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How much do you love the Dorchester Hotel in London? So much so that you would spend 125 GBP (or $200 US) on a special handmade mohair teddy bear dressed up as a Dorchester hotel chef? Or perhaps you fancy the doorman version instead? (It's also slightly cheaper at $145 US.)
Price tag aside, we're suckers for these little teddy bears. Maybe it's because their little uniforms are exact replicas of the staff uniforms. Or maybe it's because the hotel has only made 500 of these, making them limited-edition bears. Beside it totally beats another boring hotel candle.
Now if only they could make a teddy bear that exactly resembled HotelChatter's Hottest Chef in the World....
[Photo: Dorchester Hotel Shop]
Readers, it has become an obsession.
Earlier this year, we returned home from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada, with a few wee jars of their bee's honey. When we ran out, we were bereft. What could brighten up a cup of morning tea or bowl of yoghurt like this honest-to-goodness, tastes like real food sweet stuff?
Supermarket honey just didn't cut it, of course. To our surprise, the Fairmont folks heard our Twitter moaning and offered to send us samples from a few more of their hard-working hotel honeybees in residence.
After our last-minute reminder yesterday, all you Bostonian hotel geeks should already have 'pink' on the brain. Which might make this other piece of news more applicable. Following on the success of its signature hot pink taxis, Langham has partnered with beauty product wizards at O.P.I. to manufacture a line of "Langham Pink" nail polish.
Now, we realize this may not be for everyone. After all, not all men and women like to paint their nails. And the ones who do might not necessarily jibe with the Langham's ludicrously bright color of choice. But for the discerning eye, this little bottle of pantone 707C will be taking its rightful place in a long line of must-have hotel knickknacks.
You know the scene: wandering down the Champs Elysées looking aimlessly for some Christmas presents. Will it be some macarons from Ladurée? Some sparkle from Cartier? A €3 saucisson from the Christmas market? And as you’re mulling them over, you walk past the Hotel de Crillon and spy the perfect present for your hotel-loving friend.
Ladies and gents, may we present, Crillon keyrings. They come in eight charming shades, are shaped like the Eiffel Tower, and have the hotel’s C logo stamped into their supple leather bods.
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Hotel gift shops often offer a dire selection of wares: chintzy city memorabilia and chocolates of questionable quality, for instance, and maybe a plush monogrammed robe if you're lucky. There are exceptions of course, usually on the higher end of the spectrum (see: offerings from Ritz-Carlton properties and The Beverly Hills Hotel, for instance).
Ace properties, however, have done a stand up job in reversing the middling retail reputation of hotels. (Partnering with bourgeoise hipster boutique Opening Ceremony added some definite street cred). Currently offering a few Holiday Bundles, these pre-packaged and branded designer goods include a themed New York pack with an Ace New York x Pendleton plaid throw, Ace x Wings + Horns hooded bathrobe, and Ace Hotel Tee ($390.00).
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There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
We don't know quite what to make of this photo @ConanOBrien tweeted from his DC hotel room yesterday. On the one hand, we're happy that he was greeted by such a thoughtful, though slightly bizarre, gesture. On the other, we're a little jealous. Seriously, a phallic cookie? With frosting? Normally, we count ourselves lucky just to get a few apples when we check in. Ah, life at the top...
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How good are you at coming up with excuses? We consider ourselves pros. Whether we're wriggling out of an event we should never have committed to, or lying full-on to ourselves about why it makes more sense to stay out for another round of cocktails instead of heading home at a reasonable hour—we've got the whole "little white lie" thing down pat.
Which is why we get a kick out of a new holiday-themed contest by Cambria Suites/Choice Hotels, which asks people to share their tactics for avoiding house guests. The prize? A $500 hotel gift card. Simply submit whatever "little white lie" you use to stave off unwanted family members, and you could wind up with $500 in hotel cash that could ensure you won't have to host anyone all holiday season long. How's that for choice?
The gift card can be purchased online in amounts ranging from $50 to $10,000 and can be sent anywhere in the world on the exact date chosen by the giver. The card also comes in eight different designs so you can make it a little more personalized. Plus, for every gift card sold Four Seasons will fun the planting of another tree as part of its 10 Millions Trees commitment. (Need more info? Watch the video below.)
OK, so Christmas is still a long way off (we don't usually get in the spirit until these start popping up in hotel bars), but in case you wanted to get a head start on your shopping, this one's a winner. You know those times when you look at your fish tank and just think, 'I can do better'? Well, now's your opportunity to make things right: Umbra has designed a modern-looking, compact fish "hotel" and it's selling on Amazon for $27.
Customer reviews—unlike those for certain human hotels we've heard about recently—seem pretty positive, with most people approving the cool mod design and relatively low maintenance. It's practical. It's minimalist. It's easy to clean. It's the betta's equivalent to a night (or a lifetime) spent in a Yotel.
We know, we know. It's not even Halloween yet so you don't want to hear about holiday gift ideas until at least mid-November but we can't help ourselves. We're in a holiday mood! Probably because Mandarin Oriental Hotels have just announced their eGift Cards.
It was only last year that MO even began offering a hotel gift card but this year they're going the extra mile with the eGift Cards, "perfect for last minute shoppers" i.e. us. The cards can hold from $50 to $5,000, in any denomination, and can be sent via email "anywhere around the world." (Yes, Virginia, that is how email works.)
The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. It's world famous and ranked seven stars with four-digit nightly room rates, so naturally people get curious. For one, we're curious about what makes their hotel so worth that money, and what perhaps they might sell in the gift shop (cause you know they have one).
Well, the latter question has somewhat been answered for us by a weird little website called Opulent Items. Specializing in over-the-top luxury gifts, they'll sell you anything from a $7,500 inflatable "iceberg" to a $20 shower curtain, as Racked discovered yesterday. What they also dug up is this ashtray, priced at $7,250 and embedded with three diamonds.
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Way back in 2008, Fairmont Hotels began placing beehives on the rooftops of its hotels to produce honey which were then used by the hotel in desserts, teas, salad dressings and even cocktails. And now, the Fairmont Honey is yours to take home.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is selling a 500 gram bottle of "liquid gold" aka Canada #1 Amber honey for $16.99CDN both in the hotel's gift shop and at a few stores in the Vancouver Airport. The honey is made by over a million bees that reside nearby the hotel as McDonald Beach Park and according to the Fairmont folks, its taste has a hint of cinnamon and apple.
Just be sure to wrap your honey jars carefully before sticking them into your suitcase as items will get sticky during the flight.