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One of the suckiest parts of traveling is, well, the actual traveling: the getting from one place to another; specifically the airport to the hotel. At the far north Norwegian ice hotel Kirkenes Snowhotel you can take advantage of a more entertaining (and probably cuter) service than the usual transfer options, by using the hotel's own dog taxi service.
The just launched service is thought to be the world's first of its kind. Eight Alaskan Huskies transport guests from the Kirkenes Airport (one of the most northerly airports in the world) to the Snowhotel. Guests are provided with a thermal suit to keep them warm during the ride, which lasts around 45 minutes -- probably depending upon the dogs. All the huskies come from the hotel's own pack of 80, who also take guests on dog-sledding trips during their stay.
We've just about had it with winter and these freezing temperatures ... just about. Believe it or not, there is actually one hotel promotion that has us almost hoping for a zero degree day -- well, there's the possibility of free cocktails involved.
The Bar at Clement, which opened at The Peninsula New York last fall, is debuting a new Warm Winter Cocktail menu in which the temperature outside will determine the winter drink prices. For every degree below 25 posted by Accuweather, the price will drop a dollar: if the weather is 15 degrees, the cocktail will be $15 and so on. Still sound too pricey? Here's the best part: if the temperature reaches zero degrees, cocktails are free! (only the ones on the Winter Warmer menu, mind). And, even better, bar guests will receive complimentary petit fours to accompany their zero-dollar drink. There's no catch like having to buy something else, and, no, the price doesn't go up when the temperature does -- that would just be rude.
Would you like to wake up with this man?
The New York City Wine & Food Festival is happening this weekend, and the Hudson Hotel is getting into the spirit by inviting top celebrity chef Guy Fieri, he of the bleached spikes and full-throttle delivery, to get into bed with its guests. In a sense.
Here's what's going on: Fieri has recorded a series of wake-up calls that will be played for any guest at the Hudson (the official hotel of the NYCWFF) who requests such a call from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. The general gist of the message will be Guy letting guests know they'd better "Wake Up Hungry At Hudson" because there will be a lot of eating to do at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, but we expect the message will be delivered in a rather more exclamatory tone. Let's hope he keeps his yelling to a minimum; it sounds like it could be too much excitement first thing in the morning. We'd probably need our coffee first.
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Any hotelier who looks at their elevators as merely a necessary function by which to transport guests between the lobby and their rooms is missing an opportunity, because if our hotel has a quirky elevator, we're probably going to talk about it. Here are ten of the best hotel elevators we've come across over the last few years.
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The Sheraton New York Times Square has just had a facelift, and it's pretty sure it's not the only one.
In recognition of the completion of a $180 million top-to-bottom renovation, and the removal of construction scaffolding on the building’s facade in September, the hotel is offering guests who have had some work done in the last six months -- on their home or their body -- a $50 per stay Makeover Celebration Credit for use in the hotel. You get the goods by presenting a receipt for at least $150 in home renovations or cosmetic procedures, valid on two-night stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and November.
Picture the scene: you're in the elevator going up to your hotel room, Elvis is singing Are You Lonesome Tonight when the door opens and another guest slips in. Eyes straight ahead, you've just settled into ignore the stranger mode when the elevator music switches to Just the Two of Us.
Awkward? Yes. Coincidence? Not if you are staying at the QT Sydney where the elevators are no mere vehicles to transport you between the rooms and the lobby, but 'interactive installations'. Those songs were not played by chance but selected from the hotel's own set-list and triggered by the number of bodies occupying the space.
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Divorce is maybe the one scenario where a hotel bar—rather than the room itself—might prove more useful. Well, that's where we'd end up, anyway.
Not so for the seventeen (and counting) Dutch couples who have found success through a new marketing ploy known as "Divorce Hotel." Over the weekend, the NY Times reported on the bizarre new service, which has been launched by a Dutch entrepreneur named Jim Halfens.
Hot on the heels of Divorce Hotel's European success, Halfens is now attempting to introduce the concept to hotels in New York and Los Angeles—though no word yet on which ones in particular. Our one suggestion? No tiny boutiques! If this is going to work at all (and we're not entirely convinced yet), we're picturing monster places like the Westin Bonaventure and Marriott Marquis Times Square. Basically, the bigger, the better.