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Miami's Art Basel-Palooza: Which Hotels Are Doing What

December 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | ()

Art Basel, one of the top art shows in all the world bringing international modern masters and emerging talent together, is now on in one of the hottest cool capitals in the world, Miami. And of course, the city's vibrant hotel scene is getting in on the party. Here's a shortlist of what's happening at which hotels this week. Stay tuned tomorrow when we round-up some last-minute hotel options:

The Gale Hotel believes in starting early with their "Brunch Before You Basel" special featuring a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The party can start as early as 10 a.m. by calling 786-975-2550 to make a reservation.

Irish-born, London-based street artist Fin DAC will be making a splash at the Lord Balfour Hotel during Baselpalooza (yep, that's ours). Early last week the artist started working on a mural of a modern-day geisha on the hotel's interior courtyard wall. Visitors can watch art being created and may even get spray painted if they stand too close.

Miami Beach's Hotel Astor is launching the pop-up lounge Drinking Room on December 3. It will be run by the Food Network winner of Chopped, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and, aside from such intriguing cocktails as the "Grow a Pear" and small plates including "Carbonara Croquetas," during Art Basel famed chef Janice Wong of Singapore will partner with Rapicavoli to create edible art installations that will hang on the walls. Oooh... gooey. If patrons get involved it could quickly turn into Performance Art. For a reservation, call 305-531-8081. '

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W Hotels' NYC Summer Music Series Pits The Sharks Against The Jets

July 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

NYC’s W Hotels are immersed in their own version of gangland warfare with their new musical soundclash, “W Gangs of New York.”

This curated music series, inspired by the cult classic film, The Warriors, explores the progression of how New York music has evolved, and invites some of the city’s finest record labels to compete against each other by defending their respective musical turf to determine who is the ultimate (musical) Gang of New York.

“We’ve found that different genres of music, as well as various fashions and attitudes, unite people and challenge the classic idea of neighborhood gangs,” said Michaelangelo L’Acqua, W Hotels Global Music Director (BTW, how cool would that job be?). “ ‘W Gangs of NY’ will create new cultural turf to defend, grouped by musical style rather than zip code and using performance as the communicator to protect reputation.”

Each gang of DJs and live music acts will be wearing limited-edition jackets designed by 2013 CFDA Swarovski Menswear Award winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne in order to show their colors to the crowds.

Here’s the fierce upcoming line-up so far:

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Come for the Food, Stay For the Wine at Langham Hong Kong's Food & Wine Festival

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  Site Where: 8 Peking Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
August 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong this month, make sure you pack your appetite for fine food. The Langham Hong Kong and Langham Place will be hosting a massive Food & Wine Festival featuring world-class chefs, award winning wineries, and famous industry enthusiasts. The city will become a foodies dream with this culinary journey.

Both Langham properties are playing host to a culinary experience designed for guests that love food, wine and lots of laughter. The chefs from the Hong Kong and Shanghai hotels will work side-by-side with a grocery list of highly-acclaimed chefs such as Benjamin Bayly and Claude Bosi.

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Flip BBQ With the Big Guys in May at Affinia Chicago

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  Site Where: 166 E. Superior Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
March 31, 2009 at 1:07 PM | by | ()

You know the weather is getting warmer in the Midwest when Chicago starts dusting off the barbecue tongs. To herald the imminent arrival of summer and all the gently charred kielbasa that comes along with, the Affinia Hotel is pairing up with The James to host a rigorous BBQ Bootcamp.

Lay down several hundred dollars for a two-night stay package at either property, or purchase individual event tickets for $75, and learn the ropes of gourmet BBQ-ing. Sadly you won't be instructed by the dude pictured above. Instead, star chef David Burke of The James' David Burke Primehouse Restaurant and Marcus Samuelsson of Affinia's C-House will share meat and seafood grilling tips and techniques, host a tasting, and raise a glass at a cocktail reception. Here's what you'll be getting yourself into:

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Standard LA Is Totally Having a Rooftop Architecture Party, And You're Invited

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  Site Where: 550 S Flower St [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071
March 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM | by | ()

If you're reading this, then we think it's fair to assume that you like blogs, or at least don't mind them. And since you're reading about hotels, then perhaps it's safe to postulate that you may also have a thing for architecture, or maybe trendy interior design? If you're game for a little party involving all of these (blogs, hotels, architecture and design), then the Standard Downtown LA may just have you booked up next week.

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W Scottsdale Enters the Scene with Poolside Fashion Show

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
October 29, 2008 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

The dust has barely settled around the W Scottsdale as it braces to enter its third month of operations, which means it is time to party down and give this place a reputation. Luckily, the W is two steps ahead and already targeting their favorite niche of hotel guests: the fashionistas.

Tomorrow the hotel will host a Terexov Fashion Show poolside, a la Chanel's resort collection at The Raleigh, although the designer presenting is a 20-something Russian and not a French house of couture. Since we just happened to be at Terexov's Spring 2009 Runway Show during New York Fashion Week, we can attest to the fact that the man does tropical jet set fashion very well. His outfits are for goddesses of global mobility, a few of whom will be watching tomorrow from the W Scottsdale's cabanas.

As this is obviously a grab at situating themselves as a hotspot for style, we think this is a pretty good move for the W Scottsdale to make; after all, fashion shows are so hot right now. And maybe the neighbors won't be so pissed now that there's beautiful models walking around the place.

[Photo of Terexov via Getty Images]

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Omni Hotels To Celebrate Election Night

October 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM | by | ()

We wonder if Sarah Palin knew that when she checked into an Omni Hotel in New York, just how excited Omni Hotels was about the election?

On Election Night, Omni Hotels across America will be hosting "Election Night Returns" in their lobbies and lounges from 6 to 10pm.

Presidential-themed menu items will include:
· The Red Recovery - Citrus vodka and triple sec with cranberry juice and Sprite
· The Stock Market Blues - Citrus vodka and blue Curacao with soda and Sprite
· "Pull the Lever" Loaded-Up Nachos - Red and blue corn tortilla chips loaded with chilies, jalapenos, chicken, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream
· Poll Sliders - Mini burgers with cheese, grilled diced onions, pickle, tomatoes and fries
· Open Face "Pork Belly" Sandwich - Pulled pork with BBQ sauce, cole slaw and fries
· The All-American Patriot Apple Pie - a large slice, served a la mode.

What? No Joe the Plumber Mac and Cheese?

But aside from the food and drinks, it might be worth it to show up at an Omni on Election Night. Guests and locals who attend can fill out a ballot for a drawing to win a weekend stay in the hotel's Presidential Suite.

If you hit up an Omni Hotel on Election Night, you must must MUST tell us how it went.

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Philly Hotels Going All Out for Their Sports Teams

October 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Whether you are rooting for the Phillies, the Eagles, or your own fantasy team, you will have a place to cheer on your players at these Philadelphia hotels.

According to the city's blog, Uwishunu, the Bellevue Hotel is hosting a pep rally for the Phillies as they head into the World Series. It takes place tomorrow (October 22) in the hotel's main lobby.

The Whiz Kids Band will perform, Phillies ballgirls will be handing out rally towels, and there will be free pretzels. Enter a raffle to win Phillies gear all day with the winners announced at 5 p.m.

The party then moves to the XIX bar where cocktails and craft brews are half-price during happy hour from 5-7pm.

Over at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, the hotel is hosting an NFL tailgate brunch every Sunday for $26.50 a person. That includes an all-you-can-eat cornucopia of breakfast treats and large flat-screen TVs tuned to the game as well as in-booth flat screen TVs.

So you can watch your hometown team on the flat-screen and follow your top fantasy players in-booth. That sounds kinda awesome to us. Except we don't root for any Philly teams.

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Beer Hopes to Prevail Again In Rancho Bernardo Inn's Beer v. Wine Rematch

Where: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92128
October 15, 2008 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

There are the classic battles: Chevy vs. Ford, Mac vs. PC, Girls vs. Boys, Red Sox vs. Yankees, Good vs. Evil...

And one of these will finally get settled. Friday, Rancho Bernardo Inn's El Bizcocho restuarant is serving up a Beer vs. Wine Dinner for you to decide. In a rematch of last year's battle, wines selected by Sommelier Barry Wiss and beers chosen by Stone Brewing Company's CEO Greg Koch will battle head to head. Competition is fierce:

Make no mistake, on October 17 the gloves will come off once again. Last year's winner, Koch says, "I have no hesitation in arguing that beer will once again prevail, since more often than not it is a superior mate to great food," while Wiss says, "Nothing compares to the pairing of a wonderfully crafted wine with fine food, and we will raise the bar even higher this year to ensure we come out on top."

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Halloween Hotels:: Maison 140 Gives Just Another Excuse to Wear Nothing

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  Site Where: 140 S Lasky Dr [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
October 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM | by | ()

How far would you go to win a free night? Would you dress up as a French maid and go to a party full of people dressed up as French maids swilling absinthe?

And if people are dressed up as French maids--opposed to actual French maids, which we aren't sure truly exist--then we know they're slutty French maids. Um. Awkward. A little bit like a high school movie. Or another kind of movie.

So this is the premise for Maison 140's "Spirits of Halloween" party and you're invited! If you can't resist a good contest, show up in your maid costume and be in the running for six prizes including an overnight stay for two, and wine and cheese tastings.

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Foodies Will Flock to the Millennium Broadway for Gourmet Event

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  Site Where: 145 W. 44 Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10036
September 19, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Foodies, get your forks ready. Gourmet Magazine is offering a privileged few the chance to get the inside scoop on the pub at the Gourmet Institute, to be held at New York's Millennium Broadway Hotel from Oct. 17 to 19.

Exclusive seminars, cooking demonstrations and tastings offer the chance to meet celebs of the fine dining world, including Marcus Samuelsson, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud. Event ticket holders can sip a selection of international vins while conversing with Gourmet's own executive chef Sara Moulton and editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl.

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Hotel Happenings :: "Tea Time" at Hotel Palomar Westwood's BLVD 16

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  Site Where: 10740 Wilshire Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90024
September 4, 2008 at 4:25 PM | by | ()

We all know that Kimpton Hotels love their daily wine and cheese-tasting hours in the lobby, but have you ever wanted something a little stronger, a little more fulfilling?

Well, if you're staying at the Hotel Palomar Westwood in Los Angeles, then you're in luck.

The hotel's excellent BLVD 16 restaurant just announced a Happy Hour from 4-7pm where diners can score select items from the bar menu at 50 percent off. Such items include Marinated Olives, Wild Mushroom Crostini, Crispy Local Calamari, Herb Kennebec Fries, Summertime Tempura, and Charcuterie.

The restaurant/bar is also serving new "Special-Teas" cocktails at $6 a piece.

And because of the tea-fusion cocktails, the restaurant is calling their Happy Hour "Tea Time." Ha! While we do love our high hotel teas, this one definitely beats Earl Grey and finger sandwiches.

Another reason why this happy hour is good for you? Everything sold inside BLVD 16 is locally produced. Word.