicly.

The trick here is to distract your bingo partners by pointing repeatedly at the TV, so they won't be paying attention when their numbers are called out. There are legit prizes at stake here!

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A 'Never-Ending' Story For Kids In the Poconos

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  Site Where: 1 GREAT WOLF DRIVE [map], Scotrun, PA, United States, 18355
September 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the era of complimentary iPads and electronic check-ins, it is the job of certain people to ensure that kids—as well as adults—benefit from all the newfangled gadgetry adorning hotels. And over in the Pocono Mountains, PA, Great Wolf Lodge has unveiled a new interactive video game called Great Wolf Story Explorers, in which the kids themselves become the main characters of the story.

Here's how it works: the little tykes are first paired off with an RFID-tagged stuffed animal. Interestingly, this was the same technology used by hotels to track stolen linens. But instead of catching criminals, the RFID wristbands here "unlock" each successive part of the interactive story. As they travel from one video screen to the next, the young "explorers" are slowly written into the story they are being told. Neat-o!

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Come Out and Play at the Hollywood Roosevelt's The Spare Room

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd. [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
April 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you long for the days of your youth, when you could spend the day playing in the arcade, the Hollywood Roosevelt offers an entertainment option so that won't have to fight with 11-year-olds to get some game action.

Opened by nightlife visionaries Med Abrous and Marc Rose, The Spare Room, a dark, cozy, upscale gaming parlour and cocktail lounge, where you can play without mom telling you it's time to go home. The Spare Room, which sits in the mezzanine level of the hotel, has an old rec room vibe with two vintage bowling lanes, games galore and an old-school photo booth.

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The Standard Downtown LA Challenges You to a Game of Scrabble

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  Site Where: 550 S. Flower St. [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071
April 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

"Words with Friends" geeks should put down the iPhone and show their vocab skills in a live, face-to-face game of Scrabble at the Standard Downtown LA. The hotel hosts free Scrabble nights Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in its lobby.

But of course the Standard doesn't just throw a bunch of old board games haphazardly around a room and tell people to play amongst themselves. Instead, there's a ginormous Scrabble board that puts our deluxe set to shame, and it's manned by a host.

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Dance for Your Drinks at W Los Angeles' Game Nights

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  Site Where: 930 Hilgard Ave. [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90024
March 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you can rock dance games like Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii harder than J.Lo, bring your moves and your own background dancers to the W Los Angeles Westwood. The L.A. hotel will start WTF?!—which stands for "Whiskey Tech Fun"—game night this Wednesday with prizes including games from Ubisoft and a gift certificate for bottle service.

Even better, you get to drink for free just for participating in the competition. Teams of four will get a cocktail ticket each; teams of five to nine will receive a cocktail pitcher (which could hold anything from margaritas to mojitos); teams of 10 or more will get a bottle of premium alcohol. That would make us dance for joy.

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Calling In Early In Manhattan? Stay Up For a Game of Chess at Gild Hall

Where: 15 Gold St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10038
February 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can always count on Thompson Hotels for true customer service. As if designer condoms weren't enough, Gild Hall has chosen to satisfy that eternal hotel guest need to play a game of chess. Indeed, scattered throughout the ski-lodge style lobby are several chess boards, available to anyone at (literally) any time of the night. A spontaneous-chess-player's paradise. "I actually competed in the Kansas state nationals for chess when I was a kid," one recent lobby visitor enthused as he was in the middle of a game with his friend. I mean, what are the odds?

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